Jenny Hval - "Take Care of Yourself" (Singles Going Steady)

This video underscores just how essential it is to see Jenny Hval on her current tour.

Ed Whitelock: Jenny Hval’s Apocalypse, Girl is one of the most important albums of the year, which is not to be confused with a necessarily pleasant listening experience. This video underscores just how essential it is to see her on her current tour. [8/10]

Dustin Ragucos: Jenny Hval takes on Maslow's hierarchy of needs like a champ, exploring life in a philosophical way and carrying herself brilliantly along synth lines that could be pitch-altered elevator chimes. This take from Apocalypse, girl goes from minimally thought-provoking to a forced piece about masturbation. She would be a great leader of ceremonies, yes, but she makes some experimental choices, like in the second half of this song, that feel like it could be taken from a chapter called "Your First Experimental Track". [5/10]

John Garratt: When music was on its way to becoming an art show, some people forgot to write songs. Oh well, at least the word "glib" enjoys a new definition. [2/10]

Over the Rainbow: An Interview With Herb Alpert

Music legend Herb Alpert discusses his new album, Over the Rainbow, maintaining his artistic drive, and his place in music history. "If we tried to start A&M in today's environment, we'd have no chance. I don't know if I'd get a start as a trumpet player. But I keep doing this because I'm having fun."

Jedd Beaudoin

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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