The Kirkham Report

EUROVISION ’21 – Come hell or high water (or coronavirus), it WILL HAPPEN!

UPDATED 9/18 `12:24 PM ET with more info The European Broadcast Union made it official earlier today – no matter what happens, or what kind of circumstances they may have to maneuver, Eurovision Song Contest 2021 WILL GO ON! YAY! Methinks the earful they got about the cancellation last year has spurred them into motion. Preliminary info was released during the “Eurovision: Shine A Light” substitute special last May, but today’s video announcement makes it official. As the video below shows, they are going ahead, with one of four possible scenarios – Full Show, Socially Distant Show, Travel-restricted show, or

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Check out TKR Video Central on YouTube!

Hey all – I just jumped with both feet into the video vinyl community on YouTube! TKR VideoCentral will house all my videos dealing with music – I started this as a separate channel from PNRNetworks’ YouTube hub, so if you’re subscribed over there, you will need to subscribe here too. “The Kirkham Report” on TKR VideoCentral will be a lot of my ramblings about music, vinyl collecting, some contest entries, some musical stories, and such, as well as a couple of new series i’m doing over there, my “Bakers’ Dozen” series, and my upcoming “Discology” series, where I will

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IT’S FINALLY OFFICIAL! The American Song Contest will launch holiday season 2021

Well, we’ve been waiting for official confirmation about it…and it’s arrived! Variety is reporting exclusively this afternoon that the American Song Contest, the US version of the storied and long running Eurovision Song Contest, will launch during the 2021 Holiday season! The contest is officially licensed by the European Broadcast Union, the official sponsors of Eurovision, which means that ASC will be a sibling telecast to the long running European version which has become an annual tradition since it’s start in 1956. Unlike ESC, however, rather than pitting country against country, the American Song Contest will pit state vs state;

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DISCoveries: Luke Mitrani

DISCoveries is the place to come to discover some great artists you probably don’t know but should…these are the emerging acts that TC highly recommends! LUKE MITRANI I’ve been a fan of Luke’s for years, but only recently has the musician in him taken over; he began his career as a professional snowboarder, burning up the winter extreme sports circuit, and even landing a win or two here and there. The younger brother of snowboarder-turned-broadcaster Jack Mitrani, Luke had a life-changing, near-fatal snowboarding accident a few years back, and while he still snowboards for fun, it was at that time

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RECORD STORE DAY(S) 2020 – PICKS AND HOPES

I’ve never really been able to get involved with the craziness of Record Store Day other than helping to hype and promote the hell out of it; usually I’m broke or working. Normally held on the third Saturday in April each year since 2008, with a mini-version on Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) each year since 2010, the pandemic has kind of screwed them up in a major way this year, as it has so many things. The idea behind the day is to promote local record stores, and hundreds of them participate in the limited releases that are

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Billboard’s “Best Boy Band Albums” list is questionable at best..

Earlier this week, Billboard published their list of the 30 best albums by boy bands over the past 30 years, and it was an interesting read. It covered four decades of boy bands with all genres, styles, and countries included…but there’s one problem with the list – not all of the bands included fall into the technical definition of “boy band”. Wikipedia gives the following definition of “boy band”: “A boy band (or boyband) is loosely defined as a vocal group consisting of young male singers, usually in their teenage years or in their twenties at the time of formation,

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THE TKR COLLECTION: Disco-fied Classics

Back in the mid-1970s, a new form of dance music started to evolve, a mix of traditional Soul/R&B music with some 70s pop sense and beats thrown in. The powers that be called it “disco” after the clubs the music became popular in. And it was good. Or mostly good. I admit it, I grew up in the age of disco, and loved quite a bit of it. Disco really got rolling as a major force in music in a big way in 1974, with Billboard Hot 100 number one hits “Rock The Boat” by Hues Corporation and “Rock Your

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PASSAGES: Country superstar Charlie Daniels 1936-2020

You know, it seems that ever since I redoubled my efforts to make TKR a fun and entertaining music site again as of the last couple of weeks, 90% of what I’ve been doing is reporting on the passings of a great many amazing people… Country music legend Charlie Daniels died this morning in Hermitage TN of a hemorrhagic stroke; he was 83 years old. A member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2008 and a member of the Country Music Hall Of Fame class of 2016, Daniels was a legend in the music business, with nearly five decades of

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PASSAGES: Italian film composer legend Ennio Morricone 1928-2020

He was truly one of the most prolific film score composers of all time, with an estimated FIVE HUNDRED scores under his belt in his six decade long film music career, and his music influenced countless generations of all types of musicians. Italian film composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91 following complications from a fall. Morricone didn’t start writing film music until 1958, but once he was there, he didn’t look back, sometimes doing multiple scores a year from his studios in Rome, where he always worked. He was notorious for always wanting to work for

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It has begun…

July 1 came and went without fanfare in the world, except in our little abode. Because this weekend, we put the (almost) finishing touches on the complete overhaul of our home office and studio. This has been a long time coming, and I can’t wait to share how exciting it is for me to see it finally come to fruition. We live in a two bedroom apartment. We have one bedroom for sleeping and one that acts as our studio and office. A little over two years ago, I began a slow renovation of the studio, and this weekend, it

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