Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment:
One of the best musical charity projects over the last year has been "Songs for Slim," a fundraiser for Slim Dunlap, the former Replacements guitar player who suffered a stroke last year and now requires around-the-clock care.
The fundraising effort got his former bandmates Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson to reunite for a five-song EP released in January, which probably made the reunion shows in August and September possible. And the press attention from the reunion might be one of the reasons The Replacements are among the potential nominees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for 2014.
Since then, seven different 45s have been issued featuring some of his contemporaries from the Minneapolis indie music scene and some artists influenced by The Replacements.
For those who want to help the cause but couldn't afford to bid on the autographed singles, a compilation is set for release on Tuesday.
Disc one of the two-disc set includes one of the Replacements' tracks ("Busted Up") and songs from the 45s recorded by such artists as Steve Earle, Craig Finn (The Hold Steady), Lucinda Williams, Jakob Dylan (The Wallflowers), John Doe (X), Frank Black (Pixies), Patterson Hood (Drive-by Truckers), Jeff Tweedy (Wilco) and Lucero.
The second disc includes 10 previously unreleased tracks, including covers of Dunlap songs by Soul Asylum, Peter Holsapple and Dunlap's children, Louie and Bee. Replacements drummer-turned artist Chris Mars designed the album cover (and contributes music), and proceeds from the CD benefit Dunlap.
Listener-supported radio station The Summit will kick off its Fall Membership Drive on Monday.
The station is based in Akron, but it's simulcast six days a week on WKTL (90.7 FM) out of Struthers and can be heard throughout the Mahoning Valley. It continues to strengthen its local roots, not only by staging free concerts for members here (The Clarks at the former Lemon Grove, David Wax Museum at Youngstown State University) but also by playing music by local artists. The new album by Canfield native J.D. Eicher and his band, The Goodnights, has been getting extensive airplay on the station since its release in September.
I'm a card-carrying member of The Summit, and there usually are some nifty perks to entice folks to join during the pledge drive, which runs through Nov. 15. Give 'em a listen and give 'em a donation.
Earlier this year Paramount Pictures experimented with a "Superticket" for the summer film "World War Z," which gave fans willing to pay $50 a chance to see the film a couple of days early and receive some exclusive merchandise (and a digital download of the movie when it was released on DVD/Blu-ray).
Paramount is doing it again with "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," the sequel to the Will Ferrell cult favorite, set for release Dec. 20. And while the "World War Z" Superticket only was available in five cities, Paramount is planning a nationwide promotion for "A2" (however, since AMC Theatres is the exclusive promotional partner along with Fandango, folks in the Mahoning Valley probably will have to go to greater Cleveland to participate since Regal and Cinemark own the first-run chains in the Trumbull and Mahoning counties and Shenango Valley Cinemas is part of a small regional chain).
Details on the perks that come with the early screening will be announced at www.anchormanmovie. com/superticket before the Nov. 26 on-sale date.
Andy Gray is the entertainment writer for the Tribune Chronicle. Write to him at agray@