September 4, 2015 |
THERE ARE many ways to get money for college. One company is offering a $25,000 scholarship for writing the best answer to the question, "How do you strive to make others happy?" The company offering the monney, reports Time magazine, is Pornhub.com, a leading pornography site with 78.9 billion online video views per year. That's billion . With a B. "We work hard to help make millions of people feel happy every single day," the company said via Pornhub Cares, its philanthropic arm. (It's funny, you wouldn't expect the arm to be the philanthropic body part of a porn site.)
August 13, 2013 |
The legend of the first edition of Black Sabbath - heavy metal's loudest, sludgiest, darkest band - looms large; large enough to survive Ozzy Osbourne's leaving after Never Say Die! in 1978; large enough, even, to survive the demonic singer's family-friendly time as a reality television staple. Since the band's 1969 start, guitarist Tony Iommi's arsenal of thick, monster riffs and archly sinister solos, along with bassist Geezer Butler's nimble-fingered low-end rumble (to say nothing of his meanly fantastical lyrics)
June 16, 2013
New Recordings **** Excellent, *** Good, ** Fair, * Poor Bill Frisell Big Sur (Okeh ***) Guitarist Bill Frisell has created a sound all his own, fluid and languid at its core but capable of dissonant distortions and pointillistic precision, and he has flexible and eclectic tastes. In the last few years alone, he's released albums of John Lennon covers and abstract solo guitar improvisations; worked with folksinger Abigail Washburn, Brazilian singer Vinicius Cantuaria, and avant-garde composer John Zorn; and revived his electronic experimental project Floratone.
September 5, 2012
HOW MUCH of a music freak was Stu Green? As a teenager in the 1960s, he'd "stay up all night listening to the Doug Henderson Rocketship Show on the radio," younger brother Rick Green recalled Monday. "And he told me he literally walked from his house in Teaneck, N.J., to the Apollo Theater in Harlem [crossing the George Washington Bridge] so he could take in big R&B shows," said Stu Green's daughter, Georgia. "James Brown, Otis Redding and Jackie Wilson were his special favorites," she added.
August 20, 2010
Interviewing Ozzy Osbourne - dark metal god, Black Sabbath singer, Sharon's husband - is a game of volley and serve. When a reporter asks a question, Ozzy lobs it back in charmingly diffident fashion. "There's a lot of downsides to life everywhere, isn't there?" Osbourne responds when asked about his recently published autobiography, I Am Ozzy (Grand Central Publishing, $26.99), and how unflinchingly he looks at his hazardous past of bat biting, drug overdosing, and reality television filming.
May 18, 2010
Ronnie James Dio, 67, a singer with the heavy-metal bands Rainbow, Black Sabbath, and Dio, whose powerful vocal style and attachment to demonic imagery made him a genre mainstay, died Sunday of stomach cancer in Los Angeles. Mr. Dio was known as much for his vocal prowess as for his stage persona. He sang about devils, defiance, and the glory of rock-and-roll with a voice that rose to a bombastic vibrato. He is credited with popularizing the "devil horn" hand gesture - index and pinkie fingers up, everything else clenched in a fist - as a symbol of metal's occultlike worship of everything scary and heavy.
August 8, 2008 |
Running through August, the highly anticipated Metal Masters Tour started Wednesday night at Camden's Susquehanna Bank Center with a dazzling doubleheader of winning theatrical metal from two rock bands with roots going back 40 years to Birmingham, England. Judas Priest headlined, opening with selections from its new double-CD "metal opera" Nostradamus about the 16th-century French poet-prophet; the band closed 85 minutes later after leather-loving frontman Rob Halford rolled out on a motorcycle for a three-song encore climaxed by "You've Got Another Thing Coming.
May 12, 2007 |
Once upon a time - in the heavy-metal '80s - a little man with an operatic howl and extravagant lyrics took the reigns of the land's darkest band from its evilest ogre. Before this gets too silly, it was Ronnie James Dio who fronted Black Sabbath after Ozzy Osbourne split. While Tony Iommi's hammering riffs and "Geezer" Butler's lumbering thuds stayed gloriously glum, Dio lent the diabolical Sabbath Dungeons & Dragons-like esprit. Reunited now as Heaven and Hell, with ham-handed drummer Vinny Appice, they stood before a castle's rocks (seriously, that's their staging)
October 27, 2006 |
PLEASE, O great gods of Tattle, we beseech thee! Can we please be done with Anna Nicole Smith? Thunderclap. Lightning. "Nope. " Bahamian authorities are investigating whether Anna Nicole legally obtained permanent residency in the Bahamas. (Maybe if they built a fence around the island, they could keep people like Anna Nicole out.) The probe centers on the $1 million mansion that Smith's application for residency claimed she had purchased from rich guy Gaither B. Thompson, who allegedly enjoyed pole dances by the ex-stripper last year.
November 29, 2005 |
SABBATH can finally rest easy. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame spoke yesterday and what it said was: "Ozzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzy!" Yes, foul-mouthed, drug-addled, bat-biting frontman, Ozzy Osbourne, who had previously called the Hall's vote "totally irrelevant," will lead Black Sabbath into the Class of 2006 along with Miles Davis, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Sex Pistols and Blondie. Miles Davis? Black Sabbath was first nominated to the Hall in 1996, but had missed the cut every year.