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Wednesday, December 23, 2009
TV/CD: GLEE
by SPIRIT spirit@outtonight.mobi
TV/CD: GLEE glee1Glee , an unapologetic send-up of Dawson's Creek if they burst into song, is a conondrum. It is frustrating in its conventions. It has catchy music and good-looking cast, but suffers from an overpacked ensemble, thin storylines, and ignorance of reality. But they sure do sound and look good.

Polished within an inch of its life, the music actually spans a wide assortment: the obvious Broadway, the Top 40 hits of now and last year, the classic oldies, and the less-than classic oldies that no one in high school has ever heard of: the Glee kids are excited to hear one of their own sing Neil Diamond. Seriously. And in anoth...
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AT: 12/23/2009 11:02:39 AM   0 COMMENTS
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
NINE soundtrack: Kate Hudson - Cinema Italiano (Ron Fair Remix)
by SPIRIT spirit@outtonight.mobi
NINE soundtrack: Kate Hudson - Cinema Italiano (The Ron Fair Remix)  nine-filmOne of my favorite things is remixes of Broadway and stage musicals. With the advent of celebrity after celebrity filling the vocals of the characters in the film versions of said musicals, it's become more and more likely that said remixes will find their way to release. Indeed, mix after mix of Dreamgirls appeared in various formats due to the popularity of Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson and Rent contained both mix awesome and tragic, but none were made public for Sweeney Todd or Chicago. Wi...
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AT: 12/08/2009 01:17:47 AM   0 COMMENTS
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Lady GaGa: Censored "Fame Monster"
by SPIRIT spirit@outtonight.mobi
Lady GaGa: Censored Fame Monster fame-monsterAnyone who had somehow managed to hear GaGa's new material before it was properly released (and really, we can't see how... it's not like she's one of the most sought out musicians for leaked music right now...), you may have heard some GaGa proclaim herself as a "free bit" in "Dance in the Dark." And you probably said to yourself, WTF is a free bit?

This was especially jarring considering the Free Bitch said she was as much (without editing) during "Bad Romance" in its respective single and video formats. Furthermore, there seemed to be an effect blocking the word "f...
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AT: 11/25/2009 11:16:41 AM   0 COMMENTS
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Lady GaGa News: New EP Sold Separately
by SPIRIT spirit@outtonight.mobi
Lady GaGa News: New EP Sold Separately After months and months of GaGa hits from her album The Fame, we may all be either ready for the Lady to take some time off or hit with a deluge of even more. For those who got into the inevitably defined-as-quirky singer-songwriter in 2007, recent smashes like "Paparazzi" and "LoveGame" seem like old hat, so I for one am enraptured to hear we're going to hear that much more from her.

GaGa is releasing her Fame album again with new material, and anyone who's tried to keep track of which version of the CD they have (does yours have "Again Again" or "Starstruck"? "Disco He...
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AT: 11/12/2009 12:54:33 PM   0 COMMENTS
Monday, November 09, 2009
Tori Amos: Midwinter Graces
by SPIRIT spirit@outtonight.mobi
Tori Amos: Midwinter Graces tori-amosTori Amos, our duchess of weird pop music, decided to make a fairly contemporary, linear Christmas album with Midwinter Graces. For someone who has so delicately raged against the Christian machine with her lyrics devoted to "it being a girl back in Bethlehem" and "I think the good book is missing some pages," it risked coming off as disingenuous.

True, it's not a perfect fit. Flushed altogether, the album is a bit much. She has some lovely arrangements, but it's missing a certain edge. She doesn't rock the manger with any such blasphemy (which would've been fun) and she doesn't even pick a...
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AT: 11/09/2009 11:40:49 AM   0 COMMENTS
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Lady GaGa: Bad Romance
by SPIRIT spirit@outtonight.mobi
Lady GaGa: Bad Romance bad-romanceRah rah ah-ah-ah
Roma ro ma-ma
Ga ga ooh la la


Expect to hear that incantation a bunch this fall. Lady GaGa's new combination of Madonna music ingenuity and Bjork's critic dividing fashion is here. It must be said that GaGa has gone out of her way to express herself as a multi-dimensional creature: it's never JUST about the money, JUST about the stardom, or JUST about the sex--it's all about all of it at once for true euphoria. And it's all fashion.

As memorable as Madonna's proclamation that she is a Material Girl or Gwen Stefani that she is not a Hollaback Girl, GaGa has sh...
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AT: 10/25/2009 10:58:13 AM   0 COMMENTS
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Mariah Carey: I Want to Know What Love Is
by SPIRIT spirit@outtonight.mobi
Mariah Carey: I Want to Know What Love Is mariah-carey-balladsI'm one of those pre-"Butterfly" Mariah fans. I totally dug "Daydream" and while I found the albums before it looooaded with filler (seriously, think of the album "Music Box" and tell me a song that was not "Dreamleaver," "Hero," or "Anytime You Need a Friend"), I still want to love her.

When Mariah re-invented herself as more R&B based rather than her pop leanings, she lost me. "Honey" just hasn't stayed sweet for me. I didn't love "Loverboy." I was dry for "Through the Rain." And I really didn't care who Mimi was or about...
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AT: 08/27/2009 11:45:17 AM   0 COMMENTS
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
MADONNA: Celebration tracks confirmed + DVD!
by SPIRIT spirit@outtonight.mobi
 And we're all a little surprised:

Disc 1 - Hung Up / Music / Vogue / 4 Minutes / Holiday / Everybody / Like A Virgin / Into The Groove / Like A Prayer / Ray Of Light / Sorry / Express Yourself / Open Your Heart / Borderline / Secret / Erotica / Justify My Love / Revolver

Disc 2 - Dress You Up / Material Girl / La Isla Bonita / Papa Don't Preach / Lucky Star / Burning Up / Crazy For You / Who's That Girl / Frozen / Miles Away / Take A Bow / Live To Tell / Beautiful Stranger / Hollywood / Die Another Day / Don’t Tell Me / Cherish / Celebration

So there you have it.

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AT: 08/26/2009 05:17:59 PM   0 COMMENTS
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
MUSIC NEWS: Alan Cumming
by SPIRIT spirit@outtonight.mobi
MUSIC NEWS: Alan Cumming alan-cummingDevilishly sexy (and sexily devilish) Alan Cumming has been around so long in theatre circles (Threepenny Opera, Cabaret), cult film communities (Reefer Madness, Eyes Wide Shut), and even mainstream heterofests (X-Men 2, GoldenEye) that it seems nearly impossible that he hasn't been preserved on his own solo music disc. While he appears on the Reefer and Cabaret recordings and the odd tribute/compilation collection, he had yet to go the full Idina, or the complete LuPone. Until now.

I Bought a Blue Car Today is a studio...
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AT: 08/26/2009 03:50:03 PM   0 COMMENTS
Sunday, August 02, 2009
MUSIC NEWS: A Tori Amos Christmas
by SPIRIT spirit@outtonight.mobi
MUSIC NEWS: Coming Soon If you've been hankering to put a Tori Amos winter-themed album next to your Aimee Mann, Jewel, and Sarah McLachlan X-Mas CDs, you are in luck. Amos has confirmed that her next album is a solstice-centric collection. We're told to expect "strings, brass, tubular bells and harpsichord." Works for me, and thank your respective gods that she's not doing yet another damn version of "Silent Night." Although we may get another of Joni's "River." But Tori does that one proud live.

If we're placing bets, I suspect a ...
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AT: 08/02/2009 04:31:23 PM   0 COMMENTS
Monday, July 27, 2009
MUSIC NEWS: Madonna's Celebration continues!
by SPIRIT spirit@outtonight.mobi
MUSIC NEWS: Madonnas Celebration continues! "The final track listing for Celebration is not out there yet and "won't be available until much closer to the release," I have confirmed from a source so powerful she could drop any Madonna fan should she so choose."
-- Matthew Rettenmund, Boy Culture

So you fans of "Live to Tell" and "Who's That Girl" hold on--we're still not confirmed.

As for the source, I'm gonna go with Liz Rosenberg as my guess. ...
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AT: 07/27/2009 04:45:46 PM   0 COMMENTS
Thursday, July 23, 2009
MUSIC NEWS: Madonna's Celebration
by SPIRIT spirit@outtonight.mobi
MUSIC NEWS: Madonnas Celebration Matthew Rettenmund and DrownedMadonna posted word about the tracklisting for Madonna's 3rd best-of (and 5th compilation total) that's due in September.

There are no surprises as to what made it on--in fact, it's one of the most legitimate lists ever in terms of "does this count as a hit?" status. What's something of a surprise is that a solid chunk of Madonna's best material is ignored. True fact: The Immaculate Collection and GHv2 already exist to cover much of the material that is again being released for this 2-CD set. But ...
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AT: 07/23/2009 04:07:34 PM   0 COMMENTS
Friday, July 17, 2009
MOVIES: Harry Potter 6
by SPIRIT spirit@outtonight.mobi
MOVIES: Harry Potter 6 half-bloodOne of the most anticipated films of some time is certainly Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which we've learned will be filmed as one film and released in two parts. So what of the Empire Strikes Back-esque 6th film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince?

When Half-Blood was released as a book some years ago, it became the first real Harry Potter meme, as in something on the level of a "rick roll" or "All Your Base."

Truth, the final chapters and the word regarding characters Snape and Dumbledore became bumperstickers, pins, t-shirts, and Livejournal...
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AT: 07/17/2009 01:10:24 PM   0 COMMENTS
Monday, July 13, 2009
MOVIES: Bruno
by SPIRIT spirit@outtonight.mobi
MOVIES: Bruno brunoSacha Baron Cohen has been the darling of the pre-release press ride of a lifetime now twice in an industry where you are lucky to get a billboard on Melrose. Cohen excels at the flamboyantly vicious, whether hamming it superbly in "Sweeney Todd," thugging out and auditioning in vain for Madonna in her 2000 "Music" video clip, or most famously, pushing the boundaries of immigrant acceptance in "Borat."

But while "Borat" was controversially celebrated, "Bruno" is faced with an unfortunate dilemma: it is in danger to not be liked simply because it is not cool to like it.

As much as I have read in other reviews or blogs...
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AT: 07/13/2009 10:54:54 AM   0 COMMENTS
Thursday, June 25, 2009
MEMORIUM: Michael Jackson
by SPIRIT spirit@outtonight.mobi
MEMORIUM: Michael Jackson michael-jacksonWhile this isn't a celebrity blog, we would be remiss to not acknowledge the life and death of music history's beleaguered giant Michael Jackson.

While the next several weeks and months will be dedicated to discussing how he died, and I'm sure even if he died, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on some of MJ's best accomplishments.

Thriller -- we could be talking about the song OR the album; this will always be the crowning achievement of Michael Jackson's. Just celebrating more than 25 years since its release, Thriller (the album) contains indelible marki...
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AT: 06/25/2009 11:48:05 pM   0 COMMENTS
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
CD: Beyonce - Above & Beyonce
by SPIRIT spirit@outtonight.mobi
CD: Beyonce - Above & Beyonce Beyonce, who is the current reigning queen of remixes since Rihanna's between albums, has just released a 7-track 50-minute opus dedicated to the Beat. Remix fans will be glad that the mixes appear in their extended club form, nearly all of the towering at six minutes and above.

Some of mixes have already made their rounds; the DJ Escape & Tony Coluccio club remix of "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" has been played just under the number of times the original has. It keeps the original sound of the track, already infectious, and simply adds on a new rollercoaster beat.

"Diva," whic...
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AT: 06/23/2009 04:40:43 PM   0 COMMENTS
Monday, May 18, 2009
TV: Shows Cancelled & Saved
by SPIRIT spirit@outtonight.mobi
TV: Shows Cancelled & Saved sarah-connor-chroniclesSad days for some lie ahead, and relief will ease the sweat of still more, but there will be nearly no one in full agreement with the decisions that television networks are making for 2009-2010 season.

First, the good news; these shows have been promised a home next season, if not a viewership. I've separated them by network and value categories. These aren't all of them, so if you're looking for a full list check out Ausiello's blog.

ABC
Yay!
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AT: 05/18/2009 04:25:43 PM   1 COMMENT
Thursday, May 14, 2009
SINGLE: Jordin Sparks - Battlefield
by SPIRIT spirit@outtonight.mobi
SINGLE: Jordin Sparks - Battlefield American Idol '07 winner Jordin Sparks premiered her new single "Battlefield" (presumably for a new album, or perhaps an expanded version of her debut) on Idol this past Wednesday with a sexy figure, lots of fog, and an LED screen that displayed a raging storm. Indeed, the song is thunderous, the closest to rock that Sparks has veered so far.

It's a decent single, although completely (and willingly) aping on "Love is a Battlefield" from a more believable rocker Pat Benatar. But the switch-up is good, even it is essentially one verse and eighteen choruses. It should a...
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AT: 05/14/2009 12:57:29 PM   0 COMMENTS
Thursday, May 14, 2009
AMERICAN IDOL: Top 3
by SPIRIT spirit@outtonight.mobi
AMERICAN IDOL: Top 3 american-idolFinalists:
- Danny Gokey - "Dance Little Sister" (Terence Trent D'Arby) (Paula Abdul's choice) / "You Are So Beautiful" (Joe Cocker)
- Kris Allen - "Apologize" (OneRepublic) (Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi's choice) / "Heartless" (Kanye West)
- Adam Lambert - "One" (U2) (Simon Cowell's choice) / "Cryin'" (Aerosmith)

The Theme
Songs chosen by the contestant (non-theme) and chosen by the judges (non-theme).

Voted Off:
Gokey finally packed it in, and with probably his best performance since "Hero" in Hollywood Week. "Dance Little Sister" had the c...
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AT: 05/14/2009 12:24:20 AM   0 COMMENTS
Monday, May 11, 2009
CD: Tori Amos - Abnormally Attracted to Sin
by SPIRIT spirit@outtonight.mobi
CD: Tori Amos - Abnormally Attracted to Sin Tori Amos has had nearly as many musical facelifts as Madonna, incorporating simple piano and guitar in her earlier work, strong strings and harpsichord along the way, and electronic beats in the last decade. Those who have followed her usually agree that you'll appreciate one version over the other and will therefore repeat the refrain, "I wish she'd go back to doing music like ____."

Tori Amos has basically laughed off those requests; she was never a very commercial musician, and her days of being a singles artist passed with the 1990's. Her music has gotte...
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AT: 05/11/2009 06:58:06 PM   0 COMMENTS
Monday, May 11, 2009
SINGLE: Lily Allen - Not Fair
by SPIRIT spirit@outtonight.mobi
SINGLE: Lily Allen - Not Fair Lily Allen has always wisely had a wide assortment of remixes readily available in addition to her quirky covers ("Womanizer," "Mr. Blue Sky") that are often irrepressible and catchy. Her latest album, It's Not Me, it's You has already featured a few songs getting press: the first single "The Fear" that travels a confessional hallway and "Fuck You," which handles homophobia with aplomb and sense of humor.

That has often been Allen's strength--her sense of timing and lyrical bite. Indeed, her previous singles--among them, "Alfie," "Smile," "LDN"--may have all been entirely danceable but they ...
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AT: 05/11/2009 02:23:15 PM   0 COMMENTS
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
AMERICAN IDOL: Top 4
by SPIRIT spirit@outtonight.mobi
AMERICAN IDOL: Top 4 american-idolFinalists:
- Adam Lambert - "Whole Lotta Love" (Led Zeppelin) / "Slow Ride" (Foghat)
- Allison Iraheta - "Cry Baby" (Janis Joplin) / "Slow Ride" (Foghat)
- Kris Allen - "Come Together" (The Beatles/ arrangement: Aerosmith) / "Renegade" (Styx)
- Danny Gokey - "Dream On" (Aerosmith) / "Renegade" (Styx)

The Theme
Rock Music, which was appropriate for 1/2 the finalists and a chore for the other 1/2. Naturally those who fit the glove more perfectly were given high (or highish) praise. Those not, were given unceremonious flack or excuses. Their mentor was Slash, wh...
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AT: 05/06/2009 11:52:18 PM   0 COMMENTS
Thursday, April 30, 2009
AMERICAN IDOL: Top 5
by SPIRIT spirit@outtonight.mobi
AMERICAN IDOL: Top 5 american-idolFinalists:
- Kris Allen - "The Way You Look Tonight"
- Allison Iraheta - "Someone to Watch Over Me "
- Matt Giraud - "My Funny Valentine"
- Danny Gokey - "Come Rain or Come Shine"
- Adam Lambert - "Feeling Good" (arrangement: Muse)

The Theme
"Rat Pack," at least in theory. Mostly jazz standards came out to play, and nearly all of them fairly dismal. Their mentor was... Jamie Foxx. Okay, seriously, was everyone else on the planet busy?

Voted Off:
Matt Giraud who moped through "My Funny Valentine" has the distinction of being the only finali...
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AT: 04/30/2009 12:28:48 AM   0 COMMENTS
Saturday, April 25, 2009
NEWS: Bea Arthur Dies
by SPIRIT spirit@outtonight.mobi
NEWS: Bea Arthur Dies golden-girlsFabulous comedienne Bea Arthur (center, standing) died on April 25th at the age of 86. Bea contributed to the television world, providing literate and deadpan readings on three series, and was also an acclaimed theatrical actress.

THE GOLDEN GIRLS
Likely her greatest legacy, Bea played Dorthy Zbornak, a divorced substitute school teacher who lived in Miami with two roommates (one lusty, one naive) and her mother. She had a dry wit that was all Bea Arthur; Bea was always the first to credit the writers of the show, but it was trademark delivery that made the dialogue classic. ...
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AT: 04/25/2009 09:31:47 PM   0 COMMENTS
Thursday, April 23, 2009
AMERICAN IDOL: Top 7 (again)
by SPIRIT spirit@outtonight.mobi
AMERICAN IDOL: Top 7 american-idolFinalists:
- Lil Rounds - "I'm Every Woman" (Chaka Khan/Whitney Houston)
- Kris Allen - "She Works Hard for the Money" (Donna Summer)
- Danny Gokey - "September" (Earth, Wind & Fire)
- Allison Iraheta - "Hot Stuff (Donna Summer)
- Adam Lambert - "If I Can't Have You" (Yvonne Elliman)
- Matt Giraud - "Stayin' Alive" (Bee Gees)
- Anoop Desai - "Dim All the Lights" (Donna Summer)

The Theme
Disco! Disco! Disco! You know, the genre none of these artists are ever expected to actually promote their music in. Even the remix treatments they'll get won'...
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AT: 04/23/2009 12:54:40 AM   0 COMMENTS
Thursday, April 16, 2009
AMERICAN IDOL: Top 7
by SPIRIT spirit@outtonight.mobi
AMERICAN IDOL: Top 7 american-idolFinalists:
- Allison Iraheta - "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" (Aerosmith) from Armageddon
- Anoop Desai - "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" (Bryan Adams) from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
- Adam Lambert - "Born to Be Wild" (Steppenwolf) from Easy Rider
- Matt Giraud - "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?" (Bryan Adams) from Don Juan DeMarco
- Danny Gokey - "Endless Love" (Lionel Richie and Diana Ross) from Endless Love
- Kris Allen - "Falling Slowly" (Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová) from Once
- Lil Rounds - "The Rose" (Be...
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AT: 04/16/2009 01:18:29 AM   0 COMMENTS
Thursday, April 09, 2009
AMERICAN IDOL: Top 8
by SPIRIT spirit@outtonight.mobi
AMERICAN IDOL: Top 8 american-idolFinalists:
- Danny Gokey - "Stand by Me" (Mickey Gilley, 1980)
- Kris Allen - "All She Wants to Do Is Dance" (Don Henley, 1985)
- Lil Rounds - "What's Love Got to Do With It" (Tina Turner, 1984)
- Anoop Desai - "True Colors" (Cyndi Lauper, 1986)
- Scott MacIntyre - "The Search Is Over" (Survivor, 1985)
- Allison Iraheta - "I Can't Make You Love Me" (Bonnie Raitt, 1991)
- Matt Giraud - "Part-Time Lover" (Stevie Wonder, 1985)
- Adam Lambert - "Mad World" (Tears for Fears, 1982)

The Theme
Songs from the Year the contestant was born. And they picked som...
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AT: 04/09/2009 01:36:39 AM   0 COMMENTS
Thursday, April 02, 2009
AMERICAN IDOL: Top 9
by SPIRIT spirit@outtonight.mobi
AMERICAN IDOL: Top 9 american-idolFinalists:
- Anoop Desai - "Caught Up" (Usher)
- Megan Joy - "Turn Your Lights Down Low" (Bob Marley)
- Danny Gokey - "What Hurts the Most" (Rascal Flatts)
- Allison Iraheta - "Don't Speak" (No Doubt)
- Scott MacIntyre - "Just the Way You Are" (Billy Joel)
- Matt Giraud - "You Found Me" (The Fray)
- Lil Rounds - "I Surrender" (Celine Dion)
- Adam Lambert - "Play That Funky Music" (Wild Cherry)
- Kris Allen - "Ain't No Sunshine" (Bill Withers)

The Theme
Popular iTunes Downloads. Seriously. What in the hell kind of theme is this? And why are none...
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AT: 04/02/2009 02:04:36 AM   0 COMMENTS
Thursday, March 26, 2009
AMERICAN IDOL: Top 10
by SPIRIT spirit@outtonight.mobi
AMERICAN IDOL: Top 10 american-idolFinalists:
- Matt Giraud - "Let's Get It On" (Marvin Gaye)
- Kris Allen - "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)" (Marvin Gaye)
- Scott MacIntyre - "You Can't Hurry Love" (The Supremes)
- Megan Joy - "For Once in My Life" (Stevie Wonder)
- Anoop Desai - "Ooo Baby Baby" (The Miracles)
- Michael Sarver - "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" (The Temptations)
- Lil Rounds - "(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave" (Martha and the Vandellas)
- Adam Lambert - "The Tracks of My Tears" (The Miracles)
- Danny Gokey - "Get Ready" (The Temptations)
- Allison Iraheta - "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone...
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AT: 03/26/2009 12:30:54 AM   0 COMMENTS
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
CD: Kelly Clarkson - All I Ever Wanted
by SPIRIT spirit@outtonight.mobi
CD: Kelly Clarkson - All I Ever Wanted After 3 albums (wow, we're up to 4 already?), the original American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson found herself becoming increasingly more irrelevant in his age of "Poker Face" and "I Kissed a Girl." Having established herself as an Aguilera without the vocal runs, Pink without the 'tude, and Avril without the stupid, Clarkson bucked the system with My December. It was moody, cloudy, and generally pissed. It was her Jagged Little Pill. But it just didn't come through as Clarkson's range (pleasant but again not a diva's prowess) went from 0 to screaming in 3.5.
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AT: 03/11/2009 12:15:21 PM   0 COMMENTS
Thursday, September 25, 2008
CD: Bette Midler - Jackpot! The Best Bette
by SPIRIT spirit@outtonight.mobi
CD: Bette Midler - Jackpot! The Best Bette jackpotJackpot! The Best Bette is one of many Bette Midler best-of collections, but never before has one been so thorough. This one pleasantly covers her exquisite cabaret acts ("In the Mood"), her passionate rock anthems ("Beast of Burden"), and the adult contemporary singles that range between the harrowing ("The Rose") to the delictibly cheesy ("From a Distance").

It may not all literally be here, as Bette hasn't truly had a career stacked with hits and her previously compendiums have appreciated that fact rather than hide it, packing many an album-track ont...
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AT: 09/25/2008 04:46:49 PM   0 COMMENTS
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
MUSIC: Britney Spears- Womanizer, Christina Aguilera- Keeps Gettin' Better
by SPIRIT spirit@outtonight.mobi
MUSIC: Britney Spears- Womanizer, Christina Aguilera- Keeps Gettin Better womanizerBritney Spears' shaved head notwithstanding, not much really happened with the bubblegum princess of note last year. Well, at least anything that was conceived in a recording studio. Blackout had a handful of standouts but largely suffered from one interminable bassline that traveled from one song to the next with Britney's monotone (and autotoned) voice that sounded very much like she had checked out indefiniately.

But that may all be behind her because she is a leading contender for catc...
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AT: 09/24/2008 08:58:18 PM   0 COMMENTS
Friday, September 19, 2008
CD: Pussycat Dolls - Doll Domination
by SPIRIT spirit@outtonight.mobi
CD: Pussycat Dolls - Doll Domination "When I Grow Up," the lead-off single to Doll Domination, the Pussycat Dolls' second effort, is everywhere. It has an irrepressible chorus, a mild scandal (evidently the line "I want to have groupies" sounds like "I want to have boobies." No, it really doesn't, but it's getting them press at least), and funktastic Darkchild beats. It all sounds like a good idea from the start, as it is also the first track of their album, but it's almost entirely too good. It is one of 16 ultra-gimmicky concept songs that read more like an uneven greatest-hits album of soundalike singles.
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AT: 09/19/2008 03:31:50 PM   0 COMMENTS
Thursday, July 24, 2008
MOVIES: The Dark Knight
by SPIRIT spirit@outtonight.mobi
MOVIES: The Dark Knight The Dark Knight has finally hit theaters. Some flawed script moments, issues with Christian Bale's Batman voice (his Bruce Wayne voice however is still charming), and the worst final six minutes a Batman film has had yet, but still a very entertaining episode.

Heath Ledger was incredible. When Ledger died, I acknowledged it as an actor that I was reasonably aware but not tied emotionally to. Having seen him as the Joker, however, I was stunned. I was riveted to the screen. As soon as he had his first major scene, I dreaded the film coming to a close. When the Joker had his final scene, I hated it....
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AT: 07/24/2008 08:34:27 PM   0 COMMENTS
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
NEWS: Estelle Getty dies
by SPIRIT spirit@outtonight.mobi
NEWS: Estelle Getty dies Estelle Getty (center, sitting), who will forever be remembered as the sharp wit Sophia Petrillo in The Golden Girls died today at age 84 of natural causes. She suffered with dementia for the last several years of her life.

Before The Golden Girls (for which she won an Emmy), she appeared alongside Harvey Fierstein on stage in Torch Song Trilogy. Following The Golden Girls she continued the role in 4 further series The Golden Palace (starring), Empty Nest (recurring), and Sisters and Blossom (guest appearances).

In 1988, she published an auto...
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AT: 07/22/2008 09:34:57 PM   0 COMMENTS
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
CD: Alanis Morissette - Flavors of Entanglement
by SPIRIT spirit@outtonight.mobi
CD: Alanis Morissette - Flavors of Entanglement Alanis Morissette has reemerged in Frou Frou skin. Utilizing Guy Sigsworth (who brought crunch to Bjork and beeps and whistles to Imogen Heap), Alanis' Flavors of Entanglement is true to form: the least catchy title ever and an excellent collection of songs.

First single "Underneath" will be ringing in my ears for a while, but it's got heavy competition between the opener "Citizen of the Planet," which seems to be a defiant verse/verse/chorus on our connectedness through the world and our heritages; "Straitjacket," wherin she blasts her lover...
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AT: 05/28/2008 11:09:20 PM   0 COMMENTS
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
CD: Cyndi Lauper - Bring Ya To the Brink
by SPIRIT spirit@outtonight.mobi
CD: Cyndi Lauper - Bring Ya To the Brink Cyndi Lauper's Bring Ya to the Brink is pretty fantastic but if you're one of those first-track-better-be-awesome-or-die folks, you may never know it. "High and Mighty" is a lame, lame opening bit, but the second track, "Into the Nightlife" is so full of sparkly energy, it will make you never think twice again about jumping immediately to track 2. High marks indeed for that one, even though it feels like a total crib on Madonna's "Get Together," it is so much better than even Madonna was able to make happen. In fact, "Echo" and "Lay Me Down" are right up there too...
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AT: 05/27/2008 13:04:06 PM   0 COMMENTS
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
CD: Madonna - Hard Candy
by SPIRIT spirit@outtonight.mobi
CD: Madonna - Hard Candy In 1994, Madonna released a very R&B-themed Bedtime Stories, which also featured some of her very first dabbles in electronica. From the leaked demo Shep Pettibone-penned "Love Won't Wait," or the eventually released b-side "Your Honesty," you'll hear that Madonna was going for an occasional old-school disco sound in addition to the friendly R&B and lite electronica. One track, "Don't Stop" is actually the only really hold-over from the sound, and it's a good change of pace on a really great album. It sounds like with Confessions Madonna finally got to make her dark disco album, and Hard Candy VIEW FULL ENTRY


AT: 04/23/2008 12:44:47 PM   0 COMMENTS
Thursday, March 27, 2008
SINGLE: Madonna - 4 Minutes
by SPIRIT spirit@outtonight.mobi
SINGLE: Madonna - 4 Minutes The new Madonna song:

"4 Minutes" features a minute-long intro from Timbaland that does nothing to really introduce the track... the lyrics don't make any sense: "We only got 4 minutes to save the world." Save the world from what? Why do you have 4 minutes? Is the idea that this song is the last hope to save the music world or something? 'Cause, well, you lost. And you only had 4 minutes and wasted 1 on Timbaland robotically saying the main line over and over? Talk about slacker saviors.

It's not an awful song. The horns are cute, if dated, and sound a lot like Missy Elliot 4 years a...
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AT: 03/27/2008 11:33:49 PM   0 COMMENTS
Thursday, March 06, 2008
CD: Janet Jackson - Discipline
by SPIRIT spirit@outtonight.mobi
CD: Janet Jackson - Discipline After albums of unfulfilling (but brazenly upfront) material, Janet Jackson reminds us again how incredible her 1997 album The Velvet Rope was. Her new album Discipline sounds like Ms. Jackson is nasty again, but it's a nonspecific collage of slow jams, near-falsetto, and junior year sexual fantasies. It's not for lack of trying; crunchy new single "Feedback" sounds as fresh as anything TLC did in '99.

Nothing is quite as distinctive as Rope or the choice cuts from her most recent, less exciting albums (Download: "Trust a Try," "All Nite (Don't Stop)," "Someone to Call My ...
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AT: 03/06/2008 08:43:30 PM   1 COMMENT
Sunday, September 02, 2007
MUSIC NEWS: It's Britney, Bitch
by SPIRIT spirit@outtonight.mobi
MUSIC NEWS: Its Britney, Bitch It's been a big week for Britney fans. Several HQ tracks have popped up all over the blogs. The first, "Gimme More" has been making it's rounds with a robotic Ms. Spears moaning affirmation: "It's Britney, bitch." Touche.

The more hypnotic, more interesting "Your..." (which has also been circulating as "Your Heaven") is actually a smart direction in the vein of Kylie Minogue. If this isn't on the new album expected this fall, I hope at least something like it is.

The Pussycat Dolls-style rejects "Cold As Fire" (yuck) and "Everybody" (which awkwardly samples "Sweet Dreams" b...
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AT: 09/02/2007 02:10:16 PM   0 COMMENTS
Thursday, August 09, 2007
CD: Nellie McKay - Obligatory Villagers
by SPIRIT spirit@outtonight.mobi
CD: Nellie McKay - Obligatory Villagers Obligatory Villagers is the third official album by Nellie McKay (who also has a six-track EP on iTunes for the soundtrack to the film Rumor Has It...). She reveled in a glorious debut, Get Away from Me, which spawned the single "David" that was heard on shows like Grey's Anatomy and Weeds and got a lot of talk for her mixture of rap, jazz, and pop sensibilities that formed into something like psychotic showtunes.

McKay appeared in The Threepenny Opera with Cyndi Lauper and Alan Cumming around the same time her second album (a ...
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AT: 08/09/2007 09:40:18 PM   0 COMMENTS
Thursday, May 24, 2007
SINGLE: Beyonce - Green Light (and more)
by SPIRIT spirit@outtonight.mobi
SINGLE: Beyonce - Green Light (and more) Beyonce is bringing B'Day back with new single "Green Light." Ok, what number single is this already? Let's count 'em out:

"Check On It" -- Released a year and half before the rest of the album, it had the misfortune of being associated (loosely) with a shitty film, Steve Martin's The Pink Panther. No one who actually liked the song bothered to connect it to the film and it was a smash. Not willing to dismiss a legit hit, it fit snuggly as a bonus track for almost all non-US releases, as well as the American iTunes version. It was the third sneaky placement of the tr...
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Sunday, May 06, 2007
CD: Shirley Bassey - Get the Party Started
by SPIRIT spirit@outtonight.mobi
CD: Shirley Bassey - Get the Party Started Shirley Bassey is fabulous. She will forever be known as the ultimate James Bond artist, knocking even a would-be dud like "Moonraker" out of the park and making the utterly sublime "Diamonds Are Forever" and "Goldfinger" stand on their own without the smokey silhouettes of guns and models.

Bassey always looks forward, even as she remodels the past. With her incredible remix album, 2000's Diamonds Are Forever she had some of her best work restructured by Away Team, Kenny Dope, Propellerheads, and Moloko to name a few.

A sequel came into play afte...
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AT: 05/06/2007 10:27:28 PM   0 COMMENTS
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