Ilhan Erşahin’s Istanbul Sessions + 6 Hometown Heroes’ Greatest Gigs

There are certain concert experiences featuring hometown heroes that are widely considered baptismal for local fans. Think the Stones at Wembley, Fugazi at Fort Reno, or Iron Maiden at, er, some soccer stadium in South America. For Istanbullus, Ilhan Erşahin’s now-and-then gigs at Babylon may not be quite in the same league, but these “Istanbul Sessions” definitely come… Read More

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Exclusive: Artist Soner Ön Summons He-Man to Istanbul

Soner Ön is a born-and-bred Brooklynite who’s equally at home drawing inspiration from back issues of Richie Rich comics or Ottoman treasures in his family’s native Turkey. Ön works in collage, photography, printmaking, and paint to channel everything from the grit of his Flatbush youth to the furthest reaches of outer space. We caught up with Ön in Istanbul, where his series on MC Hammer’s gratuitous wardrobe, 5 of 10,000, is currently on… Read More

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The Didge Project Want to Blow Your Mind

The Didge Project are AJ Block and Tyler Sussman, a pair of California-bred jazz musicians who fell in love with the didgeridoo. Together in their Brooklyn home base, the duo handcraft instruments, conduct intensive sound healings, and constantly spread the gospel of the Aboriginal aerophone.

I first encountered the Didge Project right outside my front door. One sunny spring morning, I emerged from my apartment building to the sounds of a mighty, throbbing pulse. Confused, I looked up at the sky for a low-flying airplane. Finding nothing, I gingerly felt my stomach, imagining that a lack of breakfast must have precipitated an unusually vigorous tummyrumble. The thought of food caused me to cast a glance at the coffee shop across the street from my stoop, and there the mystery revealed itself — AJ Block, blowing blissfully into a massive didgeridoo. … Read More

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Daily Dose Pick: Smith Magazine

Smith magazine is an online community of memoirists, yarn spinners, and tall-tale tellers.

Smith was founded in 2006 as an outlet for free online storytelling. Best known for its Six-Word Memoirs, which challenge writers to pen micro-biographies, Smith also hosts ongoing group story projects and webcomics.

The latest addition is My Home Birth, a hilarious and uncensored graphic memoir written by Christen Clifford and illustrated by David Heatley. … Read More

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Daily Dose Pick: Florence and the Machine

Londoner Florence Welch and her cast of collaborators channel the gothic pop of fellow UK eccentrics Kate Bush and Annie Lennox.

Florence and the Machine’s debut album, Lungs, nails an impressive range of styles. Songs like “Girl With One Eye” showcase a Fiona Apple-esque soul-inspired swagger, while “Kiss With a Fist” finds Welch tearing through a blues-rock number that wouldn’t be out of place in a White Stripes set. … Read More

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Exclusive: Join Kickstarter and Fund Your Big Idea

Kickstarter is a web-based platform designed to help fund projects and endeavors of all stripes. Users post their ideas and ambitions, a graduated list of rewards, and a funding goal, and then encourage friends, fans, and strangers to chip in. If you meet your goal, the money is yours; if not, no one is charged a dime.

The site is the brainchild of former Flavorpill editor Yancey Strickler, who conceived of Kickstarter as a new way for creative people to harness the support of an online community. We caught up with him to chat about the kindness of strangers, some recent success stories, his own pet project, and readers like you.

Want in? Email Kickstarter for a free invite to join the community. … Read More

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Daily Dose Pick: Soul Power

Soul Power documents the Zaire ’74 all-star concert that set the stage for Muhammad Ali and George Foreman’s legendary Rumble in the Jungle.

Originally uncovered during the editing of Oscar-winning documentary When We Were Kings (1996), which captured the Ali/Forman fight, this sizzling footage has been waiting nearly 35 years to see the light. Kings incorporated just a few tantalizing glimpses of the three-day concert.

Soul Power sets the record straight by featuring complete, historic performances from legends such as B.B. King, Bill Withers, Miriam Makeba, and an incendiary James Brown, whose 1971 single lends the film its title. … Read More

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Daily Dose Pick: Smarthistory

Smarthistory is a free, multimedia guide to art history that challenges artists, critics, and teachers to think beyond the textbook.

Founded by a pair of accomplished professors at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Smarthistory evolved from a blog featuring free audio guides, podcasts, and videos, into an interactive exploration of eras, styles, and artists. Since winning a Webby this year, the site has only gotten better, as new contributors have fleshed out more than 3,000 years of art history. … Read More

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Exclusive: Sneak-Peek at The Rehearsal, Eleanor Catton’s Debut Novel

Joshua Ferris calls it the “future of the novel” and even lit-world curmudgeons are lining up to heap praise. Eleanor Catton’s debut, The Rehearsal, finds the 23-year-old Kiwi author toying bravely with narrative and form to conjure the hormonal aftermath of a high school sex scandal. Suffused with tense music lessons and drama-club drama, The Rehearsal depicts life as performance with both sadness and wit.

To celebrate the emergence of this provocative young voice, Flavorpill is teaming up with independent publishing house GRANTA and London’s School of Life to launch The Rehearsal Project Short-Film Contest. Click here for full contest details and an interview with Eleanor Catton. Fancy a little inspiration? Then head below for an advance peek at the novel. … Read More

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Exclusive: The Rehearsal Project Short-Film Contest Announced!

Joshua Ferris calls it the “future of the novel” and even lit-world curmudgeons are lining up to heap praise. Eleanor Catton’s debut, The Rehearsal, finds the 23-year-old Kiwi author toying bravely with narrative and form to conjure the hormonal aftermath of a high school sex scandal. Suffused with tense music lessons and drama-club drama, The Rehearsal depicts life as performance with both sadness and wit.

To celebrate the emergence of this provocative young voice, Flavorpill is teaming up with independent publishing house GRANTA and London’s School of Life to launch The Rehearsal Project Short-Film Contest. Click through for complete contest details and an exclusive interview, check out an advance peek at the novel, and don’t forget to sign up for Flavorpill. … Read More

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