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Directed by Jeremy Stewart (Still and Moving), filmed by Leo Herrera. As already mentioned in the post below, Shaun J Wright and stereogamous will be opening the Berlin concert of SSION in Berlin on June 20. More information about Shaun and the single in this recent post.

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Beautiful new video from the “Bent” series. Best in HD/fullscreen. More here or on YouTube.

Over the past few years Brooklyn based photographer, publisher and writer Amos Mac (picture by Elisa Shea) has been doing an amazing job in documenting and pushing forward queer and trans* culture in the US and worldwide. I’ve already posted about Amos’ work as the founder and editor of the wonderful trans guys magazine Original Plumbing and his new Translady Fanzine, this time I want to focus on his colorful and powerful portraits of queer, trans* and gender non-conforming artists, performers and musicians, such as OPM co-founder Rocco Katrastrophe, Cody Critcheloe aka Ssion, the House of Ladosha Crew, Hunx or Black Cracker.
The pictures shown here are only a collection of personal favorites taken from the photographer’s website and his tumblr, where you find many more facets of his work. The one on top of the gallery, a portrait of Cunty Crawford Ladosha, was just recently shown at the exhibition Testimony: A Living Exhibition Of Queer Youth at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York. Amos’ latest project is a video campaign entitled “Talk About It”, which seeks to adress adult suicide in the queer community and strengthen the trans community from within.

Cunty Crawford Ladosha by Amos Mac, 2012

Cunty Crawford Ladosha, 2012

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Follow-up to “My Love Grows In The Dark” and second part of a series of videos for the 2011 album “Bent”.

“The song was written about a sex club – everything is completely dark, you have to feel your way around. No one really sees me in the video, and if they do they’re indifferent. I walk through this house where everyone is completely self-obsessed. This video will be part of a larger narrative of videos for the album Bent.” Cody Critcheloe

+++ Snax has just published a pretty depressing article on the Huffington Post about the homophobic and racist reactions to the video of song “It’s Time To Get Paid” (a collaboration with Yo!Majesty member Shunda K). Read it here. Germans can watch the video here.

+++ The mysterious Manchester group No Ceremony have remixed Patrick Wolf’s “Time Of My Life”. You can stream and download the song here (via Snipe London). I also recommend the download of their lastest single “Wearme” on their homepage (via Joey).

+++ Catch Fire contributor Joey Hansom and his friend and DJ partner Dickey Doo have remixed “Dark Allies” by Light Asylum. You can stream it here and download it via Altered Zones.

+++ CSS have just released the video for their latest Single “City Grrrl” feat. SSION from their album “La Liberation” (cover on top). You find two free remixes of the song by MEN and Teeth on

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Good news via Facebook: SSION’s new record “BENT” is now free:
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+++ Ssion will release an new album entitled “Bent” in June and has just made the first single “Listen To The Grrrls” available online. You can stream it here and download it via the awesome YoungCreature blog. You should also check out the nice interview with Cody Critcheloe on East Village Boys published two weeks ago.

Listen To The Grrrls by SSION

+++ There’s also a new album by Anticon artist Ryan Lott alias Son Lux (see picture above), which will be released on May 17. “We Are Rising” is the follow-up to “At War With Walls and Mazes” from 2008 and can be streamend on the website of the National Public Radio. You can stream and download a new album track called “Rising” right here:
Rising by Son Lux by PMA

+++ Artist Laurel Halo we featured here a while ago is going to release an new EP called “Hour Logic” on June 21 via Hippos In Tanks and has also annouced a UK tour in May. Here’s the EP track “Aquifer” (via Pitchfork):


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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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“BOY” is the first solo exhibition by Cody Critcheloe, lead singer and mastermind of the punk-/performance-/art band SSION (pronounced “shun”), which he founded as 16-year-old boy from Kansas. It is shown at Peres Projects Berlin and opens on Saturday, presenting Critcheloe’s first feature-length film with the same title. Following the press release of PP, the film brings together nine jointly conceived music videos SSION have recorded for their record Fool’s Gold from 2007. Both the film and the exhibition have already been presented at Peres Projects L.A. and Grand Arts, a non-profit art project space in Critcheloe’s home town Kansas City, which has produced the film.
For more information about the show check out the website of Peres Projects as well as this text about the film by a writer called Blair Schulman. On the contemporary art magazine this is tomorrow you also find a bunch of pictures of the exhibition (click here). Below the trailer of “BOY” and a walkthrough of the L.A. show I also posted a whole bunch of Ssion music videos of the last few years (after the jump). Check out the YouTube channel of Ssion for more stuff, especially for Critcheloe’s videos directed for other bands such as Peaches and Gossip.

UPDATE: I completely forgot there’s a new mixtape by Ssion on DIS Magazine. Click here

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Ssion have always blown my mind in some way or another and this video is no exception. I feel like if Le Tigre was an 80′s disco band; this would be what they’re shows would be like.

  • Dancing = Amazing
  • Stage outfits = Foxy
  • Ssion being my best friends for life = Let’s make it happen