6 items from 2015
Jeff Buckley likely never intended to be remembered as a cover artist, but that is the legacy the late singer, who died in 1997 with just one album to his name, has left behind. And it'll continue into 2016: NPR reports that another posthumous Buckley album, You and I, is set to be released next March, this one featuring mostly covers he recorded as reference tracks to give his producers a sense of the sound he was after for his debut album. It'll include his take on Led Zeppelin's "Night Flight," Bob Dylan's "Just Like a Woman," the Smiths' "I Know It's Over" and "The Boy With the Thorn in His Side," and others, as well as two original songs. NPR also has a first listen of his cover of Sly and the Family Stone's 1968 classic anthem for equality "Everyday People," which Buckley has pared down considerably. Like »
- Dee Lockett
Stephen Colbert's Late Show musical guests have so far included Kendrick Lamar, Toby Keith, Paul Simon (a.k.a. Troubled Waters), and everyone you know covering Sly and the Family Stone's "Everyday People." Add Run the Jewels and TV on the Radio to that impressive list, who joined forces last night to tear through Rtj's towering "Angel Duster." It was so mind-numbingly good that Colbert felt compelled to run backstage and throw up the pistol and fist with Killer Mike and El-p, as you do. »
- Dee Lockett
Stephen Colbert opened his first night as Late Show host by singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” with some random folks and ended it by joining some Very Serious Folks in a jam on Sly and the Family Stone’s classic “Everyday People.” Joining new house band Jon Batiste and Stay Human were a slew of ace musicians including Buddy Guy and Derek Trucks — two of the world’s greatest guitar players — and legendary gospel/R&B singer Mavis Staples. Also along for the jam were the… »
Directed by Shan Nicholson
Draped in graffiti, a rickety old subway train makes its way across a rugged slice of New York that looks more like Mad Max than Mad Men. Only seconds into director Shan Nicholson’s documentary Rubble Kings, the audience understands that the residents on display in the film’s South Bronx ghettos live in a place that barely qualifies as America. The Bronx in the early seventies was a ruthless kingdom, where the only laws that mattered were those imposed by the hoodlums that claimed your block. Rubble Kings takes a look at the rise of New York City’s gang life in the early seventies while also making the case that the emergence of hip-hop played a large role in New York gang culture’s decline.
- Victor Stiff
Music and Sex: Scenes from a life - A novel in progress by Roman AkLeff (first installment can be read here; second here; third here).
The bar across Broadway between 113th and 114th Streets, the West End, was supposedly famous. Or at least the orientation materials had seemed to consider it an important part of Columbia history because it had been a hangout for literary figures, some of them Columbia men, though he had not yet read anything by any of them. Of more interest to Walter, there was jazz there. In passing by one Saturday afternoon on the way to Citibank, he'd seen a sign boasting that the Louis Armstrong All Stars were playing.
"Good evening and welcome you bunch of despicable, spoiled, minimally-talented brats."
2. Tina checks out Rotten Tomatoes for the verdict on The Interview...
"North Korea referred to The Interview as absolutely intolerable and a wanton act of terror. Even more amazing? Not the worst review the movie got."
3. Amy shows her admiration for Wild's use of performance capture...
6 items from 2015
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