South Austin Popular Culture Center
"...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'?"..."
"...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...."
"...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]..."
"...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 NewmanHarps and Angels (Nonesuch)..."
"...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 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 NewmanZilker Park, Sept. 18..."
"...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..."
"..."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...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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 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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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)..."