52 in 52

Because if Ryan Kelly is doing it, it must be cool

First, I must start out by saying that I am not as cool as Ryan. While I have been tempted to organize my music collection autobiographically, I am not able to do this whole #52in52 thing in any sort of chronological order. What you, dear readers, will find is that I exist in a very strange but happy place, music-wise. I will share with you an album per week EVERY week with a specific song or two off of said album and why I love it so much. Should you be so inclined, please join us by creating your own #52in52 and tackk it on up!


Le Tigre- This Island

In the interest of full disclosure, you should all know that I watched "The Punk Singer" , a documentary about Kathleen Hanna last night. The music in the film brought me back to my college years where I was first learning about feminism and listening to music I've never heard before. I always kept a special place in my heart for the Riot Grrl bands and half-developed my feminist sensibilities... but it was the reincarnation of Kathleen Hanna into her band Le Tigre that really got me going. I mean FEMINIST ELECTROCLASH?

I saw Le Tigre at Peabody's in 2004? 2005? and dreamed of making art and music that got people moving- encouraging action as well as getting people to dance. You're probably like, "WHY DID YOU PICK THE MOST RECENT LE TIGRE ALBUM? YOU DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT ANYTHING." Maybe not. But, I assure you, there is a reason.

I love This Island because it was basically my warm up tape when I got on a Greyhound bus in 2005 to protest the inauguration of a certain George W. Bush.

After the presidential election in November of 2004, I was infuriated. I was so angry that I started holding meetings and calling around to see how I could get involved politically. I signed up for every newsletter and researched every organization that was against what was happening in the country. One day while I was sitting at my desk, I got a call from some cool kids in DC asking me if I would like to organize protesters from the state of Ohio for an action known as Turn Your Back on Bush. I accepted, bought a bus ticket and got the blessing of my boss and coworkers.

In January of 2005, I went to DC, armed with a few CDs, including This Island, and the rest is history. I worked with amazing people and had an amazing soundtrack. We successfully completed the action, which consisted of organizing peaceful protesters along the inaugural parade route to turn their backs as the presidential motorcade passed. To learn more, you can click here.

Here are two songs from This Island that particularly excited me during this time.

Thanks for listening! See you next week!