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All I want for Christmas is The Beautiful People

Back in the 90s, I lived in a warehouse in Toronto with two DJs who would play music all day… one of them mentioned that they couldn’t find anything that would mix with Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel,” and being the music theory head that I was, I explained that was because of its less common 12/8 time signature.
We spent a few days coming up with lists of songs in 12. Whitney Houston’s “I’m Your Baby Tonight” was one. So was Pet Shop Boys’ “Can You Forgive Her” and Tears For Fears “Everybody Wants To Rule The World.”
By the late 90s, Marilyn Manson would take his campaign of anger and decay and rebellion to the Burbs with his song Beautiful People which was also in 12. Oddly enough, he had a lot of hits with that time signature. “Dope Show,” “Disposable Teens” and even his cover of “Personal Jesus.”
another song in 12 was the Mariah Carey earworm “All I Want For Christmas” and… well… here you go.

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Brian Maier's Transcend.

I’m not going to pretend to totally understand this music, but it arrived in my email today while I was finishing up plans for a VERY cool project that I can’t wait to tell you about and I just allowed this to keep playing all day.
It’s not what I’d normally listen to but… it was what I needed today. I have a feeling I’ll be listening to this while driving late at night.
Enjoy.

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That time I directed a music video for my Idol Carole Pope

I haven’t posted this here, yet… flashback to 1981, I was a huge fan of Carole Pope and her New Wave band Rough Trade. They were kinda like the Canadian/Gay version of Blondie… not that they sounded like Blondie, but they were less a “new wave” band and more of a sort of musical revue cabaret… their albums would have torch songs and rock songs and dance tunes and maybe an old Vaudeville sounding track… they’d do a sort of parody of a Beatles song and then have a mid tempo rocker about bondage.
I loved them.
I bought all their albums but I lived in a way too remote part of Canada to ever see them live, so I had to do with recordings…
Come 2016, Carole and I were introduced by a mutual friend and almost immediately became friends… us LGBT people from Canada always feel like strangers from a strange land here in LALA Land, so it was nice to have someone I could share a martini with while talking about.. stuff.
One day in 2017, she brought me a new recording of a song she’d just done called This Is Not A Test. I sat there in the Art Deco martini bar we were at wearing headphones and listened in a hypnotic euphoria… it was fun, it was angry, it was catchy and kick ass but most of all.. it was Carole in all her glory and the moment she asked if I’d be interested in shooting a video for it… I jumped at the chance.

We shot it in my garage in front of a green screen over a few days. We got some friends to drop by and dance, Clara Venice who had co-written the song, produced the recording and played theremin on it came to take part and did such a great job that I really do hope we get to work together again…
The only words we got from the label were “kinda Banksy” and so… I came up with the idea of a wall. The president who shall not be named had talked about wanting “a wall” and I figured the wall would be ground zero in our fight for our future. I spent weeks coming up with the right effects and process to make a wall of graffiti dance for me.. and then… we had our video.
I hope you like it.

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Soilwork is Feverish

Soilwork has been my favorite band for nearly 20 years. I discovered them when Canadian Metal Mastermind Devin Townshend produced their album Natural Born Chaos. The song As We Speak became my mantra… and their next album Figure Number Five solidified them as a band that was a part of me…
They’re Swedish.. pretty handsome bunch and I love their music… was so excite to find a new single out last month and a new album on the way…
 

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Glue.

loving this haunting debut single by Adam Roberts. Adam is a broadway dancing and singing star (possibly best known for playing Spider-Man in the ill-fated attempt to make a broadway musical about… well… Spider-man).
along with him is Garrick Macatangay, who is currently touring with him in Miss Saigon.
Adam says “‘Glue’ is about getting out of your own way, taking a risk and giving love a chance to bloom and flourish despite doubts or fears of the unknown. Something I believe we can all relate to in some capacity.”
 

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Vinyl Of The Day: Karyn Crisis – Covenant.

Karyn’s last album Salem’s Wounds is my favorite album of the 21st Century. Her song ‘Mother’, about a witch burned at the stake, still reduces me to tears. After the last couple of years in a weird netherworld and wondering where I fit into… all of this… hearing her growl “the witch is risen,” I knew that I had a theme song. But that was her last album and this week her new record started to appear in our mailboxes.
So… Here’s the new Karyn Crisis’ Gospel Of The Witches album Covenant.

(btw, I recently was asked to take part in a project that I’m not sure I can tell you about just yet… but it mixes my two passions… porn and witchcraft… more on that later, but it’s the first time since 2012 that I’ve been asked to write music).

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Record Of The Day: Good Stuff by the B-52's


They’d been the crazy lives of the party for over a decade. College radio and new wave clubs played them nonstop, but radio ignored them entirely until their album Cosmic Thing landed huge hits (there were four singles and two massive hits including ‘Love Shack’ which became one of the most enduring party anthems in history) and sold a truck load of records. This is their follow up, Good Stuff. Not quite as big commercially, but it solidified the band as the kings and queens of the summertime pool party.  Hits like the title track (with a video featuring a pre-megafame RuPaul), Revolution Earth and Tell It Like It T-I-Is filled the dance floors at the time and are still favorites when the band plays live.
This is the only album that featured the band as a trio. Unable to deal with the death of her brother Ricky, Cindy Wilson left the band. She just needed some time to herself. Julie Cruise replaced her on tour and did a fantastic job, but Cindy would return before long and all was well on Planet Claire.
The B-52’s only released one more album and a few more singles after this. They still tour almost non-stop (although without Keith who retired from touring a few years ago) and they’re all recording their own rather excellent solo projects. But I love all they’ve done and can only thank them for being around for so long, giving us to much great music and letting me know that “there are thousands of others like you.”

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Record Of The Day – Bleachers' Strange Desire.

A very fun record that is the perfect soundtrack to the fun final days of summer before… well, if I still lived in Canada I’d say “before it gets cold,” but not I live in Southern California where it’s always summer and I don’t have to worry about that. Anyway, Bleachers are a great band and I put this on every time I want to lift myself up a bit. I don’t honestly like the official video for my favorite song Rollercoaster, so here’s the audio.

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