Category: mix­tape

only when i’m dancing can i feel this free


gay bod­ies and gay motion

The pol­i­tics of danc­ing is the pol­i­tics of feel­ing good(a quote from this 1983 hit); the pol­i­tics of danc­ing is also the pol­i­tics of will­ing your­self to feel good. Pop is replete with minia­ture psy­chodra­mas in which mem­o­ry and desire, sub­ject and object, play out on the dance floor.

So the premise of It Doesn’t Suck—that Showgirls is a criminally misunderstood masterpiece—depends on our ability to change our minds. If money is any indication... the shift has already taken place. While Showgirls flopped theatrically, those ironic viewings have made the film one of MGM’s top 20 all-time bestsellers, with more than $100 million in home sales. Whether people are laughing at the film or laughing with the film might be irrelevant. People are watching the film. People are thinking about the film. And people are still reading about the film. The Awl

Show­girls” Is A Good Movie

appar­ent­ly it’s time to take Show­girls seri­ous­ly as a piece of satire? I mean I did when it came out, but what­ev­er.

It seems strange now given the enormity of the situation, but at the time it wasn’t easy for artists to directly address the [AIDS] crisis in their music, and even in the ‘80s coming out as gay could rightly be considered career suicide. Neil Tennant has been open with his sexuality for over two decades now, but in the ‘80s he was understandably a bit coy. Chris Gerard for Popmatters

Behav­iour, 25 Years On

Behav­iour was cre­at­ed at a time when the world was besieged by tur­moil over the bur­geon­ing HIV/AIDS cri­sis. By 1990 mil­lions had been impact­ed by the dis­ease, and the gay com­mu­ni­ty was roiled by fear, loss, out­rage, and the fierce deter­mi­na­tion of grow­ing activism. In April of that year the death of Ryan White, a young boy with hemo­phil­ia who acquired the dis­ease through a blood trans­fu­sion, brought a wider aware­ness and sen­si­tiv­i­ty to the cri­sis. As the death toll mount­ed, the group ACT UP staged high­ly pub­li­cized protests at the Nation­al Insti­tutes of Health demand­ing expan­sion of HIV/AIDS treat­ments and clin­i­cal tri­als. By the end of the year, AIDS had become the sec­ond lead­ing cause of death among Amer­i­can men aged 25 to 44 years.

DJing a Halloween Loft Party in Midtown

the awl

all day i thought about wear­ing a cos­tume for this

…on the sub­way ride here there was a zom­bie sit­ting next to me play­ing soli­taire on her iPod nano, a samu­rai try­ing to secure his sword to his belt by tying it up with excess fab­ric, and two Nicki Mina­jes with pink wigs and pink eye­lash­es danc­ing on those poles on sub­way cars that you hold on to so you don’t fall down when the train lurch­es.

We're Not Groupies, We're Band-Aids


How the Fans Loved and Destroyed One Direc­tion

Even in 2013 Har­ry Styles talks about weigh­ing the pros and cons of the whole thing; Liam Payne talks about his wor­ry that he’ll nev­er find any­one that loves him for who he is; Louis Tomlinson’s moth­er buys a card­board cutout out of him to replace her son in her home. Even in 2013, a sleepy Zayn Malik is pulled from a tour bus bunk to record a verse at 3am. He’s a child! He’s a sleep­ing child who’s being asked to get up and work at three o’clock in the morn­ing.

Kris, via Insta­gram

Ter­mi­nal Avenue, via Insta­gram

This isn’t a faded museum piece rockstar harking back to a golden age, this is someone still patently capable of musical glory and genuinely eye-opening performance – and who has from the beginning to today carved out her own space within broader culture with no regard whatsoever for standard categories. This is Grace Fucking Jones and when she speaks, or sings, everyone needs to listen. Joe Muggs

Salut­ing Grace Jones: The best to ever do it

This isn’t a fad­ed muse­um piece rock­star hark­ing back to a gold­en age, this is some­one still patent­ly capa­ble of musi­cal glo­ry…

every­body, every­body

In more psy­che­delic moments, you could start see­ing it like William Burroughs’s “undif­fer­en­ti­at­ed tis­sue”, indi­vid­u­als and groups splurg­ing togeth­er into…

Not today, Kanye. Not today.

Melissa Beck

super­fan turns on Kanye

When Kanye start­ed Kanye’ing after his moth­er died, I would want to hug him and tell him it’s gonna be OK. I would want to reach through my TV when he was act­ing out with unbri­dled arro­gance and ques­tion­able fash­ion choic­es and say, “You are loved. You are tal­ent­ed. You need some time to chan­nel this into cre­ative bril­liance. I believe in you, Kanye.”

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