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The 5 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: Kendrick Lamar on Race in America, Speedy Ortiz’s Feminist Anthem

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This week was a tough one. A few established names dropped songs — Drake surprised us today with a whole album, Florence dropped a kind of confusing thing, and Hot Chip announced an album — but not all of them were quite up to snuff with what we’ve got here, which, to be honest, is also a bunch of stuff from established names. So, what we’re saying is: there was a lot of good music this week!

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25 Alternative Summer Anthems

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As classic an earworm as Bananarama’s “Cruel Summer” is, one cannot subsist on it alone all season long. “Boys of Summer” has lost its charm by the end of June. And with all due respect, The Beach Boys’ view of the summertime — cute girls, cars, surfing — is pretty narrow. But that’s not to say songs about the summer — and by extension, sunny days, the beach, and all that accompanies them — are all clichés. From “White Light/White Heat” to “1979,” here are 25 “alternative” summer songs that still get the job …Read More

20 Years of Weezer’s ‘Blue Album': 11 Musicians Dissect It Track By Track

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Back in the spring of ’94, just a month after Kurt Cobain’s suicide, Weezer released its self-titled debut, affectionately dubbed the Blue Album . What Blue offered was a new spin on the alternative music trend that had dominated the airwaves; the major label signing of a group of scraggly nerds with Gene Simmons dreams, Gene Wilder awkwardness, and Gene Kelly kitsch was proof enough of the trend’s mainstream tipping point. To celebrate the Blue Album‘s 20th anniversary this week, Flavorwire asked 11 musicians to commemorate it with an all-star track-by-track. Some — like Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino — are Weezer pals and collaborators, while the bulk of the bands represented here — like Wavves, Dashboard Confessional, Saves the Day, Ash, and Aaron Freeman (aka, Gene Ween) — have toured with Weezer through the years and/or performed aboard the annual Weezer Cruise. Others — like Laura Stevenson, The So So Glos, Potty Mouth, Dead Stars, and even EDM trio Cash Cash — are mere Cuomosexuals, showing that Weezer’s influence can be found in many corners of the music …Read More

Stop Singing About Drugs: A Bored, Exasperated Plea to 21st-Century Musicians

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We had some gentle fun at Wavves’ expense yesterday, but even we have to admit that his new album, Afraid of Heights, is a whole lot better than his earlier work, mainly because he’s actually bothered to write songs this time around. Still, we do have one gripe about the album, namely the fact that it took us no time at all to tick the weed reference off our bingo card — it takes precisely one minute and 14 seconds for Nathan Williams to sing “first we gotta get high.” Yes, people, this may shock you, but Williams is really rather fond of smoking marijuana. Good for him, but really, isn’t it long past time that bands stopped singing about drugs? It’s so… boring.
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Exclusive: Play Flavorwire’s Wavves Bingo

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Over the last few months, we’ve gone a little bingo crazy here at Flavorwire — we’ve settled down to tick off key moments in Girls, dealt with the (unfortunately vomit-heavy) pitfalls of New Year’s Eve, and kept track of the relatives on Thanksgiving. Now we’re extending the concept to another area that begs for some bingo action: song lyrics! We’re starting with Afraid of Heights, the new album by Wavves, because, frankly, ticking off every time he mentions weed is pretty much the most enjoyable thing we can envisage doing with it (although, in fairness, it’s way better than his previous work). Anyway, we listened through the whole thing, and we’re pretty sure we scored a pretty comprehensive bingo. Bam.
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