Music for a departure, RIP Eileen Brennan - Can't Stop the Movies
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Music for a departure, RIP Eileen Brennan

7-30-2013AndrewCommentaryBannerShortWe lost another excellent performer this week as Eileen Brennan passed away today due to bladder cancer.  While I was not as familiar with her career and films like Dennis Farina, I got great joy in watching her perform.  She did a run of detective programs opposite the superb Peter Falk in the '70s, I loved her no-nonsense performance in Private Benjamin, and will be remembered well thanks to her hilarious work as Mrs. Peacock in Clue.

Like a heavenly choir arriving on queue, today also saw the release of Pogo's latest movie musical concoction called "What I Likes".  If you haven't listened to any of Pogo's tunes before I strongly urge you to give them all a listen.  Pogo's style is like a more fast paced version of trip-hop with greater emphasis on angelic vocal samples from Disney classics.  My personal favorite is "Alice" based on Alice in Wonderland, but today's track on Mary Poppins is an excellent introduction.

In other music based news, T.V. On The Radio is one of my absolute favorite bands, evolving from an idiosyncratic mix of soul and rock to apocalyptic, yet pristine, dance rock.  They released their first track, "Mercy", since 2011's Nine Types of Light (with "Keep Your Heart", one of my all-time favorite songs).  I love it and it sounds like they'll be swinging back to their rockier past since the death of their bassist Gerard Smith.  But, given how wide-ranging any given TV On The Radio album sounds, it could be just a small sample of a larger platter.

I'll be back tomorrow with a review of infamous German director Uwe Boll's latest, Assault on Wall Street.

Posted by Andrew

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