May 21, 2009

after-american-idol-its-time-for-vietnam-idol_14So I must admit, I have not watched American Idol since season 1. Let’s just say I had a bit of a falling out with the show and how it is produced… But being an American who is employed by a cable channel that specializes in pop culture, its pretty much unavoidable that I would be aware of the winners from season to season. Even though I haven’t seen an episode of A.I. since 2002, (don’t even get my started on my feelings towards what it has done to the music industry, and TV for that matter) I did actually watch last night’s finale from the comfort of an elliptical machine at the gym. Side note: cheesy reality TV shows, especially contest-based, are easily the BEST thing to watch while working out! Anyway, I was seriously left speechless from what I witnessed last night! What the F?! I was so flabbergasted by what I saw, that I don’t even know where to begin!

kiss_2The fact that Queen, Kiss, Cyndi Lauper, the Black Eyed Peas, STEVE MARTIN and lord knows who else were present at the show is clearly a sign of the times. Just one more reminder that our economy is tanking – that famous icons of music (and comedy) need to appear on a silly talent contest (albeit one that a gazillion people watch) in hopes of selling more copies of their newest albums. Times are tough, huh? I have to admit I didn’t know if I wanted to laugh or cry – the sound that escaped my mouth would attest – when the entire top 13 join Carlos Santana on-stage for a musical-review-worthy rendition of “Smooth.” I’m glad to see the horribly cheesy group numbers are still alive and well….

Another observation – the 2 finalist, while honestly talented, weren’t really as original aslarge_idol-final-2 the show was making them out to be. Kris Allen (the winner) sounded like the love child of Jack Johnson and John Mayer with perhaps Ryan Adams serving as god father. I think it’s pretty obvious when I say he is probably the most marketable out of the 2, and he’ll probably have a pretty solid career. He probably won’t soar to the heights of Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood (lets face it, we like our winners with a massive pop sensibility) but he will be successful non-the-less. We love us some male singer-songwriters! Now the other finalist, Adam Lambert. Really talented, and yes he is certainly unique, but every time he let out one of those high wails I couldn’t help but think he sounded  pretty similar to Jeff Buckley! Now I love Jeff , as I have mentioned many a time, so I don’t use the comparison lightly, but I would be amiss if I didn’t point out the vocal similarity. In fact I would love to hear him take on “Grace”, just to see what it would sound like! While time will tell what sort of music he will create, I think he could certainly do interesting things if given the opportunity. Actually, I think coming in second was probably the best thing for him. Now he isn’t tethered so tightly the the American Idol machine (you know those winners aren’t allowed any creative input till album #5, if at all!) and will have more control on the album he will release. He’ll have more freedom to create music that is closer to his own ascetic and not that of the Idol producers. Come on, you know I speak the truth here!

But long story short, last night I felt like I fell into the Twilight Zone of television!  I’m not completely sure what it was that I had witnessed and I think I was more frightened than entertained, and find myself still recovering this morning.


Tony! Tony! Tony!

May 12, 2009

Ok allow me a moment to “geek out” – the nominations for the 2009 Tony Awards where announced recently and I can’t help but comment. I’ve been a fan of theater (particularly musical theater) for the majority of my life so I’ve formed some strong opinions on the art form. Frankly the current state of Broadway makes me a little sad, not gonna lie. True, there have beenWestHair some great things happening as of recent (both West Side Story and Guys and Dolls revived in the same season?! ) but in the hopes of boosting fledgling ticket sales, I’m afraid that theater has signed a deal with the devil. Hollywood has moved in and taken over the Great White Way like bullies on the playground, and they don’t seem to be leaving anytime soon.  Unless you are Disney (lets be honest, Lion King and Beauty & the Beast were pretty great) a film shouldn’t really be made into a musical – especially if it had nothing to do with music in the first place! Case in point – Legally Blonde: The Musical (I’m not even going to get into it…)

Elton John (Billy Elliot)But in any case, looking down the list of nominated musicals, it looked more like the offerings of a video store: Billy Eliot, 9-5, SHREK (which was surprisingly a really entertaining musical, I’ll give it that)! But this is not new trend.  This has been happening for some time, so perhaps that is why it gets me so annoyed. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a truly original musical that hasn’t been retooled from another entertainment form (films, or – wait for it- the “jukebox musical”). But the final thing I find interesting is the amount of “film and TV” actors present on the list of nominees – Jeff Daniels, Geoffrey Rush, Jane Fonda, James Gandolfini,ART God Carnage 4of6.jpg Marcia Gaye Hardin, Constantine Maroulis (really?), Allison Janney and the list actually goes on! Don’t get me wrong, its not unusual to see television or film actors come to NYC to do a play or musical (in fact that’s how a lot of them go their start) it just seems to be a larger percentage this year than I’ve noticed in years past.

All bashing aside, I think all this should make for an interesting, and hopefully entertaining awards show.  I will be parked on my couch with a glass of wine and some popcorn watching, thats for sure!  For more on the Tony’s (in case I’m not the only one who cares…) visit their official website


It’s Mother’s Day

May 11, 2009

So in honor of mother’s day (which was yesterday), this is one of my all-time favorite you tube vidoes! So funny! While I didn’t grow up on Long Island, so I don’t know this type of women personally, its still pretty stinking funny.


It’s been a while…

May 8, 2009

Ok ok I know, I never said that I was good at this whole blogging thing!  So sorry for anyone who actually follows this thing, I know I haven’t posted anything in a while.  Life gets busy and frankly I didn’t have anything to say that I felt was worth someone else reading! haha

But anyway…you can call me lame, (and I wouldn’t care) but I have always had a soft spot for Incubus.  You can call them “sell-outs” for the constant change in musical direction, but I’m afraid I would have to strongly disagree.   Musicians as a rule are creative people, that find inspiration from the world around them to create songs.   And while most musicians and bands stick to one genre  – out of  training, personal tastes, or to keep their fan base – it isn’t uncommon for musicians to get an itch to try something new.  Most people don’t listen to only one type of music, so why should we expect our musicians to do the same?  Often times this is what causes side projects and solo careers, but in the case of Incubus I applaud their ability to try new styles and sounds as a band, instead of individually.   I think its more an artistic exploration and maturity (lets face it they were like 16 when their first album came out) that inspires their change in sound from album to album.  If they were trying to chase down mainstream success then I think their albums wouldn’t sound the way they do – they would sound more like Fall Out Boy or the Jonas Brothers. (yeah you read that right. deal.)  Here is the video for their new single “Black Heart Inertia.”  Not sure if I love the video, but holy crap I’m convinced that Brandon Boyd doesn’t age!  He looks younger than ever with that short hair!


Where The Wild Things Are

April 21, 2009

Finally someone had the great idea to make Where The Wild Things Are into a movie!  It’s directed by Spike Jonze  and it looks like he hit the nail right on the head!!!  Judging from the trailer, there is a definite Labyrinth feel to the overall art direction, making the film look slightly creepy while still feeling whimsical and playful – which I think is a perfect balance!  I also think that the Jim Henson Company was consulted for this film because there is a decided Muppet-look to the monsters.  I must admit that I was a bit hesitant when I first heard “live action” in relation to this project, but judging from the trailer my worries where unwarranted.  Plus, the kid they cast to play Max is adorable!  The movie should be amazing! I can’t wait!


2 Less Days to Wait! Oh Boy!

April 17, 2009

So I suppose at this point its mostly common knowledge (that is, if you’re a Harry Potter fan) but the release date for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has been moved to July 15th, up 2 days from the old “new” release date of  July 17 (original release date was slated for Nov. 2008).  Order of the Phoenix was actually also released on a Wed. in July of 2006, so I think the move is fitting.  Check out another NEW Trailer!!!  It isn’t sooo new that the release date has been changed, but us Potter fans have to take what we can get till July. Enjoy and Happy Friday!


Funny because its true

April 16, 2009

These have been floating around the internet for awhile but it doesn’t make them any less funny.  Perhaps you can recall the Oh-so-memorable “Real Men of Genius” Ad Campaign that Budweiser had a few years back?  Well the folks behind those ads, decided to have a bit of fun with the idea.  Now I’m sure they are funnier if you actually work in television (as I do) and actually get all the jabs, but I still think its pretty funny even if you don’t know all the TV terms.  Everyone has encountered a clueless supervisor or an annoying co-worker at some point in their working lives!