‘The Voice’ Takes Off

NBC aired its premiere of “The Voice.” Yes, it’s another reality TV show, but before you write it off, hear me out. It takes a different turn from “American Idol.” Instead of judges, it has four coaches in artists from different genres: Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine (of Maroon 5) and Blake Shelton.…
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Theme Song Thursday: Zissou’s Bowie Covers

Wes Anderson hit a home run with his movie “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,” and one of the striking elements of this production is the music. Brazilian singer/songwriter Seu Jorge covered several David Bowie hits in Portuguese. Director Anderson is known for his meticulous shot composition, costumes and characters. The music added a reminiscent…
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Theme Song Thursday: Pete And Pete’s ‘Hey Sandy’ Screams 90’s

Flashback to the early 90’s. Flannel shirts, Nirvana, MTV still showed music videos and Nickelodeon ruled in the realm of adolescent programming. Thus begat THE ADVENTURES OF PETE AND PETE. You might remember the Pete brothers; Petunia, the flashy pin-up tattoo; and their mother’s metal head plate. Thinking back to a lot of Nickelodeon theme…
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Theme Song Thursday: Blossom’s ‘opinionation,’ Courtesy Of Dr. John

“In my opinionation, the sun is gonna surely shine.” It’s a nonsense lyric, but these words of wisdom from the theme of the 1990s NBC sitcom “Blossom” are a prime example of the decade’s optimism-at-all-odds approach to life. This might seem like a strange theme song to talk about in 2011 – after all, “Blossom”…
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Monday Mix: Let’s Get Funk-ed Up

I thought this week, we could put some funk on it. I was recently re-watching PCU, and aside from Jeremy Piven’s now-replenished hairline (thanks, plugs), I noted George Clinton and the Funkadelic ripping it up. The quality of this clip is pretty bad, but the sound is great. Parliament always cheers me up, so if…
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