The ongoing brinkmanship in President Obama and John Boehner’s discussions about an increase in the national debt ceiling has got us at Flavorpill feeling just as nervous as everyone else in the country. Surely two educated and intelligent men can sit down and have a civilized discussion to thrash out some sort of deal and prevent the world’s largest economy from going into default? Um, apparently not. So we got to thinking that, well, maybe they need a soundtrack so make their discussions more pleasurable — or, perhaps, just to focus their mind on not fucking this up. Either way, we’ve composed a mixtape of ten topical songs for the debt crisis. Your suggestions are, as ever, welcome. … Read More
Say what you want about fancy equipment or an expensive studio setting — a lot of what makes a photograph memorable is all about having an interesting subject to work with and being at the right place at the right time. Case in point, Baron Wolman, who was Rolling Stone‘s first chief photographer back in the late ’60s, during the magazine’s first three years. Now, over 200 of the iconic images that he captured during this incredibly important period of music history are being released in a new coffee-table book.
“I enjoyed shooting every musician I ever photographed, each in a different way but each with respect for him or her, with great joy in the moment,” he explains. “When I was shooting a concert I didn’t ‘hear’ the music, I ‘saw’ the music. Through the lens I was looking for single visual moments which would reflect the essence of the performance in the pages of Rolling Stone.” Click through to preview some of our favorite photos in the iconic collection, from a pic of Ike and Tina sharing a San Francisco stage back in 1967 to Pete Townshend grinning at the piano in 1968 London. … Read More
As you probably know by now, the end is near. In fact, it’s tomorrow — at least, according to these unquestionably sane and reasonable folks. So, while crafting a top-notch tinfoil hat or slapping together a stairway to heaven would also be perfectly defensible ways to prepare for the apocalypse, here at Flavorpill we’re celebrating by asking our contributors and some of our favorite music critics which song they’d most like to hear before they die. (No, nobody picked anything as obvious as “It’s the End of the World as We Know It.”) Read about and listen to their diverse, surprising, and fascinating picks after the jump. … Read More
We recently got sent a copy of Of Montreal and Regina Spektor multi-instrumental maestro K Ishibashi’s debut solo EP Room for Dream, and were most pleasantly surprised by what we heard. It’s an assured and polished debut, and makes Ishibashi the latest heir to a long rock’n’roll tradition: the sideman/woman who stepped out of the shadows and proved themselves a fine songwriter in their own right. Here’s a selection of ten examples from the annals of contemporary music. … Read More
1. The 19 new films contending for the Palme d’or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival have been announced, and they include Pedro Almodóvar’s La Piel Que Habito, Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia, and Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life. [via ArtsBeat]
2. Bruce Campbell has confirmed that the long-rumored Evil Dead reboot will… Read More
There’s notorious interplay between the literary and musical arts – writers often end up becoming musicians, and just as frequently musicians turn into literary authors – so it’s safe to say the skills transfer over, at least to some extent. And the same goes for appreciation – book lovers tend to be music lovers as well, and we’ve discovered a new way to appreciate both mediums at once. Sure, you know which albums to listen to while you’re reading which books, but what if the albums themselves were books? An anonymous artist who goes by See Gee has taken a stab at an answer in an ongoing project imagining what classic records might look like if they had been born as books instead. And boy, do they look like books we want to read. Click through to see a few of our favorites and check out the rest at See Gee’s flickr page. … Read More
Over a beer recently, a friend told us the story of, um, getting busy with a new acquaintance. Apparently, all was going well until the lady in question got up to put a song on the stereo. Her choice? Pink Floyd’s “Mother.” Unsurprisingly, our friend’s mind quickly switched from getting jiggy to getting out of there as quickly as possible, and the whole incident got us thinking about amusingly inappropriate music to soundtrack having sex. So to celebrate Valentine’s Day, here’s 10 of our choices – awkward, hilarious, or just plain wrong. … Read More
1. Last night Conan O’Brien kicked off his live tour in Eugene, Oregon with appearances by Andy Richter, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, and Masturbating Bear. Watch a video of him performing “I Will Survive.” [via HuffPo]
2. Starting today you’ll see ads on Twitter; this first round of “Promoted Tweets” will… Read More
1. It’s official: Betty White will be hosting Saturday Night Live on May 8. Former cast members Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Molly Shannon, Maya Rudolph, Ana Gasteyer, and Rachel Dratch will also appear in the Mother’s Day episode. [via
Taking a cue from David Bowie’s classic covers album Pin Ups, Supergrass’ Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffey team up with uber-producer Nigel Godrich to put their own spin on music history as the Hot Rats.
Lifting their band name from a Frank Zappa album, the Britpop heroes dove into their influences head-on, covering tracks from the Velvet Underground, Gang of Four, the Kinks, Elvis Costello, Sex Pistols, and Bowie himself on the Hot Rats’ debut, Turn Ons. In addition to the album, the band also recorded a standalone single and video offering its take on the Beatles’ “Drive My Car.” … Read More