2014’s stars in the making
With the new year just beginning, we thought you may want to get an early jump on some of the filmmakers, performers and creators who could be grabbing headlines later this year.
Gia Coppola’s continuation of her family’s Hollywood legacy, Zara McFarlane’s reaffirmation of jazz’s vitality and the husband-and-wife team pushing the boundaries of what counts as a video game are just a glimpse of who may make it big this year.
And yes, while “Welcome to Night Vale,” is no stranger to Tumblr, we wouldn’t be surprised if the podcast’s creative team sees even greater success in months to come.
So want to see who else made the list, or think we may have left someone off? Head over to our full listing right here.
Photos: Brownswood Recordings, Rick Madonik / Toronto Star via Getty Images, Anton Nickel, Media Greenhouse
New Beyonce album appears out of the blue
Out of nowhere, pop superstar Beyonce has announced the release of a new album, a self-titled collection of 14 songs and 17 music videos currently only available on iTunes. But you can see the videos over at her YouTube channel here.
Read more on the release over at Pop & Hiss.
B-girls: The women of hip hop
Photographer Cheryl A. Guerrero documents how she came to document b-girls, whose devotion to hip hop is overshadowed only by their dance moves:
When I arrived in Southern California, I decided to do portraiture. It had been very challenging working in the break scene, especially with the b-boys. Many subjects assumed I wanted a relationship with them when I contacted them to arrange to shoot a portrait or ask to document their practice sessions or battles.
So I began shooting portraits of b-girls instead. Stella, a b-girl who moved to the Los Angeles area from Florida, and Crissy, a b-girl from Los Angeles, connected me to the local breaking scene. The girls were easier to work with than the b-boys and were more excited to take part in my project.
Photos: Cheryl A. Guerrero / Los Angeles Times
Former Times pop music critic Robert Hilburn on Lou Reed, who died today at 71:
"He was one of the boldest and most liberated rock ‘n’ roll songwriters ever. There was a real literary edge to his work. He took on subjects that were off-limits at the time. He talked about heroin and illicit sex at a time when the music industry didn’t want to hear it — critics loved him, but it took him years and years to find an audience."
Here’s Hilburn’s 1992 interview with Reed.
Times file photo: Lou Reed at the Wiltern Theatre in 1996.
In a recent interview with Terry Gross on NPR’s "Fresh Air," Elton John mentions former Times music critic Robert Hilburn’s review of a 1970 concert at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. When a Times editor, Henry Fuhrmann, pointed it out to Hilburn, this was his response.
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Happy 10th Anniversary, ”Hey Ya!”
”Hey Ya!” was released on September 9th, 2003 as one of the lead singles from the Speakerboxxx/The Love Below album. It proved to be a commercial success, topping the Billboard Hot 100 for nine consecutive weeks. It won the award for ‘Best Urban/Alternative Performance’ at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards, as well as being nominated for ‘Record of The Year’ and ‘Best Music Video, Short Form’.
This GIF collage is everything.
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Andre Saraiva’s Dream Concerts on the corner of La Brea and Willoughby, Los Angeles, CA.
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The Batman Theme Played With Real Bat Sounds
That’s right. The duh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-BAT-MAAAAN theme has been recreated using ultrasonic bat sounds. The frequencies were shifted into the audible range, and then assigned a key so they’d match the original composition.
I think Adam West would approve.
Bonus: Meet a blind man who uses clicks from his tongue to navigate his world: Human echolocation!!
Say hello to your new summer jam.
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Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories” launches
The highly-anticipated album, following a reported leak earlier today, is now available for streaming via iTunes. Have a listen, and see if it lives up to the near-impossible levels of hype!
YouTube Trends map shows most popular videos by region
I don’t know about you, but when I go to YouTube, I check my subscriptions and then look at what videos are currently popular. Because you know, it’s important to stay up to date on the most current news about kittens, people getting caught doing weird things, and movie trailers. The YouTube Trends Map is another way to see what’s popular, but from a geographic and demographic point of view.
A look into Los Angeles’ Youtube tastes: Apparently there are a whole bunch of The Clood, Rich Kid Brand and Queens of the Stone Age fans out there!
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John Lennon’s artwork returns to Los Angeles
Lennon’s playful drawings will finally be returning to the West Coast this weekend, sitting on display Friday through Sunday at Westfield Century City Mall.
Some background on Lennon’s (non-musical) artistic history:
Early in 1970, he made his gallery debut with “Bag One,” a collection of 15 lithographs — a handwritten poem and 14 drawings, eight of them sexually explicit — that celebrated his love for Ono and were drawn around the time of their nuptials in 1969.
Photos: John Lennon / Pacific Edge Gallery
The art of music from afar
For piano instructor Talc Tolchin, lessons don’t always require close proximity and immediate scrutiny of finger placements and precision - thanks to modern technology, Tolchin can instruct students from hundreds of miles away.
But Tolchin’s methods do have some detractors:
It’s not for everyone. The world of music instructors is filled with late technology adopters on such tight budgets that even basic equipment needed to conduct online lessons is a stretch, said Rachel Kramer, director of member development for the Cincinnati-based Music Teachers National Assn.
Then there’s tradition. “There will be always be teachers who feel it would never ever work,” she said.
Photos: Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times