Daft Punk

“Problem,” “Royals,” and Other Pop Songs Transformed into Flowery Sonnets

Although the two forms of poetry were borne of vastly different eras, sonnets and pop songs actually have a lot in common: they follow a pretty standard formula, they’re short and sweet, and often, their subject is love. One blog noticed these similarities and fused them together into “Pop Sonnets,” rewriting the lyrics of pop songs into sonnet form. The results are hilarious and brilliant — Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea’s “Problem,” for instance, goes from “I should be wiser/ And realize that I’ve got/ One less problem without you,” to “I dream of days before our love was marred/ By infidelities and sordid lies/ — Too fanciful to learn that, should we part/ The load of problems’d lift off my heart.” Read the rest of “Problem’s” sonnet-ification below, along with updated poetic versions of “Call Me Maybe,” “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” “Stacy’s Mom,” and other pop gems. … Read More

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Classic Album Covers Painted on Empty Cigarette Packs

There’s nothing cool about lung cancer, but just try telling that to the lizard brains of those of us who grew up worshiping the chimney-like rock icons of the ’60s through the ’90s — and leave it to a Parisian to remind us of smoking’s illicit appeal. In a series called Smoke Signals, French artist Léo Dorfner takes a novel approach to juxtaposing music and cigarettes, painting iconic album covers — Daft Punk, David Bowie, Sex Pistols — on the insides of empty Gitanes packs. Click through to view some highlights from the series, which we spotted via Junkculture… and if you’re feeling tempted to light up, just throw the two words emblazoned on the front of each pack into Google Translate. … Read More

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Fun, Futuristic Art Inspired by Daft Punk

Whether you loved Daft Punk’s 2013 comeback album, Random Access Memories, or never want to hear “Get Lucky” again, you’ve got to admit the perpetually helmet-clad duo has a visual aesthetic that’s entirely unique in contemporary pop music. So it makes sense that Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo have their share of fans in the art world. For a show called Daft Punk: Part Deux — a sequel to last year’s Daft Punk-themed ReDiscovery — San Francisco’s Gauntlet Gallery has enlisted over 40 artists who work in a range of media to create tributes to the band. Click through for a selection of highlights from the… Read More

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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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