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Friday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 16 Jul 2010 7:52 AM

Today in the roundup: Catching up on British comedies, local music notes and a sickly sweet marriage proposal.


ACROSS THE POND: Bill Young oversees all things television for KERA Channel 13. But when he’s not doing that, he’s writing the tellyspotting blog that covers all things British television (which KERA was instrumental in bringing to the U.S. in the first place. We were the first U.S. station to air this, you know.) And it’s right about now that I particularly envy him. While the rest of us grunts are melting on the way into the station from the parking lot, Bill’s whipping around London interviewing a who’s who of British television. As he says right here, this week he has interviews set up with writers and actors from The Vicar of Dibley, Keeping Up Appearances and other shows. And at some point he’ll talk to some person named Dame Judy Dench. Nice work if you can get it.

MUSIC BITS: Kenny Rogers plays Bass Hall tonight. Ahead of his performance, he talked to Mario Tarradell about a variety of topics, including his other talent, photography. ( … If you missed the New York Times story yesterday about how Pitchfork works (and the guy who reviews its reviews), definitely worth a few minutes. ( … In other national news, NPR named School of Seven Bells’ “Windstorm” its song of the day. If you love that song like I do, then you’ll love it more when you know that Dallas native Benjamin Curtis (formerly of Secret Machines) is providing the music. ( … And speaking of Secret Machines (segue!), they’ll play Saturday at the Dallas Observer Music Awards Showcase. I talked with Dallas Observer Music Editor Pete Freedman the other day for a quicky preview that will air on KXT 91.7 today. If you can’t catch it on the radio (8:09 a.m., 6:06 p.m.), then feel free to listen here.

Graffiti Proposal from PR!MO on Vimeo.

SHE SAID YES: The above video is so sweet it may make you throw up in your mouth a little after watching it. But we pass it along anyway. It came about when a Houston photographer commissioned a graffiti artist to paint a mural of a marriage proposal. (h/t Then he filmed himself popping the question in front of it. Thanks for making the rest of us look bad!