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It's hall in a days work as Leslie takes time out to show us around her hometown of Ames, Iowa. "GOOD MORNING! I'm so happy to see you show up at my house for a museum tour.  The mobile Museum is behind my house, I can promise free admission but I can't promise that I'll be dressed or not be gas-y.""To stay in shape, I find bicycles to be the easiest non-sweaty way to burn lower leg calories.  This mud pile is a hole my dad dug up ... Read More
The Thermals (a band I had to all but arm wrestle my editor to let me include in the music section for the Oct/Nov issue) released a video for the first single from their upcoming album Personal Life. The song is called "I Don't Believe You," and it features Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney guitarist and KRS label mate) running around in some leisure wear. That's really all there is to say on the matter, other than the fact that sometimes it really does seem like ... Read More
  For one night only Leslie and the Lys took over the Des Moines Social Club by pushing back all the tables and chairs and creating the ultimate dance party. With lessons and games and DJ Mona Bones on the decks, nobody went home without getting up on the dance floor.  The following is the photographic proof with captions by Leslie Hall. "This crew I would consider top tier providers of lovely-ness. When they show up they have style class and a pinch of ... Read More
   Okay, so this Sunday he's celebrating his 90th birthday. And okay, so this is not the first song to lionize a specific writer or even just being a writer, but dude. Dude. Rachel Bloom is adorbs, you can't get it out of your head once it worms its way in there, and really, you can totally dance to it. I give it a Fahrenheit 69.   You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this ... Read More
After several years of applying for Iowa's state fair, Leslie Hall was finally granted her childhood dream come true . With weeks of preparation which included rehearsals, new videos, and the construction of massive state fair specific props , Leslie  and the Lys set the stage at 9am on a Tuesday in the pouring rain! However, this didn't stop her and the Lys from giving the crowd of early risers their all.  Proving yet again Mother Gem is a true ... Read More
Why walk together when you can rock together?  Such must have been the mentality of lovebirds-turned-songbirds Jenny and Johnny. Jenny and Johnny is the musical pairing of indie rock queen, Jenny Lewis, and her equally talented beau Johnathan Rice. The couple met back in 2005 through Bright Eyes front-man Connor Oberst and have been inseparable ever since--Rice joining Lewis’ tour in 2006 for the release of her debut solo album Rabbit Fur Coat. Jenny and ... Read More

Blame Degrassi

BY Emilie Branch in Music Stuff |

  Before R&B sensation Drake or “Dizzy Drake”, was in with the Young Money crew he had a leading role in Degrassi as character Jimmy Brooks. Jimmy gets broken up with repeatedly and literally shot in the back, which results in his being confined to a wheelchair. Though he overcomes adversity and discovers his musical talent through this disability, he still gets his heart broken a third time. Maybe it’s this Degrassi baggage ... Read More
  Need a portal to glamour? Look no further. I'm on my way to Iowa to join up with Leslie and the Lys on a short midwest tour. The kick off is to occur at the Iowa State Fair, Leslie Hall's childhood dream come true! I've been photographing Leslie Hall for nearly four years so check the Bust blog all week for the insider saga that is about to ... Read More
I know that recently I posted No Doubt's Excuse Me, Mr. and said that it was my "gettin' pumped" song, but I have a confession to make. It's not the only one. *gasp!* Alas, it is true, I don't work out, but I have almost a constant mental list of songs that get me geared up for the day. My life's been feeling a little lackluster as of late ("WHAT AM I DOING WHERE AM I GOING WHAT THE HELL IS HAPPENING AHHHHHH"), and so, when I find myself in times of trouble, my ... Read More
The much beloved indie/weirdo band Animal Collective has paired up with director Danny Perez for a visual album called Oddsac. What this project proves, at least to me while watching it wide-eyed on a Sunday afternoon, is that if you hand a group of boys a video camera, they will make something that's all about egg pods and slimy mutants with worm heads.  Oddsac comes in a paperback sized package, complete with a hard bound picture book that is cryptic, and ... Read More