Retro Recommendations: Here We Go Magic’s Pigeons

Welcome back to Retro Recommendations. This week’s guest contributor is Josh Madell, co-founder of New York City’s Other Music, and he’s got a set of listening suggestions for you based on the new Here We Go Magic release, Pigeons. “The second full-length from Luke Temple’s Here We Go Magic is the first that he has recorded with his five-piece touring band (the debut was home-recorded and multi-tracked all by his lonesome),” explains Madell. “As such, it’s not surprising that there is more immediacy, energy and groove on Pigeons, and these proggy, psychedelic indie-pop songs float by buoyed not just by Temple’s hooky, bell-clear vocal melodies, but also great ensemble playing.” … Read More

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Retro Recommendations: LCD Soundsystem’s This Is Happening vs. Iggy Pop’s The Idiot

Debates over musical influences generally go one of two ways: Either music nerds go overboard tracing historical antecedents for every stray hook, chord progression, and flourish, or hasty critics chalk up one similar moment as proof of all-encompassing inspiration. Still, such discussions bring music fans together as we all get drawn into the excitement of making connections.

Because we’re interested in what musical history has to offer the buzz bands of 2010, Flavorwire is launching a weekly column of retro recommendations based on new music we love. This first week pits LCD Soundsystem’s highly anticipated This Is Happening against Iggy Pop’s 1977 classic The Idiot. Click through to read about the albums, listen to tracks from both, and let us know if you see a resemblance. … Read More

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When to Listen to the New Dead Weather Album

The Dead Weather, Jack White’s third-best band, are pumping up their image as bluesy analog throwbacks with an unusual method of pre-release album streaming for Sea of Cowards. For the next 24 hours on the band’s website you can watch a live camera feed trained on the resolutely spinning new record, with someone popping into the frame every 15 minutes or so to flip sides. There are occasional technical snags; a brief error message simply read “There is some dust on the needle.” Of course, because it’s a constant stream, you also have to listen to the album all the way through or risk hearing cut off versions of the songs.

With a streaming method so intertwined with concepts of time, we’ve gone one step further and attempted to pinpoint the exact best times for listening to the individual songs on the album. Hopefully you’re nocturnal, because something about the sun being up and people walking in the streets doesn’t match up to the misanthropic murder fantasies and violent ideas belched up from the Dead Weather’s grimy underworld. Sea of Cowards isn’t exactly conducive to daylight. Or joy. Or sustained human interaction. … Read More

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The 5 Best Music Videos of the Week

A child cult, dusty oscilloscopes, and an extremely lecherous dinosaur puppet all make an appearance in our roundup of the best music videos of the past week, all of which have absolutely nothing to do with the actual musical or lyrical content of their videos. Still, if Mew want to disappear into some spinning dream machine, The Black Heart Procession want to be pursued by massive rats with red glowing eyes, and the Black Keys want to throw a pool party populated by prehistorics, then who are we to argue with artistic intent? … Read More

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The Saga Continues: Billy Corgan vs. Courtney Love

What a tangled web they weave. After over fifteen years of on-again, off-again, romantic, platonic, and catastrophic relationship strife between Billy Corgan and Courtney Love, Corgan exploded earlier today on his Twitter feed, spewing pure vitriol in Love’s direction. In a quickfire series of tweets that started approximately two hours ago, Corgan fired shots at Love’s artistic ability, her facilities as a parent and decent human being, and musical credibility without him or Kurt Cobain to latch onto. It’s pretty vicious, and surprising after a month-long silence following Love’s attempts to reconcile after Corgan blasted Love as an “abyss” in a self-congratulatory Rolling Stone interview. Follow the twisted tale and tell us: whose side are you on?… Read More

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Dream Stunt-Casting for Prime Time Television

Rob Lowe will be joining the cast of Parks and Recreation, and the show’s producers are not mincing words when it comes to the audience-bait that is Lowe, “the world’s handsomest male.” The network producers hope that Lowe will tap into the appeal of Alec Baldwin’s 30 Rock character, at least in terms of attracting female viewers with baby-making eye contact. And no one seems to be worried that a star like Lowe will seem out of place within the quirky Parks universe (or that such a starry presence will undoubtedly be commented on within the show itself).

However, stunt casting Sam Seaborn makes us think that anything is possible, and so we’ve compiled a list of other stroke-of-genius ideas for recurring guest roles on other prime-time television shows. Pitch us your own dream roster of stunt-casted “actors” in the comments.

However, stunt casting Sam Seaborn makes us think that anything is possible, and so we’ve compiled a list of other stroke-of-genius ideas for recurring guest roles on other prime-time television shows. Pitch us your own dream roster of stunt-casted “actors” in the… Read More

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Exclusive: Tour Diaries with Nneka

We’re already on the record as Nneka fans (she caught our collective eye as one of the top ten acts from this year’s SXSW festival), and now the Nigerian-born singer is taking her continent-crossing, genre-bending act to the road with an opening slot on Nas and Damian Marley’s Distant Relatives tour. In this exclusive video feature, we see snippets of Nneka’s past road diaries both funny and sweet, from goofing off with her bandmates to suffering the slings and arrows of a boyfriend-less Valentine’s Day. After the jump, view Nneka’s exclusive tour diaries and check out the upcoming tour dates to see when she brings her multi-culti musical melange to your… Read More

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Rate-a-Trailer: High School

Riding on some serious Sundance buzz, John Stalberg’s stoner comedy High School tells the story of a control-freak small town high school principal (an unrecognizably plump Michael Chiklis) who decides to institute mandatory drug testing for all students. This zero-tolerance policy becomes a problem for the high school valedictorian (Matt Bush), who has just recently tried marijuana for the first time. So he decides to get his entire class high. … Read More

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The 5 Best Music Videos of the Week

Indiscriminate, random insanity in music videos is never a bad thing, and this week’s batch of music videos offer up plenty of eyebrow-raising WTF moments, both hilarious and horrifying. You’ll try to figure out the prerequisites for summoning your favorite musician if it’s as fun as it is to find Moby, want to join LCD Soundsystem even if it means going through the hazing, and wonder just what exactly Devendra Banhart’s sex life is like behind closed doors (on second thought, that one might not be at the top of your list). Also, this week includes the debut of our nomination for the best music video so far this year: Editors’ “Eat Raw Meat = Blood Drool,” an intensely wrought animation epic with overt but non-intrusive social symbolism/commentary. After the jump, view all of our picks for best music videos of the past week, and let us know in the comments section if you agree. … Read More

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Coachella 2010: The Power Rankings

Last weekend marked the eleventh time that the folks at Goldenvoice have produced the Coachella Music and Arts Festival, bringing together over one hundred acts of disparate musical genres and throwing them all together in the desert heat to see what sticks and what melts away. This year’s Coachella had its fair share of legends (Sly Stone, Public Image Ltd.), indie darlings (She & Him, Vampire Weekend), titans of their genre (Jay-Z, Faith No More), and once-in-a-lifetime acts with production that you’ll never see anywhere else (Plastikman, Fever Ray, Orbital, and Gorillaz). It also had its fair share of snags: parking was a nightmare, huge crowds created gridlock, and there was a surprising lack of fantastic art other than an enormous white paper crane.

After the jump, read our power rankings for some of the acts who we saw at the festival, based on each band’s buzz points coming into their performances and cred gained or lost after the fact. You might be surprised by some of the results; if you were there, let us know who you saw at the festival and whether you agree with our judgments. … Read More

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