Clara May’s Rare Live Show @ Schuba’s

15 07 2011

Tom and Nicole

Big shout out to Fanatic Promotions fantastic new act Clara May as they’ve announced a show at Schuba’s with John Common on 8.8.11. If you’re not familiar with Clara May they’re not a person (think Pink Floyd, Hootie) but the core duo of Tom Silva and Nicole Sotelo. Tom and Nicoles music has a contrast I love, a bright acoustic based pop with almost a nineties college rock edge but their lyric explore dark territories such as genocide, colonialism and cultural identity.  Think American Music Club as done by Low covering Billy Bragg.

Clara May and their label have happily offered up a couple mp3’s to wet your whistle. Enjoy, and see you at Schuba’s on the 8th!


Hush (current single)


8 06 2011

As I write this I’m staring at a well-worn plastic beer stein (filled with water. Its only Noon) and dreaming of 6 hours from now when my official street-festival-mojo kicks in with Lincoln Square’s Maifest. You’d think with being known as one of the biggest music whores in this town, I’d be dreaming of Lollapalooza and Pitchfork, but believe it or not, those are just too much for my wallet, and I’m a sucker for great local acts served up by one of Chicago’s zillions of Summer street fests.

Last year Andersonville’s Midsommarfest eclipsed Boystown’s Pridefest and Market Days for me in terms of good music and hot men: two things that rule my world. This is year it’s looking to make both look positively gauche. MSF, as I’m calling it, kicks off at 11am on Saturday June 11th and just 2 hours after it starts I’ll be front and center for the rollicking alt country sounds of Devin & the Straights. Hang tight there because the acrobatics of the Chicago Spirit Brigade, always a crowd favorite, show off how they make cheerleading even gayer  followed by one of my favorite local acts, The Joans. Think The Cramps and the B-52’s opening for The Smiths in Joan Crawford drag. Then, 6pm gets tricky. You have figure out how you can see the amazing cover band, Rock Candy, featuring the sexiest frontwoman in Chicago, Molly Callinan (Cat Fight, Black Betty) then have time to squeeze in for the always sexy Chicago favorite 16 Candles and their crowd pleasing takes on John Hughes era rock. If you miss them, make sure you get to The Glenwood’s Pride North party with Mooseboxas the opener/host (PLUG!)

Molly Callinan

Some festival’s seem to load up all the top acts later in the day. Not Midsommarfest. Sunday kicks off with one of my favorite bands at 2pm. 7th Heaven, a cover band brimming with way to much talent and featuring a reality show winner, will blow your mind. If you leave right as the last riff comes from 7th Heaven, you may have time to get to hear the Brazilian rhythms of Chicago Samba at 3pm for a great change of pace. Personally after Chicago Samba I have to go home and walk the dog, but if you’re raging on, the funk & soul of Bumpus will chill you out like a cold beer.

Leave it to this fest to give us something for everyone for the finale. You probably already saw 16 Candles the night before, so skip them on Sunday, and check out the truly legendary alt country god, Robbie Fulks with Nora O’Connor. They’re most likely going to be doing some kids’ stuff too, but no worries. Robbie could sing NWA covers and still make you miss Hank Williams.

Pimpin’ Out Jonny McGovern

22 10 2010

Dancing About Architecture sat down this week to talk dirty gay stuff with podcater/comedian/musician/producer Jonny McGovern, from Logo’s Big Gay Sketch show, and creator of one of YouTube’s first viral music videos, Soccer Practice, to talk Hollywood, Podcasting, music and most of all lollipops that turn into men’s junk.
DAA: As a fan of your past releases, I have to ask, your music has really evolved over the years since your hit Soccer Practice. How do you create funny pop music while not verging on silly and keeping it right up there with the best Top 40 tunes around?

Jonny McGovern: Usually when I am working on an album there’s a type of music that I’m inspired by that infuses itself into the tracks that I’m working on. For the dirty gay hits CD I was really feeling that “Britney-Nsnyc” teen pop era. For Gays Gone Wild it was underground house and Miami Bootybass. For the new record I’m working in its
a mix of 70’s soul and today’s confessional R&B. I like to wrap all the dirty jokes that are my songs in candy-coated radio ready sounds so at first ya think it’s just a regular old jam but when you start to listen to the words your like “wait a minute did he just sing girl I fucked yer boyfriend?” Is like giving out lollipops and after you lick ‘em for minute hey turn out to be cocks. Delicious candy coated cocks!

DAA: You’ve moved your podcast, “Gay Pimpin With Jonny McGovern,” to Hollywood and assembled a new cast with what appears to be remarkable ease. Was assembling the new cast as organic as it sounds or just a happy accidental chemistry?
JM: It was pretty organic. I knew who I wanted to be a part of the Hollywood version. For the podcast to work and the comedy magic to happen the rapport between me and the cast has to be really natural because the show is totally unscripted and we all need to be able to vibe off each other. Julie Goldman, Brandy, Michael Serrato, Nadya Ginsberg and Calpernia Addams are all hilarious, great peeps and had all been semi-regular guests on the NYC version of the show so they knew how it worked and we have great chemistry in real life. So I HOPED it would work…but you never know until you put everyone together if it’s gonna spark. Plus the NYC cast was so beloved by the fans that it did make me nervous to have to start it all again from scratch. But once we got in the studio, things just clicked. The response has been amazing and doing the HOLLYWOOD version of the show is a blast…its new but still has that same old faggity fun feeling.

DAA: How are you finding the boys in LA vs. NYC?
JM: Because NYC is such a walking city you run into a lot more hotness on a daily basis…but LA certainly has its share of hot ass men…you just have to seek them out.

DAA: You have a show at Roscoe’s on the 28th with your podcat co-host and Big Gay Sketch Show co-star Julie Goldman. Will you two be doing anything from the TV show or are they sets more of your own concepts?
JM: Were doing what we do best gay-ass comedy and gay-ass songs. Plus were gonna premiere a special collabo
we made just for our Chicago show at Roscoe’s. Julie is amazing and the show is gonna be a gay-lez explosion of fun!

DAA: Will fans of your #1 podcast, Gay Pimpin’ With Jonny McGovern, find familiar characters and reference points?
JM: Oh yes they will! A lot of my stand-up ideas are generated from the crazy thangs and ideas we discuss on the show. Plus I’ll be doing songs from my new record and of course a dirty gay or two!

DAA: And finally, what is Blu Kennedy’s phone number?

JM: <<Crickets. Crickets. Click.>>

Learn more about Jonny at Jonny’s show with Julie Goldman is at 9pm, Thursday, October 28th at Roscoe’s.

Yazoo Live on “Reconnected”

15 09 2010

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Depeche Mode @ the Rose Bowl. Morrissey @ UCLA.  The Cure @ Dodger Stadium. Just a few of the iconic life altering shows that I have been fortunate enough to attend. In July of 2008 I got to add to that exclusive list. Yaz live. The show was the most fulfilling concert experience of my life. There was surprise of seeing a band I had loved for years that I never thought I would see. The raw emotion that came thru Allison Moyet was palpable. In today’s world of choreographed “don’t miss a step or change up a song  in the set”  standard, the excitement she displayed inbetween songs to not only the audience, but to Vince was something that I will NEVER forget.

Now thanks to my favourite label of all time, MUTE, we can relive the moments over and over again. “Yaz: Reconnected”

The soon-to-be classic  will be released on September 27th as a standard 2-CD set, a limited edition 2-CD deluxe edition contained in a 32-page hardback book, and via digital download. If you can’t wait until then to relive Yazoo’s 2008 ‘Reconnected’ tour then help is at hand courtesy of Mute Records who have set up the audio player below, now complete with four tracks from the album: ‘Nobody’s Diary’, ‘State Farm’, ‘Only You’ and ‘Ode To Boy’… enjoy!

Shameless Plug For a Shameless Band

1 06 2010

I’ve known Jinx (John) for about a decade now. And have been a fan for about as long. Whether fronting the original Super 8 Cum Shot, the eponymous Jinx Titanic or going solo as John Kamys, the legendary songwriter, singer, rock star and all around hooligan has always amazed and never disappointed his fans.

But following his solo album and his final band show last year, we’d thought we’d seen the last of one of the country’s most exciting queer punk bands as John/Jinx moved to Dublin. So it was great to hear John was coming back to Chicago for a one-off U.S. show, June 9th at their old haunt Jackhammer in Roger’s Park.

If you’re in Chicago that night, and you can stomach raw sexuality of all shades, aggressive rock (think New York Dolls raping the Stooges), and a drunken good time, don’t miss this very special show. Trust, even if you’re a Jinx virgin, after the first throbbing note, you’ll be hooked.

a-ha Takes On Chicago!! (and Toronto)

1 03 2010

I’d like to think that after my rant on the blog and in print a few weeks ago, things somehow got back to my loves, a-ha, that Chicago would be huge. Well la-di-freaking-da, in my inbox, just 5 minutes ago, I got this

a-ha has announce they’re coming to Chicago on their farewell tour on May 13th!! And its at the Riviera, just up the street from my house. I’m in heaven. Don’t talk me down!

Pet Shop Boys: Priceless

17 02 2010
The Pet Shop Boys coming to a common living area near you, or not.

The Pet Shop Boys coming to a common living area near you, or not.

How cute is this? I want the Pet Shop Boys to knock on MY door and perform with scrim boxes on their head for me and my dog. Check out the very original promotion Master Card did with this iconic band.

You can read the full story here.