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Sufjan Stevens @ The Orpheum

In: Dan, Music

My girl Karen and I headed down to the Orpheum Theatre to catch the Sufjan Stevens show on his Vancouver leg of the tour. Man, I don’t even know where to begin with this show. He (and his multi-person band) was brilliant and he’s mega-cute with those stunning blue eyes. His opener was actually a member of the band, who stayed on stage and played throughout the rest of the entire set. Smashing! He also gave the audience a little insight into Sufjan’s mindset, speaking of the idea that he refers to the musical interludes in each song (the parts without lyrics) as the ‘sex scenes’ of any song. Hysterical, and poignant all at the same time.

If you aren’t familiar with Sufjan Stevens and his music, get familiarized! This guy has been around the block AND the world, and his musical/vocal talents are stunning beyond belief. I wasn’t sure how Karen would take to the show as I only recently introduced her to Sufjan and compared him to the likes of Damien Rice (of which she can relate, with affection). After seeing Sufjan’s show and comparing it to Damien’s performance in Vancouver a few years back, I have to give myself props for making a perfect comparison.

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Ke$ha Gets “Sleazy” For Her New Track

In: Donovan, Music

Glitter addicted Ke$ha is deviating from her signature rap/talk/sing “party pop” sound for her new track. She’s going gritty and urban with the new single from her “Cannibal” album. For “Sleazy”, she enlisted American producer Bangladesh who’s worked with Kelis (Bossy), Beyonce (Diva) and Mario (Break Up) in the past.

I have to commend Ms Sebert (her real last name) for taking a chance and playing around with her sound. While it won’t please most of her fans who expect and want the same pop dribble every single time, I happen to dig her new swagger. It takes a couple of listens to get into the groove of it, but it will happen. Even though it’s a bit more street, lyrically speaking, its the same repetitive trivial structure that we’ve come to expect from her. Here’s a little sample

“Rat-ta-ta-tat-tat on your dumb-dumb-drum / The beat’s so fat, gonna make me cum,”

listen to the track after the jump

Charlie’s Angels Reboot Coming Soon To ABC?

In: Donovan, TV Shows

Everything old is new again in Hollywood. ABC finally greenlit the long-speculated reboot of the 70s classic “Jiggle TV” hit, “Charlie’s Angels“. Producing the pilot for the network are “Smallville” creators/producers, Al Gough and Miles Millar. Also on board as executive producer is Drew Barrymore, who has been a devout fan and even produced two successful films based on the series. Filming is set to begin in January in Miami. If the pilot is a success, expect it to show up on ABC’s 2011 Fall Schedule.

If done right, the show could be a strong contender to be a hit for the network next season. Both the reboots of “Hawaii 5.0” and “Nikita” have done quite well for CBS and The CW respectively. Keep in mind though, a familiar concept isn’t always a guarantee hit. For every “Hawaii 5.0″, there’s a “Bionic Woman“, “V“, “Knight Rider“, and “Melrose Place“.

I think the producers should follow “Hawaii 5.0′s” suit and stay true to the original but make enough changes to give it a contemporary edge. Loved that they changed a couple of the original show’s genders to female for the reboot. How awesome would it be if one of the new “Angels” was a gay dude. BRILLBALLS. You know “she” would rock out that slo-motion hair and fierce walk. Sadly, the producers aren’t going to that extreme, but decided to give the girls a bit of color to mix it up.

read the character bios after the jump

Revita.Cor For Hair Galore

In: Charge It, Patrick

It’s finally here. If you’re familiar with Revita Shampoo or Spectral DNC from DS Labs, then you’ll be pleased to hear that they have now made a conditioner to compliment the shampoo: Revita Cor High Performance Hair Growth Stimulating Conditioner. Revita Shampoo helps to stimulate hair growth and prevent further hair loss. It’s the most advanced and effective shampoo on the market in this regard. Now, the conditioner has built on the legendary success of Revita shampoo and this will make the two products an unmatched dynamic duo in hair growth.

Here’s some more information on the product and the science behind it…

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Does Drag Turn You Off?

In: Adam, Totally GAY!

Getting my hair cut by a friend recently, we started chatting about the just passed “Red Dress” event in Seattle where gay men don ladies’ attire- specifically, red dresses- to increase awareness of HIV and AIDS and raise a huge amount of money for the cause as well. Some go all out: shave the legs, mascara the eyes and heel the shoes, while others go as men… in a red dress. My friend excitedly declared he hoped they bring the event up to Vancouver cause he can’t wait to try on a dress and go nuts for the night; I was curious to hear that he actually looked forward to going out in women’s clothing. My question of: “Really?” was met with a resounding: “Yeah! It’d be so hot!” Scrunching up my face as I imagined what my bearded, 6″1 friend would look like in a BCBG original, cherry-coloured backless, I realized I would lose whatever sexual attraction I would usually muster for him the second I saw him dolled up. It got me to thinking: does drag actually turn gays on or is it just a way to express oneself without involving a stirring in the loins?

Coming off a recent article regarding racial preferences in dating, I thought this might be an interesting follow up as I’ve heard a myriad of different views on this topic for years now. Before we delve into the wider net of gay drag in general however, let’s begin by focusing first on drag queens specifically. I absolutely love a good drag show: the fantasy, the glitter, the ebullient singing and crowd “reading” (thank you RuPaul for that term ;). One of our writers Tommy D shim-self puts on a show more than a few times a year as the brobdingnagianly tall and extravagant “Syren” and it’s always a blast to attend. I can even appreciate the unique beauty and work required to pull off a realistic look: our reigning drag empress Raye Sunshine has an undeniable sexiness that even manages to appeal to the 2% remaining hetero part of me. BUT, as they are men, and I like men, I am not able to achieve wood knowing that their gibblies are tucked and taped away and that there’s more MAC slapped on their mugs than a 90s Tammy Faye Bakker.

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Last week, the women had it out in the Boardroom after losing the task, and Kelly was fired. Apparently, the catfight didn’t end there. Mahsa was bitching about everything to the guys and in front of Poppy and Brandy when Liza and Stephanie returned to the suite. Mahsa continues to bitch and is about to go on about what each of the girls sales totals were (in front of the guys), when Brandy says, “Shut the fuck up.” Atta girl, I couldn’t have agreed more. This episode is already good and we haven’t even got to this week’s task yet! “These people are not my friends. None of them,” says Mahsa in confessional.

For this week’s task, they must produce a backers audition aimed at getting financing for an up and coming musical. Teams will be judged on their marketing materials and their overall presentation of the backers audition. Liza steps up as project manager for Fortitude, while Steuart becomes project manager for Octane.

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Fitness Tip: Workout Out Your Lower Body

In: Patrick, Random Reads, Videos

In this week’s fitness tip, Mike talks to you about working out your lower body…differently. If you workout your legs at all (there are a lot of chicken legs out there that only work out their upper bodies), chances are you do a lot of knee dominate exercises. Exercises like squats and lunges really focus a lot of the movement on the knees.

In the following video, you’ll learn a few other exercises that will put the focus on your hips – hip dominate exercises. Things like “straight legged deadlifts” would fall into this category.

Workout your legs, switch up your exercises…and oh yeah, watch the video…

Listen to Mike talk about this week’s tip after the jump…

thinksound’s New ts02+mic Headphones

In: Charge It, Donovan

thinksound wants to be as synonymous with big sound as they do with being eco-friendly. Their goal is provide incredible sounding headphones with the smallest eco-footprint possible. Clear sound with a clearer conscience. Their headphones are made with real wood, creating a more natural resonance and unparalleled acoustics. Even their packaging is made from recycled materials.

A few months ago, Redd reviewed thinksound’s rain 9mm in-ear headphones to glowing reviews. The company just released their first headphones outfitted with a built-in microphone and the results are outstanding. The ts02+mic headphones allow you to listen to your favorite music, then easily answer a phone call with a touch of a button.

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