Pixies

The 10 Albums You Need to Hear in April

I’m calling it now: April will be the biggest month of 2014 for indie rock releases. The competition was stiff, and my ears are tired. We’ve got Mac DeMarco, EMA, Cloud Nothings, the return of Afghan Whigs — and that’s just the… Read More

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Pixies Release Third Surprise EP, New Video for ‘Snakes’

Pixies started the week with a fantastic new video — an action/thriller cast with papier-mâché bobbleheads — for EP 2 closer “Snakes”… Read More

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25 of the Best Sophomore Albums Ever Made

You know how it goes: a band or a musician puts out a stellar first album, receives heaps of praise and success, and then goes back to the recording studio and turns out a second album. What a bummer, it’s not as good. But is this trend a real thing, or just a myth fueled by how disappointed we, as listeners and critics, can be when artists’ albums don’t live up to our expectations? What follows shows that plenty of great artists were able to avoid the sophomore slump — and, in some cases, turned out the best album of their careers.… Read More

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The 20 Best Musical Moments in ‘Veronica Mars’: A Playlist

Music has always been an important part of Veronica Mars. The show was ace at making a great scene even better by pairing it with just the right song, creating thoroughly affecting moments that have stuck with viewers long after the show ended its three-season run. It’s impossible to hear The Dandy Warhols’ “We Used To Be Friends” without expecting to hear it followed by a sassy Veronica voiceover (and don’t even bring up the altered version that replaced the original during Season 3). It’s still downright traumatic to listen to Mike Doughty’s “I Hear the Bells,” while the ultimate fate of Veronica and Logan’s relationship is still unknown. In anticipation of the movie — which also has a great soundtrack — here is a look back at the 20 best music moments from the show, complete with a Spotify playlist. … Read More

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The 10 Best New Songs We Heard This Week

It’s Friday, which means its time for our weekly retrospective of this week’s best new music. This round gives us previews of long-anticipated albums from embattled MC M.I.A. and critical favorite Oneohtrix Point Never, plus new raps from Rick Ross and Lil Ugly Mane in addition to the return of long-absent acts like New York synthpop act the Blow and the Pixies, who remain beloved despite their new material’s mixed reviews. All of them are available gratis after the jump to help aid your post-summer ennui. … Read More

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The 10 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: Pixies, Janelle Monáe

It’s Friday, which means that it’s time to look back at the best new music we’ve heard over the last few days. The biggest news this week is definitely the arrival of a new Pixies track, the band’s first in almost a decade, but there’s also plenty of good stuff beyond that — a rocking new Janelle Monáe song, Mark Lanegan covering John Cale, Calexico covering The Replacements, new tracks from David Lynch and Dirty Beaches, and a whole lot more. It’s all streaming for absolutely no money after the jump, so click through and get listening. … 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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Kim Deal Quits the Pixies

Aw, shit — it appears the last hope of ever hearing new Pixies material has been scotched, because this morning the… Read More

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A Selection of Cheery Tunes to Soundtrack the Apocalypse

So, yes, Flavorpill HQ is located in NYC, and yes, we weathered the stormpocalypse and came out the other side. Happy days. It looks like the world isn’t going to end — or not today, at least. But shit, even if it does, we’re gonna keep posting until the end times are upon us, and when they are, we’re gonna need something to listen to. So here’s a selection of the best apocalyptic songs that music has to offer, with plenty in the way of biblical storm imagery and general portentousness. Here’s to hoping everyone out there is OK. … Read More

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