James Blake

2013 Mercury Prize Shortlist

This year’s nominations for the prestigious Mercury Prize have been announced. There are few surprises:

Rudimental – Home
Foals – Holy… Read More

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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

If you’re aiming to feed yourself with some culturally enriching fodder, the Flavorwire team has you covered with our perennial composite of favorite cultural things to keep you engaged throughout the week. Tell us what you’ve enjoyed in the comments below, and stay cultured. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Famed architect Oscar Niemeyer, the man behind many of the buildings in Brazil’s futuristic capital, has died at the age of 104. [via Guardian]

2. It turns out Taylor Swift as just as good at beatboxing as you might imagine. [via Gawker] … Read More

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James Blake’s New Video Stars Rebecca Hall

Regardless of how you feel about James Blake’s cover of Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You” on his recent Enough Thunder EP (we were kind of ambivalent, but in his review of the album, Pitchfork’s Ryan Dombal wrote that the song “has the feel of a stiff recital, his vocal undulations ironically sounding less natural without those well-situated sonic accoutrements” and revealed Blake’s “limitations as an artist” — zing!), we think you should watch the new music video for the track, because it stars the lovely and in our opinion underutilized British actress Rebecca Hall (Vicky Christina Barcelona, The Town, Frost/Nixon). We absolutely adore her. And now, thanks to director Seb Edwards’ POV shooting style, we have a pretty good idea of what it would be like to be in a tumultuous relationship with her. We hope for Sam Mendes’ sake that Hall is much more boring than this in real life. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made The Rounds In Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we discovered that the world’s best selling beer is a brand that we’ve never even heard of. We decided that famed filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola was likely a serious note-taker back when he was in school. We got a glimpse of what Clueless‘s Cher and Josh… Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we got an exciting first look at The Avengers promo poster. We agreed with the Fug Girls that Emma Watson looks fabulous on the cover of the July issue of Vogue. We felt kind of lame for wishing that we could afford a night in this… Read More

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SXSW Trends and What They Mean for Music in 2011

Another South by Southwest has come and gone, and frankly we’re still recovering and trying to process all that we’ve seen. Lots of sun, food, and drinks made for hazy days and even harder to remember nights, but there are a few things we do recall seeing again and again. As in years past, we’re parsing the trends from South by Southwest 2011 to extrapolate on what they mean for the coming year in music. … Read More

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10 Bands to Fill the LCD Soundsystem-Shaped Hole in Your Heart

James Murphy, we love you, but your announcement of LCD Soundsystem’s final show is bringing us down. Appealing to our hearts and dancing shoes alike is no easy task, but luckily, robots and their organic counterparts seem to be getting along better than ever these days. We’ve assembled a list of the lushest, most infectious electronic pop purveyors for your consideration, and even if you don’t fall in love overnight, it’ll be therapeutic to try. We promise. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we marveled at Sam Havia’s culturally relevant cassette tape paintings and the trippy art of teenage drug rehab patients. We wished we could un-see these creepy videos of monkeys wearing human masks and working as waiters. We learned that Bob Dylan actually wrote every popular… Read More

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