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My friend who doesn’t have a television (don’t get me started), came over the other night to ingest some TV. She wasn’t looking to be educated or challenged. She just wanted to decompress and be entertained. While channel surfing, she came across the new season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Even with the aforementioned criteria, she only lasted about 15 minutes. As she began to curse at the TV, we began to dissect the genre as a whole. I blurted out, “I hate reality shows”. Now, this might seem contraire to previous articles. Yes, I watch American Idol and The Voice, but I consider those to be talent shows. These have been on since the beginning of television. I also exclude “competition” shows such as Survivor, The Amazing Race, Project Runway and Top Chef. These are contests, with actual outcomes and winners. When I say I hate reality shows, I mean “reality” shows. The ones devised to make you think you are peering into someone’s private life, uncensored and candid. Sadly, these shows are as scripted as Law & Order.
Living in Los Angeles, I have some insider information as it were. Twice, my friends were present when shows were being filmed in local restaurants. The director in both cases asked the person walking to the table to “re-do” their entrance, SEVERAL times. Read more
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Glen Hansard‘s first solo album Rhythm and Repose is now available. In preparation of this, he made a short stop in Toronto and played a few new songs for an invite only crowd. And YES, we were among the lucky ones there.
The showcase was at the Great Hall, due to a flight delay he arrived slightly late to the venue. No matter. He walked into the building immediate took out his guitar and started playing. I don’t even think the crowd was as ready as he was, although they were with him within moments. He even got the spoiled, normally jaded crowd to sing along on one of the new albums best tracks High Hope. When he was done treating us to new songs and old favourites, the crowd buzzed with knowledge that they had seen something special.
I have seen Glen perform several times before; with his band The Frames and as part of the Academy Award winning duo The Swell Season. Another memorable time was during select screenings for the movie Once prior to its release. He came with the director for a Q&A session and after the screening he played a few songs. It was evident he was one of those artists who has no choice but to play music, to create art. Read more
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Matt Groening ends more than 30 year run of comic strip “Life In Hell”
from the New York Times
Interviews by Ella Fitzgerald, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan and more donated to the Library Of Congress
from the New York Daily News
Well the hype has been drumming for Rock Of Ages. We thought we should weigh in. So Trixi checked out the movie in LA, I went on my own in Toronto and LaLa, well, she always does her own thing.
Trixi POV: There is a lot of buzz about Tom Cruise as Stacee Jaxx in this film, see my previous column. I went into the theatre with low expectations, and somehow it was still worse than expected. The music is great, but it’s essentially the same story as Coyote Ugly, in musical form. My biggest problem was how it was filmed. It was visually stagnant. A musical needs to be shot with more exciting shots and camera angles (ala Chicago). Also, the Catherine Zeta Jones character was underused, and I don’t need a PG-13 movie about the rock scene. Naturally, Tom Cruise is the best thing about the movie, which should come as no surprise.
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Twitter sensation Kelly Oxford signs Hollywood screenwriting deal
from The LA Times
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from The Huffington Post
Despite my long time admiration of Radiohead, I only managed to catch a live show once 4 years ago at Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto in support of the 2007 pay-what-you-can, self-released In Rainbows. My first true live Radiohead experience was a revelation and without question one of my top 5 concert going events. So, when I heard that they were touring again in support of their latest release, 2011’s King Of Limbs there was no question that I would be going.
My relationship with the band began, well, in the beginning with 1993’s Pablo Honey. While it’s was unlikely that they would play “Creep” on this tour, one can dream. Since then, I have listened to everything they’ve released with varying levels of engagement. Like most early fans, my favourite albums were 1995’s The Bends and 1997’s OK Computer.
After that, I thought for a while that they lost the plot a little bit (I know, don’t hate). I don’t think anyone would disagree that they took a turn off the beaten path that was a challenge for fans of their earlier releases to follow. I have lots of friends that lost interest in the band but I’ve stuck with them and based on their continued string of sold out shows, it’s clear I’m not the only one. I never wrote them off or stopped listening even during the contentious Kid A (2000) and Amnesiac (2003) period, it was a little more challenging (which in retrospect and given their entire body of work, is not necessarily a bad thing, IMHO).