Daft Punk

Don’t Be Like Rick Moody: An Appeal to Critics

This morning, ten minutes into reading a bunch of articles that I hadn’t gotten around to over the weekend, a feeling of existential dread started rising in my gullet. It wasn’t just the ill-advised doubling up on nights out on Friday and Saturday, or the coffee. No, it was the creeping realization that I agreed with Rick Moody. Over the weekend, Moody got into an argument with Dean Wareham, of Galaxie 500/Luna/Dean & Britta fame, over the merits of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories. Their debate has been turned into a lengthy feature for Salon, but can be summarized as follows: Moody hates the album because it “has as much soul as an aspirin commercial.” Wareham thinks it’s a fun record that Moody is overthinking. Cue 8,000 words of earnest… well, discussion’s not the right word. … Read More

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Behind-the-Scenes Photos of Daft Punk’s Grammys Set

Apart from the performances, one of the more interesting aspects of last night’s Grammy Awards show was the sets: Katy Perry’s weird goth/Lord of the Rings hybrid, Kacey Musgraves’ neon cacti, and particularly, the faux recording studio that accommodated Daft Punk et al. for their performance of “Get Lucky.” Well, some photos of the latter, designed by Daft Arts, surfaced on the internet this morning. According to set builder Jim Logiudice’s Tumblr, the recording booth was “patterned after the ‘Mother’ space craft control room from the movie Alien.” And if you were wondering, “the robots’ gold mirror mixing console actually worked and was played live.” The more you know! … Read More

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Ranking the 2014 Grammy Performances from Best to Worst

And so, the Grammys again. Since half the awards are given out before the ceremony even takes place, the abiding sources of interest these days are a) the outfits and b) the performances. As far as 2014 goes, the relevant points of interest on the former point were Pharrell’s hat (which, inevitably, already has its own Twitter account) and Kacey Musgraves’ curious dress. And the performances… well, as ever, they ranged from the almost sublime to the utterly ridiculous. Here’s our rundown of each any every one, starting with the best and working through to the ones that sent you to the fridge for several more… Read More

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What Pitchfork’s Top 10 Songs of the Year Say About Us

It’s become something of an end-of-year tradition to look at what’s probably our generation’s most representative end-of-year list — Pitchfork best songs of the year — and ponder what it says about its readership. After all, the music we’ve found ourselves listening to over the course of a year is a pretty good indication of where our heads have been at. And so, with the publication of this year’s list, it’s time once more to over-analyze the top 10 and see what it has to say about the year gone by. … Read More

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Stereotyping You by Your Favorite Album of 2013

It’s that wonderful time of the year! Yes, it’s December, which means we get to make many end-of-year lists and generally pontificate about what we liked and didn’t like about 2013… but more importantly, it’s also the time when we get to apply gratuitous stereotypes to music fans everywhere. It’s something of a tradition at Flavorwire to ponder what your favorite album of the year says about you, so without further ado, here we go again! (Our obligatory disclaimer: this is a lighthearted exercise, so don’t get all pissy about it — and, yes, our stereotype is on here, and it fits perfectly.) … Read More

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Daft Punk and Julian Casablancas Team Up For “Instant Crush” Video

“Instant Crush” is Daft Punk’s latest single, featuring Strokes singer Julian Casablancas, and they’ve just released a new music… Read More

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The 10 Most Overrated Albums of 2013

It’s end-of-year list-making time, and right on cue, the first bunch of Best-of-2013 lists are starting to appear on various blogs and in magazines. And, as ever, there’s a certain orthodoxy about them, a pattern whereby you see the same record appear on list after list, and find yourself scratching your head and saying, “But, wait, that album sucked!” Well, if it’s any consolation, it’s not just you. Here are ten records to which your correspondent has had the same reaction — albums that seem to have gotten universal love despite being at best flawed and at worst… Read More

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