30 Years of Music: 2006

My favorite releases for 2006 seem to alternate between the All-Time Favorites I am constantly trying to shove into your hands, and the lovely gems that I keep meaning to own”¦ after which I will then metaphorically foist upon you like the rest. Let’s get to it!

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Women of the Weird: Ebony Bones

While you are wondering what you will do after Lady Gaga’s climatic death, Ebony Bones is owning it. People have tried to pinpoint a label for her music, but from afropunk to electrofunk, I can only describe it as indescribable. Bones is not the regular kind of artist, and I use artist in the strictest sense here. While a lot of people are complaining about the outrageous costumes women are wearing nowadays to get attention, Bones is coming from a long tradition of musicians who have included fashion in their art. From Grace Jones to Bjork, Bones is stepping out in her own style and she’s no poser. Read More Women of the Weird: Ebony Bones

Why Do We Hate Addicts?

After the death of Amy Winehouse this past weekend, I read an article by Russell Brand, posted on his personal website, that really spoke to me. A former addict himself, Brand traveled in the same circles as Winehouse and knew all too well the cycle of addiction that she suffered from and how the fame machine could chew up and spit out an already-vulnerable person. Read More Why Do We Hate Addicts?

What Kind of F***ery is This?

Picture it: Charlotte, North Carolina. The median years in the first decade of the new millennium. Young and eager, I sit in a conference room with mismatched office chairs in various degrees of hard plastic. It’s the yearly newspaper brainstorming session, and ideas for cover stories and articles are ricocheting about the table. “What about … ” a voice says from the sidelines, “a story on gold-diggers? There are SO many of them trying to steal our boys. I see them. I know them.” Read More What Kind of F***ery is This?