Catch Fire took note of my queer-feminist radio show right after it started out, which I suppose is what led to
John Cameron Mitchell might not have a new film out at the moment, but he’s in Berlin for the film
+++ Snax has just published a pretty depressing article on the Huffington Post about the homophobic and racist reactions to
The first sequel to A Nightmare on Elm Street gets a bad rap for a number of reasons: The original’s
Toronto-based, minor-key-addicted Austra have blown up in such a short amount of time since the May release of their debut album Feel It Break, so it would be easily to dismiss them as hype — a video censored for nudity and a mention on Jay-Z’s blog couldn’t have hurt — but thankfully the quality of the music indicates otherwise. Their cold synth patterns and Katie Stelmanis’s rich voice are a soft sell on melancholic ears, and their sound perfectly defines the Blacksmith Synth-Bop trend of 2011 (a micro-genre I coined just now).
DJ/producer Massimiliano Pagliara, last seen remixing Hard Ton, has just released his debut album ‘Focus for Infinity’ on Frankfurt club/imprint Live at Robert Johnson, distributed via Kompakt. It’s an unabashedly retro affair, echoing 80s synth-pop and house sounds with guest vocalists on a few tracks, including “Fade the Light” featuring Mavin from Manhooker.
+++ Jessica 6, the band of former Hercules And Love Affair singer Nomi Ruiz will release their really awesome debut
Make Out Magazine, the new queer/feminist publication I’m co-founding, will host an evening of live performances and DJs this Friday,
This past Saturday was the second edition of Berlin’s Gegen party at M.I.K.Z. Club, including DJs Olof Dreijer of The Knife and Mt. Sims, plus a second room for experimental music and live performances from Mater Suspiria Vision and Butterclock. In keeping with the party’s theme (“gegen” is German for “against”), I decided to cause a bit of a stir by approaching bearded bears with a pair of scissors and an edition of ten “Bartbeschneidungsbescheinigungen” (“Beard circumcision certificates”).
As a new contributor to Catch Fire, I’ll never miss the chance to plug myself. First off, let me tell you about a new party series I’m starting along with DJ Dickey Doo, the first edition of which happens this Friday in Berlin. We’ve also launched the Top Secret blog with YouClouds and SoundTubes to give you an idea of our style.