Mark Ronson

Secrets of the White Sea: How M83’s Morgan Kibby Made Pop’s Newest Break-Up Classic

Morgan Kibby, looking like a Manhattan vision of a fourth wife, is trying to eat bacon gracefully. For the most part she’s succeeding — her pot of tea, low-cut cape-blouse, statement jewelry, and effortless mane of black hair help with that. But for those familiar with her music, this study in contrasts feels about right. … Read More

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Trailer Park: Coming of Age and Going to War

Welcome to “Trailer Park,” our regular Friday feature where we collect the week’s new trailers all in one place and do a little “judging a book by its cover,” ranking them from worst to best and taking our best guess at what they may be hiding. We’ve got seven new trailers for you this week; check ‘em all out after the jump. … Read More

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Literary Mixtape: James Bond

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: Bond, James Bond. … Read More

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

Today at Flavorpill, we were surprised to discover that Napoleon’s brother Joseph spent part of his life in New Jersey. We liked Moviefone’s list of five sequels that are pretty much the same as the originals, which was inspired by The Hangover Part II. We were shocked by the total cost… Read More

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Theophilus London on Mark Ronson, Damon Albarn, and Debuts

New York-based rapper Theophilus London is on a roll. After dropping his first EP, Lovers Holiday, last month, he’s putting the finishing touches on his debut album and getting ready to take on the world. Not that he hasn’t been noticed already. His early remixes and mixtapes (Jam! and This Charming Mixtape) brought him to the attention of artists including Mark Ronson and Damon Albarn and led to guest turns with Ronson’s Business Intl, Gorillaz, and Dave Sitek’s Maximum Balloon.

Lovers Holiday, which includes guest appearances by Solange Knowles and Tegan and Sara’s Sara Quin, is a perfect taste of the genre-confounding music that London makes — a mash-up of hip-hop, pop, old-school funk, and soul. For an artist who cites Michael Jackson, the Smiths, and Arthur Russell among his influences, it’s hardly surprising he stands out from the crowd as much as he does. In our exclusive interactive interview, London reveals what to expect from his first album, what it’s like becoming the face of two brands at once, and why he still feels like a fan around some of his friends. Plus: an impromptu music video for a previously unheard album track! … Read More

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Literary Mixtape: Jay Gatsby

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: Jay Gatsby, Fitzgerald’s ink and paper representation of the quintessential American dream — with a dark side. … Read More

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Oil Paintings of Indie Rock Royalty

In an ongoing project, artist Joe Simpson (no, not that Joe Simpson) creates beautifully detailed, near-photorealistic portraits of his favorite musicians. He meets with the musicians, takes their photographs, and then works from the photos to create these amazing oil paintings. At present he has completed about 14 paintings — he aims to create around 30 before the project goes up as a solo exhibition later this year. Click through to see our favorite pieces so far, and for more of Simpson’s beautiful musician portraits and to see a few of his other projects, check out his website. … Read More

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Flavorpill Fix Episode Six: Animation Block Party-Rocking Beats

Animation and music videos go together like juggalos and Faygo. And that’s why we’re so excited to present the newest installment of the Flavorpill Fix, a collaboration with our pals at Animation Block Party, New York’s wildest and most wonderful animation film festival. This special episode pairs some of Block Party’s best shorts — including our personal favorite, the “oregano”-heavy TV series “Cooking 420 with Chef Barry” — with animated videos we love, featuring everyone from Mark Ronson to Jeffrey and Jack Lewis to Boca Chica. Watch the full episode and learn more after the jump. New Yorkers can watch this very same show tonight at 10:30 pm on NYC life, channel 25. … Read More

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

Today at Flavorpill, we questioned the necessity of Glee star Lea Michele posing in her underwear for a creepster photographer like Terry Richardson in GQ. We eyed these beautiful chandeliers made from old bike parts. We listened to Mark Ronson’s cover of Arcade Fire’s “We Used to Wait.” We… Read More

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Daily Dose Pick: Mark Ronson & the Business Intl

Ditching his signature horn sounds, super-producer Mark Ronson drafted in a raft of friends to create Record Collection, an album of seductive retro pop and soulful dance-floor jams.

Dubbing his new collective the Business Intl, Ronson put his talented pals to work both in front of the mic and behind the scenes. Guest vocalists include Q-Tip, MNDR, Ghostface Killah, Miike Snow frontman Andrew Wyatt, Spank Rock, D’Angelo, and even Boy George, while members of Kaiser Chiefs, the Zutons, and the Drums all contributed to the songwriting. … Read More

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