Margaret Cho is very, very funny.  She is not, however, all that funny on the phone.  At least not with me, when she calls from Atlanta one weekday afternoon.  She's thoughtful, and sort of calm, and very polite.  So naturally I think, oh God, it's me.  I'm killing Margaret Cho's sense of humor.  But then I remember that part of what people love about Cho, aside from her funny faces and fantastically dirty mouth, is her sincerity. Read More

Tasseomancy - Ulalume

BY Kelly McClure in Music

Tasseomancy is a band based out of Canada that's quickly bubbling to the top of the collective consciousness of this whole spooky, witchy, mystical thing that's going on. If you haven't noticed, forming musical projects that wax poetic about drafty castles, stagnant bogs, and cobwebs is trending in a big way (Check out Callie's Witch House article in the newest issue of Bust for further examples. Read More
  Are you a derby enthusiast? Are you within the tri-state area? Then you would be a fool to miss this year's East Coast Derby Extravaganza, hosted by the Philly Roller Girls and The Sportsplex. Founded in 2007 by Philly Roller Girls, the East Coast Derby Extravaganza (ECDX) is a large-scale women's flat track roller derby event featuring teams from across the US and Canada. This year's event will have an insane 1000+ skaters and 90+ leagues tearing up the floors of three separate rinks - all in one philthy weekend. Read More
Beyoncé’s recent popular song, “Run the World (Girls)” has received a lot of praise as well as criticism for its so-called ‘faux-feminism.’ The song is fantastically danceable and fun, like everything she does, and sends an upbeat message basically saying that girls rock and ‘rule the world.’ Which, as we all know, is not exactly true as this video explains quite well. Read More
My favorite kind of jam is blueberry jam. I went through a phase last summer where I went through jars of the stuff at an alarming rate. Blueberries are just the perfect amount of sweet and their dark berry flavor makes a rich and sharp tasting jam. Last week I wrote about my summer plans to learn to can, and what a delight it was for my first lesson to be about one of my favorite things! I learned how to make this jam recipe from Laena McCarthy of Anarchy in a Jar. Laena teaches a class out of Ted and Amy’s Supper Club in Brooklyn. We made wild blueberry jam with lavender. Read More
When someone asks me what I want for gifts I’m often at a loss. Usually all I ever want are books, but, being a literature student and having worked in a bookstore, I also usually know more about books than whoever will be giving me the gift. It’s rare that someone is able to give me a book that I like that I also haven’t already read. But recently I’ve discovered several literary-themed items that any book-lover would adore. First there’s the Bedtime Stories duvet cover by Tiago da Fonseca. Read More
  For me, The Fiery Furnaces hold a very nostalgic place in my heart. I remember listening to them while doing your typical angsty activities. Going on first dates with boys to the park or museum, sitting on the floor in my room and drawing in my composition book and reflecting on my plans for the weekend and feeling like the freaky blues infested songs charged me up in a way only I could understand. If i recall correctly, i even snuck out of my house in the suburbs to immerse myself in a live performance and after that i was hooked. Read More
There is nothing better than funny women being funny. But comedy, like a lot things, was (and still is) kind of a boy's club. Like the historic Friars Club, an exclusive men’s club for male comedians that began in 1904. It wasn’t until 1988 that they started welcoming female members, making Liza Minnelli the first official female member. Read More
Our lovely Emily Rems, joined by Entertainment Weekly editor-in-large Ken Tucker and Queen biographer Mark Blake debate whether Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" is ingenious… or just indulgent on  NPR's Soundcheck Smackdown. I personally think this song is inspirational, beautiful, the perfect song to wail along with while vaguely intoxicated on public transportation, (when you don't care that people are staring atchoo. Read More
In our June/July Music issue, we interviewed TV On The Radio's Tunde Adebimpe, who talked about the bands newly released album, "Nine Types of Light". They released the short film/ music video for their newest single "You" yesterday.  Check out Tunde Adebimpe getting dressed up in Prince gear, and grandly gesturing on jetties in what looks like Sheepshead Bay. Read More