1. The Bourne Legacy knocked The Dark Knight Rises out of its number one spot at the weekend box office, taking in $40.3 million and proving that there are fewer Matt Damon loyalists out there than we’d assumed. Interestingly, the Batman movie didn’t come in second place either. That honor went to Zack Galifianakis and… Read More
1. Chris Marker, the renowned French New Wave filmmaker who made such classics as La jetée and Sans Soleil and paved the way for a more personal style of documentary film, is dead at 91. [via Guardian]
2. Last night, Animal Collective premiered “Today’s Supernatural,” the first single from their forthcoming album, Centipede Hz.… Read More
1. Four slightly different teasers for Pixar’s Monsters University, a prequel to Monsters, Inc. which focuses on Mike and Scully’s college years, have arrived online. Watch them all here.
2. Can we all agree that there’s no way that the new Sesame Street movie that’s in the works will be able to compete… Read More
1. If you haven’t seen the cover of this week’s Newsweek, which features a cover story by Andrew Sullivan on Barack Obama as the country’s first gay president — complete with a rainbow halo — here it is.
2. Jay-Z is curating and headlining the first-ever Budweiser Made in America music festival,… Read More
1. The Avengers broke the domestic box office record set by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt. 2 in its debut weekend, bringing in a staggering $200.3 million. We’re curious: Do you think that The Dark Knight Rises be able to match that without the boost from 3D sales? [via HitFix]
Welcome back to another edition of our regular Monday stream-a-thon, wherein we hunt down the best and/or most notable records to preview for free over the Internet. This week we’ve been absolutely hammering the new Lower Dens album, which we’re happy to report is now streaming for your listening pleasure. There’s also the recording of Animal Collective’s experimental performance at the Guggenheim last year, a somewhat reflective return from Rufus Wainwright, Damon Albarn “doing” opera, and a new album from Santigold, just the four years after her debut. Click through and listen to your heart’s content! … Read More
Record Store Day, which is coming up on Saturday, has grown into quite an industry over the last few years, which is certainly great news as far as promoting awareness of independently owned brick-and-mortar record stores goes — but it does also make it rather difficult to keep track of the wealth of exclusive releases on offer. But never fear, we’re here to help — we’ve trawled the extensive list of RSD-only releases and come up with the ten we’d definitely be investing in if we could only wake up early enough to get hold of them. Let us know what’s on your shopping list! … Read More
Boys & Girls, the debut album by Flavorpill faves Alabama Shakes, is out today. The band’s rise to prominence has been one of the more heartening stories of 2012, and not only because their music is great and entirely deserving of all the acclaim that’s been showered upon it. No, we’re also delighted to see Alabama Shakes somehow achieving full music industry buzzband status, with their decidedly un-hip rock ‘n’ soul sounds turning up in the most unlikely places (like MTV’s Buzzworthy blog). They join the ranks of similarly incongruous buzzbands from over the years, musicians who’ve ridden a wave of hype despite being unfashionable, unmarketable or just plain unlikely candidates for success. We’ve selected some other such bands after the jump — who did we miss? … Read More
We doubt it surprised many of you to learn that we were voracious readers at Flavorpill, and it’ll probably surprise no one to discover that we’re also big music nerds whose collective tastes cover a pretty broad spectrum of genres and sounds. What’s playing over the office stereo is always a topic for, um, polite discussion, especially when certain members of staff insist on playing Gotye repeatedly. Anyway, we thought we’d expand on the idea we started last month of soliciting staff picks for reading matter, and also ask our colleagues around the country what’s been on their stereo over the last few weeks. The results await after the jump — let us know what you’ve been listening to of late! … Read More