“The test of the machine is the satisfaction it gives you. There isn’t any other test. If the machine produces tranquillity it’s right. If it disturbs you it’s wrong until either the machine or your mind is changed. The test of the machine’s always your own mind.” — (Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance)Parakkal Unnikrishnan grew up adoring cars and this fascination led to a passion for collecting models. His eyes light up when he talks about his cars. He recalls his family car, a black Ambassador, MSR 6854, the number of rides he had in it and that they had to rebore it twice! The care and attention given to their maintenance left a strong impression on the young boy. Little did he realise then that those influences would have an impact on his musical journey. Vocal chords, like a car, will have to be looked after with the same passion was something he learnt. When you enjoy travel and driving, the journey is the reward, … [Read more...] about Unnikrishnan’s love for cars, cricket and Carnatic music
Email By music and pop culture reporter Paul Donoughue Updated October 06, 2019 12:07:33 Photo: US rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine has had his lyrics dissected in a US court. (AFP: Marco Bertorello) Related Story: Putin wants the Kremlin to 'take control' of rap music before it ruins Russia Related Story: It's the 864th-most popular song in bars and clubs — but number one in gyms Related Story: Snoop, Dre, Cypress Hill: How hip hop went mainstream — and embraced weed — in the 1990s Map: United States In 2014, the most powerful judge in the United States did something fairly unexpected.He quoted Eminem."Dada make a nice bed for mommy at the bottom of the lake. Tie a rope around a rock … There goes mama splashing in the water, no more fighting with dad."Yep. That's a line from 97 Bonnie and Clyde, from the rapper's massive 1997 album The Slim Shady LP.John Roberts, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, was not (unfortunately) gearing up for a career … [Read more...] about Can violent rap lyrics be evidence of criminality or does the law misunderstand music’s biggest genre?
Email Updated April 17, 2018 12:17:20 External Link: HUMBLE. by Kendrick Lamar Related Story: Kesha embraces #MeToo moment with Grammys performance of Praying Related Story: Relive the Hottest 100 top 10 countdown Related Story: As it happened: Rapper Kendrick Lamar takes out top spot in triple j’s Hottest 100 Map: United States US rapper Kendrick Lamar has given hip-hop an unexpected moment of institutional critical acclaim, taking out the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his 2017 album 'DAMN.'.He was the first musician from outside the classical or jazz worlds to win the award, which recognises the artistic brilliance of a particular piece of music.The judges described the album as:"A virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life."Prize administrator Dana Canedy told The New York Times the win was "a big moment for hip-hop music and a big … [Read more...] about Kendrick Lamar becomes first rapper to win Pulitzer Prize for Music
Email Updated April 26, 2018 11:05:32 Photo: Kendrick Lamar at the Grammys this year. (Reuters: Mario Anzuoni) Related Story: Kendrick Lamar, Lorde headline Splendour in the Grass line-up Related Story: Kendrick Lamar is the first rapper to win a Pulitzer Map: Australia Hottest 100-winning US rapper Kendrick Lamar has announced a tour of Australia this winter in addition to his appearance at Splendour in the Grass.The Pulitzer Prize-winning artist will hit arenas in Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney in July.The 30-year-old Californian will tour off the back of his latest album, DAMN., which has sold millions of copies and spawned chart-topping singles.It won the Grammy for Best Rap Album — one of five Lamar won that night — and topped many publications' end-of-year lists. The track HUMBLE. won the Hottest 100. Deconstructing HUMBLE.The context, themes and legacy of Kendrick Lamar's Hottest 100 winning song. Lamar is considered one of the most important … [Read more...] about Kendrick Lamar announces Australian arena tour
Thambi Ramaiah’s son Umapathy, who was last seen in Cheran’s Thirumanam which released earlier this month, is ready with his next. Titled Devadass, it is directed by debutant Mahesh and has Yogi Babu essaying a crucial role in it. The movie reportedly deals with a slew of human emotions handled in a subtle way catering to all sections of audiences. According to the director, the film has scenes which make one nostalgic about his or her past life, which includes school/college lives. The entire project has a tinge of humour which makes it fall under a comic caper genre. Manisha Yadav and Sagaa fame Ayra essay female leads in the film. The former was last seen in the critically-acclaimed Oru Kuppa Kathai. She also hit the headlines a while ago when she said she regretted doing the popular special song in Venkat Prabhu’s Chennai 600028 II: Second Innings. Yuga cranks camera for the project which has music composed by Dinesh. Ruben has handled editing department while … [Read more...] about Umapathy’s next with Manisha Yadav is a comic caper