Existence is Resistance & Nana Dankwa present: “Hip Hop Is Bigger Than The Occupation” – A documentary about a ten day journey of artists traveling through the West Bank, Palestine, teaching and performing Non Violent Resistance:
Learn more here: Existence is Resistance
Premier in New York City on May 30th!
“Do It Like a Dude” by Jessie J:
A Different Kind of “Wedding Dress” by TheElchang:
This music video survived the first round of the Krazy K-Pop Music Video Battle and will be heading to the final round!
Please help yourself to this magickal Psychic TV experience, involving one very awesome little girl:
I’m ramping up for Halloween, and this video is simply the awesomest thing I have seen in a long, long time. This is Goblin performing the theme to Profondo Rosso live on Italian TV at some point in the 70s. It doesn’t get cooler than this.
A recent Guardian article repeats the misperception that somehow indie music and its fans are more progressive and less sexist than other genres of music.
I am here to tell you, not so. Lived experience and whatnot.
Or, for the sake of a fun example in the empirical world, read this article about how there are more review writers named Mark than women at famed indie music review site Pitchfork. Or this one about the, ahem, “special” language that male Pitchfork reviewers use when discussing female artists.
Via Her $5 Radio.
This is something I wrote back in 2003, and recently unearthed on an ancient website. It’s very college-essay-y but I wanted to rebroadcast it anyway. SO WHAT.
“By disrupting stereotypical codes of gender and sexuality through a parody of artifice and masquerade that challenges patriarchy, these artists remind us that music can function as a key vehicle in deconstructing fixed notions of gendered identity in everyday life.” –Stan Hawkins
“It’s avant-garde, it’s honest, it’s taking chances and most of all it’s original.” –Tiga
A post-modern stage on which every possible Western conception of gender confusion and ambiguity is flaunted: this is Electro. The music genre of electro (originally extant ~1978-89), a term I will use that also includes its younger sibling electroclash (~1998-present), is home to gender-meaningful displays, interpretations, and interactions in nearly its every aspect. There is enough material to analyze from a gender perspective to write at great length, and so I have narrowed my peripherals to concentrate on a unique aspect of electro: its proclivity towards and acceptance of androgyny. Gender ambiguities of all varieties have been accepted since its birth, and continue in the resurgence of electro-styled music at the turn of the twenty-first century. My examination of electro music will point out signs of androgyny and gender confusion and search for possible explanations. However, examples of androgyny in lyric and dress are as prolific as the possible causes that originated them.
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Here we have the late, great Divine with “You Think You’re a Man”:
Can we all reflect on how awesome this song is?
Written by Johnny Cash in 1971.
Well, you wonder why I always dress in black,
Why you never see bright colors on my back,
And why does my appearance seem to have a somber tone.
Well, there’s a reason for the things that I have on.
I wear the black for the poor and the beaten down,
Livin’ in the hopeless, hungry side of town,
I wear it for the prisoner who has long paid for his crime,
But is there because he’s a victim of the times.
I wear the black for those who never read,
Or listened to the words that Jesus said,
About the road to happiness through love and charity,
Why, you’d think He’s talking straight to you and me.
Well, we’re doin’ mighty fine, I do suppose,
In our streak of lightnin’ cars and fancy clothes,
But just so we’re reminded of the ones who are held back,
Up front there ought ‘a be a Man In Black.
I wear it for the sick and lonely old,
For the reckless ones whose bad trip left them cold,
I wear the black in mournin’ for the lives that could have been,
Each week we lose a hundred fine young men.
And, I wear it for the thousands who have died,
Believen’ that the Lord was on their side,
I wear it for another hundred thousand who have died,
Believen’ that we all were on their side.
Well, there’s things that never will be right I know,
And things need changin’ everywhere you go,
But ’til we start to make a move to make a few things right,
You’ll never see me wear a suit of white.
Ah, I’d love to wear a rainbow every day,
And tell the world that everything’s OK,
But I’ll try to carry off a little darkness on my back,
‘Till things are brighter, I’m the Man In Black.
Willie Nelson with Cowboys Are Frequently Secretly (Fond of Each Other):
Yes, I had to rename this series because there are just too many awesome queer music videos that don’t quite fit the Lesbian category.
So here you are: Fagette by Athens Boys Choir:
Seattle’s Team Gina with Butch/Femme:
Yo Majesty with “Don’t Let Go”:
Kitty cats and records.