Your Weekend: A Selective Guide

Movies: I’ll leave you to tell me about the new “Mission Impossible” — can’t bring myself. I’d rather endure “Vacation.” And I’m dying to see the Vidal/Buckley face-off in “Best of Enemies.” Television: On Friday, PBS gives us a documentary about the Cliburn piano competition. Thank God that “Poldark” has its finale on Sunday. And thank God again that “Sherlock” returns in that slot next week. Music: Jill Scott’s new album, “Woman,” is pretty great. Scott describes it as “classic Philly soul meets Country rhythm served with impeccable and captivating storytelling.” Books: I’m catching up with Mark Helprin’s most recent, very absorbing novel, “In Sunlight and In Shadow.” And don’t tell me you still haven’t read the new Harper Lee. Sports: I’m watching Arena Football — anything not to have to hear more blathering about Tom Brady. Finally: I’m about to take a week off: I need a break.

Bowie Shares “All The Madmen”

David Bowie (pictured in 1970) has shared the unreleaed single edit for “All the Madmen,” which appears on the forthcoming “Five Years 1969-1973″ box set. “All the Madmen” originally appeared on 1970′s “The Man Who Sold the World” LP, but the mono single edit was never released. You can listen to it here. The edit is the only unreleased track on “Five Years 1969-73,” which is out on September 25. The box—12 CDs or 13 LPs—includes six remastered studio albums, two live albums, and a compilation called “Re:Call 1″, which features non-album singles and B-sides, like “All the Madmen.”

Family Spars Over Bobbi Kristina’s Funeral

Dionne Warwick (right) is threatening to boycott Bobbi Kristina Brown’s funeral because of a bitter disagreement over plans drawn up by Bobbi Kristina’s aunt, Pat Houston (left). And while the Brown and Houston families have strived to maintain a united front following Bobbi Kristina’s death last Sunday, Daily Mail Online can reveal that the families are, in reality, riven by in-fighting over Pat Houston’s funeral plans, her attempts to solicit money in Bobbi Kristina’s name and what will become of Bobbi Kristina’s $20 million inheritance. According to one close source, Dionne Warwick is the latest family member to be dragged into the fray as the woman who oversaw Whitney Houston’s funeral strongly disapproves of Pat Houston’s management of Krissi’s funeral which is due to take place in Alpharetta, Georgia, on Saturday.

“Straight Outta Compton”: The Reviews

Variety says that ‘Director F. Gary Gray turns the meteoric rise and fractious fall of rap supergroup N.W.A. into a sprawling, exhilarating Los Angeles hip-hop epic.’ THR is more measured: ‘Try doing justice to even three performers’ rise from obscurity to fame, especially if they then veer in different directions, and you hardly have time to develop the stars as human characters.’

Vanishing Landmarks Of New York

The Rockettes, when they first became famous, were called the Roxyettes. Named after the impresario S.L. “Roxy” Rothafel, they were a regular act at Rothafel’s Roxy Theatre, which opened in 1927 on 50th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues. In the Roxy’s lobby—a five-story rotunda—marble columns surrounded the world’s largest oval rug. The main theater had nearly 6,000 seats. On opening night, Rothafel projected onto the cinema screen letters of congratulation from President Calvin Coolidge and the mayor of New York, Jimmy Walker. In 1960, the Roxy was unceremoniously razed to make way for an office building. It was Read more »

Hong Kong Inspired New Blur Album


Hong Kong, says The Guardian, is ‘a magical place for Blur. It’s the city they were stranded in for five days in 2013 when the Tokyo Rocks festival they were due to play was cancelled, leaving them with nothing to do but spend a week jamming together on the demos Albarn had knocking around on his iPad. The end result was “The Magic Whip,” Blur’s first album in 12 years, and one which was almost entirely inspired by the city, from the neon ice-cream artwork to the lyrics concerning overpopulation (“There are Too Many of Us”) and the recent pro-democracy protests (“Ice Cream Man”).’

Zayn Malik Going To Make “Real Music”

Former One Direction member Zayn Malik, who broke fans’ hearts when he left the band in March, has announced that he has signed to RCA records, where he intends to make what he described on Twitter as #realmusic. Malik tweeted that he had left the band “to show you who I really am.” He is working with R&B producer Malay, who has collaborated with singers including Frank Ocean and John Legend, and has signed with Iggy Azalea’s management company Turn First, where he will be guided by the same person, Sarah Stennett, in charge of the Australian rapper, suggesting that his new direction will be more adult and less pop than One Direction’s.