BY TODD HUNT
The subject of this week’s blog was to be my favorite Canadian bands of all time; however, a storm named Gustav has intervened. For those of you that don’t know, we serve as an emergency Red Cross shelter during natural disasters. As of Thursday, we still don’t know if we will be needed or not. The current plan is to continue monitoring the storm and make a decision on Saturday.
Needless to say, we have begun our preparations for shelter use. During Katrina and Rita the facility served as a shelter for 21 consecutive days. We are hoping that this stay (if it has to happen) will be much shorter!
So that’s what’s going on in the arena. Maybe I can share my top Canadian acts with you next week. Will Bob & Doug McKenzie make the cut? The suspense builds…
Until next time,
Here are some awesome events to fill your weekend…
- Today’s Scene cover story is on The Lyric Oxford. This weekend the venue is featuring Trotline, Soul Outsiders and Project Pat. Read this week’s Scene for more.
- Scott Chism & the Better Half are playing not one, not two, but three shows in Tupelo this weekend, starting tonight. Scene has the scoop. (by the way, pick up their CD! I loves it!)
- There’s an independent film screening tonight at the Link Centre. Locally-made flicks are on the program, too. Show starts at 6 p.m. and it’s $5 to get in.
- The Howlin’ Wolf Memorial Blues Festival is this weekend in West Point.
- Tony Caldwell’s playing at Romie’s Friday.
- Capitol Steps is at the Ford Center at Ole Miss Friday night.
- Paul Thorn is playing at Rick’s Cafe tonight.
- Our own M. Scott Morris wasn’t crazy about “The House Bunny,” but Kelli Karlson thought it was alright. It’s playing now across NeMiss.
Happy Thursday, dears!
A personal victory for this morning:
My grandma is the best cook. I know, you say yours is, too, but seriously, mine’s the best. Since she’s slowly lost her eyesight over the last few years, she’s slowly stopped cooking, too. But I’ve been craving some of her banana pudding, so earlier this week I asked her how to make it. It’s simple but I thought I’d somehow botch it up…but no! It’s perfection! Yay! I never thought I’d be anywhere awesome enough to make her especially yummy nanner puddin’, but sure enough, mine’s pretty tasty, too. Yummm…
Anyways. On to newsy bits!
- R.I.P., Steve Foley.
- TheWB.com is up and running, so you can watch your favorite shows, like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel” and “Firefly” (wait, those are MY favorite shows).
- Billy Currington’s new album comes out in October.
- Get the scoop on “Rock Band 2.”
- Aaron Sorkin is writing a screenplay about how Facebook was created.
- Michael Phelps will host the season premiere of “SNL.”
- The new AC/DC single is out today.
- Baz Luhrmann has pushed the release date of his new movie, “Australia,” back just a little.
Happy Wednesday, dears!
Yesterday’s trip to Oxford was very successful.
Between interviews I stopped in at Purple Haze, a vintage shop a little ways off the Square. You never know what goodies you’ll find in there, so I love stopping in.
And here’s the scoop: they’re now selling vinyl! They’ve got a small, but awesome, collection of new and used vinyl. I picked up goodies like Duran Duran’s “Rio” and “The Beach Boys Today!” as well as the Black and Whites‘ album. Speaking of local music, they’ve got a good selection of Oxford musicians’ CDs. I finally got a copy of Mayhem String Band‘s debut CD, too.
Later I sat down with Newt of The Cooters about what all the band’s been up to, including the upcoming Oxford Music Festival. He gave me a copy of the band’s new EP, “Take a Stand,” which sounds awesome this morning.
Look for details about the Oxford Music Festival in the Sept. 4 issue of Scene.
Now, onto news…
- USAToday.com has a look at Brian Wilson’s life and new album.
- Coming soon to a CD player near you: A huge Genesis box set.
- I can has “Smallville,” “The Office” and “Dexter” (and other fall TV show) scoopage?
- Marty Stuart’s getting his own TV show! Yay!
- Snow Patrol’s new album comes out in October.
Happy Tuesday, Scene cats.
If you’re anywhere in NeMiss this morning, it’s probably a mess where you are, right? Ugh. I’ve got to go to Oxford today in that yucky misty stuff…ew.
- Want to buy My Bloody Valentine’s music digitally? Now you can.
- Here’s some scoop on new ABC shows.
- Jack Osbourne is making a documentary about his dad.
- The awesomeness that is Jackson Browne talks about his new album with Billboard.
- The Killers discuss a new album at NME.com.
- Another new Fall Out Boy record? So soon? Boys, you spoil me.
- Kenny Chesney is also releasing a new CD.
- FX will soon stream some of its shows online.
Only last night did I have a chance to finally sit down and read my newest issue of Paste.
The cover story is “the “Best of What’s Next,” and lo and behold, there’s a local in there!
Taylor-based Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele is featured as one of 22 up-and-coming artists. You can read the story here, or go to Paste’s homepage to flip through the digital version of the magazine. Or, heck, go buy a copy.
Congrats, Dent May!
Here’s his video for “Oh, Paris!”
Merry Monday, loves!
What did you do this weekend?
As any good Pontotoc native, my weekend was spent at the Bodock Festival.
I went to the Karen Pittman/David Weaver concert Thursday night, which was so good. It was great to see such a large turn-out, too!
I tried out the new antiques store in Pontotoc, Antiques Downtown, and was surprised to find their varied record selection. There were a lot of compilations – think “Music for Dining” and the like – but then a lot of pop music. I bought a majority of 80s pop on vinyl: “Thriller” by Michael Jackson, “Control” by Janet Jackson, “Falco 3″ by Falco (yes, it includes that 8-minute version of “Rock Me Amadeus”), Whitney Houston’s first two albums and Madonna’s first three. I also got the “Miami Vice” soundtrack. My mom LOVED that show, and I remember the two of us listening to that soundtrack almost non-stop. Good times, indeed.
- R.I.P., Jerry Finn.
- Get better soon, Will Hoge!
- “Stargate: Atlantis” is gone, but the Sci-Fi Channel has a new show, “Stargate: Universe.”
- “American Idol” is adding a fourth judge.
- The new wave of contestants for “Dancing with the Stars” has been announced.
- Waaaaa-hoo!! The Decemberists will release a singles series this fall.
- A darker “Superman” film is in the works, following the success of the bleaker “Batman” series.
- Rascal Flatts will release a greatest hits CD in October.
And, in case this helps anyone – try JusttheDisc.com if you’ve lost a disc of your favorite TV show or want a CD without the case.
BY TODD HUNT
The blog will be short this week as we are unusually busy for August. The Staind show last Saturday was excellent. Thanks to the 4,500 of you who made it out for that one. The preshow party featuring Joan Red and Killjay was such a hit that we’re looking at making a preshow concert a regular feature. Of course, the weather might have a say in how successful the preshow events will be. It’s hard to find acts willing to play outside in January…
This weekend is a big onsale date for us. Sugarland with special guests Kellie Pickler and Ashton Shepherd go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. for their Thursday, October 23 concert. At noon, the Cheetah Girls concert will go on sale (show date Friday, October 17). So if you need me Saturday, I’ll be in the box office!
Speaking of onsales, please do me a favor: DO NOT buy arena event tickets from a website other than http://www.bcsarena.com. Last week we noticed that several websites had tickets for both the Cheetah Girls and Sugarland listed for sale at greatly inflated prices (up to $600 per ticket on one site!). On top of that, the tickets were for seats that don’t exist in our venue. These websites belong to what we used to refer to as “scalpers” and should not be used for ticket buying or information, as they are in no way connected to the venue.
I’ll have more to say next week. Maybe we can talk about my favorite Canadian bands of all time (any suggestions, Geddy?)…
Until next time,