By Jeff Walsh
Anthony Lee Medina first caught my attention when he nearly fell on me during the Spring Awakening tour in San Francisco. I was seated onstage, and he took an impressive spill during 'Bitch of Living,' that only seemed to energize him more for the song.
I'm never quite sure what it is about seeing certain performers in a show, and you follow them after that show, but I've always kept up with Anthony (Facebook helps there).
Of course, since that time in 2008, I spent much of the time erroneously thinking Anthony was straight and not Oasis material, a notion that was quickly dispelled upon seeing his solo show, Anthony Lee Medina - About Me, after moving to NYC.
Now, Anthony is starting a new part of his career, as he raises the money to put out his first collection of songs, The Ladybug Articles, later this year. Most of the songs are inspired by his ongoing tumultuous relationship with a guy he is still in love with.
We met during the recent heatwave at Otarian, a vegetarian restaurant he turned me onto in the city, and we talked. A lot. Here's what we had to say:
At the moment there are two questions that just don’t leave me in peace:
1. Am I attracted to my teacher?
2. Am I attracted to a woman?
It looks weird enough to see it written down, in cold print and everything, but it feels even worse. It explains part of my confusion going on in my mind right now.
Let’s review why I might conclude that I could possibly be attracted to my teacher.
It’s my music teacher that I’m talking about.
Does anybody know any queer music?
I'm a fan of Pansy Division and I know a gay metal song by a completely awesome Norwegian guy (Sveinung Sveinungsen, AKA Dendrophilian) and his band called "Peter, I Love You and I Hate You":
Remember that software I just got? Well, I made a song with it (and I will make more). I encourage you to check out my Sound Cloud page http://soundcloud.com/samavade.
I got my father's old iPod and put my music on it. I've been listening to that a lot lately. I'm much more quiet when I'm listening to music, which I like. I hate always wanting to say something. Music helps me relax.
Girls. I know so many, I fallen for a few, and I'm different from them. I feel so weird. Guys. I have very few guy friends, and I'm different from them, too. I think it's why I feel lonely, all the time. It's like everyone else knows there's a box, and they're supposed go and stand in it, and I find it unfair that I wasn't even told about the existence of these boxes and I don't quite feel like standing in mine. I'm allergic to boxes, I prefer organic and natural shapes. But I'm the only one. Lonely times indeed.
school is finally starting back up and I'm EXCITED AS ALL HELL. I've technically graduated but I'm enrolled in a "supper senior year" at the Vo-Tech school and will be working there full-time. HELL YEAH. I've also just gained employment elsewhere so ill soon be able to support myself, YAY FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE AND STABILITY!!!!! hopefully going into the business field while working a few music related side projects as well as a few graphics related jobs here and there. just because i have a knack for business doesn't mean I'm giving up my passions and dreams.
This particular song, Shake the Disease, is pretty much how I feel right now.
"Can't you see it's misery
And torture for me
When I'm misunderstood
Try as hard as you can, I've tried as hard as I could
To make you see
How important it is for me"
This part of the song reminds me of trying to explain trans issues to my parents. I've been trying to explain to them why it matters to me what they call me, but it's really difficult to make that clear. And it is torture for me to be misunderstood.
"Here is a plea
From my heart to you
Edit: The title. This used to be called 'Miscellany...' but I decided I didn't like that much.
Something Trivial: That girl, codename Ladybug, who slipped me that random Let's-be-friends note a while back, she's still around, still being quite the character, still making strong advances of unascertainable nature. Today we ate lunch together and she gave me another note, so smothered in ribbons and magazine clippings and origami that I was amazed to find an actual letter hidden under it all (Any spelling or grammatical errors are copied.):
Are you a musician? In a Rock Band? Symphony Orchestra? High School Band? Marching Band? Fill out this survey geared to musicians. It's different than the typical surveys, if anything!
Copy, paste and tag your musician buddies!
1. What instrument(s) do you play?
Clarinet, with a bit of piano, percussion and bones.
2. When did you start playing your instrument(s)?
Started singing in the church choir in like 1984, then moved on to piano in 1986, then clarinet ever since 1988.
3. Private Lessons or School?
4. Garage Band, or Accompanyment while singing (for guitar)?
By Jeff Walsh
Semi Precious Weapons stormed into our lives with their monster hit "Magnetic Baby" in 2008. It was an online sensation before it appeared on their "We Love You" album in September 2008 (I previously interviewed lead singer Justin Tranter in Oasis).
The band recently released "You Love You," its follow-up after signing to Interscope Records. The new effort repeats the killer tracks with amped-up reworked versions of "Semi Precious Weapons," "Magnetic Baby," and "Rock and Roll Never Looked So Beautiful." Despite the familiarity I had with these tracks from the earlier CD, these new versoins are the definitive versions to me now.
The band is currently opening up for Lady Gaga on her Monster Ball tour and even after playing these songs hundreds of times, they really captured all of their raw energy and dirty glamour.
The new songs bring a cohesive feel to the nine-song "debut," combining up-tempo numbers like "I Could Die," live staples like "Put A Diamond In It" and "Sticky with Champagne," and emotional ballads like "Leave Your Pretty To Me" and "Look At Me."
By Jeff Walsh
I'm an unabashed Kinsey Sicks fan, and love seeing them live as well as listening to their recordings. Their latest CD, "Each Hit and I," (say it out loud), is a great addition to your Kinseys collection.
At 20 tracks, this CD covers a lot of ground. There are parody covers, original songs, and a live track with the Silicon Valley Gay Men's Chorus. But when I think about the CD, my mind keeps drifting to Ani Difranco.
I used to love seeing Ani DiFranco live, but there was a bit of a dilemma for me. She would always be touring when a new album came out, but if you liked the new album, she was already sort of on to the next thing. So, you had to catch the previous tour to hear her really play the songs that would be on the album you eventually liked. Once the CD was out, you already sort of missed it.
This came up to me when I saw the Kinseys multiple times during a two week run in San Francisco. In concert, they were singing "BP is Creepy," an original song about the oil spill (see the video below), and "Bedroom Ants," a Gaga parody about ants largely to "Bad Romance." The new CD came out the day the run began, and these two crowd pleasers weren't on it. But tracks about Michael Jackson ("Dead," to the tune of "Bad") and Britney Spears ("Fertilizer," to the tune of "Womanizer") seemed to be getting a tad dated. So, I figure these were previous live gems that finally found their way onto my iPod, and that lag was unavoidable.
Now, I realize I'm reviewing a funny a capella drag queen album the way other publications are scrutinizing the new output from Arcade Fire, but it's just an observation I had.
So yesterday I went to an Aerosmith concert and it was like amazing right?!
some music that really helps me calm down about everything is the FRENCH HOUSE MUSIC (techno if you prefer) duo Daft Punk i'm listening to them right now as i type this. an awesome fact is that house music in it's core was from chicago to a couple of groups gays included (this may be up for debate) which is totally AWESOME!! if you haven't heard of them just type in "daft punk one more time" into youtube and go from there. i think you'll like it.
Last ngiht I went to see Tegan and Sara live in concert when they were in my city. IT WAS THE BEST THING EVER! I have to say I went in with minimal expectations, because so many people suck live, but they were amazing. I like them even better live than on CD. :) I sang along to almost every song and by the end of the night I was losing my voice. Definately the best time I've had in a while.
So yeah. What songs would you put on the ultimate queer playlist?
UPDATE: you get to learn Cales and Te's real names!!! look to my journal on 10/16!!! (the names are totally different b/c we have a huge secret code thing they started waaaayyy back in 5th grade, I'm Wesley... i think XD.. )
I have a project to finish, but I kinda don't wanna :-\
I decided to try recording using my super-dooper audio recorder today. Worked pretty well.