From Mach-Hommy’s Pray for Haiti to Allison Russell’s Outside Child to BabyTron’s Bin Reaper 2 to King Woman’s Celestial Blues, a lot of 2021’s best music wasn’t made by superstars. The new episode of Rolling Stone Music Now is your guide to the best albums of the year, with a focus on relatively under-the-radar releases.
Jeff Ihaza joins host Brian Hiatt to dive into Rolling Stone‘s list of the best hip-hop albums of 2021, while Joseph Hudak explores our country/Americana list, and Kory Grow goes through the best metal of the year.
Download and subscribe to our weekly podcast, Rolling Stone Music Now, hosted by Brian Hiatt, on Apple Podcasts or Spotify (or wherever you get your podcasts), and check out three years’ worth of episodes in the archive, including in-depth, career-spanning interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Halsey, Neil Young, Snoop Dogg, Brandi Carlile, Phoebe Bridgers, Rick Ross, Alicia Keys, the National, Ice Cube, Robert Plant, Dua Lipa, Questlove, Killer Mike, Julian Casablancas, Sheryl Crow, Johnny Marr, Scott Weiland, Liam Gallagher, Alice Cooper, Fleetwood Mac, Elvis Costello, John Legend, Donald Fagen, Phil Collins, Justin Townes Earle, Stephen Malkmus, Sebastian Bach, Tom Petty, Eddie Van Halen, Kelly Clarkson, Pete Townshend, Bob Seger, the Zombies, Gary Clark Jr., and many others — plus dozens of episodes featuring genre-spanning discussions, debates, and explainers with Rolling Stone’s critics and reporters. Tune in every Friday at 1 p.m. ET to hear Rolling Stone Music Now broadcast on SiriusXM’s Volume, channel 106.
Arnold Schwarzenegger Involved in Multi-Car Accident
Joseph Baena Dishes on Acting & Dad Arnold Schwarzenegger
Per TMZ, the former governor of California was driving his SUV in Los Angeles when he allegedly collided with a red Prius around 5 p.m. The outlet published photos of Schwarzenegger, 74, on the scene of a crash.
A spokesperson for the LAPD told E! News that officers responded to a four-vehicle crash on Sunset Blvd, after one vehicle “landed” on top of another. One woman was taken by ambulance to the hospital with “minor abrasions,” per the spokesperson, who added that her injuries are not life threatening.
Police did not confirm the identities of the people involved in the accident.
The actor’s rep told NBC News, “His main concern is for the woman from the other vehicle.”
E! News reached out to Schwarzenegger’s rep for comment but has not heard back. Per TMZ, Schwarzenegger is OK.
The Terminator star shares four children (Katherine, Patrick, Christopher and Christina) with ex Maria Shriver and son Joseph Baena with his former housekeeper, Mildred Patricia Baena.
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Earlier this week, Joseph spoke on the Unwaxed podcast about his relationship with his dad.
“I’m so close to my dad and we joke about everything,” he shared. “He always wants to hear about the drama. He’s like, ‘Tell me everything! Tell me the drama. Tell me about these girls.'”
But Joseph noted, “I also have to point out that with my relationship with my dad, it took a little while for me and him to get really close and just joke around with him and talk about anything.”
Jamie Lynn Spears’ Attempt to Defend Herself Blows Up in Her Face
The same day Jamie Lynn Spears was due to receive a scathing cease-and-desist letter from Britney Spears’ lawyer via overnight mail, she sat for a follow-up interview with the Call Her Daddy podcast while continuing to promote her new book, Things I Should Have Said.
Appearing over video from her home in Louisiana on Tuesday, Britney’s younger sister doubled down on her claims that she repeatedly tried to help the “Toxic” singer escape her controversial conservatorship. To that end, she held up a cell phone and shared text messages sent to her sister back in November 2020, calling them “proof” she was acting in her sister’s bests interests. She appeared convinced the texts would help vindicate her.
They mostly blew up in her face.
Not only has the Zoey 101 star faced even more backlash from the #FreeBritney movement since reading the texts aloud to Daddy host Alexandra Cooper, but checking the texts against a transcript of what actually happened at a court hearing in Britney’s conservatorship exactly one day earlier on Nov. 10, 2020, raises questions about Jamie Lynn’s allegiance at the time.
In her texts, which were provided as screenshots to the Daddy podcast, Jamie Lynn slammed Britney’s court-appointed lawyer at the time, Samuel D. Ingham III, as well as their mom Lynne Spears. Meanwhile, she painted their dad Jamie in a strikingly sympathetic light, claiming he actively wanted “to resign” from his role as conservator of Britney’s $60 million estate and was somehow being held back. She urged Britney to speak with Jamie directly.
“If you’re willing to speak with him and start the actual legal process of getting what you want, then dad is on board with that as well,” Jamie Lynn wrote.
While Jamie Lynn’s texts portray Jamie as willing to step aside at his daughter’s request, the transcript of the Nov. 10, 2020, hearing tells a different story. At that hearing — which both Jamie Spears and Lynne Spears attended by phone with their lawyers — Ingham dropped what was then considered a bombshell request to have Jamie suspended on the spot. “My client has informed me on many occasions that she is afraid of her father,” Ingham said, urging Judge Brenda Penny to suspend Jamie on her own motion that very day without the need for an evidentiary hearing. “She also informed me on many occasions that she will not perform as long as her father is in charge of her career. And she also has informed me that she does not want her father to work with [proposed new management firm] Bessemer Trust.”
While Lynne’s lawyer advocated that the court grant Ingham’s request, Jamie’s lawyer, Vivian Thoreen, immediately took an adversarial stance, calling her client a “perfect conservator” and bashing the request. “My client, Mr. Spears, has specifically and solely consented to the appointment of Bessemer as a co-conservator,” Thoreen said, attacking Ingham’s characterization of Britney’s wishes as “hearsay.” “I don’t believe there is a shred of evidence to support my client’s suspension,” she said as Jamie listened silently.
Judge Penny ultimately denied the request to suspend Jamie that day, but she told Ingham she would reconsider if he filed it as a petition from his client. He never did. The next major hearing in the case was June 23, 2021, when Britney made her blockbuster statement to Judge Penny, calling the conservatorship “cruel” and “abusive” and saying she wanted to sue her dad.
Soon after Jamie Lynn appeared on the podcast, #FreeBritney fans started piling on. Some demanded Spotify cancel Daddy for giving her a platform. Many pointed out that Jamie Lynn’s manager is still Lou Taylor, the head of Britney’s former management firm Tri Star and a major villain in the eyes the movement. They also blasted Cooper for not confronting Jamie Lynn over her ongoing connection to Taylor.
According to Britney’s new lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, Tri Star has been less than forthcoming throughout his ongoing forensic review of the conservatorship that was terminated Nov. 12. Meanwhile, a Tri Star executive purportedly was involved in the alleged surveillance campaign that tracked, mirrored, and recorded Britney’s private communications at Jamie’s request, at least according to a security firm whistleblower who first spoke to the New York Times.
Thousands of Britney fans have been leaving blistering comments on the Daddy Instagram post promoting the Jamie Lynn interview. “Those who listened and think this ‘clears JL’ aren’t educated in the FreeBritney movement. Alex didn’t ask hard questions,” one comment posted Thursday read. Others went after Ingham as well. But overwhelmingly, Jamie Lynn bore the brunt of criticism.
Both Lou Taylor and Jamie Lynn’s lawyer did not respond to an email from Rolling Stone requesting comment on Friday.
At the end of her appearance on the “Daddy” podcast, Jamie Lynn decried people “inserting themselves into our situation” and “encouraging” strife in her family. “All I want to do is love and support my sister and end this nonsense,” she said.
Louie Anderson Took His Time and Reminded Me to Do the Same, Remembers Paul Feig
It was inching close to midnight after a long day of filming The Louie Show in front of a live audience. The crew was ready to wrap, and Paul Feig still had to reshoot a scene from earlier in the day where his character’s lines were filled with medical jargon. He was feeling the pressure to get his scene done in a single take. But Louie Anderson was there. “Don’t let them pressure you,” Anderson told him. “You’ve got to get it right. And if you have a hard time, don’t feel like the whole thing is on your shoulders.”
Feig, who later went on to create the cult-classic TV show Freaks and Geeks and served as Executive Producer for The Office, felt the pressure dissipate. For an actor with only a few shows under his belt at the time, hearing that from a comic giant was reassuring. “And so I was able to pull it off,” Feig tells Rolling Stone. “Because the pressure was gone.” Anderson was just that kind of guy.
Feig remembers Anderson — who died Friday at age 68 due to complications with blood cancer — as a generous, loving man who made sure everyone felt like part of a family. The two only worked together briefly. The Louie Show, the 1996 sitcom about a Minnesota psychologist that starred Louie, Feig and Bryan Cranston, lasted only six episodes. But despite the show’s short-lived run, Anderson knew how to make the set feel like home.
Once, while filming during the holidays, Anderson ordered hundreds of turkeys for the entire crew to take home to their families.
“There were mountains of boxes,” Feig says. “I had never seen a star of a show do something like that for the entire crew.” It was a random act of kindness that only Anderson could pull off.
“He was just a very warm, generous guy who believed in treating people well,” Feig added. “He always loved the idea of creating a family with the people he worked with.”
As a young comedian, Feig always admired Anderson’s approach to stand-up, even if it was much different than his own. “His delivery was so unique because he was low-key in a time when everything was very big and broad,” he says. “Louie was so quiet but devastatingly funny — in a way that made nobody feel bad.”
Anderson taught Feig to take his time, and to be confident in his comedic delivery. “You don’t have to go balls to the wall. You don’t have to push it so hard and it actually makes it funnier,” Feig explains. “He could pull that off, which is very hard to do.”
“It leaves you feeling sad that audiences won’t get to experience that again,” he says. But perhaps, he added, “People get to live forever — because we get to watch them.”
With Anderson, it could be watching him channel the energy of his own mother as Christine in Baskets, listening to his voice as a chubby animated version of himself in Life with Louie, seeing him cause contestants to crack as the host of Family Feud, or rewatch the thousands of video clips of his one-of-a-kind stand-up. Seeing his contagious, gapped-tooth smile and patient, yet hilarious storytelling simply “leaves the world in a better place,” Feig says.
The last time Feig and Anderson saw each other was after one of Anderson’s shows in Vegas. Feig attended with a few other comedians and hung out with the Baskets star after his routine. “There was never a bad moment with him,” Feig says. “Ever.”
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