Journalist and Screenwriter Jon Ronson on Writing ‘Frank,’ Twitter Shame, and His Real-Life Past With Outsider Art

Handsome Michael Fassbender wears a giant paper maché head with a face on it for the duration of the fantastic new movie Frank. That’s the weird selling point for a movie that’s ostensibly about a guy wearing a paper maché head, but it turns out that there’s a lot more bubbling under the surface of Frank. It’s a film about the human urge for creativity and transcendence in the face of mental illness and, well, on the other hand, naive youthfulness through the adventures of the world’s greatest outsider art band. And the best part is that Frank, the character in the movie, is not just a creation straight from the head of co-screenwriters Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan — although you could imagine that was the case, especially if you’re familiar with Ronson’s endlessly curious, wide-ranging journalism for The Guardian, GQ, and This American Life, among others. … Read More

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“The Right Sound at the Right Time”: Basement Jaxx on House Music’s Comeback — and Theirs

Twenty years ago, the house music scene was on fire. The diversity of the after hours crowd was remarkable: a rainbow coalition of people in wide-leg pants and fitted vests happily mingled, danced, got high and had TMI sexual encounters. Black, Asian and Latino gay men snorted cocaine with straight white dudes from suburbia in the middle of the dance floor, and in an infectious, disco-inspired, bass-heavy trance-inducing haze of drugs, alcohol and sheer bliss, some folks would rip off their clothes and dance around to the supportive applause of a large, sweaty crowd of strangers. … Read More

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The 25 Greatest Songs About City Life

Most big cities with any sort of history have a song. If that city’s New York, it has about 1000 of ‘em. But to be a classic of the genre, the song has to speak to bigger themes about city life, be it the hustle, the danger, or the beauty below the filth. Here are the 25 best, from Lou Reed to Nas to The… Read More

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Blonde Redhead Goes Baroque(ish) in “The One I Love”

Blonde Redhead have returned after four years with their follow-up to Penny Sparkle, titled Barragán. They’ve dropped “The One I Love,” the third pre-released… Read More

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Watch Björk’s ‘Biophilia: Live’ Trailer

Almost three years ago, Björk released Biophilia, her multi-tentacled beast of an album… thing. Because of the vast reach… Read More

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Flavorwire’s 50 Best Album Closing Tracks: A Spotify Playlist

A couple of days back, we ran an exhaustive list of our 50 favorite album closing tracks. At our readers’ requests, we’ve taken to making Spotify playlists from these posts, and this one is particularly epic, given the quantity of flame-outs with double-digit running times that we’re dealing with. Fire it up, drop the mic and walk off stage… 50 times in a row! … Read More

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Back When The Oneders Stole Our Hearts: Links You Have to See

Today’s links have an overarching musical theme (and then, of course, there’s the requisite unrelated George R.R. Martin link). From fake bands brought to life by filmmakers to a real band a certain director is trying to resuscitate, to Michael Cera setting his aloof cutesiness to song, there’s plenty here to keep you occupied, although you might not want to actually listen to all of it. … Read More

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