Today at Flavorpill, we examined the last words of 25 geniuses. We argued over Nerve’s rankings of Terrence Malick’s limited filmography. We watched Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer, Moby, and Stephen Merritt sing “Science Fiction Double Feature” from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. We were amused by some… Read More
September marks the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s Nevermind, and the folks at Spin are celebrating with a fantastic — and fairly diverse — full-album cover project they’ve dubbed Newermind. The compilation does a great job pairing current bands with tracks. Titus Andronicus do a faithful take on “Breed,” managing to up its already manic energy,… Read More
Step on down, ladies and gentlemen, for this week’s mixtape. We’ve got songs that will thrill you, chill you, and otherwise make you happy that your eardrums exist. This week, we have another from Fucked Up, a sample of the Black Lips’ upcoming album, and some pretty excellent synth-pop courtesy of Washed Out. Crack this mp3 piñata: right click + “Save As” on links to download each track, or grab the whole mix at the end of the post. … Read More
Recently wed creative power couple Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman decided to give the world “a very Bowie Christmas gift” by recreating a scene from Jim Henson’s Labyrinth and posting the clip on YouTube. Amanda (with some badly drawn on Jennifer Connelly-style eyebrows) plays Sara, and Neil has a brief cameo as a mulletted David Bowie (with Christmas ornaments replacing Jareth’s crystal balls). Click through and let us know what you think of their dark twist on the original version. … Read More
In these times of Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr, we tend to assume that everyone has abandoned LiveJournal — the community-oriented blogging platform that peaked about a decade ago, pre-dating even Friendster and MySpace by several years. Strangely, it was Facebook and The Social Network, which includes scenes of Mark Zuckerberg trashing an ex-girlfriend on his LJ, that got us thinking about the site again.
Acquired by blogging giant Six Apart in 2005, it was sold less than three years later to a Russian corporation, where the company now focuses its efforts. (Even the country’s president, Dmitry Medvedev, has his own LJ.) But that doesn’t mean it’s lost all U.S. relevance yet. In fact, some notable cultural figures continue to maintain their LJ presence. Check out who’s still there — a list that includes ’90s alternative stars, cult writers, and current emo sensations — after the jump. … Read More
Continuing to push boundaries, Dresden Dolls frontwoman Amanda Palmer tackles a musical sacred cow on her new EP, Amanda Palmer Performs the Popular Hits of Radiohead on her Magical Ukelele.
The seven-track offering finds the singer covering “Creep,” “High and Dry,” and other classic Radiohead songs with minimal instrumentation — often using only her ukelele and her voice. “Exit Music (For a Film)” is the sole exception, movingly performed live on piano with a string quartet. … Read More
As a companion to their third album, New Jersey indie rockers Steel Train got some female friends to provide covers of every song on the record — friends including Scarlett Johansson, Tegan and Sara, and Amanda Palmer.
Named after the band’s new independent label, Terrible Thrills, Vol. 1 is released today in conjunction with the group’s ambitious new self-titled record. Also among those providing a gender-flipped take on Steel Train‘s 12 tracks are Nellie McKay, Angel Deradoorian, and Arrested Development star Alia Shawkat. … Read More
La Blogothèque’s Take Away Shows feature unedited footage of indie bands performing in public places.
Shooting bands on the street, in the subway, or in a restaurant, auteurs like Vincent Moon (also a co-founder of La Blogothèque) capture the devil-may-care nature of impromptu performances. You can even download the podcasts in video format — Quicktime or Divx — or audio… Read More
Looking backwards for musical inspiration is nothing new, and some of the most interesting music can still come from fresh interpretations of styles that are decades old. What follows are five artists whose latest albums summon up eras long past, yet feel immediately vital. Prepare to make like Marty McFly and time travel from 16th-century Europe to 1970s London, and pick up five free (and legal!) downloads along the way. … Read More