Here, Listen to Some Good Music. {Playlist}

I recently took over as the Music Editor of BUST Magazine, which is proving to be an amazing gig! Today I posted an interview I got to do with Orenda Fink about her new album; we talked about Jungian dream therapy, sexism she faced in Azure Ray, and what losing her dog taught her. It was one of my favorite interviews that I’ve ever done and actually made me cry, which was extremely professional.

The only downside to this job is that I hear way too much good music for us to ever be able to cover.

I know. That is not an actual problem.

The point is, I’ll be sharing some tunes. In no particular order, here are some things I’ve been listening to this week:

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Reductress: Teens in Crisis: Are Feathered Earrings Giving Your Daughter Bird Mites?


The threat of contracting bird mites has risen in recent years as feathers have become fashionable jewelry and hair accessories. Teen style blogger Jenni Jaye confirms: “It’s all about the feaths. It’s like a very Native American, Coachella moment right now, and literally every girl is dangling her feathered accessories into a chicken coop or cardinal’s nest trying to snag some sick accessories.”

Teens in Crisis: Are Feathered Earrings Giving Your Daughter Bird Mites? (Reductress)

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“I Think I’m Going To Be Sick:” The Real Housewives of New York City, Season 6, Episode 20


And so it all ends here.

What was this season? Was it the worst Housewives season ever? The fakest? The dullest? The death knell for the entire Housewives empire?

As a finale, this one fell pretty flat for me. And that’s saying something considering someone threw her fake leg across the room. Even that gesture rang hollow to me. (I’m sorry, I couldn’t resist.)

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Reductress: Quiz: Is Tracey Mad At You?


1. Has Tracey been weird to you lately?

a. Kind of? Um yeah. Deffffinitely. But I’m not sure if it’s about me?
b. Maybe. I can’t tell.
c. Nah! I mean, I don’t think so. No? Wait, maybe.

Quiz: Is Tracey Mad At You? (Reductress)

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“It Feels Good To Cry:” The Real Housewives of New York City, Season 6, Episode 19

I bet Heather was a great bridesmaid.
I bet Heather makes a great bridesmaid.

I’m baaack! I’m sorry I had to abandon you for the last two episodes, but I’ll be honest: they put me into a deep slumber for two weeks and I’m only just waking up. What’s happening? Who am I? Who are all of these people pretending to be friends?

It’s hard to believe that we’re closing in on the end of this season and yet so little has happened. It’s been an odd, disjointed season, no? It got off to such a great start with the authentic batshit crazy of #BookGate but it feels like it’s been struggling to pick up momentum ever since. And we’ve barely even seen Heather.

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Reductress: How To Hire An Assistant Who Won’t Betray You And Steal Your Identity


“Remember to avoid the SHAYs: Smart, Hot, Ambitious and Younger­than­you’s. These qualities are almost always a deadly combination found in women who want to destroy you for their own gain. Instead, look for PLODs: Plain, Lazy, Old, and Dumb. There’s little chance they’ll repurpose your ideas as their own to gain visibility. How could they? They don’t even understand what the company does. Hell, they can barely read. And they can’t steal your man if they don’t fit into your clothes!”

How To Hire An Assistant Who Won’t Betray You And Steal Your Identity (Reductress)

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#MyYOLO: I Faced Sexism In a Colonial Village

colonialwoman2I never thought I would be treated differently for my gender in 2014, until I played a character living in 1795. Stephensonville Colony is a restored colonial village where actors bring history to life. I was employed as a character there for the longest six months of my life. Working there, I felt like women’s rights were set back at least 50 years!

As a new drama BFA with a minor in history, I thought Stephensonville would be the perfect place to share my craft and mastery of an old-timey British “ahck-sent” (lol!). It turned out that it was just a ploy for men to control me. From the moment I was hired at Stephensonville, I was told what to wear, where to go, and what to say when a visitor pointed out the fire extinguisher in the stables (”GET OUT”).

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