Rat Pack, Comedy then Birth of the Blues, by Chuck Strom and Tom Fredrickson

I’ve seen this show (above) a few times – it was a Father’s Day special from 1965 (I think) broadcast from St. Louis. The comedy routines with Sammy were typical of their shows. I think they are mostly indicative of the time, when racial and ethnic stereotypes were still a fixture of public . . . → Read More: Rat Pack, Comedy then Birth of the Blues, by Chuck Strom and Tom Fredrickson

Archer – Cherlene – Danger Zone – Jessy Lynn Martens Duet With Kenny Loggins

Have you seen the year of FX’s comedy cartoon Archer, season four or so, called Archer Vice? I’ve watched that same season over and over every night for weeks and it’s perfect, a lovely piece of trash. Viewers can count on the usual season’s worth of spot-on chicanery from superstud Archer,

Amber . . . → Read More: Archer – Cherlene – Danger Zone – Jessy Lynn Martens Duet With Kenny Loggins

Are we falling in love?
A review of The Joy Formidable’s cover of Badalamenti and Lynch’s Falling.
By Peter Dysart

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Are We Falling In Love? A review of The Joy Formidable’s cover of Badalamenti and Lynch’s Falling. By Peter Dysart I’m typically not a huge fan of covers, especially if the original song was a classic already. I will make exceptions, though. . . . → Read More: Are we falling in love?
A review of The Joy Formidable’s cover of Badalamenti and Lynch’s Falling.
By Peter Dysart

John Belushi & Dan Aykroyd take Brian Wilson Surfing 1976, by Pat Thomas

Easily the highlight from the mid-70’s “Brian’s Back” promotional campaign, this was done to celebrate the Beach Boys’ 15th anniversary and to promote their album, 15 Big Ones. John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd play a pair of California Highway Patrol officers who burst into the bedroom of Wilson’s Bel Air home and force him . . . → Read More: John Belushi & Dan Aykroyd take Brian Wilson Surfing 1976, by Pat Thomas

Sleater-Kinney – A New Wave – The Bob’s Burgers Video

Bob’s Burgers is my favorite show of all time. Every night except Sunday I forego whatever’s on now in order to re-watch and re-enjoy the utterly perfect first season of Bob’s Burgers. On Sundays I patiently wait for whatever new episode of Bob’s Burgers awaits me. Sleater-Kinney is one of the most stupendous . . . → Read More: Sleater-Kinney – A New Wave – The Bob’s Burgers Video

The Last Laugh. Mike Bocchetti: A Lenten Profile, by Elizabeth Hoberg

Fat Tuesday. We jump to observe indulgence for indulgence sake. For some, overdoing is where Mardi Gras begins and ends. It may not cross our minds to detox from a decadence for a period of time, afterwards. Or pick up a habit that has the equivalent result. At the very least, we might not . . . → Read More: The Last Laugh. Mike Bocchetti: A Lenten Profile, by Elizabeth Hoberg

Bill Simmons Post – SNL at 40‏, by Chuck Strom

Here’s a good Bill Simmons piece on the SNL 40 special:

http://grantland.com/hollywood-prospectus/ready-for-prime-time-the-giddy-brilliant-and-ok-somewhat-bloated-snl-40/

I actually managed to catch most of it last night, though I wasn’t even aware it was on until partway through. The one comment I would add is that Paul Simon’s appearance at the end was a little dispiriting. His voice sounded . . . → Read More: Bill Simmons Post – SNL at 40‏, by Chuck Strom

‘Life Itself’ shows Roger Ebert ravaged by cancer, but engaged till the end, By RANDY RENDFELD

The documentary “Life Itself” shows film critic Roger Ebert in a less than flattering light. In a society that celebrates youth and vitality, some might find it shocking that we see Ebert’s face ravaged by cancer. We see shots of his final days when he’s unable to walk or talk. Yet he was able . . . → Read More: ‘Life Itself’ shows Roger Ebert ravaged by cancer, but engaged till the end, By RANDY RENDFELD

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