August 2010

The Script

Part 1

Andy Bell - DHDQ (2010)

I'm JD Doyle and welcome to OutRadio for August, and Part 1 of the show this month has a particular theme. I'm calling it "How I Spent My Summer Vacation." You see, I spent the last ten days of June in San Francisco, for Pride, and it was a very full visit. I was able to see and meet a lot of GLBT artists, so I decided to put them all in this segment. I started with Andy Bell and a track from his new CD "Non-Stop" called "DHDQ," which stands for "Debbie Harry Drag Queen." He was the main performer at the festival after the Pride Parade.

This show will run a little long, as there's just too much to pack into it, and it feature a variety of genres, but it happened that 9 of the 17 acts you'll hear are transgender, which is certainly very fine with me. I've done a number of shows on that topic and it was very cool to meet in person some of the folks I'd only spoken with on the telephone. I'll tell you more about how I met so many in San Francisco after you hear this next song.

Lipstick Conspiracy - Just a Girl (2006)

That was Lipstick Conspiracy, and my favorite song by them, "Just a Girl," taken from their 2006 CD "A Perfect Alibi." And I love that band. I interviewed one of their members, Saraphina, for my May of 2007 show, so it was a treat to meet her. And here's how that happened. While I was in San Francisco the film festival was going on, and one of the films I especially made a point to see was called "Riot Acts: Flaunting Gender Deviance in Music Performance." It was directed by Madsen Minax, of the duo Actor Slash Model. After the showing your ticket stub got you into an after party at a venue called The Supper Club, so of course I got a cab and trekked over there. I'm so glad I did, as there were performances by five of the acts featured in the film. Lipstick Conspiracy did a long opening set and they are excellent, and I love the way each of the members got a chance to sing lead vocals.

Up next was Shawna Virago. Now, I did not get to see her with a band backing her, so what I saw was sort of acoustic punk, but she did a track I like from her new CD "Objectified." Here's "Transsexual Dominatrix."

Shawna Virago - Transsexual Dominatrix (2009)
Actor Slash Model - Everything You Need (2010)

Following Shawna Virago was the duo Actor Slash Model, which is comprised of Madsen Minax, again, who directed the film "Riot Acts," and Simon Strikeback. On their new album, called "Things You Can't Keep," which Madsen gave to me after the film showing, they are joined by Brenna Sahatjian. That might be how you pronounce that name. You heard the track "Everything You Need."

Up next is kind of a before and after pair of songs. In 2001 Storm Florez released a CD called "Standing Between the Day and the Night, which included the song "Gunshots and Lovenotes." I want you to pay attention to the changes in his voice by the time you hear the second song. He started on T in 2005, and I'm playing the title track from his brand new album "Long Lost Son."

Storm Florez - Gunshots and Lovenotes (2001)
Storm Miguel Florez - Long Lost Son (2010)

On that release he added I guess a middle name and it's billed as by Storm Miguel Florez. The next act at the party gave us some hip hop. He's Rocco Kayiatos, mostly known just as Katastrophe. His third and latest CD is called "The Worst Amazing" and I'm playing for you "Halfway Happy."

Rocco Kastatrophe - Halfway Happy (2009)

And the last performer at the "Riot Acts" after party was one I was really looking forward to seeing live, Joshua Klipp, and I got to see him perform twice while I was in San Francisco, as he was also at the Trans March. I had interviewed him for my July 2007 show, the same year of his debut CD called "Won't Stop Now." And he did at the club one of his most popular songs, "L1fe."

Joshua Klipp - L1fe (2007)

Joshua Klipp, and he also sang a song that blew me away, that he's not recorded yet. It was the old standard "The Way You Look Tonight," and he did it proud; wish you could have seen it.

Also at the party I got to meet Anderson Toone, who's been a part of the queer music scene for over thirty years now. He wasn't performing, unfortunately, but we got to chat a bit and even shared a cab afterwards back to the Castro. He told me about a song he's done that I so wish I could play for you, but it's not been released. It sounds delicious, as it's a rewritten cover of the song "Secret Agent Man," only it's called "Secret FTM." Would love to play that for you, but I can't, Blanche, so instead I'm going way back, to when Anderson was in a very popular New York City band called The Bloods. Here's their 1981 45 rpm recording, "Button Up."

The Bloods - Button Up (1981)

Okay, that covers the folks I met after the film showing, but I wasn't at all done seeing artists perform while in the city. I already knew before I got there that an act I just love would be performing, Coyote Grace, comprised of Ingrid Elizabeth and Joe Stevens. I've told many people that if taking T did to everyone's voice what it did to Joe's, then everyone should be on it, as Joe's voice sounds to me like you just poured honey over it. I also had interviewed them in 2007 and love, love their music. From their new CD EP "Buck Naked" is the song "Daughterson."

Coyote Grace - Daughterson (2010)

Coyote Grace brought an opening act with them, so this was another treat. She's Angie Evans and I was very impressed. During the set she asked the very packed coffee house if there were any requests, so naturally I could not resist. She may have wondered, "how on earth does this guy I've never seen before know my music?" I requested the song "My Politic," so she said, sure, and told the crowd, "now, if you don't like it you can blame him." Well, they, and I, loved it. Angie Evans from her 2008 CD "Cycle Fruit" and "My Politic."

Angie Evans - My Politic (2008)

Also at the Coyote Grace show I met a woman named Crockett. She and Colin Daly of the band The Ex-Boyfriends and two others comprise a new band, Lucky Jesus, which is the title of their debut album. You might call their music pop queercore. Their songs are short so I'm giving you two, "Making Up Our Love," and "Don't Want to See Her."

Lucky Jesus - Making Up Our Love (2009)
Lucky Jesus - Don't Want to See Her (2009)

I've been friends online for many years with Larry-Bob Roberts, and on my trip to San Francisco in June I got to finally meet him and spend some time with him. He certainly seems to have the pulse on what is going on musically in that city and beyond. I highly recommend you check out his website, and I just love its name, You'd be amazed at all the information there. And he's in a band. It's called Winsome Griffles, and in addition to himself Jack Curtis Dubowsky plays and sings on it, and Jack produced their 2007 CD called "Meet the Griffles." From it are "Gay Cruise" and "Your New Stupid Boyfriend."

Winsome Griffles - Gay Cruise (2007)
Winsome Griffles - Your New Stupid Boyfriend (2007)

Again, that was the Winsome Griffles, from "Meet the Griffles."

A footnote on Jack Curtis Dubowsky…I played a long set by him on my OutRadio show last month, where I did a special segment I called "These Instrumentals Are Gay."

I'm going to bend the opening premise of this show just a bit. The theme is supposed to be artists I saw in San Francisco, and I had planned to see Alix Dobkin and Phranc play together after the Dyke March. And I was at the location the local gay newspaper said they would be, corner of 19th and Castro. I was there waiting around for a couple hours. It wasn't my fault they played at Dolores Park, and the paper got it wrong. I was Not pleased, as I love both of them. I'm not going to punish you for the newspaper's mistake, so by Alix Dobkin here is a song that's been one of her classics, ever since it appeared on her 1976 album "Living With Lesbians." Here's "Amazon ABC," and it will be followed by a rare song by Phranc.

Alix Dobkin - Amazon ABC (1976)
Phranc - Tupperware Lady (2005)

After Alix Dobkin I gave you an unreleased song by Phranc, and I'm sure you figured out it was called "Tupperware Lady." She gave me that after I interviewed her in 2005 and I think it was intended for some sort of release, but I don't think that every happened, so that makes it another rare track only heard here.

Alix and Phranc are both musical heroes of mine, and I got to meet another. I had interviewed Blackberri way back in November of 2001, and consider him definitely one of our pioneers. He was on the landmark album "Walls to Roses," in 1979, and released his own classic album in 1981, called "Blackberri & Friends: Finally." He's also contributed his music to a couple of iconic films, "Looking for Langston" and "Tongues Untied." Now, I've had sporadic contact with him over the years, but had never met him, and I wanted to. So I wrote him that I would be in town, and we set up a lunch. Privately, I kind of wondered if we would have much to talk about. I need not have worried, as we talked for three hours, and I loved it. I want to share with you one of his songs that was never commercially released. This is from the 1989 film "Looking for Langston." Here is "Beautiful Black Man."

Blackberri - Beautiful Black Man (1989)

Again, that was Blackberri. I'm winding down this first hour of OutRadio for August, and I saw this next performer while he was doing a guest spot for another artist. I'll tell you about the other artist in a moment, but this one's name is Seth Bedford, and he describes his style as kind of classical cabaret. Well, I'll read you a description from his bio: "photographer, painter, composer, arranger, lyricist, violist, accordionist, and vocalist Seth Bedford blends the musical idioms of Weimar kabarett, American Jazz, Tin Pan Alley, French chanson, tango, New Wave, early 20th Century concert and chamber music, and a variety of other musical sources to create a sound that defies categorization." Well, I found him and his accordion quite charming. This song is called "Missionary Man"

Seth Bedford - Missionary Man (2008)

This is JD Doyle and you've been listening to OutRadio, and this is just Part 1, there are three more to come. Okay, I've been saving this artist for last, and I adore her. I've been following the music of Veronica Klaus since her first CD in 1997 and have interviewed her several times. I had met her before but had never had the chance to see her perform. So, when I first made my reservations for the San Francisco trip, at the end of last summer, one of my thoughts was, gee, I hope Veronica is playing when I'm there. And I just kept thinking that, even writing her, Veronica, you simply must be performing when I'm there. And she was, doing her recurring act at Enrico's in North Beach. I was in heaven, as she did my favorite song of hers, "Black Diamond Days." This version comes from her 2005 album "Live at the Lodge." Veronica Klaus.

Veronica Klaus - Black Diamond Days (2005)

K Anderson Interview

This is JD Doyle and welcome to OutRadio. I've got two special interviews for you this segment, with the second being with woman's music icon Tret Fure, but first, well, I'll tell you about the first one. Back in May I got a CD in the mail out of the blue from a new UK artist, K Anderson, and he enclosed a nice hand-written note…I mean, like, who remembers those…here are his opening sentences.

"After many sleepless nights and uncertain days I am super-pleased to present to you my debut album "The Overthinker" (very fitting title). I guess my album documents my life in London, from the uncertainty of moving to a massive city through to the abandonment of oneself (that, my polite way of saying I was slutty). I hope that you can take something away from the stories and my observations."

K Anderson - Bulletproof Kids (2010)

And I love this album. It's called "The Overthinker" and that track, by the way, is "Bulletproof Kids." I find the album fresh and charming and love the honesty and sense of humor. He goes by K, just the letter K. Anyway, I needed no encouragement to contact K for an interview, and I started by asking him to tell me about the new album.

KA: The album came together after I first moved to London, and I came from Australia, and it was just such a change. It was just such a shift in my life, and having to start over again, and reassess everything about myself and my relationships and the way I related to the world.

Okay, you said you're from Australia, what prompted you to move to England?

KA: You see I'm not officially from Australia. I was born in Scotland and my family emigrated to Australia when I was eight. So it had always been in the back of my mind that I guess I never really felt like I belonged, which is obviously a common thing for young people to feel, but I always kind of had in the back of my head that if I moved back to the UK, I'd kind of find my place, my niche.

In one of your writings I see that you describe your sound as "lesbian music by a boy."

KA: I am one of those people who struggle to describe things, and if I like a song, if I like a band, I'm not very good at explaining what it is like. And so obviously when you're a musician, and you tell people you're a musician, the first thing they do is say, "so, what do you sound like?" And when I was growing up, that's basically what I listened to, was music by women…who like women. So it kind of just became the easiest thing to explain as what I do to people.

So, how would you describe your musical style?

KA: I think it's very conversational, and I think that's probably what sets it out the most from other singer/songwriters, is that as well as being observational, I cut to the chase quite a lot and, and I'm quite frank about my feelings and about events that have happened and I don't really hide it, kind of go straight for the jugular.

Why just the initial K?

KA: Well, I'd love to tell you that there's a really fancy reason for it and I'd like to be all mysterious, but there is another artist who has my name, and it was causing problems early on, so I made the executive decision to chop off everything but the K from my first name.

What is your first name?

KA: It's Keith, so I'm not ashamed of being called Keith, which is what a lot of people suspect, because they think it's a very uncool name. I'm really quite proud of that name, but yeah, there's another artist called Keith Anderson who has a much bigger profile than me.

I know other artists who have run into that sort of thing.

Tell me about the title of your album.

KA: One of the things I'm constantly being accused of is over-thinking, and I think that maybe that's changing as I'm getting older. That's certainly a theme of my early 20s, people saying that I am thinking too much about things and that I analyze things too much, and I think I just wanted to poke fun at that, that that's people's perception of me and I accept that title. I'm happy to be called the overthinker.

Let's get to the music. Tell me about the opening track "This Changes Everything"

KA: "This Changes Everything" is a really interesting song for me, because I wrote it really quickly, which isn't usually how I write songs. I usually take quite a while to decide what's happening in what parts, and tweaking the lyrics and things. It was about a friendship I had that when I first moved to London I formed a friendship with someone who I didn't have a lot in common with. I had quite a lot of inner turmoil at the time, because it was really difficult for me to not have a support network and not know anyone and just feel so isolated. And there was a shift, I guess, in our relationship, where I was suddenly realizing who I had become, and was feeling a lot more confident about my experiences and about going forward.

K Anderson - This Changes Everything (2010)

Do you think there's an overall message to your music?

KA: I know a lot of musicians say this, and it's probably a bit of a cliché, but primarily I write songs for myself, and so when I'm sitting down to write something I'm not really thinking about what I'm trying to convey. I'm just thinking getting out what's in my brain. So, overall I would say that my songs are a reflection of my life. If there's anything I want people to take from that, is to live as honestly as they can, and to assess the situations in front of them, rather than ignoring them.

I have to preface this next question with the info that on K's album cover and on his site there are many photos of him dressed up as a fox, the animal the fox.

Do you have a fixation for fox costumes?

KA: Ah, I do, the big thing…as I said before, the album is a lot about my experiences in London, which is a very different environment to where I was living prior to that, which is Melbourne, Australia. And the most exciting thing for me when I first moved to London was running into foxes in the middle of the night, because it's this kind of out of body experience, where you like suddenly see them and you're taken aback by it. And they see you, and there's this bit of a tango, bit of a dance that you have with each other, before they freak out and run away. And in that moment it's just…I find that so magical and so exciting, kind of being a part of this animal's life. And you know, foxes are notorious for living besides human being but not really interacting. And so I find that kind of…that moment really special and yeah, I've kind of taken that theme and ran with it a bit.

And you wear a fox costume on the back of your album.

KA: I do. When those photos were taken it was the middle of winter so it was quite cold, and that's the only memory I have really's like, hurry up and take the photo. Well, also obviously there was lots of people stopping me and asking me what I was doing, but other than that, it was the cold that I remember.

Did you tell them you were living next to people but not interacting?

KA: I didn't really go into that detail. A lot of people actually thought I was a bear, so I was taking the time to point out that I was a fox. No, I was remaining coy about it.

Talk about the song "Shrug"

KA: "Shrug" came at the end of a very painful disentanglement of a relationship, I guess. It was something that I had been involved in, and it started off very casual and became something that I didn't necessarily want it to be, so by the time I recognized that it was really difficult to admit, and it was a really painful experience, because I guess I lost my best friend, and was having my character assassinated at every turn. So at the end of that I did get to the point where I was, you know, I just can't really do anything about this anymore. This is kind of happening, and it's going to happen, and I have to accept that, and that's kind of where the song came from.

K Anderson - Shrug (2010)

Did you have any hesitation about writing openly gay material?

KA: You know, I didn't. It's been interesting what other people's take on this is. As I said before, when I was growing up I listened to very frank, very honest female singer/songwriters so there was never a question in my mind of what I would do when I was presenting myself. But I had a bit of an argument with my mum about this a few months ago, cause she thought maybe my appeal would be a bit broader if I wasn't singing about men. And I kind of had to get on my high horse a bit about it, because how can I expect people to…how can I expect equal rights for LGBT people if I'm not prepared to stand up and say "I am a LGBT person, and this is my experience of life." And I think that the tide is really turning, because I've had a number of meetings with industry people and stuff, and they've all said that I'm in a really unique position because there's not a lot of people who are doing what I'm doing, and that is because of my sexuality. And I can't, you know, I can't write a song about what's happening in my life and then hide this really massive aspect of who I am.

Tell me about the song "Boy in Pearls"

KA: Ah….as I said before, I get accused of being very serious a lot of the time, and I guess a lot of my songs do cover serious things, because when I'm in a good mood I'm off doing something exciting, so "Boy in Pearls" is kind of my attempt at being a bit cheeky and being a bit fun, and showing that side of my personality, which is quite dominant in my personality. I'm not one of those really serious po-faced singer/songwriters. I am, you know, up for a laugh and up for having fun and that's kind of where that song came from.

But what's going on in the song?

KA: What's going on in that song? It's about a relationship with an older man, and being a bit innocent and being confused by his overt sexuality, I guess.

Is it your story?

KA: Ah, yeah…I'm getting shy now. It's kind of an embellishment of my story, yeah.

And, what was your age in the story?

KA: Oh, I was legal, don't worry. It's kind of when you first come out onto the scene and everything's really exciting. No matter who's showing you attention, you're like, yeah, okay, sure, I'll go for drinks, I'll do this. And there was an older man who in hindsight was really, really creepy. He kept buying me presents, and he kept showing up all the time wherever I was, and I kind of just accepted it at that age. Yeah, I don't think I would anymore.

K Anderson - Boy In Pearls (2010)

Tell me about "Wear me Down" and I'm fascinated by the spoken word part, so mention that part.

KA: "Wear Me Down" is kind of…I was hanging out with a guy, a lot, and I knew he was interested in me romantically and I wasn't really at first, but we were spending more time together and I kind of thought, yeah, you know, I could get into this, I could go for this, no problem. But then I guess the over thinking comes in again, which is…there's the spoken word bit which covers that element quite well, where I'm going, well you know, I could get with you, but here are all the reasons why actually I probably shouldn't.

K Anderson - Wear Me Down (2010)

I saw mention on your myspace page of an EP called "The Foxes"

KA: Called "Foxes." Yeah that came before the album and has some of the same songs that are on the album, but is a bit of a different beast. The song that comes from the "Foxes" EP that everyone seems to really like, that didn't actually make it to the album, is "I'm Done, I'm Done, I'm Done." I went to visit a friend in New York, who I thought I was good friends with, but it turns out I kind of wasn't, and he allowed me to stay at his place, but he was never ever there and never had any time to see me whilst I was visiting. And the worst thing about the whole trip was that his boyfriend was celebrating his birthday while I was there, and they said to me, "oh, well, we're going to…we're going out to dinner that night, so we wont be able to see you, hope that's okay." And I was like, no problem, I wouldn't want to infringe on this kind of romantic dinner, so I don't have any issue with that.

KA: And then the next day I found out from his flatmate that actually there was this big birthday party that everyone had been invited to, and they'd just purposely lied to me about it, so I wouldn't go. Which was really, really a horrible thing, and I was still staying at his flat, and I just has so much anxiety and I felt really heavy and horrible. And I wrote the song kind of in the cab on the way to the airport and whilst in the plane, and it was just such a relief to be out of there, and to not wonder why people are acting in such a strange way.

K Anderson - I'm Done, I'm Done, I'm Done (2008)

That was the song "I'm Done, I'm Done, I'm Done" from the 2008 CD EP of K Anderson, and again his new album is called "The Overthinker."

Tret Fure Interview

I am always ready for a new release from Tret Fure. I've been following her music for many years and she's got a new one, and it's excellent. I expected no less. It's called "The Horizon," and from it is "Dog Gone Blues."

Tret Fure - Dog Gone Blues (2010)

TF: "The Horizon" is my latest work. It's my 12th body of work, and I do think it's my best. I know I say that with every CD, but you always hope to improve and create better and better work. This CD is rich with the joys and struggles of my life. It is a continuation of my journey, and by far the deepest in that respect. I think there's something for everyone on this new CD, from blues to Latin to folk to eclectic, from family to heart, to heartbreak. I'm told it's my best and I really do think it is.

Well, I want to say to me this CD is a very comfortable recording, and I find it kind of like spending time with an old friend.

TF: Um, that's nice, very nice.

Is there an overall message to you to this CD?

TF: No, I never really feel there are messages in the overall bodies of work. My work is so personal, and anyone who follows my work knows that it is my life story, that I do write from my heart, and it just reflects where I am at each point of my life. And this has been a very interesting time in my life. It's been filled with a lot of joy and a lot of pain, near loss of my brother, and reflecting on my age, and death of family and friends and all the things that we experience as we age. And I'm approaching 60 and I think there's a lot of depth in this CD, that comes from my own experiences. So, if there's any message, it's that we all age and hopefully with dignity and grace.

Is this your most reflective recording?

TF: I do think it's my most reflective, and I took a little extra time. I mean, I've been busy since 2000. This is my fifth body of work since 2000, and I took an extra year to really figure out what it was I had to say, and just through the course of the events of my life, it sort of unfolded. I didn't really think I was ready. I realized that I had these twelve songs, and that they somehow told a story of where my life is right now, and I realized it was time to get in the studio.

Tell me about the song "the horizon"

TF: The song "Horizon" had several transformations, from when I first wrote it, not several, but a couple, and to me when I wrote it, it was a song that discusses the difficulties of maintaining a relationship, and that it is always a struggle. No relationship is easy, but if you continue to row that boat, if you continue to work through the hardships of a relationship and you keep your eye on the horizon, then your relationship will survive and become stronger. It's evolved some into a near-loss experience of a relationship, but it still reflects how important it is, not only to keep your eye on the horizon of the relationship that you're living, but also to keep your eye on the horizon of the relationship of your own life. And I always say you cannot love someone else unless you love yourself. So it is always about focusing and moving forward with your heart.

Tret Fure - The Horizon (2010)

I got to hear you perform this next song before the CD came out, so I got to enjoy that, but I want to hear about "Blackberry Blues."

TF: Well, that's a perfect song for these times, and it's a song that every time I sing it I look out into the audience and couples are poking each other. We have an obsession with phones, and internet, which is not to say that's bad, because, my God, I have a blackberry and I have Facebook and I have Myspace and I have all the things that make our lives what they are today, but I find that we don't communicate personally with each other anymore. We don't sit down and take the time to talk to each other, to look at each other, and to be with each other. And if we are with each other, we're doing something else at the same time. And my phone, my blackberry just dinged me, someone just texted me right in the middle of that. So it's perfect. I just think we have too much of an obsession with the electronic world of communication and little time for each other. And that's really what the song is about, in a very tongue-in-cheek manner.

Tret Fure - Blackberry Blues (2010)

That was "Blackberry Blues" and here's another stand-out track, "Grace of God."

Tret Fure - Grace of God (2010)

I've got two older songs to ask about, from True Compass. Tell me about "Leap of Faith"

TF: Oh, wow, you know I wrote that, even though it was written in 2007, I guess, it really talks about a time in my life when I took a huge chance, and had left a 20-year relationship to start a new one, and that you always should follow your heart, no matter how difficult it might be. When I left that relationship I was 50, and I thought, my God, how do you start over at 50? Well, you can start over at any time in your life. It just happens. But you always have to take that leap, and it is a leap of faith. You always have to throw yourself off that cliff. If it's going to make you stronger, it's going to make you a better person, or just if it's the way you have to follow your heart, you must follow your heart in whatever you do. I'm a firm believer in that.

Tret Fure - Leap of Faith (2007)

And the next song I want to ask about is kind of personal to me. Three years ago my partner Jeff died, in August 2007, and at the time I wanted to find some special song to do a tribute to him, and I asked you if you knew of any, and you had one on your CD that was coming out, in the near future and you sent it to me. And it was "Sail Away."

TF: That's a song I wrote, I think, in 1994 I believe, it was shortly after my mother passed away. It was a hard song for me to write…I wrote a lot when I lost my mother. I was very, very close to my mother and it was probably one of the hardest, most difficult times of my life. And my mother and I used to talk on the phone daily, so this song reflects still reaching out to make that phone call and realizing that she was no longer, no longer here, and that at some point I would…however we pass, there would be a reuniting somehow. But it was a deeply moving piece that I really didn't record. I've done several versions of it but I never put it on a CD until I finally did. And I have sung that at…my partner's cousin died, I sang it at her funeral, I sung it at her aunt's funeral, and I sang it at my brother-in-law's mother's passing. I've had the opportunity to sing it at many memorials and funerals, and it does seem to touch a deep chord in people.

Well, several of Jeff's relatives heard that show, and they remember that song.

TF: That's great, that's a tribute.

This is JD Doyle, thanking you for joining me with this segment and inviting you to one more for this month. Again, I'm closing with a song for my partner Jeff, by Tret Fure, here's "Sail Away."

Tret Fure - Sail Away (2007)

Jamie Anderson - Public Radio (2010)

This is JD Doyle welcoming you to Part 3 of OutRadio for August, and that was Jamie Anderson. From her latest release "Better Than Chocolate" that's a wonderful song of course intended to be played on public radio stations.

And we're going from Jamie Anderson to a duo called CommonbonD. They were Mary Beth de Pompa and Ashley Miller, who met in 1992 and had a number of releases over the next ten years. They celebrated that ten years with a CD called "Ten," and from it is the song "Lemonade."

CommonbonD - Lemonade (2002)
CommonbonD - Slick Skin Boogie (1998)

Two by Commonbond. The song "Lemonade" also appeared on their 2002 release "Chasing Solace," and I took "Slick Skin Boogie" from their CD "Naked Soul Dance," from 1998. On the song "Lemonade" there was a special guest, Sonia of Disappear Fear, who contributed harmonica and backup vocals. And she also contributed vocals to a new album, and appears on the song "Peaceful World" by Steven Gellman.

Steven Gellman - Peaceful World (2010)
Steven Gellman - Beautiful Day (2010)

"Peaceful World" is the title of the latest release by Steven Gellman, and besides the title track you heard "Beautiful Day." I've been following his music since 1995 and always look forward to his releases.

Up next, something old and something new. The old is from a cassette tape from 1985 by Kitty Barber, and it's the title track, "Over the Line."

Kitty Barber - Over the Line (1985)
Audrey Cecil - Hey, Brianne (2010)

Following Kitty Barber was a new artist and her name is the title of her CD, "Audrey Cecil." From it I took the song "Hey, Brianne."

This next song is by an artist from Russia and it contains some lyrics in Russian, the phrase "Ya Eyo Lublu," which is the title and means "I love her." From her 2004 album here's Irina Rivkin.

Irina Rivkin - Ya Eyo Lublu (2004)

Lucas Kane Hall is an Australian artist now trying to make it in New York City. I'd say he's off to a good start with his new album. It's called "My Name in Wingdings," which I think is a cool title. If you don't know what wingdings are you may want to google that. From the CD you'll hear "Careless Landslide" and "Tomorrow"

Lucas Kane Hall - Careless Landslide (2010)
Lucas Kane Hall - Tomorrow (2010)
Euan Morton - Chelsea Hotel (2006)

Following Lucas Kane Hall was a Scottish singer and actor, Euan Morton. He's most famous as an actor for playing Boy George in the musical, "Taboo." The song "Chelsea Hotel" came from his debut CD. That came out in 2006 and was called "NewClear."

Since I was mentioning the musical "Taboo," I dug out my soundtrack for it. The London version was released in 2002 and the Broadway one a year later, and Euan Morton was in the cast of both. It flopped on Broadway so the music did not get the attention it deserved. From it are two by Morton, in the role of Boy George, singing "Stranger in This World," and you'd know the second one.

Euan Morton - Stranger in This World (2002)
Euan Morton - Do You Really Want to Hurt Me (2002)

As long as we're visiting the sound of the 80s, here's a new version of the 1982 hit by Tears for Fears. This time Israeli artist Maor updates it a bit.

Maor - Mad World (2010)

I've got one more artist to close this segment, but don't forget I've got one more, so please come back for Part 4. But last up for this one is Marit Bergman and her song "Casey Hold On." She's been a very successful artist for years in Sweden and in 2009 this song was named the official song for Stockholm Pride. Marit Bergman.

Marit Bergman - Casey Hold On (2009)

Nedra Johnson - K.I.S.S (2010)

That was a new song by Nedra Johnson, and I think she's terrific. I appreciate it that she sent me that demo of a song called "K.I.S.S." And about a week ago we got into a flurry of emails with each other. After she sent me her new song, she wanted to know, well, do I know about this artist and that artist. No, I didn't, and I love when my artist friends tell me about other openly GLBT folks.
By the way, this is JD Doyle and welcome to the fourth and final segment of OutRadio for August. Yeah, it's about an hour longer than I planned but I have little willpower when it comes to sharing music with you. And Nedra Johnson told me about two artists new to me, so I'm wasting no time in sharing them myself. First is Ganessa James. Now, Nedra's a little perturbed with Ganessa, in that she's not officially released a CD, and only has about three songs you can hear on her website. Nedra told me I just must hear a track that is on an unreleased CD Ganessa gave Nedra. I agree, here's Ganessa James and "It's Only Love." And you'll probably only hear it here.

Ganessa James - It's Only Love (2010)
Steph, with Substantial - Fairy Tales (2009)

Following Ganessa James was an artist calling herself Steph the Sapphic Songstress and that track, called "Fairy Tales," was from 2009. And I was able to say to Nedra, hey, do you know about this next artist. Well, Althea Cunningham had just that week sent me her debut CD EP, called "On the Verge." From it is "Forbidden Fruit."

Althea Cunningham - Forbidden Fruit (2010)
Ruthie Foster - Phenomenal Woman (2006)

And that was Ruthie Foster and "Phenomenal Woman" from her 2006 CD "The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster," and I think that's a good title. I've seen her live and that woman can sing any style of music and leave you wanting more.

I recently picked up a copy of the 1994 CD by Casselberry & Dupree, called "Hot Corn in the Fire." I don't know it took me so long to hear this one, but right off I found a track to play here. It's about AIDS and just as relevant now as when it was written in 1990 by Toshi Reagon. And Toshi sings on this track and produced the album. The song is called "Foolish Attitudes." And they will be followed by Wildsang. Their song is from their 2003 album "Sky Dirt Speak Out Truth," and they'll sing about something a bit more basic, with one called "Jump Down Mama."

Casselberry & Dupree - Foolish Attitudes (1994)
Wildsang - Jump Down Mama (2003)

Tim'm T West is a very talented hip hop and R&B artist now living in Houston, which pleases me as I got to do an hour-long radio interview with him. That was in 2008 and there's a link to hear it on my site. I want to share with you a track from his latest release, which is called "In Security: The Golden Error." From it is the song "Alone Again." You'll want to pay attention to the words; he's got a lot to say.

Tim'm T West - Alone Again (2009)
Amy Ray - Rural Faggot (2005)

And that was another artist with a lot to say, Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls. From her 2005 album "Prom" was the song "Rural Faggot."

Next I'm going to give you a triple play by Moon Trent. He's been a prolific San Francisco area artist for about twenty years, in bands like Brown-Star and Pale and with releases under his own name. I'm starting off with "Invitation" from the 1999 Brown-Star CD called "Due Damage." It's a short song but it sets up nicely "It's Free," from Moon's brand new CD, called "In Person."

Brown-Star - Invitation (1999)
Moon Trent - It's Free (2010)
MT Commercial (2007)
Moon Trent - Old School Dance (2007)

I couldn't resist using that commercial from 2007 to introduce a song Moon is perhaps most known for "Old School Dance."

Here comes a comedy duo who can also sing. Amy Turner and Kathryn Launsberry call themselves That's What She Said. From their perhaps too clever album is "Lesbian Cliché Song."

That's What She Said - Lesbian Cliché Song (2009)
Hungry Hearts Pin-Up Performance Band - In Your Face (2009)

And that band was from Norway, and they call that song "The International Lesbian Anthem." They call themselves The Hungry Hearts Performance Band. They sent me their CD single about a year ago and you can probably see why I kind of wanted to play it and yet I didn't want to play it.

And you'll probably like or hate this next track. Big Freedia is out of New Orleans and is currently riding the crest of a music sub-genre known as sissy bounce. Now, bounce is a form of hip hop that's been around a while, with its lyrics shouted more than sung over a highly sampled dance beat, but this time the artist is very gay. Here's her, no one refers to him by male pronouns, here's her match up of Bill Haley's "Rock Around Da Clock"

Big Freedia - Rock Around Da Clock (2010)

This is JD Doyle, winding down Part 4 of my OutRadio show for August, the last part, so thanks for sticking with me. I've got I think a terrific closing song. It's by an award winning artist going by the name Nhojj. That's spelled n-h-o-j-j. And it's his tribute to the GLBT community. It's called "The Gay Warrior Song."

Nhojj - The Gay Warrior Song (2010)


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