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Flaming Lips, Santigold to Play Stephen Colbert’s StePhest Colbchella in New York

You know how Coachella is doing that cruise thing? Well, Stephen Colbert can top that. He announced last night that he’s throwing his own all-star boat concert next Friday, August 10th, at New York’s Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum (aka the U.S.S. Intrepid). Officially titled StePhest Colbchella ‘012 — RocktAugustFest, the festival will feature The Flaming Lips, Santigold, Grizzly Bear, and fun., about whom Colbert cracked, “I hear their songs are a ton of band.” The legendary Grandmaster Flash will DJ, and seeing as he lives on Colbert’s bookshelf these days, we wouldn’t rule out a surprise appearance from Michael Stipe. Best of all, Colbchella is free. Tickets will be available today, and you can enter your email address at Colbert Nation for updates. … Read More

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A Selection of Our Favorite Fan-Made Music Videos

Plenty of well-known directors have started out doing music videos — the relatively brief nature of the form, along with its virtually limitless scope for experimentation and self-expression, makes it a fine place to cut your filmmaking teeth. This remains the case even if the band haven’t actually asked you to make a video, and the advent of the internet (and, specifically, YouTube) means that aspiring directors now have a huge potential audience for their clips. The result has been a surfeit of fantastic fan-made music videos over the last few years. Here’s a selection of our favorites — we’re sure there are plenty more, so let us know what else we might have included. … Read More

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10 Advertisements That Shamelessly Rip Off Well-Known Songs

When the advertisement for Dell’s new laptop started airing last week, it came accompanied by a song that was kind of like Broken Bells, only shittier. Unfortunately, this is far from the first time a band has had its music “borrowed” for a commercial — the sound-alike has a long and ignominious history, and since suing for music-related copyright infringement is notoriously difficult, it’s unlikely to stop any time soon. After the jump, we’ve collated some of the more notorious examples from years gone by. Read on and shake your head in disbelief. (We also can’t help but be amused that several of the most shameless examples have been quickly dragged off YouTube by the companies involved on the basis of, yes, copyright infringement. Ha.) … Read More

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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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