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Perhaps you were crushed, as I was, when you heard that the Flaming Lips’ collaboration with Kesha, titled, if… Read More
“Thom Yorke hates Spotify” is one of the first Google auto-fills that pop up for me when I enter the Radiohead frontman’s name. I can’t say I remember ever googling that particular phrase, perhaps because I know it to be a fact. The series of tweets he rattled off about music’s most popular streaming service, along with frequent producer and Atoms For Producer bandmate Nigel Godrich, have become beef as classic as a Big Mac. Still, Yorke really did put his money where his mouth is when he removed portions of his discography (Atoms for Peace’s AMOK and his 2006 solo debut, The Eraser) from the streaming service.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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