The entire HABITAT EP is now streaming on our fav site, Rookiemag.com!

http://www.rookiemag.com/?p=78085

Also features a great interview with moi (katie) all about the EP.

photo by annie wolf

photo by annie wolf

photo by annie wolf

photo by annie wolf

Habitat EP

The Habitat EP has been getting nice reviews! Its cool to see that people are getting what we were trying to do with this release.. The b-sides are pretty weird/experimental tracks but it looks they are being embraced which is good news for the future : ) :)

http://drownedinsound.com/releases/18274/reviews/4147851

http://www.thefourohfive.com/review/article/austra-habitat-ep-140

None of Dem

We covered the Robyn/Royksopp track “None of Dem” a few years ago for triple J :)

snake eyes foto @misskateyoung

snake eyes foto @misskateyoung

Not All Men

"Women were again sternly reminded this week that “Not all men…”

If we were talking about rhino poaching, we wouldn’t be expected to begin the conversation by saying we know that not all men poach rhinos – that we know that lots of men truly love rhinos and would give their lives for rhinos. It’s a given. No one would be chastized for not sending out a disclaimer, “I’m very grateful to all the amazing people in my life who’ve never slaughtered a rhino,” or declaring that most of the men they know are practically goddamned rhino veterinarians. We’d just talk about what the hell we were going to do because rhinos are in danger.”

- Tabatha Southey

What it Means to be a Gemini

Decisions are incredible difficult. More so than making them, it is maintaining them. Spontinaity is not an issue. “This is going to be my new self starting now” is not hard to say, but then on day two, that self suddenly becomes undesirable. Not only the self, but the people around the self also become undesirable. The shining beacon of human perfection in your life becomes a disease on day two, one that you cannot live with. And in order to compensate for the changes you need to make among those that surround you, you have to change the self again. A new self, a new goal from this day forward, and then you come upon day three where everything is different once again.

The pull to be alone, to be in a group, to be a pair is constant. To be an extrovert, to be an introvert. To be a human delight, to be a toxic burden.

As I enter a new year since my birth, I am thinking about how the stars have affected me and my life, how I have ended up here are where else i might have been had i not been born a gemini.

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MORE TO COME! XO

McDonalds goth

McDonalds goth

Sasquatch! Sarah Landau makes light, even when there’s none

Sasquatch! Sarah Landau makes light, even when there’s none

Take an hour to enjoy Liaisons Dangereuses, Live in 1982, The Hacienda
I find Beate particularly inspiring. Synth goddess.
-Maya

Are opera singers now to be judged on their looks not their voice?

OK this article is nuts.

I studied opera when I was a teenager and from my experience, physical appearance never played much of a role in casting. I would often see a small 5”2 robust male playing Rodolfo in La Boheme, and a much larger woman playing his love interest, Mimi. As the singer in this article states: it is all about the voice. The voice transcends physicalities, and the two lovers relationship is brought to life based on the sheer musicality and communication through the human voice. This is an actual thing that happens. Though they may seem like an unlikely pairing at first glance, these heroes and heroines always manage to create a love story so real you can touch it. And it is almost more engaging to watch two people fall in love that you may not usually get to see fall in love on a screen. Women in opera have never been criticized for their weight on the stage, in fact a heavier set woman often results in a voice with more depth, and so size could sometimes be seen a plus.

The fact that these singers have been excluded from the outrageous bodily expectations society lays upon women (until now) is what I find pretty crazy. Today, if you read the same article about a woman in pop music: would you be surprised? Of course not. I’ve read countless articles about Adele’s weight, and she has even gone so far as to speak out about it: “I make music for the ears, not for the eyes.”

In thinking about how they have avoided these criticisms until now: its possible that woman in opera have throughout history enjoyed respect and admiration from their peers in a way no other female artists have. Since people stopped regularly castrating men’s voices to play the female leads, there have always been Divas. And these performers are not appreciated for their bodies, or their beauty, they are appreciated for their enormous skill to control the human voice. Men and women alike recognize that to be able to sing opera requires years of training, dedication, discipline, and a woman who excels at this is always credited for her work. Today in pop culture I often see woman being reduced to their physicalities as an explanation for success. It is extremely difficult for a woman to achieve “genius” status like her male counterparts, an example of this lies in Jessica Hopper’s review of St. Vincent’s latest record: http://www.spin.com/reviews/st-vincent-self-titled-SPIN-essential/

And so, maybe it is the history of respect that woman have enjoyed that has protected them from sexism and misogyny in the present day entertainment industry. Centuries of admiration for the Diva have carried on into our current decade: and this is why the fact that woman are now suddenly being targeted for the way they look in this ancient art form is enraging the community.

Maybe it is some indication that we have gone backwards. Obviously woman have more rights today in the western world than ever before, but the impossible bodily expectations laid upon us is creating a new kind of opression: one that dangerously overrides the work, talent, skill and genius we should be credited for.