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News: Meth Vaccine, Ohio, Eric Bodenweiser, Amtrak

1NewsIcon The National Organization for Marriage funneled $1.6 million into the Minnesota marriage equality ballot fight. "All told, Minnesota for Marriage raised more than $3.7 million so far this year, much of it from the Catholic Church, affiliated groups and the National Organization for Marriage. That's still far less than the group's opponents."

RockHulk1NewsIcon The Rock dressed up as "The People's Hulk" for Halloween, so the 1% better not make him angry.

1NewsIcon Face it, gullibility is charming.

1NewsIcon Hurricane Sandy may have permanently altered Fire Island's geography: Predicting "dramatic changes" to the island’s geography, [Fire Island National Seashore superintendent Chris Soller] mentioned several breaches on the far eastern end of the island, with one so deep that it could effectively divide Fire Island into two separate islands."

1NewsIcon Always classy, Chris Brown attended a Halloween party thrown by Rihanna, a former girlfriend he abused, while dressed as a member of the Taliban, a group that wants to keep women barefoot, pregnant and uneducated.

1NewsIcon Amtrak will hopefully have limited service between NYC and parts of New Jersey tomorrow.

1NewsIcon Eric Bodenweiser, a 53-year old member of the Delaware Family Policy Council and GOP candidate for that state's senate, was indicted this week on multiple charges stemming from allegations that he sexually abused a boy from 1987 until 1990, when the boy was 10-13.

1NewsIcon This is potentially good news: "Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute in California successfully tested the methamphetamine vaccine on rats. When given meth, the vaccinated critters showed few signs of intoxication."

1NewsIcon On gay fathers on television: "Thinking about the latest crop of gay dads on television I can’t help but recall a popular chant from the Act Up demonstrations whenever someone was arrested or harassed: 'The whole world is watching! The whole world is watching!' The irony is that, too often, the world wasn’t watching then. But now, thanks to these primetime characters, people are definitely watching. They just aren’t seeing much of the truth."

1NewsIcon Sandra Bullock and son Louis are potentially the cutest Halloween in Hollywood couple.

NPHHalloween21NewsIcon Uh-oh. Sorry, Sandy and Louie, but Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka and their twins may actually be the cutest costume winners!

1NewsIcon The Vatican loves the latest James Bond flick, Skyfall.

1NewsIcon Let sleeping bunny rabbits lie.

1NewsIcon The Kardashian clan dressed up as the Bat family for Halloween.

1NewsIcon Is Helena Bomham Carter in costume?

1NewsIcon The Seattle Times definitely does not approve of anti-gay marriage commercials that claim passing Resolution 74 and legalizing marriage equality will force homosexuality onto school curricula. "R-74 is about a legal covenant of marriage for loving couples and their families. Ignore the shameless scare tactics. Approve R-74," the editorial board wrote in an op-ed called "Anti-Referendum 74 school ad is shameless".

1NewsIcon Dan Evans, the GOP governor of Washington State from 1965 to 1977 and a U.S. Senator from 1983 until 1989, came out for Referendum 74. "[The Referendum allowing marriage equality] just seems right and reflects the fundamental value of fairness that we treasure here in Washington," he said. 

ObamaOhio1NewsIcon Washington Post's The Fix on Ohio: "After reviewing all of the available public polling data as well as talking to operatives in both parties about the private polls they are privy to, we are convinced that Ohio is a 1-3 point race in President Obama’s favor at the moment."

1NewsIcon If you're interested, you can travel to Ohio to stump for Mr. Obama.

1NewsIcon President Obama today said campaign rival Mitt Romney's "bet is on cynicism".

1NewsIcon In addition to endorsing President Obama and Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts gay paper Bay Windows has endorsed openly gay GOP congressional hopeful Richard Tisei. Perhaps tellingl, though, Obama and Warren both got specific blurbs, Tisei's name is just part of a general list of candidates the paper prefers.


News: Racist Shirt, Elon University, Bangor, Endeavor

1NewsIcon Concise and clear headline of the day: "Black, gay and Christian, Marylanders struggle with conflicts".

Racistshirt1NewsIcon An Ohio man showed his racist pride by wearing a shirt that read "Put the white back in the White House" at a Mitt Romney campaign rally.

1NewsIcon Check out a new Django Unchained trailer.

1NewsIcon BusinessWeek highlights 15 advertisements illustrating how far we as a culture have come in terms of gay and lesbian inclusion. There's till further to go, though.

1NewsIcon Elon University's Student Government Association voted 35-11 to ask the campus' Chick-fil-A outpost to relocate elsewhere. The resolution has now been sent to the group's executive president for either approval or a veto.

1NewsIcon Paul Harris profiles Timothy Kurek, the straight Liberty University graduate who pretended to be gay for a year, over at The Guardian.

1NewsIcon Paul Ryan uttered an estimated 24 un-truths during his debate against Joe Biden.

RihannaVogue1NewsIcon Rihanna Vogues.

1NewsIcon The Federal Trade Commission is reportedly building an anti-trust case against Google. "Commission staff [is] preparing a recommendation that the government sue the search giant...The agency’s central focus is whether Google manipulates search results to favor its own products, and makes it harder for competitors and their products to appear prominently on a results page."

1NewsIcon A round-up of some celebrities with great mug shots.

1NewsIcon The space shuttle Endeavor is inching closer to its permanent home at the California Space Center.

1NewsIcon A refresher for anyone unsure of which gay votes are going down where next month: "Washington is one of four states where voters are being asked about gay marriage. Maryland legalized gay marriage this year as well, but that state will also have a public vote next month. In Maine, voters will decide on an initiative to approve same-sex marriage three years after a referendum overturned a gay marriage law passed by the Maine Legislature. And in Minnesota, voters will decide whether to pass a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage there."

1NewsIcon Fred Karger on NOM: "We need to fight back against equality’s single most formidable opponent as it continues its attempt to take away the rights from millions of Americans at every level of government."

Daddysroomie1NewsIcon A 1991 book called Daddy's Roommate tried to explain homosexuality to children.

1NewsIcon The 12-person city council in Bangor, Maine, unanimously voted to endorse a measure that would legalize gay marriage in the state. The city "consistently opposed discrimination and acknowledged the importance of the diversity of its citizens," they said in their non-binding resolution.

1NewsIcon Openly gay Washington State Sen. Ed Murray discusses his tight relationship to the anti-gay Catholic Church. "My faith has helped me see people who strongly disagree with me as important and wonderful people, even when I can’t stand them and they can’t stand me," he said.

1NewsIcon Actor Gary Collins has died at the age of 74.


Rihanna Cuts Some 'Diamonds': LISTEN

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Rihanna dropped "Diamonds", the first single from her forthcoming untitled album, this morning. The track was produced by Stargate and Benny Blanco, and written by Sia.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Coldplay's 'Princess of China' Video: WATCH

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Chris Martin has an intimate confrontation with Rihanna in Coldplay's rather stunning new 'Princess of China' video, which dropped quietly over the weekend.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: DeMint's Romney Excitement, Mad Men, Philadelphia, Trayvon Martin

TrayvonMartin 6a00d8341c730253ef0168e912af4d970c-800wi Bad news for Philadelphia: a federal judge ordered the city to pay the Boy Scouts of America $900,000 for legal fees stemming from a decade-long battle over the organization's ban on gay scout leaders. The city tried to evict the Scouts from their property in town, but the Scouts proved victorious and now Philadelphia and its residents have to cough up dough to subsidize the group's hateful ways.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e912af4d970c-800wi Why are KISS and Motley Crue picking on Rihanna?

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e912af4d970c-800wi Nineteen-year old Deryl Dedmond pleaded guilty to the 2011 killing of James Craig Anderson, a black gay man Dedmond and his pals targeted because of his race. He's been sentenced to two terms of life in prison with no parole.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e912af4d970c-800wi Scenes from the New York City march calling for justice in the Trayvon Martin killing.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e912af4d970c-800wi This is too rich: Jason Mattera from Andrew Breitbart's right wing media empire has been trumpeting an "exclusive" interview with Bono -- only it wasn't Bono at all. It was a Bono impersonator. Then he and his conservative buddies tried to pretend like the whole thing never happened.

MadMenExchange6a00d8341c730253ef0168e912af4d970c-800wi Chaz Bono will be grand marshall at the Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade being held on April 15th.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e912af4d970c-800wi Teens discuss what it's like to start a gay-straight alliance in the South.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e912af4d970c-800wi Jon Hamm and the rest of the Mad Men cast are tickled pink to open the stock exchange.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e912af4d970c-800wi Jessica Simpson's Elle cover too hot for Arizona Safeway.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e912af4d970c-800wi NBC has renewed Broadway drama Smash for a second season.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e912af4d970c-800wi Anti-gay zealot Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth fame wants MTV to severe all ties with Dan Savage: "Dan Savage is a radical and raunchy homosexual activist who gives unhealthy and reckless sex advice... He should NOT be rewarded for this evil crusade, nor held up as a role-model for young people."

Jessicasimpsonelle6a00d8341c730253ef0168e912af4d970c-800wi Here's what the cast of Downton Abbey would look like if they were dogs.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e912af4d970c-800wi Etch A Sketch sales are up 1,500% after Mitt Romney's aide made that instant classic gaffe.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e912af4d970c-800wi Is conservative king maker Jim DeMint inching toward Mitt Romney? Sounds like it. "I'm not only comfortable with Romney, I'm excited about the possibility of him possibly being our nominee... Again, this is not a formal endorsement and I do not intend to do that right now but I just think we just need to look at where we are."

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e912af4d970c-800wi Gay film a surprise box office hit in Serbia.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e912af4d970c-800wi Lambda Legal executive director Kevin Cathcar predicts marriage will remain the hot button gay political issue for years to come: "Marriage is going to continue being the most visible, the most public because it gets the most attention in the media."

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e912af4d970c-800wi North Ireland's ban on gay adoption remains in place.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e912af4d970c-800wi Reuben Lack, a student at Georgia's Alpharetta High, is suing to be reinstated as his school's student body president after he says officials booted him for being gay.


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MUSIC NEWS: Sigur Rós, R.E.M., Kele, Tegan and Sara, Kylie Minogue, Little Boots, Duran Duran, Patrick Wolf, Feist, Ellie Goulding

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BY NORMAN BRANNON

Guestblogger Norman Brannon is a pop critic, musician, and author based in New York City. He presents a weekly music update here on Towleroad and writes regularly at Nervous Acid.  

Follow Norman on Twitter at @nervousacid.

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It's not every day that you look at the new release schedule for a given week and find out that at least four new albums being issued this week arrive courtesy of artistically venerable — and commercially successful! — artists who are, almost incidentally, openly gay. But what's really interesting is the diversity we find in those four artists: a 50-year-old iconic elder statesman from Georgia, a young man from London born to Nigerian parents, a pair of Canadian identical twins, and a thirty-something-year-old vegan from Reykjavík, Iceland, who sings predominantly in a language he made up. That they're all gay, one might argue, is the least interesting thing about them. That they're all approaching their art with honesty and a certain level of transparency, however, is more significant. It's not that we're "post-gay" — as some might prematurely suggest — but that, perhaps, there is a growing appreciation for the valuable perspective that is unique to the openly gay artist. Being out only adds to this cultural resonance, and it seemed important to point that out.

R.E.M.-Part-Lies-Part-Heart-Part-Truth-Part-Garbage-1982-2011R.E.M. Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage: 1982–2011 (Warner Bros.)

WHO'S OUT: Michael Stipe

ON THE INSIDE: A career-spanning retrospective that leaves few stones unturned, the final R.E.M. collection features 40 tracks — including three new songs — and, if you're over 30 years old, it might surprise you: This band soundtracked your life more than you ever thought possible. To deny the sheer range of influence that R.E.M. has had on American rock music is impossible.

Kele HunterKele The Hunter EP (Witchita)

WHO'S OUT: Kele Okereke

ON THE INSIDE: The follow up to 2010's The Boxer, Kele's latest EP without Bloc Party is more succinct and a whole lot more confident. "What Did I Do?" — the London dubstep-tinged lead single that introduces us to guest vocalist Lucy Taylor — is a good place to start, while his cover of Q Lazzarus's classic "Goodbye Horses" almost rewrites ownership of the song. Also impossible to ignore: Somebody's been hitting the gym lately.

SigurRos InniSigur Rós Inni (XL)

WHO'S OUT: Singer Jonsí Birgisson

ON THE INSIDE: A double-live album is, in almost all but the rarest of circumstances, a contract-filler or an ego boost. But in the case of Sigur Rós, it's an opportunity: The entire album (and full-length DVD movie) is performed as a four-piece, which brings an almost ascetic quality to the majesty of the original recordings — an equally as satisfying, but differentiated listening experience that reveals how layered these songs really are.

Get-AlongTegan & Sara Get Along (Warner Bros.)

WHO'S OUT: Tegan and Sara Quin

ON THE INSIDE: After six full-length albums, Tegan and Sara's eponymous band release a full-length concert CD/DVD — including a pair of short documentary films — that span the duo's twelve-year career. It's as earnest as you'd imagine. The live set is something like an episode of VH1 Storytellers, and if you've ever been to a Tegan and Sara show, you know: There quite possibly isn't a better format to see them.

THE DISPATCH:

KylieRoad In addition to releasing Aphrodite Les Folies: Live In London on CD and DVD on November 29th — in which she covers the Eurythmics! — the indefatigable Kylie Minogue has also announced a new album on deck for 2012. The singer is currently in the studio to rework a number of her classic songs for a 25th anniversary compilation to celebrate the release of her debut single, "Locomotion."

Road Ellie Goulding is finally gaining traction on American radio with "Lights," but she's clearly trying to keep the songs fresh: The singer will release a new EP, Live at Amoeba, in honor of Record Store Day on November 25. The four-song set was recorded in April at San Francisco's famed Amoeba Records on Haight Street.

Courtney-loveRoad Courtney Love's new version of Hole eggs on Brazilian crowd to chant "Foo Fighters are gay," clearly forgets Kurt Cobain's explicit denouncement of homophobia and high-school-jock-speech. Love later claims, "I'm allowed to use the word 'fag' because I'm a gay icon," clearly forgets that no, she isn't.

Road A live collaboration between Feist and out Grizzly Bear vocalist Ed Droste — singing "Cicadas & Gulls" from the former's new album Metals — appeared this week, as did the first new Feist remix I've heard this year: London's Clock Opera, who many of you will recognize as That Band I've Been Raving About All Year, transformed "How Come You Never Go There?" into a vintage house cut with electro sensibilities and Salsoul horns.

Black-cardsRoad Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz has been playing it low-key with his new band, Black Cards, but this week, the lyricist gets into the studio chair for a big-room remix of Rihanna's latest single "We Found Love." The result? Sounds like he's been listening to Deadmau5 and Wolfgang Gartner lately.

Road Bright Light Bright Light keeps hustling along until a tentative February 20th worldwide release date for his long-awaited debut album. This week, he offers up some free downloads of '90s-based mash-ups that he constructed for Another Night, his own monthly party in London: Check out TLC vs. Snap's "Rhythm is a Scrub" and Tori Amos vs. Madonna's "Professional Vogue."

Road UK electropop favorite Little Boots returns this week with the lead single to her forthcoming as-yet-untitled second album, and it's not your typical three-minute pop song: "Shake" is a six-minute floor-filler produced by Simian Mobile Disco's James Ford, geared more for the club than for the radio, but conceivably viable for either. If you're in the neighborhood, Little Boots comes to America for DJ appearances in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco this time next week.

SOUND & VISION:

Timo Maas — "College '84" (feat. Brian Molko)

This one, I must admit, was a grower: Timo Maas is a long-time German techno and progressive house producer who came of age in the Global Underground era of clubland, while Brian Molko has spent the last sixteen years as the androgynous, openly bisexual lead singer of Brit-glam stalwarts Placebo. The video for "College '84" is not what it seems at first, but by the end, you'll see why this collaboration is all about techno-sex.

Duran Duran — "Girl Panic!"

Jonas Akerlund is behind Duran Duran's epic nine-minute clip for "Girl Panic!" — in which all of your favorite legendary supermodels of the world assume the roles of the band and the members of the band play everything from journalists to bellboys. Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Helena Christenson, Yasmin Le Bon, and Eva Herzigova star, while everyone else takes notes.

Miguel Migs — "Everybody" (feat. Evelyn "Champagne" King)

San Francisco deep house legend Miguel Migs released his latest album, Outside the Skyline, earlier this year, and there was really no getting around it: Of all the guest collaborators on the record — including Bebel Gilberto and Meshell Ndegeocello, among others — the return of disco legend Evelyn "Champagne" King was truly something special. This week, "Everybody" gets the buoyant retro-club video it demands.

Patrick Wolf — "The Falcons"

Lupercalia, the long-awaited fifth album from Patrick Wolf, certainly deserves to find itself across any number of Best of 2011 lists, but "The Falcons" is a pretty awesome string around your finger: Directed by Japanese visual artist Noriko Okaku, Wolf's latest video embodies Lupercalia's joyful energy and airborne tenor. It's the visual equivalent of a weight being lifted.



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