Rex Manning and Co heads for the Great White Way – “Empire Records” becoming Broadway musical

I don’t know whether to be jumping for joy or running for the hills scared to death – Deadline.com is reporting that the 1995 cult classic “Empire Records” is being groomed as a Broadway musical to celebrate it’s 25th anniversary in 2020…(T-T TWENTY F-F-FIVE YEARS?!? ::Gasp:: MY HEART!!)

The film told the story of a harried day in the life of a group of close knit employees of a large mom and pop record store in Jersey, when washed up pop star Rex Manning was coming for a signing after revitalizing his career with a George Michael like career revival. The film barely got a release, and got horrible notices from the snooty film critic community, but the fans embraced it, and time has been very kind to the critics’ reaction as well. At the time I was working in a record store, and ALL of the employees immediately embraced it for its realistic situations, its off the wall sense of humor, and its stellar soundtrack.

The film helped launch the careers of Liv Tyler, Ethan Embry (then known as Ethan Randall), Renee Zellweiger, Robin Tunney, Johnny Whitworth, Debi Mazar, and Rory Cochrane, and also starred Anthony LaPaglia, Coyote Shivers, James “Kimo” Wills, Brendan Sexton III, and of course, Maxwell Caulfield as Rex Manning.

Deadline reports that the film is being developed for Broadway by producer Bill Weiner, who’ll work with the film’s original writer Carol Heikkinen, with new music and lyrics by Zoe Sarnak, the 2018 Jonathan Larson Grant winner for her upcoming musical Afterwords.

All I know is that the new music for the show better damn well leave “Sugarhigh” alone…it’s one of the best numbers in the film, it’s a shame the recorded version doesn’t have Zellweiger’s vocals on it as well, as it does in the film…

We’ll keep you posted…I know I can’t wait for this…I think….just don’t screw it up, please…

EuroVision ’18 Song By Song: “Crazy” by Franka, Croatia

eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica will have daily coverage of the days counting down to the Eurovision Song Contest 2018!

Over the next five weeks, we will bring you daily previews of the contest, spotlighting each of the songs individually in random order, where they come from, who will be performing them, and more, as well as some historical info on the contest and some of the past winners and participants.

Today’s song is the official entry from Croatia, “Crazy” by Franka, written by Franka Batelic and Branimir Mihaljevic. According to Wikipedia, Franka says she had written three different songs to enter in this year’s contest, and selected “Crazy” because she felt “it was the only right choice’.

The song, a scorching mid-tempo, torchy love song, sounds like what you might get if you crossed Celine Dion with Beyonce; it’s an excellent choice as an entry, and I like it quite a lot. It definitely has the feel that most US hits of this type of song. Will we see it make the charts in the US?

Croatia has participated in EuroVision off and on since making their debut in 1993, and has yet to land a win in the contest; they have finished as high as fourth, which has happened twice, in 1996 and 1999. The entry will be performed as the 12th song in the first semi-final on May 8th.

Here’s the official music video: enjoy!

Join eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica each day through the finals on May 12 – be sure to check each site, because some of the features will be exclusive to just one of the sites! The daily artist and song profiles will appear on each site, with some past winners and historical info coming to TKR and PlanetBM next week!

Catch all the official EuroVision action at their official Website and on their official YouTube channel! And don’t forget to watch the show May 12 on LogoTV!

CountDown To EuroVision ’18: The Past Two Years

eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica will have daily coverage of the days counting down to the Eurovision Song Contest 2018!

Over the next five weeks, we will bring you daily previews of the contest, spotlighting each of the songs individually, where they come from, who will be performing them, and more, as well as some historical info on the contest and some of the past winners and participants.

Today, TC has prepared playlists of his favorite songs from the two most recent contests, the only two aired thus far in the US!

Here’s the five songs from the 2016 contest that TC loved!

And the playlist of his favorites from the 2017 contest as well!

You may notice that the winner of each year is NOT among my choices…I’m sorry, neither of them did anything for me…my top pick for the winner for each year is the first video in the groups…

Join eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica each day through the finals on May 12 – be sure to check each site, because some of the features will be exclusive to just one of the sites! The daily artist and song profiles will appear on each site, with some past winners and historical info coming to TKR and PlanetBM next week!

Catch all the official EuroVision action at their official Website and on their official YouTube channel! And don’t forget to watch the show May 12 on LogoTV!

Countdown to EuroVision ’18: Sneak Peek

eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BibiloMusica begin their daily coverage of Eurovision Song Contest 2018 with a preview of most of the 43 songs that will be a part of this year’s contest!

Over the next five weeks, we will bring you daily previews of the contest, spotlighting each of the songs individually, where they come from, who will be performing them, and more, as well as some historical info on the contest and some of the past winners and participants.

Check out the two official videos from EuroVision below: each one highlights which songs and countries will be included in which semi-final vying for a spot in the Grand Final on May 12.

The first Semi-Final happens on May 8th, and will include the following selections:

The second semi-final happens on May 10 and will include the following selections:

Join eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica each day through the finals on May 12 – be sure to check each site, because some of the features will be exclusive to just one of the sites!

Catch all the official EuroVision action at their official Website and on their official YouTube channel! And don’t forget to watch the show May 12 on LogoTV!

FREDFLIX: more great record commercials of the past

Remember all those music collections where the announcer would say “So you Don’t forget, mail before midnight tomorrow!” at the end? Well a lot of these fall into that category! Once again from the marvelous archives from FredFlix over at YouTube – his collection is awesome and mindblowing, and this is no exception!

EUROVISION ’18: eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report launch spotlight series

Get ready America….the 2018 EuroVision Song Contest is almost here! And eCinemaOne is teaming up with our relaunching music site, The Kirkham Report, and our flashback books and music blog, Planet BilblioMusica, to give you a month PLUS of coverage!

Beginning Wednesday, April 4, when TKR returns to the PNRNetworks blogosphere, we will launch our massive joint coverage of this annual Euro contest staple, including:

  • ·         A look at every song entrant this year – song, artist, songwriters (remember, EuroVision is a songWRITING contest), home country, and more
  • ·         The official EuroVision music video for each entrant
  • ·         A look back at past winners and participants – those we love, those we’re not fond of, and those that totally mystify us (like the 2017 winner…that was a real headscratcher to me…)
  • ·         An overview of the EuroVision Song Contest, how it works, how it’s judged and more.
  • ·         Cool tips on how the USA can sit back and enjoy the fun
  • ·         And more!

Being a music fan since I was a wee small tot, I have been aware of the contest since 1973, when Mocedades’ 1973 contest runner up “Eres Tu” was a chart hit in the USA. So when I learned it was about to be broadcast in the US for the first time in 2016, I rearranged my schedule to make sure I could see it.  Of course, I fell head over heels in love with it when it first aired in the US courtesy of the LogoTV network. Logo is said to be considering carrying both semi-finals as well as the finals this year, and we need to let them know that there’s a HUGE US contingent out here willing to watch and enjoy the fun – be sure to tweet them at @LogoTV and say ‘Thanks for carrying the Eurovision Song Contest in the USA!”

We’ll also be doing some polls on the contest this year so fans in the US can have a say in what songs they like – it has been 42 years since a EuroVision entrant hit the Billboard charts in America – the last tune to do so was “Save Your Kisses For Me” by Brotherhood Of Man in 1976 (It was the grand champion that year). Dozens upon DOZENS of great songs have been ignored by Americans and American radio since that time, and I’ve really been INCENSED about the lack of hits from the past two shows that I actually saw – it’s just not right. And we’re going to try and do something about it…

And finally we’ll have a number of Spotify and YouTube playlists for you to peruse, including our favorite EuroVision songs over the years, the songs from the past couple years that we think should have been hits in the US, and more!

So please join us and become a fan, help us participate, and have a lot of fun together – we’ll have all kinds of fan-driven stuff too! Join eCinemaOne and The Kirkham Report for full, fun, and complete coverage of the 2018 EuroVision Song Contest!

FredFlix: Vintage K-Tel Albums

We stumbled across FredFlix on YouTube recently – he’s got a hell of a collection of great nostalgic stuff, and we’re gonna start bringing some of our favorites of his stuff to you here. You can check him out by going to FredFlix on YouTube, and be sure to tell him you found him on Planet BM! First up, a collection of vintage K-Tel Album television commercials from the 70s and 80s. With all the misspelled names and such, you’d think their ad agency people worked for MeTV’s website…heh heh heh…enjoy!

A Visit to BookSmith MusicSmith, Orleans MA

Waaaay back in September 2016, during our annual vacation on Cape Cod, we took a trip out to Orleans to visit what’s touted on their Facebook page as the “largest independent book and music store on Cape Cod”. It was quite a ride on the bus – nearly 2.5 hours from Hyannis because of the constant stops – but we finally made it to BookSmith MusicSmith.

Nestled away in the Orleans Marketplace (which looks a lot larger and less a strip mall when looking at their website), this homey little store was one of those delights you have to search out on your travels.

I had a nice discussion with the clerk on duty (I’m terribly sorry, but I didn’t get his name) and he told me that the store had originally been part of the BookSmith chain in MA (the only one left is Brookline Booksmith in Coolidge Corner), and when the original owners sold off the store, they had elected to keep the name. He also generously said we could snap a few photos of the place as well…here’s the sign out in front of the shopping plaza…

Here’s the entrance…that’s Kim coming out the door…

They have a great little room devoted to used vinyl and cassettes…oh MAN I could have spent all day in here…they had a TON of 45s…

Their main floor is also quite impressive…great selection of CDs to choose from…

And from another angle…

and the bookstore section was pretty good too…excuse my fat finger on the lens, please…

All in all, it was a fun trip out there – although it took a while to get out to Orleans, which is about 3/5ths of the way out to the outer edge of the Cape, the trip down was beautiful. The roads are surrounded with trees and fields, with a few houses and businesses dotted along the way. The trip back was also nice, but we had to wait in the hot sun for about 30 minutes to catch the bus home – unfortunately there were no trees in the immediate area. We also found another independent record store across the street from the shopping center, a place called “Instant Karma” but alas we didn’t get a chance to go in and peruse a bit…we’ll have to do that another time.

Thanks to BookSmith MusicSmith for agreeing to let us feature you – we loved the store, which is a vital link for music and books in the outer Cape! You can also check out their Facebook here!

 

Revitalizing Planet BM

Hey all!  It’s been far too long that we’ve neglected this site. It wasn’t through anyone’s fault, it’s a time thing.

But no more.

We will have at least one new blog a week starting this week, and we will continue our mission to talk about book and record stores, the old days, and more. We’ll also be linking up with my music site, The Kirkham Report, which will be coming back on line this weekend.

Once again, we’ll be here spreading the word about places still out there, places gone by, formats no longer used, and the like. And I’ll be back later this weekend with a store from Cape Cod that we visited over a year ago, and just hadn’t managed to post until now. We’ll also be posting some kitsch from You Tube and the like and more!

Don’t give up on us! We’ll be going great guns again in the next day or so!

PODCAST: Subject:CINEMA presents Front Row Five And Ten #31 – July 4 2017

Subject:CINEMA presents Front Row Five And Ten #31 –  July 4 2017

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