Archive for January, 2008

Again, I apologize for the tardiness, but here it goes. As always, there are some pretty strong drinks being served in the Pop-Rock Candy Mountain Musical Martini Lounge (Username: poprockcandymontain Password: pinkmoon), so be sure and order a cocktail.

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  • Band Of Horses: I attend their singing at the Hi-Tone in Memphis last night. If you like melodic, pretty and loud, then you will love Band Of Horses—plus they did an amazing cover of Chicago’s Feeling Stronger. Check them out here.
  • Lost: It’s back! First up, an hour-long recap of Season Three. Then, the season premiere on ABC. It’s the Islanders vs. The Others! Or in classical terms, it’s man versus man versus nature versus “What in the hell is going on here?”. For a great recap of the Season Three finale, go here.
  • The GOP California Debate: Once again, Mitt Romney emits cool confidence. However, the media seems to have decided it will be Clinton vs McCain, which is lose-lose for everyone. John McCain?! Really?!
  • Smallville: New episode tonight on the CW at seven. James Marsters, formally known as Spike on Buffy, returns as Braniac. My inner-geek says whoo-hoo!
  • Writer’s Strike: Rumor has it that it could be ending soon. As long as we get new episodes of The Office.
  • Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings: Wow! Pow! Bam! Hear Janet Jackson’s What Have You Done For Me Lately like it was recorded in 1965 by a Memphis house band.
  • SAD: Yep, got that seasonal affective disorder something bad this year. I like to call it the Gray Skies Blues.
  • The Carpenters: I love AM Radio music more than just about anything and nothing makes me smile and keeps the SAD in check like The Carpenters.
  • American Idol (Wednesday): Although I missed it for reasons already explained, my sister told me that all I really missed was what she referred to as a “Singing Skunk.”
  • Pop-Rock Candy Mountain Readers: Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the Blog over the 1,000 readers mark. It truly means a great deal to me. Thank you for letting me be me. I do love you more than yo mama. And with that in mind, here’s Sly and the Family Stone:


I went to a singing by the Indie Rock group Band of Horses last night in Memphis. However, there was some bad weather (ice, etc.) in Memphis and about 40 miles South on 78; I didn’t get in until it was extremely late. So, look for some Idol chatter and Thursday Goodness sometime later in the day. (Lost, Smallville, Clinton vs. McCain, etc.)

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Omaha….the old beeftown. Oh dang! The local FOX channel is having trouble on my magic talking box. Dang!

Started receiving feed at 7:25 (Thanks local FOX station!!)

Sarah Whitaker: Former wrestler…sings like Minnie Mouse. She’s not going to Hollywood. Ryan just inquired about her being rejected. Now, Ryan is a judge and Paula is the greeter.

Samantha Sidley: She’s doing a Norah Jones impersonation–too breathy. Simon says? Three yeses, no wait, four yeses–Ryan said yes, too.

Elizabeth Erkert: Singing Gladys Knight’s I Heard it Through the Grapevine. Going to So-Cal! (I thought she was really good)

Denise Jackson: Shown briefly but going to Hollywood.

Michael Sanflippo: Again, shown briefly. Yep, he’s heading to Hollywood.

Well, the talking picture box was blacked-out for the first 20 minutes of the show, so I’m not certain what I missed. I assume, going by the judges reactions, that I missed nothing but a bunch of clownin’ and shinin-ass.

Angelica Puente: Man, I wish that people would quit singing Celine Dion’s Power of Love. Boring. “I think with a bit of practice you could actually be good,” stated Simon. She is going to Hollywood.

Pop-Rock Candy Mountain Dictionary: clownin’; shinin’-ass, ass-makin’: Good old cuttin’ up

David Cook: Big-bossy emo singing. I think that he’s terrible , but the rest of the kids loved him. Onward to Hollywood, Emo Rock Dude. You know who should sing Bon Jovi songs? Ol’ Bon Jovi, that’s who.

Johnny (Simon just called Paula a “disgusting little pig” for hiccupping) Escamilla: Singing Shout by The Isley Brothers in a gold lame jacket. Yep, it’s ass-makin’ time. “In every single way, that is everything that I hate,” said Simon.

Here’s a producer’s reel of some clownin’ and shining-ass, all to the tune of Steeler’s Wheel’s Stuck In The Middle With You. More like stuck in the middle of poo.

Leo Marlowe: Singing A Song For You, which takes moxie. He’s going to Hollywood.

19 from Omaha going to Hollywood

Tomorrow, we head to Miami for more hijinxs, tomfoolery and shenanigans.

Awesome! The lovely Janel Maloney, formerly of The West Wing, is on House!

Here is American Idol Runner-Up, The Dan Band:

Be sure and drop by The Pop-Rock Candy Mountain Musical Martini Lounge and listen to cuts by Big Star, Cheap Trick and many others. (Username:poprockcandy  Password:pinkmoon)

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  • State of the Union: President Bush delivered his final full congress address while Dick Cheney and Nancy Pelosi sneered and jeered. Again, WTVA comes out on top with a live-from-Washington top story and a Sen. Wicker AM exclusive. Although I loathe NBC corespondent David Gregory, the Peacock provided the best national coverage.
  • The Kennedy Endorsement of Sen. Barrack Obama: With Teddy K. in his corner, it could be the end of the road for the Clintons.
  • Atlanta: Where to go in the South if you want to see The Cure, Radiohead, R.E.M. (with Modest Mouse), Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen. Remember when tours came to Memphis and Birmingham?
  • The King Of Kong: Fistful of Quarters drops on DVD: Finally, a movie for nerds by nerds–a documentary about gamers trying to break the world records of games such as PAC Man and Donkey Kong. Acne and bad breath not included. For more DVDs dropping today, go here 
  • Breaking Bad on AMC: The middle aged meth maker and chemistry teacher as anti-hero/protagonist. Definitely not the good old crystal meth show your mom grew up watching.
  • LOST comes back in two days: Oh, how I’ve missed Kate and Jack and Sawyer and Kate and Claire and Kate. On a sad note, Oceanic Airlines has closed its doors.
  • Pandora: Because creating your own radio station is fun…and it’s free!
  • Cloverfield website of the day:  Slusho— you can’t drink just six?
  • American Idol returns tonight: From Omaha….from my living room–Idol Blogga! (on Wednesday morning)
  • GOP Primary in Florida: Goodbye Rudy, we hardly knew thee. Hello Mitt Romney!
  • Goodbye Daughters of the Revolution: The new Black Crowes single is available on iTunes. Featuring new member and Hernando native Luther Dickinson of the North Mississppi Allstars, the Crowes return to classic form.

Writer, director, actor and producer James Gunn seems like a swell guy. Whether he is or isn’t, he still has great taste in music, especially Power-Pop (ahhhhh……I love the Power-Pop). Read his wonderful blog on the subject.

Do yourself a favor and rent Slither or Lollilove to experience the genius of Gunn.

The James Gunn-inspired playlist is now playing in the Pop-Rock Candy Musical Martini Lounge. (Username:poprockcandy Password: pinkmoon)


The Pop-Rock Candy Mountain Musical Martini Lounge is now up and going. To access the site, you need the following: Username: poprockcandy and Password: pinkmoon. Then, click on the My Site icon and theMP3 player should appear. Click Playlist for the complete listings. It’s not perfect, but it does allow me to share some music with my readers.

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  • SAG Awards: Ah, Sopranos, The Office and 30 Rock come out winners. Glad to see the Sopranos go out in style, especially with that terrible series-ending . See all of the winners here.
  • Friday Night Lights: Poor Tim Riggins–he can’t seem to get a break. However, this week’s episode saw Landry and Tyra return to the story arch, which is always a good thing.
  • Avril Lavigne’s Girlfriend: The most downloaded song of 2007 (7.3 million times). But no one, including 14 year old girls, will admit to purchasing the tune.
  • Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew: Don’t watch it for the train wrecks; watch it for the hope that Dr. Drew Pinski gives to shattered lives.
  • Saturday Morning With Kay Bain: Kay sang the song Cowboy’s Sweetheart, which included yodeling. “You try yodeling at six in the morning,” she said. “It’s not easy.” Maybe I’ll start singing some Slim Whitman while I’m taking a shower…
  • Kellie Rasberry: Like everyone else in the area, I listen to Kidd Kraddick in theMorning on KZ103. Although I once hated morning radio shows, but Kellie makes it all worthwhile.
  • Obama wins in South Carolina: And Hillary starts crying and Bill starts screaming. Bill, Bill, Bill. Comparing Obama to Jesse Jackson? Not a smart move. Now, please quit screaming at us and acting like you’re the President and just go away.
  • Weekend Winter Weather: At least it’s gone. Again, WTVA’s weather coverage blows out the competition.
  • Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: See what all the hype is about as FOX reruns the pilot tonight.
  • Spartans and Rambo have poor weekend openings: And my faith in mankind is briefly restored (Pssst: Spartans actually beat Rambo)
  • Tupelo-Lee Humane Society’s Second Annual Arts for Animals: Help them build their new building by participating on Thursday, April 10. For more information, call 662-840-5042.
  • New on me iPod: Sia Some People Have Real Problems; Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend; North Mississippi Allstars Hernando and Tommy James and the Shondells Crimson and Clover. Hear tracks from them in the Musical Martini Lounge.
  • The State of the Union: The Bush and Cheney days roll into the final year. Come to see if the candidates show up. Stay for the Democratic response…..yawn.
  • Radiohead: With this week’s Rolling Stone Cover and an announced tour, rock’s favorite isolationists are acting like a regular rock band again.

The Pop-Rock Candy Mountain Musical Companion is now up at

The username is poprockcandy

The password is pinkmoon

After entering the info, click on My Site (at the top). The MP3 player will appear. You can hit playlist to see all of the songs or to download them.

I’m in a Beta phase with this. It’s not quite what I want, but we’ll see how it goes.

Power-Pop Playlist 1:

Fancey: Starbrite

A.C. Newman: Wonder Drug

Coconut Records: West Coast

Brendan Benson: Cold Hands (Warm Heart) 

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Before we start, will someone explain to me what lolcats are and why they are funny?

For the weekend:

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  • The GOP Florida Debate: Finally, I’m excited about the election again. Mitt Romney was excellent. Sen. Thad Cochran is supporting him and so am I. To win the South, should he get the nomination, he’s going to need a strong, Christian Southerner on the VP ticket. I would like to see Fred Thompson on the ticket with him, but Mike Huckabee would also work. Without a win in Florida, it could be the end of the road for Rudy Giuliani. Expect some finger-wagging from a red-faced, angry Bill Clinton sometime this weekend, as well as personal attacks on Romney.
  • Friday Night Lights: The best show on television is all new tonight. Forget what you think you know about this show and give it a try.
  • Ole Miss vs MSU: Big time SEC basketball returns to the Hump in Starkville on Saturday.
  • No Country For Old Men; Juno: Still playing in Tupelo. See them before they are gone. Or, you could see Untraceable, but Peter Travers warns against it.
  • Iron Man is going to be in the new Hulk movie: And since I’m never going on another date because of my inner and outer geek, here’s what William Hurt says about the movie.
  • Kay Bain’s Saturday Morning Show: So what if it’s on at six AM on Saturdays—that’s what DVRs are for. I mean, what if Mrs. Erma Billings of Water Valley has her 85th birthday coming up and you didn’t know about it? How would you feel? And if you don’t get excited when Ace Cannon comes on and plays the saxophone, well you probably don’t have a heart. This is one morning show that is completely void of irony and sarcasm–take that, The View!
  • My Friend Johnny Weaver: Former Tupelo resident and UCA post-grad film student Johnny Weaver is going to be in a movie directed by Guy Maddin. The film, Death of the Reel, was partially filmed in Conway, Arkansas. This means that Johnny will soon be getting IMDB credits. Johnny will be screening his own film, Laser Love, at the Magnolia Film Festival in February. Death of the Reel is scheduled to debut at the Toronto International Film Festival later this year. Tupelo’s Daniel Lee will be showing his film, Memphis Zombies Attack: The Documentary, the following night at the Mag Film Fest.

We will miss your hot wife.

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    Paul Thorn Tupelo native Paul Thorn returns to town Thursday night with a show at the Lyric Theater. His new video,A Long Way From Tupelo, is currently playing on GAC and a limited edition of his album of the same name will be available at the show. For more information, go to 1. First, I have to say, Bluebell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream. I try keep it down to one heaping bowl full a week since it's full of saturated fats and I'm a 43 year old trying to keep up the image of a front man. BUT, sometimes I'm weak and I backslide. 2. My Six Million Dollar Man Pinball machine. I finally got it fixed and have been playing it a lot. My 4 year old is learning how to play it so we get to play it together. 3. Saturday mornings, I get up and watch Kay Bain. I've been a loyal WTVA viewer for many years but I get a little upset because they've cut Kay down to just being on once a week. I love Kay Bain. You know, my coffee just tastes better with Kay Bain. 4. I've recently thrown out my old socks. I went to Wal-mart and bought a 12-pack of brand new white socks. I got them all for about eight bucks so I've been really happy about that. 5. My 14 year old daughter, Kit has become a facination. I've always been all about my daughter but now she's coming out with this Aretha Franklin style, powerful voice and I've just been amazed. I love listening to her sing.
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