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Russian pop experimentalist Kate NV had her video voted the #1 best music video of May by Pitchfork.
“People here usually say to me: you are different than we thought and from the way American people are shown on TV. And I am happy.”
– Sean Quirk, an American who has been living in Tuva, Siberia for almost 20 years, and knowns the Tuvan language better than Russian
Music soothes the plague-bothered soul. Here are some recent tracks worth listening to.
There will surely be some great April Fools' news items this week. These, however, are some that we wish were jokes.
“This is war. The enemy is invisible, but some lines of the front are clear. Today's difficulties, of course, are far from the horrors known to our history, and that includes the Blockade. That was much worse than today, and scarier.... The noble experience and mysticism of the besieged Hermitage remains with us always and serves as an example.”
- General Director of the State Hermitage Museum Mikhail Piotrovsky, in a Facebook post on how the Hermitage is dealing with the coronavirus pandemic
In this week's Odder News: Putin's smartphone habits, Russian homophones make a headache for the police, and a coronavirus serenade.
Reviews of a history of punk rock and a novel about a not very likeable woman.
In this week's Odder News, regions work on ethnic villages, presidents get songs written about them, and coronavirus countermeasures take a surprising twist.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Yanka Dyagileva’s punk rock album Anhedonia, the greatest monument to perestroika that you’ve never heard of.
In this issue's language learning page, we consider Russian songs about trees.
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