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 …

The Lion King review deepfake copycat ain’t so grrreat

Disneys reboot of its much-loved 1994 animation is a plausibly real retelling of the story of prince Simba and his struggle against wicked uncle Scar After 25 years, during which it gained classic status as the last Disney picture in the old style that Walt himself would have endorsed and enjoyed a long afterlife in theatres all over the world with Julie Taymors staging and costumes, the 1994 animation The Lion King has been remade as a quasi-live-action digital movie. This is an anthro-leonine deepfake of impressive proportions, but the new Lion King gains in shock and awe while losing in character and wit. These are walking, talking animals that are realer than real and whose facial/speech patterns are eerily …

Sign of the grimes: Stormzy’s Glastonbury interpreter on how to translate rap

After a video of Tara Asher doing a British Sign Language version of Stormzys headline set went viral, the festivals interpreters for deaf fans reveal their secrets Between the many scene-stealing moments that have been shared from For Asher, who also interpreted Stormzy at Glastonbury in 2017, it was just another nights work. Theres not many interpreters who interpret music and do festivals, she says. Theres a shortage nationally. And theres even fewer who specialise in grime. Ive listened to grime since the Risky Roadz days, since the very beginning, so its easier for me, because I understand the context, the slang, all that stuff. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

All aboard the Bob Dylan express! How Rolling Thunder revved round America

When Dylan chanced upon a huge Roma gathering in France, he was transfixed and formed his own travelling supergroup. As Martin Scorsese brings its ragtag magic to screens, we hitch a ride back to 75 In May 1975, his marriage breaking up, Bob Dylan spent six weeks in the south of France. His host, an artist named David Oppenheim, had recently provided a painting for the back cover of Blood on the Tracks, an album of seemingly confessional songs that had taken Dylan back to the top of the charts. Critics acclaimed its songs as evidence that, after almost a decade of straying from the straight and narrow, he was prepared once again to bare his soul. But Dylan, as …

Dr John obituary

Pianist, singer and songwriter steeped in the musical forms and voodoo culture of his native New Orleans Wherever musicians gathered, Dr John, who has died aged 77, was revered as songwriter, singer, arranger and pianist. He became closely identified with the rich musical roots of his native New Orleans and as well as his mastery of the Crescent Citys various musical forms (which included blues, jazz, funk, boogie-woogie and rocknroll) he was steeped in its mysterious voodoo culture and folklore. He began to develop a cult following with the release of his first major-label album, Gris-Gris (1968), a startling brew of voodoo funk and strange incantations, epitomised by the eerie eight-minute mantra I Walk on Guilded Splinters. Nobody had heard …

Natalie Portman criticises ‘creepy’ Moby over ‘disturbing’ account of friendship

Musician says in memoir the pair dated, but Portman disputes account, saying my recollection is a much older man being creepy with me Natalie Portman has criticised Moby for a very disturbing account of their friendship in his new memoir she told Harpers Bazaar. He said I was 20; I definitely wasnt. I was a teenager. I had just turned 18. There was no fact-checking from him or his publisher it almost feels deliberate. The book has their first meeting dated as early September 1999, which would have made Portman who was born in June 1981 18. She added: That he used this story to sell his book was very disturbing to me. It wasnt the case. There are many …