Choice Quote: Rectify

“Everything out here is just so complicated and there’s so much pain and hate. And I think I might be too broken.”
–Daniel Holden

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Gramercy Arms: music review

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Gramercy Arms sounds like a Melrose Place-like apartment complex, the apartments enclose [or surround or encompass or overlook?] a pool. Sorta motel-style. Everyone hangs out. Gramercy Arms is a revolving NYC-based collective of musicians and artists established by vocalist/ guitarist Dave Denby and musicians Kevin March (drums), Rainy Orteca (bass) and Sean Eden (guitar).

In the vibe of Melrose Place, well-known indie artists drop by to create songs with them over the course of five years. The artists include: Lloyd Cole; Matthew Caws [Nada Surf]; Claudia Gonson [Magnetic Fields]; Tanya Donelly [Belly, Throwing Muses]; Hilken Mancini [The Monsieurs, the Count Me Outs, Fuzzy]; Kay Hanley; Peter Hess [TV on the Radio, The Hold Steady]; Verena Wiesendanger [Nous Non Plus, Semi Gloss] and Eleanor Norton [Elton John, Kanye West].

These collaborations resulted in a collection of laid-back, eclectic pop songs. “Winterlight” is a truly upbeat, catchy song. “The Night is Your Only Friend” is bluesy, soulful and piano-tinged [with haunting backing vocals by Kay Hanley]. Strings propel the wistful “Playing with Fire.” and the 70s retro “Yours Truly.” Beautiful, emotional songs with intriguing arrangements. “The Seasons of Love” is a stunning, rich swirly concoction with horns and the muted, gravelly backing vocals of Tanya Donelly, Verena Wiesendanger, Kendall Meade [Helium, Sparklehorse], Hilken Mancini and Sandy Smallens [Too Much Joy]. “Thin,” an exploration on truth and facades, is another masterful track where Denby’s moody vocals mesh exquisitely with the delicate, soothing vocals of Meade and Mancini.

The Seasons of Love
Reveal Records
Out now.

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Choice Quotes: Men on FEMINISM

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“all men should be feminists. If men care about women’s rights the world will be a better place. We are better off when women are empowered – it leads to a better society.”
–John Legend

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“I do call myself a feminist. Absolutely! It’s worth paying attention to the roles that are sot of dictated to us and we don’t have to fit into those roles.”

“My mom brought me up to be a feminist. She was active in the movement in the 60s and 70s. The Hollywood movie industry has come a long way since its past – It certainly has a bad history of sexism, but it isn’t all the way yet. It’s important to acknowledge that there’s a lot of patriarchy and sexism in mainstream movies.”
–Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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“I’m attracted to films that have strong female characters because there are strong female characters in my life.
–Ryan Gosling

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“Women are responsible for two thirds of the work done worldwide, yet earn only 10% of the total income and own 1% of the property…So, are we equals? Until the answer is yes, we must never stop asking.”
–Daniel Craig

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“I’m usually good about my temper, but all these men trying to control women’s bodies are really beginning to piss me off.”
–Eddie Vedder

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Field Mouse: music review

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Fitting for the album to open with “A Place You Return to in a Dream” because there’s a cool, effusive fuzzy guitar hook and then the entire album proceeds to put you in a blissful reverie state. Dreamy pop that I play again and again. It’s easy to get caught up in the mesmerizing shoegazing hazy chords with vocalist/guitarist Rachel Browne’s euphonious blurred vocals woven throughout.

Browne formed Field Mouse in 2010 as a duo with producer/guitarist Andrew Futral then they expanded into a four-piece with the addition of bassist Saysha Heinzman and drummer Tim McCoy. Field Mouse beautifully infuses edgy hooks with subtler elements. So there’s the darkness and light combination that’s so compelling if you think of bands like Lush, Curve or Swervedriver.

“Tomorrow is Yesterday” has a grooving bass riff. Browne’s vocals sound a bit like Letters to Cleo’s Kay Hanley, sweet yet storied. Staggering edgy guitar, blurrier lilting vocals and a hypnotic melody on “Two Ships.” Speed picks up on “Everyone but You.” This is a talented band creating indie pop deliciousness with near-perfection. Closing track “Water in the Valley” is bittersweet and lulling with guitar feedback. Spot-on. This is one of my favorite albums of the year.

Hold Still Life
Topshelf Records
release date: July 22, 2014

–review by Amy Steele

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IN THE REALM: BEST BOOKS of 2014 [SO FAR]

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The Daring Ladies of Lowell by Kate Alcott
–Lowell mill girls. a murder. riveting historical fiction.

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Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
–heartbreaking exploration on race and identity in the 1970s.

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My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff
–Rakoff makes her memoir about a year working at a literary agency in New York heartwarming, relatable and intriguing through exquisite writing.

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Fallout by Sadie Jones
–fell in love with this book about a group of 20-somethings entangled with the theatre and each other’s lives in 1970s London.

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Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
–stunning re-telling of a fairytale and examination of race.

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Visible City by Tova Mirvis
–cool writing, intriguing premise. reflection on connectivity, relationships and urban dwelling.

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Pioneer Girl by Bich Minh Nguyen
–another wonderful novel about race. this time a young woman’s connection to Laura Ingalls Wilder via Vietnam.

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Cured by Nathalia Holt
–Berlin patients. painstakingly researched and explained.

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Fallen Beauty by Erika Robuck
–Robuck imagines the connection between poet Edna St. Vincent Millay and a seamstress in her small town. Robuck conducted impeccable research and allowed Millay’s vibrant spirit, sensuality and creative force to come forth on the page.

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IN THE REALM: BEST MUSIC of 2014 [so far]

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Field Mouse, Hold Still Life
–dreamy pop that I play over and over.

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Morrissey, World Peace is None of Your Business
–every word. every note. every sentiment. all in.

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Lykke Li, I Never Learn
–beautiful, thoughtful.

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Beck, Morning Phase
–I’m into mellow Beck.

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Damon Albarn, Everyday Robots
–I’ve adored every Damon Albarn project since I discovered Blur. this one’s personal and quite lovely.

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Lana Del Rey, Ultraviolence
–didn’t expect to like this. what a talent. soulful, bluesy folk.

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Jack White, Lazaretto
–intriguing, sexy. amazing arrangements.

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Chrissie Hynde, Stockholm
–not even a Pretenders fan and this is aces. potent vocals. kicky beat.

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Dum Dum Girls, Too True
–dark gorgeousness.

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Shonen Knife, Overdrive
–energetic fun.

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Megafauna, Maximalist
–unique, edgy garage-rock.

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Snowbird, Moon
–swirly, magical.

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a primer: Project Runway Season 13

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The gang is back: host Heidi Klum, mentor Tim Gunn and judges Nina Garcia (Marie Claire) and designer Zac Posen. This season, fans got to vote through Instagram on the one past designer they wanted to see compete again. Fans voted through Instagram for either Ken Laurence (Season 12), Alexander Pope (Season 12) or Amanda Valentine (Season 11). The winning designer will be revealed in the premiere episode and will be competing against 18 Project Runway newbies.

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The Project Runway Season 13 Designers:

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Alexander Knox, 22
Hometown: Chicago
Resides in: Chicago

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Angela Sum, 32
Hometown: Toronto
Resides in: Los Angeles

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Carrie Sleutskaya, 24
Hometown: San Diego
Resides in: Los Angeles

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Charketa Glover, 37
Hometown: Detroit
Resides in: Detroit

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Emily Payne, 40
Hometown: Temple, Texas
Resides in: San Francisco

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Emmanuel Tobias, 29
Hometown: Dallas
Resides in: Dallas

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Fade zu grau, 45
Hometown: Coral Gables, Fla.
Resides in: Coral Gables, Fla.

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Hernan Lander, 33
Hometown: San Francisco De Macoris, Dominican Republic
Resides in: New York

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Jefferson Musanda, 25
Hometown: Lynn, Mass.
Resides in: Brooklyn

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Kiniokahokula Zamora, 30
Hometown: Kapolei, HI
Resides in: Honolulu, HI

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Korina Emmerich, 28
Hometown: Eugene, Ore.
Resides in: Brooklyn

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Kristine Guico, 26
Hometown: Naperville, Ill.
Resides in: Brooklyn

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Mitchell Perry, 25
Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.
Resides in: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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Nzinga Knight, 33
Hometown: Brooklyn
Resides in: Brooklyn

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Samantha Plasencia, 27
Hometown: San Antonio
Resides in: San Antonio

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Sandhya Garg, 28
Hometown: Birmingham, Ala.
Resides in: Birmingham, Ala.

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Sean Kelly, 25
Hometown: Wellington, New Zealand
Resides in: Brooklyn

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Tim Navarro, 32
Hometown: Rochester, Minn.
Resides in: Minneapolis

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The winner of Project Runway Season 13 will receive: $100,000 from Red Robin to launch their own business, a sewing and crafting studio from Brother International Corporation, an entertainment center from Samsung, car from Lexus and a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine.

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Project Runway Season 13 airs Thursday, July 24 at 9pm ET/PT

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