It was on Monday afternoon when I received the devastating news of my one of my favourite bands The Maccabees had announced the end of their career. I had been blissfully unaware, having only just been listening to them a couple of days before.

The news came from all sources on social media and I was with my friends at the time - eyes wide, jaw gaping open - and in disbelief, I eventually said "Oh, my god. One of my favourite bands, The Maccabees, have announced the end."

I was introduced to The Maccabees by my older brother, I want to say around the year of 2009, when I'd badgered him for pretty much all of his top picks to be added to my then iPod Nano (third generation). By the time I came across them, they had already released two albums Colour It In (2007) and Wall of Arms (2009)

Then, I remember scrolling through my iPod with all of my new music on and something made me stop on them. I  was instantly intrigued by their name (as I was with every other piece of my new music. But I grew to love each and every artist on my tiny iPod. I still treasure it)  Their music washed over me. I was giddy with delight and utterly beguiled. I found Toothpaste Kisses adorable from Colour It In and I ended up falling totally and utterly head over heals for their second album Wall Of Arms. I then did the same with their (now) penultimate album Given To The Wild (2012)

Like many other humans on this planet, I grew up with The Maccabees and their music was something I think - looking back, now - probably took for granted? I never imagined them to split up so soon after their most recent album last year Marks To Prove It which shot to the number one spot. They've been doing this for more than fourteen years and it must have been a really difficult decision for them.

Spotify has endured a battering of The Maccabees on repeat from myself, and I wanted to end this post with some of my favourite tracks from them: Pelican, Ayla, Toothpaste Kisses, First Love, Seventeen Hands, Young Lions, Dinasours and Marks To Prove It.

"She's the flutter in my heart
The spring is in my step"

The End

No, I'm not talking about that 'F' word per say (although there's no denying you can use them both within the same sentence!) but I'm talking about Feminism today and how recently getting my new iPhone 5S (a decision that took me forever and decade, to decide!) has opened a whole new realm of phone accessories and wallpapers, and I thought I'd share with you all my favourites.

I will admit, it's been such a while since I did one of these particular 'Wishlist' type post and I missed them. I love scouring the web, finding awesome bits and pieces for you lovely lot and putting together the collages... I'm loving the more Feminist type posts on my blog as well (as much as I hope you are) One of my favourite bloggers, Tara from Cattitude & Co. even tweeted me with a huge 'Yes' when asking about this post so, thank you!

Fancy getting your hands on these and even more? Your free downloadables are right here!

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I really hope that this post has given you some more inspiration to accessories your phones/gadgets with some pretty rad Feminist slogans and badass images to make people think and look twice. I mean, who would say "No" to a phone case with cats or Frida Kahlo on? I certainly wouldn't! I will certainly be purchasing and downloading more bits and pieces in the future. Be Feminist and proud!

Awesome Riot Grrrl Gadget Accessories

Phillips Headphones (TK Maxx), Loser Pin (Oh Gosh Cindy), Lipstick (Urban Decay) & #Girlboss Radio Podcast (Spotify) 

I'm behind with the times and this month, I finally caved and decided to get the 30-Day free trial of Spotify Premium, I was immersed in a colourful sea of Feminist podcasts that have been pretty damn inspiring to listen to whilst at work. So good, in fact, I couldn't wait to show you and write a blog post for you all... Often music just gets a bit too much (especially all the Feminist beatz blaring out...) and a podcast can be a great alternative to listen to in the background and won't distract you whilst working, or even on your daily commute. 

#Girlboss Radio by Sophia Amoruso
Founder of Nasty Gal and author of #Girlboss (still yet to read!), Sophia Amoruso interviews world-class girlbosses who have made their mark in creative, cultural, and business ventures to extract solid advice from the lessons they've learned along the way. Expect hilarious co-hosts and conversations you won't hear anywhere else. 

Women of the Hour by Lena Dunham
I was always a huge fan of Lena Dunham's HBO series GIRLS as well as her book of essays, Not That Kind of Girl and when I stumbled upon her podcasts, I squealed and downloaded them all. Lena Dunham hosts this podcast series on friendship, love, work, bodies and more and includes some great co-hosts including best friend Jemima Kirke.

Stuff Mom Never Told You by Cristen Conger & Caroline Ervin
The Stuff Mom Never Told You podcasts get straight down to business of being women from every imaginable angle. Episode topics include Ghosting, A Feminist Marriage and questioning Are Women Bigger Winners?

Slates Double X Podcasts by Slate Magazine
Last, but by no means least, the Slate Double X podcasts are founded by women from the Slate Blog but claim the topics are not just for women with topics included Fun Fearless Females, The #Hashtag and (my favourite!) Stay Seated Bro episode.

I hope you enjoyed my top picks. What podcasts do you listen to?

The Best Badass Feminist Podcasts

Photograph c/o LISBON Twitter

It was on Wednesday when I met up with Newcastle's finest LISBON at Oporto in Leeds before their headline show to kick off their monstrous UK Spring tour. Despite having broken his hand, frontman, Matty, seemed eager to get on stage and perform in front of a Yorkshire crowd again. I quizzed him on touring, their new single and fighting harassment at gigs. 

Hey, guys! Thanks for letting me interview you tonight before the show. How are you?

We're good thanks - Feeling excited and very fresh ahead of the tour. I've got a broken hand but apart from that, everyone's very fresh [laughs] 

And the tour starts tonight in Leeds - How are you feeling about that?

Good! We had a good warm-up last week in Stockton - It was good to play all of the songs before we play in front of a 'tour' audience, so we feel very prepared, more prepared than in the past, I'd say. 

Good stuff! Do you have any advice for being on tour?

Advice? Step one: Get a van! We've got three cars today and we don't have a van for two more days, so that's the first step. I think also, going on tour with people you like also helps - You should never go on tour with people you don't like - it never ends well!

What can you tell me about your latest single 'Shark'? 

Shark is actually one of our oldest songs we have. We started playing that before we started gigging as a proper band. We re-vamped it to fit our style more now, and lyrically, it's about our struggles within the music industry and how there's a lot of sharks out there trying to get you and trying to keep your head above the water and not get bitten, essentially. 

What can your fans expect from your live shows?

Lots of power, strength, lots of intense performances, big sounds, good lighting. We've also got a lot more percussion now, we're more of a 'Percussive Rock' band now, I think and we've taken that forward and become a bigger presence on stage.

Photograph c/o Boys by Girls

In the past, you've been compared to the likes of Little Comets and Foals. Do you still agree with these sorts of comparisons?

I think the Foals comparison is still very valid because in a sense, they're a very powerful band on stage and we admire that and them as a band and our new focus is being a powerful band as well. As for the Little Comets comparison, I can see, especially in the last few months and in the future, I can see that becoming a lot looser. In terms of melody and that kind of thing, I can see it. But the Foals comparison more so. 

When I first interviewed you, last year, you'd just released your EP 'Life is Good' Would you say your sound has evolved since then?

Definitely. If you imagine then, we were a much cleaner pop band, whereas now, we've started making music that is more rough and that we enjoy more. It's sort of gone from a softer, more polished sound to a heavier rugged sort. 

Right now, there is a big campaign 'Girls Against' which is trying to raise awareness of harassment at gigs. Is this something you're passionate about fighting?

I don't think we've ever come across that at our gigs, personally but at the same time, I suppose you don't know what goes on, especially some of our rowdier gigs. I think everyone should have a good time and shouldn't have to worry about that sort of thing. 

Finally, if you weren't in Lisbon what could you see yourself doing instead?

I write stories, so I'd be two novels deep by now [laughs] and I worked on a farm last week. I think agriculture would be the way, spending the whole time looking out of the window - The quiet life! That was a good question, I like questions like that. 

Thank you very much for the interview, boys! You can catch LISBON live right now (Tour Dates) and you can listen to Shark on YouTube

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