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10 Reasons to Listen to Lou Reed’s ‘Metal Machine Music’ Right Now

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Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music is 40 years old this month, and an album that was largely met with bewilderment and hostility on its release is… well, it’s kind of a perfect soundtrack for this day and age, isn’t it? People have been saying that the record was ahead of its time for years, but on a gloomy, muggy summer’s day in the downswing of late capitalism, it seems timelier than ever. Not convinced that today is the day to listen to four 16-minute suites of shrieking feedback and ear-melting noise? Here are ten good reasons why you absolutely should.
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No Music Tuesday: What Listeners Should Expect From the New Friday Album Street Date

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For the first time in 26 years, it’s a Tuesday and there are no new albums out in America. Starting this week, the record industry is shifting to a Friday release date around the globe. It’s a move intended to reflect our increasingly digital music space: by releasing albums on the same day worldwide, the thought is that there will be less international piracy happening among music fans who just can’t stand to think that some other part of the world can buy some new album a few days before them.
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50 of the Greatest Summer Reads of All Time

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Summer reading lists: everyone’s got ’em. But what makes an ideal summer read? It sort of depends on who you are and what you’re doing, but here are a few suggestions: something light, something funny, something sun-drenched and atmospheric, something to travel with, something that will hold your attention no matter what’s going on around you, something exciting — but still literary.
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Advice Columnist Amy Dickinson Unknowingly Counseled Johnny from ‘The Room’

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Since 2003, through her syndicated advice column, Amy Dickinson has offered up words of wisdom to just about every type of person in crisis. Unbeknownst to Dickinson, that recently included Johnny from The Room. On July 4th, Ask Amy ran a column with the headline, “Don’t turn dysfunctional relationship into marriage,” and it turns out said dysfunctional relationship was the famous web of lies between a certain Johnny and his deceitful fiancé, Lisa from Tommy Wiseau’s canonical midnight film.
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Michael Eisner’s “Beautiful Women Aren’t Funny” Comment Reveals the Old-Fashioned, Straightforward Nature of Hollywood Sexism

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From my position, the hardest artist to find is a beautiful, funny woman. By far. They usually — boy am I going to get in trouble, I know this goes online — but usually, unbelievably beautiful women, you being an exception, are not funny.

Thus, presciently, spoke Michael Eisner, former Disney CEO, at a panel with the stunning and hilarious Goldie Hawn, of all people. There, beside the living, breathing, contradiction to all his basic assumptions, Eisner covered his tracks by declaring her to be simply “an exception.”
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Vintage Photos of Patriotic July 4th Pinups

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Nothing says the birth of the United States as an independent nation like vintage bathing beauties posing with oversized phalluses firecrackers. Happy July 4th, America! We’re celebrating with a slice of cheesecake from these historical hotties — including a few famous names like Jayne Mansfield, Marilyn Monroe, and Ava Gardner. These beachy pinups, adored by G.I.s during wartime, are sure to put you in a patriotic mood.
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The Peas Are Present: Links You Need to See

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The New York Times got on the Internet’s bad side today with what people took as a particularly unforgivable bit of blasphemy: the tweeted suggestion that peas should be put in guacamole, based on an ABC Cocina recipe that the paper had actually published back in 2013. As The Guardian noted, “the mockamole of ‘pea-gate’ quickly escalated to a bipartisan political platform,” with Jeb Bush, the Texas Republican Party and Barack Obama all weighing in. Since the initial outrage, some brave, selfless individuals have spoken out in the recipe’s defense. 
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Amy Winehouse Documentary Confronts the Reality of Art Spawned from Self-Destruction

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The autobiographical lyrics of Amy Winehouse’s biggest hit, “Rehab,” are downright chilling in the wake of her 2011 death by alcohol poisoning. At the time of its release in late 2006, Winehouse wasn’t a big star in America, but by vividly celebrating her vices in song, Amy quickly became one of pop’s tortured greats. The line that should make your gut churn — “And if my daddy thinks I’m fine…” — alludes to Mitch Winehouse brushing off his daughter’s condition in 2005 when then-manager Nick Shymansky and others close to Amy tried to get her into rehab. The situation invites nagging “ifs,” which sit at the center of Asif Kapadia’s unflinching documentary Amy, opening in select theaters this Friday and in wide release next week.
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