Leela James: New Song & Album!

It saddens me that the extraordinary Leela James had to join a reality tv show (R&B Divas LA) to get some much deserved media attention. When I first posted about her debut back in 2005, Leela seemed poised to infuse what was at the time a very lifeless music scene with some much needed soul. Sadly, Leela was a few years too early for the Sharon Jones-led retro revival. Though she continued to record and enjoy a measure of success, Leela has yet to become the star she should be. The song “Save Me” from her new album, Fall for You, shows Leela’s voice hasn’t lost any of its strength or depth.

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Weird Al’s Linguistic Parody of “Blurred Lines”

The Muruch household has always stood somewhat divided on the Weird Al issue. Editor Vic has been a lifelong Al fan, thanks to fond childhood memories of UHF, popular MTV videos of his hits “I Lost on Jeopardy” and “Smells Like Nirvana” and lesser known album cuts like “Dare To Be Stupid” and “Attack of the Radioactive Hamsters From a Planet Near Mars.” Yet Brendan’s MTV-less Irish upbringing left him lacking in such nostalgic affection for the infamous curly-haired parody purveyor. However, being the grammar-loving bookworms that we are, we both love Weird Al’s “Word Crimes” from his new album, Mandatory Fun. It has the catchy melody of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” sans the creepy lyrics…

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Mary Lambert: New Album & Video!

Mary Lambert‘s long-awaited debut full-length album, Heart of My Sleeve, will be released on October 14th via Capitol Records. Here’s the new lyric video for the first single, “Secrets.” While I prefer Mary’s voice without so much pop polish, her unabashedly confessional lyrics continue to connect and effect.

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Movie Review: Run & Jump

Will Forte garnered critical claim for his performance in Nebraska, but the SNL’s dramatic debut in the lesser known film Run & Jump was just as noteworthy.

Based on a true story, the poignant Irish indie dramedy depicts an uptight neuro-psychologist (Forte) who moves in with a boisterous Irish family while conducting a case study on their formerly comatose patriarch.

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