Author Archive for: Walter Beck

Teepee V • Eli Van Sickel

Released January 14, 2014
Eli Van Sickel’s Teepee V is his most expansive and diverse albums to date. It’s a complicated album, a mix of humor and sadness, originals and folk songs.

“If Nightlife and Middle West were concept albums, stories of people Eli knew or dreamed of, Teepee V is his autobiography, with him taking center stage.”

Glass Torn and War Shortage • Mike IX Williams

Released December 1, 2011
This solo spoken word record, consisting of harsh industrial noise mixed with Williams’ poetry, isn’t a release for the faint of heart.

“In terms of subject matter and the actual words he uses on the tape, it’s what we’ve come to expect from Mike IX: visions of an apocalyptic wasteland, devoid of beauty and living as we know it, where merely surviving another day is beating the odds.”

Transgender Dysphoria Blues • Against Me!

Released January 21, 2014
Against Me!’s Transgender Dysphoria Blues is an accomplised punk record that explores issues of trans* identity, personal struggle, and ultimately liberty.

“Grace and the boys may have just made history, becoming the first mainstream rock ‘n’ roll band to cut an album full of unrestrained trans* pride. “

Home Aged and the 18 Month Hope • COUM Transmissions

Released October 29, 2013
From the archives of notorious performance art group COUM Transmissions, Home Aged and the 18 Month Hope features interviews, poetry, and sound experiments.

“This album shows the peak and eventual end of one of the most transgressive art groups of the 20th century. The mix of sonic experiments, poetry, and interviews offers a rare public glimpse into the world of these weird artists.”

I’d Rather Fight Than Swish • B. Bubba

Released August, 1964
From Camp Records, the home of queer novelty songs recorded under pseudonyms, B. Bubba’s ‘I’d Rather Fight than Swish’ is about accepting your inner gay.

“The lyrics were considered raunchy for the time and even today, they would probably be considered offensive, given that they satirize violence and the hero of the song is a stereotypical effeminate pansy character. But it’s an important part of American queer history.”

What The … • Black Flag

Released November 05, 2013
The Black Flag legends look at late middle age and try to recapture the fast and violent glory days of their youth. Do they succeed or do they fail?

“Black Flag built their reputation on raw, angry hardcore. Every record sounded like it would end in a riot and a police raid. .”

The Troubled Troubadour • GG Allin

Released August 1990
GG Allin was without a doubt the most notorious punk rocker, but here he goes country for an acoustic detour.

“GG Allin may have been one of the most anti-social personalities in the history of rock n roll, but this song shows that maybe he still felt a glimmer of human emotion.”

Strong Boys • Strong Boys

Released February 22, 2013
The Strong Boys EP is 9 minutes of queercore that packs a punch. Dublin’s answer to legendary hardcore queer rockers Limp Wrist.

“Probably the hardest, fastest, meanest slab of wax to come out of the queercore scene. Packed with lighting fast punk rhythms, heavy guitars, growling vocals, and a dedication to queer liberation, this record isn’t for the weak of heart.”

Bat Out of Hell • Meat Loaf

Released October 1977
Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell is one of the most powerful progressive rock albums of all time.

Bat Out of Hell became one of the biggest selling albums of all time, with an estimated sales of 43 million copies worldwide. Meat Loaf and Steinman created something rare and special, a multi-layered rock album with not one stale track on it.”

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Cert: 18 • US: 87 min • Fine Line Features • July 20, 2001

Hedwig and the Angry Inch was the first queer rock ‘n’ roll musical film of the 21st century, and a story that has a crazed and schizophrenic spirit.

“Starring many of the same people from the original stage production, including John Cameron Mitchell, Miriam Shor and Stephen Trask (who wrote the music), it’s the strange journey of a transgender punk rock queen and her search for fulfilment.”