Out L.A. Galaxy player Robbie Rogers showed off his new backpack on Instagram in the best way possible this week.
Also, in this week's guy candy:
Russell Tovey, Ricky Martin, Alex Minsky, Brad Goreski, Scott Eastwood, Tom Daley, Flume and Chet Faker, Derrick Gordon, Harry Shum Jr., Tony Goldwyn, Dan Savage, Terry Miller, Darryl Stephens, Rory McIlroy, Jake Shears, Gilles Marini, Dan Osborne (below), Blake Skjellerup, and the Flaunt flavor of the week, Nick Jonas.
Has there been a more famously flamboyant frontman than Jake Shears since Freddie Mercury? One of the lead singers of Scissor Sisters (along with Ana "Ana Matronic" Lynch), Shears' (né Jason Sellards) onstage antics and songwriting focusing on explictly gay themes has earned him a reputation as one of the most outrageous performers today.
From songs about coming out to "kiki-ing" with friends, the music of the Scissor Sisters has been largely influenced by gay culture. (In addition to Shears, members Babydaddy and Del Marquis are gay, and Ana Matronic has been immersed in the gay scene for years.) Their album Night Work, for example, was conceived of as a response to the AIDS-epidemic of the 1980s.
"It placed a big judgment call on [the gay club scene]. Suddenly, there was a big, 'Oh, you had it coming,'" he told The Guardian in 2010. I just started wondering where music was headed, where dance music would have headed, where all that would have gone. And Night Work is my hypothesis."
Though Scissor Sisters grew out of the New York City underground scene, they've enjoyed mainstream success, particularly in the United Kingdom. Their debut album spawned five top-20 singles in the U.K. and was the best-selling album of 2004, topping more traditional acts like Keane. They never reached the same level of prominence in the United States, but they have received mainstream attention, including appearance on talk shows (including Live With Regis and Kellyand The Wendy Williams Show).
See some of our favorite clips of Shears and Scissor Sisters, AFTER THE JUMP ...
Scissor Sister Jake Shears, Grizzly Bear's Ed Droste (and the dude in the back is director Chris Moukarbel) were captured sunning themselves over the weekend by the Instagram account of actress Zoe Lister Jones.
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.
2013 has been a great year for the music that we love. Not only have mainstream acts like Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk, and even Beyoncé embraced the disco sound that we love, lesser known acts like Todd Terje, Jessie Ware and Anna Lunoe have also created incredibly exciting house and disco tunes. My top tracks of 2013 overlap heavily with Josh & Tad's so instead of boring you with a similar list I've included a few additional favorites below, in no particular order. To listen to my top 25 of the whole year, check out my latest podcast, Ru-Mix 2013: You're Not Good Enough.
Duke Dumont - 'Need U (100%) [ft. A.M.E.]'
There were high expectations for Duke Dumont after 2012's smash hit, 'The Giver.' Luckily he followed up with a classic '90s house sound on the incredibly infectious 'Need U (100%).' Featuring the sexy vocals of UK starlet A*M*E & co-producer credits by MNEK, I predicted the song to be a dance-floor filler in January 2013. By summer it had hit number one on the charts and was heard practically everywhere. Luckily for me, it never got old. I can't wait to see what Dumont has in store for us next year.
Green Velvet - 'Bigger Than Prince (Hot Since 82 Remix)'
Green Velvet's 'Bigger Than Prince,' an ode to haters, is a song that just drips with swagger. The lyrics empower the listener to "Walk Around Like [They're] Bigger Than Prince' -- a haughty statement at face value, but in the context of the song it's quite fantastic. Leave it to my favorite producer of the moment, Leeds' Hot Since 82 (Daley Padley) to put his signature deep house spin on the track, turning the engaging original song into a veritable club banger.
Disclosure - 'F For You'
I have put a moratorium of sorts on writing about Disclosure as I have covered them so much in past columns (with good reason of course). Their Grammy-nominated debut album Settle features many guest vocalists but it's always their surprisingly sophisticated production that take center stage. Perhaps that's why 'F For You' is my favorite track from the album as it only features the two incredibly talented brothers.
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 Tadeu Magalhães, who want to share their love for disco, house and dance music with the world.
Avec feat. Jake Shears: 'Disappearer'
Just because Scissor Sisters announced its indefinite hiatus last year doesn't mean its members have stopped making music. We've already showcasedDel Marquis' Slow Knights project (which, by the way, is performing live this weekend), and now Scissor Sisters lead singer, Jake Shears, is featured as the guest vocalist on Avec's debut single, 'Disappearer.' Consisting of UK's Doorly and Dave Spoon (Shadow Child), Avec is a new collaboration that's sure to make waves on the house music scene. The toe-tap inducing, infectious track is laden with house pianos and Shears' signature falsettos that only enhance the frenzied production.
Holy Ghost! - 'Dumb Disco Ideas'
DFA duo Holy Ghost! are putting the finishing touches on their sophomore effort, Dynamics, which releases this fall and 'Dumb Disco Ideas' is the lead single from this hotly anticipated album. The song’s quirky lyrics, hyper-electronic synths and cheery cowbell is in line with their signature nu-disco sound. This eight minute dancefloor ditty is chock-full of dry drums, a two-note bass line, percussion, hand claps, and unexpected arrangements making it one of their most sophisticated productions and a promising sign of things to come.
Hurts - 'Blind (Frankie Knuckles Remix)'
UK-based Hurts has been on my radar ever since French label/tastemaker Kitsuné featured the Arthur Baker remix of their first single, ‘Wonderful Life,’ on one of their esteemed compilations. Their 2010 album Happiness, released to much fanfare, is blissfully sublime. Naturally, the world has been eager to hear new material from them as their recently released sophomore effort, Exile, does not disappoint. ‘Blind,’ the second single off of the critically acclaimed album, is a somber, haunting ballad that plays to Hurts’ strengths: namely lead singer Theo Hutchcraft’s vocals. The song is given a classic house rework via Chicago house music legend Frankie Knuckles and his frequent collaborator, noteworthy producer and keyboardist Eric Kupper, as they add massive piano chords and a fierce kick drum that will ignite the dancefloor.