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    In the midst of today's crazymaking Amy Coney Barrett live hearings—a terrifying process that could eventually result in the demolition of Roe v. Wade—we'd like to suggest a little palate cleanser in the form of Viva Ruiz’s new track, “Thank God For Abortion Anthem.” Ruiz is an activist and artist-in-residence for Shout Your Abortion, a multimedia movement working to normalize abortions through art, storytelling, and community-building events and she's also the creator of the activist collective Thank God For Abortion (TGFA). Ruiz started TGFA in 2015 as a response to the closing of abortion clinics across the U.S., and they have just released this supercool song and music video:

    In a public statement about the video, Ruiz explains, “TGFA is a spiritual mission to affirm the sanctity of abortion-having people. Queer people, gay people, trans people, and people of faith all have abortions…. We stand as believers intending to claim space for God in the abortion conversation. God has been used against abortion-having people, against LGBTQ people, against women and femme people. We know it’s a blasphemy to use spirit to oppress people.”

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    "Thank God For Abortion Anthem” is a powerful display of solidarity with the Pro-Chice movement and all proceeds from this song will be donated to the Abortion Care Network.

    To make a donation and to learn more, visit the song's Bandcamp page.  

    Images: Screenshot from video

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    BUST is excited to exclusively premiere SUSU's new song and video, “It Can’t Be Over.” The song is the lead single off of their upcoming debut EP, Panther City. The single is a catchy tune about not wanting a relationship to end, featuring soulful guitar and rich vocals.

     

    The New York-based band is known for blending of rock ‘n’ roll and soul. SUSU, led by Liza Colby and Kia Warren, combines Liza’s psychedelic sensibility and Kia’s slow-burn aesthetic. Of the band, Liza says, “We aren’t shy about being black women in Rock and Roll. There is an aliveness, an awareness, and a spirituality to SUSU that are both timely and timeless.” The band’s music explores themes of femininity and sexual energy.

    “It Can’t Be Over” recounts a classic battle of the heart. The song asks the question: how do we choose to love while fighting for ourselves? The music video, premiering today, shows both frontwomen dealing with different relationships and fighting through them.

     

    You can watch the video below and check out the band’s website here.

    Video By: David Barron 
    Artwork/Photos: Sarah KC
    Vocals and Tambourine: Liza Colby & Kia Warren
    Guitar: Nik Lee
    Rhythm Guitar / Organ: Andrew Skates 
    Bass: Aden Bubeck 
    Drums: Josh Block & Jordan Richardson

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    Jon Hamm is center stage in Eels' latest music video, “Are We Alright Again,” singing along to the song in headphones as a robbery, unbeknownst to him, unfolds in the background. Sipping whiskey and jamming out in this 1970s-style house, Hamm delivers some serious Don Draper energy, or perhaps his indie alternative. 

    Top photo: Youtube / OfficialEels 

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    Sharon Van Etten hasn’t released an album since 2014, but you’ve probably seen her around—perhaps on Netflix’s sci-fi drama The OA, or in the much-praised Twin Peaks reboot. Thankfully, her foray into Hollywood hasn’t dampened Van Etten’s ability to make a killer album. Like Are We There (2014) and Tramp (2012) before it, Remind Me Tomorrow is packed with emotional shredders anchored by Van Etten’s deep, swooping voice. On “Comeback Kid” and “Seventeen,” Van Etten abandons the sparser sound of her earlier records in favor of synthesizers and more instrumentation, but her vocals (and her lyrics) remain as potent as ever. 4/5

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    Remind Me Tomorrow is out January 18, 2019 
    By Eliza Thompson
    This piece originally appeared in the January/February 2019 print edition of BUST Magazine.Subscribe today!

    Top photo: "Seventeen" music video

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    The archetypical ’60s American housewife gets a fresh feminist makeover in the Carvels’ new music video for “Scarcity,” off the New York band’s upcoming EP, Life is Not a Waiting Room. 

    Frontwoman Lynne Von Pang, who has previously performed in bands including Trick Babys and Da Willys—and is also a kickass illustrator whose cover designs graced our second-ever issue back in the ‘90s—calls her video more “#FuckYou” than #MeToo. “I’m talking about the scarcity mentality: the beauty myth, diet culture, and all the other antiquated ideals that oppress women,” she writes in a press release. “This song is about the joy of finally being free from these restrictions—ditching toxic relationships and having fun breaking the rules.”

    The video, inspired by soap opera heroines, pin-up ladies, and divas, features Von Pang as variations of all three. Von Pang also says her lyrics were impacted by feminist writers including Roxane Gay, Jes Baker, and Virgie Tovar.

    The Carvels are known for mixing old-school girl group vibes with serious messages about womanhood and anger, and self-describe their sound as “if the Ramones and the Ronettes had children and Lou Reed were the nanny.”

    “Scarcity” was directed by M.N. Kinski of Cherry Pie Pictures. You can listen to the Carvels’ 2017 EP, Everything With You is a Travesty, on Bandcamp and Spotify, and if you’re in New York, check them out live on Friday at Coney Island Baby in the East Village.

    Top photo via YouTube / Cherry Pie Pictures 

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    Passover starts tonight, and you can kick off the celebrations like The Shondes do in their music video for “True North,” from the band’s 2016 album, Brighton. Formed in 2006 by best friends Louisa Rachel Solomon and Elijah Oberman, the Brooklyn-based feminist rock band are known for their gritty, riot grrrl sound, Jewish influences, and political activism.

    The video smoothly weaves themes of peace, liberation, acceptance, and identity with Passover traditions. Shots of the band (featuring Solomon on vocals/bass, Oberman on violin, Courtney Robbins on guitar, and Alex Smith on drums) performing and preparing for Passover Seder are interspersed among sequences of people writing and displaying affirmations advocating for unity.

    The declarative posters included statements like “We Say Black Lives Matter,” and “We Say Deporting Legal Residents is Unconstitutional.” BUST editors Laurie Henzel, Meredith Felt, Erika W. Smith, and Emily Rems also make an appearance with their signs!

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    Soloman told Jewcy.com, “We wanted to write a simple pop song about being at a point in life where our ideals had taken a lot of blows, and yet, the act of imagining (a brighter future, justice, revolution, the mythical messianic ‘Jerusalem’ Jews evoke at Passover) itself could provide a kind of groundedness in conviction.” 

    The Shondes (rhymes with “Hondas” and Yiddish for “shames” or “disgraces”) have been outspoken as “firm opponents of Israeli policy” and advocates for peace between Israel and Palestine, reports Jewcy.com. Such complex topics take center stage in “True North,” where Solomon’s cries, “When we say ‘next year in Jerusalem’ / We say ‘every day is revolution’ / We raise the torch, we face true North.” Solomon’s lyrics like “I made this choice: fuck that noise (Don’t destroy yourself) / fuck that noise (Don’t let them destroy what you’re about.)” 

    "True North" was directed by Nicole Solomon of 4MILECIRCUS. You can listen to The Shondes 2016 album, Brighton, on Bandcamp and Spotify. Happy Passover!

     Photos and video courtsey of The Shondes

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    Eboni Harrington, a teacher at Lucy Addison Middle School in Roanoke, VA, is winning after recreating Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s hit song “WAP” in a music video for her incoming class. In efforts to ease pandemic anxieties surrounding the school year, Harrington made the music video to get her students excited for some "work and progress" this fall.

    In an interview with Yahoo Life, Harrington says, “Teaching gives me purpose… I truly enjoy inspiring and encouraging our future leaders of tomorrow. Their ‘aha’ moments are always worth the long hours and commitment.” After posting the music video on the Roanoke public school Facebook page, Harrington got 2,000 shares in a week. Now, it’s reached nearly 3,000.

    Harrington’s music video is one example of the many ways teachers have been adapting to these unprecedented times and showing up for their students in any way they can. “We need to show that we are all still excited to be in the moment and that’s what this video meant to me,” Harrington says. “I wanted to show my students that regardless of the situation, we are going to work and progress!”

    In addition to making catchy, dance-worthy music videos, Harrington has also been helping Virginia locals who are in need during the pandemic, as well as advocating for Black lives and racial justice.

    View the full music video here.

    Images: Screenshot from video

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    Big Freedia, a music legend known as the Queen of New Orleans Bounce and featured in Beyonce’s “Formation” and Drake’s “Nice For What”, is enlightening and entertaining with the song “Ella Baker Shaker.” The song, a tribute to 1960’s civil rights activist Ella Baker, is not only a catchy, upbeat tune— it also raises awareness and prompts the listener to learn more about the song's focus. The video goes even deeper. Featuring an Ella Baker look-alike and snippets of Ella’s philosophies on Black liberation, the video is an educational experience, a cultural commentary, and a Black musical experience in and of itself.

    The video takes place primarily in a classroom, in which attentive Black students are being taught about radical Black historical figures. As the camera angles change, we are seemingly put into the role of student, as wer're instructed through song by teachers Big Freedia and Jonathan Lykes. The setting highlights the flaws of the American Education System and the narratives so frequently ignored by it, while also rewriting that assumption and choosing to insert Baker into the classroom narrative. 

    Perfect for Black history month, not only does the video help spread awareness of and celebrate Black historical figures, but also because it prioritizes one thing: joy. “There’s been lots of discussion about justice and healing,” Big Freedia said in the press release announcing the video's release. “Sometimes joy gets lost in all of it.” 

    Filled with Black faces, the video is uplifting and wise in its message and representation. It is both encouraging to hear about strong Black figures and critical to have this education in a space in which it is frequently ignored. The song and its video are, as Big Freedia explains in the same press release, a recognition of “who came before us.” The aim of the forthcoming album and the proceeding series of albums Lykes plans to release will be an invitation “to join the pursuit and defining of our collective liberation.” 

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    “Ella Baker Shaker” is the lead single on Lykes’ upcoming album The Black Joy Experience Vol. 2: Comrade, featuring Black and LGBTQ+ artists, intends to  “[carry] on the aim for social justice that our ancestors started.” The full album is available this March, but you can click here to preorder.

    Big Freedia photographed By M. Sharkey