Archive for May 2011

Today in Music History: John Fogerty

On this date sixty-six years ago, John Fogerty is born in Berkeley.  Twenty-four years later, Creedence debuted on the UK charts with this song, performed  here on the Johnny Cash’s TV show:      

Movie Review - The Hangover Part 2

Movie Review - The Hangover Part 2
by David Schuster While nursing my own hangover from the quick end of the Bulls season I opted to see “Hangover 2.” Now I will tell you up front that I was in the minority in thinking that the original was not all that funny. Silly with some embarrassing moments for sure but no where... Read more »

Song Of The Day - "Johannesburg" by Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson

by Eric Berman Song Of The Day – “Johannesburg” by Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson The music world lost a great one today. Gil Scott-Heron – poet, activist, junkie, jailbird, comeback kid. This one originally hails from his amazing 1975 album “From South Africa To South Carolina.” The Revolution will not be televised?  I saw... Read more »
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They Said It

by Fred Pearlman Bob Varsha, talking about racers: “The drivers have one foot on the brake, one on the clutch, and one on the throttle.” FROM the other calendar, this item on a Chinese restaurant menu in New Jersey:“Genetal Tso’s Chicken.” Happy Birthday to  Frank Thomas! From nightlines,  Jay Leno:  “In his first speech as... Read more »

Song Of The Day - "The Rose With A Broken Neck" by Danger Mouse, Daniele Luppi & Jack White

by Eric Berman Song Of The Day – “The Rose With A Broken Neck” by Danger Mouse, Daniele Luppi & Jack White Daniele Luppi is a composer of film music influenced by the likes of Ennio Morricone. Danger Mouse is a producer extraordinaire and half of Gnarls Barkley. Jack White is a singular guitarist of... Read more »

Today in Music History: Sex Pistols

On this date thirty-four years ago, the Sex Pistols release their second single God Save the Queen.  It reaches number two on the U.K. charts despite getting banned by TV and radio:      
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Movie Review - Pirates of the Caribbean 4

by David Schuster I wanted to see the fourth installment of “Pirates Of The Caribbean” in its opening week. The problem was I was in the midst of covering the NBA Eastern Conference Finals between the Bulls and the Heat. I had to squeeze it in so my decision came down to seeing it while... Read more »

Song Of The Day - "(Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame" by Elvis Presley

by Eric Berman Song Of The Day: “(Marie’s The Name) His Latest Flame” by Elvis Presley Post American Idol thought…would this man even had a chance on American Idol?  I think not!  He was too unconventional for his time. If you’re looking for real artistry…or seismic shifts in music, Idol is not the place for... Read more »

Today in Music History: Little Willie John

On this date forty-three years ago, Little Willie John dies at age thirty of pneumonia in Washington State Penitentiary.  He is serving time for manslaughter.  Here is his timeless ’56 classic, covered by Peggy Lee, the McCoys, and others:    
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Green and Going Greener

Compost bin We’ve been talking about even more ways to be green home.  One method that had eluding us for some time had been backyard composting. It seemed to be pointless to have a compost bin out in the sub-zero winter, but apparently not.  Decomposing organic materials can subsist quite well in Illinois. So when... Read more »