Archive for November 2011

All Along The Watchtower - Masada and the Dead Sea (Israel Trip part 4)

All Along The Watchtower - Masada and the Dead Sea (Israel Trip part 4)
Continued from part three Over the Hills and Far Away…. The Judean hills around Jerusalem look a lot like those in Tuscany.  That is no coincidence I’m told.  The natural vegetation is mostly scrub, given the desert terrain.  The early pilgrims and other foreign visitors planted olive and pine to resemble the topography back in... Read more »

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "Party Doll" by Buddy Knox

  Song Of The Day – “Party Doll” by Buddy Knox Buddy Holly wasn’t the only rockabilly artist to come out of Texas in the late ’50s. Buddy Knox and his Rhythm Orchids featuring Jimmy Bowen on bass also sprang forth from the Lone Star State with this classic in 1957. Like Holly, Knox also... Read more »

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "Femme Fatale" by Aloe Blacc

Song Of The Day – “Femme Fatale” by Aloe Blacc You may already know who Aloe Blacc is if you watch the HBO series “How To Make It In America.” It is his “I Need A Dollar” that is used as its theme song. Or perhaps you were a fan of the hip-hop group Emanon... Read more »
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Paradise Found - a Hawaii Five-O blog

Paradise Found - a Hawaii Five-O blog
I finally had a chance to catch up on my favorite crime fighting Hawaiians (and one transplanted from New Jersey.) It is good to see Masi Oka (Max the coroner) get top billing, as well as a lot more lines in the show.  He had a great scene with guest star Greg Grunberg, who was... Read more »

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "We Found Love" by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris

Song Of The Day – “We Found Love” by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris Robyn Rihanna Fenty is one sexy-hot island girl…and she can spin a pretty good tune too! She is one of the most successful recording artists of all time landing eleven records on top of the Billboard singles chart while selling more than... Read more »

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "5:15" by The Who

  Song Of The Day – “5:15″ by The Who Since it recently received the deluxe reissue treatment, I revisited the Who’s “Quadrophenia” album on Spotify for the first time in years. I’ve got to admit that the album holds up better than most of the other Who albums and this clip from Top Of... Read more »
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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "Freeway" by Gerry Mulligan Quartet

Song Of The Day – “Freeway” by Gerry Mulligan Quartet Some of the greatest Jazz the West Coast had to offer from the very first release by Pacific Jazz Records. I’ve got this one on a 10″ heavy vinyl microgroove record from 1952: catalog number PJLP-1! What a line up: Gerry Mulligan on the tenor... Read more »

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "Shop Around" by Smokey Robinson and The Miracles

Song Of The Day – “Shop Around” by Smokey Robinson and The Miracles As for me…I am in no rush to get to Target, Best Buy or the Mall. You can keep Black Friday, I think I’ll pass. Except tomorrow is also one of two Independent Record Store Days per year where you’re supposed to... Read more »

Thanksgiving Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "Surfin' Bird" by The Trashmen

Thanksgiving Song Of The Day – “Surfin’ Bird” by The Trashmen Yes, I’ve played the “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” by Arlo Guthrie every Thanksgiving ever since I was a little kid…and I will force my family to sit through it again tomorrow. However, aside from, perhaps, “Bye Bye Birdie,” I can’t seem to think of a... Read more »
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Movie Review - The Descendants

Movie Review -  The Descendants
George Clooney is one of those actors that I constantly go back and forth on whether I like him or not. I don’t mean personally but rather on the big screen. Absolutely loved him in “Up In The Air,” but loathed him in “Syriana.” Now comes his performance in ”The Descendants” and he’s certainly back in... Read more »
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