Friday, February 29, 2008

PLUG Awards on March 6th

Tickets to the PLUG Awards sold out in minutes, everyone to catch the show live on March 6 @ 8pm EST exclusively at the Dell Lounge. Winners will be announced, Patton Oswalt will host, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, St. Vincent, Dizzee Rascal, José Gonzalez, The Forms, DiVinci and guest DJ Sally Shapiro will all perform.

Monday, February 25, 2008

The Oscars, the Irish, and the Brits

The Oscars were last night. You probably already know that. I enjoyed the glitz and glamour from an Oscar party with fellow movie nerds. I tied for second in the Oscar pool [I really wish Juno had won Best Picture]. That blasted Disney sugar rush called Enchanted was up for 3 nominations in Best Original Song. I was cheering for "Falling Slowly" from Once. I am so overjoyed that Glen and Marketa won. I really think they deserved it.

Another award show of interest is the Brit Awards. It was last Wednesday, but BBC America will broadcast it for those of us stuck on this side of the Pond on Sunday, March 9th at 8pm E/7pm C.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

SXSW... need advice.

Dear Readers,

I am in need of your help. I want to go to SXSW, but I have very (stress the VERY) limited funds. If any of you have been to SXSW before, give a girl some advice on how to see the shows without forking over $650.


Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Top 50 British Albums... just in time for the Brit Awards

I was pointed in the direction of this article today. Of course it's about British music, so I clicked the link without hesitation. Unlike most people who just want to see the list, I gave the whole article a nice read, and then went through the list. Of course, there are a few artists I'd like to see higher on the list, but you could take it as a Top 50 in no particular order.

"The point of list like this is to stimulate debate."

And debate they have, the comments board under the article it steaming. Every one's a critic. The poll was of the public, so you only have the British to blame... who, by the way, provide that same music for your listening pleasure. Don't bite the hand that feeds you.

Again, I'm not disappointed by this list, my top favorite albums by my top favorite band of all time occupies the top 2 spots. I feel quite vindicated for 12 years of support. After all, Oasis is the band that changed my life as a lowly freshman. They gave me the dream of working in the music industry, as well as that not so far off dream of moving to England someday. So yah, I'm well pleased.

Here's the article in all it's musical glory.

The Brit Awards are this Wednesday. While they may not be telecast here on the day, I'm sure BBC America or some other cable/satellite channel will give us some love here in a couple of weeks.

The music poll closed today. UK took the lead with "Somewhere Else" taking second. Again, well pleased. :-)

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentines Day

It's Thursday and I'm short on cash
So I thought I'd give you a little Kate Nash
Let this be my special way
Of wishing you a Happy Valentines Day!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Radiohead announces US Tour Dates... with stop in Dallas!

RADIOHEAD has confirmed the dates and venues to be visited on the first segment of its upcoming North American tour. They are:

May 5 - Cruzan Amphitheatre - West Palm Beach, Florida
May 6 - Ford Amphitheatre - Tampa, Florida
May 8 - Lakewood Amphitheatre - Atlanta, Georgia
May 9 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre - Charlotte, North Carolina
May 11 - Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge - Bristow, Virginia
May 14 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - St Louis, Missouri
May 17 - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion - Houston, Texas
May 18 - Center - Dallas, Texas

Pre-sale for the above dates will begin February 14 via W.A.S.T.E. with general on-sales following on February 16.

The second half of the North American tour will follow the band's summer tour of the UK and Europe.

While I am beside myself with excitement... where in the freakin' H-E-double hockey stick is Center?!

Question answered: is the new Smirnoff.

Well dang. I kinda liked Smirnoff.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

The Grammys celebrate 50!

No real rhyme or reason to this. Just a stream of consciousness type blog while watching the Grammys.

I'm really happy that the WGA decided to allow the show go on for the Grammys.

I've just gotta say... Alicia Keys "playing" with Frank Sinatra was a spectacular kind of awesome. I gotta give this girl props for giving props to God first in her acceptance speech for Female R&B Artist of the Year. That always sits cool in my book.

Carrie Underwood had something that looked like Stomp going on behind her that was kinda cool, and yet a tad distracting.

Amy Winehouse made it out of rehab in time, but her visa wasn't ready in time for her to get to the Grammys. Good on her for snagging Best New Artist, even though I was pulling for Feist, I'm well pleased. I'm thrilled for her winning Song of the Year.

Jimmy Jam reuniting with The Time... oh goodness, I felt like a kid again!

Cirque de Sole is always wonderful to see, especially when combined with the timeless music of the Beatles. The soulful gospel rendition of Let It Be made me misty-eyed. [Seriously thought about breaking down and having some church right then. Phew.]

Holy snappin' crackers!!! Kanye and Daft Punk doing "Stronger".... *falls over* I seriously don't think I have words for the awesomeness witnessed when Daft Punk hits the stage. Kanye also did a touching tribute to his mom singing "Momma."

Fergie was ok. She's never really stood out in my opinion. Over-marketed mediocrity if you ask me. Possibly the musical equivalent of chicken broth, not that great on its own, but good when you cook with it with other ingredients. [If that makes sense to you. I tend to make strange associations.]

While I was absolutely pulling for the soundtrack to Once, George and Giles Martin getting the Grammy for Love is a fitting tribute to the lads from Liverpool. Ringo is so cool, and it was a treat to see him get up there with the Martins.

Beyonce paid tribute to some of the awesome soulful ladies of music, but then Tina Turner had to come out... and damn... she looks good for her age. I've always preferred Tina's version of "Proud Mary," especially when it gets "nice and rough."

Burt Bacarach winning a Lifetime Achievement is one of those "it's about time."

My choice for My Grammy Moment won. Anne Marie Calhoun got her Grammy moment with the always great Foo Fighters. What's funny is that I'm sitting here with my parents, and my scifi lovin' dad doesn't get the UFO reference of the Foo Fighters' name. Pat Smear was on stage too! I've always liked Pat.

I might be Texan, but I'm not the biggest fan of country music. Thanks to Brad Paisley (God bless his cute country heart and paisley print guitar), I now have more ammo against country music. Brad, I'm sorry, but a song about ticks will not win points with the ladies. They're only screaming because "I'd like to check you for ticks" is the worst pick up line in the history of worst ever pickup lines. In the words of Virgin Radio UK's Anabelle Port, "It's really badly rubbish."

Aretha. If I didn't have to stop and have church before, I had to now. Never gonna break my faith! That was some powerful stuff. Israel Houghton always writes some fun worship tunes. Makes you wanna dance.

Who didn't love the stripped down acoustic "1,2,3,4" by Feist? I think that's the test for great songs. It's in how they sound in the most basic form.

I love big bands and jazz, and I'm just tickled that Kid Rock was up there singing jazz... and fabulously might I add.

Gershwin always ranks high in my book. That was a superb performance of Rhapsody In Blue. Piano music has a special place in my heart.

*COUGH* Sorry, Chevy has been cramming Malibu commercials down my throat all night.

It's a quarter til 4am in the UK, and there are actually people up watching the Grammys and Amy Winehouse. I'll give it to her, Miss Winehouse can rock. Very interesting to hear her perform "Rehab" after her recent stay. She obviously got the irony because she was smiling through the song. It's safe to say that she was gobsmacked to win Record of the Year. She looked like she was about to cry.

Josh Groban and Andre Bocelli singing "The Prayer" was magnificent!! If I had thought the Celine Dion version was good, this one just blew it out of the water. Wow.

Jerry Lee Lewis can still churn out the "Great Balls of Fire," but man, I don't think it had the original umph. But good golly Miss Molly, Little Richard can still kick it like it's still 1955! John Fogerty is always cool.

It's a nod to all the greats that Herbie Hancock's River: The Joni Letters got the top award. Amy Winehouse had a great night getting 5 awards.

Here's a link to the complete list of winners.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

2 1/2 concerts in one week!

Golly! This last week got busy in a hurry. An acoustic set and two concerts kept me running around like a loony.

First thing was the acoustic set on Wednesday, courtesy of Switches and my friend Carissa. The crowd was smallish, and we all stood behind the racks so as not to crowd the band. The lads played songs that I recognized (because I did my research beforehand, thank you very much). I really enjoyed the harmonies. Joel was right about the touches of Franz Ferdinand and Supergrass. I heard a fair amount of British Invasion influence there too. The songs are hooky, and I am still singing them days later. I think my favorite was "Lay Down the Law." "Drama Queen" is fun, as well as "Snakes and Ladders." Fast forward to the concert at Granada with all instruments plugged in and electrified. I stood front row as I had been instructed earlier in the afternoon. They are very energetic and fun to watch on stage. I really enjoy bands who write music you can dance along to.

Wednesday night was a good night to be at Granada. Electric Touch was the first band of the evening. I think, with the exception of The Bravery, it was British night (and I'm certainly not complaining! lol!) Electric Touch is from Austin, except the singer, who is British. I thought they sounded like a rocked up version of Keane with guitars. I liked the song "Saved" which is about the singer living in England. They did an awesome cover of "Come Together." While they may have sang about "putting the fire out," Electric Touch set Granada on fire for the night.

Your Vegas, from Leeds, was next up. I enjoyed hearing them, even though the singer was extremely sick from the flu. I liked their song "This Is Your Vegas" as it makes a great intro to the band. They reminded me of David Bowie and a dash of The Smiths, with a smattering of those fabulous bands from Manchester's famous Factory Records [see the movie "24 Hour Party People" for your education]. I can't wait until they make it back to Dallas firing on all cylinders. They have an album coming out April 22nd.

I have a confession to make. Until this week, I'd never really listened to The Bravery. I know! I know. Before you string me up by my toes, let me try to make amends. I will endeavor to listen to a newly acquired cd, and report back later in the week. It's fitting that my favorite song of the night was "An Honest Mistake." I will say that I enjoyed their set. I wanted to dance along, but it was a tad cramped for room up in the little box in the back. They have a cd coming out soon... that is a remix of their last cd.

All in all, it was a great night. I recommend going to see Switches if you get the chance. They are a blast to hang out with and fun to dance and sing along to. Switches and Electric Touch will be at SXSW, so Texas, you have no excuse not to be there!

And now for something completely different...

Friday was another early music day. There was a luncheon with an acoustic set by Ludo at the Universal offices. For those of you who are not children of the 80s, such as myself, you may not remember a movie starring David Bowie, Jennifer Connolly, and a ton of Jim Henson's muppets called "Labyrinth." There was a rather large furry and friendly creature named Ludo, and he found himself stuck in the Bog of Eternal Stench (Yah, I still have the storybook, so back off!)

It's safe to say that this band does not share their namesake's fate. Ludo is clever, sarcastic, and hilarious! They remind me of Relient K and Weezer. Their single, "Love Me Dead," is witty, tongue-in-cheek, and sour like a mouthful of Sweet Tarts. Andrew Volpe is a riot to watch perform with crazy faces and snarky lyrics. Their cd "You're Awful, I Love You" comes out Feb 26th.

Lots of pics over at the ol' Myspace (You do have to be logged in to Myspace to see these. Strange Myspace policy)
Electric Touch & Your Vegas
Switches & The Bravery

MySpace linkage:
Electric Touch
Your Vegas
The Bravery

Thom from Switches

Ollie and Steve from Switches

Ludo! These guys crack me up!!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

South By Southwest Showcase Artists Announced!

I've been kinda antsy to see who all is going to be at this year's SXSW. I hope that I'll get to go this year, even though I have never been.

Here's the list.

There are the obvious heavy hitting musical greats that everyone is beside themselves to see, but here are a few that I'm personally giddy about seeing (with appropriate links).

Sons & Daughters (loud, gutsy, and Scottish!)
The Russian Futurists
Tokyo Police Club
Peggy Sue and The Pirates
The Ting Tings
The Pillows (I have a strange love for Japanese music since I went to Tokyo)
The Answer
The Black Keys
British Sea Power
People in Planes

Those are just a few. I keep finding more every time I go through the list.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Good Ol' Face Melting Guitar Rock

Ladies and Gentlemen, I have found The Answer!

The Answer, as in a loud, classic rocking, need a shovel to scrape your face off the floor, band from Northern Ireland with a kick @$$ cover of Aerosmith's "Sweet Emotion."

They sound like Led Zeppelin, Motley Crue, Aerosmith, and Van Halen on the rocks, shaken, not stirred.

Give'em a listen.