Future Queens Redux- Vol.12

It's hard to fathom that I've been kicking around this mortal coil called the blogosphere since 2006. In the current social media addicted world, a music blog seems to be about as relevant to current times as parachute pants and jean jackets. But, in the fall of 2006, when I first decided to try my hand at spreading the word about music through the now antiquated format of a blog, I stumbled upon a peculiar corner of the internet named Prostrate Before a Periwinkle. Aside from the off-putting name, it was a brilliant resource for discovering esoteric artifacts from a wide variety of musical genres. Even though the link for the blog has not been active for several years, it is still possible to view small traces of it via The Wayback Machine, a magical portal into the internet's graveyard.

Back in September of 2007, I posted on Eclectic Grooves about the impact that Prostrate Before a Periwinkle had on my listening habits, and contributed a new episode to the Future Queens series that originated on their blog, a feature that highlighted the various female artists who have made a significant contribution to the musical landscape to date.  While I had hoped to make Future Queens an ongoing feature on Eclectic Grooves, this didn't come to pass at the time. Though the inspiration and the passion was present, a lack of time and energy stalled this project for an indeterminate amount of time.

Fast forward to eight years later, a time where female musicians have been shown a little more appreciation, though they have still been largely ignored by the blogs, newspapers and social media.  Considering this, I couldn't think of a better time to give this series a fresh start.

As you can see from the track list posted below, this is an eclectic mix featuring blues, folk, country, gospel soul, rock and pop music that was made solely by innovative female musicians who were determined to make it against great adversity in this male-dominated musical world.

I hope that you enjoy this new Future Queens mix.

Future Queens Vol.12
1) Anne Briggs- Lowlands Away
2) Shirley Anne Lee- I Shall Not Be Moved
3) The Slits- I Heard It Through the Grapevine
4) La Luz- Sure as Spring
5) The Bermudas- Donnie
6) The Ghost Ease- Full Super Moon (In Scorpio)
7) Thee Headcoatees- Wild Man
8) Fifty Foot Hose- If Not This Time
9) Grouper- Alien Observer
10) Broadcast- Corporeal
11) Juana Molina- Wed 21
12) France Gall- Poup E De Cire, Poup E De Son
13) Ros Sereysothea- Chnam Oun Dop Pram Muy
14) Marisa Anderson- Electricity
15) Bessie Smith- Good Man Is Hard to Find
16) Jessica Pratt- Greycedes
17) Coleman Family- Peace on Earth
18) Aretha Franklin- I Never Loved a Man  (The Way I Do You)
19) Buffy Sainte-Marie- Gonna Feel Much Better When You're Gone
20) Lhasa- Fool's Gold


Anonymous said…
Hey Kevin, I see you're still active in the blogosphere, and so am I. I'm not sure if you remember me, but we had brief contact, mainly about Esquivel, whom we both admire.

Now - about the Future Queen project: Arboribus and me had fun compiling music from female artists - he states on his blog that the idea was born in the comment section of my Border Music blog, which I can't really remember, it was 8 years ago! The term "Future Queens" I made up simply by translating the name of Swiss band "Les Reines Prochaines", one of the most powerful female music/art groupings there is (and they're still going strong after 30 years!!).

I have 3 of those compilations I made then on my harddrive.

Anonymous said…
I'm not sure anymore about the Esquivel connection, maybe I mixed that up (I'm getting old...).
Anonymous said…
Yes - and now I know why: you have the same name (Kevin) as the fellow who ran the P.L.M. blog - and he was a nut for Esquivel (just like me):

Sorry for the total fuzz :)
Kevin said…

Sorry for taking so long to respond. to your comments. I really appreciate you providing further insight about the origin of the name "Future Queens", and I hope that I have done the series justice with my recent installment.

I fondly remember Border Music along with all of the other fantastic blogs you ran over the past decade. Checking out blogs like yours was my initial inspiration for starting Eclectic Grooves. I still have folders on my computer reminding me where I downloaded the music from, and Border Music is one of them.

As far as mistaking me for the person who ran Psychotic Leisure Music, no worries. I also remember checking out his blog on a regular basis.

I'm glad to see that you are still blogging, and I appreciate that you have a link to my blog on Lucky Locus. There hasn't been nearly as much feedback from visitors on Eclectic Grooves lately, but I chalk that up to the advent of social media.

In any event, it was great to hear from a fellow friend from the blogosphere, and I hope that you continue to stop by for new tunes.


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bronny6000 said…
Could you tell me where can listen to/download the previous future queens compilations please?
I really love vol. 12 and would like to discover the other volumes as well.

Kevin said…
Hi Bruno.

As far as the Future Queens compilations, it was a mix series that was originally featured on the blog Prostrate Before a Periwinkle around 2007, and I requested that person's permission to continue the series on my blog. Since his blog has been taken down, the mixes are no longer available. I was able to locate the URL for the site which can be entered into The Wayback Machine at http://archive.org/web/. All you need to do is enter http://arboribus.wordpress.com into The Wayback Machine, and you should be able to see the original posts for some of the Future Queens compilations. I'll search my external hard drives to see if I can locate the Future Queens compilations that I downloaded, but this might take some time.

Thanks for your interest in these compilations!



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