Archive for ‘music’

May 5, 2011

The Pretenders: “Boots of Chinese Plastic”

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May 3, 2011

Paolo Nutini: “Last Request” live

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April 27, 2011

Stone Temple Pilots: “Between the lines”

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April 21, 2011

Bell X1: “Velcro”


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April 16, 2011

The hardest button to button


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April 10, 2011

Never work with children, animals or Cher

“I’ve been 40 and I’ve been 50. 40 is better.”

You don’t seem any smarter than the last time that I saw you.”

What I love about Cher is that she’s part of a rare breed of celebrity who is authentic; she tells it like it is and always has.  Whether she’s discussing fame and wealth, love and sex, body image and aging, mental health or politics one thing is perfectly clear: Cher shoots from the hip. She is thankfully unaffected by a chromosomal abnormality I like to call “Up Syndrome.”

Watch this 2008 interview, especially between minute 5 and 6. Think very carefully when you think to yourself that she’s wrong. She’s not!

I have often quoted from this piece which I saw when it originally aired.  I found it today on YouTube. I bet you start quoting some of what you hear too.

April 7, 2011

On my Techincs Programmable Turntable in 1985: Lone Justice


I was mad about Lone Justice‘s debut album in 1985. Maria McKee had the voice and the band a sound that was often described as cowpunk. I went to see them live at The Park West in October of 1986. I still remember that as one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to. I didn’t quite remember that she was about the same age as I was at the time. She sounded so much wiser than her 21 years.

‘Ways to be wicked,”  “Don’t toss us away” and “East of Eden” were three of the album’s standout cuts, which were produced by current “American Idol” mentor Jimmy Iovine. I turn 47 on the 9th, and sometimes, late at night, I suspect that perhaps I still I know so many ways to be wicked but I don’t know a single thing about love. I definitely felt that way at 21.

They appeared on “SNL” on December of 1986. They opened for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and U2 and performed at Farm Aid.

Maria McKee was one of the most underrated talents to come out of the 80’s. “East of Eden” puts to shame anything by any woman on the charts in 2011. Listen to how pointedly offhanded she can invoke more sexual innuendo in one line in “Ways to be Wicked” than Rihanna can invoke in a whole CD. In 1989, Maria released her first solo album “Gotta Sin to Get Saved”, which contains one of my favorite song titles of all time: “I’ve forgotten what it was in you that put the need in me.” (It’s only rivaled by Dinah Washington’s “My new man is an undertaker and he’s got a coffin just your size,” which appears on one of my favorite albums of all time “The Late, Late Show.”)

Listen to the title track on “Gotta sin…” and hear how much Miranda Lambert, for instance, might owe to Maria McKee. The current crop of country tough love girls should be indebted to Maria’s songwriting–even when it’s been stripped of every ounce of authenticity by the likes of Carrie Underwood (Undo It, Last Name, Before He Cheats) and the unbearably cloying Taylor Swift (see recent ACM performance. Miss Swift, YOU TALKING TO ME? Why you got to be so meaningless?)


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April 5, 2011

Sara Ramirez sings “The Story” on Good Morning America

As if to make up for the Britney Spears concert fiasco the day before, GMA brought on someone who can actually sing. Sara Ramirez, who won a Tony Award for the musical Spamalot, also plays one of the doctors on the night time medical soap opera “Grey’s Anatomy.” This past week, they cast sang the soundtrack instead of having it  piped in as aural wallpaper.

Not only does she look gorgeous out of her scrubs but  sings the daylights out of Brandi Carlile’s ballad “The Story” in the clip below. You should also check out her excellent new EP on iTunes which contains 3 additional tracks.

April 5, 2011

How to Don a Henley: Chase Crawford in John Varvatos

Chase Crawford in John Varvatos at the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

Who says you need to wear a shirt and tie under a suit to look great at your next semi-formal event? Not I.

I’ve been doing this look myself and always to great acclaim.

Chase is doing it with a  single button notch lapel navy suit with satin trim paired with a short sleeve Henley and a pair of distressed black oxford shoes.

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March 30, 2011

Naked Ambition: Professional Women’s Magazine Sexts Chicagoland

“If you don’t send your boyfriend naked pictures, I feel bad for him.” Rihanna