Joanna Newsom

25 of the Best Sophomore Albums Ever Made

You know how it goes: a band or a musician puts out a stellar first album, receives heaps of praise and success, and then goes back to the recording studio and turns out a second album. What a bummer, it’s not as good. But is this trend a real thing, or just a myth fueled by how disappointed we, as listeners and critics, can be when artists’ albums don’t live up to our expectations? What follows shows that plenty of great artists were able to avoid the sophomore slump — and, in some cases, turned out the best album of their careers.… Read More

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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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Flavorwire Exclusive: Comic Strip / Music Mash-ups Inspired by ‘This Charming Charlie’

The Tumblr that has caught the attention of people across the Internet this week is This Charming Charlie, which mashes up panels from classic Peanuts comic strips and replaces the existential dialogue with the lyrics of Morrissey. When a friend tweeted that he’d rather see any other comic and musician mash-up, it made me think of other perfect pairings from the funny pages and your Spotify playlists. Check them out after the jump! … Read More

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The 50 Albums Everyone Needs to Own, 1963-2013

No one buys albums anymore, goes the music industry truism. And yet, for all that the format’s commercial viability may or may not be on the wane, sitting and listening to a great album from start to finish is one of the greatest pleasures that music can bring. Flavorwire recently got to thinking about how one might build a record collection if you really only did buy one record a year. So here’s the result of our thought exercise: 50 albums you really should own, one a year from 1963 until the present… Read More

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The 10 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: Joanna Newsom, Beaches

Over the last year or so, we’ve been spending our Friday mornings rounding up the best downloadable MP3s from around the web. Over that time, it’s become clear that the (legally) downloadable MP3 is in something of a decline — the advent of Soundcloud and Bandcamp has meant that bands are far more inclined to stream their work than offer it up for free, which is entirely fair enough, and it’s also meant that of late we’ve missed being able to share a whole bunch of new music that wasn’t downloadable. So from here on in, we’re sharing the best new songs we’ve heard over the course of the week, and offering them up for you to stream at your leisure. This inaugural edition features work from Joanna Newsom, Beaches, Dam-Funk, Motion Sickness of Time Travel, and plenty more. Happy Friday! … Read More

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The 10 Creepiest Soundtrack Songs to Be Murdered By

What would a cinematic serial killer be without a chilling, trademark theme song? Save certain polymaths of music and murder, like Charles Manson, most real-life killers don’t get the luxury of a hair-raising soundtrack accompaniment. Scary movies draw on a lot of varied sources for creating the perfect murderous mood music. Sometimes, it’s a tinny, crackling old lullaby played from a broken radio in another room. Other times, murderers require a more epic, haunting buildup. And occasionally, it’s a song that we otherwise wouldn’t find creepy at all, but somehow becomes permanently attached to a nightmarish slasher scene. In lieu of unscary Halloween novelty standbys like “Monster Mash,” we offer 10 of the creepiest songs from our favorite murderous soundtracks. Be forewarned, some of these clips are a bit on the NSFW side. … Read More

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50 of the Best Closing Lines in Music

It was about 18 months ago now that we collected an epic selection of our favorite opening lines in music, and we’ve been meaning to get around to closing lines ever since. There are plenty of candidates for such honors as far as films and books go, but surprisingly few for music — it’s a more difficult exercise than it looks, perhaps because heaps of songs end with multiple renditions of the chorus rather than a punchy parting shot. Still, we’ve put together a bumper selection: 50 of the best.… Read More

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Watch Joanna Newsom Make Ridiculous Faces in ‘7 Minutes in Heaven’

For the 28th (and unfortunately, final) installment of his always amusing 7 Minutes in Heaven web series, Saturday Night Live scribe Mike O’Brien invited folk chanteuse Joanna Newsom to hop in the closet, play a tiny keyboard, and have a little chat with him. The resulting conversation is both entertaining and enlightening — for example, did you have any idea that Newsom was allergic to cats? — but be warned: you do not watch this clip if you’re afraid to see what her evil clown face looks like. And reader, you should be. … Read More

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10 MP3s You Need to Download for Free This Week: Joanna Newsom, Joe Jackson and Iggy Pop

It’s Friday, and we’re back with another installment of our regular roundup of downloadable MP3 goodness from around the web. This week, there’s a live version of a new track that Joanna Newsom played recently, which will no doubt have fans salivating. There’s also Joe Jackson duetting with Iggy Pop, Corin Tucker being raucous, an undiscovered Exile on Main Street cut*, and new tracks from Thee Oh Sees, Mungolian Jetset, and The Raveonettes. (*Possibly.) In other words, there’s plenty of interesting sounds awaiting you after the jump, and since they won’t cost a penny or land you an RIAA lawsuit, as your attorneys we advise you to start downloading immediately. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Just a day after the trailer was released, the full version of Lana Del Rey’s video for “National Anthem” — in which she plays both Marilyn Monroe and Jackie O opposite of A$AP Rocky’s JFK — has arrived online.

2. If you’re lucky enough to be going to San Diego Comic-Con this… Read More

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