Monday, February 8, 2016

GLI Press Song of the Week: "Seasons Change" by Nadia Reed

The GLI Press Song of the Week roams the internet looking for the best in shared new music.

This week’s GLI Press Song of the Week is “Seasons Change” by Nadia Reed. This track in particular sounds like a Country-and-Westernized Mazzy Star, ghostly and rustic at the same time.


(audio source courtesy of KEXP.org)
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Other Highlights:

The band Gum Takes Booth has a very interesting audio setup. The drums and the other instruments are connected together, with the not-drum instruments being triggered by the striking of a particular drum and processed by the other musicians. It’s an ingenious setup that produces a raw, relentless and engrossing techno sound.


Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Hollywood Race Report: Update for February 5th

[PIC] The Hollywood Race Report is a weekly list of films released in the US in 2016 that seeks to answer the question of diversity: What is the racial makeup of films being shown in theaters, based on the lead role? This report tracks all of the films going into wide release in the US and categorizes them by the racial makeup of the lead actor(s).

This week features the opening of several horror films, all of which for whom the lead actor is white.The major studio release, Hail, Ceasar! by the Cohen brothers, is set in 1940s Hollywood and from the looks of things does not feature any minority actors, which is actually an accurate portrayal of the segregated movie industry at the time. There are two Latino films opening, one based in Chile (The Club) and one in Cuba (Viva). Both films either are or have been considered for this year’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

This Week’s Opening Films:

Rams (Cohen Media Group)
The Choice (Lionsgate)
Hail, Caesar! (Universal)
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Sony Pictures)
The Club (Music Box Films)
Misconduct (Lionsgate)
The Pack (IFC Midnight)
Regression (Weinstein Co.)
Viva (Magnolia Pictures)

2016 U.S. Film Release Summary (as of February 5):

Number of Films in Limited or Wide Release: 43
White Actor in Lead Role: 28 (65.1%)
African-American Actor in a Lead Role: 3 (7.0%)
Latino Actor in a Lead Role: 3 (7.0%)
Asian Actor in a Lead Role: 4 (9.3%)
Actor of Additional Race in a Lead Role: 5 (11.6%)
Two or more Races in Lead Roles: 0 (0.0%)

*A movie’s “Lead Role” designates the character(s) around which the story is based. Some movies may have more than one character in a Lead Role (i.e. buddy films, ensemble movies).

Monday, February 1, 2016

GLI Press Song of the Week: "Sittin' By the Radio" by Adrian Younge

The GLI Press Song of the Week roams the internet looking for the best in shared new music.


This week’s GLI Press Song of the Week is “Sittin’ By the Radio” by composer and producer Adrian Younge. Strictly Old School Soul from a guy who knows how to get it done (he's been producing records since 2000). Pretty much everything about his sounds and image will give you an itch to seek out more of his work or go out and find some of the ‘60s and ‘70s Soul magic that clearly inspires him.



(audio source courtesy of Minnesota Public Radio)
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Other Highlights:

Here’s an excellent track by the Montreal duo She-Devils from their debut EP. They remind me of Sleigh Bells in how they combine noise with a 1950s/1960s pop sensibility, but they do it in a different way that’s just as provocative, only more subtle.



Friday, January 29, 2016

I Hate Politics: The Hypocrisy of Donald Trump, As Displayed by Stephen Colbert

Last night on his show, Stephen Colbert showed just how hypocritical Donald Trump is in the political arena. It’s pretty straightforward – just show a recording of Trump talking, then show another shot of him stating the exact opposite. Repeat over and over. Trump has always been known as a gasbag who will say anything as long as it’s to his advantage. This is just more documented proof.

 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Hollywood Race Report: Update for January 29th

The Hollywood Race Report is a weekly list of films released in the US in 2016 that seeks to answer a question of diversity: What is the racial makeup of films being shown in theaters, based on the lead role? This report tracks all of the films going into wide release in the US and categorizes them by the racial makeup of the lead actor(s).

This week's group of opening films includes Fifty Shades of Black, the latest installment in the Wayans Brothers' unofficial movie spoof franchise that, according to more than a few movie fans, ran out of gas a long time ago. Lucy Liu also returns in a supporting voice role in Kung Fu Panda 3, a franchise about a Chinese Panda Bear that's voiced by the non-Chinese Jack Black.

This Week’s Opening Films:

Fifty Shades of Black (Open Road)
The Finest Hours (Disney)
Jane Got a Gun (Weinstein Co.)
Kung Fu Panda 3 (20th Century Fox)
Lazer Team (Rooster Teeth)
Rabin, The Last Day (Kino Lorber)
Saala Khadoos (UTV Communications)

2016 Film Release Summary (as of January 29):
Number of Films in Limited or Wide Release: 34
White Actor in Lead Role: 21 (61.8%)
African-American Actor in a Lead Role: 3 (8.8%)
Latino Actor in a Lead Role: 1 (2.9%)
Asian Actor in a Lead Role: 4 (11.8%)
Actor of Additional Race in a Lead Role: 5 (14.7%)
Two or more Races in Lead Roles: 0 (0.0%)

*A movie’s “Lead Role” designates the character(s) around which the story is based. Some movies may have more than one character in a Lead Role (i.e. buddy films, ensemble movies).