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|Wednesday, May 19th, 2010|
Hey guys! I put this week's update off a couple days because I didn't want a MASSIVE gap between this one and the next one--I'm going to be in Chicago from Friday to next Thursday, so updates will be flaky. But you should be used to it by now, right? On a brighter note, I love this week's songs! They were all written by actual queers and they offer some interesting perspectives, I think.
Have you guys heard the new Kele tracks?
Dirty synths ahoy! (An aside: I love SoundCloud, because the streaming is way more reliable on my slow connection than Myspace or Lastfm. All you budding musicians who care about my opinion, please make a note of this.) I'm most intrigued by the enormous biceps he's grown lately, which I noticed at the same time as he officially came out. I'm sure there's no correlation between biceps and gayness, but if there is... I'm watching you, Reznor.
The date for the new Scissor Sisters album is June 28. The first single comes out a week before that, I think, but finding a few tracks via Hype Machine shouldn't be any trouble right now.
So that's what I'll be buying in the next two months! There've been tons of album releases so far this year, though; which ones did you enjoy the most?
|Monday, May 10th, 2010|
HEY GUYS! Four new songs! And I ought to have enough for next week, too, so maybe that update will happen on time!
There's totally music stuff I want to talk about, but rounding it all up right this second is a bit beyond me. So uh. See you next week?
|Wednesday, April 28th, 2010|
Heyyy, what a nice assortment of tunes in this update! We got some boy-on-boy and girl-on-girl and trans angst and oh, what's this!? AN REM SONG? WHY, YES. Now I guess we just need to hold out for Jarvis Cocker to record something actually bent.
How are you guys? What's getting you excited this week?
|Saturday, April 17th, 2010|
HEY! HOLY CRAP! LOOK WHAT I DID! I MADE HTML HAPPEN! Four new songs!
1) It's really hard to get back into routines when you abandon them, and in the future, I will try not to do that.
2) Look, new decade!
3) Sometime soon, I should have another gender-bent covers list, because I have a few I'm pretty excited about. Also, another song for my gender-bent wishlist: "Poker Face." Come on, it'd be so good.
|Monday, April 5th, 2010|
Had a nice time in London. Suede was amazing; Suede fans were old and greasy. I got home a week ago, but Queerics updates were waylaid by jet lag, trans-Atlantic plague, and a lack of songs to update with. (Well, I have them, but they're shit.) We will hopefully have better luck this week. In the meantime, March was a great month for totally unshocking revelations of homosexuality:
1) Kele Okereke
is apparently Actually Gay. Not major news, since he hasn't actually been in
the closet for years, but previously he wasn't out
as anything in particular.
2) Ricky Martin
, who I've been checking up on once a year to see if he's come out and/or done anything crazy and culty. (He just seems like the kind of former celebrity who'd become a Scientologist or something.) There we go! In the past he's been like "IF I WERE GAY, WOULDN'T I JUST ADMIT IT?!" I guess not, Ricky.
3) Sean Hayes.
I had no freaking idea he wasn't out. Hey, all three of these dudes were raised Catholic!
4) Unexpected bonus: Anna Paquin
So yeah! Regular service will resume sometime in the near future.
|Saturday, March 13th, 2010|
Speaking of middle-aged Englishmen who say stupid things to the press, there won't be updates for the next two weeks because I'm going to London to see Suede. And do some other stuff. My plan is to be too busy looking at century-old medical implements and trying to give a sock monkey to Chris Corner to futz around with all that Queerics HTML, but I'll still be reachable on the internets. I might just linkdump here if I get submissions while I'm away.
Seriously, though, I'm excited about that Oasis song! Queerics had an Oasis-shaped hole.
... Hey Noel, Liam wants to fill your Oasis-shaped hole!
Oh, I've disgusted myself.
|Friday, March 5th, 2010|
Guess how many new songs! No, really, guess! Yeah, that's right!
I've had a pretty good week. Among other (uh, more significant) things, the other day I was in the mall and I saw a teenage Noel Fielding lookalike shopping with his dad. It still makes me smile every time I think about it, and I can't imagine a more appreciative audience for it than you guys.
If I were more awesome, I'd try to get an extra up for you next week--some covers or something--but my internet has been a total snothead lately, so downloading tracks is difficult. I guess we'll see.
|Friday, February 26th, 2010|
Hi! Four new songs!
I still don't have any exciting music news; the past few weeks, I've been more occupied figuring out the logistics of seeing Suede in March and how the hell I'm going to, you know, pay for food.
(Oh yeah, Suede's reuniting.
) Do you want to just give me some money? I'm not above that. I HAVE NO PRIDE.
Who has albums coming out this year? I haven't been paying much attention, since all of my non-defunct top-tier bands shot their loads in 2009. I know the Scissor Sisters, Gavin Friday, and Kele Okereke all have things planned, but there are no dates set for any of them. Of course, what I'm actually getting at is "Who will be responsible for the first queer song of the new decade?" I think the first 2009 song to go up on the site was "Battle For The Sun," which was... kind of a bummer.
|Thursday, February 18th, 2010|
|Tuesday, February 9th, 2010|
Hey there! Four new songs. That makes 602 on the site. Cue my usual complaints about how damn hard it is to navigate such a big, orderless list. Queerics would be massively improved by tags, I think.Paul Grenier
emailed me because he's a gay artist who'd like to have some queer fans. I found that immediately endearing, because you hear so many semi-popular queer acts moaning about how they don't want their music to be labelled as gay music
it frightens heterosexuals
IT'S ACTUALLY UNIVERSAL--so, you know, I sympathize with anyone who's having the exact opposite
problem. He's kind of torchy with 80s synth influences, and you can stream tons of his music on his website or download a few free tracks from MP3.com.
Speaking of new things to listen to, if you haven't checked out the Lady Week thread
since it started on Friday, stop in again! People have linked to some sweet jams that you totally need to hear.
|Friday, February 5th, 2010|
Lady Week 2010!
When the Top 75
rolled out, there were only 13 songs by female artists on it. I'm thinking we need to talk about awesome women in bands, so I'm calling upon you, you sexy bitches, to share your favorite lady-dominated tracks.The Rules
- Female voices, please!
The entire band doesn't need to be female, and today, neither the artist nor the song has to be queer.
- Downloads or Youtube links only.
Unfortunately, a global community that can figure out how to bring convenient reasonably-sized videos to the internet cannot figure out how to make music stream without screwing up for people on slower connections. Recommendations posted without a link are likely to go unheard, because people are lazy.
- Don't be a douchebag.
To put it more explicitly: be respectful of other people's opinions
and don't be a misogynist.
If you say shit like "I love this artist because she doesn't have to rely on her TITS for popularity!" I will punch you in the face and steal your wallet. If you can't figure out how to say something positive about someone you like without saying something negative about someone else, your artist of choice is not very good. Post your tracks in the comments
and tell your friends. We can make a meme of it. (Ha!) If you sample any of the music people link to, it'd be polite to add a song yourself!And of course, these tracks are for preview purposes only, and if you download something and like it, you should obviously delete it and go buy it from a licensed retailer, etc etc.
|Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010|
Whoo, Lady Week on Queerics! A fat Siamese cat helped me compile this update by sitting on my lap and grabbing at every small object on my desk.
1. On Friday, February 5,
I'm going to ask you to share your favorite songs by female artists. They don't have to be 100% female projects or exclusively queer; anything woman-fronted is totally fine. I'll make an entry that day where you can put your links--downloads or Youtube only, please, because the internet has not figured out how to make streaming audio that works for more than 40% of users. I'll leave it unlocked so you can get your non-Queericyte friends to contribute, too. I'm giving you some warning so you can start thinking about who you want to spaz about and find/make your links!
2. Lady Week related: Kara and Rich of Team Smile and Nod made a mixtape
(well, digital mixtape) for the Voice of Cassandre, and it is badass. Sweet sounds! For free!
The Most Talented Boy In The World and my superfriend rocknrollpsycho
found this unofficial but hilariously literal and really freaking gay
video for Lady Gaga's "Teeth."
I have seriously watched it like, 40 times, because I can't stop laughing at the dancing inquisitor. I can't tell if he's seeking vampires for the Vatican or Lady Gaga. Plotholes! Lady Gaga's record label is being a total spoilsport about it, though, and it keeps disappearing from Youtube. Luckily, the director has a Quicktime version
on his site. There is some light man-on-vampire-man BDSM in the video, so maybe you shouldn't watch it in front of your grandma. (Unless she's Anne Rice.)
4. I met Johnny Marr last weekend. This has absolutely nothing to do with Queerics or the theme of the week, since he... is not a lady. I'm just telling everyone I know because he is an awesome, classy guy and you should totally say hi to him if you ever get the chance. Also, he gave me his guitar pick and I'm still jizzing in my pants about it. CAN'T STOP JIZZING.
|Thursday, January 28th, 2010|
Queerics Top 75
What more is there to say?
Well, okay: now that it's finished, this is the point where we all disavow any responsibility we had in its making and complain about it. That's what lists like this are ultimately for, right? Seriously, though, I think it's a pretty good collection.
Songs 25-35 clearly aroused the least passion in people, as only 32 votes total were cast in that round. (Compare to 16-24, where there were fewer songs to pick from and 48 votes cast.) That makes sense, because they are kind of a valley of bland between peaks of awesome. How'd that happen?
Three songs made it through the second round of voting without pulling in a single vote: "Battle For The Sun," "Bruise Pristine," and "The Negative Sex." I see we are doubting ourselves, Placebo fans. After this past year I'm going to need a very long break
from Placebo to feel like doing anything but shaking my fist at them. But hey, you know Steve Hewitt? He's great. He wished me a happy birthday on Facebook.
Songs on the list...
That were on Queerics within the first three months of its existence: 36
That deal with gender: about a third
That are performed by a female vocalist: Uh, 13?
I think sometime soon, we're going to have to have a "share your favorite songs by ladies" party, guys. I don't think it's anyone's duty to shoehorn music into their lives based on the artist's gender, but I've never spoken to a woman whose collection is light on female artists because she hates them all reflexively and has no desire to listen to women who totally rock. Female artists you like can be harder
to find than men, especially if you're into deeper voices or rock god guitar solos, but it's not impossible! We can do it!
|Tuesday, January 26th, 2010|
Hey guys! Look, four different artists! And okay, that's enough Hidden Cameras! For forever!
This is your VERY LAST CHANCE to vote for the best queer songs.
If you missed any of the other rounds, you can find links to all of them here.
The next time I mention this fiasco, it'll be to present you with the final list sometime later this week, so this is your last reminder!
|Tuesday, January 19th, 2010|
Hey guys! Sorry about the duplicate artists the last two weeks. I normally like to put up songs by four different groups, but it hasn't been feasible lately. And man, after all the posting and thinking about top queer songs, I need a break. We probably ALL need a break, honestly.
But that reminds me, if you still need to vote for songs 1-15
for the list, get in there soon! Right now there's a four-way tie
for number one--The Smiths, David Bowie, Garbage, and Franz Ferdinand. Are you guys going to break that shit up, or am I going to have to?
I've finally got into the swing of things with my Etsy shop,
so now you can buy things I made with my hands. Mostly dangly earrings at the moment, but I do have plans for stuff in the future that's more industrial-steampunk and gender-neutral. Uh, nothing conspicuously queer, except me. And some astronauts. Queerics is pulling for the adoption of the spaceman as a queer symbol, for no particular reason except that I don't like pride jewelry. Whatever, it makes as much sense as that rhinoceros.
I don't think I ever found a gay pretense to talk about Catch, but I do want you to go watch the "Bingo"
video. You will either think it is the most glorious music video ever composed and join the great Cult Of Catch, or you... won't. WILL YOU GO THERE?
|Wednesday, January 13th, 2010|
Best Queer Songs 1-15: THIS IS IT
Oh man! Here it is: you have to pick the best queer song OF ALL TIME. Or the best five songs. Or the best eight songs. Or the best ten songs, I don't care. You have fifteen
to choose from; I guess now is where you start thinking of how your picks would look clustered at the top of the list.
I would like to thank the Bernard Butler Gets All The Music icon for being so apropos throughout this ordeal. OM. NOM. NOM.( One last time: videos, lyrics, and my opinionsCollapse )
Choose wisely! Pick as many as you like, but remember that songs by well-known artists get more votes as a matter of course, so before you check the box by anything, ask yourself if you're okay with that song being #1
. And feel free to share your reasoning or beg people to vote for your favorite in the comments, but don't be a dick.
1-15: Pick your favorite queer songs. Which is number one?
Like the others, I'll remind you to vote the next time I update the site, and then we'll see how it goes from there; I might compile the final list in the middle of next week, or I might leave it another week if the results are really unsatisfying. (By which I mean few votes, not votes for the wrong songs.)
If you missed the previous rounds, your time is running out! Here:16-2425-3536-4849-75
Descriptions for this week's update: phoned in!
Explaining why I was not feeling Lady Gaga finally got to be more trouble than just putting her songs on the site, so there she is, and let us never speak of this subject again, because I am hell of tired of it. Also, "Before Our Beards Were Long" might have some significant spoilers for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
in it, but I can't quite remember. I dunno, guys, the book came out years ago. Anyone who cares probably knows how it went down by now. Vader's his dad. It was all a dream. He was dead all along. It was his sled's name. They're the same dude! He's Tommy Stone!
The update is late because I was busy:
1. Discovering an alarming gender behavior in my Sims game. So I have a hetero couple--awkward alien girl meets neurotic labrat boy, they fall in love, it's all very sweet--and his aspiration is to start a family, so I'm like "Whatever" and since she wants to be a doctor, I set him up to be a stay-at-home dad. Then the baby's born, and she's the one who wants to hold and cuddle and feed it and shit, and he keeps telling me he wants to work out and join the military and fears changing diapers. How is this happening to my
Sims? Fuck it, it's childless homosexuals from here on out.
2. Catching up with Lucifer Box, the bisexual artist/dandy/secret agent invented by Mark Gatiss of The League Of Gentlemen. A friend gave me The Vesuvius Club
for Christmas a year or two ago, and I read it at the time and enjoyed it in all its Edwardian-steampunk silliness ("a bit of fluff" is right!), and I just noticed it again in my pile of books that don't fit on my bookshelf and remembered that it was obviously supposed to be part of a series. I just finished The Devil In Amber,
which wasn't quite as up my alley, but still pretty cute. (I'm waiting on Black Butterfly,
which has been in transit for a week. Somewhere in the Pacific Northwest, a library truck is lying overturned in a ditch.) Anyway, they're not really challenging, thought-provoking books--Gatiss has previously written Doctor Who novels, and I think that's about the level of literature his talents are suited to--but Lucifer is an entertaining protagonist, and they're good for resting your brain between medical texts or middle english poems or whatever your education/career requires you to read. Probably excellent if most of your recreational reading is fanfiction!
3. Watching this week's House
, holy shit. If this season doesn't end with spectacular middle-aged gay makeouts, I will be brokenhearted.
Where else can you go, House
? You've been leading us on for SIX SEASONS.
And now, go vote for the previous round of queer songs.
I'll deliver the final 15 later today.
|Wednesday, January 6th, 2010|
Best Queer Songs 16-24: Still can't count
Hey! You know the drill. There are nine songs
in this tier, and each initially pulled eight votes. This round is definitely my favorite--almost every single song in it TOTALLY deserves to be there.
Yada yada: I went through all the trouble of finding youtube links and lyrics for all these songs for you, so you should listen to them. You can find all that and my babbling ( behind this cutCollapse )
Tough decisions! Feel free to think about it for awhile; I'll remind you to vote before I compile the final list. Speaking of, next week I'm going to poll for the top 15 all at once. Some votes trickled in after I had officially closed the preliminary survey, and I was
going to ignore them, but I looked on a whim and there was a lot of movement at the very top. "Nancy Boy" and "Rebel Rebel" are tied for first place now, for one. So I figure I'll just do them all at once, because it's so much more exciting if we don't already know the winner, right? And I want to finish this before it starts to feel like work.
Here's the poll! There are nine songs; pick as many as you need to pick.
16-24: Pick your favorite queer songs. THEY'RE AWESOME.
As for comments, same rules apply: be positive, share your thoughts, don't be an asshole.
In these last few tiers, there have been some songs that didn't get any votes, and I'm not sure what to do with them. It just seems so weird to have a song in the middle of the list that no one
will admit to liking, but they did
earn their position in the very first round of voting. So I thought I'd poll you on that, too:
Previous rounds, if you still need to vote:25-3536-4849-75The original list
|Tuesday, January 5th, 2010|
|Wednesday, December 30th, 2009|
Best Queer Songs 24-35: I can't count
Third verse, same as the first. This time, we're dealing with the eleven songs
that drew seven votes each on the original poll. This is the last round where there are several subtly queer songs; from here, they're all pretty damn bent. I'm really
looking forward to the round after this one, because oh my god, all those songs are awesome!
As always, I suggest you listen to the songs you're not familiar with. As we get higher up the list, the songs get more recognizable, but the likelihood of you missing something awesome if you ignore the ones you don't know increases. Once again, I've made it easy for you to try them out with ( Links to videos and my picks for the winnersCollapse )
And here's the poll itself! There are also links to videos in there. I haven't set a limit on how many songs you can pick; I'd suggest between three and seven, if you can.
24-35: Pick your favorite queer songs. Dooo iiiiit.
Etc etc FINALLY: feel free to comment telling me why you love the songs you picked, but remember that Queerics is submission-based. I feel like I should clarify that point--it's not that I'm worried about people getting all butthurt about other people not liking the songs they like, but if someone checks out the comments and discovers that everyone's talking about how lame and not gay a song that they sent
me is, they may feel that their efforts are unappreciated. If they feel unappreciated, they may stop sending me songs. If people stop sending me songs, Queerics will sputter and die. I don't know what happens after that, but it probably involves all the polar bears going extinct.
So uh, check the bottom of the lyrics page, and if I thank anyone there, try to keep it positive. If there's no name down there (or it's your name), then fire away!
If you missed the last rounds:Numbers 36-48Numbers 49-75The original list,
if you'd like to see what you're going to be asked to vote on next week. (THEY'RE SO GOOD. Might as well start thinking about it now.)