To celebrate one year of “free cake for every creature” songs going public, I want to share some old songs. These are songs that I wanted to show people 2+ years ago when I wrote them, but was too afraid to- at the time I didn’t personally know any female musicians that I admired, and I felt kind of alone. With the encouragement of a couple friends & the consumption of some great books (especially “DIY Touring The World” by New Zealand based writer “Blink” http://www.alowhum.com/product/books/diy-touring-the-world-digital-edition) I eventually put out “shitty beginnings”, and I haven’t looked back!
This is kind of a hodgepodge collection that varies in perspective & production because the songs were recorded over a 2+ year span. Most of them are about that old, but I recorded a few recently that I didn’t get around to recording back then. For fun, there’s also a quick “kid katie” song on there that I wrote/ recorded when I was seven on a microcassette, and a couple covers.
These are some of my favorite songs that I’ve written & I hope you all enjoy. While I’m obviously a different person now than I was two years ago, I still feel connected to these songs… I still feel self-conscious sometimes, keep secrets, pine away in my room, tell bad jokes, eat oatmeal…
Caroline Tompkins began taking pictures of her harassers when she moved to New York City for college in 2010.
"I’m not represented [in the shots] as a way to combat victim-blaming," Tompkins told Mic. The focus of stories about street harassment is often directed at women, she said, when it’s arguably the men who should stand in the harshness of the spotlight.
I support this project, but a circumstance in which it could be dangerous:
For one more week, until I move to Philadelphia, I’ll be living in Schenectady, New York, a city that’s known to be “rough” (not that Philly isnt), and am relentlessly street harassed. I’ve been feeling so helpless/ powerless, and its encouraging that Caroline has found a way to reclaim some control over the situation/ public space by taking a picture of her harassers.
I want to say something to my harassers, although I’ve been in situations where I felt genuinely fearful for my safety, and needed to get away as quickly as possible. Once when I kept walking and ignored a man who called out “hey beautiful” to me, he snarled, “oh, so you one of them stuck up bitches. Well suck my cock!” and he followed me for a block shouting similar things. I wanted to yell back, but the street was mostly empty except for him and I, and I was afraid that he would physically hurt me.
Caroline’s project has reminded me that I can assert myself in circumstances of street harassment- but, ultimately, to proceed with caution.
Rorke’s passion for zines was born, in part, from her dissatisfaction with the rigidity of academia and traditional publishing. When you DIY, she says, “your voice doesn’t get bogged down and filtered through a formal publishing process.” Instead, when you create a zine, you are writer, editor, designer, and publisher. That’s a lot of power over the finished product and freedom to be unapologetically yourself. One of the aspects of creating a zine that Rorke finds unique is what she calls “the freedom to make mistakes.”
What causes academics to cringe gives Rorke joy: “I love seeing typos in zines. It’s like seeing imperfections in someone’s skin and remembering that they’re human. Growing up in school there were always assignments and such that you could fail automatically for spelling one thing wrong, or having an apostrophe in the wrong place. The only thing you’re learning in that scenario is how to beat yourself up for making stupid mistakes. The way I see it, if you’re creating something yourself, you can’t lose.”
a great write-up and interview in this Baltimore-based publication! just about everything you ever wanted to know about this distro’s inception is detailed in here :) thank you Samantha Mitchell!
i was hoping not to sound like too much of a dope, but at least i’m a happy dope
My friend Alyssa does amazing things & in this interview talks about her distro “Letters From Bummer Camp”, as well as the tour we went on together in June 💞
**happy birthday to me**
it’s been one year today since I put “shitty beginnings” on bandcamp, and “free cake for every creature” became a public thing. thank you everyone for your love and support, I feel the opposite of “shitty” today.
here’s one of my favorites from the collection:
is the unexplored part
of outer space
i don’t know
is birthday cake
i stole a mouthful once
and then i spit it out
i spit it out”
got back from tour a few days ago & feel exhausted but happy & grateful. So many new friends and places and favorite bands! Look for disposable tour pictures to come, as well as new songs & a little tour video :)
We traveled 8,500 miles in 4 weeks, which is crazy. I’d add at least two more weeks to the trip if we did it again, but it was a great first cross-country tour/ learning experience. This is a picture of our route, minus a few shows.