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It turns out that Portlandia star Fred Armisen has an excellent Ira Glass impression in his arsenal of celebrity impersonations. Armisen delivered his best Ira Glass act on Glass's own NPR show, This American Life. The impression is also featured in a web exclusive out from NBC. Armisen's portrayal of Glass was scripted into a "Weekend Update" segment on SNL, but nixed after the audience didn't find it funny enough. Be sure to check out the video, as ... Read More
The linguistic phenomenon of “creaky voice” has been well documented and, one would have thought, sufficiently argued about. If you’ve spent any time on a college campus in the past decade, or have even found yourself in the presence of young women in that time, you’re probably very familiar with what is called “vocal fry”. It’s that speech pattern, most evident in young women, that involves letting the ends of phrases ride ... Read More
On NPR's "The Takeaway" this morning, BUST's Managing Editor Emily Rems remembered the groundbreaking subversiveness of legendary funny lady Phyllis Diller. The comedy icon, known for her self-deprecating humor, died yesterday, leaving behind a sassy legacy for today's lady comics. Listen to the full segment here, or below! {audio}http://www.thetakeaway.org/audio/m3u/231605/{/audio}   Photo credit: ... Read More
When I was younger, I lasted in my local chapter of the girl scouts for a whole two weeks before I quit. In that time frame I never got any cool patches or anything, but I did get to sell and eat lots of those delicious thin mint and coconut-y cookies. And although all of the women who ran my sect of the girl scouts were extremely pretentious, I’ve always secretly found scout culture interesting. Wes Anderson’s new movie, Moonrise Kingdom, follows the ... Read More
To say that there’s been cultural debate about HBO’s Girls would be a major understatement. Journalists, TV critics, and bloggers alike have all put in their two cents about its shortcomings–its apparent lack of racial and ethnic diversity in particular. Girls, which is written (and directed and produced) Lena Dunham, focuses on the lives of four close twenty-something friends as they live and attempt to make their way in New York City. Those ... Read More
Since Best Coast debuted the first single, “The Only Place,” from their new album (also named The Only Place), I have been impatiently awaiting the full album (as in, listening to the single, non-stop, on repeat, for days on end). Like 2010’s Crazy For You, the new album puts Bethany Cosentino's sentimental and direct lyrics against a backdrop of waves and sun. And, thankfully, NPR’s First Listen is now streaming the whole album ... Read More
Heralded as one of the top bands to watch of 2012, you could say that the Alabama Shakes are under a fair bit of pressure with their highly anticipated freshman album, Boys & Girls. Set to release internationally April 9, NPR started streaming the entire album on their website, and folks, it does not disappoint in the slightest. Their tracks tend be on the shorter side, but what they lack in length they more than make up for in sheer raw power. And a key ... Read More
In case y’all Liz Lemon-lovers haven’t been keepin’ up with your Twitter feed, we should explain that 30 Rock has been receiving a helluva lot of flack this season. The critics say that Liz is more frazzled and mean; has become infantile and has an unhealthy father-daughter relationship with Jack; is turning into Homer Simpson; is too much of a bitch to her writers; is an idiot; is just not quirky enough. Perhaps you agree with these gripes, but ... Read More
If you're anything like me, you love cats and NPR, (and you need to quit jocking my swag because cats and NPR are/have always been my thing…) so listen up because you're going to enjoy this. Shanthony Exum, better known as Miss Eaves, is currently writing six songs in as many weeks. She's asking fans to vote on the topic of each song on her Facebook.   Last week she brought us this gem about cats: You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this ... Read More
Our lovely Emily Rems, joined by Entertainment Weekly editor-in-large Ken Tucker and Queen biographer Mark Blake debate whether Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" is ingenious… or just indulgent on  NPR's Soundcheck Smackdown. I personally think this song is inspirational, beautiful, the perfect song to wail along with while vaguely intoxicated on public transportation, (when you don't care that people are staring atchoo.) If it's good enough for Garth ... Read More
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