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  • Berks County Native Taylor Swift Tops Fortune’s List Of World’s Greatest Female Leaders(poll)

    03/28/2015 11:18:28 AM PDT · by BBell · 10 replies
    NEW YORK, NY (CBS) – Is Taylor Swift the world’s greatest female leader? Fortune magazine thinks so. The publication released its second annual Top 50 World’s Greatest Leaders, and the Berks County native is the first female on the list at number six.
  • Fortune Names Taylor Swift—Not Obama—One of World’s Greatest Leaders

    03/27/2015 11:36:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Mar 27, 2015 1:12 pm
    Should President Barack Obama just “shake it off?” Taylor Swift ranked sixth on Fortune Magazine’s second annual list of the world’s 50 greatest leaders—people who are “transforming business, government, philanthropy, and so much more.” But the president was omitted entirely from the list. Fortune Editor Alan Murray explained why: “I voted for Barack Obama in 2008 largely because of his call to unite blue states and red states behind a politics of hope. But it hasn’t happened. At home our politics are as divided—and our federal government is as dysfunctional—as they were when he took office.” …
  • Spectre - Trailer (Bond 24)

    03/27/2015 7:13:54 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 14 replies
    youtube ^ | 03.27.15
    Spectre trailer
  • Music Video Crew Behind Mystery Piano in Southern California Mountains

    03/27/2015 12:07:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    The hills were alive with the sound of music this week after hikers in search of sweeping views of Southern California were surprised to find a piano on a lookout in the Santa Monica Mountains. The piano was discovered on top of Topanga Lookout, near Stunt Road in the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area. Several photos posted to Instagram indicated the piano was hauled up Tuesday to the ridgeline for a music video shoot involving Seatlle-based artist Rachel Wong. Wong was a finalist in Ford's 2012 "Gimme the Gig II" contest, according to her biography.
  • Radio Icon John Ed Willougby Has Died

    03/26/2015 10:53:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    A local radio legend has passed away. John Ed Willoughby died this morning after a long illness. Willoughby’s career spanned parts of five decades. He got started in radio as Tommy Charles' sidekick on Birmingham's WSGN-AM in 1975. He "retired" 30 years later but continued to host a Saturday morning sport talk show with Doug Layton until 2012. He retired then due to health issues. Willoughby was 80 years old. A funeral will take place 11 a.m. Saturday at Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church.
  • The modernist maverick: Pierre Boulez at 90

    03/26/2015 7:06:03 AM PDT · by Borges · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/26/2015 | Ivan Hewett
    I still remember the day I met Pierre Boulez for the first time, more than twenty years ago. It was an unnerving prospect. This was after all the Chief Commissar of musical modernism, the man who believed that “one must liquidate the past to move forward”. He once declared that any composer who did not follow the new musical grammar invented by Arnold Schoenberg was “USELESS”, and suggested the world’s opera houses should be blown up. When he conducted his own music it was like watching a precise form of musical semaphore: a twitch of the left hand, an imperious...
  • All The Bands That Bill Murray Saw At SXSW 2015

    03/25/2015 3:33:38 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 12 replies
    New Music Express ^ | 23 Mar 15 | Luke Morgan Britton
    Bill Murray is a man of great taste, that's well known by now. He's appeared in a film with Wu-Tang Clan's RZA and GZA, shared a stage with Eric Clapton and even hung out with Leeds punks Eagulls (who got a tattoo especially to mark the occasion). The celebrated actor also likes to mix it with the general public - and these moments, as well as urban legends regarding his prank antics, are becoming even more well known in this increasingly digitalised age. Now, just like Danny DeVito before him at last year's Coachella, Murray has has been checking out...
  • BBC drop the big one. Clarkson out from Top Gear!

    03/25/2015 11:09:12 AM PDT · by Vanders9 · 56 replies
    BBC ^ | 03/25/15 | BBC
    The BBC's director general Tony Hall has confirmed that Jeremy Clarkson will not have his Top Gear contract renewed, after a physical assault on one of his colleagues.
  • The Father of the Digital Synthesizer (No, It’s Not Bob Moog)

    03/25/2015 5:40:53 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 20 replies
    A Journal of Musical Things ^ | March 25th, 2015 | Alan Cross
    Dr. Bob may have invented the first commercial viable keyboard synthesizer, but his first machines were analogue devices. They sounded amazing but had some serious technical limitations. How were they solved? By John Chowning, the inventor of a technology called “FM synthesis.” In the process, he changed music forever. The most famous FM synthesis synth of the 80s was Yamaha’s DX-7, which appeared on the market in 1983. Even if you don’t have a clue about keyboards, you’ll have heard the DX-7 a billion times in your life. Listen. (More classic uses can be found here.) None of this would...
  • ‘X-Files’ officially returning to Fox in Summer 2015

    03/24/2015 8:08:46 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 63 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | March 24, 2015 | FoxNews.com
    It’s been more than 13 years since “The X-Files” aired on network TV, but on Tuesday Fox announced the spooky sci-fi series is returning for a six-episode run that will begin in the summer of 2015. “The X-Files,” which originally premiered in Sept. 1993, aired for nine seasons and earned 16 Emmy nominations during its run. The series centered on FBI agents Scully, played by Gillian Anderson, and Mulder, played by David Duchovny. Both stars will be reprising their roles for the reboot. “I think of it as a 13-year commercial break,” said Chris Carter, creator and executive producer of...
  • Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation Trailer

    03/24/2015 4:54:59 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 10 replies
    Youtube ^ | Published on Mar 23, 2015
    Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation Trailer
  • KUSC Top 100 Countdown (classical music)

    03/24/2015 12:06:45 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 36 replies
    Introducing the KUSC Top 100 Countdown, Southern California’s biggest classical music survey. What’s your favorite piece of classical music ever written? It’s time to vote. Choose from our list of favorites, or write in a title of your choice. You have a total of three votes. Voting ends April 8th at midnight. Then, we’ll tally the votes and start counting down the Top 100 beginning April 22nd.
  • Boston's Handel & Haydn Society celebrates 200 years determined to keep classical cool

    03/24/2015 7:08:22 AM PDT · by Borges · 11 replies
    MN Star Tribune - AP ^ | 3/24/2015 | WILLIAM J. KOLE
    Before Beyonce, there were the Beatles. Before the Beatles, there was Brahms. And before Brahms was even born, there was the Handel & Haydn Society. America's oldest continuously operating arts organization — which introduced the nation to composers like Chopin and Strauss, the 19th century editions of Top 40 hitmakers like Jay-Z and Lady Gaga — turns 200 on Tuesday.
  • Snoop Dogg: Ronald Reagan to Blame For L.A. Gang Violence (SXSW Keynote speech)

    03/23/2015 11:48:31 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 34 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 03.20.15 | Ryan Bort
    ...The Doggfather’s latest venture, it was announced for the first time, will be an HBO show he is developing with Menace II Society director Allen Hughes and Boondocks writer Rodney Barnes about life on the West Coast during the ‘80s, when gang violence first began to dominate the region’s inner cities, particularly in Snoop’s home of East L.A. “Early in the ‘70s and toward the latter part of the ‘70s everything was beautiful because we had ways to have fun and communicate, and those who were underprivileged, the low economic side of life, the government would provide for us, which...
  • The Magic in Schubert’s Songs

    03/23/2015 4:53:40 PM PDT · by mojito · 26 replies
    New York Review of Books ^ | April 2, 2015 | Ian Bostridge
    “Truly,” Beethoven remarked in 1827, “in Schubert there dwells a divine spark.” Franz Schubert himself worshiped the older composer and was a torchbearer at his funeral. In the following year, he asked for one of Beethoven’s string quartets to be played at his own sickbed, days, if not hours, before he died at the age of thirty-one. Many of Schubert’s works contain homages to Beethoven: the Fate theme of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony is the animating motif of Schubert’s terrifying song “Der Zwerg” (The Dwarf). His “Auf dem Strom” (On the River, for voice, piano, and horn) takes up the theme...
  • VANITY: "Birdman" Yuck!

    03/22/2015 11:44:43 AM PDT · by fatnotlazy · 52 replies
    NONE | March 22, 2015 | Self
    Yesterday, I broke my long-standing streak of not having seen an Academy Award winning/nominated movie in several years. A friend talked me into seeing "Birdman," the film starring Michael Keaton. It was perhaps the most excruciating 2 or so hours of my life. Much of the time I couldn't follow what was going on. The basic plot is about a one-time super hero actor now working on a Broadway play. Half the time I didn't know what was the play and what was "reality." Then there were the F bombs. Now I'm not a prude and can tolerate foul language...
  • Sam & Dave - Soul Man -- #2 Hot 100 chart hit (3:42 min)_

    03/21/2015 6:51:24 PM PDT · by virgil283 · 44 replies
    Sam Moore & Dave Prater had a #2 Hot 100 chart hit with, "Soul Man," written by Isaac Hayes and Dave Prater. The song won a Grammy for Best R&B Group Performance, Vocal or Instrumental...
  • John Williams to Record Star Wars: The Force Awakens Score in Los Angeles

    03/21/2015 6:44:11 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 34 replies
    Force Awakens Score in Los Angeles John Williams is currently hard at work composing the score for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which will be recorded in Los Angeles. For the recording of the score, Williams will work with members of the superb freelance orchestra with which he’s recorded numerous film scores over the years. The music will be recorded over several months while working in tandem with the film’s editorial and special effects teams on the West Coast. While previous films in the saga were scored at Abbey Road with the celebrated London Symphony Orchestra, this will be the...
  • Los Angeles' Bach in the Subways celebration ready to roll Saturday

    03/21/2015 6:25:14 AM PDT · by P.O.E. · 15 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | Jessica Gelt
    Saturday would have been Bach's 330th birthday, and thousands of musicians will celebrate by playing Bach's compositions in public, across 129 cities in more than 39 countries.
  • "Dressed In Blue" - a power ballad by Yours Truly [vanity]

    03/20/2015 8:26:26 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 20 replies
    Me, via YouTube (as Hopalong Ginsberg) ^ | 3/20/15 | Me, as "Hopalong Ginsberg"
    If the lyrics for this song seem a bit derivative or cliched, that's because they were written by an inferior songwriter; i.e., me, circa 25 years ago. I wish I could teach that boy a thing or two.In any case, I'd be obliged if y'all would give the song a listen and post any opinions, criticisms, deranged ramblings, etc., that pop to mind. WARNING: This song is a 70s-style power ballad. Listening to it may make you spontaneously grow an afro, and your pants morph into bell-bottoms. A few notes: 1. I write and record my music under the name...
  • Singing ‘Happy Birthday’ Leads To Lawsuit Threat For Local Café

    03/19/2015 1:09:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | March 18, 2015 | Alyssa Pereira
    The classic “Happy Birthday To You” song has been around longer than anyone can remember, however, that doesn’t mean its free and clear for singers to perform in public spaces. At least, that’s what San Francisco’s Café International found recently, after an open mic performer sang the song to a friend in the audience. According to Hoodline, the popular Haight Street cafe was threatened with a lawsuit by the large music licensing organization BMI, which collects royalties on behalf of artists worldwide from appropriate venues. However, according to the U.S. Copyright Act, Café International may not even be liable for...
  • DC Cancels Comic Cover After Complaints That Joker’s Threatening Batgirl Is Sexist

    03/18/2015 6:16:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | March 17, 2015 | Katherine Timpf
    At the artist’s request, DC Comics has decided to cancel a cover design after complaints that the Joker attacking Batgirl is misogynistic and sexist and promotes violence against women. The cover, which features the villain holding a gun to Batgirl and drawing his blood-grin across her face, was supposed to be released as a “variant” cover in June as part of DC’s “Joker Month.”
  • Free bassist Andy Fraser dies aged 62

    03/17/2015 3:48:03 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 15 replies
    Teamrock.com ^ | 17th March 2015 | Stef Lach
    'The writer of All Right Now – who had previously fought both AIDS and cancer – has died at his home in California Free bassist Andy Fraser has died at the age of 62, it's been confirmed. He passed away on Monday morning. His cause of death has not been confirmed, but he'd been dealing with AIDS and cancer in recent years. An official statement says: "Andrew McLan Fraser passed away on Monday at his home in California. He leaves behind his daughters Hannah and Jasmine Fraser, and their mother Ri, his sister Gail, brothers Gavin and Alex, and many...
  • Audio Editor Needed

    03/17/2015 6:34:26 PM PDT · by ducttape45 · 20 replies
    3/17/15 | Me
    Hello all. A few weeks back I petitioned Freepers in my need to find a good program to recode videos I downloaded from Amazon. Amazon Unbox is being discontinued and the program you all suggested (Audials) has been the key to salvaging my video collection. Now I need a program to edit various audio files. I've used Wavepad in the past but it has become user "unfriendly" in the last couple of years. The program doesn't have to be complex or "busy looking." I just need something that is simple to use yet powerful enough to edit various types of...
  • Charts: Madonna Misses Number 1 for First Time Since 1998, As “Empire” Scores a Surprise Victory

    03/17/2015 9:34:20 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Showbiz 411 ^ | March 17, 2015 | Roger Friedman
    Madonna’s “Rebel Heart” might have been number 1 if it weren’t for the soundtrack to the TV series “Empire.” When the numbers come in this afternoon at hitsdailydouble, “Rebel Heart” will be number 1 on the total chart, which counts streaming and all digital downloads. “Empire” will be number 1. “Empire” will also finish at number 1 on Billboard’s chart, as they now count everything, too. Who could have guessed that “Empire” would come out of nowhere and steal all the attention in the culture? It’s out of left field, an ambush of sorts.
  • LIVE FEED...NYC ST Patricks Day parade (for those interested)

    03/17/2015 8:04:46 AM PDT · by Doogle · 19 replies
    NBC live feed ^ | 03/17/15 | NBC feed
    For those interested, here is the live feed
  • Apple is going to launch a TV service this fall that could kill cable

    03/17/2015 7:02:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/17/2015 | Bryan Logan
    Apple is reportedly working on a plan to launch its own TV service. A Wall Street Journal report suggests Apple, which already lets users watch television and Netflix shows through its Apple TV device, is working with programmers "to offer a slimmed-down bundle of TV networks this fall." The Journal cites sources familiar with the talks who say Apple's subscription service may provide "about 25 channels, anchored by broadcasters such as ABC, CBS, and Fox, and would be available on Apple devices such as the Apple TV." The as-yet-unannounced service would cost $30 to $40 per month, according to The...
  • Lubbock [TX] Should Be Ashamed Of The Way It's Treated Natalie Maines (Barf Alert)

    03/16/2015 7:46:46 PM PDT · by Army Air Corps · 101 replies
    KFMX ^ | 16 March 2015 | Wes march
    I’ve broached this subject before, but it’s the anniversary of Natalie Maines speaking out against President Bush. She was, in effect, actually speaking out against the war in Iraq, which at this point pretty much everybody agrees was a bad idea. That was TWELVE (12) years ago last Tuesday, March 10. It would be one thing if everyone gave the office of the President the proper respect, but it’s completely another when I see the same people who were critical of Natalie say much worse things about the current president EVERY SINGLE DAY. The strongest word she used in reference...
  • The mighty Oak Ridge Boys and the missing spot in the Country Music Hall of Fame

    03/16/2015 3:57:14 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 16, 2015 | Nancy Dunham
    We have to join the chorus, led by Billboard magazine, calling for the Oak Ridge Boys’ induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Go to their concert this week and you’ll understand why. Sure, their 40-plus years of No. 1 hits — including “Elvira,” “American Made” and “Bobbie Sue” — consistently full concerts and tireless work for the American Legion and other charities more than qualify them for this prestigious induction. Yet it’s the reverence with which Merle Haggard, Keith Urban, Vince Gill, Lee Brice and other major performers hold them — which is more than returned by the...
  • Classical music and cats-still a good thing

    03/16/2015 4:34:56 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 9 replies
    examiner ^ | March 13, 2015
    Classical music with its soothing melodic tones and harmonies is now more readily accepted in pet care as being a positive for the animals who get to listen but is it really? The answer may be “yes”, “no” and “it depends on what kind.” In addition to being able to observe a positive impact, it makes sense that the right sort of classical music needs to be played from the animal perspective to be effective. Soothing music may have a universal component for all species. Factors such as lower pitch and regular tempo are typically associated with more pleasant music...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "Gaslight"(1940)

    03/15/2015 11:20:53 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 7 replies
    The Internet Archive ^ | 1940 | Patrick Hamilton
  • CIA chief says ISIS has 'snowballed'

    03/15/2015 8:42:23 AM PDT · by Signalman · 24 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 3/14/2015 | FoxNews
    CIA Director John Brennan said Friday that the Islamic State had “snowballed” beyond Iraq and Syria, estimating that at least 20,000 fighters from more than 90 countries have gone to join the militant group, several thousand of them from Western nations, including the United States. Brennan’s statement marks a change from the narrative the Obama administration has been pushing on the success of the fight against ISIS. “Left unchecked, the group would pose a serious danger not only to Syria and Iraq, but to the wider region and beyond, including the threat of attacks in the homelands of the United...
  • Texas Lawmakers Make Musician Phil Collins An Honorary Texan (for donation of Alamo artifacts)

    03/14/2015 8:45:12 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 8 replies
    AP via pollstar ^ | 07:01 AM Thursday 3/12/15 | no byline
    State lawmakers have named pop star Phil Collins an honorary Texan, saluting his donation of hundreds of Alamo artifacts back to the historic outpost – while offering numerous quips referencing his song lyrics. ...Last year, he gave 200-plus pieces of his collection to the Alamo. Collins grinned as many lawmakers took to the floor to joke about “feeling it in the air tonight,” ‘‘one more night” and Texas having a “groovy kind of love” for its newest honorary citizen.
  • Liar, Liar - The Castaways (1965)

    03/13/2015 7:30:25 PM PDT · by virgil283 · 33 replies
    "Liar, Liar," by 1960s garage rock band The Castaways. Dance performance by The Honey Bees (Mary Ann, Ginger and Lovey) of Gilligan's Island....
  • After "Blurred Lines" Victory, Gaye Family Takes Another Listen to "Happy"

    03/13/2015 5:18:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    CBS News ^ | March 11, 2015 | ZACH SEEMAYER
    After winning a major victory in court over the song "Blurred Lines," Marvin Gaye's family sat down with ET's Nischelle Turner to talk about what the court decision means to them. On Tuesday, a jury ruled in favor of the Gayes following claims that Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, and T.I.'s 2013 hit song was too similar to Gaye's "Got to Give it Up." The family was awarded more than $7 million for using key elements of the original R&B record without permission. (Only Thicke and Williams, the two songwriters, will have to pay damages.) "My heart started pounding but I...
  • SEEING THE OTHER SIDE OF AMERICAN LEGEND FRANK SINATRA

    03/13/2015 5:03:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    The New York Public Library and the Grammy Museum in LA have collaborated to produce a most unique exhibition on display at the Lincoln Center entitled Frank Sinatra: An American. The exhibition commemorates the legend of a man who would have turned one hundred years old in 2015. The title epitomizes what Sinatra has become in our society: an icon of the American dream. The son of Italian immigrants, Sinatra supported himself with a paper-route and came of age with a strong spirit molded by a youth in the Great Depression. He then went on to become one of the...
  • Hip-Hop Star Not Mad at OU SAE House Mom Singing N-Word

    03/13/2015 1:06:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    KFOR ^ | MARCH 12, 2015
    Trinidad James isn’t mad at Beauton Gilbow. The rapper’s hit song can be heard playing in the background as Gilbow, the house mother of the University of Oklahoma Sigma Alpha Epsilon house — known as Mom B. — repeats the n-word seven times on camera. It appears overboard considering that the hook of the song, “All Gold Everything,” uses the word only three times per succession. Gilbow has been bombarded with claims that she’s just as racist as the fraternity members caught singing a racist song on a bus last weekend. It’s an allegation she’s firmly denied, and the Atlanta...
  • Michelle Obama shows off some embarrassing mum dance moves on the Ellen show

    03/13/2015 10:21:56 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 51 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 3-13-15 | Ruth Styles
    Her arm thrust out and pouting like a rapper, this is the moment that Michelle Obama showed off her dance moves during a toe-curling appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Challenged to show off her dance moves by Ms Degeneres, Mrs Obama gamely obliged and went on to pull shapes that wouldn't have shamed Rita Ora. Unfortunately for daughters Sasha and Malia, the appearance on Ellen, which airs on the 16th March, isn't the end of the 51-year-old's dancing ambitions.
  • Blurred lines and copyright infringement

    03/12/2015 7:49:13 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 25 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy - Washington Post ^ | By David Post March 12 at 12:56 PM
    There are many awful and embarrassing — even idiotic — features of our copyright law, and I’ve written about a lot of them here on the VC. I hesitate to add yet another voice to all of the noise that has surrounded the announcement of the jury verdict (and the award of $7.4 million in damages) to the heirs of the Marvin Gaye estate, based on their claim that the Robin Thicke-Pharrell Williams megahit “Blurred Lines” infringes the copyright in Gaye’s 1977 disco classic, “Got to Give it Up,” so I’ll content myself with just a few observations.
  • "Just Friends" - a slightly-demented, definitely-NSFW country song, by Yours Truly [Giga-Vanity]

    03/12/2015 4:06:20 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 46 replies
    Me, via YouTube ^ | 3/12/15 | Me, as "Hopalong Ginsberg"
    Occasionally I post material that may be a bit strong for more sensitive listeners. This song may be a bit strong for a Turkish cathouse. I'm so ashamed. You've been warned.In any case, I'd be obliged if you'd give the song a listen and give me your honest opinion and/or suggestions. Remember, 'tis better to give than to receive, especially when it comes to social diseases. The usual nonsense: 1. I record my songs under the pen name "Hopalong Ginsberg." Despite what you might believe, I do not record them under the influence. 2. I do know that my voice...
  • Imagine: Remembering John Lennon's Communist Anthem

    03/12/2015 12:49:36 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 54 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 3/12/2015 | Jan Sobieski
    Lest we forget the damage done to the moral fabric of our nation by Satan's minstrels, here are the lyrics to "Imagine" by John Lennon. A song still prominently played at most major venues and poignant to all but those who actually understand its horrifying "fundamentally transformed" implications... Imagine there's no heaven It's easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people Living for today Imagine there's no countries It isn't hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion, too Imagine all the people Living life in peace You...
  • Happy Birthday Ronnie Tutt! (Drummer for Elvis Presley's TCB band)

    03/12/2015 10:06:45 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 3 replies
    march 12, 2015
    Ron Tutt (born March 12, 1938, Dallas, Texas) is a drummer who played concerts and recording sessions for a variety of rock artists from Elvis Presley to the Carpenters. Tutt auditioned for the TCB Band ("Taking Care of Business"), the Elvis Presley touring and recording band, upon the recommendation of TCB keyboardist Larry Muhoberac. Tutt's drumming incorporated cues from Presley's stage moves during the audition. Presley liked what he heard, and Tutt was thereafter a permanent member of the TCB Band. Tutt participated in Presley concerts and recording sessions until the death of Presley in 1977. The example of Ron Tutt's best drum work may be the studio recording on...
  • Tom Selleck: 'Blue Bloods' is 'as good as any dramatic show on television'

    03/12/2015 8:00:39 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 59 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | March 12, 2015 | By Paulette Cohn
    LOS ANGELES – Despite being Friday night's most-watched program, "Blue Bloods," which averages 13.69 million viewers, doesn't get the ink from the critics that other shows do, and series star Tom Selleck, who plays Police Commissioner Frank Reagan, doesn't understand the reason. "The work on the show is superb," Selleck tells FOX411.com. "It is truly an adult drama. I have no idea why. I think that kind of perception is fostered by people who haven't really seen it. I say that we are as good as any dramatic show on television." This Friday, March 13, "Blue Bloods" airs an episode...
  • Cable alternative Sling TV from DISH Network may be wave of future

    03/12/2015 5:52:08 AM PDT · by Colehill1999 · 21 replies
    The Daily News ^ | 3-10-15 | Eb Samuel
    Meet Sling TV, an Internet-driven endeavor from DISH Network that is the first legitimate alternative to traditional cable TV. It’s a service that’s free of contracts and friendly of pricing, and it offers tantalizing flexibility to the tech-savvy user. The service needs some work before it’s ready to captivate the average user, but with evolution, it has the potential to be special. The service is currently available on a handful of devices, including Amazon’s streaming devices, iPads and iPhones, Android phones and PCs and Macs. In the coming months (and Sling’s been working quickly), it will hit the Xbox One...
  • It’s okay if you hate Robin Thicke. But the ‘Blurred Lines’ verdict is bad for pop music

    03/12/2015 4:09:25 AM PDT · by iowamark · 48 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 11 2015 | Chris Richards
    Will Madonna sue Lady Gaga? Will George Clinton sue OutKast? These idiotic questions became frighteningly legitimate after a jury ruled that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams committed copyright infringement. The jurors decided that yes, Thicke’s 2013 chart-topping single “Blurred Lines” had copied elements of Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got to Give It Up,” and awarded Gaye’s family a walloping $7.4 million. The titles of the two songs in question could not have been more fitting. But it was the lack of detail on exactly which elements were copied that prompted a hard-swallow... The jury was instructed to make its ruling...
  • After "Blurred Lines" victory, Gaye family takes another listen to "Happy"

    03/11/2015 7:24:14 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 42 replies
    After winning a major victory in court over the song "Blurred Lines," Marvin Gaye's family sat down with ET's Nischelle Turner to talk about what the court decision means to them. On Tuesday, a jury ruled in favor of the Gayes following claims that Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, and T.I.'s 2013 hit song was too similar to Gaye's "Got to Give it Up." The family was awarded more than $7 million for using key elements of the original R&B record without permission. (Only Thicke and Williams, the two songwriters, will have to pay damages.)
  • Honey, I love you, by Bobby Goldsboro; A Recording Both Ridiculed & Cherished.

    03/11/2015 12:45:07 PM PDT · by lee martell · 84 replies
    March 11, 2015 | Lee Martell
    If you are old enough to have been listening to the radio during the late 1960's, you would have heard Bobby Goldsboro's biggest hit, 'Honey'. In fact, you would have heard it over and over again without even trying to. Honey was quite popular for a few months and still seems poignant today because of the many ways to hear it. 'Honey' aka "Honey, I miss you", is a song written by Bobby Russell. He first produced it with former Kingston Trio member Bob Shane. Russell later offered it to Bobby Goldsboro who recorded it for his 1968 album. The...
  • Morning Joe Finds the Real Racists in Oklahoma: Rap Musicians

    03/11/2015 12:44:47 PM PDT · by C19fan · 4 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | March 11, 2015 | David A. Graham
    You might find, like many people of many races, that some of the language used in some rap makes you uncomfortable (or you might not). But you might also be able to see the distinction between that and, say, a bus full of white members of a fraternity chanting about segregation and the extralegal murder of black people for their race. You would, in that case, have a more nuanced understanding of race relations and hip-hop than Mika Brzezinski, the co-host of Morning Joe. On Wednesday, she, Joe Scarborough, and Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol embarked on a discussion of...
  • 'We Are the World': A Minute-by-Minute Breakdown on Its 30th Anniversary

    03/11/2015 7:29:52 AM PDT · by Borges · 61 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | 3/5/2015 | GAVIN EDWARDS
    "Check your egos at the door" read the sign on the front door of A&M Studios in Los Angeles on the night of January 28th, 1985. Producer Quincy Jones had placed it there because dozens of the nation's biggest singers were walking through that door, and he had exactly one night to cut a record that would save lives by raising money to help alleviate a famine in Ethiopia. The result, USA for Africa's "We Are the World," was released 30 years ago, on March 7th, 1985. The 46 vocalists who showed up may have formed the ultimate musical supergroup...
  • Robin Thicke, Pharrell ripped off Marvin Gaye for hit 'Blurred Lines,' order to pay $7.3 million.

    03/11/2015 6:30:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 03/11/2015 | Nancy Dillon
    The similarities weren’t that blurry after all. A Los Angeles federal jury found Tuesday that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams copied Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got to Give It Up” when they wrote and recorded their hit song “Blurred Lines.” The eight-person panel awarded Gaye’s heirs more than $7.3 million. Williams and Thicke quickly issued an ominous warning through their reps, saying the verdict could have a chilling effect on future creativity. "While we respect the judicial process, we are extremely disappointed in the ruling made today, which sets a horrible precedent for music and creativity going forward," the statement...