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Rosanne Cash For Homeless LGBT Kids

Singer/Songwriter Rosanne Cash has written a song entitled Jim and George, available for download exclusively through The Church of St. Luke in the Fields.

 

All proceeds of the music sales will benefit the Outreach programs at St. Luke's: The People Living with AIDS project, which provides a weekly meal, spiritual counsel (optional), and fellowship for clients living with HIV/AIDS, and "The Church": Art, Acceptance and a Place to Be Yourself for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/ Questioning Youth and their Allies, which provides a safe haven for LGBTQA street youth under the age of 21.

A note from Rosanne Cash about Jim and George:

 

"As a longtime supporter and member of the St. Luke's community, I am so happy and humbled to offer this track to help benefit the outreach programs at St. Luke's.

 

I wrote this song about an elderly gay couple in Chelsea who were very dear to me, and it was an exercise in compassion and awareness to see myself through their eyes, and them through my eyes. Love is Love, and love doesn't contain itself within arbitrary borders of gender, orientation, race, nationality, creed or age. Love is Love, and I send as much as I can to the outreach programs and the entire St. Luke's community."

 

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One to watch out for: Strange Talk

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CAST

Gillan Gregory, Stephen Docker, Travis Constable, Gerard Sidhu

SOUNDS LIKE

Passion Pit, Yeasayer, Phoenix ,Cut Copy with a dose of Savage Garden for pop sensibilities

WHY?

Melbourne-based Australian synthpop band formed in 2010. making some extreme noise in the USA .launched into the public eye when they soared to the top as feature artist on the 2010 Triple J Unearthed competition. In April 2011 they released their self-titled EP which featured singles Climbing Walls and Eskimo Boy.

Full length album 'Cast Away' released 2013 to much critical acclaim. They are a new mix sound  with elements of electro, dance, disco and some guitars thrown in. The debut album shows heavy 80's influence from elements of Depeche Mode , New Order & Kraftwork.

Also being easy on the eyedoesn't hurt.

Killer new aussie band that is actually cool to like!

Sample For Yourself

Falling In Love

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One to watch out for: The Saturdays

CAST

Frankie Sandford, Una Healy, Vanessa White, Rochelle Humes and Mollie King.

SOUNDS LIKE

a sparkly shiny girl-band with killer voices.. a perfect blend of the best parts of the Spice Girls , Sugababes & Girls Aloud

WHY?

They are THE premier girl band. Mollie , Una, Rochelle, Vanessa and Frankie are not only great vocally, but a brilliant LIVE act to boot.

They have a chemistry not seen since the Spice Girls , and if anyone can rival One direction in the Boys V's Girls game, its them.

The first album "Chasing Lights' is filled with pop gems like "If This is Love" and "up". The second album "Wordshaker" packed a punch with some great hits "Ego", "One Shot" and "Forever Is Over", The 3rd offering "Headlines" featured the smash "Higher" & "Missing You". Then the killer 4th album "On Your Radar" moved to a massive dance sound, with the smash hits "Notorious" and the anthem "All Fired Up", and the brilliant ballad  My Heart takes Over". In 2013 they dropped  "Chasing The Saturdays"  EP which featured " What About Us"... The next album "The Chase" is slated for 2013...

Also 2013 saw the group try and break America with a reality show titled "Chasing The Saturdays" . They have furthermore written a book titled, The Saturdays: Our Story and started their own line of clothing, jewellery and nail polish.

Not only are they super talented, but super camp, and very pro equality...

Sample For Yourself

Higher

All Fired Up

Notorious

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One to watch out for: Christophe Willem

Origin: Born on 3 August 1983 in Enghien-les-Bains, Val-d'Oise
Claim to Fame: winner of the fourth edition of Nouvelle Star (French version of Pop Idol) in 2006
Sounds Like: the perfect Kylie album, sung by a falsetto boy

 

WHY?
After releasing 2 great pop albums in french ( Inventaire with the smash single Double Je, and the second album Caféine), Christophe solidified his name in his native France as one of the biggest pop stars created. His third album Prismophonic has some of the cream of the music worlds who's who on it... Richard X (annie), Richard "Biff" Standard ( spice Girls), Steve Anderson Hannah Robinson, Lisa Greene (kylie Minogue , Britney Spears ), Freemasons (Beyonce) and even Kylie Minogue as writer.

His first English speaking album is an audio feast, for fans of well written pop, and sexy beats.Taking cues from Kylie , Britney Spears (In fact, he even released Britneys unused track “State of Grace” in 2009– retitled “Entre Nous et le Sol.”)

sample for yourself, this is pure pop gems at its best ...

 

Lasers And Sparklers


Timeless


Entre Nous et le Sol

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Tina Arena – Symphony Of Life Live CD / DVD

altFresh from her return to Australian TV screens (as a mentor on Channel Ten’s ‘Young Talent Time’ reboot), Tina Arena announced a series of live dates where she would play prestige venues accompanied by the countries finest symphony orchestras. The tour turned out to be bigger than anticipated, selling out 4 nights at Sydney’s Opera House & serving as the grand opening of Melbourne’s newly refurbished Hamer Hall. One of these Melbourne dates was captured on film, & after a screening on Foxtel has now been released as a live CD & DVD titled ‘Symphony Of Life’.

 

The set list of these shows saw Tina in her absolute element. She performs a mix of signature hits (Wasn’t It Good, Burn, Symphony Of Life), selections from her ‘Songs Of Love & Loss’ albums (I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself, Only Women Bleed, Both Sides Now), & songs from musical theatre (Maybe This Time, My Husband Makes Movies, Don’t Cry For Me Argentina). Having forged a multi-million selling career in France, Tina also gives a glimpse of her many Francophone triumphs with the stunning ‘Je m’apelle Baghdad’.

 

The song that cemented Arena’s European success, ‘I Want To Spend My Lifetime Loving You (theme from The Mask Of Zorro)’ sees special guest Anthony Callea stepping in for Tina’s original duet partner, Marc Anthony. The pair also turns in a spellbinding duet of ‘The Prayer’ – a song that Callea first brought to the attention of Australian record buyers, & Arena most recently performed with Andrea Bocelli on his Australian tour. The sheer vocal prowess of these two duets has us hopeful for future collaborations between Arena & Callea – perhaps an original?

 

 

Making full use of her 54-piece orchestra, further inspired selections include covers of Tina Turner’s Bond theme ‘Goldeneye’ & the jazz standard ‘Cry Me A River’. Undisputedly the finest vocal talent Australia has produced, ‘Symphony Of Life’ sees Tina Arena coming into her own like never before. Sashaying around the stage in a series of knockout gowns, Tina is like a fine wine – only improving with the years.

 

 

Tina Arena will perform an encore series of live dates with full orchestra & special guest Anthony Callea as part of the Mardi Gras Festival in 2013. ‘Symphony Of Life’ is available now on DVD, Double CD & iTunes.

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Anastacia – It’s A Man’s World

After far too many years in the wilderness, Anastacia is back with a new album. The last 7 years saw several label changes, new health concerns, and a revelation that she’s actually 5 years older than she originally lead us to believe (I knew those glasses were hiding something!) A failed comeback attempt was made in 2008, with the tragically overlooked ‘Heavy Rotation’ album (major producers, but minor promotion & poor single choices).

 

Now after signing another new deal, she seems to be testing the waters with a new covers album (as a prelude to a forthcoming album of originals due next year). Titled ‘It’s A Man’s World’, this new set is a collection of rock classics originally recorded by male vocalists.

 

While the tracks are perfectly suited to her gutsy vocal style, it’s hard not to giggle at the concept when you consider the gossip that swirled around “Manastacia” when she first hit the scene back in 2000.

 

Unlike many cover albums; here Anastacia stays completely true to the original arrangements & melodies. If anything, this makes it even more impressive that she’s still able to make each song her own without having to rework it in order to do so. The disc is produced in its entirety by Glenn Ballard – best known for co-writing & producing ball-tearers like Alanis Morrisette’s ‘Jagged Little Pill’ album, Michael Jackson’s ‘Man In The Mirror’ & Christina Aguilera’s ‘The Voice Within’. Anastacia & Ballard previously collaborated on one of her biggest hits, ‘Left Outside Alone’.

 

Aussie guitarist Orianthi & Dave Stewart of Eurythmics bring huge instrumentation & authenticity to the project. Highlights include Anastacia’s beautiful take on Kings Of Leon’s ‘Use Somebody’, Soundgarden’s ‘Black Hole Sun’ & ‘Wonderwall’ by Oasis, along with stomping renditions of ‘You Give Love A Bad Name’, ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ & Foo Fighters ‘Best Of You’.

 

 

With the unmistakable timbre of her voice, Anastacia draws out the soulfulness that was seemingly buried deep within these songs, bringing it right to the surface. Aside from Cher, there are very few female vocalists that could tackle these classics with such authority.  

 

‘It’s A Man’s World’ track listing:
Ramble On (Led Zeppelin)
Best Of You (Foo Fighters)
Sweet Child O’ Mine (Guns N’ Roses)
You Can’t Get Always Get What You Want (Rolling Stones)
One (U2)
Back In Black (AC/DC)
Dream On (Aerosmith)
Use Somebody (Kings Of Leon)
You Give Love A Bad Name (Bon Jovi)
Wonderwall (Oasis)
iTunes Bonus Track: Black Hole Sun (Soundgarden)

 

For fans who prefer a little more "boom boom" from this diva, she also has a club track out with our friend, the legendary DJ / Producer Tony Moran. Take a listen to ‘If I Was Your Boyfriend’.

 

 

‘It’s A Man’s World’ & ‘If I Was Your Boyfriend’ are both available on iTunes.

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FIERCE ANGEL PRESENTS FIERCE DISCO V

altThey are the most hotly anticipated releases from the Fierce Angel stable globally, and there is no wonder why - with the dance label powerhouse consistently delivering compilations of some of the most sight after tunes in the dance music arena.

The quality that Fierce Angel brings to its events globally, is also replicated on this release, right down to the artwork.

The great thing with FA, is that you know that even though its primarily made upon their own releases, its a great balance thats struck between self promotion (of artists that would make ANY good compilation disc) and tracks that may not be owned by their own label.

The other thing that stands out about Disco V is of course the inclusion of Australia's own powerhouse due - The Oxford Hustlers, with their remix of Bassmonkeys Ft. Lyck - Embrace My Heart. LOVE LOVE LOVE! There is even a Deni Hines track too boot!

Two discs crammed full of FA style Disco is always a good thing - and this one is a great educator of newer and classic tracks, all given the slick production oomph and presence that these songs would demand on the dance floor.

Throw in a few Katherine Ellis tracks for good measure and baby you've sold me. Like with all dance music discs, there are names you don't know - but really, this disc is a good way to find out what rocks and what should be listened too.

Compiled by FA head honcho - Mark Doyle - he has slam dunked this one.

5/5

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Mary Kiani – Little Things Mean a Lot

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We in Sydney’s GLBT community love the beautiful Scottish lass Mary Kiani even more since she has made Sydney her home in recent years. Mary of course comes to us with the most wonderful calling card of enduring Top 40 dance hits including 100%, Real Love and the huge world wide hit I Imagine


Locally Mary has the fabulous credit of starring in one of the best Mardi Gras show’s of the last ten years when she sang I Imagine in a ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’ themed full-on spectacular in the early hours of the 2006 party. 


Many people still talk about this with such affection so I asked Mary about this connection she has with our community and she told me “I have always been treated like a queen here by the gay and lesbian community and when I’m up singing I always feel the love. I’m sure they all feel it coming back at them”.  


Mary is now launching ‘stage two’ of her musical career by recording a collection of torch songs, jazz and classic standards on her latest album Little Things Mean A Lot. It includes songs from the 1930's through to the present day. I’ve got to say I love this CD and whilst Mary won’t know she and I sing the best duets to it at my place. 


The first half of the album is so simple it’s just the piano and Mary’s really fabulous voice. Tracks here include It Ain't Necessarily So, Good Morning Heartache the subtle build of this song in her lower register stops you in your track with the emotion behind the song, Little Things Mean a Lot is the title track and is sung with such feeling you can assume the song means so much to Mary. 


I asked Mary about these choices on this CD and she told me “these songs are very much a part of my past as I used to sing them in wine bars from the age of 17 through to about 25.  These are songs I just love singing so I really put my heart and soul into them”.  


The later songs have a tad more production and give Mary the chance to have a bit of a belt. All of Me and At Last are two of my favourite they sound contemporary and fresh. She sings the Bassey hit Apartment and puts her own personal stamp on it – stunning! 


The album also features special guest, theatre star, Michael Cormick performing a duet with Mary of the Garland/Streisand Get Happy & Happy Days Are Here Again another album highlight. Together they put new life and love into this classic; their voices together give this CD a wonderful way to conclude.  


Mary said “the songs let people know how I really sound and the reaction has been very positive.  It allows people to hear the other side of me and yes they seemed to like it”. And I’m certain like it you will, a must have CD to balance your listening pleasure.


Mary's album is available on iTunes and at ABC Shops.


You can join Mary's official Guidetogay.com Group / Artist page here.

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Britney Spears - Femme Fatale

1998. Britney Spears unleashed what is the killer single to start her music legacy, "Baby.. One More Time".. what is in the future, no one know ? What is certain is that ,this is an overly ambitious , sweet american girl with a raspy voice, and a whole lot of attitude. Fully in control. Future looks bright....

2011. Britney Spears enters the chart arena with a killer single "Hold It Against Me". What is certain is that the production by Dr Luke & Max Martin, is flawless. The song resonating in originality & spectacle. The video, technically, one of the best of her amazing career. If the album is like this, she will not only displace Lady Gaga, but annihilate her position as 3rd to the throne (to her Madgesty and the Impossible Princess)..

So... in 2011, lets forget the 6 album legacy, the 2 bad marriages, record breaking,  head shaving, award winning, lip synching, pioneer trailblazing, taboloid victim, gay super icon we already know. Lets review album number 7, on... the actual music. And the question everyone is asking..... IS IT ANY GOOD?

well, yes.. it is. Its no "thriller", but its not "invincible" either. Its more "Blackout" than "Circus". Four questions come to mind when reviewing a spears output? Is it any good? how much input does she have? How many hits ? Who will like it?

Three themes come to mind- sex, sadness and clubbing. There is some depth there, but really the main message is " come to the club, and we'll dance until you wanna have marathon sex ". Simple as that. If that sounds like you, you're in. The gays will love it. Office chicks will dig it (in time), & the fake war between Spears & ______(insert new female artist)_____ will be on.

The whole affair starts with the new hit "Til The World Ends" , written by the new pop dolly, Ke$ha. Its not a bad track, but really not worthy of a single release. One questions why, when you listen to the other hits on the CD (which there are MUCH stronger tracks). "Hold It Against Me" is genius from start to finish. It is her coolest track to date, and perfect pop in under 3:50.. "Inside Out" is her call back to the fan favorite "Breathe On Me", questioning her male lover to sort her out (sexually) before he leaves her for good. A very strong track, a sound she is obviously comfortable with. One gets the impression that if this were real life, she would be talking about K-Fed (as JT would have the sexual prowess of a fumbling 16 year old at a prom). "I Wanna Roll" is her gay bar electro moment. With the most addictive whistle melody & hook, this will be a HUGE single, crossing over to the suburbs back yard party. Its one of the funnest things she has done since "Oops..I did it Again".  "How I Roll" is Bloodyshy & Avant having fun. Its an electronic escapade, that is reminiscent of the vibe circa 2002.  "Drop Dead (Beautiful)" is the closest to her epic 2007 release "Blackout". Featuring L.A. Rapper Sabi, its drips cool. Sabi, though not really Nicki Minaj (or Lil Kim for that matter), does her best.  Its cute. Thank god she's there & Kanye's not. "Seal It With A Kiss" is a Katy Perry cast off, as is "Gasoline". Which is a shame, as people have followed Britney and not the other way round. "Criminal" is a nice homage to "Intervention" by Madonna, but with a much better melody. "Trouble For Me " is a mixed affair, going from electro to pop, but not seemingly gelling. The chorus is hooked to the hilt, yet its the electro breakdown that is the killer. "Trip To Your Heart" is the hit Christina Aguilera wishes she had, beautiful and carefree, yet very Euro pop enough to be taken to the clubs. The shock of the album is "Big Fat Bass" , a collaboration with Will-I-Am (Black Eyed Peas). When news spread that this union was in fact happening, many people thought this was the end of her career. What could HE possibly give to her legacy? ...but... "Big Fat Bass" is amazing. Its the track the gays will love, the track the clubs will die over, and should be a single. Its a bold move for a calculated pop star, yet it will take her to a whole new level.

How much input does Britney have in this? Who really knows. She wrote nothing, yet she CAN write and play music. She has the ability to write, produce & play her music, so why does she not do it? What is evident is that Dr Luke is in charge, his promise of making her "Grimier" is only half done. He is too safe, too pop. But he will be replaced next record, with hopefully someone who takes Spears in a different direction. Much has been made of her voice being electronically altered with many effect. True, it is altered, most of the time, but it is utilized in such a way that it becomes an instrument in itself, rather than vocal trickery. The effects are really in your face. They aren't hidden. They are upfront. For that, they work. Autotune is utilized for effect, NOT correction, for that reason, Spears is forgiven. We know she can sing, but the result on "Femme Fatale" doesn't help her critics from hurling knives at her vocal ability (and to hurl those knives now, would be lazy journalism). What is remarkable is that millions will buy this record without any support from record execs & very little promo input from Spears herself(once the media darling, now slightly reclusive- media afraid -over protective mother of two). Is the power of her iconic status. Whatever happened to the work with Rusko, Jessie J, Tiesto etc..is anyones guess. Visually, the album is classic beauty, and not going down the "arty" vibe. Clever move to not do a Gaga (odd clothes & raw meat), or a Kylie (robots and silver hotpants).. Though the visuals are safe, it re-establishes her as a sexy woman. Don't expect the music heavy weights to give this record a positive review, nor should Spears expect a Grammy (they traditionally hate her). Music snobs need something to hold onto as their relivance becomes less obvious,  and to rubbish this record will be to easy to do.

Its a 7 out of 10. A suggestion though for the next album. Harder dance, less pop.. More Daft Punk less Dr Luke.  Or do it all yourself.. We know you can..

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Ronan Keating - Duet

RONAN KEATING - DUET

Universal Music Australia

Fresh of his TV vehicle that was X Factor Australia - Ronan smartly thought to put together a retail product that would capitalise on his new TV audience… and its actually, apart from being a smart move, a smart album.

Consisting of tracks from previous era's in his career, along with some Aussie favourites, Duet is a disc that has not many let downs - to be honest, the only stinker is the duet with The McClymonts.

12 tracks, and each a different pairing - you can expect to hear Elton John (Live at MAdison Square Garden), Paulini, Guy Sebastian, Lulu and many more.

Design wise, the album slick is a bit on the nose -- i am not overly sure about the slick james bond dress sense mixed with the James Dean motorcycle. The two styles don't really gel well, and make Ronan look awkward and overly posed.

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