Back in the spring of ’94, just a month after Kurt Cobain’s suicide, Weezer released its self-titled debut, affectionately dubbed the Blue Album . What Blue offered was a new spin on the alternative music trend that had dominated the airwaves; the major label signing of a group of scraggly nerds with Gene Simmons dreams, Gene Wilder awkwardness, and Gene Kelly kitsch was proof enough of the trend’s mainstream tipping point. To celebrate the Blue Album‘s 20th anniversary this week, Flavorwire asked 11 musicians to commemorate it with an all-star track-by-track. Some — like Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino — are Weezer pals and collaborators, while the bulk of the bands represented here — like Wavves, Dashboard Confessional, Saves the Day, Ash, and Aaron Freeman (aka, Gene Ween) — have toured with Weezer through the years and/or performed aboard the annual Weezer Cruise. Others — like Laura Stevenson, The So So Glos, Potty Mouth, Dead Stars, and even EDM trio Cash Cash — are mere Cuomosexuals, showing that Weezer’s influence can be found in many corners of the music… Read More
Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More
The Internet loves nothing more than cats, but it’s rare that we look beyond the cute photos and memes to more seriously consider their place in our world. Flavorwire’s Highbrow Cat Week is an attempt to remedy that, with a series of pieces devoted to analyzing their impact on the cultural realm.
Throughout this week we’ve been analyzing the place of cats in popular culture, and why they’re such an ongoing obsession for the Internet, along with various other fairly cerebral cat-related topics. But shit, it’s Friday, so perhaps it’s time to get a little less highbrow and just appreciate some of the cats we’ve known and loved in popular culture. With that in mind, here’s a brief survey of some of the best cats in the world of music — 15 of our favorite music-related feline friends. Let us know in the comments if you’ve any to add. … Read More
After one day of torrential rain, two days of ankle-deep mud, and countless ruined shoes, the third and largest incarnation of New York’s Governors Ball Music Festival wrapped up last night with a headline set from Kanye West. Although West did treat the audience to some brand new Yeezus tracks — and also let everyone know know the album is coming out sooner rather than later because he “doesn’t give a fuck” about album sales — his set was mostly a compilation of crowd-pleasing hits and surprisingly cheesy visuals. Compared to Friday’s shortened sets and canceled headliners, however, the majority of the Governors Ball went smoothly, with the exception of a retooled main stage schedule that pushed up acts like Japandroids and Cut Copy, and some sound issues that led Animal Collective to flat-out leave the stage on Saturday night. Standout performances included a show from embattled Harlem MC Azealia Banks and a visually stunning set from The xx, along with the much-hyped return of Guns ‘n’ Roses. Flavorwire’s ace photographer Andrew Boyle was there to capture all the action, so click through for a look at some of the dozens of acts that took to the festival’s four stages this weekend — minus the mud. … Read More
1. After facing the ire of many professional musicians, Amanda Palmer has announced that she’ll now pay the volunteer string, brass, and saxophone players who have been joining her on stage with money — not just “beer, hugs, merch, free tickets, and love.” [via ArtsBeat]
2. Best Coast is opening for Green Day… Read More
This week’s most notable release has been Fragrant World, the curiously titled new album from Yeasayer, which came across our desk a couple of weeks back and has been on occasional rotation at Flavorpill central since. Our impressions of the record are that it sounds basically like its predecessor, 2010’s Odd Blood, and thus nothing like the band’s debut, 2007’s All Hour Cymbals. Given the acclaim that their debut received, it’s curious and rather disappointing that Yeasayer have moved away from its wide-eyed eclecticism toward a more conventional sound. Still, they’re hardly the first band to change the sound that brought them to the public’s attention — we’ve put together a selection for your reading delectation after the jump. … Read More
A couple of weeks back, our esteemed literary editor Emily Temple surveyed the books that might make you beat a hasty retreat if you saw them on a potential date’s bookshelf, or in their handbag. The post got plenty of heated comments, and it also got us thinking about the other place you might look to snoop on a date’s cultural credentials: their record collection (or, failing that, their iPod.) And so, as we did for books, we asked around Flavorpill central to find out which artists might, if discovered on a potential date’s playlist, put an end to that date pretty damn quickly. We received plenty of responses, and the entirely personal, subjective, and often hotly debated results await after the jump. … Read More
If winter is the time of year when single people scowl, forsake love, and slink off to that alone-time retreat they’ve created for themselves under the Manhattan Bridge out of watermelon rinds and Chinese food take-out cartons, then summer is when they thaw and renew their search for romance. They might make bold overtures to someone they’ve admired for quite while. They might even fall back in love with the idea of being in love. Recently, I found myself somewhere in the middle, entertaining a Lazy Susan of dates, each more hilariously terrible than the last. One way I’ve been coping with dashed expectations is by wistfully working through love songs released this year.
More than almost any other pop subject, love songs can get away without having to be original or innovative. Every type of love song that ever will be has already been written, making my search for the definitive love song of the year especially tricky. But there was something about “30 Minute Love Affair” by Paloma Faith that resonated with me. Maybe at some point in time, I might email one of those bad dates — the one who keeps texting me after he blew me off — the video below, with the subject line, “Baby, we’re done.” … Read More
Welcome to another edition of our regular Monday stream-a-thon, wherein we hunt down the best and/or most notable records streaming for free over the Internet. This week, there’s the new Beach House streaming in full, so if like us you’ve avoided the leaked version, then the wait to hear it is finally over. Yay! There’s also a new record from Best Coast, Danny Elfman’s Dark Shadows soundtrack, the return of Garbage, and, perhaps most intriguingly of all, an album of Rod McKuen covers by Dean Ween. Click through and listen to your heart’s content! … Read More