Thursday, October 30, 2014

Review of The Ultimate Fighter 20 episode 6

Here's the video for The Ultimate fighter 20 episode 6. The fight in this episode is Aisling Daly of Team Pettis against Angela Magana of Team Melendez. There's no drama in this episode. I've seen both fighters in the past and both are inconsistent. They can be very good or not so good.
Aisling is from Ireland and she's having trouble with the Las Vegas heat. But getting a shout out from teammate Patrick Holohan while watching UFC Dublin seems to lift her spirits. Angela talks about her trials and tribulations and how MMA saved her life. I think she tends to let her emotions get the best of her sometimes. And that can be a problem in the cage. Angela gets a takedown in round one and takes Aisling's back. But Aisling defends Angela's rear naked choke well. It is never close to being applied properly. Angela seems to be going for Aisling's arm when the ref stands them up with two minutes left in the round. He shouldn't have done that but I don't know if Angela could have gone farther. But she expended so much energy in round one, will she have anything left? The answer is no. Aisling took control in round two. And then in the extra round, Aisling finished Angela with ground and pound. So Team Pettis is pitching a shutout with six wins in a row. Next week it will be Rose Namajunas against Alex Chambers. Enjoy the video!

Ronda Rousey vs Cat Zingano moved to Feb. 28 UFC show

Ronda Rousey, Cat Zingano
UFC president Dana White announced yesterday on Instagram that Ronda Rousey defending her UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship against Cat Zingano has been moved to UFC 184 Feb. 28 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. It will co-main event the show with Chris Weidman vs Vitor Belfort. Ronda vs Cat was scheduled for UFC 182 Jan. 3 in Las Vegas. It has been replaced by Myles Jury vs Donald Cerrone. This shuffle was done for a couple of reasons. This will be the UFC's first time in Los Angeles since last summer's UFC 176 was cancelled. As a Los Angeles resident, Ronda should be a pretty good live draw. I guess they want the show to be extra special after the disappointing cancellation. The delay will also give Cat more time to recover completely from a neck injury suffered in her last fight. Last month, White said the plan was for Ronda to fight in January and then fight again in Brazil in March probably against Bethe Correia. With that plan out the window, the UFC has to do something with Bethe. Recently, Miesha Tate and Bethe have been yapping at each other on Twitter. Miesha thinks if she beats Bethe it puts her in line for another title shot that most fans don't want to see. She doesn't seem to understand that the only reason Bethe is being considered for a title shot is because of the Four Horsewomen stuff. And Ronda vs Bethe was only going to happen in Brazil. So Miesha is grasping at straws. But I guess the UFC could do Miesha vs Bethe now since they have been talking it up. If they decide to do that, I will analyze it in more detail.

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Jan Garbarek

Artist:Jan Garbarek
Song:For Turiya
Album:Folk Songs

Norwegian sax player Jan Garbarek probably typifies the cool sound of the German jazz label ECM Records. He has recorded for them since 1970. The 1979 album Folk Songs is one of a series he recorded with Brazilian guitarist and pianist Egberto Gismonti and bassist Charlie Haden. Garbarek was born Mar. 4, 1947 in Mysen, Norway and he grew up in Oslo. His father was a polish POW who moved to Norway after WWII. Garbarek got his start working in George Russell's band when Russell lived in Europe. He recorded one album for Bob Thiele's Flying Dutchman before signing with ECM in 1970. He still records for them today. Though Garbarek started out as an Albert Ayler disciple playing Avant Garde, he softened his tone in the early 70s while touring with Keith Jarrett. His music is sometimes mislabeled as New Age as his sound is typical of Scandinavian jazz. For Turiya is from the 1979 album Folk Songs. Garbarek first recorded with Brazilian guitarist and pianist Egberto Gismonti in 1977 and then added bassist Charlie Haden for the 1979 album Magico. Haden was best known for his days with Ornette Coleman but he was a very versatile musician. These three toured together for about three years. Though Gismonti wrote and arranged most of the songs, Haden wrote For Turiya and recorded it with harpist Alice Coltrane on the 1976 album Closeness. This was an album of duets with Coltrane, Keith Jarrett, Ornette Coleman and Paul Motian. Both Folk Songs and Closeness are available on CD. I chose Folk Songs because of the video clip. In 2012, ECM released the Garbarek, Gismonti and Haden live recording Magico: Carta de Amor which was recorded in 1981 but not released. Garbarek's latest CD Concert In Athens is a tribute to Greek film composer Eleni Karaindrou and was released Jan. 2013. He is currently touring Europe. Charlie Haden died recently and I hope to feature him down the road. He recorded a lot of different kinds of music and can be tough to do. I might have done him the other day except for CD availability. Here's Jan Garbarek with Egberto Gismonti and Charlie Haden performing For Turiya in Europe late 70s.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Gabi Garcia to make MMA debut in freak show match

Real Fight Championship announced today the card for their debut show Dec. 23 at Differ Ariake. Among other things, they announced that Kron Gracie will make his MMA debut against an opponent to be announced. But the fight of interest to readers of this blog will have Brazilian Jiu Jitsu champ Gabi Garcia making her MMA debut against women's MMA pioneer Megumi Yabushita. If you're familiar with these two, you'll know why I call it a freak show match. Last year, Gabi said she was tired of BJJ and wanted to try MMA. The problem is she weighs over 200lbs and there aren't any fighters in that weight class and there haven't been any for several years. So the solution is to have her fight in Open Weight which only exists in Japan because it's not regulated. A fight like this would never get approved in the US or anywhere else. Yabushita normally fights at 135lb. But she's done this kind of thing before. Long time fans will recall that she beat the 300lb Russian Svetlana Goundarenko on the 2000 REMIX tournament. But more recently she lost to 200lb Lana Stefanac on the Dec. 26, 2007 Smackgirl show. Stefanac was a very good fighter but was forced to retire because there was no competition for her. Not to mention that Yabushita is now 43 years old and should retire from MMA but won't. She hasn't won a fight in over four years. That these promoters were forced to make a freak show match like this proves that there is no fighters for Gabi Garcia. It reminds me of when pro wrestler Kia "Amazing Kong" Stevens (280lbs) wanted to try MMA and promoters were forced to find a female sumo wrestler with no MMA experience for her to fight. That match was a joke. And this one will be a joke too. And the promoters didn't even put Gabi on the poster.

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Debra Laws

Artist:Debra Laws f/Ronnie Laws
Song:Very Special
Album:WDAS 105.3 FM Classic Soul Hits Volume 9

Though Very Special was the only significant hit for singer Debra Laws, the song is now considered a Quiet Storm classic and is frequently sampled by hip hop guys. I suspect that fans of the song don't know anything about Debra. She was born Sept. 10, 1956 in Houston the seventh of eight children. Her older brothers Hubert Laws and Ronnie Laws are veteran jazz sax and flute players and sister Eloise Laws is also a singer. And family is Debra's story. As with Eloise, Debra has spent most of her career singing in Ronnie Laws' band and as a background singer. Debra sang on albums by Hubert and Ronnie Laws in the 70s. After Eloise Laws had some success with the 1978 album Eloise, Ronnie Laws got Debra a record deal with Elektra Records and he produced the 1981 album Very Special using musicians from his band. The single Very Special reached #11 on the R & B Singles chart. And as I said, it is a Quiet Storm classic. Ronnie Laws sings on the record and also plays the sax solo. The guitar solo is by veteran blues guitarist Arthur Adams. Very Special was written by background singer Lisa Peters and Ronnie Laws' drummer William Jeffery who also wrote the arrangement. The song is frequently sampled and a rap cover was recorded by Big Daddy Kane in 1993. It was also sampled on the 2003 Jennifer Lopez hit All I Have. The Laws family sued Sony for unauthorized use of Debra's voice. That was dismissed but a lawsuit against Warner Music for allowing Debra's voice to be used on the record without her consent was settled out of court. You can get Very Special on this Collectables various artists comp which is part of a series of CDs produced for Philadelphia radio station WDAS. Debra Laws didn't record another solo album until 1993. She went back to touring with Ronnie Laws and also as a studio singer. Here's a video for Very Special by Debra Laws featuring Ronnie Laws.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Confederate Railroad

Artist:Confederate Railroad
Song:Daddy Never Was The Cadillac Kind
Album:The Very Best Of Confederate Railroad

Confederate Railroad had success in the early 90s with two Platinum albums and four top ten country hits including Daddy Never Was The Cadillac Kind in 1994 which was their final top ten hit. I guess they are compared to Alabama and similar groups. Confederate Railroad are from Atlanta with Danny Shirley on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Michael Lamb on lead guitar, Chris McDaniel on keyboards, Warren "Gates" Nichols on steel guitar, Wayne Secrest on bass and Mark Dufresne on drums. They formed in 1987 after Shirley had some success as a solo artist. They played local clubs in Atlanta and went on the road with David Allan Coe and Johnny Paycheck. For several years they were the house band at Miss Kitty's in Marietta, GA. They signed with Atlantic Records in 1991 and worked with legendary Muscle Shoals pianist and producer Barry Beckett. Their 1992 debut CD Confederate Railroad was certified 2XPlatinum. Queen Of Memphis reached #2 on the Country Singles chart and Jesus and Mama and Trashy Women were also top ten hits. Their 1994 CD Notorious was certified Platinum. Daddy Never Was The Cadillac Kind reached #9 on the Country Singles chart and was Confederate Railroad's final top ten country hit. The song was written by veteran Nashville songwriters Dave Gibson and Bernie Nelson. Gibson was a member of the early 90s group Gibson/Miller Band. Nelson has worked with Barry Beckett since the 70s. Their next two albums weren't as successful as the first two and Confederate Railroad left Atlantic in 1998. You can get all their hits on this Rhino comp. They're still around. They released a live CD on E1 Music in 2010. And they still tour. Gates Nichols died in 2010 and was replaced by Sawyer Brown's Bobby Randall. There have been other changes but Shirley, Secrest and Dufresne are still in the band. here's the video for Daddy Never Was The Cadillac Kind by Confederate Railroad.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Review of WWE Total Divas season 3 episode 10

Before I review the "mid-season finale" of WWE Total Divas, last week the WWE announced that Total Divas will return on Jan. 4, 2015 and Alicia Fox and Paige have been added to the cast. Alicia has been in the WWE for a long time and Paige is the youngest Diva but she has a lot of wrestling experience. Of course this episode of WWE Total Divas has a wedding along with two other phony storylines. We begin in Portland, OR with Fandango asking Nattie Neidhart about her marital problems which she brought to work on last week's episode. Nattie talks to Nikki Bella and Nikki comes to the conclusion that maybe it's OK not to be married to John Cena. Next, Eva Marie is getting her wedding dress. She says her dress is sleek and sexy but it looks trashy. What kind of a wedding dress is that? Then Nikki tells Cena about her talk with Nattie and that she has accepted that they will never marry. At a photo shoot, Nattie tells Eva Marie that she doesn't want to sit with TJ at the wedding dinner. Eva tells her the seating plan can't be changed. The Bella Twins and Bryan Danielson go for coffee and Nikki tells Brie that she has accepted that she will never marry John Cena. Of course Brie doesn't accept this and that's OK. But later she recruits her family to confront Cena about this without telling Nikki. Mind your own damn business. And she would in real life. But not in a phony baloney reality show. I hated this storyline. It makes no sense. And her mom tries to convince her to stay out of it. But her brother agrees with her and they are going to confront Cena. We go to the site of the wedding in California wine country. Nattie and TJ are in separate rooms. The Bella Twins go to a winery. We get an unnecessary and lengthy wine commercial. And the twins get smashed. They bicker about Nikki's decision. While Eva Marie has her rehearsal, The Bella Twins are at dinner with Nattie and TJ. The twins are still drunk and Nattie and TJ still bicker. We finally have the wedding. Eva Marie is wearing a black wig because that's her real hair colour. I doubt they used a real minister because he called her Eva Marie which is not her real name. Afterwards, Nattie tries to rearrange the seating plan. Ariane tells her to have a cocktail and relax. Nattie's behaviour is very childish. Brie is still sticking her nose in Nikki's business. At the dinner, Nattie and TJ are at the same table after all. She's sitting next to her enemy Summer Rae and Summer jokes about it. In Phoenix, Brie, her brother JJ and mom meet with Cena and express their concerns. They tell him that if she won't marry Nikki, he should let her go. Remember Nikki doesn't know about this meeting. Cena says he was upfront with Nikki and didn't trick her. He is clearly pissed off but shows remarkable restraint in not going off on them. We don't see much restraint on this show. But he does give Nikki the option of leaving. And her answer is your cliffhanger for next season. Enjoy the video and see you in January!
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After her win, Satoko Shinashi calls out Korean idol fighter Ga Yeon Song

Ga Yeon Song
Not surprisingly, Satoko Shinashi easily won her fight over 15 year old Korean kickboxer Ye Jin Jung on yesterday's DEEP show. It was over in about a minute of round one via TKO. Some fans asked me about the morality of a 15 year old fighter. There is no real age limit outside North America. Remember MIZUKI made her pro MMA debut at 16 years old and she was kickboxing before that. And there are pre-teen female kickboxers in Thailand. But Jung had no prior MMA experience so I thought she was ill prepared for someone as experienced as Shinashi. What was interesting is that after the fight, Shinashi called out the "Korean idol fighter" to meet her at the DEEP New Year's Eve show. She's talking about 19 year old singer/actress/fighter Ga Yeon Song. This call out was no doubt prompted by DEEP matchmaker Shigeru Saeki who needs a lot of matches for the New Year's Eve show. Ga Yeon Song won her debut fight over Emi Yamamoto on the Aug. 17 ROAD FC show. You can check out the video of the fight below. Song wins easily but Yamamoto is 33 years old making her MMA debut. She trains at Mori Dojo in Yamaguchi owned by journeyman fighter Akihiko Mori who has also fought for ROAD FC. The big deal in Korea about Song is she was on the Korean reality show Roommates which is about a singing group. She has been martial arts training since she was a child but got more serious about it in the last couple of years. ROAD FC owner Jung Moon Hong saw her at an amateur event and thought she was too beautiful to be a fighter. He was surprised to learn her martial arts background. At first he hired her as a ring girl. But then she left Roommates earlier this year to concentrate on MMA. They have given her the nickname The Deadly Beauty. And though I agree that she needs to fight better competition, I think ROAD FC would be making a huge mistake allowing her to fight someone as experienced as Satoko Shinashi. She would be in way over her head. But I'm not surprised that Saeki wants her. He likes idol fighters. And I guess he thinks if he makes a big deal about it, Hong won't be able to resist. Check out her fight video for yourself.

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Johnny Lee

Artist:Johnny Lee
Song:Lookin' For Love
Album:The Best Of Johnny Lee

Johnny Lee scored his first number one country hit with Lookin' For Love in 1980. It crossed over to the pop top five. It was from the 1980 film Urban Cowboy. He had some other country hits in the 80s and then faded by the late 80s. He was born John Lee Ham July 3, 1946 and grew up on his parents dairy farm in Alta Loma, TX. He had a band in high school and after a tour in the US Navy, he joined Mickey Gilley's band and worked for ten years at Gilley's nightclub in Pasadena, TX. Lee was the star performer when Gilley was touring. Lee recorded for ABC/Dot and GRT Records. He had a top 20 country hit in 1977 with Country Party which was a reworking of Rick Nelson's Garden Party. Lee appeared in the 1979 TV movie The Girls In The Office. The 1980 film Urban Cowboy was shot mostly at Gilley's. Full Moon Records owner Irving Azoff asked Lee to record a song for the film. Lookin' For Love topped the country charts and reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100. Teacher Wanda Mallette got the idea for the song while observing her second grade students and wrote it with partner Patti Ryan. They sent a demo to veteran songwriter Bob Morrison and after a few changes, it bounced around Nashville for a while before Lee recorded it. So now Lee had a record deal. He had three more #1 country hits and you can get them all on this comp from Curb Records. The soundtrack for Urban Cowboy is also available on CD. In 1983, Lee married actress Charlene Tilton of the TV series Dallas. So Lee was riding high in the early 80s. His decline began when Azoff sold Full Moon to Warner Bros. They dropped him in 1986 and Tilton divorced him in 1987. Lee signed with Curb Records in 1989 and opened his own club down the street from Gilley's. Lee hasn't recorded since 2006 but he still tours. Here's Johnny Lee performing Lookin' For Love on The Ralph Emery Show 1980.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Alan O'Day

Artist:Alan O'Day
Song:Undercover Angel
Album:Ultimate Summer Hits

Songwriter Alan O'Day topped the charts with Undercover Angel in 1977. I think most folks know the song but know nothing about O'Day's long musical career. He was born Oct. 3, 1940 in Hollywood, CA. His dad was a photographer and his mom a writer for the Pasadena Star-News. As a teen, O'Day was in bands like The Imperials, The Shoves and The Renes. With his high school buddy Arch Hall Jr., he got to work on films directed by Hall's dad Arch Hall Sr. like 1962's Wild Guitar. The two led the band The Archers. Then O'Day was in the backup group Alan & Bob & Denny. After that ended, O'Day worked has a songwriter for Warner Bros. Music. His biggest hits as a songwriter were Angie Baby for Helen Reddy and Rock and Roll Heaven for The Righteous Brothers. O'Day recorded an album in 1973 that went nowhere. In 1977, Warners started Pacific Records for house songwriters to record. O'Day's album Appetizers was the first album released on that label. Undercover Angel topped the charts in Feb. 1977. The background vocals are by Carol Parks who was married to session guitarist Dean Parks. But the album didn't do that well and O'Day's 1979 album Oh Johnny stiffed too. One of his other singles charted so technically O'Day is not a one hit wonder. You can get Undercover Angel on this various artists budget CD from Collectables. O'Day left Warners in 1982 and wrote a hundred songs with Janis Liebart for the Jim Henson TV Series Muppet Babies. They also wrote songs for the National Geographic video series Really Wild Animals. He released a couple of CDs but mostly O'Day lived in Nashville and wrote and produced songs until his death on May 17, 2013 at age 72. Here's a video for Undercover Angel by Alan O'Day.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Big Bad Blog Video Theater-Marloes Coenen vs Annalisa Bucci

Here's the fight video of Marloes Coenen vs Annalisa Bucci from last night's Bellator show. They are going to launch a 145lb women's division in 2015 but I don't think there is much competition for Marloes. Bucci is an Italian kickboxer with a 7-3 MMA record. But as we see in this fight, she has no ground game. I got a good laugh from an interview Marloes did with MMA Junkie where she said she wanted a KO. So what does she do ten seconds into this fight? She takes Bucci down and most of the fight was on the ground. And that wasn't good for Bucci because she showed nothing on the ground even when she was on top. Marloes landed elbows from the bottom. Ref Big John McCarthy kept yelling at Bucci to do something. Of course Bucci had to respect Marloes because of her ability to hook a submission from any position. But there's such a thing as showing too much respect. She did nothing. Marloes kept trying for submissions until she finished with a rear naked choke early in round three. Meanwhile, Bellator commentators Sean Wheelock and Jimmy Smith tried to sell this as a tough match for Marloes and refused to label it as the mismatch that it was. Smith is usually more honest than that. When I watched Bucci fight on Youtube, I knew she would have nothing for Marloes. But she was even more timid than I thought she would be. The problem with 145lb is a lot of the fighters have dropped to 135 to try to get into the UFC. But Marloes doesn't want to do that and as a result the competition level at 145 is low. She'll be a big fish in a small pond. Enjoy the video!

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Haydn Quartet

Artist:Haydn Quartet f/Harry Macdonough
Song:Will You Love Me In December As You Do In May?
Album:1906: When Things Was Lookin' Bright

The Haydn Quartet was a very popular vocal group in the early days of recorded sound. They were formed in 1896 as the Edison Quartet recording for Edison Records owned by phonograph inventor Thomas Edison. They changed the name to Haydn Quartet to record for other companies. Harry Macdonough was born John Scantlebury Macdonald May 30, 1871 in Hamilton, ON. He joined the Haydn Quartet in 1898. The group signed with Victor Records in 1901 and had success with songs like In The Good Old Summertime and Sweet Adeline. Will You Love Me In December As You Do In May? was released in 1906. While Macdonough was singing for the Haydn Quartet, he was recording studio manager for Victor in New York. By 1908, he left the Haydn Quartet and after several years at Victor as sales manager and later A & R manager, he moved to Columbia Records in 1925. He died on Sept. 26, 1931 at age 60. Will You Love Me In December As You Do In May? was written by future New York City mayor Jimmy Walker and Ernest Ball who also wrote When Irish Eyes Are Smiling. The song is a barbershop quartet standard. This recording is on a CD that is part of a series released by the historic music label Archeophone. This one covers songs from 1906. In 1910, Victor replaced the Haydn Quartet with the American Quartet featuring several Haydn Quartet members. The Haydn Quartet disbanded in 1914. Their sheet music was very popular in the early days of sound recording. And yes, this is the oldest recording I have ever featured on this blog. Here's a video for Will You Love Me In December as You Do In May? by the Haydn Quartet featuring Harry Macdonough.

Friday, October 24, 2014

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Billy Lewis

Artist:Billy Lewis
Song:Heart Trouble
Album:An Introduction To New York Blues

Billy Lewis is best known as leader of a later and unauthorized version of The Drifters. But it looks like in an earlier life, he recorded a few singles for legendary producer Bobby Robinson including Heart Trouble in 1960. It sounds great but the sound was probably dated then which is why it went nowhere. Lewis was from Jacksonville, FL and he moved to New York. Bobby Robinson owned the New York record shop Bobby's Record Shop. He worked with Atlantic Records owner Ahmet Ertegun in the early 50s and owned various record labels in the 50s and early 60s. Later on in the 70s he was involved in the early days of rap music. Robinson produced blues artists like Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Champion Jack Dupree and Elmore James. But his biggest hit was the 1959 smash Kansas City by Wilbert Harrison. No doubt he was looking for another hit when he released Heart Trouble by Billy Lewis in 1960. Robinson did strike gold again with Ya Ya by Lee Dorsey and Tossin' and Turnin' by Bobby Lewis. You can get Heart Trouble on this CD that seems to be a Bobby Robinson sampler. Billy Lewis resurfaced as a member of the Drifters in 1975. He left in 1979 but then formed his own version of the Drifters. He returned to The Drifters in 1986 and left again in 1989. He started his own group called Sound of the Drifters and then later led Billy Lewis' Nu Drifters. He even released a CD called Keep The Legend Alive in 2005. Attempts by the owners of the Drifters name to stop Lewis were unsuccessful. And he wasn't the only one leading an unauthorized version of The Drifters. It's very confusing. Lewis continued until his 2010 death. He always claimed he recorded for major labels. I don't think that was true but he did record for Bobby Robinson. Here's a video of Heart Trouble by Billy Lewis. Thanks to Soul Music HQ for the Billy Lewis bio.