It’s Friday, which means that it’s only a few hours until we get to sleep for two days straight, and also that it’s time for our regular roundup of new music to get your hands on this week. This week the return of The-Dream, the return of Ghostface Killah, the return of They Might Be Giants, the return of Thalia Zedek and the non-return of a bunch of other great artists, including a great El Perro del Mar remix, the next step in the evolution of our erstwhile social media department, a heap of free Kode9 stuff, and more. None of this will cost you a dime, so we suggest you stop watching that Nick Cave video for long enough to grab all this action. … Read More
Here’s an end-of-week gift for those of you who haven’t already heard Kanye West-led collective G.O.O.D. Music’s Cruel Summer compilation, which comes out next week but recently leaked: a new version of “New God Flow,” a West/Pusha T collaboration that originally surfaced in July. The update features a fresh verse by Ghostface Killah,… Read More
1. Lady Gaga got a new tattoo as part of a “performance art piece” during the launch party for her new fragrance at the Guggenheim last night. The whole thing took place inside of a giant perfume bottle. [via NYP]
2. Michael Hazanavicius, the Oscar-winning director of The Artist, is in talks to… Read More
Remember that festival line-up formula jpg that did the rounds a couple of years back? It sets out a hilarious generic line-up by categorizing the type of bands you find on every festival bill (“increasingly mainstream headliner,” “good headliner playing shitty latest album,” “fat bearded jam band,” “African tribal music everyone will clap politely for,” etc). Anyway, we got to thinking that a similar formula applies to end-of-year best album lists — and, specifically, that there’s always precisely one token hip-hop release lurking in or around pretty much every rock-centric top ten. Join us as we embark on a retrospective of the last ten years’ worth of such albums, and ponder what it all means. … Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we finally found out why Marty McFly was hanging around with Doc Brown in Back to the Future. We wondered why cool things like this impromptu Shakespeare performance never happen when we’re riding the subway. We wished that the baguette ATM would come stateside. We read… Read More
Editor’s note: Each Friday, our internet-savvy friends over at BuzzFeed curate a post for us that’s filled with links to some of their favorite items on the web that week. Enjoy!
Borders Books recently filed for bankruptcy, and has been closing down stores across the country. As a result, passive aggressive signage and product displays are popping up all over the place.
Tuesday marked the 50th anniversary of the day that Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first person in space. While he was famously quoted for saying the Russian equivalent of “off we go” just before lift-off, his final pre-flight words were actually a bit of dialogue about sausage and moonshine. … Read More
Editor’s note: Each Friday, our internet-savvy friends over at BuzzFeed curate a post for us that’s filled with links to some of the most talked-about items on the web that week. Enjoy!
* After beating Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber for Album of the Year at the Grammys, Arcade Fire was met with… Read More
Here at Flavorpill, we’re eagerly anticipating the release of Jay-Z’s memoir, Decoded, which comes out November 16th and promises to be, at the least, a lively read. But though Hova’s autobiography may be the most anticipated rapper-penned book of the year, it’s hardly the first one worth reading. From the RZA’s musings on philosophy and kung fu to Chuck D’s explanation of the racial politics of rap, there’s a surprising range of literary offerings from hip-hop stars. To tide you over for the next few weeks, we offer this curated bookshelf full of scintillating, intellectually stimulating, and just plain great books by rappers. … Read More
Ditching his signature horn sounds, super-producer Mark Ronson drafted in a raft of friends to create Record Collection, an album of seductive retro pop and soulful dance-floor jams.
Dubbing his new collective the Business Intl, Ronson put his talented pals to work both in front of the mic and behind the scenes. Guest vocalists include Q-Tip, MNDR, Ghostface Killah, Miike Snow frontman Andrew Wyatt, Spank Rock, D’Angelo, and even Boy George, while members of Kaiser Chiefs, the Zutons, and the Drums all contributed to the songwriting. … Read More
This week’s mixtape brings genre-defying cuts from Mark Ronson and Wild Beasts, in addition to a boatload of fresh new faces (Winter Gloves, Strange Talk, Oh Land) that are about to make some waves in your ocean of noise. As per usual, Right Click + Save As your next ten after the jump and prepare to add to your list of favorite summer jams. … Read More