September 4, 2009
Though it’s common place in the world of “plastic”, “hollow” music, I am never not amazed that bopper fans like — crave, even — for the artists they love to continue to spew out the same material over and over again. Change a leading sentiment there or a lyric or two here, regardless of how many years you have been on the scene, and the fans seem content. I have seen fans drop like flies for artists who try to brave that wave of defying expectations when it comes to follow-up albums.
Let’s take one of my forever true loves Tori Amos for example. Her move from that “me, and a gun, and a piano” acoustic flare that made her a cultish following in the early 90s to having a full-on band and incorporating synthetic/computerized beats and electrical outlets in the latter part of the 90s seemed a death sentence for her album sales. Though she still remains the disaffected youth’s queen with very successful tours, it’s her older tunes that get more praise and tour air time than her experimentation since album From the Choir Girl Hotel and on.
Grammy Award-winning Nelly Furtado hasn’t been immune either. Furtado’s magnum ooopus would probably be her sophomore album Folklore, a brilliantly written and produced romp through culture, loves, life and fame’s effects. The album was a brave, bold, and artistic move for Furtado but some critics and fans alike panned it, wanting a more happy-go-lucky Furtado, a la her debut Whoa, Nelly! Furtado’s third release Loose seemed more rally cry of all the tricks that worked for her before and, as expected, was a major success, racking sales that surpassed 10million copies.
In a world of very little grey and way too much black and white, Furtado may have finally found a happy medium with the upcoming release of her 4th studio album, Mi Plan. With a nod to “doing her own thang” she recorded it entirely in Spanish but listen to the first single “Manos Al Aire” and you will definitely hear influences beyond that, incorporating popular beats that will placate her rabid fans. The single is already an international success.
File Under: Good Luck, Furtado. LOVE YOU!
September 3, 2009
Photo Credit: Jeff Eason
TMZ, Perezhilton, MTV and many others are in love with Greg Scarnici, the New York comedian who has been a viral video hit with over seven million hits. His parodies of Britney Spears, Beyonce, Amy Winehouse and others have garnered him a lot of attention and it’s time to capitalize, baby. You go, boy!
Scarnici has 12 inches for his fans and he wants you to put it in your slot. Your CD-rom (to transfer to ITunes) and/or CD player of course! He will release 12 Inch Freak, an album that moves away from ripping apart the celebs and instead parodies dance music genres such as Hip Hop, New Wave, House, Electro, Slow Jam.
Some of the singles featured will be the ode to bisexuality “Curious” (featured on MTV), “Oooh…Yeah…”, “I Wanna…” and “Hater Anthem.” The latter video will debut on September 15th on YouTube.
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September 1, 2009
Is it just me or does anyone else find Jason Segel to be S-E-X-Y?
I know my overly-physique-obsessed gays would probably say this verging-on-portly actor (who has starred and appeared in gems like I Love You, Man; Knocked Up; Slackers; and Forgetting Sara Marshall) doesn’t cut the mustard. However, I think not only is he a great comedic actor but he’s for sure someone I would dub a resident francislewis hottie.
Segel plays those boy-next-door and slacker roles really well but under the benign/unassuming surface is a man that’s sexy. And, oh boy, am I obsessed with those pout-y lips of his!
Having seen him interact off camera, there seems to be a adversity — or an abashed-ness, if you will — of the spotlight which makes him seem more true actor than popularity hound. Honestly, that makes him even hotter if you ask me.
File Under: Me Likey!
August 28, 2009
I have always thought myself one of the errant few who couldn’t wrap his ear cochlea around dance/house music. Try and try as I might, there was always something lacking there for me — even when a stellar voice reverberated in the foreground of the what many describe as the “booming” beats of this gay club mainstay.
A former/reformed raver (or, more appropriately dubbed “party kid”) well before it was ever deemed cool, I was more into the almost carnal throb of drum & bass and/or jungle.
So color me skeptic but my utter love of David Guetta’s hit and collaboration with former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland “When Love Takes Over” seemed it would be a fluke of epic proportions more than anything else. Of course, I was surprised when after getting an early listen of Guetta’s new album One Love before its August 25th release (courtesy of his marketing/pr peeps stateside) I was actually grooving to many of the tracks.
This is Guetta’s 4th studio album and, admittedly, before this release I hadn’t heard of the well-respected producer/DJ, though his career spans almost two decades. The album is chockfull of some memorable beats all my gays will surely be dancing to — if they aren’t already. Each collaboration — with the likes of Kelly Rowland, Will.i.am, Ne-Yo, AKON, Estelle — not only highlight some amazing production skills on the part of Guetta but doesn’t shy away from some serious great vocals by the aforementioned and more.
“…infused with all the best flavors of contemporary pop music that will appeal to such a broad audience both on and off the dance floor,” Guetta says of the album.
It is all worth the listen! Guetta gets nothing but love from me!
File under: My faves: “Sexy Bitch” (collaboration with AKON), the #1 Black Eyed Peas’ hit “I Gotta Feeling” and all of the Rowland collaborations.
August 27, 2009
Photo Credit: TMZ
You know many have said I am not gay enough. I am sure it has to do with my overwrought obsession with women. I love having them around, I love looking at them, I just appreciate them too much they say. Let’s not even get into my love for the lesbians! Well, anyhoo, I have been obsessed with porn-star-turned-mogul Jenna Jameson for YEARS now.
I remember one day back in college sitting uncomfortably on a dusty plaid couch in some dorm, next to a lesbian friend of mine, as we watched an interesting porn. I don’t know how we got ourselves into that situation but I am sure it involved vodka, shot glasses, and levels of boredom that were indescribable. Anyhoo, there, on one of those small tvs with a built-in VCR player, I saw this blond bombshell gyrating on a motorcycle in some huge expanse of a parking lot. Right away, I thought three things: a.) Who is she? b.) Did Harley Davidson really intend for its bucket seats to be used that way? c.) Um, wow, she has no hair down there. Anyhoo, that’s when my obsession started.
It wouldn’t be until a year later that I realized she was the same girl I’d seen on Howard Stern detailing the sordid details of her life. Jameson never denied that she owes much of her success to Stern and her visits to the show. And she has a lot to be grateful for as she still remains the most successful porn star to date.
This year Jameson gave birth to twin boys (the father is UFC Champion Tito Ortiz) and she’s looking better than ever! I have to say pre-pregnancy, I was getting a little worried with all that weight she was losing as she looked more like the LA-cliche rather than the buxom hottie she truly is. Stay that way, Jenna! Me Likey! ME LIKEY A LOT!
File under: Um, I need a gay intervention! Pass me my tight jeans, stat!
August 26, 2009
Photo Credit: Paper Mag
Is it just me or are there others out there who are just absolutely obsessed with The Rachel Zoe Project’s Brad Goreski? Truly Bravo’s hit show break-out star, Goreski had quickly became my guilty pleasure! I kept my adoration at bay too long for fear I would be subject of ridicule or some revocation of a “cool card” I never truly had in the first place. But I am here, I am queer, and ME LIKEY him!
Yeah, so when a light glimmers on him in a certain fashion, Goreski can resemble a cuter Too Close for Comfort’s attic-dwelling Monroe Ficus. Yeah, so he can be over-the-top campy but there is still something so endearing about the specs-wearing, bow tie-sporting fashionisto and I can’t get enough. Not to mention he’s pretty darn funny too. Me likey, me likey a lot!
It’s no surprise — much to my chagrin, as our personalities are so similar — ill-disposed Taylor Jacobson was someone I had to hate last season. As she berated my cutey-pie Goreski — even making him cry on numerous occasions — I just couldn’t get in her corner no matter how hard I tried. This season though, their relationship seems to have morphed into some pseudo-amicable thing. We’ll see how long that lasts!
Anyhoo, the fashion-mongrel I am, I thought I would be helplessly glued to see what Zoe was up to but I find myself, much like last season, more interested in the foibles of her two assistants. This season seems full of over-the-top fashion-related drama… and I am loving every minute of it!
File under: ME LIKEY! ME LIKEY A LOT!
August 26, 2009
Photo Credit: Attitude
OK, so I am not one to go all gaga over some guy with brawn, muscle, piercing eyes, chiseled features, a killer smile, athletic prowess. OK, I take that back. I have been recently obsessed with rugby players in the past few years. There is something very erotic, primal even, about the way they wrestle in that pig-trough way — getting all dingy and sweaty. Le sigh. Well, there is one who has been garnering much attention from my gays!
On the new cover of UK gay mag Attitude is the fine Aussie specimen and rugby star Nick Youngquest. It’s their “sex issue” and Youngquest doesn’t seem to mind, saying he actually is “flattered” by all of the attention from his gay fans! After a brief Google search, you will find out how much he is loved!
File under: Me Likey! YUM YUM YUM (and I mean YUM) in my TUM TUM