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!”