Monday, April 13, 2009

An AMAZING Performance. Don't Judge This Book by Its Cover.

Photo courtesy of "Britain's Got Talent"

Susan Boyle is a somewhat frumpy, 47 year old, never-married British lady who lives alone with her cat Pebbles. When interviewed she seems a bit...eccentric. Susan appeared on the Simon Cowell produced TV show "Britain's Got Talent" a few days ago, where she said her dream was to be a professional singer. Judges eyes rolled. The audience sniggered. Susan sang "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Miserables - due to copyright restrictions I cannot embed this video, so click here to see what happened. The judges stunned reactions are wonderful. You cannot watch this video and not come away feeling good. There are shorter, edited versions of the video out there, but it's worth it to watch the full seven minute clip I've linked to, which includes the introductory interview and the judges follow-up comments.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Best. Product. Ever.

OK, this is fake, but if you ask me, it is just SCREAMING for someone to actually invent it. Plus, the english subtitles are classic.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Vince Slap Chops a Hooker

If you own a tv, you've seen Vince Schlomi. He's the annoying pitchman with the oversize phone headset who sells the ShamWow towels and the Slap Chop kitchen aid. He is so annoying that I've found myself wishing bad things upon him whenever I see his commercials. Apparently my wishing worked. I bet he'll need more than a ShamWow to clean up this mess.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Check Out the Watson Twins

Since I just blogged about Jenny Lewis on tour, it seems appropriate to bring attention to the lovely ladies that backed her on her first solo record Rabbit Fur Coat. Twin sisters Chandra and Leigh Watson make awesome music of their own as the Watson Twins. The Twins sport a folk-pop/alt-country sound, with a bit of indy-rocker thrown in on the occasional song. Summer 2008 saw the release of Fire Songs, their first full length album, and the follow-up to their 2006 EP Southern Manners. Standout songs on Fire Songs include "Bar Woman Blues", the lovelorn "How Am I To Be", and a mellow, hauntingly beautiful cover of The Cure's "Just Like Heaven". The Watson Twins are currently playing in the upper mid-West, but hopefully as summer approaches they will hook up as an opener for a larger act and tour more widely. Check out their website to listen to songs from their latest release, which is available from all the standard online music stores. In the meantime, check out the radio in-station performance of "Just Like Heaven" below.

Jenny Lewis on Tour

Finally, the news that I've been waiting months for: Indy Goddess Jenny Lewis, frontwoman for the group Rilo Kiley, will be touring to support her most recent solo release Acid Tongue. Check out the tour dates below and run to get tickets to the show nearest you. Unfortunately I will be in Tanzania when she plays my hometown of D.C., so I had to settle for tickets to her shows in Richmond and Pittsburgh. Go to Jenny's website for details and ticket links!

Apr 13 2009 7:00P The Glass House Pomona
Apr 14 2009 8:00P Belly Up Solana Beach, California
Apr 15 2009 6:30P Empire Sacramento, California
Apr 18 2009 8:00P Coachella Music & Arts Festival - set time TBD Indio, California
May 27 2009 8:00P Rio Theatre Santa Cruz, California
May 28 2009 8:00P The Fillmore San Francisco, California
May 29 2009 8:00P The Fillmore San Francisco, California
May 30 2009 8:00P Roseland Theater Portland, Oregon
May 31 2009 8:00P Showbox @ Market Seattle, Washington
Jun 3 2009 8:00P First Avenue Minneapolis
Jun 4 2009 7:30P Barrymore Theatre Madison, Wisconsin
Jun 5 2009 8:00P Park West Chicago, Illinois
Jun 6 2009 9:00P Wexner Center for the Arts Columbus, Ohio
Jun 8 2009 8:00P Trocadero Theatre Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jun 9 2009 8:30P Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, New York
Jun 10 2009 8:00P House of Blues Boston, Massachusetts
Jun 11 2009 8:00P 9:30 Club Washington D. C.
Jun 12 2009 9:00P Cat’s Craddle Carrboro, North Carolina
Jun 13 2009 8:00P Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival - Manchester, Tennessee
Jun 14 2009 8:00P The Pageant St. Louis, Missouri
Jun 15 2009 8:00P Granada Lawrence, Kansas
Jun 17 2009 8:00P Slowdown Omaha, Nebraska
Jun 19 2009 8:00P Telluride Bluegrass Festival - set time TBD Telluride, Colorado
Jun 20 2009 8:00P Santa Fe Brewing Co. Santa Fe
Jun 22 2009 8:00P Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre Austin, Texas
Jun 23 2009 8:00P Granada Dallas, Texas
Jun 24 2009 8:00P Warehouse Live Houston, Texas
Jun 26 2009 8:00P House of Blues New Orleans, Louisiana
Jun 29 2009 8:00P Plaza Theatre Orlando, Florida
Jul 3 2009 8:00P The National Richmond, Virginia
Jul 5 2009 8:00P Mr. Smalls Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Jul 6 2009 8:00P Headliners Music Hall Louisville, Kentucky
Jul 7 2009 8:00P George’s Majestic Lounge Fayetteville, Arkansas
Jul 9 2009 8:00P Twilight Concert Series, Gallivan Center Salt Lake City, Utah