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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A Guide to All the Gratuitous Product Placement in Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” Video

Nicki Minaj and her team deserve a Clio Award for the ad they just made for asses. But the “Anaconda” video also serves as an advertisement for many other products, some of them officially linked with Minaj and others that may signal new deals. Let’s delve in. … Read More

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Kesha, Grimes, Big Sean and Lady Afraid of Cotton Balls Make Cameos in Haim’s “My Song 5″ Video

In Haim’s “My Song 5″ music video, a wide assortment of music-industry folks make cameos – such an assortment that you might… Read More

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Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” and the Cult of Awkward White Girls

Taylor Swift’s announcement of her new album, 1989, doubled as a proclamation of her pop-star status. “I woke up not wanting, but needing, to make a new style of music,” she said Monday during the 1989 live-stream “event,” adding that this would be “her first documented pop album.” It’s cute that Taylor Swift wants us to think she doesn’t know she’s been a pop star since, essentially, 2010’s Speak Now, but I don’t believe the act for a second. This is one of the most sensitive, self-obsessed celebrities on the planet, the type who’s a pro at transforming public perception into hits (see: “Mean”). But boy does it feel like she’s fresh meat all over again, striving towards even higher-stakes pop perfection in her own, Liz Lemon way. … Read More

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An Exclusive Sneak Peek at Wayne Coyne’s Next Wacky Side Project!

The devolution of Wayne Coyne from fearless freak into fearful fuckwit has been one of the saddest spectacles in the music industry over the last few years. He was responsible for at least two of the truly great albums of the 1990s, and now he’s doing drugs with Kesha and filming Miley Cyrus in bed. This week sees the release of the first single from the upcoming record With a Little Help from My Fwends, in which Wayne and his sycophants wacky pals cover Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in its entirety! How wild and crazy! … Read More

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Boomer Audit: Jim Morrison Was a Moment in Time, Not an All-Time Legend

The Doors’ 1967 self-titled debut warrants a one-line B- review in Robert Christgau’s long-running Consumer Guide to music, and it ends as follows: “Jim Morrison sounds like an asshole.” Sounds like is a bit generous, don’t you think, Bob? There have been many arguments over Morrison’s high-on-his-own-arty-machismo legacy, and nearly all of them have been between Boomer white men who wrote about rock ‘n’ roll when it was much more of an outsider profession, reserved almost exclusively for semi-scummy dudes. Beyond the potential sexual partners who actually wanted to see the Lizard King’s dick emerge from his leather pants that fateful Florida night in 1969, these critics are the types most inclined to take Morrison’s art seriously. … Read More

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Listen to a New Leonard Cohen Song, and Rejoice

“I saw some people starving/ There was murder, there was rape.” Aw, welcome back, Leonard! This is the first song… Read More

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Taylor Swift Announces Her 1980s Pop Album, and Other Takeaways From Her Live Stream

Never one for subtlety, Taylor Swift took some time out from her quest to be every young female celebrity’s BFF to launch her new album with a live-stream “event.” It ended at 5:30 ET this evening (but is now playing on repeat), and here’s what you need to know, in order of importance: … Read More

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Flavorwire Premiere: Teleman Spins Bauhaus Art Into Playful “Skeleton Dance” Video

The biggest sell on British pop band Teleman may be their style references. Their excellent debut album from earlier this summer, titled Breakfast, was produced by former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler. Their new video for “Skeleton Dance,” which Flavorwire is pleased to premiere below, is influenced by Oskar Schlemmer of the Bauhaus School. Both bring something fresh and endlessly tasteful to Belle & Sebastian-style twee rock. … Read More

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