WATCH: Hipster DJ/Producer Team Duck Sauce’s Cameo-Filled Video ‘Barbra Streisand’ Is Good, Goes Viral

 

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I spent just a little extra time among the music blogs this very hot afternoon in LA because of the always very hot hot links the guys at Modern Tonic find to fill our weeky music column. So i ran right into this — going viral literally in the course of maybe 20 minutes. 

Screen shot 2010-09-28 at 4.34.50 PMThis "Non-stop, uber cool party diary including cameo appearances from the likes of Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Vampire Weekend …" (Pop Dash) If you don't listen now, you will be getting more opportunities.   

Duck Sauce is producer A-Trak and DJ Armand Van Helden and the song will be released Oct.10. I'm clearly not hip enough to be a huge Barbra fan, but certainly my dad knows some and as there are a number in the Towleroad reader base. i'm pleased to bring you news of just how cool you are.

Perhaps, again. 

No seriously. Following on Beyonce's performance in her honor a few years ago at the Kennedy Center, it's quite clear that this generation has sufficient respect, knowledge, talent, and wit to match Ms. Streisand as well as to pay homage. 

Give a hand identifying other cameos, mainly NYC-based music folks with hipster tendencies,  in the comments 

Watch Duck Sauce, "Barbra Streisand" and Beyonce for a bonus…after the Jump:

 


Duck Sauce "Barbra Streisand" from Mr Goldbar on Vimeo.

 

And here is Beyonce at Kennedy Center Honors. You may remember it as the evening she politely hugged then President Bush.


Towleroad News #gay

—  John Wright

Shawn lately

Comic Pelofsky pairs with Dallas’ Paul J. Williams for a gay ol’ time Saturday

COMIC PAIR  |  Paul J. Williams, right, opens for comedian Shawn Pelofsky at the Rose Room Saturday.
COMIC PAIR | Paul J. Williams, right, opens for comedian Shawn Pelofsky at the Rose Room Saturday.

SHAWN PELOFSKY
The Rose Room at Station 4, 3911 Cedar Springs Road. Sept. 25. Show begins at 9:30 p.m. $4 cover. Caven.com

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Shawn Pelofsky has probably been on more gay cruises that any straight woman should feel comfortable claiming.

The L.A.-based comic, who performs nationwide with her Lady Haha & Friends Tour, has appeared on E! with Chelsea Handler, but is familiar to gay travelers for her frequent stints on Atlantis Cruises. She brings her act, alongside local comedian Paul J. Williams, for a show at the Rose Room Saturday.

Pelofsky chatted (with Williams) about what she likes about Dallas’ gay community and why she is so popular with gay audiences (hint: It’s her schnoz).

— Arnold Wayne Jones

Dallas Voice: You were here a few years ago at the Lakewood Theater; how did this show come about? Pelofsky: I was already booked in Austin. I had a lot of requests from the Dallas boys from working the Atlantis Cruises so I thought, “If I’m gonna be that close, and we make it happen…” So I called Paul and he did it.

Williams: I am just a vessel for you to perform.

Pelofsky: Paul is so nice and funny.

Are we talking about the same person? Pelofsky: Yes. You can’t get much by me. He’s funny.

You’re straight — how’d you get to be so big in the gay community? Pelofsky: I was born with a Streisand face, so I couldn’t dodge anyone in the gay community — they stop me all the time. Actually, I wasn’t born with it — I broke my nose three times and it got this way. I think with that, people noticed me a little more.

About five or six yeas ago, I just noticed most of my friends were young gay men and I was working a lot of gay venues in Los Angeles. Then the Atlantis [Cruises] people saw me. I was really one of the first straight comics to work so much for them. I really represent the community because I understand that thought process, that mind behind the gay man. It’s my mind. And I’m very accepting.

Do you tailor your act for your audiences? Pelofsky: Sure. Believe it or not, I have worked in front of kids, and I do kid humor. Or when I’m in front of a bunch of old Jews in New Jersey. I can’t do all my gay material when I’m in Afghanistan for the troops.

Do you do it at all? Any “don’t ask, don’t tell” jokes when performing for the troops? Pelofsky: I haven’t really touched that. They say do nothing about that or the president. I just don’t go there. But it does come off the cuff…. But I do love gay humor. And I do it when I work at the Comedy Store.

Do you have any topics that are burning a hole in you comically speaking? Pelofsky: Yes, Prop 8. I support it. Just kidding!

You’ve worked Vegas — did you hear they are closing the Liberace Museum? Pelofsky: Yes! Who doesn’t wanna go to the Liberace Museum?

Williams: I just wanna know if they’re having a garage sale. I’d buy anything shaped like a piano.

Pelofsky: I want a Bedazzled jock strap.

You grew up in Oklahoma as, as you put it, one of 10 Jews born and raised in the state. Do you like coming back to your old stomping grounds? Pelofsky: I have not been to Texas in a few years. I’m not going home until Monday — gonna stay longer because I have a couple of best friends there. I will tell you this, though: I will always get to Texas before I get back to Oklahoma. My dad says, “You gonna be playing Dallas and not Oklahoma?” Yes.

But you like performing here? Pelofsky: Yes, I’m excited! I think the Dallas gay community is one of the best-looking communities, and I’ve been around. And yes, I know everything is bigger in Texas. And everyone knows I’m a size queen.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 24, 2010.

—  Kevin Thomas

Larry Kramer: Barbra Streisand a Hypocrite on Gay Rights

Following Wednesday's ruling striking down Proposition 8, Barbra Streisand released this statement of support:

Streisand "With this judge's decision, we are closer to the day that all people will have access to the same fundamental rights. Hopefully, this remaining civil rights violation will soon be a part of our past and we can look to a future where all people will be treated equally under the law."

Streisand's statement really rubbed playwright and activist Larry Kramer the wrong way, enough so for him to post this searing response on the ACT UP forum:

"Barbra Streisand is a hypocrite. If she had made my play about AIDS, The Normal Heart, in 1986, when she first acquired the rights, only to sit on them for a full ten years without filming it, she could have done something for gay rights when we were really in the sewer of death. But no, she chose to go off and make such vitally important and classic movies as Nuts and The Mirror Has Two Faces. Barbra Streisand cares about gay rights as much as i care about spending a zillion dollars decorating a colony of houses in Malibu. As the mother of a son who is not only gay but HIV positive, she should be ashamed of herself.

Fortunately and at last, an exciting movie version is now being prepared by openly gay director-producer Ryan Murphy to star Mark Ruffalo. i hope it will prove that the best thing that happened for The Normal Heart is that Barbra Streisand didn't make it.

I think it is important for all her many gay fans around the world, which certainly had once included me, to know the above.

Note: Kramer sent a correction regarding the earlier, incorrect date.


Towleroad News #gay

—  John Wright

Christmas music by Jews … you're welcome

Streisand

These Christmas songs were all written by Jewish composers and lyricists:

“The Christmas Song” (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) (1945) by Mel Tormé (1925-1999) and Bob Wells (born 1922)

“White Christmas” by Irving Berlin

“Let It Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!” (1945) by Sammy Cahn (1913-1993) and Jule Styne (1905-1994)

“Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer” by Johnny Marks (1909-1985)

“Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Johnny Marks (1909-1985)

“Holly Jolly Christmas” by Johnny Marks (1909-1985)

“It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year” by George Wyle (born Bernard Weissman) (1917-2003)

“Silver Bells” by Jay Livingston (music) and Ray Evans (lyrics)

“We Need a Little Christmas” by Jerry Herman

And then there’s these where one half of the team was Jewish:

“Winter Wonderland” Felix Bernard (1897-1944) (co-composer)

“There’s No Place Like Home For The Holidays” Al Stillman (1906-c.1986) (lyrics)

“Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” J. Fred Coots (1897-1985) (co-composer)

“I’ll Be Home For Christmas” Walter Kent (music) born (Walter Maurice Kaufman)

“Do They Know It’s Christmas” Bob Geldof

And this one where the composer was of Jewish ancestry (but not raised Jewish):

“Hark, the Herald Angels Sing” Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

And some top-selling Christmas albums:

The # 1 best-selling Christmas album from 1991-2008: “Miracles:  The Holiday Album” by Kenny G. (7,195,000 copies)

He also comes in at #10 with “Faith: A Holiday Album” Kenny G. (2,735,000 copies)

Kenny Gorelick is Jewish.

Other big sellers have been:

Barbra Streisand’s “A Christmas Album” from 1967 – one of the best-selling Christmas albums of all times (see pic above)

and these:

torme Diamond

Midler Bare Naked

Two of three Bare Naked Ladies are Jewish and nothing says holiday like a Bare Naked Christmas.

So with all these Jews writing and recording all this Christmas music, why do we still only have ONE Hannukah song? Oh well.

Merry Christmas.

—  David Taffet