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Houston Voice, No. 1053, December 29, 2000 - File 019. 2000-12-29. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 14, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/7361/show/7350.

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Title Houston Voice, No. 1053, December 29, 2000
Contributor
  • Mohon, Wendy K.
Publisher Window Media
Date December 29, 2000
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript 18 DECEMBER 29, 2000 • HOUSTON VOICE Out in Music MUSIC REVIEWS A queer year in music With big name labels practically void of queer music—gay and lesbian artists turned to the indie scene by MARGARET COBLE Y2k was not a big year for queer music, at least not if you're looking at the major record labels. The trend of coming out as a promotional boost seems to have faded (the exception being Sinead O'Connor, who amid a whirlwind of publicity came out as both a lesbian and a priest upon the release of the critically praised Faith and Courage). New, live, and greatest hits albums by out artists like k.d. lang, Elton John, and the Indigo Girls, respectively, pleased their diehard fans but were not particularly noteworthy additions to their oeuvres, and gay- baiting artists like Ricky Martin, the Backstreet Bovs and other bov-bands were happy to take their queer fans' money, but 'gave them little but something pleasant to look at in return. The real story of gay and lesbian music * NEVER in the year 2000 came from the independent labels, where a new crop of talented out- queer artists directed their own career paths and expressed themselves honestly without the fear of homophobic consequence associated with a major record label contract. Though these artists often struggle for recognition beyond their own geographic region, due to lack of resources available to their often self-run labels, the quality and importance of their work should not be overlooked. That having been said, here's the best of 2000! VARIOUS ARTISTS Forever Dusty (R&D Records) Truly one of the most under-appreciated compilations of the year, this 17-track tribute to Dusty Springfield featured a veritable who's-who of out-queer female performers donating their efforts to a breast cancer benefit CD. From The Butchies, Indigo Girls, Jill Sobule, and Zrazy to Michelle Malone, *Mmk COVER REINVENTINI *_ xHHEGA. TVCLUB SCENE1 'ALEXIS & LYNN INVITE YOU TO THE HOTTEST ew Yearls Eve • •• k specials ALL Nl Balloon Drop & Champagne lX Toast at Midnight! 'mJiSAfo&d. Fun r^rty Pavers, H & Much More! 1W17-B Westheimer -Houston • 713.322.5166k Sonia Rutstein, and Gretchen Phillips, the track listing is a star-studded lesbian affair, and the material covered is simply stunning. (www.ladyslipper.org) MARK WEIGLE All That Matters (Pet-A- Luma Music) California-based, out-gay singer songwriter Mark Weigle is the queer indie underground's best kept secret—though not too much of a secret, as Weigle has consistently topped the charts for two years at Outvoice.com, a website and mailing list which celebrates out-queer music and the artists who make it. With his acoustic-pop sophomore album All That Matters, Weigle matched the critical success of his 1997 debut Truth Is while continuing to broaden his fanbase and commercial appeal. (http://songs.com/markweigIe/) MELISSA FERRICK Freedom (W.A.R.) With her aggressive blend of confessional and political lyrics, this alt- folk-rock singer- songwriter has become the new Ani Difranco. 2000 was a year of much momentum for the fast- rising lesbian star, with a hectic tour schedule which included a remarkable performance at this year's Michigan Women's Music Festival, the release of Freedom in the spring and more recently Skinnier and Faster Live (Right On Records). (www.melissaferrick.com) LARRY LEVAN Live At The Paradise Garage (West End/Strut UK) This posthumously released 1979 mix- tape by the New York DJ who started it all is an essential disc for anyone who loves dance music. The deluxe liner notes of this two disc box set, and an accompanying book by West End Record chief Mel Cheren Keep On Dancin': My Life and the Paradise Garage, serve as some of the best gay-perspective documentation of the eariy days of disco, (www.westendrecords.com) SLEATER-KINNEY All Hands on the Bad One (Kill Rock Stars) These Pacific E^-^J norrhwest dyke Jm "/^T\ i^| punk rockers con- r^k ^jjjg-^J tmucj tQ maintain m]\'*At\. * ^tat^B I [heir widespread ^^ #JH I popularity both 9— mVmWmmmMt within and outside the queer community with their fifth full length release, a full throttled party record full of three chord fun and smart lyrics. (www.killrockstars.com) MADONNA Music (Maverick Records) Though the degree of her queerness SLEATER-K1NN1 may be debatable, her widespread appeal in both the gay male and lesbian communities is not. The title track of the long-awaited Music was a global radio and club phenomenon, with its stylish retro-electro beats and sexy lesbian-tinged video, and now, thanks to some clever remixes, the second single "Don't Tell Me" looks to keep Music throbbing well into 2001. VARIOUS ARTISTS Queer As Folk Soundtrack (Nettwerk) Whether it's the two-disc import version from the UK hit series or the newly released single-disc American compilation, the hiNRG-filled Queer As Folk soundtrack has created almost as much of a stir as its TV counterpart, (www.net- twerk.com) PATRICIA ' BARBER Nightclub (Premonition/Blue Note) This eccentric jazz pianist has proven to the notoriously homophobic jazz world that being openly queer won't ruin your career; in fact, hers has only soared. This 12-track collection of vocal standards will no doubt show up on countless critics' year-end lists. (www.patriciabarber.com) TRACY CHAPMAN Telling Stories (Elektra Entertainment) The ever- enigmatic Chapman had somewhat of a, comeback with this 11-track release. Though critically lauded, it was rather under-appreciated, commercially, but if her tour performances were any indication, she still has a lot of fans, both in and out of the queer community. THE 6THS Hyacinths and Thistles (Merge) Stephin Merntt is the openly gay genius behind The 6ths, The Magnetic Fields, Future Bible Heroes, and The Gothic Archies. One of the pop music world's most prolific and iconoclastic of composers, this latest offering from him only served to drive home that point, with its odd assortment of guest vocalists and bubblegum pop lyrics, (www.houseoftomorrow.com)
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