Last we saw Justin Bieber, Jon Hamm’s Sergio the sax man was grinding all over the pop star for SNL’s 100th digital short. The singer returned to the show last night, playing double duty as host and guest, delivering a plethora of winks, bright smiles, and wide-eyed charm. Bieber proved he wasn’t afraid to poke fun at himself — and even issued a kind of, sort of apology for his dalliance with marijuana in the Miley Cyrus sketch. Music fans got a stripped down, unplugged version of “As Long as You Love Me” and “Nothing Like Us,” which wasn’t as entertaining as his self-deprecating moments (the strongest when he was mostly out of character). It was nice to see Kenan Thompson win an episode for once, and Bill Hader briefly popped up to save us from some of the blah. Here are a few of the best and worst highlights of the evening. Tell us if they gave you Bieber fever, or if we got it all wrong, below. … Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we visited astonishing, cliffside attractions. We read passages from some horrible sex scenes throughout literary history. We learned about the tragic stories of unlucky lottery winners. We got schooled on the little-known facts of Boy Meets World. We found out how Selena Gomez is… Read More
1. Justin Bieber might have dominated the American Music Awards, but we’d say that MC Hammer and Psy won the night with
Musicians make mistakes, too. They’re only human, after all. But that doesn’t stop us from delighting in a bit of good-natured Schadenfreude when a performance devolves into a total train wreck. This week has seen its share of disappointment when it comes to live music, including an abrupt end to Jack White’s concert at Radio City Music Hall and the Biebs losing his lunch in the middle of a 105-minute-long set. In light of such mishaps, we’ve put together a list of some of the most notoriously awful, embarrassing, or otherwise disastrous live performances in recent history. … Read More
David Bowie, Missy Elliott, and Lightning Bolt. Lady Gaga, Kraftwerk, and Neutral Milk Hotel. We imagine most music fans have spent idle hours daydreaming about the totally improbable — and sometimes even impossible — concert lineups of their dreams. But have any of us taken the time to create posters for them, as the artists, illustrators, and designers who contributed to A Famous Night have done? In eight posters billed as commemorating “the greatest gigs that never happened,” they fantasize about a night where Black Sabbath and Rage Against the Machine open for Nirvana on the moon, and Spiritualized, Broadcast, and Boards of Canada all share the stage. Even Katy Perry and Justin Bieber get their very own (albeit demonic) tribute. Check out the excellent posters below, which we spotted via The Fox Is Black, and visit A Famous Night to buy prints. … Read More
1. After making its debut at Comic-Con, the first trailer for Season 3 of The Walking Dead has arrived online. Watch it here, and get super excited for the arrival of the Governor!
2. Famed artists Barbara Kruger, Catherine Opie, and John Baldessari have all resigned from the board of LA’s Museum of… Read More
If winter is the time of year when single people scowl, forsake love, and slink off to that alone-time retreat they’ve created for themselves under the Manhattan Bridge out of watermelon rinds and Chinese food take-out cartons, then summer is when they thaw and renew their search for romance. They might make bold overtures to someone they’ve admired for quite while. They might even fall back in love with the idea of being in love. Recently, I found myself somewhere in the middle, entertaining a Lazy Susan of dates, each more hilariously terrible than the last. One way I’ve been coping with dashed expectations is by wistfully working through love songs released this year.
More than almost any other pop subject, love songs can get away without having to be original or innovative. Every type of love song that ever will be has already been written, making my search for the definitive love song of the year especially tricky. But there was something about “30 Minute Love Affair” by Paloma Faith that resonated with me. Maybe at some point in time, I might email one of those bad dates — the one who keeps texting me after he blew me off — the video below, with the subject line, “Baby, we’re done.” … Read More
One of the benefits of being a famous, successful, admired musician — besides being famous, successful, and admired — is having your portrait made by an artist of stature. Wouldn’t you like to see how you translate into an iconic Andy Warhol or be dotingly dotted into a Chuck Close original? Well, too bad. You’re not Blondie or Philip Glass. From Basquiat’s tribute to Charlie Parker to Roger Ballen’s supreme badassiffication of Die Antwoord, here’s a slideshow of famous musicians as painted, shot, sculpted, abstracted, and silkscreened by famous artists and photographers. … Read More