Thursday, April 16, 2015

50 Bands & A Cat For Indiana Equality

Wonderful indie record label Joyful Noise, which just happens to be headquartered in Indiana, has put together this exceptionally impressive collection of 51 songs, mostly previously unreleased, by some of the biggest indie rock bands in the business. The list includes Thurston Moore, Lou Barlow of Sebadoh and Dinosaur Jr, Sonny and the Sunsets, WHY?,  Of Montreal, Thee Oh Sees, and so many more. You can see the complete line up below. And yes, that is L'il Bub! He has a track on the compilation, too!

For a donation of $25, you get all 51 tracks digitally PLUS a lathe cut, hand numbered, limited edition 7" featuring any song of your choice! The vinyl is limited to exactly the number requested, so you may be one of only 30 people in the world with that exact record!

100% of net profits will be donated to Freedom Indiana, the ACLU of Indiana, and Indy Pride. These organizations are actively fighting for LGBT rights and culture throughout Indiana.

Joyful Noise released the following statement regarding their desire for launching this project:
Lately all eyes have been on our home state of Indiana, and for all the wrong reasons. Our state legislature passed a bill known as Religious Freedom Restoration Act which was then signed into law by Governor Mike Pence. We believe this bill did not reflect the feelings of a vast majority of Hoosiers and we quickly rose up, demanding that the Governor and Legislature repeal the law. While an amended bill has subsequently lessened the harm, the fact remains that our LGBT family still do not have full protection under Indiana law. To keep the drumbeat going, we have put together this compilation to support LGBT groups in Indiana actively continuing the fight to establish protections for all people.
Anyway, go to their order page for more info! They will explain it all in further detail there. The digital release starts getting delivered April 21st. So, be sure to be one of the first to have these exclusive and rare tracks!

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Stripling Warrior: The World's First Gay Mormon Superhero Kickstarter

Illustrator Brian Andersen is a life-long geek who's created comics ever since he was a young, skinny, four-eyed goober in middle school. He's also an out, gay Mormon. He joined the Mormon Church at 18, went on a mission at 19, attended Brigham Young University at 26 and came out and accepted his gayness at 27. He's married, to a fellow Mormon, and they have a lovely one-year-old daughter.

Brian's created and written a popular line of queer indie comics since 2007, with over six titles and counting under his So Super Duper Comics banner. He's been on numerous LGBT panels at Comic Con and delights that he is a part of the queer, underground comics world.

He has put up an already successful Kickstarter campaign for his latest title Stripling Warrior. Here's the official synopsis:

Stripling Warrior stars Sam Shepard, a happily out and newly married gay man who is visited by an Angel from Heaven on his wedding night. The Angel Abish - a rare female named character from the Book of Mormon - calls Sam to become the Hand of God on Earth, tasked with smiting those in need of smiting.
Why was he chosen? How does his homosexuality impact his role as a servant of the divine? And how does the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints react when they hear of a homosexual man on a mission from the heavens? (*hint* Not great.)

Stripling Warrior will explore all of this. The comic is a sexy story without being XXX-Sexy (not that there is anything wrong with XXX Gay Comics). This book isn't just about a gay superhero who's gay in name only. Sam’s romantic life will be prominently featured along with plenty of fisticuffs, humor, an exploration into the mythology of the LDS Church, and of course, heroic banter and super villains.
Sounds good to me! Watch the Kickstarter video below! And be sure to check out all the awesome preview art! And, if you have a few extra dollars, consider donating. Anderson is offering some great perks!

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Exclusive Podcast: Treklenburg Episode #64

Hosts Michael Earle and Molly Jay hilariously talk all things Star Trek.
In this episode, Mike and Molly tackle TOS episodes "The Deadly Years" and "Obsession."

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Monday Morning Dance Party: Amy Schumer, Amber Rose & Method Man "Milk Milk Lemonade"

As part of the promo for the new season of Inside Amy Schumer (which resumes April 21), Amy teams up with Amber Rose and Method Man for a lesson in what the real function of a booty is! You really don't want to miss this!

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Book Preview: Photographer David Vance's "Masculine Beauty"

The folks over at Bruno Gmünder have teamed up with photographer David Vance for one of the most astonishingly stunning photography collections ever published. Masculine Beauty is so much more than a collection of exceptional photographs of the male form. David Vance has a way of capturing his subject's inner desires, hopes, dreams, sadness, and passion.
It is almost heartbreaking.

For more than thirty years, David Vance has enjoyed a successful career photographing advertising and editorial assignments for Cosmopolitan, Entertainment Weekly, Interview, Men's Health, Rolling Stone, Tennis, Uomo and Harper's Bazaar, Italia. Among his clients are Revlon, Rolex, Sony, Atlantic and Island Records, Time-Life, Doubleday, Coca-Cola, Panama Jack, Kodak , Lions Gate and Miramax films.

Celebrity portraits include Bea Arthur, Ricky Martin, William Baldwin, Steven Bauer, Toni Braxton, Gloria Estefan, Daisey Fuentes, Andy Garcia, Hal Holbrook, Sophia Loren, Johnny Mathis, Luciano Pavarotti, Steven Seagal, Eli Wallach and Dionne Warwick. 

Masculine Beauty comes out in May. You can get it directly from Bruno Gmünder or if you live in North America, pre-order it at Amazon. Meanwhile, enjoy the preview.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Constellation Park: The 13 Outdoorsmen of the Zodiac by Artist Michael Sanderson

Artist Michael Sanderson reimagines the signs of the Zodiac as hunky, rugged woodsmen in his great new series Constellation Park. Each illustration comes with its own wonderful anecdote emphasizing the darker nature of that particular sign. For example, as a Libra, I am said to be, "Shallow and idealistic." But, I got off easy compared to Leo, "Keep feeding his ego or he'll eat you alive!" The insightful, hilarious truth behind each sign's description is sure to make you laugh with a twinge of recognition of your own flaws. Oh, and for those wondering why 13?! Gemini counts as two!

Photo by Matthew Tammaro 
Sanderson has spent the last decade honing his talents in numerous fields. Not only is he a talented artist and illustrator, he is also a well respected apparel designer. His clients include ZOO NYC, Chloe + Isabel, Vogue Japan, Victoria's Secret, Commons & Sense Magazine, Hudson's Bay Company, Burkman Bros, Bombay Sapphire, Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, and OUT Magazine. And that's just a small part of the list. We didn't really have room for the whole thing!

Via email, we asked Michael what inspired him to create Constellation Park. He explains, "I was stranded in Colorado Springs this past fall/winter after a design job I took in Miami didn't go so well; and I decided now was the time to work for myself and apply my creativity to something I enjoyed working on and so I started developing this print series as a step into that direction. I plan to launch a new series every season and eventually a corresponding product line that relates to each one (apparel, underwear, gear, etc)."

As for his own astrological sign? "I'm actually a Sagittarius myself, and It's very relatable to me. I used to want to be an actor and it's not surprising to me to find out most of Hollywood is comprised of fellow Sagittarians. I guess our crippling unattachment to anything and hunters mentality is a cocktail for success ( except when it comes to love of course)."

You can view the entire Constellation Park series at Michael Sanderson's website. Also, you can buy limited edition prints of any of the signs at Michael's store.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Exclusive Podcast: Treklenburg Episode #63

Hosts Michael Earle and Molly Jay hilariously talk all things Star Trek.
In this episode, Mike and Molly send the 5 Captains on Spring Break! Each Captain gets their own destination! Also, in depth discussions on TOS episodes "Journey to Babel" and "Friday's Child."

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Monday Morning Dance Party: MNDR - Lock & Load Feat Killer Mike

Rockstar Games and Mass Appeal Records present "Lock & Load" by MNDR Feat. Killer Mike, the second single from The Alchemist and Oh No Present: Welcome to Los Santos, the genre-spanning collection of new music for Grand Theft Auto V, available April 21st from Mass Appeal Records and available to pre-order on iTunes.

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