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Musical Memoir: Kathleen Hanna's Favourite Albums
Milene Larsson , August 10th, 2016 09:12

Following the release of The Julie Ruin's new album, Hit Reset, last month, the musician, activist and founding member of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre talks Milene Larsson through 13 favourite records that changed her life


Santogold ‎– Santogold
I think my husband was friends with or had worked with her or something and then I downloaded the record on iTunes. It might have been the first time I downloaded anything on iTunes. I was like, "Woah, she's fucking killer." I think it's cool how she wears her influences on her sleeve the way LCD Soundsystem does. Why is it that when women are open about their influences people are like, "Oh, you're copying that person", but when men do it it just shows that they have such a good record collection and how awesome they are? I thought, "She's so cool, she doesn't give a shit."

Her sound is amazing and her voice is so good. She just put out a new record that's great called 99¢ but I chose Santogold for this because that record has the song 'Creator' that is really important to me. When I would get down in the dumps, I'd put it on and it made me feel like a million bucks. She was my inspiration. That song was the song that got me through really bad times of feeling very unconfident as a singer and as a performer after I'd had four or five years off, and thinking, "Will I ever be able to come back to it?" and, "Looking back at what I've done, did any of it mean anything?" I was listening to 'Creator' and she feels so confident about the fact that she's an important artist in that song. It was very inspirational and made me feel, "I'm an important artist too!" Now I have to listen to her every time I'm cracking up.