Just a little Dusty

BY Laurie in Music

I went to see the very fine singer, Shelby Lynne sing the songs off her upcoming 2008 album of Dusty Springfield covers, Just a Little Lovin' last night at Hiro in NYC. Now dont get me wrong, Shelby is an amazing singer, and I think her 2000 release, I am Shelby Lynne, is probably one of my favorite albums of all time. (it's very Dusty influenced). But during the rather subdued and lackluster set, I found myself just wanting to hear the real deal. Which is maybe not fair, but Dusty is really sort of untouchable. There's no denying it. So here is a little treat for your friday. Read More

RIP Fabulous Moolah

BY Laurie in General

Mary Lillian Ellison, professional lady wrestler also known as The Fabulous Moolah, has died at the age of 84. Since the 1950's she wowed audiences with her signature moves, the leg lock, and the knee drop clothesline, and continued wrestling until very recently. Check out this awesome documentary to learn more: Lipstick and Dynamite (which was featured in BUST a few years back, natch). There is also a book about Moolah that came out in 2002. Read More

Niggy Tardust

BY Laurie in Music

          I am loving this new Niggy Tardust release, it's hip hop poet Saul Williams new project that is produced by his pal Trent Reznor, imagine some NIN beats but sung by a genius black man-  much better I tell you! And, similar to the Radiohead release, you can either download it for free, or support a great artist and pay only 5 bucks! Even my cheap ass can afford that :)  Download is available today here: www.saulwilliams. Read More

Sneak Attack

BY Laurie in General

             Last night was the debut party for the new Nike vandal by Claw Money, designer, graffiti artist, author and fashion editor. Claw is the first woman to collaborate on designing a shoe with Nike, and these kicks are HOTT! The party was held at the very cool IHeart boutique in Nolita, you ladies should check these out. Read More

M.I.A.

BY Laurie in Music

We loved the M.I.A. show in NYC this weekend, she was in full force, with awesome video backdrops, and she slayed the audience! If she is coming to your town, you owe to yourself to see her show-I promise you will not be disappointed!  here is her new video for Jimmy. Read More

Fred+Carrie=Awesome

BY Laurie in Feminism

      I'd been thinking alot about how funny Fred Armisen is when I got this link yesterday to some weird drumming cd he has coming out on Drag City, I think its a joke but maybe not? Anyway today Jezebel had a link to this hilarious video with Carrie Brownstein (from Sleater Kinney) and Fred calld Feminist Bookstore. Read More
This YouTube gem has been hanging around for about a year, but I never seem to get tired of it. Sometimes I'll be walking down the street, and I'll get a Miss Cleo flashback. It just feels good. Read More

Yikes!

BY Laurie in General

While this video does not make me want to go out and buy Dove soap, I do think it's pretty cool that they are recognizing the onslaught that we see everyday, and opening the discussion of body image  to young girls. I mean, my 12 year old knows an anorexic boob job when she sees one, and thinks its gross, yet you cant help wonder what the day to day exposure is doing to her/us. And as its illustrated here, there is an awful lot of it out there. Read More
Just like America's Next top model, YOU could be in the running to be Britains next top girl singer! Our pal Sheila B at Xenomania Records in London is organizing an open audition for girl singers in NYC in a few weeks, so spread the word to your friends, sisters, cousins, daughters, neighbors, co-workers, fave unsigned bands/singers, everyone and anyone you know who wants to make it in music!  CALLING ALL GIRL SINGERS OPEN AUDITIONS Oct. Read More
I recently went to see the documentary Helvetica, yes it's about a font, and no, it's not that boring. Shot beautifully, mostly of signs from around the world, the ubiquitous font shows up in just about every corner of the globe. Here we have a bunch of famous designer dudes talking about the history and thier love (and sometimes hatred) of the omnipresent letters. Just like in the design world, we barely see any women here, except two, the spunky and talented Paula Sher and the super smart author Leslie Savan. Read More