Blog

This phrase was originally used to describe unfairness regarding minority education, but it could easily be used to explain the current climate of women in politics. Blame Sarah Palin, but it seems that women who want attention for their campaign are becoming more like parodies of America than actual leaders. There is a leap before you look, celebratory ignorance being championed by Christine O’Donnell and Sarah Palin that seems indicative of America itself.

We are very saddened by the sudden death of Ari Up at the age of 48 (apparently from cancer). At 14, she formed the Slits, an all girl punk band that shook up the boys club of late 70’s England, and she continued to make music and fans with her kooky looks and her punky reggae style up until the very end. She influenced pretty much any and all that came after her and our sympathies go out to her family and friends.

Come on out tomorrow, October 21st, to see our very own Crafty Lady, Callie Watts, speak at CMJ's panel discussion Take Back The Mic; Challenging Hip-Hop Stereotypes. The panel speakers will be addressing everything from female MC's to sissy bounce - "all walks of the lesser-heard voices from the urban, rap and hip-hop worlds speak up." Panelists include Marisa Aveling, Rah Digga, Starrene Rhett, Big Freedia, and Victor Vazquez of Das Racist. CMJ isn't all about getting schwasted and getting your groove on, so take a break from that, and come learn something and support one of our own.

The popular YouTube internet campaign, "It Gets Better", was started in September of this year by columnist Dan Savage, as a way to send the message to young teenagers being bullied for their homosexuality that there is life beyond high school, and it does get better. In his own video message, he explained that he was raised in a "very Catholic" environment and was picked on for being "obviously gay". He wants today's teens to know, however, that life goes on, the world slowly changes, and he did overcome many of his struggles.

Make all your Lisa Frank fantasies come true with this Robot Unicorn Attack game from Adult Swim. It combines all your favorite freaky geekdom into one bright and mythical experience filled with rainbows, fairies, fierce galloping iron robot unicorns, and majestic flying sequences. You are the unicorn running and jumping from grass cliff to grass cliff, shooting through the air and collecting little rainbow pixies along the way, but beware for that big silver star. You don't want to collect that.

Obtaining tickets (translation: promising to review in exchange for) to a sold out Kathy Griffin show is pretty exciting. Having realistic expectations for the seats being in the janitor's closet, and then coming to find that they are in the THIRD ROW is cause for me to take time out from the last full day of my first ever trip to Portland to brag about it via blog, which I'm doing now from the publishing department of Portland State University. When planning this Portland trip, I came to find that Griffin was performing a show on my second night here.

  In an age when teenagers are running amuck, emancipating themselves from their parents left and right, one cool young dude remains loyal to his homestead and isn't afraid to admit he's a mama's boy. Fourteen-year old rapper Brian Bradley, better known as the Astronomical Kid, sends a clear message to ogling men everywhere: "Stop Looking at My Moms" . The insanely catchy single is just as danceable as it is adorable, but don't let Kid's age fool you, he knows how to treat a lady and staring her down on the street isn't part of it.

I know it's CMJ madness, but one of the top shows to see this weekend will be Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips performing 13 Most Beautiful…Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, at NYU's Skirball Center on Friday night. The duo will perform a live soundtrack to Warhol's Screen Tests (shot between 1964 and 1966 at the factory) and include such icons as Edie Sedgwick, Dennis Hopper,  Nico and Lou Reed, among others. I'm super stoked for this show, as we listen to the music here at BUST HQ pretty much all the time.

Calling all rockers, hip hoppers, groove shakers, shoe gazers, day trippers and night crawlers! CMJ 2010 is here.You know what that means? Heaps and I mean HEAPS of amazing performances by some of the best musicians to hit the East Coast. The five day music marathon is sprawled across the city like a wildfire. So dust off your dancing shoes and rehearse your sickest moves! You may even find a show that tickles your fancy right in your hood.

  19-year-old Rye Rye is the first artist to be signed to acronym-loving M.I.A.’s record label N.E.E.T. (“Not in Education, Employment or Training.” The new video for “Sunshine” (featuring M.I.A.) is a mellow, lazy video shot on the streets and playgrounds of Baltimore. This great video is bound to conjure up some mixture of happiness and homesickness. The subdued beats, hazy colors and schoolyard choreography are a perfect cure for the early Fall blues. Slip back into Summer mode and watch the video here:   [video:http://www.youtube.