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.
Charli XCX - 'Spoons (Extended Edit ft. Rudimental & MNEK)'
Charlotte Aitichison, better known by her stage name: Charli XCX, is a London-based songstress that has been making waves on the pop music scene since the release of her debut You're the One earlier this summer. In addition to her EP, she's released a few mixtapes via Soundcloud such as Heartbreaks and Earthquakes, which includes Charli's covers of some of her favorite artists such as Blood Orange, Blood Diamonds and Drake. With 'Spoons,' Charli gives us her version of the Rudimental track of the same name creating a deep house mix that maintains Rudimental and MNEK's verses and adds Charli's effusive vocals on top.
How To Dress Well - '& It Was U (Pional Re-work)'
Towleroad commenter and OXD fan, "Kirkyo," was the first person to bring singer-songwriter How to Dress Well (the stage name of Colorado-born Tom Krell) to my attention via Krell's haunting cover of Janet Jackson's 'Again.' Krell's sophomore album, Total Loss, includes the single '& It Was U,' a sultry R&B track that highlights Krell's beautiful falsetto. The Spanish producers known as Pional have already created a name for themselves with their remixes of Lemonade and The Rapture. With this re-work, the team has jumped on the altered-pitch bandwagon by lowering Krell's vocals and added a pulsing disco rhythm to the already sexy tune, creating a sensual, soothing track.
Solange - 'Lovers In The Parking Lot'
Solange released her latest EP, True, earlier this week to rave reviews around the music world. While the whole EP (produced by collaborator Blood Orange, née Devonté Hynes) is absolutely fantastic, 'Lovers In the Parking Lot' is a standout R&B track that tells the tale of a lover deciding to end her relationship because she's too young to be rooted down (the song is partly autobiographical, as Solange drew inspiration from her failed relationship with her son's father, NFL player Daniel Smith). With this EP, Solange has stated she wants to echo the genius of über-producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis (the duo behind most of Janet Jackson's hits) which is evident by this song's familiar, nostalgia-inducing chorus.
MORE TRACKS AFTER THE JUMP...
Some bad news for gay actor Michael Urie: CBS decided his latest television venture, Partners, based on Will & Grace creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan's real-life friendship, didn't meet the ratings mark and gave it the ax.
David Petraeus' affair is the gays' fault. Because, you know, why not?
Rihanna and Kanye remix "Diamonds".
Baby ducks and kittens make a great match.
University of Michigan professor and author David Halperin discusses his new book, How To Be Gay. Part of the book looks at why gay men often celebrate certain types of celebrities, like Lady Gaga. Says Halperin, "What my analysis implies is that one way to explain gay male culture’s investment in some of these figures is to say that gay culture is responding to certain hierarchies of gender and sexuality that pervade the cultural field."
The sun has been exceptionally gassy this week.
At least 42 Palestinians and 3 Israelis have been killed in the increasingly violent and worrisome conflict between the two sides.
The White House says Israel "has the right to defend itself".
Take a listen to Will.i.am and Britney Spears' new single, "Scream and Shout".
Zac Efron pumping... his gas.
Gay activists in North Carolina are preparing for a fight to pass employment non-discrimination across the Tar Heel State. Said Stuart Campbell, executive director for Equality North Carolina, "We’re going to have to grow the base by creating coalitions and working with folks on the local level with lots of different communities. We’ll be building a movement that will ultimately lead to a statewide effort.”
The Twin Peaks bar in San Francisco's Castro District has been given landmark status.
Happy birthday, RuPaul!
The United Nations have until Tuesday to decide whether or not to come out against state-sponsored discrimination against LGBT people.
Rather than getting with the times and learning to accept the fact that there are gay people in this world, Linda Harvey and her conservative group, Mission: America, are trying to boycott all of the companies that scored well on Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index. From their form letter: "You are highly-rated by the [HRC] as a company supportive of many aspects of the homosexual activist agenda. I am hoping you have done this out of ignorance about the true nature of both homosexuality and the goals of aggressive homosexual advocacy."
Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update" segment covered the historic marriage equality wins in Maryland, Washington and Maine last night by inviting a "gay couple from Maine" — played by Bill Hader and Fred Armisen — to discuss how they met, the differences between Maine and glitzy New Hampshire and their romantic engagement. Well, romantic for a gay couple from Maine.
Check it out AFTER THE JUMP.
In other SNL news, hostess with the mostest Anne Hathaway's monologue evolved into a spoof on "One Day," a track from her forthcoming film adaptation of Les Misérables, and the actress also had a pretty genius turn doing "the Sloppy Swish" in a bizarre yet oddly addictive digital short called "The Legend of Mokiki."
And she made great "roach warehouse" in the "Girlfriends" sketch, while getting deep in fictional CIA agent Carrie Mathison's insanity during a send-up of Homeland. But it may be Hathaway's revival of her Katie Holmes impression alongside Kate McKinnon as Ellen DeGeneres.
Check out clips of those sketches, save for the Holmes impression, which isn't yet online, as well as two performances by musical guest Rihanna, AFTER THE JUMP. Oh, I've also included the cold open in which Jason Sudeikis plays a sad Mitt Romney.
Brazil loves small dogs.
A pair of male King penguins at a Danish zoo are currently over the moon (well, they would be if they could fly) about the recent birth of their first little chick. According to zoo keepers, the same-sex partners are "natural parents."
Right Wing Watch has a great compilation of conservatives griping about Tuesday night's election results. "We wrestle with these political issues but at the core our problems as a nation are not political, they are spiritual. These are symptoms of a deeper moral and spiritual problem that we are facing in our nation," said Tony Perkins from the Family Research Council.
A big congratulations to Stacie Laughton, the first transgender public figure elected to the New Hampshire state legislature. "I believe that at this point, the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community will hopefully be inspired," Laughton told The Telegraph. "My hope is that now maybe we’ll see more people in the community running, maybe for alderman. Maybe in the next election, we’ll have a senator."
Laughton and about 110 other LGBT candidates who won Tuesday have helped establish LGBT presence in 40 out of 50 state legislatures.
There is no such thing as too much David Gandy - period.The same could be said about Kate Moss, but for different reasons.
Just in time for the holidays, a new David Beckham H&M ad campaign.
Ellen DeGeneres generously gave guest Miley Cyrus two lap-dancing men to celebrate the singer's upcoming marriage to Liam Hemsworth.
Have a listen to Rihanna and former boyfriend Chris Brown's aural collaboration.
President Obama will soon fly off to Southeast Asia for a historic trip to Cambodia.
Charles Blow says the GOP needs to look at the numbers and face the facts, their political vision no longer fits in contemporary America. "If your idea of America’s power structure is rooted in a 1950s or even a 1920s sensibility, here’s an update: that America is no more," he writes in an article called "Picket Fence Apocalypse". "Republicans are trying to hold back a storm surge of demographic change with a white picket fence. Good luck with that."
Gruesome news from UK's Guardian: "A teenager has admitted killing a gay barman and then setting his body alight after he flew into a rage when they discussed his confused sexuality. Ryan Esquierdo, 19, attacked Stuart Walker, 28, and choked him to death after the pair had met one night while they were separately walking home in Cumnock, East Ayrshire, in October last year."
Presenting: Kenny Loggins' "Playing with the Boys."
It's about time: "Conservatives turn on Karl Rove."
This cat will not tolerate reflection.
TIME looks at how marriage equality organizers finally changed the game: "Evan Wolfson, 55, the Harvard-educated founder of the group Freedom to Marry, helped convince others in the gay-rights movement to use ads that featured loving couples and the importance of commitment. 'We made a real connection on emotion,' he says."
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo offers a grim meteorological outlook for the Empire State.
The top 5 candidates backed by NOM leader Brian Brown's right wing fundraising machine all lost.