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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Music Video Wednesday - Smells Like...

Today's Music Video Wednesday takes its inspiration from a late 80's early 1990's musical scene from Seattle.  Most anyone would call it Grunge but who likes labels?  There is a new documentary coming out about the late Kurt Cobain of Nirvana.  From what I have read, the documentary, which has the full backing of his daughter, attempts to remove much of the mythology from Cobain's meteoric rise and sad death by his own hands. 

My Nirvana selection is from their MTV Unplugged session, a cover of a David  Bowie tune: 
The Man Who Sold The World.

My second selection is from Pearl Jam.  They are still performing today.  Since I'm using a Nirvana covering Bowie, I have Pearl Jam covering Split Enz's I Got You.
Enjoy music lovers.


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Music Video Wednesday - The Americans

I noticed I haven't updated this blog for a bit and since it's a Wednesday it's time for Music Video Wednesday.  Today, I decided to pull out two gems from the great decade of the 1980's.  These two tracks were featured on the FX's show The Americans.  In the show, 2 Soviet sleeper agents are working undercover to find and exploit any information they can during the early days of the Reagan administration.  The show is on its 3rd season and it's quite good, critically acclaimed but ratings are low.

The acting is top notch and the action is well paced and suspenseful.  The show incorporates some fine 1980's music and today I would like to present 2 tracks they have played.  The first song is Don't Go by YAZ.  This synth driven song was used effectively during a frantic FBI search scene a few episodes back.   The other song was used last season and is a favorite of mine, The Stray Cats - Rock this Town

The show has many callbacks to the decade which I remember so well, heck I guess I now know what nostalgia is.   Now watch The Americans and enjoy the videos


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Music Video Wednesday - The Return of the Giant Gabriel

I haven't done a Music Video Wednesday in a long time.  So without any further fanfare today marks its return and today I offer a two-fer. 

This artist just celebrated his birthday last week and I had the pleasure in seeing him a few years ago at the Jones Beach Theatre.  He's a pioneer in recording techniques and his music videos have always been creative.  Enjoy these 2 offerings from Peter Gabriel.

The first is Come Talk to Me taken from his Secret World Live tour and the second song is I Don't Remember from my favorite of his solo albums - Peter Gabriel 3 aka - Melt.



Brian Williams and his Faulty Memory: A PR Nightmare

One bright spot over the last several years for Comcast-Universal's network NBC has been its strength in news.  Brian Williams, who took over from Tom Brokaw in 2004, is the current anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News.  Last week reports came out questioning stories he has told over the past ten years of his helicopter taking RPG and AK47 fire while reporting in Iraq during the invasion in 2003.  He issued an apology on the broadcast on February 4, 2015 stating he “made a mistake in recalling the events of 12 years ago.” He also offered his respect and apology to the "brave men and women in the air crews who were also in the desert." 

This apology only opened the door wider in examining Mr. Williams' reporting over the years.  His reporting in New Orleans is under doubt, especially his claim that he saw a body, face down, floating by his hotel's balcony.  Recent reports now question his report of being under fire by rockets in Israel.  Finally, reports a PageSix report casting doubt his claim that he was mugged selling Christmas trees in the 1970's.

This weekend Williams released a statement:

In the midst of a career spent covering and consuming news, it has become painfully apparent to me that I am presently too much a part of the news, due to my actions.

As Managing Editor of NBC Nightly News, I have decided to take myself off of my daily broadcast for the next several days, and Lester Holt has kindly agreed to sit in for me to allow us to adequately deal with this issue. Upon my return, I will continue my career-long effort to be worthy of the trust of those who place their trust in us.

Not much of an apology.  So far, if all of these allegations are true, then his career-long effort to be worthy of the trust of those who place their trust in (him) us should be considered a failure.  I always found his self-promotion, whether he be a guest on The Tonight Show or on Letterman's show, or playing himself on 30 Rock to name a few non-news appearances a bit disconcerting.  The anchor of any network must follow the model of the greats: Cronkite and Brinkley. 

The news in 2015, especially the reporting at the national and international level, needs to be free from the celebrity filled drivel commonly found on the local broadcasts throughout the country.  The public airwaves demand that Mr. Williams report the news in a credible manner.  This can be done without him having to become part of all the high profile stories he reports.  This viewer finds that quality lacking and I believe he needs more than "several days" to sort this all out instead of hoping to let the heat die down which came across to me as something he wants to do in his statement. 

We'll see how this sorts out. 

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