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February 1, 2014 | By Kari Howard
This week I've been a bit obsessed with Isaac Hayes' epic, transformative covers of some (very non-Stax) pop hits. I already knew the tremendous “Hot Buttered Soul” album, with its 12-minute “Walk on By” (which manages to channel the pathos of Hal David's lyrics and be very sexy at the same time), and 18-minute “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” (more on that later). But then I found his other covers, including two more Bacharach/David songs, “The Look of Love” and “I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself”; the Beatles' “Something”; and the Righteous Brothers' “You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin',” which has a five-minute groove starting at the 10:30 point that I had on repeat all week.
February 1, 2014 | By Gary Klein
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Pete Carroll sits back in his chair, grins and starts to chuckle. For the second time in as many days, he has stood before busloads of reporters in a hotel ballroom, answering questions that will be repeated in unending variations throughout Super Bowl week: How will Carroll's Seattle Seahawks stop Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning? What about the weather? Richard Sherman? Now, in a quiet hotel office monitored by security officials, Carroll has retreated to his personal Super Bowl command center, replete with two desktop computer monitors and speakers, two flat screen televisions, a whiteboard and an iPad.
February 1, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
NEW YORK - Pete Carroll is one victory from joining an incredibly exclusive club - coaches who have won both a Super Bowl and a college football national championship. As it is, only Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer have done so. Carroll's USC teams won national championships at the end of the 2003 and '04 seasons. Louisiana State defeated Oklahoma in the 2003-04 Bowl Championship Series title game, but the Associated Press chose USC as No. 1 in its final season poll. USC beat Oklahoma for the 2004-05 BCS title but was later stripped by the NCAA.
January 30, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Folk musician and activist Pete Seeger did many, many things during his 94 years, but there's one thing he did just once: make a music video. That video of Seeger singing Bob Dylan's “Forever Young” has gone viral in the wake of his death Monday. The video, for which he was joined on Dylan's song by the Grammy-winning Rivertown Kids choir that he had mentored, has now been viewed more than 500,000 times, up from around 120,000 about a week earlier. Additionally, the Woody Guthrie Archive and the Grammy Museum announced Wednesday that they will move forward with previously announced plans to honor Seeger as the first recipient of the new Woody Guthrie Prize in a ceremony that had already been scheduled to take place in New York on Feb. 22. PHOTOS: Pete Seeger, activist and humanitarian “The only thing I know for certain is that Pete would want us to gather together and make some music,” Woody Guthrie's daughter Nora Guthrie said in a statement.
January 29, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Denver quarterback Peyton Manning knows this about Seattle Coach Pete Carroll : The coach is a gracious host. Several years ago, Manning was in Los Angeles in June and wanted to get a workout in, specifically to throw the football. So he called the USC football office and reached Carroll, then coach of the Trojans. "I asked if his receivers and quarterbacks were throwing that day, and could I come over and join the throwing session because I was getting ready for training camp," Manning recalled Wednesday, saying he intended to throw whatever routes the team had been planning to throw.
January 29, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
The National Portrait Gallery on Tuesday marked the death of musician and social activist Pete Seeger by placing a portrait of the folk singer on display in the museum's first-floor gallery. Seeger died Monday at age 94. The photograph by Sid Grossman shows a young Seeger with his banjo in hand and an exuberant smile, sometime between 1946 and 1948. At the time, Seeger was active at labor rallies in the U.S. and organized the quartet the Weavers. "Blacklisted for his leftist politics in the 1950s, Seeger resurfaced in the 1960s and sparked a folk revival with such classics as 'If I Had a Hammer,' 'Where Have All the Flowers Gone?
January 29, 2014 | By Randall Roberts
Pete Seeger was best known as a folk singer, an archivist and writer, and the purveyor of such beamed-from-the-heavens standards as "We Shall Overcome," "If I Had a Hammer" and "Turn, Turn, Turn. " But among the musician's most important roles was one that's often overlooked: that of an American citizen who understood the power of song to serve as messenger, as Trojan horse, as lightning rod. It's hard to imagine a song steering and stirring more than "We Shall Overcome. " The work long ago became less the domain of Seeger, who helped popularize it when he published it in "People's Songs," than a sacred text owned by anyone longing for justice.
January 29, 2014 | By Scott Martelle
Folk singer and political activist Pete Seeger , who died Tuesday at age 94, was more than a folk singer, of course. He also was a political radical, and for all the gentleness of his lyrics, he seemed to have been built around a spine of steel. Seeger was already a popular entertainer and political activist when on Aug. 18, 1955, he was called before the House Un-American Activities Committee , the witch-hunt tribunal that sought to ferret out information on what it deemed subversive activities.
January 28, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before getting in State of the Union mode. The Skinny: I've watched the first two episodes of Fox's "The Following," and while the producers have done a good job coming up with compelling and creepy new characters, I'm not sure I'm up for another season of murder and mayhem. It's very draining. Tuesday's headlines include the latest twist in Charter's efforts to buy Time Warner Cable. Also, movie theater owners want shorter trailers and media pundits are busy analyzing Jay Leno's final interviews.
January 28, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
And not entirely in a good way. The great folk singer and hero of the protest movement died Monday at the age of 94 . He had lived and performed long enough for several generations of Americans to have forgotten what made him famous, so let's pause here to remember. To start with, there are the songs he wrote or co-wrote that have long since passed into the cultural repertoire, so much so that some may be mistaken for traditionals: "Turn, Turn, Turn," his setting from the Book of Ecclesiastes made into a hit by the Byrds; "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?"
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