The new Ryan Shaw CD dropped today and I’m giddy as a schoolgirl at her first sock hop. Shaw has one of the absolute best pure voices in the entire neo-Soul genre – maybe the best. It’s like listening to Otis or Marvin or Wilson Pickett or, in more recent days, the criminally underappreciated Malford Milligan.
Still on my first listen, but in the meantime how about I share the wonderfulness with the S&R community? Here’s ”Karina.”
by Michael Smith
It’s no secret that the video games industry likes to compare its successes to those of the film industry. For several years now, game sales have surpassed the box office. The recent Avengers film set an opening weekend record, grossing $200 million in its first three days. Compare that to last November’s hit game, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, which did $400 million of business on day one. And that doesn’t even get into the recent revolutions in social gaming and the ironically named free-to-play games.
In spite of this, the film industry continues to lead the games industry in one important way — a sustainable business environment. Continue reading
So at last one shoe dropped today, and it’s a pretty meaningful one. Rebekah Brooks, former editor of both the News of the World and The Sun, and the former CEO of News International here in the UK, is being charged today with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. Along with her husband Charlie, who is usually referred to as “racehorse trainer Charlie Brooks.” Oh, and along with several other News International employees, including the Chief of Security. Specifically, they’ll be charged with attempting to prevent the police from finding a batch of evidence—trying to hide it, essentially. As Sandra Laville over at The Guardian succinctly puts it: Continue reading