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Luciana’s New Single: “I’m Still Hot”

In: Music, Nic

“Dirty-Electro Queen”, and friend of Homorazzi, Luciana, HAS A NEW SINGLE! And it doesn’t disappoint.

I’ve been a fan of Luciana for years now, discovering her infectious beats and MANY “ft. Luciana” singles when I lived in Australia. This British club anthem starlet rocked with Bodyrox, had a great tune with Super Mal, nailed it with Mark Knight, and most recently had back to back summer anthems with Richard Vission and Static Revenger. Luciana’s been featured countless times on Ministry of Sound Annuals, and remixed to the nth degree.

Point is how excited am I every time she comes out with something new? CLEARLY.

I had a great time chatting with Luciana back in October about her North American takeover, and her definition of Dirty-Electro. With a great sense of humor, an infectious laugh, and the talent to back it up, Luciana won over my heart. She loved the name Homorazzi and promised me and the crew that we would have a cocktail and party next time she finds herself in Vancouver….after a bit of begging to have her come visit us. *Bats Eyes*.

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Wine 101: Colome, Argentina

In: Charge It, Nic, Random Reads

Just a quick disclaimer. Due to last weeks comments on Wine 101, I thought it necessary to let the general wine drinking public know that I’m not getting endorsement for any wine promoted in this column. Hell, if someone wants to make a deal, bring it on. Until then, being in the wine industry for quite a few years now has helped expose me to some pretty cool varietals, regions, and wines. Be assured, that I am only writing about a wine because I enjoy it, and for no other reason. Hopefully you are getting a good wine from my recommendations, and not a bottle of questionable quality due to endorsement of any kind. ON WITH THE WINE!

Argentinian wine has become really popular in the last five or so years. Well, South American wine in general thanks to the influx of interest in Malbec, an easy drinking, fruit-forward red wine. Although Chile was the first country to really take off with this varietal in North America here, Argentinian wines have become a close second in popularity now, and are continuing to gain notoriety.

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Just ruled by Saskatchewan‘s highest court, marriage officials are officially not allowed to deny marrying same-sex couples. You’d think this was a given considering same-sex marriage is completely legal in Canada, but apparently there has been problems.

Two proposals were presented, giving the option that marriage officials COULD deny marrying same-sex couples if it contrasted with their personal religious beliefs. But this isn’t holding any water with the court. The court has stated officially that they are appointed to marry in non-religious ceremonies, and that it would be a human rights violation to deny conducting the ceremony in the same way a couple wouldn’t be denied due to THEIR religion, beliefs, or race.

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Wine 101: A Bubbly 2011

In: Charge It, Nic

After the festivities of Christmas and New Years, it’s still a Champagne time of year! So what better to tell you about than beautiful bubbles?

A lot of people describe any bubbly wine as Champagne, but Champagne only specifically comes from a small region in France 160km east of Paris of same name. Unless it’s from here, from grapes grown in this soil, it’s not technically Champagne. The prestige, production, and historical aspects of this region make for a higher price point than Baby Duck, or really any other bubbly from anywhere else in the world. Although there are great bubbly wines from other places, showing up with a bottle of Champagne means a little more to the wine world, and to future guests.

There’s actually only three different grape varietals used in the blend of Champagne: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier. This is the law of the area, and the wine can only be made from these. Although the world tries to mimmick  this blend, trial and error and a long history of production gives France the reigning title of bubbly-making. So what’s good?

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And just like that another year has gone by and a new one begins. January brings a fresh start for people interested in a little self reflection and personal growth. You can look back at what you may have (or haven’t) accomplished over the past year. Reflect upon the people that have come into your lives, relationships you’ve grown to value, and all the good times and bad.

Looking back (and inward for that matter) helps you to look forward with a little more focus and clarity. Here are some of the resolutions (or outlooks on resolutions) of a ten of the Homorazzi cast members, including myself, as we step into 2011.

Check out the resolutions after the jump…

There’s a reason I like New Years, and it’s not because I love spending too much going somewhere I could go any other weekend for half the price. It’s not because I love looking for one of the few cabs that Vancouver actually has at 2am in the freezing cold. And it’s definitely not because of all the hype that leads to all the let down of being just another drunk night on the town.

I love New Years because I believe in rebirth and self improvement, and it’s really the one thing in my life that I’m sure of: that change is inevitable whether we cause it or not, and that the only thing that we fully have control over in this world is ourselves. So I look forward to every January 1st, not just because it’s my ex’s birthday (HAPPY ALMOST BDAY TIM!), but because it marks a place where I can go inside, do some self analysis and see where I want to be by this time next year. Yes, I realize I could do this at any ol’ point of the year, but we as humans mark naturally by ceremony, and I don’t think there’s any thing wrong with that.

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Courtney Love’s Peter Breeze

In: Music, Nic

Hearing Celebrity Skin brings me right back to highschool, and every girl I was friends with (and me), obsessed with Cobain’s widow and Hole as a whole. Vancouver wild child Peter Breeze has covered the tune and even gotten props now from Courtney Love herself!

Peter Breeze came onto the scene when he released “Fuck Talk (Buy Me A Drink)” last year as his club single and music video debut, and everyone was telling everyone and their mother to Buy Them A Drink! With producer Maxwell Maxwell, Peter followed up his popularity with his first full length album Send In The Robots last March, and online sales went through the roof, including a special performance attended by, and praised by, original club kid James St. James himself in LA. The album gave us some great dance tunes, and another great single and video for X-Rated Angel. Peter rocked the Rapture party and The Odyssey last summer at Vancouver Pride and began the ride into glory, glitter, and fame.

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Ballerinas Are SO The New Vampires

In: Fashion, Nic, The Arts

It’s been a LONG TIME coming that those blood sucking children of the undead climbed off the trendy train. I’m not really anything other than neutral that this trend became popular quite honestly. But really, who hasn’t watched True Blood and loved it, (just the raunchiest show on television), and what prepubescent teen, or Tommy D, hasn’t done the Beatles cry over Twilight (my warm soft spot for those films ends at Lautner). After only a few examples, we can see that the pop culture phenomena that IS vampires, post Anne Rice, has been riding high the last couple of years. But WE ARE ON THE BRINK OF SOMETHING NEW!

The dark side of Ballet has taken over, and we can thank a few seemingly unrelated groups for the next craze. Anyone who has not seen Black Swan SHOULD. It’s an incredibly suspenseful, demented, and claustrophobic film that I can see someone (PORTMAN PORTMAN PORTMAN) thanking the Academy for very soon. But something caught my eye and hit a nerve (mixed analogies?) when I first saw the trailer for it. I thought it seemed like a slightly underplayed theme that had serious nuclear potential, and then I noticed I wasn’t the only one who thought so. The tutu is IN.

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