The other weekend, I found myself on the Lower East Side of NYC to see a promising line-up of indie bands. After paying way too much for a beer, I sat against the wall examining the optimistic sea of plaid-clad 20-somethings. I wasn’t sure what to expect of the show, but I certainly didn’t think it would be a nostalgic romp through rock and roll history. If you lost the keys to your DeLorean, but are still jonesing for some new old music, check these ... Read More
Check out this video from my new favorite gangly rapper, D E N A. Somewhere between the sparkly pink sweater, the gold chain, and the way her charming Bulgarian accent pronounces “Cash, Diamond Rings, Swimming Pools,” I think I fell in love. Hailing from Berlin, Europe’s hipster mecca, Denitza Todorova’s music is reminiscent of MIA, and she says she’s inspired by the likes of J Dilla and Sun Ra. In the video, it’s ... Read More
With over 37, 400 signatures and counting, New York writer Sabrina Lamb has succeeded in getting Oxygen to drop their heinous show proposal “All My Babies’ Mamas.” The cancelled show would have followed Atlanta rapper Shawty Lo and his eleven children with their ten mothers. The Parents Television Council said the show was “grotesquely irresponsible and exploitative.” When Lamb first saw a promotion for the program, her “blood ... Read More
The aesthetics of the New York Punk scene have inspired fashion for decades. Dirty hair, unnecessary sunglasses, and leather jackets never go out of style…plus you can validate your disheveled appearance when there’s no time for a shower. London designer SIBLING has taken that punk inspiration to a whole different place for their collection of men’s knitwear. PLEASE KILL ME debuted at London’s fashion week, and it’s amazing and ... Read More
A fifteen-year-old girl is suing the Icelandic government for the right to use her own name. According to the Icelandic government, Blaer Bjarkardottir, which means “light breeze” in Icelandic, is now officially known as “Stulka,” which simply means “girl.” Iceland has stringent name requirements. Parents must choose from an approved list of 1,853 names, or they can pay about 23 dollars to submit a name to a committee for ... Read More
After three years of honing their live sound, Stereo Telescope is set to release a full-length album, On and Running, on January 29th. This synthpop duo is composed of Nikki Dessingue and Kurt Schneider, veterans of various indie and electronic bands from the Boston scene. Each member sings and performs a host of instrumental tasks, which is quite impressive considering the complexity of their music. With a blend of post-rock ambience and meticulous electronic ... Read More
After spending a year and a half of my life roaming the streets of Paris, I take any opportunity to obsess over French things. I miss the food and the tangible history. Who knew I would even miss the secondhand smoke? If you’re a fellow Francophile, history geek, or lover of vintage photography then you should pour yourself a glass of vin rouge and peruse this beautiful photo collection, 1914: Paris in Colour, on Retronaut. The series of ten photos ranges ... Read More
Beate Sirota Gordon, an integral advocate for women’s rights in Japan, passed away on December 30 at the age of 89. At 22, Gordon became the only woman on the American board that wrote the post-war Japanese constitution. She created the portion on women’s rights and, having witnessed the inferior treatment of Japanese women for ten years, was focused on protecting and improving their quality of life. With no education pertaining to constitutional law, she ... Read More
If you’ve ever had a long mansplanation given to you, you could find yourself needing to vent about it. (“Mansplaining” is when someone gives you a patronizing and often extraneous explanation of something that you already know about, assuming that your pretty little woman brain wouldn’t have this knowledge already because, well, you’re a woman). Luckily, there is a Tumblr where you can share these special mansplanation moments with ... Read More
We wrote about the European Commission’s epic fail of a video campaign to promote women in science back in June. Their video’s slogan, “Science: it’s a girl thing!” was accompanied by just enough makeup, nail polish, and cliché girly images to trigger your gag reflex. If you’re brave enough, you can watch it below. After the disastrous (and completely warranted) response of every logical being on the planet, they ... Read More
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