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Watch David Byrne Pay Tribute to Nigerian Funk Musician Willliam Onyeabor on ‘The Tonight Show’

Nigerian funk musician Wililam Onyeabor self-released eight albums before becoming a born-again Christian and businessman, swearing never to speak of… Read More

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Iconic Album Covers Recreated With Socks

Now this is an entertaining way to spend laundry day. Neatorama pointed us towards The Sock Covers, a very clever Tumblr devoted to recreating famous and iconic album covers with, you guessed it, socks. Sure, it’s not high art, but it’s goofy and cute and irreverent in all the right ways — if a sock-version of Warhol’s iconic banana on The Velvet Underground & Nico doesn’t make you at least crack a smile, well, we just don’t know what to tell you. In addition, we have to say that we’re rather impressed by the anonymous author’s collection of socks. Click through to check out a few of our favorites from the project, and then head on over to The Sock Covers to see some more for yourself. … Read More

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Coachella Cruise Lineup Announced

Los Angeles concert promoter Goldenvoice, the folks behind Southern California’s Coachella, are apparently expanding the event from the desert to the ocean. The New York Times reports that attendees will have the opportunity to swig wine with LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy and enjoy extra long sets aboard the S.S. Coachella come December. The… Read More

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5 Albums to Stream for Free This Week: Metric, Bobby Womack

Welcome to another edition of our regular Monday stream-a-thon, wherein we scour the Internet for worthy and/or noteworthy albums that are streaming this week at absolutely no cost. This week there’s the new record by Canadian indie overlords (and overlady) Metric, along with the Richard Russell/Damon Albarn-produced return of Bobby Womack, more endearing silliness from The Hives, some Monday melancholy from The Tallest Man on Earth, and Hot Chip “doing” New Order. Click through and get listening. … Read More

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Literary Mixtape: Don Juan

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 Bennett, 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: the most legendary of libertines, Don Juan. … Read More

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Tobias Hall’s Song Lyric-Inspired Illustrations

During a brief stint of post-graduation unemployment in 2010, UK-based illustrator/designer Tobias Hall put his newfound free time to good use by illustrating a series of posters that re-imagine songs lyrics. The collection, appropriately entitled Lyrics, transforms images created by musicians such as Miles Davis, Radiohead, and Mumford & Sons into stunning visuals that capture the tunes’ vibes. Explore the lyrics from hits like “Summertime” and Ellie Goulding’s cover of “Your Song” in gorgeous illustrated form below, and purchase Hall’s colorful posters over at Society6. … Read More

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Literary Mixtape: James Bond

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 Bennett, 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: Bond, James Bond. … Read More

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Literary Mixtape: Robin Hood

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 Bennett, 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: that cheeky standby of English folklore, Robin Hood. … Read More

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Clubhopping’s Top 10 Remixes of 2010

Dance music runs on remixes as much as anything — it’s where burgeoning producers and moonlighting DJs get to put their stamp on someone else’s tune (or, sometimes, a classic). And this year was an especially busy one for dance music on all fronts: stripped-town techno, bubbling bass mutations, and classicist house all brought forth lots of good records. Many of them were new tracks, straight and simple. But the collaborative projects of many artists across genre lines made for a handful of terrific moments when DNA started swapping. After the jump, our top 10 remixes of 2010, listed alphabetically by (original) artist. … Read More

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Clubhopping Top 10: Essential Dance Tracks for October

Welcome to our Clubhopping Top 10, a monthly list of dance tracks that have caught us by the ears and feet (not necessarily in that order), with embeds so you can hear them for yourself. This month’s roundup includes everyone from the Chemical Brothers to Escort to Hot Chip, in alphabetical order after the jump. … Read More

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