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Music Monday :: 2016 in music, part 2 (10 albums of the year)

3 Jan

Posted on a Tuesday because the holidays messed everyone up and also we’ve been moving house and deal with it.

10. Wild Things, Ladyhawke
Solid synth for the year.

9. case/lang/veirs, case/lang/veirs
This album was classic from the first time I heard it.

8. The Bride, Bat for Lashes
And this? This is the kind of epic creepiness and melancholia that we all need in our lives.

7. Jessica Rabbit, Sleigh Bells
On this album, Sleigh Bells gets a bit more lyrically cohesive than usual and to emotionally devastating effect while continuing to bring the electronoise delight.

6. Beyond the Bloodhounds, Adia Victoria
The perfect mix of twang and devastation and blues and gloriousness.

5. Citrine, Hayley Kiyoko
The only badness is that this is so short. Otherwise it’s perfect ladygay delight.

4. In Loving Memory Of When I Gave a Shit, Lolo
My beloved, darling, deep-voiced and furious and glorious princess.

3. Good Grief, Lucius
Ah these blessed weirdos. I adore them and everything they do.

2. I’m Alone, No You’re Not, Joseph
As mentioned on Saturday.

1. Love You To Death, Tegan and Sara
As also mentioned. Bless.

–your fangirl heroine.

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Spectacular Summaries Saturday :: 11 gifts that 2016 gave me

1 Jan

11. Cry-Baby
This album, as I mentioned on Monday, technically came out last year, but hot damn. I have not been able to get enough of it. It’s just so weird and aesthetic and Melanie Martinez looks like a confused porcelain doll and it’s cathartic as hell to drive around singing along to this acting like a non-Suicide Squad Harley Quinn making crazy eyes. Each music video is weirder than the last (my personal favorite, aside from “Milk and Cookies,” is still probably “Pity Party” but I love all of them) and she just has a fascinating way about her that strikes me as something interesting.

10. Hamilton
You’ll notice that link is from last year, because I did technically first listen to Hamilton last year. The phenomenon that is Hamilton is possibly the greatest cultural even of 2016, though. In this year of horrible politics, horrible bigotry, and outstanding ignorance, here is a musical that somehow managed not only to explain politics (both then and now) more clearly than any history class I ever took but to reach the hearts of so many, to make an old story relevant to a new audience in new ways. A+++.

9. Rogue One
This movie also stands in interesting stark contrast to other events of 2016, which is part of what makes it so good. The other part is that it is just damn good movie, solidly constructed and compellingly told.

8. Waitress
This list always seems to slant more toward the end of the year, but in a lot of cases that’s just when the observable, linkable writing on the subject is. I’ve been listening to the songs from Waitress since last winter when they were released, and I think it’s absolutely charming. And hell, it was a real true Broadway New York show experience, of course it’s in my top 10 of the year.

7. I’m Alone, No You’re Not
Another constant listen, as mentioned. There are shades of Delta Rae, of First Aid Kit, even of beloved Eisley occasionally, and it’s lady harmonies all the time, sometimes more mournful, sometimes twangy, sometimes cute and fun, all the time gorgeous.

6. Carol
In this the year of our many many dead Sapphic ladies, Carol is a gift. It is not a perfect film, but it’s aesthetic and beautiful and satisfying and not outright depressing. Also, this.

5. Luke Cage
I find it also really… fitting, in a way, that this year also yielded such a gloriously, in-your-facedly black piece of media as Luke Cage. Marvel is largely unfortunately white, but between this and the upcoming Black Panther there are alternatives being given, and Luke Cage is also the most quality entertainment. From villains Mashershala Ali and Alfre Woodard to protagonists Mike Colter and Rosario Dawson and Simone Missick, every single member of the cast brings their all. The writing is delightful. The vibe is incredibly thorough. It’s not exactly “fun” in the traditional sense, but it is time well-spent.

4. On the Edge of Gone
Of the books I first-time read this year (admittedly, last year’s resolution didn’t quite hold up) this one stuck with me the most, for the reasons before mentioned. It’s so nuanced and doesn’t other anyone while exploring the viewpoints of othered characters.

3. Love You to Death
And its subsequent tour, of course. Tegan and Sara are the most brilliant musicians who put on the best, gayest show, and this year especially that was needed.

2. Mockingbird, Chelsea Cain
This is a week later belated ETA, but it’s important. I really cannot even begin to explain how important these 8 (9 including the starter from last year) issues of comics were. I love Chelsea Cain, y’all know that, and I love Bobbi Morse, y’all know that, but together they were an unholy blessed thing, sass and feminism and ass-kickery and metafiction and I read a lot of vintage Mockingbird this year too and Chelsea really did take the time to deconstruct and ameliorate every flaw in her written history and I will admit to crying when it was over, but also no, for Bobbi’s sake I am living my life unapologetically. (Also, that’s what Lance Hunter said at the Hellfire Club.)

1. my drift partner
You are the best thing about this and every year, darling. But especially this one. ❤

–your fangirl heroine.

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Music Monday :: 2016 in music, part 1 (11 songs of the year)

26 Dec

11. “Mustang Kids,” Zella Day
So this is from last year, but I discovered it this year and this particular video came out this year so it sort of counts. Her whole vibe is very trancey and odd and I can’t tell, there might be Sapphic chicks in this music video. Maybe. Good enough for me.

10. “Milk and Cookies,” Melanie Martinez
This album also came out last year but the music video is really recent and it’s been in my heaviest rotation this year. I’ve spent weeks just driving around wailing along to this like an emo teenager, it’s great. I love the entire album (more on that next week) but I special-pick this song because it is explicitly about tweeishly murdering a sexual predator with cookies and the music video made that even more explicit.

9. “Supermoon,” Case Lang Veirs
Grindhouse Gothic perfection, of which there was plenty this year but this is exemplary.

8. “Holy,” Zolita
YouTube has started recommending me random pop music videos that are about Sapphic girls, and this one came up. It’s interesting, because it’s a good song but I don’t know if the song would have stuck with me as much as it has if it wasn’t such a gay video, but it’s the gayest video. There’s a lesbian cult at what seems to be a private school prelude to The Handmaid’s Tale.

7. “And Then You Die,” Adia Victoria
The vibe on this entire album is so intense. It’s worth many, many listens.

6. “Hatefuck,” Cruel Youth
Teddy Sinclair, once Natalia Kills, helms this project, and it’s glorious. It’s like a dirtier angrier version of the 1960s girl group songs I grew up hearing on the radio.

5. “Daughters,” Lissie
Because everyone needs a Wild West feminist ballad in their lives sometimes.

4. “Gone Insane,” Lucius
As I observed, this is a harmonious ballad about gaslighting and it’s brilliant. The music video is a little body-horror, though, so be careful friends.

3. “Sweet Dreams,” Joseph
I have basically been playing this album every time I’m not playing Cry-Baby in my car, and it’s brilliant and wonderful, but this track stands out as the most epic and glorious.

2. “Gravel to Tempo,” Hayley Kiyoko
Because lesbians. It’s a great song, but let’s be real, it’s important as it is because lesbians.

1. “Dying to Know,” Tegan and Sara
For you, love.

–your fangirl heroine.

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Television Tuesday :: a season 6 wrap-up.

5 Jul

Game of Thrones‘ season six was… well, it was pretty all right. I mourn my sweet gay babies Margaery (Natalie Dormer) and Loras (Finn Jones), bless them, but overall I am not disappointed and after last year’s mess that’s something, anyway? The requisite list of positives.

11. Davos (Liam Cunningham) finding out about Shireen (Kerry Ingram).
As y’all know, Shireen being murdered was my least favorite thing to happen in season five, and that’s saying quite a lot. So I guess it was a form of catharsis to see Davos finally find out what happened to his favorite girl and get really, truly mad about it. (I also liked that when Jon [Kit Harington] found out he didn’t have Melisandre [Carice van Houten] killed immediately but instead sent her on her way with a warning.)

10. Lyanna freaking Mormont (Bella Ramsey).
What a brilliant, scene-stealing kid. I had never seen her before in my life but my reaction after her first scene was “I’m so proud of her!” Boy howdy I love Mormont women just about as much as I don’t give a damn about the most prominent Mormont man.

9. Sam (John Bradley) and Gilly (Hannah Murray).
I actually quite liked the Horn Hill scenes, just overall; I liked how nice Sam’s mom and sister were, I liked how awkward Gilly was changing her clothes for the first time ever, I liked how Sam and Gilly both stood up to Sam’s jerk dad, I like how the power of love prevailed. And I really liked the Citadel library, sidenote.

8. Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) and Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson).
I just really like these two. I was not a big fan of all of the treading water that Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) had to do or how pointless most of his scenes felt, and in turn many of Missandei and Grey Worm’s, but Missandei and Grey Worm themselves are always wonderful. I really like how Missandei had no time for Tyrion’s bullshit plans and made no secret of that. I really like how the two of them spent most of the season dressed like dominatrixes/the male version thereof. I also really like that Missandei always calls him by his name in Valryian. That makes me smile a lot.

7. The Dornish matriarchy overhaul.
We had a beautiful moment with Ellaria queen (Indira Varma) and the Sand Snakes (Keisha Castle-Hughes, Jessica Henwick, Rosabell Laurenti Sellers) in the first episode, one cursory mention around 6.03 or 6.04 of the fact that they’d taken over Dorne, and then treaty negotiations with Olenna (Diana Rigg) in the finale. We didn’t see much of this matriarchy overhaul, but I support it fully. This puts me in the minority and I don’t give a single damn.

6. Sansa (Sophie Turner) and Jon.
Sansa and Jon really didn’t have a relationship before they went their separate ways in season one, but their reuniting was beautiful and their relationship development has been fascinating. The obvious thing to say is that it’s an indicator of Sansa’s increased maturity; it’s also giving her a chance to finally be volatile in productive-to-the-plot ways. Fucking Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) is not looking to make this a happy ending, but it’s really interesting right now.

5. Sansa and Brienne (Gwendoline Christie).
Yes. This did not disappoint, Brienne’s loyalty is overwhelming, and I’m glad they at least still have each other.

4. Sansa and misandry.
One of the most brilliant moments this entire season was just Sansa’s facial reactions to Ramsay (Iwan Rheon) being killed by his dogs. Another thing I liked was when she yelled at Jon for not involving her in battle plans even though she knew about Ramsay more than any of them did. I also really liked her reaction to fucking Littlefinger’s completely unsurprising but nasty fantasy scenario: hand on the chest for stop, don’t touch me there, then “it’s a pretty picture” dripping disdain as she walked away. Sansa Stark is done with men and it’s beautiful.

3. Feast for Crows Cersei (Lena Headey).
Otherwise known as: I have been waiting for the Cersei I know from her POV chapters to finally get to show up and that Cersei is insane. Unfortunately, Benioff and Weiss seem too concerned with making the Lannisters sympathetic at times to allow them to be as interesting as in the books, so it was a long time coming for the full reveal. But now, after doing some horrible things and having some horrible things happen as a consequence, the Iron Throne is sat by completely bonkers Cersei, Darth Cersei, Mad Queen Cersei. I’m thrilled and Lena is going to do a great job.

2. The Targaryen-Greyjoy-Martell-Tyrell alliance.
I mean, I’m not keen on the fact that it had to come partially because of Margaery and Loras’ death, but “so Yara goes to Meereen, right, and she hooks up with Dany, and then Varys goes to get the Martells in on it because they have a thing with the Targaryens, and then the Tyrells come too because they’re awesome” sounds… not unlike some of my personal ideal scenarios. The show has less lady-kissing in this alliance (because Margaery is dead now and never confirmed queer, because they haven’t mentioned Nym being bisexual in the show yet, etc.) but it’s still happening.

1. Dany (Emilia Clarke) and Asha-Yara (Gemma Whelan).
But there might be lady-kissing here! It’s now canon that Asha-Yara likes girls (and she didn’t die!) and both actresses have mentioned that there is some definite flirtation going on between these two. They bantered about why Dany should accept these Greyjoys’ offer of ships and alliance, which is because Euron’s offer would come with marriage demands. “And I imagine your offer is free of any marriage demands?” Dany banters. “I never demand, but I’m up for anything really,” Asha-Yara declares, in a conversation that does sound just as Sapphic as my fantasy endings. I don’t know how this is going to go but dear gods let it go right. Because, quoth poor lost Doreah, “love comes in at the eyes,” and those two were making significant eyes at each other. (Also, Dany broke up with Daario [Michiel Huisman] spectacularly.)

–your fangirl heroine.

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Sundry Sunday :: 10 things I would like to tell other wlw (especially babies)

5 Jun
  1. Your female friends are probably mostly going to have crushes on boys. You are not weird for not also having crushes on boys and nothing they say or imply changes that.
  2. And that funny fluttery feeling you get thinking about girls sometimes? That, my friend, is a crush. Nobody will tell you this, because you don’t think to mention it to them because you don’t think you can or should, but it is.
  3. It’s okay to be completely sure of yourself and who you are in terms of sexual identity but still not say anything to anyone.
  4. You are perfectly allowed to feel gross when people say words like “dyke” around you, even if it’s not to you, and them knowing or not knowing that you’d take it personal is irrelevant.
  5. You are also allowed to feel gross when people have viewpoints that make you feel unsafe.
  6. You are not obligated to be tolerant of other people’s opinions when those opinions are that you are fundamentally wrong and bad.
  7. You are not fundamentally wrong and bad, or even just a little weird.
  8. Friends you’ve known all your life may not get it like strangers on the internet do, and that’s why we have access to both.
  9. You are valid in your identity no matter how you present, emotionally or physically.
  10. The only correct way to wlw is respectfully and open-mindedly. Everything else is a variable.

–your fangirl heroine.

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Television Tuesday :: 10 proposed rules for television writers

5 Jan

 

Presented without commentary.

1. For every woman or POC that dies, a white man must die.

2. Since everyone loves the 1 out of 10 people isn’t straight statistic, shows with a cast of 10 characters will be required to have at least 1 queer character in the main cast.

3. For every gay white man on the network, there must be a queer woman or POC character; for every Kinsey 6 gay character there must be a character who is a different variety of queer.

4. Television is generally iffy to awful at doing abuse forgiveness narratives correctly; therefore, avoid these storylines or put in the effort to show the abuser acknowledging their abusive behavior and working to make amends.  And if they are not going to do that, show them no forgiveness.

5. Victims of abuse and/or trauma will have the necessary narrative time and support to cope.

6. All networks will have a set quota of dead animals and dead children they can include in their programming per year.

7. All networks will have a set quota of storylines about rape they can include in their programming per year.

8. All networks will have a set quota of times when a character’s gender/sexuality/race/etc. is their sole defining characteristic they can include in their programming per year.

9. Every network will have a minimum of 8 male-female friendships with no unresolved sexual tension.

10. For each well-written morally ambiguous male protagonist, there should be at least one well-written morally ambiguous female protagonist.

–your fangirl heroines.

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Sundry Sunday :: 10 gifts that 2015 gave me

3 Jan

10. Inside Out
I wound up seeing this twice, actually, and it was just a delight.  Psychology: the animated movie!  I’m all about that.  I’m also all about cartoons that aren’t cloying, and this definitely wasn’t.

9. Jupiter Ascending
This is glorious trash and that is all there is to it.

8. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
If this had come out earlier in the year it would be higher up on the list, but I haven’t had time to crest the wave of buzz yet.  I’ve seen it twice and loved the hell out of it both times.  I love the babies, I can definitely feel my five-year-old self’s adoration for Leia swelling again.  It’s not exactly an unpredictable film but it’s so pleasant.

7. Badlands
I didn’t actually review this album here, but I absolutely love it.  Evey single song is solid gold (although I admit that “Colors” makes me giggle now because of a tumblr post pertaining to SHIELD 3.05 and “Castle,” while being one of my favorite tracks, makes me giggle now because of the Huntsman trailer).  Also, Halsey seems like a super cool person.

6. Daredevil + Jessica Jones
So I haven’t actually finished Daredevil yet but we marathoned Jessica Jones for the new year and I am in love.  I mean, I’m in love with both of these shows.  They’re ~dark and gritty~ but I’m fine with that because they’re also compelling and mostly populated by characters that I actually give a damn about.  There are really important platonic (“platonic”) relationships and hetero romances that don’t annoy me and wonderful casts that do an A+ job and it’s just so important.  Also, blowback of trauma and pulling no punches regarding it.

5. After It All
I haven’t been pre-hyped for an album like I was for this in a very long time, and it holds up so well.

 

4. lady relationships in SHIELD
Not all of the discussion here is pertinent to 2015, and there’s more to it than was written in that pre-season 3 post, so let me add also: Daisy (Chloe Bennet) and Jemma (Elizabeth Henstridge) are still so important and still love each other look they hugged again finally, Jemma and Bobbi (Adrianne Palicki) are so important too watch Bobbi still be one of the only people Jemma can actually talk to about things watch Bobbi have such emotion in her eyes when she sees Jemma returned from her brief kidnapping, Bobbi and Melinda (Ming-Na Wen) are so important watch Melinda test Bobbi watch Bobbi support Melinda watch them be undercover together and kicking ass together and amazing together.  Etcetera.

3. Every Open Eye
What beauty this album is.  What perfection.

2. Agent Carter
Peggy has always been my girl because vintage, but she’s also this feminine but lethal powerhouse of danger and beauty and cunning and I have a lot of emotions.

1. Mad Max: Fury Road
What a beautiful and important piece of cinema and I hope it is recognized for the masterpiece it is always.

–your fangirl heroine.

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