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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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Intimate Photos of Rock Stars from 1960s and ’70s ‘Melody Maker’

We were always big fans of now-defunct UK music weekly Melody Maker — it was always rather less self-important and more lighthearted than the NME — so we were chuffed to see that the Morrison Hotel Gallery in NYC is hosting a retrospective of work by one of the publication’s staff photographers, Barrie Wentzell. Wentzell shot for the magazine in the 1960s and 1970s, and the exhibition covers the years 1965-75, including portraits of Leonard Cohen, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, and various other luminaries of the era. The gallery has been kind enough to give us a sneak peek at some of the images, along with commentary from the photographer. See the photos and hear the stories behind them… Read More

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10 Famous Musicians’ Geeky Hobbies

We tend to think of musicians as being cooler than us. And while that may be true, they’re also often bigger geeks than we would imagine. Did you know, for instance, that the man who was Ziggy Stardust is always down for a good chess match? Or that Lily Allen makes delightful cushions? Can you guess which hip-hop pioneer owns 5,000 souvenir mugs? Click through to read all about famous rock stars’ nerdy obsessions — and find out which international pop star plays Scrabble with Salman… Read More

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Photo Hightlights from the 2012 Outside Lands Festival

Now in its fifth year, San Francisco’s Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival took over Golden Gate Park this past weekend, with a diverse lineup that included everyone from long-established legends like Neil Young and Stevie Wonder to more emerging acts like Tanlines and Zola Jesus. Flavorpill sent photographer Scott Dudelson into the crowded park — which was packed with some 200,000 music fans — to cover the three-day festival for us; click through to see our favorite shots that he captured. … Read More

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Neil Young, Foo Fighters to Headline Free Central Park Concert

What’s better than Neil Young, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, Band of Horses, and K’naan playing a free concert in New York City’s Central Park on September 29th? How about all that, plus the news that these acts are coming together for Global Festival, a collaboration between the Global Poverty Project and Goldenvoice that aims… Read More

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