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The Ditty Bops - All Over You (2008)
The Ditty Bops - There's A Girl (2004)

This is JD Doyle, welcoming you to OutRadio for May. And those two delightful songs were by Abby DeWald and Amanda Barrett, who are known as The Ditty Bops. The second song was from their debut album, just called "The Ditty Bops" and the first was from their 2008 CD "Summer Rains," but I heard the song on a very interesting various artists compilation from 2008 called "Music from the Aisle of Lesbos." That album features a wonderful listing of lesbian artists, including these next two, Amy Cook and Rachael Sage.

Amy Cook - Sunshine (2008)
Rachael Sage - My Word (2008)

And like most various artist compilations, the songs can also be found on the artists' own releases. In this case "Sunshine" is from Amy Cook's 2007 CD "The Sky Observer's Guide" and the Rachael Sage song "My Word" is from her album "Chandelier," from 2008.

Another artist on the "Music from the Aisle of Lesbos" CD is Natalia Zukerman, but I'm going to play instead a track from her brand new CD "Gas Station Roses." The song is called "Brooklyn."

Natalia Zukerman - Brooklyn (2011)
Brenda Jean - I'm Better Off Without You (2011)

Hee Haw, that was a bit country. The song was "I'm Better Off Without You," and was by Brenda Jean, from her new album "Joe Pye Weed." And keeping the country mood, at least for two more songs, is a duo I like a lot from New Zealand. By that description many of you already know it's the Topp Twins. From their latest CD, called "Honky Tonk Angel" here comes "Serious" and "Milestones."

Topp Twins - Serious (2010)
Topp Twins - Milestones (2010)
Nervous But Excited - Ashes (2009)
Nervous But Excited - Lansing (2006)

I recently discovered that last act. A friend recommended them to me, and I contacted them and soon received two of their CDs, and I was very pleased. They are from Michigan and call themselves Nervous But Excited, but I know their names are Kate Peterson & Sarah Cleaver. You heard "Ashes" from their latest album "Anchors" and "Lansing," from their 2006 CD "Once More…With Feeling."

Hearing just two songs does not do them justice. Again, I am very impressed with their music. And an artist who has impressed me for many years is Sonia. Last July on my Queer Music Heritage show I was delighted to feature what I call a career interview with her, and we covered everything. She has a new DVD called "Who I Am," and I got her to send me two mp3s from it so I could share them. Here are "No More Songs" and "Love Names Me."

Sonia - No More Songs (2011)
Sonia - Love Names Me (2011)
Nedra Johnson - Sprung (2005)
Toshi Reagon - Misty Mountain (1997)

Following Sonia were two more excellent artists. From her 2005 album "Nedra," Nedra Johnson gave us the song "Sprung," and then way back to 1997 I played Ferron's classic song "Misty Mountain," but this time done by Toshi Reagon, from her album called "Kindness."

Also from 1997 is the artist Melanie B, and her album "Bad Girl." Now by now you know I love songs that are very out of the closet, and her song "Woman of Mine" certainly qualifies.

Melanie B - Woman of Mine (1997)

I saw this next duo, called kRi & Hettie, in a house concert recently, and they are very good. They mix poetry and folk, and I think you'll find these two songs, called "I Am a Woman" and "Guest House" interesting. I was so impressed I'm using them to close this first segment. This is JD Doyle for OutRadio and here are kRi and Hettie.

Kri & Hettie - I Am a Woman (2010)
Kri & Hettie - Guest House (2011)

Eric Himan - Save the Afternoon (2011)
Eric Himan - Dust (2011)

I'm JD Doyle, bringing you Part 2 of OutRadio for May, and that was the latest two singles by a favorite artist of mine, Eric Himan. You heard "Save the Afternoon" and "Dust." And next, well, I never expected to ever play Jerry Lee Lewis on this show. He is one of the characters portrayed in the Broadway hit musical "Million Dollar Quartet." Levi Kreis, who I've interviewed several times, played Jerry Lee in the show and it got him a Tony Award, and during the process, an unexpected duet. It was not part of the show but they arranged for Levi and Jerry Lee Lewis to record a song together, and of course it's terrific. I understand it is only available on special editions of the show cast album sold at the theatre. Well, that just makes it more special. Here's that duet, the song "Money," and then from the album is Levi by himself on "Whole Lot of Shakin' Goin' On."

Levi Kreis & Jerry Lee Lewis - Money (2011)
Levi Kreis - Whole Lot of Shakin' Goin' On (2010)

Well, that energy is tough to follow, so I'm not even going to try. Instead I'm very pleased to bring you the latest single by Jeffrey Altergott. It's called "Unleashed."

Jeffrey Altergott - Unleashed (2011)
Joshua Klipp & Katastrophe - Temporarily Insane (2006)

Josh Klipp Interview

I love that. It was called "Temporarily Insane" and was by San Francisco artists Joshua Klipp and Katastrophe. I interviewed Josh in 2007 so have been following his music with interest, and wasn't really surprised by the direction of his new album. It's called "Josh Klipp & the Klipptones, Live at Enrico's." And it's a smooth jazz album that cannot fail to remind you of the work of Chet Baker, and that's a pretty good spot to be in. I'm very pleased to bring you an interview with Josh Klipp about the new album, but before we get into it, let's hear a bit of one of the songs, "Secret Love."

Joshua Klipp & the Klipptones - Secret Love (2011)

What's the name of the new recording?

Josh Klipp: It's called Josh Klipp & the Klipptones, Live at Enrico's.

And tell us how it came about?

JK: You know, I've been wanting to do a jazz album for a long time, and in 2010 I promised myself that was the year I was going to do it, and I've been working with Julie Wolf, as a producer. Julie Wolf is the long-time piano player for the Indigo Girls, and unfortunately she's on the road a lot, so it kind of just kept being pushed back, pushed back. So finally I said, "all right, that's it, I've got to do it before the year is up." So I just did a live album. That's really how it happened, cause I set the goal and I needed to hit it.

Well, my first thought when I heard about the album is that is seems the songs from your first album that got most of the attention, like "Little Girl" and "L1fe," were more dance oriented. So are people surprised at this new project?

JK: Not anyone that knows me. I actually used to do jazz before I did pop, and then when my voice changed it was a lot harder to do jazz, because jazz gigs can run three to four hours, and you can do up to 40 songs in a night, and my voice wasn't ready for that. So to me and to anyone who's been following me, this is actually a coming home.

What's been the reaction to the new one been far?

JK: People love it. People love it. The pop album, "Won't Stop Now," was really different but had a lot of great songs with great messages, and I think that's what people really liked about that one, and yeah, that it was really danceable, really catchy stuff. This is just the stuff that people grew up with, that their grandparents, and parents and they listened to, and everybody still knows the songs and knows the words, and it's like Sunday morning breakfast, you know, nice, and people like it. It's like brunch, yeah.

I was in San Francisco last June and I saw a bunch of people perform and you did a very short set, and I was just really psyched when you did "The Way You Look Tonight."

JK: Oh, that's right, over at Supper Club. Yeah, that was fun. That's exactly what I'm talking about, I love doing stuff like that, I love doing those kinds of songs.

What song from the album seems to be getting the most attention?

JK: That's hard to say. I think "The Way You Look Tonight" is one that people really like, and also "Everything Happens to Me," which is a little lesser-known standard, made most famous by Chet Baker, which is what I'm working next, which is a Chet Baker tribute.

I love him. Who doesn't love Chet Baker?

JK: Only people who have never heard of him.

Really. So, for the new album, do you have a favorite track?

JK: Well, I really like "Everything Happens to Me" and I really like "Bewitched" and of course those are the two ballads on there. And "The Way You Look Tonight" is one of my favorites, one that I do at pretty much any event where there are going to be lots of trans people because it's my way of saying just how beautiful I think our people are. Sounds kind of cheesy but it's true. That's in my head when I'm singing it. I'm not making it up.

I think that's wonderful.

Joshua Klipp & the Klipptones - The Way You Look Tonight (2011)

What's been the greatest thrill so far in your music career?

JK: Oh, my JD, that's a big question. The greatest thrill…well, I think hitting the Billboard charts was pretty awesome, that was pretty great. There was a smile on my face for over a month because of that. There was, not going to lie.

I almost hesitate to ask this next question, and you're saying "uh oh," as the premise of the question kind of contradicts itself. But have you gotten to a point when doing interviews that the trans angle comes up less and less, and it's just about the music.

JK: Definitely, unless it's somebody that's never…well, it depends. In communities where it's still kind of a new thing, where if the interviewee is in a community like that, it still comes up a lot. But you've been doing the Queer Music Heritage for a long time, and different interviews that I've done, where it's kind of…it's really not anything to talk about anymore. But there is still a need for it in some places, in a lot of places…when the interview originates from something like that, it does come up.

Oh, it's very valuable territory. We did a very thorough interview in 2007. Do you believe it's been that long ago?

JK: No, I can't, I'm glad we're still friends.

Oh, of course. I think you already touched on this but what's ahead for the next album?

JK: Next I'm working on a Chet Baker tribute, and that will be with Julie Wolf. She actually studied the music of Chet Baker when she was in college, so it's a subject that's very personal, near and dear to her, she loves his music as well. And it's going to be interesting cause I don't think it's going to be your standard…you know, we put together a bunch of tracks and we put it out all at once. I think it might be more of a series of EPs or mini-releases along the way. And that's partly because of her schedule, she tours a lot, and partly because of cost involved. She's going to be what we're calling the musical director, and of course she's going to be my pianist on it as well. So she's going to be working with me on creating…reinterpreting Chet Baker through me.

And this is a good place to play a song from the current album, and it's one that was quite expertly recorded by Chet Baker, but I love Josh's version, the song "Everything Happens to Me."

Joshua Klipp & the Klipptones - Everything Happens to Me (2011)

Now, you heard Josh talk about Julie Wolf. I'm looking forward to what production genius she'll give to his next album. I know this because I have her solo album, "Walk the Worn Out Floor," from 1996. From it is the song "How Will You Remember Me?"

Julie Wolf - How Will You Remember Me? (1996)

That was Julie Wolf. For another change of pace, there's a band in Australia called Jungal, and by them is the song "Found."

Jungal - Found (2010)
Ryan Cassata - Distraction (2011)

And that was the title track from the first CD by Ryan Cassata. The song and CD are called "Distraction."

I'm going to steer this segment back into jazz, but this song you would have to call experimental jazz. From German artist Michael Schiefel, from his 2003 album called "Gay," is "I Must Have That Man."

Michael Schiefel - I Must Have That Man (2003)
Julian Yeo - Love for Sale (2010)

And from Julian Yeo's latest album "Deep Purple Dreams" is the classic "Love for Sale." This is JD Doyle for OutRadio, and closing this segment is KJ Denhert from her 2008 CD "KJ Denhert dal Vivo a Umbria Jazz," and "Over the Rainbow."

KJ Denhert - Over the Rainbow (2008)

Lori Michaels - Tattletale (2011)
Snax - Special Guest Star (2010)
Ladyboi - Halfway to Dawn (2011)

And that was a very energetic start to Part 3 of OutRadio for May. This is JD Doyle and I started with the new single by Lori Michaels, called "Tattletale." I followed it with the title track, called "Special Guest Star," from a new album by an artist calling himself Snax. Now, I know his real name is Paul Bonomo and about fifteen years ago he was in the queercore scene, under the band name of Fagbash. But he's in Berlin now, still making music. And at the end of that set it got a touch mellower, as there was a message. The artist Scandelle released that song under the name Ladyboi. The song was called "Halfway to Dawn," and it's dedicated to Brandon Bitner. He was a 14 year old bullying victim driven to suicide in Pennsylvania last November.

And I'm changing the pace quite a bit now, for a four-play from a new album produced by Shawn Thomas. It's called "UP," which stands for "Unashamed Praise," and the subtitle is "A Collection of GLBT Christian Artists." Starting the set is Justin Ryan with "I'm Not the Enemy."

Justin Ryan - I'm Not the Enemy (2006)
Marsha Stevens-Pino - A Future and a Hope (2006)
Roger Anthony Yolanda Mapes - Love Divine (2009)
Shawn Thomas - Hands Up (2011)

Justin Ryan started off the Christian music set, and he was followed by Marsha-Stevens Pino, and "A Future and a Hope," and she was followed by Roger Anthony Yolanda Mapes and the song "Love Divine." Finishing the set is the CD's producer Shawn Thomas, and the song "Hands Up."

Coming up, two artists from Australia. Brett Every is becoming a favorite of mine, and he has a new album, called "Menu." I just love his style and interesting lyrics. You'll see that in a song called "Man Walks into a Bar." And the second song by him he didn't write, but it sure was an interesting choice to cover the Concrete Blonde song "Joey."

Brett Every - A Man Walks into a Bar (2011)
Brett Every - Joey (2011)

The second Aussie artist I have for you takes a historical approach. His name is Malcolm Turnbull and his new album, called "Bitterfeast," is a salute to gay music history, so it's right down my street. In fact the full title is "Bitterfeast: Reflecting on Grief, Greatness and Gay Liberation." On two of the songs he incorporates sound clips from those eras. For the first song, well, he changes the lyrics just a bit. The song is Chris Robison's "Lookin' for a Boy Tonight," from 1973, and as Malcolm tries to be a politically correct folksinger, he figures at his age he should instead be "Lookin' for a Good Man Tonight." And he also gives an interesting take on Tom Robinson's classic song "Glad to Be Gay."

Malcolm Turnbull - Lookin' for a Good Man Tonight (2011)
Malcolm Turnbull - Glad to Be Gay (2011)

"Lookin' for a Good Man Tonight" and "Glad to Be Gay" by Malcolm Turnbull.

My friend Chris VonTanner decided with his latest album to do cover versions of songs even older, and he had lots of fun with it. The album is called "Wedding Bell Blues" and all of the songs are from the 1960's, and even better in my book, they are by the Girl Groups and Girl Singers of the 60's. All the usual suspects are here, "Be My Baby," "It's My Party," "Chapel of Love," "Then He Kissed Me," and more. But I decided to share with you two songs that, at least to my knowledge, is the first time they have gotten the gay male singer treatment. Here's Chris VonTanner with "Please Mr Postman" and "My Guy."

Chris VonTanner - Please Mr Postman (2011)
Chris VonTanner - My Guy (2011)

I'm JD Doyle and I'm closing this segment with a special song. I've played it before and it's one of my absolute favorites, but I've never played the extended version, and as they say, it sure deserves a spin. From 1984 it's the nine-minute version of "Smalltown Boy," by Bronski Beat.

Bronski Beat - Smalltown Boy (extended mix) (1984)