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‘Bulo’s Fave New Tunes: Sept., 2014

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‘Bulo’s Fave New Tunes: Sept., 2014

Best stuff to hit my ears last month, lotsa diversity:

Melaena Cadiz: Neon Drag
Elliot Bronson: New Pain
American Wrestlers: I Can Do No Wrong
Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear: Live By Water
Circa Waves: So Long
Leonard Cohen: Almost Like The Blues
Amber Run: I Found

What’d you like? What great stuff have you heard lately?

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‘Bulo Presents Charlie Hunter/Scott Amendola w/the Dinkendo Family Band Tonight!

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on September 26, 2014 0 Comments
‘Bulo Presents Charlie Hunter/Scott Amendola w/the Dinkendo Family Band Tonight!

Shameless plug, and I’m totally not ashamed. I’m presenting a superb concert tonight at the Arden Gild Hall. If you show up, first drink’s on me.

Charlie Hunter is an amazing instrumentalist and plays a hybrid guitar/bass that has seven strings. Yes he plays both the bass and guitar parts at the same time!  He and drummer Scott Amendola have extraordinary telepathy with each other that can only happen after years of playing together.  They have been called the ‘jazz scene’s funkiest duo’ for good reason. Come inside for more information….

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‘Bulo’s Fave Tunes: August 2014

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on September 4, 2014 7 Comments
‘Bulo’s Fave Tunes: August 2014

Another month, more great music to listen to….

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‘Bulo’s Fave New Tunes: July, 2014

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on August 5, 2014 4 Comments
‘Bulo’s Fave New Tunes: July, 2014

Reigning Sound: Falling Rain

Chuck Prophet: Wish Me Luck

Plus much more inside….

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“Can’t Anybody Here Play This Game?”: Chapter, Oh, 1,000,000 and Something.

Filed in Arts and Entertainment, Delaware by on July 30, 2014 14 Comments
“Can’t Anybody Here Play This Game?”: Chapter, Oh, 1,000,000 and Something.

Wilmington City Council pays $1000 so that Councilman Mike Brown can fly back from Florida on the city’s dime to cast the deciding vote to override the Mayor’s veto of cuts to the Fire Department budget only to come up…TWO  VOTES SHORT.

Oh, and for reasons that not even Mike Brown can explain, he lied about where he was vacationing. Why? I have no idea. Apparently, neither does he. From Amy Cherry’s WDEL story (watch and listen)…

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RIP: Johnny Winter & Elaine Stritch

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on July 17, 2014 2 Comments
RIP: Johnny Winter & Elaine Stritch

Two serious soulful performers gone. A guitar god who sometimes placed speed (in both ways) ahead of pitch or accuracy, and one of the most galvanizing stage performers (for whom pitch was thankfully never the point) I’ve ever seen with a particular penchant for the music of Stephen Sondheim….

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‘Bulo’s Fave New Tunes: June, 2014

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on July 3, 2014 1 Comment
‘Bulo’s Fave New Tunes: June, 2014

Great stuff last month. If you’re not at least sampling some of this, you’re missing out. Trust me, if you don’t like one, you just might like the next. No way they ALL suck, even for the narrow-minded (*cough, Jason 330, cough*)….

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‘Bulo’s Fave Tunes: May 2014

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on June 9, 2014 3 Comments
‘Bulo’s Fave Tunes: May 2014

I hope you check this stuff out as there’s so much great music that gets lost in the shuffle, but shouldn’t. Music lovers, here we go!….

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Bulo’s Fave New Tunes: April, 2014

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on May 22, 2014 3 Comments
Bulo’s Fave New Tunes: April, 2014

Quality over quantity this month, admittedly a little late:

Ought: ‘Habit’
The Boston Boys: ‘Become Like One’
Rosanne Cash: ‘Modern Blue’
Eels: ‘Mistakes of My Youth’
Stone Cold Fox: ‘Darling, Darling’

Come inside for the music….

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Bulo’s Fave New Tunes: March 2014

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on April 22, 2014 0 Comments
Bulo’s Fave New Tunes: March 2014

Had this finished a couple of weeks ago. Just too much breaking news to find a spot for it. Some great new stuff that caught my ear last month….

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‘Bulo’s Fave New Tunes: Feb. 2014

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on March 4, 2014 3 Comments
‘Bulo’s Fave New Tunes: Feb. 2014

I gave you the Lake Street Dive stuff earlier this month. Here’s yet another generous selection of stuff that broke through the white noise for me in February…

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Predicting the Oscars

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on March 1, 2014 12 Comments
Predicting the Oscars

It is Oscar weekend, with the award show happening this Sunday night. I know there are alot of Oscar watch parties around — including one at Theatre N downtown. If you are a cynic about this entire business, you’ll want to see Deadspin’s The 2014 Hater’s Guide To The Oscars. The best thing about this take is the commentary on 12 Years A Slave (and I hope they are wrong about this movie’s chances of winning):

12 Years A Slave: This movie isn’t winning Best Picture. I can guarantee it. And you know why I can guarantee it? Because people are cowards. Schindler’s List made over $100 million and has been broadcast on network television unedited and without commercial interruption. Ditto Saving Private Ryan. And every installment of the Saw franchise mints a new fortune. Holy shit, are we fascinated by seeing white people killed. Kill them, torture them, mutilate them, have a white girl assaulted on SVU weekly—WE WILL BE THERE. Can’t get enough of it. It’s important to let white people know we support them in their time of suffering.

But ask people to watch a movie about slavery? “WHOA HEY THAT SOUNDS LIKE HOMEWORK! And, God, it just sounds so brutal, you know? I much prefer movies about race to congratulate me and my fellow white theatergoers on our broad-mindedness. Let’s go watch fucking Crash instead.”

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El Somnambulo Hosts Blues Bash This Saturday!!

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on February 18, 2014 3 Comments
El Somnambulo Hosts Blues Bash This Saturday!!

Yes, this is shameless self-promotion. In one of my many other incarnations, I am Symphony Steve, and I am a volunteer producer with the Arden Concert Gild.

I’m bringing in a killer blues/blues-rock show to the Arden Gild Hall this Saturday night at 8 p.m.

The opener is the Mikey Junior Band. Mikey Jr. is an amazing harp (harmonica, for those of you who are not blues aficionados) player and showman. Originally from Trenton, Mikey is making a big name for himself regionally and nationally. He’s made it to the finals of the International Blues Competition in Memphis. He always has a kicking band, and now he’s got a new CD as well. Check him out for yourself inside…

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The Band That Got Away

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on February 4, 2014 9 Comments

I, El Somnambulo, am, in one of my many other incarnations, a volunteer concert producer with the Arden Concert Gild. My musical interests tend to run towards roots, blues, soul, and Americana, especially if the music rocks. (BTW, I’m producing a killer blues and blues rock show on Feb. 22, but I digress.) While there have always […]

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El Somnambulo’s Favorite Songs of 2013: The Top Ten!

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on December 26, 2013 1 Comment

Quite the eclectic collection. I sincerely hope that you find some stuff you love and some stuff you can’t stand. Me? I love all these,  and in this reverse numerical order: 10. Steve Earle: Invisible http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_AZmBT4wWI 9. Jaimeo Brown w/Geri Allen: Power of God http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUba1yMQvTw 8. Courtney Barnett: Avant Gardener http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcnIhzaDTd0 7. Sarah Jarosz: Over […]

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El Somnambulo’s 25 Favorite Songs of 2013

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on December 24, 2013 5 Comments
El Somnambulo’s 25 Favorite Songs of 2013

I am El Somnambulo, and I’m a listaholic. I listen to lots of music so that you don’t have to. I don’t like my Top 25 list this year, I love my list this year.

If you sample these songs, I can almost guarantee that you’ll find some stuff you’ll want to investigate further. (BTW, Cecile McLorin Salvant‘s ‘Womanchild’ would have been high on this list if only I could have found an online version. She’s great and, if there’s any justice, she’ll make tons of money.)

So here we go, as always, counting down from #25 to #1:

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Coolest Thing I’ve Seen & Heard All Week

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on November 8, 2013 3 Comments

Always been a huge Springsteen fan even though his more recent albums have left me unenthused. But here’s why I love him. He’s on a European tour and…well, let’s just let Bruce tell it: Finally, after being pursued from city to city (to city to city) by a man with a sign and a one […]

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My Thoughts On The Miley Cyrus “Incident”

Filed in Arts and Entertainment, National by on August 27, 2013 31 Comments
My Thoughts On The Miley Cyrus “Incident”

First, I refuse to buy into the parent “outrage” over their precious children witnessing such an “outrageous” display.  Hello?  It’s MTV.  It’s what they do – it’s their flippin’ business model.  Second, if you’re one of those people who still thinks MTV is a music video channel… let me enlighten you.  Here’s a sample of MTV’s programming lineup: 16 and Pregnant, Teen Mom, Real World, Engaged and Underage, Jersey Shore, Lingerie Football League, and, of course, Snookie and Jwoww.  There’s plenty more, but that gives you the idea.  So, I’m not going to waste my time over parents who were shocked by a show on MTV.

Back to the Miley incident…  (If you haven’t seen the VMA video, here it is.)

I am not disgusted or outraged by her performance.  I am embarrassed for her. 

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N-n-noooooh!! ‘Tony Soprano’ Sleeps With the Fishes

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on June 19, 2013 5 Comments
N-n-noooooh!! ‘Tony Soprano’ Sleeps With the Fishes

James Gandolfini reportedly dead of a heart attack suffered while he was in Italy.

Actor James Gandolfini died suddenly after a suspected heart attack while on holiday in Rome to attend the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily. He was 51. Gandolfini will be forever known for his portrayal of mob boss Tony Soprano on the seminal HBO series The Sopranos, which eventually won him 3 Emmy Awards and a $1,000,000-an-episode paycheck. Overweight, balding, rough around the edges with a thick New Jersey accent, Gandolfini was the opposite of a marquee leading man, destined to be a character actor. Yet he proved through his masterful acting that he could make Tony Soprano sexy and smart, towering and powerful.

More inside….

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Late Night Video — The First Honest Cable Company

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on March 29, 2013 0 Comments

In honor of the Supreme Court rejecting a class action suit against Comcast for overcharging, let’s take a good look at what an honest cable company might look like

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Jake Tapper Signing Books in Wilmington on 14 January

Filed in Arts and Entertainment, Delaware by on January 7, 2013 1 Comment

On Monday, (next Monday!) January 14th, Jake Tapper (from ABC News, now at CNN)) will be in Wilmington signing books and participating in an event to discuss the topic of this book with 4 of the participants. Tapper has a recent book, called The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor. This book tells the story of an attack on an American outpost in Afghanistan — Compound Outpost Keating — where 53 American soldiers were attacked by 400 Taliban fighters.

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‘Bulo’s Best Songs of 2012–Part 1

Filed in Arts and Entertainment, National by on December 11, 2012 4 Comments

…. Presented, as always, in countdown fashion, starting with… First Aid Kit’s “Emmylou”

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Musical Tribute to Brad Bennett…

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on October 10, 2012 2 Comments

from Was Not Was. Brad’s in, well, let’s let the video tell the story:

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The Internet Changed Everything

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on October 1, 2012 2 Comments

Max Frankel, a former editorial page editor, wrote a wonderful piece about Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, the New York Times publisher who recently passed away. The article talks how Sulzberger “never ordered an article to be printed or deleted from the news columns of his paper.” One of the most interesting tidbits in the article was […]

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SNL Kicks Off The Fall Campaign

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on September 16, 2012 2 Comments

Very funny stuff.

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