— KYW Newsradio (@KYWNewsradio) November 22, 2013
Lou Reed, an icon of edgy, boundary-pushing, experimental and avant garde rock—both with the seminal, proto-alt band The Velvet Underground in the 1960s and early ’70s, and as a solo artist—passed away on Sunday at the age of 71, reports Rolling Stone.
While a cause of death has yet to be released, Andrew Wylie, Reed’s literary agent, tells The New York Times that he believes a liver transplant the singer underwent in May—a procedure Billboard called “life-saving” at the time—was a factor.
A dating site called cupid.com has released the results of a poll designed to answer the burning question: Which North American accent is sexiest.
Bob Hall—the publisher who fired Inquirer editor Bill Marimow last week against the wishes of two of its owners, Lewis Katz and H.G. “Gerry” Lenfest, who’ve since sued him and who were just yesterday counter-sued by a third owner, George Norcross III—has himself filed a response to the action Lenfest and Katz filed against him.
Hall’s intent is to have the suit dismissed.
In a preliminary objection filed with the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Hall and his attorneys argue, essentially, that:
A local Boston Terrier named Ellie has won a walk-on role with Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein during the upcoming season of Portlandia.
Quoth the press release:
“After a thorough search of thousands of pups – Portlandia’s underdog has been chosen… meet Ellie! Ellie, the most memorable face of the litter, has won the grand prize of a walk on role during the new season of Portlandia. Ellie the Boston Terrier hails from Philadelphia where she is currently being showered with TLC after a recent operation.
“Check out the photo of Ellie and get prepared for her big break on Season 4!”
And now, some hot dog footage from Portlandia:
In case the runaway viral smash “The Fox” by Norway’s Ylvis slipped under your radar until right now, or if you’ve always wondered “just what does a fox say?”, we present for your lazy Saturday viewing pleasure the duo’s stunning performance with The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, featuring everyone’s favorite afro-pick’d drummer/band leader rocking it vulpine style.
If you’re wondering just who the heck Ylvis is, it’s actually brothers Bard and Vegard Ylvisaker, and they’re sort of like Norway’s Flight of the Conchords. They host a show called I Kveld Med Ylvis (Tonight With Ylvis) on TV Norge and they and their runaway hit just got the New York Times treatment:
Exclusive: Kermit Gosnell Says He Is “Spiritually Innocent”–and Sends Abortion-Inspired Poetry from Prison
Talking publicly for the first time since his trial and conviction on three counts of murder, one count of involuntary manslaughter and more than 200 counts of violating Pennsylvania’s Abortion Control Act, Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell insists he is “spiritually innocent.”
Speaking exclusively to Philadelphia magazine writer Steve Volk for a new magazine article and e-book, Gosnell—who was convicted in May of snipping the necks of babies born alive during abortion procedures in his West Philadelphia clinic—believes he was serving the best interests of his community and the women who came to him. “In an ideal world,” he said, “we’d have no need for abortion. But bringing a child into the world when it cannot be provided for, that there are not sufficient systems to support, is a greater sin. I considered myself to be in a war against poverty, and I feel comfortable with the things I did and the decisions I made.”
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Our very own Scenester, HughE Dillon, informs us that the below photo, taken last night at Feastival, is the only one you’ll find online of just-traded Philadelphia Union goalie Chris Konopka and his lady friend, Philly socialite Maria Papadakis.
According to reports, Kononpka is headed to Toronto FC. He tweeted his thanks to the Union this morning. No word on what this means for the romantically linked pair, or if Konopka will have to relinquish his Sexy Single-dom.
— Chris Konopka (@ChrisKonopka414) September 13, 2013
Bobby Martin—producer and one of the architects of The Sound of Philadelphia—passed away Friday in San Diego. And ever since we heard the news, we’ve been binging on Philly Soul.
According to All Music Guide, Martin, whose biggest claims to fame are his arrangements of Billy Paul’s “Me and Mrs. Jones” and the theme to Soul Train, was influential beyond his relatively modest renown:
The sounds of not only jazz but country & western were in the bag of textures Bobby Martin utilized in developing the popular Philly soul sound. While not as well-known as producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff or arranger Thom Bell, Martin in the ’70s became even more in demand among a roster of artists that included Fred Taveres, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, the O’Jays and Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles. Various critics have weighed in on Martin’s innovations, while the man himself has eloquently expressed his own point of view in the liner notes to various reissue collections of Philly soul material.
Enjoy these classic tracks from the heyday of Philly Soul.
1. Billy Paul:
“Me and Mrs. Jones”
2. The Delfonics:
“Didn’t I Blow Your Mind This Time”
3. The O’Jays:
4. Teddy Pendergrass with Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes:
“Wake Up Everybody”
5. The Intruders:
“I’ll Always Love My Mama”