We were rather fascinated to see the recipe for Freddie Mercury’s favorite chicken dhansak turn up on the internet recently, courtesy of his onetime personal assistant, who published the secret behind the dish at the late singer’s official website. We’re not surprised to discover that Mercury was a good cook, nor that his favorite recipe draws on his Parsi heritage — and anyway, the whole thing got us thinking about what some of our other favorite musicians might eat. Cooking is an extension of creativity, after all, and as it turns out, there’s a heap of good recipes to be found online, courtesy of musicians whose work we admire as much as their culinary skills. … Read More
Nick Brandt used to live life in the fast lane. As a music video director, Brandt worked with such talents as Jewel, Moby, and — most famously — Michael Jackson, but nowadays he spends much of his time just waiting, which means waiting for the right moment to snap a picture. While directing the video for Jackson’s “Earth Song” in Tanzania in 1995, the British-born director discovered a new passion: the stunning, wild beasts of Africa. Switching from moving imagery to black-and-white photography, Brandt began a new career as a wildlife photographer in 2000 and by the end of the decade he had published several books and exhibited his amazing photos around the world.
So what makes his pictures different from the work of other photographers deep in the bush? Brandt never uses telephoto lenses. He wants to be as intimate with nature as he was with the stars he once brought to life on MTV. And to keep the focus on the wild creatures he now adores and has on view in a solo show at New York’s Hasted Kraeutler Gallery, the photographer founded the Big Life Foundation in 2010 to protect endangered animals in East Africa, with the sale of his prints helping the cause. Click through to view a few of our favorites. … Read More
Seeking a sense of what’s new in photography, we headed up to the Park Avenue Armory for the 32nd edition of the AIPAD Photography Show New York, which runs through April 1. Once inside the fair, we blocked out all of the marvelous vintage prints on view in order to focus on photos from the past few years that are taking the medium to new heights. From Matthew Brandt’s landscapes of lakes that are beautifully altered by the very water from those ponds and Laura Letinsky’s deconstructed still lives made from her previous prints to Michael Wolf’s screen grabs of mishaps from Google Street Views and Jim Campbell’s urban scenes with shadowy figures digitally moving through them, photography is shown to still be an open field with endless possibilities. Click through to view a few of our favorites. … Read More
The last time we were this obsessed with Moby, it was 1999, and we were cranking Play en route to an all-night study session. Three weeks ago, Moby gave us another bit of genius: Moby Los Angeles Architecture Blog. The self-proclaimed dilettante architectural photographer introduces the project by saying, “Most cities have big, grand, old, and well documented architecture. LA has idiosyncratic weirdness. Sometimes beautiful. Sometimes strange. Sometimes painfully banal. So when I walk/drive around LA I’ll take pictures of some of the strange, beautiful, ugly, banal, sublime, baffling buildings I come across.”
Summing up the very essence of arguably the most misunderstood city in the world, he goes on to say that “one of the very odd things about LA is that the most beautiful architecture in LA is hidden on tiny streets that very few people will ever see.” The majority of his images are black and white, so we can’t help but think that his cultural commentary, although casual, is intentionally rooted in film noir, a genre that’s as difficult to define as the city that created it. This subtle style might just be the most brilliant celebrity/ art intersect yet.
Click through to see Moby’s foray into the unseen world of Los Angeles, and let us know in the comments what oddball architecture you’ve noticed in your own city. … Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we examined the last words of 25 geniuses. We argued over Nerve’s rankings of Terrence Malick’s limited filmography. We watched Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer, Moby, and Stephen Merritt sing “Science Fiction Double Feature” from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. We were amused by some… Read More
The excellent Longshot magazine, whose staff you’ll recognize from their day jobs at places like Gawker and The Awl, has just published its second issue. The depressingly appropriate theme is debt — and not just the financial kind. Michelle Legro, Maria Popova, and illustrator Wendy MacNaughton contributed the “Circles of Influence” map above,… Read More
Another week, and another slew of free and joyously legal music to listen to on the internet. This time, we take in new albums from Kate Bush, Moby (no, wait, it’s actually quite good), and Friendly Fires, as well as the new Chad VanGaalen record and a tardily streaming album from Manchester Orchestra. If you like free music –- and, let’s face it, who doesn’t? –- then this is a fine old way to start your Monday morning. … Read More
It’s been almost 20 years since Moby (aka Richard Melville Hall) started making waves in the music world, and ten albums in, he’s still causing quite a splash. This May sees the release of Moby’s latest, Destroyed, a record he describes as more contemplative than his previous efforts. It’s accompanied by his first ever photography book, also called Destroyed, the perfect visual pairing for his new (and old) music.
In our latest interactive video interview, Moby discusses both new projects. He also talks about playing hardcore music, working for animal rights, and his favorite teas in the world — and shares some not-so-nice words for Sarah Palin and friends. Click through for the full Flavorpill Interactive Interview with Moby, where you control the questions. … Read More
In a recent New York Times article, Converse announced its plans to open a recording studio for struggling bands in Williamsburg. In the same piece, media critic Douglas Rushkoff pointed out that this is “just like the great painters… in the Renaissance, when it became impossible to sustain oneself as an artist without a patron.” This inspired us at Flavorpill to look back at the evolution of brand/band connections. Follow along as we trace the history, from early merchandising debacles to the present, when brands rely on artists to create a cool cache, while bands need brands’ financial support now that the record label system has come apart at the seams. … Read More
Phonak’s Hear the World initiative is on a mission to educate people about the dangers of hearing loss and how to handle it — and it has some high-profile friends on board.
Musicians and other celebrities, including Amy Winehouse, Peter Gabriel, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jude Law, Moby, Common, and Lindsay Lohan, have lent their faces (and voices) to the campaign as Hear the World “ambassadors.” Through their endorsement, the program’s numerous offerings are being noticed on a wide scale, giving the public access to vital information, and those in need invaluable support. … Read More