Inside Pulse » rolling stones A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Sat, 04 Jul 2015 02:56:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse no A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse » rolling stones Rolling Stones Add Songs To Latest Hits Package Wed, 05 Sep 2012 03:20:19 +0000 The Rolling Stones have yet another greatest hits CD coming out in time for Christmas, and they’ve added a pair of new tracks to it.  The collection, entitled GRRR!, will feature a pair of new songs called “Gloom and Doom” and “One Last Shot”.  This marks the first time since 2005 that the band has recorded together.×120.jpg

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DVD Review: Matlock (The Seventh Season) Fri, 16 Mar 2012 21:00:52 +0000 Andy Griffith introduced the world to North Carolina on The Andy Griffith Show. People in distant lands thought they had experienced a little piece of Tarheel heaven in Mayberry. The trouble is that it was a lie. Mayberry was just another backlot in Los Angeles. When Matlock switched from NBC to ABC after the sixth season, Griffith was able to move the production from L.A. to Wilmington, North Carolina. This wasn’t the first time Matlock had come here. He made a double episode near his home in Manteo. But that was merely a location visit. Matlock: The Seventh Season finally lets Andy fill every episode with true Southern hospitality and not Hollywood substitutes. There would still be a bit of subterfuge since Wilmington faked being Atlanta.

“The Vacation” lets Andy gets to introduce Wilmington as Wilmington when he goes on a trip to the beach with his daughter, Leanne McIntyre (Byrnn Thayer). But this turns out to not be fun in the sun on a beach that really does face the Atlantic Ocean. First off he has a stalker in the form of Cliff Lewis (Daniel Roebuck). Then there’s trouble involving Leanne’s old college buddies and a murder. Cliff gets mixed into the ugliness and Matlock must clear his stalker of charges. The producers made a major misstep in this episode since they removed all tension involving Cliff meaning to harm to Matlock. How? They put Daniel Roebuck in the new opening credits. How evil could he be if people know he’s going to be part of Matlock’s crew this season? Conrad McMasters (Clarence Gilyard Jr.) does return as Matlock’s private investigator since he must help gather evidence to spring Lewis.

“The Legacy” allows Andy to play his father in a case that covers two generations and two homicides. A guy is upset that his dad refuses to ask for parole on a murder he didn’t commit. In his anger he beats up a screenwriting teacher whose dad might have known the truth of the crime. This isn’t good since soon after, the screenwriter turns up dead. Now the father and son might be sharing a cell in prison. Andy takes the case and flashbacks to his father’s relationship with the original murder victim. The exciting part is when Matlock gets set up on a date with Anita Morris (Hotel New Hampshire). The sizzling redhead should have been a recurring character since she was a fellow Tarheel and looked good with Andy.

“The Ghost” is a supernatural who hired me thriller. A husband gets Matlock to defend his wife on murder charges. Trouble is the guy is dead. How is Matlock supposed to get paid by a ghost? “The Class” reminds us that you can teach people too much. After talking to a law school about the perfect murder, a student disappears. The cops fear someone is trying to get extra credit. A producer gets busted for killing “The Singer.” But he swears it was someone else at the recording sessions. Phil Spector is not a suspect. “The Mark” loses a lottery winner’s prize to a wicked contractor. “The Juror” puts Matlock in the jury box of a homicide case. Can he just be a juror or will he turn into a lawyer with a vote? What D.A. would let Matlock be part of the jury pool?

“The Fortune” brings together owning a zoo and being named in a homicide case. Can’t they pin this all on the gorilla? “The Debt” dips into family business. Leanne’s ex-husband gets busted for murder. Matlock won’t defend the cad, but his ex-wife can’t let the guy fry. “The Revenge” messes with Matlock’s memory. Conrad must make sure his boss isn’t losing it. “The Obsession” pins a therapist’s murder on his TV star client. “The Divorce” pits Matlock against his daughter when they each agree to represent a side in a divorce kit. Who can be the biggest blood sucker? “The Final Affair” discloses a drug smuggling ring. “The Competition” forces a father to prove his talented pianist son didn’t commit suicide. Was there extreme professional jealousy?

Matlock: The Seventh Season is a charmer since Andy Griffith finally gets to show off the joys of North Carolina. Gone are the faux-Southern locations of the early seasons. Even more importantly is authentic Southerners as background extras. No longer must we tolerate Valley girls pretending to say “Ya’ll” and teasing their hair up. This is what people looked like in the Wilmington of 1992. Matlock was finally giving TV views a taste of Southern hospitality with a touch of homicide.

The Episodes
“The Vacation,” “The Legacy,” “The Ghost,” “The Class,” “The Singer,” “The Mark,” “The Juror,” “The Fortune,” “The Debt,” “The Revenge,” “The Obsession,” “The Divorce,” “The Final Affair” and “The Competition.”

The video is 1.33:1 full frame. The show was shot on 35mm, but edited and finished in standard definition video. You’re not going to get the complete details of Wilmington’s finest features. The audio is Dolby Digital Stereo Surround. You’ll get to hear the sweet winds blow on a Southern night. The episodes are subtitled.

Episodic Teasers (0:30) preview most of the episodes.

Matlock: The Seventh Season brings Matlock to the true South. These a different flavor when he’s outside the courtroom since it’s no longer a disguised Hollywood. The cases are a bit longer with 4 double length episodes so the mysteries can take a little longer to be cracked. It’s nice to see Andy finally home.

CBS DVD presents Matlock: The Seventh Season. Starring: Andy Griffith, Brynn Thayer, Daniel Roebuck and Clarence Gilyard Jr. Boxset Contents: 14 episodes on 4 DVDs. Released on DVD: February 21, 2012. Available at×120.jpg

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The Rolling Stones Announce New Documentary Fri, 16 Mar 2012 19:14:10 +0000 The Rolling Stones have announced their participation in a new documentary spanning their entire career.  Their is no official title for the movie yet, although it is set to be released as a part of their 50th anniversary celebration.  The movie will feature lots of rare and unreleased footage, as you’d expect for that sort of thing.×250-120×120.jpg

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Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Opens Archives To The Public Thu, 19 Jan 2012 18:50:05 +0000 The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland is opening its doors to the public.  Rarities such as letters from Madonna and concert footage of the Rolling Stones will be available for viewing in the archives.  The collection is housed in a new $12 million building, funded entirely by money found under Paul McCartney’s couch cushions.  OK, I made that last part up.×120.jpg

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Keith Richards Recovering From Eye Surgery Mon, 09 Jan 2012 15:34:19 +0000 Keith Richards underwent laser eye surgery and is doing well.  His vision had been deteriorating for years, but he decided to get it fixed in time for the Stones’ 50th anniversary tour.  The best part is that Keith likely saved money by using his own painkillers.×120.png

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Win The Rolling Stones Exclusive Poster [Giveaway] Fri, 28 May 2010 09:07:17 +0000

The Rolling Stones have an all new Exile on Main Street re-release (Amazon) and to celebrate, IP Music has an awesome Rolling Stones snipe poster that was released specially for the Exile on Main Street re-release to giveaway!

To enter for a random chance to win, email me with your name and address. On Friday June 11, I will choose one at random to be the winner!

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American Idol – Episode 9-23 Review Thu, 18 Mar 2010 11:46:13 +0000 Didn’t they used to only have a half hour episode results show when they had to dump one kid? Does it really take this long to separate one of them from the pack? Animal Planet doesn’t take this long to show a wildebeest baby get torn apart by a pack of lions. Of course they don’t have Kei$a playing in the jungle.

The show opens black and white as we see the Top 12 guys get their golden tickets. One of them will get to see their highlights again at the end of the episode. This night will be one giant fluff job with lots of highlights before Ryan breaks a dream with a few words normally reserved for his back waxer. The Irish lighting director turns all the spotlights green for St. Patrick’s Day. On the judges table, Ellen has decided to go without the scarf. She needs to keep her neck covered to fake her youth. Simon is pissed that Ryan got in his face last night. He was made uncomfortable. Simon asks if Ryan wants his job as if any threadbare t-shirt dork couldn’t lie about the talent of his lame picks? Why not let Ryan takeover from Capt. Teletubby? Not like Simon is doing that much in his chair except countdown to X Factor. Simon keeps telling Ryan to step back. He really must have felt threatened to bring this up on camera. Or maybe can’t handle Ryan’s breath? Simon reminds us that the judges can save someone from elimination until the final five are named. With the way they’ve been pushing certain barely talented competitors, the save will be used early.

David Cook is brought on for “Jumping Jack Flash.” He won two years ago and promptly was squeezed into a Johnny Bravo jacket by various producers. He’s rather forgettable with this cover. It’s almost something he’d do as a time killer during a concert. At least it’s not as lame as watching Phish cover Genesis at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

Ryan has the dozen kids on the couch. He gives us the Ford commercial done to a Killers’ song. They’re playing paintball while driving cars. That’s not safe. Although the cover of the Killers is extremely safe. Now they turn into a complete infomerical mode with the kids designing their own Ford Fiestas. Enough selling us cars. They’ve got the three stools of doom on the other side of the set. Paige Davis is the first to stand up. Her gender bending version of “Honky Tonk Women” bought her a trip to the stools. That’s what happens when he blows your mind. Lee DeWyze gets grilled about working on being better. But he’s safe so it doesn’t matter. Siobhan Magnus stands up to be described as Snooki’s poof. Simon doesn’t know Snooki. Way to prove you’re not contemporary. Ellen thinks she’s unique and can break out like Adam Lambert. Does that mean she’ll be working bisexually on the stage next week? We’ll find out since she’s safe. Aaron Kelly gets compared to Ellen’s hairdo. The Disney American Idol Experience winner is safe. Andrew Garcia and Tim Urban stand up together. Someone is going to the stools. Kara says after watching the show on TV, they both deserve the bottom slot. Amazingly enough, it’s Tim Urban and not the equally bad Andrew Garcia.

We go to the break with Paige Davis and Tim Urban on the stools. How did America “love” Andrew Garcia into at least 9th place? They bring out a Suzi Quatro-esque singer – guitarist called Orianthi to perform “According to You.” She was the guitarist for Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” shows. She’s managed by 19, the folks who sign all the kiddies on American Idol. This is corporate synergy. She’s only performing tonight because Michael Jackson died. Otherwise she’s be living in London for a year for all Jacko’s O2 arena shows. At least she had a better fall back gig than most rockers that become unemployed because their pop idol goes pop.

Didi Benami is the first up from the sofa. She’s flustered while talking with Ryan. Her mom gets told it is good new tonight. Her daughter has another week to torture us. Crystal Bowersox is next. She’s got Lily’s good luck feather over her ear. Ryan hints there will be Barry Manilow night. Crystal might have to stick around for that nightmare. She’s safe. Katie Stevens is up. Did she really connect with “Wild Horses?” Isn’t that about uncut heroin that Keith RIchards was digging? How did Katie connect? Kara brings up the pitch issues. Simon wants her to do more country stuff. Randy wants her to be pop. Ellen suggests mariachi. Katie is safe after clowntime ceases. Michael Lynche fills up the widescreen as he stands up. He gets to avoid the empty stool. Casey James and Lacey Brown go shoulder to shoulder. Ryan chats with Casey and sends Lacey to the middle of the stage. The lower three are Lacey Brown, Tim Urban and Paige Davis. Ryan asks Ellen about using the save on one of them. She can’t give an answer. Simon says one of them is worth saving.

Ryan ends the frustration for one of the basement trio. Tim Urban is sent back to the couch. The Vote for the Worst Crowd breaths a sense of relief.

Kei$a tramps it up on stage with “Blah Blah Blah.” That’s an Iggy Pop album title. When will they have Iggy Pop night? The pop tart is semi-Gaga in her outfit than the trailer trash that worked in the “Tik Tok” video. The male dancers wear TV monitors on their heads. It’s like Mummenschanz with cable. These two lame rappers interrupt the song. They look like lost valets. Kei$a returns with an Indian headdress. She must be auditioning for the new Village People. It’s a delightful mess. When will she do a cameo on Breaking Bad?

Ryan dims the light as Lacey and Pagie clutch each other with fear. Ryan reminds Randy that this was supposed to be a girl’s year and the bottom two are ladies. Randy’s not surprised. Lacey Brown is cut. Paige Miles returns to the sofa. Lacey sings “The Story” for that second chance. Are they really going to burn it this fast? She’s a little pitchy as the judges huddle behind the table and whisper away. How are they supposed to really listen to this last minute begging for a dream to continue? Naturally the crowd goes nuts. They don’t want an execution. Simon says they unanimously decided to not save Lacey. She’s tossed into the ash heap of Idol history. There will be no summer tour for her in major arenas. She’s excited for the future as they run a montage of her dream getting inflated and popped.

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American Idol – Episode 9-22 Review Wed, 17 Mar 2010 14:00:01 +0000 They might as well describe the finalists as the Dirty Dozen because they’re rather ragged performers. The shock of Lilly Scott’s elimination signals that this season won’t be dictated by actual talent. Forget hitting the high notes. It’s all about crying after the judges rightfully tear into your lifeless songs to inspire callers.

The twelve guys and gals are lined up with Ryan Seacrest walking between them. He seems to think this is what they’ve been struggling to accomplish. Top ten is what they need to achieve for serious summer cash. A bad announcer names the judges as they walk from behind the center stage set piece toward the table. Ryan walks down a staircase onto the stage. This is the big stage until they return to the Kodak for the finals. The set hopefully won’t claim any lives just dreams. The Top 12 step out. They’re all spruced up for the big show. Nobody looks like they did at Hollywood week. They’ve been given a major clothing budget. Tonight’s theme is the songs of the Rolling Stones. Ryan blathers on about how great the Stones recent tours have been. Their lives shows were best in the early ‘70s with Mick Taylor on the other guitar. Dig around to find their shows when Taylor unleashed on “Midnight Rambler” and “Brown Sugar.” The three best are a Leeds concert that aired on the BBC, a King Biscuit Flower Hour from Brussels and their concert film shot in Dallas called Ladies and Gentlemen, the Rolling Stones. Clips from the film are up at youtube.

Michael Lynche does “Miss You” with a soulful edge. He’s got an amazing arrangement. Sounds like what would be done for Aretha Franklin or Luther Vandross in the ‘80s. They got the slap bass at full tilt. I got tingles from him. Damn shame he can’t do the entire song. Randy declares he slayed it. Girls in the crowd yell that they love Ellen. She’s calls it amazing. She’s also wearing a scarf to hide her throat. Kara blathers about Mick Jaggers’ attitude until she mentions he was hot on stage. Simon thought Michael’s dancing was corny and he sang it well. Simon sums it up as desperate. Ryan gets in Simon’s face about giving real constructive criticism. There’s just a nasty vibe between the duo. There might be a knife fight later in the season. Either way, Michael took more heat from Simon than he deserved. The snippy Simon must have been scolded for conducting X Factor business on Idol time.

The undeserving Didi Benami gives us old photos of her childhood in Tennessee. Her choice of Stones is “Play with Fire.” She starts on the staircase. She does the walk on the high notes. It’s toned down so it sounds like a musical number. She flares her nostrils at the camera during the chorus. It’s not a good visual. She goes for the high note, but it flattens out fast. Randy shouts that Didi was on fire. Ellen notices she lost her way on the stage, but found herself. Kara enjoys the intensity at how she got darker. Simon agrees with what everyone has said. Simon has been a fan of hers for the last few weeks. Really?

Casey James takes us back to Cool, Texas. This town shouldn’t be confused to Boffo, Oklahoma. His choice is “All Over Now.” He’s gone electric for a honky tonk rendition. He really needs a band around him. He spends most of the song looking down. The end gets a little sloppy. The final part of the song is all about his guitar solo and not his vocals. My wife notices that Casey looks over at Kara and then smirks. What’s going on? Randy declares he’s back! Ellen thinks it was fantastic. Kara calls him a rock star. Simon disagrees. He felt it was audition performance that wasn’t pushed. Strange that nobody brought up how the guitar dominated his performance and made his vocals secondary.

Lacey Brown warbles “Ruby Tuesday” with a string section. She really sounds like an animated character. Why does everything she sings sounds like its an outtake from The Sundays? Her Texas twang slaps around a high note. My wife despises her outfit. She’s got two tops fighting. Randy was pleasantly surprised since she held it together. Ellen finds it a tiny bit sleepy. Kara rates it 50/50. Simon sizes her up as performing as an actress. He warns her of the danger of doing the same thing week after week. She doesn’t have any second act.

Andrew Garcia tackles the dark and earthy “Gimme Shelter.” After three straight lackluster performances, can he really handle such a big song? The music is mixed way down low. It’s slow. The background singers are rather sparse in the chorus. He sings most of the song while looking at the stage. He clings to the microphone like a battering ram. He gets up for the final notes, but it feel like a build. Randy can’t deal with the pitchy nature. Ellen thinks it was his best performance yet. Kara gets elements of tone from him, but doesn’t feel it. Simon blathers that Kara is wrong at wanting to feel more from the song. Simon reflects that he was better in rehearsals.

Katie Stevens wants to put Connecticut on the map with her cover of “Wild Horses.” She’s blasted with white lights while perched on the stool. While soft, this isn’t the Gram Parson’s arrangement. She sounds like a singer on a talent show. She’s not getting under the lyrics. She does an annoying pause before repeating the song’s title about a dozen time. She better start crying now to get callers go. She does this horrible pose at the end to remind us that she’s a singer. Randy admits she corrected her pitch issues. Ellen insists Katie got into the song. Kara likes the variations on the melody. Simon commends her picking it. He chose this song for Susan Boyle to emotionally deflate. The judges are in the tank for Katie tonight.

Tim Urban grew up with 9 siblings and 1 shower. Guess mom must have hosed them off before school. With so much to pick from, why does he go for “Under My Thumb?” He breaks out the acoustic guitar to make it a Jason Mraz rendition with a reggae tinge. Sounds like something you’d hear played in the Caribbean on the dock used by cruise ships. It’s rather bland throughout. At least he didn’t forget the words. Randy didn’t like it. Ellen feels like it was resort oriented with no wow factor. Kara applauds him for doing something incredibly different. Simon calls it a boring song that didn’t work. He swears that Rolling Stones fans would be turning off their TVs after that song. Really? I can’t imagine hardcore Rolling Stones fans watching this show unless it’s all the warden allows on the TV.

Siobhan Magnus comes from a crafty kinda family which is proper for “Paint It Black.” She goes dark in her corset top black dress. It’s a theatrical version like Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Stones on Broadway. Her voice is pushing it. She goes for the big loud notes again. She holds this one long enough for Adam Lambert to walk beneath it. Randy unloads the hot praise. Ellen loves her look and sound. Kara dares to mention Adam Lambert. Simon calls it the stand out performance of the night. He says there’s a lot of people who will love and others that will hate it. Ryan makes her put on the glasses to geek her out. Siobhan was fun, but the judges pushed her hard.

Lee Dewyze chains down “Beast of Burden.” He takes it quiet and acoustic with his guitar and strings. He stumbles over a few words at the start. This is almost campfire entertainment if you’re looking to fall asleep outside the tent. His mumblecore vocals don’t add too much to the song. Randy thinks it’s dope. Ellen also believes it was great. Kara rates him as growing more than anyone else. Simon likes Lee as a person, but he doesn’t shine. Simon deludes us that Lee has an amazing voice. Is it? They’re hyping hard on him.

Paige Miles has been sick so combined with her inability to perform on stage, this is a trainwreck coming down the rails. Why was she given “Honky Tonk Woman?” Her voice is rough without the whiskey. She flips the genders and it just doesn’t cut it to hear “Honky Tonk Man.” This is just awkward and squirmy. She doesn’t completely fail in the vocals. Randy likes it. Ellen feels star quality on the stage. Kara applauds her hitting the big notes. Simon asks about what happened to her voice. She had laryngitis. He rates her higher because of that. Once more they score on a pity curve. At least she won’t cry and mention Michael Jackson.

Aaron Kelly can’t understand “Angie.” Is he really old enough to have the hots for David Bowie’s ex-wife? Maybe he could change the lyrics to “Miley.” He opens seated on the steps. He goes technical with his faux country vocals without going too emotional. He won’t be stealing anyone’s wife with this performance. Randy raps about the tender moments being hot. Ellen accuses him of stealing her hair style. She calls it a stand out performance. Kara admits he came back from last week. Simon goes on about how Aaron chose the right song.

Crystal Bowersox wraps up the night with “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” She better rock out on this. Well the start is her acoustic guitar. Kinda gives me an Ani DiFranco vibe. She holds back on the vocal and leaps on the chorus. It’s nice, but doesn’t go out of control and recover at the end. It never gets ecstatic. Randy loves her and isn’t disappointed. Ellen enjoys her effortless singing. Kara agrees with Ellen. Simon observes she was beaten by Siobhan. Lily Scott is sort of on the show since Crystal has worked a feather from the eliminated contestant into her dreads.

The night was a rather ho-hum affair with the exception of Michael Lynche who might be in trouble since he got the opening slot. That never helps a contestant on the two hour show. There’s way too many contestants getting completely pimped by the judges without really putting out the goods. Here’s the breakdown:

Michael Lynche

Crystal Bowersox


Siobhan Magnus, Lee Dewyze, Aaron Kelly, Casey James, Katie Stevens & Didi Benami

Paige Davis

Lacey Brown, Andrew Garcia & Tim Urban

Andrew Garcia should be marked for elimination. He blew his load before it mattered. But at least Paula Abdul feels grateful for having her name mentioned each week.

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American Idol – Episode 9-21 Review Mon, 15 Mar 2010 03:05:43 +0000 Once more Idol will hype up the concept of the Final 12, but only the Top 10 kids get to go on tour. Two of the kids celebrating tonight are still doomed to spend the summer hanging out next to the 7-Eleven reminding their friends that there was conspiracy to silence their talent. How they could have made it if they’d only laughed at Ellen’s banana jokes. At least after tonight we’ll be free of 4 more of the weakest voices yet.

The show opens with a montage of the week’s highlights. Ellen says, “This is your night to shine.” These 16 aren’t reliable dazzlers. They reveal the 12 barstools. Ryan promises us a surprise or two. So that means two or three kids are getting a slashing they deserved.

We’re going to get a duet from Matt Giraud and Scott MacIntyre. Talk about amazing booking skills. They flash a picture of Randy’s head stuck on the bikini boy’s body. Why must we suffer with our eyes and ears?

The group auto-tune pre-recorded song and dance is Michael Bouble’s “Haven’t Met You Yet.” This musical moment is more clean cut with less energy than Up With People. People move around crime scenes with more passion. This is like a bubble gum moment that would be featured on a Hanna-Barbera cartoon.

The breaking news is the next night is going to feature the Rolling Stones songbook. Please let someone choose “Stupid Girl.”

Ryan has Didi Benami come down to the stage. Will she be sent to the 12 bar chairs of the future? Yes. Although it has leaked out that Didi is friends with one of Kara’s songwriting buddies. Is she a plant? She’s planted until next week. Siobhan Magnus is next. She feels comfortable on the stage. Ellen agrees and wants her to keep doing what she’s doing. The callers want that too. She’s in the 12 stool club. Paige Miles and Katelyn Epperly are brought down together. This is a battle between mediocre and a woman who pleaded for Michael Jackson funeral fans. Simon thought Paige had the most potential. Paige has made it into the Top 12. Katelyn is cut. Jacko is the winner. Katelyn is forced to drudge through “I Feel the Earth Move.” Didi claps like she’s in physical therapy to overcome the onset of Zombie-itis. Katelyn’s farewell song doesn’t make us miss her more. She’s tearful. Should have cried more last night.

Now it’s time to sort through 4 guys. Ryan has Tim Urban, Casey Jones, Todrick Hall and Lee Dewyze come onto the stage and lines them up. He has to remind us that Casey stripped for Kara. Casey heads to a stool. Tim Urban is also sent to the stools. The last minute callback is now part of the Top 12. Lee and Todrick are shoulder to shoulder. Has Todrick’s munchkin scandal worked against him? Yes. Todrick is gone. Lee Dewyze is through. Did Todrick have less callers or became too messy for Simon Fuller to handle? He sounds better tonight doing Queen’s “Somebody to Love.” He sounds like he should have been eliminated in the Top 4.

Matt Giraud and Scott MacIntyre duet on Billy Joel’s “Tell Her About It.” This only serves to remind us what a better job they did in picking last year’s contestants. Although they’re not exactly superstars. This seems to be a tour destined for a dueling piano bar near you. Scott’s got a new album and a website. Matt had a #1 on the iTunes Jazz Chart.

Time for another girl or guy to have their heart broken and dream destroyed. Crystal Bowersox gets up from the row. Without much surprise, she’s through to the stools. Michael Lynche is next. Is there really that much tension? They do remind us that Kara was brought to tears. He’s sent to the stools. Lacey Brown stands up. Does she know who she wants to be as an artist? She just wants to be herself. That’s not an answer, but it doesn’t matter. She’s part of the 12. Aaron Kelly gets brought down and directed to the stools. Two stools empty and four people left. Alex Lambert and Andrew Garcia are brought down. These were my two least favorite from last night. Both deserve to get cut. Andrew Garcia gets the stool. Alex Lambert gets more time with his mullet. Alex is pissed that he couldn’t show America what he could do. They keep flashing crying shots of Siobhan. Were they an item? Let the tongues wage about the mullet and the glass blower. That could be series on Spike. Alex is more raspy as he gets through “Trouble” one last time.

All that is left is Lilly Scott and Katie Stevens. Is this the big surprise we’ve been promised? This would be a major upset if Katie isn’t set packing. She was lifeless while butchering Kelly Clarkson. Kara is confused why this is the face off. Ryan takes his time with the words. Katie gets the final seat. Are you kidding? Ryan asks Lilly Scott what went wrong? How the hell should she know? It’s not like Ryan gives the actual numbers at the end of the show. Lacey, Paige and Didi have no business on the stools. The good thought is Lilly Scott might be the kind of performer that can get a following outside the show. The bad thought is she has to wait a year for her management contract with the show to end (if they don’t renew it) so she doesn’t have to put money in Simon Fuller’s pocket.

The four people eliminated are Lily Scott, Todrick Hall, Alex Lambert and Katelyn Epperly. Crystal Bowersox looks shellshocked on the stage. She knows the people calling aren’t rooting for talent. It doesn’t matter how good you are. You just have to cry after the judges speak. This is the worst Top 12 ever. Comeback Taylor Hicks! All is forgiven!

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More Reasons Why Being Deaf Sucks/Rocks: The Audacity of Mope Fri, 06 Nov 2009 16:22:41 +0000 So Weezer’s new album came out this week and I’m still debating whether or not to pick it up. On one hand, I consider myself a Weezer fan; I love their debut and Pinkerton, and was bumping them both before the resurgence of Weezer in the new millennium.

On the other hand, in the post-Matt Sharp era, I can’t say that I’ve really connected with any of the band’s material. Sure, there have been some catchy singles and songs here and there, but I really don’t think that I could fully recommend a Weezer album other than one of the first two.

It’s sort of funny because a friend and I joked that Weezer were sort of our generation’s version of The Beatles, in that a reunion would be a dream come true.

It really makes me sad. I wonder if this is just a part of growing older. I’m sure that Rolling Stones fans probably have eras that they feel are definitive and eras that are lacking. Wait, I take that back; I’ve been a fan of The Roots for longer than I’ve been a fan of Weezer and I’d be hard pressed for come up with my favorite album. (At this moment it’s Game Theory, but it could change by the time you read this.)

It’s got to be the pressure of success. I think that a similar thing happened to Eminem. His first two albums were his crowning achievements. They were innovative, boundary-pushing snapshots of a damaged mind coping with his surroundings. And then fame went to his head and his music started to suck. (I should also point out that I’m still debating picking up Eminem’s latest album.)

There’s the optimist inside of me that feels like this could be the album on which Weezer recaptures the magic they had on their first two albums. That optimist is asking me to completely overlook how dissatisfied I was at “The Red Album” which really, really disappointed me—to the point of disgust.

But I still consider myself a Weezer fan, so I want to hear new music from them. But I’m also a consumer who’s been burned by the group’s offerings in the past and is reluctant to get my hopes up and rush out to purchase a new album only to have my idealization of Weezer demolished.

Maybe I’m just over-thinking things. No, I’m really not. When I went to see Weezer in concert, and everyone was singing along to songs from Pinkerton and their debut it was a really dope moment. It was something really unique that I’ve never really experienced at a concert. It’s like everyone was singing their hearts out.

I just can’t see that moment being recreated with any of the material that they’ve put out in the last decade. And that makes me sad.

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