The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. A surprising new twist in the ever-continuing Netflix saga: Dreamworks has decided to ditch its current deal with HBO and offer the streaming service the exclusive rights to its output, at about $30 million per movie — a $10 million increase in revenue. [via NYT]

2. Goodnight, sweet prince: Arch West, the… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Here is your first look at the artwork for Lulu, that joint album by Lou Reed and Metallica. The collaboration, which is based on a 1913 play by Frank Wedekind about the life of an abused dancer, is due out in the US on November 1.

2. As the new pricing… Read More

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A Field Guide to Musical Typography

Regular readers of Flavorpill will no doubt have noticed that we are suckers for anything typography-related, so it’s really only been a matter of time until we found a way to combine our typographic geekdom with our love for music. And, indeed, the two fields aren’t as disconnected as one might think at first glance — there’ve been a number of interesting design- and typography-based trends in music over the decades since bands started putting out albums that needed accompanying artwork and lettering. After the jump, we give you a potted history of ten of music’s most interesting typographic movements and moments. Did we miss anything? … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. The Daily reports that Dave Chappelle — who walked away from a $50 million Comedy Central deal back in 2005 — is working on a new TV show that will be for a paid subscription service.

2. After performing a crowd-pleasing duet of “Sweet Jane” at a Rock and Roll Hall… Read More

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Metallica Drummer Lars Ulrich Cast in Hemingway Biopic

The multifarious bell is certainly tolling for Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich these days. Ulrich, last seen playing himself in a cameo role in Get Him to the Greek, has been cast in an HBO drama entitled Hemingway and Gellhorn, a film, unsurprisingly, about “the romance between Ernest Hemingway and WWII correspondent Martha Gellhorn, Hemingway’s inspiration for “For Whom… Read More

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A Metalhead’s Guide to Valentine’s Day

By all indications, Valentine’s Day is the least metal holiday possible. You’re reveling in all the icy, cavernous gloom of mid-winter and then BOOM: frilly pink hearts and stuffed puppies everywhere. It’s enough to make you want to tear shit up, even more than usual. But chin up, metalheads: St. Valentine himself was martyred in a totally gruesome manner (beheading!), and the original pagan holiday Lupercalia, pre-heart-shaped cards and overpriced prix fixe dinners, was partially in honor of the she-wolf that suckled Romulus and Remus, founders of Rome. Wolves, goats, and revelry? Maybe Valentine’s Day can be metal after all. Click through for our guide to celebrating V-day the metal way. … Read More

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Chart of Excellence: The Periodic Table of Rockin'

If you happen to be a chemistry nerd and a metalhead — and believe us, there’s quite an overlap — it’s tempting to think about metal music as actual different kinds of metal. Iron Maiden would obviously be ferrous — but what metal is Metallica, exactly? Would Foghat be inert? Luckily, the folks over at Roadside… Read More

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Daily Dose Pick: Lissie

Rootsy California singer/songwriter Lissie caught the public ear with her heartfelt covers of Lady Gaga, Kid Cudi, and Metallica, but her debut album shows she’s just as captivating with her own songs.

Catching a Tiger features a lively blend of rock, country, and classic pop, often reminiscent of Stevie Nicks-fronted Fleetwood Mac, and always anchored by Lissie’s stunningly soulful vocals. The sensibilities are retro, to be sure, equally mining ’70s and ’80s West Coast tropes — but always with enough sincerity to leave little doubt about Lissie’s earth-bound authenticity. … Read More

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Sounds Like Interrogation: Top 10 Torture Songs

Last week Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails joined Pearl Jam, the Roots, R.E.M., and other bands who support the National Campaign to Close Guantanamo’s effort to declassify documents dealing with the uses of loud music as an interrogation technique. According to previously declassified reports, interrogators have used Metallica, Britney Spears, and even Sesame Street in the past. Many artists are outraged that their music was used without their… Read More

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

Today at Flavorpill, we were hypnotized by this photo. We vowed never to get near Jim Breuer and a stuffed crust pizza. We realized that David Bowie is secretly a manga character. We were shocked that monkeys prefer Metallica over Tool. We watched Jiminy Glick interview Ronald McDonald about waterboarding chickens. We felt like mutants. We learned how to make the scariest pumpkin ever. We got Weezy with it. We adopted some abandoned words — like lardlet and rendling. We contributed to the longest poem in the world. And finally, we got really excited about a Jack White/Keith Richards collab. Do you think the rumors that White is producing the next Rolling Stones album could be… Read More

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