Archive for July, 2010

Webcast anyone? Ani Difranco and Amanda Palmer play live…

Sad to say, but I have found hole in the well-oiled WordPress machine. I wanted to share a couple of webcasts by some excellent, outspoken female artists, but the WordPress video embedding tool does not seemingly allow for these and I cannot yet fathom how to tinker the html code to make it work. Nevertheless, follow the links below and you will experience a feast for the ears, not to mention two uncharacteristically joyous performances from two of the most impassioned and political (without going into thirty minute why-did-I-pay-so-much-money-for-a-gig-only-to-be-talked-at? U2-style lectures) artists still above the daisies.

Ani DiFranco —ever resistant to the cooing of mainstream record labels— has been releasing folk-based music since 1990 on her own label, Righteous Babe Records and is known for her ardent views on politics, feminism, sexuality, freedom and democracy.

Ani DiFranco’s webcast is here.

Amanda ‘f*cking’ Palmer is perhaps better known as one half of the The Dresden Dolls, a Brechtian Punk Cabaret two-piece. In either vestige, Palmer’s music is known for its provocative, biting satire. No stranger to the webcast, Palmer is in this one celebrating her release from her record label.

Amanda Palmer’s webcast is here.



Gay Pride for the less effusively exuberant

It’s Pride time in Bournemouth again. Make that ‘Bourne Free’. The weekend of the year when thousands of gay people come together to show solidarity, be visible, take a stand and, by-and-large, be such over the top  stereotypes that even Mary Poppins or —yes, really— Dorothy would be embarrassed.

This year’s theme? Wait for it… yes, it’s cowboys. What a surprise. An excuse for all the campest of the camp gay men to get their tooshes out and advertise. Whoopdedoo, I can’t wait.

I’d be interested to see a theme that wasn’t aimed at the easiest stereotype to avail or an attempt at toning down (whilst still maintaining a celebration of) the whole thing.

How about rendering the rainbow symbol in pastels to represent the gentle gays (and lesbians) or dusky colours to represent the less flamboyant, in your face of us. Something to paint us in less than stereotypical colours for a change, to alienate us less from our hetero peers as opposed to the current and pervasive trend of driving a wedge.

Now I’m not saying that a lot of gay, straight and trans people don’t enjoy and appreciate the über-camp thing…

…and visibility is important and yes, without events like having this taken place over the years  I wouldn’t  be free to be who I am. The events are important.

I’m just saying that a little more balanced representation would go a long way.

For example, more representation of gay women. This is true in other gay arenas,  the most obvious of which is gay clubs, most of which are so male-oriented that the majority of lesbians don’t go there. Or, for that matter, [gay] people who don’t want to listen to stilton-caliber cheesy dance music or the Village People or —I can hardly bring myself to type it— Steps.

Rant over.

An interesting article regarding the tendency of gay parades to include or rather disclude clothing is here.

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