Aaron-Carl

A couple of weeks ago, when saw one of Aaron-Carl’s updates about his upcoming European tour, I was very happy for him. Also, a little bit sad, because I would love to have been at Panoramabar when he would have djed there.
Then, just days before he was supposed to leave for the airport, he had to go to the hospital. He had to cancel his tour. It all sounded very tragic. So many of his friends and fans must have checked his updates. So many people send their love to Aaron-Carl. When he was diagnosed with cancer last week, it seemed like he would take the fight and be strong.

Then, this morning, I read the news that Aaron-Carl had died.
This is so sudden and I’m still in shock.
Aaron-Carl, we miss you so much. Sending all the love.

I must have heard Aaron-Carl for the first time, before I even started this blog. So maybe like in 2002 or 2003. I remember it very well. I was at Pro Vinyl, a record store in Frankfurt. I found the 12″ of Homoerotic. It has that spoken intro “Ladies and Gentlemen, the orgasm starts now.” I was hooked instantly. The 4 to the floor house beats with the male gay diva vocals were just up my alley. I mean, how could you resist lines like “Homo – Erotic, so much better than masturbation”.

Shortly after, I ordered his album “Uncloseted” online. When the CD finally arrived in the mail, I was blown away. This was not only house, it spanned genres of R&B, funk, ghettotech and techno. On top of that are the fun bitchy but heartfelt lyrics and his incredible voice. I listened to the album on heavy rotation. I played “I’m not Free” at all the parties I was djing at the time. For me, the highlights on the album are still “Coming Out Story (b.i.t.c.h.)” and “Ex-Boyfriend (Revenge Is Sweet)” with a classic diva chorus “Don’t you know my name???? AARON-CARL!”. I was in love.

Then, in 2005, with my friends Viola and Georg, we invited Aaron-Carl and Pirahnahead to dj at two parties in Cologne and Frankfurt. We were all so excited when we finally met each other at the airport. As we were walking to the parking garage, Aaron-Carl and I held hands out of excitement, joking about it at the same time. We hopped on the train to Cologne and took pictures in front of the Cologne Cathedral the day before the party.

But just hours after our Detroit friends arrived, Aaron-Carl got a phone call from his sister that his mother had died. This was so sudden and sad. He wrote this note in the evening. Of course, he had to return to Detroit the next morning.
The parties were happening, but all of us were sad and emotional. We were so glad that Piranahead was spinning both evenings, getting us through with heartfelt and also uplifting music.

In February 2006, after we had moved to Toronto, we took a road trip to Detroit and spend some time with Pirahnahead, Aaron-Carl, his partner Mel and his kids. When we visited AC at home, he showed us his home studio and arcade game collection in the basement. He was very proud of a “Ms. Pac Man” machine that he had just gotten recently. To Aaron-Carl, “Ms. Pac-Man is the ultimate diva”. We were screaming with laughter.

Back upstairs, we were just sitting on the couch, Aaron-Carl called one of his sons: “Stefan, Stefan, get over huuuuurrrr.” It was so cute and funny, the gay diva summoning his kid. This best pronunciation of “here” has stayed with me. I still love to use it.

Aaron-Carl on soundcloud

Hotnuts Sensitivity Training

Gentlelady Reg

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Last night at Hotnuts, Gentleman Reg performed in drag for the first time ever. Shortly after midnight, Gentlelady Reg took the stage with an a cappella rendition of “Like Someone in Love” (originally recorded in the 40s and later included on Bjork’s Debut). Her second song was a stunning cover of Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own” and with that, she broke our hearts. So good. Peg Zilla (Peg’s new name, more on that in an upcoming Hotnuts theme) shot a video of the Lady’s performance, check it out but don’t mind Peg Zilla’s bat-like screaming.

Mary’s outfit was inspired by Mummers, a tradition of her peoples from Newfoundland. My hat was inspired by the bricks my yoga teacher throws at my head every time I start talking to hot boys in yoga class. As you can see, we really tried hard with the sensitivity training theme.

Thanks so much for coming out and the fun times on the dance floor.
Next Hotnuts: October 30th – Hallonuts Hotween for the scariest Saturday of the year.

More pictures after the jump. And on flickr.

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Woods Stacks

Woods is still a favourite song of mine and I was very happy when my dj sister Das Hussy remixed the song. With the forthcoming release of the new Kanye album and Bon Iver being featured on it, we can only hope that Justin Vernon doesn’t become the next Chris Martin. Anyways, below is das hussy remix of Woods and the Tomas Barfood remix of Re: Stacks. Bon Iver on the dance floor. DL that.

http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F5304743&show_comments=false&auto_play=false&color=FF0000 Bon Iver – Woods (das hussy remix) by dashussy

http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F1743101&show_comments=false&auto_play=false&color=FF0000 Re Stacks (Tomas Barfod Remix) – Bon Iver by Mr. Toad

One more thing. In related Bon Iver music, get Gayngs feat Har Mar Superstar cover of George Michael’s One More Try at stereogum.

At The Liberace Museum

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Today, I read the sad news about the impending closure of the Liberace Museum in Las Vegas. I thought I should finally share the pictures I took at the museum last year (full flickr set).

I was happy when the ladies working at the museum told us the story of how Liberace saved Swarovski: When he called to order crystals, Liberace discovered Swarovski were on the brink of bankruptcy. He quickly upped his order to purchase their entire stock and therefore put them back into business. Gay Crystals Forever!

Liberace was the highest paid entertainer and pianist during the 1950s to 1970s; never publicly acknowledging his homosexuality. Scott Thorson, who was his partner for 5 years, sued Liberace for palimony in 1982 and would later publish “Behind The Candelabra – My Life with Liberace“. In a candid interview with Larry King from August 2002, the former bodyguard and limo-driver talks about their relationship:

Scott Thorson: “Oh, I guess he was probably in his 30s, Larry. He says [to the plastic surgeon], “I want you to create Scott to look like me when he was younger; so he looks like my son.” He wanted me as his son. But at the same time, he wanted me as his lover.”

Larry King: Bizarro.

In 2008, Variety reported that Steven Soderbergh had a biopic in the works staring Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as his boyfriend. At a recent Q&A at Toronto International Film Festival, Matt Damon confirms that the movie is still going forward:

Q: Is the Liberace project going forward with Michael Douglas?
Matt Damon: Well, yeah, it is. We’re really excited about it. He’s obviously going through his health issues, but from what I understand, it’s not going to be a problem. The numbers are very much on his side and he’s a healthy guy, so we”™re all just hoping that everything goes well. We’re hoping to be right on track for shooting next summer. But obviously, we’re willing to wait for our star as long as we have to.

SO, we can only hope this film gets made. Matt Damon ending up looking like Michael Douglas’ son lover friend sister wife?! YES!!! Bring on the BIZARRO GAY GAYNESS.

ME WANT!

Further reading: “Thirty for 30: What to know about Liberace on landmark anniversary“, Las Vegas Sun, April 2009

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