Archive for August 2011

The Help - Passes $100 Million in US

Tate Taylor‘s The Help has crossed the $100 million mark in box office grosses in less than three weeks in release in a notable victory for DreamWorks and Participant Media.   The Disney-distributed movie hit the milestone Tuesday night, and has now earned $100.9 million domestically. Based on Kathryn Stockett‘s novel about Southern white women and... Read more »

It's Only Rock 'n Roll

It's Only Rock 'n Roll
One of the perks of working on a (coming soon) Internet radio station is that you have to listen to a lot of music.  In our case some of that music is old classic rock.  So it was that I found myself perusing a few classic albums looking for additional songs to add to the... Read more »

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "I Don't Want To Hear It Anymore" by Dusty Springfield

Song Of The Day – “I Don’t Want To Hear It Anymore” by Dusty Springfield This record has a complete feel to it…the production values really make this Randy Newman-penned track come alive. And that voice…smoky…sultry…Dusty! Matching Dusty with the talents of Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd and Arif Mardin, not to mention the Memphis mob,... Read more »
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Freedom of Speech

Freedom of Speech
I saw this bumper sticker today.  I snapped a quick camera picture and posted it to my Facebook page. It got some surprisingly positive reaction. Quite a few “likes” and one “Love it!” What are your thoughts?

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "Ever Present Past" by Paul McCartney

Song Of The Day – “Ever Present Past” by Paul McCartney Macca has had a bit of resurgence in the albums department over the last few years. This one comes from his 2007 album “Memory Almost Full,” which to my ears is one of his best albums in years…and maybe one of the top five... Read more »

Channel Surfing During a Hurricane

Channel Surfing During a Hurricane
Part of the fun in witnessing a major event, even if its a “storm of the century” that wasn’t is getting to see how the all-news channels handle the coverage. Usually one can flip between CNN and MSNBC.  My apologies to FOX News fans, but I want a centrist or left leaning spin on my... Read more »
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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "Second Wind" by Todd Rundgren

Song Of The Day – “Second Wind” by Todd Rundgren This is the title track from Todd’s 1991 offering that was recorded live in front of an audience. Todd had just finished composing his musical, “Up Against It,” and many of the songs on this album have a Broadway bent to them. The lyrics to... Read more »

The 11 Most Essential Rock 'n' Roll Albums (with which to begin a collection)

The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band | As obvious as this pick seems to me, it's a bit strange as although I consider Sgt. Pepper's to be the Beatles' best and most definitive album, I actually prefer early Beatles (1962-66) to their later output. A friend shrewdly pointed out that this album is probably the worst starting point to "what the Beatles sounded like." I see the point, but still make it my Beatles pick because it's just that awesome.
Let’s say you have a nephew–I actually have two and a niece, but the rest of this is imagined–and he comes to you one day and says that some of the other kids at school know a lot more about rock ‘n’ roll than he does. And not just the current stuff, whatever that may... Read more »

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "A Road Song" by Fountains Of Wayne

Song Of the Day – “A Road Song” by Fountains Of Wayne The studio version of this song appears on their brand new album called “Sky Full Of Holes.” Apparently it’s been around for a while as evidenced by this live version from 2009. Fountains Of Wayne hail from New Jersey. Their name derives from... Read more »
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Eleven of the Worst Hurricanes to hit the US

Hurricanes have an enormous destructive power, not just from the winds, but from the rain and the storm surge.  The Saffir–Simpson Hurricane Scale divides hurricanes into five categories distinguished by the intensities of their sustained winds.
Hurricanes have an enormous destructive power, not just from the winds, but from the rain and the storm surge. The Saffir–Simpson Hurricane Scale divides hurricanes into five categories distinguished by the intensities of their sustained winds.  Category 5, the strongest has winds greater than 156 mph.  Cat 4′s are 131 – 155; Cat 3′s are... Read more »
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