News & links to raise your eyebrows & furrow your brow.
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Born to play royalty: Cate Blanchett will be Maid Marian.
Josh Hurst noticed this at Huffington Post:
John & Yoko’s “Double Fantasy” has to be the reason Sony invented programmable CD players. And Buddy & Julie Miller’s Written In Chalk, due out on March 3rd from the New West label, must be the reason all CD players have a repeat button. Buddy & Julie Miller have been singing, recording, and producing music together, for each other and for others for over 20 years. On this new collaboration, they have some help from good friends Emmylou Harris, Robert Plant, and Patty Griffin, and what they give us could be the best moments of their illustrious careers.
It took me a few days to get through the whole record because I couldn’t get beyond the opening track, Mr. Miller’s autobiographical “Ellis County,” a big, moving story with a killer melody and even “killerer” harmonies. (mid-February 2009, and “Ellis County” is my favorite song of the year.) When I finally moved on, I found a few more gems, like the Buddy & Robert Plant duet on the Mel Tillis penned “What You Gonna Do Leroy.” Plant sounds quite at home doing the Nashville shimmy with Buddy Miller. Then there is “Don’t Say Goodbye,” Julie Miller’s heartbreaker featuring Patty Griffin’s harmonies. This one will tear you apart.
CT has a new photography blog: Imago Fidei.
Does Pixar have a gender problem? (Thanks to Brendan Ribera for the link.)