Brian Eno

The 50 Best Album Closing Tracks in History

A few weeks back, we surveyed the art of the album opening track, putting together a pretty exhaustive list of our 50 favorites and generally opining on what makes for an effective introductory song. The flipside to this, quite literally, is the closing track, and so we’ve put together a similarly epic list of songs that demonstrate how to finish an album in style. There are several distinct genres here — the epic flare-out, the unexpected left turn, the reflective ballad — but they all share one characteristic: making you want to hit “play” again immediately.… Read More

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New Showtime Doc Is a Geeks-Only Backstage Pass to David Bowie’s Most Creative Years

Outside of ’60s monoliths The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, it seems likely that no musical career has been as comprehensively recorded on film as David Bowie’s. Documentary filmmakers have caught him at highs (D.A. Pennebaker’s classic Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars) and lows (Alan Yentob’s 1974 BBC project, Cracked Actor, a painfully raw account of Bowie’s LA-coke-hell period); Todd Haynes blew him a glittery kiss in 1998, with the glam-rock fantasy Velvet Goldmine; and Bowie’s own acting roles, such as his portrayal of an alien in Nicolas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell to Earth, have often felt like an extension of his musical persona. And those are only a few of the best-known examples of cinema’s obsession with David Bowie, a man whose IMDb page boasts no fewer than 153 “as himself” credits. … Read More

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Flavorwire Artist Playlist: Songs That Inspired Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s New Album, ‘Only Run’

Welcome to the Flavorwire Artist Playlist, a new monthly series in which we ask musical personalities to curate playlists on any topic of their choosing. We kick things off with 12 songs from Alec Ounsworth, the leader of longtime indie rock staples Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, who release their fourth album, Only Run, this week. Ounsworth offers up tracks from albums that inspired his band’s new LP, ranging from icons like Brian Eno and Sly and the Family Stone to the modern psych-rock of Tame Impala and MGMT (thanks in part to a shared producer in Dave Fridmann).  … Read More

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The 10 Best Songs We Heard This Week: Brian Eno & Karl Hyde, St. Vincent

Our music editor Jillian Mapes is at SXSW this week, gamely braving the crowds and dancing the robot, so you get me back on MP3 duties for the week. Sadly, due to the aforementioned SXSW, this is a pretty awful week for new music, so this is a roundup of stuff I’ve heard over the last couple of weeks that’s caught my attention (and that Jill didn’t cover last week). It’s an interesting bunch of stuff, too, ranging from the first we’ve heard from the Eno & Karl Hyde collaboration to neo-kosmische and dance-floor fillers. All the tracks are streaming for free, too. Huzzah. … Read More

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Finding the Heart in Brian Eno’s Experimental Masterpiece ‘Here Come the Warm Jets’

There are plenty of album anniversaries in 2014 that will no doubt reward diligent bloggers with the opportunities for many, many thinkpieces. But really, there’s only one that I’m excited about, and it comes sometime this month. No one seems to be sure exactly when, but at some point in January 1974, Brian Eno released his solo debut, Here Come the Warm Jets. Forty years later, it remains one of the most remarkable records you’ll ever hear, a triumph of ambition and experimentalism. … Read More

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Flavorwire Staffers’ Best Cultural Experiences of 2013

With the end of every calendar year comes the customary influx of “Best Of” lists, definitively ranking the créme de la cultural créme of the last 365 days. But sometimes “best” doesn’t accurately describe the things that stick with us most, or that we irrationally love out of personal preference. So to cap off 2013, Flavorwire staffers listed their favorite cultural items of the year — the books, movies, and experiences we’ll be taking into 2014. Click through for Flavorwire writers’ most memorable cultural moments of the past year. … Read More

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Why We Need a Glam Rock Revival

Rock isn’t just dead; if only it were. In 2013, rock ‘n’ roll is a bloated, stinking corpse, reanimated over and over again by people who have no compelling ideas with which to fill its hard-wiped brain. We’ve got the Americana zombies, the alt-rock rehash zombies, the precious bearded zombies of indie rock. With Fall Out Boy and Paramore nowhere near the most disappointing names on Billboard’s most recent Hot Rock top ten, we’ve reached a moment when decade-old emo bands seem like a reprieve from the latest wave of acts that could be described as “rock.”

Some would argue that this is all the evidence we need to take one final mercy shot at rock ‘n’ roll and then tuck it into its grave for eternity. Other, more optimistic folk would say that what it needs — and inevitably will get— are some honest-to-goodness new ideas. Me? At the risk of opening up yet another can of retromania, I prescribe a glam rock revival. … Read More

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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

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 each recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed the most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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