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The David Lynch Foundation paid tribute to Rick Rubin, famed producer and founder of Def Jam Records, on Thursday night in an event full of live music and emphasis on the healing powers of transcendental meditation. The foundation honored Rubin with the Lifetime of Harmony Award for his lifelong dedication to transcendental meditation, both as someone who practices it and as a mediator who has introduced many to the benefits of meditation.
- Pamela Gocobachi
Rubin, who usually shies away from the spotlight, descended from his Hollywood Hills home to accept the org’s “Lifetime of Harmony” award Thursday night at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The evening marked the non-profit’s second event of its new performance arts division, Dlf Live.
“I’m amazed that he’s even willing to accept any accolades,” said Russell Simmons, who founded Def Jam Records with Rubin. “He’s never been to the Grammys. He’s never taken his Grammys. I don’t know where the fuckin’ Grammys are. You can sell them, give the money to the David Lynch Foundation.”
The Dixie Chicks took the stage for one of their few U.S. shows in the last four years, paying homage »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Continuing to reinforce its classification as the black TV network that isn't referred to as a black TV network, VH1 teamed up with filmmakers Billy Corben and Alfred Spellman and author, advertising executive, and record executive Steve Stoute for a 4-part documentary series based on Stoute's best-selling book, The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Created a Culture That Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy. Titled The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop, the 4-parter gives audiences a thorough examination of hip-hop as a cultural movement, whose profound influence in music, film, television, fashion, business, race relations and politics eventually paved the way for the election of Barack Obama. The 4-part 4-hour series features never-seen-before footage and interviews from numerous pop culture icons and entertainment personalities in America: Diddy, Dr Dre, Mariah Carey, Will.i.am, Russell Simmons, Pharrell, Nas, Reverend Run, Rick Rubin, Fab 5 Freddy, Jimmy. »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Los Angeles - Jim Carrey's status report on "Dumber and Dumber To": "We just finished up." Speaking to a small group of reporters on the red carpet at a David Lynch Foundation event in the Beverly Wilshire, the actor and comedian had nothing but kind words to say about the "Dumb and Dumber" sequel, set for a November 14 release this year. "It's just really fantastic getting together with the old group again," Carrey said, referring to "Dumb and Dumber" writers/directors Bobby and Peter Farrelly and co-lead Jeff Daniels. "I just saw an assemblage of the new movie… it's just so fun, it's almost a dissociative experience now. Harry and Lloyd are kind of their own people, like they actually exist. And they're not me, that's for sure." He said climbing back into his character Lloyd Christmas' shoes was no sweat across from Daniels' Harry Dunne, like "no time had passed at all. »
- Katie Hasty
David Lynch knows exactly when he started transcendental meditation: "On July 1st, 1973, at about 11 am." Although Lynch is most famous as a director of delightfully twisted movies from Eraserhead to Inland Empire, he is also a painter, an actor (most recently on Louie), a coffee seller, and the founder of the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace. The foundation is dedicated to spreading transcendental meditation (the practice developed by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who famously taught it to the Beatles)—particularly to groups at risk, such as the homeless, »
Kanye West is keen on collaboration. Whether it's working with Rick Rubin on the Yeezus album or with Adidas on new apparel, the College Dropout has long been inspired by the creativity of others. So, for an upcoming film project, 'Ye tapped none other than "American Psycho" author Bret Easton Ellis to write the screenplay. "He came and asked me to write the film. I didn't want to at first. Then I listened to Yeezus," ...
By Rob Markman »
Over 80 million records sold around the world and a catalogue of chart-topping hits don’t lie.
Since forming in Los Angeles in 1983, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have battled through band-departures, deaths, and a lot of drugs to become – universally speaking – one of the most enduringly popular acts in rock music. The news earlier this month that they will be playing this year’s Super Bowl halftime show places them alongside musical heavyweights such as The Who, Bruce Springsteen and, um, the Black Eyed Peas.
Not too shabby for a bunch of good-time boys that began life as Tony Flow And The Majestic Masters Of Mayhem almost 31 years ago. The warped funk-metal sound of their early albums was certainly an acquired taste, but the chaotic fun of these records was undeniably infectious and saw them build a cult following. The loss of founding guitarist Hillel Slovak to a »
- Matthew Lowry
My alienation from current pop is almost complete; the only 2013 Top 40 material I enjoyed enough to play repeatedly was Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, from an album released in 2012. So I am officially a cranky old fart. But there are more and more of us, and maybe fellow COFs will find this list useful. By the way, crossing that border of alienation made me think more than ever that saying my lists are of the "best" albums is nearly absurd, hence the new headline.
1. Wire: Change Becomes Us (Pink Flag)
This is my favorite Wire of this century thanks to more emphasis on Colin Newman's brooding. When allied to their chugging motorik beats, it's irresistible to me. There are still some uptempo burners that recall their beginnings in punk, and some more whimsical though still musically solid songs, but it's Newman's dark musings that made me play this repeatedly.
2. Kitchens of »
8 items from 2014
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