A couple of weeks ago, I stopped to gaze into the window of Magnolia Bakery in midtown while en route to the NBC Studios to attend a taping of that week’s Saturday Night Live (Host: Rami Malek). What a delight it was to see this tiered Halloween-themed cake right up front. So scary cute! Whatever your plans (or lack thereof ), have a safe and enjoyable Halloween!
It’s time again to do our Spring Cleaning, so maybe you’ve noticed (or maybe not) that we underwent a recent facelift in the form of changing WordPress themes after using the same one since our last upgrade in 2013! Wow, it seems like just yesterday. The new theme is a continuation of our ongoing site improvements that we announced on our 17 year blogiversary last June. Aside from a font change, you’ll notice that those site features formerly residing on the right side of our home page have moved to over to the left, leaving us with an expanse of new real estate to develop — yay! Who knows what will come next? I can only promise that it will be excellent. Have a look around at our new design and let us know what you think in the comments!
The 50th Anniversary of The Pink Panther – Music from the Film Score Composed and Conducted by Henry Mancini will be commemorated with the release of a limited edition, individually numbered 12″ PINK VINYL LP created for Record Store Day, 2014, celebrated at independent record stores worldwide on Saturday, April 19th, 2014. Mancini’s indelible “Pink Panther Theme,” first heard in the archetypal ’60s crime caper comedy starring Peter Sellers and directed by Blake Edwards, is, in the current digital era, the #1 most-streamed song in the entire Sony Music catalog. The original Pink Panther soundtrack album was given a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 2001 and is being expanded for a 2014 50th Anniversary Edition to include bonus material.
An 11 CD deluxe box set comprising the best of Henry Mancini’s classic film soundtracks is in the works for 2014, while a retrospective tribute, featuring catalog and new recordings of the composer’s unforgettable songs, is currently under development with details TBA.
Born Enrico Nicola “Henry” Mancini in Cleveland’s “Little Italy,” the quintessential American soundtrack composer entered the music industry at the end of World War II, becoming a pianist and arranger for the newly reformed Glenn Miller Orchestra in 1946. By the mid 1950s, Mancini had written music for more than 100 movies, from “The Creature from the Black Lagoon” to Orson Welles’ “Touch of Evil.” Mancini’s score for “The Glenn Miller Story” earned him his first Academy Award nomination; out of his 18 nominations, he’d win four Oscars. Throughout his career, he released close to 250 album titles and scored more than 190 films.
Henry Mancini composed music that’s woven into the fabric of American pop culture: The Pink Panther Theme, the “Peter Gunn” bass line, “Moon River” (from Breakfast at Tiffany’s), “Days of Wine and Roses” and more. Mancini holds the record for most Grammy nominations (72), out of which he won 20. In addition to his four Academy Awards, he won a Golden Globe, secured two Emmy nominations and was honored in 2004 with a United States Commemorative Postal Stamp.
For the past few weeks I have been telling everyone I know about my new favorite band, The Advantage, a rock quartet from Sacramento that plays only covers of Nintendo Game Theme Songs. Oh my god, they are so way beyond genius. I’ve never played video games in my life, but these songs’ bizarre sonic amalgam of Yes, Frank Zappa and Oingo Boingo thrill me completely. I just can’t stop playing their new CD, Elf Titled, which comes out on January 24, 2006. The Advantage fucking rule, and you need to get your geek on and check them out.