Archive | February, 2009

In the Arena, 2/27

26 Feb


Mandatory event updates:  Monster Jam this weekend, Winter Jam March 8, Harlem Globetrotters March 16, Cats April 2 (on sale Monday at 10 a.m.), and Alan Jackson April 16.  Good seats are still available for all shows!

This week I have decided to focus on some of the most important albums to me over the years.  For those of you thinking “isn’t this a Facebook note?” the answer is yes.  Sometimes inspiration comes from the strangest places…

Ozzy Osbourne – Diary Of A Madman – Ozzy’s second solo album remains my favorite to this day.  The two opening songs (“Over The Mountain” and “Flying High Again”) are one of the best one-two punches ever.  I must have played side one of this album (how’s that for dating myself?) a million times as a teenager.

Van Halen – Fair Warning – Not their most commercially successful album but one of my all-time favorites.  Another great one-two sequencing example with “So This Is Love?” and “Unchained” closing side one and opening side two respectively.

Iron Maiden – Number Of The Beast – Can you tell that I was a metalhead in the early to mid-Eighties?  This is one of the records that I used to try to play along with as I was learning to play drums.  I should have picked something easier…

R.E.M. – Reckoning/Life’s Rich Pageant – OK, I’m cheating by putting two albums together but that’s how I made the cassette back in the day.  This was great jingle-jangle (how’s that for a technical term?) pop music.

The Replacements – Pleased To Meet Me – Recorded in Memphis and produced by the legendary Jim Dickinson this was the last great album made by the Minneapolis quartet.  It veered from pretty ballads like “Skyway” to rockers “The Ledge” and “Red Red Wine” (no, not the hideous UB40 song).

Led Zeppelin – Houses Of The Holy – It’s really hard to pick a favorite Zeppelin album but this is the one I have played the most.

Better Than Ezra – Surprise – Their cassette-only debut from 1990.  It’s even better than Deluxe in my opinion.  Great songwriting and performance from a young band.

Blind Melon – Blind Melon – It’s a shame that these guys didn’t get a chance at a longer career.  Their first album was phenomenal but I do admit that I can’t listen to “No Rain” anymore (thanks a lot commercial radio!).

Smashing Pumpkins – Gish – A great album from beginning to end.

The Beatles – Abbey Road – Like with Zeppelin it’s hard to pick a favorite Beatles album.  This is the one with the most spins in my life so it gets the nod.

I’m quite sure that I am leaving out some very important albums but I do have another job that needs my attention.  Feel free to comment on my picks or to add your own.  Now if only I could put together a concert featuring all of these acts on the same bill.  That would be something!

Until next time,


“American Idol,” 2/26

26 Feb

Allison Iraheta, Adam Lambert and Kris Allen are through to “Idol”‘s Top 12.

Columbus native Jasmine Murray was sent home tonight.

Besides the elimination, an “Idol” contestant from last year, Brooke White, performed her new single.

What do y’all think about the elimination?

Who are you looking forward to next week?

Scene Picks

26 Feb

What’s happening this weekend?

  • Festival of Hope is this weekend, featuring the Spunk Monkees. See the story below.
  • “All About Us” is being screened at The Link Centre in Tupelo at 6:30 tonight. Tickets are $5 and include popcorn and drink.
    From The Link Centre: “Beautifully told against the backdrop of Hollywood and the Mississippi Delta  with stellar performances by Boris Kodjoe, Academy Award nominee Rudy Dee, and special appearance by Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman, All About Us is an inspirational and heartwarming story that provides insightful commentary on the familial rifts that ambition often creates.”
  • The 2009 Ebony Fashion Fair is Sunday at Tupelo Furniture Market Building V. It starts at 5 p.m. and tickets are $40 and $30.
  • Monster Jam takes over the BancorpSouth Arena this weekend.
  • “Slumdog Millionaire” won the hearts of M. Scott Morris and Kelli Karlson (hey, mine too!). It’s playing now.
  • Boondocks in Tupelo offers Scott Chism & the Better Half Friday night and and Thomas Jackson Orchestra Saturday.
  • Soul Gravy is at Rick’s Cafe in Starkville Friday night.
  • This week’s Thacker Mountain Radio is all about the Blues Symposium this weekend in Oxford. Cedric Burnside & Lightnin’ Malcolm and Kenny Brown are the musical guests for this week’s show.
  • Stone Lizard rocks Bogart’s in Tupelo Friday and Saturday.
  • If you’re in the mood for blues, check out Rooster’s in Oxford, who will feature DuWayne Burnside Friday and Big Jack Johnson Saturday.
  • Jeff Cummings has a gig at Bin 612 in Starkville tonight.

Show & Tell – ‘Slumdog’ music

26 Feb

What pop culture-y goodness are you in love with this week? What book, movie, TV show, song, commercial, whatever, made your week?

I’ve already written this week that I saw “Slumdog Millionaire,” and that, like just about everyone else who’s seen it, I loved it.

I saw the movie with a group of friends, and after it was over, a friend said she hated the music in the film.

She asked me what I thought, and I said I loved it. She’s made fun of me since. Every time I’ve seen her, she’s asked me, “You really liked that music?” lol.

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What’s Going On – Wilco, ‘Iron Man 2,’ 50 Cent

26 Feb

Happy Thursday, dears!

Hope things are going well in your corner of the world.

Don’t forget to check back tonight to see who’s voted off “Idol.”

  • Samuel L. Jackson has joined the cast of “Iron Man 2.” Pretty rad, eh?
  • Don’t call it a remake (I guess?), but Russell Crowe and Kate Blanchett will star in a new “Robin Hood” flick.
  • Barenaked Ladies plan a new album despite losing a singer.

“American Idol,” 2/25

25 Feb

The second group of the Top 36 performed tonight, and again the theme was Billboard hits.

Columbus’ own Jasmine Murray started the night off, singing Sara Bareilles’ “Love Song.” I think she’s a better singer than the song really allowed her to show off.
Randy said: She had good moments, but he expected her to sing something from the likes of Rihanna. It was pitchy.
Kara said: She’s very commercial but her performance was “very all over the place.” It wasn’t her best performance.
Paula said: She gave it her all, and her confidence was great.
Simon said: He was “disappointed,”  and she may be too young for the show. He said she’d be someone to count on in a few years’ time.

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Spunk Monkees headline Festival of Hope

25 Feb
Spunk Monkees by C. Todd Sherman

Spunk Monkees by C. Todd Sherman

From the Festival of Hope organizers:


TUPELO – Project Hope invites area families to come out Friday, Feb. 27, and make a difference in the lives of local cancer, diabetes and heart disease patients.

The 10th annual Festival of Hope is planned for 6-10 p.m. at Tupelo Furniture Market Mississippi Complex, Building 5. With the theme, “There’s No Place Like Hope” centered around the classic movie, “The Wizard of Oz,” organizers promise good food, entertainment and fun for all ages. Mabel Murphree is honorary chairperson of this year’s event.

Survivors of heart disease, cancer and diabetes will be honored during the opening ceremonies, and a time of remembrance is planned for those who lost their battle against these diseases.

Back by popular demand, local rock band Spunk Monkees will provide the evening’s entertainment. More than just a band of musicians, the Spunk Monkees are a total experience. With the look, the attitude, and sheer energy, every performance is memorable.
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