Thursday nights: are queer politics and culture nights!

On this week’s show we will be talking to Fareen about Muslim/queer identity. We will have Ryan I in the studio playing a few of his indie-pop songs like ‘Ex-Mormon High School Dropout’. And we’ll be looking back at the gay S&M-ish musical act from the 70s, Smokey, as part of Guy’s Gay Music History Corner.

And of course, we’ll be weighing up life’s eternal dilemma: staying in or going out? So tune in for the options, the enlightenment and the entertainment.

All That False Instruction, (7pm, Thursdays on Joy94.9 http://www.joy.org.au/listenlive )

Fareen has lived and worked on several different continents. Born in Canada and raised in Africa to Muslim parents of Indian origin. We’ll be talking to Fareen about her muslim upbringing and how her sexuality has intersected with this.

Fareen holds a B.A. in political science, and M.A. in Development and an Masters in Womens Health. As a day job, she makes a living researching and implementing international development projects that explore the intersections between multiple forms of marginalisation.

Ryan I, is a local songwriter, who will be joining us in the studio to play a few of his songs and storytell about ’em. On the theme of religion, we saw Ryan play at the Equal Love fundraiser a few weeks ago, and were blown away by his whole set, but in particular his song ‘Ex-Mormon High School Dropout’. We’ll find out more about the story behind this song (perhaps the title says it all!), and we’ll also get Ryan to stick around a play another song and some songs by other artists that he’s listening to at the moment. We here that this may include some tracks by Perfume Genius and Sally Seltmann. Why don’t you ‘like’ Ryan on Facebook by clicking here.

We’ll also have Guy Blackman coming in to play a ye olde song from the gay past. This week it’s Smokey and the song ‘Strong Love’.

‘Strong Love’ also happens to be the song that has inspired the title of Guy’s forthcoming compilation on Gay Liberation era music.

Listen in to hear more about who Smokey is and click here to see some of the cool record labels.

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Tonight! On your favourite current affairs and culture show

An eclectic show tonight: We have someone on to discuss Indonesian film, we take a look back at a lesbian separatist songwriter, Alix Dobkin, and we talk to some folk from a gay wedding business. Join the gang tonight at 7pm on Joy94.9.

On ‘Guy’s Gay Music History Corner’, our regular guest, Guy Blackman, will be fresh off Doug Pollard’s Digging Deeper segment. He might be a bit emotionally drained, so we’ll go easy on him. This week he’s bringing in a neglected classic from the NYC coffee house scene. 

Alix Dobkin is the name of the songwriter and the band was ‘Lavender Jane’. The song was ‘Talking Lesbian’ from 1973. There’s plenty of information on the internet about Alix Dobkin and she’s also written what looks like an interesting memoir. Check out her website here.

Also on the show we’ll have the folk from Idotoo coming in to the studio to tell us about their business–it does gay and alternative weddings. Their website says that Idotoo is:

for those who aren’t afraid to be who they really are – Gay, Goth, Geek, Green, Rockabilly, Adrenaline Junkie, Circus freak, or just a little bit non-traditional.

We bumped into them at the same-sex marriage rights rally on Saturday. It will be interesting to find out about this segment of commerce.

We’ll also have Debora Mahatmasari from the Indonesian Film Festival, coming in to talk about their opening night tomorrow, and indeed, the rest of festival that goes until next Thursday.

Indonesia is our closest neighbour, yet you would probably agree that most of us know very little about Indonesian culture. What are the stories being told on their cinema screens?

The opening night film is 7 Hearts, 7 Loves, 7 Women (7 Hati, 7 Cinta, 7 Wanita) and starts at 8pm at ACMI.

Exploring the idea that love is often more a curse than a blessing, this film follows the transformative journey of Kartini, a romance-weary obstetrician.

Through a parade of patients, Kartini deals with a kaliedoscope of views on the matters of the heart, while fending off the advances of her colleague.

Kartini’s resistance to love is challenged by the arrival of an eccentric female junior obstetrician who opens up her heart, but also stirs up her troubled past.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director and lead actress.

So join us at 7pm tonight on All That False Instruction. You can twiddle with your dial to 94.9 if you live in Melbourne. Or anywhere else where the internet roams, you can click  on http://www.joy.org.au/listenlive

Tonight’s show! 12 August 2010

This week we focus on the upcoming election. An election which seems to be characterised by some uncomfortable choices to say the least.

Exempting ghostly appearances by Mark Latham and John Howard, we’ve moved on from 2004. And we’ve got some new vacuous personalities and superficial hairstyles to critique. But election time is when most of us start talking a bit more seriously about politics, so what policies are being discussed and what are the choices on offer for us?

We said that we’ve moved on from 2004, and the Howard years (which seem quite similar to the Rudd/Gillard years, really). Indeed, this election does feature some bad ol’ politics from the past. The ban on same-sex marriage came in just before the 2004 election, and is supported by both Liberal and Labor. It is six years since the ban, and though grassroots campaigning has changed the opinion of the majority of Australians to be supportive of same-sex marriage rights, we still have two parties that are supporting this homophobia. Our PM cops stick for not being in a ‘traditional’ relationship, for being an atheist, yet despite all of this, Gillard does not support equality.

Refugee scapegoating has been an issue in Australia for many years, but reached a climax with the ‘Tampa election’ of 2001. This is another area where Labor and Liberal have very similar policies: both atrociously inhumane. Labor says ‘stop the boats’. Liberal says ‘turn the boats back’.

We’ve heard a lot about ‘moving forward’ from Julia Gillard, but this doesn’t seem to apply when it comes to fighting homophobia, or combatting racism.

Similarly, Tony Abbott is a disturbing option, a throwback to Howard-conservatism. He is upfront about some of his views about queers and women. But we know that Abbott has a dark past: denying women the right to choose when it comes to reproduction, and supporting the ban of homosexuality. Tony Abbott is a clever politician, and we know that what you see is not what you get.

From Gillard and Abbott, we also get the same views of a whole range of other issues. Both support the war in Afghanistan. Both support attacks on workers’ rights. Both want to cut taxes for the rich. Both will do nothing about climate change. Both will continue the genocidal policies against Indigenous people.

Join us on the show this week for a discussion about the election.We also encourage everyone to support the two rallies which will be coming up this weekend:

Rally to ‘Stand up for Refugees’

Friday, 13 August 2010, 5.30pm, State Library of Victoria

Rally for Same-Sex Marriage Rights

Saturday, 14 August 2010, 1pm, State Library of Victoria

And tune in for ‘Guy’s Gay Music History Corner’ with Guy Blackman. This week we play ‘Lesbian Nation’ by the band Lavender Blues from the album Wake Up Sister. They are an Australian act and the song is from 1978. We don’t know anything more about us. Please help us out!

Coming up! 5 August 2010

Staying in or going out? We’ve got options for you. And wanna know where you’re going? Take a look at your history! All That False Instruction covers all of this. We are a show on Melbourne’s LGBTIQ radio station that features alternative current affairs and culture.

Whoah, that’s a big title! But lets kick things off with a bang. On this week’s show we will be discussing Pat Califia‘s influential book ‘Macho Sluts’.

When it was first published in 1988, Pat Califia’s Macho Sluts, a collection of S/M stories set in San Francisco’s dyke bathhouses, sex parties, and S/M gay bars, shocked the lesbian community and caused an upheaval in the field of queer publishing. Nobody had ever written so frankly about the kinky potential of woman-to-woman sex (and nobody has ever done it any better). If any book is responsible for the formation of the modern lesbian leather community, this one is it.

Despite its graceful language, imaginative scenarios, and abundant humor, the lesbian press trashed Macho Sluts, and it became a focal point for the infamous legal battles between Canada Customs and Little Sister’s, the gay and lesbian bookstore. But readers loved it, and to this day Macho Sluts remains a vital and moving classic that still has the power to educate, radicalize, and expand our notions of the body’s potential to provide us with pleasure, pain, and love.

Kat will be putting the case that we should stay home on this wet and wintery Melbourne weekend to absorb this seminal text. Perhaps even to act on its direction? Tune it to see if you’re convinced.

Kylie Stillman Special Wren 2009, Paper Carving: printed paper 12 x 9.5 x 3 cm

We’ll also be speaking on this week’s show to Kylie Stillman, who is a visual artist exhibiting at this year’s Melbourne Art Fair. The art fair kicked off this week with some controversy courtesy of prominent photographer Bill Henson. But let’s find out about what else the Melbourne Art Fair is all about. Kylie’s art utilises books, paper products and other surprising materials as the basis for some intriguing sculptural artworks. Check out her website to see some examples, and of course why not go to her exhibition at the Melbourne Art Fair from August 4-8.

Kylie Stillman Semiformal 2004, book carving

We also have Guy‘s Gay Music History Corner and this week, Guy will be bringing in a compilation record from 1979 called ‘Walls to Roses: Songs of Changing Men‘.

The track we are going to hear is by Charlie Murphy and is called ‘Gay Spirit. This compilation has an interesting background–it’s not all songs by gay men on this record. Guy will elaborate.  And the record label that put it out, Folkways, has a cool story as well. Plenty of other great music to find under that brand.

And as well as all that, we’ll play some other tunes. And we’ll give a bit of a run down on some of the grassroots political events that are happening in the next few weeks. There’s plenty of politics going on at the moment with the election, but you’re not hearing about all of it on the ABC or commercial media. That’s where we step in!

So tune in this Thursday at 7pm on Joy94.9. You can also stream it online at http://www.joy.org.au/listenlive or wait a couple of days for the podcast (which comes sans songs, but hey–there’s always youtube to fill in the gaps!).

Coming Up tonight! 29 July 2010

On tonight’s All That False Instruction, we are doing some new things. Continuous improvement as Japanese business managers say.

We’re starting a regular segment looking at queer classics from the past called Guy’s Gay Music History Corner. And for this we’ll be joined by Guy Blackman: musician, record label boss and all round queer music nerd. On our first segment tonight, you can look forward to hearing ‘A Gay Song’ by Everyone Involved. See all those coloured words, they are links, click ’em and be even more enlightened.

Well, we at All That False Instruction are both versatile and ambivalent. What we’re saying is, we could go either way. I mean, what we’re saying is, we could either stay in or go out. So we’re gonna think of something each week to satisfy each urge. Cos I’m sure you’re in this dilemma too.

If you plan on staying in this weekend, perhaps you’d like to snuggle up under your doona and watch a movie. Even a good movie? Josh is going to talking about Burnt Money a classic queer film, great for a Melbourne winter weekend indoors.

And if your feet are twitching to go out on the town, why not check out the free screening of Sistagirl at the Melbourne Museum this Friday arvo. Sistagirl is a documentary film which tells the story of Wathurung photographer Bindi Cole‘s recent artistic journey to document the inspiring transgender Sistagirls from the Tiwi Islands, 90km’s north of Darwin.

Friday, 30 July 2010, 6:30pm, Bunjilaka @ Melbourne Museum (11 Nicholson Street, Carlton)

Bindi Cole also has a photographic exhibition displayed until this Saturday at Nellie Castan Gallery.

And we’re playing some esoteric songs from our music collections. We’ve fought for hours about this, as we only have a one hour show now. So listen and be amazed.

Look forward to having you join us at 7pm tonight on Joy94.9.  And if you want to relive the memories, check out our podcast in the coming days.

Coming up tonight: 22 July 2010

Listen to us on the radio from 7pm to 8pm.

We are talking to Seb Prowse about homophobia in sport and a talk that Daniel Kowalski and Dr Caroline Symons are doing at the New International Bookshop. We are also talking to Benjamin Solah about the censoring of Bruce LaBruce’s L.A. Zombie from the Melbourne International Film Festival.

Plus we play lots of nice music!


The show on Thursday 15th July will contain The Very Best, The Magnetic Fields, Delorean and more.

It’s our second week in our new time slot and so far it’s all been a really fun change of pace. On this weeks show we will speaking to Jude Comfort Lecturer ( Health Promotion) from Curtin University who has recently completed a study on the attitudes of aged care workers to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in care.

We will talking to Lisa from the Melbourne collective BANDIT BANDS about the female-infused indie band night that they are starting this Thursday at the Bendigo Hotel. Bands that are kicking it all off include:
*** VALENTIINE ***
hot garage rock n roll
http://www.myspace.com/valentiinemusic
*** SNAKADAKTAL ***
tropical indie pop flavours
http://www.myspace.com/snakadaktal
*** SAMANTHA WASS *** (from Institut Polaire / Jack on Fire)
soothing indie pop melodies
http://www.myspace.com/strawbags

Josh talks about ‘Vampires, saphic and otherwise’

Gina from Organisation Intersex International Australia sheds some light on the so called Anti Lesbian Drug.
http://www.newsweek.com/2010/07/02/the-anti-lesbian-drug.html

We’ll be playing a bunch of upbeat indie hits from 2010 and the last few years including:

The Very Best – Warm Heart of Africa

Delorean – Stay Close

The Magnetic Fields – Too Drunk To Dream

N.E.R.D- Hot n Fun (Yeasayer Remix)

Crystal Castles vs Health – Crimewave

Lo Fi Fnk – Down South

Belle & Sebastian- The Blues are Still Blue

The Drums – Let’s Go Surfing