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Rob Fusari's 'Cary NoKey' Opening For RuPaul's Drag Race's 'Battle Of The Seasons' 2015 Condragulations Tour: VIDEO

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Screen Shot 2015-01-21 at 1.46.30 PMRob Fusari, the award winning songwriter behind No. 1 hits with several artists including Destiny's Child, Lady Gaga and Whitney Houston, is joining RuPaul's Drag Race's Battle of the Seasons 2015 Condragulations Tour as the show's opening act. The show is hosted by Michelle Visage and features several notable drag queens including recent winner Bianca Del Rio, Sharon Needles, Courtney Act, Raja, Adore Delano, Manila Luzon, Detox, Pandora Boxx and Darienne Lake among several others. Fusari, who wrote hit songs like Paparazzi, Love That Man, and Beautiful, Dirty, Rich segued out of the music industry machine and decided to start writing songs for himself that led him to develop Cary NoKey.

Said Fusari:

"On the outside it seemed like I had everything but I was never able to understand or accept certain elements that existed within me.

"Cary NoKey was always there inside. I simply needed to embrace my glam American Dream."

Cary NoKey's opening setlist includes cover songs and eight original songs from Cary NoKey's full-length debut album, Journal 8, set to release in early March. NoKey is set to debut his new single Do Ya? in the opening act and perform his recent single American Dream live. NoKey's American Dream, which has a music video on YouTube featuring trans actresses Trace Lysette, Dina Marie, Victoria Beltran and Bailey Jay, details the fall of the American dream and how trans people are becoming the true face of the American dream in a recent press release.

Said Fusari:

Screen Shot 2015-01-21 at 2.48.50 PM"The Pollyanna ideas of work hard, follow the rules, pay your taxes and ask not what your country has done for you but what you can do for your country have fallen into the abyss.

"Today's American Dream isn't about achieving goals. It's about doing what you got to do to get by. No one wants to earn anything anymore. We expect everything to be handed to us. The new American dream is a lottery ticket.

"Transsexuals (sic) represent the larger idea that the American dream is something within. Like when Glinda the Good Witch says to Dorothy after she clicks her ruby slippers, 'You've always had the power'. Pre-transitional transsexuals (sic) know they have to fight to release the truth that hides beneath the uniform the world forces them to wear. The moment we each find our own personal 'I have to' is when life really begins."

The Condragulations Tour officially starts in Las Vegas on Feb. 1, touring throughout North America and ending in Europe with its last show on April 16 in London. The lineup of participating drag queens varies by city and dates. You can watch Cary NoKey's vision of the American Dream, in the music video for the single AFTER THE JUMP...

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Bryan Fischer: 'Muslim' Barack Obama Cannot Be Christian And Pro-Gay - VIDEO

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Wingnut Bryan Fischer, the head of rabidly anti-gay listed hate group the American Family Association, has bad news for Barack Obama because the president can’t be Christian and support LGBT rights, reports Right Wing Watch.

Fischer is no stranger to such ridiculous attacks, having recently claimed that equality for gay people “represents the greatest single threat” to liberty the United States has ever faced.

Speaking on hate-fest radio show “Focal Point” last Friday, Fischer claimed that Obama is not a Christian because "nobody can support and promote and celebrate homosexual behavior who is a sincerely devoted follower of Christ."

Taking advantage of his direct line to god, Fischer added "I do not know what goes on inside Barack Obama's heart, but I do know that he is not a sincerely devoted follower of Jesus Christ. So, in my mind, that means he's not a Christian."

Just on the off-chance his listeners had forgotten, batshit Fischer reminded his brainwashed readers that Obama “walks like a Muslim...talks like a Muslim...sounds like a Muslim...acts like a Muslim.”

Watch Fischer’s latest in an increasingly desperate recent series of outbursts, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Irish Students Union Launches 'Vote For Love' Marriage Equality Campaign: VIDEO

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With a referendum on same-sex marriage due in May, the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) yesterday launched a campaign for a “yes” vote.

The USI has had a unanimous mandate to campaign for marriage equality since 2012.

Reland gay marriage pollThe student group’s Vote For Love campaign notes that over 90% of students are in favor of marriage equality - compared with 79% of the Irish population as a whole.

It also points out that there are 169 points of difference between civil marriage and Ireland’s civil partnership legislation.

USI President, Laura Harmon, said:

“Students have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make Ireland more equal in the upcoming referendum on marriage equality.

"It is clear that students want to live in a more inclusive and egalitarian society. Access to marriage equality is a crucial part of this. USI has registered over 20,000 students to vote, and we plan to add to this number over the coming months. We know students are excited by the referendum and anxious to have their voices heard on the issue of marriage equality in Ireland.”

6a00d8341c730253ef01bb07d2bbfc970d-200wiHowever, the USI also warns that a vote for marriage equality is not “just going to happen” and recommends that students register to vote and campaign for a yes vote.

The Irish government - including Prime Minister Enda Kenny (right) supports the referendum but has recently voiced concerns over complacency amongst voters.

As expected, the Catholic Church in Ireland has thus far been particularly vocal in its opposition to equality.

Watch a USI Students For Marriage Equality video, AFTER THE JUMP...

Earlier this week, Colin Farrell spoke on prime time Irish TV about his passionate support for same-sex marriage. On Sunday, Ireland's health minister Leo Varadkar came out as gay.

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Björk Surprise Releases New Album 'Vulnicura' Following Last Weekend's Leak: LISTEN

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Björk released her new album Vulnicura on iTunes today, two months ahead of schedule, reports Digital Spy.

The surprise release comes following reports of a leak over the weekend.

CD and vinyl editions of the album will be available to buy in March, as originally planned.

The Icelandic singer will celebrate Vulnicura with performances at New York City's Carnegie Hall and City Centre in March and at the Governors Ball festival in June.

Explaining the story behind the album on Facebook, Björk explains:

"I guess I found in my lap one year into writing it a complete heartbreak album. Kinda surprised how thoroughly I had documented this in pretty much accurate emotional chronology... like, three songs before a break up [from artist Matthew Barney] and three after.

"So the anthropologist in me sneaked in and I decided to share them as such. First I was worried it would be too self indulgent, but then I felt it might make it even more universal. And hopefully the songs could be a help, a crutch to others and prove how biological this process is: the wound and the healing of the wound. Psychologically and physically. It has a stubborn clock attached to it. There is a way out."

 

With the glowing reviews coming in thick and fast, The Guardian says that by “switching the focus back to herself after the global concerns of her last two albums, Björk’s created a wounded, raw and, most importantly, human album and one that feels like her most vital since 2001.”

In lieu of public streams from Vulnicura, you can buy the album on iTunes and listen to tracks from auteur Lars Von Trier's 2000 Björk-starring death penalty musical masterpiece Dancer in the Dark, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Ireland To Introduce Gay Adoption Law Prior To Same-Sex Marriage Referendum: VIDEO

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The Irish government has announced that legislation providing for adoption by gay couples will be enacted before the forthcoming referendum on same-sex marriage, reports the Irish Times.

The government also today announced the exact wording that people will vote on in the May referendum: “Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.”

The announcement in relation to adoption by gay couples comes following the first televised debate earlier this week on the same-sex marriage referendum during which potential pitfalls on the issue of gay adoption were revealed.

Actor Colin Farrell had pre-recorded an interview with host Claire Byrne in which he spoke passionately about his support for equal rights and how growing up with a gay brother and seeing him be at "the tail end of the whip of intolerance" left an indelible impression on him.

Frances_Fitzgerald_2014Whereas existing laws state that only married couples or sole applicants can seek to adopt a child, proposed changes would extend the right to adopt to same-sex partners. The reform will be part of the Children and Family Relationships Bill, the general scheme of which was published early last year, with a revised version published last September by current minister for justice Frances Fitzgerald (right).

The bill on same-sex marriage - along with a bill dealing with another referendum on reducing the age at which an individual can contest the presidential election from 35 to 21 - is expected to be published shortly and to be debated by both Houses of the Oireachtas in the coming weeks.

Earlier today we reported that the Union of Students in Ireland has launched the Vote For Love campaign in support of same-sex marriage. Watch the campaign video, AFTER THE JUMP...

In December, the Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran (above) released a manifesto outlining the reasons behind the Catholic Church's continuing war against equal rights for gay people.

Last weekend, Ireland's health minister Leo Varadkar announced that he is gay. Earlier today, Labour politician Dominic Hannigan announced that he married his partner of 20 years Chris, in London on New Year's Eve.

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NEW MUSIC: Sasha Siem, Sleater-Kinney, Waxahatchee, Shura, Gemma Hayes, Resistor

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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.

Most tracks are available on a Soundcloud playlist, some of them on a Spotify playlist....both of which are embedded at the end of this post.

You can sign up for weekly updates from Deadly Music! at the end of this post.

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Sasha Siem: Most of the Boys

Safe_imageAnglo-Norwegian composer/songwriter/singer Sasha Siem (right) is one of the most exciting emerging acts of recent months.

Her debut track “My Friend”, which was produced by Valgeir Sigurðsson (Sigur Ros, Bjork, Bonnie Prince Billy, Feist), was a beautifully constructed and performed chamber pop track about a friend on the cusp of losing it all.

Sasha’s debut album Most of the Boys  - genuinely one of the most original releases we've heard in a long time - is out on March 1st.

In the meantime have a listen to "My Friend" along with the jarring "So Polite," the latest track lifted from the album. 

Think Antony and the Johnsons via Bjork with Hildur Gudnadottir on cello.

 

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Sleater-Kinney - No Cities To Love

SkNewly resurrected feminist post punk act Sleater-Kinney’s eighth studio album No Cities To Love has been long anticipated and a bit of a worry. Could the trio rise to the legendary status of their early work or will be it be a case of cashing in and knocking out derivative shite?

Happily, the former riot grrrl legends are on top form on what is probably one of their best albums to date. Occasionally heavier than fans might be used to, the album is nonetheless close to flawless and tight as a coiled spring.

Have a listen to the album title track along with a painfully hip sing-along video featuring some of Sleater-Kinney’s hipster musician pals. No idea who most of them are but I think I spotted Rick Rubin, Actress and that (not) gay guy from The Walking Dead.

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Listen to new tracks by Waxahatchee, Shura, Gemma Hayes and Resistor, AFTER THE JUMP...

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