One afternoon in 1974, the five young Mexican American musicians who had recently christened themselves Los Lobos gathered for a rehearsal in the back yard of Cesar Rosas’s house, a small stucco bungalow fifty yards from the freeway in East Los Angeles. And on that day, the members of Los Lobos turned their attentions for the first time from the rock & roll of their youth to the traditional Mexican songs of their parents and grandparents. Rosas and his friend Frank Gonzales had already begun learning a dance number called “Mil Amores” from an album that Rosas’s mother owned, painstakingly adapting the violin part for mandolin and guitar. Now the other three — guitarist David Hidalgo, bassist Conrad Lozano and drummer Louie Perez — were filling out the arrangement. Over the din of the passing cars, they worked fitfully, running inside the house to listen to a tricky portion of the song for reference, going out for a few more six-packs and, Perez … [Read more...] about Los Lobos: The World of Their Fathers
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From 'Hustlers' to 'Knives Out' to 'Parasite,' the issue involving wealth-gap wars might just be too big, and too current, to ignore. But will voters embrace such a riven view of society? In Hustlers, a gang of down-on-their-luck strippers, led by the luminous Ramona (Jennifer Lopez), con Wall Street fat cats out of their ill-gotten gains. In Todd Phillips' Joker, the alienated, disturbed Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix), stripped of his job, dignity and mental health support, turns violently against the callous elite, embodied by billionaire Thomas Wayne. Rian Johnson's Knives Out uses the tools of the Agatha Christie murder mystery to explore a tale of American entitlement, contrasting the dysfunctional wealthy Thrombeys — one of whom murdered the family patriarch — with its decidedly less-well-off staff. And in Parasite, from South Korean director Bong Joon Ho, the destitute, basement-dwelling Kims strive to climb the social ladder by leeching off the fabulously monied … [Read more...] about Oscars: Will the Academy Reward ‘Hustlers’ and Other Films About Economic Disparity?
Sean Kleier (Ant-Man and the Wasp) is set for a recurring role opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt and Bryan Safi in Fox’s hit first-responders drama series 9-1-1. Kleier will play Greg, who meets thru a dating app, Josh (Safi), a fellow 9-1-1 dispatcher and Maddie’s (Love Hewitt’s) best work friend. Safe to say in the world of 9-1-1, first dates never go as planned. 9-1-1 is produced by 20th Century Fox Television in association Ryan Murphy Television and Brad Falchuk Teley-Vision. Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear are co-creators, executive producers and writers on the series. Minear serves as showrunner. Bradley Buecker, Alexis Martin Woodall and series stars Angela Bassett and Peter Krause also serve as executive producers. 9-1-1 recently aired its fall finale on December 2 and will return with new episodes in March. Kleier was last seen in the Marvel feature Ant-Man and the Wasp and next will be seen in a starring role in Lifetime movie Chris Watts: Confessions … [Read more...] about ‘9-1-1’ Casts Sean Kleier; Jason Diaz Books ‘The 100’
Leonard Cohen’s career had reached a low point when he wrote “Hallelujah.” It was 1984, and he had been out of the spotlight for quite a long time. His 1977 LP, Death of a Ladies’ Man, a collaboration with Phil Spector, was a commercial and critical disappointment, and his next album Recent Songs fared no better. When Cohen submitted the songs for his subsequent LP, Various Positions, to Columbia, label execs didn’t hear “Hallelujah,” the opening song of Side Two, as anything special. They didn’t even want to release the album, though it eventually came out in Europe in 1984 and America the following year. It took a few years for “Hallelujah” to emerge as a classic. Bob Dylan was one of the first to recognize its brilliance, playing it at a couple of shows in 1988. The Velvet Underground’s John Cale tackled it on the piano for a 1991 Cohen tribute disc, and three years later, Jeff Buckley took inspiration from that … [Read more...] about How Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ Brilliantly Mingled Sex, Religion
Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour dynasty started inauspiciously in 1981 when the singer and guitarist re-recorded every note of “Money” by himself, save the sax solo, for the compilation A Collection of Great Dance Songs. At the time, he just did what he needed to do; the band’s new record label couldn’t get the rights to the original Dark Side of the Moon hit so he recut it himself, no other Floyds necessary. Two years later, Roger Waters would resume control and oversee the group’s next LP, The Final Cut, and it wouldn’t be until after his departure and lawsuit over the Pink Floyd name that Gilmour would fully assert himself as head honcho. A new box set, The Later Years, shines all its lasers on David Gilmour and how he shaped and supersized Pink Floyd for a new generation. Beginning with 1987’s A Momentary Lapse of Reason — featured here in a remixed, somewhat more understated form — Pink Floyd became everything Waters never … [Read more...] about ‘The Later Years 1987-2019’ Chronicles Pink Floyd After it Became David Gilmour’s Show