many bells down

“Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?”
April 25, 2006, 1:17 pm
Filed under: Broadway, Movies, Music, News

This just in: High Fidelity, one of the funniest and greatest movies of all time, is coming to Broadway in December:

The $10 million musical has a score by Tom Kitt and Amanda Green and a book by David Lindsay-Abaire, whose play "Rabbit Hole" recently completed a critically praised Broadway run.

[Jeffrey] Seller said he decided to produce "High Fidelity" after hearing composer Kitt and lyricist Green (daughter of legendary lyricist Adolph Green and actress Phyllis Newman) perform four songs from the show at a 42nd Street club.

"I thought, `This must be my next musical,'" Seller said. "It's a great story about a guy who can't figure out how to hold on to a girl."

I am so excited about this I can hardly stand it!  The movie is hysterical (see title quote for example, and go out and rent it right now!), and I'm sure I'd love the book too if I read it.  I'm definitely going to catch this bad boy in previews!


Scott Stapp to Braided Beards: The 50 Worst Things to Happen to Music.
April 21, 2006, 3:37 pm
Filed under: Magazines, Music

blender.JPGBlender magazine has detailed the 50 worst things to ever happen to music.  Number 43, in particular, is right on the money. 

Confidential to all my horny guy friends:  I told you so!

Band in a Bubble?
April 21, 2006, 3:28 pm
Filed under: Music, Television, Things that make you go 'Hmm.'

Apparently, UK band The Darkness, whose big US hit was "I Believe in a Thing Called Love," are contemplating living in a bubble while they record their album, and will document the whole experience for a reality TV show called Band in a Bubble. 

The program would feature the spandex-sheathed rockers locked inside a sealed capsule in London’s Trafalgar Square for a month, while they are filmed 24/7 recording their new album. The entertainment value of such a show would presumably stem from watching the band members crack under the pressure of constant camera scrutiny, ever-looming deadlines, and potential bickering between the Darkness's two Hawkins brothers, Justin and Dan.

I wonder if the bubble would be clear or opaque?  And what about going to the bathroom?  That could be a problem in a clear capsule.  When I went to England, you had to pay one pound to use the public loo (that's Brit-speak for the bathroom, you Americans!).  Would they have to pay, considering that the loo is outside and might therefore be considered public?

In other claustrophobic news, David Blaine is planning on living inside an aquarium for awhile.  His bathroom problems are on a whole different level!

Do you know what really made me laugh?
April 21, 2006, 12:09 am
Filed under: Celebrity, Music

kfed.jpgI might be a bit behind the times on this one – especially given all the controversy it has garnered – but I only just now listened to Kevin Federline's new single, "America's Most Hated."  If you want to laugh – and I mean really, really laugh – head on over to his myspace page and check it out (you can even download it.  Sweet!).  Not only does he give himself airs by naming himself the most hated man in the United States – c'mon, K-Fed, no one really cares that much about you – but he also speaks on the track in addition to rapping.  And before this, I had no idea they weren't the same thing!

And for additional laughs…check out the former dancer jamming to Popozao.  Oh! I could just laugh for days.

Nick Lachey opens up.
April 20, 2006, 2:18 pm
Filed under: Celebrity, Magazines, Music

In the new issue of Rolling Stone (on newsstands now), Nick Lachey finally tells the world about the end of his marriage to Jessica Simpson.

"It breaks my heart that I couldn't make Jessica happy," he mumbles, his chin pressed into his chest. "I wanted to be everything to my wife. I wanted her to look at me with love in her eyes, the way she did at the beginning, and have her feel like I was the most wonderful, awe-inspiring man on the planet. And when that stopped, it was the worst feeling in the world."

He wipes his face, eyes to nose to chin.

"I'd marry her all over again," he says softly. "Because I still love her. It would be a lot easier to walk away if I didn't."

And then the tears start again.

Jeez…Nick Lachey, I'll marry you, you sensitive hunk!  Anything to turn that frown upside down! (Like I could actually do that…haha.)

I know it's really none of my business, but the interview – which is incredibly well written, by the way (any writer who can incorporate the phrase "shit chute" into an interview and make it sound intelligent is a winner in my book) – convinces me more than ever that Simpson was the reason their marriage went down the tubes.  Refusing marriage counseling?  Come on!

I'm not sure how classy it is to tell America about the end of your marriage just as your album's about to drop…but whatevs.  Papa Joe pulled stunts like this all the time during their marriage!  Nick comes across as very genuinely; this is not going to help Simpson's career at all.  Can't wait to see what spin control Papa Joe comes up with!  I'm sure we'll be hearing Simpson's side of the story when her record is released later this year.

April 19, 2006, 4:07 pm
Filed under: Animals, Celebrity, Food, Music, News, Science, Technology

So I'm away from my computer for one day – one day! – and that day happens to be when Katie Holmes' basketball bursts – producing only one human (alien?) baby girl.  Well, congrats TomKat!  As for the rest of you…I'd start preparing for the end of days.

More members of the Bush administration announce their resignations to "spend more time with their families."  Yeah, I totally stole that joke from The Daily Show.

Lost's Hurley wouldn't need jars of ranch dressing to look huge on this new Panasonic TV.  It looks awesome…you may feel free to buy it for me.

Everybody loves Starbucks!  I wonder what a tall, non-fat caramel macchiato costs in yen?

The Pig Olympics are in full swine…er, swing, in Moscow. (Yes, I am aware that I'm lame.)  Kimmy J., you're welcome!

Michael Jackson is recording a new album.  And I'm scared.

Scientists uncover the remains of new, huge dinosaurs who traveled and hunted in packs.

Yahoo! lists some easy ways to celebrate Earth Day – and make a difference.

Lord of the Rings: The Musical?
March 28, 2006, 4:04 pm
Filed under: Music

There is a Yahoo! news article out titled “‘Lord of the Rings’ spectacularly dull on stage.” (I would argue it’s fairly dull in any format…but I digress.)  I don’t know whose bright idea it was to make a Lord of the Rings musical, but I can’t say I’m surprised it’s boring.  This giant book (and no, I haven’t read it) was made into three exceedingly long, exceedingly slow, exceedingly dull movies.  And someone thought music would spice it up?

The show has a cast of 55, runs for 3.5 hours and cost $27 million to produce.  Its creators are saying it’s not a musical, or a play with music, but rather a “new genre of theatre,” and a “theatrical spectacle.”  Right.  If only someone had thrown the book for the musical into the fiery volcano along with the “one true ring,” which is where it really belongs.

Now I suppose we’ll it’s only a matter of time before Harry Potter: The Musical and The Musical Chronicles of Narnia.  I can’t believe JRR Tolkein’s family let his books be used this way!

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