October 25, 2013 |
Pop & Hiss premieres the title track from singer-songwriter Mindy Smith's new five-song holiday EP “Snowed In.” The Long Island-born, Nashville-based musician returns to the seasonal music she explored movingly in her 2007 album “My Holiday” because “a lot of people really gravitated to the holiday record, more than I anticipated. When I made it, of course, you hope that happens.” The song “Snowed In” approaches Christmas as a time to spend with a loved one, set to a wistful melody that Smith sings with sweetness and a trace of melancholy.
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October 22, 2013 |
A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputy was convicted Tuesday of battering and threatening his former girlfriend on Christmas Day last year after she confronted him about another woman. Mark Eric Hibner, 44, was convicted of two counts of corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant and three counts of criminal threats, according to Orange County Superior Court online records. The department began processing the paperwork Tuesday to fire Hibner, spokesman Steve Whitmore said.
July 24, 2013 |
The Lakers may play host to the Miami Heat on Christmas Day, according to a report from Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel . Winderman cites a "nearly completed draft of the 2013-14 NBA schedule," which was sent to teams and league broadcast partners. The NBA traditionally makes its ABC debut on Christmas with a slate of high-profile games. While an obvious game would be Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets visiting the Lakers, it appears the Heat will be their guest instead.
April 9, 2013 |
This post has been updated. See below for details. British record producer and sound engineer Andy Johns, who like his older brother Glyn Johns worked with some of the biggest rock bands of the 1960s and '70s, including the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, has died at age 62. British newspapers reported that Johns passed on after suffering from a liver ailment. PHOTOS: Notable deaths of 2013 Andy Johns started his career as a tape operator at London's Olympic Studios during a period of exceptional musical ferment.
April 7, 2013 |
According to a survey conducted by the Bertelsmann Religion Foundation Monitor, the United States is the most religious nation in the industrialized world. The Pew Forum's U.S. Religious Landscape Survey found that 88% of the Americans it surveyed are fairly or absolutely certain that God exists, and that more than half of them say religion is "very important" in their lives. Personally, I've always had a tenuous relationship with organized religion, especially Christianity. As it was for most African Americans of my generation, the church was a powerful force in my childhood.
January 26, 2013 |
The people of these worn, winding Pasadena streets still aren't sure exactly who he is, this kid whose bullet tore through their community's soul on Christmas morning, leaving them with an emptiness felt from the faded bungalows of Garfield Avenue to the mansions of Linda Vista. But they are absolutely certain who he is not. The kid who killed Victor McClinton in his front yard just steps from his glittering Christmas tree shortly after his Christmas breakfast never, ever played in a sports league run by Victor McClinton.