The Dishmaster

Entertainment News With a Side of Dish

Author Archive

Monday

5

March 2018

0

COMMENTS

The Oscars 2018 — See My Fashion Favorites

Written by , Posted in Fashion

Sure the Oscars had low ratings, but I still think it was one of the better shows in history. It was positive, the music performances were excellent, and the right people won. As for the fashion, the ladies hit it out of the park. See below for some personal favorites.

Embed from Getty Images
Embed from Getty Images

Embed from Getty Images

Embed from Getty Images

Embed from Getty Images

Embed from Getty Images

Embed from Getty Images

Embed from Getty Images

Embed from Getty Images

Embed from Getty Images

Monday

26

February 2018

0

COMMENTS

Betty Who Releases “Ignore Me” — Listen Now

Written by , Posted in General

Zak Cassar Betty Who wants you to ignore her, and judging from her latest single, that won’t happen. The Australian singer-songwriter born as Jessica Anne Newham is just 26, and though she’s a trained Cellist, she also taught herself the piano and guitar. Listen to “Ignore Me” below, and check out her last album, ‘The Valley,’ when you get the chance.

http://www.bettywhomusic.com/

(more…)

Wednesday

21

February 2018

0

COMMENTS

‘The Looming Tower’ Trailer Song — Meet Ruelle

Written by , Posted in General

Most people watch television show trailers for the story. I watch it for the music. While tuning into ‘The Looming Tower,’ starring the immensely talented Jeff Daniels on HULU, I noticed the drum-heavy track playing in the background, courtesy of Ruelle. So who exactly is the elusive Ruelle?

At just 32, Margaret “Maggie” Eckford or “Ruelle” has made some seriously good music, which most recently includes ‘Rival,’ an album that houses the track by the same name from the trailer. The show itself is based on the Pulitzer Prize winning book that traces the threat of Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda in the late 1990s and how the rivalry between the FBI and CIA may have set the path for 9/11. It’s certainly no surprise that Ruelle’s music has made it to the screen considering its cinematic style. Some of her credits include, How to Get Away with Murder, The Leftovers, The Originals, Pretty Little Liars, and The Walking Dead. Listen below.

Monday

19

February 2018

0

COMMENTS

Fergie Apologizes For National Anthem Gone Wrong

Written by , Posted in General

Who says the national anthem can’t be sexy? In what I can only assume was an attempt at originality, Fergie sang a sexy version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the NBA All Star Game and it did not land . . . to say the least. Met with noticeable laughs from some head-scratching athletes, Fergie finally addressed the controversy, saying:

“I’ve always been honored and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA. I’m a risk taker artistically, but clearly this rendition didn’t strike the intended tone. I love this country and honestly tried my best.”

Watch below. It wouldn’t be so bad if it didn’t feel as if she was trying to show off, but this country needs a laugh, and Fergie delivered.

Sunday

11

February 2018

0

COMMENTS

Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Black Panther’ Soundtrack is Here

Written by , Posted in General

On Friday, February 9, 2018, the soundtrack for Black Panther dropped in anticipation of the the upcoming Friday release for the much buzzed about film. It’s what you’d expect from Kendrick Lamar, which means it’s brilliant. As an elite curator of the music business’ best, Lamar’s name goes hand-in-hand with what I can only hope is a cultural shift to a more diverse, creative cinema space. Black Panther is about empowerment, and no one represents empowerment better than Kendrick Lamar. The soundtrack is produced by Top Dawn Entertainment and Kendrick Lamar, with some brilliant collaborations, including SZA, The Weeknd, ScHoolboy Q, 2 Chainz, Ab-Soul, Future, Zacari, Vince Staples, Anderson.Paak, Mozzy, Babes Wodumo, SOB x RBE and South African vocalist Sjava singing in Zulu.

The movie follows T’Challa, who returns home to Wakanda following the death of his father, who was King. He succeeds the throne of the isolated, technologically advanced African nation, but when a powerful old enemy reappears, the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. The young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people. Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, with Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis. The film is directed by Ryan Coogler, who also wrote the screenplay with Joe Robert Cole.

According to Ryan Coogler, he originally envisioned Kendrick Lamar contributing a few songs to the soundtrack, but when Lamar viewed the film, he wanted to create the entire album. To stream the record, click HERE.

Monday

5

February 2018

0

COMMENTS

Did Justin Timberlake Disrespect Prince at the Super Bowl?

Written by , Posted in General

It’s no surprise that Justin Timberlake was asked to perform at the Super Bowl. There’s few performers who can carry that type of venue, and he recently dropped a new record. Though fans hoped Janet Jackson might also return, Jackson made it clear she had no such intention. That’s not shocking given the world of heat she received for exposing her bare breast on stage, and the fact that she felt betrayed by Timberlake during the fallout. In short, everyone blamed Janet and no one blamed Justin. Sure it was her boob, but Timberlake participated, and instinct tells me it was pre-planned. Those two can deny it ad nauseum and I still will never believe it was a wardrobe malfunction. That’s neither here nor there, though.

Now for the Prince “tribute.” During his lifetime, Prince made it clear he hated holograms, calling it “the most demonic thing imaginable.” He furthered that if “[he] was meant to jam with Duke Ellington, [they] would have lived in the same age.” He was also notoriously protective over his music. Though Timberlake’s performance utilized a projection over a hologram, fans were still not pleased. It’s worth noting that Prince was clear about his distaste for Timberlake, once saying, while accepting an award, “For whoever is claiming that they are bringing sexy back, sexy never left!” Timberlake responded in his song, “Give It To Me,” saying, “We missed you on the charts last week / Damn, that’s right, you wasn’t there / If s-sexy never left, then why’s everybody on my shit / Don’t hate on me just because you didn’t come up with it.” He also took a jab at Prince’s height while presenting the award at the 2007 Golden Globes, bending down to “accept the award on his behalf.” You can see that below, followed by laughter from the audience.

Timberlake moderately addressed the controversy with Jimmel Kimmel, explaining that he got the approval from Questlove. “Questlove is the encyclopedia on music,” said Timberlake. “But I also feel like [he’s] a gatekeeper on Prince, so if I got the thumbs-up from Questlove, I’m good.” He furthered that he wanted to do something for this city and something for him that would just be the ultimate homage to what I consider the GOAT [Greatest of All Time] of musicians.”

All the aforementioned facts are important, but if they’re briefly removed from the equation, let’s ask the larger question of whether this was enjoyable to watch. Personally, I could have done without it. Absent Prince’s clear objections to this type of event, I found it unnecessary and distracting. One can pay tribute to an artist without posthumously harmonizing with them. I’d have just gone purple as a subtle nod and left it at that. Even a Prince cover is in it of itself a joke, given the inevitable comparisons to Prince. It’s certainly relevant that Timberlake and Prince exchanged barbs during Prince’s lifetime, and it’s also relevant that Timberlake never effusively and publicly endorsed Prince while Prince was alive (if my readers can find such an endorsement, please send it my way). Had he felt that way, perhaps he should have take the higher road when Prince first took his swipe. Because I have it on good authority that Justin Timberlake is an exceptionally kind human being that treats everyone with respect, I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt and say the public Prince feud might have simply been in good fun, but one will never really know. That being said, this element of the performance was too big a distraction from what was otherwise both flawless and joyous.

Sunday

4

February 2018

0

COMMENTS

Artist Spotlight: J.D. King

Written by , Posted in General

Introducing Mr. J.D. King. The Los Angeles based “Love Me Back” singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist honed his craft with many Southern California bands, and he’s finally spreading his solo wings with ‘Moon Gardens.’ The album was mixed on a custom built tube console at his home studio in Hollywood Hills. Listen below to his new tune, and for more on King, click here. The video was directed by Avery Wheless, and the other musicians include, Stevie Campos, Malcolm Cross, and Giuseppe Patane.

Wednesday

17

January 2018

0

COMMENTS

Introducing AHI — Watch His Performance on NPR’s Tiny Desk Series

Written by , Posted in General

Canadian singer-songwriter AHI (pronounced “eye”) is someone to watch, and the video below from NPR’s Tiny Desk Series proves why. AHI was featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered as Bob Boilen’s “favorite discovery” of the Nashville DIY Musician Conference, and his song, “Ol’ Sweet Day,” broke the Billboard Spotify Viral 50 Chart. Rumor has it he’ll be spending a significant amount of 2018 on tour, and he has been confirmed for the FAI (Folk Alliance International) official showcase (February 14-18 in Kansas City, Missouri) and SXSW (March 9-18 in Austin, Texas). Stay tuned for more info on this Artist on the Rise.

Tuesday

16

January 2018

0

COMMENTS

Sean Gadd at The Moroccan Lounge in LA — Your Next Show to See

Written by , Posted in General

Sean Gadd was brought to my attention via a mutual friend with very good taste, and you’re in luck, because the former Grouplove bassist will be his first show of the year on Thursday, January 25th at The Moroccan Lounge in Los Angeles. His forthcoming album, ‘The Dark Way Back,’ gives listeners an intimate look the his journey.

Originally from London, Gadd moved to Los Angeles where he co-founded the band Grouplove, which he left in 2014 amidst turmoil in his personal life. Of his previous struggle with addiction, Gadd says, “It felt that everything I’d worked for my whole life was gone overnight.” However sometimes you have to lose everything to find out who you really are. “In a way, for me it actually became the most enlightening time of my life. I had to find out who I was without all the things that came with being in a successful band. I’d lost friends. I’d lost my band. My record deal was gone. Who was I now?” Listen to a track of his new album below. For tickets to his upcoming show, click HERE.

Monday

15

January 2018

0

COMMENTS

NAACP Image Awards — Red Carpet Fashion

Written by , Posted in Fashion

The NAACP Image Awards celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, and the 49th annual event welcomed top talent in the industry. For a look at some of the memorable fashion moments, see below.

Embed from Getty Images

Embed from Getty Images

Embed from Getty Images

Embed from Getty Images

Embed from Getty Images

Embed from Getty Images

Embed from Getty Images

Embed from Getty Images

Embed from Getty Images

Embed from Getty Images

Embed from Getty Images

Embed from Getty Images