Here at Flavorwire, we’re constantly fascinated by the creative process and what drives people to be artists. In the past, we’ve looked into musicians discussing their songwriting process, and we’re similarly interested in what drives people to start creating in the first place. We’ve delved around and come up with a selection of quotes from our favorite musicians about how they got started on music, why it is they do what they do, and/or what they’re hoping to achieve with the creation of their art. The results are both revealing and fascinating.… Read More
Rumors of All Tomorrow’s Parties’ demise, it appears, have been at least somewhat exaggerated. The festival’s well-publicized financial problems, along with its move from Asbury Park to a location on the Lower East Side that goes by the name of “Basketball City,” raised speculations that this year’s event wouldn’t live up to past glories. But while the location was definitely a downgrade from the Jersey boardwalk, and a couple of late line-up switches meant we missed out on seeing Chavez and an acoustic Lee Ranaldo set, this year’s festival remained a thoroughly enjoyable weekend. Flavorpill’s ace photographer Leila Morrissey was in attendance — check out a gallery of highlights after the jump. … Read More
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Mitt Romney Paul Ryan is the world’s most unlikely Rage Against the Machine fan, and the spectacular WTF-ness of his inexplicable declaration of fondness for left-wing agitrock will endure as one of the stranger moments of the 2012 campaign trail. The whole strange business also got us thinking: well, there are plenty of features around wherein artists have been asked to choose a selection of their favorite albums or songs. Surely there are some wacky choices in there? We got reading, and yep, there are some real winners to be found… so here’s a selection of such choices that we found particularly interesting — either selections we’d never heard of, or selections we just wouldn’t have expected. Who’d have thought that Bradford Cox was the only person in the world to like the second MGMT album, or that Frank Black was into weird faux-Greek music, or that both Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull were experts on reggae? Read on for more…
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In our humble opinion, All Tomorrow’s Parties is the best music festival in the world — the kind of event that music nuts like your Flavorpill editors spend idle moments fantasizing about. So, like the rest of America’s ATP junkies, we’ve been impatiently awaiting an initial line-up announcement ever since we heard in December that a reunited Afghan Whigs would be headlining and co-curating this year’s I’ll Be Your Mirror in Asbury Park, NJ. And now it’s here, and it’s fantastic!
The biggest news is that Ian Svenonius’ reunited late-’90s gospel-punk project The Make-Up, who are playing an ATP in London this spring, are on the bill, despite uncertainty about whether they’d play any stateside shows outside their native DC. Comedy fans, meanwhile, will be excited to hear that Louis CK — probably the biggest comedian the festival has even drawn — will perform. The rest of the line-up is just classic, awesome ATP: Mark Lanegan, Dirty Three, Scrawl, Sharon Van Etten, The Roots, Thee Oh Sees, Factory Floor, etc.
Tickets go on sale Monday (2/27) at 10 am ET, via atpfestival.com — and this year, if you buy before March 27th, you can purchase your weekend passes for only $199. (The price will climb to $249 after that.) Click through to see the full list of who’s playing, and remember, additions will be forthcoming in the months before the festival. … Read More
Welcome to your Monday slog, worker bees! We can’t make your hangover magically disappear or do anything about that pile of papers on your desk, but we can try to make your day a bit more pleasant with our weekly roundup of notable albums to stream for free online. This week’s haul is an impressive one, featuring the latest from of Montreal and Sharon van Etten, a promising debut from buzz-band Blondes, a deep, dark solo record by Mark Lanegan, and an unnecessary (but entirely welcome) reminder that Aretha Franklin is the best. Gorge yourself on great new music after the jump. … Read More
With his fifth album under the Twilight Singers moniker, former Afghan Whigs frontman Greg Dulli regroups his collective for one of his strongest, darkest efforts yet.
As always, there are notable guests on hand for Dynamite Steps, with frequent Dulli collaborators Mark Lanegan and Joseph Arthur both appearing, along with Ani DiFranco and the Verve’s Nick McCabe. Drenched in the explosive booze-and-soul-fueled rock with which Dulli is synonymous, the album also hints at the more slow-burning menace of his other project with Lanegan, the Gutter Twins. … Read More
With Where Did the Night Fall, UNKLE mastermind James Lavelle reinvents the band he brought to fame with DJ Shadow as a psych-rock dream fest.
The group’s fourth album features contributions from contemporary psych darlings Sleepy Sun and the Black Angels, as well as Celebration vocalist Katrina Ford. Also on board are past collaborators Autolux, Gavin Clark, Joel Cadbury, and the inimitable Mark Lanegan, who closes the record with the wistful, morning-after lament “Another Night Out.” … Read More