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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

2015 GRAMMY NOMINEES ALBUM EARNS WHOM YOU KNOW'S HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION; IT FEATURES 21 HITS FROM A DIVERSE ARRAY OF ARTISTS AND SONGWRITERS Gives Fans Two Chances to Win Trips to Attend Music's Biggest Night Our Coverage Sponsored by Hallak Cleaners the Couture Cleaner


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You'll find a wide variation of musical styles on the 2015 Grammy Nominees Album, but when it comes to the quality of the music, there's no diversity here.  Clearcut elite artists infiltrate your soul and spirit through your ears in a great array of modern hits from today on the 2015 Grammy Nominees Album, all leading up to the big night on February 8, 2015.  Whom You Know is honored to review our first Grammy album ever and kick off coverage of RCA Records; thank you to The Recording Academy and RCA.  

As each individual music consumer audibly peruses the work, of course certain songs will appeal to some more than others, and certainly you know quite a lot of them if you've interacted with pop culture at all in the last year!  We applaud the order especially, as the opening "Shake it Off" (we also like the BC video version complete with dancing Jesuits) has an undeniable upbeat spirit from the cymbals to the smart, tight, snappy lyrics.  Check your pulse if you don't start dancing to All-American and new Manhattan resident Taylor Swift's contribution nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance.  "Shake it Off" is one of three songs of 21 that is nominated for at least three awards.  Bring at least one home to Manhattan, Taylor!

"Chandelier" by Australian Sia is also up for three: the same three as Taylor.  This song has an ethereal positively haunting character, and the one, two, three is undoubtedly going to remind you of learning how to waltz.  Sia's from Australia, and was lesser known to us originally however she is amazingly talented on this track; her bit of Carpe Diem has a nice sheen that will tantalize your ears.  And, you know we adore Chandeliers literally.

Of the 21 songs on this album, even if it wasn't nominated for five awards, more than any other, "Stay with Me" (Dark Child Version) by Englishman Sam Smith has the most raw talent presented in a glorious hymn that will delve into your soul.  Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year,  Best Pop Solo Performance, and Best Pop Vocal Album are what "Stay with Me" is nominated for, and we think Sam will be the biggest winner of the night on February 8th.  We can't believe he's only 22, and the piece that CBS Sunday Morning did on him last fall was fantastic.

One of the most powerful new voices belongs to Ariana Grande, and with Iggy Azalea, Ariana just nails Problem and their contrasting voices blend well.  Iggy also strikes a pose with her voice on Fancy, which is an entertaining tune with Charli XCX.  Along with Pharrell Williams, Iggy is the only artist to have a double feature on this album (two songs) and if you don't consider yourself someone that would actually sing to a rap tune, think again once you hear her.  

We were thrilled to see Faith Hill (thank you Faith for your Twitter follow!) team up with her husband, Tim McGraw on "Meanwhile Back at Mama's."  Though we like the song order on the album and love the up-tempo start, this song is one that will make you cry.  Its depth and powerful All-American message is one we loved, and its pure nostalgia will warm your heart.  Keith Urban, Eric Church, and The Band Perry round out some other country hits and we particularly loved "Somethin' Bad" by Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood (thumbs up for your good taste in hockey too), and "Daydrinking" and "Drunk In Love" also followed the Champagne Wishes theme.

"All About that Bass" (No treble, not trouble!) by Meghan Trainor is a song we've loved ever since the first time we've heard it.  Perhaps our most trackable endorsement: we've only shared 60 photos & videos ever on Twitter and hers was one last July.  Meghan gives females around the world someone to relate to who understands them and makes them feel good about themselves, and she gives all the little girls from Nantucket something new to dream about.

Katy Perry's Dark Horse has a truly original, futuristic feel to it and a beat that will pulsate into your subconscious.  The first part of the album in general is nearly impossible not to dance to!  
Overall, we found the female talent to be stronger than the male talent among the 21 songs, however, we were rocked by two guys from across the pond: Ed Sheeran (looks like he's the latest and greatest on Top Gear) and Hozier, who seems to have luck on his side particularly as this Irishman was born on March 17.  "Sing" is absolutely the catchiest next to Taylor's aforementioned hit, and we would love to hear him do a duet with Paul McCartney (maybe over a Coke Float?)  Sing!  Louder!  And if you are into quieter, Hozier's "Take Me to Church" has quite a lot of depth in its slower beat.  
Forget your 99 Problems: your biggest one is that you're not in possession of the 2015 Grammy Nominees Album!  

The 
2015 Grammy Nominees Album has earned Whom You Know's Highest Recommendation.

Founded on January 1, 1929, RCA Records is part of the Sony Music Group 

About Sony Music Entertainment
Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a current roster that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. It is home to premier record labels representing music from every genre, including Arista Nashville, Beach Street/Reunion Records, Bystorm Entertainment, Columbia Nashville, Columbia Records, Day 1, Epic Records, Essential Records, Kemosabe Records, Legacy Recordings, MASTERWORKS, Polo Grounds, RCA Inspiration, RCA Nashville, RCA Records, Sony Classical, Sony Music Latin, Star Time International, Syco Music, Vested in Culture and Volcano. Sony Music Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America.


RCA Records and The Recording Academy®'s GRAMMY Recordings® will release the 2015 GRAMMY® Nominees album on Jan. 20, in stores and via digital retailers. The 21st installment of the best-selling series features 21 top-charting hits from a diverse array of this year's GRAMMY-nominated artists and songwriters. In conjunction with the album's release, music fans will have the opportunity to win trips to the 57th or 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards®. 

The 2015 GRAMMY® Nominees album includes many of the year's prominent recordings and performers, highlighted by all of the nominated artists and songs in the high-profile Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Pop Solo Performance, and Best Country Duo Or Group Performance categories. Rotating labels from year to year, the collection is made possible by a special arrangement with all of the major music distribution companies. A portion of the proceeds from sales of the album benefits the year-round efforts of the GRAMMY Foundation® and MusiCares Foundation® — two charitable organizations of The Recording Academy. 

"The exceptional mix of recordings featured on this year's compilation not only represent a roster of incredibly talented artists but also provides a unique playlist showcasing some of this year's outstanding GRAMMY nominees," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "It is fitting that our 21st installment album contains 21 exciting selections which music fans are sure to enjoy. We are proud and excited to collaborate with RCA Records on this project and once again look forward to another successful GRAMMY nominees album." 

"We are thrilled to work with The Academy on the 2015 GRAMMY® Nominees album," said Tom Corson, President & COO, RCA Records. "This 21st installment highlights the amazing talent and hard work of this year's nominees and will delight music fans around the world. It's a true celebration of Music's Biggest Night."

RCA Records and The Recording Academy will offer fans two opportunities to attend Music'sBiggest Night®. First, when pre-ordering the 2015 GRAMMY Nominees album at GRAMMY.com/2015GRAMMYAlbum by Jan. 19, music fans can enter for a chance to win a trip for two to the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 8, 2015.* In addition, each2015 GRAMMY Nominees album purchased in stores will include a special game piece featuring a unique code for a chance to play the GRAMMY Ticket Game. To participate, the code must be used at GRAMMY.com/2015GRAMMYAlbum for the opportunity to win a trip for two to the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards in 2016 or a second-place prize, of an official GRAMMY Awards T-shirt. * 

The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on Sunday, Feb. 8 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, and will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). 

2015 GRAMMY Nominees Album Track List: 


1. TAYLOR SWIFT
"Shake It Off"
Record Of The Year
Song Of The Year
Best Pop Solo Performance


2. IGGY AZALEA FEAT. CHARLI XCX 
"Fancy"
Record Of The Year 


3. ED SHEERAN
"Sing"
Album Of The Year
Best Pop Vocal Album 


4. ARIANA GRANDE FEAT. IGGY AZALEA 
"Problem"
Best Pop Vocal Album 


5. MEGHAN TRAINOR 
"All About That Bass"
Record Of The Year
Song Of The Year 


6. KATY PERRY FEAT. JUICY J 
"Dark Horse"
Best Pop Vocal Album 


7. COLDPLAY 
"A Sky Full Of Stars"
Best Pop Vocal Album 


8. MILEY CYRUS 
"Wrecking Ball"
Best Pop Vocal Album 


9. SIA 
"Chandelier"
Record Of The Year
Song Of The Year
Best Pop Solo Performance 


10. JOHN LEGEND 
"All Of Me" (Live)
Best Pop Solo Performance 


11. HOZIER 
"Take Me To Church"
Song Of The Year 


12. BEYONCÉ FEAT. JAY Z 
"Drunk In Love"
Album Of The Year 


13. PHARRELL WILLIAMS
"Come Get It Bae"
Album Of The Year 


14. SAM SMITH 
"Stay With Me" (Darkchild Version)
Record Of The Year
Album Of The Year
Song Of The Year
Best Pop Solo Performance
Best Pop Vocal Album 


15. BECK 
"Blue Moon"
Album Of The Year 


16. KEITH URBAN FEAT. ERIC CHURCH 
"Raise 'Em Up"
Best Country Duo Or Group Performance 


17. THE BAND PERRY 
"Gentle On My Mind"
Best Country Duo Or Group Performance 


18. TIM McGRAW FEAT. FAITH HILL
"Meanwhile Back At Mama's"
Best Country Duo Or Group Performance 


19. MIRANDA LAMBERT WITH CARRIE UNDERWOOD
"Somethin' Bad" (Duet with Carrie Underwood)
Best Country Duo Or Group Performance 


20. LITTLE BIG TOWN
"Day Drinking"
Best Country Duo Or Group Performance 


21. PHARRELL WILLIAMS 
"Happy" (Live)
Best Pop Solo Performance 


About The Recording Academy:
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like "The GRAMMYs" on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs' social communities on Google +,Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and YouTube


*No purchase necessary to enter or win. See official rules at GRAMMY.com/2015GRAMMYAlbum for details, including start and end dates.

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Open for Business: Lenovo Announces New Lenovo Service Provider Program

Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today announced its first partner program for cloud and managed service providers (MSPs) following the transition of the IBM System x server business to Lenovo. Effective January 27, 2015, the Lenovo Service Provider Program will deliver a streamlined channel engagement process, which offers service providers advantages in the form of competitive prices, unique financing plans, and the ability to choose infrastructure from a large and diverse product portfolio that best meets their needs. 

As cloud technologies become increasingly attractive to complex business processes, service providers are required to develop and implement innovative approaches that enable flexible infrastructure integration, reduce IT sprawl and expenses, and enhance service quality for customers. The Lenovo Service Provider Program is specifically designed to help address these challenges by providing qualified service providers with the following:
Access to technology and lower acquisition costs to increase IT availability. Qualified Lenovo Service Provider Program enrollees will be eligible to purchase systems at a discount directly from distributors. 
Options to help improve profitability and cash flow. Lenovo’s Kickstart program allows service providers to defer payments for up to 120 days, while its Rent & Grow program mirrors IT payments to usage. A Trade-In program for eligible products is also available to assist in recovering capital from currently installed assets1. 
Avenues to accelerate cloud services and time-to-revenue. Lenovo offers dedicated Express and FlexPac solutions2 along with special rate incentives on Enterprise Solutions Services to enable rapid infrastructure deployment. 
Innovative ways to grow their business. Business development funds to further invest in company growth along with Lenovo x86 vouchers that may be used for certifications to improve technical skills. 
Recognition from MSP industry leaders. MSPAlliance awarded Lenovo the MSPWorld Cup Award™ for “Best Managed Services Solution” at the 2014 MSPWorld Conference in Las Vegas. Lenovo is a recognized leader in x86 hardware and cloud software solutions, ranked No. 1 by ITIC for reliability for all x86 servers3 and No. 1 in customer satisfaction by TBR4. 

“Managed services spending is expected to triple in the next few years, and with the recent integration of the IBM System x portfolio, Lenovo is well positioned to offer beneficial programs to new and existing providers,” said Brian Hamel, vice president and general manager, Enterprise Business Group. “This new program will provide approved service providers with a simple, efficient and profitable means to deliver high-value services to customers.”
To learn more about the new Lenovo Service Provider Program, visit the program overview page. 

About Lenovo

Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a $39 billion global Fortune 500 company and a leader in providing innovative consumer, commercial, and enterprise technology. Our portfolio of high-quality, secure products and services covers PCs (including the legendary Think and multimode YOGA brands), workstations, servers, storage, smart TVs and a family of mobile products, including smartphones, tablets and apps. Join us on LinkedIn, follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@Lenovo) or visit us at www.lenovo.com.


1The Kickstart and Rent & Grow programs are subject to credit eligibility

2 Available to eligible North America service providers only

3 ITIC Global Server Hardware, Reliability Report: 2014 – 2015 (May 2014)

4 TBR Customer Satisfaction Rating 1Q14 Survey

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Lenovo Named to World’s 100 Most Sustainable Corporations Index

Lenovo (HK: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today announced that is has been selected for inclusion in Corporate Knights 2015 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World (Global 100) Index. As a result, starting February 1, Lenovo will now be included as a constituent stock in the Global 100 Index that is widely tracked by global sustainability investors and investment funds. The index, which commenced on February 1, 2005, is available on Bloomberg under the ticker and on Reuters under the ticker <.CKG100>.

The extensive annual global list ranks large corporations based on their environmental, social and corporate governance performance using 12 quantitative sustainability indicators, including energy and water consumption, CEO-to-worker pay ratios, and board and management diversity. With a ranking of 73, this marks Lenovo’s first inclusion on the list and Lenovo is the only company with roots in mainland China ranked in the Top 100 this year.

“We noticed over the past few years a rising number of companies with mainland China roots that are reporting on their sustainability performance,” said Toby A.A. Heaps, Corporate Knights CEO. “This is an indication that such companies are more and more integrating sustainability into their operations; the inclusion of a company like Lenovo is a clear illustration of this rising trend.”

Compiled by Toronto-based media and research company Corporate Knights, the list evaluates the sustainability of 4,600 global companies with market capitalization of more than $2-billion (U.S), then cuts the list down to about 900 firms. The finalists are then compared with others in their industry category in determining the listing of the top 100 global corporations.

“We are honored to be recognized for our commitment to building a more sustainable future,” said Yang Yuanqing, Chairman and CEO, Lenovo. “This inclusion is a true testament of our progress, as we continue to build a company that will make our customers, investors and employees proud.”

Lenovo’s corporate sustainability philosophy was showcased in its recently released 8th annual sustainability report which adheres to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 standard. Key initiatives Lenovo is implementing to create a more sustainable future include:

A multi-year effort to provide students with resources to encourage the pursuit of science, technology engineering and mathematics disciplines.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by focusing on Lenovo’s ten-year initiative to reduce Scope 2 emissions.
Supporting social investment programs targeting education, entrepreneurship, disaster relief and regional community outreach through The Next Generation Hope Fund.
Involvement in the United Nations Global Compact, with principles covering human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption.


For more information on Lenovo’s sustainability report, visit:http://www.lenovo.com/social_responsibility/us/en/FY2014_Lenovo_Sustainability_Report.pdf.

For more information about the 2015 Global 100 results, visit:http://www.corporateknights.com/channels/leadership/2015-global-100-results/.

About Lenovo
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a $39 billion global Fortune 500 company and a leader in providing innovative consumer, commercial, and enterprise technology. Our portfolio of high-quality, secure products and services covers PCs (including the legendary Think and multimode YOGA brands), workstations, servers, storage, smart TVs and a family of mobile products like smartphones (including the Motorola brand), tablets and apps. Join us on LinkedIn, follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@Lenovo) or visit us at www.lenovo.com.

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THE RECORDING ACADEMY PRODUCERS & ENGINEERS WING PRESENTS EIGHTH ANNUAL GRAMMY WEEK EVENT HONORING THREE-TIME GRAMMY WINNER NILE RODGERS Our Coverage Sponsored by Stribling and Associates

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Whom You Know Congratulates their new President, Elizabeth Ann Stribling-Kivlan: http://www.whomyouknow.com/2012/12/breaking-manhattan-real-estate-news.html

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The Annual Celebration Will Highlight Production
And Sound Quality 
Evening to Pay Homage To Music Legend
At The Village Studios In West Los Angeles 

Honoree Nile Rodgers, attendees include EDM DJ and producer Avicii, six-time GRAMMY winner Al Jarreau, R&B singer/songwriter Ledisi, singer/songwriter and producer Ric Ocasek, eight-time GRAMMY winner Rick Rubin, GRAMMY winner Slash, pop singer Kathy Sledge, GRAMMY winner Jody Watley, three-time GRAMMY winner "Weird Al" Yankovic, Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow, Recording Academy Chair Christine Albert, LA Chapter President Mindi Abair and members of The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing, along with musical artists, producers, and other prominent music industry figures will be in attendance. Warner Bros.executives Michael Ostin and Cameron Strang will serve as honorary event co-chairs.  
The Producers & Engineers Wing® of The Recording Academy® will celebrate its eighth annual GRAMMY Week event honoring three-time GRAMMY® winner Nile Rodgers for his commitment to excellence and ongoing support for the art and craft of recorded music. With a music career spanning more than five decades, Rodgers is an acclaimed musician, composer, arranger and guitarist and one of the most influential music producers in the history of popular music. He is an unprecedented philanthropist and founder of the We Are Family Foundation as well as the recipient of numerous awards and accolades. In 2014, the hit single, "Le Freak" by his group Chic was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame.


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HYUNDAI & THE GRAMMY AWARDS® LAUNCH THE 2015 GRAMMY AMPLIFIER® #hyundaigrammys #grammyamplifier GRAMMY® Winner Mark Ronson Set As Ambassador For Program Uniting Aspiring Musicians With The Biggest Names In Music Hyundai Inks Three-Year Renewal As The Official Vehicle Of The GRAMMYs Our Coverage Sponsored by ECO SWIM BY AQUA GREEN

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Hyundai and The Recording Academy®announce the launch of the third annual GRAMMY Amplifier® - an innovative, online music initiative aimed at mentoring emerging artists and providing them the opportunity to elevate their careers by showcasing their talent.

Three-time GRAMMY® and Brit winner Mark Ronson will serve as the 2015 GRAMMY Amplifier Ambassador alongside this year’s program curators – current 57th GRAMMY nominees The Band Perry and Ziggy Marley, and singer/songwriter Allen Stone. The ambassador and curators will vet talent via online submissions and select the program’s three winners who will individually be awarded one of the following prizes: (1) a studio recording session with a GRAMMY winning producer; (2) filming and starring in their own music video with a noted director; or (3) securing an opening spot for a noted musician and/or at a music festival.

“For the last three years, Hyundai has proven to be an exceptional partner,” said Evan Greene, Chief Marketing Officer of The Recording Academy. “Together, we’ve created and built a program that discovers and nurtures talent while amplifying our combined commitment to innovation and music celebration.”

“We couldn’t be more excited to continue our dedication not only to the GRAMMYs but to the celebration and support of making music,” said David Matathia, Director, Marketing & Communications, Hyundai Motor America. “The Amplifier program and our partnership with the GRAMMYs allow Hyundai to celebrate innovation and creativity through a truly unique and inspiring platform.”

Artists can begin entering submissions on Jan. 26 at GRAMMYAmplifier.com. Based on their track plays and social media “amplifications," the top 25 finalists will be brought together for a GRAMMY Amplifier mentorship experience. The top 25 will then be whittled down by program curators to a short list of finalists, at which point the program ambassador will select the final three winners and align each of them with one of three top prizes.

The new GRAMMY Amplifier website will go live Jan. 26 and will feature the debut of the mentoring session video series. The episodes document the year-long learning experiences of the 2014 winners and include footage from a studio session with Ronson, the experience of performing on the road as opening act for Allen Stone, and conceptualizing and filming a music video under the guidance of industry professionals.

The 2015 GRAMMY Amplifier program marks the start of a newly inked three-year renewal between Hyundai and The Recording Academy, again naming Hyundai the official vehicle partner of The GRAMMY Awards. In addition to a new Hyundai commercial scheduled to debut during the 57th GRAMMY Awards television broadcast, Hyundai vehicles will be featured on the GRAMMY red carpet, GRAMMY Celebration®after-party, in addition to a a Hyundai fleet of vehicles chauffeuring talent throughout the week. 

ABOUT HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 820 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. For more details on Hyundai Assurance, please visitwww.HyundaiAssurance.com. Please visit our media website at www.hyundainews.comand our blog at www.hyundailikesunday.com. Follow Hyundai Motor America on Twitter,YouTube and Facebook.

ABOUT THE RECORDING ACADEMY
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like "The GRAMMYs" on Facebook, and join the GRAMMYs' social communities on Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, and YouTube.

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THE RECORDING ACADEMY® TO HOST SPECIAL MERIT AWARDS CEREMONY Annual GRAMMY® Week Event Honors Recipients Of The Lifetime Achievement Award, Trustees Award, Technical GRAMMY Award, And Music Educator AwardTM Our Coverage Sponsored by Hallak Cleaners the Couture Cleaner

For nearly fifty years, Hallak Cleaners the Couture Cleaner has been entrusted with Manhattan’s finest wardrobes. New York’s fashion boutiques have been recommending Hallak to their loyal customers for years. They understand the importance of quality fabric care and protecting their client’s investment. While Hallak is known for their expert handling of couture and other precious items, they also make it a point to give your more casual garments the same level of attention. Their representatives are always on the look out for the hard-to-notice stains, loose seams, missing buttons, etc. You can trust Hallak Cleaners with your entire wardrobe and then some. A sample of some of their specialized services: 

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Attendees include Bee Gees member, Barry Gibb; blues guitarist Buddy Guy; Tejano accordionist Flaco Jiménez; inventor Ray Kurzweil; songwriting duo Barry Mann &Cynthia Weil; producer Richard Perry; jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter; jazz promoterGeorge Wein; and the recipient of the Music Educator Award.TM  
Family members or representatives of conductor/composer Pierre Boulez, Bee Gees members Robin and Maurice Gibb; multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter George Harrison; country duo Charlie and Ira Louvin; and President/CEO of The Recording Academy® Neil Portnow will also be in attendance. Additionally, members of GRAMMY Camp® – Jazz Session will perform.

Special Merit Awards Ceremony 
The Recording Academy will present Bee Gees, Pierre Boulez, Buddy Guy, George Harrison, Flaco Jiménez, Louvin Brothers, and Wayne Shorter as Lifetime Achievement Award recipients; Richard Perry, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil andGeorge Wein as Trustees Award honorees; and Ray Kurzweil as the Technical GRAMMY Award recipient. In its second year, The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation® will present the Music Educator Award, which was established to recognize current educators (kindergarten through college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools. A formal acknowledgment of all recipients will be made during the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards® telecast, which will be held at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015 and broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.

The Recording Academy 
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like "The GRAMMYs" on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs' social communities on Google+, Instagram, Tumblr and YouTube.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Peachy Picks Doppio in Downtown Manhattan Our Coverage Sponsored by Fresh Origins

Founder and Owner Lou Barresi, holding their succulent Wood Fired Octopus

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It's not who you know, it's Whom You Know, and now we are pleased to know Lou Barresi, part of the brilliant Doppio team.  Doppio means double in Italian, and his older brother Joseph is his co-owner.  Doppio was first featured on Whom You Know in 2014 in Terrific Takeout:
We were tremendously impressed with Mike's work initially, and this return visit for the formal review confirmed our opinion that Doppio is the best new Italian restaurant in Manhattan.  And we'd say that even if it was started by someone not from Connecticut that didn't go to a Jesuit college (we were tough critics and put him to the test by ordering octopus immediately).  The simplicity in their cuisine devoted to excellence (Lou believes in Ever to Excel we think even if he did graduate from Fordham!), the unique passion they exhibit and their authentic background immersed in pure Italian culture make the Doppio team the best new kids on the block.   Lou and Joseph's parents have a catering business in Greenwich, Connecticut that Lou began working at at age 12, Paesanos.  The first Doppio began in 2011 in Greenwich, after Lou had considered other careers.  He was Pre-Med at Fordham, then Prelaw, studied for the LSAT and was a political science major.  Clearly, from an intellectual standpoint, Lou is more than qualified to run a business, and he chose the career direction that led to the most happiness.  Good idea!  Open since February 21, 2013, t
he Doppio Manhattan location welcomes guests with its warm, neural decor ensuring your happiness while you dine.  Classy shabby chic in taupe, brown and white take a backseat to the phenomenal cuisine.  This 581 Hudson location seats 30 and is the smallest of all of them.  Lou does all of the menu design, and there is no corporate chef.  The menu changes four times annually, so you have to visit at least quarterly to maximize this fabulous culinary joy.  Peachy Deegan began with the Wood Fired Octopus, which was just right.  As you know, having rubbery octopus is a risk you take on when you order this dish somewhere new, however have no fear, the Doppio octopus is grilled precisely right.  It's joined by potatoes, black olive, cherry tomato, cacciatorini and paprika aioli.  It's fresh and is the furthest thing from your Goodyears you can imagine.
Picky Peachy likes a proper robust Italian red, and the first suggestion by Lou was right on the money.  The Super Tuscan Blend, Volare, Tenuta Vitanza 2012 from Tuscany was ripe and bursting with flavor for each course.  Its flavor, versatility and overall body make us wish we were drinking it right now!
Doppio excels in their pizzas especially, and we count 15 choices.  If only our stomach was that big...the Diavola we had tried previously we were still dreaming about when we went into the formal review.  The one we tried this time was the Monticello, which is highly creative: Provolone, Brussels Sprouts, guanciale, garlic and hot honey combine for a unique taste you should try.  2 down, 13 to go...
Peachy Deegan's favorite dish at Doppio is without a doubt the Pappardelle with wild mushrooms, fontina and truffle cream.  If you are anywhere near Doppio right now, you should order many takeout orders of this and only eat this during the blizzard.  We would!  It is the ultimate in comfort food!  Every bite is divine ecstasy and you will love it.  The pasta is cooked perfectly and the sauce must be special order from heaven.  The mushrooms are sliced not too thick and not too thin and punctuate the dish properly.  And, to us there is no such thing as too much truffle cream - but if you are picky about that, know this dish is nicely balanced. 
As far as the entrees go, there are only three choices right now however, they are expertly executed.  It is better to do a few things exactly right than be mediocre across many.  Again, Peachy chose the Scottish Salmon and we can attest to its amazing consistency.  Parsnip puree, spinach, roasted tomato and artichoke lemon jus team up with flavors that compliment each other and the salmon which is fresh.  Lesser venues, especially newer trendy ones, can often be overly creative and leave us with a turned stomach.  Not Doppio.  They are new and different yet achieve culinary perfection.  
Our esteemed panelist adds:
I was delighted to try the Short Rib "Agro Dolce" for my appetizer.  There are a bevy of inviting choices in this section, and deciding is not easy.
The succulent short ribs boasted tender qualities, just as good short ribs should.   The flavor they possessed was perfect: correctly not too overpowering, as it had advertised, and the stewed peppers, calabrian chili spices and the sweet and sour sauce all blended well.
I liked the Monticello pizza that we shared; it had an interesting, unique combination and was very good.  For the p
asta course, I tried the Bucatini "All-Amatriciana".
This is highlighted by guanciale, calabrian chili and pecorino.
My entree was my favorite!!!  The wood roasted organic Chicken Piccante exhibited perfect pr
esentation and f
lavor, with 
crispy skin yet a juicy and tender interior.   Rosemary potatoes were lightly browned just like I like them and the salsa verde was a nice touch.  
I wished I had saved my appetite to finish my plate!
The wine I chose was the 
Sauvignon Blanc, Domaine Saint Roch.   This french wine was a g
reat accompaniment as it was light, crisp and properly chilled: n
ot too dry or fruity, it achieved the perfect balance!  And dessert was lovely.
It is not surprising to know that sometimes the Best of Manhattan comes from the Best of Connecticut! 
Peachy Picks Doppio!
Doppio is Highly Recommended by Whom You Know.

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Extraordinary Weather: From the Blizzard of 2006 from our reader Pi! (Margaret Halsey Gardiner, Executive Director Merchant's House Museum)

… from the Blizzard of 2006 (biggest winter storm in NYC history): the Merchant’s House!
-Pi

Margaret Halsey Gardiner
Executive Director
Merchant's House Museum
29 East Fourth Street, NY NY 10003 

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NHL RELEASES MID-SEASON RANKINGS FOR 2015 DRAFT McDavid Ranks No. 1 in North America, Edging Eichel Our Coverage Sponsored by Cosmopolitan Dental, Official Dentist of Whom You Know

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Center Connor McDavid (Newmarket, Ont.) of the Ontario Hockey League’s Erie Otters has been named the top draft-eligible skater from North America, edging Boston University freshman Jack Eichel (North Chelmsford, Mass.) for the top spot, as the NHL Central Scouting Bureau today released its mid-season rankings for the 2015 NHL Draft. McDavid aims to be the seventh OHL player selected first overall in the past nine years, following Patrick Kane (2007, London Knights), Steven Stamkos (2008, Sarnia Sting), John Tavares (2009, London Knights), Taylor Hall (2010, Windsor Spitfires), Nail Yakupov (2012, Sarnia Sting) and Aaron Ekblad (2014, Barrie Colts).

McDavid, who was granted exceptional player status by Hockey Canada to be eligible for the 2012 OHL Priority Selection as a 15-year-old, is skating in his third season with Erie, where he has recorded 60 points (21-39—60) in 23 games. A member of Canada’s gold medal-winning entry at the 2015 World Junior Championship, McDavid tied for the tournament lead with 11 points (3-8—11), led the tournament in assists and was named to the media all-star team.

Eichel, a freshman center at Boston University, leads all NCAA Division I skaters with 34 points (11-23—34) in 20 games. Internationally, Eichel has won gold with Team USA at the 2014 Under-18 World Junior Championship and represented his country at the 2014 and 2015 World Junior Championships.

Joining McDavid and Eichel among the top North American skaters are: No. 3 Noah Hanifin (Norwood, Mass.), a freshman defenseman with Boston College (H-EAST); No. 4 Lawson Crouse (Mount Brydges, Ont.), a left wing with the Kingston Frontenacs (OHL); and No. 5 Dylan Strome (Mississauga, Ont.), a center with the Erie Otters (OHL) and brother of New York Islanders center Ryan Strome.

Defenseman Oliver Kylington (Sundbyberg, Sweden) and right wing Mikko Rantanen (Nousiainen, Finland) are the No. 1- and 2-ranked skaters from Europe, respectively. Both have skated in their country’s top league, with Kylington recording 2-3—5 in 17 games with Farjestad of the Swedish Hockey League before joining AIK in the second division, and Rantanen notching 4-11—15 in 36 games for TPS of the Finnish Elite League.

Top-rated North American goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood (Thunder Bay, Ont.)is 20?7-1 this season with a 2.81 goals-against average and .915 save percentage in 29 appearances for the Central Division-leading Barrie Colts (OHL). His 20 wins are fourth-best among OHL goaltenders.

The mid-season rankings feature the top 210 skaters and 35 goaltenders in North America as well as the top 112 skaters and 11 goaltenders from Europe.

In its 40th year of operation, NHL Central Scouting provides evaluation and scouting of draft-eligible players to NHL member clubs. Headed by Director of Central Scouting Dan Marr, NHL Central Scouting employs eight full-time and 15 part-time scouts throughout North America. To report on prospects playing in Europe, the NHL employs the services of Goran Stubb and his staff at European Scouting Services based in Finland.

Combined, NHL Central Scouting and European Scouting Services will see in excess of 3,000 games this season.

The full mid-season rankings in all categories are available on NHL.com and media.NHL.com as well as from the NHL’s Public Relations Department in Toronto (416-359-7900) and New York (212-789-2000).

The 2015 NHL Draft will be held June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. The 2015 Draft will be the second for the Panthers and Broward County, after also playing host to the 2001 NHL Draft.

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Peachy Picks Lexington Candy Shop Est. 1925 Happy 90th Anniversary! Our Coverage Sponsored by Stribling and Associates







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Whom You Know Congratulates their new President, Elizabeth Ann Stribling-Kivlan: http://www.whomyouknow.com/2012/12/breaking-manhattan-real-estate-news.html
Current owner John Philis and Peachy
 This Coke float and this post is dedicated to Peachy's late friend, Connie Hays.
Connie wrote the most comprehensive history of the Coca-Cola Company ever, and you should all buy and read her book:
This book was published in 2004, five years before Whom You Know began and talks about Lexington Candy Shop on pages 216-219.
Connie told Peachy she had to go to Lexington Candy Shop to try a Coke float, and so we did back then.  Lexington Candy Shop was officially featured in Terrific Takeout in 2012:
http://www.whomyouknow.com/2012/03/terrific-takeout-lexington-candy-shop.html#.VMaS9v7F_9s
and this year we are pleased to help them celebrate their 90th Anniversary!
Listen to John tell you about how he crafts his Coke Floats.  If you have not had one made by John, you have not lived.  This is the only place in the world where you can get a proper Coke float, and the electric mixers themselves are from 1940.   It is also the last original luncheonette in all of New York City.
 Lexington Candy Shop is an Upper East Side and New York institution, going back to when it began in 1925.  We understand that back then, you'd see as many soda fountains as you'd see Starbucks today.  Connie says: "In the beginning, Philis made sodas and ice-cream sundaes to order, and also sold chocolate-covered caramels, creams, and other kinds of candy from behind a big glass counter that took up nearly half the store.  He invested in wrought-iron tables and chairs so people could come in and sit down for a while.  This was the way the Lexington Candy Shop functioned until after the end of WW2." (p. 216)  Since then, it's been a luncheonette/restaurant.
It was started by John's grandfather Soterios, and here he is with his dad and grandfather.  It has always been a family-owned business and we are pleased to announce it has graduated to Peachy's Picks.
 Lexington Candy Shop today! John and his business partner Bob Karcher.
How many places do you know that have been open for 90 years and still owned by the same family?  Listen to John tell you about their history:
Lexington Candy Shop is famous far and wide for many positive reasons, and they've been featured in many commercials over the years.  Perhaps you've seen some of them...

And what did we eat?  Let us tell you.
As you know, we are advocates of green salads as part of a meal.  Peachy opted for the Smoked Salmon Platter.
Classic (and we love how everything here is precisely that-classic!) tomato and lettuce have a party with coleslaw and potato salad, and of course the star of the show here is the salmon.  Everything was fresh and the quality was great!  We would have sliced the salmon a bit thinner...but overall this was a winner.
Just as fun as eating is looking at the walls of Lexington Candy Shop:
 
There are tons of great entree options at Lexington Candy Shop.  The Carnivore-in-Chief thought a Mozzarella Bacon Burger would absolutely hit the spot, and it did.  
We bet this would taste just as amazing in the current blizzard!  The beef is superb and so is the mozzarella!  X marks the spot with premium bacon, and it is always fun to play with the ketchup...
That is what your face will look like when you taste it!  Heart Smart Fries were also in order:
They are definitely equal in taste to some that would be not so nice to your heart.  The Heart Smart fries are cooked in a convection oven, sprayed with vegetable oil.  
And the apple pie to close your visit?  A must!
Our esteemed panelist adds:
Celebrity watching is a New York pastime, and where better to do the watching than in a cozy luncheonette? Not any diner, but one established in 1925, on the same corner, with booths, swivel stools and a fountain. What's a fountain? Ask the folks at Lexington Candy Shop Luncheonette and they'll tell you all about it. As a matter of fact, ask any question and everyone who works here will be happy to answer you. Friendly, atmospheric, and if a celebrity isn't in the day you drop by for lunch, just look at the walls and see who frequents this happy little place. The menu features American food, so be ready for home made, classic taste, and straightforward items. Salads heaping on the plate, desserts piled high with whipped cream, and fountain sodas, made to your very own specifications.
A must: the coke float. Made with Bassett's ice cream and hand mixed, the coke in this concoction is NOT pumped out, but mixed from the syrup, just the way it used to be done all across America. Flavor unlike any coca-cola you've ever had, unless you're old enough the remember soda fountains back in the day. The menu is full of wishful thinking: ice cream sodas, milk shakes, egg creams....a must-return if there was ever such a category in the annals of restaurant critics everywhere. 

 We had the shrimp salad, served with coleslaw to rival my Mother's recipe, and potato salad. 

The shrimp were not teeny tiny pieces, either, but whole shrimp in a smooth mix of chives and mayonnaise that married well with the coleslaw and potato salad. At the recommendation of the owner, we had the Fresh Turkey Special. 

A mountain of white meat just-sliced turkey layered with cole slaw and french dressing ( your choice) on lightly toasted rye ( again, your choice) made the perfect sandwich. 

 You can't fit it all in one visit, but desserts are worth a solo drop-in. We tried the rice pudding, and it was so creamy it took us back to the days of Horn and Hardart's, if you remember that reference. 
 The Lexington Candy Shop Luncheonnette has been in more movies , commercials and advertisements than most movie stars, so if you recognize it and feel right at home when you walk in, that's one of the reasons. 

 Another reason is the throwback atmosphere. This is where your great-grandmother might have shared a "phosphate" with your great-grandfather. This is the counter where Lana Turner might have been discovered, if it were on the West Coast. This is America in every sense of memory, wholesomeness and cozy. It's the place you come after a matinee, or for a great meeting with someone comfortable. 

 Celebrity watching here is the norm, so don't be surprised if you see Bruce Springsteen or Paul McCartney. Neighborhoods all over New York wish they had a Lexington Candy Shop Luncheonette, but there's only one. Be sure to visit, and take every friend, tourist and out-of-state relative to experience the wonder that it is. Make it your own, and you'll be doing yourself a favor indeed.
Peachy Picks Lexington Candy Shop!

Lexington Candy Shop is Highly Recommended by Whom You Know.



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P.S. A note from the Editor: If it's good enough for Paul McCartney, it is good enough for you!
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