It’s Friday, which means your correspondent is about to head off on vacation (wooooo!) and also that it’s time to look back at the best new music we’ve heard over the last few days. This week, there’s the return of Throwing Muses, a ballad by Karen O from the soundtrack of the new Spike Jonze film, Eminem taking it back to 1986, a taste of the Angel Haze album, various heavy psychedelic guitar workouts, and plenty more. All this is streaming for absolutely nothing after the jump, so click through and get listening! … Read More
From a young Iggy Pop vacuuming his apartment to a costumed Lady Gaga making eggs, here’s a photo roundup of our most endearingly flamboyant musicians doing incongruously domestic… Read More
By now, you’ve probably heard the Karen O-fronted cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’s soundtrack for David Fincher’s much-anticipated The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. If you haven’t, it’s worth a listen — the Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman, who claims total ignorance to the classic band, sings a… Read More
There is never a bad time for a collaboration between David Lynch and Karen O, but the weekend before Halloween is very possibly the best moment for one. With the November 8th release of his solo album right around the corner, “Pinky’s Dream,” a cut that features lead vocals by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman,… Read More
Here at Flavorwire, we’re always up for new forms of artistic expression, particularly those that take traditional notions of genre and performance and turn them on their heads. We’ve been hearing whispers of Karen O’s new ‘psycho opera’ since July, but as more and more information has trickled in, we’ve gotten more and more excited, if only for the spectacle of it all. To tide ourselves over until the show arrives in NYC in October, we’ve taken a look at a few other wonderfully insane operas we’ve caught wind of over the years. Note: though we’re sure everyone has their own idea of what constitutes an opera, the first definition in the dictionary is “a dramatic work in one or more acts, set to music for singers and instrumentalists,” so we’re casting a wide net in terms of form — but strangeness is not optional. … Read More
Since the days of Andy Warhol, the art world has openly engaged with the cult of celebrity. It’s not uncommon for an artist to use celebrities’ likenesses in their pieces — Daniel Edwards has made a career out of sculpting public figures like Britney Spears in provocative positions — yet rarely does one see works as lifelike and simple as Carmen Ortiz’s illustrations. A self-taught artist, Ortiz creates pencil portraits that are remarkably detailed and beautifully shaded. With the increasing popularity of digital artwork, her hand-drawn portraits are a refreshing change. Click through to see some of our favorite portraits of actors and musicians, including Thom Yorke and Anne Hathaway. If you’re interested in seeing more of her work or purchasing a print, head over to Ortiz’s website. … Read More
1. During last night’s episode of Teen Wolf, MTV debuted a new trailer for the upcoming season of Jersey Shore, which premieres on August 4 at 10pm. Watch the gang (or at least the ones who are actually Italian) return to the Motherland here.
2. Dustin Lance Black, the Oscar-winning screenwriter behind Milk,… Read More
Everyone loves a good cover. There’s something so fascinating about the medium — at once nostalgic and new-seeking, it may be the ultimate hipster form. Or maybe it’s just really fun. Since we can’t get enough, we’ve collected ten awesome covers you may or may not have heard before for all your exploration/nostalgia needs. Of course, there may be some among you who have heard every last one of these, and more power to you. But hopefully even the most storied music warriors will find something new to like on our list. Click through to listen, and let us know your own favorite undiscovered covers in the comments! … Read More
TV on the Radio’s David Andrew Sitek indulges his dancier side with Maximum Balloon, a collaborative project featuring vocals from Karen O, David Byrne, and Theophilus London.
The eponymous album also includes appearances by Sitek’s bandmates Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone, but he keeps things clear of darker TVotR territory by lacing the tracks with bright, dance-floor ready beats and bleeps. As with most multi-vocalist undertakings, the results vary with the contributors themselves, but Sitek’s skill as a producer shines throughout. … Read More