In his autobiography, the famous artist and producer Brian Eno wrote, “Value the ears that things sound good through.” This principle has provided Rick Rubin his livelihood: he has no formal musical training, yet he’s one of the world’s most famous producers. He’s been at the top, or close to it, ever since he arrived in 1984, with a label named Def Jam and a single, LL Cool J’s “I Need A Beat.” He seems to be experiencing (yet another) career renaissance, because the things that sound good through his ears often sound good through everyone else’s.
|By: Sara Haile-Mariam Friday November 8, 2013 8:00 pm|
I don’t know about you guys but I’m super excited by the prospect of going to Space. Even more so after renowned scientist/ tweeter Neil deGrasse Tyson’s epic twitter live-tweet of the movie Gravity and all the things the movie got wrong. At a certain point you just want to check things out for yourself.
|By: Lisa Derrick Sunday October 27, 2013 5:20 pm|
Shades of Lady Gaga two and half decades before Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta donned platform shoes and a meat dress. Watch Paul Lynde thanking his “Little monsters” at the close of his surreal 1976 Halloween special; it shows a throughline of queer consciousness.
|By: Lisa Derrick Tuesday September 17, 2013 2:30 pm|
Oh Elton, Elton. I am so confused, but I just can’t quit you. Remember when his remark about being very happy with civil unions became a rallying cry for Prop 8 and anti-equality forces? Once there was a hue and cry about his naivety ignorance of basic facts, he came around and ended up playing an amazing concert as a fundraiser for AFER and becoming a spokesperson for marriage equality. Then he played Rush Limbaugh’s wedding for huge fee. (I’d like to hope that he donated that fee to pro-equality groups as a puckish fuck you to the forces at the EIB, but I guess I’ll never know).
|By: Sara Haile-Mariam Monday August 5, 2013 6:30 pm|
With the 2014 Winter Olympics around the corner, the country has come under considerable heat for its anti-gay laws. In Russia, the act of voicing support for gay rights in and of itself is considered to be “propaganda” and is therefore illegal.
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|By: Lisa Derrick Sunday May 27, 2012 8:45 am|
Lady Gaga has canceled her June 3 concert in Indonesia, the world’s most populace Muslim-majority nation, which calls itself secular, after the hardline fundamentalists Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) threatened violence and “chaos” if she entered the country, calling Gaga a “devil’s messenger.”
|By: SouthernDragon Friday March 9, 2012 4:45 am|
A variety of links to articles/interviews/speeches on current topics that may be of interest.