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Blog Summer Concert Series #4 – The Rock Edition

Time for more music!  This one has more an unplugged rock edge to it…that’s what I’m feeling today.

– Korn f/Amy Lee – “Freak on a Leash”

– Staind – “Outside”

– Metallica – “Nothing Else Matters”

– Fall Out Boy – “This Ain’t A Scene”

–  Live – “Selling The Drama”

– Def Leppard – “Pour Some Sugar on Me”

Can’t top that last one, so I won’t even try!

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 – RESULTS

Two go home.  Four will remain.  Big night.

–  Seacrest promises no filler.  I laugh.

– We recap last night’s show.  Which is…FILLER!

– We all agree that Blake kicked ass and took names.

– Seacrest interviews random people.  Which is…FILLER!

– Seacrest interviews the contestants.  Which is…not filler.

– Reuben Studdard shills for Idol Gives Back.

– A recap of last week.  Which is…FILLER!

– Musical performance from Robin Thicke.

Here’s his BEST song EVER:

– He doesn’t sing that tonight.  But he does sing “Lost Without You,” which is a tight track.

– Fantasia shills for “Idol Gives Back.”

– Sponsored Crappy Video of the Week is “Paint It Black.”

Elimination One:

Melinda, Phil, LaKisha are center-stage.

– Melinda is safe!

– LaKisha is safe.

– Phil goes home.  Bummer…he was just starting to roll!

– Like I said last night, “Blaze of Glory” was a perfect song for him to sing this week.  And it’s kinda awesome to here him sing it again after elimination.

Elimination Two:

– Jordin is safe.

– It’s down to Blake and Chris–after the break.

– Bon Jovi performs a new song.  Eh.

– Taylor Hicks shills for “Idol Gives Back.”

– Chris and Blake admit they are best friends.   Blake shoots down the importance of the elimination by reminding us that they will BOTH be on the tour.  Love it.

– America voted…Chris goes home and Blake continues!

Next week, Boogie Sounds.  OOOOOOOOOOkay.

Thanks for reading!

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!

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!

Responsibility.

Sorry for the lack of posts over the past week.  Besides fighting the plague (or whatever is going around), there really hasn’t been much to joke or laugh about recently.

I haven’t addressed any of these situations (Imus/Rutgers/Sharpton, Duke Lacrosse Case, Virginia Tech) until now because I wanted to gain some more perspective as the flames of immediacy cooled.

I will never claim to be 100% up-to-date on current events.  I read the newspaper, watch the news, click on cnn.com, but I’m not a “news-junkie.”  What follows is my personal opinion.

These three sad instances have one common thread, as I see it: responsibility or the lack thereof.

– Imus vs. Rutgers (f/Sharpton) – Imus and his producers made stupid, irresponsible remarks.  However, their show exists to shock people and create controversy.  When you play with fire regularly, there’s a chance you’re going to get burned.  That, however, does not excuse the tasteless comments.

What I found most offensive (as a white male), was not the quasi-racist or sexist view of the comment.  Rather, it was the total lack of who these players were.  Terrible.

On the flip side, I feel that the team has the responsibility to take the comments in stride.

A low-rated, aging radio personality said something anachronistic and stupid.  Express your disappointment and move on.

One player said something along the lines of being scarred forever by this.  I agree whole-heartedly with Jason Whitlock, a fairly-controversial African-American sports columnist, who basically said the Imus is irrelevant.  None of the players had ever heard of Imus before!

I’m not saying let it slide.  But put everything into perspective.  Imus doesn’t matter.  A shock jock was shocking.  Obviously, though, he crossed the line.

– Duke Lacrosse Team – Man, if there ever is a bigger case of botched responsibility, I’d never want to see it.

Apparently, the team had several run-ins with campus rule enforcement and was a hair away from “double-secret probation.”  So what did they do?  Hire a stripper for their big party!   Idiots.

The stripper falsely accused them of crimes she either 1) knew they didn’t commit or 2) was so under the influence to as not know.  Again, botched responsibility to the truth in conversations with police.

The coach was fired before the case was resolved.  Huge mistake.  Unless, there were conversations about team behavior beforehand.  I don’t know.  I can’t say.

The season was suspended.  Again, I don’t know enough about their prior run-ins against the rules.  This may have been perfectly acceptable.  Or another snap-decision in a series of them.

However, the biggest bastardization of responsibility came from the district attorney, Mike Nifong.  He recklessly pursued charges against the players without a shred of evidence against them.

In all, the players showed a lack of responsibility by hiring the stripper.
But everyone around them dropped the ball even worse.

Ever wonder what Imus would have to say about the stripper?

– Virginia Tech – Cold-blooded.  Horrendous.  Chilling.  This event will probably shatter the bubble of protection on college campuses around the nation.

I was a sophomore in college during 9/11.  Nothing felt the same after that.  It was a real-world slap in the face that left an enduring scar.

This massacre will probably have a similar effect on th e current generation of college students.  And my heart goes out to them.

The big discussion over the past several days has been what motivated the murderer?  What forms of media influenced him?

OK.  This is where I go off.

No amount of video games, movies, DVDs, CDs, books, TV shows or magazines will convince a well-adjusted person to commit heinous crimes against fellow human beings.

The responsibility for this lies squarely on the shoulders of his family, who either ignored major warning signs or failed to provide the right environment for their son.

I am personally sick and tired of hearing video games and movies used to justify or explain violent crimes.  Violent crimes happened well before any mass media was around.  The problem is that nobody put everything into perspective for this poor soul who felt his only method of self-expression was to go on a genocidal, suicidal rampage.

All three of these cases, tied together by failed responsibility, present a sad state of affairs in our country right now.  People opening fire, with words and semi-automatics.  People lying, to themselves and to the public.   People abusing their situation, be it a public forum or a public office.

What can we do to stop it?

Top Five Guilty Pleasures

Everyone has them, including you!  They are the songs you hate to love (more than you love to hate them).  Every part of your brain screams at you for enjoying the song, but it has a secure place in your heart.  There is no logic behind guilty pleasure songs, so don’t look for them.

When someone admits to you that they like one of these songs, you laugh in their face.  But then you rush home and play the song 15 times in a row.

Of course, long-time readers will know that GUILTIEST of guilty pleasures is Blog Hero Rick Astley.  However, for this post, Rick Astley will be moved to the side.

So, I present to you, my Top Five Guilty Pleasures!

Honorable Mentions:

– “Pour Some Sugar On Me” by Def Leppard

– “Rock Your Body” by Justin Timberlake

–  “I Swear” by All-4-One.  I danced to this at every bar mitzvah I went to!

And now on to the list!

5) “Apache” by the Sugarhill Gang.  (This was the best video version I could find, sadly)

4) “Buttons” by the Pussycat Dolls.  This will be stuck in your head for 2 weeks now.  And, uhhh…nice video, too!

OK, GREAT video.  No questions asked.

3) “More Than Words” by Extreme.  The pure embodiment of a “monster ballad.”  So cheesy and over the top…but, c’mon…it’s “More Than Words!”

2) “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey.  This is all you need to know.  So soupy it’s become classic.

And the most guiltiest pleasure of all:

1) “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-A-Lot.  You know every word.  And you’ve almost caused four accidents on major highways while rocking out to it in your car.  Maybe that’s just me…

The Continued Rick Astley-ization of America

This afternoon, I was at my neighborhood Trader Joe’s, purchasing an assortment of fresh, frozen and dried fruit.  Good times, I say.

In the store they play a variety of music, a pretty decent mix.  I’ve always been entertained when I’m in there.  Well, entertained enough to keep going back from fresh, frozen and dried fruit.

Upon gathering my desired items, I got in the longest cash register line.  (Don’t hate…there was a cute girl in front of me!)

And what came over the system?  Blog Hero Rick Astley!

Just another instance that Rick Astley is really taking over the United States, 15 years after he was originally popular!

Anyone up for a Rick Astley comeback album???