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May 10, 2013 | By Kari Howard
Would you do a double-take if I said that that words were a recurring theme in this week's Great Reads? Yes, beautiful language is a mainstay in these stories, but this week, two standouts focused on words. Exhibit A: The words “Los Feliz.” I pronounce it Los FEE-lus. I know it's not correct, but it's “right” (marks me as an old-timer, I know). Exhibit B: The word “delight.” Silicon Valley types have been tripping all over themselves to use the word. At least it's better than another buzzword that makes me go urghhh: freemium.
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February 20, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
"NBC Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams is covering the Olympics in Sochi, Russia, so he wasn't available to slow jam the news on Jimmy Fallon's third episode of "The Tonight Show," but he was able to do the next best thing. Using snippets from dozens of nightly news broadcasts, Fallon's editors once again turned Williams into a rapping master. During his "Late Night" days, Fallon recut the genial Williams to rap Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch's "Good Vibrations," Warren G's "Regulate" and N.W.A.s' "Straight Outta Compton.
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July 26, 1996 | CHEO HODARI COKER
The Sugarhill Gang is the Bill Haley & the Comets of hip-hop music. Like the rock pioneer, whose "Rock Around the Clock" was a pivotal step in renegade rock 'n' roll's transformation into lighter, sock-hop fare, the Gang is best known for a single record and has been accused of watering down a vital musical form. Haley, the critics say, built his music around the creative ideas of a host of R&B musicians and sold it to an audience that hadn't heard the real thing.
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May 26, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Will Smith and his "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" costars delighted the audience of "The Graham Norton Show" on Friday with a surprise performance of the ultra-catchy theme song. "Now this is a story all about how my life got flipped turned upside-down... " If you grew up in the '90s, you probably know how the rest of it goes. Smith was in town to see his eldest son Trey, a DJ, perform at a London club, where he was joined by his costars, and to attend a few London events with son Jaden.
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October 16, 2005
I am hard-pressed to remember a more pointless piece of journalism than Gina Piccalo's recent portrait of an alleged "industry" of trend watchers/predictors ["Fads Are So Yesterday," Oct. 9] -- people who claim to be "coolhunters" specializing in "interpreting the broad societal movements that transcend our flash fancies and reveal new marketing opportunities." Hilarious, these aging hipsters. I'd bet big bucks that none of these self-proclaimed "hipster gurus" predicted the explosive recent rise in the popularity of poker or any of the other countless trends that these bold "futurists" have undoubtedly missed while hanging out in Starbucks.
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January 4, 2011 | By Evelyn McDonnell, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"Here's a little story that must be told," Dan Charnas writes by way of an ironic introduction to his brick-sized epic, quoting a classic rap lyric. "The Big Payback" is ostensibly the history of the business of hip-hop, but in its ambitious scope (it starts with no less than America's first treasurer, Alexander Hamilton) and exhaustive detail (what songs were played on Harlem's 125th Street the eve of Obama's election), Charnas' 660-page book ends up being one of the most comprehensive, and certainly one of the longest, printed accounts of the music itself.
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August 12, 1999 | HEIDI SIEGMUND CUDA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Now that Rhino's old enough to party proper, the one-horned, one-of-a-kind entertainment company is throwing a bash. To celebrate its 21st birthday, the L.A. label--renowned for repackaging Americana schlock-o-rama--is adding another feather to its propeller beanie, this weekend's RetroFest at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. The three-day affair comes with chills, thrills and Batmobiles, oh yeah, and plenty of retroactive fun. Phew, and just in the nick of time. What the world needs now is some feel-good entertainment, and that seems to be what's lurking deep in the heart of RetroFest.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 26, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Will Smith and his "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" costars delighted the audience of "The Graham Norton Show" on Friday with a surprise performance of the ultra-catchy theme song. "Now this is a story all about how my life got flipped turned upside-down... " If you grew up in the '90s, you probably know how the rest of it goes. Smith was in town to see his eldest son Trey, a DJ, perform at a London club, where he was joined by his costars, and to attend a few London events with son Jaden.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
"NBC Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams is covering the Olympics in Sochi, Russia, so he wasn't available to slow jam the news on Jimmy Fallon's third episode of "The Tonight Show," but he was able to do the next best thing. Using snippets from dozens of nightly news broadcasts, Fallon's editors once again turned Williams into a rapping master. During his "Late Night" days, Fallon recut the genial Williams to rap Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch's "Good Vibrations," Warren G's "Regulate" and N.W.A.s' "Straight Outta Compton.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 1997 | MARC WEINGARTEN
Hip-hop has now matured to the point where it can support its own oldies circuit, complete with paunchy, middle-aged rappers invoking former glory to a new generation of fans willing to overlook any glaring deficiencies for the sake of good, clean fun. That was the scenario at the Dragonfly on Saturday, as rap godfathers Grandmaster Melle Mel and the Sugarhill Gang charmed a sweat-drenched, hand-flailing mob with tired, tedious hokum. Things started promisingly enough.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2013 | By Kari Howard
Would you do a double-take if I said that that words were a recurring theme in this week's Great Reads? Yes, beautiful language is a mainstay in these stories, but this week, two standouts focused on words. Exhibit A: The words “Los Feliz.” I pronounce it Los FEE-lus. I know it's not correct, but it's “right” (marks me as an old-timer, I know). Exhibit B: The word “delight.” Silicon Valley types have been tripping all over themselves to use the word. At least it's better than another buzzword that makes me go urghhh: freemium.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 4, 2011 | By Evelyn McDonnell, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"Here's a little story that must be told," Dan Charnas writes by way of an ironic introduction to his brick-sized epic, quoting a classic rap lyric. "The Big Payback" is ostensibly the history of the business of hip-hop, but in its ambitious scope (it starts with no less than America's first treasurer, Alexander Hamilton) and exhaustive detail (what songs were played on Harlem's 125th Street the eve of Obama's election), Charnas' 660-page book ends up being one of the most comprehensive, and certainly one of the longest, printed accounts of the music itself.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 16, 2005
I am hard-pressed to remember a more pointless piece of journalism than Gina Piccalo's recent portrait of an alleged "industry" of trend watchers/predictors ["Fads Are So Yesterday," Oct. 9] -- people who claim to be "coolhunters" specializing in "interpreting the broad societal movements that transcend our flash fancies and reveal new marketing opportunities." Hilarious, these aging hipsters. I'd bet big bucks that none of these self-proclaimed "hipster gurus" predicted the explosive recent rise in the popularity of poker or any of the other countless trends that these bold "futurists" have undoubtedly missed while hanging out in Starbucks.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 1999 | HEIDI SIEGMUND CUDA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Now that Rhino's old enough to party proper, the one-horned, one-of-a-kind entertainment company is throwing a bash. To celebrate its 21st birthday, the L.A. label--renowned for repackaging Americana schlock-o-rama--is adding another feather to its propeller beanie, this weekend's RetroFest at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. The three-day affair comes with chills, thrills and Batmobiles, oh yeah, and plenty of retroactive fun. Phew, and just in the nick of time. What the world needs now is some feel-good entertainment, and that seems to be what's lurking deep in the heart of RetroFest.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 26, 1996 | CHEO HODARI COKER
The Sugarhill Gang is the Bill Haley & the Comets of hip-hop music. Like the rock pioneer, whose "Rock Around the Clock" was a pivotal step in renegade rock 'n' roll's transformation into lighter, sock-hop fare, the Gang is best known for a single record and has been accused of watering down a vital musical form. Haley, the critics say, built his music around the creative ideas of a host of R&B musicians and sold it to an audience that hadn't heard the real thing.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 1999 | ROBERT HILBURN, TIMES POP MUSIC CRITIC
Rhino Records' new "The Showdown: The Sugarhill Gang Vs. Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five" seems at first glance to be a knockout look at two of the most important groups on Sugar Hill Records, one of the pioneering rap labels. Similarly, Capitol's "Divas Exotica" appears to be a fun-packed salute to some of pop's most sensual performers.
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September 14, 1999 | SOREN BAKER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
What could have been an enjoyable evening of old-school hip-hop marking 20 years of rap on Sunday at the Universal Amphitheatre turned into a showcase for a group of narcissistic artists who seemed more concerned with celebrating themselves than their music's achievements. There's no question that Whodini, Kurtis Blow, Sugarhill Gang and Run-DMC were four of the most significant figures as the genre graduated from street corner performances to recordings.
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