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Great Journalist-Musician Feuds: A History

The Village Voice’s Sound of the City blog recently published an article with the provocative headline, “Michael Musto to LCD Soundsystem: ‘Suck it, James Murphy!’” Now, what in the world could have happened to provoke that? It seems LCD’s new track “Pow Pow” contains the fighting words, “Eat it Michael Musto; you’re no Bruce Vilanch!” And while the Voice’s Zach Baron had to explain who the band was to Musto, we think his retort to a somewhat nonsensical jab sounds about right.

The Musto-Murphy beef appears to be all in good fun, but it still reminds us of some great moments in more serious (not to mention more seriously entertaining) musician-journalist feuds. After the jump, peruse some of our favorite battles, from Lou Reed vs. Lester Bangs to Pitchfork vs… well, you’ll see. … Read More

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Das Racist to Sasha Frere-Jones: “Stop trying to kill rap.”

Editor’s note: When we read Sasha Frere-Jones’ recent piece on the death of hip-hop, we didn’t have a witty comeback. What we did have was one name on the brain: Das Racist. A favorite here at Flavorpill HQ, the Brooklyn-based rap duo is one of the most exciting new acts on the scene. And as the New York Times recently said, “Das Racist’s lack of piety has become an aesthetic of its own, with songs that are as much commentary on hip-hop as rigorous practice of it.” We’ll turn it over to them now.… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Two female comedians — Jenny Slate and Nasim Pedrad — are set to join the cast of Saturday Night Live. [via The Comic’s Comic]
2. Rumor is Bono’s Spider-Man musical is back on track, with production to pick up sometime this week. [via Variety]
3. Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil… Read More

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The CMJ Music Marathon Guide: The Showcase Artists 6 Word Reviews + MP3 Downloads

New York’s CMJ music marathon is an epic display of music journalism and indie street cred. From October 20-24, over a thousand under the radar bands will perform, hundreds will be blogged about, and a dozen will be become semi-obscure household names (see: Passion Pit) in the aftermath. The 22 initial showcase artist have been announced today, and so we have compiled a guide for your listening pleasure. Six word artist descriptions and song downloads — enjoy!

1. Broadcast
Pensive electro performed by benign fembot.
Sample Song: “America’s Boy” [Download Now] via The Decibel Tolls

2. School of Seven Bells
Easy listening indie pop cures insomnia.
Sample Song: “Conjour” [Download Now] via Stereogum

3. Zac Brown Band
Truckers enjoying cold bear and trucks.
Sample Song: “Toes” [Listen Now] via MySpace

View the rest after the jump. … Read More

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What’s on at Flavorpill: Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we discovered our new favorite iPhone app. We made a mental note never to land on Shepard Fairey’s bad side. We lusted after this colorful calendar. We argued about this list of the worst blockbusters ever. We wished we hadn’t thrown away all of our old cassettes. We laughed out loud over Frank Bruni’s top 20 one liners. We knew this wouldn’t end well. We wondered how The Awl got Ryan Adams to write their theme song. And more importantly, who we can get to write ours (we’re looking at you Das Racist). We were stressed. We met the real family Evelyn Waugh based Bridehead’s Revisited on. And finally, we weren’t sure what to think about this Tiesto/Tegan & Sara collab.… Read More

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Required Viewing: Das Racist’s Live Show

It’s tempting to try to explain away Das Racist, the music project of recent Wesleyan graduates Himanshu Suri and Victor Vazquez. Their unalloyed enthusiasm for lyrical non sequiturs and literal wordplay has invited comparisons to “Eddie” Said, outer borough shit-shooting, and Sonia Sotomayor. Das Racist has made most of these comparisons themselves, which is kind of the whole point.… Read More

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Quote of the Day: Victor Vazquez’s High-Brow Rap

Today the New York Times reviewed Das Racist, the Flavorpill favorites who brought you the aural magic that is “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.” After reading the smarty pants lyrics above, we’re not surprised to learn that the group formed at Wesleyan. Also: Remember when we interviewed Egpytian Lover?

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