Take, for instance, her grievances regarding the 2013 Met Gala, aired during a radio interview: “I’m never going again. It was so unfun. It was boiling. It was too crowded. I did not enjoy it at all.” Few would dare to offend the party’s host, Vogue editrix Anna Wintour, so blithely. Her take on the glitzy affair proves that Gwyneth can be remarkably sensible about some things. … [Read more...] about Can This Really Be The End of Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop Sermons?
Chewing Gum aired on E4 in Britain last year, where it has already been picked up for a second season. The show hasn’t gotten quite the same reception in the U.S., partially because it quietly slipped onto Netflix late in October, when we were all distracted by the election, or something. That should change. Chewing Gum has a singular voice and vision, and it’s definitely worth a binge-watch, especially since it’ll take less than a few hours to finish all six half-hour episodes. If that alone isn’t enough to convince you, here are all the other reasons Chewing Gum might be worth your time. … [Read more...] about 5 Reasons to Check Out
It’s a shame “Cartoon & Cereal” didn’t make GKMC, because it would’ve made the perfect supplement to the album’s skits involving Kendrick’s parents. That album is intensely autobiographical, but it doesn’t delve as much into those closest to Kendrick: his mother and father. “Cartoon & Cereal” feels like an extension of that album’s cover, a photograph of a young Kendrick with his uncles and grandfather, a scene he describes in this song’s standout bridge as a room full of Wile E. Coyotes. The way Kendrick sees it, he never stood a chance. He was born in the wild, where cartoons and cereal aren’t promised. … [Read more...] about Kendrick Lamar’s 20 Best Verses So Far, Ranked
Also, as with most who attempt a scientific analysis of the effect of psychoactive drugs on mental and physical health, Gage has frequent recourse to the observation that statistical regularities in trials may reflect the prior dispositions of users – for psychosis, depression or whatever – rather than being caused by the drugs they ingest. To her credit, she adopts Timothy Leary’s rubric of “set and setting” – without crediting him – for understanding the panoply of different effects the same substance can have on different people, in different environments, but she is unable to follow this idea through to its logical conclusion, which is that intoxicants can only be understood at all in the real world, not the laboratory. … [Read more...] about Pills, Powder and Smoke by Antony Loewenstein; Say Why to Drugs by Dr Suzi Gage – review
I'm New Here would seem to bear that out. It is a new kind of Gil Scott-Heron record insofar as it relocates his old and now seasoned voice at the very heart of contemporary electronic music culture – one track features overdubs by film-maker and producer Chris Cunningham, another a soundscape sculpted by the ubiquitous Damon Albarn. It is an album of dark and brooding songs intercut with spoken-word pieces that tend towards the reflective if not outright regretful. As always it is that lived-in voice, now cracked and parched from the hard times, that pulls you in. … [Read more...] about Gil Scott-Heron: the godfather of rap comes back