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Joan Jett is back in the public eye with the release of The Runaways movie in March of this year, but the movie only captures a small portion of this rock-and-roll heavyweight’s epic and impressive career.  Thankfully, Todd Oldham has released a beautiful and well-rounded monograph of the legendary artist, aptly titled, Joan Jett.  Oldham compiles over thirty years of photos, interviews, and other unreleased ephemera in over 200 pages into a linear narrative that tells the story Jett, The Runaways, and The Blackhearts, all from Jett’s perspective. Read More
Our writer Ned Hepburn took time out from being a man about town in his home base of Los Angeles to conduct a phone interview with Ellen Allien about her music and fashion ventures. Here is the result of that very interview.  I'm not going to lie. Ellen sounded like she was unwinding; the kind of unwinding one might do after staring at a computer for eight hours a day. Some might look at this like "hey, Ellen's unwinding." Others might look at it like "hey, I'll have whatever she's having. Read More
Once you have reached the zenith of fame and become an international household name, then who’s to say you shouldn’t have a go at a whole new career? You know, indie pop siren to low-down dirty DJ. Well, maybe Björk isn’t planning an entirely new redirect, but she sure will twist some vinyl with Alex Ross and Brandon Stosuy of Stereogum in the name of charity. Last night in Brooklyn, hundreds of fans flooded the Escher-like labyrinth of Above the Auto Parts Store to catch a glimpse of Björk spinning records. Read More
Legendary poet rocker Patti Smith was the featured guest at last night’s installment of the Live from the New York Public Library series in Manhattan, and the evening was nothing short of magical. There to promote her new memoir, Just Kids, Smith had a spirited chat with moderator Paul Holdengräber, performed three gorgeous acoustic numbers, and even stuck around afterward to sign books and chat with the sold-out crowd. Read More
Many many years ago I took a trip to Olympia, Washington for the purpose of seeing the rock opera The Transfused. I stayed in Olympia for ten days and had a great time (The Transfused was awesome and Wynne Greenwood sat next to me during the show and offered me a stick of gum,) but the highlight of the trip was walking down some random street and seeing Rachel Carns, formerly of The Need, walking towards me toweling her wet hair, having just come from the local YMCA. Read More
She & Him, the beautiful, magical music duo comprised of Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward, are going on a summer tour after a string of successful shows this year at Coachella and SXSW.  The tour will be in support of their critically acclaimed sophomore album, Volume Two, which debuted at number 6 on the Billboard Top 200. Read More
Our writer Aurora Montgomery went to the Elvis Perkins in Dearland show at the Bell House in Brooklyn last week and fell madly in love with the band. (One member in particular.) Here is a review of the show that got Aurora so twitterpated: Elvis Perkins took the stage sans In Dearland (his accompanying band) and started strumming an acoustic guitar and singing quietly into his microphone. The room was dark, the crowd was quiet and transfixed; all eyes were forward and steady on Perkins and his sweet, sad lulling. Read More

Patti Smith is People Too!

BY debbie in Music

Found this awesome video of Patti Smith on an episode of the late-70's/early-80's TV show "Kids are People Too," via Lesley's blog who found it on Kathleen's blog. I love how Patti explains punk rock by saying that "Rock 'n roll's gettin' back in the hands of the people, it belongs to the kids again, not the big business guys" and the host just kind of mumbles in response, "We can go for that, I think..." Also, what kind of a kid wants to be a missionary when they grow up? And OMG, those lame-o wings hair cuts and the neutral colored cowl neck sweaters? Yup, I rocked that back in the day. Read More
As part of the indie-music takeover of North London that is the Camden Crawl, this coming Sunday BUST Craftacular is putting together its own supergoup of crafting talent in a one-off DIY Lounge event. The all-star line-up will be making, screen-printing (this BUSTy design pictured below is one of the options) and customising tote-bags from 12-6pm at The Pirate Castle. Check out loads of cool bands, including 20-girl super group Gaggle (pictured) You can have this screen-printed on a tote for free. Read More
Our writer Aurora Montgomery went to the Dosh show at Union Hall in Brooklyn last week and wrote all about it. Here it is! Dosh is comprised of Martin Luther King Chavez Dosh and Michael Lewis. Together they play a myriad of instruments looped and layered on top of each other, building a beautiful hybrid of electronic, improvisational jazz and pop music.  I was able to see them last Thursday in the dark and intimate underbelly of Brooklyn’s Union Hall, and spoke to Martin Dosh briefly from his van before the show. Read More