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.
1. Kindness: 'Gee Up (Erol Alkan Extended Rework)'
British producer Kindness is on a mission to make the world of pop music better—through disco. With his intriguingly-entitled first album World, You Need a Change of Mind, he has been able to establish himself as one of the most solid new artists at the moment. His latest single, 'House,' has a very sweet video where he briefly explains his point of view and also teaches a child the basics of dance music. If you ever thought electronic music is soulless and just noise created by nerds with their computers in a basement, Kindness is set to prove you wrong. In addition to the original version of 'House,' the single includes a remix for the album track, 'Gee Up.' The song is reworked by Erol Alkan, who has remixed Hot Chip, Saint Etienne, Daft Punk, Scissor Sisters and Metronomy, to name a few. We expect this killer disco track to rise in play count rather quickly, not only on our iPods but hopefully with your local DJs as well.
2. Softwar - 'This Time Around'
Endorsing the 90's house comeback, Sydney duo Softwar released 'This Time Around,' a track that is pure house bliss and throwback to a past era. This song is part of an EP with the same title and is only their second release so far. Be sure to play this on a good sound system or you might miss on the notably strong and vibrant bassline.
3. Le Youth - 'Dance With Me'
L.A. based Le Youth (Wes James) has joined the tropical-meets-90′s-R&B buzz with a great new track, ‘Dance With Me.’ The track, which can be downloaded for free here, borrows some familiar lyrics from TLC’s hit ‘No Scrubs.' Le Youth is still making his first steps into the dance scene, and though he has yet to have any official releases of his own, the remixes we've encountered show his potential to becoming a big name in the near future.
MORE NEW TRACKS, AFTER THE JUMP...
4. Lovelock - 'Maybe Tonight'
Lovelock is the codename for NYC based producer Steve Moore, who has a very wide range of signatures for various projects, from commercial to personal work. His track, 'Maybe Tonight,' made its first appearance on Chromeo's DJ-Kicks compilation in 2009, and now in 2012 has finally gotten a proper release on Lovelock's debut album Burning Feeling. The italo-disco ballad was also tweaked by house music legend Morgan Geist (of Metro Area) who managed to enhance every great aspect of the song and turn it into a masterpiece.
5. Bottin feat. Jupiter - 'Sage Comme Une Image (Spiller Remix)'
Italian producer and designer Bottin teamed with the Parisian duo Jupiter to create this great disco song with a French touch. To make things even better, fellow Italian DJ Spiller brought the tempo up to a perfect late night beat, making this a track that will bring any dancefloor down. On another note, Jupiter has just released their debut album, Juicy Lucy, filled with disco and electro-pop tunes. Needless to say we highly recommend it.
OCCUPY THE DISCO (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.
This week's post was written and curated by Tadeu Magalhães.
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A popular Moline, Illinois reception hall, the University Club, turned down a lesbian couple's wedding reception because serving homosexuals conflicts with the manager's religious beliefs, WQAD reports:
In a phone interview with WQAD, Stewart says it is all true, and defended her right to refusal.
“I am a biblical Christian and I do not believe in homosexual marriage, that’s correct. And because marriage is a covenant that God created for man and woman, as a biblical Christian, I cannot help them into or celebrate that sin,” said Stewart.
Stewart is the wife of the president of the University Club, and daughter-in-law of its owners.
She says the family discussed the issue of gay marriage receptions after neighboring state Iowa approved same-sex marriage and Illinois endorsed civil unions.
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Suze Orman is doing a Saturday night show on marriage equality and the financial reasons it is so important, at 9 pm ET on CNBC.
Says Orman in a preview of the show.
"Here I sit in front of you. A 61-year-old woman who has been gay my entire life. Who has been in a committed relationship for the past 12 years. And I will die in this relationship a woman who pays more taxes than most, that is a contributing member to the economy in more ways than most, YET, I am not treated equally."
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END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: Eli Manning, David Beckham, Jeremy Lin, Jimmy Rollins, Evan Longoria, Joe Torre and Andy Katz join Obama and Biden in a new PSA.
EYTAN AND THE EMBASSY: Everything Changes.
WHAT IS DRUGS? Offender after an hour-long high-speed chase from Burbank to Hollywood last Friday in which he collided with three vehicles.
JARED POLIS: Questioned a really thick DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart this week on the relative health impacts of marijuana versus other drugs.
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Mary Cheney had married Heather Poe, ABC News reports:
In a statement issue by Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne, said, ”Our daughter Mary and her long time partner, Heather Poe, were married today in Washington, DC. Mary and Heather have been in a committed relationship for many years, and we are delighted that they were able to take advantage of the opportunity to have that relationship recognized.”
The former vice president added, “Mary and Heather and their children are very important and much loved members of our family and we wish them every happiness.”
Dick Cheney has publicly supported marriage equality for three years now. He first expressed support in June 2009 in an appearance at the National Press Club.
Steven Thrasher: Does "Gay Inc" believe in free speech?
Jerry Pritikin: 22 Gay Moments on the Real Streets of San Francisco in the 1970s.
NASA releases stunning composite photo of the Arctic.
Rick Santorum warned us this would happen if we let gays tie the knot.
Dead dolphin found in Hudson River at Chelsea Piers: “'Our plan is to recover the carcass and conduct a necropsy on the animal to determine cause of death,' she said. It was too soon to know if it is the same dolphin spotted in Chelsea and Harlem on Sunday and Tuesday."
Zachary Quinto and Jonathan Groff take a stroll in NYC's West Village.
Booed soldier Stephen Hill and Joshua Snyder appear before Ohio judge to request name hyphenation. "The two recently applied to have their names legally changed to Snyder-Hill, and said that a Franklin County Probate Court employee told them that if they lied about their reason for changing their name, their applications likely would be approved. Because Ohio law does not recognize gay marriage, the men could change their names for almost any other reason than becoming a married gay couple, Ludlow reported."
Azealia Banks gets animated (literally) for Paper magazine.
Abercrombie & Fitch to close 180 U.S. stores.
Queensland, Australia to downgrade 'civil unions' to 'registered relationships' and ban gay surrogacy: "The Legislative Assembly in Brisbane agreed to extensively alter the provisions of the Civil Partnerships Act 2011, which came into force in February this year after control of the house swung to the right. The system, introduced in the final months of the last state government, will be renamed and the option of an official ceremony revoked so it bears less resemblance to marriage."
Trans man responds to backlash after White House marriage proposal.
WaPo on the Tracy Thorne-Begland judicial appointment: "The outcome of the debate over Mr. Thorne-Begland will say a lot about the commonwealth — whether it remains in thrall to bigots or is ready to face a future in which there is no place for discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation."
Aaron Sorkin's Newsroom savaged.
Male model fix: Christian Santamaria.
Marriage in gay and lesbian fiction: "Until 20 or so years ago, the chief subject for gay and lesbian fiction was doomed love. And why not? It’s a great subject for straight fiction, too. Not only does Anna Karenina herself end badly, but so do the lovers in “Ethan Frome,” “The Great Gatsby,” “Lolita” and “The English Patient,” to name just a few less than fortunate pairings. But in the late 1980s, writers began to explore plausible happy endings for their gay characters. This usually meant marriage, but what exactly was marriage for gay people? The writers looked at their own lives and the lives of their friends. Since we couldn’t legally marry, most of us invented our own couplings with their own rules, often more flexible and unconventional than traditional marriage."
An Indianan from Uranus.
Two new planets discovered locked in strange orbit.
Slate: Obama's agility on gay marriage and immigration is making his rival look stodgy and unprincipled. "The president has seldom been a risk taker; he has operated within the boundaries of the possible, avoiding postures that yield no results. But he and his campaign have cleverly recognized that Romney’s slow-footedness and lack of imagination present an opportunity for them to shine in contrast. They have reversed the usual dynamic of re-election campaigns, highlighting the challenger’s stodginess while making Obama into a nimble incumbent. These stratagems show every sign of paying off. Obama’s positions convey a Reaganesque sense of optimism about social change while associating Romney’s views with fear and the past."