Friday YouTube Party: Bjork, Adam Lambert, and More!

By TJ Acena, PQ Monthly

Ed. note: It’s time for another roundup of the best in YouTube offerings. PQ’s own TJ Acena breaks it down for you. Get to peeping.

Fun Home

If you missed the Tony Awards earlier this week you missed a powerhouse performance by 11-year-old Sydney Lucas singing “Ring of Keys.” Lucas stars in the musical Fun Home, based on the autobiographical comic of the same name by Alison Bechdel. “Ring of Keys” deftly captures the thoughts of a girl discovering her sexual identity, recognizing herself in a butch woman in a diner, before she even knows the word “lesbian.”

Björk – stonemilker (360-degree virtual reality)

So far the only thing that every man I’ve ever dated has in common is that they really like Björk. I’m not sure what that says about me. I like Björk fine; she’s written a lot of songs I love and she always creates amazing visuals in her videos, but she’s not someone I follow closely. But her video for “stonemilker” caught my attention. It pushes the boundaries of what we know about videos. Filmed in 360 degree virtual reality (using Chrome or the YouTube app), it lets you control where you are looking in the video. Welcome to the future. Björk is here, of course.

Adam Lambert – “Ghost Town” (on Ellen)

I know this song came out a month ago, but this is actually the first Adam Lambert song I’ve ever heard (never been an Idol fan) and I heard it this week. Anyway, I’m reaching that point in my adulthood where I’ve decided that I don’t have “guilty pleasures” anymore, just “pleasures”—which means I have the last Decemberists and Taylor Swift album. So when I stumbled across this song I thought, “Hey, I like this and I’m not going to feel bad about it.” It’s a nice mix of rock and dance, has plenty of weird dead celebrity imagery, is maybe about feelings, and Lambert rocks out in a pretty sweet white outfit… on the Ellen show.

Paper Boys – Episode 1 – Art & Life Part I

Take some time to watch this. Paper Boys is a web series following a new resident to San Francisco, Cole, an aspiring artist from New York, and his straight best friend Daren. There are two episodes up now; I’ve watched both, and the show is promising, a romantic dramedy with a touch of magical realism and high production values. As an added bonus it features a queer person of color as the lead! There is currently a Kickstarter to get two more episodes funded, and I’m pleased to report that it’s already met its goal, but there’s still a few days left if you want to contribute. Please contribute.