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The 50 Albums Everyone Needs to Own, 1963-2013

No one buys albums anymore, goes the music industry truism. And yet, for all that the format’s commercial viability may or may not be on the wane, sitting and listening to a great album from start to finish is one of the greatest pleasures that music can bring. Flavorwire recently got to thinking about how one might build a record collection if you really only did buy one record a year. So here’s the result of our thought exercise: 50 albums you really should own, one a year from 1963 until the present… Read More

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The Musicians That Make the Best Music Videos

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

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The Flavorpill Guide to DIY Pop Culture Halloween Costumes: Music

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 TVfilm 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

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10 of Music’s Most Delightfully Dark Pop Songs

The new Zambri record House of Baasa is out today, and if you’re as partial to dark pop music as we are, you’ll find plenty to like in its combination of ominous atmospherics and hugely catchy melodies. We’ve had the record on high rotation, and it’s gotten us thinking about some other dark pop classics from over the years. The art of writing a pop song that’s as catchy as it is ominous and/or disconcerting is a fine one, and it’s been responsible for some of our favorite music. Check out our selections after the jump, and let us know yours. … Read More

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Trippy Photos of Fancy Desserts Spinning on Vinyl Records

We’ve known for a while that music and food go great together. But it never occurred to us to take those pairings to the extreme in quite the way Stockholm-based duo of photographer Philip Karlberg and chef/set designer Mattias Nyhlin have. The images below capture delicate desserts like fruit carpaccio and panna cotta spinning atop records whose songs they help to illustrate, the entire elegantly blurred photo creating the attractive illusion of a place setting in motion. See Dolly Parton collide with candied pears and Whitesnake complement cheesecake in a series called 33 RPM after the jump, then visit Karlberg and Nyhlin‘s websites to learn more about their work. … Read More

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Musicians Who’ve Been in Multiple Great Bands at the Same Time

Dirty Three’s new album Toward the Low Sun is out this week, marking a welcome return for the inimitable Australian instrumental trio. The band’s best-known member is violinist Warren Ellis, who’s also a member of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and has been moonlighting over the last few years as the fiercely bearded sidekick to Cave’s mid-life crisis in Grinderman. This means that Ellis has been the member of three fantastic bands at the same time, and it got us thinking about other musicians who’ve done the same. There are plenty of musicians who’ve moved from one great band to another, of course, but the list of those who’ve been in two or more worthy projects simultaneously is somewhat shorter. Here’s what we’ve come up with — polite suggestions are, of course, always welcome. … Read More

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Nigh✝: A DJ Mix for Your Witch House Halloween Party

There’s nothing we enjoy more than a good Halloween party. Costumes, drinks, general merriment of a creepy sort. Music can make or break your Halloween party; we know this, and that’s why we’ve already offered you some gruesome songs for your Halloween playlist. Perhaps, though, you’re the rare breed who wants things even darker than Nick Cave (and there isn’t much that’s darker than Nick Cave). Or possibly you’re using the occasion of Halloween to celebrate the remarkable achievements in witch house this year. Or maybe you just want to keep kids from ringing your doorbell. Regardless, your author, who’s in the midst of writing a book on the witch house scene, has handcrafted a spooky mix of dark, new songs for your Halloween party brooding. From the opening haunted house drones of The Haxan Cloak through the shocking zombification of Brooklyn’s own Class Actress, this is the soundtrack of nightmares. Don’t worry, though, there’s a chance to dance at the end. … Read More

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10 Side Projects That Are Better Than the Primary Band

Earlier this week, we had the privilege of hearing the new Atlas Sound record. Our professional opinion thus far is that the album is really good, and it got us thinking about how much more we like Bradford Cox’s solo project than his work with Deerhunter. Anyway, this in turn got us thinking about other cases where we’ve enjoyed a musician’s side project more than their “real” band. We’ve pulled together a selection of our favorites after the jump, and for these purposes, we’re calling anything formed while the musician was still in their former band a side project (so Sebadoh count, but a band like, say, New Order doesn’t). Anyway, as ever, we’d love to hear your suggestions. … Read More

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Mixtape Primer: Essential and Under-Rated Cover Versions

For an art form that so mythologizes rebellion, rock ‘n roll has developed its fair share of orthodoxy over the years. If you go with the canon, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is the best album ever, while cover versions started and ended with Jimi Hendrix’s take on “All Along The Watchtower.” Happily, Flavorpill doesn’t really buy into any of that. With a (god-awful) cover of Biffy Clyro’s “Many of Horror” taking the coveted Christmas No. 1 slot across the Atlantic, it seems an auspicious time to look back at some unsung excellent cover versions. Listen to them all after the jump — and for convenience, we’ve also embedded a Grooveshark playlist of the whole lot at the end. … Read More

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Music’s Most Infamous Masked Performers

When you’re Ke$ha and competing with the likes of Lady Gaga, perhaps you feel like masquerading around Soho wearing a tiger-head mask is the way to go. Because here’s the thing: While for normal people masks serve as a disguise, when you’re already famous, they only get you noticed more. Click through for a roundup of musicians who have embraced the masked look, and in certain cases, prepare yourself to be a little frightened. … Read More

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