Jimmy Garner, RIP

Portland humanitarian and actress Gretchen Corbett played Jim Rockford’s sexy lawyer, Beth Davenport.

Sad news from the world of entertainment today.

http://online.wsj.com/articles/james-garner-tv-star-dies-aged-86-1405856731

I’ve had a variety of scattered thoughts since I heard the news an hour ago:

I just can’t believe that a man that good-looking would ever die.

He was the John . . . → Read More: Jimmy Garner, RIP

More from Swedish TV, I think‏

Actually I have no idea where this pitchy March 1964 live take of “It’s My Party” is from.  I only say Swedish TV because it has high quality black and white television images and an unresponsive audience, which are two indicators of potential Svensk involvement.

Lesley is lovely here, an ingenue in the . . . → Read More: More from Swedish TV, I think‏

Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy on Portlandia

Jeff Tweedy, of Wilco fame, learns how to write an honest folk song on Portlandia:

Portlandia – Social Bankruptcy

Davey and Goliath – All Alone

This was really before my time, but I vaguely remember seeing it on TV at some point. You’ve got to hear the trumpeters play “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.” Also, Goliath’s voice and sardonic dog comments are fantastic.

Davey and Goliath Wikipedia Page

Everyone Loves Kalle Anka

Here’s an article in Slate on Sweden’s love of Donald Duck, or Kalle Anka, which literally translates to Charlie Duck. It’s an interesting take on Swedish culture and the appeal of similar cultural icons, especially during the holidays.

– Chuck Strom

http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2009/12/nordic_quack.html

PLAYBOY AFTER DARK revelation!‏ by Tom Kipp

Amidst various researches today I came upon this mindboggling YouTube clip, which of course reminded me of my ol’ pal S. Swag, who introduced me to his beloved Cowsills just over 34 years ago, by playing their immortal cover of “Sunshine of Your Love” (from the 1969 IN CONCERT album!) on the family phonograph in . . . → Read More: PLAYBOY AFTER DARK revelation!‏ by Tom Kipp

With Person of Interest, J.J. Abrams Predicted the Future

The Guardian newspaper reported today that in addition to recent revelations about government phone taps, email and internet surveillance to uncover terrorist threats, it is also true that a reclusive billionaire and a lapsed CIA agent are working tirelessly in New York to save the lives of innocent and generally photogenic people who are . . . → Read More: With Person of Interest, J.J. Abrams Predicted the Future

Marc Blucas! Plus: Ryan & Dayle Haddon! By Tom Kipp

By the by, former BUFFY co-star (and Tim Duncan’s teammate at Wake Forest, before that!) Marc Blucas’ mondo-gorgeous wife, Ryan Haddon, used to be married to Christian Slater, and I have an issue of the ritzy TOWN AND COUNTRY magazine in which there is a “mansion porn” article spotlighting their (then seemingly) idyllic . . . → Read More: Marc Blucas! Plus: Ryan & Dayle Haddon! By Tom Kipp

The Archies, “Sugar Sugar,” 1969, By Tom Fredrickson

Ah, a prime piece of bubblegum.

That’s Ron Dante in the video, lead vocalist on the record. Not only did Dante (born Carmine Granito) sing lead on this, the number 1 song of 1969, but he also sang lead and backgrounds on “Tracy,” a number 9 hit by the Cufflinks. Has any . . . → Read More: The Archies, “Sugar Sugar,” 1969, By Tom Fredrickson

Classic ’60s & ’70s TV Commercials

“Fuzztone Biker Rock” from Davie Allan and Mike Curb, two ol’ pals from Grant High School in Van Nuys, CA! Plus: The Mike Curb Congregation & MGM’s “Golden Archive Series”!‏ By Tom Kipp and Marc Marshall

From: Marc Marshall

To: Kipp, Thomas J Subject: Davie Allan

Hi Tom!  Did I forward this to you already?  My new musical friend at Noblis I told you about, Frank Lawrence, turned me on to Davie Allan recently.

Thanks Marc!

What a fabulous summary of both . . . → Read More: “Fuzztone Biker Rock” from Davie Allan and Mike Curb, two ol’ pals from Grant High School in Van Nuys, CA! Plus: The Mike Curb Congregation & MGM’s “Golden Archive Series”!‏ By Tom Kipp and Marc Marshall

New Zealand Icon Tim Finn Reflects Upon Top Of The Lake, By Steve Stav

Tim Finn

The old phrase, “… and the plot thickens,” isn’t quite adequate to describe the episode-by-episode tension-building of Jane Campion’s new mystery miniseries, Top Of The Lake. The 7-parter, now airing on the Sundance Channel, follows a police detective (Mad Men‘s Elisabeth Moss) who returns to her rugged hometown and finds herself leading . . . → Read More: New Zealand Icon Tim Finn Reflects Upon Top Of The Lake, By Steve Stav

What Every American Needs to Know About Eurovision, By Linda Newman Andersson

I’ve recently moved to Everett, WA, but I find myself in Sweden again for a couple of weeks and just in time to be caught up in the voting for Sweden’s Eurovision candidate. A quick Wikipedia search will tell you that Eurovision has gone on since 1958 and launched careers for among others ABBA, . . . → Read More: What Every American Needs to Know About Eurovision, By Linda Newman Andersson

‘Hubris: The Selling of the Iraq War’

http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/02/17/the-co-author-of-hubris-on-torture-secrets-and-what-we-still-dont-know/

— a documentary special hosted by Rachel Maddow tonight, 9 p.m. ET on MSNBC.

The news media are as much to blame as the Bush administration — read the article we published on November 19, 2001 in which Enver Masud wrote:

In an October 1999 interview, former United Nations Special Commission chief inspector . . . → Read More: ‘Hubris: The Selling of the Iraq War’

Jim Nabors – The Impossible Dream, By Jim Demetre

You probably have heard by now that Jim Nabors got married in Seattle!

– Jim Demetre

Gomer Pyle, Television’s Faux Elvis, On a Date With the Colonel’s Daughter, by Jim Demetre, Celebrity Guest Blogger

Charlie Sheen Sings Brazilian Classic, Águas de Março

The soundtrack for the upcoming motion picture, A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charles Swan III will feature an original score by Liam Hayes, a songwriter who has made music under the name Plush since the early 90’s. The soundtrack is available February 5th for digital download and March 19th on CD and . . . → Read More: Charlie Sheen Sings Brazilian Classic, Águas de Março

“We just had ourselves a little Journey moment…”!‏ By Tom Kipp

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObJbi4mK35k

I’ve been outta the loop re: many of my favorite magazines for a spell, especially those I normally buy at the newsstand.

So I missed several iterations of Greil Marcus’ “Real Life Rock Top Ten” (A MONTHLY COLUMN OF EVERYDAY CULTURE AND FOUND OBJECTS) in THE BELIEVER, which ranks 10 . . . → Read More: “We just had ourselves a little Journey moment…”!‏ By Tom Kipp

A Charlie Brown Christmas: It Validates, Soothes, Relieves… By Steve Stav

“Everything I touch gets ruined.” Recently I experienced my 44th straight viewing of A Charlie Brown Christmas… yes, I have the DVD, but there’s nothing like recreating the delayed gratification of one’s youth by watching it on broadcast TV. (Sans the Dolly Madison commercials, sadly.) A Charlie Brown Christmas, to me, is like spending . . . → Read More: A Charlie Brown Christmas: It Validates, Soothes, Relieves… By Steve Stav

Two and a Half Men Star Angus T. Jones Tells How He Became a Christian

This Yahoo TV article features other recent footage in which Angus T. Jones advises viewers to stop watching “Two and a Half Men,” a show which he describes as “filth.”