Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Street Art NYC

From am NY: "A tribe of behemoths has apparently moved into the city, and is looking for somewhere to take a load off. This 8-foot-tall park bench was found Monday bolted into the median strip on Houston at Suffolk Street in the Lower East Side. (Patrick Verel / December 17, 2007)

A spokesman for the Department of Transportation said the agency is investigating."


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Friday, December 14, 2007

Rad Belt! Last minute holiday gifties....

As far as I can tell, these are only available in the US of A so if you are there this is a pretty rad gift that any fashion-y friend or family member would probably love. I would, though I bet the belt wouldn't actually fit around my waist (especially after Christmas dinner.)

It's a chain belt with a 3x 3ml cartridge of Diesel Fuel For Life fragrance. It comes in a brushed metal version for boys (who cares) and shiny gold version for women (yeah!). You can get refills for when the scent runs out. Maybe you can even use it for a secret booze vile? Hmmmmm.....


KRUCIAL KATE is from Cameroon. She sings since she is a kid. Alone. Trying to make it happen with poor facilities and very little money. One day Yushi from Japan found her while doing research on African Hip Hop. The story began. He makes the beats, she sings. Yushi is over in Cameroon and together with Cyrille Masso they are documenting his and kate's story. Look at for them. More to come soon.... xxx
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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Friday, December 7, 2007

Some cool videos

The Broken Hearts - those girls are really cool - from another decade...
they are the party twins, always up for dressing up. You've probably seen them play around. They finally started making their own tracks. check the new video
The Broken Hearts. Black Cat

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And the new Mick Jagger video by Price James, our girlcore mascott!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007




Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Italians Do It Better

by Carmelita Morales

I was just in Modena and Turin, Italy this weekend and am feeling a bit of a chocolate hangover. I went to a Sunday market in this tiny town near Modena and my god did I feel like I'd died and gone to heaven. It was just bread and cheese and chocolate everywhere! They had this huge 8 foot piece if bread cut in half, filled inside with nutella. You just ask for a piece and they slice one off for you. Then there was the REAL hot chocolate. I'm not talking powder shit, I mean the people are melting the dark chocolate pieces in front of you and topping it with chili flakes (it brings out the cocoa flavour and isn't really spicy at all).

But the best bit was the homemade chocolate liquor. One hot, teeny cup of this and you are both drunk and high (on chocolate). Nothing could be better on a cold day than this shizz. I bought 2 bottles from the guy making it fresh right in front of me. It's thick and pure melted chocolate mixed with vodka or white rum, then poured into an old wine bottle. If you are looking for cheap amazing x-mas presents I suggest you be the best gift-giver ever and make some at home to give away.

Homemade Rum/Vodka Chocolate Liquor Recipe

500 grams sugar
1/2 liter milk
200 grams good dark chocolate, melted
1/2 liter white rum or vodka
10 grams vanilla sugar (i dont know what this is but im sure you can just use normal sugar and add vanilla extract)

Pour the sugar in half of the milk and boil til the sugar melts.

Mix melted dark chocolate in the other half of milk (without cooking) and pour it in boiling sweetened milk. Add vanilla sugar and white rum and remove from the heat.

Pour in an old wine bottle and let it stand like that for a few days for best results (shake it occasionally). Viola!

Monday, November 12, 2007


by Isa GT

This month's *GIRLCORE* is gonna be a battle of Titans, We have one of the best line ups so far...

HEIDI (phonica, Get Physical Records)

This girl is SO busy touring everywhere in the world! but still has time to come and play at *Gcore*


The photo above is the Poster for their World Tour 2007 in which *GIRLCORE* is included!!!


The girl is been busy supporting SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO on their Tour and will be joining us at the Naughty Slumber Party!

+ We are gonna be charging at the door (WE WANT TO DONATE THE MONEY FOR CHARITY)


Saturday, November 10, 2007

Observations as of 09/11/2007 (From a London-trained, Colombia-born exile)

So I´ve been here in Barcelona for a day. Slept most of the morning as the last few days/nights in London had been hectic. I´m staying with an old friend of mine(Mónica) who lives in what used to be an environmental social centre with a hippie vibe which she and her now ex-boyfriend put into motion. The centre is ertswhile "closed until further notice" so we´re sleeping in the ground floor while four other people sleep in the rooms upstairs. It is quite cosy to be surrounded by so many earthy colours and indian tie-dye.

I dedicated my afternoon to riding Mónica´s bycicle (which will be mine when she travels to Brazil in three weeks, woo hoo!) around the streets of Barcelona, starting from Gracia which is where we live down towards the centre, taking in the Raval, Ramblas, Barrio Gótico and then all the way to Plaza Espanya where she and her argentinian beau Alejandro are working nights giving information about the trains. Apparently something´s going on with Spain´s major rail network Renfe and there´s a big demonstration happening today against the company as well as the exploitation of workers, the rise in property prices and God-knows what else. Two of my new housemates spent the whole evening making placards and flyers to wave around today. Is this a sign of things to come? Will I get back to my hippie, demonstrating, politically active, spliff-smoking roots? Only time will tell. Haha.
During my bike-ride around the city, I noted a few things that probably only someone who looks at the city with fresh eyes would notice and a few more obvious ones but which I thought would still be good to mention:
  • It is actually a lot warmer here (sorry about the bragging, couldn´t help it!)
  • The best-dressed men are all gay.
  • There´s a pharmacy practically in every corner. (Do Spanish people get sick more often or is it just for the aesthetic pleasure?)
  • Tourists are all the same, in every country.
  • Same goes with posh people.
  • It´s not trucker caps like Vice said. It is "The Skullet" with a dread finish that will never go out of fashion in Spain.
  • Toilets are easier to flush.
  • Catalan sounds quite funny (No offense to catalunians, I´m definitely planning on going on catalan lessons)
  • There is an active reaction to fur-wearing. Or at least that´s what I gather from having been scolded about my coat in the street by a complete stranger. He just yelled behind my ear: "Oooh, freshly-killed rabbit!"
  • As much as I´ve made it a resolution to not think about boys (don´t snigger), I can´t help but notice I´ve only seen one fit (straight) boy in the whole day. What will happen when I do start thinking about boys?

OK so that´s it for now. I won´t go into how much I find myself comparing everything and everyone to London, or how it made me cry to see its lights below me from the plane, or how much I miss everyone I left there. That´s too cheesy and like, what´s the point in that?

Friday, November 2, 2007

Tyra's Tips #1

Love Becky. x

I'm gonna try and make this a regular thing. Afterall where would the world be without this woman's wisdom?

Hot Craft by Hot Chicks

By Carmelita Morales

The colder it gets the craftier I get. I guess it's just good ol' hibernational fun. Last year I picked up knitting, this summer I started embroidery and managed to create a pretty good replication of my surly cat despite his attempts to sabatoge my creation every step of the way.

This month at Sesame Art Gallery a few amazing crafty ladies have put together a show called Wild Styles: Hot Craft, a new exhibit of work from seven women who give traditional, hand-made pieces an exciting, punked-up revival. These emerging and established stars of craft reject the hippie label of their domestic skills and are quickly supplanting graffiti as the latest art collectable. Watch out for Bill Hicks and Iggy Pop embroideries, 70s porn emblazoned rugs, 'Get Ur Freak On' needlepoint samplers, and Danielle Proud's gothic, bejewelled gargoyle heads.

Speaking of Danielle Proud, I bought her book 'House Proud' last year because it has all kinds of DIY and crafty projects but I haven't made anything from the book. To be honest it was a tad lame and a lot of the stuff was 70's fugly - but thats getting off subject. I still respect her passion for craft and glad she's leading the way bringing together other forward thinking craft masters.

The point is, crafts are awesome. Girls are awesome.

Sesame Art Space
354 Upper Street
N1 0PD
Tel: 020 7226 3300

Monday, October 29, 2007

Make friends in SAO PAULO –
We followed Gil because he looked like David Macklovitch (Chromeo singer) and ended up in the cutest hidden vintage shop of SP. We met all his friends and tried all his clothes- Check B.Luxo (prices are in Reals - divide them by 4 to get the pound equivalence).
The store opened two months ago since surface 2 air SP closed for refurbishment before reopening for their 1 year anniversary lest week.
Brecho Luxo is literally like a small beyond retro with Brazilian rock in the background. Check all those people (and me!) on

Most of them only speak a few words in English, which made the experience even more interesting…

Paula and Gil the owners of the shop

Big up to Aline and Dj Foka! (= Dj Seal!)

M.O.N.O 4- those guys are great! CHECK THEM OUT! -

But talking about people only speaking a few words in English check
« my leg is so delicious, my hand is so delicious, my drink is so delicious, i am so delicious --- make me a bitch »
— Superfake.

As my friend Emmy said, its like if they had bought an english dictionary and picked out a few random words to write their « songs » - The worst but funniest act i’ve ever seen !

Friday, October 26, 2007

*Miss Girlcore 2007*

Miss The Wedding won the votes of our tight jury and the audience to become *Miss Girlcore 2007*. Congratulations to the runnner up Miss Squallyoaks.

It was an amazing night. Thanks to everyone who took part and attended.

check pics here:

and here are a few from our own digital cameras...

(next *girlcore*: the slumber party on thursday 29th november)

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Who Will Be Crowned The Next Miss *GIRLCORE*?

You can still enter!

Not only can you win 100 quid in Top Shop vouchers, a pair of Superfine Jeans, a special goodie bag (also for the runner-up) - but you will have the special privilege of reigning supreme as the *GIRLCORE* Queen for all of 2008.

Contestants judged on look, talent, eloquence, and dance-off.

GIRLCORE = Good Sexy

By Becky

In 2006 Simian Mobile Disco released the really rather good "Hustler" and enlisted GIRLCORE to help with the really rather good video (see above). After all, what’s a snog fest between friends? They've now re-released it with an all-new video (see below). Jeremy from "The Feed" has compared the two videos to articulately demonstrate that there is a huge disparity between Good Sexy and Bad Sexy.

To read his post go to:

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Kaiju Big Battel returns to NY - Flux up, look sharp.

By Carmelita Morales

Last week I posted the new Bloc Party video for "Flux" which features cute, japanese-y battling monsters. Well, upon more investigation I found that they are real fighters in the Kaiju Battles which happen all over the US as far as I can tell. Imagine WWF mixed with Godzilla and you have an idea. They have a new DVD out called "More Better Fighto".

In honor of the release the battle is headed to NYC in November. I may have to take advantage of super cheap flights to NY on my beloved Virgin Airlines for this one. To read more about Kaiju Battles go to

Here's just one live video I found on youtube.
ARRRRRE You REady to rrrRRRRRRRRRRRRRRuuuuuuuuumble????!!!!!!

About Kaiju Big Battel

Kaiju Big Battel is a modern conflict of epic proportions. Planet Earth is under threat: scattered throughout the galaxy is a monstrous mob of maniacal villains, menacing alien beasts, and giant, city-crushing monsters that are waging war against one another. Presiding over this mayhem is the Kaiju Commissioner, an enigmatic human-arbiter appointed by a clandestine cadre of world leaders to regulate Kaiju rage. If the Kaiju Commissioner doesn’t do his job perfectly the entire world could get caught in the crossfire.

Currently, the Kaiju Universe maintains an active roster of approximately 50 monsters, including a factory-worker-turned-soup-can called Kung-Fu Chicken Noodle, a dirty hare-sage dubbed Dusto Bunny, a loser sea beast known as Call-Me-Kevin, and a despicable, square-headed mad scientist known as Dr. Cube.

R Kelly Is A Genius

by Marisa Brickman

I know people think we're supposed to be all feminist and shit because we're called *GIRLCORE*, but sometimes we have a soft spot for chauvinist rappers - well, really just R. Kelly.

We forgive him for fucking that teenage girl in the hotel room (but give him mad props for then writing a song about it - WTF?). We can even overlook the child pornography and pissing on a minor - part of the 21 counts he faced as part of fucking that minor. We even forgive him for doing a duet with Celine Dion.

There is no denying that R. Kelly hands down is the smoothest guy on the planet and I'm sure you'll agree that "Bump N' Grind" and "Ignition" might be two of the best slow jams of all time. He's recently extended his youtube rants to include a special version of an up close and personal "Real Talk".

"I decided to do this shit 'Real Talk' on youtube because I think its a great song, you know what I'm sayin'? Even though there's a lot of profanity in it, but profanity represents just how real shit gets when you arguing with your girl and shit..."

R. Dawg even though we love you and forgive you, not to sure we'd want to be your girl. However, we might want you to tap that ass.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Blood Spot

My miniature sausage dog, Minnie has just started her first period. I look forward to mood swings, irrational behaviour (such as her eagerly trotting after boys who are not even worth a quick sniff of the butt) and her accusatory stare of my betraying the sista hood because I won’t allow her to snuggle up and fall asleep on my latest shift dress.

I wish I could be more supportive of my baby girl as she quickly ascends into woman hood. But periods suck and that’s all there is to it. Boys, as far as I’m concerned, if we were ever to have a debate to end all debates on the battle of the sexes – that would be your trump card. Play it however and us girls would be so offended (there is a damn good chance there’ll be a hormonal disco occurring, as we tend to sync our cycles together) that we’ll quickly adopt a more literal outlook on the whole battle of the sexes idea.

Essentially, this is our lot and there are some rough times ahead for my little sausage. As I’m sure you are aware, there are plenty of medical ways to help ease the need to hysterically cry whilst watching Neighbours once a month. If like Minnie however, you’d rather not be sterilised / take the pill / have a chip in your paw / and hate the fact that you can’t sit down for a week after the nurse injects you in the ass, there’s still hope. So if you need a little help to fight off the crazed woman from hell syndrome every 28 days or so, here are some things the NHS would recommend you give a go. (Unfortunately for Minnie, the Veterinary World still has some work to do).

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
Agnus castus fruit extract
St John’s Wort
Red Clover
Sunshine (Here’s hoping).

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Blog Party

Bloc Party have a new song and video. Yes, it's quite different than their previous stuff but don't think about it too much. Just have fun and go with can't beat robot love.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007


by Isa GT

Girlcore reccommends you go and get yourself a copy of 'Sup (Marizla's mag) its always beautifully designed with the best music.
Get your FREE copy at the locations and cities below:
(content on it is the old issue from the spring but will be
updated soon)


Deerhoof, Kaiser Chiefs, Kooks, Lo Fi Fnk, Mahogany, New Young Pony Club, Simian Mobile Disco, Three Six Mafia, Tokyo Police Club, Trentemoeller,Friendly Fires, Boys Noize, Foals, Dr.Filth, Ghost Frequency, Teenagers, Ghostland Observatory, Fam-lay...


Paul Smith
Nog Gallery
Phonica Records
Beyond the Valley
Pure Groove
Foot Patrol

Paul Smith
Opening Ceremony
Nom de Guerre
Other Music
Turntable Lab
Deitch Projects
Sound Fix

Ooga Booga
Opening Ceremony
BENT Gallery
Show Pony
Turntable Lab


Sunday, October 14, 2007


by Lokicia

I am totally in touch with my feminine side when it comes to appreciating the work of female artists of all kinds. Feist, Coco Rosie and Bjork were the three best concerts I’ve been to in the past year, a Frida Khalo will inspire me more than a Picasso, and I’d rather watch a movie with Audrey Hepburn than Fred Astaire (but that could also be for different reasons).

I am not saying that girls are better at art than boys, and I know it shouldn’t be a question of gender but about the piece of work itself. However it makes sense because the piece of work is an extension of the artist – therefore I’m a girl so I can identify and relate more to what females have to express through their art. And that’s also probably why we are always eager to find out more about the person creating rather than just appreciate the work.

To me in the world of electronic music, it makes no doubt that the person who manages to touch me the most is Miss Kittin. Yes, she is a female. Yes, her work is totally inspiring. And what makes her even more special is that, as a person, she is as generous as when she is behind the decks working her arse off to make us dance.

Here is what she had to say to my questions…

(P.S: hey I still think boys rule and have good things to say too!)

You played at Wet Yourself in London recently. I always tell you how amazing your sets are, and that one didn't fail . You told me you'd been preparing this one for a week and defined it as a 'gay set'..! Where do you find your inspiration as DJ?
Everywhere! It's a question of intuition, of mood. It's my job to give an intention to what I want to do.

How do you get hold of the music you play these days?

Mainly promotion, but I also listen to what other DJs play, and read music press, especially for the music I listen to at home. It's a small world, it's easy to get the information, but so many releases come out every month, again you have to trust your instinct. It doesn't matter if you don't know everything, as long as you cultivate your taste.

You've recently released Hometown EP with The Hacker and are doing a live tour together. How is it working together again in the studio and on stage?
We are like brother and sister, so it's easy. We don't have to talk a lot and discuss things, it just happens. He works on the music in our hometown, Grenoble, where he still lives, and I "dress up" the song with my lyrics at home. I record my voice and edit it by myself, I love it. The result is much better than if we were working in the same space. We know what we have to do and totally trust each other. We still can compose together, but we enjoy it that way for now, we take the freedom and time we need without bothering the other.

Production-wise, do you have any solo releases coming up, or any interesting collaborations we should know about?
I just come back from London where I spent two days with Primal Scream. It was great. I don't know what will come out of what we did. But end of the month I have a single coming out "kittin is high", the 1st of my following 2nd solo album "Batbox" out in january 2008. Jojo is remixing it!

What do you think is hot right now?
He he good question. At the moment, I really like Tektonik, this dance movement. It's really big in France right now! Music is shit but evrywhere in clubs you have kids making these funny moves with funny looks! Like this video, rehearsal after school. If you are interested, the key word for your research is tck on dailymotion or youtube.

Describe your perfect party - and *girlcore* will try and organise it ;-)
He he I like that! But I don't think I can say that in public... Meet my best friends for "apero", then go for dinner in a place we love, and go crazy in a party, shake, and see what happens... Sometimes, my perfect party is to order chinese and watch TV at home! The last perfect party I had was with my best friend, after spending 2 days in the Swiss mountains, we stopped in Zurich, had a fab dinner, and ended in a legendary Goth party called "More than mode". Music was so cool (Sisters of Mercy, Nitzer Ebb etc...), people dressed up crazy, it was so classy. We loved it.

What do blind people dream of?
To see their children.

Which female do you most look up to?
I am a big fan of Diana Rigg, Emma Peel, an independant woman, mysterious, fit, with style, a fast mind. At the moment I am very into Debbie Harry, because I am starting playing live again, and I need inspiration to feel comfortable on stage. I am not the kind of performer to roll on the floor, spit or tell jokes. I prefer to look more classy and pro, as she is. I need to cultivate a certain nonchalance, distance, and coldness to help me focusing on singing in tune and at the right time.

Our collective *girlcore* started as a fun night out between a bunch of girls. We are now actually making things happen, and taking on projects at a global scale. I see it as a platform for each girl to put into practice their creative skills. What product or service do you think *girlcore* should launch?
Good one! Girlcore would be a nice name for a red lipstick. But if it existed, I would suggest to create a course to help girls to find self confidence in themselves instead of looking for it outside, in fame and pretending. Know what I mean? A kind of therapy course for beginner artists! This would be a total social help product, I tell you...

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

The Whitest Boy Alive!

by Lokicia

The Whitest Boy Alive easily found its place in my itunes top 25 most played tracks this year; i would always get a 'oh you always play this' kind of comment from the guys at work each time the drums of 'Burning' would kick in from my speakers. None the less, i was feeding them with great music. I think.

One of the reasons of my visit to Berlin in May was to see them live; but for more than one reason i couldn't attend the show. But last night, Modular Records brought them over for a special London show. As I arrived, I quickly realized that I was not the only one excited about this. Obviously, my name was on the list (!), but the venue reached full capacity 1 hour before the performance was due... What to do? I couldn't miss them again.

*girlcore* stylee, me and my friend jumped over a barrier and managed to get in. There we were confronted to more queues, but managed to squeeze our bodies to the front. And from there, we enjoyed the show. And a great show it was. It started off with a soundcheck in front of the audience which got everyone in the mood I guess. The performance of their tracks was great, some were funkified discofied, some were played slower, some faster. The guys in the band looked as if they really enjoyed the show and interacted a lot with the audience (and lighting engineers). But I think the highlight for most people was the cover they did of Show Me Love by Robin S that got everyone singing hands in the air. They also did a pretty amazing cover of Portishead's 'Give Me a Reason'.

What was meant to be a private showcase turned out to be a massive pit. But I still enjoyed it immensely. Big props to Kirsten from Modular and *girlcore* for trying her best to hold it together.

And yes, I played the album again today at work.

If you haven't listened to any of their stuff, what are you doing, check them out now.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Those Were The Days...

Even though it seems like its never going to be warm again, today the sun is shining and we're thinking of how fucking amazing Bestival 2007 was...

Here's just one picture from the madness... Before it got ugly...

Scroll down for more Bestival photos and to download our radio show from Day 1.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Klaxons Are #1 (and they sport our props in public!)

by Marizla

I knew the Klaxons were destined for stardom the first time I saw them live and witnessed what was going on in the crowd of people wearing home-made neon Klaxons shirts.

It wasn't just the infectious energy, the righteous dance moves, the excuse to rave, or their fresh take on post-punk that made me think they were going somewhere. More than anything it was what the Klaxons inspired after they hit the scene, the movement they championed and the kids they galvanized. As gay as "new rave" is or has become, we give high fives to the Klaxons for winning the muthafuckin' Mercury Prize!

Two weeks ago, as I was heading out the door en route to the Mercury Prize celebration party at some dodgy little Jamaican pub in Dalston, I saw the Prize my mom had won at *Girlcore* Summer Camp just a few nights before. I grabbed a magic marker and customized it to give to the Klaxons. I mean, you can't show up at a party without a present, right?

First, the Prize as seen on my mom "Roro".

2nd, we couldn't believe our eyes when we opened up the latest NME!

3rd, check out the close-up!

Klaxons love *GIRLCORE* and we love them!

Saturday, September 29, 2007


by Isa GT

Last Thursday night was another *gcore* night! this time the theme was "GIRLZ IN DA HOOD"...
We were lucky enough Alice hook us up with her friend Tom who kindly came and graffitied our "crew" name...result? WE'VE GOT A BANNER!