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Bell Horses: The Loves Last Time

For better or worse, Bell Horses debut of melancholy electro-pop goes down like water and acts like a sleeping pill.

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Kanye West jumped the shark in a lot of people’s minds when he shanghaied Taylor Swift’s VMA acceptance speech to lavish praise on

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Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall by Kazuo Ishiguro

Kazuo Ishiguro’s first collection of short fiction, though more grounded in everyday experience than his recent novels, is tinged with his sense of the strange and sad, and, new for him, the humorous.

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Why? Eskimo Snow (Anticon) Releasing: 22 September Bay Area art-poppers Why? release Eskimo Snow today on Anticon. This time around, their music has a more folksy

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Kanye West: No Sign He’ll Ever Learn Anything

The reaction to rapper Kanye West’s interruption of singer Taylor Swift’s MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech had snowballed in interesting ways. Even

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Stop it Sindri! I keep getting lost in your dewy eyes. Sindri Mar Sigfusson, bandleader of the whimsical pop-folk group Seabear, has just announced North

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15 Sep 2009 // 5:07 AM

The most compelling moment of the debut of “The Jay Leno Show” (10 p.m. EDT Monday-Friday, NBC) would be several seconds of silence, during which

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Juliette Lewis is like that woman in the bar who’s gotten into fights (and won) and ain’t no fool to a man’s

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Soundscape of the Body Politic: The Songs of Thomas Pynchon’s ‘Inherent Vice’

Interpolators of literature always try to figure out how we, as readers, glean the book in our hands. Arguments between the likes of Harold Bloom

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Mica Levi’s Jewellry has garnered accolades because of its beautifully constructed bizarreness, a synecdoche of pop atonality.Yesterday, the 21-year-old Levi, performing under the

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The (Indie) Music Industry Is All Right

The media is too preoccupied with the funeral arrangements of the mainstream music industry to celebrate the life that is happening elsewhere.

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Your favorite Japanese-all female-banana chip lovin’-pop punk trio is back. With new bassist Ritsuko Taneda added to the lineup, alongside lead/guitar Naoko Yamano

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24 Aug 2009 // 1:00 AM

Black Gay Marriage

Listening to ‘A Spirited Debate on Gay Marriage’ from the Michael Eric Dyson Show

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20 Jul 2009 // 8:30 AM

Kanye West played London’s iTunes Festival (how’s that for corporate branding) this weekend. Here’s some great footage from ITV.

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To Serve God and Wal-Mart by Bethany Moreton

As conservative Christianity focused more intently on reaffirming that a woman's real work was domestic and reproductive, Wal-Mart became an ideological ally.

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Fresh: A Perishable History by Susanne Freidberg

Is it a good thing to have a refrigerator full of produce we call “fresh” even after it has been sitting around in climate controlled storage for days or even weeks?

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Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture by Atlantic correspondent and journalism professor Ellen Ruppel Shell is an engaging and compelling look at the ramifications

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Keri Hilson: In a Perfect World…

A "diva" is a female version of a hustler, and as interchangeably indistinct as the males.

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13 Apr 2009 // 8:59 PM

Catalog by Robin Cherry

Absurd as they frequently are, catalogs have a good chance of surviving longer than the magazines of which they have long seemed so derivative.

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Queering Madonna & stardom: As contradictory as Uncle Tom, except in reverse

Madonna was as contradictory as Uncle Tom, except in reverse. She claimed to challenge the institution and dominance of the church while worshiping at the mantle of capitalism and white supremacy in ways that only reinforced the nexus of gender, race and class oppression and mutual exploitation.

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