Willie Nelson

Famous Musicians’ Totally Square High School Yearbook Photos

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This week, we saw this surprisingly normal, All-American photo of Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus over at Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and we were impressed by his enduring handsomeness — not to mention his ability to turn those squeaky clean Beach Boy vibes into an indie rockstar persona. Inspired, we started wondering what other famous musicians were like in high school — or at least what they looked like — and we were totally surprised by what we found: they were nerds, average joes, and goody-two-shoes kids, just like us! Or at least they look that way from their high school yearbook photos, which as we all know, reflect the sharpest version of reality. From the adorably square to the just aggressively normal, click through to take a peek at some of your favorite musicians’ dorky high school yearbook photos. It’s true what they say — we all go through an awkward phase. If only we could all come out of it looking like Beyoncé.
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11 Criminally Underrated Christmas Songs

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The holiday season is in full swing and everywhere you go you’re admonished to roast chestnuts on an open fire, rock some jingle bells, admire the winter wonderland, and have yourself a merry little Christmas. As soon as Black Friday came around (and we’re being generous since the economic downturn dictated that this year the Christmas season needed to start immediately after Halloween) every store, public space, and street-corner Santa started blaring holiday music. What’s annoying about Christmas music is that playlists, from radio to retail, tend to be so tightly controlled that you only hear the same handful of classics over and over. As an alternative, we at Flavorpill would like to offer up some of the best overlooked Christmas songs.
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10 Classic Bro-on-Bro Duets in Music History

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This week saw the release of the music video for “Otis,” Kanye West and Jay-Z’s Otis Redding-sampling single from their new album Watch the Throne, and all their jocular tomfoolery got us to thinking about the other gents we know who have teamed up to bring us great duets, bro-on-bro style. Because after all, no girl will ever love you as well as your homeboy, right? Right. From the wonderfully cheesy to the just plain wonderful, we’ve collected some of our favorite all-man duets in music history here (you can also check out our feature on classic lady-on-lady musical collaborations, if we’ve gotten you in the mood). Click through to take a listen to our picks, and let us know which of your favorites we’ve missed after the jump!
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Literary Mixtape: Captain Hook

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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: Slimy, slimy Captain Hook.
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Best Friends: An Art Show Inspired by Snoop Dogg and Willie Nelson

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Did you have any idea that Snoop Dogg and Willie Nelson were the best of friends? Outside of the occasional collaboration, neither did we, but we suppose that this celebrity odd couple makes more sense when you consider their shared passion for making music, smoking weed, and rocking braids. Inspired by the idea of the legends as BFFs, Los Angeles-based R&R Gallery is hosting a new group show called Willie & Snoop which opens on June 24th. In the meantime, they’ve kindly allowed us to preview some of the images that will be on display. Click through to check them out.
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Literary Mixtape: Tintin

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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: Tintin, boy reporter for Le Petit Vingtième.
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Celebrity Liquor Brands, Ranked from Nauseating to Delicious

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Flavor Flav announced last week that, since the flavor of love apparently remains elusive (we assume), he will launch a new line of flavored vodka and a fried chicken franchise (though we hope there will be no vodka-flavored chicken or vice versa). He’s not the first celebrity to go beyond perfumes and clothing lines and into the heady world of alcohol branding. From vodka encased in a crystal skull to Marilyn Manson’s unfortunate-sounding Mansinthe, we’ve ranked celebrity poisons in order from most to least disgusting-sounding. You’re welcome.
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