Before there was the platinum blonde wig, there was the paper bag. Pop singer Sia Furler has become known for hiding her face and using wigged proxies like Lena Dunham and 12-year-old dancer Maddie Ziegler, but the first incarnation of this attempt to maintain anonymity was the same as Shia LaBeouf’s: a paper bag mask that decried fame. In fact, Furler donned a bag months before LaBeouf debuted his “I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE” stunt at the Nymphomaniac premiere last February. In October 2013, Sia appeared on the cover of Billboard Magazine wearing a paper bag that touted her enormous commercial accomplishments as a songwriter before adding — imagine it — “…and [she] doesn’t want to be famous.” (The paper bag aesthetic has crept into Sia’s press photos as well.)
It’s no surprise that among Flavorwire staffers, Hole’s masterpiece Live Through This remains an all-time favorite. Back in April, when the album turned 20, we tapped some of our favorite musicians and music writers to dissect the album track by track. Reading Australian music critic Anwen Crawford’s new 33 1/3 chapbook on Live Through This, however, I got a sense that there are endless words for art as complicated as this. … Read More
This morning, we woke up to this haunting video for the previously unreleased title track from Antony and the Johnsons’ new live album, which drops tomorrow, and we have to admit, we were a little scared to come into the office afterwards. The song, originally written for The Life and Death of Marina Abramović, Antony Hegarty’s operatic biography of the Serbian-born artist, is full of Hegarty’s trademark lilting vocals and heartbreakingly beautiful chord progressions. The NABIL-directed video, which will screen on August 11 at the Southbank Centre in London as part of the Meltdown Festival, stars Willem Defoe, Carice van Houten (if you’re not quite sure why she gives you that sexy sinking feeling, she plays Melisandre on Game of Thrones), and of course, Marina Abramović herself, and is a restrained, moody enigma — and it also gets quite a bit violent, so if you’re squeamish, watch with caution. … Read More
1. D’Angelo made his first TV appearance in over a decade at last night’s BET Awards. Check out a few minutes from his fantastic performance, which included his beloved hit song “Untitled (How Does It Feel),” as well as a new track called “Sugar Daddy,” here.
2. In other BET Awards-related news,… Read More
Last week, we gave in to our voyeuristic tendencies and brought you a slideshow of rare photos of cultural icons snapped in their own beds. This week, our we’d like to revisit the topic, but instead of focusing on the celebrities, take a closer look at the intimate spaces that they choose to inhabit. From Sylvia Plath’s temporary digs at the former Barbizon Hotel for Women to Norman Mailer’s sleek “sleeping loft,” we’ve rounded up some fantastic images after the jump. Let us know in the comments whose bedroom you’d like to steal. … Read More