We were fascinated to see yesterday afternoon that Dangerous Minds’ latest YouTube discovery was… a vintage radio ad for The Velvet Underground. Quite apart from the fact that the ad in question is weird as hell, we were amazed by the simple existence of such a promo for a Velvet Underground album, and the whole thing got us thinking: If Lou Reed et al were getting plugged on radio back in the day, surely there must have been other, similarly unexpected slots? Sure enough, looking for radio ads for ’60s and ’70s bands turns out to be one hell of an awesome YouTube rabbit hole. Record companies shelled out to promote bands you’d never, ever expect, and there’s a certain bizarre charm to the resultant commercials — especially when it’s clear that whoever wrote the ads didn’t know what on earth to make of the band in question. We’ve shared a selection of the best! … Read More
1. Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Elliott Carter passed away yesterday in Manhattan. He was 103 years old. In an obituary, The New York Times writes that his music “could seem harmonically brash and melodically sharp-edged on the first hearing, but it often yielded drama and lyricism on better acquaintance.”
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It’s a reflex that goes back to adolescence or watching HIGH FIDELITY too many times on cable – when life throws us a few lemons, we make a mix tape.
Now that it’s 2008, channeling our pain into music is much less labor intensive, but still a catharsis-inducing mental challenge when done well.
That’s why we’re introducing Flavorwire Playlist, a feature where we take the current event that has us feeling depressed this week, whip up a list of 10 tracks that dull the pain and ask you to best our creative genius in comments below.
After the jump, our debut effort pegged to the news that EXXON just broke their record for profits.
Enjoy and good luck! … Read More