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There’s Power In The Bottom: Queer Longing In Tsinder Ash’s ‘The Carbon Of Your Delight’
Music

There’s Power In The Bottom: Queer Longing In Tsinder Ash’s ‘The Carbon Of Your Delight’

Is there something about music that lends itself as a medium to explore tortured and painful yet romantic and erotic queer longing? From Perfume Genius’ melancholic songs like “Hood” to The Communards’ bizarrely manic renditions of torch songs and even, appropriated show tunes from Broadway musicals such as “On My Own” from Les Miz caterwauled … Continue reading

Without Obsession, Life Is Nothing: Constant Craving In ‘My Dreamboat’
Art

Without Obsession, Life Is Nothing: Constant Craving In ‘My Dreamboat’

Isn’t there just something so alluring about obsession? Our preeminent filth elder John Waters has staked his entire career on it. A vocal supporter and enabler of fellow maniacs, Waters made the distinction between good and bad obsessions in an interview with Rookie Magazine. He explains: “Well, obsession can be good or bad. I mean … Continue reading

Move Over, Mozart! 7 Experimental Emerging Composers For Curious Novice Ears
Music

Move Over, Mozart! 7 Experimental Emerging Composers For Curious Novice Ears

Here is a non-definitive list of experimental emerging composers cutting it up in New York, making departures from tradition and leading us down tainted détournements of sound. This semi-competent list is made for those of you, like me, that consider yourselves utter rookies who may have tried playing the recorder for a hot half-second in school before giving up. Continue reading

Valley of the Dollhouses: The Uncanny Abject In Mathis Altmann’s ‘Foul Matters’
Art

Valley of the Dollhouses: The Uncanny Abject In Mathis Altmann’s ‘Foul Matters’

It’s hard to argue with the startling statement of two–hopefully–plastic turds plopped on delicately ornate dollhouse beds. Hung purposefully a little too high on the wall, viewers have to crane their necks to peek at the poop. However, nothing quite prepares you for the confrontation of the appalling yet appealing combination of the uncanny and the … Continue reading

History Keeps Me Awake At Night: Civilization And Its Discontents In ‘Repossession’
Art

History Keeps Me Awake At Night: Civilization And Its Discontents In ‘Repossession’

I don’t know about you, dearest Filthy Dreams readers, but the past couple weeks (ok, year) have felt like civilization failed us. Between the murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, the shootings in Dallas, the shootings at Pulse in Orlando, the Brexit vote, the attack in Nice, the failed coup attempt in Turkey and … Continue reading