Rhianna, Scorsesse and comedian Sarah Silverman team up &
Rhianna appears topless and muzzled in Italian Vougue to promote the project.
Hold onto your codpieces-
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Rhianna, Scorsesse and comedian Sarah Silverman team up &
A special report for TheUmpteenthtimes.com • Hermit History Lesson #4
According to MTV
“It’s the biggest pop-culture blowout of the summer: the alleged assault of Perez Hilton by Black Eyed Peas manager Liborio “Polo” Molina in Toronto on Monday morning, and the resulting war of words that has erupted between the celebrity blogger and BEP rapper Will.I.Am.
It began with some frantic, early-morning tweets and has grown to encompass multiple response videos, grainy camera-phone footage, the Toronto Police Service, GLAAD, TMZ, “Access Hollywood,” every celebrity’s Twitter page and finally, some litigious threats from personal attorneys.”
Why do we care? Interestingly enough the historical events of June 24 offer some clues.
Actual demonstration of the device begins at around 10:35. Tan Le, co-founder and president of Emotiv Systems, gives a live demo of a mind control device that uses a person’s thoughts to input computer commands.
EG is the celebration of the American entertainment industry. Since 1984, Richard Saul Wurman has created extraordinary gatherings about learning and understanding. EG is a rich extension of these ideas – a conference that explores the attitude of understanding in music, film, television, radio, technology, advertising, gaming, interactivity and the web – The Entertainment Gathering
Tan Le is an Australian telecommunications entrepreneur, businesswoman and the 1998 Young Australian of the Year. She is president and co-founder of Emotiv Systems.
Aesop Rock counts as a major star in the world of independent rap, where he’s remained a flagship act of El-P’s Definitive Jux, arguably the most vital label in the hip-hop underground. Rock’s mindful rhymes stream out at warp speed, with a style built around a Shakespearean jester’s mix of self-deprecation and incisive urgency. Rock kept a strong focus on the streets and science fiction on his 2003 albumBazooka Tooth, but he places a greater emphasis on story-songs on last year’s None Shall Pass, an album largely produced by Blockhead. On the heels of a monthlong tour,The A.V. Club spoke to Ace about his next record and how rappers are like the Golden Girls.
The A.V. Club: With None Shall Pass, you said you wanted to take yourself out of the equation. Why?
Aesop Rock: Lyric-wise, I didn’t want it to be just, “I did this. I went to the store. I think this, because I like this.” I guess my stuff starts leaning toward being a little soap box-y. Even if it’s just braggadocio stuff, it still kind of gets that way, and it just bothers me. Maybe not “bothers” me; it’s just so available for that, especially in rap music where a solo album is a record not only by a guy, but about the guy. (NONE SHALL PASS VIDEO AFTER THE BREAK)
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“When are we going to get an audience in here? It’s been 17 years.”
Yesterday, completely by coincidence, I saw Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York for the first time and listened to Guns N’ Roses’ Chinese Democracy, also for the first time.
I’m guessing this parallel has been drawn by some sharp word-jockey already: SNY is a movie—a fantastic movie—about a guy who spends his whole life and inordinate amounts of money trying to create art that is “true” and “honest.”Chinese Democracy is an album made by a guy who didn’t seem to blink at the idea of spending more than a third of his life (read that again—a third of his life!) and untold millions to make it exactly the way he wanted to.
And while Chinese Democracy didn’t move me at all, I find it incredibly difficult to dismiss after watching the painful (and often painfully funny) Synecdoche. More than that, I find myself creating a new movie in my head, a sort of post-modern reality show following the creation of Chinese Democracy as seen from Axl’s eyes. The amazing review that Chuck Klosterman wrote for us theorizes a bit about Axl’s thought processes, but I want more—straight from the mind of a crazy guy so deep into the creation of something that it all seems fairly normal, as if there’s no other way to do it.
Chuck Klosterman • A.V. Club
Reviewing Chinese Democracy is not like reviewing music. It’s more like reviewing a unicorn. Should I primarily be blown away that it exists at all? Am I supposed to compare it to conventional horses? To a rhinoceros? Does its pre-existing mythology impact its actual value, or must it be examined inside a cultural vacuum, as if this creature is no more (or less) special than the remainder of the animal kingdom? I’ve been thinking about this record for 15 years; during that span, I’ve thought about this record more than I’ve thought about China, and maybe as much as I’ve thought about the principles of democracy. This is a little like when that grizzly bear finally ate Timothy Treadwell: Intellectually, he always knew it was coming. He had to. His very existence was built around that conclusion. But you still can’t psychologically prepare for the bear who eats you alive, particularly if the bear wears cornrows.
Here are the simple things about Chinese Democracy: Three of the songs are astonishing. Four or five others are very good. The vocals are brilliantly recorded, and the guitar playing is (generally) more interesting than the guitar playing on the Use Your Illusion albums. Axl Rose made some curious (and absolutely unnecessary) decisions throughout the assembly of this project, but that works to his advantage as often as it detracts from the larger experience. So: Chinese Democracy is good. Under any halfway normal circumstance, I would give it an A.
But nothing about these circumstances is normal.
For one thing, Chinese Democracy is (pretty much) the last Old Media album we’ll ever contemplate in this context—it’s the last album that will be marketed as a collection of autonomous-but-connected songs, the last album that will be absorbed as a static manifestation of who the band supposedly is, and the last album that will matter more as a physical object than as an Internet sound file. This is the end of that. But the more meaningful reason Chinese Democracy is abnormal is because of a) the motives of its maker, and b) how those motives embargoed what the definitive product eventually became. The explanation as to why Chinese Democracy took so long to complete is not simply because Axl Rose is an insecure perfectionist; it’s because Axl Rose self-identifies as a serious, unnatural artist. He can’t stop himself from anticipating every possible reaction and interpretation of his work. I suspect he cares less about the degree to which people like his music, and more about how it is taken, regardless of the listener’s ultimate judgment. This is why he was so paralyzed by the construction of Chinese Democracy—he can’t write or record anything without obsessing over how it will be received, both by a) the people who think he’s an unadulterated genius, and b) the people who think he’s little more than a richer, red-haired Stephen Pearcy. All of those disparate opinions have identical value to him. So I will take Chinese Democracy as seriously as Axl Rose would hope, and that makes it significantly less simple. At this juncture in history, rocking is not enough.
The revelation that Obama’s candidacy was the only thing that gave their lives any meaning has caused many supporters to wander aimlessly, unsure of what to do with themselves.
from THE ONION
According to Liberal Viewer- When John McCain appeared in the opening segment of Saturday Night Live last night with Tina Fey reprising her SNL role as Sarah Palin, I thought McCain ended up looking weak, ridiculous, and worst of all, like a loser as I show with the clips in this video.
I disagree- I thought McCain was funny, displayed a good sense of humor about himself and got in some points. The skit dis not make McCain look like a loser. In my opinion, it made him look like a gut who can laugh. Don’t mistake my high marks for McCain on SNL with an endorsement. I would not elect this guy to the PTA, never mind president
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Marc-Antoine Audette as French President Nicolas Sarkozy calls Alaska Governor and Republican Vice Presidential Nominee Sarah Palin. Must see.
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From Barely Political- America’s trademark Mavericks get back in the pilot seat and fit in one last skirmish before election day
Oliver Stone talks to Sir David Frost about his new film ‘W’ which is based on the life of George W. Bush.
Since his breakthrough Oscar-winning screenplay Midnight Express Oliver Stone has become renowned for his intensely political and provocative films. His works include Platoon, Full Metal Jacket, Born on the Fourth of July, JFK, Nixon, Natural Born Killers, and Wall Street.
Did watching the 2nd and 3rd debates give you a feeling of déjà vu? This montage of synced-up footage from all three presidential debates confirms our deep-seated belief that every debate was exactly the same.
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Obama’s duties in the Spanish government will include collating documents, negotiating treaties, and presiding over national days of mourning.
Despite the media’s portrayal of her, Cindy McCain says she is a down-to-earth person who enjoys breathing oxygen and consuming earth food for energy.
Campaign officials downplayed the incident, saying the senator was fine as soon as he was fed and taken to the bathroom
7. Joe the Plumber experiences a sudden windfall that would finally yield him enough income for his taxes to go up under Obama’s tax plan.
Keep Joe from buying lotto tickets. And from becoming a plumber, for that matter.
6. Obama bumps into his neighbor, Bill Ayers, at a 7-11.
The last thing we need are headlines screaming “Terror Slurpees!” The campaign had better have a GPS device implanted in Ayers’ ass to keep those two from crossing paths at the dog run.
If he goes off script and says what he’s really thinking, big trouble. Clinton should be surrounded by sycophants stroking his ego at all times. Obama should never let him arrive at an appearance without sending a “You’re My Only Hope” fruit basket to greet him.
4. John Kerry says anything.
Remember his hilarious “If you do bad in school you go to Iraq” quip just a few days before the 2006 election? No one hand this guy a mic. In fact, lock him up in a safe-house and keep him under guard until November 5th.
3. The Obama campaign gets complacent…about Palin rally attendees.
He should be campaigning from inside a Pope-mobile until November 4th. Hell, keep him there until 2016.
2. Jeremiah Wright decides now is the perfect time to debut his new sermon titled, “No Seriously, God Damn America.”
Trinity Church had better be strictly enforcing their “no flip cameras” ban.
1. People finally wake up and realize THAT OBAMA IS A GODLESS RADICAL COMMUNIST SOCIALIST TERRORIST INTENT ON DESTROYING EVERYTHING WE HOLD DEAR!!! (please forward to ten friends)
If Americans start listening to what poorly designed, un-spellchecked, racist direct mail brochures tell them, it’s over.