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Album of the Day: Porches, “The House”


Aaron Maine doesn’t seem to miss his guitars. Since 2016’s beloved breakout Pool, Maine, the man behind Porches, has been making his brooding dance-pop using only pristinely-produced bass, synth, and drums. Partnering up for another round with producer Chris Coady, who also produced Pool, Maine adds another coat of sheen to his songs while also stripping away the heady layers and effects of Pool. The result is a leaner, sleeker body of work. Though the album is satisfyingly varied—moving from brittle ballads like the spectacular “Country” to the left-field “Åkeren,” which is sung in Norwegian—it’s the dance tracks that get the most attention, finessed to flaunt a deep low-end punch framed by elegantly syncopated bass runs.

On The House, Maine further explores his signature themes of melancholy and wanderlust. Anxiety, detachment, and the mechanics of comfort play out obliquely in openers “Leave the House” and “Find Me” (“Touch my neck and walk me home / And I’ll be fine once I’m alone / Just don’t let it find me”). Maine’s lyrics draw heavily on sensory details, and are mostly inward-looking, evoking the feeling of being stuck in one’s own head.

The reason The House succeeds is because it contrasts these dour lyrical themes with elevating, spirited instrumentals. Throughout, Maine showcases two critical attributes: a dedication to creative growth and, as on his first two albums, prowess when it comes to composing truly gripping melodies. “Now the Water” is an instant New Romantic classic, and “Anymore” is a tranced-out near-reggaeton track, charmingly accented with autotune. These are intelligent and rewarding steps forward for Maine—steps that go even further to assure his place in the modern pop pantheon.

Joseph Darling

Source: http://daily.bandcamp.com/2018/01/19/porches-the-house-review/

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U2’s new music video is a vibrant yet disturbing call for resistance


U2 has released an admittedly very Bono, but also actually pretty cool, animated video for their new single “Get Out Of Your Own Way.” The track is off their “Songs of Experience” album, which is out on Spotify, iTunes, and other services.

With lyrics like “Fight back, don’t take it lying down you’ve got to bite back/ The face of liberty is starting to crack,” the song is a rallying cry for social change across the world in the face of growing nationalism, fascism, and racism. The lyrics are pretty general “resistance” calls to action, but in the video’s animation, things get more interesting and specific. Read more…

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Source: http://mashable.com/2018/01/19/u2-get-out-of-your-own-way-video-broken-fingaz-crew/

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Everything You Need to Know for the 2018 Women’s March This Weekend

gjcfipcc3cabu3acjofu.jpgHas it been a year already? Has it only been a year? Yes and yes. And this weekend, marking one year since the inaugural (in more ways than one) Women’s March, cities around the world are hosting an encore. Here’s what you need to know to hit the streets.

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Source: https://lifehacker.com/everything-you-need-to-know-for-the-2018-women-s-march-1822228214

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It’s Poe’s birthday, so here’s Neil Gaiman reading The Raven

Neil Gaiman says Edgar Allan Poe should be read aloud, and he’s right: he recorded this video of him reading “The Raven” in 2016 as part of Pat Rothfuss’s Worldbuilders charity drive. It’s Poe’s birthday today, and I can think of no better way to celebrate it than to listen to it again.

Source: https://boingboing.net/2018/01/19/flipped-the-bugbird-nevermore.html

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Here Are the 2018 GLAAD Media Awards Nominees

LGBTQ advocacy organization GLAAD announced their nominees live from the Sundance Film Festival for the 2018 GLAAD Media Awards Friday. The awards center around honoring fair and inclusive representations of the LGBTQ community and issues surrounding their lives. The awards ceremonies will be held in Los Angeles on April 12 and in New York on May 5. “At a time when anti-LGBTQ policies and harassment are on the rise, it is imperative that Hollywood and news media tell more LGBTQ stories that reflect the community’s rich diversity,” GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a press release.

Many of the GLAAD Awards nominees echo Golden Globe winners and nominees. Film nominations include Lady Bird, which won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical, as well as The Shape of Water and Call Me By Your Name. The Handmaid’s Tale, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, This Is Us and Feud: Bette and Joan are among the television honorees. News stories made the list, too. The New Yorker and Nightline were nominated for their coverage on persecution of gay and bi men in Chechnya.

TIME was nominated for outstanding overall magazine coverage, and the March 2017 cover story “Beyond ‘He’ or ‘She’: The Changing Meaning of Gender and Sexuality” by Katy Steinmetz received a nod for outstanding magazine article along with the New York Times Magazine story on the HIV epidemic and Rolling Stone’s story on trans teens who were homeless and others.

GLAAD announced a new category this year, which will honor LGBTQ-inclusive content in kids and family television. Nominees include Disney’s Doc McStuffins and Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe. Jay Z will receive a Specialty Recognition award for his song and music video “Smile” which honors his mother, Gloria Carter, who recently came out as lesbian.

Here’s the full list of nominees:


Battle of the Sexes (Fox Searchlight)

Call Me by Your Name (Sony Pictures Classics)

Lady Bird (A24)

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (Annapurna Pictures)

The Shape of Water (Fox Searchlight)


BPM (The Orchard)

A Fantastic Woman (Sony Pictures Classics)

God’s Own Country (Samuel Goldwyn Films/Orion Pictures)

Thelma (The Orchard)

The Wound (Kino Lorber)


The Bold Type (Freeform)

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX)

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW)

Modern Family (ABC)

One Day at a Time (Netflix)

One Mississippi (Amazon)

Superstore (NBC)

Survivor’s Remorse (Starz)

Transparent (Amazon)

Will & Grace (NBC)


Billions (Showtime)

Doubt (CBS)

The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)

Nashville (CMT)

Sense8 (Netflix)

Shadowhunters (Freeform)

Star (FOX)

Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access)

This Is Us (NBC)

Wynonna Earp (Syfy)

OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL EPISODE (in a series without a regular LGBTQ character)

“Chapter 8” Legion (FX)

“Grace” Pure Genius (CBS)

“Lady Cha Cha” Easy (Netflix)

“The Missionaries” Room 104 (HBO)

“Thanksgiving” Master of None (Netflix)


American Horror Story: Cult (FX)

Feud: Bette and Joan (FX)

Godless (Netflix)

Queers (BBC America)

When We Rise (ABC)


Andi Mack (Disney Channel)

“Chosen Family” Danger & Eggs (Amazon)

“The Emergency Plan” Doc McStuffins (Disney Channel)

The Loud House (Nickelodeon)

Steven Universe (Cartoon Network)


Chavela (Music Box Films)

Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric (National Geographic)

Kiki (Sundance Selects)

“Real Boy” Independent Lens (PBS)

This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous (YouTube Red)


Gaycation with Ellen Page (Viceland)

I Am Jazz (TLC)

RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)

Survivor: Game Changers (CBS)

The Voice (NBC)


Miley Cyrus, Younger Now (RCA Records)

Halsey, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom (Astralwerks Records)

Honey Dijon, The Best of Both Worlds (Classic Music Company)

Kehlani, SweetSexySavage (TSNMI/Atlantic Records)

Kelela, Take Me Apart (Warp Records)

Kesha, Rainbow (Kemosabe/RCA Records)

Perfume Genius, No Shape (Matador Records)

Sam Smith, The Thrill of It All (Capitol Records)

St. Vincent, MASSEDUCTION (Loma Vista Recordings)

Wrabel, We Could Be Beautiful (Epic/Sony Records)


America, written by Gabby Rivera (Marvel Comics)

The Backstagers, written by James Tynion IV (BOOM! Studios)

Batwoman, written by Marguerite Bennett, James Tynion IV (DC Comics)

Black Panther: World of Wakanda, written by Roxane Gay, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Yona Harvey, Rembert Browne (Marvel Comics)

Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love, written by Sarah Vaughn (DC Comics)

Goldie Vance, written by Hope Larson, Jackie Ball (BOOM! Studios)

Iceman, written by Sina Grace (Marvel Comics)

Lumberjanes, written by Kat Leyh, Shannon Watters (BOOM! Studios)

Quantum Teens are Go, written by Magdalene Visaggio (Black Mask Comics)

The Woods, written by James Tynion IV (BOOM! Studios)


The Bold and The Beautiful (CBS)

Days of Our Lives (NBC)

The Young & the Restless (CBS)


“Australia Marriage Equality” Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

“Danica Roem” The Opposition with Jordan Klepper (Comedy Central)

“Laila and Logan Ireland, Transgender Military Couple” The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated)

“Laverne Cox and Gavin Grimm” The View (ABC)

“Trans Veterans React to Ban” The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)


“A Boy Named Lucas” 20/20 (ABC)

“China Queer” The Naked Truth (Fusion)

“Gay Purge?” Nightline (ABC)

“The Pulse of Orlando: Terror at the Nightclub” Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN)

“Trans Youth” VICE on HBO (HBO)


“The Abolitionists Face the Love Army” KAPP-KVEW Local News (KAPP-35/KVEW-42 [Tri Cities/Yakima, Wash.])

“DJ Zeke Thomas Goes Public” Good Morning America (ABC)

“Murders Raise Alarm for Transgender Community” NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (NBC)

“Transgender Murders in Louisiana Part of Disturbing Trend” CBS Evening News (CBS)

“Transgender Rights under Fire in Trump Era” AM Joy (MSNBC)


“Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: The Journey of a Transgender Man” by Lauren McGaughy (The Dallas Morning News)

Lesbian College Coaches Still Face Difficult Atmosphere to Come Out by Shannon Ryan (Chicago Tribune)

“Pulse Victims’ Families in Puerto Rico: ‘We Have to Cry Alone’” by Jennifer A. Marcial Ocasio (Orlando Sentinel)

“Revised Guidance on HIV Proves Life-Transforming” by Lenny Bernstein (The Washington Post)

“The Silent Epidemic: Black Gay Men and HIV” [series] (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)


“America’s Hidden H.I.V. Epidemic” by Linda Villarosa (The New York Times Magazine)

“Beyond ‘He’ or ‘She’: The Changing Meaning of Gender and Sexuality” by Katy Steinmetz (Time)

“Forbidden Lives: The Gay Men Who Fled Chechnya’s Purge” by Masha Gessen (The New Yorker)

“Free Radical” by Nathan Heller (Vogue)

“Trans, Teen, and Homeless” by Laura Rena Murray (Rolling Stone)


The Advocate



Teen Vogue



“The Ballad of Bobby Brooks, the First Gay Student-Body President of Texas A&M” by Lauren Larson (GQ.com)

“For Those We Lost and Those Who Survived: The Pulse Massacre One Year Later” by James Michael Nichols (HuffPost Queer Voices)

“‘I Am a Girl Now,’ Sage Smith Wrote. Then She Went Missing.” by Emma Eisenberg (Splinter)

“Meet the Transgender Student Who Fought Discrimination at His Maryland High School (and Won)” by Nico Lang (INTO)

“Why Bisexual Men Are Still Fighting to Convince Us They Exist” by Samantha Allen (Splinter)


“Former Patriots and Chiefs Tackle Ryan O’Callaghan Comes Out as Gay” by Cyd Zeigler (Outsports/SB Nation)

“Made to Model: Trans Beauty in Fashion” (LogoTV.com)

“‘This Is How We Win’: Inside Danica Roem’s Historic Victory” by Diana Tourjée (Broadly.Vice.com)

“Transgender Day of Remembrance” by Saeed Jones (AM to DM, BuzzFeed News)

“US Travel Ban Leaves LGBT Refugees in Limbo” by Nina dos Santos (CNN.com)



Gays With Kids

My Fabulous Disease

Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents



In a Heartbeat (written & directed by Esteban Bravo and Beth David)

“Smile” by Jay-Z featuring Gloria Carter, 4:44 (Roc Nation/Universal Music Group)

Source: http://time.com/5108797/glaad-media-awards-nominees-2018/

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David Bowie’s Berlin Trilogy to Be Reissued on Vinyl


All three albums from David Bowie‘s classic mid-’70s Berlin trilogy–Low, Heroes, and Lodger–will be reissued as individual 180-gram vinyl releases via Parlophone on February 23. The label will also reissue Stage, a live album documenting Bowie’s band from the same era, and Scary Monsters, the 1980 album that was his first studio project after the trilogy was completed. These albums were reissued…

Source: https://www.spin.com/2018/01/david-bowie-berlin-trilogy-vinyl-reissue-low-heroes-lodger-stage-scary-monsters/