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Giorgio Moroder’s ‘Déjà Vu’ Looks to Disco’s Past and Pop’s Tasteless Future

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For being one of disco’s most important figures, Giorgio Moroder has never had moves. On a French TV performance of his borderline-novelty hit “Looky Looky” in 1969 — just shy of his 30th birthday — the Italian producer and musician shows off a groovy sunflower scarf and a mustache that requires more maintenance than it’s probably worth, but it becomes clear over the course of the performance that he has no idea what to do with his hands, feet, really any of his limbs. His awkward finger-pointing and fist-pumping during recent performances — starting in 2013 with his first-ever DJ set for the Red Bull Music Academy Festival — are not a symptom of age, but rather, an old habit.
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Flatulent Symphonies, 3D Printed Skin, and Björk’s Crazy DJ Set: Links You Need to See

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Today has been filled with musical surprises: firstly, everyone was parsing the Billboard Music Awards for things to GIF and things to grumble about. The event naturally represents music on the more accessible end of the spectrum, and while Britney and Iggy were being Pretty and Taylor’s Blood was being Bad, somewhere far away, a more experimental musical genius was deconstructing his, er, evanescent backend expulsions to show that there’s a classical symphony to just about everything. Meanwhile, Björk straddles the line of those who make off-puttingly corporeal symphonies (she did, after all, once collaborate with Matmos, whose song “California Rhinoplasty” wears its title quite literally) and the more Billboard-friendly mainstream. Last Friday, she did a DJ set at Tri-Angle’s fifth anniversary party in New York, where she played everything from Kate Bush to Death Grips to The Haxan Cloak. She uploaded her whole set earlier, and you can check it out at The Quietus. 
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“Pretty Girls” May Give You ‘Goosebumps’: Links You Need to See

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How, you may have wondered when “Pretty Girls” was first released, could the soaring(ly manufactured) talents of Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea be combined in a single song? Would said song not simply combust from that flammable combination of vocal fry and heavy bleach? And then, when you heard it, you realized it wouldn’t be the hilarious explosion of sonically offensive kitsch you expected, but rather just a middling and forgettable pop song. BUT. The video, on the other hand, which follows Azalea’s trend of making videos based on cult classics (it spoofs Earth Girls are Easy), is pretty deliciously, and memorably, tacky. Here it is, replete with all the leopard print and product placement (there’s a full interlude devoted to Samsung!) you could ever ask for:
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Longform You Have to Read: The Life Cycle of a Teen Idol

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In a world where you have more options for satisfying longform reading than ever, your friends here at Flavorwire are taking the time once a week to highlight some of the best that journalism and longform has to offer. Whether they’re unified by topic, publication, writer, classic status, or just a general feeling, these articles all have one thing in common: they’re essential reading. This week, in honor of Leonardo DiCaprio’s 40th birthday, we’re looking at some of the greatest articles profiling and analyzing teen idols.
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The 50 Greatest Crush Songs Ever

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This week, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O releases her debut solo album, and it happens to have a very specific theme that caught our attention here at Flavorwire HQ: songs about crushes. But Karen O’s oftentimes sad, solemn songs only represent one side of the experience of having a crush. So we got to thinking: what songs about longing stick with us after the thrill of the chase turns into something deeper? Which serve as a salve when you find out that your crush isn’t mutual? What about the ones that give you the nerve to try and steal your crush away from someone else? Or how those that capture the thrilling promise of something new? All of these oh-so-complicated scenarios are represented here, in our unranked list of the 50 greatest crush songs ever …Read More