Una Mullally

Society, life and culture on the edge

Monday Morning Digest

On Friday at a gig, I turned to a mate and said “I feel like we’re in the future.” It was the O2, it was Watch The Throne, it was Jay-Z and Kanye standing on giant rising LED cubes, with …

Mon, Jun 11, 2012, 10:18


On Friday at a gig, I turned to a mate and said “I feel like we’re in the future.” It was the O2, it was Watch The Throne, it was Jay-Z and Kanye standing on giant rising LED cubes, with lasers for awnings, while the crowd was dwarfed by two massive HD screens – one for each of the throne-sharing kings – dwarfed the crowd. This was not just hip-hop on another level, this was a live show on another level. For years, pop, rock and dance music have been miles ahead of hip-hop in a live setting. For all his superstardom, Eminem could never beat Pink’s theatrical show. Wu Tang Clan or Beastie Boys or G-Unit or Odd Future could never dream of reaching U2′s stadium prowess. And Drake could never match Deadmau5 in an arena. But the Watch The Throne tour (although it wasn’t an album that overly-excited me, aside from ‘Otis’, ‘Niggas In Paris’, and ‘No Church In The Wild’) is a game changer. Building on a live precedent set by Jay-Z when he stepped out on the Pyramid Stage in Glastonbury meaning that, yes, he could do GIANT crowds, and in tandem with Kanye’s showmanship and almost post-genre instrumentation behind his rapping, #WTT was more like #WTF throughout, in a good way. Jim Carroll’s review is here along with his 10 things we learned from Watch The Throne list and bonus Kanye interview.

From Friday highs to Sunday lows. I don’t think I can really talk about the match at any length because I’m so disappointed. What a mess. What an inspiration vacuum. What can we hope for now? For Croatia to win all their matches and us to get a draw and a win out of the next two? For Italy and Spain not to make it out of the group in lieu of us and Croatia really feels like fantasy at the moment. Keith Duggan’s report is here.

This is Madonna pulling her bra down in Istanbul on Thursday for the world’s most intentional wardrobe malfunction. NSFW, obviously.
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Jezebel asks Why is Kristen Stewart so divisive? I saw Snow White and the Huntsman yesterday. It’s grand, actually quite decent in parts, and Kristen Stewart manages to slightly break out of Bella, but she never rises above something that is quite flat. But I like Stewart. And anyone who has seen The Runaways (or Into The Wild?) knows there’s a good actor lurking within her somewhere.

Once wins 8 Tonys. Whoever thought this film would have such a far reaching trajectory? Remarkable story really.

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