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+++ While we’re counting the days until May 1 when Light Asylum release their debut album, the guys have made the waiting a little easier by releasing a free teaser track called “IPC”, which you can stream and download here for free (via self-titled). The duo will play a gig in Berlin this Tuesday and are touring the US in May – tour dates on their website.

+++ In 2006 Antony and the Johnsons and video artist and film maker Charles Atlas have toured Europe with a concert, that combined the music of the band and with live video portraits of 13 women from New York City, amongst them Nomi Ruiz. Atlas has now released a film entitled “Turning” (official poster on top), which explores the heart of the performance. Trailer and more information on the films’ website.

+++ MEN now call themselves JD Samson + MEN and have a new three track EP called “Next” and play gigs all around aorund the world during the next few weeks. You can download the title track of the EP here for free and the whole EP via Amazon and ITunes. Tourdates on Soundcloud.

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+++ Portland’s newcomers Purple & Green (see picture above) have just released their new 4-track EP “Sunshine”, which can be downloaded on bandcamp for whatever you wanna pay for it (including nothing). There’s also a new video to the title track “Sunshine”, which you can watch here, as well as their last video “Human Nature”.

+++ MEN founder JD Samson is featured in a fashion shoot of the latest ”Vogue Homme”. Check out all four pictures of photographer Maciek Kobielski on the website of the French gay magazine Tetu +++

+++ The website Homoground is a great source for music of queer artists. Every Monday the site releases a new mixtape by people related to the queer music scene, every Thursday you can download an audio podcast featuring music by queer musicians. The site also features tour date, live videos and much more. Check it out! +++

+++ Lesbians On Ecstasy are back with a new single called “She Likes to Party”, a collaboration with bootie shaking queen Big Freedia. Watch the video here and download the the song and a remix here (via thetastes.com/BIGSTEREO) +++

+++ Hercules & Love Affair member Aérea Negrot will release her first solo album Arabxilla in September. You can download and stream the album track “Love You From The Brain” right here (if you’re able to find the little signs in the black window below):

+++ JD Samson’s MEN (interview with Catch Fire here) have just recorded an awesome 4-track-set with new songs for Daytrotter.com. You can download it here by signing up to the site (which is completely worth it) +++

+++ †DRESSER is a pretty weird and funny “witch house / drag” spoof project from Berlin. The guys have just released they’re first single “It’s a Choice”, a queer reaction to Gaga’s “Born this Way”. You can watch the video here and download the song via Bandcamp +++

+++ Check out new queer videos by Jef Barabara, Light Fires, Pictureplane and Jonté, and Alo and the Narcissist +++

+++ I also proudly present the new video by Blood Orange, whose wonderful song “Dinner” I posted here a while ago. “Sutphin Boulevard” is the first single from the forthcoming album “Coastal Grooves” released on Domino Records. The video was shot by Alan Del Rio Ortiz, who happens to have a very nice blog on his homepage by the way.

Photo by Allison Michael Orenstein.

I interviewed JD Samson about three weeks ago for the Mai issue of the Berlin’s gay city magazine siegessäule. She and here band MEN had just finished their tour. Here’s the (nearly) uncut version of the Skype conversation we had, JD talking about topics like the importance of touring for the band, the new member Tami Hart, the tour costumes, activism, and the inevitable Lady Gaga.

You had the last show of your tour yesterday as far as I know. What does it feel like, are you happy, exhausted, sad?

I’m really tired because we had 14 shows in a row, so I need a rest and I’m really excited to sleep in tomorrow, but at the same time I’m kind of sad, because we had such a wonderful time on tour and yesterday I just woke up with such a great feeling and I knew that the show would going to be great. And we were really all in such good moods and came together on stage, so the energy in the room was just incredible.

You played a lot of shows in general, didn’t you? I have the feeling it was a really important thing for the whole project. You played three Berlin shows for example…

Yeah, we just play whenever we have the opportunity, and when people invite us to come we figure out if it financially makes sense and if we’re even gonna make a dollar with it usually we’ll do it. I mean we don’t like to loose money, but it’s really good for us to just continue playing, I think I’ve seen this project as really a live thing. We started off playing live before we had any music out, so I think that that’s really how people make money right now in the music industry, but also the way that this band really can succeed.

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MEN’s new single “Who Am I To Feel So Free” is out Monday 14th February 2011 via iTunes.

Catch Fire will take a break until December 20 – enough time for you, dear followers, to choose your favourite video shown on this site in 2010. Last year I called the voting “Queer Music Video Award“, but I’ve decieded to rename it, since (although I think all videos are queer in one way or another) not all the artists nominated this year actually would consider themselves as “queer”. You find all nominated videos after the poll below the jump or on this page. I hope you enjoy this kind of look back at 2010 as much I did when I did the preselection. May the best one win!


Vote For Your Favourite Music Video 2010!

  • Antony And The Johnsons: Thank You For Your Love (17%, 16 Votes)
  • ceo: Come With Me (9%, 8 Votes)
  • Diamond Rings: Show Me Your Stuff (3%, 3 Votes)
  • Former Ghosts: Taurean Nature (6%, 6 Votes)
  • Jónsi: Do Go (9%, 8 Votes)
  • Kasper Bjørke: Efficient Machine (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Kim Ann Foxman: Creature (13%, 12 Votes)
  • Koudlam: Brother (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Male Bonding: Years Not Long (3%, 3 Votes)
  • OK Go: This Too Shall Pass (Rube Goldberg Machine Version) (3%, 3 Votes)
  • MEN: Off Our Backs (5%, 5 Votes)
  • Owen Pallett: Lewis Takes Off His Shirt (7%, 7 Votes)
  • Peaches: Mommy Complex (9%, 8 Votes)
  • SSION: Clown (6%, 6 Votes)
  • Twin Shadow: Slow (7%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 94

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Here are the nominees:

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+++ 2011 will start with new records by Hercules and Love Affair (“Blue Songs”), MEN (“Talk About Body”) and Toro Y Moi (“Underneath The Pine”). All records will be out in January / February and as you can see above will have nice cover artworks (MEN cover via Expatriarch, Toro cover via XLR8R) +++

+++ Kim Ann Foxman has recorded a free mixtape for The Fader, which includes both her Mr.Intl songs “Creature” and “What You Need”. The tape has been uploaded on Soundcloud by DIY, click here for the original source and the playlist.

+++ Erase Errata have a new single out called “Damaged”. You can buy the 7-inch on the Kill Rock Stars website. (via Fader)

Erase Errata – Damaged

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Another nice event at Berlin’s Hebbel theater: Tim Stüttgen, editor of the “Post Porn Politics” reader I mentioned here earlier this year, is curating an event called “Body Language”, the third edition of a series called “Life is Live”. I quote from the English introduction on the theater’s website: “For three days ‘Body Language’ will explore the question if queer role models are capable of expressing criticism about sexual normalisation in the medium of pop culture, without at the same time giving up the claim for a change. What exactly is happening when gestures serving the self-understanding of subcultures meet pop culture’s universal mechanisms of appropriation? Can this encounter be told as the story of an appropriation that happens over and over again? Which are the constructive perspectives of queer interventions into pop culture?”

The event will start on November 11 with a performance and a DJ set by Terre Thaemlitz and consists of two lecture panels called “Where is queer pop now” and “Challenging the Universal” (on November 12+13) featuring lecturers such as Bettina Köster (Ex-Malaria), Juba Kalamka from the from the rap group Deep Dickollective, Del LaGrace Volcano and others. There will also be a concert with JD Samson’s MEN and the noisy Maria & The Mirrors (video below), a film night (where as far I as know the hip hop documentary “Pick Up The Mic” will be shown in Berlin for the first time) and an extensive performance night. You can download the German version of the program flyer here, join the Facbook group of the event or visit the HAU website for tickets and the English introduction I quoted from above.

Via Stereogum. Download the track both in its original version and remixed by Lemonade on RCRD LBL.

+++ Hercules and Love Affair have announced their tour dates for July and August. They can be found on omg blog. It’s where I found the photograph of hunky Andy Butler I posted on top of this post +++

+++ An mysterious artist from NYC called Sali has recently realeased a track called “Toldya”, which features a voice sample of M.I.A.’ and musically reminds of the stuff she’s into herself. You can download the song and two other ones on his website by leaving your email +++

+++ I’d like to introduce you to The Loveliers from Poland which wrote me a nice email a few days ago. Here’s their current song “Interactivity”, a chilled and melancholic low-tempo dance track:

The Loveliers – Interactivity +++

+++ The awesome queer culture blog Young Creature has recently posted a mixtape by JD Samson. You find the download link here +++

+++ Rusty Lazer is a DJ from New Orleans who’s currently supporting the Sissy Bounce  superstars Big Freedia, Katey Red and Sissy Nobby live. You can download two of his Bounce mixes on his Soundcloud profile (via omg blog) +++

+++ Here’s a another nice video by We Have Band:


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I’m a little late with this: Drag legend Vaginal Davis is currently showing a 10-day-long performance piece at 122, a performance space in New York. Following the  text on the PS 122 website the show “re-examines the heyday of 1970s American daytime television chat and variety programs. (…) Ms Davis isn’t interested in assimilating into the mainstream entertainment complex, but instead wishes to dissect a kind of TV staple and reconfigure it by presenting an array of live and Skype guests from the various worlds of literature, dance, theatre, film and art.” Amongst the illustrious guests of the upcoming evenings are Bruce LaBruce, Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens, Slava Mogutin, JD Samson & MEN, Johanna Fateman, Genesis Breyer P-Orrigge and Joel Gibb. More about the show on the website of PS 122, Vaginal Davis’ blog. You also find a few pics of the appearence of Brian Kenny and Gio Black Peter two days ago on Slava Mogutin’s blog. The picture on top of this post is part of this series.

Expatriarch Radio is a monthly radio show hosted by Joey Hansom, an American journalist and DJ based in Berlin. Like his website Expatriarch.com it is focused on the interfaces between post-feminist and queer politics and pop culture and features music of mostly contemporary artists from different backgrounds that all subvert gender expectations in their own way. The show airs every second Friday of the month at the Berlin based radio and webmag BLN.FM and debuted on March 12th. The two shows that have been broadcasted since then can be streamed online (#1 / #2). There are also transcripts and audio files of interviews for the show with artists such as JD Samson of Le Tigre or Peaches both on BLN.FM (English audio file, German text) and on Joey’s website (texts in English).

UPDATE: Joey is DJing at HBC (Berlin-Mitte, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 9) next weekend: