It's still mighty warm out there but we're bringing on the fall with a few new favorites. Won't you please join us?
Since 1996, there hasn’t been a holiday season that hasn’t featured the Trans-Siberian Orchestra as part of its soundtrack: the musical collective founded by Paul O’Neill took the world by storm with its debut album, CHRISTMAS EVE AND OTHER STORIES, and they’ve continued to keep fans happy by touring on a regular basis as well as releasing new albums when the spirit moves them.
If Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity taught us anything, it’s that no self-respected pop culture aficionado can ever refuse a request to provide a top-five list. Or a top-ten list. Or any list at all, really. As such, when we ran into Thomas Lennon at this summer’s Television Critics Association press tour, we knew without question that if he had the time to do it, we’d be able to tempt him into providing us with a list of his top five Smiths songs.
Indeed, even though we caught him on the fly, Lennon was happy to oblige. In turn, we are happy to mention that his CBS series The Odd Couple returns for its third season on Monday, October 17, at 9:30 p.m. Having done so, we’d like to add that Mr. Lennon would probably appreciate it if you went ahead and filed that information away right now, because if you don’t, then you’re going to lose it in a few minutes when it’s washed away by the arrival of a flurry of Smiths lyrics.
Holiday traditions: everybody’s got ‘em. For diehard music fans, one of those traditions is seeing which artists will decide that the time is finally right to release a Christmas album. In Frankie Valli’s case, it’s taken him rather a lot of time to make that decision, but after being in the music business for 55+ years, he’s finally released the first solo Christmas album of his career: ‘TIS THE SEASONS, which is in stores now.