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Music Monday, 12/5: Joel Culpepper, For Esmé, LION BABE and Sevdaliza


Music Monday, 12/5: Joel Culpepper, For Esmé, LION BABE, and Sevdaliza.

We explore a variety of musicians with this week’s Music Monday, with no mission other than to expose you to some great music. We kick off the mix with some seriously danceable tunes to keep your foot on the gas or your toe tapping while on the train during your commute.

New tunes from LION BABE, Oh Yeah with Joel Culpepper, KOOL A.D., For Esmé, Sevdaliza, Xander Singh (Passion Pit) and Mister Twin Sister are just a few of the highlights, including emerging Bay Area artist Tanukichan and Madeline Kenney.

For Esmé

Canadian art/electro-pop band For Esmé is no stranger to mental health issues; its songs speak candidly of these experiences through Martha Meredith’s lyrics. For Esmé’s latest video, “Just Yet,” hopes to shine a light on these feelings, letting everyone know that they are not alone, especially during this often difficult time of the year.

“Felt nothing as it drained away
Later I felt absence, I felt the empty space
Self-deception, such a dangerous weapon for me
Its not pretty, a damsel in distress
Don’t let me romanticize the mess
Pity’s not a party
Pity’s no place to place your bets”

Throughout the month of December, all album and single proceeds will benefit the Holiday Gift Program through the Canadian Health Association. The program provides personal care items to at-risk people during the holiday season.

Joel Culpepper

After years between releases, Joel Culpepper has teamed up with artist Oh Yeah for the new song “Sleep On It.” Released by NastyFunk Records, the song pairs Culpepper’s soulful R&B vocals with a great dance groove by Oh Yeah, another UK-based artist.


LION BABE’s recent release, Begin, is an incredible album of songs both new and old. “Treat Me Like Fire” is a great tune with a killer video done on a super-low budget. We opted for “Stressed Out” for the Spotify mix because it was incredibly appropriate for these tough times, but you can enjoy the video to “Treat Me Like Fire” right here.


“‘The basic human need to be watched was once satisfied by god.”

This line sums up the gorgeous intensity of this simple, gorgeous music video. The video features the Dutch singer as a mythical beast in the center of a ring for everyone to watch. She is surrounded by the hungry, predominantly white, male gaze, as the well-dressed men watch from a lofty space, looking down on the scantily clad singer-songwriter.

Sevdaliza’s career as a basketball player has contributed to an tremendous awareness of her body and how to move and use it. She is captivating in “Human.”


Laurel Dickman is an intersectional feminist, plus size model, stylist, and fat activist that can also be found via her blogs, Exile In Dietville and 2 Broke Bitches. She grew up in the south between Florida and North Carolina, migrating to the Portland, OR in 2005. All three places inform her perspective of the world around her a great deal. While in Portland, she worked with the Alley 33 Annual Fashion Show, PudgePDX, PDX Fatshion, Plumplandia, and numerous other projects over the near decade that she was there. In August of 2014, she moved to the Bay area with her partner, David and trusty kitty, Dorian Gray. She continues her body positive and intersectional feminism through various forms of activism, fashion, photography projects, and writing from her home in the East Bay. She can be reached at laurel@wyvmag.com and encourages readers to reach out to her to collaborate!

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