Fischerspooner

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Fischerspooner's new album, Sir, has come arrived. It's Spooner's "Homeric Odyssey through the clandestine world of sex, drugs, and dark rooms, spurned by a serious break up. 'I started dating a much younger, crazy hot guy who was super gay. He was the one who was like ‘You take this pill, you go at this time, you do it this way.’ He really opened my everything. My friends all think I’m having a midlife crisis running out with 25 year olds doing modelling on circuit parties.'" Get it.


Sir is out now
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I longed for nothing more than to behold a stormy sea, less as a mighty spectacle than as a momentary revelation of the true life of nature


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Pelicandy

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Here's London collective Pelicandy's first video of 2018, Animals, starring Toronto dancer Roney Lewis. Get it.


Animals is out now
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We ought not to attach ourselves to beings, it is not beings who exist in reality and are amenable to description, but ideas


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snny

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New Yorker snny releases the glorious Let's Not Pretend. Get it.


Let's Not Pretend is out now.

We do not include the pleasures we enjoy in sleep in the inventory of the pleasures we have experienced in the course of our existence


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Edward Melcarth

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An exhibition of the work of Edward Melcarth is currently on display at Institute 193, until 17th February. From Institute 193:

"Edward Melcarth (1914 - 1972, born Louisville, Kentucky) was an American painter known primarily for his sensitive, emotional, and often heroic portrayal of the male figure. Melcarth’s subjects were blue collar workers, hustlers, addicts, and trade with whom he had intimate relationships. These men also frequently make appearances in work by other gay artists who were living and working in New York at the same time, namely Henry Faulkner of Lexington, Kentucky, and photographer and archivist Thomas Painter. Despite showing widely and prominently in the 1940’s (his work is included in the collections of MOMA, the Smithsonian, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art) Melcarth has since faded into relative obscurity.


Melcarth’s portrayal of working class and otherwise down and out men who read as straight, and often defined themselves as such despite having sex with other men, and his often glorified or romantic treatment of their image, served dual function in the historical context of their making. For straight viewers of the work, the paintings become quintessential images of the American workforce where grit, brute strength, and the ability to wade through difficulty, especially economic, is rewarded and mythologized. For gay men, and for Melcarth himself, the images served as a vehicle to examine socially unacceptable desire in relative safety. For both groups, a one way mirror is constructed, allowing for a selective understanding of the work, dependent on point of view.

However, Melcarth was uniquely situated and deeply conscious of these perspectives. He was a militant communist with radical views on how the working class should be organized and treated, as well as a largely out-of-the-closet homosexual, and was closely monitored by the FBI as a result of both. As noted in Erin Griffey and Barry Reay’s article about the artist, entitled, ‘Sexual Portraits: Edward Melcarth and Homoeroticism in Modern American Art,’ Thomas Painter speculates that Melcarth's lack of relative commercial and critical success compared to similar artists working concurrently was largely due to his Jewish background, militant communism, and open homosexuality.


Despite this, Melcarth remains an influential and foundational figure in early twentieth century gay American art. A reconsideration of his work, legacy, and contributions are long overdue, and the themes explored in his work remain pertinent to contemporary concerns."

Bodily passion, which has been so unjustly decried, compels its victims to display every vestige that is in them

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Jussie Smollett

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Jussie Smollett follows up January's Freedom with '90s-flavoured head-bopper Catch Your Eye. Get it.


Catch Your Eye is out now.

My aching heart was soothed; I let myself be borne upon the current of this gentle night...

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Character

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The theatre of the world is stocked with fewer settings than actors, and with fewer actors than situations

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IAAF World Indoor Tour Dusseldorf 2018

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IF IT DOESN'T MATTER WHO WINS OR LOSES, THEN WHY DO THEY KEEP SCORE?


Here's the complete stream of the IAAF World Indoor Tour in Dusseldorf yesterday.

The UK's Adam Gemili finished third in the 60m, behind Michael Rodgers (US) and winner Su Bingtian (China). Here's the full results.

Luke Austin

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Ramin Djawadi

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“This world is a lie. This world deserves to die because this is your world. We’ve lived by your rules long enough. We can save this world, we can burn it to the ground and from the ashes build a new world: our world...”

It's fair to say that Westworld's season two trailer pretty much broke the internet over the weekend, and not just because of the stunning visuals and doom laden narration. What I wanted to know was how I could get my hands on a full length version of Ramin Djawadi's epic and devastatingly beautiful version of Kanye West's Runaway. Get it.



Runaway is out now.

My aching heart was soothed; I let myself be borne upon the current of this gentle night...

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Matt Palmer

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Out artist Matt Palmer's forthcoming visual EP, Get Lost, will comprise of no less than seven music videos - here's the title track


Get Lost is out soon pre-order it now.

We remember the truth because it has a name, is rooted in the past, but a makeshift lie is quickly forgotten

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Young Fathers

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Young Fathers are back with their latest, In My View. The album Cocoa Sugar is out next month.


In My View is out now.

Those who have played a big part in one’s life very rarely disappear from it suddenly for good. They return to it at odd moments… before leaving it for good



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The oddities of charming people exasperate us, but there are few if any charming people who are not, at the same time, odd

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For the possession of what we love is an even greater joy than love itself

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Cakes Da Killa

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New Cakes Da Killa, anyone? It's real. Listen.


Hedonism is out now.

For the possession of what we love is an even greater joy than love itself

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Ruba

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Ruba Wilson is back with new video Wide Receiver. Watch.


Wide Receiver is out now.

A cathedral, a wave of a storm, a dancer's leap, never turn out to be as high as we had hoped

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Fischerspooner

BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE
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"The video celebrates a pop aesthetic typically reserved for the female archetype and liberates the male form to be sexual, expressive and fearless,” Casey Spooner says of new video Top Brazil. Watch.


Top Brazil is out now.

Facts do not find their way into the world in which our beliefs reside - they did not produce our beliefs, there, they do not destroy them


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