When Amy Winehouse passed away after a long battle with drug and alcohol addiction, there was an understandable fear that the circumstances surrounding her death would overshadow the talent she had in life. But the response from fans and many critics to Lioness: Hidden Treasures, her posthumous album, out today, suggests we have nothing to worry about. Recorded over the course of her career, many of these tracks are remastered versions of old favorites, like “Valerie” and “Tears Dry On Their Own.” But there are also a few new tunes, like a gorgeous cover of “Our Day Will Come” and a collaboration with rapper Nas called “Like Smoke.” While Lionessisn’t the Winehouse album we would have gotten if she was still with us today, the craving that remains for Amy’s music above all else is proof that her true legacy lives on. [$9.99, Amazon]
Can you imagine the fighting that would have erupted on their walls as family members tossed insults around? “Unhand my daughter, Romeo, or I shall report thee to Mark Zuckerberg and cast a pox upon thine profile!” Ha. [Random Factory]
You know what I kind of hate? Stuff. Sitting there, requiring dusting, storage, packing when I move. Getting rid of unwanted, unbeautiful things is practically a hobby of mine. Do you still want that gold unicorn figurine? Because I really want to donate it to Goodwill so I don’t have to look at it anymore.
And Christmastime is the season of stuff. We all receive mountains of random crap from those ridiculous office Secret Santas, shirt-tail relatives and well-intentioned others. A framed print of dogs playing poker for the art snob! Cheese and meat trays for the vegetarian! Jingly, jangly earrings for the un-pierced! So, let’s save ourselves some embarrassment, a bit of wrapping paper and a trip to the returns counter and give the lovelies in our lives some consumable, usable non-stuff this year. Here are 10 to get you started… Keep reading »
Hibernation season has begun! The long, dark, cold nights of winter are here. (Shut up, Southern California.) And besides, you’re too broke to go out, anyway. What’s a girl to do? Curl up with your oldest and dearest friend, the boob tube. Thankfully all your favorite trashy TV shows — and a couple higher-quality ones (not that we watch those) — are coming back midseason. A schedule of all the shows you won’t want to miss, after the jump! Keep reading »