Ryan Gosling tells Australia's Herald Sun he's not sure what the fuss is all about over his abs and pecs:
"Anyone can get those if they work at it. It's just a lot of exercising. And it's really quite pointless, because you go to a gym and you lift a heavy thing so a muscle grows, but the only thing the muscle can actually do is to lift that heavy thing. After a while they're like pets because they don't do anything useful. But you have to feed them and take care of them otherwise they'll go away. I feel a bit goofy having them, to tell you the truth."
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.
Toro Y Moi: 'Say That'
Though usually associated with the indie "chillwave" movement that has been on trend in the past couple years, Brooklynite Chazwick Bundick, better known as Toro Y Moi, has recently flirted with stronger disco beats, particularly on his EP Freaking Out. With his new album, Anything In Return, which comes out next week, Bundick seems to be inspired once more by disco and house beats, as we can hear on the first single, 'Say That'. The slightly upbeat track has a laid-back feel for most of its duration, but it really comes alive during instrumental breaks with powerful bass lines.
Polish electropop trio known as Kamp! has a new single out and it is flawless. I first encountered them when they released the track 'Cairo' on one of my favorite labels, Portuguese-based Discotexas, and was instantly hooked to their 80's synths and beats. 'Melt', off their self-titled debut album, is a catchy song and will very likely please most of the Cut Copy aficionados out there.
Goldroom: 'Sweetness Alive (Bufi Remix)'
Goldroom, hailing from LA, has made quite a name after his massive remix for Niki & The Dove's 'Mother Protect' in 2011. His latest released, called 'Sweetness Alive,' is a rather cute track and, as the title suggests, very sweet, with vocals by Saint Lou Lou. Bufi, a Mexico City-based house music producer, shapes the original work for the dancefloor with added piano melodies and synths that reverb in the best balearic style.
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Rambla Boys feat. Stee Downes: 'Rock Solid'
Rambla Boys' new track featuring vocalist Stee Downes is a perfectly pitched deep house work with all the right elements for a summer anthem, including echoed beats, warm melodies and a catchy bass. The Venice-based duo does a great job making us long for Winter to be over soon, so we can finally rock this beautiful song by the beach.
Breakbot: 'Break of Dawn (Dimitri From Paris Boogie Dawn Remix)'
Breakbot was responsible for one of my favorite albums of 2012, By Your Side, and now the French producer allowed the opening track of his masterpiece to be re-worked by house and disco legend Dimitri From Paris. Although the "Boogie Dawn" version of this track doesn't strain away too much from the original, it does add the essential elements to make it a great dance song. Better yet, it is available for free download, so make sure to grab your copy while it's up.
Sally Shapiro feat. Electric Youth: 'Starman'
Sally Shapiro is one of the most exciting acts coming from Sweden recently and first came to public attention during the Swedish electro boom in 2006, following artists like Boat Club, Pacific! and The Knife. The duo comprised of singer Shapiro and producer Johan Agebjörn is known for being heavily influenced by 80's italo-disco, and using this inspiration to create extremely beautiful, almost romantic dance tracks. Their third studio album is due later in February and 'Starman' is an exciting indication of what is to come.
This week's post was written and curated by Tadeu Magalhães.
FRC's Tony Perkins Calls 'It Gets Better' a 'Deceptive Lie', Criticizes White House for Being in on It: AUDIO
Andrew put this in the round-up yesterday but I thought I'd post the audio here so folks could hear the hate group leader talk about our "destructive lifestyles" for themselves.
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From Jason Mecier, the mosaic artist who recently brought you his Honey Boo Boo portrait made of trash comes this Channing Tatum masterpiece - Magic Mike made up of 'Mike and Ike' candy.
Who wants to chew on a nipple?
A new ad makes the case for "mammy/daddy marriage".
"People can do whatever they want. Even weirdos, so long as we agree with them. Unless they're women. Women always need to be told what to do, even if the issue is medial. And what women should do, is mainly baking. Come on ladies, you can always find an oven in a hospital."
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Here's the ad they're mocking, from the anti-gay Iona Institute:
Gay conservative group GOProud has never officially backed marriage equality, until today.
Chris Geidner reports:
"We support same-sex marriage, civil marriage," GOProud executive director Jimmy LaSalvia said.
The move follows a decision by the GOProud board earlier this month to expand the group's mission to include state-level work. It also comes after, LaSalvia noted, the re-election of a president who supports same-sex couples' marriage rights, while some in the Republican Party are urging their party to reassess their position on the issue.
Since its founding in 2009, GOProud has always opposed the federal Defense of Marriage Act, calling the law a "federal power grab," but it avoided the underlying issue of marriage rights. In the course of a 285-word statement provided to BuzzFeed on "marriage and relationship recognition" being released publicly Friday, though, the group declares, "Where civil marriage is possible, we support civil marriage."
GOProud's Jimmy LaSalvia told Geidner that the group will be forming individual efforts in the states, and that is why they've decided to weigh in on the issue:
The group, which he said had nearly a $350,000 budget in 2012 that came from about 500 donors, is starting off by supporting the marriage equality bills in Illinois, Minnesota and Rhode Island. Asked about the bills, LaSalvia said the group support them, noting, "Where it is being considered and where it is possible, we support it and we're going to be there."
Here's the group's statement:
Since our founding, GOProud has worked exclusively on federal issues. Because marriage has been a state issue since the founding of our country, we have had no official position on marriage or relationship recognition. We have supported, and continue to support, the repeal of DOMA, and we oppose any effort to federalize marriage though a constitutional amendment. Now that GOProud's Board of Directors has voted to begin work on the state and local level, we believe it is important to lay out our principles when it comes to marriage and relationship recognition.
GOProud believes that stable, loving, committed relationships are the cornerstone of our society and should be protected and encouraged for all couples - including gay and lesbian couples. We believe that the decision about how to best do this is one that should be made at the state level and that these decisions are best made by the people directly or through their elected representatives - not by unelected judges.
Where civil marriage is possible, we support civil marriage. Where civil unions are possible, we support civil unions. Where domestic partner benefits are possible, we support domestic partner benefits. As federalists, we do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach on almost any issue and that includes relationship recognition for gay couples.
We are firmly committed to winning hearts and minds, which is why we understand that not everyone who doesn't support marriage for gay couples is automatically a bigot or homophobe. We understand that there are people of deep faith who may have religious objections to marriage. We respect those differences and believe that no church or religious institution should ever be force to solemnize a marriage that is against its teachings.
As you may recall, during the last election cycle LaSalvia called gay marriage a "distraction" issue as he made the media rounds pumping the group's support for Mitt Romney.