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Listening booth — Gabe Dixon, “Even the Rain” Live at Room 5

Listening booth — Gabe Dixon, “Even the Rain” Live at Room 5

Listening Booth, Music
Since its release, Gabe Dixon’s solo debut album One Spark has been receiving positive reviews from fans and critics alike.  The Nashville-based piano man recently performed his catchy single, “My Favorite,” on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and he received two notable picks in USA Today.  Elysa Gardner of USA Today said of his track “Even the Rain:” “(A) twinkling, chiming gem, a slice of love in stormy weather featuring (Alison) Krauss’ unmistakably radiant vocal harmonies.” Dixon explained to US Magazine that he and co-writer Tia Sillers (who wrote Lee Ann Womack's hit "I Hope You Dance") "wanted to capture that exact moment when two people are falling in love," and that after performing in the past with Alison and her band Union Station, he was thrilled when she agreed to sing on the song.  Tho
So long, Hightower

So long, Hightower

People
NFL and movie great Charles Aaron "Bubba" Smith, who has died at age 66, is now free to crush quarterbacks and Honda Civics in heaven. Let's take a look at some of his most memorable work, both in the NFL and in his post-football career. Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment Until It Hurts (Bubba's exercise video) Married... with Children (Al Bundy vs. Spare Tire Dixon) Baltimore Colts vs. Oakland Raiders (AFC Championship -- January 3, 1971) Smith (#78) knocked Raiders starting QB Daryle Lamonica out of the game (skip to the hit), and the Colts went on to a 27-17 victory. They advanced to Super Bowl V and beat the Dallas Cowboys, 16-13. Incidentally, it's a proven fact that hits in the NFL are twice as vicious when narrated by John Facenda. Related articles Bubba ...
30 for 30 — Our Favorite MTV Music Videos of All-Time

30 for 30 — Our Favorite MTV Music Videos of All-Time

Featured Posts, Music, TV & Radio
It seems like forever since watching videos on MTV was a regular part of our lives, but once upon a time it was. We could go on and on about how the station -- which turns 30 on August 1 -- turned to crap years ago for one reason or another, or about how the "M" in MTV seems to stand for Mook now, but let's not go there. Let's make this post a happy remembrance, one in which we celebrate what was rather than lament what isn't. So in that spirit of celebration, here is a list of our 30 favorite music videos of the MTV era (which kicked off on August 1, 1981). Not the best videos, necessarily, but the ones that had the most impact on us. Oh, and for you ranking junkies -- sorry, this is strictly in alphabetical order. 1. Daft Punk, "Around the World" In college we had a primitiv...
Retrotisement: Video Music Dynamite from 1986!

Retrotisement: Video Music Dynamite from 1986!

Advertising, Retrotisements
If you're about my age and love music, then you no doubt owned at least one music video collection from MusicVision. If you need to job your memory, think VHS collections of music videos from your favorite bands packaged in those gray boxes. Here's a classic ad from July 1986 featuring a bunch of them: Now this is what I call music! Of course it makes sense that two of the hottest bands of '86 -- Starship and Mr. Mister -- are prominently featured here. But let's not forget Country Comes Alive (with Kenny Rogers, Ronnie Milsap, Waylon Jennings, Alabama, Juice Newton, the Judds, and more!), Whodini, and Chess Moves, a set of original songs from the London musical Chess! Oh, and it's also available on Beta! Related articles Retrotisements - Classic ads from car companies of th...
Sunday Jazz: The Jazz Crusaders on Frankly Jazz

Sunday Jazz: The Jazz Crusaders on Frankly Jazz

Music, Sunday Jazz
Welcome to a new feature here at The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit called Sunday Jazz. Check back every Sunday for a sample of some of the best jazz around. Some installments will feature YouTube videos, others .mp3 links. If you have a request let me know and I'll see what I can do for you! To kick things off right I'm sharing this clip of one of my all-time favorite artists, the Jazz Crusaders, on a TV from the '60s called Frankly Jazz. It was hosted by jazz DJ Frank Evans and was inspired by his KRHM-FM radio show of the same name. This episode of Frankly Jazz features the Jazz Crusaders performing "The Young Rabbits" and "Weather Beat." The first number is one of the group's signature songs and is elevated by Joe Sample's excellent piano work and brilliant drumming from Stix Hoope...
Listening booth — “Blue Tip”

Listening booth — “Blue Tip”

Listening Booth, Music
The first official track from one of the most unlikely band reunions of the decade is here. It's "Blue Tip," the lead single the first Cars album in 24 years, Move Like This. Yes sir, I like this very much. It's got that unmistakable Cars feel, and it seems that Ric Ocasek hasn't lost a step in his singing or songwriting. Let's also show some love for those bouncy, vintage Greg Hawkes keyboards and for Elliot Easton's always tasty guitar playing. We all miss Ben Orr but man, I am really stoked for this record now! Not even the lame cover art can put me off: Move Like This comes out May 10 on Concord Music, but you can pre-order it now from Amazon.
Here’s some stuff I enjoyed this week

Here’s some stuff I enjoyed this week

Internet, Links
My current favorite internet meme: Vengeance Dad (Know Your Meme) A fairly comprehensive listing of jazz videos on YouTube (Jazz Tube) Sarah Palin's controversial "blood libel" video edited to include just the intelligent parts (The Daily What) A man's perspective on the Cami Secret (Next Round) Bizarre and hilarious (and probably fake) termination letter for a Domino's Pizza employee (The Daily What) A proper appreciation for the Val Kilmer '80s comedy classic Real Genius (The AV Club) A collection of fantastic photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson (Livejournal) Related articles Cartier-Bresson Photos On Display At LA Art Show (luxist.com) Sarah Palin Wants To Avoid Consequences As More Criticism Comes In (lezgetreal.com)