Meet Marnie Stern's dog, Fig, and Discover the World According to Frank Ocean Tweets

Marnie Stern. This week, you can meet her dog, Fig.
Hunker down with our favorite music stories of the week while Nemo blows through. Best of luck to youuuuuuuuus.

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Our "Win A Date With Marnie Stern" Application

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Hey, boys, check out this press release: Marnie Stern's on the market!

WIN A RELEASE DATE DATE! Win An All-Expenses Paid Date With Marnie Stern On The Day of Her Album Release: March 19

Hipster guys, are you tired of seeing Marnie Stern have relationships with an endless array of losers and bores? Don't you think a guitarist as great as Marnie should have someone special to watch Law and Order SVU with? Do you enjoy petting dogs while eating chicken wings? And honestly, don't you think a nice, positively cute, 30-something Jewish girl should meet the man of her dreams? We sure do!

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Rob Harvilla's Top 10 Albums Of 2010

Naturally, this dude is involved
Distilling a full year of furtive, easily distracted, constantly overwhelmed listening down to a mere 10 albums is a ridiculous, agonizing, thoroughly loathsome undertaking, and yet here we all are, pulling nine fully formed sonic universes together and capping it off with My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, because that's what we all did in 2010. Try Warpaint's morose "Undertow" when you want to feel sorry for yourself, Sleigh Bells' spectacularly violent "Straight A's" when you want to feel sorry for whoever you're about to punch in the face, and the morosely spectacular "Runaway" when you want to feel sorry for, well, Kanye. This was my year, with all the distractions finally, mercifully filtered out.

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Zach Baron's Top 10 Singles of 2010

Rich aliens, rich alienation. Still via
With sincere apologies to Chuck Eddy, my two favorite records of the year also produced my two favorite singles: funny how that happens. And though ten songs increasingly feels like about forty too few, especially when Dr. Luke is working, nothing was knocking "Runaway" off this list. What can I say? Been waiting fifteen years for rap to get this emo and for emo to get this rap. As for the rest of it, well, as Sean Fennessey noted in this space last week, most of these songs are ignorant as hell. The rest are about love. I'm not proud:

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Was 2010 The Best Year For Music Ever? The Final Chapter: Katy Perry Is A Bad Feminist But We Are All Vulnerable Somehow

This has been Sound of the City's year-in-review rock-critic roundtable, an amiable ongoing conversation between five prominent Voice critics: Rob Harvilla, Zach Baron, Sean Fennessey, Maura Johnston, and Rich Juzwiak. We're sad to see it go.

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Sleigh Bells frontlady Alexis Krauss, you deserved your own Dr. Luke co-write this year. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.
My friends.

What might I be sick of 12 months from now? Rich, are you teeing up that "I Hate Katy Perry" piece that Rob was agitating for a few days ago? Even if you're not, let me (briefly) take the bait. To me, the Christian singer-turned-Betty Boopster is a shining example of how pop feminism has pretty much failed -- her career arc since "I Kissed A Girl" first blessed my ears a mere 19 months ago reminds me more than anything of those sex bloggers who decide to settle down and blog about their husbands and/or their offspring, and who are adamantly "MY LIFE CHOICES ARE THE BEST LIFE CHOICES" about every decision they make. She's kissing girls... but waking up with a boyfriend in the video where she bleats about her exploits! She's subjecting her cleavage to meek little Elmo... then telling anyone who'll listen that her husband's last name will take the place of her own! She's singing an empowerment anthem about being a California gurl [sic, RIP Alex]... but the perpetually leering Snoop Dogg is the song's true star! I could go on.

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The Best Local Music Of 2010: Our Annual Mixtape Starring Sweet Bulbs, Marnie Stern, Sharon Van Etten, and Special Guest Hannibal Buress

Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. This is a compilation of 2010's best local music, lovingly curated by YIMBY columnist Christopher R. Weingarten. See last year's tape here.

R.I.P. Chris Weingarten's old blue trucker hat. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.
Have you heard the one about how the recession is over? Uh, don't tell it to New York City's musical community. While our center-of-the-universe assembly line of hype puttered on unabated, 2010's biggest up-and-comer success stories were actually beamed from the outer limits of the five boroughs--Titus Andronicus (Glen Rock, NJ), Screaming Females (New Brunswick, NJ), Phantogram (Saratoga Springs, NY), Real Estate (Ridgewood, NJ)--places where money can go to tour vans instead of landlords, where musicians aren't paying $400 a month for the luxury of sharing a practice space with three other bands. The remaining New York City indie-crossovers all benefited from frugal one-man home-recording set-ups (Oneohtrix Point Never, Matthew Dear), stripped down line-ups (the Drums, Sleigh Bells, Matt & Kim) or simply embracing the idea that sounding mushy is smarter than buying new gear (Small Black).

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CMJ Day Two: Marnie Stern, Dom, Tamaryn, And Lower Dens Kick Off The Stereogun Party At Santos Party House

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"Stereogum!" Pics by Rob, more below.
Marnie Stern/Dom/Tamaryn/Lower Dens
Santos Party House
Wednesday, October 20

Better than: Just sitting at home reading ecstatic Tweets about the whole Phoenix/Daft Punk thing.

So let's toss a few more ribald Marnie Stern exclamations on the pile. #1: "It takes a lot to drive this old, desperate bitch out of bed. Just kidding!" #2: "How many times do I have to say I need a peen in the vagean until someone hits on me?" And #3: "We've got two more, and then Wild Nothings are up. I wish it were Wild Somethings! [Thrusts pelvis repeatedly.]" God bless this girl and her total lack of decorum.

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Announcing the Village Voice/Redeye Distribution 2010 CMJ Day Party, Featuring Marnie Stern, Hooray For Earth, and a Special Secret Guest

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Marnie Stern at the Rock Shop last week. Photo by Harvilla.
Because why not add to the general mayhem that will be sweeping the Lower East Side starting Tuesday of next week? We are pleased to announce the Voice will be teaming with Redeye Distribution to sponsor CMJ day party this year, featuring none other than our pal, role model, and foul-mouthed hero, Marnie Stern, local Magnetic Fields acolytes Hooray for Earth, Calibro 35, Heidi Spencer, PVT, Alessi's Ark, Darren Hanlon, and one pair of very special unannounced guests, whose names we cannot reveal yet, on pain of death. (We can vouch for the fact that they are actually special though.) Friday, October 22, Bowery Electric, 12 p.m.-6 p.m., free, no badges necessary. Set times and more info, right here:

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Live: Marnie Stern Works Blue At The Rock Shop

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A brief interlude between dirty jokes. Pics by Rob, more below.
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The Rock Shop
Tuesday, October 5

Better than: Most Sarah Silverman routines

Marnie Stern talks about vaginas a lot. Maybe you knew this. Tonight we are celebrating the release of her pretty great new album (self-titled, her third), but this is not up for discussion. Instead, she touts her new blog (the "Vagina Monoblogue"), compares a pleasant sensation to "when the vagina rubs against the soft sheets," asks us whether two pounds of wings or "a Big Mac and McNuggets" are worse for you (she had the latter, her bassist the former), uses the word redonk, is referred to by said bassist as both "diva with a little d" and "John Cougar Mellencamp" when she flirts shamelessly with the 23-year-old soundman, asks her drummer whether one can get "a callus on the vajean," and muses as to whether she could conceivably trick Courtney Love into drinking her urine.

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A Brief Catalog of All the Other Musicians Marnie Stern Has Dissed

Marnie Stern will cut you. Photo by David Torch.
Local guitar wizard Marnie Stern is making a wonderful bid right now to become the Kanye West of indie-rock--she's cocky but shy, confident but self-deprecating, and more musically savvy than she gets credit for, even as she constantly pays homage to her influences and collaborators (such as Hella's Zach Hill) for her increasingly sophisticated sound. Like Kanye, she has a record coming out--due next month on Kill Rock Stars--and like Kanye, she's been in trouble lately for airing her often underwhelmed opinions of her peers in public. But honesty is one of the things Stern excels at, and her latest round of press in advance of her third LP has been a clinic in how artists become more compelling as they speak more bluntly about their life and work. Today, she was interviewed by Pitchfork's Ryan Dombal, and there continued a burgeoning trend of waxing undiplomatically about musicians in the game she doesn't entirely respect. Such as:

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