Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

TONIGHT: Black Women’s Anti-Homophobia Campaign Presents: Black Lesbian Life Stories

October 3, 2009

The University of Louisville’s Saturday Academy brings you Black Lesbian Life Stories. Join in as a panel discusses their own experiences on being both black and gay. The discussion will be moderated by University of Louisville professor Dr. Kaila Story, who is also the Audre Lorde Chair in Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. The first 25 to come will also receive a complementary beverage from Blue Mountain Coffeehouse. The event also includes a performance by Heaven and Earth 360.

WHEN:
Tonight, October 3
5-7 PM

WHERE:
Blue Mountain Coffeehouse and Tapas Bar (Corner of Preston and Main)
400 E Main St

HOW MUCH:
Free

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Music Tuesdays: Omnikron, Sam Sparro, Morrissey

February 17, 2009

—> Omnikron is apparently the best new French Electrohiphop band, according to Perez Hilton. Like Perez or love him, you will probably agree after checking out their MySpace. I posted a video they made in 2008, but my French skills are lacking. I think it means, “Take a photo with me” but don’t hold me to that.

—> Out musician Sam Sparro made his debut in the U.S. (finally) last Monday on Last Call with Carson Daily. The Brit has been topping the charts for a while there and it’s about time he get his due on this side of the Atlantic. The clip is available at Arjan Writes, but you can see an earlier performance of his hit “Black and Gold” below:

—> Fellow Briton Morrissey’s new album “Years of Refusal” came out today. In typical post-Smiths style, it’s pretty somber and fairly decent according to recent reviews. Check out a video of his hit single, “I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris”:

Music Tuesdays: Rihanna, Grammys, Lily Allen, Daniel Merriweather

February 10, 2009

—> The Chris Brown-Rihanna tragedy just appears to be getting worse. For those who don’t know, Brown is accused of physically assaulting her, leaving the R&B crooner with bruises described as “horrific” by TMZ and teethmarks. Brown has already been suspended by Doublemint Gum and the Got Milk? campaign. Whatever happens in all of this, we are hoping the best for Rihanna.

—> Grammy update! Well, a small one. Coldplay won some awards and so did Robert Plant and Allison Kraus. Adele, the London songbird, scored for Best New Artist, crushing the Jonas Brothers’ hopes of winning an award.  Also Radiohead did an amazing performance of “15 Step” from their In Rainbows LP. The video of the performance is unavailable, but here is a clip:

Jennifer Hudson won a Grammy and poured her heart out on the stage, marking a steady return to the public eye since the murder of her mother, brother and nephew. I think it’s safe to say she deserved the award.

—> Lily Allen’s song “The Fear” is number one on the U.K. charts for the second week in a row. See the lighthearted, quirky video below:

—> Finally, R&B singer Daniel Merriweather’s “Change” is also circulating the blogosphere, with heavy rotation in the U.K. This adorable Aussie can SANG like I don’t know what. If you don’t believe me, this might convince you:

Random gay music video of the day.

February 9, 2009

There isn’t much going on today queer-wise in Louisville, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to post a cute little video to excite the mood. Enjoy! (And please don’t be misled by the title, the song is really good.)

Music: Do you “blip?”

January 23, 2009

blipfmPlease welcome guest blogger and co-creator of Queer Louisville Adam (aka Atom), who shares his insights on Blip.fm, a new social networking site that connects users through music. If you’re a Twitter user or a Last.fm regular, Blip.fm may be your next addiction.

I’m embarrassed to admit that I am like most Americans and only speak English. It’s even more of a poor excuse when my father was born in Honduras and Spanish was his first language. But, to my defense, I grew up in Ohio where in the late 70’s and early 80’s, the world-community climate had yet to boom and the need didn’t seem so obvious. Also, my mother didn’t speak Spanish and probably would have felt left out with her five children running around the house talking in a language she didn’t know anything about. These days, my nephews and nieces in Miami come home from school speaking “Spanglish” and the oldest of them hasn’t even reached 10. Different times.

Despite my lack of linguistic knowledge, I was lucky to be given the love of music, which stereotypically is “the universal language”. In my house on Sundays, we were forbidden to watch any television until the chores were done. My father would play classical music and we would vacuum, wash and listen to his vast collection of vinyl masterpieces while he cooked a large dinner. We would eat early, and then have our TV privileges returned after supper. To this day, I still get a joy listening to Dvorak’s 8th Symphony and can hum each sections part, the woodwinds, the low brass or the strings. I may have hated it then, but I feel lucky now.

Fast forward to the 21st century and the whole universe of “Web 2.0” and it’s easy to find ourselves overwhelmed by the many platforms for social networking. Each one boasts its own particular features, much like following one’s own fetishes. But, despite having a hundred friends I went to school with on Facebook or having a bunch of bands that I like as friends on Myspace, no particular site seemed to create a live interactive experience with people, communicating and sharing and getting to know each other on a basic level. That is, until I discovered Blip.fm.

I may have seen the blips come across on someone’s Twitter feed and was curious what it was, so I took the leap, typed in the URL and found myself immersed into a world where there where hundreds, if not thousands of people all chatting and sharing the same passion I have always had: the love of music.

Blip.fm in action.

Blip.fm in action.

Beyond the chatting, giving props to people for songs you like, and finding yourself addicted just searching for that one song, I was finding myself forming friendships with people all over the world. I’m usually up quite early and I found that’s the perfect time to talk to “Oxy” from Australia. Mid morning and early afternoon, I find myself sharing disco hits with “HerrKirsch” in Germany. But my favorite discovery has been the relationships I’ve made with the “blipsters” or “blipstars” in Brazil, partially sharing the same time zone and introducing me to music I would have never heard before. There is nothing like finding out that someone in Portugal shares the same love of the song you loved growing up and having them call you out on it. Also, there is nothing like logging in and having “Diordan” in Brazil say he thought of you last night when he heard this song and was waiting to see you online so he could play it for you. Most of the time the characters going across the screen are in their own native tongue, and you do not know what they are saying, but all you have to do is listen to the music to know how they feel. And that, is the simple beauty of Blip.fm.

On Christmas Day I found out Eartha Kitt passed away on blip before it hit the news wires – people were blipping her songs like mad. On New Years eve each hour of the day someone from some far corner of the world would play some song to ring in the new year. And, I have discovered there are two universal favorites across the world: The Beatles and ABBA.

The best part about Blip.fm is that you can tie it into your other applications even your Twitter feed, or even here. It’s easy to embed into your blog, website or favorite micro-blogging feed. Since I’ve discovered Blip.fm, I’ve moved away from the awkward “tweets” on Twitter because they didn’t express enough for me. But all it takes is one song to express to anyone how I’m feeling that day, or it’s so easy to play some Sylvester for “HerrKirsch” before he goes out dancing on Saturday nights.

Give it a try, give it a few minutes, and I’m sure you’ll find yourself hooked. Blip works best when you follow or “listen” to more DJs. Look for me on Blip, my DJ handle is “Atomik”. Until then, you know where to find me.

Cheers,
Atom

New Music: Kelly Clarkson, Antony and The Johnsons, Sam Sparro

January 22, 2009

Starting next week, we’ll be featuring music reviews and highlights on Queer Louisville, but we’re getting a head start. Check our blog every Tuesday for updates about glbtq happenings in the music world!

-Gay fave Lady Gaga’s song, “Just Dance” is number one for the third week on Billboard’s Top 100. You know I had to embed the video.

-Queer indie band Anthony & The Johnson’s just released a new LP this week called, “The Crying Light” and it’s getting some pretty good reviews.

-Sam Sparro, who’s up for a Grammy, just released a new single called “Pocket”.  Check out Arjan Writes for a listen.

-For those of you who dive head first into the pop scene, Kelly Clarkson’s new single, My Life Would Suck Without You is available on iTunes.

-And then there’s that Animal Collective album people keep talking about. You can stream the album for free at Rhapsody.