LE TIGRE Feminist Sweepstakes (Mr Lady) Rating: NNNN
Back when Le Tigre's Kathleen Hanna was raising hell with Bikini Kill, she called grrl geeks to action with the zinester manifesto "Dorky = Cool." The Riot Grrl moment may be over, but the geek remains. On Le Tigre's second full-length, Hanna and her bandmates are poster girls for fun-loving feminerds everywhere, stirring up shit with their characteristic everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach. On one track, staticky megaphone vocals carried by Rotterdam-style bass drones attack patriarchal bias, on another the Tigrrls coo about "post-binary gender chores" over cheesy 80s pseudo-funk. And the gleefully self-mocking Dyke March 2001, with its "We recruit! We recruit!" chorus, will destroy the myth of the humourless feminist for good. We have a winner.