1. Jay-Z has announced plans to stream the last of his eight concerts at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on YouTube. The footage will air tomorrow night beginning at 9:30pm EST on the rapper’s new Life and Times channel on the site. [via Hitfix]
2. “Motherf—ker fired Big Bird and won! Beloved children’s… Read More
1. Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich debuted several new Atoms for Peace songs over the weekend during a DJ set at MoMA PS1’s Warm Up party. Give them a listen here.
2. In case you’ve been worried, we now have official confirmation that Liza Minnelli will reprise her role as the vertigo-plagued… Read More
We were very upset this week to learn that one of our favorite celebrity couples of all time, Amy Poehler and Will Arnett, are getting a divorce after nine years of marriage. In fact, we were much too upset, considering the fact that we know neither party personally, and we know nothing about them as a couple other than what we surmise from photos and the odd interview. But some celebrity couples just have that effect on us — we find ourselves inexplicably attached to them, whether they just make so much sense together, or because they seem to represent some little corner of perfection all on their own. After the jump, we’ve put together a list of such couples, both present and (sadly) past. Click through to see who we chose, and let us know which celebrity couples fascinate you to no end in the comments.
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We’re not going to pretend we watched last night’s MTV Video Music Awards, but from what we’ve read this morning, we still feel pretty confident saying that the latest G.O.O.D. Music track is more exciting than anything that show had to offer. The song made news earlier this week when a 30-second excerpt surfaced that included Kanye West rapping, “Eat breakfast at Gucci/ My girl a superstar all from a home movie.” For those of us who aren’t into gossiping about Kim Kardashian’s sex life, though, the big news is that “Clique” features the first collaboration between West and Jay-Z since Watch the Throne — and, yes, that means the brand-name boasts and baroque production are out in full force. Oh, and Big Sean’s on the track, too. Stream it below, and look for G.O.O.D. Music’s Cruel Summer September 18th.
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Today at Flavorpill, we read a guide to America’s oddest capitals. We remembered literature’s greatest closing paragraphs. We met a few kids who improved upon Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give Up.” We explored life with Dirty Harry in pictures (no chairs involved). We loved these … Read More
Jay-Z helped turn Philadelphia into a veritable music lover’s paradise over Labor Day weekend with the debut of his two-day Made in America festival. The fest, which the superstar hopes to make a yearly one, included performances from Janelle Monáe, D’Angelo, Miike Snow, Odd Future, Skrillex, The Hives, Santigold, Dirty Projectors, and Drake, in addition to headline performances by Pearl Jam and Jay-Z himself. It also marked hip-hop legends Run-DMC’s first return to the stage since the death of founding member Jam Master Jay in 2002. Surprise collaborations were a theme of the weekend, as well, with Eve joining Jill Scott during her set; Kanye West and his G.O.O.D. Music crew storming the stage to close out Jay-Z’s performance, and day one, with renditions of “Mercy,” “New God Flow,” and, of course, “Ni**as in Paris”; and Jay himself joining Pearl Jam for an unprecedented take on “99 Problems.” Even President Obama showed up, albeit in video form, urging people to vote while Jay looked on. Click through for our exclusive photo gallery from Made in America to see more of what went down in… Read More
Australian artist WBK is inspired by the perpetual transition from analogue to digital. In his work — which he cheekily describes as “factory made art for a manufactured world” — he references both the obsolete and the modern, using a combination of old typewriter buttons and modern computer keys to create pixilated portraits of influential musicians, athletes, actors, and politicians. Each key serves as an individual pixel, resulting in surprisingly detailed renderings of his very famous subjects. Check out more of WBK’s ambitious portraits after the jump, and be sure to head over to his website to see more.
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1. Ron Howard has confirmed that he and Brian Grazer will be filming Jay-Z’s Made in America music festival for a feature that will be released next year. “This will not be a concert film,” he explains. “It’s a reflection of the fabric of what it means to be Made in America – what the… Read More
It’s official: The Baby Boomer generation has welcomed Jay-Z with open arms. Now that you’re just as likely to hear “Empire State of Mind” playing in your aunt’s living room as you are to catch “99 Problems” blasting out the speakers of an SUV with sweet rims, it comes as less of a surprise than… Read More
One of the more pleasing developments of the 21st century has been the decline of musical tribalism — people are far less likely to be evangelistic about their choice of genre these days, and most people’s record collections encompass a healthy range of sounds. Having said that, some divides remain — in particular, any conversation that touches on hip hop usually gives rise to at least one proclamation along the lines of, “Oh, I don’t listen to that garbage — it’s all bitches and blunts and guns, etc etc.” The release of SpaceGhostPurrp’s debut album this week (as you might have read, he’s signed to 4AD) got us thinking about other rappers who might bridge the hip hop/guitar divide. We’ve made some suggestions after the jump, so next time you run into an anti-hip hop type, don’t just huff and puff — direct them to us! We’re here to help.
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