CD Review: Paul McCartney – NEW

Paul McCartney - NEW | ©2013 Hear Music

Suggested Retail Price: $12.99 Distributor: Hear Music I have been a big fan of Paul McCartney’s since the early 1990s when he was still crafting fascinating pop albums and occasionally writing some of his best tunes since the Beatles with Declan MacManus (aka Elvis Costello). Every new release since then, I’ve found ho-hum, but now, at age 71 McCartney has steamrolled back to the fore, first with fronting a mini-Nirvana reunion with the “Cut Me Some Slack” track from earlier this year and now with his latest full length album NEW. This doesn’t sound like someone ready for the retirement […]Read On »

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TV Review: GLEE – Season 4 – “Swan Song”

Lea Michele in GLEE - Season 4 - "Swan Song" | ©2012 Fox/Eddy Chen

Stars: Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison, Chord Overstreet, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Mark Salling, Harry Shum Jr., Jenna Ushkowitz, Whoopi Goldberg, Kate Hudson Writer: Stacy Traub Director: Brad Falchuk Network: Fox, airs Thursdays Original Telecast: December 7, 2012 For the first time, in a long time, I’m not quite sure what GLEE is up to. After Marley (Melissa Benoist) passed out during Sectionals because of her eating disorder, New Directions lost to the Warblers. They’re done for. No more competition for the Glee club this year. They screwed up […]Read On »

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CD Review: DIRTY GIRL soundtrack

DIRTY GIRL soundtrack | ©2011 Lakeshore Records

It’s been a long time since the glory song-soundtrack days of FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH and THE BREAKFAST CLUB, LP’s so full of instantly great, eternally listenable FM hits that you were guaranteed to wear their vinyl out. Set in 1987 DIRTY GIRL has that awesome pop-rock flashback power, with an accent on Grlll Power that makes its heroine anything but a hussy. With Tanya Tucker’s “Delta Dawn” standing for the boring Oklahoma digs she flees from in search of her biological dad in Fresno, DIRTY GIRL brings on a fun road trip with the proto-punk likes of Bow […]Read On »

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CD Review: GREMLINS soundtrack

GREMLINS soundtrack | ©2011 Film Score Monthly

If you were among the generation that saw one great genre film after the other in the early ’80’s, perhaps no signature theme signaled these pictures’ often seditious spin on kid-friendly formulas than the sweet whistling of Gizmo and the cackling, rambunctious jazz rag of what would pop out of that furry little fella if you fed him after midnight. It’s taken nearly three decades for those little devils’ music to fully metamorphose, but at long last, Jerry Goldsmith’s full score to GREMLINS is finally here to create hilariously menacing havoc. While Goldsmith was famed for scoring the far more […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE X FACTOR – SEASON 1 – “The Top 17 Compete”

inTENSITY on THE X FACTOR - Top 17 | ©2011 Fox/Aaron Rapoport

Cast: Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Antonio Reid, Nicole Scherzinger Network: Fox, airs Tuesdays Original Telecast: Oct. 25, 2011 Finally, after weeks of auditions and narrowing the number of contestants down to 17, we get the live performances on THE X FACTOR. Now, we just gotta eliminate another five in order to get to the Top 12. Top 12 eh? Where have I heard that before? Oh, yeah that’s right AMERICAN IDOL does the exact same thing, unfortunately just as slow as this show has as well. It would have been much better to just have jumped to this point, but […]Read On »

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CD Review: BEYONCE – 4

BEYONCE - 4 | ©2011 Sony Music

Distributor: Sony Music Suggested Retail Price: $9.99 If I had my choice of soaking in a new Elvis Costello album or checking out the new Beyonce release 4, I would probably go for Costello. However, considering there isn’t a new Costello release, there’s no harm in evaluating Beyonce’s latest. To be honest, I thought her last release, I AM … SASHA FIERCE, was an impressive, groundbreaking album for the artist. She experimented with her sound and conjured up some very powerful ballads that transcended the Diva genre. With 4 (her fourth solo release), she plays it somewhat safe. There are […]Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN IDOL – Season 10 – “Three Finalists Compete”

AMERICAN IDOL: The Final Three: L-R: Haley Reinhart, Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina | | ©2011 Fox/Michael Becker

Cast: Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler Network: Fox, airs Wednesdays and Thursdays Original Telecast: May 18, 2011 There was a lot of pomp and circumstance on the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL, this week. Lots of looking back at the final three and how they got this spot, but one more has to go before the finals during Season 10 of this powerhouse series. So I’m skipping all that filler (since they boosted it to two hours this week) and going right to the heart of the matter – the performances. Beyonce was the guest mentor this week […]Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN IDOL – Season 10 – The Top 10 plus 1 Perform

AMERICAN IDOL - Season 10 - Final 10 + One: Clockwise from top left: James Durbin, Paul McDonald, Pia Toscano, Scotty McCreery, Jacob Lusk, Stefano Langone, Lauren Alaina, Casey Abrams, Naima Adedapo, Haley Reinhart and Thia Megia. | ©2011 Fox/Michael Becker

Cast: Ryan Seacrest, Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez Network: Fox, Airs Wednesday and Thursday Original Telecast: March 30, 2011 Last week, Casey Abrams was saved by the judges on the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL. While that’s good for Casey, that means we are deep-sixing two this week. Hopefully the voters will get out and vote for the right person to go home. As much as some people (especially TV critics) seem to jump all over Casey for his choices, the dude is a performer and one of the better singers on the show. We got yet another […]Read On »

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AMERICAN IDOL RECAP: Ashthon Jones the First Contestant to Get the Hook in Season 10

Ashton Jones performs on AMERICAN IDOL - Season 10 - "The Top 13" | ©2011 Fox/Ray Mickshaw

Cast: Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler Network: Fox, airs Wednesdays and Thursdays Original Telecast: March 10, 2011 OK, I’m bypassing all the hour-long crapfest we had to sit through in order to get through to the results because really there is nothing that no one gives a rat’s ass about other than who got kicked off. I mean really do you care that Adam Lambert or Diddy-Dirty Money sang or that they did a Ford commercial or we saw where they were living? I know I don’t, this whole hour-long elimination should be a half hour at […]Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN IDOL – SEASON 10 – Hollywood Week – Round 3

A contestant on AMERICAN IDOL - Season 10 - Hollywood Week - Round 3 | ©2011 Fox/Michael Becker

Cast: Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez Network: Fox, airs Wednesdays and Thursdays Original Telecast: February 17, 2011 I really wish that they would have started this year’s AMERICAN IDOL in Hollywood. It would have not only saved me some time in my life, but it would have given us an even greater insight into the whole process of deciding who gets to perform for America and who does not. Don’t get me wrong, I have been more than happy we have gotten as much as we have as we have not had this type of access or […]Read On »

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