Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Last Sunday my friend Amy (always on the pulse of the NY Art Scene) took me to "It's All Yours Now," a pageant of art performances at the Sculputre Center in Long Island City. The show ranged from hackneyed symbolism (mute people draped in flags) to profound kitsch (genderless R&B vocalist), but the itinerary itself was nothing short of brilliant.
Behold, the last two performers on the bill:
Guggenheim fellow and gender-bending R&B vocalist, Kalup Linzy:
Followed by Nader Sadek, who organized a band of "who's who" in Black Metal.
...including the vocalist from Morbid Angel:
...and the bassist from Krallice:
Think about this. A gender-free black man crooning about "chunky nuts," "chewing gum," and a an asshole who won't give up his tight asshole, followed by Black Metal activism.
I knew something was abrewin' when I looked around the venue and saw a mostly Williamsburg hipster elite replete with Transformers-like resin glasses and asymetrical fawhawks, shadowed by the occasional black metal control. Basically... this guy:
Now I'm not saying one way or the other who's less tolerant of differing lifestyles (art fhegs or heshers), but you have to admit, would you have ever thought a tranny would be opening for a satanic throat singer? My inner bitch was secretly excited to see hipster ironic metal fandom confronted with true metal allegiance. The kind of allegiance that brings a Morbid Angel fan to Long Island City for an art show. I'm going to venture a guess that even promises of running into (insert random art celebrity) would not inspire an artster to attend a Morbid Angel concert.
But herein lay the genius of this lineup. I don't know about you, but the only two arena in which I've ever seen live male exhibitionism are High Art and the Metal/Noise scene. Maybe I'm the wrong case study, but check it:
Case 1: Jesus Lizard concert. Lead singer takes off his pants and starts flapping his "chewing gum."
Case 2: Reverend Jenny performance in Lower East Side. Viking-like man demonstrates a penis-pump on self.
Case 3: The Incapacitants concert. Lead singer pees on front row.
Case 4: It's All For You (Case in point). Witness the "dick tuck."
Posted by ill iterate at 10:32 AM