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
Once upon a time, there was a magical place called MTV where all the music videos would play and be merry. Indeed, those days are long gone, but the Internet isn’t such a bad replacement, eh? Where else could we view eerie footage of our childhood homes set to the tune of an Arcade Fire jam? Or submit a tweet to be featured in a Robyn video? These days, some of the most enjoyable music videos are interactive — the ones that take you on a delightful ride through a personalized audio-visual experience. Click through for a selection of interactive music videos by Cold War Kids, Broken Bells, Tanlines, and more, and hit the comments to let us know what you made OK Go spell with their bodies. … Read More
The first album from Mister Heavenly, Out of Love, officially dropped this week, heralding the official arrival of Sup Pop’s newest indie rock supergroup. Now, though a supergroup, especially in the obsessive fan atmosphere of indie rock, always sounds like a good idea — take four musicians from great bands and they’re obviously make a great band, right? Right — they can run the gamut from wonderful to acceptable to underwhelming to just plain bad. However, since we’ve been digging Mister Heavenly’s new release these past few days, we’ve been inspired to chronicle some of the best indie rock all-star teams in recent history, from the very large and very famous to the more obscure. Click through to see some of our favorites, and let us know which of yours we’ve missed in the comments. … Read More
We’re not really sure why Cee-Lo decided to release “The Ol’ Sauseej,” a parody of Broken Bells’ “The Ghost Inside” that pays homage to both kinds of sausage. Maybe it’s some sort of inside joke with Danger Mouse from their Gnarls Barkley days? But regardless of the back story, we’re glad that he did, because… Read More
Featuring an all-star cast of vocalists, the multimedia collaboration between David Lynch, Danger Mouse, and Sparklehorse finally receives an official release today.
Guests on the album include the Flaming Lips, Super Furry Animals singer Gruff Rhys, Julian Casablancas, Iggy Pop, and Danger Mouse’s Broken Bells bandmate James Mercer. Lynch himself sings on two tracks, as well as contributing dozens of haunting photographs for a companion book available in the deluxe edition.
While the album was originally ready to go last year, label issues caused indefinite delays regarding when, or if, it would finally appear. Its release this week is bittersweet, as it now serves as an epitaph for one of its contributors, Vic Chesnutt, as well as one of its masterminds, Mark Linkous (aka Sparklehorse), both of whom took their own lives since the music’s initial appearance in 2009. … Read More
Though they only last a few minutes, music videos can be cinematic works of art. This week’s best clips are mini masterpieces of perspective, both mentally, and in terms of cinematography. Using some fancy film work, The New Pornographers give us a new outlook on the mundane, North Highlands get fit while getting up close and personal, and Bomba Estereo use the lens to let us peek inside an intimate vacation. On the more conceptual side, Broken Bells ask what happens when a vacation actually costs an arm and a leg, and Stars bend time and space as the past is literally projected across their bodies. After the jump, watch our picks for the best music videos of the week and let us know if they’ve helped you gain some new perspective. … Read More
This week brings a handful of new releases, scaling from already-established bands (The Magnetic Fields, Beach House), to fledgling bands ( jj, First Rate People, Let’s Wrestle), to already-established musicians’ fledgling bands (James Mercer + Danger Mouse = Broken Bells, Josiah Wolf of WHY?). The connecting thread? They’re all tasty cuts, and free for the taking! So grab your fork, knife, and bib (precautionary measure), and prepare to go to… Read More
Danger Mouse and The Shins’ James Mercer have kept their collaboration project Broken Bells under such tight wraps that we admit to a little puzzlement after hearing the full album leak today, a full three months before the album’s March 9 release date. We have to wonder about the state of contemporary music in the internet age: pre-leak, then a leak, then a post-leak, then a review of the leak, then the actual release, then the review of the release, plus several hit remixes to follow. At this rate Grizzly Bear will be on Delilah by next Tuesday.But we digress! Broken Bells sounds pretty good so far: toe-tapping, electronically-backed, fuzzy vocals evoking 2004’s biggest indie hit. Weigh in on the new track “The High Road,” after the… Read More