December 10, 2013 |
"I think I started with drums," says Pharrell Williams. He launches into the strong, clean, distinctive beat to the "Despicable Me 2" song "Happy" with his hands slapping his lap, then vocally adds more and more percussion sounds: "You know what I mean?" Even without instruments, singing the word "music" for the rave-up organ line and tapping on his body in this nearly empty meeting room at the Four Seasons, he brings out the song's giddy dance-party feel: "'It might seem crazy, what I'm 'bout to say … music, music, music, music," he sings in a '60s croon somewhere between Curtis Mayfield and Jackie Wilson, "Sunshine, she's here, you can take a break … music, music, music, music ….' "So that led the whole feeling for the track.
September 8, 2013 |
Poor Miley Cyrus . Apparently, she's been kicked off the cover of December Vogue. Unless you've been, say, trekking for several weeks in Bhutan, you undoubtedly recall her rather infamous performance at the recent MTV Video Music Awards . Her jam with Robin Thicke and that giant foam finger was rather ... lascivious. At the time it seemed she wasn't really worked up about the controversy. Ministry of Gossip columnist Christie D'Zurilla reported her as saying: "Me and Robin, the whole time, said, 'You know we're about to make history right now.'" But it sounds as if Vogue editor Anna Wintour was making a little history herself.
November 25, 2011 |
New Irish pub alert: Rock & Reilly's on Sunset Boulevard (a Blarney stone's throw from the Viper Room) has attracted curious visitors Zooey Deschanel, Jeremy Piven, Geoff Stults, Darren Criss and Lauren Conrad .... Glamour magazine hosting a book party for Mindy Kaling's "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?" at the Roosevelt's Spare Room, drawing Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt, Aziz Ansari, Nicole Richie and Anna Faris .... Beverly Boulevard eatery Sherbourne hosting American Eagle's celebration of Nylon magazine covergirl Rachel Bilson , with Ashlee Simpson and her "Boardwalk Empire" beau Vincent Piazza, Trevor Donovan and night life player Scott Sartiano .... The Black Eyed Peas ( Fergie, will.i.am, apl.de.ap and Taboo )
August 6, 2013 |
Last week, we brought you news that Robert Glasper, the wide-ranging jazz pianist, would release a new album by his band the Robert Glasper Experiment on Oct. 29. Now you can hear the album's lead single, "Calls," below. A luscious neo-soul cut with vocals by R&B singer Jill Scott, the track comes from Glasper's sequel to last year's "Black Radio," which won the Grammy Award for R&B album. In addition to Scott, "Black Radio 2" is to feature guest spots by singers and rappers including Anthony Hamilton, Snoop Dogg, Common and Faith Evans, as well as Patrick Stump of the emo-rock band Fall Out Boy. (That one should be interesting.)
September 18, 2013 |
After Tuesday's post about how dressing as Miley Cyrus this Halloween might earn you a bit of a reputation, the folks at HalloweenCostumes.com reached out to let us know they've compiled an extensive DIY tutorial on channeling the former Hannah Montana. Every last detail of how to create one of Cyrus' looks from the "We Can't Stop" video is twerked -- pardon us, worked -- out in this post by Aleksandra Sobic, so we won't bother rehashing it here beyond noting that it involves, among other things, a pair of white hot pants and a teddy bear backpack.
September 14, 2013 |
Hate those "Blurred Lines"? Gotten over "Get Lucky"? Those songs have been crowned the "song of the summer" by various taste-makers. But according to analysis by the music data mining company the Echo Nest, neither of those tunes, nor the ubiquitous One Direction smash "Best Song Ever," truly deserve the coveted title. The Echo Nest's Paul Lamere, director of the company's developer platform, looked at what songs were played the most times...
July 31, 2013 |
“Almost everything could be forgotten,” Alex Kapranos sang Tuesday night at the Echoplex, and that's a truism he's observed firsthand. The stylish frontman of Glasgow's Franz Ferdinand is the rare survivor from the dance-rock revival that occupied hipsters in the mid-2000s before giving way inevitably to subsequent trends; Kapranos and his bandmates have outlasted comrades from Radio 4 and Moving Units and the Dead 60s, and they've done it...
January 4, 2013 |
The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Miami and Beverly Hills will soon have some competition in the fighting ring of reality television. The "Real Husbands" are climbing into the arena, and they have their own scores to settle among each other. BET's "Real Husbands of Hollywood" spoofs the long chain of "Housewives" programs, and zeros in on celebrity friends who hang out together, usually when their famous wives are working. The semi-scripted series stars Kevin Hart, Boris Kodjoe, Nick Cannon, J.B. Smoove, Robin Thicke and Duane Martin, and like the Bravo series, features a lot of screaming, cursing and fighting.