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Amazing singer-songwriter and all-around fabulous lady Patti Smith, wrote a lovely piece for The New Yorker honoring Lou Reed. Recalling their mutual love for poetry, as well as her appreciation for the late musical legend, Smith addresses both the enigmatic and beautiful qualities of Reed in her essay. She writes, “I didn’t understand his erratic behavior or the intensity of his moods, which shifted, like his speech patterns, from speedy to laconic. But I understood his devotion to poetry and the transporting quality of his performances. He...
This morning I read another feminist manifesto to add to the apparent trend of music industry tell-alls. This time, it was delivered by none other than Charlotte Church at the BBC 6 Music John Peel lecture. It began, "I’m Charlotte Church. And This Is How Women Are Routinely Demoralized by the Music Industry." I used to own a Charlotte Church CD. On the cover, she was wearing a long formal gown that covered her shoulders. Once I hit puberty I rejected Church’s operatic ballads and traded...
It’s only been a few weeks since veteran Saturday Night Live player Kenan Thompson made a statement regarding the lack of African-American women in SNL's cast. This issue is something that has been largely un-addressed since Maya Rudolph's 2007 departure from the sketch comedy show. Should we be ashamed we've let that slip for the last six years? Probably. But there are people who want a better answer than that.  Online civil rights organization, colorofchange.org, addressed a letter to SNL’s creator and producer, Lorne Michaels, requesting a...
M.I.A.'s much-anticipated fourth studio album, Matangi, is set for release tomorrow, November 5th. But you don't have to wait another 24 hours to hear the new tracks--Matangi, in its entirety, is currently streaming on YouTube.  It's everything you would expect from M.I.A.--heavy beats, witty rhymes, references to political movements you have to look up on Wikipedia later, and last but not least: a serious dose of bad-ass-ery. The album, which she describes as more "spiritual" than her past work, is already drawing in positive reviews from...
Just because Halloweekend is over doesn't mean you can't bring a little spooky spirit to your Monday. Last Friday, current BUST coverlady Neko Case performed with her band for NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series. To add to the festivities, the group donned various confusing/weird/awesome costumes for the performance of their unplugged set. The set list included "Night Still Comes," "Calling Cards," and "Local Girl,"--all tracks from her latest release The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight... Watch the performance below (gorilla suit optional)!   Thanks to NPR. ...