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Devereaux - "List It" (video) (premiere)

The chillwave auteur returns with a video full of humor and social commentary.

We like Devereaux around these parts. He makes good chillwave music (we premiered the video for "Bikini" back in July) and he's a big fan of Rush's Signals album. This time around, though, he has a new video for the slinky "List It", whose commentary on equality between the sexes is a far cry from the sun-drenched bliss of "Bikini". We'll let him explain.

"My hope is that the viewer is forced to understand the legitimacy of the music's message even though it's aurally packaged inside a slightly jocular attitude," he says. "Me being me, it's almost impossible for me to do anything without some subtle wit. That's just who I am. I'm a joker.

"To that end, the 'banana reveal' is just that. You're definitely supposed to laugh right there; however, it serves as a visual Warhol homage but doubles as a conceptual dismantling. A complete disgust for the penis, rather than a celebration of it."

The Cigarette: A Political History (By the Book)

Sarah Milov's The Cigarette restores politics to its rightful place in the tale of tobacco's rise and fall, illustrating America's continuing battles over corporate influence, individual responsibility, collective choice, and the scope of governmental power. Enjoy this excerpt from Chapter 5. "Inventing the Nonsmoker".

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