1. If you were as taken with this cover of New York magazine as most of the world was, here’s Dutch photographer Iwan Baan describing how he captured the stunning image. [via Poynter]
2. MTV will air a fundraising special on November 15th called Restore the Shore. The one-hour show will feature cast… Read More
It’s Monday. The sun’s out, summer’s on the way, and another bunch of new albums have surfaced on the internet for your free streaming pleasure: life could be worse, really. As ever, we’ve collated five of the best (or, at least, the most interesting) records that are kicking around for free on the web at the moment – and if you’re good and read to the end, we promise you a link to Björk’s new single, too. Get a piece of the action after the jump.
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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.
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Poor Titus Andronicus. They were all excited to go on tour with The Pogues, but apparently the experience has left a sour taste – singer Patrick Stickles told Spinner this week, “I hated the tour. It made me furious throughout. I didn’t think that we were treated at all with the respect that we deserved, not even the respect as saying, ‘We’re an important punk band,’ but respect that we’re human beings.” Still, for all that their support slot turned out to be a huge let-down, at least they didn’t get beaten up, or get chased out of the country, or end up stuck inside a giant lemon. Here we “celebrate” ten of rock ’n’ roll’s most hilariously disastrous concert tours.
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February 25, 400 indie rock fans boarded the Carnival Imagination in Miami for the inaugural Bruise Cruise Festival. Activities during the three-day cruise included concerts by the Black Lips, Vivian Girls, Thee Oh Sees, The Strange Boys, Surfer Blood, Turbo Fruits, Jacuzzi Boys, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, a puppet show, a dance contest, a concert on the island of Nassau, fine dining, gambling, a slideshow presentation by Cruise Director Ian Svenonius, and all of the soft serve ice cream that you cared to eat. Click through for our photos of some of the key events and players.
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1. Allegedly the reason that Emma Watson lopped off all of her hair is because she’s screen-testing for the role of Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher‘s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Thoughts? [via The Sun]
2. Stream the Scott Pilgrim vs. the World soundtrack, which features contributions from Frank Black, Black… Read More
From Patrick Wolf and Tilda Swindon to Lil Wayne and Weezer, 2009 was the year of surprising collaborations. Though previous years have yielded some amazing partnerships (Johnny Marr and Modest Mouse, and Mike Watt with Kelly Clarkson), that past 10 months have seen collaborations that seemed improbable, or, technically impossible. Check out our favorites from this year below, and a couple of predictions for… Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we liked Kirsten Dunst’s blue hair in Murakami’s new video project for the Tate Modern. We wished that we were J.J. Abrams and networks were fighting over us. We braced ourselves for the new Damien Hirst: think canvases not pickled animals. We wondered if you can ever separate the actions of the creator from that which they’ve created. We laughed at the 10 worst celebrity courtroom sketches. We looked at some retro ads from old issues of LIFE magazine. We learned more about Vampire Weekend’s upcoming album, Contra. And finally, we watched Ladyhawke’s new music video for “Magic.” Click through and let us know what you think.
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Ah, the art of the fan-made video; according to the press release this cut, which pairs “Drugs” with ’70s health class videos, came in over email completely unsolicited. We wish people made us awesomely retro music videos. Also: We love this song.
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Play-by-plays are a dime a dozen in post-festival Pitchfork coverage and they never really capture the visceral experience of a three-day event. So instead we’re giving out awards to what we loved (and hated) at this year’s PMF, with an eye to the idiosyncratic aspects that made the weekend come alive. We can’t help but pay attention to some of the heavy hitters — they’re at the top for a reason, and many brought their A-game — but this festival is as much about the underdogs, the up-and-comers, and the new discoveries. After the jump you’ll find our round up of hidden gems, charismatic acts, standout sets, curious episodes that might have gone overlooked, and… Read More