Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (September 12, 2008)

 
 

WHO DOESN’T LIKE A GIRL WHO IS GOOD WITH HER HANDS?
Sia is one singer who does not want to waste a music video on some boring scenes of her lip-syncing a song. Her video for “The Girl You Lost” had her playing several different characters, and now her new video for “Soon We’ll Be Found” utilizes lots and lots of hands.

The bisexual singer learned American Sign language to sign the lyrics in the video, but also gets into shadow puppets.

Sia: Soon We’ll Be Found

I wonder if her rumored girlfriend, JD Samson, was on set to keep an eye on those wandering hands.

ON HER REPORT CARD, IT PROBABLY SAID “PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS”
Out musician Kaki King has recorded a new six-song EP with the indie rock band The Mountain Goats. Titled Black Bear Tree, the CD will be available online for downloading, as well as on vinyl, during their joint tour in October.

The first single is one that surely Gay Girls Who Game will like, called “Sorry Mario, But Our Princess is in Another Castle.” The song features Kaki on drums — a little different from her usual guitar-wielding, which has been known to magically convert straight girls gay. (Just kidding, kind of.)

ISN’T “GREATEST” AND “GAYEST” A BIT REDUNDANT?

This month’s issue of OUT Magazine lists “The 100 Greatest, Gayest Albums” according to its editors and gay celebrities who submitted their own Top 10s, some of which are available for reading on Out’s web site. (As of now, Amy Ray is the only lesbian whose list is available.)

What makes an album gay is debatable, but OUT chose to define their list makers as records by queer musicians but also what they “consider gay masterpieces by mostly straight acts like ABBA, Donna Summer, and, of course, Madonna.”

The list is heavily male-driven (what else would you expect?) but there are a handful (read: not nearly enough) of albums by queer women that made the list, and it can definitely be agreed upon that they are deserving (though most at a much higher rank.)

List makers include Tracy Chapman (Tracy Chapman, #3), Indigo Girls (Indigo Girls, #4), Ani DiFranco (Dilate, #13), The Gossip (Standing in the Way of Control, #22), k.d. lang (Ingénue, #25), Dusty Springfield (Dusty in Memphis, #38), Melissa Etheridge (Yes I Am, #41), Bikini Kill (Pussy Whipped, #45), Cris Williamson (The Changer and the Changed, #49), Team Dresch (Personal Best, #56), Sleater-Kinney (Dig Me Out, #61), Le Tigre (Le Tigre, #65), Frances Faye (Caught in the Act, #69), Ani DiFranco (Imperfectly, #76), Janis Ian (Between the Lines, #97).

Noticeably absent from this list in general is hip-hop, which makes it a lot less credible considering how many queer rappers there have been in the last few years. Has no one heard of God-Des and She or Yo Majesty? I urge OUT to reconsider its ideas of “greatest” and “gayest.”

— by Trish Bendix

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