September 2011


MUSIC&pop culture&television&The Sing Off26 Sep 2011 10:50 pm

And this week we meet the rest of the contestants eight more groups square off to boot off the bottom two and leave us with twelve… before the cutthroat ruthlessness begins though, they’re all joining together as one to bring us a fresh new version of Sing by My Chemical Romance… Nick Lachey introduces the judges and they justify why they boot off who they boot off… and with all these “offs” in the opening paragraph… i’ll end it with… off we go…

now playing: Motownphilly by Boys II Men

the Dartmouth Aires lead off with a Stevie Wonder/Red Hot Chili Peppers jam, Higher Ground… i wonder if you have to special order shirts that bright… i like the background vocals a lot, but the lead singer shouts more than sings and it just made my dog start singing along in his sleep… Shawn says this is what he’s talking about… he was tapping along the whole time… Sara says they were spot on and they had her from hello… Ben says it was nice work, but the background was a little too loud, making Michael (the lead) work too hard to be heard (a.k.a. shout)… he liked it though…

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general&pop culture&television23 Sep 2011 04:18 pm

Thirty five years ago, The Muppet Show debuted and kicked things off with a sketch I’m sure made little sense to most viewers. And for years, I’ve just assumed it was a catchy tune with some silly puppets that was designed purely for light-hearted entertainment value. But, the other day (perhaps due to having a high fever or being overtired) a light came on and I realized this silly little video is a perfect illustration of the struggles associated with innovation.

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MUSIC&television&The Sing Off19 Sep 2011 11:05 pm

Well, today is the beginning of the new television season and, in the past, i’ve tried to talk about the new and returning shows… this year i’m going to do things a little differently and launch my latest “live blog commentary” for the show, The Sing Off… similar to what i’ve done in the past with American Idol and maybe even replacing my Idol commentary because, frankly, i like this show better… Anyway, they’ve kicked it off with Pink’s Less Than Perfect and it was absolutely phenomenal… i’m excited for this season…

now playing: Motownphilly by Boys II Men
The Yellow Jackets are singing Wavin’ Flag from the World Cup, or Copa as it’s often called… they really are wearing yellow jackets… i think it’s kind of an obscure song for this type of competition, but it is pretty catchy and the arrangement is pretty solid… the chorus is a little loud and crowded vocally, but they did a great job on the solos and getting the crowd into it… Shawn says it was ridiculous and powerful… Ben liked the group effort and the chorus, but the tempo fluctuated a little, and Sara sees a special and unique brotherhood, she enjoyed their spirit, but wanted a counterpoint to the arrangement… maybe… she’s new and unsure…

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