8 items from 2013
Nile Rodgers has worked alongside David Bowie, Michael Jackson and Madonna. He is the pop mastermind behind Chic. And he's proved this year that he's still got a magical musical touch thanks to some work with daft mask-wearing, French dance geniuses Daft Punk.
In short, Nile Rodgers is a genius.
So how do we, the great British public repay Nile Rodgers? How do we repay the man who gave us the joyous beauty of 'Le Freak' and 'Good Times'? We repay him by making him play as the backing band for Dermot O'Leary's dance moves on X Factor. Shame on us, Britain. Shame On Us.
Introduced as 'a producer to the stars', Nile is now performing for Louis Walsh and a frazzled-looking Nicole Scherzinger. His reward? A piercing, insightful and engaging interview from Dermot O'Leary. "So [Nile], what are you doing at the moment?" Erm, maybe not.
This whole embarrassing »
An Original Voice
“We didn’t get mad, we got smart,” HBO CEO Michael Fuchs said about hitting The Wall, looking back at HBO stalling in 1984 from the vantage of the early 1990s. Actually, a lot of the rank and file didn’t get mad or smart; we’d seen 125 of our friends and colleagues get shown the door when the company had suddenly flatlined after eight years of phenomenal growth, and what we got was scared.
But it’s to the credit of HBO’s execs that whatever anxieties they may have had, they showed no panic or even nervousness in public. Instead, they poured any concerns into energetically and immediately addressing the question of, “What do we do now?” The world we knew had changed and there was no going back to the Gold Rush days of the late 1970s and early 1980s. The company required a humongous »
- Bill Mesce
TV: Best Of The Word
While The Tube, which receives a retrospective this Friday, was hugely influential in its own right, it was the show that followed it that left the larger cultural footprint – not only through its championing of soon-to-be musical heavyweights (Oasis, Nirvana, though probably not L7) but also in its "I'll do anything to be on TV" segment The Hopefuls, which managed to predict just about every reality series trend of the past 15 years. Best Of The Word collates the most memorable moments. Warning: contains liberal servings of Terry Christian.
Posing a hypothetical "What if" question – with the sole purpose of terrifying us with the answer – Blackout deftly splices Blair Witchy cameraphone drama, magpied CCTV footage of actual events and splashes of special effects to give a terrific if uncomfortable insight into what might »
- Gwilym Mumford, Luke Holland
The following article is provided by Rolling Stone.
By Daniel Kreps
No more guessing about what will appear on the 20th anniversary reissue of Nirvana's In Utero — Rolling Stone can now reveal what the mammoth, 70-song, three-disc deluxe edition of the band's final masterpiece will contain: Two versions of In Utero (the original LP remastered, plus the album newly remixed) as well as more than 40 tracks of unreleased demos, rehearsals, live performances, B-sides, and a recently unearthed, never-before-heard Nirvana instrumental. The reissue will arrive September 24th.
Link: Rolling Stone’s List of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time: Nirvana
The first disc will feature a remastered version of the original, Steve Albini-produced In Utero, complete with the two tracks ("Heart Shaped Box," "All Apologies") that Scott Litt mixed for In Utero's final version. The oft-bootlegged abrasive Albini versions of those two songs will finally legally appear on the Iu reissue, »
The only way a pop star gets on the small screen these days is via cookery programmes. Where are the new Top of the Pops and CD:uk? As two music pilots launch, we look at what is going wrong
Music on television just does not work. If you ask around in TV circles, this is what people say. It is more than five years since Top of the Pops, CD:uk and Popworld all disappeared, two-and-a-half years since the BBC axed youth strand Switch, and six months since T4 shut its doors. Simon Cowell, no stranger to getting ideas away, said in 2011 that a Top of the Pops-style show restricted to the UK was simply "not cost effective", adding ominously that "to do it properly it would need to be bigger than one country". His plans for such a show were, he said, "for a year down the line" – two years on, »
- Peter Robinson
The Tudors and True Blood star on his telly-watching habits
Mad Men, though I'm not sure this season has found its feet yet. I think season five was so perfect that it's almost impossible to improve on it. I want to see more of Don's relationship with Megan, because that was so powerful last season. But, oh my God, the episode when they were all on amphetamines was hilarious.
Damages. Glenn Close is incredible. The storyline really develops and the complexity of the characters grows. I like long story arcs that I can get into. The Wire is the all-time one to beat. It will stand out as a document of our times.
Bring back ...
- Gwilym Mumford
Katee Sackhoff has been creating confident, commanding and kick-ass women on television for the last decade, and while she loves that Vic Moretti, Longmire's lawwoman, sometimes loses a fight, the inherent strength Sackhoff's become beloved for is ever-present in Vic's DNA as well.
Last week, Longmire's second season premiered to record ratings, and Katee promises that Sunday's all-new episode is sure to keep fans locked in all year long. I caught up with the effortlessly charming actress to talk about the white-hot A&E series, and also get the skinny on bulking up for her role in the new Riddick movie!
ETonline: What was it originally that attracted you to Vic?
Katee Sackhoff: It's funny, everyone I played before Starbuck was the complete opposite, but I always kind of knew that I would be pigeonholed a bit after Battlestar Galactica. I mean, I don't mind because I love those roles, but there is »
From a full programme of film and stage adaptations to a new James Bond novel, unpublished works by Rs Thomas and Wg Sebald and a new prize for women writers, 2013 is set to be a real page-turner
10th The Oscar nominations are announced unusually early this year. Keep an eye out for a bumper crop of literary adaptations, including David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas, Yann Martel's Life of Pi, the David Nicholls-scripted Great Expectations, as well as Les Miserables, Anna Karenina and The Hobbit.
18th A new stage adaptation of Henry James's The Turn of the Screw at the Almeida theatre in London. In the year of the centenary of Benjamin Britten's birth, his musical version will also feature around the country in both concert and stage performances.
24th The finalists for the fifth Man Booker International prize will be announced at the Jaipur festival. »
8 items from 2013
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