CD Review: Jay Brannan — In Living Cover; Playing Rock and Roll Hotel, August 26

CD Review: Jay Brannan — In Living Cover; Playing Rock and Roll Hotel, August 26

Jay Brannan
In Living Cover
Great Depression Records

By Al Kaufman

Jan Brannan is not a happy guy. He is a self-described “antisocial misanthrope.” His Christmas song is titled “Christmas Really Sucks.” His record company is called Great Depression Records. He hates dogs, Air Canada, and the Best Buy on 23rd and 6th in Manhattan. He is a singer/songwriter who happens to be gay, but who refuses to play gay events because he does not want to be pigeon-hold a “gay artist.” He writes of gay affairs, but only in the same way that straight artists write of straight affairs. It’s what they know. And in much the same way that straight artists like Cher and Cyndi Lauper rely on the gay audience to keep their careers going, so too does Brannan rely on the straight crowd to love and support him. Read more about CD Review: Jay Brannan — In Living Cover; Playing Rock and Roll Hotel, August 26

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