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  As a history nerd and general busybody who likes to look at other people’s stuff, Letters of Note might be my favorite site in the entire world. There are letters from every kind of celebrity or historical figure imaginable, and equally incredible letters from the non-famous. Check out the standard rejection letter Disney would send out to women who applied to animation jobs in the 1930s, or this one from a freed slave to his former master (be sure to read through to the very...
BUST favorites Spank Rock and Santigold teamed up for "Car Song" on his 2011 album Everything is Boring and Everyone is a Fucking Liar, and now there's a spooky music video to go with the song. The video, directed by photographer/filmmaker Luis Gispert, highlights pretty much everything we love about Spank Rock: his irreverent sense of humor and playful eccentricity. The climax of the video features Santigold needlepointing while two girls cover each other in blue paint and a muscled man in a top hat carries...
Melt, the title of Young Magic's debut (out now on Carpark), is just one word that could describe how the songs on this record came together. The album is not only a melting pot of the group’s talents but a retelling of their musical journeys, long in both miles and inspiration. In 2010, producer and Australian native Isaac Emmanuel found himself recording music while traveling across Europe and in the U.S. and Mexico. Coincidentally, Emmanuel’s pal Michael Italia was doing the exact same thing. The...
The solitary struggles and internal vacillation that helped Erika Wennerstrom build The Mountain have led her to a grounded place of reflection on the Heartless Bastards' new album Arrow (out now on Partisan). This 10-song LP is a travelogue from the open road that rambles through the rust-colored dirt and expansive landscape of the Southwest. “Marathon,” a meditative prologue, is the warm-up stretch that kicks the journey into gear, rolling into the fits and starts of “Parted Ways.” The seductive sway of the blues-heavy “Only...
  The folks over at Saturday Night Live must really love BUST Magazine! The host of this weekend's comedy sketch show is none other than yours truly. Sort of. Although the hilarious staff here is not actually hosting SNL, our current cover lady Maya Rudolph is, and the musical guest is (drum roll please) Sleigh Bells! Not only did Sleigh Bells land a spot as our featured review in the Feb/March issue, we've got a brand-spankin' new interview with Alexis Krauss in our upcoming issue.  I haven't been faithfully...