THE ROUNDUP: Regional pop-culture highlights from December

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Updated 03 January 2019

THE ROUNDUP: Regional pop-culture highlights from December

DUBAI: Here are the regions pop-culture highlights from December 2018.

‘Close My Eyes’
Omar Offendum
This visual and musical tribute to his late father and to Syria might just be the finest work the Syrian-American MC —  one of the most vital voices in regional hip-hop —  has produced so far. The video, directed by Wesam Nassar, is the perfect accompaniment to this hard-hitting, heartfelt meditation on loss, grief, fatherhood and mortality.

‘Bright Lights (Live at Wickerpark)’
Postcards
The Lebanese dream-pop outfit just released this live take —  from September’s Wickerpark Festival — of the standout track from their debut full-length album “I’ll Be Here in the Morning.” The one-time quartet are currently a trio, but, as this video shows, they’re no less powerful without a live bassist.

‘Comedians of the World’
Netflix
Four Arab comedians — Ibraheem Alkhairallah (pictured), Rawsan Hallak, Adi Khalefa, and Moayad Alnefaie —  are among the 47 standups from 13 different regions (covering eight different languages) featured in this ambitious Netflix original series exploring international humor.

 


Bob Dylan drops first original music in nearly a decade

Updated 27 March 2020

Bob Dylan drops first original music in nearly a decade

  • The song is packed with artist name-drops and pop culture references, including to The Beatles, Charlie Parker, the Eagles, Stevie Nicks and the Woodstock festival
  • It’s the folk singer’s first original song since his 2012 album “Tempest,” though he has released a number of cover albums in the interim

NEW YORK: Bob Dylan surprised fans overnight into Friday by releasing his first original music in eight years, a 17-minute ballad about the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Backed by delicate piano, strings and muted drums, “Murder Most Foul” retells the shooting of the US president while describing the evolution of 1960s counterculture.
“This is an unreleased song we recorded a while back that you might find interesting. Stay safe, stay observant, and may God be with you,” Dylan posted on his website, along with a portrait of Kennedy, who was slain in 1963 while riding in a motorcade through Dallas.
The song is packed with artist name-drops and pop culture references, including to The Beatles, Charlie Parker, the Eagles, Stevie Nicks and the Woodstock festival.
“Shot down like a dog in broad daylight / Was a matter of timing and the timing was right / You got unpaid debts; we’ve come to collect / We’re gonna kill you with hatred; without any respect,” Dylan recounts in his signature sandpaper vocals.
It’s the folk singer’s first original song since his 2012 album “Tempest,” though he has released a number of cover albums in the interim.
“Murder Most Foul” is also the first song Dylan has penned and released since he reluctantly accepted the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature, the first songwriter awarded the honor.
At 78, Dylan has maintained a relentless touring schedule, though he was forced to cancel a string of April dates in Japan over the coronavirus pandemic.
The artist is still set to kick off a North American tour in June.