Bi-ol­ogy les­son from NY Times

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The New York Times has got it­self into a play­ground scuffle af­ter mak­ing some com­ments about Hugh Jack­man’s sex­u­al­ity. Re­view­ing the ac­tor’s one-man show on Broad­way, the­atre critic Ben Brant­ley com­mented that “Mr Jack­man is, un­apolo­get­i­cally and tri­umphantly, the bi-est guy in town: bi­cul­tural, bi­mor­phic, bi­na­tional, bipro­fes­sional and, for en­ter­tain­ment pur­poses, bi­sex­ual”.

Brant­ley went on, some­what puz­zlingly, to clar­ify that he was “not talk­ing about sex­ual iden­tity”. Re­ally? How ex­actly does he un­der­stand the word “bi­sex­ual” then? The un­der­ground Chicago singer and per­former with a side­line in art and po­etry may not yet have a web­site, but the few record­ings that have ap­peared (es­pe­cially Blue Es­cape and Monotony) catch a haunt­ing, mes­meris­ing blues voice and fas­ci­nat­ing soul­ful songs.

(Youtube) As fea­tured in the Stu­dio 60 On the Sun­set Strip TV se­ries, New Or­leans mu­si­cians led by Troy Trom­bone Shorty An­drews put a soul­ful shine on the clas­sic. Dublin-based elec­tronic rock combo who’ve just re­leased their sec­ond EP Plane Fig­ures. Fans of post-rock in­stru­men­tal wig-outs and brain-funk will dig this, es­pe­cially the in­trigu­ing di­ver­sions which lead track Bear Shark Ex­plo­sion takes. (Dam­aged Goods) Lyri­cally ad­justed ver­sion of The Son­ics’ garage-rock blaster.

(Popi­cal Is­land) The Ir­ish band of the year get into the Yule­tide swing. Aus­tralian trio based in New York and now un­der the wing of El­ton John’s Rocket Mu­sic set-up along­side Oh Land and Ed Sheeran, High Highs’ de­but four-track EP con­tains a bunch of dropdead gor­geous songs, thanks to the band’s deft har­monies and melodies. Mu­sic to get ob­ses­sive about. (Strut) Some poignant fes­tive ob­ser­va­tions from the In the Christ­mas Groove com­pi­la­tion of soul, blues and funk sea­sonal tunes. (CBS) The duo croon Silent Night over evening news head­lines about events in Viet­nam.

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