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Doris Day, 90 and Sunny: A Birthday Tribute

April 3rd, 2014 Comments off

Passport Magazine Publisher Don Tuthill pays tribute to Doris Day on her 90th birthday.

Screen shot via the Doris Day Animal Foundation

Screen shot via the Doris Day Animal Foundation

I fell in love with Doris Day when I was five years old.  It was a miserable, stormy summer day and I was stuck inside.  I was sprawled on the living room floor with my 108 box of Crayola ® and a coloring book.  The TV was blasting as it always was when I was around; and also as usual I wasn’t paying any attention to it.  Not until I heard a particular voice.  I looked up to see a pretty blonde lady singing with a guy. Turned out to be a trailer for an old movie that was going to be shown on a local station that night.   For reasons I still can’t explain I HAD to see that movie.  Problem was it came on after my official bedtime.   I spent the rest of the day nagging, cajoling, and making all sorts of promises to my mom in the hope that she would just let me stay up and watch it.    Eventually she relented.  Now I think it was more of the fact that the movie ( “Tea for Two”) was based on a Broadway musical (”No, No Nannette”) that had been written by a family friend and she wanted to see the movie too and she could share it with me. Anyway, I saw the movie and I was hooked.  I became a fan-atic for all things Doris Day.

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Frankie Knuckles, ‘The Godfather of House,’ Has Died

April 1st, 2014 Comments off
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Late yesterday evening, the music world was shaken with a tragic announcement. Bronx-born producer and DJ Frankie Knuckles died from yet undisclosed causes. Knuckles was an acutely influential figure in the world of dance music, helping to pioneer House music, a genre thats influence is especially strong for today’s popular music.

In the 70s, Knuckles played the legendary Continental Baths in New York, and he became a fixture in the  Chicago house scene, working with Trax Records on landmark tracks such as “Your Love.”  (Check out the link to the track, if you’re familiar with Animal Collective’s “My Girls,” this one may sound familiar — the group sampled Knuckles’ “Your Love” for this song.)

Perhaps the perfect song to remember Knuckles by is the sweet and wistful “Whistle Song,” check it out after the jump…

 

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Cocktail Music: Human by Christina Perri

March 28th, 2014 Comments off
ScreenCap via YouTube

ScreenCap via YouTube

Following her critically-acclaimed debut album, lovestrong., which included the international hit “Jar of Hearts,” pop singer Christina Perri will return with a new album on April 1. The album, entitled Head or Heart, is true to the style Perri exhibited on her debut: it’s a soulful brand of piano rock—perhaps a more down-tempo Sara Bareilles or Leona Lewis. While you wait to check out the album in its entirety, the single Human will probably do a good job of tiding you over; since its release late last year, it’s attracted critical attention and built excitement for Perri’s second LP, not to mention it’s inspired excited buzz among fans.

Check out the music video via YouTube after the jump!

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Tyler Glenn, Lead Singer of Neon Trees, Comes Out as Gay

March 24th, 2014 Comments off

 

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Image via Twitter.

The lead singer of new wave-pop band Neon Trees, Tyler Glenn, has come out as gay in the new issue of Rolling Stone. Glenn candidly spoke about his life growing up in conservative Utah, his first sexual experiences, and how his band reacted when he came out. “I’ve always felt like I’m an open book, and yet obviously I haven’t been completely,” he says. I had my crushes on guys throughout high school, but it was never an overwhelming thing until my twentiesThen I’d be dating girls and in love with my straight friend and it was the worst feeling in the world.” [RS]

 

Cocktail Music: Sia’s ‘Chandelier’

March 21st, 2014 Comments off
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Over the past couple years, by appearing on pop tracks such as Flo Rida’s “Wild Ones” and David Guetta’s “Titanium,” Sia has transformed herself from quirky Starbucks songstress to full-blown pop diva. Her latest release, “Chandelier” cements this transformation. The Huffington Post called it “the best Rihanna song of 2014,” and premature as the statement may seem, it’s hard to imagine they’re far off. “Chandelier” reminds of “Diamonds” melodically, though it is less repetitive lyrically, and Sia’s soulful delivery is much more powerful than what Rihanna serves up on that track. As Popjustice points out, while Sia helped to write “Diamonds” for Rihanna, she has stated that she couldn’t resist keeping “Chandelier” for herself.

Have a listen via the YouTube lyric video after the jump…

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Cocktail Music: Kylie Minogue Wows with Sexercise Video

March 19th, 2014 Comments off
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Kylie Minogue has released a fitting new video for her texty single “Sexercise.” The “bb’s” and “get it’s” are well-punctuated by aerobic gyrating and sensual sway; as the Daily Mail points out, the goddess of pop seems to be keeping things very “Can’t Get You Out My Head” in a white onesie.

Take notes, Khaleesi Madonna, Kylie may well be coming up on her own “Confessions”-era renaissance. Not that she ever really needed to reinvent herself.

Watch the sexy video after the jump…

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Lorde Counters Westboro Baptists’ Call to Protest

March 19th, 2014 Comments off
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Image via Instagram

Earlier this month, Lorde bluntly confronted a radio DJ for a weird lesbian joke, and has emerged as an outspoken advocate for the gay community. This has made Lorde a target for the hate group Westboro Baptist Church, known for their “protests” of veterans’ funerals and the slogan “god hates fags.” In a hard-to-decipher blog post, the Westboro Baptist Church launched a jeremiad against Lorde, announcing their intention to protest her upcoming concert in Kansas.

Not one to be outdone, Lorde shot back, saying over Twitter:

hahaha omg just found out westboro baptist church are going to picket my show in kansas cityeveryone wear rainbow clothing to that showeveryone try to kiss church members who are same sex as you they will so love it christmas comin early in kansas city…”

It’s unpleasant to pay the Westboro Baptist Church any mind, and Lorde’s retort is the perfect balance of bemused and dismissive. Here’s hoping that the group will continue to fade into obscurity.

Cocktail Music: Jennifer Lopez’s Man-Filled ‘I Luh Ya Papi’

March 14th, 2014 Comments off
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Screen Shot via YouTube.

Jennifer Lopez has enough eye candy in her latest video for “I Luh Ya Papi” to satisfy even the worst sweet tooth. The 44-year-old American Idol judge reverses the traditional gender role in music videos and “objectifies” the men by having them show as much skin as possible. It’s more reminiscent of a Cazwell video than a glow video. The video takes us through Jenny From the Block’s most iconic looks—including her infamous Grammy dress.

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Video of the Week: Yanis Marshall Does Gay Paris…in Heels!

February 21st, 2014 Comments off
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Screen Shot via YouTube.

We posted this video back in August, but we thought it would be the perfect way to brighten up your Friday.

Yanis Marshall has been choreographing Stilleto fierce-ness for years now, but we just can’t help but fall for his latest video that has our ankles twisting just watching it. This video, which took over Facebook a few weeks ago, is a tribute to Spice Girls and Paris. Watch as Marshall and his gang of heel-wearing handsomes parade through the streets of the City of Lights.

View our video of the week after the jump…

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‘Pussy’ Whipped in Russia: Pussy Riot Beat by Cossack Militia in Front of Sochi Olympics

February 20th, 2014 Comments off
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Screen Shot via WaPo

Outside a downtown Sochi restaurant, members of the feminist protest band Pussy Riot were beaten in front of crowds by members of the Cossack militia after they tried to perform a highly critical song about Putin. The group donned their signature balaclavas and began to sing “Putin will teach you to love the motherland,” militia members, who were hired as extra security for the Olympic Games, used whips and pepper spray to control the punk group while members of the international community looked on. IOC spokesperson said that this wasn’t an issue for the Olympics, but a civil issue and called the pictures and videos “very unsettling.” Members were hospitalized briefly and then held a news conference this morning and released a music video that contained some of the prior day’s events.

You can watch the video for yourself after the jump…

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