New songs by Say Lou Lou, Sky Ferreira, Tennis, VV Brown and Trouble Maker
Sky Ferreira – “I Blame Myself”
American electropop singer Sky Ferreira has had quite a journey getting to her debut album. Still, Night Time, My Time has finally arrived after teaser singles for an interminable three years. It is, sorry to say, a bit of a mixed bag, but “I Blame Myself” is pure pop perfection, featuring a crisp breakbeat and lyrics critiquing the audience for equating art with the person itself. A bold move for a debut album, but perhaps unsurprising given its long gestation. “I blame myself for my reputation” finds Ferreira hoisted by her own petard, and beautifully so.
The saga’s not over yet.
A tangled and rather bizarre controversy is unfolding in the entertainment world this week as musical veteran Sinead O’Connor spars with teen it girl Miley Cyrus. They come from different continents, different worlds, and different sensibilities, but the women are currently having a very public and very ugly fight that highlights some troubling issues embedded in media, pop culture, and the way people interact.
Syria is in dire need of a humanitarian—not military—intervention.
Before there were allegations of chemical weapons—and breaking news that Bashar al-Assad had gassed 426 children—Bashar al-Assad and his regime had already killed 100,000 of his own people over the past two and a half years.
Never fear, your intrepid reporter has gathered up a few recently-released gems for the discerning ear.
Once upon a time, it was relatively easy to find new music. You simply turned on the radio and listened until you found something you liked. Everyone was fixed onto the same monoculture. Nowadays, One Direction kiddiepop aside, the culture has fragmented into a million tiny microreleases – and who has the time to trawl through the archives to find something good? Well, never fear, for your intrepid reporter has gathered up a few recently-released gems for the discerning ear.
“Shootings aren’t nearly as common now, as the criminals know how to use the criminal justice system against their victims. But then again, who wants to end up in a Russian prison?”
When you hear the phrase “real estate” you don’t commonly think “thriller plot.” Yet in Moscow, where prices are high, lawlessness in the private sector is rife, and the police are frequently too overwhelmed to pay any attention to what’s going on in the property market, any real estate deal could potentially land one in a situation more akin to an episode of “Law & Order.”
In order to discuss just how bizarre the so-called real estate scene around here truly is, I sat down with a glamorous woman whom I’ll call Alina – she is a real estate agent and, as she says it herself, “one of the good guys.”
In the week following the George Zimmerman verdict, a stream of articles were published comparing the targeting of young, Black men and the policing of Black communities to the targeting of young, Arab men in combat zones and Barack Obama’s [...]
In the week following the George Zimmerman verdict, a stream of articles were published comparing the targeting of young, Black men and the policing of Black communities to the targeting of young, Arab men in combat zones and Barack Obama’s drone war. In particular, these columnists compared Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old Black boy who was fatally shot by George Zimmerman almost two years ago to Abdulrahman Al-Aulaqi, the 16-year-old Yemeni-American teenager who was killed by a drone strike in Yemen around the same time.
Without a freeze on settlement expansion, there is no hope for lasting peace.
On Friday, US Secretary of State John Kerry announced that Israeli and Palestinian leaders had agreed for the first time in three years to meet for “Peace Talks” in Washington, DC.
“I am pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement that establishes a basis for resuming direct final status negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis. This is a significant and welcome step forward. We know that the challenges require some very tough choices in the days ahead. Today, however, I am hopeful,” he announced in Amman on Friday
If everything goes according to plan, Israeli chief negotiator Tzipi Livni and her Palestinian counterpart, Saeb Erekat will travel to Washington, DC as early as next week to begin the talks.
Orphan Black is asking some important questions that are becoming especially pressing in an era when cloning and other reproductive technologies are real logistical possibilities tangled in their own legal and ethical web.
Ever feel like you’re having difficulty keeping characters straight? That could have been a problem in Orphan Black, a new BBC America scripted series based on the premise that a set of cloned women are being hunted down and killed, except that despite the fact that all the characters look the same, they’re rather distinctive. Thankfully. Because I don’t know about you, but I have enough trouble telling the often bland characters of current television apart when they look different, and when I heard the premise for Orphan Black, I started to sweat bullets at the very thought of managing everyone in my head.
Hunkered down with the living dead scraping at the door Brad Pitt’s Gerry Lane states, “Movement is life.” For over a decade that’s exactly what the Zombie genre has been doing, moving relentlessly forward, shoving a broken mirror right up [...]
Hunkered down with the living dead scraping at the door Brad Pitt’s Gerry Lane states, “Movement is life.” For over a decade that’s exactly what the Zombie genre has been doing, moving relentlessly forward, shoving a broken mirror right up to the bloody face of American society, replacing the Western as its barometer.
When important media outlets such as CNN sympathize openly with the rapists, it is about time we as a society begin to think about what is wrong with us. That is precisely what occurred recently in the United States with [...]
When important media outlets such as CNN sympathize openly with the rapists, it is about time we as a society begin to think about what is wrong with us. That is precisely what occurred recently in the United States with the high-profile Steubenville football rape case.
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