January 13, 2014 |
Here's one thing about hype: It's almost impossible to live up to. That's the case of the highly anticipated Shakira and Rihanna collaboration, “Can't Remember to Forget You,” which premiered Monday. News that the pop stars came together to flaunt their sexiness in song sparked plenty of online chatter, especially when the official artwork surfaced of a sultry Rihanna draped over Shakira's lap, herself equally smoldering. Unfortunately, the single, which launches Shakira's follow-up to 2010's “Sale el Sol,” could use more steam.
January 13, 2014 |
JERUSALEM -- Under skies dotted with scattered clouds and a blimp, Israeli and international leaders attended the state memorial ceremony held Monday for former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who died Saturday. Draped in an Israeli flag and surrounded by wreaths, Sharon's casket lay on a raised black platform in the wide, paved plaza of the Knesset, where he served from 1973 as a lawmaker, Cabinet member and prime minister until felled by a stroke eight years ago. Israeli leaders, politicians and dignitaries in attendance, including Sharon's friends and adversaries, offered a snapshot of the country's political history.
January 10, 2014 |
Paul McCartney took to his website and Facebook page to share his feelings about the death last week of Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers, the duo whose vocal harmonies exerted a profound impact on the Beatles and countless others who followed in their wake. "Phil Everly was one of my great heroes,” the former Beatle wrote. “With his brother Don, they were one of the major influences on the Beatles. When John and I first started to write songs, I was Phil and he was Don. " Biographer Mark Lewisohn, in his new book “Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years, Vol. 1,” quotes McCartney's reaction upon hearing the Everlys sing “All I Have to Do Is Dream” in 1958, when he, John Lennon and newly recruited guitarist George Harrison were still teenagers: “When we first heard it, it blew us away.” PHOTOS: The Everly Brothers through the years "Years later when I finally met Phil,” McCartney said, “I was completely starstruck and at the same time extremely impressed by his humility and gentleness of soul.” Shortly after the Everlys reunited in 1983 with a celebrated concert at Royal Albert Hall in London, McCartney wrote the song “On the Wings of a Nightingale” for his boyhood heroes, and it became the lead-off track and hit single from their “EB '84,” their first studio album in more than a decade.
January 6, 2014 |
Responding to the death Friday of Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers, many of the world's most respected rock and country vocalists expressed their sorrow over the loss. As these artists discussed the influence the Everlys had on their own music, two common themes emerged: the ambition one day to be able to sing like an Everly; then for those who achieved any degree of success, the hope at some point to sing with an Everly. “My mom always called me her little Everly,” country musician Vince Gill told The Times in explaining how much it meant later when he met Phil.
December 27, 2013 |
Marvin Hamlisch was a 6-year-old prodigy when he was accepted into the Juilliard School of Music. He went on to train intensively with the goal of becoming the next great classical pianist. But Hamlisch ultimately decided to play a different tune, a popular one. He wrote, among others: "The Way We Were" (with lyrics by Marilyn and Alan Bergman), "Nobody Does It Better" (lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager), "What I Did for Love" (lyrics by Edward Kleban) and "Through the Eyes of Love" (again with Bayer Sager)
December 23, 2013 |
It's been more than 100 years since German psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus determined that learning interspersed with rest created longer-lasting memories than so-called cramming, or learning without rest intervals. Yet it's only much more recently that scientists have begun to understand the underlying molecular mechanisms for this phenomenon. In a study published Monday in the journal PNAS, researchers examined the physical changes in the brain cells of mice while "training" their eyes to keep track of a moving image.
December 19, 2013 |
For decades, Candlestick Park has felt as ancient as Jurassic Park. Now, with the San Francisco 49ers set to say goodbye to their slouching home, and move next season to a shiny new stadium half an hour down the peninsula, the memories are bubbling back. "It was a dump, but it was our dump," said Dwight Clark, a star receiver for the 49ers from 1979 to '87. "We had a lot of history there and a lot of success. It's sad to see it go, but that's progress. " It was Clark who made "The Catch," the most famous play in club history, reeling in a six-yard, last-minute touchdown pass from Joe Montana to beat Dallas in the 1981 playoffs and earn a trip to the Super Bowl.
December 18, 2013 |
In 2013, Washington seemed to lurch from one crisis to the next, with lawmakers setting an example for Americans on the best ways not to get along. Blame was launched in all directions. Efforts to pass gun control fizzled in Congress, and immigration reform has been stalled until next year, at the earliest. A failure to compromise over the continued funding of the federal government resulted in a 16-day shutdown in October, and that same lack of bipartisanship led to this year's Congress becoming the least productive in history.
December 18, 2013 |
Ray Price was the mentor and the leader. He was discovered and brought to Columbia Records by Lefty Frizzell, and he made his first record on Columbia with Lefty's band. That was a song called "If You're Ever Lonely Darling. " After that, after he made his debut on Columbia, he gave many other people a chance to do the same thing. He brought Roger Miller to the surface, and he gave Willie Nelson a job in his band. In 1966, I was on tour with Ray down in the states of Texas and Oklahoma, and that was the first time I met Ray. Of course, I was a fan for many years before that.
December 16, 2013 |
Vevet Underground drummer Maureen "Moe" Tucker reflected on friend and former bandmate Lou Reed in an appreciation published this weekend by British newspaper the Observer . Reed, 71, died in October of complications from a May liver transplant. "It's just dawning on me that he's not out there anymore," Tucker wrote in the piece, which chronicles her first meeting with Reed as well as how the Velvets transformed her from a simple pop drummer into one trafficking in the avant-garde.