Most people agree that 2016 was a terrible year with an amazing soundtrack. Here’s to hoping that 2017 can be an incredibly good year with a similarly sweet soundtrack. I asked the staff at WKCO to describe what they’re anxiously awaiting this year in New Music, and here’s a snapshot of our Anticipated Releases!
Devon Chodzin ‘19: XIU XIU- FORGET: “Already, ‘Wondering’ has proven to be wildly entertaining. Xiu Xiu Plays the Music of Twin Peaks was a lot of fun, and I’m always so impressed with Xiu Xiu’s productivity. I can’t get enough!”
At time of publication, the album has been leaked. It was originally set to be released on February 23rd.
People have known it as a sort of “fact of life” for some time now – that many gay men idolize prominent female entertainers in music and film. From the Bette Davises and Judy Garlands of early Hollywood to the Chers and Madonnas of the New Wave to the Ariana Grandes and Carly Rae Jepsens of today, there appears to be a trend amongst many queer men to adore famous leading ladies. I, for one, love and strongly identify with Canadian synthpop singer and visual artist Claire Boucher, better known as Grimes. But why?
That’s tough to pinpoint. If it were all about trying to claim and come to terms with femininity, either exogenously assigned or self-determined, why are there only a handful of women who are identified as “gay icons?” What about those women who achieve icon-status sets them apart?