Tuesday, May 7, 2013
After pulling off hilarious hits such as "Boy Is a Bottom" and "Chow Down at Chick-fil-A," recent RuPaul's Drag Race alum Detox Icunt and Willam Belli, along with their good friend Vicky Vox, have come up with another great parody of/homage to pop culture.
Entitled "Silicone," this love song to all things plastic surgery features Detox at the forefront, tongue planted firmly in a self-deprecating cheek. Take a peek.
And while we're on a musical tip, the recently crowned winner of this season's RuPaul's Drag Race, Ms Jinkx Monsoon (#teamjinkx), has recently paired up with Two Dudes in Love to create a track called "Schizophrenic."
The track features Jinkx once again channelling Little Edie Beale
, in a spoken-word presentation about Beale's alleged issues with mental health. Check it out.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
I remember the first time I saw the Pet Shop Boys. It was after school, and my sister and I were sitting down to watch Video Hits, CBC's suppertime music video program.
There was something about those opening notes on the synth and the construction of a record so completely digital. It was pop music for ears that wouldn't normally dig a record constituted from keyboards. I was too young to understand the significance of the lyrics, but there was something there. Something that resonated in me.
Almost 30 years later, the Pet Shop Boys are still putting out records and are still master craftsmen in the creation of pop songs. Their latest single, "Axis," sounds like a trip into the land of Moroder, circa "I Feel Love" while still bringing to mind the sounds of Patrick Cowley, a mastermind of Hi-NRG, one of the queerest forms of dance music.
Meanwhile, the kids from Shit Robot have just put out a new single on DFA Records, featuring Sylvester-esque vocals provided by JENR (also known as Luke Jenner from The Rapture). Vocally, this track is a killer, and musically, the remixes -- especially the Larse Remix -- harken back to the blissful parties of the 1970s. Listen below.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
When she's not picking fights on Twitter with Perez Hilton or ASAP Rocky, Azealia Banks finds the time to put out interesting videos.
Her latest, Yung Rapunxel, is a dark ditty with NFSW language, tight edits and spooky visuals. Ms Banks even transforms her face so that all her mouths can open wide to let out her lyrical assault.
Personally, it reminds me of the Corinthian character from The Sandman.
In any case, check out the video below.
Monday, March 11, 2013
"As long as there's some sort of communication, gays will work out how to use that for sex," says comedian Nath Valvo in the intro to The Grindr Guide, a series of mini-vignettes about the lives of Australian gay men who use the social networking app Grindr.
Although Valvo may have his tongue planted firmly in his cheek, he does bring about an important point: gay men now have more ways to communicate with one another. And with the seemingly instant accessibility to potential partners/dates/boyfriends/contacts that phone apps bring, the dating scene has changed.
Damien Dunstan's The Grindr Guide looks into the lives of a group of men at the issues, situations and shenanigans that living and dating in a Grindr world bring about. What could easily be a promotional fluff piece for the app delves into both personal and cultural issues that are experienced by its users.
Case in point: issues around race.
The series is slated to run about eight episodes, with five already posted. Keep an eye out for upcoming videos.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
After explaining the fundamentals of reading, Zebra Katz is now trying to learn why he does what he does.
In his latest video, the openly queer MC rhymes over a spacy and dubby beat, with his wonderfully gravelly voice and smooth delivery.
You can check out more of Katz's videos at his YouTube channel. In the meantime, check out his latest video.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
After her brava performance during this week's episode of RuPaul's Drag Race, Seattle's self-described "premier narcoleptic drag queen," Jinkx Monsoon, has been popping up a lot more on the internet. Case in point: this wonderful mini-documentary/interview with Jinkx, aka Jerick Hoffer, delves into how Jinkx came to be, her influences and her ideas. It also includes a lovely surprise at the end: her amazing singing voice.
Check it out.
Monday, February 11, 2013
Ten years ago, two friends from separate musical projects decided to collaborate. But they lived in separate cities, and so their musical endeavour became subject to the mail, as they would send each other lyrics, melodies and chords. That collaboration would become named, aptly, The Postal Service. Their album Give Up featured such beautiful songs as "The District Sleeps Alone Tonight" and "We Will Become Silhouettes." It would become Sub Pop Records second-best-selling album, after Nirvana's Bleach.
Unfortunately, there was never a second album. There were rumours, but nothing ever really materialized. Until now.
Sub Pop is putting out a 10th-anniversary edition, along with two new tracks, featuring Rilo Kiley alum (and she of the immortal line "He touched my breast!" from The Wizard) Jenny Lewis. Today, one of the tracks, "A Tattered Line of String," was released on YouTube.
Saturday, February 9, 2013
The Canadian Federation for Sexual Health wants you to Heart Your Parts.
According to its website, Heart Your Parts "is about recognizing the importance of your sexual health as part of your overall well being, and working together to build a stronger culture of healthier and happier sex-positive individuals engaging in healthy sexual behaviours."
The CFSH has created a video campaign and contest where people from across the country have contributed short films, and it has been narrowed down to five entries. One of them was created by two Haligonians, Owen Ross and Adam Myatt. Check it out, and don't forget to click "like" on YouTube.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
After starting his Rad Queers with a short documentary on LA's the Payasos, artist/curator/videographer Graham Kolbeins has recently posted a second video in the series.
The video tells the story of what Kolbeins calls the "fabulous and fearless performance artist/playwright Ian MacKinnon. In his one-man show Gay Hist-Orgy, MacKinnon guides the audience on an erotic journey through the hidden history of same-sex love, examining homosexuality’s impact on 'the progress of art, philosophy, culture, and politics with equal parts insight and wit."
Sounds interesting. Check it out.
Monday, January 7, 2013
The best way to start the week is to know what's going on. So here are a few stories about what's been happening today.
- Anonymous has decided that the Canadian government is worth its attention. Interesting. Weren't they just attacking the Westboro Baptist Church? Nice to see the Harper government is in good company.
- It's no secret that I love Azealia Banks. But she got in a bit of hot water this weekend via Twitter. Seems like she called Perez Hilton a "faggot." He's a lot of things. And there a lot of names he could be called. But Banks ended up pissing off a lot of people, and she may have lost her record contract. Here's a recap, via Queerty.
- Liberace was one of the gayest men to exist. So how come a bunch of studio heads thought that a movie about him would be "too gay"? (Via Gay Star News)
And finally, a new video by Ab Soto. Mildly NSFW, but entertaining nonetheless.