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Blog Summer Concert Series #9 – Cover Edition

The summer is heating up, and so is the music! Today’s concert is only of cover songs. Enjoy!

– Paolo Nutini – “Crazy” (Gnarls Barkley cover)

– Charlotte Church and Amy Winehouse – “Beat It” (Michael Jackson cover)

– Panic! At The Disco – “Karma Police” (Radiohead cover)

– Staind – “Black” (Pearl Jam cover)

– Hootie and the Blowfish – “Losing My Religion” (R.E.M. cover)

– Elton John and Axl Rose – “Bohemian Rhapsody” (Queen cover)

Blog Summer Concert Series #8

And we’re back from a short vacation with more music!

– John Mayer “Why Georgia”

– Stone Sour “Through Glass”

– Papa Roach “Forever”

– Green Day “Working Class Hero” (John Lennon Cover)

– Jack Johnson and Ben Harper “Flake”

– Pussycat Dolls “Buttons”

– Sting and Cheb Mami “Desert Rose”

Blog Summer Concert Series – #7

Back — and sorry for the delay!  No jibba-jabba tonight, so let’s get to the music!

– Ben Folds – “Such Great Heights” (Postal Service cover)

– Panic! At The Disco – “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”

– Tracy Chapman – “Fast Car”

– Korn f/Amy Lee – “Freak on a Leash”

– The Fray –  “Over My Head”

– DOUBLE SHOT of Extreme – “More Than Words” and “Hole Hearted”

Top Wrestling Entrance Themes

I think I may have done something similar to this before, but y’know what?  I’ll do it again!

In professional wrestling (nee Sportz Entertainment), the music heralding a wrestler’s entrance into the arena for a match or interview is crucial to set the proper tone.  If someone came in to a high-energy Metallica rock song, you’d get one impression of them, as opposed to if they entered to a Frank Sinatra ballad.

So I present to you this Top 10 List of the Wrestling Entrance Themes!  They are judged on the following characteristics:

– Reactiveness: Does the music make you feel an emotion?  Excitement, fear, etc.

– Coolness: Does the piece just have a unique, cool spin?

– Longevity: If it lasted for a long period of time, it did so for a reason.

– Success: On a lower level, the success of the wrestler can help make a theme awesome.

All set?  Let’s roll.

#10 – Randy Orton (Mercy Drive’s “Burn In My Light”) – WWE – Sweet song for an arrogant, rising star.

#9 – Dusty Rhodes (“Common Man”) – WWE – You want to dance EVERYTIME you hear this, don’t you?

#8 –  Jeff Jarrett (“King of the Mountain) – TNA – From the opening notes, you just HATE this prick.

#7 – Goldberg – WCW/WWE – These had slight differences but were close enough.  Amazing.

#6 – Macho Man Randy Savage (“Pomp and Circumstance”) – WWE/WCW – Can’t find a good version of it, but here’s something.

#5 – Ultimate Warrior (“Unstable”) – WWE – Sheer energy.  The forerunner of modern themes that defined the character.

#4 – Ted DiBiase (“Money”) – WWE – Just perfect.

#3 – Edge (“Metalingus” by Alter Bridge) – WWE – Amazing, amazing song.  Perfect for the character.

#2 – Sandman (“Enter Sandman” by Metallica) – ECW – This clip is from a WWE show, but this entrance is ALL ECW.

#1 Hulk Hogan (“Real American” by Rick Derringer) – WWE – Simply the best.  For over 20 years.

Blog Summer Concert Series #3

And we’re back.

Sorry if I’m repeating songs from previous “concerts.”  Only good ones get recycled!

– “Laid” by Matt Nathanson

– “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls

– “Instant Karma” by John Lennon

– “Harder to Breathe” by Maroon 5

– “The First Cut is the Deepest” by Sheryl Crow

– “When You Come Back Down” by Nickel Creek

– “Love Song” by The Cure (with German intro!)

– “The Sign” by Ace of Base

– “Chicago” by Ingram Hill

Good night!  More concerts soon!

American Idol – Top 6 – Performances (Bon Jovi)

Sorry for not having a recap for the results show last week.  My DVR failed me.

Also, the cop-out ending was kind of a bait-and-switch.  So, blah.

But tonight….tonight should be interesting!  It’s Bon Jovi night!

– We start with a career retrospective of Bon Jovi.

– Tony Bennett, Jennifer Lopez, Diana Ross…all great mentors.  But BON FLIPPIN’ JOVI???  That’s cool.

– Phil starts with “Blaze of Glory.”  Quick tip.  When you are a rock kinda guy and the setlist is, hello, Bon Jovi music, do one of the big guns!  He claims to have performed this song in front of his mirror.

Hmm…listen to the lyrics: “I’m going down in a blaze of glory.”  I change my mind on the song selection.  Makes sense for him.  He knows he’s probably on the chopping block.  Really, this is a great song for that.  And he sings it well.  Oh, the irony!  Randy recorded the song with Bon Jovi.  And called it his second best performance ever.  Paula loved it.  See-moan: “I thought it was OK.”

– Gina is in the crowd.  Again, the irony.

– Wait.  Jordin’s MOM grew up listening to Bon Jovi?  Damn, I feel old.

– Jordin gets the MONEY song, “Livin’ on a Prayer.”

– Jordin has 80’s hair, to go with the song.  Actually, she looks like Scary Spice tonight.  The first verse is rough for Jordin, but she gets it together by the middle.  The end was so good, I forgot how shaky the beginning was!  Randy acknowledged it was tough…especially the verses.  Paula said about the same.  See-moan wasn’t a fan.  Here’s what I don’t get:  Phil was GREAT and feels like he got no momentum.   Jordin had her worst night yet and they make excuses for her.  Don’t get it.

– LaKisha is in the Sponsored Cola Lounge.

–  This is rich: LaKisha admits to seeing Bon Jovi on Oprah, but that she has never heard one of his songs.  Wow.  That statement is all sorts of messed-up.  She’s performing the not-well-known “This Ain’t A Love Song.”

-LaKisha does a nice job with the song.  She’s still falling down the depth chart, but this will definitely slow the descent.  Didn’t have the WOW factor, but it had a SWEET factor.  Probably the best you could have expected from her on Bon Jovi night.  Randy says she’s back.  Paula said she “gave everyone a little somethin-somethin.”  See-moan threatens to kiss her.  And then does.  I guess that’s a good thing?

– Beatbox Blake gets the OTHER money song, “You Give Love A Bad Name.”

– He promises a risk.  He colored his hair.  Wow…he completely re-imagined the song.  It’s funky.  And then rocks out for the chorus.  And beatboxes after that.  Wow…this is all over the place and I LOVE it.  It’s a vocal remix!  Blake definitely put himself out there with this song.  Randy loved the creativity, originality and the song overall.  Paula: “This was your night.”  See-moan’s mom is in the crowd tonight.  See-moan claimed half will love it and half will hate it and he personally liked it.  Works for me.  The risk paid-off for the Beatbox!

– Chris Richardson is in the Sponsored Cola Lounge.

– He’s trying “Wanted Dead or Alive.”

– On the surface, should be a good song choice.  Oh man…he forgot the words in front of Bon Jovi.  As Richardson said, Daughtry also did this on the show.  Couldn’t find that clip, but here is another one:

– Shaky, karaoke performance.   Especially after Blake’s masterpiece.  Blog Friend Andrea sums it up:

BFA: moron

BFA: chris daughtry NAILED that song – you KNOW youre gonna be compared… and his voice isnt gruff enough for it. i think that was another bad choice

Randy kinda liked it.  So did Paula.  Did they listen to the same song I listened to?  See-moan said Chris did his best, but that it might not be good enough.

 

– Let’s wrap things up with Melinda Doolittle!  Interesting song choice, with “Have a Nice Day.”

 

– Bon Jovi tells Melinda to take it to church.   For not being a “rocker,” she is rockin’ pretty hard in a Tina Turner-meets-Journey kinda way tonight.  I dig.  This is phenomenal. My Melinda crush is back in full effect.  Randy loved it, compared it to Tina Turner.  Paula gushed.  See-moan also loved it, channeling Tina Turner.

 

Dubbya and Mrs. Dubbya thank Amurica.

 

Most Valuable Singer: Blake, followed by Phil and Melinda.  Rough night for Jordin.  Might be the end for Chris.  Second good week in a row for Phil…will it save him?

 

Thanks for reading!  Results tomorrow!

Blog Summer Concert Series #2

We’re back for another week of live musical performances!  Enjoy!

1) “Metalingus” by Alter Bridge

2) “The Remedy” by Jason Mraz (Check out the ITHACA IS GORGES t-shirt!)

3)  “Grand Theft Autumn” by Fall Out Boy

4) “Zombie” by The Cranberries

5) “Hotel California” by The Eagles

6)  “Crazy” by Seal

7) “Rapper’s Delight” by Sugar Hill Gang

8) “Toxic” by Nickel Creek (Britney Spears cover!)

9) Another cover.  “Hemorrhage (In My Hands)” by Chris Daughtry

10) Sticking with American Idol Alums… “Movin’ On” by Elliot Yamin

The Concert Series continues next week!  Thanks for reading!

American Idol – Idol Gives Back – Performances

Tonight is night one of “Idol Gives Back,” featuring inspirational music.

Each vote tonight equals a charity donation.  Laying on the guilt there, eh?

I get the feeling that tonight (and tomorrow) will be very self-congratulatory.  Honestly, with the money they are raising, go for it.

– Holy crap–Bono is the mentor!  F’n A!

– See-moan and Seacrest went to Africa.  We get Coldplay-themed recap.

– First up tonight is on-the-hotseat Chris Richardson, taking on “Change the World,” the Eric Clapton classic.  Those paying close attention would know Clapton was on Part One of the Summer Concert Series last night.  Wasn’t Babyface involved in this song, too?  Yes he was.  Strongest performance from Chris in a while.  But I didn’t find it all that believeable.  Like, when Melinda sings, you believe that she actually wrote it.  I don’t get that from Chris, though.  Randy really liked it.  Paula loved it.  See-moan said it was a good show of his potential that they saw originally.  Wow.  All four of us liked it.  That hasn’t happened in a while!

–  Besides Africa, Idol toured America to give back money.  Randy went to Louisiana.  Cameras went to Kentucky, Arizona.  Seacrest is from Atlanta?  Paula and Seacrest went to a mobile health unit.

– Melinda…wow…chose a Faith Hill song.  Did not see that coming.  Honestly, Melinda is heads and shoulders above the rest.  I’ve never heard this song before.  But I was ready to break out a lighter and sing “We Are The World.”  Like this:

Back to Melinda.  Remember what I talked about during Chris’ performance about a singer connecting with their song?  This did it.  Big time.  Randy: “You’re so dope.”  Paula: “You’re magical.”  See-moan: “You took a song, you absolutely made me believe you recorded it originally…it was a vocal masterclass.”  Again, we’re all on the same page!

– Seacrest encourages ballot-box-stuffing.

– Even with all the giving back, we still  have time for Beatbox Blake to hang in the Sponsored Cola Lounge and answer a fan question.

– And the Beatbox picks John Lennon’s “Imagine.”  Ballsy choice, as usual.  And he does a great job, as usual.  The original:

What’s so great about Blake is that he picks cool songs and does them “cool-ly.”  This was just a soft, controlled performance, as the song requires.  Randy thought it was OK.  Paula thought it was OK, but then really liked the emotional display from Blake.  See-moan thought it was a little flat, but liked the sincerity.  Again, he connected with the song.

– So far, great show.  Everyone’s stepping it up!

– Seacrest is in Africa, goofing around with the hungry folks.

– LaKisha again chooses a former Idol contestant’s song, with Fantasia’s “I Believe.”  Really, why is she doing that?  There are millions of inspirational songs out there.  Not sure how I’m feeling about this one.  I think it wasn’t one of her strongest vocals.  But it was also a return to her comfort zone.  Randy liked it, but didn’t think it was her best…bringing up the Fantasia-effect.  Paula called her a “powerhouse vocalist” but had trouble comparing her to Fantasia.  See-moan thought she shouted a bit.  This could be the end of the road for her.

– Phil answers questions in the Sponsored Cola Lounge.

– After the rave reviews of his country twist, he’s staying in the genre with “The Change” by Garth Brooks.  Probably a good idea.  Phil kind of sounds like Richard Marx tonight.  Someone back me up?

I like Phil, but this didn’t do it for me.  Good vocal, but it didn’t have enough “wow” factor outside of the high notes, which he hit well.  Not bad, but kind of dull.  Randy pointed out the country connection and he liked it.  Paula loved it, called it his best.   See-moan liked it, but wanted to hear more country tone…he thinks that could propel him through the competition.  I agree.

– Wasn’t Bono the mentor this week?  Did I hear that wrong?  I’m confused.

– See-moan visits a food bank.  They were giving away Matzah.  I saw it with my own two eyes.

– Jordin closes the show with “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” a showtune from Carousel.

Best version of the song ever:

Yes.  It’s a soccer song, too.  I love soccer.

But I digress.

Another breathtaking performance from Jordin.  Starpower, baby.  Randy called it one of the best vocals ever on American Idol in the show’s history.  Paula called her “glorious.”  See-moan thought she was fantastic and that she could release that as a single and do well.

Most Valuable Performer: Wow…terrific performances all around.  I’ll give Melinda the nod.  Chris saved himself from elimination.  Jordin has made it.

Thanks for reading!  Results tomorrow!

Blog Summer Concert Series #1

It’s starting to heat up outside (at least here in DC).  Summer weather means summer concerts, of course.  So, let’s roll out Part 1 of the Blog Summer Concert Series!

I ran the idea through Blog Friend Andrea:

Blog Friend Andrea: i have an acoustic band request though

Me: ok

BFA: sister hazel

Me: dude

Me: #1 on the list

Me: my favorite summer band

BFA: ummm so when are we having babies already

So…I’m gonna go do what I do.  You enjoy the music!

– Sister Hazel – Leaving On A Jet Plane/All For You

– Gin Blossoms – Hey Jealousy

– Eric Clapton – Tears in Heaven

– Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up

– Seether f/Amy Lee – Broken

– Barenaked Ladies – Careless Whisper (cover)

– Carole King – It’s Too Late

–  Dave Matthews/Carlos Santana/Tim Reynolds – Love of My Life

– Daughtry – It’s Not Over

Aaaand…the encore!

– Metallica – Enter Sandman

Blog Hero #2 – Edwin McCain

Based on the success of Blog Hero Rick Astley, now redubbed Original Blog Hero Rick Astley, the time has come to announce the NEW Blog Hero.

What constitutes a blog hero?

– Musician or Actor

– Cult following

– Reek of Awesomeness

So with that being said, I proudly announce Blog Hero #2 – EDWIN McCAIN!

Let’s take a listen to his two songs thatI know you know:

Be on the look-out for more from your reigning Blog Hero, Edwin McCain!