Archive for June, 2008

29
Jun
08

Paul: Music Video Monday

Courtney Love – Mono

I admit that I have a thing for Hole, Live Through This was truly a kick-ass, high-quality album. In spite of this I’ve basically ignored Courtney Love’s solo career, for some reason I’m just not interested and all the snippets I’ve heard have been pretty crappy. I think it’s best to remember the Courtney Love of yesteryear, but this 2004 video is an exception. The song itself is pretty mediocre, but stick it out until at least the 1:10 mark and I promise you won’t be dissapointed, (little girls with chainsaws!!!!!!!!).

28
Jun
08

Jon: The Strange Bodies of Lucy and Bart…

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“Germination Day 1”  and “Germination Day 8”

 

“Evolution” and “Exploded View Part 2”

“LucyandBart is a collaboration between Lucy McRae and Bart Hess described as an instinctual stalking of fashion, architecture, performance and the body. They share a fascination with genetic manipulation and beauty expression. Unconsciously their work touches upon these themes, however it is not their intention to communicate this. They work in a primitive and limitless way creating future human shapes, blindly discovering low – tech prosthetic ways for human enhancement.”
-Official Artist’s Statement           
For more of these amazing images, check out their website, LUCYANDBART
27
Jun
08

Jon: “Exile in Guyville” 15th Anniversary…

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…and it is still Liz Phair’s only good album.

And by good, I mean fucking amazing! When EinG originally came out I was only 11 years old, so I didn’t get to enjoy the first wave of fandom. When I eventually heard it for the first time in 1998, EinG immediatly stood out to me from the sea of similiar angsty-girl-with-a-guitar albums, which by that point had become everyday top 40 fodder. Instead of utilizing overly sentimental weepy music and lyrics (*ahem* Jewel *ahem* Sarah Mclacklan), Liz Phair tugged the heartstrings intellectually. It also helped that her deep voice and unaffected vocal arrangements were miles away from anything else that was popular at the time. EinG was also a spotlessly perfect album. Not a single bad or filler song. Each of the 18 tracks is a stand out.. Check out this mega cheesy 90’s video for the song “Never Said” (which, I must admit is not one of my absolute favorites from EinG)

The big bummer about Liz Phair though, is that after putting out Exile in Guyville she never had another album that even came close. In fact, she never even had another album that was worth listening to. A lot of artists seem to suffer from the same pit fall. Their first album if full of all the songs they have been working on for their whole careers up to that point. Then when it comes time to write something new, they find that they have nothing left, so the rush to put something out, and it sucks.

Well, the 15th anniversary of EinG occurred this year, and the album has been re-released with 4 bonus tracks that were all recorded at the same time as the original album. In addition, the CD will come with a 60 minute documentary exploring the original creation of EinG. Yay! Here is the trailer for the film:

Phair has also stated in interviews that she is writing new material that is similiar to the sound of EinG and that she is really excited about how good these new songs are turning out………but because she has let me down so much in the past, I am approaching this news very cautiously… hopefully it will be awesome…… but most likely it will be an over-produced turd, much like her last several releases.

PS: There has been a lot of talk around Gaycondo about how the early 90’s are coming back in style full force and I just wanted to point out that this whole Liz Phair thing is just another drop in the bucket.

 

 

27
Jun
08

KEEP IT ON THE BROWNLOWE: MINI LIFE 2.0

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My buddy Carlos has updated his business plan for MINI LIFE…. and has made a nifty lil 45 second commercial to help spread the word:

Dig? Check out MINI LIFE 2.0 where you can listen to underground bands on streaming radio, download select songs and watch exclusive live video!

26
Jun
08

Paul: Friends Don’t Let Friends Read Perez Hilton…

…they tell them to read Gaycondo instead.

I am so tired of this overexposed jerkoff. I hereby vow to never read his crappy blog again. What’s really upsetting is that he is one of the most powerful gays out there. I mean, who else is as prominent in the media, Ellen? I can’t really think of many others. I understand that to carve out a place in mainstream media you have to be subtle about gay issues, but his posts are laden with homophobic undertones and he is constantly gushing over straight celebs, their relationships, and their children. Personally I am soooo over straight people getting married and having babies. I mean, is there anything as played out as that?

What really did him in for me was this post. Of all people why does the big gay blogger have to be the most mean spirited about the fact that Lindsay Lohan is in a same sex relationship. If he were at all responsible he would defend her. He repeatedly refers to Samantha Ronson as “saMAN”. So she’s not femme, that’s not a reason to trash her. It would be inappropriate to gay bash him for being too flamboyant or faggy, and trashing her appearance and clothing is not a bit different. I think that it screams internalized homophobia. He has millions of readers who are overwhelmingly straight, and when they read him making comments like that they percieve that it’s okay to talk the same way.

His position in the media gives him a rare opportunity to open up positive discourse around queer issues, like Ellen did by grilling McCain on gay marriage. Unfortunately he has failed to do so, and as smart and responsible homos/allies I think we should all be done with his sorry ass.

25
Jun
08

Jon: Dear Etro, I Take it Back….

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Do you remember a few months ago when I was gushing about how much I loved the then new Etro collection? Remember how excited I was and how I lavished designer Kean Etro with my highest praise? Well, I just got a first look at the Spring 2009 collection, and all I have to say is….

I take it all back.

Seriously?

This shit is fucking heinous….

25
Jun
08

Jon: Meet Freddy 3…

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To find out exactly who Freddy is, check out the first post of the series here.

To see all of the posts, click the link in the bar to the right.

9.) “Grandma likes to read to Freddy a bed time story. Do you like to listen while someone reads to you?”

10.) “All little bears like their honey,

And carrots are for the bunny.

But if a little bear gives you his Valentine heart,

Oh wouldn’t that be sunny?”

11.) “Grandpa and Freddy would like to show you Grandpa’s red roses. They are two year’s old. Grandpa is not mad at Freddy for picking his roses.”