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Unreleased Gaga Track “Brooklyn Nights” Leaks

In: Music, Nic
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A track originally slated for Artpop that didn’t make the cut has hit the internet.

Last September Gaga had tweeted about “Brooklyn Nights,” saying it was “melancholy and personal”, and then nothing more was heard of it until now. Paying tribute to Gaga’s roots, the nostalgic ode to NYC  seems to be about young love, but then again you never really know with Mother Monster.

As one would probably expect, there’s a few other tracks that didn’t make the cut for the album either, and maybe we’ll be seeing more of this kind of thing surfacing.

Brooklyn Nights” sounds fine, but a little out of place for the rest of the Artpop album IMHO and I can understand why it didn’t place. It’s cute and sweet and fine.

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Although we all (mostly all) hold a place dear in our hearts for the Village here in TO, sometimes a little variety is just what the homosexual doctor ordered. Even though I can walk into any Church bar on most nights and down a few drink specials, I’m finding more and more that all these fantastically diverse monthly parties around the city are what I look forward to.

If you find yourself wandering West or East from the nightly “grind”, here’s a couple tips on where I like to frequent for a great night out.

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HUVr Board: Is It For Real?

In: Gadgets & Tech, Nic
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Apparently the future has arrived, and a la Back to the Future, the Huvr Board is finally not just science fiction, but ready to be marketed by the end of 2014.

The internet has blown up today trying to decipher whether or not the video and website and company are even real. With celebrities like Tony Hawk and Moby demonstrating “the best day” of their lives, flying through the air on what seems to be a hover board, many including myself are left scratching their heads wondering whether this is an elaborate hoax, or a legitimate hover board.

The website says:

What began as a summer project in 2010 at the MIT Physics Graduate Program has evolved into one of the most exciting independent products to be developed out of MIT since the high-powered lithium-ion batteries developed by Yet-Ming Chiang in 2001. Our team consists of materials science, electricity & magnetism experts who’ve solved an important part of one of science’s mysteries: the key to antigravity.

Marketing itself as an efficient mode of transportation and with a four and a half minute demonstration video, only time will tell us whether you too can be Marty McFly by December, or just the butt end of a big joke.

watch the video after the jump

Katy B Covers Beyoncé!

In: Music, Nic
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Well in case you didn’t hear, this week, UK electro songstress Katy B scored her first number 1 album with Little Red!

Katy B has been one of my favourites of unique British ladies with an electronic sound you can never really pin down, and if there’s one thing she’s never been, it’s dull. Her 2011 album “On a Mission” produced some of my favourite songs, and with hits on her new “Little Red” like Crying For No Reason, and 5AM, the girl has finally, and deservedly, reached the top.

Recently in a live studio version for Rinse.FM, Katy attacked a cover from the biggest pop star in the world, and a song that’s really shaping up to be a modern classic.  Starting with American singer-songwriter Tinashe’s “Vulnerable” and melding seamlessly into “Drunk In Love“, Katy B strips it back, and gives it a little soul with the piano and back up vocals. Above all else, Katy, as usual, gives a flawless live performance. God I love this girl.

Check out Katy B’s acoustic cover of Drunk In Love below. It’ll make you feel a feeling.

Video after the jump…

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Dear Toronto,

This is a very lucky week for you whether you knew it or not. You thought Family Day would be the highlight of your week, but you were wrong. Very dear friends of Homorazzi and downright hilarious sex pots Ryan Steele and Amy Goodmurphy are in town this week, and performing this weekend, and yes it will be the greatest thing to do in TO, and no you will not regret it and yes they will both put out to each and every male and female that attends (they love their fans).

In case you’re unfamiliar with this duo, The Ryan and Amy Show has been going on in Vancouver for a while now, and performing together for 7 years, and with a bagajillion videos on their YouTube channel now, pretty much anything they touch turns to funny.

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The Rhubarb Festival is On Now!

In: Nic, The Arts
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Not really knowing what to expect is kind of the main flavor of the Rhuarb Festival. It being my first time stepping into anything Rhubarb related, I got to witness with fresh eyes exactly how surprising those flavours can be.

I had an absolutely inspired evening at Buddies In Bad Times Theatre this week, witnessing 35 2-3 minute plays (“give or take 10 minutes”) for their 35th anniversary show, and got to see a bundle of artistic endeavours from the 70’s through to present time, all having previously participated in the Festival. What a great way to induct me into the local arts to see its journey through all of the artist’s eyes throughout the years.

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Rising Artist Spotlight: The Preatures

In: Music, Nic
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Although a little under my radar, this band has made up for lost time very quickly while I was listening to Triple J (THE BEST RADIO STATION ON EARTH) and catching up on their annual Australia Day Hottest 100 of the year. Right under veterans like Arctic Monkeys, Lana, Lorde, and Daft Punk, and sitting at pretty number 9 in the top ten, The Preatures found their place.

Hailing from Sydney, this fivesome is headed by lead singer Isabella Manfredi’s silky folky vocals. Backed by a lot of danceable rhythms, this pop group is doing pop just right in all the right places, paying homage to the late seventies and early eighties honouring something that feels like Fleetwood Mac and The Pretenders had a baby and it knew how to groove.

Still without a full length album (lest we not forget Haim was exactly in this place last year as well), The Preatures have a couple of EP’s, their latest being the 5 track “Is This How You Feel” that isn’t short of substance for so little music. Their lead single of the same title is hitting me in all the right places.

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“Show Your Love” On Valentine’s Day

In: Nic, Random Reads
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Single? Couple? Open? Married? It’s complicated? No matter your relationship status, there’s something for you to do on Valentine’s Day this year besides sit in bed with a box of turtles and a Nicholas Sparks movie. Oh, just me? Cool.

The Haus of Jaja is a new group of guys doing some great things and making waves in the LGBT community here in Toronto and they’ve picked V-Day to throw their first event and chosen the LGBT Youthline to help support.

“THE LESBIAN GAY BI TRANS YOUTH LINE IS A TOLL-FREE SERVICE PROVIDED BY YOUTH FOR YOUTH. THEIR MANDATE IS TO OFFER SUPPORT, INFORMATION AND REFERRALS.”

With proceeds going towards such a great cause, an equally great event is necessary, and Jaja is nailing it with a night of dance and romance, great music, a great TO drag host, and a bounty of entertainment including underwear balloon boys, (what does that mean? You’ll just have to come and see, I may be one of them).

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