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Minnie Driver to Cover Elliott Smith and The Cure on New Album

Minnie Driver, possibly bored of the moderate success her two albums’ worth of original songs brought, is releasing a third… Read More

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Where to Start with the 13,000 Concert Videos in YouTube’s Music Vault

Last week, YouTube announced a partnership with Music Vault that brought thousands of remastered, high-quality live performances to the platform. More than 13,000 of these concert clips, to be exact, spanning every rock legend of the last 50 years all the way to modern indie favorites (and even a baffling amount of Limp Bizkit.) No longer will late-night YouTube rabbit-holes be relegated to lo-fi bootlegs or shaky cell phone footage, huzzah! The partnership marks an initial step in YouTube’s increased interest in the music space. … Read More

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25 Alternative Summer Anthems

As classic an earworm as Bananarama’s “Cruel Summer” is, one cannot subsist on it alone all season long. “Boys of Summer” has lost its charm by the end of June. And with all due respect, The Beach Boys’ view of the summertime — cute girls, cars, surfing — is pretty narrow. But that’s not to say songs about the summer — and by extension, sunny days, the beach, and all that accompanies them — are all clichés. From “White Light/White Heat” to “1979,” here are 25 “alternative” summer songs that still get the job… Read More

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The 50 Greatest Summer Albums, 1963-2013

Summer officially arrives this week, bringing with it afternoons in the park and rooftop parties and beaches. The thing is, though, every summer needs a soundtrack, and while every year there seems to be a rush to anoint a certain tune The Song of the Summer™, Flavorwire decided to go one better and choose a quintessential summer album for every one of the past 50 years, as something of a sequel to last month’s list of the 50 albums you need to own, 1963-2013. Click through and get… Read More

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10 Songs About Racism That Don’t Suck

By now you’ve no doubt heard Brad Paisley and LL Cool J’s thoroughly bewildering “Accidental Racist,” and wondered how in God’s name we live in a world where this song exists. We guess the sentiment is laudable enough, in its own cack-handed way — ultimately, it’s a plea for mutual understanding and racial reconciliation, which is something we can get behind, even if it is couched in curiously passive-agressive language and non-apologies — but boy is it ever both a) weird and b) plain old bad. In the spirit of the song’s message, though, here are a bunch of songs about racism that actually make for vaguely pleasurable (if often sad and chastening) listening experiences. … Read More

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Watch an Inspiring Conversation Between Patti Smith and Neil Young

What are you doing to cleanse your mental palette after months of constant election coverage? Taking a nap is a great option — that’s what we’re planning to do the minute we get home from work. But if you’re longing to immerse yourself in the cultural realm, what better way to do that than with an hour-long video of Patti Smith chatting with Neil Young? The conversation took place back in June at BookExpo America. Smith and Young go deep into the music on Americana, the first of two albums he released this year, talk about the similarities between writing books and albums, reminisce about the ’70s, and just generally indulge in a lovely exchange of ideas. Dig in after the jump. … Read More

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Lose Yourself in Neil Young’s Gorgeous 17-Minute ‘Ramada Inn’ Video

Tons of bands record the occasional song in excess of 15 minutes, but most of them don’t pick that track to make into a music video. Thankfully, Neil Young can do whatever he wants, so he’s made a beautiful, sprawling clip for “Ramada Inn,” a 17-minute cut from his forthcoming Crazy Horse album Psychedelic Pill. It opens with the very literal image of a psychedelic pill before cutting to a collage of washed-out mid-century archival footage — including the kind of open-road shots that are the approximate visual equivalent of a Neil Young and Crazy Horse song. Since the video is set up as a mind-altering experience, there are also a few beautiful passages where the natural imagery turns kaleidoscopic. You can’t (or at least probably shouldn’t) get high at work, so do the next best thing and lose yourself in “Ramada Inn” below. … Read More

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Photo Highlights From the 2012 Global Citizen Festival

Yesterday, over 60,000 people gathered at Central Park for the Global Citizen Festival, a massive outdoor concert thrown by the Global Poverty Project, an organization dedicated to ending extreme poverty across the world. Festival-goers were treated to performances from K’naan, Band of Horses, The Black Keys, Foo Fighters, and Neil Young & Crazy Horse, with a surprise appearance by John Legend, who sang just one song: John Lennon’s “Imagine,” in addition to presentations from speakers like Olivia Wilde, Katie Couric and Jeffrey Sachs and short films about the issue of the day. It was a fantastic festival for a very worthy cause. Our intrepid photographer, Gabriela Arp, documented the day — click through to check out her photographs, and if you were there, share your experience in the comments! … Read More

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