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!! OMG, new music: Mear ‘The Order’ !!

Cover art by Kerry Zentner

We are really looking forward to electropop duo Mear‘s upcoming album Soft Chains, dropping this April. “The Order” is the latest single from the album, and it is not only gorgeous and epic, but very personal for Mear singer/songwriter Frances Miller:

“In 2014, I lost the ability to do a lot of things I had previously taken for granted. At the time I wrote this I couldn’t read for more than a few minutes at a time and a short walk around the block could leave me bedridden the next day. ‘The Order’ was an attempt to voice some of the pain and the loneliness of that; of not understanding what was happening to me.”

Mear portrait

Photo by Jen Squires

Listen to “The Order” after the jump, or stream it on Spotify or Soundcloud.

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!! OMG, RIP: Ronette’s ‘bad girl’ singer, the legendary Ronnie Spector has passed at 78 !!

Ronnie Spector, whose “hard-edged yet tremulous voice” soared on the Ronettes’ girl-group hits of the early ‘60s, died on Wednesday of cancer. She was 78. Her official website reads:

“Our beloved earth angel, Ronnie, peacefully left this world today after a brief battle with cancer. She was with family and in the arms of her husband, Jonathan,” reads a statement on Spector’s official website. “Ronnie lived her life with a twinkle in her eye, a spunky attitude, a wicked sense of humor and a smile on her face. She was filled with love and gratitude. Her joyful sound, playful nature and magical presence will live on in all who knew, heard or saw her.”

Née Veronica Bennett, she forged an enduring “bad girl” image with her older sister Estelle Bennett and cousin Nedra Talley. Be My Baby may be one of the most romantic classic songs of ALL-TIME! Ronnie was so major. Her presence will be missed on this planet! Thank you for the music.

!! OMG, LISTEN TO THIS! An index of over 200 live DJ set tapes from gay NYC/Pines (1981-90) have been uncovered on Fire Island !!

Introducing The Pine Walk Collection: DJ Sets from Fire Island Pines & New York City (1981-1999).

These tapes were found in a recently purchased house on Pine Walk. There are well over 200 tapes in total and they are being carefully digitized and remastered and offered to stream for free on Mixcloud with permission from all of the living DJs.

This is an incredible VALUABLE part of our LGBTQ+ history, now recovered and restored for our community! HUGE. Check out just a few of the latest digitized mixes after the jump – and find all of them here. Happy listening wherever you may be!

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