Wednesday, December 21, 2011
KELLER ON YOUR SWEATER
A more appropriate gift may have been an album from a diva of a different sort: Queen of ironic sweater consumption, performance artist and musician (and "friend of Colby") Leslie Hall. I first encountered Hall waaaay back in the Myspace days. Her MySpace gif is an icon of early-2000zies pre-recession irony. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend you click on the previous link. Though I never had the honor to experience her mobile gem sweater museum, I quickly fell in love with Leslie Hall's ample electro-trash oeuvre.
Flash forward two years: November 2006. BSD correspondent Karl Marxxx was busy preparing for TAINT, his queer dance party in Washington, DC. Before Leslie Hall became too big for her britches, Marxxx managed to book her for a Thanksgiving day performance. We slaved for two days on turkey and stuffing to please our minor celebrity guest. She never broke character. Prompted on her musical influences (admittedly a poor question on my part), she didn't hesitate, "mostly adult contermporary, a little Shania. . . a little Hootie . . ."
We all threw on our gem sweaters and headed to the venue.