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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

 

Shandling: Weathermen Never Say 'Sorry'



Garry Shandling was interviewed on Tavis Smiley Tuesday night, an exchange that nearly had me laughing on the floor. Of course, it's impossible to synopsize a 30-minute interview with someone as creative (and, therefore, as tangentially impaired) as Shandling, especially when the interviewer is as adept as Smiley (who's so skilled at heading off the boring tangents and letting the promising ones run themselves out).

One of my favorite comments was a criticism of the lack of accountability among both Los Angeles weather forecasters and the administration of former US President G. W. Bush.

Although the weather bit is not part of the clip above, it is in the transcript and also available online in audio form at this link. Here's the gist of it from the transcript:
... You have Bush saying, "Mission accomplished," as he's landing on an aircraft carrier in a camouflage suit. It's a cartoon. I'm sorry; I actually get upset with hypocrisy like that. I don't even like when the weather man on TV gets the temperatures wrong and he doesn't the next day say, "Sorry." (Laughter)

Because I'm prepared for whatever he says. They don't take responsibility.

— TJ Sullivan in LA

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Friday, January 23, 2009

 

Betty White & Slash vs. Lisa Simpson, et al.



It's a crap premise for a piece of fiction, but, in reality, it works ...

Golden Girl Betty White and Guns N' Roses rocker Slash team up to battle a veritable army of fellow celebrities on behalf of Billy the Elephant at the Los Angeles Zoo.

Weird, but true.

In the battle over whether to keep the elephant at the zoo, or to place him in a sanctuary, it's Betty White and Slash vs. Kim Basinger, Susan Sarandon, James Franco, Brendan Fraser, Alicia Silverstone, James Cromwell, Willie Nelson, Lily Tomlin, Bob Barker, Ed Begly, Jr., Bill Maher, Cher, Madeleine Stowe, Goldie Hawn, Bea Arthur, Tippi Hendren, Lisa Simpson ...

Lisa Simpson?

That's what it says at HelpBilly.org.

Lisa Simpson.

— TJ Sullivan in LA


* Cross posted at LA Observed.

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Monday, January 19, 2009

 

Quincy Jones as Secretary of Arts?


Here are today's links to my posts at NBC:

- E-waste is not time wasted online ...

- Should Quincy Jones be Secretary of Arts ...

- Film critic David Denby doesn't like snark ...








— TJ Sullivan in LA

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Sunday, January 18, 2009

 

Still No Word from Jonesy's Jukebox


— Photo By TJ Sullivan —

Regarding Indie 103.1 FM going off the air last week ...

A press release from MSOPR has been making the rounds since Thursday. MSOPR is the public relations company that represents The Sex Pistols, whose guitarist Steve Jones hosted the popular Indie 103.1 lunch-hour program "Jonesy's Jukebox." Both LA Weekly and OC Weekly have reiterated all there is to say, that Jonesy is looking to expand the show. Unfortunately, there's no hint about whether that might happen at the online-version of 103.1, or somewhere else.

In addition, Steve Jones, the self-proclaimed Sire of Wilshire (a nod to the former station's physical address at 5700 Wilshire Blvd.) offers a goodbye quote that's only a tad more optimistic than a "Dear John" letter: "I'd like to think we broke some rules and that everyone had a bloody good time. Thanks for listening."

Variety has reported that "Jones has had discussions about expanding the two-hour program elsewhere," but that's all you get from Variety. No facts for you!

I e-mailed MSOPR to ask if they could confirm anything more regarding Jonesy's Jukebox and whether it would, or wouldn't, be part of Indie 103.1's Internet existence. The reply was that there was nothing new to report. No help from the Indie 103.1 Web site either. It still has all the old on-air schedule information up regarding Jonesy's Jukebox.

If I had to speculate, I'd say Jonesy is talking syndication, which would make his program available to a much larger audience. Having had a few years to experiment and prove himself in LA, I'd expect we'll be hearing something soon, if indeed that's the way he wants to go. This is, however, pure speculation based on nothing other than my best guess.

— TJ Sullivan in LA

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

 

Indie 103.1 Pulls Plug ... Forever!


I knew they were having trouble, that the future of some programs was in doubt, but I never imagined we were at risk of losing the whole station.

Indie 103.1 has announced on its Web site that, effective immediately, it has gone off the air. In addition, a looped recorded message was put on the air, advising listeners to tune in online from now on.

Blame Britney, they say, because stations struggling to survive in the LA market are being forced to play too much of her music, and Puffy, and "alternative music that is neither new nor cutting edge." (Whatever the hell that's supposed to mean.)

What a tragic loss for the radio waves, the worst of it being the loss of Jonesy's Jukebox, a show that became the most exciting thing I've found on radio since WRIF in Detroit provided me and thousands of other Motown listeners relief from the horror that was disco (and how could I forget the launch of my college radio station, WRFL, in what was previously music-deprived Lexington, KY).

It's unclear whether Jonesy's Jukebox will be joining the online format, or when that format will start. All the online feed has been playing today is music.

The text from the 103.1 site says about the same as the on-air loop:
This is an important message for the Indie 103.1 Radio Audience -

Indie 103.1 will cease broadcasting over this frequency effective immediately. Because of changes in the radio industry and the way radio audiences are measured, stations in this market are being forced to play too much Britney, Puffy and alternative music that is neither new nor cutting edge. Due to these challenges, Indie 103.1 was recently faced with only one option --- to play the corporate radio game.

We have decided not to play that game any longer. Rather than changing the sound, spirit, and soul of what has made Indie 103.1 great Indie 103.1 will bid farewell to the terrestrial airwaves and take an alternative course.

This could only be done on the Internet, a place where rules do not apply and where new music thrives; be it grunge, punk, or alternative -- simply put, only the best music.

For those of you with a computer at home or at work, log on to www.indie1031.com and listen to the new Indie 103.1 - which is really the old Indie 103.1, not the version of Indie 103.1 we are removing from the broadcast airwaves.

We thank our listeners and advertisers for their support of the greatest radio station ever conceived, and look forward to continuing to deliver the famed Indie 103.1 music and spirit over the Internet to passionate music listeners around the world.

Indie 103.1, and especially you Jonesy, will be greatly missed on the airwaves of LA.

UPDATE: More from Chris Morris, who hosted Watusi Radio on 103.1 ...

— TJ Sullivan in LA

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

 

Slash ... The Hat Has Got To Go


Here are today's links to my posts at NBC:

- Slash speaks for elephant, but, about that hat ...

- Ex LA SWAT cop a comfort-food cook ...

- LA Angels of Anaheim keep the preposition ...









— TJ Sullivan in LA

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Monday, January 12, 2009

 

Golden Globes Stars Trapped in Vehicles


Here are today's links to my posts at NBC:

- Stars trapped in limousines ...

- Unlicensed joes plumbing new depths...

- Procrastinator! What's with the Christmas tree ...








— TJ Sullivan in LA

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Sunday, January 11, 2009

 

Shooting Stars in Moving Cars


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Before the cast of 30 Rock, along with ruler of the entertainment world Tina Fey, were seated for the 2009 Golden Globes at The Beverly Hilton Sunday, they took the drive across Wilshire Boulevard to the red carpet outside.

Unlike the Oscars, where security has become so tight you can't get anywhere near the venue without credentials, the Golden Globes' home is adjacent a Beverly Hills neighborhood, where a few dozen people regularly line the sidewalk to watch and shoot pictures of performers kind enough to roll down their windows and wave, as did Fey and Beyonce Knowles, and a few others.

I walked over this year to join them and put the photos online.




— TJ Sullivan in LA

Cross posted at LA Observed

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Friday, January 09, 2009

 

Even 'Buddy Christ' Feels Economic Pinch


Director Kevin Smith is closing Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash for good.

A little more than a year after relocating the signature novelty and comic-book shop from UCLA-adjacent Westwood Village to a space a couple miles away, inside a DVD store on W. Pico Boulevard, it appears the venture has proved unsustainable.

An e-mail sent to store patrons this evening says the final day of business for the Los Angeles store will be this Sunday, January 11.

Here's the complete text of the note:
Sad news from The Stash. It's just been confirmed that the Secret Stash West will be closing its doors forever on January 11th. We just couldn't survive during these tough economic times. We gave it our best shot and we're sorry to see another great comic book shop leave L.A. It has been a pleasure taking care of all of Kevin's fans. If you haven't been in yet, it's your last chance to see The Stash and say your good byes. All Stash merchandise will be discounted 20% until the final day. Some good news for Laser Blazer customers, The Stash will be converted into a Blu-ray room by March 1st. Come check out the coolest and biggest selection of Blu-rays in L.A. See you soon, Ron Laser Blazer and The Stash

We'll miss you, Buddy.

— TJ Sullivan in LA

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