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Maya Ford, Allison Robertson at NAMM + Buy Spend The Night!

Allison Robertson & Maya Ford of The Donnas were recently was at NAMM rocking out on some new gear. Allison plays with a new amp and Maya Ford discusses her gear. Love these grrrls! Check it out!

Maya & Allison:

Allison rocking out on some new gear:


Help the Donna’s “Spend the Night” album go gold in their lifetime! If you don’t have this album, it is a must for any hard rocker. This was the first album I owned by The Donnas. I was DJ-ing at my college radio station, when we got a “college CD sampler” of their songs from the album. My show, which was called “The Show That Rocks” was a show with a friend of mine where we would feature classic 80s cuts, women who rocked, and random songs that made no sense. Oh! I miss it now!

Anyway, as I was driving home, I popped it into my CD player, and was like “Holy Sh*t! This is amazing!” I instantly became a fan, and ever since have been. I got the chance to see them this past summer in Pittsburgh. The pictures are below, and I must say, the show brought down the house. It was at a small club in Pittsburgh, PA and there were about 500 people total there, including some young girls in front of me that couldn’t have been more than 12! I though to myself “Yes! This is exactly what they need to see and hear!”

Anyways, enjoy the pictures and BUY their “Spend the Night” album here! I recommend it on vinyl as always! Rock on!

Billboard – The First All-Female Top Five Ever!

For the first time ever, women hold the top five spots on Billboard Top 200 Chart!

Wow, it took long enough. It’s 2010 and we are now just getting the first female top five on Billboard? Even still, it is a great success! Women hold the top five spots for the week ending January 3, 2010.

The women who hold the top five spots on billboard  are:

  1. Susan Boyle -“I Dreamed A Dream”
  2. Lady Gaga -“The Fame”
  3. Alicia Keys -“The Element Of Freedom”
  4. Mary J. Blige -“Stronger with Each Tear” 
  5. Taylor Swift -“Fearless”

First, this is just awesome overall. Plus,  the fact that they are all strong, talented women, with I think equally powerful album titles is icing the cake. The last time women held this many spots on Billboard’s Top 200 was four, in 1990 with:

  1. Bonnie Raitt -“Nick Of Time”
  2. Sinead O’Connor -“I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got”
  3. Janet Jackson -“Rhythm Nation: 1814”
  4. Paula Abdul -“Forever Your Girl”

If you remember, the early 90s was the time of Riot Grrrl, where many women and girls rebelled (not the first time though) against discrimination and devaluation in the music industry. The early 90s also saw a surge of women leading sales and singles. Even still, it was radio station policy not to play female artists “back to back” on the air. This was one of the reasons why Sarah Mclachlan started Lilith Fair in the first place. Yet, while “women in music” gets expose in waves, every few years it gets “trendy”, women/female artists still only make up a small percentage of artists in the music industry, and even less who chart singles/albums. Sure, a few get lots of exposure, but it’s mostly skin. Women are everywhere in music videos….as eye candy, not as active music makers.

So, I applaud this success of these five women, who all come from different genres, yet, come together in the charts to dominate the top five spots for January 3, 2010. I like all of them, and think all of them deserve all the praise that they get. I am just saddened that it took this long, and that even with this, women still get don’t get the R-E-S-P-E-C-T (ala Aretha) that they deserve as musicians.

Runaways Poll

Just added a new Runaways poll to the right of the blog. Vote and rock on!

Now Jukebox Heroines New URL!

Emily’s Vital Vinyl Records is now Jukebox Heroines!

The new web address is: as well as,

Also, I am on twitter and have a new facebook page for everything as well!



I’ll leave the old address working for a bit until everyone can update. Thanks so much! Rock on!

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