Tobi Vail
American musician
Tobi Vail
Tobi Vail is an independent musician and feminist critic from Olympia, Washington, best known for her work in Bikini Kill and Jigsaw. She joined her first band, The Go Team when she was 15, later collaborating in several other groups figuring in the Olympia music scene. Currently, she fronts Spider and the Webs and plays drums in Knife in the Eye.
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'The Book Of Jezebel' Gives You All The Info You Need, From A-Z
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Anyone who's spent time with women's media is well acquainted with Jezebel, the fun, smart and appropriately snarky website started by Anna Holmes in 2007. The goal, according to Holmes, was to appeal to female readers without talking down to them. It quickly became clear that there was a strong desire for this type of content, and she and her staff ended up dominating the lady blogosphere. After years of editing the site, Holmes was burnt out and decided that it was time for a new project. Enter The Book of Jezebel, available Oct. 22, which was written by a range of contributors and edited by Holmes. "I like sitting and reading the dictionary so I got the idea to do a reference book, a sort of encyclopedia of the world according to the sensibilities of the site," Holmes told The Huffington Post earlier this month. The book, which includes entries that range from "indulge" to "Elizabeth Warren" to the "Hyde Amendment," serves as a sort of witty encyclopedia of all things lady-related. ...
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Calvin Don't Make No Junk
The Portland Mercury - over 4 years
A K Records history lesson with Love Rock Revolution. by Courtney Ferguson HE'S A FLAILING, dancing weirdo. Calvin Johnson, the baritone-booming 49-year-old, is also the founding father of a brand of indie rock that has touched music lovers from the Northwest and beyond for decades. As head of Olympia-based label K Records, he's put out music by Beck, Modest Mouse, the Blow, Lois, Heavenly, and Kimya Dawson. He's collaborated with Doug Martsch, Kurt Cobain (on a Go Team song), Tobi Vail, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, and Beth Ditto. At the tender age of 19, in the prehistoric era before the internet, he started an indie music revolution. He's a god to some. But what makes the oddball tick? Author Mark Baumgarten (former music guru at the Willamette Week) doesn't throw much light on this question in Love Rock Revolution: K Records and the Rise of Independent Music. While Johnson is definitely front and center, Baumgarten's book is ...
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Десять мифов о гранже, Nirvana и Курте Кобейне - inoСМИ.Ru
Google News - over 5 years
Курт получил уроки жизни у таких людей, как основатель K Records Кэлвин Джонсон (Calvin Johnson) и его бывшей подруги Тоби Вейл (Tobi Vail), которые горячо верили, что все надо делать для себя, быть подальше от колхоза. Он хотел продавать
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Genre busting: the origin of music categories - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
Riot grrrl was the name of a 1991 fanzine put together by four of that music's key players: Allison Wolfe and Molly Neuman of Bratmobile; Kathleen Hanna and Tobi Vail of Bikini Kill. Illbient was coined in 1994 by DJ Olive, of the trio We,
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Ten myths about grunge, Nirvana and Kurt Cobain - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
Kurt had received his schooling from people like K Records' founder Calvin Johnson, and his former girlfriend Tobi Vail, who fervently believed in doing it for yourself, away from the corporate machine. He wanted to sell. He just didn't want to sell
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Cuando el 'grunge' rompió aguas - El País.com (España)
Google News - over 5 years
Todo muy freudiano: Cobain salía con Tobi Vail, anteriormente novia de Calvin. Otra riot grrrl se burlaba de la pareja, escribiendo en una pared que "Kurt huele a Teen Spirit", en referencia al desodorante que usaba Tobi. Ignorante de que Espíritu
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This Day in Music, August 17: Here They Are Now to Entertain Us - The Morton Report
Google News - over 5 years
What Hanna actually meant, however, was that Cobain smelled like the deodorant Teen Spirit, which his then-girlfriend Tobi Vail wore. Cobain later claimed that he was unaware that it was a brand of deodorant until months after the single was released
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Riascoltate Cobain il ribelle per forza che voleva scrivere canzoni d'amore - il Giornale
Google News - over 5 years
... toccato e ritoccato fino all'ultimo, di sensazioni legate al suo rapporto con Tobi Vail delle Bikini Kill, le ragazze sconclusionate che contribuirono a lanciare le riot grrrls, aggiornamento senza capo né coda del femminismo anni Settanta
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Smoking Typewriters: The Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative ... - Current Intelligence
Google News - over 5 years
Quoted in Tobi Vail, “Women Talking to Women: Second-Wave Feminist Underground Press in the Pacific Northwest,” http://academic.evergreen.edu/curricular/ageofirony/aoizine/tobi.html (accessed June 13, 2011). (This paper was part of a student project by
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Things I've loved - Manitoban
Google News - over 5 years
Bikini Kill was originally the name of a “fanzine” (a self-published magazine, usually done by photocopying and stapling booklets together) put out by soon to be bandmates Kathleen Hanna, Kathi Wilcox and Tobi Vail. Zines were something that started to
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Be specific: Kathleen Hanna on the new Le Tigre documentary and the legacy of ... - Washington Post (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Tobi [Vail] ran that band from the drum stool, I thought. So [they say] you're having a renaissance. Is that true? You certainly seem to be emerging a bit more lately. Yeah. I needed some time off for a bunch of different reasons
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Riot Grrrl get noticed - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
It saw one of the first performances by the Spinanes, and the debut solo performance from Tobi Vail (Bikini Kill, the Go Team) and Christina Billotte (Autoclave, Slant 6). That night, the stage of the Capitol theatre was graced by more than a dozen
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The original riot grrrl on Katy Perry, '90s revival - CNN International
Google News - over 5 years
Hanna: I was lucky enough to learn about punk music when I was 19, because my bandmate Tobi Vail told me about it, and I was like, oh, wow, you don't necessarily have to have talent, you can just get up and do something and see where it takes you
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From riot grrrl to the streets of Chicago | The SlutWalk Chicago interview - Time Out Chicago (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Tobi Vail (of the band Bikini Kill) has written some great words on her blog about lessons learned from that era. SlutWalk faces some of the same challenges. Yet I see SlutWalk as part of feminist anti-violence activism. This is a movement that has
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Revolution Girl Style Now - WDR Nachrichten
Google News - almost 6 years
Wenn Musikerinnen wie Kathleen Hanna, Courtney Love oder Tobi Vail auftraten, brachten sie nicht nur das Publikum, sondern die Verhältnisse zum Tanzen. Die Girls oder Grrrls, so ihr Kampfschrei, machten aus der feministischen Theorie eine zugängige
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Grasso è bello: Beth Ditto nuda su Max è la nuova profeta del punk - JUGO
Google News - almost 6 years
Kathleen Hannah e Tobi Vail dei Bikini Kill perché hanno influenzato i Nirvana. Alison Moyet, Missy Elliot, Ethel Merman, Aretha Franklin, e Whoopi Goldberg, la prima che mi ha aperto gli occhi sugli aborti illegali. Per ultima Miss Piggy dei Muppetts:
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tobi Vail
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 46
    In February 2016, Vail issued a YouTube takedown request after a pro-Hillary Clinton video, utilizing the Bikini Kill song "Rebel Girl" began to go viral.
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  • 2013
    Age 43
    The Punk Singer, a 2013 documentary about Hanna includes footage from three archival interviews with Vail.
    More Details Hide Details The film also includes archival footage of several Bikini Kill performances.
  • 2012
    Age 42
    Hanna commented upon Vail's song "Free Pussy Riot", written in support of the Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot after three members were arrested in March 2012.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    Age 39
    Vail started working as a freelance writer after graduating from the Evergreen State College in 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Her work has been published by NPR, Artforum, The Believer, Punk Planet & Maximum Rock-N-Roll. She currently writes a monthly column for eMusic and was recently published by The Feminist Press in the anthologies Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer for Freedom and The Riot Grrrl Collection.
  • 2006
    Age 36
    The band produced an EP in October 2006 on K Records: Frozen Roses, following a split EP with Partyline on Bristol, UK's Local Kid records.
    More Details Hide Details A (cassette) album was eventually released in 2015, also available as a download.
    In 2006-08, Vail drummed with the Old Haunts including on their final album: Poisonous Times.
    More Details Hide Details Vail has performed several solo shows, including one in Barcelona at Primera Persona in March 2012.
  • 2000
    Age 30
    With her sister Maggie, Vail joined Alison Wolfe, Cat Power, and members of Sleater-Kinney to organize the first Ladyfest in 2000, a music, activism, and arts conference held in Olympia.
    More Details Hide Details The Vail sisters played the festival in a band named Frenchie and the German Girls. In keeping with Vail's DIY ethic, the Ladyfest founders turned the Ladyfest brand over to the public domain so that others could freely organize similar festivals.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    Age 28
    Vail ran the mail order department at Kill Rock Stars from 1998 to 2011, after working there part-time during 1992–1997.
    More Details Hide Details In addition to blogging through her Jigsaw website, Vail also posts as "Tabitha Says" on Tumblr, beginning in August 2008.
  • 1993
    Age 23
    In 1993, Vail started Bumpidee, a low-cost method for unsigned bands to increase their listener base, using the distribution of cassette recordings of their songs.
    More Details Hide Details This was another embodiment of Vail's strong DIY principle. The name Bumpidee was chosen in honor of the children's television show Bumpity. One of the Bumpidee bands was Worst Case Scenario which included Justin Trosper and Brandt Sandeno—these two musicians found success in the band Unwound, retaining the DIY ethic from their Bumpidee exposure.
  • 1991
    Age 21
    By the summer of 1991 the riot grrrl movement had coalesced, with Bikini Kill moving to Washington, D.C., for a year. In 1992 while still involved with Bikini Kill, Tobi started the Frumpies in Washington, D.C., with Bikini Kill bandmates Wilcox and Karren, and also with Molly Neuman of Bratmobile and the PeeChees, and later Michelle Mae.
    More Details Hide Details The Frumpies were distinctly less overtly political in nature than either Bikini Kill or Bratmobile, with a different sound. The band toured the U.S. with Huggy Bear in 1993 and they toured Italy with noise rock band Dada Swing in 2000.
  • 1990
    Age 20
    In October 1990 Vail, Wilcox and Hanna determined to form a band, which they named Bikini Kill.
    More Details Hide Details Vail played drums and on some songs she sang. Through early 1991 Hanna and Wilcox swapped bass player and lead singer duties halfway through the set, and Wilcox also played guitar. After trying out a lot of female lead guitar players, none of whom seemed to fit, the band finally asked Karren to join as he was already known to Vail and a familiar figure in the Olympia music scene. Soon after the band formed, they started a zine called Bikini Kill to promote the band and describe the band's social and political views. Hanna, Vail and Wilcox contributed articles to the zine. In Bikini Kill #1, Vail commented on the punk music scene and its overemphasis on males. She wrote about the "Yoko factor": the time when a male musician tells his girlfriend that she should not break up the band (comparing Yoko Ono's influence on the breakup of the Beatles) and that the girlfriend would never be as important to him as his band. Through the Bikini Kill zine and publicity for the band, Vail voiced her belief that the world would change for the better if the number of girls joining bands increased until it was equal to the number of boys.
    Vail and Cobain briefly dated beginning in July 1990. The two discussed the possibility of starting a music project, and recorded a few songs together. Some of these songs ended up being Nirvana tracks. In October 1990 after Dave Grohl joined Nirvana, Hanna and Grohl started dating, making for two couples linking Nirvana to the new band Bikini Kill.
    More Details Hide Details Referring to the Teen Spirit deodorant brand that Vail once used, Hanna spray-painted "Kurt smells like Teen Spirit" on the wall of Cobain's bedroom. Cobain, unaware of the deodorant brand, saw a deeper meaning in the spray-painted phrase, and he wrote the song "Smells Like Teen Spirit" which became a monumental hit song for Nirvana. Cobain and Vail soon split but they remained friends.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1986
    Age 16
    Vail met Kurt Cobain when he was hanging around with the Melvins in 1986.
    More Details Hide Details Cobain played guitar on one of the Go Team songs.
  • 1985
    Age 15
    One of Vail's first bands was the Go Team, a punk project started with Calvin Johnson in 1985.
    More Details Hide Details The group released several cassettes and nine singles on the independent label K Records, mostly on the 7" vinyl format. Billy "Boredom" Karren was one of the rotating musicians who played with the Go Team, and it was in this band that he and Vail played together for the first time. The band toured the West Coast in 1987 as a two-piece, then added Karren for two U.S. tours, both in 1989. After the Go Team disbanded, Vail played in various project bands and made a record as the drummer for Some Velvet Sidewalk; she toured with Some Velvet Sidewalk during early 1990. Since the beginning of her teens, Vail had tried to form an all-girl band to "rule the world and change how people view music and politics", including a group named Doris, but none of the projects proved successful.
  • 1984
    Age 14
    The first concert she went to on her own was a Wipers show in 1984.
    More Details Hide Details In 1988, Vail left Washington to live in Eugene, Oregon. After a year, she returned to Olympia. While still in high school, Vail volunteered at KAOS (FM), the campus radio station at The Evergreen State College. At KAOS, Vail was exposed to a wide variety of independent music. She served off and on as a disc jockey from age 15 to 21.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1969
    Born
    Born on July 20, 1969.
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