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Aretha Franklin Covers Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep' - AUDIO


The upcoming Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics album features the Queen of Soul covering some truly great female music icons of the past and present - including Gladys Knight, Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, Sinead O'Connor, the Supremes, Alicia Keys, Gloria Gaynor, Destiny's Child and others. 

One of the more contemporary additions to the "diva" pantheon is Adele, whose 2010 mega hit "Rolling in the Deep" is one of the featured songs on the album due October 21.

Listen to Franklin kill it on the track, AFTER THE JUMP...

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The OXD Mirror: 'It's Album Time' for Todd Terje, More New Tracks and a Frankie Knuckles Tribute



The OXD Mirror is a weekly music column brought to you by the boys of OCCUPY THE DISCO (OXD), a New York City based collective created by three music lovers, Ru Bhatt, Josh Appelbaum, and Tad Haes, who want to share their love for disco, house and dance music with the world.  


Over the years, Todd Terje has released a string of impressive EPs and remixes that have only built up anticipation for a full length album from this Norwegian disco giant. Terje is well aware, and finally releases his appropriately named debut LP, 'It's Album Time' next week (stream it now on NPR). On the album, Terje stays true to his signature cosmic disco sound and "brazen lust for melody," but also recognizes that listening to an album is much different than his 12" singles out in the club. Suiting to his playful nature Terje experiments quite a bit on the album, providing a listening experience that's specifically tailored to be enjoyed at home.

The album track 'Delorean Dynamite' is just one example of of such mastery, as the song begins with the high energy from the previously track, 'Strandbar' and post climax, allows for a beautiful dénouement that sets the stage for the next track, a ballad with Roxy Music's Bryan Ferry (shared by Josh last week). I highly recommend the album, it's a real treat and will provide the perfect soundtrack to your summer. 

Check out more new tracks & a tribute to Frankie Knuckles AFTER THE JUMP...

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NEWS: Retroactive Retirement, Celeste Holm, And Heckles (VIDEO)


Towleroad-roadicon Senior Romney advisor explains discrepancy over Romney's Bain retirement dates: He didn't leave 'til 2002, but he retired retroactively to 1999. Watch AFTER THE JUMP ...

Towleroad-roadicon Rahm to Romney: Stop whining

Towleroad-roadicon Obama's humblebrag, and the ill health of campaign discourse:

when Charlie Rose showed up at the White House asking the president what he thought his big mistake was, all that remained a mystery was how Obama would evade the question.

President Obama chose the humblebrag: "The mistake of my first term—couple of years—was thinking that this job was just about getting the policy right. And that's important. But the nature of this office is also to tell a story to the American people that gives them a sense of unity and purpose and optimism, especially during tough times." 

... The president was essentially saying that he was working so hard trying to help the American people, he forgot to tell them about it.

Towleroad-roadicon This was the gayest Comic-Con ever:

“Queer fandom is absolutely galvanized by seeing more accurate representations of ourselves,” [says Justin Hall, author of the just-released “No Straight Lines,” a retrospective of LGBT comics.] “There’s a snowball effect.”

“It’s always been going on under the surface, but now there’s a real queer presence,” adds Love Ablan, a self-described pop culture nerd who’s bisexual. “Even among non-queer fans. My super-straight guy friend is totally into this comic about queer bears.”

Towleroad-roadicon Aretha Franklin would like to be the new J-Lo.

Towleroad-roadicon Actress Celeste Holm has died. She was 95. 

Celeste-holm-02 Towleroad-roadicon Here's a very sad, very compelling story written about Ms. Holm last year, detailing the conflict between her children and young husband about the disbursement of her ravaged fortune:

To its various players, this story is about a young husband coveting his elderly wife’s fortune, or jealous sons guarding their inheritance or an independent-minded woman trying to maintain control of her finances even as her faculties decline. It is a cautionary tale for families trying to manage one of our age’s emblematic conflicts, between elderly parents who want to live autonomously and adult children who want to protect them, made more vivid by the presence of the Broadway and screen actress at its center. From all sides, it is a story of loss. 

Towleroad-roadicon Father arrested in Iran for son's contributions to Imam-mocking Facebook page:

The Facebook page, dubbed the "Campaign to Remind Shias about Imam Naqi," features a robed man, presumably Naqi, with a face like Charles Manson's, flanked by a camel wearing sunglasses and the donkey from "Shrek." It also shows a picture of a Shiite tomb that has been pooped on by a flock of pigeons.

With more than 21,000 likes, the page explains, "Our goal is to use satire to take out the superstition from religion."

... On May 23, Khameneh got a call from his father, Abbas Khameneh, in Iran.

"He said, 'some people from the intelligence service had come (to our house), and they want you to cooperate,' " Khameneh recalled. "My father said, 'they want your passwords to your Facebook, web blog and e-mail ... '"

Towleroad-roadicon Madonna sued for comparing Marine Le Pen to Hitler. 

Towleroad-roadicon Olympic shooter complains that gay couples get to cohabitate in Olympic village, while he and his wife do not. 

Towleroad-roadicon Secretary of State Hillary Clinton heckled in Egypt with cries of "Monica! Monica!"

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News: Royal Mystery, Third Party, Action Figure, Engagement

BecksAd 6a00d8341c730253ef0162febb20e3970d-800wi Christopher Orlando, one of the two men found guilty in a hate crime at Stonewall Inn in 2010, heads to jail for sixty days. Accomplice Matthew Francis was sentenced to two years in prison last year.

6a00d8341c730253ef0162febb20e3970d-800wi David Beckham's new underwear ad for H&M fits all the right spots.

6a00d8341c730253ef0162febb20e3970d-800wi What we all need: "Further Complications."

6a00d8341c730253ef0162febb20e3970d-800wi Illinois Family Institute also picks up the "gay pride as KKK march" argument: "The virulent hatred many homosexual activists have for Catholic (and Protestant) orthodoxy is fully comparable to the virulent hatred that members of the KKK had."

6a00d8341c730253ef0162febb20e3970d-800wi Cruciverbalists take note: "Crosswords can reflect the nature of intuition, hint at the way we retrieve words from our memory, and reveal a surprising connection between puzzle solving and our ability to recognise a human face."

6a00d8341c730253ef0162febb20e3970d-800wi Hugh Jackman wrapped up his Broadway show on Sunday. Called Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway, the show's ten-week run brought in over $14,500,000, including $2,057,354 during its final week, a record for the Broadhurst Theater's parent company, Shubert Organization, owner of 16 other Broadway theaters.

6a00d8341c730253ef0162febb20e3970d-800wi Conservative blogger goes nuts about Tony Kushner's involvement in upcoming Abraham Lincoln biopic: "The problem is not that Kushner, the Pulitzer Prizing-winning author of Angels in America and co-writer of the movie Munich, is a left-wing gay radical. It’s that he is an angry left-wing gay radical."

Aretha6a00d8341c730253ef0162febb20e3970d-800wi Hungary's new constitution has gone into effect and same-sex marriage is expressly prohibited.

6a00d8341c730253ef0162febb20e3970d-800wi Rand Paul does not think father Ron should run for president as a third party candidate.

6a00d8341c730253ef0162febb20e3970d-800wi Contrary to popular belief, Ricky Martin is not marrying his boyfriend, so those of you with crushes can continue nurturing them.

6a00d8341c730253ef0162febb20e3970d-800wi But... Aretha Franklin is engaged!

6a00d8341c730253ef0162febb20e3970d-800wi Never fear, Henry Cavill is back in Canada filming Man of Steel.

6a00d8341c730253ef0162febb20e3970d-800wi British police say the woman found dead at one of Queen Elizabeth's estates may have been the victim of a murder. No, it was not at Downton Abbey.

6a00d8341c730253ef0162febb20e3970d-800wi Will you line up for a Steve Jobs action figure?

6a00d8341c730253ef0162febb20e3970d-800wi A Tunisian man fears French authorities will deport him despite his civil partnership with a citizen.

6a00d8341c730253ef0162febb20e3970d-800wi Courtney Love and Gwyneth Paltrow chilled in Abu Dhabi. Yeah, I thought so too.

6a00d8341c730253ef0162febb20e3970d-800wi Rick Santorum described Ron Paul as "disgusting."

Towleroad Guide to the Tube #737

KEITH OLBERMANN: Reminds Liz Cheney that her father and George Bush were "utter failures".

WASHING THE SNAKE: This looks like a lot of work.

ARETHA FRANKLIN IS AMAZING: Rich at FourFour takes apart an Aretha PBS informercial.

I'm SO STRAIGHT: The hetero guy's anthem.

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Snickerz with a Z


For those of you who turn into divas when you're hungry, AFTER THE JUMP...

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