Monthly Archives: October 2007

Hallonuts

Saturday night started with a major fashion disaster. All the cab companies told us it would take half an hour to pick us up, so Mary, Prancey Boy, Golden Bag and me decided to walk to The Beaver. Mary had her Sunshower costume on, with a gold helium balloon attached to her cloud to represent the sun. It didn’t last long – an angry gust of wind took it away. Lesson learned: Don’t mess with the weather!

The rest of the night was fabulous thanks to all the wonderful dressed up craziness. Thank you all for partying.

Mary’s dress and mine by Mary Messhausen.
More pictures after the jump.

with Mary and Prancey Boy

Christabel

gold

Jaime and Any Winehouse

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Just Fine

Dear Readers, In recent weeks I felt a bit dull, especially when it came to blogging. I wasn’t feeling it, nothing excited me. Now, there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel. I’m talking about an inspiring interview, which I’ve read today.

Mary J. Blige talks to MTV about her new album, Growing Pains (due Dec 18), and the first single, Just Fine (couldn’t resist highlighting):

“So many people are like, ‘I’m perfect.’ I’m so imperfect, that’s why I’m able to let everything out and let people see everything. ‘Cause I’m just a mess like every other person that’s a mess out there. (…) So as long as I’m a human being and I’m not perfect, I’m able to say I’m having some growing pains. Because in order to sustain where you are once you made such a breakthrough that everyone is looking at you, now everyone is like, ‘Ooh, is she gonna make a mistake?’ Yes, I’m going to make a mistake. Yes, I’m still gonna do things. And that’s what Growing Pains is about, it’s about finally not whining about the pain, Mary J. Blige, and accepting the pain that comes with growing.

makin waves

“‘Just Fine’ was written based on me having a good day,” Blige explained. “You know, I can have 30 or 40 [bad days]. I can have as many bad days as anyone. But I choose to say, ‘I’m just fine.’ Right now. You know those days when your hair looks good, you’re not sitting in traffic, your man’s not acting like an idiot. You’re just fine. So it’s OK to have those days. So instead of coming with something ungrateful to the universe, how about I come with something first that’s says, ‘You know what? It’s OK. Enjoy this day if you’re having a great day.’ ”

boy drag

“Feel Like a Woman” (…) she said, is based on the idea that it’s OK for women to receive gifts from men and that they shouldn’t be called gold diggers for it. “Sometimes you got to enjoy him splurging on you,” she said.

Just Fine Fine Fine Fine Fine, was produced by the The Dream and Tricky Stewart, the team responsible for Umbrella Ella Ella. Makes Sense? It doesn’t stop here, the videos to both songs are directed by Chris Applebaum. The video to Just Fine had its premiere today.

just dancin'

Four

new bernhard pants

produzentin.com turned 4 last week. I want to say thank you to all you wonderful readers out there by giving you a little present which involves the pants I’m wearing above.

The pants are from the latest Bernhard Willhelm collection. I was at the fashion show in Paris in January. They’re in the 5th picture from the top, the model in the coat watering the bucket is wearing them.

Get your own Bernhard after the jump.

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Imagine Peace Tower

For the inauguration of the Imagine Peace Tower in Iceland, democracynow.org has an hour long interview with Yoko Ono. Dedicated to John Lennon, the tower shoots light into the sky and bears the inscription “œImagine Peace.” It will light up every year between October 9th, the day of Lennon’s birth, and December 8th, the day of his death.

Watch the interview here.
Thanks Alex.

Imagine

Peace

Tower

IMAGINE PEACE

Hallonuts Hotween

The city is gearing up for Halloween. Each day another front porch is converted into a new pumpkin land. I can’t wait for Saturday when Christabel is taking the stage. He is cooking up some weird sauces in his closet.
Also, my dear friend Mary is hosting and the lovely Prancey Boy is back as the door girl. Straight from Scandinavia, Colin Bergh is sharing the turntables with me.

The Beaver
1192 Queen St. W.
$5 cover, free in drag or in a full on amazing costume

Hotnuts

Drop It Like A Hot Potato

The Overpowered album by Roisin Murphy was finally released this week. A special limited edition double coloured LP is going to follow in November. It’s the pop-dance-electro-disco (whatever you want to call it) album for fall. My favourite song seems to change every other day, right now it is Body Language, which you can not listen to here but here.

  1. Aaron-Carl and DJ E. Dubb – The Door (Original Mix) – Wallshaker
    There is nothing better than an angry Aaron-Carl song.
    “I don’t want you no more. Pack your shit. Here’s the door.”
  2. Jill Scott – Hate On Me (Shelter Vocal) – Restricted Access
    Remixed by Quentin Harris. I’m always in on hater lyrics.
  3. Chuck Love – Beatdown (Jimpster Mix) – OM
    If you can’t get enough of the forward pushing Jimpster sound, I suggest his remix of 400 Years by Bob Marley and the Wailers. Trippin’.
  4. Kanye West feat. Dwele – Flashing Lights – Roc-A-Fella
    I still love the synth stabs on this one so much. It is the next single off Graduation. Is this the first time paparazzi is rhymed with Nazi?
    “Till I get flashed by the paparazzi
    Damn, these nigga’s got me,
    I hate these nigga’s more than the Nazis”
  5. Moodymann – I’d Rather Be Lonely – KDJ
  6. Grand High Priest – Long Time Coming (GHP Vocal) – Re-House
    Remix of A Change Is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke.
  7. Veronique – Use Me (Sunday Morning Dub, Afterhours Mix) – Wallshaker
    Another stompin’ AC production. The dub is quite peak hour, for later or earlier, there is the Afterhours Mix.
  8. Marlon D – Jesus Creates Sound (Main Mix) – Strictly Rhythm
    Don’t you love the cheesy “This is a journey into sound” sample, the hi-hats and cymbal clashes?
  9. Yass – He Reigns (Main) – Purple Music
    Gospel in da house.
  10. Marvin Gaye – Music (Karizma Remix) – Rotgut Records

Harsh with Fruity Undertones

Went to a Karaoke bar on Saturday night with Margot, Kevin, Mary and Uwe. We rented a private room. The room had black light, wallpaper with blue skies and fluffy white clouds. Mary and I did secret shots every time we got drinks for all. The bartender asked us if we wanted harsh or light shots. Mary said: “Harsh with fruity undertones”, on which he only rolled his eyes. We went with harsh.

At one point we all sang Bag Lady by Erykah Badu. So much fun.
Watched a lot of Erykah videos yesterday. Still, one of my favourites is Next Lifetime featuring Andre 3000, Pete Rock and Method Man.
Erykah’s 4th studio album, The Kabah, is scheduled for spring 2008.

Next Lifetime

Family Day at Mom’s House

I’m big into politics when it involves new holidays. After the re-election of the Ontario government on Wednesday a new holiday was proclaimed, Family Day. Happening at the 3rd Monday in February.

The first Family Day was introduced in Alberta in the 1990’s:
“The holiday was proclaimed by Alberta Premier Don Getty, in response to a drug scandal involving his son, Dale Getty, who had been arrested for possession of cocaine and was revealed to have cocaine addiction. Premier Getty was obviously embarrassed by the revelation and admitted publicly that he had neglected his family, saying that it was also important for all Albertans to take more care with their families.” (sources 1, 2)

Roisin Does Kanye, Gossip, Divine

Metro: Kanye phoned to ask who styled your video. How would you make him over?
Roisin: I”™d tell him it”™s all about shoulder pads.
(60 seconds interview with Metro)

And now it looks like Roisin’s boyfriend is styling the Kanye West live shows.

Watch Roisin perform a cover of Gossip’s Standing In The Way Of Control. Thanks Maria.

Cry Baby, one of the songs on Roisin’s album (due in the UK next week), samples Native Love (Step By Step) by Divine.

Auf’d in T.O.

Yesterday evening saw the premiere of Project Runway Canada, the casting show looking for an innovative new designer. The US-American version of the series is of course hosted by Heidi Klum (which I heard someone refer to as die hohle Kuh). Anyway, the Toronto based designer search is hosted by Iman. The show started with the contestants getting to know each other at the Toronto Islands, where Iman arrived by yacht.

Iman, c'est moi

Just by announcing the prizes it became obvious that the Canadian version will be even trashier than south of the border: The winner will present a collection at Toronto Fashion Week and will be able to sell the work at Winners.
Out of the 13 designers, 6 are based out of Toronto, some of them had a lil’ boutique on Queen Street.

Hab mich lieb

I have the feeling that I am going to be a bit addicted to the trashiness. Iman acted like a robot (always a plus), looking totally airbrushed in some of the segment trailers. And I enjoyed her tagline, which she got to use quite often in the first episode as two designers got Auf’d:

“Sometimes in fashion, you just don’t measure up.”