Articles by Cazz Blase

New Review: A cut above the rest

In December 2012 Holly wrote about Bristol synth pop act Gaptooth and her explicitly feminist single ‘Ladykillers’, a song that was so strongly worded that some radio stations wouldn’t play...

Cazz Blase // 31 January 2013

Categories: Blog

Song of the day: Big Mama Thornton – Ball n’ chain

This performance of ‘Ball n’ chain’ dates from 1970 and, as Thornton acknowledges in her intro to the song, it was written by her and “made famous by me and...

Cazz Blase // 7 January 2013

Categories: Blog

Song of the day: Janis Ian – Society’s Child

This tale of a mixed race relationship, and its demise thanks to the pressures of a racist society, was Janis Ian’s first single, written and recorded when she was 13....

Cazz Blase // 6 January 2013

Categories: Blog

Song of the day: Dixie Chicks – Taking the long way

The title track from the Dixie Chicks 2007 album, ‘Taking the long way’ can be read on a number of levels. On one level it is a song about female...

Cazz Blase // 5 January 2013

Categories: Blog

Song of the day: Florence + the machine – Dog Days (live at the Brit Awards launch party, 2009)

One of the attractions of compiling clips and songs for the song of the day series was that it enabled me to look at a number of clips that encapsulate...

Cazz Blase // 2 January 2013

Categories: Blog

Song of the day: Salt N Pepa – Tramp

A re-working of the Otis Redding and Carla Thomas duet, from 1967, this was an early outing for Salt N Pepa, and in terms of success it would be eclipsed...

Cazz Blase // 31 December 2012

Categories: Blog

Song of the day: Shakespear’s Sister – Goodbye Cruel World

The first single to be released from the second Shakespear’s Sister album, Hormonally Yours, ‘Goodbye Cruel World’ saw the duo of Siobhan Fahey and Marcella Detroit take on a darker...

Cazz Blase // 29 December 2012

Categories: Blog

Song of the day: Brenda Lee – Sweet Nuthin’s

A song that fitted seamlessly into the rock’n’roll nostalgia film that was, and is, American Graffiti the initial attraction of the teenage Brenda Lee would be hearing that voice tearing...

Cazz Blase // 28 December 2012

Categories: Blog

Song of the day: Carole King – So far away (live, BBC concert, 1971)

As half of the songwriting partnership of Goffin and King, Carole King wrote more pop hits in the 1960s than most people can probably count, amongst them the Shirelles ‘Will...

Cazz Blase // 23 December 2012

Categories: Blog

Song of the day: Jesca Hoop – The Kingdom

Raised in California, now resident in Manchester, ‘The Kingdom’ is taken from Jesca’s 2009 debut album Hunting my dress. Unlucky enough (or lucky enough, depending on how you look at...

Cazz Blase // 21 December 2012

Categories: Blog

New Review: The thrill of the chase

The Mediaeval Baebe’s new album, The Huntress is themed around “female energy”. A mix of the classical and traditional folk song, Michelle Drury welcomes it as a return to form...

Cazz Blase // 16 December 2012

Categories: Blog

Music paste up: White Blush, B Traits, and Grimes

Regular readers of the sporadic music paste ups might remember a couple of pieces earlier this year about Carol Rhyu, who records as White Blush. The ethereal and heartbreaking ‘Without...

Cazz Blase // 14 December 2012

Categories: Blog

Delia Derbyshire Day, Saturday 12 January 2013

Back in October, The F-Word ran a feature about the women of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Since then, an event has been announced to honour the most well known woman...

Cazz Blase // 12 December 2012

Categories: Blog

Cornshed Sisters Christmas Single

Sunderland folk group The Cornshed Sisters will be releasing a Christmas single on 24 December, and they’ve also made the two tracks, ‘Have a good Christmas time’ and ‘It smells...

Cazz Blase // 9 December 2012

Categories: Blog

Hole story of Schemel not Love

Cazz Blase enjoys the documentary about Hole's drummer Patty Schemel that puts one of the most exciting bands of the 1990s firmly on the rock'n'roll map without losing intimate touch

Cazz Blase // 4 December 2012

Categories: Films, Music, Reviews

Shrieking Violet’s Natalie Bradbury talks about Manchester and feminism

Natalie Bradbury is a journalist and writer based in Manchester. She has been writing and editing the magazine Shrieking Violet for three years. The magazine appears in paper format around...

Cazz Blase // 15 November 2012

Categories: Blog

Music paste up: Valerie June, Imogen Heap, Rebekah Delgado

Hello, and welcome to another music paste up. First up is Valerie June, who releases her debut single ‘Workin’ Woman Blues’ on 19 November. Valerie refers to her music as...

Cazz Blase // 12 November 2012

Categories: Blog

New Review: Making a noise about women’s musical history

Hayley Foster da Silva thought she knew a lot about women musicians, but when she read Women Make Noise, a new book edited by Julia Downes, she was pleased to...

Cazz Blase // 11 November 2012

Categories: Blog

Music Paste Up: Lizette Lizette, Karin Park and a Shiny Toy Guns/Tank Girl mash up

Hello, and welcome to another music paste up post. First up, Lizette Lizette, newly relocated to London from Stockholm where she has built up a strong reputation as a producer...

Cazz Blase // 5 November 2012

Categories: Blog

New Feature: Do women dream of electric sheep? Delia Derbyshire and the women of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop

Delia Derbyshire has enjoyed a resurgence of recognition in the past decade and has taken her well-deserved place as one of the founders of modern electronic music. But she was...

Cazz Blase // 28 October 2012

Categories: Blog

New Review: Corin Tucker is still angry

Corin Tucker won the hearts of the riot grrls in raw and gutsy band Heavens To Betsy and (later) in Sleater-Kinney. Confirmed fan Jess McCabe throws critical caution to the...

Cazz Blase // 21 October 2012

Categories: Blog

Punk, grunge and riot grrrl women: Coming to a venue near you

Next month sees the official cinema release of the music documentary Hit so hard: The life and near death story of Patty Schemel The UK film distributor Peccadillo Pictures acquired...

Cazz Blase // 14 October 2012

Categories: Blog

Music paste up: Savages, Chelsea Wolfe, Tilly and the Wall

Reported to be one of the most exciting new bands to emerge this year, post punk inspired guitar band Savages have just released their live EP ‘I Am Here’. Seeming...

Cazz Blase // 8 October 2012

Categories: Blog

New Review: Another record from a star storyteller

I saw Jesca Hoop play live in Manchester back in June. Despite having the misfortune to be playing to a slightly fidgety audience at the Academy 3 on the same...

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Categories: Blog

Music paste up: Stealing Sheep, Mediaevael Baebes and Seaming

Liverpool avant folk group Stealing Sheep released their debut album Into The Diamond Sun back in August, not long after being honoured in The Guardian as Paul Lester’s New Band...

Cazz Blase // 1 October 2012

Categories: Blog

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