Queerness of Hip Hop readings

25 Mar

Reading for the Week:

Smalls, Shante, “The Rain Comes Down” http://abs.sagepub.com/content/55/1/86.abstract

Snorton, C. Riley, “Trapped in the Epistemological Closet”  http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/10999940902910115

Miller-Young, Mireille, “Hip-Hop Honeys and Da Hustlaz” http://www.jstor.org/stable/40338920

And have a look at this archive from the recent Queerness of Hip Hop conference: http://qohh.tumblr.com/


Sounding Like a No-No

25 Mar

Seal Crazy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Fc67yQsPqQ


Janelle Monae Cold War https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqmORiHNtN4

cover girl https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34XQHAGnpR8


YouTube Reader Examples

11 Mar

Peters & Seier “Home Dance” examples:

Missing from the archive/database:

JemessanEm Abba-dancing queen

Lily Kerrigan Every 1’s a winner

“teen remediation of Kiss” undocumented (because of its queerness?)

Wahlberg, YouTube Commemoration examples:

Miller examples:


Scream & Shout, Will.i.am and Britney Spears

10 Mar

In lieu of the conversation we had last class, and in reading the Youtube Reader essays, I keep finding myself drawn to this music video (which probably many of you are familiar with).

I wonder how we might consider this video alongside the concept of mimesis? Also, what does it say about the (re)production of bodies, film, music? Will.i.am wears a chain of a camera around his neck, both Britney and Will.i.am are reproduced and mirrored throughout the video while walking along what can be read as a kind of assembly line, and the merging of old and new technologies seem to be part of the message of this video. (Check 1:07, 3:33, 3:35-3:37, etc.) Thought it might be interesting for us to think about this video in discussion tomorrow alongside last weeks conversation about the history of the MP3!

Happy reading/listening/watching,


YouTube of Suzanne Vega, Tom’s Diner

4 Mar

The default video stream is encoded in H.264/MPEG-4 AVC format, with stereo AAC audio.

Listening for 3/4

4 Mar

Dancing on the Radio

Reading for March 11th

4 Mar

Christine Balance, How It Feels to Be Viral Me: Affective Labor and Asian American YouTube Performance, WSQ 40:1-2 Spring/Summer 2012.

+ You Tube Reader

+ Jose Muñoz essays

Listening for Feb. 25

24 Feb


Ryan James Yezak made this video/song in response to the recent debate regarding Azealia Banks calling Perez Hilton a “messy faggot” on Twitter. This will serve as my object of analysis up for consideration this week in Queer Music seminar. I will provide a more detailed discussion of the piece soon. For now, please listen to and watch the video in order to generate some initial thoughts before I suggest anything.

Brandon M.

Listenings for Feb 11th

10 Feb

NB: For one example of a direction the analytical review assignment can take, feel free to check out my recent posting at Sounding Out blog.

The Germs live at the Whiskey A Go Go

The Other Newest One

Lexicon Devil

Matmos, Germ Burn for Darby Crash (LP Version)

Germ Burn for Darby Crash (Live)

Matmos (live tonight Feb 11th) at LPR

Readings and Listenings for Feb 4th

29 Jan


Nietzsche, The Birth of Tragedy from the Spirit of Music available here or at any bookstore or library.

Sedgwick, Epistemology of the Closet excerpt here.


Recording of three songs composed by Nietzsche here (NYU login may be required).