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February 2012

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Matt Alber Interview

Matt Alber - End of the World (2008)

That's a little bit of what's become a classic song by Matt Alber, and the video for it is a masterpiece. This is JD Doyle and welcome to OutRadio. On this first segment of the show for February I get to share with you interviews with two of my favorite artists, Matt Alber and Levi Kreis. Both will talk about their new albums. Levi's album is called "Live @ Joe's Pub," and Matt's is named "Constant Crows." I'm starting with Matt, so I first asked him in general about the new album.

Matt Alber: Well, the new record is called "Constant Crows." It's my first record in three years. Let's see, I made it in just under four months, which is quite a change from my first record, which I recorded over a two-year span, so the process was quite different. I also didn't use any electronic sounds on this record. Actually, there's one track with a little bit electric guitar. Other than that it's a completely acoustic record. It feels really warm.

JD: Where does the name of the album come from?

MA: Oh, you know, titles are so hard to come up with, but after wrestling with it for a couple of weeks, it sort of dawned on me that…you know, I moved from L.A. to this gorgeous wooded island, and it's the first time I've ever…well, that I can remember, that I've witnessed all four seasons going by in the place that I lived. So that was incredible to actually live someplace where all the seasons change, which does not happen in Los Angeles. And I noticed that, as everything came and went, it seemed to be that the crows were the one thing that were sort of constantly around, and I was hearing them outside my window, where I was recording my record all year, and they even sort of made it onto the record at the end of one of the tracks, you can hear one of the crows crowing in the background, and I decided to leave it in.

JD: How is it different from your last album?

MA: Well, it's quite different in the sounds I used. I teamed up with my best buddy, Derek, who is a bass player in L.A. His name's Derek Frank, and my friend Johnny Sandoval is the drummer, and my friend Jim (McMillen), who is an engineer, and so between the three of us…oh, and my brother as well. My brother Bryce played guitar on this record. And between the four of us we used all acoustic instruments to make the record. So that's the biggest difference I'll say. The first time around I was playing with a lot of electronic sounds, and doing a lot of experimenting that way. This one has a very different feel to it.

JD: What song so far seems to be getting the most attention?

MA: Ah, gosh, I don't know, different people have written to me about different songs, but the song that I did with my brother seems to be standing out quite a bit. It's called "Brother Moon," and my brother Bryce is this incredible musician, and he flew up from L.A. and spent three days with me here on the island, and he said, "hey, I have this song idea, I'd like to work on it with you," and in three days we hammered out the recording of it. It's the only track that has three-part harmony on it, which is awesome, I love three-part harmony. He sings the lead on "Brother Moon," and I'm kind of his backup singer for that song.

Matt & Bryce Alber - Brother Moon (2012)

JD: What song will get the first official video?

MA: Ah, we're working on that right now. It's looking like it may be…it's up in the air. It's between "Take a Bow," the cover of Madonna's song, and possible "Velvet Goldmine."

JD: Those are two of my favorites, I like a number of songs on the album. [oh, thanks] let's talk about some of them individually. Let's start with the song "Seldomly."

MA: Let's see, "Seldomly"…well, I was living in L.A. for several years, and, I guess the short version of the story is that I went on a really bad date, that didn't seem to be going…it seemed to be going really terribly from my end. It was one of those dates where I don't think he really understood how bad it was going. It seemed to be at every turn I would be like, "man, this is a really terrible date." And we were just not on the same wavelength at all. So when I got home I was trying to figure out…it seemed like I was running into that problem a lot, so I tried to write a song about wondering why I was never on the same wavelength as the guy I was on a date with.

Matt Alber - Seldomly (2012)

JD: Talk about "Velvet Goldmine"

MA: Yeah, that's a very weird title…

JD: Wasn't there a movie with that title?

MA: Yeah, there is, there's a film called "The Velvet Goldmine," a Todd Haynes film. And what I didn't know…I'm sort of embarrassed to admit this, but I loved the film so much. It had a big impact on me, but I did not know that David Bowie had written a song by the same title, before the movie, which is where they got the title from, for the movie. So it wasn't until I released my record that a friend of mine said, "oh, you know, I love that Bowie song 'Velvet Goldmine.'" And I was like, you're kidding. So then I went onto iTunes and there we are right next to each other, David Bowie and I, with our "Velvet Goldmine" songs. "Velvet Goldmine" for me, I don't know what was for him…for me it was a metaphor for... It's a song that's really about a decision to not hide from your life, and sort of pay attention to who's in front of you.

Matt Alber - Velvet Goldmine (2012)

JD: Talk about "Wallingford"

MA: Oh, Wallingford is actually a neighborhood here in Seattle. It's one of my favorite little stomping grounds, but anyway when we first moved here, my guy and I went on a date in Wallingford, and we went and saw "The King's Speech," with Colin Firth, anyway, the song is just kind of about…about that great date.

Matt Alber - Wallingford (2012)

Would you like to talk about how you met your partner?

MA: Ah, yeah, I can tell a little bit of that story, you know I like to keep some secrets to myself. I was on tour, in Iowa, a couple of years ago, and it was actually one of my very first tours, and I sang a concert at his house. That's how we met.

JD: In Iowa, so how'd you get to the Seattle area?

MA: Well, after a year of long-distance dating, neither of us were really keen on moving to the other's home town. So we found this little island, in Seattle, and we took a trip and over a weekend and just kind of fell in love with the place. So we both kind of jumped ship and started fresh here.

JD: That's kind of neat.

JD: You know, I've been playing you since 2005, three years before your first album.

MA: That's back when I was skinny.

JD: When you were doing country, too.

MA: Oh, gosh. That does seem like a long time ago.

JD: So I may be your longest playing radio fan.

MA: I think you are definitely…you definitely have that title, JD.

JD: are you going to have the lyrics on your site?

MA: Oh, I can't believe you asked me that. Yes, tomorrow (January 19) I am releasing a really slick, fancy e-book, that has all the lyrics, as well as twelve special portraits that I did not include in the CD packaging, from a photo shoot. So I'm releasing that. It will be for sale, and there'll be a link on my website about how to get it.

JD: I think "Take a Bow" is a beautiful way to end the album.

MA: Well, you can thank my boyfriend for that. He convinced me to put it on the record

JD: Has Madonna heard it?

MA: She has heard it. Last week she heard it, actually. My friend Larry Flick, from Siruis Radio sent it to her, very kindly, and apparently she said that she thought it was very sweet, and that she wanted to listen to it again, so she stuck the CD in her purse.

Matt Alber - Take A Bow (2012)

Once again, that song was called "Take a Bow," and you've been hearing tracks from the new album, "Constant Crows," by Matt Alber. Next up, I've been a big fan of the music of Levi Kreis for many years, and around the holidays he released a digital album, and it captures a live performance, so I wanted to hear all about it.

Levi Kreis Interview

Levi Kreis: Oh, I have been wanting to do a live album for while, you know, my very first album, as you know, was a live album, at Genghis Cohen but it was never really officially available, because I never found distribution for it, and it was handmade, and not well recorded, and…so I was anxious to finally get an official live album, well-recorded, out there so that people who haven't had a chance to come see me live could at least get a little bit of that experience right at home, so I'm excited about this "Live @ Joe's Pub."

JD: How much of the material on it has not appeared on previous CDs?

LK: Well, I finally did a couple of cover tunes that have become regular songs for my live performances. I've always thought "I Can't Make You Love Me" was one of the best songs ever written, and Bonnie Raitt, I remember that, just being as a songwriter, it was one of the first songs that I heard that it became so apparent to me the gift of saying things in a simple manner, yet saying them so profoundly. That set the goal, if you will, of what I always wanted to accomplish with my own lyrics, never to get too lofty or too poetic or too highbrow, always being able to find the understated way of hitting the heart. I think that song is a perfect example of…

JD: And that song, so many people can identify with. I remember going through a broken heart period and hearing that song on the jukebox in a club and just like, oh, my God…

LK: Yeah, yeah, and I think that's the key as a songwriter, that's something I always wanted to do, and hope I do do it is saying it in a way that everybody can relate to it. Everybody no matter who you are can say, "oh my God, I've totally felt that way before," cause that's the power of that song. Heartbreak is not discriminatory, we all have it and there's something about that lyrics that allows everybody to hurt one more time.

Levi Kreis - I Can't Make You Love Me (2011)

JD: I haven't talked with you since you won your Tony, that must have been an out of body experience.

LK: Ah, it was something else. I never…never have anticipated that road would have led me there. I started working on "Million Dollar Quartet," I think, in 2002, because it was a friend of a friend who heard I had done a film or two and knew I might play the piano a little bit, and I did this workshop. And the minute I did the workshop, I never auditioned for the role again. Had I ever known that it would change my entire life, well, maybe I would have gotten in my head and not done as good of a job that I did. But it was fun. It was a really, really great experience, but more important than any sort of accolades was the experience, the actual experience of doing it, with people that you love, and I learned a lot from the personal relationships that that experience brought to me.

JD: I know you're working on next album already. I'm just talking about the current one, and you're working on the next one, how is it different from your past releases?

LK: Well, the beauty of "Live @ Joe's Pub" and the reason I wanted to go ahead and release that while I was working on the new album, was I feel like "Live @ Joe's Pub" puts a period at the end of a sentence for me, in that it looks back at what my journey has been so far, as an independent, out artist, and I'm able to share that experience by telling the stories behind the songs, by giving the intimate behind-the-scenes experiences of what it was to do an album for $200 ("Live at Genghis Cohen," 2002] and find yourself having TV and licensing and national touring, and "The Apprentice" and all the things that happened on a $200 CD, just coming out of a major record deal that didn't work. You know, those are stories that people don't really know, and I love being able to share that with the "Life @ Joe's Pub."

LK: But at the same time, "Live @ Joe's Pub" for me is giving me a sense of closure, because I get to start, right here, as a rebirth. I get to stand at a place where I'm going to be three years sober, March 27th, this is the first time I've ever made an album where I feel like my fullest potential is available to me and flowing through me into my art. It feels very powerful for the first time, because I'm available to myself. I wanted to close the book on what might be a good chapter in the last five years, but from a personal perspective I still look back and realize that I was never living my full potential…because I was an addict, because I was making wrong decisions and choices in my life, and I'm not that guy anymore, and the music's different now. The look is going to be different now, the vibe and everything. It's because I get to be who I am in the fullness of who I am now that I'm sober.

JD: Sounds like you almost already answered my next question. It is: Has the gospel according to Levi changed in the last five years?

LK: It understands what loving yourself really is. You know, coming from the background that you know I come from, I've always had a sense of spiritual awareness, cause we cut our teeth on that growing up. You can't grow up the way I grew up and not have a sense of language, a certain set of perception and ideologies that sort of follow you through life. But the last three years I've almost let go of all that for single number one directive, which is, how can I love myself so deeply, so fully that I become the greatest service to the world.

LK: I think a lot of people understand self-love as being narcissistic or self-consumed, but I would vehemently argue that you cannot be a beneficial presence on this planet if you're not doing the internal work to love who you are first. And for me I know that's true, because I can look back on my addictive self, the self that was subscribing to all these limiting beliefs about, oh, I'm gay, so my success is going to be limited; I'm an addict, so I can't…I'm a smoker so I can't sing as good today. I'm this, I'm that, that's narcissistic.

JD: Well, on the Joe's album there's a song where you say, well this is from the next album, and it's "Let It Go." Is this the area that you're talking about?

LK: Yes, that is absolutely…embodies what I just spent five minutes on a tear about…(laughs)…in a very simple way, just basically saying letting go of our story, letting go of the mistakes we've made, forgiving ourselves, and realizing that we create our presence now, by letting go of our past, our past doesn't define who we are.

Levi Kreis - Let It Go (2011)

JD: Is there another song on the Live @ Joe's CD you'd like to talk about?

LK: Ah, my favorite moment of the evening is my song to my mother, because "We're Okay" was the first music video that I launched off "The Gospel According to Levi" back in 2006, I think, and it was the LGBT community's introduction to me visually, I mean, from a video standpoint, and Logo doing the video, but it takes on a different spirit, a different soul when I'm able to tell the story behind the song, about how me and my mother had a really rough go at it and it was sort of my gesture to her to say it doesn't matter if we agree with each other, I just don't want to find that I'm twenty years later and you haven't been in my life because we disagree on something. I just want to love you. And that was the reason I wrote "We're Okay." So to be able to share that story, and share the song with just a piano and myself…you know, I didn't do that song live for years, because it was too difficult, so this recent tour, of this "intimate evening with Levi Kreis," which gave us the Joe's Pub CD, it's the first time I sang it, the first time I would sing it.

Levi Kreis - We're Okay (2011)

JD: The next CD, will it be digital only?

LK: No, the next CD will be physical, digital…

JD: Will it be something I can hold in my hands?

LK: It will be. It might even have an accompanying "making of" booklet with it, I mean, we're going big, we're going large, we're going huge. The greatest experience about this album is it was funded by the backers, as you know. My fans used Kickstarter to help support this album to be. Every single song on that album is a song that has been commissioned by a fan. So they've told me their story, and then I get to in turn write a theme song that's sort of like a hybrid of them and their lives and me and my understanding of lives. So every single song is the story of a fan. I think it's a pretty interesting concept, for instance, one of my fans serving in the military, partnered for many years, don't ask don't tell, it's when he's deported it's not like he has the phone calls or emails or any means of which to stay in touch, because his privacy is sort of ripped out from under him, because of don't ask, don't tell. He asked me to embody that experience in a song. I get to come into his world, and by my connection with him give my experience of what that is so that other people can understand what that is.

LK: It's called "Four Letter Word," and it talks about, you know, the four-letter word is DADT, don't ask don't tell, and the four-letter word is DOMA, but the four-letter word really is h-a-t-e, because that's all that it is, and it's time we learned another four-letter word, which is l-o-v-e. I've written three songs now for gay couples for the new album, couples that have been together for 25 years, couples that have been together for ten years. One couple has been together for like 15-16 years. One of them is their wedding song, for New York City, they're getting married, in April, and I'm going to their wedding, I'm singing their song. There are many moments like that.

LK: You know, I've been on a four-year tangent with "Million Dollar Quartet." This album, and the connection with my fans, brings me back to that passion and fire of representing our LGBT community in an unabashed way, in speaking the issues that are relevant to us, and being able to put a bold foot forward. And say, my abilities are more available to me than ever before, and I'm going to use them to scream as loud as I can for equality, and for diversity.

It is any wonder I love interviewing Levi Kreis. And I think a fitting closing song for his segment is from his "We Belong" album, but also done live on the Joe's Pub album, "Gonna Be Alright."

Levi Kreis - Gonna Be Alright (2011)

Anna Gutmanis - Another Way Out (2012)
Anna Gutmanis - You Won't Be Sorry (2012)

This is JD Doyle with Part 2 of OutRadio and I've had my eye on that artist for a while now, ever since 2008 when she released a wonderful anthem called "I Am Who I Am." Well, she included that song as a bonus track on her brand new album "Glimmer in the Dark," but I played for you two of the new songs, "Another Way Out," and "You Won't Be Sorry." She's Canadian artist Anna Gutmanis. I want to mention that in about the last third of this segment, I'll bring you California artist and record producer, Moon Trent, who for the last twenty years has been churning out product for himself and others on the Timmi-Kat label. He will tell us about how they are celebrating their 20th anniversary, with a very cool compilation.

But for right now we're going back to the 80s. At that time a favorite artist of mine, Sonia, was in her first band. This was a few years before she and her sister Cyndi formed Disappear Fear. The first band was called Exhibit A. She's recently made available for the first time ten tracks from that band, so you can definitely expect an 80's sound, on the songs "Kix" and "1,2,3,4."

Sonia & Exhibit A - Kix (2011)
Sonia & Exhibit A - 1,2,3,4 (2011)
Andrea Katz - Why (1993)

That was another political song, this time from 1993 and by Andrea Katz, called "Why." Up next, two by J. Michael Reeds. He's got a very charming video for the first one, "Unwell," and the other one is a John Mayer song with the pronouns changed the way I like them. It's called "I'm Gonna Find Another You," and both come from J. Michael Reeds new EP "Hearts Are Worth the Mending."

J. Michael Reeds - Unwell (2011)
J. Michael Reeds - I'm Gonna Find Another You (2011)
Stephan Nance - Cuddlefish (2012)
Gay Guys - You've Got To (2012)

That was "You've Got To," a brand new track I was sent this week, and I kind of like it. Of course any band calling themselves the Gay Guys would get my attention. Nestled between them and J. Michael Reeds was a young artist named Stephan Nance, and his song "Cuddlefish."

Here's a GLBT anthem, written by a straight man, Fred Small, and we are glad he did, as it's been recorded many, many times by a variety of artists, including a number of gay & lesbian choruses. The song is called "Everything Possible," and this version is by Jon Arterton and James Mack. They have a new album that has a humorous title, "Legally Married…and the Sky Didn't Fall." But the message is pure heart. Some of you may recognize the name Jon Arterton, as he's recorded this song before, as a founding member of the beloved group, The Flirtations. "Everything Possible."

Jon Arterton & James Mack - Everything Possible (2011)

Moon Trent Interview

Now, as promised, my interview with Moon Trent, who will tell us about his new compilation CD.

Moon Trent: Well, the "Kat Vox" CD came about when we realized that twenty years had almost elapsed, for Timmi-Kat Records, so we decided to put out a CD commemorating the twenty years. So we started hitting people up, say three, four years ago. It's been a while we started hitting people up for these tracks, and that's how "Kat Vox" came to be.

JD: How did you pick the artists to include?

MT: They were just friends of our label, either they'd been out on our label already, or they were just bands that sent us CDs that we liked.

JD: And a number of these tracks have never been on CD before.

MT: That's right, so we are really happy…some of them were on cassette only, some of them were just mp3s, passed around on iPods and stuff

JD: It was nice to see some of my old favorite GLBT artists, but also some new to me, like, I had not heard of Femmebotz and Stuntman.

MT: Right, Stuntman has a great queer member, male member, and a straight female singer, we're happy to include them. We met Stuntman in 1999 when my band Brown-Star went to play a show called Queeruption, that they do every year. Well, that year it was in New York City, and we got invited, so we went and played and we met Stuntman.

JD: How about Femmebotz?

MT: The Femmebotz are from Modesto (California). They're an all female, all lesbian band, four or five, I can't remember, they're amazing.

And, here are Femmebotz singing "Radio Song" and Stuntman and "Jealousy."

Femmebotz - Radio Song (2011)
Stuntman - Jealousy (2011)

JD: I know you have adored Phranc for years, tell me about her song "Tupperware Lady"

MT: Well, it came to me from you actually. I read it on your website, cause I read your website quite a bit, and I saw this track that I'd never heard, so I wrote to you, and I wrote to her…

JD: I can't take any credit for the song. I interviewed her, live when she played in Houston, a number of years ago, and if my memory is correct, she reached in her pocketbook and handed me the CD, with that single burned on it, so that's how it got on my show.

MT: You emailed me the mp3 of that and I love that song, it's so great.

Phranc - Tupperware Lady (2006)

JD: This is the second compilation on the label, right?

MT: That's right, we did one called "Milkshake," a CD to benefit the Harvey Milk Institute, in 1998, good memory, so yeah, this is our second compilation in twenty years. It's our thirteenth release.

JD: What are some of the other acts you've released?

MT: We put out a CD by Spackle, they're actually on the "Kat Vox" CD; they were on "Milkshake" as well. We're really proud of them, we put out their full-length, called "Spackle," in 1995. A lot of the music that we put out is by bands that I was in, Pale, Brown-Star, Visitors Kimberly, stuff like that.

JD: Rumor has it there's a naked photo of you on a 1996 CD…

MT: A naked photo of me, on a 1996 CD…Oh, are you talking about Pansy Division? Oh, shit…can I say that? Oh, crap…oh, darn…let me see, yeah, there's this band Pansy Division that I love, we all love. And I stalked them from the beginning of their career, cause I did live in San Francisco. And I bothered them a lot. My band Pale has opened for Pansy Division. My band Brown-Star has opened for Pansy Division. I bothered them a lot. And in 1996 I believe I was on their "Wish I'd Taken Pictures" album cover. My feet are on the cover front, and on the back of it is my ass, in the shower scene. So yeah, you're correct, I am on that record, and I totally forgot about that until you brought it up. You did your homework.

Pansy Division - You'll See Them Again (2009)

That of course was Pansy Division, telling us that "You'll See Them Again," on the "Kat Vox" collection, and also on the Pansy Division CD "That's So Gay," from 2009.

And here's another track from the "Kat Vox" CD. In 2008 Swiss artist Bettina Schelker released a wonderful CD called "The Honeymoon Is Over," and from it is "Solo Trek"

Bettina Schelker - Solo Trek (2008)

This is JD Doyle and the logical way to close out this segment of OutRadio is with a song by Moon Trent himself, and it's his best known song, "Old School Dance."

MT: So if you guys check out "Kat Vox," I hope you like it, we put some time into it, we hope you did it, we think it's great.

Moon Trent - Old School Dance (2011)

The Feeling - Sewn (2006)

Dan Gillespie is the gay lead singer of the UK band The Feeling, and that song is called "Sewn." It was released in 2006 on an EP called "Four Stops and Home," and then showed up again the next year on a full CD they called "Twelve Stops and Home." And this is JD Doyle with Part 3 of OutRadio. Let's keep things moving. Here's Matt Ryanz singing about "Randy."

Matt Ryanz - Randy (2012)
Matt Ryanz - It's Never Enough (2012)
Matthew Duffy - Man Out of U (2012)

And Matt Ryanz gave us a second song, called "It's Never Enough," and then from Matthew Duffy was a new one, "Man Out of U." And here's a UK artist who is new to me, but I sure want to hear more from him. He's Ezra Axelrod, and his album will be released shortly, and the title track is "American Motel," and you'll also hear "19."

Ezra Axelrod - American Motel (2012)
Ezra Axelrod - 19 (2012)
Carl Man - Take Me Back to the Night (2011)
Keo Nozari - In the City (2011)
Gavin Creel - Noise (2012)

That was an extended set, and after Ezra Axelrod was "Take Me Back to the Night" by Carl Man. Then it was Keo Nozari, giving us "In the City," from his "Love Boutique" CD, and finally that was Broadway star Gavin Creel, with his track "Noise," which he describes as "An Anthem for Equality."

Here's Julie Nolen and her band Telling Stories, and the title track from their CD "Dirty Little Secrets."

Telling Stories - Dirty Little Secrets (2010)
Carole Pope & Rufus Wainwright - Landfall (2011)
Denise Franke - You Don't Know Me (1997)

Wasn't that beautiful? In the middle of that set was Canadian artist Carole Pope. She first got fame in the 80s for her lyrically gay hit "High School Confidential," a Top 20 hit in Canada. She's still making music and her latest album is called "Landfall," and on the title track you heard Rufus Wainwright joining her. Then I went back to 1997 for a track I've been meaning to play for a while. It's by Texas artist Denise Franke and is the title track from her CD "You Don't Know Me."

Closing this third segment of OutRadio is UK hitmaker Will Young, and two songs from his latest release, "Echoes." That album entered the UK charts at #1, and you'll year "Jealousy" and "Come On."

Will Young - Jealousy (2011)
Will Young - Come On (2011)

Okay, can you see that disco ball glittering above you? You're about to hear Gretchen Phillips and David Driver, with music from their new vinyl LP "Disco Dance Party 2000."

Phillips & Driver - Togetherness (2011)
Phillips & Driver - Love Theme from Day to Be Gay in the Catskills (2011)
RuPaul - Glamazon (2011)

Gretchen Phillips, who you should remember from Two Nice Girls, Girls in the Nose and whole slew of other projects, is back. And joining her is her partner in crime David Driver. Together they had an album in 2003, and their new one is a fun throwback called "Disco Dance Party 2000." You heard the tracks "Togetherness" and "Love Theme from Day to Be Gay in the Catskills." Then, of course that was RuPaul and "Glamazon," from last year's CD of the same name.

This is JD Doyle and we're in the fourth and last segment of OutRadio for this month. And, gee, the time sure goes fast, there's always way more artists I want to play than can fit into even four hours, so getting right to it is an artist calling herself Jackie Is Fabulous, and as George Sanders said in "All About Eve," "and why not?"

Jackie Is Fabulous - Proud To Be (2011)
Bright Light Bright Light - Disco Moment (2011)
Chris Crocker - Taking My Life Back (2011)
Chris Crocker - Tug of War (2011)

Jackie Is Fabulous sang "Proud To Be," Rod Thomas, calling himself "Bright Light Bright Light," gave us "Disco Moment," and then Chris Crocker, who you may remember four years ago told about 42 million Youtube viewers to "leave Brittney Spears alone, right now, I mean it."

He's back, with a new look, and he shows us he can put out some good music, with the songs "Taking My Life Back" and "Tug of War." And now, as Monty Python would say, time for something completely different. There's a Brooklyn band, made up of, in their terms, "100% Trans Jews." They go by the name Schmekel, and I'll let you look that up. From their first full CD "Queers on Rye" are the tracks "Tranny Chaser" and "I Love Str8 men (Butt Not 4 Sex)." And then next in an all transmen set will be poet Kit Yan, with some spoken word artistry.

Schmekel - Tranny Chaser (2011)
Schmekel - I Love Str8 Men (Butt Not 4 Sex) (2011)
Kit Yan - 26 Steps (2012)
Kit Yan - Butch (2012)
Novice Theory - Ordinary Death (2009)

I like that poetry quite a bit. I first knew the work of Kit Yan as part of the duo Good Asian Drivers, and I found his spoken word pieces, not only educational, but very powerful. So I'm glad he has just released a chapbook called "As We Fell." And I hope he and Geo Wyeth do not mind that I did a mashup of their two tracks. Geo Wyeth sometimes goes by Novice Theory and I much like his work as well. The last track was called "Ordinary Death," and as the first minute and a half of it is instrumental, it occurred to me I could have Kit Yan end his second piece over it. So, by Kit you heard "26 Steps" and "Butch," easing into "Ordinary Death" by Novice Theory. And here's one more transgender artist, a jazz singer who's been at it for decades. She's Stephanie Crawford, and from her 2008 CD "The Real Thing" is "It's Just Impossible," and she'll start off a jazz set.

Stephanie Crawford - It's Just Impossible (2008)

This is JD Doyle thanking you again for letting me share with you four hours of GLBT artists. A new favorite of mine is Spencer Day, and his set will close out the show. I'm bringing you a song from each of his three releases: "Gonna Make You Mine" from "Introducing Spencer Day," "Movie of Your Life," the title track from that EP, and from his latest, "Vagabond," "Till You Come To me." Spencer Day.

Spencer Day - Gonna Make You Mine (2004)
Spencer Day - Movie of Your Life (2005)
Spencer Day - Till You Come to Me (2009)

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