1. The shortlist for the 2012 Man Booker Prize has been named, with Hilary Mantel’s critical darling Bring up the Bodies and Jeet Thayil’s awesome debut Narcopolis both making the cut. The winner will be announced at a dinner on October 16th. [via Largehearted Boy]
The time of David Byrne & St. Vincent is upon us! In just a week, the all-star duo will release its collaborative album, Love This Giant, which means it’s time for the publicity machine to kick into high gear. Over the weekend, the record began streaming at NPR — but that’s not all. Byrne and Annie Clark have just released the music video for their excellent debut single, “Who.” Directed by Martin de Thurah, the black-and-white clip finds Byrne encountering Clark as he drives his car and she lies prostrate in the street. Multiple times. The two seem to develop an odd mutual admiration, which makes sense. Also, there is robot dancing, because you don’t get David Byrne on film without making sure he shows you some moves. Watch the video below. … Read More
Fall is always a huge season for the publishing industry. It makes sense: all those back to school feelings making everyone long for stacks of books to carry around, the holiday season right around the corner, beach-goers ready to read Big Serious Fiction again. But this first fall month is a particularly huge one, with a slew of modern masters (Chabon, Smith, Díaz, Rowling, Rushdie) publishing meaty books that we can’t wait to get our hands on. If you’re feeling that wistful back to school reading urge — or just looking for something to hide in the jacket of your chemistry book this fall — we’ve got just the ticket. Click through to check out our list of the books we’re most excited about this month, and let us know which ones are calling your name in the… Read More
You know summer is well and truly over when the humidity recedes, the days start getting shorter and the big album releases start coming thick and fast. Yep, it’s almost time for the September rush, and this year the crop is particularly good — so much so, in fact, that we’ve expanded our usual round-up of 10 albums you need to hear in the month to come to a bumper list of 15. As ever, we’ve also rounded up the rest of the month’s notable releases: the good, the bad, and the ugly. So tell us: what are you looking forward to hearing in… Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we browsed a few snapshots featuring competitive games from Berlin’s Hipster Olympics. We found out who the most valuable movie stars are. We got angry about these kids who fed laxatives to seagulls. We visited some of the creepiest abandoned cities still haunting America.… Read More
If you’ve been enjoying the TEDTalks — like last week’s video from USC’s professor of law, psychology, and psychiatry Elyn Saks, talking about her life with schizophrenia — Deadline is reporting that you may appreciate another intelligent YouTube channel program called THNKR.
Conceived by global firm @radical.media, the series will include folks like Walter Isaacson and Michael Pollan, Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian, and Talking Heads singer David Byrne, providing “extraordinary access to the people, stories, and ideas that are transforming our world.”
Initial installments will include “Bookd (discussions about non-fiction books), Epiphany (talks with thought leaders), Podium (explorations of public speaking), and Prodigies (looks at gifted thinkers).”
Check out a video introduction and a Prodigies episode featuring 8-year-old college student Tanishq Abraham past the break. … Read More
In what might be the greatest collaboration since he joined forces with Brian Eno, David Byrne and St. Vincent have teamed up to make Love This Giant. In addition to the 12-song album due out September 11th via 4AD/Todo Mundo, the pair will tour the US and Canada for a few weeks following its release.… Read More
One of the benefits of being a famous, successful, admired musician — besides being famous, successful, and admired — is having your portrait made by an artist of stature. Wouldn’t you like to see how you translate into an iconic Andy Warhol or be dotingly dotted into a Chuck Close original? Well, too bad. You’re not Blondie or Philip Glass. From Basquiat’s tribute to Charlie Parker to Roger Ballen’s supreme badassiffication of Die Antwoord, here’s a slideshow of famous musicians as painted, shot, sculpted, abstracted, and silkscreened by famous artists and photographers. … Read More
“London’s tempo is 122.86 beats per minute,” David Byrne writes in his description of “Get It Away,” a new sound installation that he created over the course of three days in London; the piece was the end result of Byrne’s residency with the ongoing A Room for London project.
“I brought along some field recording gear to use while I was staying in the lovely pod/room/boat,” he explains. “I went out during the day and recorded sounds that I thought might be useful and evocative. It turned out that most of the sounds — even the church organ in Southwark Cathedral — seemed to converge around a common rhythm. It’s a bit too good to be true — that every large city should have its own rhythm, but here it is. I let the sounds dictate the groove, the tempo, and then I simply played along.” Click through now to give it a spin. … Read More