Flavorwire Video Premiere: Jonny Telafone, “The Prayer”

A shirtless, bearded man. A small white dog. FORBIDDEN LOVE. Well, sort of — this video by Australian “bedroom auteur” Jonny Telafone features the eponymous Mr. Telafone crooning about “unspoken desires” and “beautiful eyes” while clutching a rather nonplussed looking Maltese terrier, an image that’s as amusing as it is mildly disconcerting. (Especially when the dog starts, um, licking his nipples.) The video was directed by fellow Antipodean Geoffrey O’Connor (of Crayon Fields and solo renown), and it’s great, gazing on the curious couple through atmospheric blue filters and contrasting them with flashes of religious imagery. The song’s ace, too — it’s ’80s-influenced late-night R&B that falls somewhere between How To Dress Well and Telafone’s labelmate Darren Sylvester. It’s the lead single from his upcoming album Romeo Must Cry, which is out through Chapter Music next February. Click through to check it out. … Read More

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10 Albums You Need to Hear in October

You could spend October geeking out over those massive Belle & Sebastian and Sleater-Kinney reissues, or you could check out some new jams. They’re not mutually exclusive activities — we actively encourage you to do both. But if you are in the market for new albums, there are a lot of great ones out this month. Weezer don’t fail miserably at getting back to their heyday. Flying Lotus blows our mind. Ex Hex make us want to throw a dance party and invite only too-cool punk kids. Kindness gives us another mix overflowing with warm… Read More

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Prince’s 10 Most Prince Moments

Prince has two new albums out this week, bless him — he’s never been one for self-restraint, and that’s one of the reasons we love him, right? Just like everyone else, we’ve been listening to PlectrumElectrum and Art Official Age all day, and we’ll no doubt be publishing our thoughts on them in due course. In the meantime, though, it seems like a fine time to celebrate music’s most eccentric genius with a survey of his, well, most Princely moments. Read them all and we’ll serve you pancakes… Read More

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Aretha Franklin Performs “Rolling in the Deep” Live on ‘Letterman’

Yesterday, Aretha Franklin shared her cover of “Rolling in the Deep,” (by someone named… Adele?) off her upcoming album,… Read More

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Arca Releases New Video, Produces Björk Album, and Opens Up About His Sexuality

In the Oct/Nov issue of Fader, producer Arca (Alejandro Ghersi) discusses his sexuality for the first time: “I… Read More

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“Can World”: An Exclusive Excerpt from Alan Warner’s 33 1/3 Book on ‘Tago Mago’

The recording of Can’s 1971 album Tago Mago is the stuff of music industry legend — it was made in Schloss Nörvenich, a rural castle in which the band set up camp and created their own little world (rent-free, mind you — if anyone would like to donate a German castle to Flavorwire, please email me forthwith.) Anyway, the band stayed in the castle for three years, jamming to their heart’s content and creating one of the most remarkable records of the 1970s. In this exclusive excerpt from Bloomsbury’s upcoming Tago Mago 33 1/3 book, author Alan Warner — yes, the same Alan Warner who wrote the marvelous Morvern Callar — imagines what life might have been like in Can’s castle. … Read More

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Paul Reubens, AKA Pee-wee, Stars as a Hallucinating Race Car Driver in TV On the Radio’s “Happy Idiot”

If you ever watched the Pee-wee Herman Show as a kid, you probably felt like you were hallucinating, though… Read More

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