A senior cadet at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, will be discharged from the Air Force after pleading guilty to wrongful use of cocaine as part of a pre-trial agreement. The academy said in a release that Cadet 1st Class Kyler Ehm pleaded guilty on June 9 to one charge and four specifications of violating Article 112a of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. In Thursday’s release, the academy said the military judge accepted Ehm’s plea and sentenced him to a reprimand, pay forfeiture of $700 per month for four months, and two-month confinement. In a follow-up email Friday, academy spokesman Mike Slater said Ehm will be discharged. The convening authority in Ehm’s court-martial, who reached the pre-trial agreement with the cadet, was academy superintendent Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria.
Trixie Mattel’s Twangy Cover, Aquihayaquihay’s Sunny Future, And More Songs We Love
Allan Villanueva / Getty Images The search for the ever-elusive “bop” is difficult. Playlists and streaming-service recommendations can only do so much. They often leave a lingering question: Are these songs really good, or are they just new? Enter Bop Shop, a hand-picked selection of songs from the MTV News team. This weekly collection doesn’t…
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The search for the ever-elusive “bop” is difficult. Playlists and streaming-service recommendations can only do so much. They often leave a lingering question: Are these songs really good, or are they just new?
Enter Bop Shop, a hand-picked selection of songs from the MTV News team. This weekly collection doesn’t discriminate by genre and can include anything — it’s a snapshot of what’s on our minds and what sounds good. We’ll keep it fresh with the latest music, but expect a few oldies (but goodies) every once in a while, too. Get ready: The Bop Shop is now open for business.
Something is frayed on “Sencillo,” the wonderfully languid latest effort from self-described “anti-boy band” Aquihayaquihay. As much as Steve Aoki’s label signees sound embattled as they sing in Spanish, the sounds themselves direct the song’s emotionality toward hope. Embracing both modern bedroom-production hallmarks and an exploration of past R&B-pop sounds, “Sencillo” plays like a completely welcome meeting of past and present while also pointing to a sunny future. —Patrick Hosken
Trixie Mattel: “Video Games”
Trixie Mattel opened up a beer and said, “Get over here and play my ‘Video Games.'” The RuPaul’s Drag Race legend takes her body to Pioneertown and gives Lana Del Rey’s 2011 melancholy single an Old West country-music twist. The dramatic cover features Trixie strumming her trusty autoharp, but it also serves cowboy shootout realness with some ominous desert outlaw whistles. We hope you like the bad girls, honey, because Trixie really brought it with this cover. Lana Del Rey? More like Lana Del SLAY. —Chris Rudolph
Kristen Ford: “Stick Shift Corolla”
Nashville-based alt rocker Kristen Ford piles on the breakup feels in this moody track from No Plans, her new EP. Tension grows verse by angst-fueled verse. “I don’t want you back / Time don’t work like that,” Ford insists, although if the explosive guitar and drums punctuating the final verse are any indication, that realization doesn’t undo the hurt that’s been done. —Sam Manzella
Lulu Simon: “Strangers”
Pop music has a new rising star, and she comes from a pretty impressive pedigree. On her new single “Strangers,” Lulu Simon, daughter of Paul Simon and Edie Brickell, gets breezily bitter about an ex who can’t quite accept that a relationship has met its expiration. Over a stacked production of ’80s synths and electronica pops, Simon’s lyrics read like a diary or a heated string of texts — you know, the unhinged ones you send in quick succession to a friend when you’ve got some feelings and you’ve got to get them out. Considering that her sarcastic yet sweet debut “Wasted” is just as much of a bop, it looks like there’s more where that came from. —Carson Mlnarik
Cautious Clay: “Agreeable”
Cautious Clay’s voice is smooth, his arms are open wide, and on “Agreeable,” he sounds about a thousand miles high. Much like “Cheesin’,” the virtual posse cut he anchored earlier this year, the elastic artist stretches and flexes in equal measure here — but the party’s over in just two minutes. Before you know, you’re back on the ground. You might not even know you left it. —Patrick Hosken
John K: “Happiness”
The lyrical melancholy of the emerging pop crooner John K’s latest single betrays its peppy title. Here, “Happiness” functions less like an expression of joy than a painful reminder of better days long gone: “Happiness, are you there? / Are you gone? Are you comin’ back?” Yet, delivered by a voice that a new listener might mistake for Troye Sivan or Sam Smith, it seems pleasant all the same. —Coco Romack
Bosco: “4th of July”
The chorus finds Bosco directing your gaze upwards — “Bombs bursting into the sky” — but even fireworks on Independence Day might have a hard time keeping your attention in this plush ecosystem populated with silken guitar waves and a treasure chest full of booming R&B rhythm. Don’t let the title fool you; this is a leafy autumn song through and through. —Patrick Hosken
Novena to Padre Pio: Day 7
Padre Pio’s feast is September 23. Let us grow closer to God through the writings and reflections of this great saint. Name your petition for this novena and then consider the following reflection from St. Pio: I am not frightened; do I not have a Father in Jesus? Is it not true that I will…
Padre Pio’s feast is September 23. Let us grow closer to God through the writings and reflections of this great saint.
Name your petition for this novena and then consider the following reflection from St. Pio:
I am not frightened; do I not have a Father in Jesus? Is it not true that I will always be his son? I can say with certainty that Jesus has never forgotten me, even when I was far from him. His love has followed me everywhere.
~ From Words of Light
See images from Pope Francis’ visit to Padre Pio’s shrine.
Nomadland storms Oscar race with TIFF People’s Choice Award win
Chloé Zhao’s Frances McDormand-starring drama cements itself into the Oscar race. The Toronto International Film Festival has given a jolt of golden energy to a gloomy awards season. Chloé Zhao’s stunning drama Nomadland — starring Frances McDormand as a woman traveling the country in her van — has claimed the annual event’s prestigious People’s Choice…
Chloé Zhao’s Frances McDormand-starring drama cements itself into the Oscar race.
The Toronto International Film Festival has given a jolt of golden energy to a gloomy awards season.
Chloé Zhao’s stunning drama Nomadland — starring Frances McDormand as a woman traveling the country in her van — has claimed the annual event’s prestigious People’s Choice Award, cementing it as a clear frontrunner for Best Picture at the upcoming Oscars, which were pushed back from Feb. 28 to April 25 due to the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on theatrical release windows for potential contenders.
The critically lauded film received standout notices for Zhao’s direction and McDormand’s leading performance, which is also expected to make waves throughout Oscar season. The TIFF People’s Choice Award has long established front-running titles in the Oscar race. Recently, across the last 10 years, nine TIFF People’s Choice winners have gone on to win (three) or be nominated for (six) the Academy’s Best Picture prize, while that number grows to 13 across the last 20 years.
Runners-up for the TIFF People’s Choice Award include Regina King’s feature directorial debut One Night in Miami and Tracey Deer’s Beans, while Chloë Grace Moretz’s horror flick Shadow in the Cloud took the Midnight Madness People’s Choice prize.
Last year’s winner, Taika Waititi’s historical satire Jojo Rabbit, ultimately received six Oscar nods, winning one for Best Adapted Screenplay. Eventual Best Picture winner, Bong Joon-ho’s thriller Parasite, screened at TIFF, though it finished the People’s Choice race as a runner-up behind Jojo Rabbit and Noah Baumbach’s Netflix drama Marriage Story.
Still, the 2020 awards season remains as unpredictable as ever due to theater closures and altered release dates in the wake of the spread of COVID-19. Major Oscar contenders have, nonetheless, emerged on the scene as typical Oscar launching pads like TIFF, the Venice International Film Festival, and the New York Film Festival held adapted editions, while other highly influential awards-positioning festivals like Telluride and Cannes canceled their 2020 installments altogether.
Contenders to watch that have emerged out of TIFF and Venice so far include Zhao’s Nomadland (also Venice’s Golden Lion winner), Kornél Mundruczó Pieces of a Woman (primarily for Vanessa Kirby and Ellen Burstyn’s performances), King’st One Night in Miami, and the Kate Winslet/Saoirse Ronan same-sex period romance Ammonite.
Nomadland is set for theatrical release on Dec. 4 via Searchlight Pictures.