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But Her Lyrics...

But Her Lyrics...

By Shawna Potter
Join Shawna Potter, front person of punk band War On Women, as she takes a deep dive into the lyrics and politics of their latest album, Wonderful Hell. She'll chat with bandmates, interview experts and activists on relevant social justice issues, and share the inspirations and stories behind the album. This pod is for fans of the band, as well as folks interested in feminism, politics, punk, music composition, writing, and more.

Premiered December 9, 2020.
Find all episode transcripts and important links here: shawnapotter.com/#/but-her-lyrics-podcast/

(photo: Justin Borucki)
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EP 012 - The Ash Is Not The End
This episode of But Her Lyrics… tackles track 10 on Wonderful Hell, “The Ash Is Not The End.” Host Shawna interviews Ian Danskin (of Innuendo Studios), whose videos about the alt-right, gmr/gte, and angry white men directly inspired the lyrics. Find out what a spinal injury, Adult Swim, and Elliott Smith have to do with any of it. The band talks about how writing and recording this song was a little different than all the others, but it all starts with a surprise appearance by a former WOW tour-mate! Be sure to listen til the end to hear Shawna’s request for help deciding what the hell should happen next. It’s not often you get to tell a feminist what to do! For more bonus episodes, behind the scenes content, and the chance to make special requests and get shoutouts on air, become a patron at patreon.com/shawnapotter The official sponsor of this podcast is First Defense Krav Maga out of Herndon, VA! All episode transcriptions and important links can be found right here a few days after the original air date: shawnapotter.com/#/but-her-lyrics-podcast
56:45
September 14, 2021
EP 011 - In Your Path
This episode of But Her Lyrics… tackles track 9 on Wonderful Hell, “In Your Path” Host Shawna, with the band, describe how this song is based off of a feminist Chilean protest chat from the Las Tesis collective. They also talk about how weird it was to make a music video for the song (OUT NOW) in the middle of a pandemic. The episode ends with an interview with Margaret Killjoy, a transfeminine author, musician, and podcaster, who teaches Shawna about personal safety while protesting. As always, Jenarchy and Sue need a reminder of what song we’re talking about, Brooks talks music theory, and Dave, who everyone thinks is very chill, assures us he is not chill as you think. Also, Rosie the rescue makes an appearance. For more bonus episodes, behind the scenes content, and the chance to make special requests and get shoutouts on air, become a patron at patreon.com/shawnapotter The official sponsor of this podcast is First Defense Krav Maga out of Herndon, VA! All episode transcriptions and important links can be found right here a few days after the original air date: shawnapotter.com/#/but-her-lyrics-podcast Watch the music video for “In Your Path” on Youtube: https://youtu.be/X169uqv96Qo. Special shoutout to directors Rob Menzer & Jesse Pliska, you'll find their contact information at the video link and on the episode transcription.
01:03:46
August 31, 2021
EP 010 - Her?
This episode of But Her Lyrics… tackles track 8 on Wonderful Hell, “Her?” Host Shawna interviews media critic and author Jennifer Pozner, who explains why negative portrayals of female politicians in the media are so dangerous. She also gives us a lesson in media literacy and permission to blame everything on Trump. Shawna then gets nerdy with the band on riffs, beats, and women in politics. For more bonus episodes, behind the scenes content, and the chance to make special requests and get shoutouts on air, become a patron at patreon.com/shawnapotter The official sponsor of this podcast is First Defense Krav Maga out of Herndon, VA! All episode transcriptions and important links can be found right here a few days after the original air date: shawnapotter.com/#/but-her-lyrics-podcast
01:14:26
August 12, 2021
EP 009 - Bonus Band Episode! (Life in W.O.W.)
This episode of But Her Lyrics… is a bonus episode! Host Shawna interviews each band member about joining and playing in War On Women. Let’s get deep about sleeping versus partying, sexism in the music industry, getting mentally healthy together, how most bands are fuck ups, and doing what we do. Our badass patrons get a shout out, and Shawna begs for a Taco Bell sponsorship. Potatoes forever! For more bonus episodes, behind the scenes content, and the chance to make special requests and get shout outs on air, become a patron at patreon.com/shawnapotter The official sponsor of this podcast is First Defense Krav Maga out of Herndon, VA! All episode transcriptions and important links can be found right here a few days after the original air date: shawnapotter.com/#/but-her-lyrics-podcast
44:51
July 22, 2021
EP 008 - Seeds
This episode of But Her Lyrics… tackles track 7 on Wonderful Hell, “Seeds.” Host Shawna speaks with friend and fellow activist Brittany Oliver on what it takes to be an ally in the fight against white nationalism. They also ponder the state of the White House when the last guy left. Shawna answers questions from Patreon (and recommends NOT drinking heavily before heading into the studio), and someone in the band is a bit worried about playing the beginning of this song live. Can you guess who? The official sponsor of this podcast is First Defense Krav Maga out of Herndon, VA! To become a sponsor or just support the podcast, become a patron at patreon.com/shawnapotter All episode transcriptions and important links can be found right here a few days after the original air date: shawnapotter.com/#/but-her-lyrics-podcast This episode transcript will have some book recommendations from both Shawna and Brittany, who has just announced that she is running for Maryland Congress! Donate and find out more here: https://www.brittanyformaryland.com
47:32
July 9, 2021
EP 007 - Big Words
This episode of But Her Lyrics… tackles track 6 of Wonderful Hell, “Big Words'' with Emily May of Hollaback! Host Shawna and Emily talk through some of the best advice they've gotten from mentors, lessons learned in activism, knowing when your anger no longer serves you, fucking up as a white woman (and learning to do better), and the words Emily shared with Shawna to help her get through the personal conflict that inspired this song. This is a good episode for the music nerds, too! The band gets deep about the drum beat Dave wrote at a soundcheck in Toronto. The official sponsor of this podcast is First Defense Krav Maga out of Herndon, VA! To become a sponsor or just support the podcast, become a patron at patreon.com/shawnapotter All episode transcriptions and important links can be found right here a few days after the original air date: shawnapotter.com/#/but-her-lyrics-podcast
01:08:11
June 7, 2021
EP 006 - White Lies
This episode of But Her Lyrics… tackles track 5 of Wonderful Hell, “White Lies'' with cannabis advocate and activist, Kassia Graham from Cannaclusive.  Host Shawna and Kassia discuss how volatile the cannabis industry is, not only due to the racist history of policing and the war on drugs, but also the inconsistencies of cannabis legalization across the country. The band talks about recording the song, and share their feelings about the subject matter. The official sponsor of this podcast is First Defense Krav Maga out of Herndon, VA! To become a sponsor or just support the podcast, become a patron at patreon.com/shawnapotter All episode transcriptions and important links can be found right here a few days after the original air date: shawnapotter.com/#/but-her-lyrics-podcast, where you can also access the resource list Kassia graciously shared with us. Watch the music video for "White Lies" on Youtube: https://youtu.be/JQ6rACAhXo0
01:17:36
May 11, 2021
EP 005 - This Stolen Land pt 2
This episode of But Her Lyrics... is part 2 of track 4, "This Stolen Land," with guest Dr. Meranda Roberts. Shawna and Meranda speak about land acknowledgements, feeling erased from history, and how colonialism and genocide make the current border crisis possible. You don't have to listen in order, but be sure to catch the last episode of But Her Lyrics... for part one of "This Stolen Land" with guest, Emily Heger, an Equal Justice Works legal fellow with the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas. As usual, Shawna also answers questions from patrons and interviews the band about writing this song and the subject matter. The official sponsor of this podcast is First Defense Krav Maga out of Herndon, VA! To become a sponsor or just support the podcast, become a patron at patreon.com/shawnapotter All episode transcriptions and important links can be found right here a few days after the original air date: shawnapotter.com/#/but-her-lyrics-podcast
01:33:06
March 25, 2021
EP 004 - This Stolen Land pt 1
This episode of But Her Lyrics... is part 1 of track 4, "This Stolen Land," with Emily Heger, an Equal Justice Works legal fellow with the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas. Her work focuses on winning asylum for women and girls fleeing gender-based violence. Shawna and Emily really dig into the current issues facing people when they arrive at the border of Texas and Mexico. Be sure to catch the next official episode of But Her Lyrics... for part two! The subject matter of this song is so vast that Shawna will be speaking with Dr. Meranda Roberts on the history of colonialism and genocide within these borders that make the current border crisis possible. The official sponsor of this podcast is First Defense Krav Maga out of Herndon, VA! To become a sponsor or just support the podcast, become a patron at patreon.com/shawnapotter All episode transcriptions and important links can be found right here a few days after the original air date: shawnapotter.com/#/but-her-lyrics-podcast
01:01:27
March 10, 2021
EP 003 - Wonderful Hell
This episode of But Her Lyrics... tackles the title track, “Wonderful Hell,” with activist and musician Ryan Harvey. In December 2019, while they both played a holiday toy drive fundraiser at the Ottobar, their conversation after the show was the direct inspiration for this song. They talk about balancing the activist in them that wants to provide music that can make a difference in the current political moment, against being an artist that needs to be inspired and can still get burnt out.  The official sponsor of this podcast is First Defense Krav Maga out of Herndon, VA! To become a sponsor or just support the podcast, become a patron at patreon.com/shawnapotter All episode transcriptions and important links can be found right here a few days after the original air date: shawnapotter.com/#/but-her-lyrics-podcast Check out Ryan's music and podcast on his website at https://www.ryanharveymusic.com/ Watch the music video for "Wonderful Hell" on Youtube: https://youtu.be/KCBPldwdOLs
57:53
February 3, 2021
EP 002 - Milk and Blood
This episode of But Her Lyrics... tackles "Milk and Blood" the second song on War On Women's album 'Wonderful Hell.' Shawna interviews author and activist Carol J Adams on the overarching theme of the song, the intersections between sexism and meat-eating. Shawna reveals a personal experience connected to the lyrics, and chats with each band member to hear their thoughts. The official sponsor of this podcast is First Defense Krav Maga out of Herndon, VA! To become a sponsor or just support the podcast, become a patron at patreon.com/shawnapotter All episode transcriptions and important links can be found right here a few days after the original air date: shawnapotter.com/#/but-her-lyrics-podcast Order Carol's books here: Caroljadams.com
01:18:35
January 20, 2021
EP 001 - Aqua Tofana
The first official episode of the show tackles "Aqua Tofana," the first song off War On Women's album 'Wonderful Hell.' Shawna interviews British historian Mike Dash on the legend that inspired the song, explains how the rest of the song came together, and chats with each band member to hear their thoughts. The official sponsor of this podcast is First Defense Krav Maga out of Herndon, VA! To become a sponsor or just support the podcast, become a patron at patreon.com/shawnapotter All episode transcriptions and important links can be found right here a few days after the original air date: shawnapotter.com/#/but-her-lyrics-podcast Read more of Mike's stories here: https://mikedashhistory.com/
53:37
January 6, 2021
EP 000 - An Introduction
This episode is an introduction to the entire season of But Her Lyrics... Get to know Shawna's goals and reasons behind starting this adventure. In her interview with journalist and author Mike Damante, they talk about incorporating a punk rock philosophy in the classroom and how punk rock shaped their politics.  The official sponsor of this episode is First Defense Krav Maga out of Herndon, VA! All episode transcriptions and important links can be found right here: https://shawnapotter.com/#/but-her-lyrics-podcast
47:10
December 9, 2020
Trailer
Coming December 2020: the new bi-monthly podcast from Shawna Potter, front-person of feminist punk band War On Women. Listen in as she takes a deep dive into the politics of their new album, 'Wonderful Hell', complete with band conversations, expert interviews, and more.
01:03
October 27, 2020