Flavorwire Premiere: Sharkmuffin Eviscerates Drunk Bros on “First Date,” With Help From Hole’s Patty Schemel


If you’ve ever needed a song to listen to quickly in a bar bathroom while plotting your escape from The Worst First Date Ever, consider Sharkmuffin‘s pissed-off garage-punk homage to the courting ritual, “First Date.” Atop a minute-long rage blackout of distortion, vocalists Tarra Thiessen and Natalie Kirch harmonize sweetly before telling off “drunk bros who just wanted to fuck.” Flavorwire is pleased to premiere the song, off the Brooklyn band’s forthcoming debut LP, Chartreuse.
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‘Montage of Heck’ Destroys All the Myths About Kurt and Courtney — and Replaces Them With Empathy


The marriage of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love has always looked to most people like one of two nightmares: To the adults of Middle America, they were just a tragic junky couple hurtling towards, and ultimately arriving at, disaster. Meanwhile, a substantial portion of Nirvana’s audience saw (and continues to see) Love as the social-climbing harpy who latched on to a delicate genius, plied him with a needle, sealed their union with a heroin-ravaged pregnancy, and then, maybe, had him killed.
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25 Songs That Perfectly Capture the Female Experience


A few months back, with what we intended to be a wink, Flavorwire brought you a playlist of misandry anthems that explored some of the stronger reactions to the patriarchy through song. Of course, not every song written from the female perspective qualifies as such, or, indeed, factors in men at all. Some aim to explore what it means to be a woman in a relation to other women, be it our friends or mothers or children. Many take society’s expectations, beauty standards, and double standards to task. Through these 25 songs, we explore just a few facets of what it means to be a woman navigating the… Read More


Courtney Love in the Continuum of Yoko Ono and Marina Abramović: An Excerpt From Anwen Crawford’s 33 1/3 on Hole’s ‘Live Through This’


It’s no surprise that among Flavorwire staffers, Hole’s masterpiece Live Through This remains an all-time favorite. Back in April, when the album turned 20, we tapped some of our favorite musicians and music writers to dissect the album track by track. Reading Australian music critic Anwen Crawford’s new 33 1/3 chapbook on Live Through This, however, I got a sense that there are endless words for art as complicated as this.
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’90s Alternative Song Lyrics Updated for 2014

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The ’90s are back! Except they’re looking a bit worse for the wear, 20 years later, aren’t they? Specifically, the lyrics to some of our favorite alt-rock radio hits of the era have begun to sound painfully dated, with their references to phone booths and physical media, and their insistence on a gender binary even in songs that embrace sexual fluidity. So Flavorwire has done its loyal readers the favor of updating beloved tracks by Smashing Pumpkins, Hole, Radiohead, and… Read More