Ana Gasteyer  Nothing Rhymes With Christmas (HG)

Ana Gasteyer Nothing Rhymes With Christmas (HG)

“Saturday Night Live” alum Ana Gasteyer should not be passed off as just another actor who pines for a career in music. Indeed, Gasteyer displayed her vocal abilities on that program from 1996 to 2002, eventually landing a role in the much-lauded musical, “Wicked.” She can sing, friends.

“Nothing Rhymes With Christmas” is a charming affair combining the best of cabaret, jazz and nostalgic kitsch. “Sugar and Booze” is a mixed-drink recipe for getting through the holidays, “The Man With The Bag” is one of the best versions in recent years, and “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” struts and slinks in “Hey, Big Spender” style. Highly recommended.

New Releases;

Prince/1999 Deluxe (Warner Bros.)

Rick Wakeman/Christmas Portraits (Sony)

Robbie Williams/The Christmas Present (Sony)

Libera/Christmas Carols With Libera (IH)

Joe Pesci/Pesci…Still Singing (BMG)

Tom Holkenborg/Terminator: Dark Fate (La-La Land)

Putumayo Presents/Blues Christmas (Putumayo)

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Desert Sessions Volumes 11 & 12 (Matador)

Josh Homme assembled this consortium of musicians to create music on the spot at the remote Rancho De La Luna, in Joshua Tree. The work model was simple, pick up an instrument and play, with no regard to the opinions of record company suits or their accompanying flow charts.

The results are a mixed bag, as you might expect. “Move Together” drones a bit too much for my liking, as if it’s an idea that needs fleshing out. On the other hand, “Easier Said Than Done” pulls me in with a hypnotic piano riff. I’m not sure there are enough strong moments to recommend this to the casual listener, though fans of the folks involved might feel differently.

PACKERSTATS-Game #12-2019 season

PACKERSTATS-Game #12-2019 season

Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 31-13 road win over the New York Giants on Sunday, December 1.

  • The Packers are now 13-8 (.619) against the NFC East since 2010, including 7-5 on the road.
  • This was the Pack’s first road win against the Giants since December 4, 2011. They have now won three straight games against the Giants.
  • This win was only the third December win in their last nine December contests.
  • It was 33 degrees at game time. Green Bay has now won five straight road games when the temperature was below 35 degrees when the game started.
  • Green Bay’s Tremon Smith returned one punt for three yards in the game. That increased the Packers punt return yardage for the season to -8 yards from -11. Green Bay is the only one of the 32 NFL teams this season that has a negative punt return yardage. The NFL record for fewest punt return yardage in a season is 27 set by St. Louis in 1965. Stay tuned… this may be a record the Packers break this season.
  • Green Bay scored first in the game and are now 20-12 (.625) in road games since 2010 when they score first.
  • The Packers scored 14 points in the first quarter and led 14-7 at the end of the first quarter. They have now won six of their last eight road games when they score 14 or more points in the first quarter.
  • Kevin King had his fifth career interception in the game. Green Bay has won each of the five games when King has a pick.
  • The Pack had a 17-10 lead at halftime. They have now won eight straight road games when they have a lead of seven points or more at half.
  • Green Bay led 17-13 going into the fourth quarter. They have now won 18 of their last 19 road games where they have a lead going into the fourth quarter.
  • Davante Adams had a pair of TD receptions in the game. It was the eighth game of his career that he had two TD receptions; the Packers are 8-0 in those games.
  • Aaron Rodgers had four TD passes, the 23rd time in his career. Green Bay is 20-3 (.870) in those games. Rodgers is now tied for fourth place all-time with Brett Favre for most games with four or more TD passes by an NFL QB.
  • The defense had three interceptions. The Packers have now won 20 straight games when they have three or more interceptions in a contest.
  • Rodgers was not sacked in the game. The Packers are now 33-10 (.767) since 2000 in games where their QB is not sacked in the game.
  • Rodgers had a Passer Rating of 125.4 in the game. Green Bay is 34-3 (.919) when Rodgers has a PR of 125 or higher in a game.
  • Green Bay has now won 14 straight games when they score 30 or more points.
  • The Pack is now 69-1 since 2000 in games where they hold the opponents to less than 14 points in a game.
  • Receiver Allen Lazard had his first 100-yard receiving game of his career. His previous high was 65 receiving yards in a game.
  • The Packers are 9-3 for the seventh time in their history. In the previous six times, they won two NFL titles and made a pair of appearances in the Super Bowl.
  • Green Bay scored 14 points in the fourth quarter and has now won eight of their last nine games when they tally 14 or more points in the fourth quarter.
  • The 18-point margin in this game is tied for the biggest victory margin this season. Green Bay defeated the Oakland Raiders 42-24 for an 18-point victory on October 20.
  • Through 12 games this season, Rodgers has only two interceptions. He has completed 266 of 413 passes with 22 TDs. The NFL record for most completions in a season with only two interceptions is 372 (held by Rodgers, last season); the most pass attempts in a season with only two interceptions is 597 (held by Rodgers, last season); and, the most TD passes in a season with only two interceptions is 28 (held by Tom Brady in 2016).


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(Jerry Tapp is a freelance writer and sports statistics blogger from Racine. Check out his website at He is also a featured columnist for Woelfel’s Press Box and is a regular participant in the website’s weekly podcasts. During the baseball season he writes a stats-focused regular column for the Milwaukee Brewers “GameDay” publication that is available free-of-charge for those who attend games at Miller Park.)

Dan Reviews  “The Mandalorian”

Dan Reviews “The Mandalorian”

Nothing could be more exciting to a kid who grew up in the 1970’s than a new entry into the Star Wars saga. It was from that vantage point, that I excitedly waited to watch “The Mandalorian.”

From Disney, “After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. “The Mandalorian” is set after the fall of the Empire, and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy, far from the authority of the New Republic.”

While that official description might not elicit excitement in Star Wars fans, the serial itself will. It does play like a futuristic western, and the character of The Mandalorian (played with Clint Eastwood dryness by Pedro Pascal) is humanized far more than the Fetts. In his quest to obtain multiple bounties, he’s warned by Greed Karga not to bite off more than he can chew. Played with weightiness by Carl Weathers, Karga offers up a bounty that must be done off of the books, and the adventure begins.

Created by director Jon Favreau, clearly a fan of “A New Hope,” this serial puts the viewer back into the worn-out galaxy that Han Solo and Luke Skywalker came from. The future shown isn’t covered in shiny stainless steel and glass, it’s full of underworld miscreants and horrible weather. 

In a nutshell, that’s the real thrill for me. As a fan himself, Favreau completely understands our need to not only see new Star Wars stories and characters, but the need to escape life for an hour or two and actually go to the places they inhabit. I, for one, can't wait to go back.