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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Finally, Four. With a mix of lopsided blowouts and down-to-the-wire nail-biters, everyone’s office bracket came one step closer to irrelevant, as Connecticut, Michigan State, North Carolina, and Villanova made it to the Final Four. While the field is Cinderella-free, these final contenders are all on a fairly even keel, helping to secure the NCAA’s reputation as the US sporting championship most worthy of non-fans’ attention. Thankfully, the attendance should find more actual students in the stands of Detroit’s massive Ford Field. … Read More
Year-end list time is here, and Mike at Idolator did us a favor by throwing together the album picks from New York, The Guardian and Time. Wait, Time? Since when did their music picks become relevant? Since their Top 10 started looking more like someone hit the random shuffle on our iPod and less like someone hit the random shuffle on our mom’s iPod:
(1) Lil Wayne and (6) Kanye West, both obvious but completely relevant, choices. (2) TV On The Radio, (4) Girl Talk, (5) Vampire Weekend and (7) Santogold — someone has been reading their Stereogum. (3) Metallica, (8) Portishead and (9) Lucinda Williams are oldies but goodies, and while VH-1 friendly talent like (10) Duffy is just the kind of artist who we’d expect to see Time salute, we’ve always liked her.
Obviously list author Josh Tyrangiel is much cooler than we would have thought — but is he working off from some weird formula? Call us really crazy conspiracy theorists — because in this case we are — but in many ways this could be a replay of last year’s list. Sure the names are different, but they are similar ideas at work.
Take a look at the eerie parallels we’ve unearthed after the jump and see if you agree. … Read More