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56th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees in Visual Media

And the Grammy nominees are...
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The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States released their nominees for the 2014 Grammy Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement in the music industry. The eligibility period was October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013. The ceremony will be held on January 26, 2014, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and portions will be broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/P. I am surprised they don't go live across the country so stay off social media that night if you don't want it spoiled. Honoring the "best" music in Visual Media are the following categories.

Watch Oingo Boingo Live from Halloween Weekend 1987

It's another Dead Man's Party.
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Last year, thanks to Despina838 of YouTube, we presented video from Oingo Boingo's 1990 Halloween show. It was a local tradition for the band to play Orange County's Irvine Meadows from 1986 to 1991, and luckily, I attend was able to attend that last year. Their final concert was Halloween 1995. Inspired by seeing Danny Elfman sing songs from The Nightmare Before Christmas at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, I have decided to start our own tradition by presenting Despina838's video from 1987. In March of that year, they had released Boi-ngo, their fifth studio album. I have chosen the Friday

Laurel and Hardy in Dirty Work (1933)

"The whole thing looks screwy to me!" - Oliver
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Dirty Work is the fifth and final short the boys released in 1933, a month before their classic feature Sons of the Desert, and it is a funny one. Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are working as chimney sweeps and get work at the home of Professor Noodle, a scientist developing a formula to reverse the aging process, but that is just a set-up for the final joke that closes out the film. This film could have been set in any house with a chimney because the main focus of the story, and the laughs, are the antics between the

No More Trouble in the Forest: Rush Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall Fame

"[Rush has] always been cool." - Dave Grohl
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On Thursday, April 18, 2013, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Rush, Heart, Public Enemy, Albert King, Donna Summer and Randy Newman as well as Lou Adler and Quincy Jones. Most notable was the inclusion of Rush. who had been eligible since 1999, a year that saw less influential artists such as Billy Joel, Del Shannon, and Dusty Springfield get inducted. Rush's yearly snubbing had long been a sore spot for fans, but was a blemish on the Hall of Fame more than anything else. Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters offered a passionate, funny induction

Celebrate Halloween with Oingo Boingo

Relive a Southern California tradition.
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One of the joys of living is tradition, and for those of us who grew up in Southern California from 1986 to 1991, Oingo Boingo playing Halloween night at Irvine Meadows was a tradition that roughly 16,000 folks got to take part in. It was a grand party with great music, and I was lucky enough to attend in 1991 before they took a break from it in 1992. Elfman explained why they stopped in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, "It was our design not to be that predictable. To perform on Halloween means doing the audience version

The Dictator, Van Halen, Pink Floyd, RIP Donna Summer [Friday Night Videos]

A range of emotions from the week.
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Sacha Baron Cohen's The Dictator hit theaters on May 16. He took to Saturday Night Live in his character Admiral General Shabazz Aladeen to provide rave reviews from noted critics and a special guest, whose identity was spoiled by quite a few dopey websites. On Thursday, word leaked out that Van Halen was postponing concerts scheduled after June 26. (Whew, I've got tix to see them June 12.) This naturally led to speculation that David Lee Roth and the Van Halen brothers weren't getting along, which certainly wouldn't be hard to believe considering their past. But word is that the
As Marvel's The Avengers continues to dominate the box office, I thought I'd offer a brief respite and use this week's Friday Night Videos to spotlight another popular group that battled aliens countless times: the crew of the Starship Enterprise-D. On Saturday, April 28, 2012, the Calgary Expo gathered the main cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation (Sir Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner, Michael Dorn, LeVar Burton, Gates McFadden, Wil Wheaton, and Denise Crosby) at the Calgary Stampede Corral for a Q&A session to commerate the 25th anniversary of the TV series' debut. On top of

Avengers (Videos) Assemble!

Get in the mood for the big movie with these clips.
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At midnight, Marvel's The Avengers will be unleashed at movie theaters across the United States, certain to dominate the box-office receipts. If you don't have the time to take part in the Ultimate Marvel Marathon where theaters will be screening Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Captain America, and Thor leading up to the big debut, the videos below may help satisfy your Avengers desire until you can get out and see it. Marvel's The Avengers Trailer: In this clip, writer/director Joss Whedon provides commentary during a scene where Iron Man and Thor face off: Taking a page

Earl Scruggs, Anchorman 2, and Tenacious D [Friday Night Videos]

We still play music around here.
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Welcome to Friday Night Videos. It's been a interesting week with the passing of a legend and announcements dealing with the return of a few who think they are legends. On Wednesday the 28th, the world lost banjo-player extraordinaire Earl Scruggs. As a member of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys and then forming the Foggy Mountain Boys with guitarist Lester Flatt, later referred to by their surnames, Scruggs helped popularized the bluegrass sound. While not the first to use the three-finger banjo-picking style, many considered him the best, like banjo-player Bela Fleck. In a piece about Scruggs for the New

Jurassic Park Animatronic T-Rex Rehearsal [Friday Night Videos]

A wonderful bit of movie magic.
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Thanks for joining us for the debut of our new feature, "Friday Night Videos," where we plan to showcase interesting videos for your viewing pleasure, just as the late-night music video series did that ran on NBC from 1983 to 2002 whose name we are using. First up is this clip from the Stan Winston Studio Archives. The late Stan Winston is a Hollywood legend. He was a visual effects supervisor and makeup artist with an impressive list of movie titles on his resume. He was also the receipient of multiple Academy Award wins in the Visual Effects category leading

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