I’m tired of pop music. I’d rather hear my peers make original sounds. We all have hands to beat on things, we have voices, some of us can even play instruments. Most of us have mics on our phones to record with, and apps on our iPads. Luckily, some of my friends are talented DJs who are able to craft new landscapes and sonic collages out of a variety of sounds that express history, personality, and passion. But I’m still hungry for more, for something new.
I’ve been listening to the same recycled lyrics and heteronormative narratives all my life. Lyrics like “I need you, I can’t live without you, how could you do this to me, I am incomplete without your validation of my existence…” only serve to perpetuate these destructive themes in my life. I don’t want experiences with people to unfold like love songs (or for that matter, rom-coms, but I’ve stopped watching those years ago). And I want music to reflect the complexity of love and relationships, especially as a queer person.
Life is not simple, love is not simple. Where are the songs about platonic friends who like to make out? Where are songs about wanting to date several people because each interaction is a unique experience worthy to explore? Where are songs about exes you get along really well with, but are sometimes jealous or possessive of? Songs about cuddling? Or songs about kinks and fetishes as a normal expression of human sexuality instead of a depraved, scandalous, pearl-clutching stories? Songs about healthy open relationships? Or even songs about monogamous coupledom, written in ways that affirm each individual as whole beings unto themselves?
How do we embody these normative narratives? How do we break away from them? How do we create our own myths, legends, and songs? We have so much creative power than we know what to do with. When I lived in Spain, there was always music in the streets, whether blasting from speakers or performed in spontaneous jam sessions on a street corner or the town square. People’s physical presence and live rhythms are truly life-giving. I want this in my life again, and I know I’m capable, and so are a lot of my friends and peers.
We are all frequencies, vibrations, waveforms. Let’s express the presence of our bodies, and mark our voices upon the wind. Let’s make sounds.
Kazuo Ohno (with Yoshito Ohno) - from “Just Visiting This Planet.”
Anthony and the Johnsons - The Spirit Was Gone
Nosaj Thing (feat. Toro Y Moi) - Try
Harvest Moonbeam just got an amazing write-up thanks to Chicago Pride! Don’t miss our party this Tuesday at Township!
Chicago, IL — The Equinox has come and gone and on Tuesday, October 1, Subject to Change, Logan Square’s 18+ queer dance party, is ready to get into the autumnal spirit with Harvest Moonbeam, a benefit for the West Side’s Patchwork Farms hosted by Chicago’s own Mister Junior.
Billed as “the queen of Boylesque and Vaudezilla’s hairy-chested heartthrob,” Mister Junior’s sensuous burlesque tantalizes while also addressing expectations of race and gender normativity, “werqing to strip away the gender binary for your viewing pleasure,” according to his Facebook page. He will be joined by very special musical guest Cody Copeland and resident DJs Baby Bones, Butch Sassidy the Come Dance Kid and Josie Bush.
"Subject to Change aims to create a space of ‘no shame’ when it comes to the music they enjoy and the people they love and care about — family (both blood and chosen) and our community via the events and publications they produce," Subject to Change’s website reads. "They hope to generate positive energy within the community and channel that energy to support the many organizations working to make this city a better place for queer folks."
MMMMMMM. Chico DeBarge.
Jerry Blossom - Hot Like Fire (Aaliyah cover)
Musical burlesque performance, a genderqueering of Mister Junior’s burlesque class act, “Fire Burning," in which I also performed.
Stills from last night’s performance at Salonathon Presents: The Callbox - HEATWAVE, curated by Will Von Vogt.
SUBJECT TO CHANGE PRESENTS: INNERFIERCENESS DAY
-Benefit for Project Fierce Chicago
-Hosted by Cleo Pockalipps
-Resident DJs Josie Bush and Panakin Skywalker
-Special guest DJ [X]P
-Performances by Blue Redder, Corrine Mina and Eve the Original Sinner
-$5 suggested donation. No one turned away!
Project Fierce Chicago’s mission is to reduce LGBTQ youth homelessness in Chicago by providing affirming, no-cost transitional housing and comprehensive support services to homeless LGBTQ young adults. PFC also aims to encourage community-building and civic engagement through cooperative living and youth leadership development.
For more information about Project Fierce visit their website- http://projectfiercechicago.org/
Subject to Change aims to create a space of “no shame” when it comes to the music they enjoy and the people they love and care about — family (both blood and chosen) and our community via the events and publications they produce. They hope to generate positive energy within the community and channel that energy to support the many organizations working to make this city a better place for queer folks. We celebrate all gender identities and expressions.
Photography by Kiam Marcelo Junio for IAMKIAM Photography
YO. You all need to check this out FOR REAL. Right now.
I was there to see this live and was DYING! P. Kelly sex medley by the one and only Po’ Chop!!!
I am drawn to the dichotomy of sexuality and spirituality, for that has been an ongoing struggle of my own. P Kelly was created to explore this internal war that I know not just myself and R Kelly share.
Shout out to Josephine Shaker (video vixen), Trixie Sparx (choir) & Dirty Devlin (choir)!
Trouble in mind
Yes I’m blue
But I won’t be blue always
'Cause the shine's gonna shine
In my backdoor someday
Another rare Aaliyah track, one of my favorites. Her lower vocal register is fucking amazing in this song.
Death Of A Playa - Aaliyah (by urnsonz2vid)
Aaliyah- Erica Kane (by misssexxi2009ify)
Not too many people have heard this song, and I think it’s about a character on All My Children, which, strange, but I’m into it.
The beat is awesome, and Aaliyah’s vocals are great.