Bon Iver

Listen to Bon Iver’s New Track, “Heavenly Father,” From Zach Braff’s ‘Wish I Was Here’

Because his music undergoes such frequent remixing, and he’s had high-profile collaborations with the likes of Kanye West as recently… Read More

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Behold the Justin Vernon Family Tree

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Zach Braff’s Music Taste Hasn’t Changed Since ‘Garden State,’ So We’re Naming It: Beigewave

You know the deal: this song will change your life, I swear. Etc. Etc. The first time audiences heard those words coming out of Natalie Portman’s mouth, I think they were interested in, albeit a little skeptical of, whatever music would follow. It was The Shins’ “New Slang,” a tambourine folk-rock number rife with sentiments of drifting and ultimately starting anew. For Garden State lead characters Andrew and Sam, at least during the time that the 2004 film follows them, a song like that could inspire action or more realistically, navel-gazing introspection. … Read More

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Flavorwire Exclusive: Comic Strip / Music Mash-ups Inspired by ‘This Charming Charlie’

The Tumblr that has caught the attention of people across the Internet this week is This Charming Charlie, which mashes up panels from classic Peanuts comic strips and replaces the existential dialogue with the lyrics of Morrissey. When a friend tweeted that he’d rather see any other comic and musician mash-up, it made me think of other perfect pairings from the funny pages and your Spotify playlists. Check them out after the jump! … Read More

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A Selection of Exercise-Themed Music Videos to Whip You Into Shape

The well of music video ideas is somewhat limited, and three decades after the advent of MTV, it’s interesting to see the themes that have recurred again and again over the years. One of the more enduring conceits, curiously enough, has been the workout video, either rendered in parodic style or played completely straight. We’re not entirely sure why this is — perhaps because, stereotypically, musicians aren’t generally the ones who enjoy gym class, or perhaps the curiously sexualized imagery of the fitness video provides rich material for satire and also for commentary on our society. In any case, the arrival of the latest addition to the genre — Dan Deacon’s “Crash Jam” — has gotten us thinking about gym-centric videos past and present. … Read More

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Ranking Rock Musicians’ Electronic Side Projects from Best to Worst

Things that we never expected to hear: Okkervil River’s Will Sheff has an electronic side project… and it’s actually quite good. Sheff released a song under the name Lovestreams earlier this week, and we’ve been rather enjoying it here at Flavorpill central, despite initial reservations about what in god’s name it might sound like. The track makes Sheff the latest in a long-ish line of guitar-wielding types who’ve decided that they’re rather like to twiddle knobs on the side, with wildly varying degrees of success. With that in mind, we thought we’d amuse ourselves looking at some such artists, ranking them from the very best to the very, very worst. … Read More

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Photos of Famous Musicians Playing in the Snow

If that was winter, we guess it’s pretty much over, which is depressing news for those of us who actually enjoy the snow (and for anyone worried about, y’know, global warming and the future of the planet.) We’re already looking wistfully back at the photos we published a couple of weeks back of famous authors playing in the snow, and we thought we’d follow up today with similar images of musicians. These were somewhat more difficult to track down — a legacy, perhaps, of the fact that musicians as a whole aren’t exactly noted for being outdoor types — but still, there’s plenty of snow-related musical imagery to be found if you look hard enough. So click through and try to ignore the fact that if these crazy warm summers are anything to go by, these sorts of pictures are probably gonna be the only way to see snow in a few years’ time. Huzzah. … Read More

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Guessing Game: Can You Identify These Popular Indie Musicians by Their Guitars?

Everyone likes guessing games, right? Well, our pals at Bushmills and Bischoff Guitars recently teamed up with Bon Iver to design a guitar made of Bushmills Irish Whiskey barrels, which was auctioned off to benefit a community arts center in Justin Vernon’s beloved Wisconsin. How cool is that? Even better, they’re currently giving away an awesome custom designed Bushmills guitar strap to 10 lucky winners. Inspired by all this guitar business, we decided to make a fun little quiz to test your knowledge of well-known indie musicians and their guitars. Go ahead and see how you fare, then click here to learn more about the Bon Iver whiskey guitar and enter the contest. Good luck! … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we remembered several Nickelodeon toys most people probably forgot about. We found out what Lil Wayne vs. Rent sounds like. We enjoyed The Onion’s 1990s-riffic BuzzFeed ribbing. We practiced a series of bets that are proven winners. We loved seeing all the cute pups… Read More

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