This week, Blur bring their reunion full circle by releasing their first album in 12 years. Recorded on a whim, in the midst of a 40-hour jam session during a stopover Hong Kong at the end of 2013, as the once-fragmented band finished up its international reunion tour, The Magic Whip does something that not every musical comeback achieves: it moves beyond nostalgia. In light of Blur doing it right, we’re taking a look at other bands that have recently managed to pull off a respectable reunion — and those whose thirst and shamelessness is downright palpable. They’re ranked from most to least …Read More
Wu Tang Clan
This week marks the release of Rosewater, Jon Stewart’s flawed but interesting feature filmmaking debut. As a serious-minded political thriller, it’s a bit of a departure for Stewart, who is primarily known as a talk-show host and stand-up comic — but his CV is more diverse than you might think. We took a look back at a few of his lesser-known (or, in some cases, all but forgotten) side projects.
When do you start calling something a definite classic? When can you rightfully proclaim that a painting, a novel, a poem, film, or record is a masterpiece? Can you really experience something once or twice and recognize that it is truly exceptional, or does a piece of art need time to mature?
It’s Friday, a fact that would be more exciting if the weather in NYC were less like a particularly unpleasant monsoon day in Bangkok. Anyway, as ever, it’s time for Flavorwire to round up the best songs we heard during the week gone by — this week saw the return of the most excellent Forest Swords, the unexpected emergence of a new Wu-Tang Clan track (and a new Nine Inch Nails track, for that matter), Chromatics plugging a car manufacturer with a song about cars, excellent atmospheric drone-y goodness from Motion Sickness of Time Travel and Rambutan, and a crazy good compilation of weird Olympic music from 1970s East Germany. All this goodness is streaming now, and it all awaits you after the jump. Click through to listen!