Rick Rubin’s Valuable Ears

By: Friday February 7, 2014 3:35 pm

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.

 

Celebrity Race to Space: Lady Gaga Announces 2015 Space Show

By: 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.

Paul Lynde Halloween Special: Little Monsters, KISS, and Camp

By: 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.

Elton John to Play Moscow: “I’m Doing It for Gay Russians”

By: 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).

Blurred Lines: Russia Dances With Gay Propaganda, Fights Lady Gaga and Madonna

By: 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.

Late Late Night FDL: Bad Romance

By: Tuesday February 12, 2013 10:00 pm

Bad Romance: Women’s Suffrage. This Emmy winning educational video from Soomo Publishing parodies Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance while paying homage to Alice Paul and the generations of women who fought to give women the right to vote.

Citing Security Concerns Over Fundamentalist Threats, Lady Gaga Cancels Indonesia Concerts

By: 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.”

Lakeside Diner

By: Friday March 9, 2012 4:45 am

A variety of links to articles/interviews/speeches on current topics that may be of interest.

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