Hall & Oates Appreciation Day: “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)”

To celebrate Hall & Oates’ election to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Philly Mag writers are sharing their memories and thoughts about the Philly duo.

I very much grew up listening to Hall & Oates. They were one of my mom’s favorite groups (mom rock?), and I distinctly remember their album H2o (featuring the inescapable hit “Maneater”) being on the turntable constantly following its release in December of 1982.

And some time after that — maybe because follow-up Rock ‘n Soul Part 1 failed to produce a Part 2 — I lost track of Hall & Oates, relegating them and the impression they’d once made on me to the recesses of my psyche.

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Bill Marimow Is Back. UPDATE: Norcross to Appeal.

And just like that, Bill Marimow — the man whose October firing launched a thousand lawsuits and leaked emails — has been ordered back to his job by Judge Patricia McInerney, effective now.

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Lou Reed, Pioneer of Ungerground, Avant Garde Rock, Has Died

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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.

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Have All the Parties in Charge of the Inquirer Sued Each Other At This Point?

inquirer boxHere we go again.

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:

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Philly Boston Terrier Ellie Chosen as Portlandia‘s Ultimate Underdog

Ellie the Portlandia underdogA 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:

WATCH: Questlove Answers the Musical Question “What Does the Fox Say?”

Questlove as the Fox with Ylvis on Jimmy Fallon

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:

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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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