Photo: FRQNCY The live-performance business has long been a powerful economic engine for many, many kinds of artists. This is as true for musicians in the streaming age as it is for comedians and, yes, podcasters . (Let’s set theater aside for this discussion. Different bag altogether.) The pandemic, of course, brought live performances to a halt, pushing the business to a cascade of Zoom calls and, to some extent, underground . I can’t speak for everyone, obviously, but my sense is that success in such efforts has mostly been modest at best, chiefly functioning as marginal stop-gap measures as opposed to true virtual adaptations. As the United States inches towards relative normalcy — though within a global context that remains tenuous — the live-performance business in the country appears to be gingerly preparing for the light at the end of the tunnel. Bands are announcing dates again. Some venues are starting to hold very small, socially distant performances. Music … [Read more...] about Are Podcasts Ready For Live Events Again?
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On Spanish Language Day, Google Doodle celebrates the letter Ñ (pronounced "enye"), which is the only letter in the Spanish alphabet that originated in Spain . The letter Ñ was created in the 12th century by Spanish scribes who came up with a way to save time and parchment when hand-copying Latin manuscripts. They decided to shorten words with double letters, combining the two letters into one with a tiny "n" on top to signify the change—this tiny n symbol is now known as a "virgulilla" or tilde. For example, the Latin word for "year" is "annus" which eventually became "año" in Spanish. Today, the letter Ñ appears in more than 17,700 Spanish words. The Ñ is not only a letter but it also represents Hispanic heritage and identity. It was officially entered into the Royal Spanish Academy's dictionary in 1803, and 190 years later, Spain passed legislation to protect its inclusion in computer keyboards. In 2010, the United Nations declared six language days to celebrate the … [Read more...] about Google Doodle Celebrates Letter Ñ on Spanish Language Day
Clockwise from top left: The French Dispatch , In the Heights , Dune , and House of Gucci . Photo: Clockwise from Top Left: Searchlight Pictures, Warner Bros., MGM The Academy Awards are in crisis — even more than those other times they were in crisis. With a field made up almost entirely of streaming and VOD releases, this year’s Oscars ceremony pulled in record-low viewership . Even worse than the poor ratings, though, was the sense that, for much of the entertainment-going public, the Oscars had become an afterthought. Without any popular titles in the mix, Hollywood’s biggest night had become a niche product. Fortunately, there’s one tiny glimmer of hope. We have proof that Oscar ratings are not fated by God to always go down every year: For the 2019 telecast, the trend briefly reversed . As I’m sure everyone in the Academy has noticed, that was the year the Best Picture field was stacked with massive theatrical hits, including Black Panther , Bohemian … [Read more...] about These Are the Movies the Academy Is Counting On to Save the Oscars
If Louisiana Creole as a language is endangered, then Google may have a lifeline to toss its way. Google revealed this week that it is introducing a progressive web app, Woolaro, that uses machine learning to provide words for 10 at-risk languages from around the world. They are Yugambeh, an aboriginal language from Australia; Yiddish, a High German derived language of the Ashkenazi Jews; Tamazight, spoken in North Africa and the Sahara region; Rapa Nui, spoken on Easter Island; Nawat, an Uto-Aztecan language from southwestern El Salvador; Maori, spoken in New Zealand; Calabrian Greek, used by ethnic Griko people in southern Italy; Sicilian, from the Italian island; Louisiana Creole, French-based and mostly spoken in Louisiana; and Yang Zhuang, a Tai language spoken in southwestern China. Festivals Acadiens et Creoles organizers planning for live event in October This time, Festival Acadiens et Creoles is going with Plan A. UNESCO’s Atlas of the World’s … [Read more...] about Google app aims to give new life to Louisiana Creole, other languages at risk of disappearing
The statistics of Bandcamp Friday speak for themselves: In the year-plus since the launch of the campaign, during which the platform has waived its revenue share for music purchased on the first Friday of each month, fans have paid artists more than $50 million dollars . “Bandcamp is like my life source,” metal auteur Trevor William Church told Rolling Stone in 2019, no doubt speaking for many creators in the age of meager streaming royalties. Bandcamp Friday continues on May 7th — read on for a slew of recommendations from RS staffers on what to throw into your virtual shopping cart. Juliana Hatfield , Blood Juliana Hatfield writes some of the most acerbic, delightful pop songs out there — she gets you bobbing your head to her catchy melodies and sweet voice, then lays you flat with a line like, “I’m living in a nightmare and I can’t wake up/The whole world is controlled by fascist, blood-sucking fucks.” Continuing in the same vein as 2017’s Pussycat — which … [Read more...] about Bandcamp Friday, May 2021 Edition: Support Artists by Buying This Music
While we continue to ponder whether or not the Big Trouble in Little China remake starring Dwayne Johnson is a good thing, we now have something new and exciting to pore over from the original movie itself. As we approach the 30th Anniversary of Big Trouble in Little China , which was released July 2, 1986, we have a first look at the big coffee table book that explores the making of the movie. Along with the cover art, we also have two behind-the-scenes photos. Thanks to Entertainment Weekly , we get a sneak peek at this awesome tome from authors Tara Bennett and Paul Terry . At the time of Big Trouble 's debut in theaters, the Fourth of July release date window wasn't what it has become today. And the movie didn't fare too well amongst other big summer blockbusters. Its box office reception was tepid, to say the least, pulling in just $11 million. Even though the movie is now a big cult hit, it also didn't fare well amongst critics during its initial run. … [Read more...] about First Look at Making of Big Trouble in Little China Book