The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

The 10 Albums You Need to Hear in May

If you’re not listening to something new this May, do me a favor and ask yourself this: do you even like music? That’s how jam-packed the month is with new albums. It was difficult to pick just ten, so our “also out” section on the last page really is worth your time. Let’s start with the beginning of the month and work our way toward June.

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The 6 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: Lykke Li, Lana Del Rey

As much as I secretly love the Pharrell-Johnny Marr-Hans Zimmer salute to Celine Dion, otherwise known as their Amazing Spider-Man 2 song, there’s better stuff for your ears this week. Some options: … Read More

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Literary Mixtape: The Little Prince

If you’ve ever wondered what your favorite literary characters might be listening to while they save the world/contemplate existence/get into trouble, or hallucinated a soundtrack to go along with your favorite novels, well, us too. But wonder no more! Here, we sneak a look at the hypothetical iPods of some of literature’s most interesting characters. What would be on the personal playlists of Holden Caulfield or Elizabeth Bennett, Huck Finn or Harry Potter, Tintin or Humbert Humbert? Something revealing, we bet. Or at least something danceable. Read on for a cozy reading soundtrack, character study, or yet another way to emulate your favorite literary hero. This week: Le Petit Prince, or as we Americans know him, the Little Prince. … Read More

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The Best Indie-Pop Singles (and Albums) of 2011

Los Campesinos! have come a long way in five years of playing music together. When we heard the Welsh band’s Sticking Fingers Into Sockets EP in 2007, we were instantly enamored of their twee-pop earworms with lyrics that you couldn’t help shouting along to. Since then, they’ve released three albums, each with progressively darker lyrics and a more aggressive, dissonant sound. So we were amused and unsurprised to hear that their new album, to be released tomorrow in the US, would be titled Hello Sadness, and were excited to absorb it in full (it’s now streaming over at NPR).

But Los Campesinos! are hardly the only twee band to grace us with new music in 2011. For those of you who are new to the indie-pop world, or who haven’t visited it in awhile, allow us to catch you up. Pop music has always been more about singles than albums, particularly in the age of iTunes. Inspired by Hello Sadness‘s lead single, “By Your Hand,” we’ve gathered up a selection of the best indie-pop songs of this year. As a bonus, we’ve also rated how well the album stands up in comparison. Enjoy, and tell us what we left out in the comments. … Read More

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The 5 Best Music Videos of the Week

From stark black-and-white shots to Sega-like Technicolor animation, this week’s best music videos represent a delectable spectrum of styles for your viewing pleasure. On the shadowy side of things, The National’s Matt Berninger gets some solo screen time staring pensively off camera, while the Pains of Being Pure at Heart chronicle a young girl’s journey to a party, where she finds characters as colorful as those in the land of Oz. Meanwhile, Mark Ronson gets animated in his own brightly-colored video game and Macy Gray celebrates the beauty in the world with some color-coded choreography. Enjoy your trip over and through the rainbow and be sure to let us know what you think of the videos in the comments. … Read More

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The Flavorpill Mixtape XXV: of Montreal, Voxtrot, Pains of Being Pure At Heart

Although you may not recognize every band on this week’s mixtape (yet), rest assured that most of these acts will be ubiquitous soon enough. Familiar faces (Kisses, Freelance Whales) and recognizable names (of Montreal, Voxtrot) aside, some are ‘90s bands gone solo (Admiral Hadley, Pete Francis) and others are breaking bands that deserve your attention (Quadron, Hooray!). Be sure to Right Click + Save As the following ten individually, or scroll down to the bottom to download the entire mix all at once. … Read More

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What’s on at Flavorpill: Links that made the rounds in our office.

Today at Flavorpill, we geeked out over Sufjan Steven’s song for Sofia Coppola, his imaginary confidant. We chased it with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart’s new video for “Young Adult Friction.” We thought of all the spots we’d like to add to the official list of Endangered Places. We enjoyed… Read More

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Viva La Mix!: Free Downloads from the Interweb

After the success of last week’s Viva La Mix! mixtape, our research concludes you like free downloads of sweet-ass new singles. Shocking. All we can say about this week’s mix is “The Dude abides.” Avoid the hours you spend trolling blogs for new singles and let us sift and winnow the best new tunes for you. Once you’re done downloading, check out our Viva Radio page for this week’s show (which offers a nice preview of next week’s mixtape), and browse the 60-plus playlists in our archive. … Read More

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Five New Releases Summed Up in Five Words or Less

Finally. After an intense new music drought in 2009, this week brings a slew of titles from Flavorwire obsessions, both old (the Beastie Boys) and new (The Pains of Being Pure at Heart). Find our seriously condensed reviews of albums from Lily Allen, the Beasties, Lonely Island, Ben Lee, and TPOBPAH after the jump, along with links to stream their latest tracks. Feel free to drop your own five word review in the comments area. … Read More

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