Archive for the ‘Singer-Songwriter’ Category

Yes, you may be asking yourself “But isn’t that Tom Goss?” And yes, it is. Known more for his singer-songwriter and clothed performances, Goss has gone the actor route in Rob Williams’ new film Out To Kill slated for a summer release for film festivals and a holiday disc release.

The movie is described as

Perhaps not surprisingly, the abhorrent Jaymes is the victim in this intricate and witty “whodunit” murder mystery centered around a group of gay men living in a Florida loft complex. With its surprise ending and tropical location, the film offers a sexy, gay twist to the traditional murder mystery.

We can’t help but think there’s some inspiration for the Jaymes character by way of Cazwell. Well, that and the video. Watch and read more after the jump.

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We’re loving this tidbit from Nhojj and that high note. Sing it! He dropped this homemade video of “Little Brother” just this week and what better way to deliver the humpday blues.

So we’re glad Rufus Wainwright is dropping a greatest hits album, but he’s also delivering some newness to it. He posted this lyric video to his new song “Me and Liza” and now you can too.

Vibrate – The Best of Rufus Wainwright will be out March 3.

OK, first of all, I have to admit we’re a little confused by this story as there seem to be many players and levels involved. Plus, it’s been a long day. But what I get out of this piece is this completely adorable video of folk icon Janis Ian playing the wine glasses and singing for the audiobook The Singer and the Song: An Autobiography of the Spirit by Miriam Therese. From SkyboatMedia.com:

Miriam Therese, or MT as she is known by her friends, is credited with introducing folk music to the Catholic tradition.  Her first record, Joy is like the Rain, went gold in the 60s, and since then she’s written and recorded hundreds of songs, sold out Carnegie Hall, and touched hearts all over the globe with her one-of-a-kind folksy yet angelic sound.  (Watch the video above to see the unofficial Skyboat chorus celebrating MT’s music.)  Her fans are too many to be counted, but one of her biggest, the Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter—not to mention Audie Award winning narrator—Janis Ian, is to thank for making us aware of this amazing autobiography.  Per Janis and Skyboat’s proposal via Stefan’s agenting wizardry, Audible acquired the rights to this project, and we here at Skyboat were thrilled for the opportunity to produce and direct this wonderful story.

Hopefully the above helps, but OMG the video! I am just enchanted by it as I was with Ian when she spoke with me back in 2009. She’s a legend for sure but it’s her genuine down-to-earth approach to her work and the world that really remarkable – and of course, her music.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Such a week of great announcements. First Bob Mould, now Rufus Wainwright!

Come March 3, Wainwright will release Vibrate: The Best of Rufus Wainwright that will feature 18 tracks stemming back to his self-titled career debut in 1998. The deluxe version will feature 16 additional rare and unreleased live and studio recordings.” The second disc will feature new song “Chic And Pointless” and the first physical release of “WWIII.”

Uh, yes please.

Both standard and deluxe versions are available for pre-order. Read the track list after the jump.

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The newest issue of Rolling Stone delivered one of many year-end lists of music, movies and television with some choice selections. We were particularly thrilled that Vampire Weekend topped their 50 best albums of 2013 list with Modern Vampires of the City where the band basically took themselves to the next level. From Rolling Stone:

It’s one of rock’s great albums about staring down adulthood and trying not to blink — that moment where, as singer Ezra Koenig puts it, you realize “wisdom’s a gift/But you’d trade it for youth.” The music is sculpted and subtly bonkers, with orchestral sweeps balancing hymnlike beauty and dub-inflected grooves.

And boy, is it. Heartfelt congrats to one of our favorites.
So how did queer artists do in the rest? Not too bad. Queens of the Stone Age’s …Like Clockwork which featured a guest appearances by Sir Elton John and Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears came in at No. 6 while John’s The Diving Board was No. 25. David Bowie’s The Next Day ranked 16th. Tegan and Sara‘s Heartthrob managed No. 30 and Avicii’s True which featured Adam Lambert followed at No. 45.
And once we get our shit together, we plan to have a list up here soon. Who do you think should make our top LGBT releases for 2013?

So Flair Gun is based in Dallas and right now (yes, this very instant) we’re under some major winter storm advisories and warnings. That same storm is also hitting Oklahoma where singer Eric Himan is based. While our part of town has yet to be hit by precipitation, Himan is already getting some and thus he posted this quick video for “Let It Sleet!” And yes, we’ll include this in Your Holigays Playlist.”