Archive | January, 2008

What’s Going On – Killjay, McGraw

31 Jan

Finally, newsy updates…

  • Amory rock band Killjay has a new EP out. You can check out the band’s music at their MySpace page.
  • My Chemical Romance is releasing a live CD/DVD, kind of like their “Life on the Murder Scene” set from 2006. Only this time it’s putting an end to The Black Parade.
  • Here’s an update on “Volume 1” by She & Him (better known as Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward).
  • This makes me giddy…a “Cloverfield” sequel is a go.

Finally. I try to keep this blog as gossip-free as possible; that’s always been my policy. But, here’s a story on the latest Britney Spears saga. The only reason I’m posting this is because, maybe I’m wrong, but it looks like her family’s finally intervening and she’s getting the help she so needs. Here’s to a full recovery for Britney and a bright future ahead..

Scene Picks

31 Jan

What’s going on this weekend?

All this stuff!

  • Scene’s M. Scott Morris and the Wizard team were not very impressed with “Rambo.” See it for yourself to decide – it’s playing across NeMiss now. Read Scene for the review.
  • Kathryn Brawley is performing this weekend at Musician’s Playground. Playground owner Brian tipped me off to Brawley. Not only was she a joy to interview, but I’m really enjoying her music on her Web site. Check her out on Saturday night and read Scene to learn more about her.
  • The men of Crossin Dixon welcomed me to Rick’s a couple weeks ago for an interview. Now the group is playing at Rick’s on Friday night. See Scene for the story.
  • The Fiery Furnaces are performing at Proud Larry’s in Oxford Tuesday.

And a clarification…

As I’ve said before, doing the music grid in Scene is tricky business. Sometimes we get conflicting info from both the band and the venue owner, and then sometimes we don’t get enough information at all. We go, though, on what we’re given from a source we trust.

That generally tried-and-true method failed us this week, though. Vysion will not be playing Good Time Charlie’s this weekend. Ned Funk, featuring guys from Vysion, is performing.

Sorry for any inconvenience.

I know, I know…my excuse.

31 Jan

I’m a terrible blogger. My usual morning news bits are late, as are my Scene Picks, and I didn’t blog “American Idol” last night (but I did post up other blogs that could fill you in! That’s got to count for something!).

I have a good reason…I was in Memphis last night til the wee hours of this morning, rocking out to Band of Horses. Seriously, folks, if you EVER get the chance to see these guys, you must. Fabulous, wonderful show.

But since I didn’t see my bed til after 4 a.m., I came in late today. Give me a chance to rub the sleep out of my eyes and we’ll be rolling.

Til then…for those who haven’t heard Band of Horses, actually you have. I’m sure everybody’s seen this commercial for the Ford Edge, and yep, you guessed it, that’s Band of Horses playing. The song is “The Funeral.” Sorry for the sorry quality of this video but it’s the only one I could find:

Here’s a better video – Band of Horses performing “Is There a Ghost” on Letterman.

What’s Going On – Buffy, Hot Chip, Kanye

30 Jan

OK. Normally I do my big news posts first thing in the a.m., but today’s been a strange day. These news bits may smell a little funny, but trust me, they’re quite fresh.

  • If anyone out there really, really loves me, they’ll buy me a ticket to this TV festival which includes, among other things, a “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” cast reunion and “An Evening with Judd Apatow.”
  • One other Buffy-related thing and then I’m moving on, promise: has all the shooting scripts up. I highly suggest fans check out the script for Drew Goddard/Jane Espenson’s “Conversations with Dead People,” one of the best Buffy eps ever. Originally, it was planned that the First would come to Willow as Tara, not Cassie. The script details how that would’ve went down. But Joss Whedon thought that would be too cruel to do to Tara and her fans, so he decided it would be Cassie instead (this from the man who killed Jesse in the first episode and then Doyle mid-season of Angel, just to remind fans that anyone can die at any time). Beware – many a Kleenex are required.
  • OK this is only slightly Buffy-related: James Marsters talks “Torchwood” and “Smallville” in this interview.
  • Kanye West is taking Rihanna, N.E.R.D. and Lupe Fiasco on tour.
  • Want to hear Hot Chip but don’t want to spend the moolah? Click here to stream the band’s new album.

Pop culture bucket list

30 Jan

OK, so this may be a little old, but I liked it. 🙂 Entertainment Weekly had a great idea so I thought I’d continue it here.

The magazine asks: What’s on your Pop Culture Bucket List?

What pop-culture related things would want to do before you kick the bucket?

Here’s my list…kind of lame, as I’ve got a lot of “go back in time” things. But I like the past more than the now.:)

  1. Go back in time to see The Beatles, Jeff Buckley, Elvis, The Beach Boys, Hank Williams, The Ramones and The Sex Pistols live.
  2. Meet Joss Whedon. Possibly challenge him to a board game or DDR.
  3. Finally see M.I.A., the Scissor Sisters, Jimmy Eat World, the Foo Fighters, Prince and Jens Lekman live. Also, want to see someone, anyone at the Ryman.
  4. Score a role in a Johnny Depp-Tim Burton movie, even if it’s just a walk-on role…and therefore meet Johnny Depp and Tim Burton.
  5. Go back in time and score a role as a vampire in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”
  6. Go back in time and watch Bette Davis smoke a cigarette in person.
  7. Meet Brian Wilson.
  8. Get cast as one of Dexter’s victims on “Dexter.”
  9. Score a role in a Baz Luhrmann movie.
  10. Go back in time and score a role as a Bedford Falls resident who gives George Bailey money at the end of “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

A few honorable mentions: I’m dying for a “Frankie says relax” t-shirt. And, I’d love to go back in time and attend a Truman Capote reading. And it sure wouldn’t hurt to visit George Clooney’s villa Italy, or to play Quiddich with Harry Potter (I’m living in a dream world where he’s real, sorry).

I’m sure there are lots more but that’s all my puny brain can come up with on a Wednesday morning.

What are yours?

Idol blogs

30 Jan

Since there will be no “American Idol” post tonight on Scene Now, I wanted to give y’all a list of sites or blogs that write about the show either right after it airs or the next day.

“American Idol,” Jan. 29

29 Jan

Sorry for the late postingness, but it took a while to get back to a computer…evil winds and such. Dude, what’s up with that?

Anyway. On to tonight’s show…

The first person shown from Omaha making it to Hollywood was Jason Rich (I think I’m right on that last name?). He was so nervous he couldn’t remember the words to “When You Say Nothing At All.” Finally he got over his nerves and sang the song pretty well. The hot stuff is going to Hollywood, but Simon warned him he wouldn’t give him another chance like that.

Rachel Wicker, a semi-scary arm wrestler, is going through based on her performance of “Don’t Tell Me To Stop Loving You.” It was pretty good but she sounded way older than her 23 years.

Samantha Sidley sang “Don’t Know Why” and sang it just like Norah Jones. Any other time the judges would’ve scolded that, but since Ryan and Paula did a switcheroo (long story), everyone was too busy cracking jokes to really give her any criticism. She’s alright but needs to stop sounding just like another artist.

And enter our sob story for the evening. Angelica Puente, 17, is estranged from her dad (she says he’s too strict, so she moved out), yet she’s auditioning. She sang “The Power of Love,” one of those songs no one should ever sing ever. It’s Celine Dion, you know? Leave Celine alone. Anyway. She did an OK job but sang it just like Celine. The judges warned her about that (told you they’d do that if it weren’t for the clownin’), but put her through anyway. Ryan calls Angelica’s dad, who says, “She’s always been my American Idol.” Awww…

My mom and I nearly came to blows over poor David Cook. He sang Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer.” It was pretty good. But, bless him, David looked like he had a gun stuck to the back of his head, like someone was forcing him to sing that song. Zero personality. Randy told him to “work on some persona.” I told my mom I agreed with Randy, that poor David Cook bored me to tears, but he apparently went right to her heart. I wanted a pleasant evening so I stayed quiet after that. 🙂

The last to make it through was Leo Marlowe who did a decent job of “A Song For You.” Pretty good version but I’d nearly forgotten him and the show’s not even two hours old.

That’s it for tonight.

Remember, there will be NO “IDOL” BLOG tomorrow (Wednesday)! I will post some other blogs and sites that give “Idol” rundowns, though. Perhaps that will make up for my absence? 🙂