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- 04/22/16--11:51: Here's what's leaving Netflix in May
- 04/22/16--18:59: Mother Buffer is the mom texting app we wish was real
- 04/23/16--06:08: Prince's final concert in Atlanta is a stunning, finessed listen
- 04/23/16--12:24: 'Purple Rain' returns to theaters in celebration of Prince's life
- 04/23/16--13:27: Caitlyn Jenner pens open letter calling out anti-LGBT bathroom bills
- 04/24/16--04:30: How to watch the new season of 'Game of Thrones' without cable
- Find 12 friends who like Game of Thrones but don't want to pay for HBO.
- Assign everyone a month to pay for HBO Now. Have everyone PayPal the money to you or another trusted person who can deposit the money and then sign up for auto-pay. Come up with a fun communal GoT-themed username and password that is easy to remember but not too easy to remember. You don’t want someone’s little brother to get it and share it with his roommate who shares it with his second cousin who shares it with half of his dorm.
- Congratulate yourself on fighting the system. Invite all your friends over for epic Game of Thrones watch parties to celebrate (which kind of defeat the purpose of distributing passwords in the first place, but oh well).
- 04/24/16--07:53: Beyoncé's latest album streaming exclusively on Tidal
- 04/24/16--08:29: 'SNL' looks back at 40 years of Prince with tribute special
- 04/24/16--11:36: The script from the Prince 'Simpsons' episode that never was
- 04/24/16--06:00: For his next act, viral video guru Patrice Wilson welcomes your hate
- 04/25/16--06:00: Who is Spark Master Tape?
- 04/25/16--12:52: Lionsgate bringing more than 100 streaming movies to Steam
- 04/25/16--20:47: Beyoncé's 'Lemonade,' reviewed
We know how important having your Netflix queue in order can be, so we’ve put all the titles leaving this month in one place.
The Animatrix (2003)
Anna Karenina (1948)
Author! Author! (1982)
Beware of Mr. Baker (2012)
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)
Broadway Idiot (2013)
Bus Stop (1956)
The Good Life (2012)
Holiday Engagement (2011)
Kiss of Death (1995)
Mad Hot Ballroom (2005)
Mona Lisa Is Missing (2012)
Ralphie May: Austin-tatious (2008)
Terms and Conditions May Apply (2013)
That's What I Am (2011)
Truth or Die (2012)
Young & Handsome: An Evening with Jeff Garlin (2008)
Slightly Single in L.A. (2012)
JFK: The Smoking Gun (2013)
Stealing Harvard (2002)
Finding Normal (2013)
JFK: A President Betrayed (2013)
Cheerful Weather for the Wedding (2012)
Tears of the Sun (2003)
The Score (2001)
The Ladykillers (2004)
Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? (2013)
The Master of Disguise (2002)
A Pope for Everyone (2013)
Bratz: BFF: Best Friends Forever (2007)
The Greatest Places: IMAX (1999)
In Her Skin (2009)
The Quest: Season 1 (2014)
Search for the Great Sharks: IMAX (1995)
Tiger Eyes (2012)
Blade Runner: Theatrical Cut (1982)
The Last Tycoon (2012)
Peep World (2010)
Struck by Lightning (2012)
Stand Off (2012)
Black Hawk Down (2001)
Escape From Tomorrow (2013)
Run & Jump (2013)
Vanishing of the Bees (2009)
These Birds Walk (2013)
101 Dalmatians (1996)
2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
Along Came a Spider (2001)
Along Came Polly (2004)
Bad Johnson (2014)
Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics Collection: Collection 1
Berkeley in the Sixties (1990)
The Butcher’s Wife (1991)
Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003)
Chuck’s Eat the Street Collection: Collection 1
Craigslist Joe (2012)
Dear Genevieve Collection: Collection 1
Eureka: Season 4.0
Hotel Rwanda (2004)
House of Wax (2005)
I’ll Be Home for Christmas (1989)
The Inexplicable Universe with Neil deGrasse Tyson (2013)
Léon: The Professional (1994)
M*A*S*H: Seasons 1-11
Nanny McPhee (2005)
The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear (1991)
Nine to Five (1980)
Pride & Prejudice (2005)
Remember Me (2010)
Rock Star (2001)
The Rundown (2003)
Smokin’ Aces 2: Assassins’ Ball (2010)
Something New (2006)
Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)
Starship Troopers (1997)
The Tale of Despereaux (2008)
Throwdown with Bobby Flay Collection: Collection 1
Vanilla Ice Goes Amish: Season 1
The Vanilla Ice Project: Seasons 1-4
The Wedding Date (2005)
The Whole Ten Yards (2004)
Anchors Aweigh (1945)
Around the World in 80 Days: Special Edition (1956)
The Devil at 4 o’clock (1961)
High Society (1956)
On the Town (1949)
Pal Joey (1957)
Some Came Running (1958)
Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949)
Short Poppies: Season 1
Space Dogs (2010)
The Passion of the Christ (2004)
Let the Right One In (2008)
All American Christmas Carol (2013)
Bill Cunningham New York (2010)
New York, I Love You (2008)
Mr. Bean’s Holiday (2007)
Lord of War (2005)
Half Baked (1998)
Freakshow: Season 1
A Royal Affair (2012)
Sordid Lives (2000)
Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman (2000)
American Pie (1999)
American Wedding (2003)
Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986)
Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights (1992)
Gone in 60 Seconds (2000)
Hannie Caulder (1971)
Hart's War (2002)
Indecent Proposal (1993)
Johnny Dangerously (1984)
Masters of the Universe (1987)
Men in Black II (2002)
Not Another Teen Movie (2001)
The Babysitters (2007)
The Chosen One (2010)
The Monster Squad (1987)
The United States of Leland (2003)
Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams (2013)
Night Catches Us (2010)
Getting Go: The Go Doc Project (2013)
Private Romeo (2011)
I Am Divine (2013)
Le Week-End (2013)
Arn: The Knight Templar (2007)
The Mistle-tones! (2012)
Geography Club (2013)
Best of TEDx: Season 1
I Killed My Mother (2009)
Lola & Virginia: Season 1
TED Talks: Life Hack 1-2
TED Talks: Sex, Secrets & Love: Season 1
TED Talks: The Best of TEDx in Español: Season 1
TED Talks: Ancient Clues: Season 1
TED Talks: Animal Voices: Season 1
TED Talks: Artistry and Illusion: Season 1
TED Talks: Beasts, Bugs & Bio-wilderment: Season 1
TED Talks: Body by Design: Season 1
TED Talks: Brave Neuro World: Season 1
TED Talks: Building Wonder: Season 1
TED Talks: Chew On This: Season 1
TED Talks: Cyber Awe: Season 1
TED Talks: Defying Disease: Season 1
TED Talks: Global Villages: Season 1
TED Talks: Head Games: Season 1
TED Talks: Hot Buttons: Season 1
TED Talks: How to Start a Movement: Season 1
TED Talks: Humanity's Future: Season 1
TED Talks: Inexplicable Connections: Season 1
TED Talks: Into the Abyss: Season 1
TED Talks: Let Your Mind Wonder: Season 1
TED Talks: Life Lessons & Confessions: Season 1-2
TED Talks: Love, No Matter What: Season 1
TED Talks: Music Revolution: Season 1
TED Talks: Numbers Speak Louder Than Words: Season 1
TED Talks: Rad Invention: Season 1
TED Talks: Rebel Design: Season 1
TED Talks: Robotic Machinations: Season 1
TED Talks: Smart Laughs: Season 1
TED Talks: Space Trek: Season 1
TED Talks: The Capitalism Paradox: Season 1
Waste Land (2010)
Music for Mandela (2013)
Out in the Dark (2012)
Side Effects (2013)
Keep the Lights On (2012)
The Comedy (2012)
Dr. Dolittle 3 (2006)
Garfield's Pet Force (2009)
The Sandlot 2 (2005)
Twelve Mile Road (2003)
Women Who Kill (2012)
The Writers' Room: Season 1
Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein
Benny and Joon
Classic Doctor Who: Collections 1-18
Crocodile Dundee 2
The Dancer Upstairs
Doctor Who: Seasons 1-8
The Hurt Locker
The Naked Gun
Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult
Secrets and Lies: Season 1
Terms of Endearment
Pokémon the Movie: Black & White: BW Adventures in Unova and Beyond
Pokémon the Movie: Black: Victini and Reshiram
Pokémon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened
Pokémon the Movie: Kyurem vs. The Sword of Justice
Pokémon the Movie: White: Victini and Zekrom
Pokémon: Black & White: Seasons 1-2
Pokémon: Indigo League: Season 2
Jack & Diane
Bridezillas: Season 10
Stephen King’s Bag of Bones
Were the World Mine
The Fourth Kind
The Pitch: Season 2
Violet & Daisy
North Sea Texas
Problem Child: Leslie Jones
Side by Side
Marriage Boot Camp: Bridezillas: Season 1
Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning
Chicagoland: Season 1
Death Row Stories: Season 1
The Guild: 1 Season
Sabrina, The Animated Series: Seasons 1-2
The Sea Inside
Sonic the Hedgehog: The Complete Series
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Almost Famous (2000)
American Psycho (2000)
American Psycho 2 (2002)
The Bourne Identity (2002)
The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
Coach Carter (2005)
Conan the Barbarian (1982)
Corpse Bride (2005)
Coyote Ugly (2000)
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior: Season 1
Four Brothers (2005)
The Graduate (1967)
Grandma's Boy (2006)
Harriet the Spy (1996)
The Hours (2002)
The Italian Job (2003)
Jackass: The Movie (2002)
Jerry Maguire (1996)
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003)
Lawrence of Arabia: Restored Version (1962)
The Longest Yard (2005)
The Machinist (2004)
Max Steel: Seasons 1-2
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Mission: Impossible (1996)
Mission: Impossible II (2000)
The Patriot (2000)
Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)
Rambo: First Blood (1982)
Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
Rambo III: Ultimate Edition (1988)
The Rescuers (1977)
Risky Business (1983)
Rocky II (1979)
Rocky III (1982)
Rocky IV (1985)
Rocky V (1990)
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Sesame Street: Animals and Nature: Season 1
Sesame Street: Classics: Vol. 1-2
Sesame Street: Cookie and Friends: Season 1
Sesame Street: Creativity and Imagination: Season 1
Sesame Street: Elmo and Friends: Season 1
Sesame Street: Everyday Moments: Season 1
Sesame Street: Music and Dance: Season 1
Sesame Street: Numbers and Letters: Season 1
The Sum of All Fears (2002)
There Will Be Blood (2007)
Trading Places (1983)
The Virgin Suicides (1999)
James and the Giant Peach (1996)
The Aristocats (1970)
The Fox and the Hound (1981)
The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
The Rescuers Down Under (1990)
The Tigger Movie (2000)
The Lying Game: Season 2
Bad Ink: Season 1
Beyond Scared Straight!: Seasons 4-5
Dance Moms: Collection
Duck Dynasty: Collection
Pawn Stars: Collection
Storage Wars: Collection
The Kennedys: Season 1
All About Eve
The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes: Season 1
Beverly Hills Cops III
The Brothers Grimm
Damien: Omen II
The Dark Crystal
Employee of the Month
Forces of Nature
The Great Escape
The Guardian: Seasons 1-3
The High and the Mighty
K-19: The Widowmaker
Left Behind II: Tribulation Force
Left Behind: The Movie
My Best Friend’s Wedding
The Omen (1976)
Omen III: The Final Conflict
The Paw Project
The Pink Panther 2
R.L. Stine’s Mostly Ghostly
R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: Don’t Think About It
Silence of the Lambs
Two Can Play That Game
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Road Rally
The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure
Ultimate Spider-Man: Season 2
The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes: Season 2
Rescue Me: Seasons 1-7
Why Did I Get Married?
How to Build a Better Boy
Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
Red Hook Summer
Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony
1492: Conquest of Paradise
America in Primetime
Bali: Season 1
Balto 3: Wings of Change
Batman & Robin
Best Kept Secret
Best Laid Plans
Fela Kuti: Music Is the Weapon
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
Hero and Terror
House of Flying Daggers
Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie
Move Over, Darling
Pajanimals: Season 1
Secrets of Mary Magdalene
Stand by Me
The Blues Brothers
The Last Waltz
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio
Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns
Year of the Dog
Your Inner Fish
Bratz: Good Vibes
The Perfect Stranger
My Hope America With Billy Graham
Bratz: Pampered Petz
A Girl Walks Into a Bar
Stranger by the Lake
Fleabag Monkeyface: Season 1
Teen Beach Movie
Breaking the Girls
Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus
Alpha and Omega: The Legend of the Saw Tooth Cave
Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview
Art of Flight: The Series
Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap
Romanzo Criminale: Seasons 1-2
Salamander: Season 1
Jesus Henry Christ
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Prince's death has spurned fans into action in truly inspiring ways. Fanart tributes have been popping up across the Internet and national monuments have been tinged purple to mark the iconic musician's passing. His hometown of Minneapolis is hard at work preparing a fitting final sendoff for an artist whose pride in his roots marked every phase of his career.
Down south in New Orleans, fans have already organized a second line for Prince on Facebook on Monday. The funeral march is set to be filled with mourners clad in purple, marching bands, and a release of white doves just as the sun's setting on the historic Treme neighborhood. The event has drawn the interest of over 1,000, with 940 people as of this writing clicking that "attending" button.
Such a celebration of life is sure to draw innumerable gorgeous photos, tweets, and vines, as with a recent second line celebrating the life of David Bowie that was organized by Arcade Fire. As with Bowie's New Orleans memorial, Prince's will end with music. DJ Captain Charles is set to spin classics from the Purple One late into the night.
The team behind Nickelblock is at it again, with another inventive parody app commercial that we all wish actually exists.
This time it's Mother Buffer, an app that sends your mom back an appropriate text to her endless messages so that you can view them at a time that's convenient for you.Sure, it's almost Mothers Day and we should all value our moms more, but this fictional app even has a function that sends your mom helpful tutorials to her questions about how to use an iPhone or Facebook. We'd all pay $2.99 for that alone.
Wordplay is an art. Sometimes it takes the form of puns on Twitter or weaves its way into standup jokes. Other times, the words themselves become ecstatic visual experiences. Artist Mike Perry, who created the title animations for the hit TV show Broad City, knows about the power and playfulness that words carry.
Fittingly, Perry’s first solo show of paintings, curated by Cassandra Johnson, is called Intoxicating Pollen Wiggle in a Moist Journey of Constantly Blooming Tides, which opened on April 22 at Garis & Hahn in New York City. Like his animations for Broad City, Perry’s visual aesthetic meshes a happy-go-lucky, retro-pop sensibility with a catchiness that will catch you, but never throw you off.
“I really like words,” Perry told the Daily Dot. “I definitely have a hard time with words, and I have a little bit of dyslexia. In order to really look at words and know how they work, I have to pay attention to them, like the way the word ‘flower’ is spelled.”
Perry’s visual aesthetic and penchant for words is apparent in how he messes with the text in Broad City's opening credits. White letters on black pop up, then the dot on the I in “city” falls down, transforming into a yellow blob that then becomes many colors at once, and then lurks back up into the background of the title screen. Magically, the colors of the blob transform into the Broad City title text again, and colors flash and transform everything on-screen like some sort of acid trip.
Perry relates to the written word as a visual experience more than a literary one.
“I like words that are more fun to look at,” he said. “They’re like visual words.”
In celebrating words for what they are rather than trying to form them into something with a narrative, Perry lets the images playfully form themselves. It’s this sort of celebratory vibe that Perry brings to all of his creative work, whether it is commercial or fine art. The title of this solo exhibition calls to mind an earthly awakening, and is reminiscent of a surrealist automatic writing exercise.
Perry plays with this same sort of sensibility in his exhibition. In “Yes Please” (2015), a smiley face with white eyes and a curved mouth laps on top of a mosaic of color and squiggles, suggesting a warped version of the red-cheeked smiley face emoji which could communicate that same sentiment. Other pieces feature more of a cartoonish playfulness, such as “Off We Go Into the Unknown Together” (2015), in which two nude people—one red-headed man and a woman with long blonde hair—ride off on an enchanted horse-like creature. In “Moring,” two ladies’ bodies are draped over one another, like an almost completed 69, and their boobs look like olives. Squiggles and free-form loops are nestled within a graffiti-esque background.
As with his Broad City illustrations, Perry starts a visual story but then decides to leave the rest to the imagination.
Perry’s journey into the creative world began when he was a child. “One of my favorite activities, which stems from childhood, is me sitting on the couch, watching TV and drawing,” he said. “This act I’ve done since I was 4.”
Growing up in Kansas City, Missouri, Perry’s parents were supportive of his choice to go into the arts. His father worked for his grandfather, and together they built houses. He was artistic, and sometimes Perry and his dad would draw together. Perry’s maternal grandfather, however, was the most artistic of all. He lived in middle-of-nowhere Springfield, Missouri, on a junkyard.
“He never really showed his work and when he passed away it was just the end of his body of work,” Perry said. “I had this realization about him, and I posted a photo of one of his paintings on Instagram in this moment. In that one moment of me posting his photo, his work was seen by more people than probably most of his life.”
Perry attended art school at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and then moved to New York. His work portfolio is vast, with projects ranging from books and clothing to drawings, murals, posters, products, and sculpture.
As an artist, he is influenced by his contemporaries. He refers to artist John Singer Sargent as one of his “art crushes.” He also admires peers like London-based Andrew Rae, who has done illustrations for the New York Times magazine and the New Yorker, among others. Perry is also influenced by Los Angeles-based contemporary artists such as Geoff McFettridge and Steve Harrington, both of whom have a similar, brightly lit pop aesthetic, and maintain strong commercial and fine art practices. There’s a calming yet perky and quirky sensibility to Perry’s work, which is mired in the standard forms of modernism, such as the landscape, bodies, and still-lives. Though he is very much engaged with visual culture and social media, he admits that he does “kind of like traditional things.”
He also loves television, especially shows that go deep into universes like Breaking Bad and its spinoff, Better Call Saul. Perry prefers sci-fi to sitcom, tending toward shows like Star Trek: Next Generation and X-Files rather than Seinfeld or Frasier.
His solo exhibition is like a TV show without the constant camera cuts or actors. Instead, we see people poised in perfectly still positions, enraptured by their surroundings. It’s a collection of the traditional meets loopy—bodies and landscapes teeming with color—and images that float on.
Before Prince passed away this week at 57 and deprived the world of Western music's most dynamic iconoclast, he touched down in Atlanta.
The Georgia capital's Fox Theatre would unknowingly become host to the Purple One's final concert on Thursday, April 14. It's a gig that Prince had rescheduled following illness—one, perhaps fittingly, performed during a solo tour that featured just the hitmaker born Prince Rogers Nelson and his angelic piano.
Most importantly, Prince was happy with the show. As theAtlanta Journal Constitution reported Friday, he told his inner circle that he planned to release the Fox Theatre gig as some kind of live album.
And goodness check out this setlist, via SoundCloud:
• When Will B Paid
• The Max
• Black Sweat
• I Would Die 4 U
• Baby, I’m a Star
• Ballad of Dorothy Parker
• B-side Song (Indifference)
• I Love U But I Don’t Trust U
• Little Red Corvette
• It was a non-stop onslaught of songs;
• Dirty Mind
• Linus and Lucy (The Peanuts theme)
• back to Little Red Corvette
• Nothing Compares 2 U
• Black Muse
• How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore
• Waiting In Vain (Bob Marley)
• If I Was Ur Girlfriend
• back to Waiting In Vain
• back to If I Was Ur Girlfriend
• Sometimes It Snows In April
• Purple Rain (the crowd goes nuts)
• The Beautiful Ones
• back to Purple Rain
• Diamonds & Pearls
• back to Purple Rain
You can stream the whole thing below.
Prince's Purple Rain is returning to theaters—and not just to independent art houses.
To celebrate Prince in the wake of his passing, AMC Theatres will show the semi-autobiographical film for five days at theaters in 28 states.Anyone not near an AMC Theatre could try their hand at Carmike; that chain is also re-releasing Purple Rain in several states, including Iowa, Montana, and Oregon, where AMC theaters are not showing it. If you're looking to indulge in a less visual memorial, you can also stream Prince's final concert in Atlanta through SoundCloud. The show features just Prince and his piano, truly distilling the greatness of the Purple One into minimalist beauty.
Caitlyn Jenner has had it with the recent proliferation of discriminatory bills popping up throughout the United States.
At times masquerading as a means of religious freedom, such legislation ultimately allows those in the LGBT community to be targeted, including transgender citizens simply seeking a safe public restroom.
Jenner has responded by penning a moving open letter, which she posted Friday to her official website.The letter gives readers tools to make a difference, while also detailing the gains that have been made to ensure the safety of LGBT citizens by activists and allies working to make a difference:
Please take a moment and listen to the stories of actual transgender people who live near you. Let’s help their voices are heard over the fear mongering from the other side. We have already seen the difference it makes! In South Dakota, a group of incredibly brave trans youth shared their stories with Governor Dennis Daugaard, and he vetoed a bad bill that targeted trans people.
Jenner is encouraging fans to utilize the National Center for Transgender Equality's online database of bills to be on the lookout for. The organization's website also includes a list of ways to fight back against such legislation at both state and national levels.
The opening seconds of Japanese pop group Lyrical School’s video for “Run and Run” might seem strange—but only if you’re watching on a PC. It’s meant to be watched on a smartphone, and the reason why soon becomes clear: The six members of the outfit seemingly take control of the viewer’s iPhone, seamlessly swiping between apps like FaceTime and Vine, all played out to scale.Over the past few weeks, Lyrical School have been getting attention in their home country (and a fair number of looks from abroad) thanks to the video. It has won them time on Japanese news websites and left morning TV show announcers slack-jawed at the concept. To date, it has over 315,000 views on YouTube, far and away the most-viewed video online from the rap-pop outfit that formed in 2010.
But this isn’t just a music video going viral and bringing a group working in relative obscurity wider looks domestically and beyond. Lyrical School’s smartphone-centric video highlights a shift in how people in Japan listen to music, away from traditional mediums and toward smaller screens.
Many Americans see Japan as a high-tech utopia, loaded with robots and bullet trains. Yet a similarly prevalent sentiment—at least when it comes to U.S. media—is that Japan isn’t up with the times. There is no shortage of English-language stories about how the island nation still uses fax machines and buys CDs. The latter, in particular, pops up seemingly every year as North America and Europe increasingly embrace streaming music services.
Physical media does make up a higher-than-usual share of Japan’s music market—the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry’s recent annual report on the global music industry reports that 75 percent of Japan’s music industry’s revenue comes from physical sales—but that’s changing. The same report notes that physical sales declined by 3 percent in 2015, and that comes after a year of steady drops in overall music sales. Yet Japan actually saw its total market go up by 3 percent last year, thanks to the rise of digital platforms.
Last year, Apple Music and messaging application Line’s own Line Music debuted in Japan. They weren’t the first such services in the country, but they were the flashiest, debuting with huge advertising campaigns dwarfing what came before them. Although streaming is still a fledgling industry, it is starting to make inroads. Meanwhile, a poll conducted by digital company CyberAgent last year found more and more people are turning to video sites such as YouTube for content, especially those between the ages of 15 and 19. And smartphones, especially the iPhone, continue to do brisk business.
Lyrical School’s “Run and Run” isn’t just a hit thanks to its quirky concept—though let’s not ignore the charming homemade Twitter cut-out featured in it. It’s one of the first videos to make the most out of the same device a large chunk of viewers will see it on. Previously, singer/songwriter Aimyong released a clip in 2014 based around the Line messaging app, one where a protagonist harasses a love interest and eventually sends death threats (alongside cute stickers). The novelty of watching a rapping sextet commandeer Twitter certainly helps get attention, but Lyrical School’s real genius lies in taking advantage of a smartphone.
Beyond using daily apps in eye-catching music videos, Japanese musicians are also realizing the full potential of YouTube as a home base, much like in the rest of the world. Artists such as Maco and Goose House built big fanbases on the video service, and today have landed major label deals that, ironically, allow them to sell CDs in major retailers. Some of the country’s most popular songs, meanwhile, gain steam online: One of 2016’s breakout hits in Japan is by a comedy duo and a team of dancers that has over 28 million views online.
Lyrical School’s recent viral spread underlines this digital shift in Japan—and shows that the country’s music industry isn’t totally encased in ’90s amber. It’s reminiscent of videos by artists such as Arcade Fire and OK Go, interactive numbers that basically took over a user’s Web browser (Japan had at least one too). Yet those experiences were primarily ways to highlight technology—in those examples, Google Chrome—while “Run and Run” simply adjusts to the realities of 2016.
Get ready for your Sunday nights to be filled once more with sword fights, dragons, and a lot of ice. The sixth season ofGame of Thrones is set to debut April 24 on HBO. If you don’t have a full-fledged HBO cable package, there are a number of lower-cost options to watch the new season of GoT. Sadly, all of them involve HBO in some form or another. If you haven’t sprung for HBO yet through your cable service provider, chances are you won’t want to now. So what's left to do?
Here are all the options to watch season 6 of the Game of Thrones online:
1) HBO Now
Springing for HBO’s less expensive, standalone option, HBO Now, isn't exactly dirt cheap: The service costs $14.99 per month. Still, it’s cheaper than HBO in its conventional format and gives you access to shows on your smartphone, tablet, and laptop. You’ll also get access to sweet vintage HBO content as well.
2) iTunes, Amazon, or another streaming service
If you prefer to go another route, HBO Now is available as an add-on option on iTunes and Amazon. It’s essentially the same as signing up on the HBO Now site directly, but if you plan on watching Game of Thrones on an Apple or Amazon device like Fire TV, it’ll be slightly easier for setup.
You can also watch Game of Thrones if you have a subscription through Sling TV and want to pay the extra $15 per month to add HBO.
3) Get your friends involved
Much like Netflix, HBO Now has no limit on the number of devices you can use under a single account. Meaning that if you have a friend with HBO Now, you can use their password to watch GoT on your own. If you don’t want to feel like a moocher, here’s another method:
Beyoncé's new visual album Lemonade exploded onto HBO and Tidal on Saturday night, obliterating the rest of pop culture and leaving us with two burning questions. First of all, how is Beyoncé so consistently awesome? And, secondly, who the hell is Becky?
On the song "Sorry," Beyoncé refers to "Becky with the good hair," her husband's side chick. Twitter immediately blew up with speculation about who Becky might be in real life—or indeed if Becky is actually a real person. Because, while it's always fun to speculate about the personal lives of celebrities, not every song has to draw directly from real life.
Of course, it goes without saying that the Beygency has already singled out a solid lead on the "Becky" case, care of Rachel Roy's Instagram.
Shortly following Roy's suspect selfie, the Beyhive inundated the Instagram post with comments, including bee and lemon emojis. It appears that she locked her account on Sunday morning.
A few hours later, Roy tweeted about the harassment that may have prompted her to make her Instagram account private.The fashion designer has long been linked with Jay Z, and was rumored to be the source of the Jay Z-Solange elevator altercation at the Met Gala in 2014. And on Saturday night, right in the thick of Becky-related speculation, Roy posted a photo with the caption, "Good hair don't care, but we will take good lighting, for selfies, or self truths, always. live in the light #nodramaqueens."
Given the context, this strongly implies that Rachel Roy is indeed Becky. Beyoncé fans certainly seem convinced, anyway. As of Sunday morning, Roy's Wikipedia entry had been edited to list her occupation as "Becky with the good hair."Update 12:02pm CT, Apr. 24: This piece has been updated to include a response from Rachel Roy.
Beyoncé's highly anticipated new visual album Lemonade dropped Saturday night on HBO and Tidal to massive fanfare. If you want to stream Bey's new music, you're going to have to use the latter, however. The superstar is streaming Lemonade exclusively on Tidal indefinitely, the Verge reports.
Tidal, the music streaming service co-owned by Jay Z, has struggled to gain users as apps like Spotify and Apple Music remain vastly more popular.
It's not the first time an artist has used Tidal to "exclusively" launch an album—Kanye West released The Life of Pablo on Tidal, where it lived for six weeks before being made available on other streaming services.
West and Tidal are now currently facing a lawsuit for deceptive advertising; West eventually released the album on free ad-supported services, frustrating users who signed up for the $9.99 monthly Tidal subscription.
A lot of fans will likely be using the free first month Tidal trial for the Lemonade album, if they didn't already spend it on West. There's no word yet on when or how the album will be made available for purchase, but considering how vast the Bey Hive is—and how small Tidal's audience—it will likely be made available for purchase soon.
Indeed, Lemonade will indeed be available for purchase sooner rather than later. The visual album is for sale exclusively on Tidal until 10pm this evening, notes The Verge's Michael Singleton:Lemonade is also expected to be available for purchase on iTunes late Sunday night, presumably following the Tidal sale.
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Update 3:12pm CT, Apr. 24: An update was made in this piece to include details on purchasing Lemonade.
Last night, instead of a rerun, Saturday Night Live paid tribute to Prince.
The musician passed away on Thursday and the tributes and thinkpieces quickly started popping up soon after. Saturday Night Live chose to look back on Prince's history as a musical guest. Jimmy Fallon cited Prince as a "special presence" on the show over the last 40 years, from his first appearance in 1981, to his SNL 40th anniversary afterparty set.Former SNL cast member Tim Kazurinsky shared the full afterparty set on Friday, which stars Martin Short and Maya Rudolph. Prince starts the set on the right note: "Dearly inebriated..."
Last year, Fallon recounted how the afterparty performance happened: Dave Chappelle altered him that Prince was in the building, and Fallon called out to him in the subtlest of ways: "Prince, if you're here, I dare you to come up on stage... All of the sudden the crowd parts and there's purple smoke and a dude floating towards the stage."Coincidentally, last night at the Moontower Comedy Festival in Austin, Texas, Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum performed as Princess, a Prince tribute act that was already on the books before Thursday, but obviously had some added weight on Saturday.
Simpsons fans never got to see the mythical Prince episode of the show, but now we can at least see the script.
On Saturday, showrunner and producer Al Jean tweeted out the script for the unproduced episode, which was proposed for season 5 and allegedly rewritten by Conan O'Brien. The storyline finds Lisa attempting to win tickets to a Prince concert as a spider threatens to disconnect the call, and Selma telling Prince what a big fan she is.
However, Prince apparently had some objections to the script, and the episode was scrapped, though it's not clear why.Prince did appear in references throughout the years, but never actually voiced a character. In season 20's "Treehouse of Horror" episode, Homer murders Prince with his own guitar.
The days of running your mouth behind a screen name are over.
Secret identities these days equate to witless gimmickry—especially for artists. More importantly, people will be found out.
Spark Master Tape—as much a concept as a rapper—openly challenges this idea.
Initially surfacing in 2012, a faceless, nation-less Spark Master Tape released cult-creating mixtapes along with some strong loosies: most notably the DJ Screw-influenced Syrup Splash andThe #SWOUP Serengeti. But his music offers very few clues for the listener in terms of who is behind it all.
Sitting somewhere between satire and high concept, there isn’t an easily apparent mission statement. But in the course he’s built up a fiercely loyal following on social media.Disappearing in 2014, SMT slowed all communiqués, perhaps feeling the heat of potential discovery. There have even been since-archived Reddit strings dedicated to Tape, and his identity—which has never been verified to any degree of certainty. (Interview requests from the Daily Dot were not answered.)
More critical is the idea and design of Spark Master Tape: concepts, messaging, and the overarching aspirations. On the surface, there’s the utilization of trap music, the mainstream’s coded plaything and rap genre of choice in 2016. That means hammer-on-nail percussion, reverberating synths, and cinematic, apocalyptic samples.
Aside from the evident lyrical and production talent, everything after is shrouded in mystery. Tape's voice, down-pitched and modulated, evokes few potentially known signatures or predictable language—such as his (welcome) declination in common use of “nigga.” Even the membership of Paper Platoon, Tape’s production “unit” and all-encompassing “crew,” remains unknown.
Suddenly reappearing in January, Tape released new single “Livin' Lavish.” The blog-favorite album, Silhouette of a Sunkken City, hit SoundCloud 1o days ago. The single was accompanied by a video doubling as a visceral experience: featuring automatic weapons with scopes, masked men in Jordans, and lots of fire. On the surface, it could be seen as a typical show of rapper wealth, if not for the anarchist lean.
Most recent single “Tennkeys” features Tape sounding like a caffeinated R.A. the Rugged Man—foaming at the mouth with barked raps, combative in approach and gruff in tone. Its video features desert vistas, a checklist of rapper luxury items, one violent heist, and an industrial chicken coup.
Throughout Silhouette, the messages appear to be of resignation to particular pursuits, namely chasing wealth. On “All About the Money,” Tape runs down ideas mainstream rap “used to” be about, before its reduction to greed. Underneath the life lessons Tape raps with unique self-agency and confidence.
He’s also found a way to make trap sophisticated—no small feat—with thoughtful drum patterning and introspective sampling. Trap normally maintains a palpable darkness, but Tape has added refinement in its layering and foggy gradient. Trap isn’t just a medium, but part of the fatalist message.
Though authentication efforts are close to nil, Tape’s gray-hat aesthetic and combining of archetypes seem genuine. There’s clearly a plan for some level of stardom in place, after his master reset two years ago. (Tape recently signed with Paul Rosenberg’s artist management group Goliath Artists. Yes, that's Eminem's manager.)
To this end, it could all be a massive con; an art performance turned brilliant marketing ploy built on conjuring mystery.
In the mean time, there is the music. Good thing it's excellent.
The league originally suspended Brady for the first four games of the 2015 season, in large part because Commissioner Roger Goodell said that Brady had destroyed evidence crucial to the Deflategate investigation. The highly publicized scandal involved Patriots team officials illegally deflating footballs before the team's 2014 AFC title game against the Indianapolis Colts.
A U.S. District Court judge lifted Brady's suspension in September, ruling that the NFL had acted unfairly by punishing Brady so harshly.
The three-judge panel on the appeals court in New York voted 2-1 in favor of the NFL, concluding that Brady had been treated fairly and that the Collective Bargaining Agreement signed in 2011 by the league and the players' union gave Goodell the ability to levy such a punishment.
Brady's alleged evidence tampering played an important role in least one judge's decision, the Associated Press reported. At oral arguments in March, the judge said that the destroyed evidence had turned the scandal "from air in a football to compromising the integrity of a proceeding that the commissioner had convened."
"So why couldn't the commissioner suspend Mr. Brady for that conduct alone?" Judge Barrington Parker said at the time. "With all due respect, Mr. Brady's explanation of that made no sense whatsoever."
Chief Judge Robert Katzmann dissented from his two colleagues. "I am troubled by the Commissioner's decision to uphold the unprecedented four-game suspension," he wrote in his dissenting opinion. "The Commissioner failed to even consider a highly relevant alternative penalty."
Obviously, the NFL agreed with the other two judges.
The NFL Players Association expressed its disappointment with the ruling in a statement.
"The NFLPA is disappointed in the decision by the Second Circuit," the association said. "We fought Roger Goodell's suspension of Tom Brady because we know he did not serve as a fair arbitrator and that players' rights were violated under our collective bargaining agreement. Our Union will carefully review the decision, consider all of our options and continue to fight for players' rights and for the integrity of the game."
Monday's ruling is a victory for Goodell, who has a penchant for playing the role of judge, jury, and appeals court for NFL players who get into trouble.The ruling is also bad news for the Patriots, of course. They will now likely start backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo in the place of Brady for the first quarter of the 2016 season.
While the parties to the lawsuit alternately grumbled and cheered its outcome at the appellate level, most people on Twitter merely expressed some variation of, "Ugh, Deflategate is still a thing?"
Fullscreen is the latest subscription-based streaming service you’ll have to contemplate, and today it announced an impressive lineup for its April 26 rollout.
Already announced as a Fullscreen joint, Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart’s superhero film Electra Woman and Dyna Girl debuts tomorrow on the platform, and Fullscreen is treating fans to free pizza as part of the social media push. All you have to do is tweet a selfie and to get a chance to have pizza delivered to you, which seems like it should already be a service. The film debuts on other platforms June 7.
Paul Scheer’s Filthy Preppy Teen$, My Selfie Life, Kingdom Geek, Shane Dawson’s Shane & Friends, and Zall Good with Alexis G. Zall are also part of the new lineup. Newly announced shows include Slumber Party With Alie and Georgia, Explain Things to Me, Waste of Time With ItsTheReal, and daily sketch show Party in the Back.One of the bigger announcements is that American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis will be directing a series for Fullscreen, called The Deleted. It’s described as a thriller about the “disappearance of three seemingly unconnected people from Los Angeles,” which, in true Bret Easton Ellis style, “triggers a collective paranoia among a group of twenty-somethings” who were part of a cult. Let's hope this is better than The Canyons.
The service costs $4.99 a month.
Good news if you're a gamer who loves movies: Lionsgate just announced it's released 100 of the most popular movie titles to stream on the PC gaming platform Steam. says the number of available movies will grow as "the partnership continues to expand worldwide." Available titles include The Hunger Games, Twilight, Saw, and Divergent.
If you're big into blockbuster franchises, you have a whole lot of watching to get to.
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On Monday the cast for Showtime's Twin Peaks revival was announced, and it's like something out of a dream.
More than 200 names were revealed, including several returning cast members like Kyle MacLachlan, Catherine Coulson, Harry Dean Stanton, David Duchovny, Sherilyn Fenn, Sheryl Lee, Ray Wise, Grace Zabriskie, and Julee Cruise.
More surprising, however, are the musicians and comedians set to appear, such as Trent Reznor and his wife Mariqueen, Sky Ferreira, Eddie Vedder, Sharon Van Etten, Josh Fadem, Stephanie Allynne, and Brett Gelman. Amanda Seyfried, Michael Cera, Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Laura Dern, and Ashley Judd are also reported to star.
The announcement of someone like Reznor isn't really a surprise; he did the soundtrack for David Lynch's Lost Highway and Lynch directed the video for Nine Inch Nails's "Come Back Haunted." But it's still fun to wonder what role he, Van Etten, or Vedder or might play—or if the inclusion of actors from past Lynch movies (Dern, Watts) might make Twin Peaks an interconnected Lynch universe of sorts. Music has always been a huge part of his films, and Twin Peaks.The production of the new Twin Peaks has been long and complicated. There were rumors that Lynch wasn't attached, or that its future was uncertain. The casting announcement relates that filming has ended, though the series will actually debut in 2017, not this year. It's also rumored that the show will stretch over two seasons, which might explain the 200-plus guest list.
Lemonade is a front-row seat into her marriage, family history, and an education on what it means to be a black woman in America. The queen released it with an hour-long special on HBO Saturday. It finds Mrs. Carter in her prime, wielding a high-impact album that stands among her best.
We’ve seen Beyoncé’s sound and artistry develop over the past decade from sexy, soulful albums like Dangerously in Love and B'Day, to clunkers like her worst-selling release 4. Now she’s paid her pop dues, is executive producer of her own records, and can say whatever the hell she wants.
From producers like Diplo, Mike Will Made It, and Rae Sremmurd; to Billboard hitmakers Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd; to British electronica star James Blake; to Jack White, this is Beyoncé’s most expansive album to date.
And while Lemonade doesn’t have as many upbeat, twerk-what-your-mama-gave-you bangers, its risk-taking musical composition almost always connects.
Some songs need the help of the HBO special for impact, while others play just as well going 80 miles per hour on a Texas freeway. The record opens with “Pray You Catch Me,” a contemporary ballad adorned with simple piano chords and an in-studio orchestra. It sets the tone for the depth of emotion, truth, and theatrics provided by the rest of the album. And with verse one she dives right into the infidelity that fuels it:
You can taste the dishonesty
It’s all over your breath as you pass it off
She wants to catch him in the act. She’s praying for concrete evidence.
It’ll have you in your feelings, nearly texting an ex. From there “Hold Up” brings an upbeat, flirtatious bass line that sounds tropical and girly. Whoever Jay is messing around with is clearly a waste of time and isn’t worth jeopardizing their union, Beyoncé argues.
Bey uses this song to reiterate her worth, conceding that she can get “jealous and crazy” in a hot second. She spares no details in calling Jigga all the way out:
Let's imagine for a moment that you never made a name for yourself
Or mastered wealth, they had you labeled as a king
But it’s only a warm-up for “Don’t Hurt Yourself.” Featuring the former White Stripes leader, she uses this drum-kit-pulverizing ‘90s rock track to threaten divorce, claim her boss-bitch position, and even call God a woman:
You ain't married to no average bitch, boy
You can watch my fat ass twist, boy
As I bounce to the next dick, boy
And keep your money, I got my own
White joins her on the chorus to bring the message home. With bad grammar and bold indictments, this song gives a firsthand account of what this mom, wife, and full-time icon has to say to the man she married. “If you try this shit again, you gon lose your wife,” she warns.
The energetic, quirky “Sorry” will probably be the next single. On my drive in from Houston on Monday, this girl-power anthem was requested twice on the radio. “Niggas In Paris” producer Hit-Boy grounds the curveball album in modern hip-hop. It’s here that Bey whispers the album’s instantly iconic, Internet-witch-hunt lyric about “Becky with the good hair.”
And after she uses the first half of the album to deal with the cheating, she takes the second half to asses how she overcame struggles in her marriage in the name of family and love. The piano ballad “Sandcastles” talks about the sorrow of promises broken in a marriage, and how unconditional love can withstand the weathering of mistakes made.
The music video actually features her and Jay Z. Whether it’s for theatrics or not, Beyoncé has never given this much access to her personal life in a song.
But her most personal album doubles as Bey’s most political. Kendrick Lamar hops on “Freedom” and puts black liberation front and center. Allusions to slavery and images of current-day systematic oppression go live in this Just Blaze-produced, organ-tinged, belting centerpiece. (Its accompanying video features Trayvon Martin’s mother, and is set on a plantation.)
When the smoke clears, “All Night” brings her storyline from the breakup to the makeup portion. Suggesting she may have spent some time alone amid infidelity, Beyoncé takes this song to reclaim her love for her family and husband. She talks about regaining trust and repairing something she thought was broken. She stumps for not taking the easy way out on something that’s taken a lifetime to build.
Lemonade encompasses Beyoncé’s identity and intersectionality as a wife, mom, and as a black woman who can and will do away with respectability politics. She has issues in her family (“Daddy Lessons”) and her marriage that money can’t fix or make go away. And the album breaks the seal into personal elements fans have been waiting to hear about. She’s all the more relevant and relatable as she pours out her truth.