September 11, 2013 |
The title of Keith Urban 's new album, “Fuse,” says a lot about what and who is on it. The New Zealand-born country singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer and “American Idol” judge has collaborated with a slew of musicians and producers he'd never worked with previously as his way of keeping things fresh for himself and for his fans. Case in point: Urban co-wrote and co-produced two songs -- “Good Thing” and “Red Camaro” -- with Mike Elizondo, who is known for his creative partnerships with hip-hop world luminaries such as Eminem, Dr. Dre, Jay-Z and 50 Cent.
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August 28, 2013 |
Authorities said Wednesday that they have identified the man found with an explosive and artillery fuses in his luggage when he boarded a plane at John Wayne Airport. Gregory Salyer, 23, from Kentucky, was arrested Tuesday after Transportation Security Administration agents found suspicious devices in his luggage and called the Orange County Sheriff's Department bomb squad, according to a Sheriff's Department spokesman. Salyer had three military artillery fuses and a sting ball grenade - a less-than-lethal explosive that shoots out rubber projectiles - in his checked bag when he boarded a 3:18 p.m. flight to Denver, sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock told the Daily Pilot.
July 6, 2013 |
Musician and producer Sam Spiegel lives in a wooden A-frame house in the Hollywood Hills. It's a beautiful place, but its best feature is an apropos (if possibly apocryphal) history of weird musical collaboration. "The guy who sold it to me says he has a picture of Jimi Hendrix in a dashiki jamming in here with David Crosby," he said. "Allegedly, though. He's never shown it to me. " If it's true, the story fits him. Spiegel is a contemporary kind of artist - a musician, record producer and general-idea-guy whose work exists almost only in tandem with someone else's.
July 5, 2013 |
"Material Reflex," a tight introduction to Sonya Clark's work at the Craft & Folk Art Museum, centers on the evocative and provocative power of hair. This isn't new territory. Others have taken on hair as an integral marker of African American identity, especially: Think of Lorna Simpson's attention to hairstyle and wigs; Kori Newkirk's use of beads, synthetic hair and pomade; Alison Saar's casting of hair as roots, branches, vessels, connective currents. Clark, whose heritage is African American, Caribbean and Scottish, shows quite poignantly that even if familiar, the territory is not exhausted.
June 13, 2013 |
"Futurama" (Comedy Central, Wednesdays). Science fiction and comedy are "like that. " (Writer crosses fingers to indicate closeness.) Each takes emerging facts to their extreme, often absurd conclusions; both are fundamentally philosophical - though each has time for exhilarating idiocy - and in imagining what might be, each takes the measure of what is. "1984" was about "1948," and "Brave New World" is a funny book. Created by Matt Groening, who invented "The Simpsons" and changed the world, and developed with David X. Cohen, "Futurama" fuses the two forms as if in the warp core of some spaceship I am imagining as I type.
May 28, 2013 |
Country star turned “American Idol” judge Keith Urban has set Sept. 10 for the release of his first album in almost three years, “Fuse.” The 45-year-old singer and songwriter says he's working with a variety of collaborators to expand his sound “while still remaining true to who I am.” Those collaborators include his longtime producer Dann Huff, Taylor Swift's main co-producer Nathan Chapman as well as Jay Joyce, Mike Elizondo, Butch...