If you grew up reading Sassy magazine, you know who Blake Nelson is—his debut novel, Girl, about a teenager exploring the Seattle rock scene (sound '90s?) was excerpted in three successive issues, and later made into a movie. But you may not know that Nelson has written many more books, exploring issues of sexuality, morality, and interpersonal relationships with a sensitivity and astuteness that shows more respect for his YA audience than many adult fiction ... Read More
Earl Greyhound recently announced that they will be on the road throughout April and May in support of their upcoming sophomore album, Suspicious Package, with indie power-pop outfit OK Go.  Early priase for Suspicious Package lauds the bands ability to enhance their retro-rock feel with a variety of other influences, including prog rock, stoner rock, and jazz-pop among others.  For a taste of what is to come on April 13th when the album is released, ... Read More
Come hither and revel in a deliciously melodramatic, trippy, and ethereal album. Jen Gloeckner serenades an escape into fluid wallowings of pseudo-gothic lyrics and tones. Let tunes like “Sleep to Dream” and “Peace Among the Chaos” lull you into strange and wonderful visions. Then dive into a “52nd thrill.” Float and meander as the world spins and stirs in a delightfully bizarre haze. Meditate. Breathe. Ride the ... Read More
Check out the adorable Will Forte (look for him in the next issue!) and the always great Zach Galifiinakis in a promo for this weekend's SNL. It promises to be a Zachtacular show! (except maybe for me, not so jazzed about the Vampire Weekend part, but the kids love that stuff!) [video: ... Read More
In her brilliant response to Glenn Beck's attacks on progressive politics, Newsweek's Raina Kelly makes it clear why language matters and what is at stake. The slow degradation of the word "feminist" continues to be one of the most powerful weapons in the backlash against the women's rights movement. How better to diminish the cause than to create an atmosphere where young girls believe that to be a feminist is to be a loser, where women feared that speaking their ... Read More
  Maybe in this photo, Miuccia Prada is somewhat embarrassed at denigrating feminism after her recent collection was shown.  Or not.  After stating to journalists that she was a "former" feminist,  it seems the coat designing turn-coat offered the following bon mot.  “Feminism?” she sighed, “it doesn’t really exist anymore, does it?” Feminism: The new rubella? In all seriousness, what a bunch of ... Read More
Act now!  TOMORROW, March 4th, at 8 PM, journalist, writer and soon to be novelist Alix Strauss will present an illustrated lecture entitled "Death Becomes Them: Unearthing the Suicides of the Brilliant, the Famous, and the Notorious"  at supercool Brooklyn exhibition space Observatory.  Strauss is the author of a recently published book of the same name, and her presentation is based on her research into the last days of such "icons of celebrity ... Read More
In anticipation of two Elliott Smith album reissues, Kill Rock Stars has posted two MP3s available for download at no charge.  "Last Call," a track  from his debut album Roman Candle, and "Twilight," from the posthumously released From a Basement on the Hill, are both excerpts from the upcoming re-releases. Roman Candle and From a Basement on the Hill will both be released on April 6th, completing Smith's indpendent discography on KRS. Download the ... Read More
While I can’t help but think the iPad jokes are growing weak, this certainly gave me a chuckle. Yep, somebody went ahead and made the pad case. Totally worth it, if only for the novelty factor. You can pick this up from Hip Handmaids on Etsy for $40—or, if you act now, $30.   [Hip Handmaids on Etsy] Image via Hip ... Read More
Women for Women International is hosting a worldwide campaign on International Women's Day, March 8th, 2010, to honor women across the globe who are survivors of war. On that day, women (and men) worldwide will meet on bridges to "demand an end to war and to demonstrate that women can build the bridges to peace and development for the future." People will be meeting on bridges from Rwanda to The Democratic Republic of the Congo, from the US to the UK, from ... Read More