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  1. I really enjoyed the Smash Ultimate single player, and my daughter loves to play around with the characters in training mode almost like they're virtual dolls. I will definitely be buying Animal Crossing in March. I loved and played the heck out of the original on Gamecube, haven't played one since, and now with a 5-and-a-half year old seems like the perfect time to jump back in.
  2. Live footage of Smash Bros. fans this morning https://kotaku.com/the-next-smash-bros-character-is-fire-emblems-byleth-1841037969
  3. It's really hard to get excited about anything Trek at CBS as long as Kurtzman is still in charge. But I'm still going into Picard with cautious optimism.
  4. In today's New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/16/arts/television/star-trek-picard.html
  5. Disney made two great movies within a few years of each other that are both about Los Angeles history: Who Framed Roger Rabbit and The Rocketeer.
  6. I agree that the singers are superior on the Wilson release. The Mauceri is worth it to me for the recording of the early version of Second Rhapsody and also the great recording of Robert Russell Bennett's arrangement, the "Gershwin in Hollywood" overture.
  7. Today's lesson in Aaron Copland's self-borrowing from unpublished works comes courtesy of the United States government! In 1945, Copland wrote a score for a 20 minute short film created by the US Office of War Information. This was a propaganda film that was intended to ease fears of eastern European WWII refugees who were relocating to America (there is evidence it was shown to refugees in Hungary at least). The film is available on YouTube through the National Archives. Listen to this part at 12:50 - 13:22 Copland reused this material for the middle section of the first movement of the Clarinet Concerto 3:13 - 4:30 (especially the crescendo at 4:05) He later published a central theme of The Cummington Story as a short solo piano piece titled "Down a Country Lane" in 1962, which was later arranged for orchestra.
  8. As far as I know, they're permanently out of print and only on the secondary market. They're not even acknowledged on Nonesuch's website: https://www.nonesuch.com/search-v2?title=gershwin&body_value=gershwin&type=albums They're all streaming, though, at least. His "Gershwin in Hollywood" album is very interesting! Especially if you're into the history of Hollywood musicals; all the anonymous arrangers/orchestrators that John Williams speaks of so reverently: Conrad Salinger at MGM, Ray Heindorf at Warner Bros, Herbert Spencer at Fox, et. al. It makes a good pair with Mauceri's "Gershwin in Hollywood" album from his Hollywood Bowl series. Wilson's is mostly a survey of how Hollywood's music departments adapted Gershwin's Broadway tunes and Mauceri's is a survey of the music that Gershwin wrote originally for films.
  9. Still waiting on her to make one as good as Ultraviolence.
  10. Hallelujah! Thank the maker! Grand Budapest is finally getting a Criterion release!
  11. I've always had a weird thing for "Clef Club No. 1", since I was a teenager. Randy would go on to write better, more impressive scores, but there's a lovely charm to this one that always makes it an appealing listen.
  12. I basically agree with you, but I will say that in Endgame she nailed her one interesting scene as a character: the one holding down the fort at Avengers HQ not long after the "5 Years Later" jump, the scene with Rogers.
  13. Ken Jennings won it all in the GOAT Jeopardy tournament! That was an incredibly exciting hour of television for weird trivia nerds.
  14. Apropos of nothing, I learned a new word tonight and I think it perfectly describes JWFan!
  15. I've heard so many recordings of Porgy & Bess, but I generally default to John Mauceri's from 2006 for Decca. It's interesting that that Gershwin by Grofe release doesn't include the rare Grofe orchestration of Second Rhapsody when Richman himself had recorded it a few years before for Bridge Records https://bridgerecords.com/products/9212
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  17. I was correct https://pitchfork.com/features/5-10-15-20/noah-baumbach-music/
  18. I've never heard a Billie Eilish song, so I'll go into the Bond film with truly open ears.
  19. Some of my favorite Bond songs are the ones that sound really "of their time" in a cheesy way.
  20. Both of these have been performed live before (if you count LTP performances for the former).
  21. The 5 Elektra/Nonesuch recordings of complete Gershwin musicals are 100% essential. Add to those the 1987 Michael Tilson Thomas recordings of Of Thee I Sing and Let 'Em Eat Cake, also essential if you're interested in Gershwin's Broadway music as he originally composed/intended it. There's also these 1998 (released 2001) paired recordings of Tip-Toes and Tell Me More that I have not purchased yet, so I can't speak to their quality. http://www.newworldrecords.org/album.cgi?rm=view&album_id=80598 I just wish the recordings hadn't stopped! Still waiting on recordings of musicals like Funny Face and Rosalie. The world is also still waiting on the new critical editions of Gershwin works to start coming out of The Gershwin Initiative at the University of Michigan. The musicals are on the list to be published, but probably farther down the priorities relative to the concert works. https://smtd.umich.edu/ami/gershwin/ Here it says "Series 5" is the stage shows https://smtd.umich.edu/ami/gershwin/?page_id=59
  22. In my opinion, Jack Gibbons' 4-disc The Authentic George Gershwin collection is an essential part of any Gershwin fan's collection (although it's sadly out of print and not available digitally). I feel that solo piano is almost how Gershwin's music was *meant* to be heard, and this is a more than 4.5 hour survey of his career through that lens. And these are not interpretive "re-arrangements" of Gershwin pieces, these are as close as possible to not just how Gershwin wrote them, but in many cases how he performed them. Meaning it's a lot of performances of his piano rolls, transcriptions of recorded performances, and original piano score versions of pieces before they were orchestrated. I think Gibbons really captures the restless energy and rhythm that Gershwin brought even when he performed ballads. For example, here's a fantastic performance of Second Rhapsody, one of my favorite Gershwin pieces.
  23. Desplat's first MCU score. Interesting...
  24. The first movement of Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Winds rocks so freakin’ hard. I get really into it.
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