Musical director and guitar player BiBi McGill plays guitar next to Beyonce Knowles during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
But What About Beyoncé’s Band?
Whether you’re a fan or not you have to admit Beyonce’s Knowles performance at the Super Bowl was full of explosive energy. Her 13-minute performance included a 120 dancers, a 10-piece all female band and several back up singers.
Then there’s the Super Dome staff, stage, lighting and costume designers, the choreographer, the hair and make up folks, the list goes on.
It’s no surprise Beyoncé is getting all the attention but since no one else is talking about the musicians that made that performance happen it’s a great opportunity to highlight the band.
Beyoncé says she started the 10-piece all female band called “The Sugar Mamas” so young girls could have more role models.
“When I was younger I wish I had more females who played instruments to look up to. I played piano for like a second but then I stopped,” Beyoncé said in a statement. “I just wanted to do something which would inspire other young females to get involved in music so I put together an all-woman band.”
Meet some of the band members that make up Beyonce’s band “The Sugars Mamas.”
Whether you like or hate a lot of what Beyonce says or does, you’ve gotta admit that this is awesome, along with her all-woman show at the Super Bowl.
12:28 pm • 5 February 2013 • 4,309 notes
Join Cartoonist Lynda Barry for a University-Level Course on Doodling and Neuroscience
Can I just stop you for a minute and note how fucking amazing it is that one of our greatest living cartoonists is not only teaching this class, but she’s letting us all follow along? Incredible.
LYNDA BARRY, DO I EVER ADORE YOU
what bluebeadsandbones said
I’ve been following this and it’s incredible.
12:15 pm • 30 January 2013 • 827 notes
Gentle Reminders About Writing
2. Prolific doesn’t mean good. Sometimes, it just means someone has produced a lot of mediocre writing. Do you want to be known for writing a lot or for writing well?
I think about this a lot.
1:47 pm • 28 January 2013 • 744 notes
Late Bloomers of the Arts
For all of you who’ve felt even for a second that it’s ever too late:
1. Charles Bukowski had his first book published when he was 49
2. Leonard Cohen was 33 when his first album was released
3. Marina Abramovic’s career as an independent artist wasn’t solidified until she was 42
4. Julia Child’s career started when she was 36
5. Van Gogh started drawing when he was 27
6. Monet painted Sunrise when he was 33, but wasn’t producing his best work until his early 40s
7. Kazuo Ohno started dancing when he was 27
8. William S. Burroughs had his first novel published when he was 39
(Source: likeafieldmouse, via upthefolks)
4:19 pm • 27 January 2013 • 20,994 notes
Proto-Animorph. (Bubbles Spheres I by Peter Sloterdijk, p. 166)
7:48 pm • 25 January 2013
““You guys know about vampires? … You know, vampires have no reflections in a mirror? There’s this idea that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. And what I’ve always thought isn’t that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. It’s that if you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves. And growing up, I felt like a monster in some ways. I didn’t see myself reflected at all. I was like, “Yo, is something wrong with me? That the whole society seems to think that people like me don’t exist? And part of what inspired me, was this deep desire that before I died, I would make a couple of mirrors. That I would make some mirrors so that kids like me might see themselves reflected back and might not feel so monstrous for it.””
— Junot Diaz (via Tatiana Richards)
(Source: issarae, via othermike)
12:10 pm • 24 January 2013 • 20,248 notes
“I personally feel like a lot of the ways people (and critics…usually men) talk about Newsom and discuss her music is really, really intensely sexist. Like that SO much of the language used for her (“fey”, “precious”, “elfin”, etc) are really just code-words for “feminine.” And related to this, she gets described as “crazy” and as being some wild muse that needs to be hemmed in by the more “rational”/”intellectual” male collaborators like Callahan, O’Rourke, Banhardt, and [Van Dyke Parks]. But the thing is, Newsom IS intelligent, and her music isn’t some “wild” thing, nor is it “precious” or “childlike” or “fey”. It’s complex, intelligent, intricate, creative, technical and also very mature. It feels to me like Newsom is a very extreme example of people’s perceptions of gender conditioning and distorting their perceptions of art and artists. The Newsom I read about in reviews has NOTHING to do with the Newsom I actually encounter in her music. And the former seems like it’s just a myth mostly constructed from fear of recognition of women’s intelligence, creativity, and proficiency. They’d rather cling to a storybook wild pixie filled with some magical, incomprehensible female inspiration than actually accept that a woman can be every bit as capable a songwriter as their beloved Leonard Cohens, Tom Waitses, Bob Dylans and so on, and as capable a composer as their [Van Dyke Parkses]…Seems to me a perfect example of sexism prevalent in music journalism and “hipster”/indie sub-culture, amongst people who pose themselves as more “enlightened”/sensitive than the rest of society.”
Natalie Reed, in conversation with me on twitter, on the sexist, infantilizing, and reductive media narratives about Joanna Newsom. She brilliantly synthesizes what we have been saying at Blessing All the Birds since the beginning.
I also think the “fey” words are code for “we do not want to actually engage with this music because doing so would actually mean acknowledging a woman’s words are powerful and intellectual and thus, threatening to patriarchy in music (and the world).” Those words, most importantly, bespeak of the fear of Newsom’s intense and subversive femininity.
2:21 pm • 21 January 2013 • 287 notes