#FBF: Alanis Morissette ‘Jagged Little Pill’

One of the greatest gifts Canada gave us in the 90’s minus Ryan Gosling was Alanis Morissette. Alone often, I sometimes just want to sit and sing at the top of my lungs and Jagged Little Pill is the album to do that to. My go to girl power anthemic alternative rock of my youth, this album will forever sit high on a shelf alongside Good Charlotte, the soundtrack to Josie and the Pussycats, Paramore and From Under the Cork Tree (which got cut this month for Taste of Chaos coverage – sorry Fall Out Boy). My teenage years, my love of pop rock, my 20’s in a nutshell and this one – my angst ridden feminism bound together by clever lines and harmonica laced breakdowns that are golden.

There isn’t a kid who was alive and able to hear in the 90’s who didn’t sing along to “Ironic” and wish to be in that car with a few other people who looked exactly like them with various hairstyles. I remember singing this coming home from a beach trip senior year, the last big thing my friends and I did before we graduated – to my knowledge. They were all cooler than me, so they likely had summer parties to attend. I also remember writing my own version of “Hand in My Pocket” for a required musical audition in high school. How cruel to make us ALL audition even if we had no intention of being in the damn play. I must say though, my acoustic rendition of my version got some giggles from my teachers. Where those lyrics are today? Possibly tucked away in some journal…I’ll look. I mean, not right now but one day.

When it comes to the songs that I could never tire of on this album…Oh my lord, if I could see this woman live and sing along to “Right Through You” and “Head Over Feet,” I could die happy. Well not really, I have some other shit on the ol’ bucket list – but seeing Alanis live is one of them. You don’t know how mad I still am at myself for not accepting a broke life and shelling out the money for a ticket to the tour she did with my other 90’s loves – Matchbox 20, but as my girl sings, “You Learn,” right? I learned that tours like that don’t happen every day – so JUST GO DAMMIT. Live your childhood dreams out.

GML: Unity

Guys, it could very well happen. Donald Trump could be the next president. The guy who can says the most heinous things. The guy who once had a reality show…a fucking reality show. What’s next, Kim Kardashian as the governor of California? Oh shit, we already did that with the Terminator. See? That alone is scary enough. Celebrities are great – yes, we all have the ones we love and the ones we hate but that doesn’t mean they get to go and run a damn country. A Waffle House, sure. A country, nah son. I actually had a nightmare a few days ago about him winning and when I woke up fear just swept over my body.

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Staying Safe at Warped Tour

There was supposed to be another band today for the Women in Music series, but they’re actually on the tour right now and were unable to get their answers back to me in time. Which is okay, I get it. Warped Tour is one of the most grueling tours you can partake in whether you’re a band performing or selling merch or on the stage crew. Everyone’s body and mind is taking a toll, but that’s not what we’re here to talk about. With a spot left open, I wanted to take a minute or two to talk about safety at Warped this summer and all festivals for that matter because in recent years there have been far too many sexual assaults happening during this summer festival and that shit needs to stop. In the words of Cyndi Lauper, “Girls just wanna have fun,” and that doesn’t mean being harassed while they pay almost $50 to sit out in the sun to watch some bands. So ladies heading out this summer – here are five ways to stay safe.

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