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The OXD Mirror: New tracks by Monarchy, Du Tonc, Goldroom, The Carry Nation, and more

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / RU BHATT 

Regular readers of this column know that Occupy The Disco was conceived at a Monarchy concert way back in 2011. We convinced our friends to come check out this band that they had never heard of but we were positive they'd enjoy nonetheless. After amassing a sizable crowd, we recognized that our friends, and the young gay community in general, were open to experience nightlife sounds beyond the Katy Perry/Rihanna/Britney variety, and Occupy the Disco was born. Since then, Monarchy has held a special place in our hearts as we patiently awaited a follow up LP to their phenomenal debut album, Around the Sun

The UK-based duo, comprised of Andrew Armstrong and Ra Black originally released 'Black Widow' on their Almost Human EP late last year and have now included the track as part of the band's full length album, Abnocto. To celebrate the album's release they debuted a brand new video that features album guest star Dita Von Teese (who collaborates with them on 'Disintegration,' another album track). The song includes all the elements I love about Monarchy: poignant lyrics, sung in beautiful falsettos by Black, brought to epic proportions by Armstrong's cosmic production. Abnocto released last week, thanks in part to a pledge campaign that funded the project. Read more about the project in an interview with Armstrong, where he also discusses coming out publicly late last year.

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NEW MUSIC: Marc Almond, Fever Dream, ticktock, Pale Honey, Tiger! Shit! Tiger! Tiger!

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New Music is brought to you weekly by Deadly Music!, which covers mostly indie/alternative music as well as electronica, ambient/modern classical, pop and anything really, really good.

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Marc Almond: “Scar”

 

One of the most consistent and original artists for well over 30 years now, Marc Almond released new album The Velvet Trail last week.

 

After hinting that his 2010 album Varieté would be his last to feature his own new material, producer and songwriter Chris Braide convinced Almond to make “the ultimate Marc Almond” album.

 

In equal measures melodramatic and dark, “some of the songs have a more personal melancholy, reflective and evocative, like the title track "The Velvet Trail," a song about memories, nostalgia, childhood and death…Chris wanted to create his ultimate Marc Almond record, electric, lush, emotional, dark and sexy and I felt inspired by his tunes and production to deliver just that”.

 

Presented in three acts, each preceded by a short instrumental piece, The Velvet Trail is imbued with incredible depth by Almond’s inimitable vocals.

 

 

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Fever Dream: “Serotonin Hit”

 

Fever Dream is a shoegaze / post punk / noise pop trio from London, England.

 

Recommended for fans of my bloody valentine, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Echodrone, Ummagma and Seasurfer,

have a look at the video for “Serotonin Hit” taken from forthcoming album Moyamoya.

 

 

 

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Gay Rapper Le1f Is In The Running For Hip Hop Site XXL's Freshman Class - WATCH

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Openly gay New York-based rapper Le1f is vying for a spot in XXL magazine’s coveted Top 10 Freshmen list for 2015. Every year XXL hand picks and highlights ten up and coming artists bringing something fresh and innovative to the broader hip-hop scene. In past years the magazine’s put the spotlight on Nicki Minaj, Drake, and Angel Haze, to name a few. 

Though Le1f’s sound may be familiar to those listening to avant-garde trip-hop--and those watching David Letterman--being featured in XXL could bring the artist’s work to a much broader audience. Even more important is the recognition of Le1f's talent that would come along with being featured.

Le1fDespite his being a polarizing white guy, Eminem is widely recognized as being one of the most gifted rappers of his age. Though his lyrics are oftentimes questionable, his talent is relatively unassailable and it's made him a hip-hop fixture. Le1f's mixtapes and EPs have drawn comparisons to Eminem's early work not for their musical similarities, but rather for the way that his raw genius could make him the first gay rapper to find mass mainstream success. 

Starting on the 16th of March fans will be able to cast their votes for who they think deserves a spot in this year’s Freshman class via XXL’s 10 Spot voting page. Check out Le1f’s pitch video explaining why he deserves a top spot in XXL’s  2015 Top 10 Freshmen list AFTER THE JUMP...

 

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'Empire' Star Jussie Smollett Kills It on American Idol With 'No Apologies' - VIDEO

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Empire star Jussie Smollett capped off his very busy week with a musical appearance on Thursday night's episode of American Idol.

Joined by Bryshere Y. Gray, who plays his on-screen brother on the skyrocketing FOX show, Smollett brought his A-game for a commanding performance of "No Apologies," - an apt song choice considering what he told Variety following his decision to come out to Ellen earlier this week:

“I didn’t talk to Ellen so that people could, be like ‘oh my God, let’s see what Jussie does in his bedroom in his private life.’ But I did talk to her so that people understood that they’re not alone. That’s all.”

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Add Some Disney to Your Friday With 'Making Today a Perfect Day' From the 'Frozen Fever' Short: LISTEN

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Frozen Fever, the animated short film airing before Disney's live action Cinderella, can be seen in theaters starting today and features the cool new catchy song "Making Today a Perfect Day" from Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell. 

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Björk Turns on Her Heartlight in Stunning 'Lionsong' Video: WATCH

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Björk released a nearly seven-minute clip today for her new track "lionsong", a visually-captivating collaboration with Dutch fashion artists Inez & Vinoodh, and the visual effects production house framestore, which digitized and elongated Björk's legs and placed her in an ooze of stars and embers. The coloring was produced by Tim Masick of Company 3.

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