Bon Iver: i,i review complex and majestic

(Jagjaguwar) Apparently, Bon Iver albums, starting with the wintry confessions of 2008s 22, a Million, with its often impenetrable numerology, distorted Yeezus beats and gutpunch bass. What remains from past seasons is Heavenly Fathers digital gospel, and a little of 00000 Millions acoustic directness. But what holds Bon Ivers ever-evolving backwoods orchestra together is Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

‘The show needed to come back’: how Drake rescued the druglords of Top Boy

It was Britains answer to The Wire. But the gang drama was dead until the rapper stepped in and pitched it to Netflix. Its stars and writer talk grime, gentrification and Boris Johnsons Britain I told them I was on my way out to meet some singer called Drake, says writer Drake was a fan of Top Boy, Bennetts Channel 4 drama about the lives of drug dealers and residents on a fictional Hackney estate called Summerhouse. He had been recommended it while on tour and loved it so much, he began posting stills from the show on Instagram with clumsy attempts at London slang (real bod man). When he found out it had been cancelled, he decided to bring …

Peaches on her post-human sex toy art show: ‘It’s disturbing but a lot of fun’

The pop provocateur has created an artwork in which an army of fleshies, or masturbation devices, seek sexual liberation. She talks us through its deeper meanings Best known for her vagina bodysuits and sexually charged lyrics, Peaches seems an unlikely art-world darling. But in 2007, the French artist Sophie Calle asked the electropunk queen to respond, in the form of a song, to a breakup email Calle had received. The work was one of 100 that appeared in Calles show Cut Piece, letting audience members snip away at the singers clothes until they had entirely gone. Now, 20 years after unleashing her sex-positive signature song Fuck the Pain Away, Peaches finally has an exhibition of her own. I was like, …

R Kelly charged with prostitution and solicitation involving girl under 18

Kelly gets two felony charges for 2001 incident, in which R&B singer allegedly offered girl $200 to take off her clothes and dance Minnesota authorities charged the singer R Kelly on Monday with two counts of prostitution and solicitation involving a girl under 18 in 2001. The Hennepin county attorney, Mike Freeman, said Kelly, whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, is accused of soliciting the girl after meeting her at a concert in Minneapolis. Kelly was not performing at the time, but was doing promotional work. Freeman said the girl was trying to get an autograph from Kelly, and that the R&B performer gave her his signature and a phone number. When the girl called the number, she was …

Strap on Your Exoskeleton and Dance, Dance, Dance

I'm in the middle of the dance floor. The strobe lights above me are popping in time with the thundering kick drums and violent synth-bass rolling out of the speakers at 110 beats per minute. I'm shuffling to the rhythms, but I'm only able to control the lower half of my body. All of my movements from the waist up are being dictated by an exoskeleton strapped onto my trunk like a jacket. My arms jerk up and down and twist from side to side with the beat, but my own muscles aren't doing the work; my flesh is being pushed around in space by the 45 pounds of metal, cable, and hydraulic cylinders running across my shoulders and down …

When will the white rockumentary conveyor belt end?

Blinded By the Light and Yesterday are essentially uncritical, feature-length promos for heritage bands, and theres more to come If you only have a passing knowledge of the work of Sarfraz Manzoors memoir about growing up in racist 1980s Luton as a British Pakistani whose life was transformed by the music of Bruce Springsteen. It is also, unavoidably, a feature-length eulogy to, and advertisement for, the Boss. Springsteens music accompanies the emotional beats, his lyrics are projected across the screen, and his contribution to humanity argued in the strongest possible terms (Bruce is the direct line to all thats true in this shitty world). If you dont agree, youre basically on the side of the skinhead racists and the conservative …

Woman arrested for threatening to blow up Swedish embassy over A$AP Rocky case

Rebecca Kanter is accused of abusing staff and damaging property at Washington DC embassy A fan of the rapper A$AP Rocky has been arrested in Washington DC after allegedly threatening to blow up the Swedish embassy there. The rapper is currently jailed in Sweden, awaiting trial for an assault charge Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Sleater-Kinney: Music has always been the playground of mens sexuality

The feminist punks new album, produced by St Vincent and inspired in part by a Rihanna song, is their most expansive yet. So why did their drummer just quit the band? By now, we know reunion culture is a con. The brief excitement of seeing a favourite band re-form is swiftly tempered by watching them resentfully trot out the hits and confront their mortality. Plus, the past is no longer a novelty but our perpetual groundhog day of recycled franchises and rebooted brands. Which is why Sleater-Kinneys surprise return, in 2015, nine years after they went on hiatus, was so refreshing. Not content to rehash old glories, the feminist punks had a brilliant new album, the riotous, new wavy No …

‘You’ve caused an international incident’: how my work mistake came back to haunt me

It was the Observers big scoop of 2003, and as a young journalist, I was asked to type up a top-secret memo. Now my mess-up has made it to the big screen Have you ever wondered whod play you in a film? I had, occasionally, until the day I got the answer. In spring 2018, a message pinged on to my phone via Facebook from a journalist friend. So this is a bit weird, it read. A sister of a friend is playing you in a movie, apparently. You aware of this? I wasnt. Official Secrets. She wants to meet you, like actors do. She saw we were pals and asked if Id ask you. What did you do in …

50 Cent: Starz show Power snubbed by Emmys for racial reasons

Rapper and executive producer of successful series says its not the first time his work has been overlooked The rapper and producer 50 Cent has said he thinks Power being overlooked by the Emmys over the years was racially motivated, despite the success of the popular Starz series that has a prominently black cast. I like to say its racial, he said during a panel discussion on Friday at the Television Critics Association Press Tour. Thats the easy way to get out of things. People who are running and connected to these ceremonies are not necessarily cool people. After 50 Cents comments, Powers creator Courtney Kemp, who accompanied him on stage, sarcastically said: So now, well never get one. Power, …

Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein Is a Fun Mess

David Harbour, best known for playing supernaturally beleaguered small-town cop Jim Hopper, is now on to even stranger things. In the mockumentary Frankenstein's Monster's Monster, Frankenstein, he plays a puffed-up version of himself, investigating the life of his father, David Harbour Junior, after he unearths footage of his dad's televised stage play while killing rats in his mother's attic. (Hell of an elevator pitch, right?) What Harbour discovers—the bizarre artifact that is the play Frankenstein's Monster's Monster, Frankenstein and lots more scandal besides—challenges everything he thinks he knows about his father in just about 30 minutes. Peter Rubin In Season 3, Stranger Things Rediscovers Its Groove Wonbo Woo Stranger Things' Noah Schnapp Has a Crush on Zendaya Angela Watercutter What …

Devendra Banharts cultural highlights

The musician on his favourite neighbourhood gallery, Cate Le Bons incredible new album and a heroic meditation podcast 1. AppWeCroak This app looks quite cute with its frog icon, but five times a day it puts a banner on your phone saying: Dont forget, youre going to die. When I first saw it, I thought it was going to be dark and intense and a source of anxiety, but what it actually serves to do is disengage me from identifying with my ego and the source of tremendous stress that is this entire existence. It helps me realise that the things that Im concerned about are pretty much insignificant. And if you click on the app, you get a quote …

Song of the summer 2019: our writers pick their favourite tracks

From Taylor Swift to Goldlink, Guardian critics highlight their favourite songs of the season MUNA Number One Fan There are plenty more obvious candidates for blockbuster holiday tunes, but if youre the type who pumps Depeche Mode at the pool party, youre going to detect the summer potential of this LA synthpop trios 2019 comeback single. For MUNA, summer has jumped out. Number One Fan begins from the not-so-gloomy disposition of warbling Europop basslines, so silly as to immediately snap you from your stupor. The chorus is one that demands to be heard long after the sun goes down: Oh my god, Im your number one fan! So iconic, like, big, like, stan, is fortunately a lyric as self-fulfilling as …

Ed Sheeran: No 6 Collaborations Project review smarm, charm and a watertight winning formula

The affable everyman dabbles in grime, hip-hop, balladry and Latino love songs as he zooms down the middle of the road to world domination In 2012, I interviewed backstage at Brixton Academy. There was plenty of evidence that his career was in the process of taking off Newton Faulkner, rather than the next Epoch-Defining Ruler of Pop listened to said career plan in a spirit of nonplussed indulgence: nothing wrong with dreaming big, mate. But here we are, seven years, two more albums named after mathematical symbols and 162m sales later, staring down the barrel of Ed Sheerans promised album of duets. The supporting cast has changed considerably from the names he suggested back in 2012: the selection of classic …

Rip Torn, cult actor and Artie in the Larry Sanders Show dies aged 88

Star of a string of 60s classics fell foul of Hollywood because of his temper but found a fresh lease of life in comedy, from TVs Larry Sanders Show to the Men in Black films Rip Torn, Americas celebrated wildman actor, has died aged 88. Torn, who had been a constant presence on stage and screen since the mid-1950s, was arguably better known for his eccentric, and occasionally violent, antics when the cameras werent rolling and on one notorious occasion, when they were. His publicist, Rick Miramontez, confirmed Torn died Tuesday afternoon at his home with his wife, actor Amy Wright, and daughters Katie Torn and Angelica Page by his side. No cause of death was given. During the filming …

Notes from a Hollywood divorce: ‘We had a primal connection. But we hung by a thread for years’

I wrote a part for my husband in my first movie. By the time filming was over, so was our marriage In every city Ive lived, my sister has been the one to set up the printer, testing it by printing me the lyrics to George Michaels Freedom! 90. I am not the only grown woman entwined with their family, as I am not the only British person entwined with George Michael. When, in 2010, he drove his car through the wall of the Hampstead Snappy Snaps, the resulting hole was quickly daubed with the legend WHAM, by a local who meant it in a loving way. Walking to the underground, I saw it (as well as the aftermath and …