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Parra Pride goes balistic

The 10th annual Parramatta Pride Picnic  will be held on Sunday, 30th October this year from 11am - 4pm Hosted by Western Sydney two favourite queens: LayDee KinMee & Portia Turbo with lots of entertainment  on the day be announced shortly ALSO  including Doggywood this year Hosted by Pandora Box At (1pm). Brought  to you by the Parramatta Queer Forum , PFLAG & Acon providing a jam packed informative day with 20 Community stalls and a barbecue raising money for The Western Suburbs Haven,  games and much more at new location on the river , Parramatta Riverbank Foreshore Reserve,  Fingers crossed the day will be as successful as last year with over 1000 people attending please remember it is no longer in the Parramatta Park..


I’ll be sad in November at the last Heaven Social Dance for 2016 and last dance at The NBC Sports Club, As we decided to finish the year on a high with the 'Farewell NBC Party' on Saturday November 19th, The event will be hosted by LayDee KinMee and will also see the return of some of your favourites performers with 1 off production show with the young queens '' Drags Can Hear The Balls #2 At 11pm that will be a total of 15 performers in 3 huge shows at  9pm, 10pm and 11pm, From 7:30pm-12:30am, Entry $10 before 10pm. Anyone who would like to perform on the night or at heaven please message LayDee Kinmee.


In other exciting news, Heaven Social Dance has locked in dates for 2017 and I’m excited about all the changes that are coming. it's been a rough few months and I can finally say we have locked in a Fabulous new venue for 2017, a big thank you to ACON and our Entertainment Coordinator LayDee KinMee in 2016 We will kick off the new year at a NEW Club  Mounties Bowling Club, Fairfield  and will present '' PopUp Drag Upsize '' on February 04th 2017...


Drag gossip: Nose jobs, Botox, Lipo! Oh My! Which queens have been under the knife for Diva? Spot the difference! Which multi award-winning diva has moved into western Sydney & has already made a name for herself all over town ... talking about celebrities which other '' LK '' western Sydney drag queen might just burn out by the end of the as she can't keep up with booking !!  I'm so glad I don't do it anymore Drag that is ..   I'm just too old , can't keep up lol, Could there be  ''Real Housewives Of Sydney'' and ARIA Award winning pop singer be making an appearance at this year DIVA ?


Until next time, gorgeous! Luv BB





Gossip : Music For Men

  • Published in Music
It's easy to see why the Gossip chose an androgynous snap of drummer Hannah Billie for their fourth album cover. The Arkansas trio have become famed for two things: Beth Ditto, a frontwoman who isn't afraid of taking her clothes off and speaking her mind, and a gigantic dancefloor smash in 'Standing In The Way Of Control', as much a part of the late-noughties indie disco as skinny jeans, spilt cider and asymmetrical fringes. Music For Men's rather plain sleeve is the band's subtle way of saying they've got more to offer than Ditto's brash public image and a catchy disco riff that was on the soundtrack to Skins. The Gossip had been moulding Riot Grrrl, southern garage and art rock influences for seven years before they finally scored a smash and this record is their attempt to prove that they're more than one hit wonders.

The appointment of Rick Rubin as producer was a promising starting point. Renowned for helping acts to(re)discover their creative mojo, he seems like a perfect fit for a group who'd found themselves a tad confused after making a sudden shift from outsiders to broadsheet favourites with just one song. Rubin has managed to nail a "new sound" for the Gossip on Music For Men, but sadly this isn't the furious dance/punk hybrid that many had anticipated. Instead it's a slightly lifeless, oddly placid mixture of funk and disco that lands a few juicy punches - an electronic crunch here and a fizzy pop chorus there - but nothing you could call a knock-out blow.

Any essence of the garage-rock beginnings that lingered on 2006's Standing... have been ditched here, as the band fully embrace the dirty disco vibe of their breakthrough hit. Only on the wiry, twitchy guitars of '8th Wonder' and energetic punk of closer 'Spare Me From The Mold' do they revisit their more aggressive, harder-rocking style of old. Elsewhere, the band's newfound love for all things dancey provides mixed results. On lead single 'Heavy Cross' they waddle along aimlessly with what's basically a watered-down, less sprightly version of 'SITWOC'. However, the loose, menacing funk of opener 'Dimestore Diamond', on which Ditto coos about a female with "low-cut sweaters [and] her skirt above her knees", does prove the band can mix grooves and guitars to winning effect.

We have to remember though that The Gossip have been having more hits with their dance and electro stuff in more recent times.

Elsewhere, 'Pop Goes The World' is a fidgety booty-shaker that throws in the electronic kitchen sink; 'Love Long Distance' sees Ditto channel Gloria Gaynor as she warbles about a failed romance over house piano lines; and 'Men In Love' is the closest the group come to matching the dancefloor glee of 'SITWOC'. Sadly, the second half of the disc slumps in quality dramatically, with Ditto's natural exuberance curtailed by flabby funk workouts and sparkle-free disco rhythms. In particular, 'Love And Let Love' and 'Four Letter Word' drag their heels rather painfully. If the Gossip don't already feel haunted enough by the spectre of 'SITWOC', Music For Men should confirm their worst fears. This album is far from a disaster, but it's hard to escape the conclusion that Ditto and co. have failed to escape the shadow of that song.

The biggest difference is that this album in Australia is being released by Sony Music, who for some reason are slashing budgets across the board, and as this release isnt a "TV" advert type release, i doubt we will hear much mroe about it... whereas the previous album, released by popfrenzy - a small indie, managed to pull off a substantial marketing budget to help the release, making it the success it was.

Its a real shame, as without advertising and promotion, this will definitely fall under the radar in Oz, and SO deserves not too.

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