Bill Simmons Will Host a Grantland TV Show On ESPN
WITH the success of Grantland's video podcasts and writer Bill Simmons' increasing presence on basketball-related broadcasts for ESPN and ABC, it isn't much of a surprise that the network is launching a Grantland-branded TV show.
Known for its coverage of the intersection of sports, pop culture and entertainment, Grantland has been the playground for Simmons and his handpicked crew of writers and producers since it launched in 2011. Simmons will host The Grantland Basketball Show and the program will also feature a rotating cast of Grantland contributors and basketball pundits. With ESPN recently bundling up Grantland, FiveThirtyEight and ESPN Films into a new production unit called Exit 31, you can predict the network has more video-related projects set to developed.
Let's hope TSN picks up Simmons' new program or, at the very least, that episodes are made available to stream online at Grantland's site. The show will debut Oct. 21.
Eleven Standout Releases from G7 Welcoming Committee
WITH over 50 releases in its politically charged back catalogue, Winnipeg's collectively minded G7 Welcoming Committee Records had a big impact on the punk scene during its 10-plus-year run. Helping launch the career of former Propagandhi member John K. Samson's band the Weakerthans, along with releasing albums by acts including Swedish punks Randy, live hip-hop group Warsaw Pact and a slew of Winnipeg acts such as I-Spy, Malefaction and Greg Macpherson, G7's releases ran the gamut from uncompromising hardcore to underrated instrumental acts like Giant Suns (which features David Guillas, now guitar player in Propagandhi).
Co-founder Chris Hannah breaks down 11 standout releases from the label and the SNFU record that he regrets not putting out.
Video of the Week: Ryan Adams -- Gimme Something Good
GIMME Something Good is the lead single off singer-songwriter Ryan Adams' new self-titled album, set for release Sept. 9. Featuring the Mistress of Dark, Elvira, the black-and-white video was directed by Michael Reich.
Adams plays the Burton Cummings Theatre on Oct. 12 Tickets are $47.25 to $63.50 at Ticketmaster.
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