The Shangs' "Golden Hits" Begs to Be Decoded

The Golden Hits of The Shangs sounds gorgeously anachronistic. It’s the X that marks the spot where lounge music, movie soundtracks, girl groups, Syd Barrett, and The Velvet Underground overlap, and an album that is as current now as it will ever be since there’s no time when it would have made more sense. It’s an album that feels like mirage because it’s hard to be sure if The Shangs ever existed as a conventional band.

The Best on Bowie

[Updated] When I suggested yesterday that many critics and journalists felt David Bowie’s death too strongly to jump in with their strongest stuff right away, it looks like there was something to that. Later Monday and on Tuesday, stronger pieces started to show up, and speaking personally, my own game got a little better.

Kelcy Mae Drops Her Multi-Purpose Merry Christmas Video

In October, we wrote about Kelcy Mae's efforts to crowdsource images of celebration from the LGBTQ community for the video for her new Christmas song, "Christmas with You (Merry Me)." The song she wrote two years ago dramatizes the pressure gay couples feel to spend the holidays apart with their respective families because conventional relationship markers--engaged, married--made it hard for families to respect them in quite the same way that they would accord straight couples.

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