Aiden James Releases Video for “Snapshot”

Philly out singer-songwriter Aiden James just dropped a new video on us, a late Christmas present, if you will. “Snapshot” is from his latest album, Trouble With This, which debuted at No. 28 on the iTunes Top 100 chart when it was released in 2012.

To make the video, James took advantage of the recent snow storm in Winnipeg by stepping out to make a li’l video that illustrates the song’s message about cherishing your favorite moments in time. James doesn’t appear in the video once, instead he is presumably the camera man, filming a day in the life with the man he loves. The effect is nostalgia-inducing all the way, evoking those moments when you watch old home movies of people who are no longer in your life.

Check it out above. (Sniffle). You can download Trouble With This and “Snapshot,” here.

Rihanna Who? Philly Out Musician George Alley Covered “Vogue” in 1991, and It’s Adorable

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The Internet’s all abuzz about Rihanna’s leaked cover of Madonna’s “Vogue,” but I woke up to a little gem on my Facebook wall this morning that, in my opinion, is a much more enjoyable—or at least GAYYY!—listen.

Out Philly musician and performance artist George Alley shared this recording of him and a friend covering The Material Girl’s game-changing hit way back in 1991, and it’s adorable. What’s funny, is that, even though Alley’s voice hasn’t even begun to change, you can still hear hints of the forward-thinking musician in the echo-y vocals and synth-heavy arrangement.

Check out the 1991 cover below, then give a listen to one of his latest recordings to see if you can spot the similarities.

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15 New Pop Albums We’re Anticipating in 2015

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Here we are, fresh at the top of another year in music, and 2015 looks to be quite a doozy. With new albums on the horizon from Rihanna, Coldplay, Madonna and Kelly Clarkson, it’s already shaping up to be quite an interesting year for radio. However, the burning question on everyone’s mind: Will Adele finally make her grand return? I guess we’ll have to wait to find out. Check out our 15 most-anticipated albums of 2015 below:

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PLAYDAR: Top Model‘s Cory Wade Drops New Dance Single and Video Filled With Philly Drag Queens

cory wade hindorff pose downPhilly singer/model/actor/drag performer Cory Wade (née Hindorff) made like Beyoncé and dropped a secret single and video last night at midnight. This is the soulful-voiced crooner’s third single this year, but the first that’s tailor made for a gay dancefloor. (Are you listening, DJ Carl Michaels?)

“Pose Down” is an upbeat, club-ready tune that finds the former Top Model contestant giving lessons on how to summon your inner fierce model. The video stars a gaggle of local drag queens, like Mimi Imfurst, who plays Wade’s oh-so-bored teacher’s assistant, and Luna Lavey, Ann Artist and Maria TopCatt (aka Wade’s real-life boyfriend) playing pupils. G Philly even makes a small cameo! (Look at Imfurst’s table at :12!)

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DJ Carl Michael Presents: 10 Spooky Songs For Your Gay Halloween Shenanigans

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For years, I have had the honor of DJing on Gay Christmas (aka Halloween, aka the holiday that gives masculine fellas the excuse to put on heels). The most fun part for me is bringing out some of my favorite classic spooky tunes to create the perfect soundtrack for the night of all nights.

Here are just a few of the songs to add to your Halloween party playlist, or to blare in the car on your way to your favorite nightclub or party. Merry Gay Christmas!

You can find the playlist on Spotify, or enjoy each track in the videos and playlist after the jump.

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Madonna’s Bedtime Stories Turns 20: A Look Back At Its Career-Defining Legacy

madonna bedtime stories“A little up and down and all around, it’s all about survival,” coos Madonna on slinky boudoir groove “Survival,” the opening number of her just-turned-20 work Bedtime Stories. And, as all of us true Madonna queens know, prior to the release of this celebrated record, the Material Girl’s career at this point was indeed a little up and down and all around, and in definite need of survival.

Her previous studio set, the S&M-beat-blessed Erotica, ruffled the feathers of a lot of critics—and even some fans with its overt sexuality. Around the same time, her provocatively titled coffee-table book Sex prompted those same critics to throw up their hands. Had the queen of WTF moments reached her shock-value limits? Was America tired of her attention-getting ways? Many said yes. But those who doubted were eating their words after her infamous 1994 interview on Late Show With David Letterman, where she dropped F-bombs like they were going out of style. It was too much for a nation that was increasingly more conservative following Desert Storm and in the midst of a wallet-clenching recession. Girlfriend needed to reel it in.

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PLAYDAR: On 1989, Taylor Swift Takes a Form-Perfect Dive Into 1980s Pop

Taylor_Swift_-_1989First things first: I hate that I like Taylor Swift.

You see, we share something in common: We’re both Pennsyltucky-bred projects hopelessly in love with (or fascinated by) the grandeur of life outside the haystack. I understand that T-Swift’s not being snarky when she croons about awe-inspiring, big-city lights on tracks like “Welcome to New York”—girl, I get it. But explaining that to someone who’s otherwise annoyed by her diaristic songwriting or small-town naivete inevitably seems to unearth the inner music snob in everyone—something Tay Tay herself poked fun at in Red’s “We Are Never.” Just try telling someone you listen to Taylor Swift, and suddenly they’re big fans of The Beatles or some indie group no one’s ever heard of (or cares about), and you’re the guy perceived as having Kidz Bop on repeat at work.

Wonderful.

Point being, liking Taylor Swift can feel like a burden—especially when you feel the urge to shelter your iPhone on the subway when someone sees the fairy-princess-esque Speak Now cover art spring to life on your screen. It’s a curse that the, say, Beyoncé fans of the world never have to deal with.

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Your Official American Horror Story: Freak Show Premiere Party Playlist

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After what has certainly felt like a lifetime of anticipation, American Horror Story comes screaming back tonight with its latest installment, wonderfully subtitled “Freak Show.” Over the past few months, we’ve all been salivating over tiny tidbits from the set, teaser trailers and photos of the cast in all their freakish glory.

Now the moment we’ve all been waiting for is here, and I know that a lot of you are gearing up for your official “AHS” viewing parties tonight. Well, as I always say, it’s simply not a party without some killer tunes, so I’ve put together a freak-filled playlist to bump while you and your guests anticipate the return of Ms. Lange and her flock of oddities.

Give it a listen in my playlist below:

Prefer a little visual to go with your tunes? Some videos from the playlist below:

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Your Big Gay Summer Music Preview 2014: La Roux, Robyn, Lana Del Rey and More

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Nothing quite complements that worked-out beach bod like some sizzling summer tunes. This season, Mariah, Lana and La Roux are all returning with new music to provide you the perfect soundtrack while you’re making all your summer dreams come true. I’ve rounded up a few notable summer 2014 releases below that will be just the tunes to blast at your Rehomo beach blanket Bingo parties.

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What’s Next for “Clarity” Singer Foxes?

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Get ready music queens, “Clarity” singer Foxes (aka Louisa Rose Allen) is another big-haired pop goddess from overseas who’s ready to make the music world her bitch. Let’s go back to last summer, when Zedd’s EDM powerhouse track “Clarity” was blazing the charts and tickling gay fancies everywhere. The fiery number exploded to become a top 10 hit, and was recently honored with a Grammy for Best Dance Recording.  Not to mention, it earned the coveted No. 1 spot on G Philly‘s top songs of 2013. So now that she’s blown up all over the place, what’s next for Foxes?

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