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Jay Brannan - Rob Me Blind. Out March 2012
Singer/songwriter Jay Brannan has announced his latest album “Rob Me Blind,” which is set for release in March 2012. If you pre-order his album, you will also receive a free live digital EP called “Live from Eddie’s Attic.” There are also special deluxe packages available and one of them includes Jay Brannan lip balm as well as your chance to win a 15 minute Skype call from Jay! Jay will be announcing a tour tentatively scheduled to begin in April 2012, so stay tuned! Jay is great live – telling hilarious stories in between songs – so make sure you catch him when he comes to your city!
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Sandra Bernhard and Justin Vivian Bond
When the incomparable talents of Sandra Bernhard and Justin Vivian Bond join forces, you know whatever they’ve got cooking up is going to be great. This was definitely the case when I saw a reading of their new musical comedy “Arts and Crafts” at Joe’s Pub on March 7, 2011. I cannot remember a time recently where I’ve laughed so much and each progressive scene kept making me laugh harder. The all star ensemble of “Arts and Crafts”features lyrics by Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters (who is currently on tour) and a cast that includes the amazing talents of Cole Escola, Anthony Holds, Jeremy Gender and Amber Martin.
Anthony Holds, Jeremy Gender, Amber Martin
I’m not going to lie, I snipped the synopsis off the press release. I have to admit, I was laughing so hard, at times I couldn’t even hear what was being said. So here’s what “Arts and Crafts” is about: Bernhard and Bond play country cousins whose lives have led them in very different directions. One went from being a rock chick to born again motherhood in the Midwest and the other from small town gay to urban art world sophisticate. When the two meet up again at a family wedding they set off on a journey rediscovering their authentic selves and learning that ideology doesn’t mean much when stacked up against art love and really good acid.
In between hilarious dialogue and insane situations, the cast broke out into song which included original songs as well as covers of Stevie Nicks’ “Edge of Seventeen” as well as Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me.” It’s unclear what the touring schedule for “Arts and Crafts” is going to be, but I recommend seeing it.
At the afterparty, I spotted Casey Spooner of Fischerspooner, director John Cameron Mitchell, singer Jay Brannan, singer/performer Bridget Everett and DJ Jon Jon Battles. I had the chance to talk to most everyone after the show and unanimously everyone back stage was buzzing about what a triumph “Arts and Crafts” is. Pictures from my encounters with Sandra Bernhard and Justin Vivian Bond will be coming soon, so for now enjoy another picture of Sandra and Justin as well as an afterparty photo featuring Jay Brannan, Cole Escola, Bridget Everett and Jon Jon Battles, after the jump.
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Hey New Yorkers! Here’s some exciting news about folk singer Jay Brannan. The singer will be performing at Le Poisson Rouge on February 4, 2011. Tickets will be going on sale on Friday, November 12, 2010 at 10 am! You can get your tickets here. I can tell you from past experience that Jay’s shows sell out quickly, so mark your calendars! I know February seems far off into the future, but you’ll want someone hot to melt away your winter blues when the day arrives. Jay never disappoints.
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As you will see below, this video of Jay Brannan singing “Soda Shop” will serve as proof as to why you should go see him perform every time he comes to your town. He’s funny, his songs are great and man oh man is he gorgeous!
Photo taken with my hand.
Jay Brannan and G
As you can clearly see from this picture, Jay Brannan is not just a talented singer and actor, but he’s friggin’ gorgeous too! I’ve been lucky enough to meet Jay several times in the past, including one time when he was sitting in the front row when I read from my book, Sketches of Verbal Alchemy. I finally recovered from that night and then I saw Jay again on July 13, 2010 and it will probably take me years to get over the fact that he put his arm around me as you can see above. (I’m only half-serious, as the lead singer of Delphic, Kele from Bloc Party and those two hot musicians from the band Stornoway have also placed their hands in that spot – and recently, I might add. What a lucky neck I have!). When I arrived at Ars Nova to see Jay Brannan perform, he was leaving to go get some food and he recognized my face immediately. Just to be arrogant for a hot second, who wouldn’t remember this cute little punim?! Jay was super nice as always and he autographed his debut CD “Goddamned” for me as well as a picture I had taken with him at a show of his that I attened before I started blogging. He asked if I wanted him to “write on these” and since I was not really in the mood to utter my best come-on line, I said yes. If you’ve not had the pleasure of seeing Jay Brannan live, after I post a video of him singing “Soda Shop,” you’ll become a repeat customer. Thanks again Jay for being so cool and I’ll see you later in my dreams. Did I just say that out loud?
See some more pictures of the hotness that is Jay Brannan performing at Ars Nova in New York after the jump!
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