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V.24 No.44 | 10/29/2015
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Five Trans Musicians Happening Now

By Robin Babb [ Tue Nov 3 2015 12:20 PM ]

So, in case you missed it, a few weeks ago the band Whirr said some pretty hateful things on Twitter about trans* people and about the band G.L.O.S.S. (Girls Living Outside Society’s Shit) in particular. Things like “misogyny is hating women. g.l.o.s.s. Is just a bunch of boys running around in panties making shitty music.” In response, their record label dropped them quicker than you can say “transphobia is misogyny, you jerks.” It was one of those rare and gratifying moments of immediate justice being delivered on the internet.

You can listen to G.L.O.S.S.’s EP Demo on their bandcamp. Their queer brand of hardcore is filled with stellar lines like “with lined lips and spiked bats, gonna take femininity back” and “straight America, you will ruin me,” radiating a truly punk ethic of not giving a shit what people think about them.

In the spirit of throwing more light on trans* people in music, here’s a list of five other awesome openly trans* musicians who you should be listening to now. They deserve as much support as they can get—not just because they make good music, but because if we as a society can start not only tolerating but highlighting trans* people in music, then maybe there is hope for us yet.

(Note: below I’ve used the gender pronouns most recently cited as preferred by each artist. If you know better, though, please drop me a line.)

1. Mykki Blanco

Ok, hopefully you already know about Mykki Blanco—if from nothing else, from her 2012 single “Wavvy” that was playing everywhere for a minute. In addition to her short but prolific music career, Blanco has also made a name for herself as an LGBT activist, performance artist and poet, with the release of her 2011 book From the Silence of Duchamp to the Noise of Boys. Go watch all of her music videos, and then listen to Betty Rubble: The Initiation, her album from earlier this year.

2. Antony and the Johnsons

Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons has also had a prolific and varied artistic career. A director and artist, Antony also has one of the most haunting voices in contemporary music. The band is known for tear-jerking baroque-pop ballads like “Hope There’s Someone.” Listen to their self-titled debut album of 2000, then check out some of Antony’s art projects, two of which were listed in SFAQ’s list of “The Top 5 Art Shows in New York City Last Year.”

3. Aye Nako

This punk queercore band from Brooklyn just won Village Voice’s “Best Garage Band of 2015” and it’s well deserved—their music is raw and emotional while still melodic and catchy. In their own words, the quartet plays “sad punk songs about being queer, trans, and black.” You can get their latest EP The Blackest Eye here.

4. Mya Byrne

Mya Byrne is a folk musician and songwriter from Boston. She released her first solo EP in 2004, and has been a staple in the New York folk scene since. She played for the band The Ramblers from 2008 to 2014. You can listen to her first solo LP since her transition in 2014, As I Am, on her website.

5. Rae Spoon

Rae Spoon started songwriting and performing in their hometown of Calgary, Alberta, when they were a teenager. Their early music is decidedly down-home folksy, with Spoon playing guitar, banjo and mandolin on albums Throw Some Dirt on Me and Your Trailer Door, but their most recent album My Prairie Home displays some much more slowed-down, orchestral elements. Besides their musical career, Spoon has authored a book of short stories called First Spring Grass Fire, and has collaborated on the book Gender Failure with Ivan E. Coyote.

Music Interview

The King Khan & BBQ Show

Bring the doo, the wop and the weird to Burque

By Geoffrey Plant
King Khan is a consummate front-man whose guitar and vocals, combined with his wild stage presence, bring The King Khan & BBQ Show to a seldom-accomplished level of trash rock weirdness. Weekly Alibi spoke with Khan from his home in Berlin where he was preparing for the “Nipples and Bits” Tour supporting their new album Bad News Boys.
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V.24 No.43 | 10/22/2015
Bouncin' Booties

Planet Booty Bounces into Town

By Megan Reneau [ Fri Oct 23 2015 12:17 PM ]

I was surprised at the amount of people that were at Stereo, some of the people I talked to before the show didn’t know a band was going to play but by the end of the first song most of the people were dancing. The electro-funk trio that completes Planet Booty was extraordinarily energetic and charismatic during their performance. Seeing them reminded me of seeing a friend’s show. It felt personal when they would motion at individuals, dance with people and chatted and (especially) approached and thanked individuals for coming to the show and the entire audience collectively.

If they weren’t wielding an instrument, they stood at the front of the stage facing the crowd trying to get everyone to “bounce that ass” but not in a disrespectful way like I’ve encountered at venues before. Planet Booty wanted everyone to have as much fun as they were having. I’m not sure that was possible because, it seemed to me that Dylan Charles Germick (vocals, trumpet, beats), Josh Cantero (vocals, keyboard, trombone) and Rob Gwin (bass, percussion, software) were having the time of their lives. Germick mainly sang at the front of the group but was joined by Cantero often. Germick is exceedingly personable and effectively gets the crowd going. Cantero would return to his keyboard and sing when needed, but was unfailingly animated the entire show. Gwin was the heartbeat, keeping them all together and moving forward, all while maintaining as much enthusiasm as he had at the beginning. I was stunned by all of them sustaining the very high energy they begun the show with.

Their vigor and passion is incredible and virtually unmatched by any show I’ve been to (shows that I’ve paid to see!). They all are performers and they are ready to party with their fans. Germick would join the crowd throughout the show to dance with the audience, forming a delightful relationship and, overall, loving vibe with the crowd. Their proclaimed genre is “Sweat” and I felt that by the end of the show. Afterwards they mingled with the crowd for as long as they could, but they had to head out for their next gig in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 24. I hope they come back to Albuquerque soon so I can see them again.

The Daily word in Dancing, Horror and Dealers

By Megan Reneau [ Thu Oct 22 2015 11:51 AM ]

Like mortal blood feeding a vampire, queer women in horror films gives me life.

A collection of my bbg's most important instagram posts.

Watch Jimmy, I mean Drake, dance to different songs.

I guess I'll give country music a second chance.

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Anti-woman protestors don't like being counter-protested? Oh, woe is me.

Youtube is going to charge people now? Smell ya later, nerds.

Through tragedy we find that there are good people.

Hey, can I hold your lottery ticket for a second? Cool, I'll be right back.

Sonic Reducer

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V.24 No.42 | 10/15/2015

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By Cerridwen Stucky [ Wed Oct 21 2015 2:48 PM ]
The Daily Word

Today is Back to the Future day, but no one is in a hovercraft.

A road rage incident has the city in shock. There is now new information on the suspect.

A realistic portrayal of what Trump would do with his first 100 days in office.

Jaden Smith plans to disappear. Please don't leave us, you are an irreplaceable voice of insight in the blind modern day Hollywood.

Joe Biden isn't running for president, and lots of people are surprised.

Dogs go to Utah instead of Heaven.

Listen to Smooth Criminal played on traditional Japanese instruments.

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Heaven is Albuquerque

By Maggie Grimason
Guitarist of the post-punk outfit Self Defense Family says, “I think Albuquerque has the best balance of any place I have been in the US.” No wonder he moved here.

Sonic Reducer

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V.24 No.41 | 10/08/2015

The Daily Word on Aliens, Entertainment, and Politics

By Cerridwen Stucky [ Thu Oct 8 2015 3:12 PM ]
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Your favorite cartoon about a metal band needs your help to end.

Indigenous Peoples Day became an official thing in Albuquerque.

The new season of American Horror Story is making headlines, be they good or bad.

A local woman claims to know of a bomb at Winrock last night.

Slime in apple juice makes some people exited about aliens.

Country-turned-pop singer Taylor Swift is facing very little piracy. Why aren't you stealing her stuff?

Gay people are allowed to do things in Indiana once more.

It costs more, but you'll pay it gladly. Netflix ups their price by one whole US dollar.

A Burque family is rescued by their wonderful dog.

V.24 No.41 | 10/8/2015

Aural Fixation

Food and Music Forever

A primer on combinations

By August March
I associate food with music. This year’s Best of Burque Restaurants issue gives me a heap of inspiration to indulge in that activity. Those lofty sources of nourishment, elucidated on the previous pages of this issue, could be augmented by accompanying sounds, I thought.

Sonic Reducer

Froth Bleak · Kevin Herig Give it All Away · Keep Shelly in Athens Now I'm Ready

By Geoffrey Plant
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V.24 No.40 | 10/1/2015
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By August March
Mark Godwin and Jeff Farrow create ambitious, ornate pop with far-reaching possibilities.
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