Music

The 5 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: J Mascis, Sophie

A light week on the big bangerz front, so let’s focus on some quality under-the-radar jams to check out this weekend. Fun fact: three of these songs feature clicking/popping noises that draw you in and push you away simultaneously.

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10 Albums You Need to Hear in August

It’s August, and we’re all just trying to squeeze out the last little bit of summer. You may just find your late-season personal pick for Song of the Summer in this month’s top albums. I know I did: Spoon’s “Do You,” Ariana Grande’s “Problem,” the New Pornographers’ “Brill Bruisers,” Basement Jaxx’s “Unicorn,” Merchandise’s “Enemy,” Cymbals Eat Guitars’ “Warning,” and FKA twigs’ “Two… Read More

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New Showtime Doc Is a Geeks-Only Backstage Pass to David Bowie’s Most Creative Years

Outside of ’60s monoliths The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, it seems likely that no musical career has been as comprehensively recorded on film as David Bowie’s. Documentary filmmakers have caught him at highs (D.A. Pennebaker’s classic Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars) and lows (Alan Yentob’s 1974 BBC project, Cracked Actor, a painfully raw account of Bowie’s LA-coke-hell period); Todd Haynes blew him a glittery kiss in 1998, with the glam-rock fantasy Velvet Goldmine; and Bowie’s own acting roles, such as his portrayal of an alien in Nicolas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell to Earth, have often felt like an extension of his musical persona. And those are only a few of the best-known examples of cinema’s obsession with David Bowie, a man whose IMDb page boasts no fewer than 153 “as himself” credits. … Read More

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“Maced by a Feminist”: The Retro, Weirdo Misogyny of Ariel Pink

LA-based gnome and improbable rock star Ariel Pink told a story earlier this week about how he was “maced by a feminist” last year. He related the incident in an interview, apparently as a sort of confessional type thing, but if he was looking for sympathy, he’d perhaps have been better served keeping the tale for his friends. To save you watching the whole thing: Pink went home with a girl and, the next morning, got into an argument with her about which of them was to pay for a $4 smoothie — an argument that ended in her allegedly chasing him down the street, macing him, and vandalizing his car. … Read More

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James Brown Biopic ‘Get On Up’ Struggles to Balance Hero Worship With Real Talk

Like many cultural boundary-pushers, James Brown demanded a lot of people. He was complicated, full of flaws and vices as bold as his talents. Get On Up, the new Brown biopic, does not shy away from his uglier side — the drug-crazed 1988 car chase, the philandering and domestic abuse, the dictatorial band leader, the exact moment when cocky turns to cruel — but the film does explain these shortcomings with the ultimate cop-out: The Hardest Working Man In Show Business didn’t know how to need other people. … Read More

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Watch Bill Callahan’s Interstellar “Javelin Unlanding” Video

Bill Callahan’s song “Javelin Unlanding” begins with the lyric, “You looked like worldwide Armageddon while you slept,” and in his… Read More

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Mac DeMarco’s Video for “Chamber of Reflection” Uses Homer Simpson to Emotionally Devastating Effect

Somewhat inexplicably, Mac DeMarco’s just-released video for “Chamber of Reflection,” featuring a slowed-down-by-a-third version of the song, struck me with the… Read More

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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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