With only days left until the end of 2012, the Internet is full of best-of essays and lists and embeddable Spotify playlists that reaffirm critics’ and tastemakers’ street credit and perpetuate the myth that most people writing about music actually have any kind of significant impact on the way that pop music is created, packaged, and sold. I won’t bore you with such gas. Instead, here are some fun superlatives that summarize the world of pop this year, for those of you who may not have kept up with this realm. These are undeniable touchstones — meaning that should you, as esteemed people with ears, have scruples with this list, it would behoove you to make an appointment with a qualified audiologist post-haste. Otherwise, read! Click! Dance! … Read More
Oh, Rolling Stone. Sometimes you make it so easy. We try not to spend too much of our time nitpicking the amusingly out-of-touch pontifications of Jann Wenner’s empire, but occasionally something comes along that annoys us so much that it’s hard not to react. So it was recently, when the magazine’s editors came back from the mountain with stone tablets purporting to contain “The 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time.” In fairness, reading RS for hip hop recommendations is like reading Trucking Monthly for advice on bicycles, but even so, if you’re going to claim to make a definitive list, you don’t relegate Nas’s “NY State of Mind” to #31 (11 places behind 50 Cent’s risible “In Da Club”) — and, more annoyingly, you don’t make the mistake of including only three songs featuring female vocalists. … Read More
Good news this week for fans of UK experimental trio Factory Floor — after nearly a decade of waiting, the band are finally putting out an actual full-length debut album. It’s due early next year through DFA, and we’re betting it’s gonna be excellent. This news, along with the release of Purity Ring’s long-awaited first LP next week (we’ve heard it, and it’s not bad at all) got us thinking about debut albums that have proven worth a lengthy wait. Most bands chunk out an album as soon as they get a sniff of a record deal; these bands didn’t, and we reckon the wait made their releases all the sweeter. … Read More
We were big fans of “Bad Girls,” M.I.A.’s stomping anthem for the ladies, when the single surfaced back in January, but the addition of verses from Missy Elliott and Rye Rye in a new remix from Switch takes it to an entirely different level of awesome. It’s so good! Give the track a listen … Read More
Last week, we expressed some concern about what was going on with Rye Rye. An electrifying ball of Baltimore club energy onstage, she’s released singles over the years, but her debut full-length album has been in the works since 2008. Thankfully, considering that listening parties are already being held, we’re fairly confident that… Read More
We raved earlier this week about how much we’ve been enjoying Nootropics, the new album from Lower Dens. The record’s out this week, and should definitely be on the shopping list for anyone with ears. It’s also the latest of many excellent records to come out of the ultra-fertile city of Baltimore in recent years — we don’t generally buy into city-based hype, but it’s clear there’s something good happening down on the Maryland coast, and has been for quite some time. So with a bit of help from our resident Baltimore music expert, we’ve compiled a list of the best Baltimore bands right now — suggestions are, as ever, welcome. And no, Good Charlotte are not included. … Read More
Exciting things are in store for us music lovers this summer, and this week’s mixtape offers a little appetizer of the veritable feast of records to come. News filtered down that both Grizzly Bear and Hella are working on new material –and we have the untitled Hella track to prove it, plus a handful of cool collaborations like Robyn and Rye Rye, and LA Vampires meets Ital. Right click + “Save As” to get each track or scroll to the bottom to download the whole mix. … Read More
If you don’t know about one of the year’s best collaborations yet, allow us to make your day: Flavorpill favorites Rye Rye and Robyn have released a duet. “Never Will Be Mine” is actually a remix of Robyn’s 2005 single “Be Mine!,” injected with a shot of Rye Rye’s adrenaline. What’s that old saying? Two scorned women are better than one? Something like that.
The track got us thinking of how few great musical collaborations we’ve seen between two women. While the male-female love duet is a classic, and the menfolk are always hopping onstage together, the all-girl tag team is something of a rarity — perhaps because female musicians are often set up as rivals. After the jump, with the help of Flavorpill’s knowledgeable staff, we’ve collected some of pop’s most memorable lady-on-lady musical collaborations, from Aretha Franklin and Annie Lennox to Lady Gaga and Beyoncé, in hopes of inspiring many, many more. … Read More
Since we’re afraid we might have ruined your day earlier, with this awful new track by Leighton Meester, we feel like we need to make a positive contribution to your musical diet. And here it is: a brand new mixtape from Rye Rye. As Baltimore CityPaper notes, it doesn’t come with any tracklisting or credits, but we’re enjoying its manic, dancefloor-friendly hip-hop nonetheless. (We’re also digging that she sampled Ninjasonik’s “Art School Girls.”) You can download it for free, as long as you’re willing to give Rye Rye your email address.
And if that isn’t enough Charm City goodness to get you through the day, there’s also a great new video of Rye Rye covering Miley Cyrus’s “Party in the U.S.A.” — totally unironically, and with a trio of great male dancers. We saw her do this one live, and it totally killed. Watch it after the jump. … Read More
The 2010 CMJ Music Marathon is upon us, which means that there’s new music been thrown around left and right here at Flavorpill (You already have our unofficial showcase this Saturday marked on your calendars, right?) This week’s mix features some new tracks from old favorites (Crystal Stilts, The Thermals) and a couple of up-and-comers (Twin Shadow, Dom). Right click + save as to download individual tunes or scroll to the bottom to nab the whole mix. … Read More