Polari Magazine http://www.polarimagazine.com Exploring art & culture from a uniquely queer perspective Thu, 16 Jan 2014 14:19:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ The Classic Album Selection • Enigma http://www.polarimagazine.com/musicreviews/classic-album-selection-enigma/ http://www.polarimagazine.com/musicreviews/classic-album-selection-enigma/#comments Thu, 16 Jan 2014 14:19:55 +0000 http://www.polarimagazine.com/?p=31384 Enigma Classic Albums, Polari Magazine review

221 min • Universal Catalogue • November 25, 2013 This box set release of 5 Enigma albums is a reminder of how innovative they were, but is it a good box set? Remastered? New features?

"Who is this box set for I wonder? Fans will already have the albums - albums that actually have booklets replete with with gorgeous artwork, lyrics and liner notes which are sadly lacking here."

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Transgender Dysphoria Blues • Against Me! http://www.polarimagazine.com/musicreviews/transgender-dysphoria-blues/ http://www.polarimagazine.com/musicreviews/transgender-dysphoria-blues/#comments Thu, 16 Jan 2014 13:11:26 +0000 http://www.polarimagazine.com/?p=31419 Transgender Dysphoria Blues, Polari Magazine review

[rating=4] Released October 29, 2013 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. "

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Can’t Rely On You • Paloma Faith http://www.polarimagazine.com/musicreviews/cant-rely-on-you-paloma-faith/ http://www.polarimagazine.com/musicreviews/cant-rely-on-you-paloma-faith/#comments Thu, 16 Jan 2014 12:07:43 +0000 http://www.polarimagazine.com/?p=31414 Can't Rely On You, Polari Magazine review

[rating=3] Released February 23, 2014 'Can't Rely On You' is Paloma Faith playing it deliciously funky in also her most explicitly pop moment to date.

" 'Can’t Rely On You' manages to bode well for an album which promises to see Paloma come face to face with her hi-energy inclinations, with her inner dance floor obsessions being bought to the fore. "

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Index-Linked Pension Plan http://www.polarimagazine.com/polari-safari/index-linked-pension-plan/ http://www.polarimagazine.com/polari-safari/index-linked-pension-plan/#comments Thu, 16 Jan 2014 09:46:55 +0000 http://www.polarimagazine.com/?p=31381 David Shenton cartoon for Polari Magazine January 15 2014

January 15, 2014

The Index-Linked Pension Plan. Modern Britain's Benefit System for Gay Men. Polari Safari by David Shenton.

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One To Watch: Kiddy Smile http://www.polarimagazine.com/interviews/one-watch-kiddy-smile/ http://www.polarimagazine.com/interviews/one-watch-kiddy-smile/#comments Mon, 13 Jan 2014 14:05:53 +0000 http://www.polarimagazine.com/?p=31352 One To Watch, Kiddy Smile Interview for Polari MagazineDIY.

Polari Magazine spoke to exciting newcomer Kiddy Smile about his break-up 'Get Myself Alone'.

"It's the expression of pure fun. It’s about letting go of everything bothering you at the moment, just during one track, and for 5 minutes it’s all about escape."

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Beyoncé • Beyoncé http://www.polarimagazine.com/musicreviews/beyonce-album-2013/ http://www.polarimagazine.com/musicreviews/beyonce-album-2013/#comments Thu, 09 Jan 2014 11:40:09 +0000 http://www.polarimagazine.com/?p=31286 Beyoncé, Polari Magazine review

[rating=5] 66:35 min • Parkwood / Columbia • December 13, 2013 The surprise release from Beyoncé is probably the first time in her career that she can truly be seen as an artist. Not commercial but a soul opus.

"Beyoncé raps and purrs, and whilst her voice is in solid shape, there's little of the vocal gymnastics we've come to expect from her. This album is not about booty shaking, getting to number one and showing off her vocal range. This album is about the music and the artistry."

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Home Aged and the 18 Month Hope • COUM Transmissions http://www.polarimagazine.com/musicreviews/home-aged-18-month-hope-coum-transmissions/ http://www.polarimagazine.com/musicreviews/home-aged-18-month-hope-coum-transmissions/#comments Thu, 09 Jan 2014 11:38:56 +0000 http://www.polarimagazine.com/?p=31259 Home Aged and the 18 Month Hope, Polari Magazine review

[rating=4] 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."

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Dirty Gold (Deluxe Edition) • Angel Haze http://www.polarimagazine.com/musicreviews/dirty-gold-deluxe-edition-angel-haze/ http://www.polarimagazine.com/musicreviews/dirty-gold-deluxe-edition-angel-haze/#comments Thu, 09 Jan 2014 11:38:36 +0000 http://www.polarimagazine.com/?p=31324 Dirty Gold by Angel Haze, Polari Magazine review

[rating=3] Released November 05, 2013 Angel Haze started out as an exciting prospect, and so why does her first official album release sound like a step backwards?

"It's maybe important to point out that the deluxe version of this album contains 4 of the most compelling, sonically challenging and vibrant tracks contained under the Dirty Gold banner."

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I’d Rather Fight Than Swish • B. Bubba http://www.polarimagazine.com/classicmusic/id-rather-fight-swish-b-bubba/ http://www.polarimagazine.com/classicmusic/id-rather-fight-swish-b-bubba/#comments Thu, 09 Jan 2014 11:38:23 +0000 http://www.polarimagazine.com/?p=31270 I'd Rather Fight Than Swish by B. Bubba, Polari Magazine Classic

[rating=4] 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."

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Villains: United for Life Ethiopia http://www.polarimagazine.com/heroes-villains/villains-united-life-ethiopia/ http://www.polarimagazine.com/heroes-villains/villains-united-life-ethiopia/#comments Wed, 08 Jan 2014 13:33:16 +0000 http://www.polarimagazine.com/?p=30817 Rebel Scum Logo in Polari MagazineUnited for the Death Penalty.

Rebel Scum takes a look at how meddling in African politics by the usual suspects from the US Christian Right is on the way to bringing in the death penalty for homosexuality in Ethiopia.

"Homosexuality is coming! It’s a pandemic! Do you want to spend endless days of chanting ‘Born This Way’ and watching reruns of Project Runway? No! Defend your way of life."

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