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The Most Hilarious Stills from Live’s “I Alone” Video

Nineties nostalgia is everywhere these days — and sure, as far as musical decades go, the ’90s gave us a shitload of great bands and great songs. But let’s not forget they were also the decade that gave us Live, a band that was fronted by a dude who looked kind of like a bad Michael Stipe waxwork figure, and that contained multiple people named Chad. Apart from giving tour promoters headaches (“Live… live?”), they were also responsible for the most hilariously awful/singularly amazing video of the decade: “I Alone,” which really should be watched with the sound off for full effect. But to save you watching it at all, here’s a highly scientific survey of the funniest bits. … Read More

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Sleater-Kinney Announces ‘No Cities to Love,’ Their First Album in Ten Years

Sleater-Kinney, the indie-rock legends of the 90’s, have delighted fans by announcing both a new album and upcoming tour… Read More

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Stream The Flaming Lips’ ‘Sgt. Pepper”s Covers Album, Feat. Miley Cyrus Singing “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds”

Perhaps you were crushed, as I was, when you heard that the Flaming Lips’ collaboration with Kesha, titled, if… Read More

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Listen to “Push: Feeling Good on a Wednesday,” ‘South Park”s Fake Lorde Song Performed by Sia

It keeps getting weirder! South Park’s extended Lorde parody — which, with each episode, systematically makes Lorde seem less like… Read More

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Dave Grohl Sets His Rock Savior Schtick Aside for Solid Storytelling in HBO’s ‘Sonic Highways’

Forty minutes into the first episode of Dave Grohl’s eight-part HBO docuseries, Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways, he starts singing out a heavy baritone guitar part to Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen in the most dramatic of manners, waving his hands like a marching band conductor. (Grohl, it should be noted, was just seen wearing a T-shirt with Nielsen’s face on it.) He breaks eye contact with the underrated guitar great just twice in the ten-second exchange, instead looking right at the camera as if to make sure there was footage of him directing yet another one of rock’s legends. … Read More

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Flavorwire Premiere: Soft Vision’s D.H. Lawrence-Inspired “Rocking Horse Winner”

Last month, Austin drone-pop duo Soft Vision released a striking 7″ called “Feel It Coming On”; its B-side was a song called “Willy Loman,” named for the protagonist of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. Now the harmonious synth act, comprised of Kelly Winchester and Bradley Barr, offers up the opening track to their self-titled debut EP, out next week on Acoustic Division’s new pop counterpart, Hi-Definition. It, too, finds its inspiration in one of 20th-century literature’s famous working-class families: D.H. Lawrence’s 1926 short story “The Rocking-Horse Winner.” Flavorwire is pleased to premiere the song, below.

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The State I Am In: Stuart Murdoch on Every Belle and Sebastian Album

Halfway through our phone call, Stuart Murdoch, sitting outside at Austin–Bergstrom International Airport, lets out an abrupt, “Oh wow,” followed by, “Oh goodness.” He breaks away momentarily. “There’s two little puppies here come to see me,” Murdoch finally declares. “That’s amazing. They’re just stretching their legs, they’ve been on a flight. Hi guys, hi guys.”

It would be easy to peg this as the most “Belle and Sebastian thing ever” in the context of an interview with the twee outfit’s frontman and main songwriter, but going through their 18-year discography, which was reissued on vinyl by Matador last week under the banner It Could Have Been A Brilliant Career, it becomes clear that there isn’t a perfect paradigm for Belle and Sebastian. Though it undercuts their influence, maybe Murdoch himself best summed it up in 1998’s “This Is Just a Modern Rock Song”: “This is just a modern rock song/ This is just a sorry lament/ We’re four boys in our corduroys/ We’re not terrific, but we’re competent!/ Stevie’s full of good intentions/ Richard’s into rock and roll/ Stuart’s staying in ’cause he thinks it’s a sin/ That he has to leave the house at all.”

With the Scottish group’s ninth album, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, scheduled for January 20, looking back at their indie-pop gems makes sense at the moment. So that’s exactly what we did, going through each album with Murdoch’s color commentary. … Read More

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