I have become vintage de-sensitised. I’ll pick up a silk shirt with lurid pineapple design and think, hell yeah! That will look divine with my high-waisted parrot print culottes….I look like someone digested the worst clothing disasters of the last 30 years and shat them out in Technicolor all over me. This vintagous disease has claimed so many fashion victims it’s practically a super bug. Continue reading
Everyone, meet Tim:
Tim was a fulltime bad guitarist, but is now a fully fledged film nerk. In addition to kittens, Tim loves pink booze, ventriloquist dummies, toasted cheese sandwiches, Sparklehorse and Time Bandits.
He once appeared on Mike Read’s Saturday Superstore wearing Christmas cracker leg warmers. Keith Chegwin and John Craven ‘pulled his legs’. No really.
I NEED those leg warmers.
I have been impatiently waiting for the world to get on board with my disdain for the Kasabian-swagger-impersonating, man-child, cringe-fest that is Zane Lowe, and thanks to Halo-hollering diva Beyonce, my prayers have been answered.
In BBC2’s coverage of Glastonbury on Sunday, Lauren Laverne’s gushing praise of the star’s headline performance inspired a sniggering dismissal from Lowe who stressed that he went to watch Queens of the Stoneage instead. Beyonce fans (and Lowe haters) on Twitter were quick to attack ‘tosser’ Lowe’s petulant response and, whilst Laverne was quick to play down the internet overreaction as ‘mental’, it is still nice see Lowe so publically and vociferously derided. Whilst most Tweets highlighted this incident as representative of his unabashed ‘musical snobbery’, it also reveals a gendered politics of taste that has been historically rife in rock music, but is certainly exacerbated by the likes of Lowe. Continue reading
Grappling with Gaga:Making sense of Lady Gaga’s identity politics in Born This Way and the political implications of her lexical choices27 Jun
This post originally appeared on Gravy
This paper considers the relationship between popular music and minority rights. It works on the basic premise that words are fundamentally important in helping people make sense of the world and their location within it. I therefore argue that song lyrics hold significant political value, particularly in popular music where the song is widely consumed. I turn then to Lady Gaga’s Born This Way as it was written and promoted as an ‘anthem’, a song that aimed to contain messages of “equality and love” (Vena, 2011). I suggest that when a song has been so explicitly marketed to confront issues of social inequality, the political implication of the words that are used are heightened. I did not approach Gaga’s Born This Way with the intention of nitpicking, but rather it took one listen of the song to hear the glaring contradictions between her aim and her outcome. Continue reading
I’m not gay, but sometimes my girlfriend suspects otherwise. There are a number of men in this world guaranteed to get my pulse racing. It’s not really about physical attraction. It’s more about the recognition of a kindred spirit, or just the fact that the guy in question is really, really awesome. The following is a list of the men most likely to make me dream of a life of plenty in the world of sweet, sweet man love. Continue reading
If you listen to classical music, you’ll probably know that women get to sing soprano or mezzo-soprano parts or even contralto parts but nothing much lower. And yet men’s voices range from countertenor to basso profundo. So what is this? Men can have high voices but women can’t have low voices?
I went to the modern fount of all wisdom (the internet) and discovered a lively debate going on among classical voice teachers whether “normal” women with deep voices exist or not. You can get the gist of it here, but be warned, some folks there have crusty ideas. Continue reading