A few weeks ago, we ran an interview with Jason Dottley, in which the out singer and actor talked about his new Love Story Project. Well, the video for the Love Story single has dropped, and you can see the video for it below.
This week’s upcoming edition is our annual Music Issue, and in preparing for it, I’m gonna be posting some music-related stories dealing with the gay community on Instant Tea all week. (Don’t worry: The print edition will contain all different stories, so be sure to pick it up Friday.) We’re gonna start out with a little music video.
A little more than a year ago, I did a story on Nehemiah Akbar, an Oklahoma-based gay musician who was in town for Dallas Southern Pride. He’s a talented guy, and even better, a nice one. (And, it goes without saying, a handsome devil.)
He has a video, just up, of his latest song, “Thank God.” It’s terrific song and a nice video. Check it out after the jump … and watch it past the closing credits for a small surprise.
Now that the weather has turned cold, I was in the mood for something hot this morning. My default for that is usually a Cazwell video. The gay rapper, who got us to like ice cream trucks a few summers back, now taps into the (gay) obsession with selfie pics with “No Selfie Control,” a tongue-in-cheek commentary about the omnipresence of narcissism on InstaGram, Facebook, Twitter and all of social media, really. And of course, there’s lots of hot near-nudity (but it’s still safe for work with the headphones on). Check it out after the jump.
A few weeks ago, he invited fans to participate in a video shoot in Ventura, Calif., for “This Guy’s In Love With You,” with the idea to celebrate love, and being bold enough to love whomever you wish, regardless of sex, race, religion or creed. He called it a “love mob,” and according to his website, it was a success.
The video was released this week and features exactly what he said — “a love mob” of sorts. Depicting a variety of relationships from gay to straight, young to old and all in between, Koz seems to have achieved his goal. He even has Herb Alpert playing a guest spot in the video and on the song.
OK, then after you watch that, watch this. It’s a total shift in gears but omagah, it’s crazy hilarious — and just the pick-me-up for a slow hump-day afternoon. Thanks to colleague Gary for the tip.
Bryan Rodecker AKA Infiidelix has dropped a couple of new songs before heading out to Amsterdam to film the video for his “Weed Song.” Unfortunately, the Denton-based artist is not going on a label’s dime, he and his beau have been saving to do this so it’s part vacation, part business, but Rodecker told me he’s scored some gigs already.
“We are really going there to have fun, but I refuse to travel without performing,” he said. “So in return I booked myself shows every night we’re there from open mic to hip-hop to poetry. You could say I’m going there for a bunch of reasons.”
Indeed. Not only is he planning the trip to film his music video, he’s been dabbling in spoken word and poetry and is making plans to film those performances as well.
“We are gonna try to shoot as many vids as possible. I really wanna film some poetry, a gay travel blog and a weed and hotel blog.” he said.
Because weed is legal in Amsterdam and, well, Infidelix, has his vices. Plus, Amsterdam is on his travel bucket list. In the meantime, enjoy that song and “The Darkness,” also a new track, after the jump. You can also see some of his spoken word work on his YouTube Channel here.
Owner Keith Lackie stands behind the bar on Friday holding a plaque he received to commemorate the opening of Klub Wet.
It was Keith Lackie and Andy Primm’s dream to open a gay bar together.
When Primm died last year at 44, Lackie was left with a life insurance policy.
Lackie decided to use the money to fulfill the couple’s dream, and three months ago, he signed a lease for the building that housed Illusions, at 4100 Maple Ave., which had recently closed.
Since then, Lackie said he’s spent $150,000 remodeling the building. He was scheduled to open Klub Wet Piano & Music Video Lounge at 11 a.m. today.
But on Wednesday, Lackie found out the city of Dallas won’t issue a certificate of occupancy — the final permit needed before he opens — because he doesn’t have sufficient parking.
“I don’t even have the money to pay my house payment next month,” Lackie said Friday afternoon as he stood inside Klub Wet. “I was counting on being able to open this week.”
Lackie explained that the owner of the building that houses Klub Wet, Victor Ballas, has a Remote Parking Agreement for 46 spaces on property that sits just across Throckmorton Street. Lackie signed a one-year lease with Ballas with a four-year extension option.
But the parking for Klub Wet sits on property that’s now owned by Crow Holdings, which plans to redevelop much of the neighborhood. Lackie said Crow Holdings has convinced city officials that the Remote Parking Agreement is invalid, because it doesn’t list an accurate square footage for the bar.
The parking agreement, from 1996, lists the square footage of the building at about 1,400 square feet, while Klub Wet actually occupies about 2,500 square feet. But even with the larger square footage, the 46 spaces would be more than sufficient. Lackie said the square footage discrepancy is probably due to the fact that the bar occupied only part of the building in 1996.
Lackie said the term of the Remote Parking Agreement is as long as the building is occupied by a bar. But he said Crow Holdings has seized upon the square-footage technicality because it wants the parking for its own development.
“If Trammell Crow can keep me from opening up and it can’t be a bar, these parking agreements will go away and they’ll get their property back,” Lackie said.
Lackie said he’s been working with a licensing consultant to try to obtain a certificate of occupancy from the city, but now that the effort has proven unsuccessful, he plans to consult with his attorney.
Lackie said he’s already hired about 10 employees, some of whom have quit their old jobs. Among other things, he’s furnished Klub Wet with a grand piano and was poised to make it the only gay piano bar in Dallas.
On Thursday night, Klub Wet hosted a private party attended by 40-50 people, and one of Lackie’s new employees presented him with a plaque that reads “A Dream Come True, Alan Primm and Keith Lackie.”
For now, though, it’s a dream on hold.
“It was our dream to do it,” Lackie said. “I can’t give up.”
Earlier this month, local gay hip-hop artist Infidelix released “The Daily Grind.” And apparently it’s made an impression on Mr. Buck Angel. So much so, that Infidelix sent me Angel’s shout-outs on the six-song release. Infidelix, aka Bryan Rodecker, actually contacted Angel as a fan, and apparently they have a lot in common.
“I told him that I did music and I’m all about not caring what people think, doing what you want and facing diversity right in the face. He’s like that too so I gave him kudos on it,” Rodecker said.
The shout-outs are quick nods of Angel giving props back. Rodecker plans to interject them into his next album along with other soundbites. It’s become a project now.
Buck likes Bryan
“Angel was really cool about it,” he said. “I’m trying to get others in all communities for soundbites. I’m even trying to get Westboro Baptist Church just so I can throw something back at ‘em.”
But before his next release, Rodecker has been promoting “Grind.” He has a music video in the works and is increasing his social website presence. Rodecker was hoping to perform at Dallas Pride but missed the deadlines. However, he has an an application in to play Atlanta Pride and is waiting to hear back.
As for his new found friendship with Angel, Rodecker is glad that someone with a similar in-your-face philosophy digs what he’s doing.
“Being the first female-to-male adult star, he’s opening up a whole new genre of sexuality,” he said. “I think he’s really interesting, and I’m so for what he’s doing. I want him to use it on one of his videos as background music or something. He said he would if I came up with a good song. Heh, I could have my music in a porn!”
The buzz on the music web is all about the Gaga again. In grandiose fashion, her videos have become events and she doesn’t skimp on today’s release of “Alejandro.” I think she scores much better here than the unfocused “Telephone” video from March. I love her play on looks here and she gets into the whole play with religious iconography. Yeah, we’ve seen it before, but the video makes it work for her. It’s shocking, yet elegant. Her bed scene with male dancers in skimpy undies and high heels is more an artful choreographed piece than “gasp! men in stilettos?”
Although, I don’t quite get the small black and white retro part where she switches to another image that recalls this a little too much. It distracted a bit, but the quick cut to her machine gun bra made the payoff so worth it.
Ok, the Academy of Country Music Awards are coming up, and the winner of the Top New Artist award will be a decided by a public vote. And that means, the nominees and their publicists are coming up with all kinds of new ways to get people to vote for them.
Joey+Rory (a duo I am not familiar with — but I like what I have seen) have a new video on the Web featuring their bus driver, Russ, trying to round up votes for them. I think it’s one that the bears and bear lovers will enjoy.