About Zack Rosen
-I'm a Leo who is losing his hair. This is like being a unicorn who is losing its horn. -I was the captain of a sports team in college. The resulting comfort I feel in locker rooms and group showers have given many men at my gym the wrong idea. -I am literally unable to frown. -I would say that The Grass Roots "Sooner or Later" is the absolute perfect pop song (shitty video notwithstanding,) but that would be a serious insult to George Harrison's "What is Life" -I came out to my sisters at 19, my parents at 20, and even the most casual of my acquaintances knew by 21. Men who are older than me think this was very brave. Men who are younger than me took their boyfriends to junior prom. -Stephanie once called me "reliably inappropriate." That about sums it up. Contact me here: firstname.lastname@example.org I define The New Gay thus...
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Well, folks, I’m done. After ten days of heart palpitations, sleepless nights and scraping my bowls for resin because near-unemployment (and living in DC) leaves me unable and unwilling to just buy more weed, I’m finally hitting the ol’ dusty trail. I wanted this post to be in before the weekend started and I wanted it to be long and poignant. I wanted it excepted in “Chicken Soup for the Alt-Fag Soul.” I wanted it to make you weep. But none of that ended up being possible, so I’m just going to tell you my final thoughts as I leave TNG.
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The duo of Svein Berge and Torbjørn Brundtland are one of the rare acts who can make electronic music fun, interesting and evocative. Whether heard at the 930 Club or your computer speakers, there is a great depth to tracks like “You Don’t Have A Clue” or “The Alcoholic” that makes it just a wee bit difficult to view Robert Miles the same way afterwards.
I don’t know why, but the only way I can really imagine sharing this news is to walk through my front door, put on a cardigan and sit down near the “Neighborhood of Make Believe” train set to have a chat. But that’s not going to happen. So I’ll say this: Some of you may have noticed that I haven’t been posting much on TNG recently. While some of this may be chalked up to such glamorous activities as my five year college reunion in Ohio, a week with my parents in Chicago and five days at NetRoots Nation (where I sharted my pants in my hotel room, true story) I cannot blame all this absence on my romantic sojourns through the gleaming avenues of the Midwest. It’s time to make a hard announcement: Starting next Friday, July 22nd, I will be stepping down as Editor-in-Chief of The New Gay.
Judging by their new single, “Dystopia (The Earth Is On Fire), ” Jonah Bechtolt and Claire Evan’s internal landscape has gotten decidedly less sunny. The burning earth of “Dystopia” is a far cry from the friendly appliances of 2009′s “Psychic City.” Shangri-La will have its own “Utopia” track to balance it out, but until then you can take a listen to this one and dance like it’s the end of the world.
Kitchen-sink indie pop band Go! Team is a TNG favorite for many reasons. Most have to do with frontwoman/rapper/human-energizer-bunny Ninja. A frenetic, compelling live performer akin to Gallagher having a PCP freakout and taking his hammer to a Meerkat den, Ninja’s ability to engage a crowd is staggering. Her charm and personality are staggering too, as displayed here, but what you don’t know is that the woman is toned to the point where she makes Madonna look like a used condom full of rice pudding. Seriously: If I could do a second interview that consisted entirely of me grating cheese on her abs, I’d do it.
Happy Monday as we unveil our 2nd of two interviews Queer-lead and all-around TNG approved rockers Of Montreal. This time we feature frontman and brainchild Kevin Barnes, who is about as queer as anyone married to a woman could be, and actually queerer than most guys you see at your average cocktail party. His albums are littered with references to things like gay sex, promiscuity, Prince-worthy falsettoes and Georgie Fruit, Kevin’s “black shemale” alter-ego. In this interview, he discusses religion, sex, gender and so much more. If you’re not interested in checking out Of Montreal after watching this, you at least might find yourself inspired to have some really filthy sex.
French pop luminary Yelle (nee’ Julie Budet) is the frontwoman of her like-named band. While she is the vocal point — providing the voice, look and amazing dance moves at their unforgettable live shows — she is also joined by band mates Grand Marnier and Tepr. Together they combine the best features of, say, Hot Chip and Robyn as carefully controlled beats and lights combine with a white-hot frontwoman to make one of the more thrilling live dance parties in my recent memory.
Queer-lead and all-around TNG approved rockers Of Montreal are as much about their visual aesthetic and their LSD live shows as they are their own music. In this, the first of two Of Montreal video interviews, David Barnes (Kevin’s brother) gave us a bit of his time to discuss where the Of Montreal visuals come from, what the American flag means to him and just exactly how they can perform in those costumes night after night.
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Because, as per the commercial above, Bob Harper is gorgeous. A mere still photo of him plays up killer stubble, eyes like a May afternoon and the kind of Aryan ruggedness that makes my third leg get Reich hard. The commercial expands on that, offering us a golden vision of big tattoos, a gentle voice and the apparent ability to get his leg all the way up on an exercise bike without breaking a sweat or tearing an anal gland. Have I made it clear yet he’s cute? But cute guys are a dime-a-dozen on TV. Bob distinguishes himself by setting off an ambiguious, yet 12-alarm, activity warning on my gaydar.
Danish rockers The Raveonettes have long been a favorite of TNG’s. We’ve scored a full interview with Sharin and an Ask A Straight Guy with Sune, but never gotten them to do what they do best: Play music. Since their output has always been a fierce, midnight-tinged throwback to other eras (50′s girlgroups, The Cure’s synthful wistfullness, Jesus and Mary Chain fuzz) it’s rare to catch them in a quiet moment. But we did. This track – “Ignite,” off new album Raven in the Grave, just showcases Sharin Foo, Sune Rose Wagner and their incredible harmonies. It’s pretty special.