A few weeks ago I posted about Peter Rauhofer and his diagnosis with brain cancer. It is with an incredibly heavy heart that I have to ever out readers know that Peter has indeed left us today.
“Today the music industry has lost one of it’s true heroes.
With a heavy heart I must now report that Peter Rauhofer has lost his battle with brain cancer.
He passed quietly today and is survived by his mother, Helga, who resides in Austria.
She will transport Peter back home to his final resting place there, but to all that knew Peter, his heart will always be in New York City.
It makes me sad, not only that I have lost a friend, but that the world has lost an amazing talent and that future generations will never get to understand the magic that Peter created night after night all over the world.
He is gone too soon but we will always have the vast body of music that Peter left for us.
Through his music, Peter will live forever. The brightest stars always burn out too soon. Peter, you were loved and you will be terribly missed. Goodbye my friend. Please rest in peace knowing that you have brought so much joy to so many of us. I ask that his true fans keep his legacy alive by sharing his music with anyone who may not have had the opportunity to experience it for themselves.” – Facebook Page
I don’t even know what to say or how to react. I am so sad hearing this not just as a fan but as someone who has had the honor of working with him. Peter was the only DJ I thought was capable of resurrecting a defunct party. The Rapture brand that myself and my partner Anna took over was famously cancelled the year previous and it was a huge risk to take it over. But with the help of Peter it was brought back better than ever to it’s full glory. It was the start of my career and I will never forget it. He is a legend and we are lucky enough to have a full library of memories he has left us with.
Here are some of my absolute favorites, Mariah Carey is actually incredibly hard to listen to but it is one of the best.
For folks who don’t put too much stock into Forbes’ multiple Top 10 lists, the publication’s latest rankings will have you scratching your heads. How can Tim Tebow, who recently got cut by the New York Jets after only one season, which he spent mostly warming up the bench, be the Most Influential Athlete? Definitely casts doubts on the credibility of the publication’s lists. Hopefully for Tebow though, NFL teams catch wind of this honor. Someone needs a new gig. How did Tebow land the top spot? Here’s EW.com’s explanation:
“When Stephen Master, Nielsen’s Senior Vice President of Sports, explains the methodology behind the list, which Nielsen compiled with E-Poll Market Research, it becomes more clear that “influential” is a very pliable term. Their survey asked a sample population of the United States to identify famous athletes by name and face in order to measure Awareness and Likeability Appeal, and then asked respondents to associate the jocks with key personality characteristics, like Fashionable, Good-looking, Funny… and Influential. So Influential isn’t even what’s being measured in this study; it’s the perception of being influential that’s crucial. Essentially, 29 percent of the people surveyed think Tim Tebow, whose outspoken Christianity has won him a fervent following, is Influential. (Twenty-five percent gave Michael Phelps the Influential stamp of approval, as opposed to 18 percent for LeBron James.) That perception does have some value, even if it’s a watered-down metric, especially to corporations who are trying to find the right celebrity to connect their product to a specific audience.”
Find out who Tebow topped on the list. It’s an impressive bunch that includes former Olympians, future Hall of Famers from soccer, baseball and basketball. Check them out below.
I’m a sucker for a wicked sample, especially one that uses Mtume’s “Juicy Fruit.” The 1983 R&B hit has been a go-to sample for numerous hip-hop and urban tracks over the years. A few notable artists to have used it include The Notorious B.I.G., Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, Keyshia Cole and R. Kelly to name a few. Toni Braxton’s little sister Tamar is the latest to incorporate the staple track.
“The One” is the second single off her sophomore album, Love & War. The 36-year-old will undoubtedly score another R&B hit with the track. Given that Tamar is very, very pregnant at the moment, she probably can’t promote the single too much. IMHO, it doesn’t need much promotion. It’s modern yet has a nostalgic old school flavor due to the sample. It took me all of fifteen seconds to love it. If you love an easy laid back R&B jam, you’ll appreciate it. Check it out below.
Well it’s here. After months of competition, a couple weeks of reruns and recaps, endless drama and some of the best/worst drag I’ve seen on tv we have a winner for the 5th season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Before we get to the winner let’s recap a bit or the reunion shall we?
As is tradition we have a reunion episode where we get one last moment to see our Season 5 queens on the tube before they disappear into reality TV history (except for Alyssa, who is getting her own spinoff ALLEGEDLY!). I have to tell you I actually completely forgot that half of those queens were even on the show. But I guess that’s what happens when you get eliminated at the beginning.
Can’t wait til May 14 to check out Demi Lovato’s fourth studio album, Demi? You’re in luck. The 20-year-old singer is beating the pirates at their own game and leaked her entire album a full week ahead of its scheduled release. Lovato rolled them out as her fans tweeted a certain song title. The more people tweeted, the faster the song was unlocked. Those Lovatics sure are a dedicated bunch.
Based on first impression after listening to each track really quickly, I have to say it has definite potential. In an earlier interview, Demi said the album will “provide inspiration for girls everywhere who are going through the same issues” she faced. In fact, there’s supposed to be a sequel to her hit song “Skyscraper” on her new effort. Listen to the tracks below and try to figure out which track she’s referring to. My early favorite is the fun bouncy “Made In The USA.” Fully expect the inevitable mashup with Miley’s “Party In The USA” to come soon. Without further ado, check out Demi below.
My neck of the woods experienced the hottest weekend so far this year. It was definitely time to bust out the tees and tanks. I came across this new label and immediately wanted to post about it. I’m a sucker for a typography graphic top. Plus, model André Hamann is pretty easy on the eyes. In that skateboarder scruffy kind of way.
We Are Freaks is a brand new clothing line specializing in graphic tanks, tees and skateboards. The logo and all designs are created by illustrators and designers Sandra Greiling and Annika Janssen a.k.a. YAWN.
The company tapped Kult male model Hamann to grace their 2013 Spring/Summer lookbook. Hamann reminds me of Aussie Thomas Davenport whom I’ve featured in Model Behavior recently. Expect an upcoming post dedicated on Hamann soon. He is fiiiiiiiine. Check him out rocking the casual designs from We Are Freaks below.
“There is one person living on this street whose orientation threatens to destroy society….Dale looks normal, but he gives off clues of his prejudice with buzzwords like ‘pro-family’, ‘traditional marriage’ or …. ‘pole smoker’,” says George Takei the narrator of Gays Beware.
The new Funny or Die-produced PSA for marriage equality features Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family) and Brad Goreski (It’s A Brad, Brad World) as a couple living across same-sex marriage opponent Dale. Eventually Dale comes around after the boys give him a bow tie. No doubt a plug for Ferguson’s advocacy organization Tie The Knot. Once he rocks the stylish neckwear, the black and white video transforms to color. Turns out Dale is actually a closeted down low “sister”. Check out the clip below.
Some people tend to get offended when someone dresses in cultural garb that isn’t theirs. Hopefully, Iggy Azalea doesn’t get the same flack Selena Gomez or Gwen Stefani received when they donned South Asian and Native American wardrobe recently. I’m absolutely obsessed with Iggy’s new visual. It’s fun, vibrant and dare I say… culturally sensitive. The Aussie female rapper even traveled to India to film her Bollywood-inspired clip.
“Bounce” is the second official single from her forthcoming debut album The New Classic due later this year on Island Def Jam. The obvious route for such a potential club banger like “Bounce” is to film it in a nightclub. Not so for Azalea. The woman looks gorgeous in sari garb, slays the Bollywood choreography, and looks absolutely regal on top of an elephant. “Bounce” could be the potential crossover hit she’s looking for. I’m officially a fan. Check out the stunning clip below.