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Literary Mixtape: Scarlett O'Hara

If you’ve ever wondered what your favorite literary characters might be listening to while they save the world/contemplate existence/get into trouble, or hallucinated a soundtrack to go along with your favorite novels, well, us too. But wonder no more! Here, we sneak a look at the hypothetical iPods of some of literature’s most interesting characters. What would be on the personal playlists of Holden Caulfield or Elizabeth Bennett, Huck Finn or Harry Potter, Tintin or Humbert Humbert? Something revealing, we bet. Or at least something danceable. Read on for a cozy reading soundtrack, character study, or yet another way to emulate your favorite literary hero. This week: the always divisive literary diva Scarlett O’Hara. … Read More

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The Evolution of Androgyny in Music Videos

There’s something very compelling about androgyny, as we all know. But the theme resonates particularly, it seems, for those fashion-forward expressionists known as popular musicians. Architecture in Helsinki’s new video, featuring an ambiguous protagonist being groped by body-less limbs, got us thinking about the trajectory of androgyny in music videos — we tend to associate the trope with the ’80s, but in truth, the look seems to cycle in and out of fashion and it never quite loses its grip on our imagination. Though, let’s not lie, 1983 was a really big year for androgyny. We’ve also noticed that something about androgyny works especially well for redheads. Click through for a brief and incomplete look at the evolution of androgyny in music videos, and let us know what we’ve missed! … Read More

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

Today at Flavorpill, we couldn’t look away from some of the weirdest/ugliest buildings in contemporary architecture. We decided that this could be the geekiest cake of all time. We discovered why intelligent people drink more alcohol. We tried to pick a favorite from this list of 10… Read More

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The Top 10 Albums of 2009 That Didn’t Make Pitchfork’s Top 50

Sure, there’s something to be said for pushing boundaries, constantly seeking out strange new sounds, and generally compiling the ephemera of the musical universe. But if there’s one thing any music fan with a taste for hooks knows, it’s that the folks at Pitchfork have a habit of often missing the forest for the trees. While the online indie-music kings at the site spend their days approaching music from a nigh-on scientific standpoint, some of the year’s best music can end up getting the shaft, simply because it isn’t weird or progressive enough. So, we weren’t all that surprised to see that a lot of our favorite albums of 2009 were omitted from Pitchfork’s top 10 albums of the year list. However, the fact that many of them not only also failed to appear in the site’s top 50, but even the honorable mentions, was a little too much to let slide. … Read More

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Daily Dose Pick: Dragonette

With their second album, Canadian electro-pop quartet Dragonette offer some of the hookiest dance-floor ready tunes of the year.

Led by frontwoman Martina Sorbara, the band trades in the oversexed focus of its debut for the more nuanced songwriting of Fixin to Thrill, evoking contemporaries such as Metric and La Roux, or a saucier take on fellow Canucks Tegan and Sara (whose new album also drops today). They even saved the best track, “Don’t Be Funny,” for… Read More

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Daily Dose Pick: La Roux

With her distinctively coiffed hair and perfectly crafted synthpop, La Roux’s Elly Jackson revives the spirit of the Eurythmics and the Human League.

The 21-year-old artist is quick to declare her love for George Michael and lack thereof for Lady Gaga, while citing everyone from David Bowie to Molly Ringwald among her influences. Her self-titled debut album, written with producer Ben Langmaid, is full of back-to-back hits in the making, and has already made her a star in her native UK. … Read More

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