There’s a feeling that listening to hip hop gives you. The aggression is a defibrillator, giving life to the lifeless. The wordplay is a unique, poetic combination of cleverness and wit. Oh yeah, and hip hop is the most exciting genre of music for youth culture right now, and has been for quite some time. But despite all that’s great about hip hop, it has an issue with morality: its moral compass is broken. Actually, it’s never really been too functional. … Read More
It’s become something of an end-of-year tradition to look at what’s probably our generation’s most representative end-of-year list — Pitchfork best songs of the year — and ponder what it says about its readership. After all, the music we’ve found ourselves listening to over the course of a year is a pretty good indication of where our heads have been at. And so, with the publication of this year’s list, it’s time once more to over-analyze the top 10 and see what it has to say about the year gone by. … Read More
What a year it’s been, full of wonderfully interesting people and movies and music and books. And yet, there were still plenty of things that made us angry, shaking our clenched fists at our computer screens and leaving angry anonymous comments on various blogs. Most of our ire, though, was directed toward famous people who managed to get a lot of attention for doing stupid stuff, saying stupid stuff, or being generally stupid. While Flavorwire, like everyone else, likes to share what we loved the most this year, let’s take a quick moment to remember those who drove us bonkers in 2013. Take a look at our picks, and leave your own grievances in the comments! … Read More
We’ve come to that happy time of the year when culture writers everywhere amuse themselves by making lists of their favorite things of the year. The listomania phenomenon is just as powerful at Flavorwire as it is elsewhere, and anyway, there’s been so much good new music this year, it’s nice to have a chance to revisit it all. So, without further ado, our 25 favorite albums of the year, counting down from 25 to 1. Hurrah!… Read More
In a cruel, cruel irony, the day after the inaugural Flavorpill Media
office piss-up karaoke night turns out to be… the 80th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition. The last thing anyone wants to be doing right now is thinking about alcohol, but this seems like an anniversary worth commemorating, especially since alcohol has had an all too intimate relationship with art over the years. In particular, it’s an integral part of music, for better or worse — and beyond the ranks of silly drinking songs, plenty of songwriters have investigated the pernicious nature of the demon drink over the years. So here’s a selection of songs about getting wasted, both celebratory and, well, less so.
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Everyone knows that the holidays are a time for tradition, so here’s one of Flavorwire‘s long-time favorites: doling out gifts to some of contemporary culture’s biggest and boldest icons. Whether they’re dead or alive, naughty or nice, whether they’ve been a cultural touchstone for five decades or five minutes — everyone deserves presents this time of year, right? So with that in mind, click through to find the perfect gift for the Miley Cyrus, Joss Whedon, or J-Law in your life. You know you’ve got… Read More
So, yes, James Franco and Seth Rogen released “Bound 3,” a shot-for-shot parody of Kanye West’s “Bound 2″ video. If you were somehow hiding under a rock yesterday, you can compare the original and the parody here. We don’t really have a great deal to add to Jody Rosen’s verdict on the Franco/Rogen spoof at Vulture — honestly, if anyone still wants to argue that West doesn’t know what he’s doing, it probably says more about them than it does West. But still, the video does open up the idea of all sorts of other reinterpretations of the, um, distinctive imagery of “Bound 2.” Behold. … Read More
Last week, the release of Kanye West’s video for “Bound 2″ sent everyone clamoring towards their keyboards. Opinions varied but,… Read More
Did a Brooklyn artist inspire the imagery of Kanye West’s “Bound 2″ video?