This diva can still pack the house
The glittery god Francis von Legge was at my sold-out Disco Extravaganza last night and shot the show--with a 3D camera. Strap on your goggles (or actually, don't) and enjoy my lounge-like rendition of Donna Summer's bittersweet hit "The Last Dance."
Just in time for the Oscars, along comes You Like Me, the riotous recreation of celebrity awards acceptance speeches, created by Michael Schulman and Rachel Shukert. Next Saturday night at Ars Nova--the night before the actual Oscars--you will gag to the procession of performers re-enacting the gra ... More >>
Thanks to the devoted folks over at All That Chat, I've got the lineup of what Barbra Streisand sang in Philly last night--presumably the same set list she's bringing to Brooklyn later this week. Sounds like a lot of long, luxurious notes to me. So nu? ACT ONE "You'll Never Know" (video introd ... More >>
I'll let Leo Gugu tell the story himself: "When I was fifteen, while I was dancing, I had a testicular torsion. "They did surgery leaving me with one testicle. "On Thursday night, during the end of the evening at about 3:40 AM, two songs before My Chiffon is Wet [the weekly party at Eastern Bl ... More >>
And here's a review: "How can you turn down a film that has Michael Musto, Donna Summer, and the Village People? "It's simply not possible. Submit and let The Secret Disco Revolution have its way with you." The documentary by Jamie Kastner is a look at the subversive, explosive, exciting message ... More >>
If you want to forget all the gay controversies that surrounded her and just remember the piping hot music, you can't beat this Alvaro illustration of the scintillatingly sexy singer Donna Summer.
In the two-family house where I grew up in Bensonhurst, the two musical acts I heard most often, blasting from stereos at the top and bottom of the house, were the Beatles and Donna Summer. The former was more my parents' speed, although my teenaged cousins who lived downstairs played the Fab Four ... More >>
TMZ is reporting that disco legend Donna Summer has danced her last dance, having lost a battle with cancer. She was 63. We just happened to be listening to "Last Dance," Summer's 1978 hit, when we read the news on Twitter. We already knew it was going to be quite a Pride celebration this June fo ... More >>
The queen of disco is gone, but her music will live on. Here are my fave Donna Summer songs to boogie to through eternity: *"No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" A slow-percolating, then explosive duet with Barbra Streisand. Could you imagine just being a fly on the wall in that recording studio?
This morning the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame announced its 2012 inductees, and topping the list is the snarling chroniclers of Sunset Strip decadence Guns N' Roses. (Will they get back together for the induction dinner? Is Axl Rose only going to call up Izzy for the big night? How does Tracii ... More >>
I'm truthin'! The legendary '70s disco--and specifically the rise and fall of Steve Rubell, who co-founded it--is the subject of a Tommy Tune-directed musical trying out in Florida! In case they're open to some disco-survivor input, I have a few glittery recollections to share from my water ... More >>
Over the weekend SOTC pal Ann Powers wondered about what the music of Occupy Wall Street might be, and she discussed the drop-ins by the likes of Jeff Mangum and Talib Kweli as well as the music emanating from the park's current residents; she also mused on the "human microphone," the means by which ... More >>
Guns N' Roses ca. 1987: If nothing else, that pouf should be immortalized for eternity. The Cure, Eric B. & Rakim, and Guns N' Roses are among the new-to-the-ballot artists on the list for for the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame's class of 2012, announced this morning; they join previous nominees ... More >>
DJ Kentaro and his admirers. Pics by Puja, more below.The best thing about living in this city is that there's always something to do. If anything, we're constantly torn between options: Should we go to the dance party, the concert, the cocktail hour, or the laid-back DJ night? It's a ... More >>
Joan MarcusMillion Dollar Quartet has proven that by throwing together a low-budget show with actors imitating four music legends (in this case Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins), the tourists will come and you can make lots of cash while nabbing some acclaim and even a To ... More >>
The matriarchal disco diva reinvents herself on Flesh Tone
Don't bother asking John Mayer about this though. Real McQueen obit by a more qualified peer over here. Our sisters at the LA Weekly point out McQueen's unique role in rock and roll fashion; he worked with Lady Gaga, who made his shoes famous, and with Bjork, whose Homogenic cover he designed ... More >>
Where the soundtrack is more Jock Jams than Red State
The Stooges, who patiently rocked behind Iggy while beer bottles flew at the Michigan Theater in the late 60s and early 70s, have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Rendering the honor bittersweet is guitarist Ron Asheton's death earlier this year, and music in general. Also ... More >>
A new book celebrates a mid-'70s scene's surprising diversity in real-time
Whitney Houston's I Look To You--hailed by her handlers as her post-crack-allegations, post-Bobby, post-reality-TV "comeback album"--hits the world this Tuesday, September 1. Because you're terribly excited about hearing this masterpiece, SOTC's here to inform you that it's currently streaming at ... More >>
Your guess is not as good as mine. But go ahead and try.
Credit: Gemma Mary Horrifyingly enough, Rihanna not only went back to her attacker, Chris Brown, but there were reports that she recorded a duet with him! Talk about ennabling! Well, those reports turned out to be misleading, but it's all too sick to ignore anyway, so let's just go with it: What do ... More >>
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