CNN Weather’s Presidential Campaign “Calm”

CNN, which has done a good job owning the presidential election cycle’s debates, town halls, etc.,  is weathering the past few days’  “calm” in that cycle.
Last night the network logged one of its lowest rated primetime of the calendar year in the news demo.  CNN delivered 159K news-demo viewers in prime, and 590K total viewers, bested by MSNBC‘s 232K news-demo viewers and 945K total viewers.
Last week, CNN dominated MSNBC in the demo in primetime (248K vs 187K) and total…

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Al Gore, Paramount And Participant Celebrate Oscar Winner ‘An Inconvenient Truth’s’ 10th Anniversary

Paramount and Participant Media celebrated the 10th anniversary of the May 24, 2006 release of the  landmark Oscar winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth , last night with a party at SmogShoppe  that featured the star of that doc, former Vice President Al Gore   and several notable guests including its director Davis Guggenheim, Norman Lear, Ed Begley Jr., Frances Fisher  and other like-minded defenders of environmental causes.
Participant founder Jeff Skoll made…

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Richard Goodwin’s ‘The Hinge Of The World’ About Epic Clash Between Church And Galileo Being Developed As Feature

BREAKING: Richard Goodwin’s play The Hinge of the World which tells the story about the epic battle between the Roman Catholic Church and astronomer Galileo Galileo when faith clashed with science is being developed for the big screen by Mark Karz and Bill Bindley’s Warner Bros.-based Gulfstream Pictures.
Goodwin is an author, playwright and former political advisor and White House speechwriter to Presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson and Senator Robert F…

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‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Heads To Broadway For November Bow

Award-winning new musical Dear Evan Hansen, which world premiered at Arena Stage in Washington, DC this past summer and will wrap its New York premiere at Second Stage this Sunday, is headed to Broadway. The show will begin performances in November at a Shubert theater to-be-announced, producer Stacey Mindich said today.
With a book by Steven Levenson, score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and direction by Michael Greif, Dear Evan Hansen is coming off two 2016 Obie Awards…

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Pomona Dream Actually Dream About Sweden!!!!

When I first heard of Pomona Dream I thought they were a band from Pomona, California. I recall a few instances where I excitedly told people about my incredible, home-grown discovery, and I even sent a couple of music links to a few fellow KCRW DJs with the subject line, “A Great Local Band,” only to send another email a few weeks later, apologizing for spreading misinformation, and feeling like a complete trainspotting rookie.  In my defense, I think it was an assumptive error on my part, especially with all the jazz and hip hop influences in Pomona Dream’s music, to think that they were indeed a West Coast outfit, and not a band hailing from Sweden!  Although, when I first heard the music, I recall a strong sonic connection to another Swedish band whom I love, Little Dragon. In retrospect, this connection should come as little surprise because both Little Dragon and one half of Pomona Dream, producer Ribbs, are from Gothenburg, a city which boasts a very strong jazz and hip-hop scene. The parallels between the two are palpable, and it is my strong guess that Ribbs and singer Sandra Bang grew up listening to a lot of Little Dragon and Koop.

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Pomona Dream describe themselves as psychedelic hip-pop and I agree that it is quite an accurate description of their music, although I would probably add “jazz” somewhere in there, because Sandra’s gorgeous voice and melodies have a distinctive jazz quality to them.  As incredibly infectious and catchy as the songs are, the overall vibe and execution are more bop than pop.  And that’s a beautiful thing.

One of the more interesting things about the duo, besides their music, is the chance manner in which they met.  According to their Facebook page, “A case of mistaken identities led the soundcloud bots to think that they were literally stealing music from each other and they both kept getting notifications about all the credits they were getting for each other’s music…” Well, one thing led to another, and soon Pomona Dream was born.

I have been playing the absolute stunner “You’ll Know (Hung Up)” for a few weeks now on The Lab and, frankly, every other chance I get, but the band has made their first single, “Gladdic Vox,” from their new EP Rainbow Milk (out May 25th) available to us as an exclusive download for 48 hours! Get it here!

Enjoy the track and come see them live on June 15th as they make their US debut at Desert Nights at The Standard Hollywood. They will be joined by a fiercely talented local hip-hop artist, Def Sound, and I will be providing the beats.  The show is free and open to public. Pomona Dream are on at 8PM sharp. See you there!

Kate Mara Meets Evil Artificial Life in ‘Morgan’ First Trailer

Kate Mara and Anya Taylor-Joy have a daunting encounter in the first trailer for the Ridley Scott-produced sci-fi thriller “Morgan.” The teaser offers the first cryptic look at the titular character, played by Taylor-Joy (“The Witch”), a seemingly innocent “human” who is in fact quite threatening. Morgan is dangerous enough to be enclosed and confined so that a corporate… Read more »

Errol Barnett Joins CBS News As Washington D.C. Correspondent

Errol Barnett has joined CBS News as a correspondent based in Washington, D.C.  Barnett starts next month and will report for all CBS News broadcasts and platforms.
Barnett has been an anchor and reporter for CNN International, based in Atlanta; among news stories he covered were the attacks in Paris,  protests in Ferguson, Missouri, and the death of Nelson Mandela. Prior to anchoring from Atlanta, Barnett was a general assignment correspondent based in Johannesburg…

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