Since George Dawes Green started The Moth in his living room 15 years ago, the organization has had one clear mantra: great storytelling. So it’s no surprise that the honoree of their annual ball, held Tuesday night at Capitale in New York City, was one Martin Scorsese. It’s a difficult task to sum up the essence of his ever-evolving oeuvre, but perhaps award-presenter Adam Gopnik did it best when he discerned that at the heart of every Scorsese film is “an act of verbal aggression.” In a broader sense, this pronouncement encapsulated the theme of the night: a Moth story is like Scorsese — you can peel back the layers and get even more (which is why, if you’re looking for a challenge, we recommend listening to their podcast on an erratic, crowded subway train, where hitting an iPhone’s microscopic rewind button while standing is perilous).
For exclusive interviews from the evening, click through our celebrity slideshow featuring: Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, the stars of White Collar (Tiffani Thiessen-Smith, Matt Bomer, and Tim Dekay), comedian Mike Birbiglia and Jen Stein, Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi, Kyp Malone of TV On The Radio, Joan Firestone (Executive Director of The Moth), and Royal Pains stars Reshma Shetty and Paulo Costanzo.
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If the idea of a Daytrotter-style acoustic session in the back of a London taxi sounds like your idea of a good time, then you’re probably already familiar with The Black Cab Sessions. This British-based web video series has taken an unlikely idea and turned it into a hit, recording 99 episodes since May 2007 and featuring artists like Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear, Brian Wilson, and Jens Lekman (who performed, of course, “Black Cab”). In fact, the concept’s been such a success that a TV show is in the works, and it involves the series coming to the US. They’re bringing the taxi to tour Nashville, New Orleans, NYC and various other locations, and artists scheduled to perform include Kyp Malone, Lambchop, and Jack White. It looks way cool — check out the trailer after the jump.
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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.
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1. Our premature nomination for song of the summer: Auto Tuned Wolves. [via BuzzFeed]
2. Speaking of, what do you make of this new “tweens pretending to be wolves” trend? Creeptastic. [via HRO]
3. It’s a Talking Heads indie rock cover showdown between MGMT, Arcade Fire, and Kyp Malone. [via … Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we spied some meatballs our gym teacher would have approved of, courtesy of London-based photographer David Sykes. We took a tour of Kyp Malone’s Greenpoint apartment. We discovered one of the best Phoenix remixes of the year, from Devendra Banhart. We wrote Grandmom a letter. We tried to… Read More
Kyp Malone’s anticipated solo project Rain Machine is more experimental and musically diverse than anything TV On The Radio has put out. It’s an album that is personal and raw; it’s Kyp Malone at his most exposed. Missing is the sonic fuzz, which leaves space for more melodic instrumentation and more focus on Kyp’s lyrical content. The sound of the album is musically diverse: lush Astral Weeks-eqsue orchestration, stripped down bluesy acoustic guitar/banjo strums, tribal drum beats, and soulful gospel breakdowns all tied together by Kyp’s soulful croak. After catching his tour kick-off at Bell House earlier in the week, we got together with Kyp to learn a little more about the… Read More