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Daily Dose Pick: Chiddy Bang

Philly duo Chiddy Bang blur the lines between hip-hop and indie rock, sampling MGMT and Sufjan Stevens while working with Pharrell, Q-Tip, and Darwin Deez.

The pair’s debut album is set to hit shelves next year, preceded by this week’s release of the appropriately titled The Preview EP. At eight tracks, it’s almost a full album in itself, and paired with the group’s much buzzed-about Swelly Express mixtape, offers plenty of bangers to hold fans off until the album appears. … Read More

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The Terrible Pop-Song Relationship Advice Hall of Fame

Over the summer, we listened to the radio a lot, and we began to notice something: Most pop songs offer really terrible advice. Any intelligible lyrics that aren’t advising you to move your ass a certain way are usually shouting out instructions that, if you follow them, will probably ruin your life, plunge you into huge amounts of debt, or lead to a guest appearance as an alcohol-poisoned extra on The Jersey Shore. And, in particular, most of the solutions offered for wooing a lady or dude seem, well, pretty disastrous. We’re not sure Dr. Phil would ever advise you to “get your drunk text on.”

Not to get all Tipper Gore on y’all — we feel that Usher should be able to tell you to do stupid things with abandon — but if you want to start or stay in any sort of healthy relationship, it’s probably best to ignore the things that Lady Gaga is crooning in the club. After the jump, check pop songs’ worst advice about love and sex. … Read More

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Daily Dose Pick: Lissie

Rootsy California singer/songwriter Lissie caught the public ear with her heartfelt covers of Lady Gaga, Kid Cudi, and Metallica, but her debut album shows she’s just as captivating with her own songs.

Catching a Tiger features a lively blend of rock, country, and classic pop, often reminiscent of Stevie Nicks-fronted Fleetwood Mac, and always anchored by Lissie’s stunningly soulful vocals. The sensibilities are retro, to be sure, equally mining ’70s and ’80s West Coast tropes — but always with enough sincerity to leave little doubt about Lissie’s earth-bound authenticity. … Read More

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What’s on at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we watched food fight itself and cats listen to Devo. We met the girls of eBay. We weren’t sure why anyone would want to put their face on a condom wrapper. We had a super rare Bigfoot sighting. We found Marlene Dietrech’s personalized letterhead absolutely stunning.… Read More

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The Flavorpill Mixtape XXVIII: Kid Cudi, Francis and the Lights, Morning Benders

Of course, your weekly mixtape consists of June’s obligatory summer jams. But this time, we’re also including some low-key tracks you can listen to inside and enjoy the underappreciated wonders of air conditioning. These ten tracks, featuring the latest from the Morning Benders, Francis and the Lights, Tanlines, and more, will help get your mind off that shirt sticking to your back. After the jump, Right Click + Save As to download the songs individually or scroll to the bottom for the entire mixtape. … Read More

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The 5 Best Music Videos of the Week That Weren’t “Telephone”

Yes, there were actually music videos this week other than the crammed-full-of-crazy video for “Telephone” that Lady Gaga finally released last night after weeks of anticipation. (And if you haven’t already seen it, follow along with our in-depth coverage here). While “Telephone” might rival “Thriller” in terms of fanfare, there were plenty of other music videos released this week that deserve your attention. After the jump, you can go graveyard-dancing with Morrissey, stumble through the gravity-defying world of Kid Cudi, and discover how much better flying would be if the airlines all employed Kate Nash. It might even make you forget about that telephone currently ringing off the hook. … Read More

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The Flavorpill Mixtape XV: New Pornographers, Broken Social Scene, She & Him

Let’s just say that this week’s mix features surprises. From breaking news (The New Pornographers, Broken Social Scene) to breakaways (The Apples in Stereo, Sia) to breakouts (Galapaghost, Barbara), the next ten tracks will give you even more of an excuse to curl up inside and avoid the nor’easter. Right Click + Save As if you prefer to order your music a la carte, or download the mix in its entirety here. … Read More

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Watch How To Make It In America + Download the Mixtape

HBO’s newest show, How to Make It in America, makes its debut on Valentine’s Day, which works out for those who find always-understated star Bryan Greenberg the perfect dose of eye candy. The show focuses on two guys in their twenties, trying to realize their roles as entrepreneurs in the fashion world while living in New York City. For those of you who can’t wait until the 14th (or who may have other plans), HBO has released the pilot as well as the soundtrack to the episode, which you can preview and download after the… Read More

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The Flavorpill Mixtape XI: Goldfrapp, Caribou, Not Final Fantasy, Some Kid CuDi

This week’s mix might help you remember bands who have been off the radar doing non-band things. It might jog your noggin and make you feel nostalgic for more decade music. It might even give you something new to play to break the ice when your friends are are all over and you didn’t remind them that it was BYOB. Oh, it just happened? Go ahead, save the day.* … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Kid Cudi is leaving Lady Gaga‘s Monster Ball Tour to focus on his next album and acting commitments. He will perform at scheduled dates through the end of January. [via Billboard]
2. Up in the Air, Inglourious Basterds, and Precious led the 16th annual SAG Award nominations. [via indieWIRE]
3.… Read More

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