Wednesday, October 05, 2005

This & That

First, welcome to Seth of Seth in the City. He started last week. I took last week off until Friday. I wrote about DC Friday, wrote about a number of things and wrote a welcoming note to Seth. Blogger lost the post and I was too depressed to come back in and try again. He's on the blogroll now so check him out and make him feel welcome.

Listening to: Sinead O'Connor's new CD, Fiona Apple's new CD, Rolling Stones' A Bigger Bang, Stevie Wonder's Talking Book and Joni Mitchell's Court & Spark.

What am I reading? How about Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts from yesterday entitled "Celibacy in the City" which is hilarious. I think it's perfect. I love Mary Cheney's looks on her face, I love Condi's being Condi ("a coup") and Harrie is a perfect low-rent version of Sex in the City's Carrie. Even the voice overs are perfect.

Another who has me laughing is the wonderful Betty with her latest "The Lies That Thomas Friedman Tells" about a trip to Jersey with her husband Friedman.

And more tales of Todd S. Purdum and his smelly jock from C.I. yesterday will also make you laugh. So grab those to get some laughs in. We all need them.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

A little music news

Put those LA and New York Times down and get your butts over to The Third Estate Sunday Review to read "Third Estate Sunday Review News Review 10-02-05." It'll catch you up on everything you need to know.

Plus, you can check out "When music meets movies -- our favorite musical moments in film" and Ava and C.I.'s latest "TV Review: Time to pull the plug on ER."

From the news review, here's my part:

C.I.: Thank you, Ava. For our final report, Kat of Kat's Korner (of The Common Ills) gives us the latest from the world of music.

Kat: Billboard reports that the Rolling Stones' "Streets of Love" will be used on NBC's daytime drama Days of Our Lives beginning October 18th after which it will become a "love theme" for a couple on the show. In 1979, Herb Albert's "Rise" was used on General Hospital in the infamous Luke & Laura storyline. The song benifitted. "Baby Come to Me" would later be used on General Hospital to promote the love story of Luke & Holly. That Patti Austi and James Ingrahm duet went to number one. Days of Our Lives has not had the impact of General Hospital but they did help promote then cast member Gloria Loring's duet with Carl Anderson "Friends & Lovers" which reached number two on the Hot 100 in 1986. In product endorsement news, Pepsi has denied dropping Kanye West in the face of complaints from lovers of the Bully Boy. This Tuesday, Fiona Apple's long delayed, long suppressed Extraordinary Machine makes it ways to music stores. This is Apple's first release since 1999. Apple's abscence is nothing compared to Stevie Wonder who will release his first studio album of new material in ten years, A Time to Love. Bright Fans can see Conor Oberst November 12th at the University of Missouri's Jesse Auditorium, MTV reports. Oberst cancelled a planned performance in St. Louis due the venue's connection to radio conglomerate and music killer Clear Channel. Oberst is among the "20 Greatest Innovators Of The Past 20 Years" profiled in this month's Spin. Also profiled in that feature are Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Courtney Love, Chuck D., Eddie Vedder, PJ Harvey, Chris Martin of Coldplay and the Beastie Boys. MTV also reports that Alanis Morrisette is preparing to release a greatest hits album, this on the heels of her acoustic remake of Jagged Little Pill and two studio albums after she released her MTV Unplugged live album. The Morning Call reports that indie rock is seeing a new surge and let's all hope so. Lastly, The Independent of London features an interview with Sinead O'Connor entitled "Sinéad O'Connor: Talks exclusively about suicide and redemption."

C.I.: "Streets of Love" is one of the songs Kat's praised in her review of the Rolling Stone's latest album A Bigger Bang. And that does it for this week's Third Estate Sunday Review News Review. We thank Dallas for hunting down links and Jess' parents for their help with research. Overseeing everything and acting as the glue that holds this feature together were Dona and Jim, both of The Third Estate Sunday Review, who helped with research and helped shape the reports. Finally, we welcome Seth of Seth in the City to the community. Seth started his own site on September 28th, please check it out.