Larry Ryan is an Assistant Home News Editor for The Independent. He also writes the "Caught in the Net" music column for the paper's Arts & Books section on Friday. He wears thick glasses and talks slowly, traits which people occasionally mistake for signs of intelligence.
The latest episode of Zach Galifianakis’ web chatshow ‘Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis’ is up on the Funny or Die site.
The comedian/actor is best known for his role in The Hangover, but he’s also a hghly regarded comedian, with a penchant for bizarre web videos, including a series of ads for Absolut Vodka and [...]
Last year’s collaboration with Scarlett Johansson was probably more aesthetically pleasing but music fans will likely be more excited by Pete Yorn’s latest hook-up with Frank Black, aka Black Francis (not to be confused with Frances Black). The Pixies frontman has produced the LA singer-songwriter’s new self-titled album, which will be released on 28 September.
For a PBS TV series folklorist Alan Lomax travelled through the south and southwest of America shooting 400 hours of footage of people performing blues and folk songs. Over the weekend a YouTube channel was launched for this material.
A video getting some attention recently is a clip from the US sitcom Louie .The show, reminiscent of Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm, features comedian Louis CK playing a loosely autobiographical, fictional version of himself. In the clip in question, the comedian and a group of his male friends (also comedians) crack wise while playing [...]
I’m normally quite anti biopics, especially formulaic ones about musicians, but I am quite excited to see the Joann Sfar’s Serge Gainsbourg film which comes out next week. To mark the release, this week’s Friday playlist is themed around the French master.
I’ve put in some of my favourite songs by Serge, though his back catalogue [...]
I was at the Vice/Intel Creators Project shindig with my colleague Jack Riley in London last weekend. Beyond all the attention grabbing music and interactive digital art exhibits, the most interesting thing I attended all day was something far more old-fashioned; a talk by Berlin based “media artist” and university professor Joachim Sauter (right).
As Jack wrote [...]
Back in December I interviewed Piper of LA duo Pearl Harbor. She and her sister Skylar make music that slots into the current wave of US lo-fi bands mixing shoegaze and surf guitars, ethereal sounds and distant, somewhat flat vocals. One friend of mine sarcastically expressed his wish that such bands would just stand closer [...]