John’s top 10 songs from ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ so far

Two new shows I kept on my viewing schedule have already been canceled – “Wicked City” and, for all intents and purposes, “Minority Report,” which had its episode order cut to 10. But the TV networks have kept the best fall show: “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” I’m setting myself up for more disappointment, perhaps, as I’m now not only hoping for a DVD and soundtrack, but also for a second season.

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30 years later, ranking the 12 tracks of ‘Born in the U.S.A.’

Some people called Bruce Springsteen a sellout for delivering 12 radio-friendly hits (seven became top 10 singles) on “Born in the U.S.A.,” which hit record stores on June 4, 1984. Others, including his producer/manager Jon Landau, said it didn’t have enough singles (“Dancing in the Dark” was written in order to fill this perceived gap).

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Folds/Hornby collaboration a compelling but mediocre experiment

Author Nick Hornby writes the words and musician Ben Folds puts the music to them. The September album “Lonely Avenue” is, on the surface, hard to resist. It features one of my favorite authors and the man responsible for what I think is a perfect album, 2001’s “Rockin’ the Suburbs.” And I can’t think of a previous example of a musician and novelist teaming up for an album (let me know if there are any), so they get points for an original gimmick.

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