Capital Radio, 6-20-22: Juneteenth Edition

Much to celebrate on this June day. Juneteenth for one, made a federal holiday only last year. But it’s also the 80th birthday of Brian Wilson who brought so much more artistry, harmony and joy than one would expect from a band named The Beach Boys. 

There were also a whole lot of great shows coming ‘round this way last week from Belle & Sebastian and Japanese Breakfast to Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, John Doe and Sheryl Crow, with opening acts to as notable as Waxahatchee. It was one of those amphitheater openers who inspired the first hour: Los Bitchos, an all -instrumental combo from London, led to a bunch of notable songs over the years that didn’t rely on lyrics at all. A strangely uplifting show, with no major known technological gaffes. 

Here’s a link to the whole show. The playlist follows. 

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Monday TV: A Mysterious Nebraska Murder

What made a handful of people confess to the 1985 murder of a 68-year-old grandmother in Beatrice, Neb.? A new true crime documentary series “Mind Over Murder” (HBO, 10 p.m.) looks into the case, in which the confessors were later exonerated by DNA evidence 20 years later.

A murder even further back, of an Asian-American draftsman by a white autoworker is reviewed in the award-winning 1988 documentary “Who Killed Vincent Chin?” making an encore appearance on “POV” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings) 40 years after the crime, whose perpetrator, despite a confession, never went to jail. 

The Stanley Cup Playoffs get another prime time network showcase with Colorado at Tampa Bay (ABC, 8 p.m.). The Avalanche are up 2-0 in the series. 

Qualifying rounds continue in San Antonio for “American Ninja Warrior” (NBC, 8 p.m.). 

Broadcast is awash with new episodes of game shows with “Don’t Forget the Lyrics!” (Fox, 8 p.m.), “Beat Shazam” (Fox, 9 p.m.) and “Weakest Link” (NBC, 10 p.m.). 

The president turned professor ends his series with a pair of episodes of “The American Presidency with Bill Clinton” (History, 9 p.m.). 

Paul takes his parents to the country on “Breeders” (FX, 10 p.m.). 

On “Irma Vep” (HBO, 9 p.m.), René recalls his relationship with his ex-wife, who once played the title role. 

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Sunday TV: Celebrating Juneteenth in L.A.

“Juneteenth: A Global Celebration for Freedom” (CNN, 8 p.m.), live from the Hollywood Bowl, presents entertainment celebrating the day with Earth, Wind @ Fire, Bell Bit Defoe, The Roots, Chaka Khan, Jill Scott, Anthony Hamilton, Lucky Daye and Mickey Guyton. Don Lemon hosts; Michelle Obama is slated to give some remarks. 

Elsewhere, Taye Diggs, Ne-Yo and Eric Bellinger celebrate Black culture in the special “The Black Pack: Excellence” (CW, 8 p.m.), which includes a special tribute to Sammy Davis Jr.

Joy Reid and Tiffany Cross talk “The Culture Is: Black Women” (MSNBC, 10 p.m.). 

It’s not often a poet gets a prime time special, but Brandon Leake, an “America’s Got Talent” winner, gets one, doing spoken word poems on “Brandon Leake: A Family Affair” (CW, 9 p.m.).

The lawyer for the families of Trayvon Martin, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd is profiled in the documentary “Civil: Ben Crump” (Netflix, streaming). 

“Hotel Portofino” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings) is the Italian seaside locale of the latest “Masterpiece” series, about a British family who relocates there after World War I. Natascha McElhone leads the cast. It’s accompanied by a new season of the “Inspector Morse” prequel “Endeavour” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings). 

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Saturday TV: Jackie Robinson’s Legacy

The 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball is marked by the two-hour documentary “After Jackie” (History, 8 p.m.) featuring interviews with Bill White and Bob Gibson.

There’s baseball, too, with Texas at Detroit (Fox Sports 1, 4 p.m.), St. Louis at Boston (Fox, 7 p.m.) and Angels at Seattle (MLB, 10 p.m.).

A new Japanese anime series “Spriggan” (Netflix, streaming) is based on the manga of the same name.

Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals has Tampa Bay at Colorado (ABC, 8 p.m.).

The “Superstar Racing Experience” (CBS, 8 p.m.) originates from Five Flags Speedway with Bobby Laborite, Paul Tracy, Ryan Newman, Ryan Hunter-Real, Chase Elliott, Josef Newgarden and Ryan Blaney as well as last year’s winner Tony Stewart.  

Eight students take a six-week course on sharks in the new series “Shark Academy” (Animal Planet, 10 p.m.). 

In the first of two episodes of “Murdoch Mysteries” (Ovation, 7 p.m.), a musician’s murder was predicted in a blues song. 

“Planet Earth: Dynasties II: Meerkat” (BBC America, 8 p.m.) follows a family of meerkats in Botswana. 

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Friday TV: Emma Thompson’s Latest Movie

The anticipated sex comedy “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande” (Hulu, streaming) stars Emma Thompson as a retired widow who hires a sex worker (Daryl McCormack) for company.  

A recent college grad finds his niche as a party starter and motivational dance instructor at local bar mitzvahs in the new feature “Cha Cha Real Smooth” (Apple TV+, streaming).. Dakota Johnson and Cooper Raiff not only star, but wrote and directed. Leslie Mann and Brad Garrett also co-star.

It was 50 years to day that burglers hired by the White House were caught breaking into the Democratic Committee offices at the Watergate. The date is marked by a prime time special, “Watergate: High Crimes in the White House” (CBS, 9 p.m.) that will feature the reporters who helped break the story, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. 

Another documentary “The Martha Mitchell Effect” (Netflix, streaming) looks at the role of the Watergate whistleblower who happened to also be married to the attorney general under investigation. 

And a six-hour series from 2018 “Watergate” (History, 6 p.m.) is rerun in its entirety. 

“Jerry & Marge Go Large” (Paramount+, streaming) is a new film starring Bryan Cranston and Annette Bening about a man who finds a way to win the lottery and uses the winnings to help his small town. Larry Wilmore, Rainn Wilson, Anna Camp and Michael McKean also star. 

Another new film “Spiderhead” (Netflix, streaming), set in a dystopian future, stars Chris Hemsworth as a warden who does experiments on his inmates. Miles Teller and Jurnee Smollett also star.

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Thursday TV: Jeff Bridges is ‘The Old Man’

Jeff Bridges returns to television for the first time (since he was on “Sea Hunt” with his dad), starring in an adaptation of the Thomas Perry novel “The Old Man” (FX, 10 p.m.), playing an ex-CIA agent who now has to avoid an assassin. John Lithgow, Amy Brenneman and Alia Shawkat also star.

A third remake of the comedy “Father of the Bride” (HBO Max, streaming) is set in a Cuban American family, with Andy Garcia and Gloria Estefan as parents of the bride. 

The third hearing by the House Select Committee Investigating the Jan. 6 Attack (CNN, MSNBC, CSPAN, PBS, ABC, CBS, NBC, 1 p.m.) will concentrate on the pressure put on Vice President Mike Pence to not to count lawful electoral votes, a move that may have violated two criminal statutes. Witnesses will be two Pence advisers, Greg Jacob and J. Michael Luttig. 

The 48th AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Julie Andrews (TNT, 10 p.m.) is held in Los Angeles. 

Golf’s U.S. Open (USA, 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.: NBC, 2 p.m.) begins play in Brookline, Mass. 

And it’s Game 6 of the NBA Finals with Golden State at Boston (ABC, 9 p.m.). It’s preceded by a “Jimmy Kimmel Live: NBA Finals Game Night” (ABC, 8 p.m.) with Martin Short, Steve Martin and Selena Gomez. 

The new animated series “Dead End: Paranormal Park” (Netflix, streaming) concerns a couple of teens (and a talking dog) who work at a local  haunted theme park. 

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Laurie Anderson Flies Lou Reed Drones

More than a half century ago Lou Reed would end the sparsely attended shows by the Velvet Underground by leaning their buzzing guitars against the amps, allowing the pulsing waves of feedback to continue long after the band had left the stage. 

Nine years after Lou left for this mortal coil for good, he would likely be pleased to know his guitars and amps are still churning out that feedback.

In the sculpture garden at the Hirshhorn Museum in D.C. one hot Friday this month, a dozen of his amps, some of them out of cases with “Lou Reed Sister Ray Enterprises Inc.” stickers still on them, were arranged in a circle on the grass, between a couple of contemporary sculptures, 

In front of each amp was one of Reed’s own guitars that he had used over the years until his death in 2013, each one turned on and tilted toward the speaker. Where once the guitars rang with “Vicious,” “Walk on the Wild Side” and “Dirty Boulevard,” were now emitting low hums in various frequencies. 

Presiding over the noise was Reed’s own longtime guitar tech Stewart Hurwood, in a T-shirt emblazoned with the familiar image of onetime boss from the 1972 Transformer album.

Hurwood, his hair an explosion of greying curls, would turn a knob here, shake a guitar there, or gently bang the body of a guitar against the ground to conjure more up noise. 

Presented under the name “Lou Reed’s Drones” it was a project of the rocker’s widow Laurie Anderson, in conjunction with the large survey of her art currently on display inside the Hirshhorn, the Smithsonian’s contemporary art museum. The elfin artist herself was tucked away in another corner of the sculpture garden, under a pine tree’s shad, adding her electronic violin and loops to the undergirding drone.

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Wednesday TV: Another McCarthy Joint

For the second time this week, Melissa McCarthy stars and produces a new show. This time, the focus is on her husband Ben Falcone, who is also creator and executive producer of the new workplace comedy “God’s Favorite Idiot” (Netflix, streaming), in which he plays a tech support guy who God has identified for a task. McCarthy shows up as his office crush; Leslie Bibb plays Satan. 

The Stanley Cup Finals get under way with Game 1 of Tampa Bay at Colorado (ABC, 8 p.m.). 

In the new reality series “Family Reboot” (Disney+, streaming), families whose members are too mesmerized with their devices and schedules are sent away for a week without devices so they can get to know each other better. 

The third and final season of “Love, Victor” (Disney+, Hulu, streaming) is here. They can’t stay in high school forever. 

“Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend” (Netflix, streaming) is an expanded version of the original show, adding endurance challenges to the usual culinary duties. 

A new six-part documentary series “Web of Make Believe: Death, Lies & the Internet” (Netflix, streaming) presents stories about people caught in misinformation and online deception.

From Argentina comes “The Wrath of God” (Netflix, streaming), a thriller about a woman suddenly surrounded by deaths of those close to her. 

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Tuesday TV: Brian Wilson Documentary

Summertime brings Beach Boys classics, and “American Masters” (PBS, 9 p.m.) brings a new documentary on the group’s genius in “Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road,” that tells the story of his triumph on “Pet Sounds” and “Smile” and so many memorable singles, and Rolling Stone editor Jason Fine tries to interview the subject (not an easy task) by driving him around Los Angeles band landmarks and listening to his music. Bruce Springsteen, Elton John and Nick Jonas comment on his achievements; Jim James and Wilson unveil a new song written for the film “Right Where I Belong.”

Another artist assesses her career in “Halftime” (Netflix, streaming) in which Jennifer Lopez looks back at her career so far while preparing for the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show with Shakira. 

The latest stars presenting a slate of comedians are the leads from “Grace and Frankie.” “Jane & Lily: Ladies Night Live” (Netflix, streaming) has Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin introducing Iliza Shlesinger, Michelle Bureau, Christina Alonzo, Margaret Cho amount other female comics. 

The newsmagazine has a spinoff, concentrating on true crime, with “Dateline: The Last Day” (Peacock, streaming). Another spinoff, “Dateline: Unforgettable” (Oxygen, 8 p.m.) is also on tonight. 

“Mayans M.C.” (FX, 10 p.m.) has a fourth season finale. 

Paula Malcomson plays a Liverpool detective inspector who travels to Dublin after her daughter’s body is found in the new UK crime drama “Redemption” (BritBox, streaming).

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Capital Radio, 6-13-22: On the Beach

Back after a week at the beach, so naturally had a headful of songs of surf, sea and sand. So much sand. 

It began by law with The Beach Boys but also included two from the Ramones, selections from Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, early Carole King, Patti Smith, Surf Punks. Yo La Tengo, Annette Funicello, Wolf Alice and The Wavves. 

Reserved some time to mark the birthday of Miracles guitarist and sometime Motown songwriter Marv Tarplin and set the stage for tour kickoff of John Doe. And there were only two major technical malfunctions! 

Here’s the link to the whole show. The playlist follows. 

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