The Gay Agenda


By Joseph Hassan

Monday, September 8: Some in the blogosphere have termed it 'the single smartest move ever made by a television network' -- and we wholeheartedly agree. Rachel Maddow, our out-and-proud media darling and commentator savant, launches her new television show, aptly titled The Rachel Maddow Show (the same title as her show on Air America Radio) at 9:00 PM EST on MSNBC. The network has billed it as 'a smart look at politics, pop culture, and all the day's top stories.' Fans who prefer Maddow in listen-only mode need not worry: Rachel's dulcet tones will still hit the airwaves on Air America as usual at 6:00 PM EST. In a recent interview with Keith Olberman to announce her new gig, Maddow noted that tonight is also her grandmother's 93rd birthday. Not a bad gift for Gran, or the rest of us.

Tuesday, September 9: Today look for Knowle West Boy, the latest album from electro daddy Tricky, who shows that, as Out's Jason Lamphier put it, 'he has moved beyond the overcooked trip-hop trend on'an eclectic mix of reggae, blues, post-punk, and hip-hop. Always a sucker for silky-voiced divas, he even includes a snarling cover of Kylie Minogue's 'Slow.'' Knowle West Boy, which catches its title from the area in Bristol, England, where Tricky grew up, is out now on Domino Records. While you're at it, pick up a copy of Ugly Betty: The Complete Second Season, out today on DVD.