In praise of a knucklehead
By Paul T. Bradley This week, Hydra Head Records founder Aaron Turner announced the label's closing. The L.A. metal imprint -- by way of Boston and New Mexico -- is home to first-rate acts including Torche, Botch, Cave In, Harvey Milk and, occasionally, Converge. Co-founder Aaron Turner says that t ... More >>
The iconic and staunchly independent label Thrill Jockey Records may be Chicago-based since the mid '90s, but its roots lie here in New York and along the grimy Path train tunnel where Hoboken stands. Two decades ago, L.E.S. resident Bettina Richards founded Thrill Jockey while working the rounds at ... More >>
So, the promised fallout between blacks and gays continues! Four weeks after President Obama came out for same-sex marriage, today will see one of the most significant signs of a new alliance between traditional race-based civil rights groups and the current wave of LGBT oriented civil rights group ... More >>
We've been watching reactions all day about the fact that Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum signed a National Organization for Marriage pledge to eradicate gay marriage in the United States, in the event they become President. There is little newsworthy about this development, except to se ... More >>
Whether living or dead...who would they be? (And by the way, I'm available for any free meal.) My choices would start with pop culture visionary Andy Warhol (above), whom I did have dinner with, but I want to do so again and again.
Ian ConeThe 100 Biggest Assholes in Rock Issue, The Shit List Issue, The Overrated, The Rock Bible--Chunklet mastermind Henry Owings redefined the 'zine aesthetic with his deliciously wisecracking, ass-chewing tongue, dumping on everyone and their mother while taking a little bit of time to e ... More >>
AFTER THE JUMP: An update on the growing coalition behind marriage equality. Just who do marriage equality activists have to blow to get gay marriage in New York State? In the fall of 2009, when we asked that question, the obvious answer was the state Senate Democrats. A marriage equality ... More >>
The Daily SwarmStephen Tanner Doesn't Care What You Think (Well, Unless You're a Restaurant Critic)Stephen Tanner is a true Renaissance Man. Not only is he the bassist for Harvey Milk, the noise rock band originally from Athens, Georgia, he's also the chef at The Commodore, the Southerny Bro ... More >>
We've been following Don't Ask, Don't Tell since Senator Barack Obama was campaigning on its repeal. After all these years, watching the ceremony in which he kicked it to the curb, in person, was a special kind of early Christmas gift. The event was not held at the White House, but in an aud ... More >>
Talking with the stand-up rebel, followed by a heavy dose of—remember this?—nostalgia
Tyler ClementiThe death of Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi, who appears to have committed suicide after his roommate allegedly broadcast a video of him having a sexual encounter with a man, is a sad event that can't help but shine a light on Dan Savage's new YouTube project, "It Gets Better." ... More >>
Just in time for Pride Weekend, the Supreme Court has booted thousands of anti-gay activists out of the closet yesterday, who were terrified of being outed as bigots. In an unusual, near unanimous 8 to 1 decision, the court ruled that people who signed a petition to repeal Washington State's "everyt ... More >>
Eighty years ago today, on May 22, 1930, Harvey Milk was born in Woodmere, New York, on Long Island. As the first openly gay elected official in California, Milk became an icon of San Francisco's 1970s Castro District and more generally, gay activism as a rising phenomenon. As Sean Penn showe ... More >>
Tomorrow is Harvey Milk's birthday. It's an official holiday in California for the first time (signed into law last year by the Terminator), and will be marked here in the city by a march beginning at the GLBT Center at noon. Runnin' Scared spoke to the real-life Cleve Jones on the phone (portr ... More >>
Hey, kids! Ring them bells! Here's something really terrific to zest up your life! A new Liza Minnelli CD! Check out the product info for Liza's Confessions CD, due in September, just in time for everyone to go back to school (you know, Parsons, FIT, Hetrick Martin, Harvey Milk, etc.) We ca ... More >>
Starting this week, Luke's crab roll will be delivered to your door. Last night's endless slog Community Board 3 SLA & DCA Licensing Committee Meeting was incredibly long yet not particularly eventful, despite an epic showdown and "kangaroo court" catcalls. But there is some good news to repo ... More >>
Yesterday afternoon President Obama bestowed the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, on 16 notables including Billie Jean King, Chita Rivera, Stephen Hawking, Sidney Poitier, former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, Edward Kennedy, the late Jack Kemp (whose widow accep ... More >>
President Obama's list of 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom winners came out yesterday, and rightbloggers have had some time to snarl over it. There is plenty there to exercise them. The list includes Harvey Milk (a homosexual!), Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow (an injun!), Rev. Joseph Lowery (a civil-rig ... More >>
President Obama has announced this year's Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients. The nation's highest civilian honor has gone in the past to folks like T.S. Eliot, Lucille Ball, Pope John XXIII, Margaret Mead, Jack Nicklaus, Mother Teresa, and Norman Podhoretz. As you may have guessed, Dem ... More >>
Remember the old days, when actors would studiously avoid gay roles or projects because of what creepy people out there might think? Well, sexuality pioneers like James Franco have been making that kind of career queasiness as obsolete as separate restrooms for gays. In his already impressive care ... More >>
Joe Preston's one-man metal monolith surfaces again
Tomorrow the big Tea Party day of protests against taxes, Obama, socialism, and black helicopters. Let's see what the vibe is among the #teaparty twitterers: "I wonder how many will be under surveilance?" "MUST READ FOR TOMORROW: Heritage Talking Points for Tax Day Tea Party." "#TeaParty rap v ... More >>
We're still congratulating ourselves on beating Nate Silver and other geniuses with our Oscar predictions. But, as you might imagine, rightbloggers had a worse night -- not just in predicting, but in reaction to Sean Penn's win for Milk. "As I emphasized in my article from earlier this week," harrum ... More >>
Additional, excellent live-blogging here with Allison Benedikt at Sound of the City. The King of All Oscar Predictors walks among you in Part III. Will this hubris bring us low? Watch and judge! Oh no, Ben Stiller, you are not. Natalie Portman, good straight woman. Stiller probably thinks he's C ... More >>
Plus, singer-dancer Chita Rivera, drag queen Linda Simpson, and "Boys Gone Wild" at Mr. Black
Baggage from Marc Jacobs, Josh Brolin's take on Harvey's killer.
A discussion on Harvey Milks battle
Sorting through trailer trash, trying not to nod off during the Emmys.
Jesse Jackson Marches in the Penitents Parade
Can a Woman Find Passion and Partnership With a Gay Man? Believe It!
Todays Composers Search for Inspiration in Novels, Plays, and Even Films