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I was an English major with a focus on poetry writing at Harvard, and my poetry teacher gave me Joanna Newsom’s first CD– he was like that teacher who totally changes the course of your life. So I was super into The Milk-Eyed Mender, and then my friends invited me to go see Joanna Newsom play live when Ys came out. I felt like I’d been transported to another world. Ys has a lot to do with the death of a loved one and discovering your own creativity, all done through very mystical poetry, and I was also dealing with those same things. I felt like she was speaking directly to me the whole concert. I was like, “How can this happen?”

I listened to that album on repeat for so long. I could spend days trying to figure out just a single complex metaphor. The one that stands out to me is: “In the mud cloud, mica-spangled, like the sky’d been breathing on a mirror.” It’s like John Donne, who was a really early metaphysical poet, or Yeats. That image has so many layers and the ideas you can draw out of it are also manifold.

The main thing I learned in college is that if you’re going to make a piece of art, you’d better have some emotional urgency behind it; otherwise, it’s not worth making, and you’ll never accomplish anything with it. When I think of a performer who’s willing to be super weird and super naked and always writes with some kind of urgency, I think of Joanna Newsom. It’s a good lesson in being yourself. Live, she makes these faces, and she squats a little bit, and she is very physically involved with the instrument, which is cool. I try to do all that stuff, maybe not consciously, but I like to think that I’m not just standing around and staring at my shoes. I don’t really care about keeping up with appearances—I’ve pretended that the guitar is a machine gun and shot the audience with it. I saw a nine year old do something similar at the Rock ‘N’ Roll Camp for Girls showcase concert a few weeks ago. It was a little shocking.

—  Amy Klein of Titus Andronicus on Ys. This is obviously the better quote about Ys in Pitchfork’s fifteen year retrospective. Amy Klein is a really cool person and a great feminist activist. I did a protest against the Rape Cops in New York a few weeks ago with her. 
What we’re doing when we exclude women from rock and roll, and from the sense of rebellion that rock and roll promises, is disallowing women that independent perspective. We’re never giving them the chance to think critically about the world, and about the systems that oppress them. When we take women out of the arts, and take them out of art’s ability to critique the way things are, we’re making sure that women keep swallowing the status quo, day after day, and it’s the status quo that keeps us down.
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With “Compliments,” Inside Amy Schumer didn’t need your stinkin’ praise

We spoke with Amy Schumer and Daniel Powell (Inside Amy Schumer executive producer and co-creator) about the creation of “Compliments,” the breakout sketch from the show’s first season.

Amy Schumer: I’m pretty sure the sketch was written by Gabe Liedman and [head writer] Jessi Klein. And it came from the fact Jessi and I noticed how much we would deflect compliments. We’d do that around the office to the point where it was already a parody of itself. I’d be like, “I love your skirt!” and she’d say, “Are you serious? This skirt is made of my own shit.”

“I’m sure for the dozen or so jokes that were in the sketch there were probably 100 more.”

Daniel Powell: As I remember it, Gabe, who’s also a brilliant stand-up in his own right, did the first couple of drafts. And then Amy and Jessi spent an inordinate amount of time focusing on it and contributing jokes to it. I’m sure for the dozen or so jokes that were in the sketch there were probably 100 more. So it was a matter of picking our favorites. It was such a natural structure to fit joke after joke into, and it became so easy for the writers to pitch for, which is the kind of thing that gets them super excited to work on. The sketch is kind of mathematically efficient in terms of how quickly it gets to the joke, how little time there is in-between each joke, and then how quickly it gets to the payoff. We were really proud of it.

“I think one of the things women are taught is that it makes you more attractive when you hate yourself. “

Amy Schumer: I think one of the things women are taught is that it makes you more attractive when you hate yourself. To be accused of having any sort of an ego is really frowned upon. There’s a fear of somebody being jealous of you or envious of you, because then they won’t like you, and you want to be liked. So we think it’s attractive to be humble. Although sometimes it’s not about false modesty: If I walk outside feeling bloated and gross and someone says, “You look great!” I’ll be like, “Fuck you, I’m a monster!” [Laughs.]

Get the full story on “Compliments” at avclub.com

“She’s amazing. Her words save me,” goes the chorus. This is an anthem in praise of a woman who tells the truth – and in doing so, inspires her audience to do the same. It’s not a love song; it’s about respect, self-actualization, about the way in which women can help each other to act courageously.
—  Amy Klein über Team Dreschs She’s Amazing im Rahmen von http://www.spinner.com/2012/01/19/best-girl-power-anthems/, neben Bratmobile, Nina Simone, Patti Smith et al.
Fuck You, @RollingStone. Chicks Can Play Guitar Too

So I was perusing Rolling Stone’s latest “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and guess what’s missing? Vaginas. Only two female guitarists are included: Bonnie Rait and Joni Mitchell.  Flavorwire calls Rolling Stone “out of touch”.

What’s wrong with you, Rolling Stone? You need to get your estrogen on.

Venus Zine came up with this list in 2008.

I can’t help but think about Joan Jett, Lita Ford, Kelley Deal, Tanya Donelly, Nancy Wilson, Chrissie Hynd, Wild Flag’s Carrie Brownstein, Screaming Females’ Marissa Permoster, Hilley Eye’s Amy Klein and EULA’s Alyse Lamb!

Who are your favorite female guitarists of all time?

Joan Jett - “Cherry Bomb

Lita Ford - Jamming at a Guitar Center

Kelley Deal - with the Kelley Deal 6000

Carrie Brownstein with Wild Flag

Marissa Permoster

Amy Klein - with Hilly Eye