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The Most Extraordinary, with Questlove [Sponsored]

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You know Questlove. You, like us, probably love him: The Roots drummer, Tonight Show band member, DJ, author, and activist is an admirable and thoroughly lovable guy. With all those monikers, we figured Questlove was the perfect DJ to turn mundane, sad desk lunches into extraordinary Lunch Breaks. He’s spinning both #PerrierLunchBreak parties in NYC, and we tapped him just before his most recent set (made extraordinary by Perrier® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water) to find out his dream lunch date, tunes, and venue. Hint: turns out Questlove Dreams of Sushi.
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Yoko Ono Collaborates Again On New Album ‘Yes I’m A Witch Too’

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Today has been quite the day for album release news: apart from the unexpected tidings of a new Dr Dre album, there’s also news that Yoko Ono is releasing a follow-up to her 2007 collaborative album Yes, I’m a Witch. The new album — to be released in January 2016 —is entitled Yes, I’m a Witch Too (get it?), and features collaborations with tUnE-yArDs, Death Cab For Cutie, Portugal The Man, Miike Snow and many others.
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The Definitive Ranking of Dudes Covering “Royals”

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Between scowling at a Cubs games and ending up a meme, Jack White found time to cover Lorde’s “Royals” this week. The news wasn’t all that surprising for two reasons: White has been covering pop songs, like Jay Z’s “99 Problems” and Kanye West’s “Black Skinhead,” on his current tour; and old-school rock dudes love them some “Royals.” (I personally think the latter has to do with its message of anti-consumerism harkening back to a time WHEN ROCK MUSIC RAILED AGAINST SOMETHING, damn youths, grumble grumble, etc.) Most singles that spend more than a couple weeks at No. 1 are going to garner a bevy of covers — from up-and-comers and YouTube unknowns alike — but Lorde’s breakthrough really has inspired an astonishing number of covers… from dudes you would not expect. Let’s take a look at who covered it best, shall we? Worst comes first.
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Flavorwire Staffers’ Favorite Songs of 2013

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With the end of every calendar year comes the customary influx of “Best Of” lists, definitively ranking the créme de la cultural créme of the last 365 days. But sometimes “best” doesn’t accurately describe the things that stick with us most, or that we irrationally love out of personal preference. So to cap off 2013, Flavorwire staffers listed their favorite cultural items of the year — the books, movies, and experiences we’ll be taking into 2014. Click through for Flavorwire’s favorite songs of 2013.
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