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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 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:

      All the chit-chat you need for the office or when talking to a carny

      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!

      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.

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

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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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      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)

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

      • 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)

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      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.

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

      • 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 http://poprockcandy.multiply.com/

      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) 

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




      • THE MILE-HIGH-FIVE-CLUB

        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 http://www.paulthorn.com/ 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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