11/27/15 2:52pm

Best Music Writing 11/22 — 11/28

Welcome to the best music writing of the week. This column is not a new idea, but it’s a predictably great one, and no one is currently compiling a list like this. What can you do when someone writes about the music you love (or hate) in such a compelling way that you have nothing left to add? At that point, I’d argue all you can do is direct your audience toward that kind of writing. And since the music coverage here is pretty much a one-woman-show at the moment, there’s obviously going to be things I don’t have time/resources/bandwith to cover. In those cases particularly, I’d love to use this platform to share other people’s great reporting, writing and story-telling. So without further ado, here’s the best music writing from this week. (more…)

11/27/15 9:45am

small business day

Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is Small Business Saturday, a day intended to remind consumers, who are mesmerized by the craze of big sales and markdowns from giant chain stores, to stop and appreciate the local shops that surround their communities. The event was launched nationally by American Express in 2010 to rally behind these small and local businesses that are often forced to close because they can’t compete with big-name brands.


11/26/15 10:51am

Thankful For Feminism Thanksgiving The Ones Who Came Before

Happy Thanksgiving! I was meditating on what I’m most thankful for this year, and while the usual suspects of family, career and friends came to mind, I realized there was something else, something deeper. I realized there is a sea of invisible women who helped buoy me up to the position I’m in today, not professionally, but ideologically. I realized what I’m most thankful for are the women who taught me to be a feminist. (more…)

11/25/15 4:13pm

Charli XCX Documentary Feminism

Charli XCX made a documentary about being a woman in the music industry. Why? Because she’s a boss ass bitch. In conjunction with the BBC, Charli tackles the ever-buzzing topic of “feminism” head-on, outlining her position as a 23-year-old woman, pop star, and songwriter in the industry. Everything she faces as a woman gets a mention, from going braless to armpit hair, her all-female band, how much she can swear in songs, and even the “Bitch Better Have My Money” video! Plus, she gets the perspective of women behind-the-scenes in the business. Watch Charli XCX The F Word and Me below during your post-turkey blissed out coma. (more…)

11/25/15 2:22pm

Erykah Badu But You Caint Use My Phone

UPDATE: Erykah Badu’s new tape is now streaming, and though it sounds like Drake appears on “U Use To Call Me” and later on “What’s Yo Phone Number/Telephone,” Dallas-based blog Central Track reports that it is actually ItsRoutine, an Atlanta rapper who is also known as Aubrey Davis. Which raises the question of which Aubrey she’s referencing when she wrote “this one’s for Aubrey.” Andre 3000 also guests on the tape’s final track “Hello.” Stream the whole tape below and buy it here. (more…)

11/25/15 11:29am


According to popular mythology, Thanksgiving is a time to debate immigration reform at the dinner table with relatives that lean to the right of Lou Dobbs. Or, if you’re like me, the dinner table is just another venue for you to defend your questionable career trajectory and uneventful love life. However, no matter what is discussed at the holiday dinner, one thing is certain, at some course over the holiday weekend, you and your family will run out of things to say to each other. Or, conversely, you will wish your family would run out of things to say to you and welcome any possible distraction to an endless Mobius strip of dialogue. Fortunately, streaming services like Hulu and Netflix were practically invented to fill the lull in a long weekend. (more…)

11/25/15 11:19am
photo via the Comptroller's office

photo via the Comptroller’s office

Hey, what are you doing? Preparing to leave New York and wade right into the current traffic apocalypse in order to get to wherever it is you’re going this holiday weekend? Cool. Us too! And are you preparing to do that via a rental car? Ohmigod, US TOO. Well, guess what? We’re all getting fucked. Cool! (more…)

11/25/15 11:00am
The Broncolada is never a poor choice. (Image courtesy of Donna)

The Broncolada is never a poor choice. (Image courtesy of Donna)

Have you ever heard of decision fatigue? Jeremy Oertel, beverage director at Donna, has.

“Mr. Big from Sex and the City—he wears the same suit every day,” Oertel told me last night at Donna, where a DJ set floats above a surprising number of cocktail drinkers for the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. “‘If I could just take some choices out of my life, I could be less tired by the end of the day,” Mr. Big’s clearly on-point thinking goes, according to Oertel.

Drinkers want the same thing: to try less hard. “By the end of the day, you get to a bar, exhausted already, and your brain is slowing down, and you’re like, ‘I don’t want to make choices. I don’t know what to get,” So, to aid the dulled and over-worked brains of his patrons, Oertel conceived of something quite useful: a drinking map. I tried it after having been up since 5am, plus being sick—the perfect test subject. And the results were fantastic.


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