A modern-day Nick Drake with a hint of David Gray. This enchanting album
from 2006 will evoke images of small-town life and the feeling of lazy
summer evening. Fans of Young Americans will connect to this music.
Take a listen if you like: Nick Drake, David Gray, Iron & Wine.
If you missed Susie Suh’s self-titled release last year, then it’s about
time you caught it. Suh has both hypnotic melodies and memorable lyrics;
surely there’s a tune or two on this album you’ll recognize. I recommend
“Shell,” “Your Battlefield” and “Seasons Change” as the best tracks on the
Try this if you like: Anna Nalick, Rachael Yamagata, or Chantal Kreviazuk.
There are several great DVDs on the market right now - both recent releases
& upcoming releases - that deserve a mention.
Some Prefer Cake:
If you were a fan of Go Fish or Better Than Chocolate, check
out the comedy Some Prefer Cake. It looks dated because it was
produced in 1997, but was only released on DVD 2 weeks ago. The acting is
fairly “movie-of-the-week,” but it’s good as far as lesbian flicks go.
Floored By Love doesn’t compare to the quality of last year’s
Saving Face, but it is a sweet love story nonetheless. Included in the
Special Features are interesting interviews with the cast and crew. This
Canadian film looked nice as far as film quality is concerned, but it
feels like the actors were hired from the local community theatre. Even
considering this, I will admit that I was shocked at the transformation the
actresses made to become the characters they portrayed.
Coming up September 26 is Season 4 of Ellen on DVD. This season
contains the infamous “Puppy episode” – also known as Ellen’s coming out
episode. This ep alone - with its bevy of famous guest stars (keep your eyes
open for Leisha Hailey) and hilariously awkward moments – is well worth the
price of the set.
Also in September is the release of the DVD Fabulous! The Story of Queer
Cinema. While I haven’t yet had the opportunity to watch the DVD, I’m
already impressed by it. It features interviews by many, many people who
have shaped gay film, many of whom are in some way tied to The L Word.
The list includes: Rose Troche, Guinevere Turner, Angela Robinson, Jane
Lynch, and Alan Cummings. The DVD also showcases clips from queer films like
All Over Me (which starred Leisha Hailey). For all of you film buffs
out there - this is definitely a must-have for your library!
those of you who can’t wait until October for another The L Word fix,
you can catch 2 actors with ties to The L Word on TV right now.
The SciFi channel has aired 7 episodes (so far) of a clever hour-long show
called Eureka. This series shows what can happen when a regular
law-enforcement agent and his juvenile delinquent daughter collide with a
small town overflowing with kooky scientists and secret government projects.
Starring in Eureka is Erica Cerra, who you may remember as Alice’s
“best-sex-ever” vampire lover Uta, on season 3 of The L Word. In
Eureka she plays Jo Lupo. Jo is a tough, sexy
Special-Forces-turned-Sheriff’s-Deputy who helps to keep the peace in this
crazy town. She’s also always prepared with a clever insult for the Sheriff
or an ass-kicking for whoever needs it. Too bad the character is straight.
Think: Michelle Rodriguez with out all the baggage.
Also on Eureka is the gorgeous blue-eyed scientist, Nathan Stark
(actor Ed Quinn), who was lucky enough to spend a summer acting alongside
Kate Moennig (Shane) on Young Americans. Ed played Jake’s teacher
Finn on YA. On Eureka he’s a bit more serious, though not completely
without a sense of humor. He is all business (or “all science”, I should
say) with a growing dislike for the town’s new Sheriff.
I highly recommend this series for sci-fi and comedy fans alike. It is
available for download on iTunes for $1.99 per episode, but
you can get the first (2-hr) episode for free! You can’t pass that
offer up. Even if it is only to catch another glimpse of the sexy Uta. ;-)
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