Queen of Funk Betty Davis is an underrated figure in Black music history. She first made waves in the late Sixties, when she introduced her then-husband, Miles Davis, to the psychedelic rock that inspired his landmark album Bitches Brew. In the mid-Seventies, she became a cult figure with her own edgy, provocative funk-rock — a sound that became even more volcanic on-stage. Her disappearance from the music industry soon after an iconic three-album run was of her own accord, but she’s been dipping her toes back into the scene since her albums were re-issued in 2007 by the Seattle label Light in the Attic. Last summer, Davis released her first new song in 40 years through Bandcamp: the sultry and smooth “A Little Bit Hot Tonight,” which is just as sexy and brilliant as any of her early recordings. Instead of singing it herself, Davis enlisted Danielle Maggio, an ethnomusicologist and PhD candidate who is writing a dissertation on Davis. In a recent interview with … [Read more...] about Juneteenth on Bandcamp: 14 Releases to Listen and Buy
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Watchmen Set Visit Image #8Jackie Earl Haley: All of the information really seems to be in the graphic novel. I had to dig in there and open it up. I had to find what made him tick. I think what drives this guy is what happened to him as a child. His mom victimized him unintentionally. It is interesting to me. We live in a world of grays. There is so much complexity to describe behavior. It can sometimes justify wrongs for greater goods. An example of that would be Walter's mom. She had to make some decisions to put a roof over his head, and to feed him. But the decisions she made, getting into prostitution and her lifestyle, and her own self-centeredness. Some people can overcome those obstacles in life. But with Walter, that upbringing made him such a victim that it tweaked him. It affected him in a very hug way. When he considered the complexity that justified her decisions, all he can see is the black and white of it. He sees that there is no justification for her decisions. Sure, … [Read more...] about SET VISIT: Climb Aboard the Owl Ship for a Chat with the Watchmen!
But discerning what is true about the Church of Scientology is no easy task. Tax-exempt since 1993 (status granted by the IRS after a long legal battle), Scientology releases no information about its membership or its finances. Nor does it welcome analysis of its writings or practices. The church has a storied reputation for squelching its critics through litigation, and according to some reports, intimidation (a trait that may explain why the creators of South Park jokingly attributed every credit on its November 2005 sendup of Scientology to the fictional John and Jane Smith; Paramount, reportedly under pressure, has agreed not to rerun the episode here or to air it in England). Nevertheless, Scientology’s critics comprise a sizable network of ex-members (or “apostates,” in church parlance), academics and independent free-speech and human-rights activists like Wachter, who have declared war on the group by posting a significant amount of previously unknown … [Read more...] about Inside Scientology
July 11:Hollywood Game Night (NBC, Season 6)The Outpost (The CW, Season 2)Jersey Shore Family Vacation (MTV, Season 2B)Dr. Pimple Popper (TLC, Season 2)The Dead Files (Travel Channel, Season 12)Our Wedding Story (UPtv, Season 2)Crazy Beautiful Weddings (UPtv, Season 2)Hugo: The Legend & The Derbies (Jugotv, new docuseries) … [Read more...] about Summer Premiere Dates 2019: New & Returning Series On Broadcast, Cable & Streaming