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10 Indie Rock Acts Your Dad Might Enjoy

Here’s the deal: It’s the Wednesday before Father’s Day. You need to get your present to dad in the mail stat, but you haven’t even found out yet. Since it’s probably too late to order one of the items from our gift guide, why not go down to the music store and thoughtfully pick out an album you think your old man might like? Instead of resorting to yet another Beatles box set, we think it’s high time to get Dad interested in something new. So, after the jump, we’ve put together a quick guide to finding a current indie-rock band your father will enjoy, based on the ’60s and ’70s acts he loves best. … Read More

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Cooking Vinyl: 10 Inspired Food and Music Pairings

Our daily trawl of the internet has bought at least one excellent piece of news to our attention of late: Steve Albini has a cooking blog — called, no joke, “mariobatalivoice.” It’s been up and running since March, and a read of the archives reveals that Albini knows his Italian food, hosts a regular poker game for his friends, and is, as ever, an angry man: “I cannot abide [bad Italian] restaurants,” he writes at one point. “They debase our palates and insult our ancestors with watery matter piled in mountainous heaps and buried under granulated Kraft Foods ‘Parmesan’. Screw this school lunch bullshit and get it the fuck away from me.” The idea of Steve Albini toiling away over obscure pasta got us thinking about what sort of music would go best with various other types of food. Here’s a round-up of combinations we think would work well… now, get back in the kitchen and put on a big pan of water for the pasta while we play Shellac’s “A Prayer to God” again. … Read More

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Literary Mixtape: Elizabeth Bennet

If you’ve ever wondered what your favorite literary characters might be listening to while they save the world/contemplate existence/get into trouble, or hallucinated a soundtrack to go along with your favorite novels, well, us too. But wonder no more! Here, we sneak a look at the hypothetical iPods of some of literature’s most interesting characters. What would be on the personal playlists of Holden Caulfield or Elizabeth Bennet, Huck Finn or Harry Potter, Tintin or Humbert Humbert? Something revealing, we bet. Or at least something danceable. Read on for a cozy reading soundtrack, character study, or yet another way to emulate your favorite literary hero. This week: Jane Austen’s beloved heroine, Elizabeth Bennet. … Read More

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Daily Dose Pick: Blue Valentine

Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams deliver heart-wrenching performances in Blue Valentine, a gritty relationship drama about a crumbling marriage.

Capturing a cinematic realism akin to that of the great John Cassavetes, filmmaker Derek Cianfrance weaves the story of the couple’s impetuous start with its cramped and cheerless present-day reality. Cianfrance shot sequentially and refrained from rehearsing the actors to maximize the element of discovery for the love-found scenes. For the later sequences, which were shot after a month-long hiatus, the filmmaker had Gosling and Williams co-habitating full-time in claustrophobic living quarters. … Read More

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Stereotyping People by Their Favorite Indie Bands

Inspired by Lauren Leto’s “Stereotyping People By Their Favorite Author,” we realized the incredible potential for a mercilessly judgmental list of indie band stereotypes. It is a common fact that Cormac McCarthy readers are men who don’t eat cream cheese, but what about those who listen to The XX on repeat and The Flaming Lips on hallucinogens? They need labels, too. After the jump, in collaboration with contributer Jeff Luppino-Esposito, we lay down the reckless… Read More

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10 of the Coolest Fan Made Music Videos

Typography geek Greg Solenström recently paired black and white photos of Brooklyn with Akzidenz Grotesk font and Jay-Z and Lil Wayne’s “Hello Brooklyn 2.0″ for a fan made tribute that we think could work as an official video. Check it out after the jump, plus nine more of our favorite fan videos for artists like Radiohead, MGMT, and Grizzly Bear. … Read More

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New Internet Toy: Phoenix’s DIY Grizzly Bear/Brian Eno Mashup

What do you do when Grizzly Bear asks you to remix one of their songs but you think it’s too perfect to touch? If you’re Phoenix, you throw up an awesome little page that allows fans to make their own mashup of “Foreground” and Brian Eno’s “Canon in D Major.” The resulting juxtaposition is… Read More

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The Flavorpill Mixtape XXVIII: Kid Cudi, Francis and the Lights, Morning Benders

Of course, your weekly mixtape consists of June’s obligatory summer jams. But this time, we’re also including some low-key tracks you can listen to inside and enjoy the underappreciated wonders of air conditioning. These ten tracks, featuring the latest from the Morning Benders, Francis and the Lights, Tanlines, and more, will help get your mind off that shirt sticking to your back. After the jump, Right Click + Save As to download the songs individually or scroll to the bottom for the entire mixtape. … Read More

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5 Epic Indie Concerts We’d Love To See

The announcement made on Monday that Vampire Weekend, Beach House, and Dum Dum Girls would all be performing together this summer at Merriweather Post Pavilion may have gotten us a little bit too… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. The Deitch Projects-commissioned mural by Shepard Fairey has been up less than a week and it’s already been vandalized with tags, holes, and a Target logo. Ruh-roh, Shep, losing the favor of the proletariat? [via ArtsBeat]
2. Lo-fi indie rockers Grizzly Bear licensed one minute of an as-yet-unreleased song to Washington State for a lottery commercial. The clip also features choreography by the guy behind the dance sequences in (500) Days of Summer. [via Entertainment Weekly]
3. An old friend of Lady Gaga named Brendan Sullivan wrote a really detailed piece about their mutual past for the Esquire “Women We Love” issue. Naturally, there’s a photo gallery. [via Esquire]
4. Continuing that jail theme, T.I. throws (down) some Molotov cocktails in his new video for “I’m Back.” [via Vulture]
5. Teen fashion blogging robot sensation Tavi “Style Rookie” Gevinson had her website blocked last night by the evil honchos at Blogger, all because she posted a fashion editorial with a model barely wearing Yohji Yamamoto. From 1998. [via WSJ Digits]

Bonus link: Think Black Flag and Justin Bieber have nothing in common? Think again. Both cause riots, and both make an appearance on this t-shirt from DIY mecca… Read More

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