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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Step by Step back to The Right Stuff

Full disclosure: My first concert was at Texas Stadium in August of 1989. The band.... New Kids on the Block.

Yes, I was only 8, and I was going with my older cousin and my mom, but that was the point when I found my own tastes in music. It was the point when my parents' music wasn't all my music. Granted, I still loved the oldies and what little bit of the 80s New Wave that came through the lite rock station, but I broke away into the pop/dance/r&b world of the early 90s. New Kids on the Block paved the way to where I am today. [I won't go into my parents falling into the NKOTB marketing ploys to decorate my room, get me a Joey doll, an NKOTB boardgame, or the fact that I loved the cartoon. Yes, I was a born a geek.]

Ladies, Donnie, Danny, Jordan, Jon, and Joey are reuniting!

I was watching the announcement on Good Morning America, and I wanted to laugh because they got some of the facts wrong. They said that Jordan was in real estate when it was actually Jon who went into real estate. Jordan actually did some solo stuff in the late 90s, and I have the cd to prove it. *ahem*

It's kind of exciting that they are getting back together. Donnie will have a chance to climb back up and out of his brother Mark's shadow (does anyone remember when Mark Wahlberg was Marky Mark, he had a Funky Bunch, and posed in his Calvins?)

I'm sure I'll be there with millions of other ladies of a certain age reliving our youth and screaming like we did when we had The Right Stuff.

Now if you'll excuse me I'm going to go watch Hangin' Tough Live.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Go vote in the Plug Awards

www.plugawards.com

Go vote for your favorite independent music!!!

Those Schwartzman brothers

Some of you might remember Phantom Planet and their anthem to California that was a theme song for one of those cheesy teen soap operas that never caught my interest long enough to care to learn the name of the show. Actor Jason Schwartzman was the drummer of that band at one time.

Well, he's back at it again. A friend pointed me in the direction of the Coconut Records myspace to have a listen. The songs remind me of Phantom Planet. The same sunny SoCal happy beach blanket and palm trees kind of pop. "West Coast" is the single. The album is available through iTunes and eMusic, or you can check the myspace to see where it's available near you.

Jason's brother Robert (I forget what surname he uses these days), from Rooney, also is up to new things under the moniker Solobob. He's only got one song one his myspace called "The Victim," and it reminds of early incarnations of Rooney's "Blue Side."

I'm happy to see these talented brothers bringing forth more great music.

As always, I shall point the way...

http://www.myspace.com/coconutrecords
http://www.myspace.com/solobob

Friday, January 25, 2008

Tom Petty launching major summer US tour

OMG!!! *sputters* *faints*

TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS announce an upcoming summer tour that will take the band through the U.S. and Canada. The news comes as the Heartbreakers prepare for the biggest show in live entertainment, the SUPER BOWL XLII HALFTIME SHOW, broadcast live on FOX Sunday, February 3. All tour tickets, with a few exceptions (see below) will go on sale February 4th, the day after the Super Bowl festivities. Watched by nearly 140 million people in the U.S. and one billion in 230 countries and territories worldwide, the Halftime Show will give the world a preview of the legendary live act that will storm the U.S. and Canada in a few short months. This summer tour continues Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' tradition of great musical packages, with legend Steve Winwood opening every show. For more information, people can go to tompetty.com or simply pick up tickets at ticketmaster.com.

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Tickets for the Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' 2008 North American Tour go on sale soon, but fans will be able to jump to the front of the line and purchase tickets before the general public.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO ON TICKET PRESALES AND TICKET PACKAGES

2008 TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS TOUR WITH VERY SPECIAL GUEST STEVE WINWOOD

May 30- Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI
May 31- The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI
June 03- Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
June 05- Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PA
June 08- Nissan Pavilion, Bristow, VA
June 10- Post-Gazette Pavilion, Burgettstown, PA
June 11- New England Dodge Music Center, Hartford, CT
June 13- TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, MA
June 17- Madison Square Garden, New York, NY %
June 18- Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
June 21- Darien Lakes Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, NY
June 22- Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
June 25- Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA
July 02- United Center, Chicago, IL
July 03- Verizon Wireless Music Center, Noblesville, IN
July 08- Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
July 09- Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, Atlanta, GA ****
July 11- Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Charlotte, NC
July 12- Walnut Creek Amphitheatre, Raleigh, NC
July 15- BankAtlantic Center, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
July 16- St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, FL
July 19- TBD, Denver, CO ****
July 20- Quest Center Omaha, Omaha, NE
July 22- Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO
July 23- Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
August 07- Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Maryland Heights, MO
August 09- MTS Centre, Winnipeg, MB
August 11- Pengrowth Saddledome, Calgary, AB
August 12- Rexall Place, Edmonton, AB
August 15- The Gorge, George, WA
August 16- The Gorge, George, WA
August 20- Jobing.com Arena, Glendale, AZ ****
August 22- Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA
August 23- TBD, San Francisco, CA ****
August 26- Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Selma, TX
August 27- American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
August 29- Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Woodlands, TX

**** Tickets for these shows on sale TBA.
% Date/Time Subject to change.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Blink and you'll miss it

For those of you who watch Two and a Half Men or The Big Bang Theory....

I like Chuck Lorre. He produces great tv shows. If you watch all the way to the end of the show, there is usually a white screen with a lot of writing on it which is his signature "vanity" card at the end of his shows. If you are lucky enough to have digital cable with a dvr box, pressing pause allows you to read these cards.

Normally, one of my parents has the remote and/or I forget to press pause because I'm still laughing at the last joke, so I miss them or only catch the first few words. The first time, it puzzled me that it wasn't legal mumbojumbo. They're actually kinda funny and odd.

I have discovered the library of vanity cards on Chuck Lorre's website.

Go forth and enjoy!

Quick!! Kate Nash on Yahoo

If you're quick you can see a live performance of Kate Nash on Yahoo Music

There's a performance and interview as well as some pics.

What are you just sitting there for? Go go go!

"They tried to make me go to rehab... okay, okay I'll go"


Daddy must not think that Amy Winehouse is okay any more because she's finally going to rehab. She's finally broken down and found the 17 days to get some help that don't come in a shot glass.

Apparently, her dad tried to have her "sectioned". If you don't know how the British mental healthcare system works, it's the equivalent of being committed. However, a person can only legally be "sectioned" in the UK if they are a danger to themselves. Unfortunately, the authorities do not view drug abuse as a personal danger.

I think it's great that she's finally going. She's got to be at her best to appear at the Grammys.

Amy, I wish you all the best, lady.

Yahoo UK
NME.com

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Poll at Left

I'm kinda tickled that people have actually voted in my little poll. I'm more tickled that someone voted for "somewhere else" to find great music.

When I created that option, I was trying to squeeze Africa, Middle East, and South Pacific into one little catagory while also thinking that maybe you could find good music on another planet. The geek in me thinks the Cantina Band on Tatooine rocks.

Anyways, now I'm curious. Explain yourself, sir or madame.


I have a small feeling that curiosity will kill the cat.

Surfing Myspace

My myspace has 305 friends. I might know that many people, but I'd hardly consider all of them friends. That's probably an inflated number considering that I've collected a fair share of bands into my little list.

I know I've mentioned before that Kate Nash is one of my new favorite artists. She posted a blog in her myspace yesterday, which I find refreshing that it was a true blog post. It wasn't one of those posts generated by some intern advertising a tour or some other promotion. She talked of her tour, posted pics, and fun little comments to the pics. She seems like a sweet and amazing lady, and I wouldn't mind making her acquaintance someday.

Anywho, I was intrigued by a schedule in the background of one of the pics which featured the name of an opening act. This inspired me today, and so I went in search of some of her musical myspace friends.
I highly recommend this practice if you don't already go rifling through your favorite artists' myspace friends looking for similar artists.

I digress. My fruit of the morning myspace rifling has caught a few great artists. Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly (that's a mouthful) is one guy with some nice accoustic songs. I listened to "Call Me Ishmael"

Peggy Sue and the Pirates is really just two ladies who sound a bit like Bjork and Billie Holiday trying to do punk or imitate Eux Autres (yet another myspace find from rifling a year or two ago). They will be at SXSW on March 14th, and I'm planning on setting aside some money to see them.

Talk Taxis is another one of those artists that caught my eye from one of Kate Nash's photos. First listen sounded a lot like the Clash, but what can you expect. They are all from England, which solidifies my theory that the water in England is a lot more potent than the water in Texas.

I'm off to do more rifling. Go forth, dear readers, and rifle for yourself!

http://www.myspace.com/katenashmusic
http://www.myspace.com/getcapewearcapefly
http://www.myspace.com/talktaxis
http://www.myspace.com/peggysueandthepirates

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Heath Ledger 1979-2008

So sad to see someone go so young... and not even much older than me. What's sad is that he's the second celebrity death this year that was way before his time and drug related. Time to wake up Hollywood.

RIP Heath Ledger
'79-'08

Friday, January 11, 2008

Once - Great movie! Great music!


I was itching to see this movie after I caught the preview at the Angelika one night. A Guy and a Girl meet on the streets of Dublin and spend two weeks together writing and recording songs. They become entwined in each other's lives. The Guy is a vacuum repairman by day and a street musician by night. The Girl is a Czech immigrant that sells roses and cleans houses.

Now, for you romantic hopefuls like me, I'll warn you now that Once isn't really a love story. It is a musical with a heart-warming story about strangers finding an unexpected friendship in the midst of their mixed up lives.

It's shot kinda like a documentary, and one of the things they mention in the DVD was that people would come up to the actors after screenings and ask about how things turned out for such and such. The really awesome bit is that the lead actors are not professional actors, but rather musicians. Glen Hansard plays The Guy, and he is in a band called The Frames (which I would recommend checking them out).

The soundtrack to this film is amazing. "Falling Slowly" is a sort of hopeful love song that has quickly become a favorite. All the songs in the film are fantastic, and you'll have a great time seeing them come together through the movie.

Exercise music (For the Ladies)

This week, I started working out on my parents' treadmill. I've discovered the power of a 20 minute workout has on me. It's awesome and I haven't been lazy all week... which is a first for me.

Anyways, it's tough to find good music to get your sweat on to. I tried the dance music channel from the selections offered through my local cable provider. Passable for background noise and the occasional sing-a-long. Next, I tried shuffling my iTunes playlist. Again, background noise and necessarily conducive to workout mind frame. Especially when Sigur Ros comes on.

Yesterday, I pulled out a CD from my stereo. I chose Mantaray by Souixsie. I love her voice because it's really sexy, and it makes you want to strut on the treadmill. I think it's a great mental inspiration for a workout because don't we all want sexy bodies.

Come on... Admit it... Yes you do.

I highly recommend this album for your next workout.

Next on workouts with music: Yoga with Sigur Ros.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

You say it's your birthday!

Warm birthday wishes go out to Elvis Presley (He's still the King, baby!) and David Bowie.



Also, to my best friend from high school, Miss Kristy. :-)

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Emma Pollock

One day, a couple of years ago, I was reading a music blog, not too different from this one. The guy was talking about a Scottish band called The Delgados. It caught my attention that a band from Glasgow would use a Spanish word for "thin" as their name. 1 point of cool for them.

Intrigued, I went out to the web in search of their music, found it, listened, and fell in love. It was brilliant. "Coming In From the Cold" grabbed me and is still my favorite song by them. It features Emma Pollock on vocals. I love her voice, the way she sings. I really connected to The Delgados and their music, loving the fact that a chick could rock along with the boys. [I've always loved bands with girl singers]

Sadly, it wasn't too long after I discovered them that they disbanded. Stink. Somehow I knew to keep an eye, and ear, out for Emma. I was pleased to note that she was at SXSW back in March. Anyways, she's got an album out called Watch the Fireworks (Available on iTunes!!). I haven't got it yet (no money, lol), but I will be getting it soon. I know it'll be brilliant just from what I've heard on her myspace.

Here's a video so you can have a taste.



Here's some links.
www.emmapollock.com
www.myspace.com/emmapollock
www.delgados.co.uk
www.myspace.com/getaction2

Off the deep end...

After watching the tabloid fodder last night, I think it's pretty safe to say that Britney Spears is an official candidate for the nearest loony bin. Do they have loony bins for celebrities? Are they more posh than regular loony bins? Maybe they should open one. Frankie's Fabulous Funny Farm for Famous Folks feeling Famously Foolish.

Link.

Frankie says Relax.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

New Year, New Blog

It was suggested that I start a music blog of sorts, so here I am with yet another blog to a long list of random blogs. It's a new year, and my theme is fresh starts and things I've never done before. Seems fitting that I do this since I never have.

I've been watching a lot of High Fidelity lately (great movie, btw, lots of music), so in honor of that and the new year, let's look back at some Top 5s of 2007.

Top 5 Albums of 2007
In no particular order
  • In Rainbows - Radiohead
    • A genius marketing tool to offer the album online at whatever price you feel like paying. Even people who aren't Radiohead fans participated in support of the brave strategy. Besides, it's Radiohead, so you're guaranteed bloody brilliant music at any price. I have a hard time choosing one song that I like because they are all suberb. I would have to say it's a toss up between 15 Steps, Bodysnatchers, and All I Need.
  • Sky Blue Sky - Wilco
    • Seems like Wilco took a hint from Moby's Play and licensed the heck out this album. I will say that it made some of those car commercials enjoyable. Brilliant album. One of those albums you can turn on and relax to. Shake It Off is probably my favorite track because of the kind stop/start of the chorus. Impossible Germany is one of those titles that will stick in your head.
  • Easy Tiger - Ryan Adams
    • I will admit that I am late getting on the Ryan Adams bandwagon as many of my friends have been fans for a good long while. I finally got around to this one out, and I'm sold. It's another feel good record to relax to. Goodnight Rose, Halloweenhead, and Rip Off are my faves. Rip Off has a really interesting melody that continues to intrigue me everytime I listen to it.
  • Mantaray - Souxsie
    • Absolutely awesome. If you remember how cool Souxie and the Banshees were in the 80s, then you will adore this album. Heck, you'll love it anyways. It's one of those kick ass girl albums. Sexy, confident, and cool. So many great tracks on this one too. Heaven and Alchemy is a song that could just go on forever. Into a Swan kicks ass as the opening track and sets up the awesome.
  • The Reminder - Feist
    • Another awesome lady of 2007. Feist has a uniquely beautiful voice. I love how she uses her voice on some of the songs. On Honey Honey, she uses her voice to sound like the doldrums. Sealion Woman drags you in to chanting sealion along with her. Of course the singles are awesome. 1234 is a fun little ditty, and is a great introduction to her music thanks to the Apple commercial. My Moon, My Man is one of my faves. The Limit to Your Love is a wonderful song. I want to say that this album is my top fave right now just because I feel like it describes me and my personality.

Now... looking forward to the new year. Kate Nash is a lady to look out for. Her London accent and very simple melodies make for great simple girly music. Her single Foundations is available here in the States, and it has some great songs you won't find on the upcoming album. Caroline Is a Victim is fun and catchy, but it's Habanera that will have you singing it long after it's over. The single Foundations is a fun dig at a dying relationship. There are some great lyrics in the song. "Yah, intellegent input dahlin'" and the bit about lemons are some of my fave moments in the song.

Hope yall have a great 2008!