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Women of the Year

Posted on December 27, 2013

The first annual Dodgy Awards honors three women of 2013 who made their mark with beauty, passion, talent, and in at least two cases, controversy. Other year-end awards in various areas are also featured. And so, here are the 2013 Dodgys.  The Women of the Year Nadia of “Pussy Riot” Nadezhda “Nadia” Tolokonnikova of the all-female Russian punk activist group Pussy Riot was recently released from prison after serving nearly two years for “hooliganism.” Fellow Riot member Maria “Masha” Aloykhina was released on the same day. The entire lineup of the Pussy girls could have all been Women of the Year. (“Deranged Vaginas” – The Dodgy) Syrian Girl    There’s a great line from M*A*S*H in which Hawkeye Pierce tells Margaret ‘Hot Lips’ Houlihan…

WXRT pens “Christmas China Girl”

Posted on December 20, 2013

Because David Bowie wouldn’t do it Chicago’s WXRT-FM/93.1 can’t get enough of the China Girl. The song was released by David Bowie on his 1983 smash hit album “Let’s Dance” and reached No. 2 on the U.K. singles chart and No. 10 on Billboard. Since then it’s become the most widely played song on “Chicago’s Finest Rock,” sometimes airing three times per hour. During the last few years, however, ‘XRT has encountered a problem – during its seasonal “Holiday Nights” in which the station plays all Yule tunes every night of the 12 days leading up to Christmas –  hours worth of music were devoid of “China Girl.” The station tried to convince Bowie to pen a holiday version of the song, but his…

Good Girls, Good Music, Good Lovelies

Posted on December 15, 2013

 “That’s part of what we do with our shows, we make you feel like you’re in our living room and we’re all just hanging out after a nice dinner…listening to music and hearing some road stories too.” It’s fitting The Dodgy’s interview with Caroline Brooks of the Good Lovelies is posted in December. For myself, like the film Love Actually, the Toronto-based, Juno award-winning indie-roots-folk trio has become synonymous to Christmas. They are currently on a Christmas tour across Canada and Washington with the Vinyl Café (kind of like the Canadian version of ‘Prairie Home Companion’). And Brooks, Kerri Ough, and Sue Passmore first played together in Toronto in 2006 at Christmas time where they swapped songs in a folk-festival style – after only…