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Mike Hadreas — aka Perfume Genius — has grown into an ethereal messenger since 2010’s Learning. Touching on themes that can apply to anyone, Hadreas is both a beacon of hope and a teller of dreamy tales on his new CD, Put Your Back N 2 It (Matador Records).

Hadreas starts the album on a sleepy, languid path with “AWOL Marine” and stays consistent throughout the 12 tracks. This can be a turn-off for someone looking for a more spirited album, but Hadreas is about depth and his lyrics reveal a major advance since Learning.

Finding inspiration from homemade basement porn never sounded so exquisite as it does in “Marine,” but the minimalist approach adds gravitas, not to mention beauty. He adds stunning emotions to “Take Me Home” (based on “hookerism”) and “Floating Spit” (about overdosing). Hadreas is fearless about turning out butterflies from such depths of social standards.

On “17,” Hadreas writes an ode to gay men who have issues with image. He admits the song is a “gay suicide letter” (and a short one, too, at 2:30) but it’s a shattering one. He doesn’t shy from abstract lyrics but they still bring enough poetic power to have a heartbreaking impact. When he quietly sings In the body of a violin/String it up on a fence/Cover it with semen/I am done, I am done with it, the words are piercing even through his simple delivery.

From suicide to romance, the title track is a love song that floats on a lush piano and brings to light the feelings of budding love and awkward gay sex. Hadreas is gloriously blatant, but decidely poignant. Lyrics like There is love with no hiding/Nothing you’ll show me I will never leave here/Let me be the one to turn you on whisper gently and before you know it, it’s already on your mixtape to your beau.

Put Your Back N 2 It is impressionistic in its package and addresses life as a gay man, but also life in general. He sings about his mother, holding his boyfriend’s hand and even death, all with a delicacy that speaks volumes if you listen closely.

— Rich Lopez

Three and half stars.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 24, 2012.

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If You Want To Drink At This Gay Couple’s Bar, Do Not Spit In Their Faces

Jason Gascoigne will serve four weeks in jail for spitting in the faces of and screaming slurs at a gay couple, who each received a dose of his saliva on separate occasions. David Remmer and Andrew Riley, who run a pub in Worcestershire, were spat upon at another bar during different encounters with Gascoigne. The first time, Gascoigne spat in Remmer's face after Remmer told him their bar would maintain a lifetime ban on Gascoigne; Gascoigne told a court he only spat in the "general direction" of Remmer. The second time, Riley was again at the second bar, when he confronted Gascoigne, who then proceeded to shout slurs at Riley and hoc a loogie between his eyes. In addition to a brief jail stint, the court banned Gascoigne from both bars for two years.


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Heterosexuals Bailing On Biological Responsibility to Spit Out Children

For all the sex the gays are having, none of it is resulting in offspring. The onus of fostering new generations of children, conservatives like Marco Rubio and Sally Kern tell us, is the exclusive right of heterosexuals. So how come they're DOING SUCH A TERRIBLE JOB AT IT.


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WATCH: Video of 'Spit,' Gregory King's MFA dance thesis

A few weeks ago I chatted with Gregory King, who was working to obtain his MFA in dance at SMU. Instead of a long, written dissertation, he had to produce a dance piece as his thesis. He came up with Spit, a piece in three acts displaying his experience of being both black and gay while tackling homophobia and heterosexism.

He sent me this video of the piece. And  yes, he did it all in 11-minutes.


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