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We're not very 'listy' over here at BUST Magazine, but this year I figured we'd do a little round up of our top album releases for the year. Here are some of my favorites, as well as our Associate Music editor's, the lovely Sara Graham. 1. Duffy Rockferry 2. Estelle Shine 4. The Kills Midnight Boom 5. Dungen 4 6. Adron Adron 7. Black Keys Attack and Release 8. Child Ballads Cheekbone Hollows EP 9. Atlas Sound Let the blind lead those who can see but cannot feel 10.

A while back you may remember Tara and I gushing about the Akron/Family show we stumbled upon at SXSW. Since then, we've developed a full blown love affair with this band which is why we were SO excited to hear that these boys are gearing up for a new record, (coming out on Dead Oceans) and 2009 tour! The band will be playing a short run of December dates, culminating with a New Year's Eve performance, (with Deer Tick!), for what promises to be an all out lose-your-mind celebration of music and good times.

The amazing Eartha Kitt has died at 81. Purrfectly pitiful news.

As much as the Holidays can sometimes suck for grown ups (the rushing, the shopping, and the hassles) I really do love Christmas, and here are at least three excellent things I can recommend to get you thru any stress and strain you may be feeling. 1. A John Waters Christmas CD , including number one hits like Santa Claus is a Black Man , Merry Christmas Baby Jesus, and Fat Daddy. This cd gets heavy rotation in the BUST offices and has been a favorite for 4 years. 2. I know we blog about John Roberts like, once a week, but I cannot get enough of his Tree video. Pure genius.

Oops! It's Christmas Eve and most people, including yours truly, have once again flaked on sending Christmas cards to family and friends. Rather than stand in line at the Post Office aka the Tenth Circle of Hell, I'll just hop over to someecards and email some snarky e-cards to those nearest and not-so-dearest to my heart. Here's a quick sampling of the hysterical if slightly cynical messages someecards has to offer: 'May you wake up New Year's day underneath a man instead of a pile of women's magazines.

Artistic Director Philip Glass has assembled an eclectic line-up of modern day music icons Patti Smith, Vampire Weekend, the National and more to rock it out at the 19th Annual Tibet House Benefit Concert, at New York City's Carnegie Hall in February. Tibet House, a non-profit organization is dedicated to promoting and maintaining Tibetan culture on behalf on his Holiness, the Dalai Lama by serving as both a cultural center in New York City and worldwide online resource for individuals interested in Tibetan culture. Click here for ticket prices and availability.

The phrase 'Blonde Bombshell' conjures images of Hollywood legends Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield or Jean Harlow, but all-too-often history tends to overlook one of the great blonde starlets of our time: Liz Renay The original Queen of Re-Invention, Renay starred in over eighteen films, including John Water's controversial film 'Desperate Living'. Walking out on an abusive marriage, she became an exotic stripper and later served a brief stint in prison due to her personal relationships to notorious mobsters Anthony Coppola and Mickey Cohen.

Now, I've heard of crocheted vibrator cozies and knitted ipod cases, but this is ridonculous. Spotted in Mexico city by Knithacker. Pretty psychedelic.

I love this man! For total Holiday hilarity, check out The Tree.

Flight of the Conchords season 2 premiere is online! I am saving this treat for the weekend when I can properly digest every second of it. Show airs on HBO January 18 for those of you that CAN wait.  Photo by Danielle St.
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