Emo is less of a genre than it is a state of mind. For MALLRAT, a queer and emotional three-piece band, it’s also a spiritual release, a community-builder, and a comfort.
“This is the most important election of our lifetime. It is imperative that everyone vote to restore our democracy.” — Tracy Chapman, Queer Legend
I broke my rule about not listening to Christmas music before Thanksgiving because, frankly, I needed the burst of serotonin.
“Most production companies and organizations feel like they check off their list of requirements by having one of us in the room. We need more inclusivity in lead roles, as well as behind the scenes. There is a lack of positive representations of black trans women. Why are we not celebrating the accomplishments of a demographic of women that overcome extreme adversity? We are beyond prostitution. We are more than secrets.”
You better pull up to the bumper, bend and make your booty whop and shake it like a polaroid picture because it’s time for a playlist that celebrates the backside!
Friends, there is barely a month until the US election. Oh, certainly there is some despair and some grief, but most of all this playlist aims to soothe. I hope you find some solace in these tunes, like I do.
“If this song sounds familiar, that’s because it and the band were on The L Word, in that episode where Shane shows up at Carmen’s work and they make out in the bathroom while a band plays on the balcony.”
“Whether it’s the gay internet or a show like ‘Trinkets’ it makes it easier to be like maybe I’m not the one that’s wrong. Maybe everyone around me is wrong.”
You may have heard Victoria’s recent single in a Nike campaign to promote their Jordan Flyease, a shoe designed for athletes with disabilities. Victoria just dropped her new project “Victoria”. She talks with me about what it means to be an “Asymmetrical Artist,” her shoe deal with Nike, an Academy Awards red carpet rendezvous, and her newest music release!
Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion set Queer Black Twitter ablaze with WAP. The lyrics, the video, and strong femme sexuality have kept it on replay — and give us permission to be audacious in the pursuit of pleasure.
We can end capitalism, and we will do it with showtunes! Because, to quote famed lesbian Elphaba, “Nobody in all of Oz, no wizard that there is or was, is EVER gonna bring me down!”
This isn’t a collection of songs about friendship, but rather an attempt to capture all my complicated and gooey friendship feelings — the biggest feeling being I REALLY MISS MY FRIENDS.
It is an aching, lonely, pining, sorrowful, huge queer mess of extremely gay emotions. “Betty, will you kiss me on the porch in front of all your stupid friends?” COME ON.
These past few weeks I’ve been drawn to music that is anti-cop, anti-establishment, and/or pro-black. These songs span genre but mostly lie somewhere between punk and hip hop. They embody either my rage or my love for the unwavering strength, resilience, and spirit of black people.
Geffen digs into the collision between gender and technology in music and beyond to demonstrate how pop and rock music have been a vehicle for gender disruption for their entire existence.
For Black queer and trans people, insisting on cultivating joy might be the most radical move of all.
It’s Taurus Season — so let’s get vibey.
There aren’t a ton of songs specifically about vague longing in the middle of a global pandemic, so consider this playlist a narrative journey of feelings.
This is like a driving playlist except it’s for driving around your house – it’s a collection of moods that one might pass through in a day (or an hour) of being alone with our thoughts at home. Do you feel like you’re on a roller coaster and can’t get off?
If you’re not living with your partner, the only person you’re having sex with right now is yourself. You deserve to practice elaborate masturbation in your life. And now’s the perfect time!
“Every single verse of this is like getting clocked in the side of the head with a Yankee candle.”
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