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Idol Blogga: All you need to know about tonight’s American Idol


Pop-Rock Candy Mountain: Number 12 in your program book, number one in your heart

“Keep it real, boys..come on, now!” Randy “Dog” Jackson
Theme: 60s
David Hernandez, Glendale, CA: Wilson Pickett’s Midnight Hour; I thought it was terrible–like cruise ship singing. Simon says: “It was better than I thought it was going to be–you need to loosen up a bit. I loved the beginning of it.”

Chikeze, Englewood, CA: Lounge singing, not great. Randy had mixed feelings, called him an “old fashioned singer.” Simon says: “I absolutely hated the whole performance. The suit is hideous, the wink was hideous…it was all old-fashioned corny..this was so old-fashioned.”

David Cook, Springfield, MO: Singing The Turtles Happy Together: Lounge singing, I mean, it’s like a school play. Simon says: “I thought it was good–you almost made it believable.

Jason Yeager, Grand Prairie, Texas: Singing the traditional Moon River. It’s not bad, but he’s no Johnny Mathis. Simon says: “I think it was very cruise ship–the whole performance. It was very middle of the road.”

Robbie Carrico, Melbourne, FLA: Singing Three Dog Night’s One. It’s ok…he’s actually a good singer, but I think he should have chosen another song. The audience seemed to like him. It was one of Randy’s favorite Three Dog Night “joint.” Simon says: “The only current performance we’ve seen so far. I’m not sure you’re comfortable with the rock thing.”

David Archuleta, Murray, UT: He seems like a nice kid. Singing Smokey Robinson’s Shop Around. He’s good, but it’s a really high school musical version–a bit too pedestrian. “Yo, this kid is ready to go,” said Randy. Simon says: “When you’ve got it, you’ve got it…best performance of the night, by far.”

Danny Noriega, Azusa, CA: Singing Jailhouse Rock. He’s good, but this version of the Elvis classic is beyond lame. This was like bad, bad karaoke. Simon says: “I thought it was verging on grotesque. The whole performance was hideous.” Paula seems to be as drunk as a yard rat–so bad, she’s even has the hiccups.

Luke Menard, Crawfordsville, IN: Singing Harry Nillsson’s Everbody’s Talking At Me, which is one of my favorite songs. This version is, eh, not so good. Randy and Paula weren’t crazy about the performance. Simon says: “It was forgettable. No one is going to remember that as a great performance or a great vocal.”

Colton Berry, Staunton, VA: Singing Suspicious Minds, which IS my favorite song. He’s doing a good job. My favorite performance so far. Simon says: “It was OK–it wasn’t quite as bad as the other Elvis song. I got nothing from that song–it was young kid singing an Elvis song well.”

Garret Haley, Elida, OH: Singing up Neil Sedaka’s Breaking Up Is Hard To Do. He has a good voice, as this is my first time to hear him sing. It’s really not bad, but the performance is bland. Simon says: “It was boring and you look terrified and like you’ve been shut up in your room for a while.”

Jason Castro, Rockwall, Texas: Singing the Lovin’ Spoonful’s Daydream. He’s playing guitar and he sings well. Paula loved it. Simon says: “I thought it was in the top two performances of the night. You, like David, have got it. You made it sound current.”

Michael Johns, Buckhead, GA: Singing The Doors Light My Fire. He was my favorite male during the auditions. The crowd loves him. Randy loves him–“That was hot.” Paula loves him, too. Simon says: “The most consistent contestant we’ve had . You’ve just got it.”

My Top Performances: Michael Johns and Jason Castro.

Voted For: Michael Johns

Expected To Be Voted Off: Chikeze and Danny Noriega

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


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
  • 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

Everything everybody should be taking about on President’s Day, February 18, 2008


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 Thursday, February 14, 2008


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, “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


    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:

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


      Finally, American Idol lands in Hollywood. 164 contestants to audition.

      Brooke White: Singing and playing Beautiful. Absolutely wonderful. “I really liked you. I like this Carly Simon-Carole King thing you have going,” said Simon. She goes to the next round.

      Lorena Pinot: “It was a bit uncomfortable to watch–it’s like when your mom gets drunk and starts dancing,” said Simon.

      Amy Flynn: No in the first round (She’s the abstanance girl).
      Leo Marlowe: “You just went from memorable to forgetable,” said Simon.

      Alisha Dixon:”It was a bit like a little angry girl banging away on the guitar in her bedroom,” said Simon.

      Michael Sanfliipo: “I don’t think the guitar did you any favors–at all. It just sounded dreadful when you strumming away on it,” Simon stated.

      Alyssa Coco: I can’t hear anymore of that. I would take a big ax to that (piano),” said Simon.
      Shaun Barrows: That was more a bout you bashing away on the keyboards. Don’t do that again,” said Simon.

      Jake Mellema: Playing the drums and singing. “Gosh, gosh, gosh. It was a horrible, horrible song choice (Hooked on a Feeling); it was a horrible, horrible presentation–there was absolutely nothing redeeming about excpet for the fact that we stopped it early. That was a ridiculous idea,” said Simon.

      David Hernandez: Singing a torch version of Love The One You’re With. It seems like cruise-ship singing to me. Simon says:“I though it was great, David–one of the best we’ve heard today.”

      Yes-Go through to the end of the week. No: You get a second chance

      Amanda Overmyer: Singing The Doors Light My Fire. I like her much better this week. Good song choice. “I’m glad you’re here.I think you need to learn to change your voice a little bit or it’s going to become monotonous,” said Simon.
      Buck Smith forgot his lyrics, as did Cardin Lee McKinney and Natasha Blach.

      Ghaleb Emachah: Singing Bryan Adams. “It sounded like a waiter picking up a guitar and murdering Bryan Adams. It was incredibly corny,” said Simon.

      54 Nos on day one. They will get another shot.

      Josiah Lemming: Singing what seems like British cabaret. Paula loves him, as does Randy. “Out of all of the auditions, this is the one that I’m going to remember,” said Simon. See kids, quitting school and running away from home does pay off—or does it?

      Danny Noriega: What’s up with everyone singing Leo Sayer? Carly Smithson sang “When I need You” as well.

      David Cook: Boring. “I wasn’t crazy about it,” said Simon. “Only my opinion. I’m going to say no.”

      Kyle Ensley: The Politician. Singing some Edison Lighthouse. “It was abysmal,” Simon said and walked off stage. Of course, Ensley was the last contestant. (Simon later apologized)

      The First Cut: 116 are on the block.

      Amy Flynn 2: Singing Love Will Bring You Back, which was not enough to bring her back for another round.

      4 of 40 have made it through. Wow!

      Kristy Lee Cook/Jeffrey Lampkin Updates (Two of My Favorites): Going through!!

      Angela Martin: She just lost her father–who was going to go to Hollywood with her: No dice—bless her heart.

      Final Day: This is the cut makes 50, which will be cut to 24

      David Archuleta: Randy loves him–“That was the bomb!” Simon and Paula liked him, too. He’s on to the competition.

      Kyle Ensley 2: “That was actually really good,” said Randy. Simon liked him this time, as did Paula. He’s off.

      Jeffrey Lampkin 2: Nope.

      Joey Catalano: Nope.

      Syesha Mercado: Singing with a sore throat–she’s wailing on Aretha. She’s on to the big show. He’s on the next round.

      Carly Smithson:That was a good song (Alone by Heart),” said Simon. She’s on her way…

      Asia’h Epperson: She’s amazing–brilliant. “I love that–I think you’re terrific,”said Simon. Yes, for her.

      Brooke Helvie: The Beauty Queen. Simon likes her. Randy doesn’t. Paula says:no. Simon is out-voted. Wow…

      Josiah Lemming: Singing Stand By Me. I think that it’s terrible. “That was not good,” said Randy. “I didn’t get that one.” He’s going to the next level.

      Where is Saltillo boy?

      Here is a clip of what you didn’t get to see in Hollywood:

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

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


      • 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, 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.

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


      Finally, the last night of auditions. It’s a clip show from all of the places they have been this season, which is going to be mostly horrendous I assume.

      Amy Davis: She’s a hottie. Her voice is , well, not bad. Of course she’s going to Hollywood–Simon and Randy love hot singers with mediocre voices.

      Tiffany McCambell: Claims her voice is a gift from God. “Does He have a return policy?,” asked Simon.

      Chris and Corey Lane: This is beyond lame. Geez. “Good lookin’ out,” said Randy. Now, their girlfriend Ashley is going to belt one. She sounds like Gannie from the Beverly Hillbillies. “It was excruciating,” Simon said. “It was torture–it was terrible.” Oh yeah, while she was singing, her twin boyfriends were talking about her behind her back to Ryan. Lame, Lame..

      Cardin Lee McKinney: She’s is like big time hot, but she’s singing a showtune (A Simon no-no). “I don’t think you’re a contemporary recording artist,” said Simon. Paula and Randy send her through to Hollywood.

      Joanne Borgella: She sang the National Anthem at Madison Square Garden. Paula loves her. No from Simon. Paula and Randy send her through to Hollywood. “I liked her, though. She was a nice girl,” said Simon.

      Alesha Stelz: She’s butchering Surrender by Celene Dion. Why doesn’t anyone sing Surrender by Cheap Trick? “It was an absolutely dreadful audition–it was painful,” said Simon. Randy thinks she sings like Dolly Parton. Simon tells her to learn a Dolly Parton song and come back. She’s going to sing Islands in the Stream, written by Mr. Barry Gibb. It’s actually not bad. Randy and Paula love the tone of her voice. Wow. She’s going to Hollywood.

      Brandi Gregorie: Man, we’ve already seen this junk. She’s horrible. L-O-V-E? More like S-T-I-N-K-S.

      J. Smooth: He says he has the wow-factor. I say he has the poo factor. Simon says? “That was catchy. We’ll be singing that tomorrow, won’t we?,” quipped Simon. “It was a horrible, corny over-the-top audition. I hated it.” No dice for J. Smooth.

      Chikezie Eze: Boring. Yawnnnnnn. Going to Hollywood. Whatever…

      Danny Noriega: Singing Proud Mary. Sigh. Thank God this is the LAST audition. Randy and Simon love his singing. On his second try, he’s going to Hollywood.

      Sometimes things don’t always work out for our American Idols. Here’s an expose on 1990 winners, The Singing Senators.

      All You Need To Know For Smalltalk At The Office Or With A Carny

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


      • 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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      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:

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


        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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