Bi-ology lesson from NY Times
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.