GAME OF THRONES: Michael Lombardo on Season 6 – Exclusive Interview

GAMES OF THRONES - Season 6 poster | ©2016 HBO

HBO’s GAME OF THRONES begins is eagerly-awaited sixth season Sunday, April 24. The series is adapted from George R.R. Martin’s novel saga, but this year’s TV episodes extend beyond the events of the last published book. It’s been reported that executive producers/adapters David Benioff and D.B. (Daniel) Weiss want to do another thirteen episodes, over two seasons, after this year. We caught up with HBO President of Programming Michael Lombardo to talk about this and more. ASSIGNMENT X: How many more seasons of GAME OF THRONES would you like to do? MICHAEL LOMBARDO: I would like to be doing them […]Read On »

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VINYL: Ray Romano on his change of pace role – interview

Ray Ramano as Zak Yankovich in VINYL | © 2016 HBO

HBO’s VINYL, which has its first-season finale Sunday April 17, and is renewed for next year, deals with the rock music scene in New York of the 1970s. Between two of the executive producers, Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese (who directed the premiere episode), a lot of knowledge about the milieu, the era and the environment has gone into this tale of struggling record mogul Richie Finestra, portrayed by Bobby Cannavale. Ray Romano, known for starring in the half-hour comedy EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, the hour-long dramedy MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE and his stand-up work, has a change-of-pace role on […]Read On »

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CD Review: Camper Van Beethoven – OUR BELOVED REVOLUTIONARY SWEETHEART / KEY LIME PIE reissues

Camper Van Beethoven - KEY LIME PIE reissue | ©2014 Omnivore Records

Distributor: Omnivore Records Suggested Retail Price: $15.98 (each, CD price) Despite the fact that Cracker frontman Dave Lowery tore Virgin Records a new ass with his song “Ain’t Gonna Suck Itself” (“Virgin Records/it ain’t gonna suck itself/I say baby/it ain’t gonna suck itself) after a bitter label breakup, it doesn’t take anything away from the current reissues (courtesy of Omnivore Records) of his other band Camper Van Beethoven’s major label 1980s era albums OUR BELOVED REVOLUTIONARY SWEETHEART and KEY LIME PIE. Prior to these two discs (there’s also a special vinyl reissue as well), Camper Van Beethoven was a quirky […]Read On »

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CD Review: Otis Redding – LONELY & BLUE: THE DEEPEST SOUL OF OTIS REDDING

OTIS REDDING - THE DEEPEST SOUL OF OTIS REDDING | ©2013 Stax

Distributor: Stax Suggested Retail Price: $7.00 (CD), $17.98 (Vinyl) For those that only know Otis Redding for his classic R&B hit “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” don’t really know what they’re missing. There are so many classic Redding songs that should have been much bigger than they were and there have been so many compilations, it’s impossible to figure out where to start if you’re a newbie to the charms of this 1960s legend. That’s why the release of LONELY & BLUE: THE DEEPEST SOUL OF OTIS REDDING is such a cool little curiosity item. Instead of simply […]Read On »

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Album Review: Marshall Crenshaw – I DON’T SEE YOU LAUGHING NOW E.P.

Marshall Crenshaw - I DON'T SEE YOU LAUGHING NOW | ©2012 Marshall Crenshaw

There’s no denying the power of Marshall Crenshaw’s power pop. With his 1982 self-titled debut album he brought a sense of rock and roll purpose with his catchy lyrics and crystal clean vocals. From “There She Goes Again” to “Whenever You’re On My Mind”, his music was in many ways out of place with the early 1980s synth movement. Which makes his music although the more timeless today. Throughout countless exceptional albums and just as many labels, he’s weathered the musical storm and found the best way to do business in the modern age is to get back to basics. […]Read On »

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