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Oh Blues Explosion, where have you been? Who’s been playing that dripping-wet, gut-punching, sleaze-blues noise that you so reliably delivered? After the comparatively cleaner albums Plastic Fang and Damage, and a long hiatus, I thought JSBX were happily semi-retired. But lo! Not only are they back with a new record, but it’s also their dirtiest bit of business since 1998’s Acme. With a jagged riff that tears hunks out of your scalp, opener “Black Mold” is as ruinous to health as its namesake, and “Bag...
  Alongside the topless portraits of young women under 40 years old who have survived breast cancer, the words “breast cancer is not a pink ribbon” speaks volumes. Fashion photographer David Jay shot the series of large-scale portraits, titled The Scar Project, to give an often-unseen look at the women who have battled early onset breast cancer, and who bear the scars to prove it.   The project gives a face to the thousands of women under 40 who are diagnosed with breast cancer every year, as well as a...
  It's finally the end of a really scary election year; one in which men tried to take away our rights and take control of our bodies.  To celebrate the protection of our rights, let's check out this wild music video that flips the issue of reproductive rights on its head. Shilpa Ray, of the really awesome Brooklyn blues-punk band Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers, commented on the red hot issue of reproductive rights in her new music video for the song “Nocturnal Emissions.” The video opens...
Big news in the comedy world: Kristin Wiig and Bill Hader, two of my favorite funny people from SNL are reuniting, this time on the big screen. Wiig and Hader will team up to star in the dark comedy The Skeleton Twins, set for release in 2013.  The story follows the estranged twins after each manages to narrowly defy death on the same day, adding a supernatural twist to the comedy. As a result, they come together to figure out what has gone wrong with their...
The battle for women’s suffrage took place on the streets, in picket lines, in jail cells, chained to the railings of government buildings, and…in the mail? Social science blog The Society Pages has compiled archives of suffragist and anti-suffrage postcards from the early 1900s (at least these ones don’t suggest that women wear a muzzle!). Here are a few of our favorites below: Suffragist   Anti-suffrage Images from thesocietypages.org. ...