11 items from 2013
Folk singer Ani Difranco has reportedly canceled an artists' workshop that was to be held at one of the largest former plantations in the South.Difranco has canceled an artist retreat at a former slave plantation in the wake of public outcry, according to Rolling Stone.Her four-day songwriting workshop "Righteous Retreat" was to be held at Nottoway Plantation and Resort in White Castle, La., in June. Nottoway was once one of the largest slave plantations in the South and is now a museum.Difranco said, "When I found out it was to be held at a resort on a former plantation, I thought to myself, 'whoa,' but I did not imagine or understand that the setting of a plantation would trigger »
- April Neale
Over the weekend, Ani Difranco canceled a planned songwriting retreat after fans were outraged at the choice of venue: a former plantation outside New Orleans. And not just any former slave plantation, but one now owned by an ultra-right-wing Australian billionaire. (Also, the plantation's website is remarkably tone-deaf. "A bell, still present in the Nottoway courtyard, was rung by the overseer to announce the time for [slaves'] rising, meals and retiring." Oh, cool!) Perhaps a plantation is not the ideal spot for "workshops and lessons that focus on developing one’s singular creativity"? Difranco announced the cancellation and posted a response on her website last night.when i agreed to do a retreat (with a promoter who has organized such things before with other artists and who approached me about being the next curator/host/teacher), i did not know the exact location it was to be held. … . later, when i »
- Margaret Lyons
one... two... three... do the release date shuffle ♬
Over the past couple of weeks the last quarter of the year has pulling its usual release date switcheroos, brushing detritus or unfinished masterworks (you decide) from its schedule. We can all act surprised if we so choose but we're only fooling ourselves when we do.
And they say, "Goldfish have no memory"
I guess their lives are much like mine
And the little plastic castle
Is a surprise every time
-Ani Difranco "Little Plastic Castle"
This happens every year! So no more Foxcatcher in December. No more Grace of Monaco in November. Curiously both films had released trailers seemingly moments before they were pulled from the calendar. (Foxcatcher's trailer was quickly snatched back from view before I even had time to watch it but at least we had time to discuss Grace).
In paradoxically more alarming / less surprising non-news »
- NATHANIEL R
(Photo courtesy Eric Himan)
Eric Himan is a tattooed rocker from Tulsa, but his approach to songwriting is folkier than you’d expect, jazzy in a timeless way, and consummately sensitive. The out musician has also written many songs that represent a specifically gay point of view, and that still qualifies as a novel and kickass idea in 2013. He values his personal perspective and independence, and that comes across loud and clear — albeit breezily — in his cool and distinct music.
Himan’s new album Gracefully showcases that fierce honesty, and the disc’s striking video “Red Hot Tears” tells you almost everything you need to know about him: He’s commanding even when he’s announcing a teary-eyed weakness. And as you might remember, I personally can’t get enough of the song.
We caught up with Himan to discuss his songwriting influences, living in Tulsa, and his gay artistic hero of choice. »
- Louis Virtel
On the Haven Season 3 finale, it looked as though we may never see Jordan McKee again... but Surprise and Spoiler Alert: Jordan is very much alive and well, as viewers will learn on the September 13 return of this Syfy favorite.
And, as actress Kate Kelton told me, Jordan will have a little bit of revenge and anger on her mind when we see her again.
In an exclusive chat with the star, Kelton told me about when she found out she’d be returning to the series, what we can expect in the romance department for Jordan and how McKee really feels about Audrey. Scroll down for excerpts from our Q&A...
TV Fanatic: Let’s just step back a little bit, when did you find out you would be returning to Haven?
Kate Kelton: In the spring I believe the execs approached my manager and asked if it »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jim Halterman)
During the second series of Portlandia, there's a sketch in which writers and stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, playing Fred and Carrie (ie versions of themselves) get addicted to the complete box set of Battlestar Galactica. They only mean to watch one episode. Suddenly, it's weeks later: they've lost their jobs, they've stopped washing, and their life is defined only by getting up and changing the disc.
Fortunately, the Portlandia box set, released this week, only runs to two series (the third is on Netflix, having aired in the Us; the fourth and fifth are in the pipeline). This amiable, clever sketch show sends up the worthy do-gooder reputation of the bohemian residents of Portland through mostly affectionate skits. Armisen, a Saturday Night Live cast member, and Brownstein, a guitarist »
- Rebecca Nicholson
Saturday, April 20 is Record Store Day 2013. Will you be buying any vinyl?
Jack White writes on the official website:
As Record Store Day Ambassador of 2013 I'm proud to help in any way I can to invigorate whoever will listen with the idea that there is beauty and romance in the act of visiting a record shop and getting turned on to something new that could change the way they look at the world, other people, art, and ultimately, themselves.
Let's wake each other up.
There are also dozens of records being released only at record stores on Saturday. Some of the really fun ones include a "Dazed and Confused" soundtrack being released on "weed green" vinyl, Porno for Pyros self-titled LP on swirl vinyl and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts "Album" on yellow vinyl.
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Good afternoon and happy Monday! (Here we go again.)
Happy birthdayRobin Wright, Patricia Arquette and Katee Sackoff!
Actress Katee Sackoff in Pasadena, CA.
Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images
Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion) doesn’t think the world is ready for a gay rapper. In an interview with The Guardian, Snoop said, "I don't have a problem with gay people. I got some gay homies. Yeah, for real. People who were gay used to get beat up. It was cool to beat up on gay people back then. But in the 90s and 2000s, gay is a way of life. Just regular people with jobs. Now they are accepted, not classified. They just went through the same things we went through as black. Frank Ocean ain't no rapper. He's a singer. It's acceptable in the singing world, but »
- Bridget McManus
I had a friend who, several years ago, decried Community as "too 'T.G.I.F.'"
For those of you too young to remember (or those of you whose parents only let you watch PBS while growing up), "T.G.I.F." was a Friday night programming block on ABC that featured such thought-provoking, high-brow comedy as Perfect Strangers, Full House and whatever show Urkel* was on.
I knew my friend meant it as a put-down about the way Community liked to have episodes end in a pat moral lesson, but I thought Community was a bit like "T.G.I.F." in the good way. In the same way that the "T.G.I.F." line-up had its mysterious foreign cousins, appearances by Stefan Urquelle, and other improbable nonsense that left my pre-teen self feeling like the world was ultimately a good place, so did Community leave me »
- email@example.com (Gabrielle Moss)
Where were you at this very moment, 10 years ago today? If you were an angsty teenager, a budding feminist or a bold proponent of baby dreadlocks, you may have been listening to Ani Difranco's "Evolve" for the very first time. The 13th album from folk music's most Righteous Babe has rocked our world since its debut on March 11, 2003.
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Difranco was dubbed a modern-day Holden Caulfield by Ari Levenfeld at Pop Matters. "That is, if the subject of Catcher in the Rye would have been a bisexual female songwriter from Buffalo," he clarified. The acoustic artist, known and loved for her brutal honesty and raw courage, mixes confessional poetry and political protests with jazz-funk hooks and a healthy helping of trombone. "Evolve," released 15 years into Difranco's career, showed a more musically experimental side of the soul-baring singer, with lyrics that maintained Difranco's classic bite in the »
- Priscilla Frank
Blues singer, guitarist, and pianist Ann Rabson died Wednesday after a battle with cancer, the Washington Post reports. The musician, best known for co-founding Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women, was 67-years-old.
Rabson was born in New York City, but raised in Ohio. At the age of 17, she was given her first guitar by her father. When asked about her chosen genre, Rabson said, "Blues speaks to me directly," explaining, "It wasn't a choice. I was drawn to it naturally, sort of like a sheepdog with sheep."
Friend and producer Bruce Iglauer remembered Rabson as a "delightful, smart, and funny person," in a statement, saying, "We were blessed to have known her."
Rabson continued to perform over the last few years, even recording with Ani Difranco, and blues legend Pinetop Perkins. Though Saffire disbanded in 2009, Rabson also recorded solo material, with her last album, "Not Alone," releasing in 2012. »
11 items from 2013
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