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They're a Little Odd and Don't Know It
Randy Newman likes Billy Joel?
Music Story  September 19, 2008, by Robert Faires
"...When a twentysomething colleague heard mention of Randy Newman, she cocked her head and asked, "Is he that guy" – and here her voice dropped into a growly approximation of Newman's – "'You've got a friend in me'?"..."

Street Songs
Q&A with ACL Music Fest headliner Randy Newman
DAILY Music  September 12, 2011, by Jim Caligiuri
"...The Chronicle's Austin City Limits Music Festival supplement starts circulating today, will be online by the end of the afternoon, and gets inserted into this Thursday's paper. Excerpted for those purposes, the complete Q&A with Sunday headliner Randy Newman is here...."

Box Sets
Herbie Hancock
Music Story  December 11, 1998
"...RANDY NEWMAN..."

ACL Music Fest Sunday Interviews
The American treasure turns the tables, asks the questions
Music Story  September 16, 2011, by Jim Caligiuri
"...Randy Newman..."

Postmarks
Texas Our Texas loves Texas; Neighbors for Neighbors hate strip-mining; Justin B. Andrews returns; and other delighted and dismayed letters from readers.
Columns  September 17, 1999
"...Is Jeff McCord's keyboard sticky? I can only assume masturbation was involved in his gushing, sycophantic five-star rating of Randy Newman's latest album ["Record Reviews," Sep. 10]..."

The Priests of Syrinx
What’s in a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame anyway?
DAILY Music  May 17, 2013, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Two-time Academy Award-winner and 20-time nominee, Randy Newman opened the April 18 show in Los Angeles sitting at the ivories. You almost expected him to plink out one of his tunes from a Disney cartoon..."

Randy Newman
Music Review  September 12, 2008, by Robert Faires
"...Randy NewmanHarps and Angels (Nonesuch)..."

Randy Newman
Best of ...
Music Review  December 28, 2001, by Margaret Moser
"...Randy NewmanThe Best of Randy Newman (Warner Archives) Coming from one of the undisputed masters of the craft, this could have been titled 21 Songs in deference to Newman's brilliant 12 Songs. It also might be more correct to call these "greatest hits," as they represent the bulk of his radio repertoire ("Mama Told Me Not to Come," "Sail Away," "I Love L.A.") as well as his misunderstood tunes ("Short People," "Rednecks")..."

Randy Newman: Bad Love
Music Review  September 10, 1999, by Jeff Mccord
"...Randy NewmanBad Love (DreamWorks) Randy Newman's sidecar success as a film composer reflects his unerring sense of arrangement and orchestration, which when paired with his satirically bent protagonists has proven a one-of-a-kind sweet & sour combination. Having spent the better part of a decade immersed in film scores and his criminally ignored musical treatment of Faust, Newman seems liberated to be back at his song craft on Bad Love..."

Randy Newman
Music Review  September 23, 2011, by Jim Caligiuri
"...Randy NewmanZilker Park, Sept. 18..."

Cars
Muscling for rank in the crowded box-office speedway, this Pixar contender takes an early lead but loses momentum in the middle third.
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Film Review  June 9, 2006, by Marrit Ingman
"...The visuals are dense and layered – the stadium audience of thousands of cars does “the wave” by flashing their headlights, and Lightning McQueen really does look like Wilson – and the gags come at a rapid clip. (McQueen’s sponsor is the unglamorous Rust-Eeze Medicated Bumper Ointment, and its spokesmen are ramshackle incarnations of Tom and Ray Magliozzi.) But McQueen has to learn the error of his ways (“I’m a one-man show,” he insists, eschewing a crew chief), so the movie strands him in Radiator Springs, a dilapidated stop on historic Route 66, where he learns the true meaning of friendship from the locals: a sexy Porsche (Hunt), a rusty tow-truck (Larry the Cable Guy), two Italian tire specialists (Shalhoub and Quaroni), and Doc (Newman), who might or might not be a retired racer himself..."

State of Love and Trust
Have a little faith for the new millennial music paradigm and trust in the 2011-12 Austin Music Awards.
Music Story  March 9, 2012, by Raoul Hernandez
"..."The biggest gift of my career has been to work with and meet those artists I idolized growing up, whether it's Randy Newman or the Beach Boys," enthused our town's latest re-émigré, Chris-topher Cross, to Austin Music Awards executor Margaret Moser a week before the Chronicle's Ruthie Foster cover...."

Off the Record
The 2011 Austin City Limits Music Festival draws to a close, as does Emo's outside on Sixth Street
Music Column  September 23, 2011, by Austin Powell
"...Randy Newman, on the other hand, was in a league of his own on Monday night. The 67-year-old raconteur offered wry narratives unaccompanied on piano that stretched from Dixieland to Tin Pan Alley, sounding off on immigration ("Laugh and Be Happy"), foreign policy ("Political Science"), Toy Story ("You've Got a Friend in Me"), heartache ("Losing You"), and "Short People." The dire satire of his lyricism contrasted perfectly with the sincere whimsy of his delivery, as in the encore's slave-trader lullaby, "Sail Away." In that regard, Newman provided the ultimate capstone to the whirlwind of ACL, iconic, endearing, and unforgettable...."

Altamesa Maps Lone Star Existentialism on Sophomore Stunner Idol Frontier
Evan Charles and Sean Faires brave the myth of the Southwest
Music Story  February 7, 2019, by Kevin Curtin
"...In the pantheon of concept albums, Idol Frontier most resembles Randy Newman's 1974 Dixie portrait Good Old Boys. Both transmit a regional subset of America...."

10 Free Week Acts to Watch This Weekend
Keep an eye out for these musicians in 2019
Music Story  January 3, 2019, by Rachel Rascoe, Libby Webster, Rick Weaver, Dan Gentile, Kevin Curtin, Doug Freeman, Jeremy Steinberger and Tim Stegall
"...PR NewmanHotel Vegas, Thu. 3 Longtime fixture of the Austin music scene and former co-leader of the Berkshire Hounds, multi-instrumentalist Spencer Garland's solo project, PR Newman (Punkrock Randy Newman), swaggers with candid intensity..."

Monsters University
This sequel is a prequel about the school days of the future Monsters, Inc. employees, Sulley and Mike.
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Film Review  June 21, 2013, by Kimberley Jones
"...The script (by Robert L. Baird, Daniel Gerson, and director Dan Scanlon) has a couple of laugh-out-loud moments (Muppet-voiced Charlie Day, as a nerdy wannabe scarer, delivers the biggest howler, even if it fits better on his It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia acid-comedy than in G-rated entertainment), and composer Randy Newman keeps the energy level high with his drumline-heavy score..."

The Reluctant Celebrity
When you get caught between the moon and New York City, it's time to head back home to Austin
Music Story  January 20, 2012, by Margaret Moser
"..."The biggest gift of my career has been to work with and meet those artists I idolized growing up, whether it's Randy Newman or the Beach Boys," he says earnestly. "I realize, 'Oh, I'm Christopher Cross, and I'm famous, too' on some level because people know who I am, but then there's Brian Wilson or Joni Mitchell or Randy Newman, and that's a whole other thing...."

Wednesday Rewind
Shapes Have Fangs' wild Western adventure
DAILY Music  December 15, 2010, by Austin Powell
"...Kudos to the folks over at the AV Club. For the latest installment in the Onion's Holiday Undercover series, Jonathan Meiburg of Shearwater covers Randy Newman's “God's Song (That's Why I Love Mankind).” It's unsurprisingly depressing, but on plus side, there's fake snow and plenty of Christmas lights to go around..."

The Princess and the Frog
Disney's 49th animated feature film is set in Jazz Age New Orleans and stars a black cast of characters.
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Film Review  December 11, 2009, by Marc Savlov
"...Hilarity does indeed ensue. Randy Newman, who seems to have fashioned an entire second act to his career out of Disney songsmithery, contributes some inspired musical numbers, the best of which echoes (and frankly, improves upon) the eerie showstoppers in Tim Burton's Corpse Bride..."

Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie
Animated Old Testament.
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Film Review  October 11, 2002, by Marc Savlov
"...Also along for the ride is Jonah's sidekick Khalil, a half-caterpillar, half-worm traveling salesman who spits out cheap gags like a fly spits out corrosive digestive fluids. The CGI animation is smooth and clean in a way that recalls early Pixar shorts, and the many songs strewn throughout are inventively mediocre in a manner that's unlikely to alarm Randy Newman (the accurately titled "Credits Song" is a high point)..."

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