Sohodolls team up with Period Poverty to help refugees!

Millennials might know them from Gossip Girl, Gen Z from TikTok but, wherever you’ve heard, Sohodolls has a tune for each occasion and their new single, Period, is shining a light on the Period Poverty campaign for which they are raising money by offering it as a download on Bandcamp only.

Having been around in the mid-2000s electropop scene along with CSS, New Young Pony Club, Ladytron and the likes, toured all over from LA to Moscow to South Korea and opened for legendary artists such as Daft Punk and Calvin Harris, Sohodolls recently resurfaced when their 2009 hit Bang Bang Bang Bang went viral on TikTok through the Raised by Karen challenge [nov 2020 – feb 2021].

The trend migrated to streaming services adding the band to dozens of Viral Charts such as USA and UK and even led Madonna to hashtag Sohodolls on Instagram stories as she shared a video of her daughter Estere performing a dance routine to the sound of the viral hit. On Spotify alone, the song was streamed an extra 10 million times since it took off this second time around.

The sudden resurgence of the name saw hundreds of fans old and new come out of the woodwork asking for new music with the more hardcore members of the club even naming old never-released demos. 
From this batch of old tapes came Period, a fun bop Maya von Doll, lead singer and SD founder, wrote aiming to normalise period talk. 

From the moment Maya decided to release it, it was a given she was going to try to harness the theme to raise awareness to the Period Poverty campaign which provides non-toxic, biodegradable sanitary products to women in need whether in refugee camps, schools in deprived areas, homeless women as well as supplying food banks.

The campaign is currently working to raise £100k to supply 12,000 women in refugee camps with sanitary products for 6 months.

You can download Period from sohodolls.bandcamp.com until 22 March for £1 or more and all proceeds will be donated to the campaign.

Download “Period” from Bandcamp

“My song ‘Period’ is a rebellion against the stigma attached to girls having their periods. There is nothing taboo about bleeding between your legs for days on end! In fact, it’s what allowed us all to be conceived so everyone should be grateful

So it’s very sad to know that girls in the UK/the world are missing school every month simply because they can’t afford sanitary products.  I hope that by singing or talking about our periods we empower girls and women everywhere to express their sanitary needs and assert their right to manage menstruation.” – Maya Hawie

Sohodolls’ “Stripper” soundtracking Blair Waldorf

Christian Reindl x Lloren feat. Lucie Paradis – Home

Last year we introduced our artists Christian Reindl and Lloren and they started working on some trailerised covers and remixes for us to pitch for sync in film & TV.

Being the ridiculously prolific talented people they are and getting along fabulously, they started working on some originals as well…a few months ago they released the first of those called Until Our Dying Day which has all the epic elements that make it so perfectly dramatic and cinematic and Lloren’s vocals are outstanding!

This coming Friday 11 December, however, they release their new collab, Home, and it’s SO SO SO beautiful I sincerely hope it lands on Spotify’s “Most Beautiful Songs in the World” playlists.

It’s a stunning piano ballad composed by Christian featuring Lloren’s always flawless vocals with the addition of Lucie Paradis on violin perfectly encapsulating Lloren’s trademark poignant and melancholic lyrics.

You can pre-save it here so it helps all artists move the ever-mysterious DSP algorithm and hopefully get on various playlists. Don’t forget to add it to yours as well!

If you want a sneak preview of the video, head over to Lloren’s Instagram.

Mixtape | 1Q18

Well, as March comes to an end, so does the first quarter of 2018, also known as Q1, so I thought I’d do a bit of a recap of what’s come out so far in the music world.

Obviously I don’t know all the songs that were released in the past 3 months sooooo…if you feel very strongly about a tune that didn’t make the cut but really should’ve, drop me a line on the comments below. Love to listen to new stuff!!

I guess this is also a bit of an alternative to New Music Friday – does that playlist sound like it’s all the same to you as well?! Dance/pop, female vocals, maybe a rapper (that trend seems to be fading out…), y’a know! I’m more of a Release Radar kinda gal. For example, today they let me know Garbage has a new song out!

Ok, ok, to be fair, the latest Pearl Jam made it to New Music, but anyway.

Obviously Lissie tops the list because she’s Lissie and it really blows my mind why she doesn’t have a bigger following…on that note, can I just brag that I met her last week, saw her play a couple of gigs and yes, she’s still every bit as amazing as always. That voice!! Bloody hell!!

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I have to say, I almost forgot to include Brian Fallon to this. Really not a big fan of his new album but a couple of tracks were pretty good. Live, however, everything sounds awesome! He’s a really great entertainer, comedian, musician and threw in a bit of Gaslight, a bit of Horrible Crowes, even a U2 cover!

Other bands I’d like to highlight are: the latest London buzz makers, Ferris & Sylvester – these two live are incredible!!!, Gang of Youths who’s an amazing band from Oz currently touring the US before heading back to our shores (The Forum, London 12 May), Nathaniel Rateliff’s new album is pretty solid, Dream Wife’s debut is mandatory listening, Leon Bridges latest…George Glew and Martin Luke Brown are also pretty new in the scene. I heard them both first through work and fuck, again, what a voice they each have! Myles Green’s first ever single, “Catching Fire”, out on TwoSides/Sony, is a very good start to his career – and I’m not saying it just because one of my writers worked on that track! =)

Finally, surf dude Ben Harper has a new bluesy rock album with Charlie Musselwhite and the pair plays London this coming Saturday 7 April. We Are Scientists’ have a new single out ahead of their April release and 4 May London gig!

Not a bad start to the year, eh?!

Mixtape | shiny happy people

After what felt like 37 weeks, today is finally the last day of the month of January.

So many things happened this month that it feels like it’s already October or so! But we’ll get through it, guys, hang in there! We’ve passed Blue Monday, we’re almost through the end of today which saw the ridiculously rare Super Blue Blood Moon (if you were in a different corner of the world because here in the UK, it was business as usual) and, I don’t know about you, but I’ve been to 4 different countries in just this little period of time (although that’s always a great way to spend time!).

I’ve been waiting for January to be over for so long that I made this playlist days ago when I couldn’t take it anymore!

To be honest, a couple of days ago someone tweeted about how February is usually worse but, c’mon! It’s got 3 fewer days and LOADS of gigs coming up. It’s already winning…

And it’s in this spirit that I present you with this latest mixtape to help you perk up and look forward to longer and warmer days. Ladies, gents, non-binaries, I present to you: shiny happy people!

Of course, no upbeat, happy playlist is complete without the ray of sunshine that is Colbie Caillat. That girl’s like if Hawaii were a song!

Among the mix there are also indies, classics and newcomers such as the latest hype in London town, Ferris & Sylvester*. The one word of warning is that it’s very hard to keep still while listening to it so…choose your location/timing wisely or just let yourself go and find your inner carefree self!

Happy February!

*you can catch F&S live in London on 1 Feb at their usual hangout, the Spiritual Bar in Camden, on 15 Feb at the Green Note and on 25 Feb at Battersea’s The Magic Garden.

Our year in music.

It’s that time of the year, folks. Whether you’re proud or keeping yours locked in a safe, it’s always entertaining to get an overview of our listening habits on Spotify!

Head over to 2017wrapped.com for your own.

If you follow us, you know there are no surprised here on our side…

FUN FACT: Colbie Caillat was top of my iTunes most listened with “Bubbly” nearly 10 years ago!

Winsconsin, a mixtape.

A few months ago the lovely Eric from the Nerdologues gang invited me to be a guest on his podcast, Blank Cassette. It may have taken way too long for the reciprocal invite to be actually sent out (especially since it had been in the pipes since before said pod went pretty public nearly 10 months ago!), but I finally got him to make you a playlist.

He didn’t exactly make it for you nor me, but Eric’s being kind enough to share the mix and inspiration behind it with us.

Read on for a High Fidelity-esque tale of break-up, travels and music. The basic trinity of pop culture!

*WARNING: do NOT look up “Door County” photos if you don’t have time to drop whatever you’re doing to plan a holiday.

Last summer my girlfriend and I had booked a weekend getaway to Wisconsin for the Fourth of July. For some reason, that’s a really common thing for people who live in Chicago to do – we live in one of the largest and most engaging cities in North America but, you know, the grass is always greener. So Wisconsin it was! Door County in particular – that’s an especially picturesque part of the state up north, near Green Bay (home of the Packers and cheese hats). It was going to be our first road trip together – always an exciting part of any relationship.

One of the things I did to prep for the trip was put together a playlist of artists that put me in the headspace of Wisconsin. The lady enjoyed listening to my playlists (one of my relationship Kryptonites) and it seemed like this was a great opportunity for one since we’d be in the car a whole lot. Usually I keep my playlists pretty tight – something that would fit on a blank CD if anybody still used those – but I made this bad boy open-ended to better accompany the long drive we were staring down.

By this point you’ve probably picked up on all the past tense here. That road trip never happened. A few days before we left, she broke up with me. We’d had a nonrefundable hotel room (booked via an insane deal on hotels.com**) though, so I was like “fuck it, I still want to go on this trip”. So I kept working on the playlist.

I didn’t end up going to Door County exactly – through the intervention of some very kind friends and the fact that I couldn’t bring my dog to the hotel we’d booked unless she was a service animal (you better believe I was bringing somebody to that hotel), I instead spent the weekend at my friend’s cabin in nearby Tomahawk, WI. The playlist was still in play. And you better believe I listened to it on the way up there and back.

The base of the playlist is a lot of power pop. There’re a couple reasons for that – the That ’70s Show aesthetic (check the first song) primarily, but it also just seems like Wisconsin needs a power pop soundtrack. All the heavy beer, cheese, and sausage of the state mixed with its beautiful airy scenery – the power meets the pop, right? That explains stuff like Big Star, Alice Cooper, and 1-800-Band.

Nestled alongside power pop what puts me in the mood of driving through an endless wash of Culvers are a bunch of artists I’ve seen perform in Wisconsin. Milwaukee and Madison are home to a number of beautiful theaters, and Milwaukee also hosts the annual Summerfest, giving me a bunch of tremendous musical memories – hence the appearance of acts like Rilo Kiley, Beatallica and Jakob Dylan.

Any time I visit some place, I make it a point to listen to local artists. Winsconsin includes a smattering of that as well; welcome the Violent Femmes, the Bodeans, the Chordettes and the like.

And finally, some songs appear because they’re tied to very specific Wisconsin memories – the time my friends and I were driving back from Milwaukee and spontaneously sang literally every word on Weird Al’s Bad Hair Day album, or the time we were heading to Minneapolis and, just past Madison, my friend Steve decided that if I really liked Van Halen, I should be able to listen to “Jump” nonstop for three hours without complaining (I made it maybe 20 minutes).

Memories of that particular weekend are, understandbly, still pretty bittersweet for me. But dang it, I really like this playlist. I think it’s a nice, varied collection from across my musical taste that puts you in the headspace of a pretty lovely state. I’m actually heading there this Friday for a work outing and you better believe this bad boy’s gonna be cued up on my Spotify.


-Eric Garneau
writer, editor, comic book retailer, Nerdologues member, alright guy I think?
www.nerdologues.com

 

**this post was in no way endorsed by hotels.com (although we’re totally open for that, guys!)

Mixtape | Walk Idiot Walk…

I’m not the only one making mixtapes around here, Adam’s made you one too and #wednesdayhumpday sounds like the best time to dive in this one.

Ladies, gents and binaries, here’s Adam:

I’ll cut to the chase, the moral of the story is that whilst you should totally go on a 20k walk exploring an new city with great company, be prepared to pay the price if you’re doing so in flip flops!

The day in question was almost two weeks ago on a trip to Portugal and having soldiered on things haven’t been healing as I might have hoped (don’t improvise surgery on blisters with nail scissors kids 😉). Having arrived home in the UK at 4am I was struggling for motivation to get up and out for a friend’s birthday in Tufnell Park. So whilst I was soaking away some aches and pains I started to fill a playlist with motivational tracks to get me back on my feet.

Some, like Walking on broken glass and Hole in my sole, have titles that perfectly captured the Pain I was feeling, whilst Walk idiot walk captured my general mood having only myself to blame. Walk This way takes me back to the van rides to the beach, in the Land Rover with no stereo, where I was the DJ singing along with so many new friends that I look forward to seeing in the waves again. Others catch me looking forward to when the recovery is over and I’ll Run back onto the Softball pitch on October 1st (hopefully 🤕). We round out with one of my all time favourites, a track I’ve heard live 20+ times, Look what happened indeed ‘we’ll walk in circles around this whole block/ walk on the cracks in the same old sidewalk/ then we’ll talk about leaving town…’

I’ll heal up soon and forget about the injury but the memories of catching waves, beautiful sunrises with beautiful people and nighttime ponderings of penguinologists will stay with me forever. 

Thanks to Liv for letting me play in her space for a bit and to you for reading this far. Enjoy the music.

Adam

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Mixtape | Summer Daze

I don’t know where you guys are but it was a holiday Monday here in the UK and there’s not much better than an extended weekend. Except for a hot and sunny extended weekend, which this one so happened to be.

As I was lying in the sun with two books to catch up on, I couldn’t carry on with either. Not because they weren’t interesting or because some dudes were playing ball way too close and I had to concentrate on not being hit. But because my Daily Mix of choice was so, OH SO chilled and the books were one about business, one about 90s grunge, so….as I found myself in a, well, summer daze!, with the soundtrack that was playing in my ears I figured I’d turn it into a playlist and share it with the world. Or at least with my 3 or 4 readers.

I don’t always make playlists – even though it’s what I set out to do here! – but, when I do, it’s usually summer-related…I swear I have completely different ones in the pipeline and I promise I’ll, er, try to post them in the very near future but, for the time being, as this may or may not have been the last we’ve felt/seen of hot sunshine, behold, Summer Daze.

Mixtape: roadtrippin’

It’s SuperBowl Sunday, but one team beat my Seahawks out of the playoffs and the other is a Trump-supporter, soooooo…it’ll be Playlist Sunday instead!

I mean, this is pretty self-explanatory, I don’t need to say it’s a playlist filled with driving tunes and that most of it lays around classic rock, right?! Sadly it only has around 3 or 4 tracks by a lady or female-fronted band so, if anyone wants to send some suggestions to add to it, please, by all my means!

Send nudes!

You heard right, we want to see your naked…well, playlist! This a music website! What were you thinking??!!!

Global advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy challenges you to bare all in new Spotify campaign. It’s really easy to look cool on the internet but let’s see who you are in real life…

Ok, ok, it’s not exactly a challenge. We here are not really keen on the “guilty pleasure” terminology. After all, why guilt in listening to music that makes you happy? And also, what exactly constitutes a “guilty pleasure”?! Judging artists by genre, looks or whatever it is that gets you worked up is only keeping you from finding what could be your new favourite song.

It’s this unfounded prejudice from pseudo-music snobs that has people in 2017 still saying things like “wow, I didn’t know Lady Gaga could actually sing!” – no shit, Sherlock! If only you hadn’t judged her for the fact she makes pop music. (as if pop music was Satan’s invention or something…and I’m saying all this while drafting a post condemning shit lyrics…oh, sweet hypocrisy!)

The finest music snob in the galaxy!
The finest music snob in the galaxy!

This thing reminded me of a friend who once told me she watches “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” but, when I brought it up in front of other people, she denied like she feared for her life as if anybody actually gave a rat’s ass that she liked it!

Just love what you love and consume whatever entertainment makes you happy! As long as it’s not hurting anybody…sometimes music is art, sometimes it is what it is: entertainment. It’s true it makes me sad that something like the Chainsmokers are chart toppers while so many super talented people struggle, but hey, it’s a big world andryanadams1989 there’s space for everyone. We should be glad to have such diversity catering for everyone.

I mean, if Ryan Adams can cover a whole Taylor Swift album, who are you to judge anybody’s taste?

Anyway, my “naked playlist” is pretty much on par with everything I’m always posting: lots of Pearl Jam, Brian Fallon, Wolf Alice, Lissie and Ryan Adams. The two surprises were: the lack of Backstreet Boys – not even ONE track! – and the presence of an Usher song I had on idea existed! If anything, I’d say I’ve listened to “You Remind Me”, “Confessions” and “U Got It Bad” more than any other song by him, but oh  well!

What’s in yours? Get it here. Play it loud and share it proud!