20 Dad-Rock Albums You Should Learn to Love

Dad-rock (n.): 1. (lit.) music played by dads; 2. music made by old white dudes that somehow always ends up on the car stereo and/or being played on the hi-fi at various school friends’ houses. Both these definitions probably leave you with the impression that it’s something to avoid, and while this is often true, it’s not always the case. Apropos of a recent Flavorwire office discussion about modern-day dad-rock, here’s a list of 20 AOR staples that are actually, y’know, good, starting in the golden age of dad-rock (i.e., the ’60s) and stretching through to the present… Read More

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Flavorpill Guide to the Week’s Top 10 SF Events

San Francisco is home to a breathtaking diversity of cultural events. Between our fair city’s world-class museums, restaurants, bars, art galleries, music scene, festivals, and clubs, between all that is weird and quirky and purely San Franciscan, there’s something going down, somewhere, every single day of the year. Check out our Flavorpill social discovery engine, where you can create and share events with friends, and follow our carefully curated editors’ picks. Below, you’ll find Flavorpill’s top picks for this week — just a little bit of help as you set out into this beautiful wide world of SF’s happenings.  … Read More

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10 of the Best Animated Music Videos Ever

Wilco’s new video for “Dawned on Me” combines some of the things dearest to our hearts: Jeff Tweedy and old black-and-white Popeye shorts. It’s a clip that’s both fun and visually interesting, not to mention the first hand-drawn Popeye cartoon that’s appeared in the last 30-something years. But Wilco is far from the first band to hit upon the idea of including animation in their music videos. Cartoons in videos stretch back from the days of a-ha’s “Take On Me” through Björk and Radiohead. After the jump, check out ten of the best animated music videos we’ve ever seen — tell us about your personal favorites in the comments. … Read More

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Watch a Wilco Music Video Starring Tavi Gevinson

It seems unlikely that Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy and teen fashion blogger-turned-media empress Tavi Gevinson travel in the same social circles. And yet, here is Tavi, starring in the music video for “Whole Love.” The link between the two turns out to be Tweedy’s teenage son, Spencer, who directed the clip and cast the Rookie editor in it along with some other friends and his younger brother. The gold-tinged, and occasionally black-and-white, video has a Super 8 vibe, and is replete with gleeful, childish goofing. Olds (and by that we mean 20-somethings), beware — the 21st-century, indie-rock Brat Pack is coming for you. … Read More

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Literary Mixtape: Seymour Glass

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: Salinger’s number two angst man, Seymour Glass. … Read More

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5 Albums to Stream for Free This Week: Zola Jesus, Wilco

Every Monday morning, we sit down with our good friend Google and search diligently for the best and/or most notable albums that are streaming for free this week. There’s a good haul to be had this week — the line-up is led by the spectacularly good new Zola Jesus album, which has had the Flavorpill office very excited indeed ever since we got a copy of it. There’s also the new Wilco album, surf-rocky goodness from Dum Dum Girls, a new record for synthpop survivors Erasure, and the return of Ryan Adams. All this awaits you after the jump, so click through and start listening! … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Bravo has announced the new cast for the ninth season of Top Chef, along with the show’s premiere date (November 2) and guest stars (Pee-wee Herman!, Charlize Theron, Patti LaBelle). [via Pop Candy]

2. Watch the hour-long set that Wilco played for David Letterman last night here. The band’s eighth… Read More

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Stream the New Wilco Album for 24 Hours Only, Starting Now

Better cancel those Labor Day weekend plans. Starting right now (that is, noon Central Time), you can stream Wilco’s long-awaited new album, The Whole Love, in its entirety over at Wilcoworld. But be warned: the stream is only good for 24 hours, after which you will be again plunged into a dark, new-Wilco-less… Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we wished that the world had more adorable skydiving grannies like 82-year-old birthday girl/lifelong daredevil Judy Wade. We discovered that Mad Men screenshots and Arrested Development dialogue go surprisingly well together. We couldn’t believe that ABC thinks that they can replace Roseanne Barr with the likes… Read More

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