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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, 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
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
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
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
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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AT: 05/24/2007 10:32:37 PM   0 COMMENTS
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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"Lady GaGa: Bad Romance"
"Mariah Carey: I Want to Know What Love Is"
"MADONNA: Celebration tracks confirmed + DVD!"
"MUSIC NEWS: Alan Cumming"
"MUSIC NEWS: A Tori Amos Christmas"
"MUSIC NEWS: Madonna's Celebration continues!"
"MUSIC NEWS: Madonna's Celebration"
"MOVIES: Harry Potter 6"
"MOVIES: Bruno"
"MEMORIUM: Michael Jackson"
"CD: Beyonce - Above & Beyonce"
"TV: Shows Cancelled & Saved"
"SINGLE: Jordin Sparks - Battlefield"
"AMERICAN IDOL: Top 3"
"CD: Tori Amos - Abnormally Attracted to Sin"
"SINGLE: Lily Allen - Not Fair"
"AMERICAN IDOL: Top 4"
"AMERICAN IDOL: Top 5"
"NEWS: Bea Arthur Dies"
"AMERICAN IDOL: Top 7 (again)"
"AMERICAN IDOL: Top 7"
"AMERICAN IDOL: Top 8"
"AMERICAN IDOL: Top 9"
"AMERICAN IDOL: Top 10"
"CD: Kelly Clarkson - All I Ever Wanted"
"CD: Bette Midler - Jackpot! The Best Bette"
"MUSIC: Britney Spears- Womanizer, Christina Aguilera- Keeps Gettin' Better"
"CD: Pussycat Dolls - Doll Domination"
"MOVIES: The Dark Knight"
"NEWS: Estelle Getty dies"
"CD: Alanis Morissette - Flavors of Entanglement"
"CD: Cyndi Lauper - Bring Ya To the Brink"
"CD: Madonna - Hard Candy"
"SINGLE: Madonna - 4 Minutes"
"CD: Janet Jackson - Discipline"
"MUSIC NEWS: It's Britney, Bitch"
"CD: Nellie McKay - Obligatory Villagers"
"SINGLE: Beyonce - Green Light (and more)"
"CD: Shirley Bassey - Get the Party Started"


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