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Everything everybody should be taking about on Tuesday, February 19, 2008

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Pop-Rock Candy Mountain: Because Life Doesn’t Write Itself

  • Glenn McCullough: His new ad claims that “he’s not cool,” “he’s old school” and “he’ conservative.” Ahhh…just the way we like it. He was also recently endorsed by Tupelo Mayor Ed Neely and several other present and former mayors.
  • William Gaines: The MAD Magazine creator is getting the biopic treatment from John “Thriller” Landis. Gaines also created Tales From The Crypt and other horror titles, which will be the subject of the film.
  • Molly Ringwald: The star of Sixteen Candles turned 40 yesterday. And to think, we’re still not yet married.
  • Lindsay Lohan: The troubled actress has posed nude for New York Magazine in celebration of Marilyn Monroe. A bad biopic on Lifetime would have been plenty Lindsay. For the curious.
  • The Office: It returns with all new episodes on April 10. Hey, at least it’s coming back.
  • Horton Hears A Who: The latest Dr. Seuss adaptation stars Jim Carrey, Carroll Burnett and Steve Carell. It looks to be the best Dr. Seuss since the old school Chuck Jones cartoons. (See the trailer below)
  • Big Brother 9: An autism advocacy group is demanding an apology from CBS for insensitive remarks made recently the reality show. I just want Big Brother to go away…forever.
  • Blu Ray vs HD DVD: HD DVD loses the battle…but really, who cares? I mean, really? Whatever…The real winner will always be Netflix or the $5 bargain DVD bin at Wal-Mart.
  • American Idol: The top 24 begin their journey tonight. I’m too lazy to call, so I’ll just text my vote instead.
  • My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad: Maybe, but everybody’s better than Dan Cortez.
  • It’s Election Day In Nettleton:
  • Bush 41: He endorsed John McCain on Monday. And 42 kept on yelling.
  • Paul McCartney: The divorce turns expensive for Sir Paul as Heather Mills will not accept a $50 million settlement and a judge will now determine how much of Paul’s estate she shall receive. “I don’t care too much for money, money can’t buy me love…”
  • The Raveonettes Lust Lust Lust: The duo’s new album finds them trading in the David Lynch for the Quentin Tarrantino, as the band puts the art rock behind and turns up the surf guitar riffs and 60s power-pop vocal arrangements. If you buy only one album today, buy this one.
  • The Flu:Who’s that bad mother..shut yo mouth. Yep, there’s a strain of flu that is resistant to drugs…10 cases in Chicago. And, if that’s not scary enough, one is dead in China from bird-flu. ” That’s great, it starts with an earthquake, birds and snakes, an aeroplane and Lenny Bruce is not afraid. Eye of a hurricane, listen to yourself churn – world serves its own needs…”
  • iTunes: The place to download every performance from American Idol starting tonight. Yes, every performance.
  • Mississippi State Lottery: The gaming commission is opposing it. Tennessee and Louisiana are happy and the state’s education system continues to lose….revenue, which is a huge gamble.
  • Clinton/Obama Bickering: Today, it was about some rhetoric in an Obama speech. Tomorrow, it’ about which flaover of Wisconsin Kringle is the best (Dude, it’s totally rum raisin–everyone knows that).
  • Michael Clayton/American Ganster: Both drop on DVD today. For a complete listing of today’s releases, please go to Amazon.com.
  • Empty Bowl Luncheon: It’s coming March 5 and it’s for the March of Dimes. It’s soup, an artisan soup bowl and Kay Bain. For more information, check out WTVA online.
  • Steve Guttenberg: He’s going to be on this season’s Dancing With The Stars along side Adam Corolla and tennis star Monica Seles, among others. Next year, Oscar The Grouch, Fat Albert and The Dancing Bear from Captain Kangaroo are scheduled to compete.
  • Dick Rice: No Dick Rice sightings today.
  • Where Have I heard That?: It was a Ford Focus commercial. The song was Cold Hands, Warm Heart by Brendan Benson.
  • Horton Hears A Who: The Trailer
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Everything everybody should be taking about on President’s Day, February 18, 2008

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Pop-Rock Candy Mountain: Because Life Doesn’t Write Itself

  • Dr. Condoleezza Rice: The Secretary of State’s name is making the rounds in the media as a possible VP on the McCain ticket. It would definitely make the McCain Campaign more palatable.
  • Chad Bumphis: The THS wide Receiver is being courted by several schools in the SEC. Let’s hope he stays in the Magnolia State.
  • Dixie: One of my favorite shelter dogs has found a home. Now, if we can only find one for Merlin and the rest.
  • American Idol Blue Tongues: No, it wasn’t a silent protest or proof of alien life forms– it was lollipops. Lollipops. Suckers….
  • LOST (ABC): Even with the black smoke and polar bears and Kate’s beautiful complexion after 100 days on the island, the recent Sayid episode wasn’t “real enough” for New York Magazine. Ahahahahaha…that’s like the funniest thing ever.
  • Knight Rider 2008: It seemed very exciting with Will Arnett on board as KITT. Then suddenly, Arnett was booted and replaced with Val Kilmer. But the Hasselhoff surprise made it all worthwhile.
  • Girl Scout Cookies: It’s that time of year again, so get your boxes at the Link Centre in Tupelo. Try the new Cinna-Spins, packaged in individual 100 calories-per-serving packs. Or get depressed and eat a whole box of Thin Mints for old times.
  • Simpsons (FOX): The volatile story of Sex Pistols bass player Sid Vicious and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen was reinvented with Nelson and Lisa and Bart as Johnny Rotten. Plus, the Buzzcocks’ Ever Fallen In Love was used in a montage. The Buzzcocks on FOX?!
  • Gone Country: On a visit to the Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Bobby Brown was deeply moved by the sick children. My niece had a lung removed at Vanderbilt in the Summer of 2007. I am so thankful to God and the staff for saving her life. If you are unfamiliar with the hospital, more information can be found at its website.
  • Jumper: The sci-fi adventure blew away its competition at the box office this weekend. Meanwhile, Definitely, Maybe did not so well.
  • Nancy Reagan: The Former First Lady was hospitalized after a fall in her LA home on Sunday. We wish her a speedy recovery.
  • Saturday Mornings With Kay Bain: This week, fiddler Willie was out sick. Tony Bain did a great version of Purple Rain, The whole band got down on When The Saints Go Marching In and the Kevin Waide Project played some Sam Cooke. And somebody is about to celebrate her 86th birthday in a small town near you.
  • B52s: The legendary Athens, GA band returns from then abyss with their new single Funplex. Ahhhh…thank God someone is making substantial pop music again. The same cane be said for Gnarls Barkley’s new single, Run, which is full of pumped-organ-60s-garage-rock goodness.
  • George A. Romero: The venerable director who uses zombies as social commentary returns this week with his new film, Diary of the Dead. A new interview with Romero can be found in Entertainment Weekly.
  • Kosovo: The nation has officially declared its independence from Serbia. Former President Clinton is said to be taking full credit for the declaration.
  • Amy Winehouse: The tormented Grammy winner is being chastised by drug addicts Keith Richards and Natalie Cole. I suppose that one can easily afford to repair their glass houses when they are rich and famous.
  • Guitar Hero Aerosmith: America’s favorite (best) rock band gets the video game treatment from Guitar Hero. Man, it seems as if the Guitar Hero franchise is really trying to convert me to their masses.
  • Oprah: It’s a comedy summit today with guests Carrol Burnett, Steve Carrell and Jim Carey. Watch to see Oprah struggle to dominate the conversations.
  • The White Stripes Conquest Ep: The maxi-single for Conquest gets help from Beck, who plays on/produces three new songs. It’s like a little slice of listening heaven.
  • Daniel Lee Update: His film, Memphis Zombie Attack: The Documentary, won an award for best short documentary this weekend at the Magnolia Film Festival. Congratulations!
  • Dick Rice: There were no Dick Rice sightings over the weekend…but today starts a new week.
  • Where Have I Heard That?: It’s our new feature. The song is The W.A.N.D, the band is the Flaming Lips–because music is more than just commercials.

Everything everybody should be taking about on Friday, February 15, 2008

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Pop-Rock Candy Mountain: Because Life Doesn’t Write Itself

  • Mitt Romney: He has officially endorsed John McCain. Now, if only that pesky Mike Huckabee would do the same.
  • Tupelo Symphony Orchestra: They will be performing American Music, American Voices tonight at the Link Centre. Jack Reed Sr. will be the guest speaker. More information can be found at the Link Centre online.
  • 11th Annual Magnolia Independent Film Festival: The state’s oldest film festival continues tonight ad tomorrow at Hollywood Premiere Cinema in Starkville. Local film maker Daniel Lee will be showing his film Memphis Zombie Attack: The Documentary tonight. Read more about Lee and his film in Pop-Rock Candy Mountain later today.
  • Blue Mountain: America’s favorite band from Oxford will be performing tonight at the Hi-Tone in Memphis. Ticket information can be found here.
  • Gretchen Wilson: The female member of the Musik Mafia will be performing tonight at Gold Strike Casino in Tunica. For more information, call 1-888-245-7529.
  • Bobby “Blue” Bland: The blues legend will be joining Shirley Brown, J. Blackfoot and others tonight for a Blues Bash at Sam’s Town Casino in Tunica. For more information, click here.
  • Saturday Morning Show With Kay Bain: My favorite morning program is only a day away! Thank goodness for my DVR. This week’s special guest will be the Kevin Waide Project, who will also be playing the Boondocks Grill Saturday night.
  • Aretha vs Beyonce vs Beyonce’s Dad: “Hey 19, that’s Aretha Franklin. She don’t remember the Queen of Soul…”
  • LOST (ABC): The fourth member of the Oceanic Six? Syid. Jack admits that, after 100 days, he misses baseball.
  • Jane Fonda: She let one “slip” on Today. But the worst part is that she’s 70 and starring in the Vagina Monologues. Ewwwww….
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr.: The NASCAR driver finished first in his qualifying competition, his second in two races for Hendrick Motorsports, his new team. Also, Danny Hamlin won in a foreign car for the first time in a long time. His car? A Toyota.
  • Make-A-Wish Grant Writing: The Make-A -Wish Foundation will be holding a seminar on how to write grants for the non-profit organization at the Link Centre on Saturday. More information on the seminar can be found here.
  • Dexter (CBS): The sublime Showtime series comes to network TV on Sunday.
  • Adrienne Shelly: The slain actress/director’s killer (read: murderer) was given a reduced sentence as his charges were dropped to first degree manslaughter. Shelley made on of my favorite movies of 2007 , Waitress. It breaks my heart every time I watch it.
  • Survivor: Micronesia (CBS): Fan Mary was voted out at Tribal Council. The real question is when is Survivor going to get voted off? It is so boring that I doubt if I will be able to make it through the whole season.
  • Dick Rice: No Dick Rice sightings today. One time my band played on the Mornin’ Show and Meteorologist John Dolusic said we “sounded like Blind Melon.” That was awesome. Here’s the mighty Chicago. Have a great weekend!

Everything everybody should be taking about on Thursday, February 14, 2008

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Pop-Rock Candy Mountain: I Love You Like A Biscuit Loves Butter!

  • Paul Thorn: Limited-edition copies of his new album will be on sale tonight during his show at the Lyric. Included in the CD will be a recording of his acoustic show at the Lyric in 2007. Y’all show Paul some love…Tickets were still available as of the publishing of this blog. Tickets can be purchased at the Lyric Theater.
  • Reba/Kelly Clarkson: If it’s not sold-out yet, it probably will be by show time (7:30 PM). More information can be found at BancorpSouth Arena Online.
  • Jumper/Definitely, Maybe/The Spiderwick Chronicles: If the concerts aren’t on your agenda for tonight, these three new movies opening today (well, SC opened yesterday)may make for the perfect date night. Jumper is playing at the Malco at 4:55 and 7:15. Romantic comedy Definitely, Maybe is playing at the Cinemark 8 at 4:50 and 7:30; The Spiderwick Chronicles is also playing at the Cinemark at 4:30 and 7:00. The Pop-Rock Candy Mountain best bet for Valentine’s Day Movie Night is Definitely, Maybe, which is also the name of one of my favorite albums by Oasis.
  • Fusion 205: A limited Valentine’s Day menu will be offered tonight, including Tempura Shrimp or Blackened Steak Strips appetizers, Duck Salad or Fusion Chicken Tikka and entrees such as Surf and Turf, Be Mine Orange Roughy and Lady and The Tramp Spaghetti. Reservations are required (662-842-7205). The seating is fairly limited before seven, so the best bet may be for a later dinner.
  • The Bistro on Main: Although the eatery is booked solid tonight, a three-course lobster and fondue dinner will be served. The special includes traditional gruyere cheese fondue, surf and turf fondue (fillet and lobster tail) and chocolate fondue. Diners can also feast on a seafood menage a trois, which includes salmon, scallops and shrimp. According to Fondue Recipes.com, “Cheese fondue was invented out of necessity. In the remote and isolated mountain villages in the Swiss Alps people had to rely upon locally made food. Over 100 varieties of cheese fondue exist, each with a unique name and different blend of cheeses, wine and seasoning.” A nifty fondue recipe can be found here.
  • Fairpark Grill/Park Heights: Although the restaurants will not be offering Valentine’s specials, a spokesperson at both locations encouraged diners going to Paul Thorn or Reba to make plans to arrive early. Fairpark Grill anticipates the dinner rush to be in full swing by 4:30 p.m.
  • Northeast Mississippi American Red Cross: The local chapter was hit hard financially after the recent tornadoes in and around Lafayette County. Please support them with your donations, including attending the benefit to be held by the Tupelo Young Professionals on February 26 at the Bistro on Main. Read more about the local chapter’s plight in an editorial in the Daily Journal.
  • Obama vs Clinton: With a growing lead over Sen. Hillary Clinton, Sen. Barrack Obama could be coasting to a Democratic nominee victory. Of course, this is much, much much, much to the chagrin of Clinton.
  • J.J. Abrams Star Trek Movie: As if Valentine’s Day wasn’t sad enough for me, the Abrams-directed Star Trek movie has been pushed back from Christmas to May 2009. Man, I wasn’t even planning on being a dork in 2009. Dang.
  • LOST (ABC): In case you were wondering what I was doing for Valentine’s Day. I mean, just in case someone asked. I like to pretend that Kate is my girlfriend and that she is going to make me a Valentine’s card out of a coconut shell.
  • Survivor: Micronesia (CBS): Yes, I will be doing this, as well.
  • Smallville (CW): I’m starting to seem pathetic….But hey, it’s new tonight!
  • SAG: Members of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) have started labor talks. Awesome. Two days after the end of the WGA strike, the actors are having labor problems. Man, I wish reality stars would start having contract and labor problems.
  • Jack Johnson: His new record is bringing smiles to the record industry and, also, to people playing hackey-sack everywhere.
  • Uno: How can you not love Uno? He has made many a beagle across the nation very proud.

    Cold Hands, Warm Heart–Brendan Benson

    Crimson and Clover–Tommy James and the Shondells

    Thirteen–Big Star

    Good Vibrations–Beach Boys

    I Melt With You–Modern English

    No Matter What–Badfinger

    God Only Knows–Beach Boys

    Sara Smile–Hall and Oates

    Run to Me–Bee Gees

    Shining Star–Manhattans

    Kiss Me On The Bus–The Replacements

    You Make My Dreams Come True–Hall and Oates

    Just You and Me–Chicago

    Lovedust–Luna

    Just Like Starting Over–John Lennon

      • Sabrina McLarty: Her documented search for true love will be featured on Pop-Rock Candy Mountain later today. Look for it!
      • Dick Rice: No Dick Rice sightings today, but from all of us (uh, me) to all of you–Happy Valentine’s Day. Here’s another of my all-time favorite love songs:

      Everything everybody should be taking about on Tuesday, February 12, 2008

      Pop-Rock Candy Mountain: Because Life Doesn’t Write Itself

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      • Michael Jackson’s Thriller: It’s been 25 years since one of the most important albums of my life was released and to mark the anniversary, Thriller is being re-released, complete with remixes from Akon, Kanye West, Fergie and Will.I.Am. Stay away from the remixes, as they are terrible. However, Thriller sounds like a breath of fresh air. This was (is) a record that changed a generation–my generation, as were Guns N Roses’ Appetite For Destruction and Nirvana’s Nevermind. This album makes me happy on many levels; it’s also nice to remember Michael Jackson before his breakdown. It’s hard not to shed a tear as I listen to it…again, for the first time. (Look for a full review later today!)
      • Jericho (CBS): It’s back…finally!!
      • American Idol (FOX): The Hollywood round starts tonight. Cool. Now, I can see Whatshername and Who’sthat.
      • Gossip Girl (CW): It’s a youthful version of Dynasty, or as I like to call it, high school.
      • Delois Price: The mascot for Carl Hogan’s car commercials has gotten a haircut. Awesome-that gives me something to concentrate on other than the blatant racism of Peso Little. See her fake Facebook page here.
      • New On DVD: Dallas Season Eight (I super heart Lucy) drops today, which is really exciting, as does Season Three of Family Ties (I super heart Mallory). Oh yeah, so does We Own The Night and Becoming Jane. For a complete list, go here.
      • Polaroid Cameras: According to Whitney at Pop Candy, Polaroid is going to stop making disposable film. Dang. Now what are perverts going to take pictures with? Oh yeah, camera phones.
      • Tupelo Young Professionals: They will be holding a benefit for the American Red Cross On February 26 at The Bistro on Main, beginning at 5 p.m. Go and mingle and help the people affected in North Mississippi by the recent tornadoes.
      • Save Friday Night Lights: Well, since none of you watched it, the least you can do is help save my favorite show. What if I don’t get to find out if Tyra and Landry stay together? Will Tim Riggins go to college? Help a brother out!
      • Haley Barbour for Vice President: According to the Governor, eh, not so much. Plus, DraftHaley.com has only 148 signatures. They are looking to get 50,000.
      • J.J. Abrams: The Office episode he directed, Cocktails, airs tonight on TBS. It’s the one where Dwight asks the tough question: “Do you watch Battlestar Galactica?”
      • Missisppii Artists In SXSW: SXSW (South By Southwest), the largest film and music conference in the nation, will see several artists from Mississippi heading to Austin, Texas for the event. According to the official website, Jackson rapper David Banner, Indie rockers Colour Revolt and soul band Wiley and the Checkmates, both of Oxford, will be heading West. Columbus native and Mississippi fiddler Ruby Jane (Smith) will also be participating, as will Tupelo’s Paul Thorn. Look for more updates, profiles and interviews in the weeks to come.
      • Barack Obama: With big wins over the weekend, he’s keeps swining. Like Kool Moe Dee once said...”Comin’ back like Return of the Jedi…How ya like me now?”
      • Dick Rice: No Dick Rice sightings on Monday. Here’s Paul Thorn (check out his Mile-High-Five Club on the right column) and his daughter, Kit, performing in Memphis. If this don’t make you break out into the turkey skin, well, you probably do not have two ears and a heart.

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      Pop-Rock Candy Mountain: I Love You More Than Yo Mama!

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      • LOST: Dead polar bears, the Dharma Initiative, Benjamin–If you missed this week, well, you can see it again next week before the new episode. Has Locke become Jesus Christ? When will the Oceanic Six actually get off the island? Oh yeah, there was some Ghostbusting this week as well. Cause Busting makes me feel good…
      • Vice President Barbour: An Atlanta-based group thinks it’s possible. Check it out here.
      • Mitt Romney Drops Out: Because money can’t buy you everything…at least not in 2008.
      • Where In The Wold Is Bill Clinton?: Bill goes home, Hillary’s polls go up. Wherever he is, I feel certain that he is red-faced and screaming. Maybe he left because she can’t afford him anymore?
      • Snoop Dog: He’s coming to Starkville in a couple of weeks. Go to Sheena’s blozzle for more information.
      • Survivor: Micronesia: The fans beat the favorites in the first immunity challenge! Too bad Johnny Fairplay has the immunity idol. It was nice, however, to see Yau-Man and Cirie again. Who’s going home? Johnny Fairplay (Who cares?)
      • Gambino Family Round-Up: I hate to see Fat Richie and Bobby The Jew (real names) going to the joint. Thank goodness Paulie Walnuts is in the Denny’s Protection Program.
      • Jericho: It’s coming back tuesday. Repeat, Jericho is coming back Tuesday!
      • Friday Night Lights: It’s a new episode tonight. But, it’s not on the schedule for the next two weeks and things aren’t looking good for the series with the network. The only person that you are hurting by not watching this show is, well, me.
      • Space Shuttle Atlantis: “And in the lighter side of the news, the wacky Space Shuttle Atlantis had a successful launch today. Now, here’s a story about Mitten the Kitten…
      • Tupelo Sign Debate “Because folks aint supposed to drive and read….Check out more from Dennis and Carlie.
      • Brandon Presley: Plans to keep an eye on the cable companies by having them under the Mississippi Public Service Commission. Let’s hope the legislation passes.
      • R.E.M.: The new album drops on April 1, but you can hear the new single (Supernatural Superserious) and see a promo for the album here. Spoiler Alert: It sounds like old R.E.M (and that rocks!)
      • Paris Hilton: She was named Woman of the Year by the Harvard Lampoon. Because sometimes not being funny is funny..right?
      • Lipstick Jungle: Candace Bushnell’s latest book-to-series is like Sex and The City without the sex and the funnies. Note: The city is still there. It’s such a mid-80s drama that Andrew McCarthy is a cast member. If you miss the days of Jay McInerney or Tama Janowitz, then, by all means, watch this show before it’s gone.
      • Shine A Light: The first review of the Martin Scorses-helmed Rolling Stones film is out. From the review:“With: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood, Christina Aguilera, Buddy Guy, Jack White III, Bill Clinton, Martin Scorsese.” Never mind…I think I’ll wait for the Scorsese Bob Marley Documentary.
      • Roger Clemmons: “I’m going to tell you one more time, I don’t do steroids..then, I’m kicking some ass!”
      • Pop-Rock Candy Musical Martini Lounge: It’s happy hour in the lounge! Have a cocktail with Ryan Bingham, Big Star, Cat Power, Mott The Hoople, Dr. Dog, Greg Dulli, Mancat and Moe. (The username is always: poprockcandy and the password is always pinkmoon)
      • Tupelo Junior Auxilliary Charity Ball: It’s tonight at the Bancorpsouth Arena. All the money goes to helping the youth and children of Lee County. For more information, click here.
      • High-Five: Starting Monday, we will begin a new feature at the Pop-Rock Candy Mountain. What five things are best-selling author and musician Frank Portman into these days? Find out Monday.
      • Dick Rice: There were no Dick Rice sightings today, so here’s some vintage Rice (with a cameo from Joey Langston of Scruggsgate). Have a great weekend!

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      Pop-Rock Candy Mountain: I Love You More Than Yo Mama!

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      • Super Tuesday: Hillary and John McCain have descent leads; Obama and Romney vow to keep fighting; Mike Huckabee comes in a strong third for the GOP…what? Some Young Republican compared McCain to Reagan on FOX News. Ahahahahahahahaha…OK, I’ve regained my composure. Oh yeah, I almost forgot: Obama won big time in the Alaska caucus.
      • Eli Manning: Ole Miss’s Superbowl MVP will be on the Late Show with David Letterman tonight. I heart Eli, but a great public speaker he is not. Hopefully Papa Manning hired a fancy publicist to help him squirm through his interview. Vince Vaughn will also so be on tonight’s Letterman, which rocks as well.
      • YALL Politics: The best place to keep up with Scruggsgate and other state political issues. By the way, Scruggs now has Wiki.
      • Signing Day: Will the University of South Panola’s Tig Barksdale sign with Ole Miss or has he shifted towards MSU? I just hope that someone picks up Brian “Smash” Williams or Tim Riggins. Both are excellent players for the Dillon Panthers.
      • Daily Journal Blogs:Keep up with who’s going to MSU with Greg Ellis’s excellent blog or who’s going to Ole Miss with Parish Alford’s blog. I also like Sheena’s blog, Dennis and Carlie’s Blog and Ginny’s blog. Go to DJournal.com for even more bloggery.
      • Strangers With Candy (Comedy Central): Ah, good old Amy Sedaris and Steven Colbert. It’s on weekdays at 11 AM (CST), which should be reason enough to buy a Tivo or DVR.
      • Elizabeth Hasselbeck’s Baby Blog: Sweet Elizabeth, the poster girl for the GOP (sorry Ann Coulter), blogs her life as a mom. And that is wayyyyyy more interesting than anything the rest of The View has to say, except Sherrie Shepherd, who is also way awesome and one of the coolest, nicest people that I have ever met Check her website out here.
      • Angela Kinsey’s Pregnancy: Forget all of the other celebrity pregnancies–this is the baby you should be talking about at the water cooler (Angela plays Angela Martin on The Office). The writer’s strike has lasted so long that she’s showing her baby bump. Should The Office return this season, will they work in her pregnancy? Will it be Dwight’s?
      • Ash Wednesday: 40 days of Lent begins now. Expect lots of people to go a few days without smoking or drinking, while Catholics begin their meatless-Fridays. For Episcopalians, like myself, there will be three services today at All Saints in Tupelo.
      • Sawyer’s Nicknames: Want a cool or degrading nickname from Sawyer? Do you want to be called Freckles like Kate? The Lost website has a Sawyer nickname generator just for dorks like me. Mine was Freebird. What’s yours?
      • Valentine’s Pets: Get a pet for your Valentine at the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society. All pets come with a bow and a card. A dog would be way cooler than that those last-minute flowers you bought last year. Click here for more information.
      • Anthony Bourdain No Reservations (Travel Channel): My favorite punk rock chef has a whole new season going on the Travel Channel. The New Orleans episode is especially poignant–Po-boys as a metaphor for survival…“Everybody here has a dead guy story,” noted a survivor.
      • Tupelo/Lee Relay For Life: The kickoff meeting is Thursday at 6 PM at the Hilton Garden Inn Walnut Room. Join survivor Kevin Russell of KZ103 and help in a very worthwhile event. As soon as I know more about the Amory/Monroe County event, I will let you know.
      • American Idol: Auditions end tonight!! Thank you God!
      • Bloodshot Records: One of my favorite Indie labels is having a $6 CD sale. Now, if only the major labels would follow suit, I might stop downloading. (Thanks to Sheena for this nugget)
      • Vanity Fair Cancels Oscar Night Party: Dang. I was just getting used to referring to Puffy as Sean John. I was going to have crab cakes with Amy Winehouse. I hope the writer’s strike ends soon.
      • Bonnaroo Festival: The lineup for the four-day Tennessee event has been announced. And no, Led Zeppelin is not playing. I think that my personal hell could be having to go to this festival and camp for four days. Wait, I could pay like two grand for VIP passes and get the good showers.
      • Riding The Storm Out With Dick Rice: It’s now 12:04 in the AM and I’m still scared to death. Now, it’s 1:50 and the sirens have stopped and the tornado warning is gone. Thanks to Dick Rice and Jonathan Burleson for excellent coverage.
      • Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Dies: The Beatles (faux) spiritual guru has gone to the Spirit in the Sky. Remember him fondly while listening to Sexy Sadie.

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      • Happy Mardi Gras: Yes, it’s Fat Tuesday, which sounds way cooler than Super Tuesday. Remember, Lent starts at Midnight, which means I get to tackle my New Year’s Resolutions one more time. And hopefully, I will not be have to show my man-boobs in order to get beads.
      • Super Tuesday: Setting the tone for a a really depressing Ash Wednesday. Pundits have all but given the sticks to Hillary Clinton and John McCain, or as I like to call them, Liberal and Liberaler.
      • Dick Rice: I have been to Burger King in Tupelo four times in a year and I have seen WTVA Meteorologist (Weather Man as we call him in Amory) each time. It seems that last night he drew the shortest straw and was sent to pick up dinner for everyone at the station. With my friend Brian Owings long since retired from WCBI, this makes Dick Rice and Dave Brown THE rockstar Weather Men in North Mississippi. Let’s hope that WTVA keeps Rice until he chooses to leave, unlike what happened to Mr. Brian and my dear friend , the late Dennis Hudson, at WCBI. Perhaps we will exchange pleasantries with one another next time instead of giving each other the “stank eye” or “the facial bird”…..
      • Stephen King Duma Key: Finally, I’m excited about a Stephen King book again, and it takes place in the Gulf.
      • Arrested Development: According to series star Jeffrey Tambor, the Bluth family is headed to the big screen. Yes! A TV-show movie that I’m actually excited about. The upcoming Speed Racer movie? Eh, not so much…
      • Judge Mike Mills: My former Aberdeen neighbor tries to stop the Dickie Scruggs shenanigans by insisting that he face his deposition in State Farm VS Miss. Attorney General Jimmy Hood. Mike’s a noted blues fan, also.
      • bobby-knight.jpgBobby Knight Resigns From Texas: Remember when we were entertained with Coach Knight’s yelling and screaming and cursing? Wait–that was John McEnroe and Whitney Houston. Yeah, it’s probably time for Knight to call it a day.
      • Gone Country (CMT): Bobyy Brown, Carnie Wilson, Sisquo and others try their luck in the country arena under the watchful eye of the Nashville Mafia. Bobby Brown was passed-out drunk by the second episode and Maureen McCormick was smoking and drinking in another desperate attempt to shed her image as Marcia Brady.
      • Across The Universe: The Beatles-themed musical drops on DVD today. For a list of other titles being released today, go here.
      • Tupelo-Lee Humane Society: Dixie, Ashley, Dottie and the gang are looking for new homes. Check them out here.
      • Fats Domino: He’s my favorite New Orleans musician. He’s also a Katrina survivor and a National Treasure. In honor of Mardi Gras, here’s Fats! Le Bon Temps Roule!

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      • New York Giants win the Superbowl: “Attention ladies and gentlemen, this is the Devil. We will be having a winter coat blow-out sale today. Sorry about the ice…”
      • Superbowl MVP Eli Manning: Makes me want to go to the Rib Cage in Oxford and carve “Eli wuz here” in the bathroom.
      • Superbowl Commercials: I loved the Coke commercial featuring Jimmy Carville and Bill Frist, especially since I play Jinx every chance I get. The pairing of Carville and Frist was awesome, although it would have been cooler with Trent Lott…and Frist, since Frist so eloquently stabbed Lott in the back during December of 2003.
      • Super Tuesday: It means Depressing Wednesday can’t be far behind.
      • Friday Night Lights: If you missed it, you missed a great Tyra-Landry storyline and an appearance by Smash’s Mama, which is always a good thing. Come on now—you really should be watching this show.
      • Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: It’s all new tonight, and it’s completely Arnold/McCain-free.
      • Proposed National Budget: It’s only $3 trillion. A gazillion is still a few years away.
      • Dinner For Five: Actor-director John Favreau’s dinner plate talk show is airing it’s final episode on IFC. See it, with guests Vince Vaughn and Justin Long, before it’s too late.
      • Weekend Box Office: Hannah Montana reigns supreme at almost $30 million, while newbies Over My Dead Body and Strange Wilderness don’t even make it into the Top 10.
      • Lenny Kravitz It Is Time For A Love Revolution: It’s like KISS and Aerosmith and James Brown and Traffic and disco-era Stones all rolled-up into one great sounding classic-rock romp with lyrics straight out of the Rhyme Dictionary and Dr. Seuss, which is not such a good thing.
      • Mississippi House Bill 282: Aka The Fat Bill. It calls for restaurants not to serve people deemed obese. Is this really the way to fight obesity in the state? Really?!
      • The Millionaire Matchmaker: On BRAVO’s latest reality show, a self-proclaimed matchmaker finds gold diggers for single millionaires, because we all know how tough it is to be single and wealthy. You should try being single and in your mid-30s in Amory, MS—now that’s tough!
      • The Whitest Kids U Know: Although genuinely good sketch comedy may be a dying art form on Saturday Night Live, IFC’s The Whitest Kids U Know is some of the most innovative, brilliant comedy skits I’ve seen in quite some time. It’s like Kids In The Hall with even more attitude.
      • The Fifth Annual Oxford Film Festival: February 7-10. Go here for more information.
      • The Jimmy Kimmel/Matt Damon Fight: Talk show host Kimmel’s most dropped guest may have had a meltdown on air, but Damon gets the last laugh. This is almost as great a feud as the Andy Kauffman/Jerry “The King” Lawler battles of yore.
      • Tim And Eric Awesome Show, Good Job: Weird Al is Uncle Muscles. What more do you need to know?
      • The Writer’s Strike: Friday was a good day. Read about it here.
      • Dickie Scruggs Deposition: According to Allan Lange at YALL Politics, Scruggs is to be deposed in State Farm VS Jim Hood some time today.
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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:



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