It’s Friday, which means it’s time for another installment of our regular roundup of downloadable MP3 goodness from around the web. This week’s MP3 landscape is a pretty barren one, to be honest, but never fear, we’ve still found a bunch of stuff that’s worth your time and bandwidth: the return of School of Seven Bells, new tunes from Jonti, Captain Murphy, and Steve Hauschildt of Emeralds, weird soundtrack-y goodness from Yves Malone, Factory Floor remixing How to Destroy Angels, and a couple of cracking mixtapes for good measure. Since all this action costs precisely nothing, what are you waiting for? All the download links await after the jump. … Read More
Matt and Kim
Things have been going well for Chiddy Bang. The Philadelphia hip-hop duo doesn’t even have a proper album yet, but Chidera “Chiddy” Anamege and Noah “Xaphoon Jones” Beresin have already developed a major following thanks to the success of their mixtapes, which build rap hits on indie-rock skeletons, sampling artists including MGMT, Passion Pit, Sufjan Stevens, and Matt & Kim. Their latest mixtape, Peanut Butter and Swelly, just dropped and is available to download for free; to celebrate its release, Chiddy did nothing less than break the world record for freestyling, rapping for over nine hours straight for MTV. As the duo preps for the release of its long-awaited debut album, Breakfast, we caught up with him for the latest in our interactive video series. Click through and control the questions yourself in our exclusive interview. … Read More
Andy Warhol’s art was all about reappropriation and recontextualization, so the many pop-culture portrayals of the artist seem like the best possible tribute. Everyone from Guy Pearce to David Bowie has done Warhol on the big screen, and today an image of Saturday Night Live’s Bill Hader playing the role in Men in Black III is making the rounds. (Side note: Anyone have a clue what Warhol is even doing in this movie?) Artists have also been known to don the white wig for conceptual commentaries on pop art — and, sometimes, celebrities get dolled up as Warhol just for kicks (or magazine covers). Check out some notable impersonations after the jump. … Read More
Remember the good old days, when all that Matt and Kim did to grab attention for their music videos was strip down in Times Square? Now the Brooklyn duo is beating each other up. Brutally. With instruments! And they always seemed like such a happy couple… Click through to check out the music video for “Cameras,” a song off of their 2010 release Sidewalks, and let us know what you think. … Read More
Happy November, and welcome to this week’s installment of the Flavorpill Mixtape. Up for grabs, we have new tracks from N.E.R.D., Kanye West, Fang Island, Violens, and oh so much more. So bundle up, remember to Right Click + Save As (or go on down to the bottom to download it all in one go), and enjoy! … Read More
As you may have heard, Erykah Badu has dropped a buzzy new music video for “Window Seat” from her new album New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh. Why the hype? In the five-minute clip — which is an homage to Matt and Kim’s “Lessons Learned” — the soul songstress strips down from a black overcoat into eventual full-frontal nudity.
But as quickly as it surfaced, the video was taken down from YouTube by Universal Music Group, and we were left feeling slightly pervy for craving more naked music videos. We’ve done the dirty work so that you don’t have to, and rounded up 10 of our all-time favorites after the jump. We’ve come a long way since Duran Duran’s “Girls on Film.” … Read More
It’s no secret that we’re all about Matt and Kim (we especially like’m naked and kicking it at college). Still, we can’t help but feel they’re being used by Bacardi to white-wash the brand. In a new ad featuring “Daylight,” a Jake Gyllenhaal look-alike traipses through a series of high-end dance halls, each from a different era, all in search of the mighty mojito. The absurdity of Matt and Kim playing anywhere but a broken-down basement aside, the song is bizarrely out of step with the flappers, swing steps, ballroom dancing, and psychedelic love-in.
Check out the ad after the jump: keep an eye out for the androgynous singer (it isn’t Matt!), and see if you can spot ANYONE that isn’t white (aside from the stereotyped piano man showing pearly teeth). … Read More
New York indie-pop duo Matt and Kim have caused quite a stir with their new video for “Lessons Learned.” In the clip, the two (apparently) strip naked while walking through Times Square on a cold day. We’re not sure quite how they pulled it off, but many people remain unconvinced. Whether or not we’re getting the full (censored) picture, it goes without saying that cordoning off one of the busiest parts of the city during the day and bringing in scores of extras is no small feat; the alternative being that a number of kids out there had some serious questions for mom and dad after their excursion in the Big Apple. After the jump, watch the video and let us know how you think it went down. (And whatever you believe, we dare you not to gasp at the end.) … Read More
The Hood Internet have been pumping out mixtapes and mashups at alarming rates for years. As a Brooklyn resident (Crown Heights doesn’t equal race riots, in case you’re still wondering), I was hit particularly hard by “Good Ol’ Fashion Rump Shaker” pairing two Brooklyn heavy hitters, Matt & Kim (who we… Read More
Photo: Kaitlin McGowan
Before becoming indie superstars, drum-and-keyboard duo Matt and Kim were just another pair of students at Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute. They met while attending classes at the prestigious art school, with Matt Johnson (Class of ’04) majoring in film and Kim Schifino (Class of ’02) focused on illustration. Shortly after graduating from Pratt, Matt and Kim started learning their instruments, and were quickly pushed into their first show by fellow Pratt alumni Japanther.
On a cold Sunday afternoon, we met Matt and Kim in the Pratt cafeteria for a trip down memory lane. After the jump, the band takes us on a tour, poses for pics, drops some art-school tips, and shares their favorite college memories. … Read More