Liberty Enlighting the World AKA The Statue of Liberty who turns 125 tomorrow is getting five webcams placed around her toch, allowing live views of the New York City skyline and New York Harbor. Cameras will also be showing her torch which has been off limits to visitors since 1916 and the view of looking down!
Click here to check out the webcams when they go live on Friday!
The biography of Steve Jobs came out today, written by a guy named Walter Isaacson, who interviewed the man behind all the cool Apple products about 40 times for the book. One of the big bombshells contained in the pages is the fact that Jobs hated the Android phone, and actually called it "grand theft" of his iPhone. He said that "I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong. I'm going to destroy Andoid because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go to thermonuclear war on this. They are scared to death because they know they are guilty." Wow! The "they" that he is referring to, of course, is Google, the makers of Android phones. He later called Android products "$h!t." What must have made this battle even more personal for Jobs is that he mentored the 2 guys who founded Google, and even later let Google's CEO on Apple's board of directors. Very interesting. I wonder if Google will suffer any sort of backlash due to this?
TrailFest Event :$40 per person at door or $35 online. Live and Silent Auction; Local Artist Exhibits; Guess the weight of a Stallion and win over $500; Wine, beer, gourmet food, and dancing. Chefâs Challenge: Award winning chefâs throughout Central Valley will prepare fish, competing for the judges and peopleâs choice. Saturday October 8 5pm-10pm at Project R.I.D.E (8840 Southside Avenue, Elk Grove). (916) 687.8239 to buy tickets or online at www.cvrft.org! For more information visit https://cvrtf.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/PosterFinal3.png.
Frankenstein Production: Sacramento Theatre Company. Previews at 8pm today, opens at 8pm Saturday and continues at 6:30pm Wednesdays, 12:30pm and 6:30pm Thursdays; 8pm Fridays; 2 and 8pm Saturdays; 2pm Sundays, through Oct. 30. 1419 H Street, Sacramento. Costs $15-$38(discount for seniors, students) and half off 30 minutes before show (subject to availability). (916) 443-6722.
Real Steel: (PG-13, 127 minutes): In the near-future, where the sport of boxing has gone hi-tech, Charlie Kenton is a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring. Now nothing but a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal, to get from one underground boxing venue to the next.
Restless: (PG-13, 91 minutes) Two morbid teens meet at a funeral and fall in love, only to discover each otherâs hang-ups about death.
Brighton Rock: (Not Rated, 111 minutes) Charts the headlong fall of Pinkie, a razor-wielding disadvantaged teenager with a religious death wish.
The Ides of March: (R, 101 minutes) The movie stars Ryan Gosling as Stephen Myers, an idealistic deputy campaign manager for Governor Mike Morris (Clooney) who is in a major political battle in Ohio that could be the key to winning the Democratic nomination for the Presidency. When the opposing candidate's campaign manager (Paul Giamatti) offers Stephen a job on his staff, Stephen neglects to inform his boss (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Just as that omission is revealed, Stephen uncovers a dirty personal secret that could sink Morris' political career.
Machine Gun Preacher: (R, 123 minutes)The story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing biker tough guy who found God and became a crusader for hundreds of Sudanese children who've been forced to become soldiers.
1911: (R, 125 minutes) Jackie Chan stars in the drama based on the founding of the Republic of China.
The Way: (PG-13, 127 minutes) Martin Sheen stars as a father who decides to finish his late sonâs pilgrimage.
Top Movies of the Week:
1. Dolphin Tale: $13.9
3. The Lion King:$10.6
5. 50/50: $8.6
Does Britney Spears' new song "Criminal" steal from a song more than 30 years old?Â I think it does.Â It sounds an awful lot like a song that came out in 1979 called "The Logical Song" by a British band named Supertramp.Â Listen to them both and see if you agree!Â Â I'm wondering if the "Criminal" songwriters will get sued because of it, because they don't give any songwriting credit to Supertramp.Â Evidently Supertramp neverÂ made an actualÂ video for "The Logical Song,"Â so IÂ had to find this random one whereÂ someone just put a bunch of pictures along with the music, so don't laugh too hard![kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/7WvJFe_cRjI" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /][kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/5k3JVfxluFU" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]
International Cat Show: Saturday and Sunday,Â 9am-4pmÂ at Cal Expo Fairgrounds. Admission: adults ($7), seniors and children ($6), under 6 free. Adoptions and cat related items.
Dinner Theater: âBingo: The Winning Musicalâ opens this weekend at theÂ Cosmopolitan Cabaret, 10th and K streets downtown.Â $33-$43, for ticket info call (916) 557-1999.
Courageous: (PG-13, 124 minutes) Four Georgia cops face the consequences of both good and bad absentee fatherhood in this faith-based drama.
Dream House: (PG-13, 93 minutes) A man moves into a new house, only to learn that the previous residents were brutally murdered with the killer still at large.
50/50: (R, 99 minutes) A young man is diagnosed with cancer and his friends, family and medical professionals donât know quite how to talk to him about it.
Senna: (PG-13, 106 minutes) A documentary about Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the world championship three times. The story is told through archival footage. Senna was the idol of his generation until he died at the Grand Prix of San Marino at the age of 34.
Whatâs Your Number: (R, 106 minutes) Ally Darling, an offbeat young woman, decides after hitting the un-magical number of 20 lovers, to re-visit all her ex-boyfriends in the hopes of finding the man of her dreams. She's assisted in her quest by her womanizing neighbor Colin.
Today Amazon anounced a new product that will be due out this November called the Kindle Fire. It's meant to go head to head with Apples Ipad. With a 7" touch screen it will be slightly smaller than the Ipad's 9" screen but its biggest selling point is something else thats smaller. The price! The Kindle Fire will sell for $199 compared to the Ipad's $499. I don't think Apple is vulnerable but it will be interesting to see how the Kindle Fire sells this Christmas season.
THE FUTURE OF 3-D JUST GOT MORE EXPENSIVE!
Sony has declared starting next May that they will not be paying for 3-D glasses. They will be saving millions of dollars per movie but the problem is someone's going to pay for them and it will probably be us...the movie gooers.
So tonight is the opening night for the new season of Dancing With The Stars and Two and A Half Men . Dancing With The Stars Season 13 tonight live on ABC at 8 and as for Two and A Half Men it will be on CBS at 8.This will be the first Two and A Half Menseason WITHOUT Charlie Sheen but with the new member Ashton Kutcher. But If you still need your Charlie Sheen fix watch the Charlie Sheen Roast tonight at 10 on Comedy Central.
High School Musical: Opens Saturday. Davis Musical Theatre Program performing 2:15 on Saturday. $7, for ticket info : (530)756-3682
Movies opening this weekend:
Drive: Rated R, 100 mins. A Hollywood stunt performer who moonlights as a wheelman discovers that a contract has been put on him after a heist gone wrong.
Higher Ground: Rated R, 109 mins. Haunted by a low sense of self-worth ever since her childhood in the 1960s, Corrine finds her happy family falling apart by the time she reaches high school, and seeks comfort in the arms of talented young guitarist Ethan. Later compelled to join a tight-knit fundamentalist community that offers both security and spiritual nourishment
I Dont Know How She Does It: Rated PG-13, 95 mins. A comedy centered on the life of Kate Reddy, a finance executive who is the breadwinner for her husband and two kids.
Lion King 3-D: Rated G, 87 mins. A young lion prince, Simba, is born in Africa, thus making his uncle Scar the second in line to the throne. Scar plots with the hyenas to kill King Mufasa and Prince Simba, thus making himself King. The King is killed and Simba is led to believe by Scar that it was his fault, and so flees the kingdom in shame. After years of exile he is persuaded to return home to overthrow the usurper and claim the kingdom as his own thus completing the "Circle of Life".
Straw Dog: Rated R, 110 mins. A Hollywood screenwriter and his wife come under attack from her ex-flame and his vicious friends in director Rod Lurie's remake of Sam Peckinpah's 1971 home-invasion classic.
Rivercats Playoff baseball!: Go out and support your local baseball team as they go for the Pacific Coast League Championship! Game 3 Friday 7:05 p.m. | Game 4 Saturday 7:05 p.m. (if they win on Friday)| Game 5 Sunday 1:05 p.m. (if they win on Saturday)
California Capital Airshow: The California Capital Airshow will thunder into Sacramento on September 10-11th! This year's BIG event will entertain, mesmerize, and educate fans of all ages. Held at Mather AirportÂ conveniently located 10 miles from the heart of Downtown Sacramento, the two-day event will honor the courage and sacrifice of our veterans, as well the men and women who currently serve our great nation. Gates open at 9:00AM and close at 5:00PM each day of the event. ($12 general, $5 ages 6-16, Parking: $10) Info: 916.643.3192
Second Saturday: a chance for art enthusiasts and newbies to enjoy the works of local artists exhibited in the Midtown and Del Paso Boulevard districts. As the name suggests, this art walk takes place every second Saturday of every month, throughout the year. About 6pm-10pm. Free admission.
Rivercats Playoff Game vs. Reno Aces: Come watch the Rivercats take on the Reno Aces tonight at 7:05. Root on our team for if they lose this game its over! But if they win tonight the next game is tomorrow night same time. Get tickets at http://sacramento.rivercats.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t105! Lets go Rivercats!
Warrior: 2h 19mÂ Â·Â Rated PG-13...Two estranged brothers and Mixed Martial Arts fighters confront the forces that tore their family apart as they prepare to do battle in the ring in this drama from director Gavin O'Connor (Pride and Glory).
Creature: 1h 33m. Rated R...A group of friends unearth a terrible secret that unleashes a monster from the depths of a Louisiana swap.
Contagion: 1h 46m. Rated PG-13...A deadly virus spreads throughout the world.
Lil Wayne ConcertTaylor Swift ConcertGold Rush Days- Hitch up the team to your buckboard and come on down! Bring the young'uns and the in-laws, the neighbors and the new folk just off the stage from Back East.Â Heck, bring your sweetheart along for a thrillâ¦ During Labor Day Weekend in Old Sacramento youâll find yourself transported back to the days of Gold and Glory, when California was a brand-new state with brand-new ideas. Join in the truly old-time fun in the world of Yesterday! (10am-5pm Sat-Mon) Free admission (916)808.7059
Greek Festival- This is a chance to visit an exotic culture without leaving town. Listen to music, sample the food, and try free Greek dance lessons. (11am-11pm Fri, 12pm-11pm Sat, 12pm-10pm Sun). Sacramento Convention Center. $5 general admission, $4 for 55+ and free for ages 11 and under. (916) 443.2033
First Friday- 40 crafters and artisans, children's area, prizes and games. The Prowlers perform in the Beer and Wine Garden. Free admission. (6 pm) (916) 786-2679
Movies PlayingSex and Zen (R) Run time: 1 hrs 39 min
Michael Mak directs this Category III box-office smash loosely based on a notorious 17th century text. Mei Yeung-sheung (Lawrence Ng) is a scholar who has a hard time keeping his mind on his studies because of his raging libido. When he cannot satisfy his appetites with his seemingly insatiable wife, Chau-yin (Amy Yip Chi-mei), he gets an operation on his undersized phallus which literally leaves him hung like a horse.
Apollo 18 (PG-13) Run time: 88 mins
Decades-old found footage from NASA's abandoned Apollo 18 mission, where two American astronauts were sent on a secret expedition, reveals the reason the U.S. has never returned to the moon.
Attack the Block (R) Run time: 1 hr. 27 mins.
A group of London teens find themselves in the middle of an alien invasion and fight to defend their tower block from some evil extraterrestrials in this stylish sci-fi romp from the producers of Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
Shark Night 3-D (PG-13) Run time: 91 mins
A weekend at a lake house in the Louisiana Gulf turns into a nightmare for seven vacationers as they are subjected to fresh-water shark attacks.
Can you believe this is the last weekend of July?Â August is right around the corner, but get out and have some fun before it arrives.Â Here are some suggestions of things going on around town this weekend:
California State Fair-Â Â ends this Sunday!Â The annual event includes livestock, food and wine, vendors, horse racing, live music, hypnotist, monster truck rides, and a car show! Saturday night is the return of the Sacramento Mile race at the Cal Expo track. @ Cal ExpoÂ $12 general, $10 seniors, $8 children ages 5-12 free children 4 and younger. $10 parking.
Concert In the Park- tonight! Lite Brite and Mondo Deco. 5:00pm at Cesar Chavez Plaza, 10thÂ &Â J streets.Â Free.
Music Circus-Â Â Â the musical Anything Goes showing all weekend through Sunday.Â Â Wells Fargo Pavilion, 15th and H streets. Tickets starting at $42 and youth tickets starting at $30
Dinner & a Show-Â âDefending the Cavemanâ at the Cosmopolitan Cabaret.Â 10th & K streets.Â Â 916-557-1999 for ticket info.
Summer Concert Series- those of you old enough to remember the group Chicago may be interestedÂ to know they're performing Saturday night at Thunder Valley Casino. 8:00pm. 800-745-3000 for ticket info.
Wine, Cheese and Bread Fair- winery tours, picnicking, fresh breads, cigar lounge. SaturdayÂ & SundayÂ 11:00am-5:00pm. $20. InfoÂ online at www.oldsugarmill.comFree Zoo Admission- Â includes raffle, live music, barbeque, and t-shirt giveaways. 9 a.m. William Land Park, corner of Freeport and Suttervile, Sacramento. More information call 916-712-7150.
Train Rides- 40 minute roundtrip ride on a steam power train. 11 a.m. Tomorrow! Railtown 1897 state Historic Pak and 5th Ave. $13 general children free. More information call 916-984-4408
Movies opening-Â Â âCowboys and Aliensâ rated pg-13.Â Â âThe SmufsâÂ rated pg.Â âCrazy, Stupid, LoveâÂ rated pg13.
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Now I normally take pride in the fact that I definitely do NOT keep up with the Kardashians, but hey, if I can poke a little fun at the family famous for absolutely nothing I will.Â And this post falls in that category.Â Don't you dare show up to Kim Kardashian's wedding August 20th in a t-shirt and jeans. No way! Kim is holding true to her bridezilla stereotype andÂ mandating a black tie dress code for all her guests. The wedding will take place in Monticeto, California and is being hosted by herÂ parents, Kris and Bruce Jenner. But especially don't show up in anything from Old Navy, otherwise you know she willÂ sue you! haha
Hey everyone!Â Looking for some fireworks on the 4th?Â Here are some choices for ya:
Cal Expo: The biggest fireworks show in the area!Â They begin at 9:30pm.Â Â Live music by theÂ United States Air Force Band of Travis AFB starts at 7:00pm.Â Doors openÂ at 6 p.m.Â Free admission, $10 parking. (916) 263-3247 for info!
CarmichaelÂ 4th of July Parade: begins at Marconi Avenue and Fair Oaks Boulevard and follows to Cypress and Manzanita avenues, 10:30 a.m. live music, swimming and games. Carmichael Elks Lodge, 5631 Cypress Ave. (916) 489-2103.
Carmichael Fireworks: Music, food, kidâs zone featuring inflatableâs, crafts, puppet show.Â BeginsÂ at 7:00 p.m at theÂ La Sierra Community Center, 5325 Engle Road. Free admission. (916) 485-5322
Rancho Cordova: Hagan ParkÂ will host 2 days of family fun with a carnival Sunday and Monday, andÂ a 4th of JulyÂ parade beginning at 10:00am on Monday.Â Â $2, kids under 5 are free. $10 parking.
Roseville:Â Festivities happen at Royer Park in Roseville and begin with a parade at 10:00AM onÂ music from Capitol Pops Concert Band at 12:00PM. Events include a fun run and childrenâs activities with music and a fireworks show at 9:30PM at the Placer County Fairgrounds.
Elk Grove:Â Elk Grove Regional Park will hostÂ live music, kids activities, food & drink vendors beginning at 6:00PM, and a fireworks show at 9:30PM.
Cameron Park:Â Arts and crafts, childrenâs rides and games, live music, fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Opens at 3p.m. Cameron Park Lake, 2989 Cambridge Road. $3 advance, $5 at door. (530) 677-2231
Columbia 4th of July celebration: Flag raising and firing of cannon by Columbia Foot Dragons, 11 a.m. parade noon, live music, and old fashion contest for all ages at 11:00 a.m. Columbia State Historic Park, 11175 Washington St. Columbia. Free (209)536-1672
And another fun event in the area this weekend:
Folsom Pro Rodeo: Â fireworks, freestyle motocross, traditional rodeo events and mutton busting 7 p.m. at the Dan Russell RodeoÂ Arena, 200 Stafford St. Folsom $19.50- $24.50 general, $15 seniors and children ages 12 and younger. Open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (916) 985-2698
I'm sorry, but this is one of the funniest things I've seen in a long time!Â As a massive Giants fan, it's almost sad what an absolute mess the Dodgers are right now.Â Almost.Â Do I need to remind you that the Giants are World Series champions??!!Â I didn't think so.Â Bankruptcy couldn't have happened to a better team! haha
If you looking for something fun to do this weekend heres some options! Go check some out!
Red, White and Blue Parade! Saturday, June 25 9:00 am Sunrise Blvd. (between Madison & Greenback) Attractions: Skydiving, classic cars, animals, marching bands, go-karts, Wells Fargo stage coach, bmx stunt bike riders & free show. Pancake brunch at 9:30 am â noon â only 5 dollars per ticket. (Sunrise mall parking lot) call 727-5400 for more information!
Learn to Row! For juniors and adults, No experience necessary! If you have even wanted to learn how to row and also get a good exercise sign up now for summer lessons. For more information go to www.rivercityrowing.orgFamily Camp Out! At Fairytale Land Sacramento, not too late to join! Friday, June 24 5:30PM - 7AM Bring your sleeping bags & tents to Fairytale Town and sleep under the stars! This fun filled sleepover includes a special theater performance, a hands-on activity, a Fairytale themed scavenger hunt, group sing-a-long and bedtime story. This is a special ticketed event, prices range from $20 - $30, fees include all activities, an evening snack and a light breakfast the next morning. http://events.sacbee.com/sacramento-ca/events/show/177320885-family-camp-out#ixzz1QEWiV27nGrand opening of Blue Nami Sushi in Folsom on June 24, 2011! Enjoy the best sushi around all for Â½ off! 330 Palladio Parkway #2045 at Palladio
Willie Nelson's Country Throwdown Tour! Sunday, June 26 5:00pat Ironstone Vineyards: Ironstone Amphitheatre at Ironstone Vineyards, Murphys, CA. Willie Nelson's Country Throwdown Tour comes to Murphys, CA on Sunday, June 26th. The second annual outdoor amphitheater trek will feature a diverse lineup that brings together iconic and emerging artists in the country music scene as well as a full concourse of lifestyle attractions and vendors (to be announced soon) with an affordable ticket price. Read more: http://events.sacbee.com/murphys-ca/events/show/186388986-willie-nelsons-country-throwdown-tour#ixzz1QEXn5500
Want to relax and watch some movies? Box office #1 movie is the Green Lantern #2 is Super 8! New movies coming out is Cars 2, take the whole family with you to watch this funny cartoon by Pixar, also to hit the theaters is Bad Teacher. Check them out this weekend and have a blast!
McManns Roadrunner Gun Show! @ Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Boulevard, Sacramento, Saturday 6/25Â Â 9am- 5pm and Sunday 6/26 9am-4pm.
I love it when singers get involved with bettering their communities, or in this case, not even her own community, but a community she finds inspiring. While in Tokyo, Japan today Gaga said "I'm always so inspired when I come to Japan, inspired by the spirit, the passion, the love, the absolutely infectious joy of Tokyo." Over the past few months, Gaga has invested back into the area she loves by giving $1,000,000 of her own money to the tsunami victims.Â Â She also designed a pray for Japan wristband which has brought in another $500,000 in donations. Way to go Gaga for really setting a good example for other popstars!
Cory Monteith wants people to know that he's not like his character from Glee. No Kidding! He's twenty-nine playing a high school student.Â Cory didn't even finish high school. He went to twelve high schools and decided to drop out at the age of sixteen after getting involved in drugs. When Cory was nineteen, his friends and family became concerned and staged an intervention. After finishing a rehab program, Cory began acting and eventually landed his role on Glee. Cory wants his fans to learn from his mistakes.Â In hisÂ interview with Parade magazine, he says,Â "I don't want kids to think it's okay to drop out of school and get high, and they'll be famous actors too. But for those people who might give up: Get real about what you want and go after it. If I can, anyone can." We're proud of you Cory for dropping the drugs and making a name for yourself in a postive way!
Hey everyone!Â If you're looking for something fun to do this weekend here are some options...
*X-Men: First ClassÂ opens in movie theaters.
*Go see a musical!Â Mary Poppins playing downtown for the Broadway series -tickets only $24! You canÂ buy themÂ online at broadwaysacramento.com.
*Pet lovers! 18th Annual Doggy Dash-Â Â SaturdayÂ 7:30 am â 1:30 pm at William Land Park, donât miss an opportunity to join in with 5,000 animal loversÂ walkin' for a cause!
*Friday Night Concert in the Park- tonight! 5:00 pm-9:00 pm Cesar Chavez Park, 8th and J sts.
*Annual Entertainment Fair-SaturdayÂ 10:00 am-4:00 pm Studio 24,Â Sacramento. Free comedy shows, over $1500 in prizes and giveaways, and try to put your acting skills to the test in front of a RED camera.
Well doesn't thisÂ look sweet?Â Picture yourself going to Jingle Ball 2015,Â a Kings game or other future concerts at this stylin' new spot!Â Pretty cool, right?Â Well, this can be in all of our futures if our dear elected officials can figure out a creative way to get this thing paid for without raising taxes.Â It would be located right around where the Amtrak station downtown is currently, around 5th and J streets. C'mon Sacramento, WE CAN DO THIS!
We're allÂ waiting in anticipation forÂ HangoverÂ 2, scheduled toÂ hitÂ theatersÂ Thursday.Â We love the guys and all their hilarious antics, but there's a chance the Wolf pack won't even make it onto big screens this weekend!Â Why?Â Well, it has to do with a certain tattoo.Â One that's onÂ a famous boxer's face.Â Itâs reported that tatÂ artist S. Victor Whitmill, who created Mike Tyson's well-known tattoo,Â is feeling a little touchy aboutÂ Ed Helm's character sporting an obvious rip-offÂ of itÂ (which is evidently part of the plot).Â And the fact that Warner Brothers Studios is using said image in their advertising for the movie.Â It makes you think, who really has the rights in this dispute?Â Â Is a tat copyright-able?Â Technically the tattoo was a Whitmill creation (and he claims to have copyrighted it), but it's on Tyson's face, and the former boxing champÂ doesn't seem to have a problem with it.Â Whitmill has sued the movie studio, attempting to get them to stop using his created image in their advertising and in the film itself.Â Is it possible he could win the suit, forcingÂ Warner to have to re-edit the tattoo out of the movie, which would of course delay its release?Â Now I'm not really into tats myself, so I'm curious from those of you who are, do you think a tattoo artist should be able toÂ legally "own" what is actually on your body?Â You can leave a comment here, or better yet do it on my facebook page.
So there was a minor earthquake in the Bay Area Saturday evening. Not quite the end of times that Harold Camping had predicted would occur around 6pm that night. But a bunch of us on a BART train did get a bit of a shock when, coming home from the Giants game a little after 7pm, the train out of nowhere started slowing down. We were definitely in between stations, so there was no reason for a slow down. Then, the driver announced that there had been an earthquake in the area. All of us on the train kinda looked around at each other with smirks on our face thinking "maybe he was only an hour off!"
Well, of course his entire prediction was completely off base. I'll try not to get too religious on you here, but no one knows when Jesus will return, mostly because the Bible doesn't tell us! It just warns us to be ready for whenever it may happen. One of Camping's assistants, after it became painfully obvious that the world wasn't coming to an end Saturday, said "you can imagine we're pretty disappointed, but the word of God is still true. We obviously went too far, and that's something we need to learn from." You think? Yes, Christians like me believe that the word of God is true, but the Bible is fairly vague about the end times, so people like this who claim to know exactly when Jesus is coming back do much more to harm Jesus' cause than to help it. I just hope those of you who aren't so sure about the Bible or Christianity don't feel that this guy is speaking for all of us, because he is definitely not! And worse yet, Camping came out today and said that it will actually happen five months from now, on October 21, and not May 21. He hasn't given up yet. Please be quiet already, old man!
Could Haley be going home tonight because of the song the mentor chose her to sing? If you were watching last night, at the advice ofÂ Jimmy Iovine (the head of Interscope Records who mentors the singers each week)Â , she sang an unreleased GaGa song called You And I. The song is on her new CD which comes out on the 24th, but of course no one knows it yet. I assume the Jimmy guy was using Idol to give Gaga a little extra publicity, like she needs it, because she is onÂ his record label. Unfortunately it all blew up in Haleys face when J Lo and Randy completely trashed her performance of it. Randy even went so far as to say that he didnât think the song was very good. I wonder what GaGa thought about that remark? Should Haley have not listened to Jimmy like a couple of the other contestants?
I think we all got that feeling again last night.Â That feeling of being proud of your country.Â But not only that, seeing the images of the crowds gathering at the White House and in New York City let you know that you weren't alone in your feelings.Â Â Too often in today's worldÂ people seem to go out of their way to mind their own business, not really caringÂ much about what goes onÂ outside of their own lives.Â That's a dangerous trend as far as I'm concerned.Â That's why IÂ feel it's good to have events such as what transpired last night to bring back a sense of comradery with your neighbors as we shareÂ joint feelings of pride in our community orÂ nation.Â
We had similiar feelings inÂ September 2001 and in the weeks following, when the circumstances began unfolding which ultimately led to theÂ offing ofÂ mass murderer Osama Bin Laden yesterday.Â American foreign policy was dramatically altered that SeptemberÂ morning 10 years ago.Â The retaliation processÂ that George W. Bush beganÂ almost aÂ decade ago Barack ObamaÂ finished emphaticallyÂ yesterday with a successful takeout of the terrorist leader.Â Both men should be applauded for a job well done.Â Â I also would like to stress that weÂ shouldn'tÂ view thisÂ through a political lens.Â This isÂ not a DemocratÂ or Republican success, it is an AMERICAN one.Â For those who aren't fans ofÂ Obama, you must acknowledge his excellent leadership in directing the military to achieve this ultimate goal.Â For those who aren'tÂ fans ofÂ Bush, you must admit that mostÂ of the tactics and techniques Obama used to finish the job were the very ones started during the Bush years.Â What will be remembered as a victory for ObamaÂ will also ultimatelyÂ validate everything Bush and Cheney had been espousing during their years in the White House.Â After all, the key bit of information which ultimately led us to Bin Laden was extracted from a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, the very prison which Obama vowed to close the day he took office.Â In hindsight, IÂ think we're all thankfulÂ (including Barack himself)Â that he did not follow through with that promise.Â So get out that American flag and wave it proudly.Â Our military did us proud (like they always do!).Â Our intelligence agencies, which I'll be honest, I was beginning to think were slipping, pulled through and found their man.Â America still can accomplish what it puts it collective mind to, and we should absolutely beÂ proud of this.Â Where was go from here I will save for another blog, for now, let's just appreciate a job done.
For all of you royal wedding addicts staying up late to watch the fun, here's the minute-by-minute breakdown of what you can expect to see from London tonight (or early tomorrow morning! haha).Â I've converted all the times to our time to make it easy on you! Â If we're not friends on Facebook yet, go add me, I've got a discussion going on there too. In the meantime, hope you enjoy this info!
12:15 am - 1:45 am:Â The general congregation will arrive at the Great North Door of Westminster Abbey.
12:50 am: Governors-General and Prime Ministers of Realm Countries,the Diplomatic Corps, and other distinguished guests arrive at the Abbey. Victoria Beckham is among the wedding's high-profile guests, but it's unclear if she is considered "distinguished."
2:10 am: Prince William and Prince Harry leave Clarence House for Westminster Abbey.Â They arrive at the Abbey atÂ 2:15 am.
2:20 am: Members of foreign royal familiesâincluding Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Prince Seeiso Bereng Seeiso of Lesothoâarrive at Westminster Abbey.
2:20 am: Kate's mother Carole Middleton and her brother James leave the Goring Hotel.Â They arrive at the Abbey at preciselyÂ 2:27 am.
2:25 am: Lesser known members of the royal family, including Lady Amelia Windsor (29th in line to the throne) depart for the Abbey. They arrive atÂ 2:30 am.
2:35 am: The members of the royal family who you might actually recognize depart.Â They arrive at the Abbey atÂ 2:40 am, and include Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice, and Prince Edward.
2:38 am: The Prince of Wales (Charles) and The Duchess of Cornwall leave Clarence House. They arrive at the Abbey at 2:42 am, assuming they avoid a repeat of the riot mob attack on their Rolls Royce that slowed them down last December.
2:40 am: The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh leave Buckingham Palace for Westminster Abbey.Â They arrive atÂ 2:45 am.
2:48 am: The bridesmaids and pages leave the Goring Hotel for Westminster Abbey.Â They arrive atÂ 2:55 am.
2:51 am: Kate Middleton and her father Michael leave the Goring Hotel for Westminster Abbey.
3:00 am: The service begins.
4:15 am: The Carriage Procession of the Bride and Bridegroom with a Captain's Escort of the Household Cavalry, followed by The Queen's Procession with a Sovereign's Escort of the Household Cavalry, leaves Westminster Abbey for Buckingham Palace.
4:30 am: Kate and William arrive at Buckingham Palace.
4:40 am: Members of the royal family and members of foreign royal families arrive at Buckingham Palace.
FromÂ 4:40 am: Other guests for the reception arrive at Buckingham Palace.
5:25 am: Kate and William and their families appear on the balcony. The bride and groom stage their much-anticipated kiss.
5:30 am: The Royal Air Force and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight fly by.
5:45 am: Please do us all a favor and get some sleep!!!! Â :)
Seeing Christina on The Voice last night made me remember this old picture I was lucky enough to take with her before her concert out at the ampitheater back in 2000 or 2001 (anyone remember the exact date?).Â Yes, I realize she's had a child between then and today, but that is a completely different bod than the one she's rockin now.Â I also posted this on my facebook page, so feel free to make some comments over there, lots of others already have!
While most other DJ's in town are probably celebrating the fact that today is 420 (I can hear their bong sound effects in my head now), I would like to take the opposite,Â unpopular point of view.Â I don't think it's funny to joke about drugs on the air, so a little after 4:20 today I came out and said that NOT getting stoned is the better choice.Â Yes, I realize that peer pressure can be tough, but hey, I went to Chico State!Â You know how many parties I was at where it was being passed around and I had to say "no thanks"?Â A lot!Â If I can make it through without trying it, I know you can to, so hopefully you'll think about that next time you may be in that situation.Â I know, I'm just some guy on the radio, why should you listen to me?Â Well, if you're reading this you must like either 107-9 or me, so I consider you my friend.Â And with all the bad influences out there on TV and in the movies, and of course in music too, I like to try and be a good influence as much as I can.
On a related note, since we're NOT gettin' high on this 420, I decided to play Get Low by Lil Jon for Random Retro today!Â Can youÂ believe that song is now 8 years old (it came out in the Fall of 2003)?Â It probably doesn't feel that old because it still fits right in with most of the pop music of today, especially the gettin' drunk (excuse me... crunk!) and goin' clubbin' lyrics that are soooo prevalent today.Â Get Low was definitely a song ahead of its time back in '03.
Thanks for reading this blog today, and I hope it may help you make good decisions in your life down the road.Â Hey, you'll be a better person for it.Â And smarter too!Â Brain cells are a good thing :)
Now this is interesting.Â The cover of Lady Gaga's Born This Way CD, coming out May 23, sticksÂ the Mother Monster'sÂ head onto a motorcycle!Â Not what I would have expected.Â Is it cool, or too strange?
Here's my interview with EndFest artist Ke$ha :)Â We chat about what to expect from her onstage at EndFest, how her currently $leazy tour is going, how she feels about Britney singing one of her songs, among many other topics.Â Enjoy!
Our 4th EndFest was unique for two reasons.Â First, it was the only EndFest to be held indoors. And second, it was the only one to be held in August.
Lots of pix from this show on my facebook page, check them out!
Yep, I was just a kid when my Dad took me to my first Kings game during their very first season here in Sac.Â I'm goingÂ to the game tonight, and it makes me a little sad to think that itÂ may be the last Kings game I ever see here in Sac.
A few fun things to notice from this ticket from 25 years ago.Â First off, check outÂ the price!Â Only 6 bucks.Â Now there's a bargain.Â Granted, I think Dad and I were in almost the very top row of the entire arena, but when you're a kid, you don't care!Â Also notice the BASS logo.Â Before Ticketmaster became the ticket selling monopoly they are today, BASS Tickets was one of the otherÂ ticket companies.Â I'm not sure how long they stuck around, but I had forgotten all about them until I saw this ticket again.Â Another intersting face is the opponent I watched the Kings play against inÂ that first game has changed their name since 1986.Â Back then, theyÂ went by the Washington Bullets.Â Evidently there was some problem withÂ bullets having a negative connotation,Â haha!Â They are now the Wizards of course.Â Also, if you know your Kings basketball, you'll realize that this game wasn't played in the Arco Arena we know today (which is of course now named after the stupidÂ bracelet with the supposedÂ magical powers).Â No,Â the Kings played their first 3 seasons in the "old" Arco Arena.Â Â The old buildingÂ is still there on North Market Street, just up the roadÂ from where we watch the gamesÂ now.Â Â These days it has been converted intoÂ some sort of a business center or something.Â DrivingÂ by itÂ today it's hard to imagine that professional basketball could have possibly been played inside there, because it looks like just any other business park complex.Â Â It's certainly nowehere near the size of today's newer arenas, but that's where this city first fell in love with the team in purple and black, or should IÂ say powder blue!
Watching the Oscars last night, I came to the realization that it's been several years now that the winner of Best Original Song is some lame song that no one has ever heard of. So I decided to do a little research, and peek at the list of past winning songs. I discovered that the last track I would label as a hit to win the award was Eminem's classic "Lose Yourself," from his 8 Mile movie, back in 2003. The category has been a musical wasteland ever since. It's now been 8 consecutive years that a mostly unknown song has won Best Original Song. When I looked at the list of winners from the 80's and 90's, I knew just about every one of them. They were all big hits on the radio as well. A song being a hit is not a prerequisite for winning the award of course, but if the song was really that good, radio stations would want to play it. So I guess we can draw the conclusion that there just isn't good music being written for movies anymore, or perhaps artists aren't giving movie studios music to include in movies as much as they used to. Movie soundtracks used to sell well in the past, when many current artists contributed songs to soundtracks that weren't on their other CD's. Although come to think of it, lately a lot of movies are using songs that are already popular, as opposed to thinking a new song could get popular just because it was included in the movie. Maybe that goes hand-in-hand with the fact that that movie studios produce so many sequels and remakes and the like. They're so scared of losing money that they would rather make yet another Big Momma's House movie just because it's familiar, instead of giving a shot to something original. So I guess why take a chance with new music, when you could play the same old stuff people already know. Not sure if that's entirely accurate, I really hope it's not, but it was an interesting thought I had, which I bet is probably more true than we wish it was.
The End is giving away Lady Gaga tickets all this week for her show next month at Arco at 7a, 11a, 4p and 7p. She began this leg of her Monsters Ball tour the past couple nights at Madison Square Garden in her hometown of New York City. She performs 19 songs, has 15 costume changes, and reportedly uses a lot of profanity! haha For those of you who just can't wait to see her, here's her set list from the opening nights of her tour:
Dance In The Dark
Glitter and Grease
Beautiful, Dirty, Rich
Boys Boys Boys
You and I (from Born This Way)
So Happy I Could Die
Born This Way
Oh, this is delicious!! Evidently it wasn't a giant egg Gaga rolled into the Grammys in. Here's how her choreographer and creative director, Laurieann Gibson, described it today to Access Hollywood. And by the way, she's not very happy at us for calling it in an egg! Enjoy this...
âItâs actually a vessel, she was incubating. In birthing the new race, she had to go through a DNA transition, so before she was born, we had to actually transfer her in a med box to keep the process going. The vessel represents the incubation period. The time where youâve got to deal with the pain, let it goâ¦ Itâs a representation of what people feel every day. What really shocks me is that [the media is] trying to break this thing down. You canât break down greatness, youâre either in or your not!â
Love it! Gaga, you are obviously far more artistic than we could have possibly imagined. haha
Yesterday was not a good day for pop music. After a 6 year absence (thanks a lot, Janet Jackson), pop artists returned to the limelight for Super Bowl XLV. Christina Aguilera of course famously flubbed the words to the National Anthem to get the day started, and then the general word of mouth on the Black Eyed Peas halftime performance was less than stellar as well. Honestly, I'm not exactly sure what was so bad about it. I've seen them live a couple times, and this is pretty much what you get from "America's favorite party band" as I've heard them called. So my question to you is, if you thought their performance was no good, what was it lacking? Should we bring back The Who from last year's halftime, who sang a bunch of songs that came out before we were even born? Please no!
Here's my hypothesis of why their set was not well received. We've entered into a time in pop music where most of it is produced on a computer, and not with real instruments. This explains why so many songs today sound somewhat similar, especially when you consider the fact that it seems like just a few hot producers are responsible for much of the music on the radio at any given time. But being able to record and produce a hit song in the studio does not mean that the artist will be able to recreate that performance live on stage. When you take away musical instruments from such a big stage (I mean that literally and figuratively) as the Super Bowl yesterday, that void has to be filled with something, otherwise the stage appears empty. There's just not enough to look at. I think the Peas are the best of anybody in pop music today at compensating for the lack of instruments with their energy and stage presence. That being said, their act plays much better if you're there in person watching them at say Arco Arena, where they can also distract you with video screens and cool lighting effects, than it does to a television-viewing audience. It's much harder to feel their energy from thousands of miles away. So I'm thinking if the Black Eyed Peas couldn't pull it off yesterday, I'm not sure what pop act could. All the people surrounding the stage with their bodysuits lighting up green or red, forming the shapes of arrows or hearts was a pretty cool effect I thought. All in all, their set was what I expected it to be (minus a few technical microphone errors, which was outside of their control), a lot of Black Eyed Peas hits and a lot of running around. I also think back to the Britney Spears and NSYNC halftime performances a decade or so ago. They were great. So what was the big difference between they and the Peas? I suppose it's that Britney and NSYNC can dance, and of course incorporated lots of choreography into their set. Dancing isn't the Peas thing. And again, I'm a fan of the Black Eyed Peas, but could it be that they were a little out of their league in this type of performance?
So I guess the ultimate question then is this, does this confirm that music made on instruments is superior to music made on computers? Or does it only mean that music made by a live band translates better to a massive viewing audience than music pre-recorded in the studio?
Isn't it funny how we spend most of our television-viewing lives trying to avoid commercials (thank you, TiVo), until the Super Bowl comes along. I actually found myself rewinding a few commercials to watch over again yesterday! And yes, I was in control of the remote. Very important.
Let me begin with the movies. Was it just me, or did it feel like we were watching the same preview about 8 times? They all felt so formulaic. Oh look, an explosion! Oh no, here come the aliens! Oh look, there's a hot chick! They all had a different title at the end of the previews however, so I guess it was indeed 8 different movies. We evidently have a lot to look forward to at the cinema this summer.
Did anyone else find it odd how Eminem made a commercial claiming "that's why I never make commercials," and then about an hour later, he made another commercial?? By my count, that's 2 commercials from the guy who doesn't make commercials. Also, what exactly was he trying to promote in the second one? I get that it was a Chrysler commercial for one of their new cars, but it felt more like it was produced by the Detroit Visitors Bureau, if indeed such an organization still exists. Probably a little slow in that office these days. And seeing that we the American taxpayers still have a small stake in General Motors (thankfully we're not the majority owners anymore), I guess you and I must have pitched in a bit of the $9 million GM spent on that 90-second commercial. Good for us.
Besides that, it was the usual suspects like Bud Light, Doritos and Coca-Cola. Some of them were funny, some weren't. And are we going to get to follow the growth and development of the E-Trade baby all the way through his childhood years? Perhaps we'll see him being potty-trained next year while he tells us how easy it is to trade stocks his way.
Did you have a particular favorite commercial? Leave a comment and let me know!
What?? Life isn't all candy canes, puppy dogs and dollar signs for Justin Bieber? When they showed him on the big screen at the Knicks game last night, the crowd responded in kind! haha Except for the lone 13-year old girl in attendance, who obviously had the Fever.
Lady Gaga's new song will be called "Born This Way," and The End is set to premiere it on Friday, Feb. 11, two days before she performs it at The Grammys. I just scored the lyrics to the track, so read away!
It doesnât matter if you love him, or capital H-I-M
Just put your paws up
âcause you were Born This Way, Baby
MY MAMA TOLD ME WHEN I WAS YOUNG
WE ARE ALL BORN SUPERSTARS
SHE ROLLED MY HAIR AND PUT MY LIPSTICK ON
IN THE GLASS OF HER BOUDOIR
âTHEREâS NOTHIN WRONG WITH LOVIN WHO YOU AREâ
SHE SAID, ââCAUSE HE MADE YOU PERFECT, BABEâ
âSO HOLD YOUR HEAD UP GIRL AND YOUâLL GO FAR,
LISTEN TO ME WHEN I SAYâ
IâM BEAUTIFUL IN MY WAY
âCAUSE GOD MAKES NO MISTAKES
IâM ON THE RIGHT TRACK BABY
I WAS BORN THIS WAY
DONâT HIDE YOURSELF IN REGRET
JUST LOVE YOURSELF AND YOUâRE SET
IâM ON THE RIGHT TRACK BABY
I WAS BORN THIS WAY
OOO THERE AINâT NO OTHER WAY
BABY I WAS BORN THIS WAY
BABY I WAS BORN THIS WAY
OOO THERE AINâT NO OTHER WAY
BABY I WAS BORN-
IâM ON THE RIGHT TRACK BABY
I WAS BORN THIS WAY
DONâT BE A DRAG -JUST BE A QUEEN
DONâT BE A DRAG -JUST BE A QUEEN
DONâT BE A DRAG -JUST BE A QUEEN
GIVE YOURSELF PRUDENCE
AND LOVE YOUR FRIENDS
SUBWAY KID, REJOICE YOUR TRUTH
IN THE RELIGION OF THE INSECURE
I MUST BE MYSELF, RESPECT MY YOUTH
A DIFFERENT LOVER IS NOT A SIN
BELIEVE CAPITAL H-I-M (HEY HEY HEY)
I LOVE MY LIFE I LOVE THIS RECORD AND
MI AMORE VOLE FE YAH (LOVE NEEDS FAITH)
REPEAT CHORUS + POST-CHORUS
DONâT BE A DRAG, JUST BE A QUEEN
WHETHER YOUâRE BROKE OR EVERGREEN
YOUâRE BLACK, WHITE, BEIGE, CHOLA DESCENT
YOUâRE LEBANESE, YOUâRE ORIENT
WHETHER LIFEâS DISABILITIES
LEFT YOU OUTCAST, BULLIED, OR TEASED
REJOICE AND LOVE YOURSELF TODAY
âCAUSE BABY YOU WERE BORN THIS WAY
NO MATTER GAY, STRAIGHT, OR BI,
LESBIAN, TRANSGENDERED LIFE
IâM ON THE RIGHT TRACK BABY
I WAS BORN TO SURVIVE
NO MATTER BLACK, WHITE OR BEIGE
CHOLA OR ORIENT MADE
IâM ON THE RIGHT TRACK BABY
I WAS BORN TO BE BRAVE
I WAS BORN THIS WAY HEY!
I WAS BORN THIS WAY HEY!
IâM ON THE RIGHT TRACK BABY
I WAS BORN THIS WAY HEY!
I WAS BORN THIS WAY HEY!
I WAS BORN THIS WAY HEY!
IâM ON THE RIGHT TRACK BABY
I WAS BORN THIS WAY HEY!
Good new for all Gleeks out there!! The set of songs for the Valentines episode is out. The episode will likely be full of hookups and heartbreaks, although the cast is keepingÂ silent about whose romances will continue and whose will fizzle.Â Matthew Morrison aka Mr. Shew told TV Guide about the episode's musical numbers, which will include both modern and classic hits. "My assignment to the kids is to have them perform love songs, so we're doing some fun classics that are Valentines-y." he said.
Here are the songs to be sung on the episode!
Rachel (Lea Michele)-Firework by Katy Perry
Puck (Mark Salling)- Fat Bottomed Girls by Queen
Artie (Kevin McHale)- P.Y.T by Michael Jackson
Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz)- My Funny Valentine by Babes In Arms
Blaine (Darren Criss) & The Warblers- When I Get You Alone by Robin Thicke
The Warblers- Silly Love Songs by Paul McCartney
We'll have the new Lady Gaga song in less than a month!Â We're currently scheduled to get "Born This Way" on February 11, which is the Friday before she will open the Grammys with a performance of the song.Â And now I'm getting word that Glee is going to feature the tune as well.Â Ryan Murphy, co-creator of Glee, says Gaga has granted the show permission to create new material around the upcoming track. The song should be featured in an episode coming this March or April. But justÂ how exactly are writers going to tie this song into the show? Apparently, that notorious in-the-closet bully, Max Karofsky, is expected to be a central figure in the plot. Murphy says that he loves Max, and he lovesÂ thatÂ character, and he sorta wants that character to have a happy ending. He ends saying that he doesn't exactly know what the episode is going to entail, but that they are going to do the whole episode about that song.
Last week, Ted Wiliams would have been begging for a bowl of macÂ & cheese. This weekÂ heÂ just finished hisÂ first commercial doing voice workÂ for Kraft Macoroni & Cheese. Check it out! I found it pretty hilarious.
Thanks to TMZ, we have learned that Christina Aguilera was sharing her home in Beverly Hills with her soon to be ex husband, son and her new boyfriend. On Tuesday, a moving truck showed up to haul Jordan Bratman's belongings away. But, sources told TMZ Matt Rutler moved in weeks ago. Apparently Christina had been letting Jordan stay for the sake of her son, Matt, but things were starting to get really awkward. When Christina filed for divorce, at first Jordan wouldn't move out and Christina was forced to stay in numerous L.A hotels.
My 10 faves of 2010 (in no particular order):
Magic B.o.B f/RIVERS CUOMO
Waiting For The End LINKIN PARK
Dynamite TAIO CRUZ
Haven't Met You Yet MICHAEL BUBLE
Misery MAROON 5
Rocketeer FAR EAST MOVEMENT f/RYAN TEDDER
Vanilla Twilight OWL CITY
Bulletproof LA ROUX
Billionaire TRAVIE McCOY f/BRUNO MARS
Rhythm Of Love PLAIN WHITE T's
5 great songs from 2010 you probably never heard:
Shark In The Water VV BROWN
Great song from an artist from the UK, very reminiscent of Amy Winehouse, just without the train wreck. Sadly, she only made it as high as #67 over the spring.
Worry About You 2AM CLUB
Catchy track from a bay area band with a Maroon 5 sound. Probably would have been a hit had Maroon 5 sang it, but unfortunately no one gave this no name band a shot.
Seal (perhaps better known now as Mr. Heidi Klum) hasn't had a pop hit in over a decade now, so radio didn't much care when he put out a new CD in 2010. But I think they overlooked this gorgeously simple yet heartbreaking ballad from a great songwriter.
This song ended up being a victim of a record label trying to force their artist into a sound they're not right for, and releasing the wrong song. The label decided that Shakira's follow-up to She Wolf should be the generic Give It Up To Me, because it was produced by and featured Timbaland (because Timbaland puts out nothing but hits, right??), instead of the melodic and interesting Gypsy. Shakira even performed Gypsy on American Idol in the spring, which should have been all the impetus this song needed, but instead, it was a big fumble for her label.
Thinking 'Bout Somethin' HANSON
Yeah, that Hanson. The Mmmbop brothers from the 90s are still releasing music (despite the fact that they have about 20 children between the 3 of them), and they had a song this year that was surprisingly good. Or maybe we shouldn't be surprised, after all, they always did play their own instruments. Their musicianship has certainly grown over the years, and this song was an absolutely delightful and fun bit of pop/soul that deserved to be heard.
My 5 worst songs from 2010:
Not Myself Tonight CHRISTINA AGUILERA
Don't you hate it when popular artists who haven't had a hit in a while try to "fit in" with the current sound when they make their return? Well, that's exactly what Christina did on her 2010 album Bionic. People accused her of trying to sound like Lady Gaga, which was a fair accusation as far as I'm concerned. Christina, you can sing better than most of the females popular today, just stick to the type of music that made us fans in the first place!
Dirty Picture TAIO CRUZ f/KE$HA
It's the best of both worlds: an annoying song and a horrible message! Originally slated to be Taio's follow-up single to Break Your Heart (instead of Dynamite? What were they thinking??), the video featured Ke$ha crouching over a toilet, which is certainly where this song belongs. Between the two of them, they must say "take a dirty picture baby" at least 50 times in this repetitive piece of work. Lovely. Unfortunately, it eventually did get released after Dynamite, but only peaked at #96 on the charts, which is still a little too high in my opinion!
Young Forever JAY-Z f/MR HUDSON
My main problem with this song is that it samples a classic 80s tune, Forever Young by Alphaville. Jay-Z's version isn't horrible, but still I feel certain songs should be off limits. Although if you look at it another way, Jay-Z made Alphaville bigger than a Yankee can. Oh wait, that's his other song!
The Time (The Dirty Bit) BLACK EYED PEAS
I'm sorry, but I really don't like this song. And what's with the title, anyway? Okay, I understand that all women must instinctively love the movie Dirty Dancing, but that doesn't mean I have to like all the songs from it. Enter the Black Eyed Peas, who thought it wise to turn the Bill Medley/Jennifer Warnes #1 hit from 1987 into a very disjointed, not particularly creative attempt at what I can only assume they were hoping would be I Gotta Feeling part two. And have you ever tried to dance to it? Virtually impossible with all its tempo changes.
With a name like Licky, where can you go wrong? When I first heard this song earlier in the year, I had a hard time keeping from laughing, it was that bad. Thankfully I can't remember many of the awful lyrics, but with Licky as the title, I'm sure you can figure out what it was all about. It was actually intended to be Shontelle's first single from her latest CD, but evidently other radio people must have felt the same way that I did about the song, so she changed her mind and instead released Impossible (a must better choice!), which of course went on to be a big hit for her over the summer.
It was a great season of Friday Night Football, culminating last weekend with Pleasant Grove, Folsom, and Del Oro winning the Section I, II and III titles, respectively.Â I figured it would be a good final chapter to the season to invite some of the champions in, so the Folsom cheerleaders stopped by the 107-9 studios this week.Â Check out this video of them hanging out with me on the air, and performing some cool stunts! Congratulations to all the 2010 champs!
If you'd like to relive any of our Friday Night Football moments this year, here's a link to all of the videos we shot while I was hanging out at Bella Vista, Woodcreek, Roseville, Elk Grove, and El Camino!
Friday night was another memorable Jingle Ball out at Arco Arena!Â In case you're keeping score at home, this year was our 12th Jingle Ball, and the 10th time we've held the concert at Arco Arena.Â I have posted a bunch of my personal pictures from that night on my facebook page.
In case you weren't up at 7:15 this morning, or just weren't watching Good Day Sacramento, here I am on the show talking about Jingle Ball! I also hooked up a lucky viewer with tickets AND meet & greet passes!
Conjunction Junction got a shout out on last night's episode of Glee!Â Â If you are too young to remember when Conjunction Junction was on TV here is what it looked like back in the day.
Watch and Learn!!!
Like we didn't see this one coming, 20 year old Teen Mom star Amber Portwood, is now being investigated for possible domestic violence charges stemming from the "beat down" of her baby daddy Gary on an episode from earlier this month.
AmberÂ faces potential misdemeanor assault and battery charges, and even crazier, since it happened infront of her daughter, she could be up for a felony due to Indiana's state law.
Another interesting wrinkle is that the show's crew members could also face misdemeanors because they witnessed the attacks and failed to report them. This brings the whole premise of the show into question, because for MTV the show will get better ratings the worse the Teen Mom's are with their children. No one would watch the show if everything was just perfect and nothing ever happened. So as far as I see it, it's in MTV's best interest to put the children in danger, which I have a BIG problem with.
Do you think the Indiana authorities should make an example out of Amber and press charges??
In case you didn't see it this morning, Mark S. Allen and I hooked up a girl from Modesto with Justin Bieber tickets! It's always very rewarding to hook people up with cool things, for me that's one of the best parts of working here at 107-9. I was beamed into Mark's computer via Skype, so the whole segment is pretty funny. This is Part 1, where we set up what's going on!Â Make sure to watch Part 2 below as well.
I'm headed out to Woodcreek tonight for your game agaisnt Granite Bay. I'm looking forward to meeting all you Timberwolves and Grizzlies tonight! Like usual, I will bringing my camera along so come find me and you might end up on endonline.com!
See you there tonight!!
Looks like it could be about a week away until Katy Perry makes the biggest mistake of her life and marries Russell Brand! Rihanna and boyfriend Matt Kemp are flying to India next week, which pretty much guarantees that the nuptials will happen very soon!
Katy Perry and Russell Brand are supposedly tying the knot at the same place where he proposed to her on New Years Eve. The Rambagh Palace in Jaipur, however, has not confirmed that it will be hosting the ceremony.
Good thing for Matt Kemp that his Dodgers suck (Kemp plays center field for the despicable baseball team from L.A.) and aren't in the playoffs this year, so he has plenty of time to go flying around the world. Haha!
To hold you over until we start giving away Justin Bieber tickets again next week, here's his brand new video for "U Smile." Don't forget you need to be our friend on Facebook for us to call your name out starting Monday (7am, 11am, 4pm, 7pm) to win Bieber tickets!! Hey, while you're at it, be my friend, too!!
Here's a sneak peek at tomorrow night's Britney Spears GLEE episode! Evidently, Brittany from the show will be Britney in the video, and Ms. Spears herself will be playing the Madonna part! haha That sounds fun!
So I'm headed out to Del Campo for our Game Of The Week on Friday night. And I'll be shooting some video while I'm there, so if you're a DC student, maybe you'll end up on our Friday Night Football page! I look forward to meeting everyone! If you haven't checked out our new Friday Night Football page yet, it's got all the info you need like standings, rankings, schedules and more. Find it here.
For all you Real Housewives fans, we are only about a month away from the start of a new season! This time they are headed back to the West Coast for the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills starting October 14th at 9 p.m.
But, this time there will be a local connection because one of the stars is Adrienne Maloof, sister of Joe and Gavin and a regular on the sidelines at Arco Arena. Adrienne is married to one of the plastic surgeons who has appeared on E!'s "Dr. 90210".
Also starring in this season of Housewives, is 41-year old former Playboy model and ex-wife of Kelsey Grammer, Camille Donatacci-Grammer.
Uh-Oh, let the drama begin!
It's that time of year again! Week #1 of Friday night football! The biggest game this week, is Grant @ Folsom, which would be a big game no matter what but now it's HUGE because it will be televised tonight on ESPN 2! These two teams were expected to meet for the city championship game last year but they both lost on last second field goals in the semi-final game. Good Luck to both teams! Represent the 916 well, guys! If you would like to watch it, it will be on tonight @ 7 P.M.
For those of you too young to remember thisÂ song by Annie Lennox, I am posting this video for you to check out.Â "No More I Love You's" was a minor hit back in 1995 (peaking at #23), and is the song that Nicki Minaj uses as the trackÂ for her current hit "Your Love."Â Annie Lennox won a Grammy for this song back in the 90's.Â Yes, the video has some interesting images, soÂ try not to let that distract you from enjoying the song!
So do you remember the Jet Blue flight attendant dude that made funny headlines last week for quitting his job by dropping f-bombs over the plane's intercom because he was mad at a passenger and then left the scene by sliding down the emergency exit?Â Well, according to well placed industry sources, a reality TV production company has offered him the hosing gig for a new show about disgruntled workers quitting their job in extravagant ways!Â Â Hmmmm.Â Is this starting to sound a little suspicious to anyone else?Â I mean, I supposed someone could have seen his blow-up and had the idea for a reality show, but I don't think things generally come together that quickly in TV land.Â I'm thinking he did it just to get noticed and as a perfect way to gain some publicity for this upcoming new show.Â Balloon boy, anyone??
Jay-Z has been crowned the "Hip-Hop Cash King" by Forbes. The Brooklyn lyricist topped the business magazine's annual ranking of high-rolling hip-hop stars by earning $63 million over the past 12 months, thanks to business ventures like a high-grossing tour,real estate investments and the successful Broadway production "Fela!"
Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine is launching a fashion line.Â The singer is launching a debut collection entitled 222.Â Levine said, "It's very simple and pure and durable. Jeans, T-shirts and a leather jacket.Â There will be no bedazzling in this collection. I like subtlety in design."
Paris Hilton wants to open her own hotels.Â Paris said, âI've pretty much done all you can do, but my next project that I'd like to do is get more involved in real estate, that would definitely be the next step, to open my own hotels.â
At long last, it all comes to an end tonight.Â After 4 years and 6 seasons, MTV airs the final episode of The Hills tonight, and in typical MTV fashion, will be having the "stars" strut down the red carpet before the episode, and will allow them to wax nostalgic about all the drama gone by during the after show party.
That's all fine and dandy, but I have a problem with an article I read today on MTV.com.Â The article is trying to claim that the theme songs to Laguna Beach and The Hills ("Come Clean" by Hilary Duff, and "Unwritten" by Natasha Bedingfield) were hits BECAUSE OF their inclusion on the shows.Â Absolutely not true.Â Here's a segment of their article:
Tuesday night (July 13)Â represents a huge moment in the history of MTV programming and reality television in general. After six seasons, "TheÂ Hills" is coming to a close with a two-hour grand-finale event, beginning at 8 p.m. on MTV. "The Hills" and its predecessor, "Laguna Beach," also left their mark in the music world. Each of the shows had theme songs that helped spark massive career moves for the artists behind them. The theme song to "Laguna Beach" was Hilary Duff's "Come Clean," co-written by Kara DioGuardi and John Shanks. Though it originally appeared on Duff's 2003 album, Metamorphosis, and was released as a single in early 2004, it really picked up steam once it accompanied the premiere of "Laguna Beach" in September of that year.
Umm, nice try, MTV, but not true.Â "Come Clean" hit the charts in January of 2004, and peaked in early April, a full FIVE MONTHS before the first episode of Laguna Beach aired.Â Hilary was already releasing her follow-up CD by the fall of '04.
"The Hills" theme song did even better by its artist. When Natasha Bedingfield's "Unwritten" debuted as the tune that introduced the world to "The Hills" in May 2006, it stormed up the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #5. In fact, because of its crossover appeal, "Unwritten" became the most-played song on the radio in the United States in 2006. Not bad for a track that was originally released in 2004 on Bedingfield's debut album of the same name.
Again, MTV is trying to re-write history.Â Natasha Bedingfield didn't release her debut CD here in the US until August of '05.Â The 2004 date they gave (to make it sound like the song had been out forever) was the UK release date.Â Natasha's first hit from that CD was "These Words," which hit the Top 10 in the summer of '05. "Unwritten" was her 2nd single, released that fall.Â It hit the charts in November, and peaked in the Top 5 in March of 2006, again, months ahead of when MTV used it as the theme song to The Hills.Â So by the time, The Hills premiered in May of '06, Natasha was already establishing herself as one of the hottest new artists in music, already with 2 Top 10 hits under her belt. I will give The Hills credit for probably helping "Unwritten" remain popular longer, but it's not like the song was unknown or not already a massive hit before it's inclusion in the show.Â Yes, both Laguna Beach and The Hills regularly played snippets of new songs throughout its episodes which made the shows feel current and more relevant, but I'm not going to allow MTV to claim that they made "Come Clean" and "Unwritten" hits, because they didn't.Â Oh yeah, and everything that happened on those shows was real life. hahaha
Shockingly, the Young Men's Christian Association (better known as the YMCA) announced today that they would be shortening their name to simply, the Y. Of course, this news is not sitting well with a certain cop, construction guy, Indian chief, and some other dude (sorry, it's been a while since I saw a pic of the Village People!).Â The disco legends, who's song extolling the virtues of hanging out with the boys, getting yourself clean, and having a good meal is still heard and acted out at wedding receptions nationwide, were very quick to proclaim their disappointment with the moniker change.Â "We are deeply dismayed by today's announcement from the YMCA, that they feel a name change and a rebranding are in order after 166 years," the Village People's publicist said in a statement.Â "Some things remain iconic, and while we admire the organization for the work they do, we still can't help but wonder Y."Â Nice.Â Well, at least the Village People are still gettin' gigs, as you can see them July 27th at the State Fair.Â And yes, I'm pretty sure you will be hearing all four letters when they sing the Y.M.C.A.!