Samir Bahrir by Joris Lemaire via Sticky (Work Unfriendly).
I kind of fell in love with Warren Nomi's debut, retro-charged album #TIMEwarped. Right from the kick-off track, 01 "Falling" (Bjorn Bodin's Strange Mix), which recalls Book of Love with its coyly aching vocal and lush, melodic instrumentation, the whole production has a cohesive, gritty prettiness.
02 "How Did You Know" (Studi0 Matt vs. Nomi EDM Mix) reminds me of Andy Bell vocally, but with an orgiastic Euro-dance beat. The lyrics are sparse, but I didn't miss the verbiage with the urgency of the beat.
More laid back, funky even, is 03 "Red Wine Girl" (David Kahne Master Mix), which saucily begins with a disavowal of the concept of a Valentine. Oh, no she din't. Interesting hearing a man using his falsetto which singing about being the listener's red wine girl. I wasn't mad at the little excursion into rap.
04 "Tease Me" (Rock Me Remix) has a surprising '70s-rock vibe (well, Nomi does recall Lindsey Buckingham in some of his promo shots). It didn't thrill me until the chorus, which is pretty undeniable.
I would pick out 05 "Live Out Loud" as a possible single. It's so Cher! Just an easy listen.
06 "This Summer I" gets seriously beautiful after an initial sort of soundstorm in the beginning (never a fan of answering-machine appearances in songs), before reverting to a mass of (presumably) found spoken-word components. The denouement works better than the intro in that regard.
A gay artist talks about what happened when his 90-year-old grandfather came out to him just five months before the closeted man's death, and his plans for a proper, artistic memorial to their complex relationship.
Howard and Austin Mutti-Mewes, authors of the invaluable film tome I Used to Be In Pictures: An Untold Story of Hollywood whom I have interviewed,celebrated the book's release with a tony bash held on March 6 at the Landsdowne Club in London.
I wish I could count on Dame Diana Rigg to attend my next book party!
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Pet Shop Boys have remixed Panti Bliss's epic gay-rights speech into "The Best Gay Possible" (Oppressive Dance Mix). Got a good beat and you can prance to it.
If this doesn't make you hope Justin Bieber loses every Canadian penny he's ever made, nothing ever will.