Saturday, January 21, 2017

What's This Bitch Talking About? ep 18

Here's the podcast. It's missing some stuff. I've had a really rough week and the podcast reflects that. I kind of wimped out. I had a segment recorded in which I outline my anxious/nightmarish week sponsored by hormones and brain chemistry, but I axed it, so you won't hear it this week. Also, my phone ate my segment on "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert".

It's been a comedically bad week, okay? Who wants to buy me a drink? gift me a Xanax? Buy me some ice cream? no one? Ok, fine. I'll do better next week. I promise.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

What's This Bitch Talking About? ep 17

Sestra Playlist:

This episode includes discussions of Matthew Perry in romantic comedies, The Little Mermaid, Peter and the Starcatchers, Working Girl, Tori Amos' Little Earthquakes, and dancing to LIVVVVVVVVE, darklings.

There are three guests on this week's podcast! My brother-from-another-mother Sagan, my Michael, and my mom! Pretty exciting, right?

***What's This Bitch Talking About? is the podcast version of Mixtress Radio (airs every Friday from 7-11pm CST on Most of the songs mentioned are contained in the Sestra Playlist, link above.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

What's This Bitch Talking About? ep 16

Sestra Playlist:

It's Kevin Smith night! I review my five Kevin Smith-directed movies (Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, and Zack and Miri Make a Porno).

Other pop culture reviewed: Beyonce's "Lemonade", Solange's "A Seat At The Table" and Sarah Knight's "The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck" (the ebook is 1.99 right now!).

***What's This Bitch Talking About? is the podcast version of Mixtress Radio (airs every Friday from 7-11pm CST on Most of the songs mentioned are contained in the Sestra Playlist, link above.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Fiio X3II/Dapper for Mac Review

This is a video I did for my YouTube channel reviewing my Fiio X3II DAP (Digital Audio Player) after having it for about two weeks. I also go into the usability of the Dapper for Mac program I use to sync my DAP with my iTunes library, which is the best option I know of for syncing music to a DAP when you have a Mac and are used to using iTunes to sync with iPod-type DAPs. I did film this video back in October. Since then, Dapper has come out with several updates to make their program faster and more usable.

Monday, January 2, 2017

What's This Bitch Talking About? ep 15

Mixtress Rae reflects on 2016, makes predictions/resolutions for 2017 and flashes back to her predictions/resolutions for 2016. She is also sick, so this is a shorter episode, because her voice and coherent thoughts are not so good.

Sestra Playlist:

Blog Post about some of my favorite pop culture things of 2016:

Mixtress Rae's Top 50 songs re/discovered in 2016:

What's This Bitch Talking About? is the podcast version of Mixtress Radio (airs every Friday from 7-11pm CST on Most of the songs mentioned are contained in the Sestra Playlist.

MixtressRae's top Pop Culture Things of 2016

Above is a playlist of my top 50 songs that I listened to this year, not including selections from Beyonce's "Lemonade" because she refuses to share (her recent music isn't on Spotify where this mix lives)! Many songs are not from this year but I listened to them alot and I like them.

Below are a few more stats of pop culture I loved the most in 2016.

Top 4 Books:

*Jem and the Holograms, Volume 1 -- This book has great art, inclusivity out the wazoo and is super fun and light and colorful.

*Porcelain // Moby -- This was a great portrait of underground dance music in NYC in the '80s. Moby created a GIGANTIC playlist with all the music he mentions in the book on Spotify in the order he mentions it and I just think that's the coolest thing ever.

*Graceling // Kristin Cashore -- Fun young adult fantasy novel that has a love story element that doesn't piss me off. That's rare. The dude is cute, cool, and respects all boundaries set by chick. The protagonist is badass and not at all annoying. She sort of reminds me of a less-damaged version of Katniss.

*Paid For // Rachel Moran -- This is an extremely painful first-person memoir about the life of a sex worker. While I recognize that her story isn't every sex worker's story, I imagine the anguish she was subjected to in her ten (? it may have been 15?) years on the streets is probably the norm in that industry. This book was really hard to read and I cried a LOT while reading it, but it gave me a perspective I think I needed to be a more empathic human. My full review here.

Top 4 Movies That Came Out in 2016:

*Deadpool -- This film is snarky, sexy, and full of references to Wham.

*Ghostbusters -- Super fun film from Paul Feig.

*The Huntsman: Winter's War -- I love badass queenly fantasy chicks being evil and this movie has two (Charlize Theron and Emily Blunt, yasssssssss). I also can't resist villains that cause havoc just by gesturing and/or flicking their wrists at things/people. That's literally my favorite method of destruction and this franchise has it in SPADES, children. There's also other chicks! And Chris Hemsworth!

*Sisters -- I was initially underwhelmed by this Tina Fey/Amy Poehler movie but it gets more hilarious with every rewatch. It's funny and weird.

Top 5 Albums:

1. Drei // EMIKA -- To me, this album feels like a journey through and out of abuse. EMIKA is an artist with a big BIG range through genre. Her talents are immense. This particular album is electronic, dark, melodic, and just fucking gorgeous.

2. Dream Sequins // NMESH -- This is the ultimate vaporwave. Get into it.

3. Hounds of Love // Kate Bush -- This album has been in my consciousness since I was a toddler, but this year I ripped it from my DNA, re-examined it, then stitched it back in with new understandings of its depths. I am the lamenting feminist in "Running Up That Hill". I am the blackbird in "Waking the Witch". I am the spirit in "Watching You Without Me". "Hounds of Love" is finally on Spotify. If you've never experienced this masterpiece, don't go another day without these hounds. They'll haunt you in the best possible way.

4. Art Angels // Grimes -- Truly her best achievement so far. Danceable, ethereal, dark and ballsy.

5. Long Ambients: Calm. Sleep. // Moby -- This album is hours of spacey sort-of dark ambient music Moby is giving away for free.

Top 5 Songs: 

1. My Heart Bleeds Melody // EMIKA -- I might get a tattoo based on the title of this song. I had this thought the first time I heard it, which was the first time I heard EMIKA ever. It was love at first listen. I'll let the idea gestate for a couple of years, but I'm pretty sure the words "my heart bleeds melody" need to be on my skin forever.

2. Waking the Witch // Kate Bush -- This song completely slays me. I'm basing a tattoo idea on the content of this song. I think it will end up covering my entire back with blackbirds and witchyness. It is one of my top 10 songs of all time.

3. Trust No Bitch // Junksista -- This year our husky broke out of our backyard and attacked a neighborhood dog. She was taken in by the dog police and Michael and I had to go to court on her behalf. One of the things the Animal Control guy told us was that you can't trust your dogs, ever. This song was discovered during this time period thanks to a suggestion from my friend Ruben and well, it seemed fitting.

4. Iman // Niyaz -- I think this is the most spiritual, meditative song I've ever heard. If I sit zazen/shiva/moderate-meditative-pose while listening to this song, I get real calm, yo. Reallllll calm.

5. White Pepper Ice Cream // Cibo Matto -- Have loved this song since 1996 but it was only this year that I realized it is my favorite song of all time. I don't know what else to say. It's my jam. Please listen to it if you want to hear a sound landscape that lights up my entire brain with aural nirvana.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

What's This Bitch Talking About? ep 14

It's the John Hughes edition!!

Reviews of Sixteen Candles, Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Pretty In Pink, and Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Sestra Playlist (mostly songs from John Hughes movies):

What's This Bitch Talking About? is the podcast version of Mixtress Radio (airs every Friday from 7-11pm CST on Most of the songs mentioned are contained in the Sestra Playlist, link above.

*I apologize for the extreme lateness of this podcast episode. There were holidays and I had the PLAGUE. Episode 14 originally aired on Mixtress Radio December 23rd. The podcast episode for this last Friday's radio show will be up tomorrow afternoon.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

What's This Bitch Talking About? ep 13

Sestra Playlist:

This episode of "What's This Bitch Talking About?" attempts to discuss the following:

*Mixtress Rae's continuing adventures in learning how to be less of an asshole. This week's adventures include gift-giving and white privilege.

*Chasing Amy


*Taking the universe's stage direction and reflections on 2016

What's This Bitch Talking About? is the podcast version of Mixtress Radio (airs every Friday from 7-11pm CST on Most of the songs mentioned are contained in the Sestra Playlist, link above.

Next week we will discuss the John Hughes oeuvre of films circa 1985.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

What's This Bitch Talking About? ep 12

Sestra Playlist:

Full version of Mixtress Rae's "Yule Be Merry" mix can be found here: 

In this episode, many pop culture-stuffs are discussed such as, Beyond the Sea (the movie), Best in Show, Barbarella, She & Him, New Girl (the TV show), Emika, and Christmas music.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Yule Be Merry

Yule Be Merry is the name of my patented Xmas mix.

Below is the version of "Yule Be Merry" that is simply my top 12 Xmas songs of all time:

Here is the more complete Spotify version:

My top three Christmas albums are:

She & Him // A Very She & Him Christmas (they have a new one out called "Christmas Party" that is really quite good)

Squirrel Nut Zippers // Christmas Caravan (skip the kinda-racist "Indian Giver")

Bing Crosby // Merry Christmas! (I grew up with this one and can't escape its charms, though we all now know what a probably terrible man the Bing was... #allmyfavesareproblematic)

I will also be playing some of my favorite Xmas songs on Friday December 9th's Mixtress Radio broadcast (press play on little yellow cassette at top right of this blog from 7-11pm CST Friday).