Category Archives: totally gay for

totally gay for: lana del rey’s video games

i don’t know if it’s the holiday season or the fact that it’s been about three years since i last played one (guitar hero, you don’t count), but for the past week i haven’t been able to get video games off my mind.  (final fantasy, uncharted, zelda and more, i can not wait for the current stage of the book release to be over so that i can once again immerse myself in a video game.  (as you can tell, i prefer role-playing games.)) so it should come to no surprise that when i heard the song “video games” by lana del rey for the first time this week that i kinda freaked out a bit.

lada del rey with flowers

don't be jealous because i'm infamous..

the video has already received almost 8million hits on the youtubes with thanks from shows like the ringer and gossip girl featuring it on their soundtracks or in current episodes.  i love the feel of the vid, it’s very silicon valley of the dolls in the way it mashes up stock footage of photogs from the fifties and sixties with ipod billboards and skateboards.  lana (nee elizabeth grant) may be a year younger than me, but she has the voice and aesthetic of someone much older.  check out the video here:

controversy:  for those of you who are still reading, my guess is it’s because you wanted me to talk about the controversy of this faux-indie artist that people are so up in arms about.  fine, i have neither the indie cred nor the indie-care about it but as with everything in my life, i do have an opinion.

note:  if you’d really like to hear solid arguments my friend and fellow lambda literary fellow tracy jean rosenthal has a great article on it over at good:  ‘why the indie world hates lana del rey’  please go read it for a well-thought-out discussion on the matter.

my thoughts:  one may argue that by having her sing a song about making her boyfriend happy with video games ‘the music machine’ has set her up to placate to the fantasy of dude-music bloggers everywhere.  speaking as a proud gay male blogger, the note she strikes with me has nothing to do with her lips or my desire to marry a sixties housewife.

seeing as she’s billed as a singer/songwriter i hope that she did in fact write these lyrics, but even if she didn’t they do strike a strong chord with me.  the idea of dating someone and being so wrapped up with them.  doing everything for them, just wanting them to be happy.  when i hear these lyrics i think of a couple, one of them playing a video game, the other just content to be next to them on the couch.

the indie scene, loves to make things popular just to turn their back on it the moment that they hear it on the radio.  the only thing most indie-identified music enthusiasts love to do more than say ‘i loved *insert indie band name here* before everyone else did’ is to say ‘i hated *insert sell-out indie band name here* before everyone else did.    the point of making music is to have people hear it.  one of the pleasant side-effects of people hearing and enjoying your music (or art) is that you make money.  you sell your music, you sell out venues and then the same people that made you famous call you a sell-out.

lyrics:

Open up a beer.  And you say get over here.  And play a video game.
I’m in his favorite sun dress.  Watching me get undressed.  Take that body downtown
I say you the bestest.  Lean in for a big kiss.  Put his favorite perfume on.
Go play a video game.
It’s you, it’s you, it’s all for you.  Everything I do.  I tell you all the time.  Heaven is a place on earth with you.  Tell me all the things you want to do.  I heard that you like the bad girls.  Honey, is that true?.  It’s better than I ever even knew.  They say that the world was built for two.  Only worth living if somebody is loving you.  Baby now you do.


totally gay for: gay marriage down under

so for those of you who haven’t seen this yet on the facebook, this is a great ad by a non-profit group ‘get up’ that shows a couple meeting dating and eventually making the choice to get married.  it’s a great idea for an ad and it’s been executed near perfectly.

it’s no small wonder that i’m a big fan of marriage equality, but when you see a video like this, it really highlights the hypocrisy of not allowing two adults to marry, regardless of sex or gender identity.

(side note:  the significant other ‘paul’ we can see through most of the video looks a lot like my friend and fellow lambda literary writing fellow Johnathan Wilber  .  this past summer at the lambda literary writer’s retreat i got to hear first hand his new work (an inventive retelling of the dracula myth set during the 80’s at the onset of the aids epidemic))

Johnathan has a book out on amazon called ‘out beelzebub’ which is a “rollicking farcical thriller that is sure to appeal to sexual deviants.”  it’s on my kindle and it should be on yours.


Totally Gay For: Sneaky Sound System

So, I’ve been in a bit of a music rut lately.  Frankly, I just haven’t had the time to look for music and not much has been catching my ears lately.  Well, hopefully that dry spell is over.  Sneaky Sound System is an Australian electro/pop duo consisting of Black Angus and Connie Mitchell.  I got the album a few weeks ago after reading the music roundup on Towleroad.  Finally today I loaded it onto my iphone.  I had a freak out dance party in my room by myself at about 8AM (I had just taken an Awake pill).   I walked to work instead of biking, because I wanted to listen to it–yeah.  And I’ve been listening to it between every podcast today (i.e. 4-5x).   My first reaction while listening to it (and this may be indicative of electronic music either rotting my brain or taking it to a whole new level) was that I liked their sounds.  I wish I had better words to describe electronic music, but essentially I just like the sounds.  Blip-bloop-bleep.  Their music seems to pull from multiple genres and I hear influences of disco, 80s electro, and contemporary house.  It’s bumpin’, but it won’t give you a headache.  Connie Mitchell is gorgeous and her outfits bright and sparkly, stimulating multiple senses.  The videos are fun and playful.  I’m currently tapping my foot and squirming in my seat finishing up this post.  Get your headphones and have at it.

The video for We Love kind of reminds me of a downtempo Benassi-Prydz hybrid.


totally gay for: caramalized bacon with maple syrup

20111026-233114.jpg

this recipe will change your life. you can thank me by making this recipe for me. one holiday season many (two) years ago i was minding my own buisness, probably playing wii or sitting in the hot tub when my mind was blown by bacon. not just any bacon. caramalized bacon. i think it was brunch but it was so good it could have been for dessert.
i am a sweet tooth and it had never occurred to me to mix brown sugar and bacon. silly me.
lucky you i made sure to get the recipe. lucky for us there is only two steps to nirvana.

20111026-233755.jpg

what you need:
brown sugar
bacon
baking sheet
oven
tastebuds

steps to baconirvana:
preheat oven to 200f
cover bacon in brown sugar (either on a separate plate or right onto baking sheet)
cook until you can’t wait any longer
consume until you have arrived at baconirvana

20111026-233946.jpg

the other day when jones and i were making this we got our hands on some maple syrup. im talking wisconsin-style, grade-a dark amber. (that’s what they called me in college) so i mixed the two not meaty ingredients together this time and made even more awesome.

note: it is incredibly hard to eat more than three pieces of this in one sitting. so for those of you who have trouble controlling yourself around bacon, you’ll go into diabetic shock before you eat enough to make you fat. (winning)

this is a great little recipe i picked up at the birdhouse from foodie-friend lori. (you can check out some of her writing over on npr’s baby project blog
in all fairness, the tahoe house is a place where someone is always cooking and we are always drinking so i’m pretty sure it was lori, it may have been aaron (check out his band caught in motion)

here are some potential names for this new type of caramalization:

lakeland licorice
baconsin (bay-con-sin)
candied bacon
diabetes treaty
diabetic jerky

20111026-234043.jpg


totally gay for: ‘This Means War’

the other night while watching a show or seven over on hulu, i was delighted to get the option to watch a trailer instead of watching all the commercials. this opportunity always puts me in a good mood, if not for the dislike of commercial interruption than for the sheer inconvenience of a commercial interrupting an already shaky online streaming situation. but what put me in a great mood is the trailer for a movie i’m totally down to see.

this means war looks like it should be called ‘this means threesome.’ a classic love triangle with a lot of action that begs the question, why isn’t polygamy legal? just watch for yourself..

not only does this movie have two gay heart throbs, but it also has reese and chelsea handler. i’ve never seen chelsea in a movie before, i’m not sure if i’m going to like it. but if she somehow worked in chuy into the script, i am sure that i’m going to love it.

i’ve been a fan of mcg for a while, he single-handedly brought back brooding as the cool way to get a girl. and yes he may have been responsible for giving us ed westwick but he also gave us the solid ‘chuck.’ (i will be making a totally gay for: zachary levi post very soon)

yes. i’m going to see this movie opening weeked to show my support for reese’s realiziation that one man just isn’t enough once you’ve been gyllenhaal’d. (just ask peter sarsgaard) long live reesehardypine.

spoiler alert: the movie ends with pine and hardy realizing that they were into one another the whole time so they get rid of their beard, grow out their beards and live happily ever otter.

it’s safe to say that this trailer has me wondering: when the hell is presidents day?


What up, Wattpad?

In undertaking this project of self-publishing a novel, we’re trying to make use of every technology that we can.  Recently, Ean found Wattpad for the iPad (there’s also a web-based version), where story tellers can share their stories and have their voices amplified to a wider audience.  We’ve only been using it for a little bit, but it seems like a pretty cool app.  We uploaded a copy of ‘sconnie.‘  Check it out and see what you think about this artists’ commons of the 21st Century.


totally gay for: htc evo 3d

my iphone 3g broke a few weeks ago.  since i’m out of contract i was planning on switching to sprint and get my hands on that htc evo, but as luck would have it, the same day my phone died sprint announced the htc evo 3d.

soon to be minethe phone is super sweet.  not only does it appear 3-d but it actually takes pictures in 3-d too.  clearly this is something worth the wait.  check out the specs here.

don’t forget to check out the promo video:


%d bloggers like this: