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.
Emeron & Fox: 'Nightmares (Monitor 66 Remix)'
Brooklyn synthpop duo Emeron Kale and Fox Barrington craft beautiful, sweet audible landscapes, putting them in the same musical league with big acts such as Postal Service. Though the original version of their track 'Nightmares' is very ambient and chill, Swedish trio Monitor 66 re-shapes it to an upbeat house track that has one wishing it was sunny and breezy all year long.
Kill The Hero feat. MK de Monde: 'Surrender (Shazam Remix)'
'Surrender' is a brand new blissful dance track that comes to us from the land of the rising sun. The Japanese duo known as Kill the Hero is releasing a remix package for this song soon and this version by Shazam is already out and making waves on the music scene.
Social Disco Club: 'Just One Touch (feat. Miss Bee)'
Allegedly working on 'Just One Touch' for two years, Porto-based producer Social Disco Club has put together deep house beats, 90's piano melodies and sexy vocals by Miss Bee on this track to create an uplifting mood that is perfectly suitable for a night of dancing.
MORE NEW TRACKS, AFTER THE JUMP...
Monsoon Season feat. Miss Bee: 'Green On Blue (Arsenii Deep Vocal Mix)'
Miss Bee is featured again on Monsoon Season's 'Green On Blue'. The original release features remixes by Moon Boots and Satin Jackets, and now a deep house re-work by Russian act Arsenii is making its way out to the world and into our playlists.
Neneh Cherry & The Thing: 'Cashback (Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas Remix)'
When Lindstrøm and Prins Thomas join forces, we know there's something great in store. The Norwegian producers have been collaborating and writing disco songs together for years, and have released two albums and several amazing remixes—the latest of which being a revamp of Neneh Cherry & The Thing's 'Cashback.' This remix maintains some of the original's unique jazzy elements while updating it into a groovy disco track.
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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Can someone make sense of this? Please offer your best interpretations, AFTER THE JUMP...
Yesterday we reported on a heartwarming moment during the season premiere of The X-Factor. It seemed that we would be in store for another one last night, especially when reminded of the fact that PopCrush reported on one of last night's contestants coming out to Britney Spears on stage. Apparently Fox didn't think that that was something people wanted to see, as they edited the confession out of the episode.
Jesse Ventura has had some out there ideas in the past, but his opposition to Minnesota's anti-gay marriage amendment is certainly not one of them.
The past week has seen a flurry of action involving gay rights and the sport of football. Well a German footballer (the soccer kind) gave an anonymous interview with a web publication this week in which he said he was afraid to come out because it would cost him his career. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says that he need not fear.
The first presidential debate is fast approaching and today Mitt Romney stated that his prep involves getting ready for Obama to lie. Speaking of the Romney/Ryan ticket, watch Paul Ryan get heckled by HIV activists in Philadelphia today.
Over a week ago, former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm gave a rousing speech at the DNC. Over 30 years ago, she was looking for a date.
If you want to start your weekend with a bit of eye candy, check out Wil Sabin's new video.
GWYNETH PALTROW: Actress is asked to compare sex addiction and being an out actor in Hollywood.
WORLD'S TALLEST DOG: Meet Zeus.
SEAGULL THIEF: A seagull steals a GoPro camera, and shoots a short film.
BROADWAY ZOMBIE: An animated short.
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President and CEO of Gill Foundation, Tim Sweeney, stepping down.
HHS Secretary Sebelius violated Hatch Act in speech to Human Rights Campaign. "The law prohibits most federal employees from 'engaging in political activity while on duty,' according to the special counsel, but some officials, such as cabinet secretaries, are permitted to make political statements in their personal capacity. The Office of Special Counsel is an independent government agency which can investigate and prosecute."
Giving Popeye realness.
GQ on male anorexia: "As recently as a decade ago, clinicians believed that only 5 percent of anorexics were male. Current estimates suggest it's closer to 20 percent and rising fast: More men are getting ill, and more are being diagnosed."
Kate Middleton joins Prince Harry in being photographed topless by the tabloids.
This week I reported on Wisconsin GOP Senate candidate Tommy Thompson's gay-baiting staffer. Yesterday, Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate called on Thompson to fire him: "Tate called on Thompson to fire political director Brian Nemoir on Thursday. Thompson's campaign spokeswoman Lisa Boothe called the request a desperate move meant to distract voters from Baldwin's record. Nemoir did not immediately return a message seeking comment. Thompson on Tuesday said Nemoir shouldn't have sent the message. Baldwin's campaign and Tate have called it a divisive, personal attack."
Lady Gaga's fragrance launch was bizarre, of course: "The pop superstar hosted an event at Manhattan’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum to mark the release of her first perfume, Fame. She arrived at the venue in a convertible car, before laying down inside a giant replica fragrance bottle. The singer called the bizarre show Sleeping With Gaga and invited guests to put their hands inside the space and touch her while she slept."
Ben Affleck and his sexy beard cover Details.Researchers identify new species of African monkey: "The lesula lives in remote regions that are largely unthreatened by human settlement. But John Hart warned, 'Under the current trends of uncontrolled bush-meat hunting, it could become very endangered.'"
Teen star Ariana Grande sticks up for her gay brother. "Frankie would come pick me up from school and they'd be like, 'Oh my god, is your brother gay?' and I'd be like, 'Yeah, is there something wrong with that?'...I was infuriated."
Gay newspaper distribution boxes in D.C. targeted by vandals: "It's really horrible for our readers in those neighborhoods to have those boxes vandalized in such a grotesque way."
Mercury Music Prize nominees 2012.
28 current NFL players have expressed support for gays: "In addition, current free agents Donte Stallworth, Nic Harris, Bryan Kehl and Bret Lockett have all expressed gay-positive views. Among management, Giants co-owner Steve Tisch and Patriots owner Robert Kraft have been staunch allies of gay rights, while Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti and President Dick Cass stood by Ayanbadejo after he was attacked for speaking up about gay marriage. And Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith said he would welcome an openly gay player."
Adele confirmed as Bond theme singer.
UC Davis to pay settlement to Occupy protesters who were pepper-sprayed.
Gay marriage lawsuit advances in Hennepin County, Minnesota: "In January, the Minnesota Court of Appeals overturned Judge Mary Steenson Dufresne’s dismissal. On Friday, she’s hearing motions in the case as it moves ahead, even as a statewide vote on gay marriage approaches in November. The lawsuit filed by three gay couples seeks to throw out the state’s existing 'defense of marriage' law."
Police urged to investigate transgender murders in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Apple fans already in line for iPhone 5.
An 87-year-old anti-Romney rapper.
HIV prevention must resume its place in the larger LGBT agenda: "First, it is clear that a younger generation of gay men have not been reached with the prevention message...Second, scientific advances in treating HIV have led the public at large and many in the gay community to consider HIV a treatable, "chronic" disease....Third, the LGBT community's attention to HIV has declined."
A pair of female protesters who said they were with ACT-UP Philadelphia as they were being escorted out heckled VP nominee Paul Ryan today at the Values Voter Summit, yelling "corporations are not people" and a few other things before being drowned out by chants of "USA, USA, USA" from the attendees.
As they were walked out, one told a cameraman "I'm a concerned citizen."
The other, who said she was from ACT-UP Philadelphia, said, "The funding that people need to get HIV meds can't happen when there is corporate donations in this election. Our politicians need to stand up for people with HIV...?
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
Ryan attacked Obama over foreign diplomacy in his speech. Read excerpts from it AFTER THE JUMP as well. As Right Wing Watch notes, Ryan is making these remarks at a conference that makes a mockery of diplomacy and terrorism.
Excerpts from Ryan's speech:
Look across that region today, and what do we see? The slaughter of brave dissidents in Syria. Mobs storming American embassies and consulates. Iran four years closer to gaining a nuclear weapon. Israel, our best ally in the region, treated with indifference bordering on contempt by the Obama administration. Amid all these threats and dangers, what we do not see is steady, consistent American leadership. In the days ahead, and in the years ahead, American foreign policy needs moral clarity and firmness of purpose. Only by the confident exercise of American influence are evil and violence overcome. That is how we keep problems abroad from becoming crises. That is what keeps the peace. And that is what we will have in a Romney-Ryan administration …
The President is given to lectures on all that we owe to government, as if anyone who opposes his reckless expansion of federal power is guilty of ingratitude and rank individualism. He treats private enterprise as little more than a revenue source for government. He views government as the redistributor and allocator of opportunity. Well, the results are in for that, too. Here we are, after four years of economic stewardship under these self-proclaimed advocates of the poor, and what do they have to show for it? More people in poverty, and less upward mobility wherever you look. After four years of dividing people up with the bogus rhetoric of class warfare, just about every segment of society is worse off ...
In the President's telling, government is a big, benevolent presence – gently guiding our steps at every turn. In reality, when government enters the picture, private institutions are so often brushed aside with suspicion or even contempt. This is what happened to the Catholic Church and Catholic Charities this past January, when the new mandates of Obamacare started coming. Never mind your own conscience, they were basically told, from now on you're going to do things the government's way. Ladies and gentlemen, you would be hard pressed to find another group in America that does more to serve the health of women and their babies than the Catholic Church and Catholic Charities. And now, suddenly, we have Obamacare bureaucrats presuming to dictate how they will do it. As Governor Romney has said, this mandate is not a threat and insult to one religious group – it is a threat and insult to every religious group. He and I are honored to stand with you – people of faith and concerned citizens – in defense of religious liberty.