Fear of your Thoughts

This episode could get quite confrontational. We’ve all had some moments where we would doubt our own identity, but a “fear of queer people” is very serious. We’re diving deep into Victoria’s psyche and try to untangle their thoughts. Latvia has a long way to go when it comes to the acceptance of queer people, so to have this as the environment to grow up in, comes with some severe consequences. Don’t worry though. It doesn’t get too graphic or painful.

Remember, back in episode five when Iron Maiden was first talked about on this podcast? Well, their music finally made it on the show. It might come as no surprise that this band has a particular place in my musical history. In fact, I did cut a lot of sections where I was just talking about my own memories of this band. After a string of episodes with quite some mainstream pop musical choices it’s a nice change of pace to get into more alternative stuff.

What’s more in this episode: Leather pants, more Eurovision and two people trying not to be horrible at playing guitar. We don’t actually play guitar on the pod though, so nothing to worry about there either.

cw: (Internalised) Queerphobia.

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Flashback Track: Iron Maiden – Fear of the Dark
Queer Artist Spotlight: Destroy Boys – Nerve
Best Live Experience: MÃ¥neskin – In Nome Del Padre
Most Recent Discovery: Greta van Fleet – Heat Above

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Travel Europe, See What You Might Find

When Cathy left Greece to travel Europe it was an opportunity to go on a journey of self-discovery. This wasn’t the intention they set out with though. The reason they left their birthplace wasn’t clear when they left, to be honest. However, the way they put it: as a child they were always destined for something great. They were right: they’re queer. Meeting new people in so many different countries helped Cathy to figure out their gender, their poetry and general love for life.

You don’t always need to travel Europe to find the best version of what you’re looking for though. According to Cathy mainstream acts only play a disappointing hour to ninety minutes. In their home country however, concerts can go on for hours and hours, and that while maintaining an amazing vocal performance. Call me basic, but now I want a Natassa Bofilliou and Andrea Bocelli collab.

What’s more this episode: a shameless discussion on American early aughts alt rock. This nostalgia fuelled subgenre is a surprisingly common spark to light a musical fire. It didn’t always age too well but the first time you hear 3 Doors Down on the radio can be weirdly impactful.

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Flashback Track: The Calling – Wherever You May Go
Queer Artist Spotlight: LP- Lost on You
Best Live Experience: Natassa Bofiliou – En Lefko
Most Recent Discovery: Todrick Hall – Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels

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Chaotic Good Eurodance Party

It’s been a long time since the heights Eurodance Fad. Since then, this specific subcategory of nineties and zeroes pop became surrounded by a stigma of poor taste and a lack of any credibility. Licia is here to throw all those preconceived notions right out the window. The enthusiasm with which Licia talks about subjects others might dismiss as a guilty pleasure is infectious. Nothing needs to make sense as long as you’re having fun.

Eurodance, preferably in languages that aren’t English, became a passion as a result of an internet rabbit hole a long time ago. Since then they created an opportunity to dive into such rabbit holes along with them. Every weekend Licia hosts a radio show in which they play the freshest, grooviest and most fun Estonian pop tunes. For a link to their show, see the shownotes below.

What’s more in this episode: getting into hardcore punk while trying to hide your love for Norwegian pop, dealing people who don’t know how to act around blind people, and our guesses for the 2021 song of the year!

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Flashback Track: Dina – Bli Hos Meg
Queer Artist Spotlight: Limp Wrist – Want Us Dead
Best Live Experience: The Get Up Kids -Holiday
Most Recent Discovery: Pitsa – Avokaado (leidsin ta)

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Escapism When Everything is Political

Festus has got the talent to talk about serious issues without ever losing the smile on his face. After his political awakening he had to reflect on his life so far and reconsider every bit of media he consumed. Movies, music, tv shows, everything faced a higher standard. Whether we like it or not, everything is political, and we should treat it as such. However, when everything has such a heavy weight, it is important to keep a safe space where you can drop it all and just have a rest.

Enter Q initiative. Although it started as a way for activists to fight for rights and legal issues, Festus is considering taking it more towards a safe space for queer people. In different local communities Q is an environment where queer folks in rural Kenya can be creative and me themselves. Potentially they might also create a local scene of indie musicians in the process.

Once you’re done with your sexuality, then you’ll start with your gender. Or at least, that’s what they say. Unfortunately, most love songs are too heteronormative so they don’t offer a lot of help when it comes to figuring out any gender identity. However, sometimes that doesn’t matter. Sometimes you just got to let it be and figure it out along the way.

CW: Suicide, Homophobia, Misogyny, Queerphobia

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Flashback Track: Koffie Olomide – Andrada
Queer Artist Spotlight: Lil Nas X – Montero (Call me By Your Name)
Best Live Experience: Common – Glory feat. John Legend
Most Recent Discovery: Noel Nderitu – Your Name feat. Lisa Odour-Noah

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