Today at Flavorpill, we were fascinated by images of the world’s first powered bionic fingers. We felt sorry for Gilly. We charmed by a group of 9-year-olds who had no idea what dial-up sounds like (or Britney Spears’ “Baby One More Time” for that matter). We built a camera. We got… Read More
Best of the Year lists shouldn’t bring the end. After all, these lists make for a great way to catch up on all that you might have missed while you were spinning that new Phoenix album endlessly. Making this time of discovery easier yet, Insound.com has rounded up their 50 most downloaded of 2009, and is offering everyone 10 free MP3s for download.
Looking at their list, we’ve eliminated albums that weren’t from 2009, and skipped over the obvious-es–the Grizzly Bear’s, the Pheonix’s and the Passion Pit’s. Those are for everyone else’s lists. Here are 10 deep cuts, just for… Read More
Whatever your thoughts on vegetarian vampires, sexual repression, or the world’s most puzzling sex symbol Robert Pattinson, you can’t argue with the numbers: the New Moon soundtrack has sold 115,000 copies after just three days. If it goes to number one (which history tells us is likely), Twilight will become the first movie franchise to have two soundtracks reach the top. All of this leads us to believe that middle school kids aren’t the only ones drooling over the New Moon. It’s all of… Read More
This charity project revives a timeless childhood pursuit, guided by artists including MGMT, Stars, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Iron & Wine.
The Indie Rock Coloring Book is an offering from the Yellow Bird Project, a Canadian nonprofit that sells musician-designed t-shirts, with proceeds going to the artists’ favorite charities. The book features work by illustrator Andy J. Miller, inspired by bands supporting the project. It even includes other activity-book staples, such as a maze and connect-the-dots. … Read More
Stereogum just posted “Island IS,” the first single from a Bon Iver (aka Justin Vernon) side project called Volcano Choir. A collaboration with his friends, Milwaukee post-rockers Collections Of Colonies Of Bees, they have an LP due out September 22 called Unmap. It was recorded in November 2008 in Fall Creek, Wisconsin at a studio owned by Justin and his brother Nate. From the press… Read More
Total bedlam with a good soundtrack, that’s Lollapalooza. The last time I was in Chicago’s Grant Park with this many people — estimates show 200,000 bought tickets — we’d all just voted out a malevolent Washington administration that was past its expiration date. This time though, rather than packing in politely to hear a presidential victory speech, the masses and I were there to see as many different bands as humanly possible during a three-day free-for-all. People may not have been crying tears of joy in this case, but spirits were definitely high. It would be nice to think that the world is a gentler place now than it was last November, but it’s not exactly true. Instead, the Midwest’s main music festival just seemed to prove that we’re pretty good at ignoring hard times. As Perry Ferrell himself said, Lollapalooza is recession… Read More
This week, we came across a post from the Guardian’s music blog entitled Reader Recommended: Songs named after Towns. Inspired, we decided to compile our own list of songs named after US towns. Gosh, we’re clever. Although the list could have included hundreds of tunes, we had to be selective — you will not find overplayed tracks like “New York, New York” and “Viva Las Vegas” on this list. Sorry. As always, feel free to add to our list in the… Read More
Today at Flavorpill, when we were supposed to be busy working… we put the frap down after reading that recessions lead to obesity; we fantasized about living in the sweet Top Chef Brooklyn digs — for $12,000 a month; we weren’t surprised when Michael Jackson confirmed that he is a living comic… Read More