The Hotness: Little Dragon, (Please) Don’t Blame Mexico, CSS

The Hotness is your daily look at 3 new songs that are amazing, essential, and are sure to make you horny. Ok, the last part isn’t necessarily true. But if you don’t like at least one of these three songs, you need to check 1) Your testosterone levels 2) Your estrogen levels 3) Your hearing.

Little Dragon is yet another amazing Swedish electropop group that have been getting better and better with every release. The band is comprised of lead singer Yukimi Nagano, bassist Fredrick Kallgren, keyboardist Hakan Wirenstrand and drummer Erik Bodin, and they’ve received a good amount of attention in the last year or so thanks to EXCELLENT collaborations with Gorillaz and Maximum Balloon. To simply call Little Dragon’s sound “electropop” doesn’t even begin to do it justice. These guys know more than a thing or two about groovy basslines, sick dance beats and unique production, and lead singer Yukimi’s voice is unique, sexy and full of soul. “Nightlight” is their new single and I think it’s safe to say that I’ve found my song of the summer. I CANNOT GET ENOUGH OF THIS SONG! So fuckin hot! Check it out below and get addicted.

*Little Dragon’s 3rd studio album “Ritual Union” is out 26 July on Peacefrog.

http://www.little-dragon.se/

 

Little Dragon “Nightlight”

 

(Please) Don’t Blame Mexico is a French indie rock band who list their influences as Brian Eno, Spoon, Burt Bacharach and XTC, to name a few. I have no idea how I stumbled upon their debut album “Concorde” a few weeks ago, but I gave it a chance mostly because I thought the name of the band was interesting. Well 3 weeks on and I’ve listened to the album almost every single day and can definitely hear all of the influences they mention and more. While the band’s music focuses heavily on pop melodies, there’s something very “Pavement” about the lead singer’s voice certain songs and in fact my favorite song “Durango” reminds me of a close relative to Pavement’s poppy single “Shady Lane”. Check it out below.

*(Please) Don’t Blame Mexico’s debut album “Concorde” is out now via Maxime Chamoux.

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(Please) Don’t Blame Mexico “Durango”

 

CSS is a Brazilian rock band whose music fuses elements of dance, rock, pop, reggae, bossa nova and more into fun summery party songs. Their lead singer is named Lovefoxxx and she brings to mind Brazil’s answer to Karen O with her flamboyant outfits, hair and sexually charged performances. The rest of the band is made up of Adriano Cintra, Luiza Sa, Ana Rezende and Carolina Parra, and all of them have done an incredible job over the years honing their skills as musicians and songwriters to create CSS’s most cohesive album yet. I became a big fan of theirs when they released their first US single a few years ago called “Let’s Make Love And Listen To Death From Above” and was completely OBsessed with their debut album Cansei de Ser Sexy. The formula here is pretty simple: Beats + guitars + silly English lyrics + Lovefoxxx = Good time for all. Check out their new reggae-infused single “Hits Me Like A Rock”.

*CSS’s 3rd studio album “La Liberacion” hits stores 22 August on V2.

http://csshurtssuxxx.blogspot.com/

 

CSS “Hits Me Like A Rock”

 

Daily Dickhead: Randy “Homosexuality Is Unhealthy” Thomasson (VIDEO)

The Christian Broadcasting Network makes me nauseous to even type, much less have to take seriously. But, sadly, we do have to take these morons seriously and it is inside one of their stories from a show they did last week that we find today’s Daily Dickhead, Randy Thomasson of the Religious Right group Save California.

One of the things that makes these religious nutbags so dangerous is that they believe what they want to believe and one only has to look as far as the state of Texas to find evidence of right-wing fucktards attempting to rewrite our nation’s history and textbooks. But today, the attempt to rewrite history is being fought in the liberal state of California where a new bill has been introduced that would make sure that schools cover important figures in LGBT history.

And, being the good delusional Christian that he is, Randy Thomasson is urging parents to take action and “make plans to get your children and grandchildren protected from this brainwashing” before they are “sexually indoctrinated”.

When asked why the bill is so dangerous, Thomasson goes on to say:

“Well, children should not be taught lies. Homosexuality is not natural, there’s no such thing as a gay gene, no biological basis. Homosexuality is actually unhealthy with a higher chance of sexually transmitted diseases, cancer, and earlier deaths. So why tell children ‘don’t smoke,’ ‘don’t drive drunk,’ ‘don’t take drugs,’ and then say, ‘well go ahead and experiment with homosexuality’? It makes no sense. That’s what this bill would do because it would hold up as a positive role model the homosexual, bisexual, cross-dressing lifestyle.”

See what I mean when I say that these religious fucktards only believe what they want to believe?

First of all, there is a biological basis for homosexuality and it was proven years ago. Secondly, if homosexuality is so unnatural, then maybe somebody should tell heterosexual couples to STOP HAVING HOMOSEXUAL BABIES! Thirdly, I’d love to find a classroom anywhere in the world that teaches its students to ‘experiment with homosexuality’.

Without standing too much on my atheist pedestal, let me just suggest that history is based on actual events that occurred, whereas the existence of ‘god’ is something that NO ONE can prove. Call me crazy, but I’d rather learn about things from the past that actually happened..and read fairytales to my  kids at night.

Listen to his moronic interview below.

 

Artist Of The Day: The Grates “Turn Me On” (VIDEO)

The Grates are an Australian duo made up of lead singer Patience Hodgson and guitarist John Patterson. Their music falls in the alternative rock category, neatly placed alongside other female-fronted rock bands such as Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Metric.

I became a fan of The Grates after the release of their last album “Teeth Lost, Hearts Won” back in 2008, mostly due to Patience’s fun vocal tricks, but also because of the quality of the band’s songwriting evidenced on songs such as the gorgeous ballad “Storms and Fevers”. I’ve been eager to hear a follow-up album ever since and was extremely happy to receive a promo copy of the band’s latest album “Secret Rituals” which takes their sound and organizes it into 11 neatly produced cohesive songs that still remind me of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, but also of Canadian pop rockers, Metric.

I’ve been so ensconced with pop music in the last couple of years that my affinity for rock music has somewhat taken a backseat. I think it all started because my ex was a huge fan of pop music and I had to compromise my music taste to be a little on the poppier side. But, whatever the reason, I haven’t been seeking out rock music as much as I used to. And that’s why hearing the new Grates album has been so fun for me in the last couple of weeks. It’s had me cranking up the volume and rocking out in a way that I haven’t done in years. Good stuff.

Check out the sexy video for the album’s lead single “Turn Me On” and then be sure to pick up the latest album by The Grates, “Secret Rituals”.

*The Grates’ 3rd album “Secret Rituals” is out now on Universal.

http://thegrates.com/

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http://twitter.com/#!/thegrates

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The Grates “Turn Me On”

 

The Fredhead Weekend 10: Gay Pride Edition!

Every Friday, Fred Hystere sends a note to fans of the site and streams 10 of his favorite songs…aaaaaand then he takes off his pants on camera and makes up a dance to each song.

24 June 2011

This weekend is the Gay Pride Parade in New York City and today I want to talk a little bit about the importance of pride.

I hear from both straight and gay people all the time that they think gay pride is silly and they don’t understand why it exists. While I can’t specifically say that the pride movement has had a direct effect on me per se, I can say that I think ‘pride’ is completely essential. Here’s why.

As I’ve said 346546737 times on FH, I’ve been lucky enough to have been raised by parents who not only helped the innate confidence inside me to prosper, but also made their own confidence in me clear from day one. I’ve also been lucky enough to have a strong network of friends who have never wavered in their support of me, regardless of my sexual orientation. My family and my friends are my ‘community’.

Out of the many places we search for pride, the number one place people turn to is their own community. My community happens to be my family and friends, but other examples of community include nationality, religion, job, sexual orientation, etc.

The need for community is as strong as the need for love and any other ‘need’ there is. No one likes to feel as though they’re ‘alone’; which is why it’s essential to have a place to go where you can speak with and be around people just like you. That’s where gay pride comes in..

Community breeds pride.

So the next time that you look down on someone because of how much ‘pride’ means to them, take a moment and realize how lucky you is to be part of a community, whatever that community may be, that gives you or (has given you) that sense of pride. And let other people enjoy the one day per year where they can find pride the only way they know how..in numbers.

Fred Hystere

PS: Enjoy my Weekend 10! It’s full of some of my favorite songs from some of my favorite gay artists! Happy Pride!

 

1. Goldfrapp “Alive”

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2. Dragonette “Big Sunglasses”

 

3. Angelo “Sinner & The Saint (Buffelibre Remix)”

 

4. The Gossip “Standing In The Way Of Control”

 

5. Scissor Sisters “Sex and Violence”

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6. Garçon Garçon “Stay In Touch”

 

7. Bright Light Bright Light “A New Word To Say”

 

8. Pet Shop Boys “Together”

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9. Gregory Douglass “Hang Around”

 

10. Rufus Wainwright “Beautiful Child”



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