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“The Shadow State Is Not Really a Shadow State”: How Surveillance Anxiety Is Shaping Pop Culture

Someone is always watching.

For the longest time, that idea underpinned grim visions of a totalitarian future in books and movies, from Nineteen Eighty-Four to The Hunger Games — cautionary tales about the fate awaiting a citizenry that allows itself to be deceived by the people in power.

Then the future arrived, and it turned out those bleak fantasies of an all-seeing surveillance state weren’t so farfetched: in the post-9/11 world, someone really is watching, be it Facebook mapping your life’s history for the sake of advertising dollars, or the National Security Agency keeping tabs on your phone calls and text messages in the name of freedom. … Read More

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Staff Picks: Nick Jonas, Alex Calder, and Los Angeles in TV Dramedies

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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2014: The Year Music Actually Did Something About Its Tech Skepticism

U2 force-fed their new album to the world for free and ended up the enemy. Taylor Swift took hers away and ended up a hero.

Swift changed her narrative in 2014, and it wasn’t about ditching country or dating out of the public eye. She became the face of skepticism over how technology has changed music, during a year when the streaming music economy was debated more than ever — not only among artists, whose wellbeing is affected greatly, but in the court of public opinion as well. … Read More

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The 25 Best Song Lyrics of 2014

More end-of-year lists! Never enough end-of-year lists! But seriously, end-of-year list-making season does provide an opportunity to revisit the best aspects of the year gone by, and one of our favorites to make here at Flavorwire is this one: the year’s best lyrics. It’s been a year in which, let’s be honest, a whole lot of terrible things have happened in the US and around the world — which, if nothing else, means there’s been plenty of subject matter to address directly, or to inspire more oblique takes on the world in which we live. Here are our 25 favorites. … Read More

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EMA’s “False Flag”: Well, Here’s the 21st-Century Protest Song You’ve Been Asking For

One of the constant complaints you hear about the music of Kids These Days is that there are no ’60s-style protest songs written in the 21st century. It’s not true, although in general, 21st-century political songs are not so much impassioned declarations of intent as they are evocations of the uncertainty and ennui that characterize this century. But shit, if you’ve been wanting a visceral indictment of, well, everything, look no further than EMA’s incendiary “False Flag,” which she released yesterday via her page on DIY multimedia publishing platform New Hive. (And no, before you ask, it’s not some wacky conspiracy theory about 9/11 being a “false flag” attack — she’s repurposing the term, not getting all truther on us.) … Read More

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EMA Performs “Neuromancer” on Letterman

“Cyberpunk” and “Letterman” don’t usually go hand-in-hand, but while EMA (Erika M. Anderson) may have looked somewhat out of place last… Read More

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The 25 Best Songs of 2014 So Far

Last week we brought you the top 25 albums of 2014 so far, but we couldn’t let the midyear pass without taking a look at the best songs up until this point. This being a singles list, it’s heavy on your Iggys and your Charlis and your Sias, but you’ll also find choice album cuts from some of the year’s best rock LPs, like EMA, The War on Drugs, Against Me!, and more. And finally, we tossed in a few you may not have heard yet, hopefully inspiring you to check out the underrated tunes that haven’t been critical faves or Hot 100… Read More

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The 25 Best Albums of 2014 So Far

It’s getting toward the end of June, which means… mid-year list time! It’s been a strange year for music thus far, with plenty to like but relatively little to love, and as a result, our annual state-of-the-year-in-progress list is an eclectic affair, encompassing genres as diverse as studies on an imagined pseudo-China, dystopian futurist pop, food-centric neo-soul, and an epic triple album that’s likely to generate a panic attack and/or an existential crisis. And strangest of all, perhaps, hip hop from… Read More

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The 5 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: EMA, Priests

Our intrepid music editor Jillian Mapes is in Barcelona for Primavera this week, so instead it’s your in-no-way-jealous former music editor on songs-of-the-week duties. She picked a good week to skip town, because there’s not exactly a plethora of exciting releases this week — but still, here are five songs that are worth giving a proper listen or two. … Read More

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The 50 Best Side One Track Ones in Music History

There’s an art to the album opener — it doesn’t necessarily have to be the best or most commercially appealing song on the record, but it needs to grab the listener’s attention. It’ll often also serve as an introduction to the themes and/or sound of the album in question, a sort of preview of to what’s to come. And so it is that at Flavorwire central, we’ve been having one of our unabashedly nerdy music conversations about what are, in our collective opinion, the best examples of the form. Here’s a bumper list of 50 to talk… Read More

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