The Rolling Stones were in the news recently — not for their 50th anniversary, but because their fans apparently hate the logo that’s been designed to commemorate said anniversary. In fairness, you can hardly blame them, since the image in question involves sticking the band’s signature lips-and-tongue image on, um, a silverback gorilla. Designer Walton Ford seems pretty happy with the backlash; “The last people I wanted to please,” he told Rolling Stone this week, “were Rolling Stones fans.” Anyway, love it or hate it, the logo got us thinking about some truly dreadful exercises in band branding. Here are some of our favorites. … Read More
You may have heard that The National, bless them, will be at P.S. 1 in New York this weekend, performing the same song — “Sorrow,” from their album High Violet — for six hours straight, as part of a collaboration with artist Ragnar Kjartansson. According to the gallery, the show “continues [Kjartansson’s] explorations into the potential of repetitive performance to produce sculptural presence within sound.” That’s all very well, but where does this fit into the hierarchy of insanely long shows? Read on to find out. … Read More
We were sad to hear of the death of British designer and artist Storm Thorgerson earlier this week. Thorgerson was a hugely influential and distinctive designer of album covers — he’s best known for his work with Pink Floyd, but he designed sleeves for all sorts of bands over the years. His style was instantly recognizable — heavily influenced by surrealism, and heavy on visual non-sequiturs that were both memorable and somehow disconcerting, presented with neither context nor explanation, apparently laden with meaning but defying simple interpretation. We’ve collected some of his most memorable designs here as a celebration of his life and work. … Read More
A couple of weeks back, our esteemed literary editor Emily Temple surveyed the books that might make you beat a hasty retreat if you saw them on a potential date’s bookshelf, or in their handbag. The post got plenty of heated comments, and it also got us thinking about the other place you might look to snoop on a date’s cultural credentials: their record collection (or, failing that, their iPod.) And so, as we did for books, we asked around Flavorpill central to find out which artists might, if discovered on a potential date’s playlist, put an end to that date pretty damn quickly. We received plenty of responses, and the entirely personal, subjective, and often hotly debated results await after the jump. … Read More
Major music festivals attract no shortage of criticism for recruiting nostalgia acts as headliners. While these gripes are sometimes exaggerated or misplaced, Bonnaroo has just announced its 2012 lineup, and the big names are basically a mid-’90s mixtape: Radiohead, Phish, and Red Hot Chili Peppers are headlining, along with the reunited Beach Boys (whose Grammy performance didn’t exactly leave us craving more). Of course, the rest of the bill is full of the usual suspects — recent Grammy winners Skrillex and Bon Iver, acts that harken back to the festival’s collegiate jam-band roots (Dispatch, Umphrey’s McGee, Superjam), and indie-mainstream cross-over bands like Foster the People, The Avett Brothers, and Feist.
This isn’t to say that Bonnaroo (and even some of the acts in the categories above) is bereft of exciting bookings. We’re certainly excited to see tUnE-yArDs, Flying Lotus, Yelawolf, St. Vincent, Phantogram, Kurt Vile, Alabama Shakes, Big Freedia, The War on Drugs, and especially — because we love her but her music isn’t obvious summer-festival fare — EMA on the bill. Check out the entire lineup after the jump, acquaint yourself with any unfamiliar artists via this handy Spotify playlist, and let us know whether you’re planning a trip to Manchester, TN this June 7-10 in the comments. … Read More
It was with great joy that we learned yesterday that Roxy Music really is reuniting… with Brian Eno! Although Bryan Ferry and co. had been working on new material and racking up tour dates for quite a while, and there had been talk about Eno contributing, we finally got a release date for the record: Bryan Ferry’s Olympia , which also features Roxy members Phil Manzanera and Andy Mackay, will come out October 25 via Virgin. Flea, who is in just about every band at this point, Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, and Nile Rodgers of Chic will appear on the album, which also boasts guest spots by Scissor Sisters, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, and Primal Scream’s Mani. Not too shabby!
For glam-rock fans, this is especially notable because Eno’s departure was the result of a major feud with Ferry. We never thought we’d see them together again, but stranger things have happened. While holdouts still abound (The Smiths, for one), even bands that promised they’d never reunite are touring and recording again. After the jump, 10 bands that claimed they were done for good, only to return months, years, or decades later — with varying results. Watch the reunion videos and tell us which reunions you think were and weren’t mistakes after the jump. … Read More
Bruce Springsteen and Phish. Trent Reznor’s last concert. An economically-successful music festival in this crappy economy. This year’s Bonnaroo has been making headlines for a handful of reasons, but when we sent Flavorpill shutterbug Mike Newman road tripping down to Manchester, Tennessee, to cover the fest for us, we gave him some… Read More
Last Friday, Long Island swelled with torrential rain showers as over 15,000 Phish fans (some with tickets and some without) descended upon the Jones Beach amphitheater to catch the end of the epic band’s three-night run in Wantagh. While the four hirsute band members brought joy into the hearts of their delirious and dancing fans, there was plenty to irk the unconverted. After the jump, a list of highlights for phans and non-phans… Read More