TKR PRESENTS 40BEST: HANSON

It’s time for the launch of my newest TKR series, XXBest! And a shout out from TKR to our peeps on our music and bookstores blog Planet BiblioMusica too!

We’ll kick off this new, hopefully weekly TKR series, with one of the finest and sometimes most unfairly maligned bands around – my boys from Tulsa, Hanson!

For those living in a time warp and who think Hanson has never made it past “Mmm Bop” (and it’s alarming how many poor saps there are like that!), you are about to see what you’ve been missing – some of the best indie rock of the past two decades! Sit back, listen to my 40 favorites, and learn a few tidbits of trivia along the way…

I have been a fan of the brothers since their major label debut, have seen them numerous times in concert, been a card carrying member of their fan club for more than a decade now (I think, might be just less than that), and have been rewarded greatly with incredible tunes the likes of which put to shame much of the crap on the radio today. So sit back and check it out! And don’t forget – LIKE! SHARE! SUBSCRIBE! TWEET! FACEBOOK! And all those assorted things! And please become a patron at http://patreon.com/PNRNetworks !

 

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Greetings! Just wanted everyone to know that several of our sites will be up and down over the course of next few days – we are going to be doing some site maintenance on eCinemaOne, eCinemaBoston, The Kirkham Report, Planet BiblioMusica, Catastrophe Vortex, and the main PNRNetworks websites, in order to serve our readers and listeners better. Our Patreon site will also be down off and on as we make some changes over there. We will also be introducing some new sites to the family, including a full site for Kim’s wrestling podcast Ring Around The Rosie, and a few other things as well. So if you can’t get to our various sites now and then between midday today (6/30) and Wednesday evening (7/4) that’s what is going on. Our sites will have maintenance messages posted when they are being worked on, and will also list an approximate time the site will return on line.

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Call To Action: FredFlix needs your help!

We’ve talked about the wonderful YouTube channel called FredFlix on Subject:CINEMA a couple of times in the recent past, and also mentioned and posted some of his stuff over on our Planet BiblioMusica blog. Now, FredFlix needs some help to keep making his wonderful compilation videos and is asking for donations. We’ve done our part with $20 (wish it could have been more), and we hope you will too! Here’s his hilarious donation video – enjoy and please DONATE! We LOVE FredFlix and don’t want to lose him! You can shoot him a donation at https://www.paypal.me/fredflix!

BREAKING NEWS: Israel takes the prize at EuroVision ’18 with Netta’s “Toy”

The Eurovision Song Contest 2018 has just concluded in Lisbon, Portugal, and it was a CLOSE ONE all the way to the end. But in the end, the oddsmakers were right from the start, as Israel’s 24 year old rapper/singer dynamo Netta clenched the win with a MASSIVE televote victory for her smash hit “Toy”, already a number one hit in Israel, and winding its way around the world without a doubt.  The song clenched victory with a combined total of 529 points.

Austria’s Cesar Sampson  and his song “Nobody But You” was in the lead after the jury votes were tabulated and announced, but massive televoting for several other songs made it clear that either Netta or Cypress’ entry, “Fuego” by Eleni Foureira, would top it after it came in lower in the televote.

“Fuego” finished in second place with 436 points, followed by “Nobody But You”, which 342 points, just ahead of Germany’s 340 points for Michael Schulte’s beautiful tribute to his late father, “You Made Me Walk Alone”. Fifth place went to Italy’s Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro for their powerful anti-terrorism and anti-war anthem “Non me avete fatto niente”. Rounding out the top ten were Czech Republic’s “Lie To Me”, Mikolas Josef; Sweden’s “Dance You Off”, Benjamin Ingrosso; Estonia’s “La forza”, Elina Nechayeva; Denmark’s “Higher Ground”, Rasmussen; and Moldova’s “My Lucky Day”, DoReDos.

United Kingdom’s SuRie elected not to perform her song “Storm” again after her performance was interrupted by an audience member who jumped up and grabbed her microphone during her performance. She recovered and did a splendid job getting through the rest of the song. I hope the bastard that did that to her performance spends a long time in jail…that was just not cool!

Portugal’s “O jardim” by Claudia Pascoal finished last in the competition, the first time in a number of years where the host country who won last year (it was Portugal’s Salvador Sobral and his song “Amar pelos dois” which gave the country their first-ever win at the 2017 contest) has finished last.

Speaking of Sobral, the 28 year old singer made a triumphant return to the stage, his first major live performance since undergoing a successful heart transplant last December; he looked vibrant and active, and was obviously thrilled to be back on stage at Eurovision once again.

EuroVision is a songwriting contest, so the actual winners along with Netta this year are songwriters Doron Medalie and Stav Beger.

We’ll have more on this year’s EuroVision Song Contest on NEXT WEEK’s Subject:CINEMA!

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EuroVision ’18 Song By Song: “Lost And Found” by Eye Cue, Macedonia

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

Over the coming weeks, sometimes more than once a day,  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.

Next up on our Song-By-Song preview is the official entry from Macedonia (AKA FYR Macedonia, which stands for “Former Yugoslavic Republic”), “Lost And Found” by Eye Cue, written by Bojan Trajkovski and Darko Dimitrov. The song is performed in English. The popular duo of Bojan Trajkovski and Marija Ivanovska are celebrating a decade together this year, and have recently been joined by producer Darko Dimitrov.  The song will be performed 11th in the competition order on the first semi-final on May 8.

Wow…how could a song with such potential go so horribly WRONG? Let me see…let’s check out the ways. First off, I want to say that I love the singer’s voice – she’s got an incredible sound, and I can see why they’ve had the success they’ve had over the years. But this song has musical schizophrenia – it can’t seem to make up it’s mind whether it’s a ballad, a reggae jam, or a EuroDance number. And the three do NOT mesh well AT ALL. Plus, in the #MeToo era, the song’s racy lyrics are way over the top – overtly sexual in nature on the surface, perhaps with some more depth to them inside, but you can’t get past the singer and her looks (and her costume changes) and perhaps the most bored-looking drummer on the planet. Maybe Europe goes for this kind of oddball pop number, and the staging live will make a huge difference I think, but the last song this jarring that was a hit in the states was WAAAAY back in the early 70s – Wings‘ classic “Band On The Run“, which made three complete tempo changes within the song (Paul McCartney loved this kind of stuff at that phase of his career – he also did similar tempo changes with “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” in 1970), but each time, it stayed put, and didn’t try to keep going through cycles like this song does, and it just doesn’t work here…so I think it’s US chart chances are pretty slim.

FYR Macedonia has been around in EuroVision since 1998, and has not fared very well in the seventeen times they’ve partipated thus far. Their best showing has been 12th, in 2006. They have missed the last five Grand Finals in a row…and something tells me they’re about to make it six misses in a row…

Here’s the official music video  – things that make you go Hmmmmm….

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 in the next week or so as I complete my research!

AND THAT’S IT!  All 43 songs have now been previewed, and starting tomorrow, and throughout the next couple of weeks I’ll dive into the history of EuroVision with some favorites lists and such, and of course, the announcement of my Top 43!

If you’re reading our posts on our Medium site, you may want to switch to one of the main sites – we’re having issues over there due to the multple blogs we’re posting on. If you don’t want to miss anything, check out eCO, TKR, or PlanetBM!

Are you enjoying our EuroVision spotlights? Be sure to check out all the other great blogs and podcasts PNRNetworks have to offer! And while you’re at it, if you like what you see, please consider becoming a Patreon Patron – we rely on readers and listeners to help fund our blogs and podcasts, and can’t do it without you! We have tons of great perks available, and you help fund over a dozen sites and podcasts with just one recurring monthly donation – check it out at http://patreon.com/pnrnetworks!

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!

EuroVision ’18 Song By Song: “Higher Ground” by Rasmussen, Denmark

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

Over the coming weeks, sometimes more than once a day,  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.

Next up on our Song-By-Song preview is the official entry from Denmark, “Higher Ground” by Rasmussen, written by Niclas Arn and Karl Euren. The song is performed in English. Rasmussen is an accomplished singer and actor, and is best known for his popular 80s cover band Hair Metal Heroes. The song will be performed 5th in the competition order on the second semi-final on May 10.

You know, the random draw I did to determine the order of songs for our Song By Song preview is absolutely KILLING ME today! Three of the best damn songs in the contest, and all on the final day! Damn, I LOVE THIS SONG! The song is based on an ancient Viking legend about Magnuss Eriendsson, who along with his warriors chose to put down their weapons and fight for peace instead with words. Inspiring and utterly awesome, especially in the times we’re living. The staging of this number is amazing, and I’d love to see what could be done with an actual music video – the song lends itself in look and feel across the boards from “Game Of Thrones” to “The Lord Of The Rings“. WOW! I”m gonna go with my gut here – hey American record labels – GET THIS GUY A CONTRACT AND PUSH THE HELL OUT OF THIS SONG!!  You’ve got a potential monster on your hands here!

Denmark has been around in EuroVision since year two in 1957, and have three Grand Final championships under it’s belt – 1963’s “Dancevise” by Grethe and Jorgen Ingmann;  2000’s “Fly On The Wings Of Love”  by Olsen Brothers; and 2013’s “Only Teardrops” by Emmelie de Forest.  They have participated 46 times throughout the years, and their 37 year span between winners is one of the longest gaps in the contest’s history.

Here’s the official music video  – Again, what a performance…

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 in the next week or so as I complete my research!

Today is it – THE FINAL FOUR SONGS!  Tomorrow, and throughout the next couple of weeks I’ll dive into the history of EuroVision with some favorites lists and such, and of course, the announcement of my Top 43!

If you’re reading our posts on our Medium site, you may want to switch to one of the main sites – we’re having issues over there due to the multple blogs we’re posting on. If you don’t want to miss anything, check out eCO, TKR, or PlanetBM!

Are you enjoying our EuroVision spotlights? Be sure to check out all the other great blogs and podcasts PNRNetworks have to offer! And while you’re at it, if you like what you see, please consider becoming a Patreon Patron – we rely on readers and listeners to help fund our blogs and podcasts, and can’t do it without you! We have tons of great perks available, and you help fund over a dozen sites and podcasts with just one recurring monthly donation – check it out at http://patreon.com/pnrnetworks!

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!

EuroVision ’18 Song By Song: “Vislat Nyar” by AWS, Hungary

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

Over the coming weeks, sometimes more than once a day,  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.

Next up on our Song-By-Song preview is the official entry from Hungary, “Vislat Nyar” by AWS, written by Dániel Kökényes, Bence Brucker, Áron Veress, Soma Schiszler, and Örs Siklós. The song is performed in Hungarian. The band, whose name started out as an acronym for “Ants With Slippers” (huh?)  has been together since 2006 and have become known for their diverse, hardcore performances. The song will be performed 13th in the competition order on the second semi-final on May 10.

FUCK YEAH! (HEADBANGING MODE) Screamcore comes to EuroVision in this incredibly inspired song – the title translates to “Goodbye Summer”; one of the band members lost his father recently, and the song is about letting go and taking back life, especially the one taken from them. Powerful message from a a band who has become known for using imagery in their videos to bring attention to the various probelms the world faces. I never thought I’d see true screamcore in EuroVision (Lordi doesn’t count – they’re more about theater and music as a blend) but AWS pumps it to the screaming max – I have a feeling Kurt Cobain would love something like this. Chances on the American charts might be better than most people think – German band Rammstein has had several hits on the American rock tracks chart, all of which have been in German – I see no reason why AWS can’t make the leap and become hot on both sides of the Atlantic. And the rabid fan following this song has could be enough to push it high…and possibly into the very stratosphere of this year’s contest…

Hungary made its EuroVision debut in 1994 and has participated fourteen times thus far. They have yet to take a Grand Final – their best showing has thus far been fourth, in their debut year. They withdrew from the contest for six years, 1999-2004, and missed a couple of other years as well. This incredible song could be the one that finally pushes the country to the top of the heap…

Here’s the official music video  – Wow what a performance…

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 in the next week or so as I complete my research!

Today is it – THE FINAL FOUR SONGS!  Tomorrow, and throughout the next couple of weeks I’ll dive into the history of EuroVision with some favorites lists and such, and of course, the announcement of my Top 43!

If you’re reading our posts on our Medium site, you may want to switch to one of the main sites – we’re having issues over there due to the multple blogs we’re posting on. If you don’t want to miss anything, check out eCO, TKR, or PlanetBM!

Are you enjoying our EuroVision spotlights? Be sure to check out all the other great blogs and podcasts PNRNetworks have to offer! And while you’re at it, if you like what you see, please consider becoming a Patreon Patron – we rely on readers and listeners to help fund our blogs and podcasts, and can’t do it without you! We have tons of great perks available, and you help fund over a dozen sites and podcasts with just one recurring monthly donation – check it out at http://patreon.com/pnrnetworks!

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!

EuroVision ’18 Song By Song: “Nova Deca” by Sanja Ilic & Balkanika, Serbia

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

Over the coming weeks, sometimes more than once a day,  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.

Next up on our Song-By-Song preview is the official entry from Serbia, “Nova Deca” by Sanja Ilic & Balkanika, written by Sanja Ilić, Tanja Ilić, Danica Krstajić, and Darko Dimitrov. The song is performed in Serbian. According to bandleader Ilic, the mission of the band is to preserve, revitalize and modernize Serbian medieval and byzantine music traditions, pretty cool thing if you ask me. The song will be performed 3rd in the competition order on the second semi-final on May 10.

I”m not sure quite why,  but I’m LOVING this number – it’s stylish and definitely respectful to musical traditions. The vocals are awesome, the dance routine precise and elegant, and the sentiment of the lyrics in English as I interpret it is that the world is better with two – meaning couples – and they can lead a revolution if need be. Very positive indeed. Of course, it has virtually  no chance to click on the American charts, but if it wins the Grand Final, it could do very well on the continent. And it has a REAL shot of being up there…

Serbia made its EuroVision debut in 2007 and has participated ten times thus far. They blew minds when they took the Grand Final championship in their FIRST appearance, with “Molitva” by Marija Serifovic in 2007. They have made the final seven times thus far. They failed to qualify for the Grand Final last year, so this could be a more than triumphant return for them…

Here’s the official music video  – Wow what a performance…

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 in the next week or so as I complete my research!

Today is it – THE FINAL FOUR SONGS!  Tomorrow, and throughout the next couple of weeks I’ll dive into the history of EuroVision with some favorites lists and such, and of course, the announcement of my Top 43!

If you’re reading our posts on our Medium site, you may want to switch to one of the main sites – we’re having issues over there due to the multple blogs we’re posting on. If you don’t want to miss anything, check out eCO, TKR, or PlanetBM!

Are you enjoying our EuroVision spotlights? Be sure to check out all the other great blogs and podcasts PNRNetworks have to offer! And while you’re at it, if you like what you see, please consider becoming a Patreon Patron – we rely on readers and listeners to help fund our blogs and podcasts, and can’t do it without you! We have tons of great perks available, and you help fund over a dozen sites and podcasts with just one recurring monthly donation – check it out at http://patreon.com/pnrnetworks!

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!