When trailers for Chappie were first released, it didn’t seem that the whole thing would pivot on Die Antwoord’s manic and unstable axis — they looked to be supporting characters. On occasion, you could say, “I recognize those gold teeth — it’s the Die Antwoord guy in the background, again. Cool. Next.” But it turns out that, 15 minutes in, Yolandi and Ninja hijack Dev Patel’s kindly character’s AI-creating mission. As if to create the largest possible gulf between erudition and gangster posturing, Patel wants to teach his baby robot poetry and painting, while the gangsters attempt to school him in gun-wielding and, perhaps worse,… Read More
The decline of MTV and the advent of YouTube have meant that music videos these days are free to be more risqué and boundary-pushing than ever before. With this in mind, for the last few years we’ve made it something of a December tradition to round up the year’s most notable NSFW music videos — some good, some bad, some artistically interesting, some gratuitous and even exploitative. 2014 certainly hasn’t let us down. In fact, it gave us what must surely be the first music video hosted on PornHub. (For that, we can thank Xiu Xiu, because of course.) Click on through to check out what this year had to offer — but not at work. … Read More
As we noted last week, we were both intrigued and disconcerted by the arrival of the new Beach House video for “Wishes,” which features the ever-terrifying Ray “Leland Palmer” Wise lip-synching to the song as he directs some sort of weird gymanstic-centric cult meeting in a sports stadium. It’s the latest in a series of pretty awesome videos from Beach House, and it got us thinking about other bands who’ve really embraced the medium as an art form, making consistently great videos over the years. Here are some of our favorites! … Read More
Halloween: it’s always more complicated than you want it to be. Even if you’ve got your plans set, it’s a struggle to find the perfect costume — without resorting to the same crappy, overpriced, pre-packaged getups everyone else will be wearing. Thankfully, just as we have done for the past two Octobers, Flavorpill is helping you out with a series of easy DIY costume guides tackling various pop-culture realms. Don’t worry — there’s no sewing involved. Thus far we’ve looked at costumes inspired by TV, film and books, and this week we’re moving onto the world of music. If you’ve ever wanted to indulge your (perhaps vaguely spooky) inner rock star type, then look no further — from Grimes to “Gangnam Style,” we’ve got you covered. … Read More
So, according to Die Antwoord, Lady Gaga asked them to open for her on some of her tour dates earlier this year. The South African duo turned her down, and now they’ve taken the opportunity to poke fun at her in their new video for “Fatty Boom Boom.” The clip depicts Gaga as a vacuous Western ingenue on an ill-starred tour of Johannesburg, and plays with popular conceptions of Africa in general — there’s a shopkeeper with a pet lion, a dodgy backstreet gynecologist, and the inevitable carjacking. Meanwhile, the band cavort around in a succession of remarkable body paint jobs.
The production values and cinematography are pretty impressive, and the video looks spectacular — although we’re not quite sure what to make of the fact that Yolandi spends at least half of it in blackface, a move that’s presumably supposed to be satirical but has proven controversial for them in the past. Anyway, click through to watch “Fatty Boom Boom,” and let us know what you make of it — hilarious, juvenile, or bitterly ironic considering that both Die Antwoord and Gaga have at least one thing in common: their aesthetic is a lot more interesting than their music? … Read More
Last summer, formerly roaming, currently Chicago-based festival Lollapalooza celebrated its 20th anniversary. This past weekend, Perry Farrell’s brainchild barreled into its third decade, once again taking over Grant Park (and most of the surrounding area) with three days of marquee headliners, upstart buzz bands, and plenty of sun, food, and eventually, the requisite mud. Saturday’s installment saw a bit of a hitch, as the entire site was evacuated when a massive thunderstorm descended on the city; fortunately, the event resumed three hours later, with the mass exodus both out of and into the site handled remarkably well.
Nature’s wrath aside, it was another banner year for Lolla. Among the highlights were main stage sets from Florence + The Machine, Metric, Sigur Rós, and the Black Keys — the latter of whom received a personal introduction from Chicago Mayor (and former White House Chief of Staff) Rahm Emanuel. Jack White closed out the festival with a headlining performance featuring both his alternating all-male and all-female bands. And then there was our personal highlight, soul man of the hour, Frank Ocean, whose Saturday night set on the Google Play stage was both a revelation and the perfect reason to steer clear of that night’s main stage acts. Click through for our exclusive photo gallery from the entire weekend, both onsite and off, and if you were there too, share your own favorite moments in the comments. … Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we wondered if offering airline passengers the ability to choose seatmates according to their mood felt like a genius idea or a weird dating service. We watched comedian Mark Malkoff’s unusual Netflix challenge. We found out what Mad Men actor Jared Harris had to say about his… Read More
About this time last year, we ran an overview of some of the more interesting music videos of 2010, videos that would never have been shown on MTV, but nevertheless represented some fascinating and innovative filmmaking. At the time, we noted that “now that we get so much of our entertainment online, and MTV barely airs music videos anymore, the rules have changed.” In 2011, that’s more apparent than ever — and so, we’ve repeated the dose this year, looking at everything from a short film that barely features and music at all to a video that features men with heads for penises. Some of these are raunchy, some of them are disturbing, and some are just plain weird — but they’re all noteworthy, and they all make for interesting viewing. (And, just in case it’s not clear that a post entitled “The Year In NSFW Music Videos” is NSFW… well, it is. So don’t blame us if your boss catches you watching these.) … Read More
If you’ve ever wondered where exactly Die Antwoord sprang from, Harmony Korine’s new 15-minute short film “Umshimi Wam” (which translates as “Bring Me My Machine Gun”) gives you at least one version of the South African rap crew’s back story. Ninja and Yo-Landi — armed with uzis and rolling around the ‘burbs in wheelchairs — decide to take their “shit to the next level” and “get the respect they deserve on the streets” by robbing and killing a few people, beginning with a racist old dude peddling what he calls “the Rolls Royce of wheelchairs.” Click through to check it out, but be prepared: it’s even more ridiculous that it sounds. … Read More
Admitting we like mainstream pop and cheesy novelty music can be an exercise in shame. But every year, a handful of songs are so good that we have to put our fears aside and declare our fierce love for them. It’s rare that the Top 40 gets anywhere close to bearable, so if we have to suffer through 30 Seconds To Mars, The Black Eyed Peas, and some of this year’s other worst releases, the least we can do is be happy when something undeniably catchy comes on the radio. We won’t tell, but we bet you love a lot of these, too. … Read More