The Manitoba legislature is joining in Winnipeg Pride celebrations:
“This is one of the most significant things we are doing to celebrate the occasion of our 25th anniversary,” said Barb Burkowski, Chair, Pride Winnipeg. “What really started the Pride movement in Winnipeg was the passing of a piece of legislation that included protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation in Manitoba’s Human Rights Code – so what better way to symbolically mark the occasion than by lighting up the building where these protections were drafted and became law.”
(photo via Scott Carman - Twitter)
The OXD Mirror is a weekly music column brought to you by the boys of OCCUPY THE DISCO (OXD), a New York City based movement created by three music lovers, Ru Bhatt, Josh Appelbaum, and Tadeu Magalhães who want to share their love for disco, house and dance music with the world.
OXD curates and recommends music events to the gay community in NYC—in an effort to move the focus of the nightlife scene beyond the promoter and venue and to the music itself. OXD's goal is to educate, entertain, engage and empower the gay audience to reclaim their ability to question and experience the unknown. The OXD Mirror will serve to showcase tunes that are definitely off-the-beaten-path but rightfully deserve the attention of the gay ear. It's music that will make you dance, dream, and most importantly, love.
The KDMS - "Wonderman"
When Kathy Diamond and Maximillian Skiba decided to promote their new project, The KDMS, they figured there was no better way to generate buzz than by creating an 80s disco-funk version of Madonna’s ‘Gimme All Your Luvin.’ This resulted in instant praise, (after all, it's arguably better than Madge's original) and quickly whet appetites for more music from the KDMS. Shortly after, the British disco-diva and Polish producer graced us with a true disco gem titled ‘Wonderman.’ This track harkens back to the disco divas that once ruled the airwaves resulting in a song which is, for lack of a better word, wonderful . 'Wonderman' is available now in The KMDS' debut album Kinky Dramas and Magic Stories among other fun disco-flavored tracks.
Sébastien Tellier - "Cochon Ville"
After the successful collaboration with Daft Punk's Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo on his third album (released in 2008), French singer/Jesus-look-a-like/American Apparel collaborator Sébastien Tellier is back, this time commanding an extremely NSFW dancefloor orgy—with his own soundtrack, of course. One of the highlight tracks of this year, 'Cochon Ville', appears to be inspired by Isaac Hayes' theme song for Shaft, but cleverly revamped for the current times. Rêve!
MORE MUSIC, AFTER THE JUMP...
Charlotte Gainsbourg - "Paradisco (Joakim's Paradisco Garage Remix)"
Charlotte Gainsbourg, the love child of legendary couple Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, released her fourth studio album, Stage Whisper, this past year. The album is a collection of sweet pop songs that mix both electronic and acoustic elements. The second track, 'Paradisco,' includes a more upbeat direction than her usual efforts, and after being filtered by French producer Joakim, it truly embodies the essence of a modern disco track. According to Joakim, this is a remix in tribute of Paradise Garage's mastermind Larry Levan; cues that are hard to miss on this edit.
Chris Malinchak - "Razor 2.0"
NYC-based Chris Malinchak has just released his third EP, Ironbound, including 'Razor 2.0,' which quickly made its way into our list of this year's favorites. With beats and synths that resemble the old days of house music, it's hard not to think of the iconic Inner City anthem, 'Big Fun,' a dance hit in it's own right.
Only Children - "Down Fever"
Little is known about Only Children, except that they claim to be “a Chicago artist, DJ and production collective,” according to their SoundCloud page. What we do know though is that we love their new heavily disco influenced gem that surprisingly samples vocals from one of the late legends of pop music. Listen and you'll instantly recognize a gay dance mega hit that is taken in a new, refreshing, direction.
Find previous editions of The OXD Mirror here: 5.25.12.
This week's post was written and curated by Tadeu Magalhães.
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This is the best Justin Bieber cover I've seen all week.
If was your gay friend
You could call me bro
I could be your wing man
We could tag-team ho's
Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...
Do yourselves a favor and head to the Indianapolis Star to read this story about Jordan Windle, the youngest-ever Olympic diving hopeful and tell me if Jerry Windle is not doing a better job at being a father than the Indiana 'Christians' who are raising this child?
From the Indy Star:
The young athlete's decision to accept the parade invitation -- and the fact that he has two fathers -- is sure to raise eyebrows. But what other people think isn't of concern to the 13-year-old. He views the world so unself-consciously that when asked if he ever gets tired of people questioning him about his origins and his family, he simply shrugged. "I've never actually thought about it."
Watch Jordan's 'It Gets Better' video, AFTER THE JUMP...
The silly folks at Jest have uncovered the nefarious conspirators behind the homosexual agenda.
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
Madonna opened her 'MDNA tour' in Tel Aviv last night.
ABC News reports:
The elaborate stage production, which started over 30 minutes late, was not totally sold out — there was space at the back of Ramat Gan stadium. The festivities started with monks ringing a church bell, and an altar onstage. Madonna appeared in a confessional, and then broke out of it, kicking things off with her song “Girl Gone Wild.” The first part of the show featured Madonna and her dancers brandishing numerous guns for the songs “Revolver” and “Gang Bang.” During other parts of the show, she appeared wearing a red and white majorette outfit, and also in a Jean-Paul Gaultier-designed cage-like bustier.
The set list was a mix of old and new tracks, and included Madonna’s much-discussed mash-up of her own hit “Express Yourself” and Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” with a few lines of her song “She’s Not Me,” from the 2008 album Hard Candy, sung repeatedly — and pointedly — at the end. Other songs performed included “Papa Don’t Preach,” “Like a Virgin,” “Vogue” and what proved to be the most popular number of the night, “Like a Prayer,” which featured a gospel choir.
She also made a speech about spreading peace in the region:
“We are all human beings. We all bleed the same color. We all want to love and be loved….If we can all rise above our egos and our titles and the names of our countries and the names of our religions…and treat everyone around us…with dignity and respect, then we are on the road to peace, OK? So, start today. Start now, each and every one of you. You are the future. We are the future, and if there is peace here in the Middle East, there can be peace in the whole world, OK?”
One image used in the show reportedly causing controversy is this still (below) from a montage in her "Nobody Knows Me" interlude which shows her overlayed with a Hitler mustache and a swastika.
Watch eight videos, including the opening (spoilers) and speech for peace, AFTER THE JUMP...
Speech for Peace:
Nobody Knows Me:
Express Yourself/Born This Way:
Turn Up the Radio:
Like a Virgin:
More videos here.