Monday, January 26, 2015

HE'S SEEKING TO MAKE HIS OBLIGATIONS GONE, GONE, GONE:  Phillip Phillips has filed a complaint with the California Labor Commissioner seeking to be released from his post-Idol contract with Idol's producers.
YOU CAN STAND ME UP AT THE GATES OF HELL, BUT I STILL WON'T WEAR A TIE: Did you notice how Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" sounds like Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down," especially in the chorus?  So did Tom Petty's lawyers, apparently, and Petty (and Jeff Lynne) now receive co-writing credits and a cut of the royalties.

Previously from our Don't Rip Off Tom Petty Desk.
#TEAMKRAKOW: 20 years ago today, My So-Called Life ended its (too short) run.  Discuss your memories and how much you hate that bitch Hallie Lowenthal.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

CHARLIE DON'T SURF: Dengue Fever is one of those bands I seem to rediscover in my library every now and again.  Cambodian Psychedelic Surf music from an LA band sung primarily in Khmer.  So I was pleased to hear this piece on NPR this morning on occasion of a new album.

A great story of how the band got together and a great band to boot.

There's lots of great stuff: Lost in Laos is one of their more popular tracks, although I first heard them in this cover version of Both Sides Now.

Friday, January 23, 2015

BUT WHERE WILL I BUY GARDEN YETI?  The company that operates SkyMall has filed for bankruptcy.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

I GOT THAT REFERENCE:  Via Twitter, Chris Pratt and Chris Evans have entered into a Super Bowl bet, and I think it's safe to say that whoever wins this bet, we will all be winners.
JUST GIVE MCKINNON THE ROCK:  Amos Barshad reviews the SNL cast at midseason.  (Bring back Les Jeunes de Paris!)
1, 1, 2, 3:  When a site writes an article about Mathnet, you can better believe we're going to be on it.  To cogitate and to solve!
THE ROYALTIES MUST BE SUBSTANTIAL: Less likely folk-y sample to be building a current pop hit around--Simon and Garfunkel (the Vamps f/ Shawn Mendes) or Suzanne Vega (Fall Out Boy)?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

THERE ARE NO WORDS IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE MORE HARMFUL THAN "LIVE FROM NEW YORK":  As part of his march toward Oscar victory, J.K. Simmons will make his SNL hosting debut Super Bowl weekend.
TED MOSBY SINGS:  Even before HIMYM, Josh Radnor played Benjamin Braddock in The Graduate on Broadway, and Radnor has been starring in Pulitzer winner Disgraced on Broadway recently.  Still, to hear that he'll be playing the lead in an upcoming Broadway revival of She Loves Me (opposite Laura Benanti, no less!) is a bit of a surprise.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

WHO'S CALLING, HIS FINANCIAL ADVISER?  Someone has some interior design issues with the bedroom in Goodnight Moon: “Really?  Dark green?  You don’t think maybe dark green walls with a tomato-colored floor is a bit much?”