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  • 02:14

    Red Velvet Media & The Indie Cafe RICHIE RAMONE , New LP, Entitled, is out!

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    In 2011, the Recording Academy gave the Ramones a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in Los Angeles, where all three of the band's drummers (Tommy, Marky and Richie Ramone) stood beneath the same roof for the first time ever.  In 2012, Richie was the only surviving Ramone featured on the second Joey Ramone solo album, “Ya Know?”  On October 8, 2013, Richie released his first solo album, "Entitled," which features new songs written by Richie as well as new recordings of songs he wrote for the Ramones.  Billboard notes, "Richie's 12 freshest cuts aim to please fans of both rock and metal with its blend of power chord-chugging simplicity and guitar hero virtuosity."   Richie Ramone is the fastest, most powerful drummer who ever played with the legendary punk rock band the Ramones.  He joined the Ramones in 1983 and first appeared with the band on their Subterranean Jungle tour. Richie performed in over 500 shows around the world with the Ramones and wrote several critically-acclaimed and fan-favorite songs for the albums Animal Boy, Too Tough to Die and Halfway to Sanity.  Punk rock icon, Joey Ramone, remarked that “[Richie] saved the band as far as I’m concerned. He’s the greatest thing to happen to the Ramones. He put the spirit back in the band.”

    **His first solo record, ENTITLED, is out on DC JAM RECORDS — featuring new killer tracks PLUS all-new recordings of I Know Better Now, Smash you and yeah, Somebody Put Something In My Drink.http://www.richieramone.com/

  • 02:34

    STR #158 10/29/13 S6e6 Castle "Get A Clue" Recap

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    THAT was fun! YES!! "Get A Clue" S6e6 of #Castle really was! This weekly "ride" helps us [the audience] think about what we think about each the various situations our favorite characters seem to land themselves in.. week after week. We LOVE it! While we're not always on the same page, we're in it through the bends and curves the show guides us through. Emotion [either one way or the other], demonstrates your passion for this wonderful show on ABC called "Castle".    After the latest news and our first fan spotlight, we'll cheer [virtually] the entire 'Castle team' for their continued awesome ratings this week/season! The STR Round is already geared up and has received some spirited feedback on last night's episode which clearly demonstrates the passion for the show and the need to "talk it out" regarding the latest father/daughter relationship situation. We are a global audience and there is a lot of value in listening and respecting one another's perspective. Hope you'll be here too and give your thoughts on our favorite television show starring Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion.   Photo credit/copyright: ABC Studios/Network

  • 01:47

    STR #170 02/18/14 S6e15 "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and more

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    "Smells Like Teen Spirit" episode of #Castle was definitely worth the 2 week wait. Hope you were able to watch it LIVE on ABC last night. If not, please watch your DVR copy today and/or via WatchABC at abc.com/Castle if your cable provider is listed.

    In this episode, Castle & Beckett find themselves returning to one of Castle's High School alma maters in search of finding out more information that might lead them to the killer of one of the students. Instead, they learn wayyyy more than they anticipated about various other hidden [possible] student talents ~ "telekinesis-ly" speaking. #SLTS was written by [husband/wife writing team] Chad Gomez Creasey & Dara Resnik Creasey and directed by Kevin Hooks. Plus, key Caskett decisions are made in this episode for their future life together. *smiling BIG :D

    After the News and a tiny glance at the Ratings [hey, Castle did pretty darn good up against the Olympics], we'll open up our phone/skype lines to you. We promised Elena last week we would hold off one week on our STR Round Table for this fun "Smells Like Teen Spirit" episode Q&A so she would NOT miss out participating while on vacation, but we still want to give each of you an opportunity to tell us [quickly] anything you just can't wait till next week to share tonight.

    We have a bit of a treat for our callers tonight.Miah & Lewis have come up with a creatively amusing way to have some fun tonight while we have the opportunity. Hope you'll join in. "See you" tonight!

    Photo credit/copyright: ABC Studios/Network

  • 00:58

    STR #169 02/11/14 STR News+

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    Are you busy tonight? Join us, you never know what'll happen!

    "The receipe for a good speech includes some shortening."  .. Anonymous

    Photo credit/copyright: ALL photos are property of ABC Studios/Network for Castle Season6 Promotional use only, no copyright infringment is intended.

  • 02:28

    STR #168 02/04/14 S6e14 "Dressed To Kill" Recap

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    Caskett [relation] shipper?! Then this episode is a definite must-see. Hope you were able to watch last night’s episode of #Castle LIVE entitled “Dressed To Kill”. Each of those heartfelt conversations between Caskett along with the “Devil Wears Prada Miranda-ish” ‘Matilda King’ were beautifully/creatively written by Elizabeth Beal and directed by Jeannot Szwarc. This episode introduced us to a bit of Beckett’s past [15 minutes of] modeling days with and awkward reminisce moment[s] to Rick’s happy surprise. If you’ve DVR’d this episode, please watch it again so it will count in the ratings [thank you in advance].

    At the beginning of tonight’s show we will announce the summer date of our first “fan meet up” ~ StanaFanFest2014.  Then, just after the news, Arlene will share a bit on a special art project you may be interesting in. The latest ratings are next and will lead right into the STR Round Table where [hopefully] you’ll want to share your thoughts last night's episode .

    Here are tonight’s open~ended questions in advance so you can formulate your thoughts before the show:


    Hope to "see you" tonight!!

    Photo credit/copyright[above, random order]: ABC Studios/Network


  • 01:05


    in Music

    Singer/songwriter Mike Scala was born in Brooklyn, New York. By age 17, he hit the underground jazz and rock scene performing at venues across New York and Los Angeles such as CBGB’s, Troubadour, and Viper Room. From busking in the subways to completing two successful world tours across 15 countries, Scala established his presence in the scene. 
    Rock group with orchestration and intricate melodies that both uplift and inspire, while lyrically revealing a refreshing level of social awareness. Think Dave Matthews meets The Script with a dash of Third Eye Blind and Matchbox 20

    Mike will join Take 2 Radio Music on Friday, Jan. 31st at 3pm EST

  • 02:33

    STR #167 01/21/14 S6e13 "Limelight" Recap

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    The "Limelight" episode of #Castle seems to have tied up some loose ends for the Richard Castle family nicely. While Rick doesn't know the extent of his "helping", we the audience made some new discoveries in this episode for two of the "loves of his life", Alexis and Beckett. And yes, we all did noticed the order of his phone "favorites" ;)

    So what are YOUR thoughts about last night's episode written by @RobHanning and directed by Bill Roe? We'd love to hear 'em! After the 'STR News Team' [Miah/Lewis] help keep us up to date on the very latest, we'll hear the second part of our 'STR Fan Spotlight' from last week. Then a quick review of the Final Ratings [tvbythenumbers.com] and quickly clear our [virtual] table for each of you to offer up YOUR thoughts about the last night's episode ~ which might even change/enhance a few minds about what we saw/learned.

    Tonight's "Limelight" questions for you contain multiple key story threads fans have throught [and in some cases anguished over] during the first half of Castle Season 6, here are Elena's STR Round Table questions for you to be thinking ahead:


    BONUS:People's Choice was very kind in releasing today [Jan 21st] an interview with Stana backstage and YES! we are very much "still reveling in star Stana Katic's win for Favorite Dramatic TV Actress". Please go to this link to see/read more about it:

    http://blog.peopleschoice.com/2014/01/21/stana-katic-peoples-choice-award-crying/Photo credit/copyright[above, in BTR random order]: ABC Studios/Network

  • 02:38

    STR #166 01/14/14 S6e12 "Deep Cover" Recap

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    Welcome to STR! And Welcome Back to each of our regular listeners and "community of people" who generously share of their gifts and talents in a common love/appreciation/admiration for Stana Katic!

    Tonight we have a fun show planned just for YOU.. We'll start it off with an introduction of our newest member of the STR News Team. We are pleased to announce the addition of Lewis [in North Carolina] to be on air with Miah each week delivering the latest Stana news and there'll perhaps even be a bit of "extra news" each week you may be interested in ~ please help us make Lewis feel welcome [thank you].

    Zero doubt you'll hear a squeee with excitement throughout the show right along with each of you remembering and honoring both Stana Katic [Dramatic TV Actress - first win] / Castle [TV Crime Drama] for their perspective PCA wins. Forgive us, we can't help it!!

    Then, we'll have a special STRC [Correspondent] report by Vanessa in Paris and then move quickly to the STR Round Table to discuss "Deep Cover", written by Terrence Paul Winter and directed by Tom Wright.

    Here are the questions for tonight's STR Round Table:


    Photo credit/copyright: [BTR random order stream] ABC Studios/Network - PCA "Dramatic TV Actress", CBS Network, People's Choice Awards.

  • 02:42

    STR #165 01/07/14 S6e11 "Under Fire" Recap

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    Happy New Year! Welcome back to STR! WOW! #Castle started the new year off with a huge bang in last night's episode entitled "Under Fire", written by Andrew W. Marlowe/David Amann and directed by Paul Holahan.

    Hope you were able to watch it live ~ if not, please do! Would definitely love for your DVR watch to count in the numbers by Wednesday night, Live +3.. There were so many things/feels/emotions going on this episode that you might even want to rewatch it again before tonight's STR.

    PLUS! Yesterday, CBS announced WHOM would be attending the "People's Choice" awards on Wednesday, January 8th at 10|9c and that Stana Katic will be attending. Happiness ensued worldwide immediately! There even were photos taken of the seating [photo cards placed in seats]of where everyone with be seated which increased anticipation for this event. Basically, we ALL can't wait!! [place a gazillion more exclamation marks behind that sentence]

    Here's PCA's LIVE feed/link for you to watch the Red Carpet:


    Here's PCA's page where you can find the link to watch the show LIVE:http://www.peopleschoice.com/pca/

    Elena's [always awesome] STR Round Table questions can be found here:http://stanatalkradio.com/str-round-table/535-2/

    So, hopefully you can be formulating YOUR thoughts about last night's awesome episode and call/skype in to convey to all of us what YOU think about the question/situation/episode. Don't think you'll be too shocked if we take a moment to just squeeee together about the PCAs Red Carpet and in anticipation of a certain name in a certain female category! 

    Photo credit/copyright:[above in BTR random episode order] Castle ~ ABC Studios/Network

  • 01:06

    900 Seconds: QUEEN V, December 26th at 3pm EST

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    Ferocious, hard rock, guitar playing, passionate vocals, endless swagger and attitude: This is what Rock 'N' Roll is all about, and this is exactly what you get with Queen V. 

    Queen V, the band, started in 1996. In 2003, they opened for Twisted Sister and toured with Billy Idol (it was this tour that I first witnessed her INCREDIBLE performance) and Bon Jovi (2005) at The Meadowlands. After a performance in 2004 at the legendary (The) Viper Room, V met Tom Morello and Lemmy (of Motorhead). Both Tom Morello and Lemmy have collaborated  with Queen V and recorded 'My Machine' (with TM) and 'Wasted' (with Lemmy), which can be found on Queen V's latest release: A Decade of Queen V. 

    Queen V has performed at numerous festivals and travels frequently on a NY/LA circuit. 

    Since 2007, V has worked diligently to preserve New York's underground music scene throught the 'Take Back New York' show listings. 

    Get ready to have your blood pumping! Queen V is in the house!


    Queen V Links:

    Official Website: http://www.queenv.com

    FB: https://www.facebook.com/officialQueenV

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/theQueenV

    YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/hrhthequeenv

    Reverb Nation:http://www.reverbnation.com/queenv

    Itunes Music: The Decade of Queen V by Queen V (Apple):


  • 02:18

    STR #164 12/17/13 2013 Stana Katic Year In Review

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    At the end of every year we are always amazed at everything Stana Katic has accomplished. She's incredible!! So, sit back, relax, and let's reminisce a bit with all the awesome accomplishments Stana has achieved in 2013! If we've missed anything, please let us know. Happy Holidays!

    Music credit/copyright: "Love is Christmas", Sara Bareilles, 2011 Sony Music Entertainment | "Step Into Christmas", Elton John [written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin], DJM Records | "Christmas This Year", TobyMac ~ featuring Leigh Nash, 2011 ForeFront Records | For the complete full length/complete songs, each are available for your purchase in iTunes and your retailer.

    Photo credit/copyright: various