By now you’ve no doubt heard Brad Paisley and LL Cool J’s thoroughly bewildering “Accidental Racist,” and wondered how in God’s name we live in a world where this song exists. We guess the sentiment is laudable enough, in its own cack-handed way — ultimately, it’s a plea for mutual understanding and racial reconciliation, which is something we can get behind, even if it is couched in curiously passive-agressive language and non-apologies — but boy is it ever both a) weird and b) plain old bad. In the spirit of the song’s message, though, here are a bunch of songs about racism that actually make for vaguely pleasurable (if often sad and chastening) listening experiences. … Read More
They Might Be Giants
It’s Friday, which means that it’s only a few hours until we get to sleep for two days straight, and also that it’s time for our regular roundup of new music to get your hands on this week. This week the return of The-Dream, the return of Ghostface Killah, the return of They Might Be Giants, the return of Thalia Zedek and the non-return of a bunch of other great artists, including a great El Perro del Mar remix, the next step in the evolution of our erstwhile social media department, a heap of free Kode9 stuff, and more. None of this will cost you a dime, so we suggest you stop watching that Nick Cave video for long enough to grab all this action. … Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we appreciated Anne Hathaway’s response to her own wardrobe malfunction. We watched a tipsy Amanda Seyfried find liquid courage on Letterman. We wanted to buy the Mystery Machine from the Scooby-Doo film. We prepared for the end of the world with an apocalyptic gift guide. We listened to the new They Might Be Giants track. We checked in with Carly Rae Jepsen about the highlights of her 2012. We took a music break with Korean indie music duo and YouTube stars, J Rabbit. … Read More
It’s Friday, and we’re back with another installment of our regular roundup of downloadable MP3 goodness from around the web. This week, there’s a live version of a new track that Joanna Newsom played recently, which will no doubt have fans salivating. There’s also Joe Jackson duetting with Iggy Pop, Corin Tucker being raucous, an undiscovered Exile on Main Street cut*, and new tracks from Thee Oh Sees, Mungolian Jetset, and The Raveonettes. (*Possibly.) In other words, there’s plenty of interesting sounds awaiting you after the jump, and since they won’t cost a penny or land you an RIAA lawsuit, as your attorneys we advise you to start downloading immediately. … Read More
It’s Monday, which means it’s time for another edition of our regular start-of-the-week stream-a-thon, wherein we scour the Internet for worthy and/or noteworthy albums that are streaming this week at absolutely no cost. Today we attempt to blow our speakers with the new A Place to Bury Strangers record, then give the subwoofers a good going over with a heap of old classic tracks from Detroit techno founding father Kevin Saunderson. There’s also Joe Jackson (and, erm, Iggy Pop) doing a tribute album to Duke Ellington, along with new/old They Might Be Giants and a tribute album to the late Giant Sand guitarist Rainer Ptacek. It’s all awaiting you after the jump. (Edit, Tuesday 26 June — as is the new Dead Can Dance album!) … Read More
Notwithstanding the arrival of cloud music juggernaut Spotify on American shores (which we’ll write more about soon), it’s a bit of a quiet week on the streaming album front. But never fear, we’ve still dug deep and found our regular selection of five noteworthy and/or interesting records to stream for free this week — from tasteful Scandinavian party pop to another They Might Be Giants record and, most pleasingly, Shonen Knife doing an entire album of Ramones covers. Listen after the jump. … Read More
Among many other things, the ongoing stream of news about Björk’s new Biophilia project has got us thinking about the various ways in which music has been released over the years. Biophilia‘s idea of releasing song as interactive iPad applications seems to be all the rage at the moment — along with Björk, Belgian duo Soulwax have just released a series of mixes as iOS applications that are “like musical films based on the record sleeves,” which look way cool and are also free to download. It’s all a far cry from the days of going out and getting hold of your favorite artist’s new CD. But a brief look at the history of music shows, it’s often — although not always — innovators and creative trailblazers who’ve embraced new formats and the possibilities they hold. Over the next few pages, we survey these restless innovators, both musical and technological (along with those people who just happened to be in the right place at the right time). … Read More
Feeling a bit sluggish in the wake of a barbecue-stuffed, margarita-soaked, backyard fireworks-blasted 4th of July celebration? We’ll admit it — we’re right there with you. So we’re especially grateful to They Might Be Giants for coaxing a smile onto our faces this post-holiday Tuesday. As part of their excellent “A.V. Undercover” series,… Read More
Good news, music buffs with camcorders and NYU students everywhere: veteran indie rockers They Might Be Giants are launching a contest for fans to create a music video for their recent single, “Can’t Keep Johnny Down.” Though anyone on the internet can vote, John Hodgman will be the sole judge (he says ‘You’re Welcome’). The winner will have their video promoted on YouTube and on the official TMBG podcast, making the filmmaker famous among college girls and their dads. So go forth!
From the announcement:
TMBG is inviting creative visual people to make a stylish, smart rock video for the song. It can be live action, motion graphics, animation, stop motion. It can be people jumping around in capes, but they should be very stylish people in very stylish capes or you will not win the contest.Videos are to be uploaded to YouTube and posted on the official TMBG Facebook page. All videos linked there will be voted on by the Facebook friends of TMBG, but the winner will be judged by Judge John Hodgman and by Judge John Hodgman alone. Submission deadline is July 15th. Winner will receive $1000 bucks and a pizza from the pizzeria of their choice. The video will be posted on tmbg’s you tube channel as well as posted on TMBG’s podcast — so lots of people will celebrate your efforts. Select runners up will also receive a pizza.
See the official video announcement featuring John Linnell as a cat spinning around in his room after the jump. … Read More
April showers are upon us, and we aren’t exactly seeing any flowers on the horizon. Mostly those gray skies make us want to hunker under some headphones for the duration of the month. If you’re feeling those pre-sunny day blues, we have just the right dose of noise to keep you going. This week’s mixtape has new ones from heavy hitters like the Beastie Boys and LCD Soundsystem (RIP), not to mention some great new tracks from Flavorpill favorites Chiddy Bang and Cults. Right click + save as to download some single-serving goodness, or scroll tot he bottom for the whole mix. … Read More