This Is Your Mixtape

34. I Want That Freedom. [Andrés N. Ordorica.]

Andrés N. Ordorica is a Queer Latinx writer and educator based in Edinburgh, Scotland. As a writer, he aspires to create liminal worlds filled with characters who are from neither here nor there (ni de aquí, ni de allá). His work has been published by Confluence Medway, The Acentos Review, 404 ink, The Colour of Madness, The Skinny, and Bella Caledonia.  His writing often addresses mental health, loss, sexuality and living in a liminal state.

Andrés and Michael chat about otherness, denial, long distance relationships, finding liberation in a double-wide trailer outside of Ithaca, and what happens when your mom discovers gay porn on the family computer.

Andrés’s Five Songs.

Bidi Bidi Bom Bom by Selena.
Brothers on a Hotel Bed by Death Cab for Cutie.
Single Ladies (RedTop Remix) by Beyoncé.
Latch by Disclosure feat. Sam Smith.
Make It Up to You by Julia Michaels.

Show Notes.

Andrés’s website and Twitter.

Things Andrés has written that you can read online.

Andrés‘s love letter to Beyoncé.

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33. My Heart Beats at the Rhythm of a Double Bass. [Sarah Chamberlain.]

Sarah Chamberlain is a co-host of A Part of Our Scare-itage, a Megaphonic podcast about Canadian horror movies. This is a great joy to her, since she spends most of her leisure time watching, playing, or reading scary stuff anyway. Sarah lives in Ontario and loves to write about anything that strikes her fancy.

Sarah and Michael talk about foster families, thrill-seeking, high drama, feeling music in your body, and saxophones.

Sarah’s Five Songs:

Poor Unfortunate Souls by Pat Carroll [as Ursula the Sea Witch].
Gardenia by Malice Mizer.
Walk with Me in Hell by Lamb of God.
Bela Lugosi’s Dead by Bauhaus.
Where Owls Know My Name by Rivers of Nihil.

Show Notes.

A Part Of Our Scare-itage, Sarah’s podcast about Canadian horror films.

Correction: It was the drummer, not the lead singer, of Malice Mazer, who passed.

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32. Boys on a Screen or a Page. [Ryan Vance.]

Ryan Vance is a writer, editor, and general literary busybody with a penchant for speculative fiction and queer representation. Originally from rural-ish Northern Ireland, he now lives in Glasgow, Scotland. His work has been published by Friction, Motherboard and Dark Mountain, he reviews for Gutter Magazine, and he recently co-edited an anthology of queer Scottish writing, called We Were Always Here, published by 404 Ink.

Ryan and Michael talk about utopian parents, a zest for fantasy, phantasmic internet friendships, false epiphanies, and how being disillusioned sets you free—amongst many other things.

Ryan’s Five Songs.

Once in a Lifetime by Talking Heads.
Fast as You Can by Fiona Apple.
Transatlanticism by Death Cab for Cutie.
He Poos Clouds by Final Fantasy (Owen Pallett).
Bizness by tUnE-yArDs.

Show Notes.

Ryan on Twitter.

Ryan’s website, where you can find out more about his writing.

We Were Always Here, a queer words anthology.

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31. Morbid but Cool. [Sara.]

Sara is a professional beer wrangler living in Vancouver with their wife and homicidal housecat. When not sampling the finest craft beer in the city, they co-host a Xena: Warrior Princess podcast (Warriors Bards ’n Brews) with their wife.

Sara and Michael talk about growing up queer in Cape Breton, riot grrrl music, censorship, being nonbinary, and feminist rage.

Sara’s Five Songs.

Chì mi na Mòrbheanna (Mist Covered Mountains) by The Rankin Family.
Siren by Tori Amos.
One Beat by Sleater Kinney.
Cold War by Janelle Monáe.
Fire Drills by Dessa.

Show Notes.

Warriors Bards ’n Brews podcast website.

Warrior Bards ’n Brews twitter account.

Sara’s personal twitter.

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30. Loud in Your Head. [Claire Biddles.]

Claire Biddles is a writer based in Glasgow, Scotland. She’s a regular contributor to The Wire, The Line of Best Fit, and The Singles Jukebox. She writes about pop music, film, and fandom with a focus on feminist/queer readings and the politics of desire. She also edits a number of pop culture zines including the series Fuck What You Love, which features writing on pop star crushes by women and LGBTQ+ people.

Claire and Michael talk about boyband fanfiction, the thrill of confrontational femininity, meeting your heroes in a supermarket in the north of England, delayed queer adolescence, and wanting to be Quentin Crisp.

Claire’s Five Songs.

Ready or Not by A1.
Yes by Manic Street Preachers.
I Don't Know What It Is by Rufus Wainwright.
UGH! by The 1975.
My My My! by Troye Sivan.

Show Notes.

Follow Claire on Twitter!

Category Is Books, the only queer book shop in Scotland, where Claire’s zines are available

You can also find Claire’s zines here, if Glasgow is a bit of a walk!

Troye Sivan at One Week One Band, where you can read Claire's posts about it, as well as her friend Vikram writing about Troye and delayed queer adolesence.

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