The Top 5 Songs about Lesbians in 2007

Not only queer girls sing about queer girls, and in 2007 there were a few artists singing their praises in support of gay women. Here’s our top 5 picks of songs about lesbians this year:

5. LESBIANS- “Lesbians Don’t Get The Blues”

Jenny Hoyston’s band with Tara Jespen and Michelle Lawler have only a few songs on their Myspace so far, but it’s enough to know we’re in love. Our namesake band have created gay, feminist anthems that say what is on our minds in “Lesbians Don’t Get the Blues: “You must think about being gay all of the time because it clearly makes you feel so, so good. I wonder, it makes me think, I’m so glad I won’t get pregnant. I’m so glad I don’t have to decide to spit or swallow. I’m so glad I don’t have to over-identify with Cosmo Magazine.” Check out the song on their Myspace.

4. Tegan and Sara- “Knife Going In”

Previously, the twins were a little more tight-lipped about being gay, even though they were out. They wanted their being lesbians to be a non-issue, but fans can’t help but want to know about their sex lives. On The Con and subsequent press for the album, it seems they care a little less. The album’s opening song “I Was Married” is about gay marriage, but the sad Sara track “Knife Going In” about losing her grandma and asking her (now ex) girlfriend to be there for her is so uncharacteristically personal: “Emy should I stop?”

3. The Shins- “Phantom Limb”

The Shins‘ singer/songwriter James Mercer says of the 2007 album’s title track, “Phantom Limb” : “[The lyrics] are about two young girls who are in love, which was I guess my interpretation of the feeling I got… the feeling of romance, that I felt the music was purveying, and the apprehension and the alienation. I pictured this love affair that had to be kept secret, was very powerful and was something that freed them, these two girls, from their boring and oppressed life they were living in a small town.” A romantic song of melancholy indeed.

2. Team Gina- “ButchFemme”

For a literal description of lesbian courtship, you can count on Team Gina to deliver the goods. Two femme MCs rapping about butches with backwards caps, star tattoos and Carharts is a 2007 anthem and ode to the butch: “I like a girl with a little bit of body mass.”

1. Jens Lekman- “Postcard to Nina”

It’s true–a 20-something Nordic man has written the number one lesbian song of the year. Nina is a lesbian, and a good friend of Jens, who needs him to pretend he’s her boyfriend for a meeting with her father: “Nina I can be your boyfriend, so you can stay with your girlfriend/Your father is a sweet old man, but it is hard for him to understand that you wanna love a woman.” Detailing the awkward dinner with Nina’s father and subsequent follow-up e-mails paired with the beautiful ukulele instrumental makes this song both funny and sweet, and certainly the number one song about lesbians this year.


Carrie Brownstein: she’s just like us

Based on Oprah’s “Favorite Things,” Carrie Brownstein has read her blog post about her own favorite things on NPR’s show “Day to Day.” She enjoys Youtube, pizza, and music–Christmas shopping made easy. Carrie’s blog is on our “Favorite Things” list this year, so make sure to forward it on to a friend.

Some of our other favorite things right now: Megan Holmes’ photos, When She Speaks I Hear the Revolution blog, and the current issue of Girls Like Us, which has an interview with Electrelane’s hot drummer, Emma Gaze.

Is anyone ever real on reality TV?

OK, so we’re guilty of watching “A Shot of Love with Tila Tequila.” At first, it was to make fun of it, and while we still do, we’ve been rooting for Dani, the self-proclaimed “futch” lesbian. Last night’s episode was a crappy recap that offered no new info, but next week Tila will decide between boring Bobby and Dani, who has seemed like the most genuine person on the show since the beginning. But is she? Last month, Dani posted a blog on her Myspace page about starting a new clothing company called–you guessed it–Futch, that will have boyish clothes to fit girlish figures.

Dani says, “So before all this new found fame, I always had a dream of starting a clothing company. … This isn’t a cheap, sell-out jump at a money making opportunity.”

Isn’t it? Just when we were fooled into thinking Dani was really all about Tila, she announces new Team Dani T-Shirts for sale ($25).

What Juno about Ellen Page?

Ever since we saw Ellen Page in Hard Candy, with her short ‘do and tomboyish mannerisms, we had the inkling that she could very well bat for our team. The star of the critically acclaimed new flick Juno looks sort of like a young Tegan and/or Sara. But maybe that’s just how all Canadian girls look. (If that’s the case, we’re heading north!) But while Page isn’t out (and was at one time linked to X-Men 3 co-star Ben Foster), several things set off our gaydar:

*She’s an outspoken feminist.

*According to her imdb profile, she enjoys playing basketbal, soccer and going snowboarding and skiing.

*Was quoted saying, “As a girl, you’re supposed to love Sleeping Beauty. I mean who wants to love Sleeping Beauty when you can be Aladdin?”

*Her wardrobe largely consists of Converse and flannel. She was surprised to be asked to pose with other actresses for a photo spread in Vanity Fair, telling NPR, “… Do they know how tall I am, how I dress?'”

*She has said numerous times that she’s very eager to begin filming Jack and Diane, her upcoming film about lesbian werewolves.

*She did an interview for Curve (about X-Men, borrring!) so she obviously reads the lesbian mag–at least that one issue.

*See photo.

Match made in queer music heaven

We’re so jealous of all you homos in California. Not because the cold and snow sucks, but because it’s just been announced that K Records label mates Mirah and The Blow are touring together at the end of January. There’s only four dates so far, but we have our fingers crossed for more anywhere east of Cali.

1/22 San Francisco – Great American Music Hall
1/23 San Francisco – Great American Music Hall
1/24 Santa Cruz – Rio Theatre
1/25 Los Angeles – Henry Fonda Theatre

Girls in a new video

Girl in a Coma has just released a video for their new single, “Say.”

The girls are currently on “tour” all over their home state of Texas. They recently finished touring with Morrissey, who invited them on tour, surely, because he loved their name, which is inspired by The Smiths’ song, “Girlfriend in a Coma.” So oddly close to Girlfriend is a Homo.