Florida’s Against Me! have been performing in various incarnations for over 15 years. In 2012, however, the band made headlines for reasons other than their music: its frontwoman, Laura Jane Grace, came out publicly as a trans woman and began her transition. 2013′s Transgender Dysphoria Blues explicitly addresses Grace’s experiences, and yesterday, she took to Reddit to tell her fans all about them. We’ve collected the highlights of Grace’s candid, informative Q&A, … Read More
Against Me! played The Late Show With David Letterman last night, and tore shit up with a great rendition of “FuckMyLife666″… Read More
Look: I don’t like writing these lists either. I long for the day in which I will no longer have to write them, when women will just be the people participating in the culture as full human beings like everyone else, because the culture will have quit giving disproportionate airtime to the other gender. In the meantime: Don’t listen to the old fogeys who insist that the reason women don’t make a lot of noise in the culture is that they do unremarkable work. You just don’t hear enough about the remarkable work. Here are 25 women who will do great things this… Read More
In some ways, it feels presumptuous to pass any judgment on Against Me!’s Transgender Dysphoria Blues, for the simple reason that it catalogs an experience to which, as a cisgender person, I am inherently unable to fully comprehend. It’s an album that, as its title suggests, is deeply informed by singer Laura Jane Grace’s transition from living as a man to living as a woman. Clearly, it’s not for me to say how reflective Grace’s songs are of any wider transgender experience. But the album is also deeply relatable in a more generally human sense — it’s the story of a person coming to terms with who she is, something that’s not easy for anyone, let alone someone who finds she doesn’t identify with the gender she’s been assigned.
Hello, 2014! The early part of this year is looking pretty damn good as far as album releases go, but this month not so much — it’s something of a slow start, with most of the notable releases coming in February and March. But, nevertheless, there are still a bunch of albums worth putting on your post-Christmas shopping list, and here are five such records, along with our usual brief roundup of everything else of note that’ll be in stores and/or on iTunes over the coming weeks. Let us know what you’re getting excited about! … Read More
With year-end listomania pretty much over and done with, it’s time to turn our attention to the year to come — and, specifically, which albums we’re most looking forward to hearing in 2014. So far, it’s shaping up very nicely indeed, thanks — there’s the return of a whole lot of artists who we’ve been waiting to hear from for up to four-and-a-half decades, along with debuts from exciting new talents. Here’s what’s gonna be on our shopping list once we pay off the debts of the “festive” season. … Read More
We’re almost there. A few more days. And then everyone can sleep for a week. (Well, everyone except your diligent Flavorwire editors, who’ll be here over the Christmas/New Year period.) But anyway! The point is that we’re nearly at the end of the year, the amount of music being released is negligible, and yet there are still at least five tracks that surfaced this week that are worth hearing. They await you after the jump, and involve Angel Haze (of course), along with another new Against Me! track, Tears for Fears covering Animal Collective (seriously), some unreleased Four Tet, and a load of Clams Casino instrumentals. … Read More
It’s Friday, which means the weekend is nearly here, and much rejoicing will be done all round. It also means it’s time to survey the best new music released in the last week, which this time around encompasses Joanna Gruesome doing an excellent Galaxie 500 cover, the first taste of the new Against Me! record, a new project for Grouper’s Liz Harris, the return of Xeno & Oaklander, and David Lynch proving he still does “creepy” like no one else. All this action is streaming for precisely $0, so click through and have a listen. … Read More
A couple of weeks back, we celebrated Pride Month with a pretty epic selection of essential LGBT films. The post was so popular with our readers that we thought we’d follow up with a similar selection of LGBT albums. As with our film selection, this encompasses records featuring LGBT artists and/or characters and themes. (And no, of course it doesn’t include Michelle… Read More
1. Four slightly different teasers for Pixar’s Monsters University, a prequel to Monsters, Inc. which focuses on Mike and Scully’s college years, have arrived online. Watch them all here.
2. Can we all agree that there’s no way that the new Sesame Street movie that’s in the works will be able to compete… Read More