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…

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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