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.!
Usher will be re-releasing his Raymond Vs. Raymond CD on August 24 as a deluxe version, which will include an additional disc entitled Versus, featuringÂ 8 new tracks (similar to what Lady Gaga did with her Fame Monster CD). Â The first single from Versus will be called "DJ Got Me Fallin' In Love," and I'll put it up on the Hot New Music page next Monday the 12th.
We now know that La Roux's next single will be "I'm Not Your Toy." Â Their breakout hit "Bulletproof" currently sits at #6 on the airplay charts, and it'll be very close whether they can crack the top 5 before beginning their chart descent.
The streak is over for Lady Gaga. Â After hitting #1 with each of her first 6 singles (an all-time record), "Alejandro" has now climbed as far as it will go, peaking at #4, and is currently on its way down the charts. Â Gaga was not quite able to make #1 with 7 consecutive hits. Â Gaga is currently at work on her follow-up CD which is due out in the fall, at which point she will most likely begin a whole new streak of big hits.
Congratulations to Eminem, whose Recovery CD has sold over 1 million copies in just its first 2 weeks of release. Â Not very albums sell that quickly these days, so way to go Slim Shady.
Welcome back Maroon 5, who hit the Top 40 for the 8th time in their career this week with their latest song, "Misery."Â Look for their new CD, Hands All Over, in September.
Rumored paramours Ryan Seacrest and Julianne Hough were spotted and photographed kissing while on a yacht vactioning in Portofino, Italy. Â Can't anyone get any privacy anywhere these days?? Â Unfortunately we all know the answer to that question. Â So for those of you who thought Ryan wasn't into girls, could this be the proof you need to change your mind? Â Or could it be all an elaborate ruse? Â When Julianne was asked about her love life, she responded, "if you guys want to know anything about boys or relationships, you'll just have to listen to the music, 'cause it's all in there." Â Ummm, that doesn't help us, Julianne, thanks.
Apparently, the internet has been buzzing about talks of Rob Pattinson and Kristen Stewart costarring in a movie that is NOT part of the Twilight saga. Summit Entertainment has recently required the rights to an adaption of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, and reportedly Rob and Kristen will be featured as the main characters. Could you watch a movie with them in it and not immediately think vampires and werewolves? I'm not sure if I could! Well, when askedÂ if she had been signed toÂ the movie after an Eclipse pressÂ conference last weekendÂ she responded, "Uh, not that I know of." All hope is not lost though! Last year Kristen told E News that she would love to work with every single one of her Twilight castmates. An E News secret source asked Summit what they had to think about the rumors, to which they responded, "Sure, if one or both of them wanted to and the role made sense, why not? But we are a very long ways away from even thinking about all that." Well if it does happen, one thing is for sure. Those dating rumors aren't going to go away any time soon!
Cops were called to an Maryland bar over the weekend because someone claimed Justin Bieber was inside drinking!Â Justin is, of course, only 16, and not yet allowed inside such establishments.Â When the police arrived at the Mug & Mallet Bar in Ocean City, they found a woman named Katie who's a dead ringer for the pop star!Â Haha!Â She claims she gets mistaken for Justin all the time.
On a side note, do you know what Sacramento's connection to Ocean City, MD is?Â Well if you're heading into Sacramento on Interstate 80, you may notice a mileage sign around West Sac when it turns into Highway 50.Â On that mileage sign it says Ocean City, MD 3073 miles!Â In other words, if you drove east on Highway 50 as far as you could go, you would end up at the Atlantic Ocean in Ocean City, MD!
Travie McCoy performed a free all-ages show last night at Harlows. The crowd, mainly teens and early 20s, filled up the venue a couple hundred bodies strong. On stage with Matt, his drummer from Gym Class Heroes, and a DJ spinning the tracks, Travie took the stage all dressed up in a 3-piece suit and tie! Guess you gotta look the part if you want to be a billionaire! The concert was also streamed live online via myspace, as it was actually of the social networking site's Secret Shows, the location having just been announced the previous Friday. Travie performed all new material from his Lazarus CD which comes out on June 8. I've gotten to hear five tracks from the album so far, and judging from the sound of the rest of the tunes from last night, Travie's ready to drop a very fun soundtrack-to-summer type CD on us. He was his usual freaky self on stage, full of funny facial expressions, and a fairly continuous invitation for the ladies in the crowd to hang with him after the show (I am assuming he was speaking to those over 18 in the crowd!). Travie is very comfortable on stage, and always does his best to get the audience involved whether its "waving your hands in the air" or leading the crowd in a "Free Weezy" chant at the end of the night. He flung paper money in the air as he launched into Billionaire, and the party crowd sang along vociferously (I've always wanted to use that word in a blog, haha)! A couple other tracks to look out for when his CD drops are Superbad and We'll Be Alright. All in all, you couldn't beat the scene for a Monday night in Sac!
Travie McCoy stopped by the studio this afternoon while he's in town for his FREE all-ages show tonight at Harlows.Â I got to interview him, which you can watch right now in the Jackson Rancheria Video Player on our home page.Â Here are a couple of behind-the-scenes pix from his visit today!Â If you're headed out to the show tonight, be on the lookout for me, and maybe I'll hook you up with a free Billionaire download.Â Yeah, it's only 99 cents, but everyone loves free stuff, right?? haha
I pride myself in knowing a thing or two about music, and I enjoy sharing some of this info with you, especially if you're a teen and haven't heard some older tunes before. So let's talk Jay-Z. The track that he uses for his current hit "Young Forever" is originally an 80's song called "Forever Young" by a German group by the name of Alphaville. I cannot tell a lie, "Forever Young" is actually one of my all time favorite songs! It came out in 1985, and then got re-released in 1988 as a special dance remix. The interesting thing is, it wasn't actually a hit either time (never hit the Top 40, the highest position it reached was #65, in 1988). If you saw Napolean Dynamite, you might remember that they played the song during the prom scene at the end of the movie. If you want to listen to the original, watch the video I posted here for you. Yeah, the video is fairly lame (as were most 80s videos!), but like I said, I think the song is pretty cool. Do you agree?
My intern Leah went to see Conan O'Brien up in Reno on Tuesday, so I thought I'd let her give you the inside scoop in case you're planning on seeing him (Memorial Auditorium tonight) or just want to know what you missed!
So, the venue was the Grand Sierra Resort, which is a really cool casino and older styled theater. The seating consisted of tables and booths, a very murder-mystery feel on a larger scale. I went with my dad, and we were pretty close to the front, only a table and a few rows of seats between us and the stage. We had to sit with two strangers at a booth, which was odd at first, but they were nice and not those loud, obnoxious fans.
So the show started a little after 8. Once the lights dimmed and some of the clapping died down, the Late Night band (now named the Legally Prohibited band) started playing. If any of you are familiar with the band, LaBamba sang two songs and walked around the audience. Sadly, Max Weinberg is no longer with the band, so they did have a different drummer.
Anyway, after the awesome performance by the band, they played a short little video portraying Conan after he was fired. he was incredibly beardy and wearing a fat suit. But then he gets his act together, tearing off the fat suit, and starting his tour.
So Conan came out, talked a little bit about how he has been, and feeling about all of the drama with NBC. He couldn't technically talk about NBC directly (he kept claiming he didn't want to get sued) but he alluded to it all. He brought out Andy Richter and they talked and did a couple skits that they still had the rights to. They included the masturbating bear, now disguised and renamed to the self-pleasuring panda; Triumph the Insult Dog; and the Walker, Texas Ranger Clip Lever. Oh, and he let one of the writers from the Late Show, Dion Colts, come out and do stand-up. Oh yeah! The best part was definitely when Conan licked the side of LaBamba's face and claimed he tasted of funyuns.
Conan even wore different costumes including Eddie Murphy's outfit from Raw (the younger readers will have to google that, but trust me, its hilarious) and different decorated suit jackets. He played guitar, sang songs, played an odd song about the guy from Different Strokes on the keyboard, and danced around with this awkwardly long legs. It was very energetic and fun, but you could tell how tired Conan really is. He really is awesome for doing this tour. It must take a lot for him to come out night after night, and drive around day after day.
So overall it was awesome, and definitely makes me excited for him to be on TBS this fall. So if you were unable to get tickets, I hope you enjoyed reading about my experience! Thanks for letting me share it with all of you!!
Not sure what this says about the state of the Canadian school system, but this is pretty darn funny. I know Justin's only 16, but c'mon now, you take geography in 9th grade! Somebody needs to get that boy on a European tour quick!
Miley Cyrus new CD comes out in June, and she's really trying to push the envelope with her new video!Â The song is "Can't Be Tamed," which you probably already heard on the Hot New Music Page, now watch Miley as an endagered species in the vid.
A set of Madonna's diaries which are said to have belonged to her former assistant Melissa Crowe are now up for bid on E-Bay. Several of the journals chronicle Madge's life from 1988 through 1992. The seller also claims to have an address book that belonged to Madonna that include contacts for stars such as Antonio Banderas, Lenny Kravitz, John Malkovich, and Al Pachino. Crowe worked for Madonna from from 1987 to 1996. There is no word on how the seller obtained such items but Crowe has told a Madonna fansite that she would like the items back and has told fans not to bid on them!
If they are real, I honestly don't even want to know what's in them!
Probably not. But, puberty is hitting him full force!! He can't reach those high notes from his latest songs anymore. He claims his voice has been cracking, and even after working with his vocal coach, he will have to sing all of his songs in a lower key.
But its not just his angelic voice canceling appearances! Recently the Australian police canceled his concert after 10 girls fainted! Ten! That's some serious fainting!
Justin felt terrible, and tweeted "I love my fans and I am just as disappointed as everyone else with the news from this morning. I want to sing for my fans. I want to make this clear... I don't cancel... I woke up this morning to the police cancelling the show for safety reasons. I'm very happy about the welcome and the love from around the world, but I want everyone to still remember my fans' safety comes first."
So if you can keep from fainting, would you enjoy hearing his new manly voice in concert?
He's coming to town this Saturday night for Orphan Andrew's Awesome Adoption party at BarCode, so I figured we should get to know Spose a little better. He just finished the video for his hilarious track, "I'm awesome," so check it out!
You know that awful sinking feeling when you lose something incredibly important? Gray Powell certainly does! A couple weeks ago Mr. Powell, an employee of Apple, left his cell phone at a bar he was apparently imbibing at. But this was no ordinary phone. This was the spakin' new 4G iPhone model not even being released until this summer! Doh! Evidently a bartender at the Redwood City bar found it, and soon realized just what he was holding in his hands. According to the guy, he was polite enough to contact Apple to try and return it. Sadly, no one at Apple would help him (what jerks!) and he just got put on hold, or given ticket numbers for them to call him back. Well they never did, so he did the next best thing, and sold the phone for $5,000 to a website named gizmodo.com.
Gizmodo claims the phone is definitely the real deal, and Apple has contacted them wanting the phone back. After over 10 million hits on the site to see the illusive phone, the site claims it was definitely worth the 5 grand!
So what would you do if you found a gem like that? Sell it? Return it? Keep it for yourself? Let me know!
If you want to see the pix of the new iPhone, check it out here. It has updates on whats changed, how it looks, and what they added! And you can read even more about this fun little tale of the lost iPhone!
We know that it can be stressful to be an American Idol contestant, but apparently it all became too much recently for Crystal Bowersox. According to Ryan Seacrest, two weeks ago she was literally in the Idol parking lot ready to leave the show and head back home.Â Any ideas who turned out to be the knight in shining armor that convinced Crystal to stay?Â None other than Ryan Seacrest himself! Evidently Crystal confided to Ryan in a heart-to-heart that she couldn't handle the pressure and that all she really wanted to do was go back to Ohio to be with her family. He convinced her to stick around by reminding her that if she won, she would become instantly rich and famous overnight. Seacrest claims that he convinced her by saying that "the greatest thing I ever did was make enough money so I could buy my mom a house. You can buy your mom a house." Hmmm.Â Needless to say, the Seacrest/Bowersox heart-to-heart must have worked because she's still around and competing. Granted, she is one of the best singers this year, but I'm just having a difficult time liking her.
... Anybody else think he should have let her walk?
I'm very proud of Britney for this! She evidently released these "untouched" versions herself of a recent Candie's photo shoot to "highlight the pressure exerted on women to look perfect." Way to go, Brit! She still looks great in these pics, just more like an actual person. So ladies remember, you're beautiful the way God made you, don't worry about trying to look like all the fake, photoshopped "women" you see in the mags.
With the release date of the third Twilight movie just around the corner (June 30th to be exact!), it seems that production is doing some last minute work to perfect Eclipse before the final product is brought to theaters. Reports are surfacing that Summit Entertainment is bringing back the cast to reshoot some of the fight scenes that need to be polished as well as a pivotal meadow scene between Edward and Bella! However, it seems that due to some creative differences with Summit, the director David Slade is not being asked back to reshoot the scenes. Wow! Something must definitely be going on behind the scenes that's a whole lot of not good! As to who will redo the scenes, either of the first two Twilight installment directors, Chris Weitz or Catherine Hardwicke, are possibilities. Hardwicke is evidently already in Vancouver working on a new project, so she could be a viable option. You certainly don't hear about actors having to come back and reshoot scenes very often, what do you think could be the reason for this?? **insert your own Kristen Stewart can't act joke here**
After a four month break with no new episodes to speak of, Glee finally returns tomorrow night! Everyone's favorite misfit show choir makes their gleeful return to Tuesday nights after American Idol. The only slightly confusing thing is the time at which the show comes on. Evidently it will begin at 9:28pm tomorrow, and then back to its normal 9:00pm spot the following week. Does that mean this week's episode is only a half an hour (more like 32 minutes) long?! BLASPHEMY! In the episode entitled "Hell-O", the cast will cover everything from All-American Rejects to AC/DC! Lea Michele's Rachel character will sing "Gives You Hell" directed at Finn. That should be interesting!
And keeping with tomorrow night's theatrical feel on FOX, American Idol will be welcoming back Adam Lambert as the mentor for the top nine as they take on Elvis Presley music. Lambert told Beatweek magazine, "When they asked me to be a mentor I thought âcool, that sounds great.' When I watched the past couple of years before auditioning for it, I always had ideas, I always had my own kind of opinions about the contestants." With a double elimination on the horizon fter last week's Judge's save, the Top 9 will have to work even harder to preserve their spots in the competition. We wonder what advice Lambert will give to the contestants. If he suggests guy-liner to any of the men, I suggest running away quickly!
I snuck out of the station quickly today, but it was for a good cause! The End helped out KYDS, the student run radio station at El Camino High (the only high school radio station here in town), which got fined to the tune of $1500 by the FCC for some ticky-tack issue. We know budgets are tight in schools these days, so The End decided to cover the fine. Here's the video of me presenting the check to the students at El Camino.
You can also read the article from the Sacramento Bee which explains everything!
Nicki Minaj of Young Money has reportedly pulled out of the "Last Girl on Earth" tour headlined by Rihanna and Ke$ha. Tweeting this morning, Nicki explained:Â âIâm sorry 2 say I will not be going out on RiRiâs tour, Iâve decided 2 use that time 4 the completion of my album. Hope u understand.â
Tickets for the tour go on sale April 9th, and of course we'll be giving them away all weekend starting in my show Friday afternoon! No replacement, if any, has been announced yet.
So you've most likely heard Lady Gaga's new song "Alejandro" by now.Â Do you have any idea what she's talking about, because I can't figure it out!Â Here are the lyrics if you care to give it your best shot...
I know that we are young and I know that you may love me,
but I just can't be with you like this anymore, Alejandro...Ohhh Ohh
She's got both hands in her pocket
And she won't look at you
Won't look at you
She hides true love en su bolsillo
She's got a halo around her finger
Around youYou know that I love you boy
Hot like Mexico, rejoice
At this point I've gotta choose
Nothing to loseDon't call my name
Don't call my name, Alejandro
I'm not your babe
I'm not your babe, FernandoDon't wanna kiss, don't wanna touch
Just smoke my cigarette and hush
Don't call my name
Don't call my name, RobertoAlejandro, Alejandro
Ale Alejandro (x2)Stop, please. Just let me go, Alejandro. Just let me go.She's not broken, she's just a baby
But her boyfriend's like her dad, just like a dad.
And all those flames that
Burned before him,
Now he's gotta firefight
Gotta cool the badYou know that I love you boy
Hot like Mexico, rejoice
At this point I gotta choose
Nothing to loseDon't call my name
Don't call my name, Alejandro
I'm not your babe
I'm not your babe, Fernando
One of my favorite songs at the moment is "Hey, Soul Sister" by Train. If you've noticed, Pat Monahan (the lead singer) has included several subtle references to the 80's in his lyrics. So as a self-proclaimed master of all things 80's and 90's allow me to let you know what he's talking about if you're too young to remember the 80's! First off, there's the line in the chorus where he says, "ain't that Mr. Mister on the radio, stereo..."
If you scroll down, you'll see that I wrote a blog about it way back on the 15th, and it turns out I was right!Â Yep, that massive rock Simon bought his girlfriend Mezhgan was indeed an engagement ring!Â Everyone's favorite British ladies man is turning in his bachelor days for wedded bliss, I wonder if that'll make him nicer on Idol?Â Hopefully not (although this is his last season anyway).
Alright, this may shock you, but I actually believe Rozlyn.Â She's the girl who was kicked off The Bachelor earlier this season for her "inappropriate relationship" with one of the producers of the show.Â The Bachelor (when I say this I will be referring to the show, and not Jake himself) obviously insinuated big time that she had slept with this producer, doing everything they could to convince us of this fact without actually coming out and saying it (which they couldn't, because that would be lying).Â In subsequent weeks, Rozlyn and the host, Chris Harrison, had a bit of a war of words in various interviews, with Harrison still pushing the story of the mysterious relationship, and Rozlyn all the while denying anything inappropriate happened.
If you watched the Girls Tell All episode last night, you may have picked up on some things Rozlyn said which had not previously been disclosed on the show.Â Such as, she was frustrated for not being able to speak with her 7-year old son back home.Â If you believe some of the behind-the-scenes reports available on the net, Rozlyn was so upset she was not allowed to speak with her son (probably because his father did not consent to allow him on The Bachelor, something you may have picked up on from last night's episode), that some sort of incident happened in the house which would have made no sense to show the audience, since we were never even told that she was previously married and had a child.Â The Bachelor thus had to come up with some sort of a story to get her out of the house, so they simply wouldn't have to deal with this issue.
So that brings us to this "relationship."Â There obviously was something between Rozlyn and the producer guy.Â Add to that the fact that Rozlyn certainly comes across as uber-flirty (yes, I'm being nice with my choice of adjectives), so I imagine there probably was some playful touching between her and the producer which most likely raised some eyebrows of the other girls in the house.Â Could they have been having a budding relationship?Â Quite possibly.Â Is that enough to kick her off the show?Â I don't know.Â Do you believe this is the first time a contestant has ever done any flirting with anyone working on the show?Â Doubtful.Â But I do believe her when she says it went no further.Â Why?Â Well, two reasons.Â First, as Rozlyn said last night, there are cameras everywhere, and The Bachelor even makes contestants sign a form warning them they can be recorded audio and visually at any time day or night.Â So she called them on it.Â "Why don't you have any footage of us if this really happened?"Â That's pretty convincing in my book.Â Harrison came up with some lame excuse about how there's a lot of down time and we can't have the cameras rolling all the time, blah blah blah.Â Well, considering how much emphasis The Bachelor put into promoting this scandal (their entire advertising campaign the first couple weeks of the show centered around it), one would think that if they suspected something scandalous was happening, they would have at least planted a mic somewhere so they could snoop on the supposed "inappropriateness."Â Nope.Â Second, if they really had proof that she slept with him, they would have come out and said it.Â The fact that The Bachelor had to call it an "inappropriate relationship" indicates to me that it's pretty obviously they had nothing on her.Â Instead, I believe this is something they had to concoct to keep the show from dissolving due to Rozlyn's behavior after not being allowed to contact her son.
I didn't joinÂ the Facebook group trying to get Betty White to Host SNL, however, I appreciated the effort and was secretly hoping it would succeed.Â And it looks like the power of Facebook may have flexed its muscle yet again.Â Saturday Night Live is supposedly considering a "Women of Comedy" episode which would include everybody's favorite septigenarian (yes it's a word, look it up)!Â Reports also claim that SNL alums Molly Shannon, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler may join the episode as well.Â Now that's comedy we can believe in!Â haha
So I'm sure you were all very disappointed last weekend when the new trailer for Eclipse didn't play before Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. But don't feel too bad. It's now been confirmed that the trailer will play prior to leading man Robert Pattinson's new movie, Remember Me premiering March 12th! Very clever, Summit Entertainment!
Will this attract you to come see that sparkly vampire romance someone other than Bella?? Don't get too jealous of Emilie de Ravin, though, because Edward will be back focusing on Bella on June 30th, when Eclipse is set to release. Now you'll have the brooding vampire's icy skin to keep you cool all summer! Unless you are Team Jacob, of course.
This news is obviously a few days old at this point, but I haven't been on the air since NBC's inexplicable decision to air the video of the Georgian luger's death to a national audience, and now that I've had a few days to process that decision, I'm still just as appalled as I was Friday night when it all unfolded before my eyes. Within minutes of beginning their Opening Ceremonies broadcast Friday night, NBC announcers Bob Costas and Matt Lauer (who were at the venue where the ceremonies would shortly commence) passed off to the network's Nightly News anchor, Brian Williams, to report on the luge tragedy. I guess this was supposed to put it in a "news" context, which they felt must have made the video acceptable to air. Was the event newsworthy? Absolutely. Should it have been discussed? Absolutely. Should we have been shown a man dying before our eyes on the television screen? Absolutely not. Just because a video exists does not mean a news organization should feel compelled to show it. In my opinion, they could have shown the crash, but not its aftermath, the young man flying out of the luge track at well over 90 MPH and slamming into the immovable object which would claim his life, a metal support pole. Instead, they showed it all. Twice. In slow motion. Call me crazy, but I assumed that NBC would have warned me before showing someone dying. They did not. Williams did claim that "the following video will be disturbing to many." At that point, I still figured NBC would have the class to show just a portion of the video, perhaps the crash itself without the tragic catapulting result, and then in good taste instruct people to go to their website to view the rest of the sad and horrific video. But no, to my surprise, the luger's death played out right in front of my eyes. In the first five minutes of their first Olympic broadcast! One would have to imagine their were many, many American families tuning in for an evening of opening ceremonies. That's not exactly something I'd want children to witness.
I'm sure some of you may be telling me to lighten up, and that people would have found a way to watch it anyway. I would respond by saying, yes, I know they will. By finding it on the internet. That is what the internet is for. For better or worse, the net has become a place to search and find videos of pretty much anything you could imagine. Sadly, I'm sure you could watch plenty of deaths on the internet. If you were looking for it. And that's my point. Not that the luge video should be destroyed, but that it only be shown under appropriate circumstances, and with a major warning going in. The first five minutes of the Opening Ceremonies broadcast was definitely not an appropriate setting. I believe NBC was horribly irresponsible by not specifically informing me that they were about to air video of the luger dying. And I believe the network must have received a massive number of complaints because the following night, on Saturday, when Bob Costas was going into another report about the luge incident, he made it a point to mention the fact that they would NOT be showing the death during this report. Feeling guilty much, NBC?
Has Simon Cowell finally found the one? Apparently he has! After only a year of dating, Simon proposed to his girlfriend, Mezhgan Hussainy on Valentines Day! But get this, Simon dumped his long-term girlfriend, Terri Seymour last year, because he didn't want to get married!
Mezhgan was seen wearing a sparkly new diamond ring after they left their valentine's dinner at Mr Chow in Knightsbridge.
The two met on the set of American Idol. Mezghan is one of the make-up artists.
So are the rumors true? Are the sources correct? Can this dragon be tamed by a make-up artist?
For me, last night was one of the least enjoyable hours of American Idol in recent memory. Has anyone else noticed that the drama this season seems even more over-the-top than in seasons past? It's as if FOX feels like they have to compensate for the loss of Paula by stoking up a bunch of pointless controversy. Well, they're over-compensating if you ask me. And it all came to a head last night. First off, I must confide that the "Hollywood week" portion of AI has always been my least favorite part of the show, mostly because it appears so unorganized. The rules for the week, what few there are, seem to change every year, so it ends being an opportunity for the judges and producers to pretty much advance, or get rid of, whoever they want. Have you ever noticed that there are several people that seem very promising from the audition rounds, but you never even see them in Hollywood week? I've always found that peculiar. So knowing that things aren't necessarily on the up and up going in, the contestants are then put through hell by being given their group marching orders at around 10 or 11pm at night, and then being forced to coalesce into groups and figure out their songs and choreography well into the wee hours of the morning. This is done for no other reason than to stress everyone out in the hopes that the contestants will crack and supply the drama and friction the producers can then exploit on the show. Yes, I realize that they've been doing this for years, but it seems like the foolishness of the whole awkward and contrived situation finally reached the point of overkill last night. I mean, c'mon, do we really care or believe that Neapolitan stole the a cappella Bad Romance idea from Destiny's Wild?? I certainly don't. And to make matters worse, the producers now have Ryan Seacrest explaining to us what we just saw. Nothing on television bothers me more than this. I have a brain. I am able to process what you just showed me. I don't need Ryan walking down the aisle and hyping it up even more by telling me that "everyone sitting here in this theater is mentally drained and emotionally exhausted!" Really, Ryan? Did you ask them all? I'm pretty sure I just watched them yelling at and being otherwise generally uncomfortable with each other for the last 20 minutes, so I figured it out on my own, thanks. And I don't mean to be slamming Ryan, he's just doing his job, but I'll be very happy when we finally get down to the Top 24 so we can get to some actual singing. Unfortunately, we've got 2 more nights of "Hollywood week" to cringe through first.
Mr. Wayne was scheduled to head off to the big house today to serve a year behind bars because of a gun possession arrest in New York City in '07. But he got his sentence delayed today because of a... wait for it... a dental issue! That's right, Lil Wayne will be going to the dentist on Friday to fix a chipped tooth, and will need time to recover, as argued by his lawyer. Ummmm, can't one recover nicely while contemplating life inside a 6' x 8' cell in one's state-issued orange jumpsuit? Evidently not, so Weezy won't be officially checking in until sometime in early March now. I'm also not exactly sure why he was allowed to schedule his dental appointment on a day when he was already supposed to be incarcerated, but that's just a technicality I guess. Either way, the music industry will eventually be without Mr. Wayne's services for 12 months. Whatever will we do?? Probably enjoy the break. And if that wasn't enough good news, there's more of a silver lining for society, he won't be able to "father" any more illegitimate children for at least 12 months. So enjoy your time behind bars, Mr. Wayne, try to find a square inch of your body that hasn't already been tatted, and we'll do our best to miss you. Wait a minute, can one tweet from jail?
Yes, it sounds a little strange, but it's actually true. This week's #1 album, Hope For Haiti Now, is only available as a download. So for the first time ever, a week's top selling album is not available for purchase in regular CD form. This is yet another sign of the transition currently happening in the music industry. File that one away in your memory banks as a possible trivia question answer in a few years!
We all know how much Fox's GLEE rocks! And we're going crazy waiting for its triumphant return on April 19th! If you just can't wait for the return of the show or for the Glee cast's summer tour, here's some scoop surrounding the hit show's next season.
Many famous names have been thrown around as possible guest stars for the show. One being confirmed so far is Idina Menzel (wife of actor Taye Diggs and most popular for establishing the role of Elphaba in the Original Broadway cast of the musical Wicked). She has joined the cast for the remaining part of the first season as leader of New Direction's rival group Vocal Adrenaline. It has been revealed that her character and Matthew Morrison's character have a big makeout scene during one of the episodes! (What will his wife Teri think about this?!) It is also rumored that Menzel's character may turn out to be Rachel's biological mother. Another celebrity that is supposed to guest star this season is Olivia Newton-John! She's pairing up with Sue Sylvester to sing her hit "Let's Get Physical." Jennifer Lopez is also in talks to guest star on the show as a cafeteria worker. In addition, Neil Patrick Harris will be making an appearance during Sweeps.
It has been said that the episodes will be more musical number infused than ever. Creator Ryan Murphy has said that each episode will feature 8 to 10 songs! There will be an episode completely devoted to Madonna songs in which Sue Sylvester will be performing "Vogue" in Madonna's signature chest cones! Wow. May need to prepare myself for that one. Emma is also said to be performing "Like a Virgin" dressed somewhat provocatively. In addition, there will also be an all girls Madonna musical number in the episode.
Members of the cast and production are rumored to have reached out to Justin Timberlake for a guest role as well! However, nothing has been confirmed yet. 3 months to go and counting!
That's right, too much time in front of the tube leads to death. Scary! Here's the scoop: if you spend more than 4 hours a day watching television, you have an 80% greater chance of dying from heart disease, and a 46% chance of dying of pretty much anything else, regardless of whether you are overweight or not. Wow! The study was done in Australia, and was published yesterday in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. How is this possible, you ask? The reason is given as this: "when we're in that sitting posture, we're not using our muscles,and we know from extensive evidence that muscle contractions are important for the body's regulatory processes." They say the same thing goes for sitting in front of a computer screen. This is something that we all kind of knew intuitively, that's it's not good to sit on your butt all day, but seeing data like this is definitely eye-opening. The scariest part of the article was that even if you do exercise regularly, sitting still for 4 hours is still very dangerous! So even if you just jogged 5 miles, plopping yourself in front of the television for the next few hours is very bad for your heart and other body functions. And since most TV is crap anyway (sorry, that's me editorializing!), turn off the TV and go do something constructive, or at least active!! Click here to read the article for yourself.
Now that we're moving into a brand spankin' new decade, how about a quick look back at the 00's?Â Here's a list of the artists with the most Top 40 hits for the decade (2000-2009):
Britney Spears - 22
Pink - 17
Eminem - 16
Rihanna - 15
Christina Aguilera - 14
Nelly - 14
Jennifer Lopez -14
Black Eyed Peas - 13
Kelly Clarkson - 13
Beyonce - 12
Nickelback - 12
Avril Lavigne - 12
Thanks for checking out my blog page! It was my birthday on Wednesday, so I'm taking a nice long weekend to celebrate! Until I return on Monday, you can read some of my blog postings here, or if you would like to watch some of my interviews with the Jingle Ball artists or check out lots of my photos, visit my facebook page. While you're there, add me as a friend if you haven't already. Have a great weekend everyone! By the way, I'm going to see our premiere of Avatar tonight, so I'll let you know how I like it tomorrow :)
I was wondering how long it would take until we would see the first new pictures of Jaycee Duggard, the victim of the horrifying kidnapping ordeal which was all over the news in the past couple of months. Well, today they were released. Jaycee was photographed by People magazine, and is featured on the cover of their latest issue.Â Up until this point, the only images we had of her was as an 11-year old, prior to her kidnapping.Â As you can see, she's now 29, and you can follow the link if you want to read more of People's article about her today.
Believe it or not, these are both the same person!Â That's right, Mariah Carey plays a social worker in an upcoming indy film called Precious which is due out next month!Â The director purposely wanted her to look "homely" so people wouldn't immediately recognize her as Mariah.Â I'd say they did a good job!Â Somebody get that girl a razor!
Lady Gaga took over Saturday Night Live this past weekend, you can watch her performance of "Love Game" and "Poker Face" here.Â Pay extra close attention to the hula hoop smacking her in the head about a minute into the performance!Â When she sits down at the piano and takes her sunglasses off, I think she actually looks great!Â About as normal as she's ever looked, although I'm sure she'd hate me for referring to her as "normal"!
The marquee outside the historic Crest Theatre on K StreetÂ will shine once again tonightÂ after fourÂ months of reconstruction and restoration. The bright red, aquamarine and yellow colors of the marquee, which had been fading for 18 years due to weather, will be relit in a special ceremonyÂ tonight.Â The Crest, one of the few remaining theaters from Sacramento's past,Â celebrates itsÂ 60th anniversary in early October this year.Â But the theater space is actually even older than that.Â Prior toÂ 1949, The Crest TheaterÂ wasÂ known as TheÂ Hippodrome, but it shutÂ down in 1946 afterÂ theÂ marquee plummeted to the ground, killing a woman.Â The theatre was understandibly closed for a time after the accident,Â at the same time beingÂ remodeledÂ and transformed into the Crest as we know it today, opening in 1949.Â Â
The Crest has existed for almost an entire century and brings in around over 200,000Â patronsÂ per year to the many concerts, movies, independent films and public speaking eventsÂ held there. The restoration of the theatreâs faÃ§ade is occurring in addition to the many other renovations that are happening along the same stretch of K Street.Â Among the manyÂ movie theatres in and aboutÂ the Sacramento area, the Crest and the Tower theatres are the only ones that continue to stand in their original form.
In celebration of the theatreâs 60th anniversary and the relighting ceremony, tonight the CrestÂ will be showing the last remaining copy of the film âMidnight Kissâ starring Kathryn Grayson and Ethel Barrymore.Â The theatre will also be showing newsreel footage from the theatreâs original opening. Tickets for the movie will cost 60 cents just as they were in the 40âs.
After Kanye West's completely inappropriate and downright rudeÂ outburstÂ last night, suggesting that Beyonce, and not Taylor, should have won, a slew of other celebrities tweeted (among other things) about their digust with Kanye!
Katy Perry: F**k u Kanye. It's like u stepped on a kitten.
Pink: Kanye west is the biggest piece of s**t on earth. Quote me. Beyonce is a classy lady. I feel for her, too. It's not her fault at all, and her and Taylor did their thing. And douche bag got kicked out. HA.
Joel Madden: WOW Taylor Swift's first VMA and she didn't even get to ENJOY it. Kanye You were just a bully on that one man.
Adam Lambert: Kanye needs to chill. He freaks out every year. It ain't that deep man.
John Mayer: Big love to my girl @taylorswift13. A class act.
Kellie Pickler: Tator Tot, you handled yourself with Grace. Kanye, go grow some f-ing b*lls bitch! don't mess w/ my lil sis!!
Spencer Pratt: Let's be very clear King Spencer would never do anything like what Kayne just did to a sweet soul like Taylor!Â
Heidi Montag: Â congrats @taylorswift13 on your vma!!! you deserve it more than anyone!! I saw the devil in action when kanye west stole your mic! u rock!!!
Kelly Clarkson also directed some thoughts toward Kanye on her blog saying "I think weâre all just curious as to what would make a grown man go on national television and make a talented artist, let alone teenager, feel like s**t... Is winning a moon man that much of a life goal?? You can have mine if it will shut you up. Is it that important, really??"
Pitbull even went on record for a TMZ video calling Kanye "a f**king direspectful motherf**cker".
Way to go Kanye, your incivilityÂ really impressedÂ a lot of peopleÂ last night.Â But then again, he probably just did it to get people talking about him.Â Â Tickets for his nationwide tour do go on sale this weekend, including November 18th here in Sacramento.Â Coincidence?Â Â Of course not.
That's right, former President John Quincy Adams, who has been dead for nearly 200 years, has a twitter page!Â Now I'm personally not a big fan of the tweet, but I think this is pretty cool.Â Evidently a high school student attending a museum in the Adams' (John Quincy's dad, John,Â was also President) home state ofÂ MassachusettsÂ noticed that John Quincy'sÂ diary entries were all quick and concise, much like today's tweeting!Â So the Massachusetts Historical Society got the brilliant idea to create a twitter page for our 6th president, and to update it with his daily diary posts from 1809 as he embarked on a diplomatic mission to Russia.Â Follow the oldest person to have a twitter account at www.twitter.com/JQAdams_MHS
Here are some ideas for fun things for you to do to get out of the house on another beautiful Northern CaliforniaÂ weekend!Â The weather is supposed to be gorgeous, with highs in the lower 90s Saturday and Sunday.Â
A couple of summertime traditions continue downtown, with another Concert In The Park starting at 5:00 tonight at Cesar Chavez Plaza.Â The Music Circus presents Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, with showings all three nights this weekend, plus a Saturday matinee.
This Saturday evening is another Second Saturday, where the masses descend upon midtown for the monthly art-walk.Â Â Let's be honest though, how many of us actually check out a gallery on Second Saturday?Â It's more of an excuse to have dinner and a fun evening out around lots and lots of people.Â AlthoughÂ I'm sure the art is very nice, too!
The Rivercats are in townÂ all weekend if you'd like to catch a ball game.Â Tonight and Saturday starts at 7:00, with Sunday's game beginning at 6:00.Â There will be fireworks after the game on Saturday!
If you want to hit the road, it's a perfect weekend for a roadtrip to Reno for Hot AugustÂ Nights.Â The annual classic-car show wraps up this weekend with lots of events and activities.Â I mean, how often do you actually get to cruise legally anymore?Â It'sÂ a throwback to simpler times gone by this weekend in Reno.Â If you want to pull off the freeway on your way up to Reno, Placer County is having the Heritage Trail Museum Event, where admission to all museums from Roseville to Auburn to Colfax all the way to Tahoe City is free all weekend.Â Â Click hereÂ for more information.
New movies in theaters this weekend include GI Joe, Julie & Julia, and A Perfect Getaway.
Of course, leave your radio on 107-9 The End for all of your favorite songs wherever you're off to this weekend!
John Hughes was responsible for some ofÂ my favorite movies of all time, and he sadly passed away from a heart attack this morning at the age of 59.Â Â Ferries Bueller's Day Off andÂ The Breakfast Club were probably my 2 favorites of his, but looking over his body of work will surely bring back as manyÂ good memories for you as it did for me.Â He wrote so many movies in the 80's and 90'sÂ there was manyÂ I didn't realizeÂ he was responsible for.Â For instance, I had forgotten that he wrote all of the Home Alone movies (which I am happy to see I've never seen... justÂ couldn't stand the sight of Macaualy Culkin's surpisedÂ look on the movie posters with his hands against his cheeks).Â Here's the impressiveÂ list of the movies John Hughes wrote over the years:
If you're currently looking forÂ a job, Kohl's department store will be hiring 600 employees for their new store openings in Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova, and Sacramento.Â The part-time jobs will be in areas of customer service, working the cash register, freight and housekeeping.Â If you are interested in the opportunity, there will be job fairs happening next week.Â You must apply at the job fair associated with the Kohls you are interested in.Â For the Citrus Heights Kohl's, apply at the Holiday Inn on Date Ave. off ofÂ Madison Ave. For the Rancho Cordova Kohl's, apply at the Marriot on Point East Drive in Rancho, and for the Sacramento Kohl's, apply at the Courtyard Cal Expo on Tribute Road.Â The hours are: August 9th and 10th betweenÂ 10:45 am and 6:15 pm, August 11th between 12:15 pm andÂ 7:30 pm, August 12th between 8:45 am to 4 pm, andÂ August 13th between 12:15 pm to 7:30 pm.Â Â Good luck to all those who apply!
Watch out Las Vegas! Mariah Carey has just decided to make Sin City her home for a couple months in the fall (September & October) to start her stint of "intimate engagements" at the Palms Casino Resort.Â Will I be going? No. But I'm sure there are tons of fans out there just dying to attend. What's the princess charging these days to watch her perform? Oh, just a measly $129-$254 a ticket. !!!!Â I know she's talented, but really?! Doesn't Ms. Carey already have enough money to pay her personal trainers and buy personal jets?Â Maybe she's just money hungry. Either way, I hope the Maloof's treat her with theÂ luxury and respect that she certaintly needs!
Further proof that Hollywood is completely out of good ideas, some brilliant movie exec is thinking about turning Lauren Conrad's book LA Candy into a movie.Â Really?Â Kind of makes me want to start writing a script.Â I mean, I'm sure I couldn't do any worse than our girl LC.Â So I assume the plot goes something like this:Â young, innocent girl hits the big city, gets her own reality show, and inexplicably turns into someone famousÂ for doing, well, not much.Â Sounds fascinating.Â Well, seeing that everything else has been simply handed to Ms. Conrad, I'm quite sure that this will be made into a movie, and she'll continueÂ raking in money hand over fist all for doing, what, again?
This is very sad.Â You probably don't remember her name, but I definitely remember her audition, or at least her anti-Simon diatribe after she wasÂ turned down by the judges!Â Â Alexis Cohen, who auditioned first in Season 7 of American Idol, and then returned last season as a slightly more subdued version of herself, was struckÂ by a car and killed early Saturday in Seaside Heights, New Jersey.Â The guy who hit her, Daniel Bark, wasÂ charged with aggravated manslaughter in a NJ court today.Â Â If you watch to refresh your memory, here's herÂ audition from Season 7.Â She had evidently even tried out again this season, and was getting ready for her callback.Â Our best wishes go our to her family.
It's gonna be another hot summer weekend around NoCal with temps in the upper 90's, and as always there's plenty of fun things to be checking out around town.Â Of course everyone's excited about the No Doubt show tonight out at the ampitheater!Â Paramore and The Sounds open up for Gwen and the boys.Â
The Sacramento Film & Music Festival kicks off tonight at the Crest Theater.Â It's a week-long event where you can check out movies made by local filmmakers.Â Starts at 6:30 tonight, 11:00am Saturday, and Noon on Sunday.
A fun family event called the Ice Cream Safari happens Saturday afternoon at the Zoo beginning at 4:00pm.Â All you can eat ice cream on a hot day plus all the cool animals, it doesn't get much better than that!
The Music Circus continues their summer season downtown at 15th and H, this weekend showing one of my all time favorite musicals, Guys And Dolls.Â It's got the famous "Luck Be A Lady" and lots of other great tunes.Â 8:00 show tonight, two shows Saturday, and finishes offÂ at 7:30pm on Sunday.
TwoÂ major movie releases this weekend are G-Force andÂ The Ugly Truth.Â Â Katherine Heigl stars in the latterÂ film, whichÂ is set in Sacramento of all places!Â My general rule of thumb is, the more advertising you see for a movie, the worse it is, and that is apparently true again.Â I've seen TONS of ads for it, probably because it's a big stinkeroo, at least according to several reviews.Â Remember when romantic comedies used to be, well, romantic?Â Not anymore.Â Evidently The Ugly Truth is WAY raunchy, which means thatÂ as much as I like Katherine Heigl,Â I won't be seeing this one.
I hope you all have a great weekend,Â and I'llÂ talk to youÂ again on Monday.Â In the meantime, become my friend on Facebook...Â Â www.facebook.com/ckontheradio
For allÂ you Twilight fans out there, the official Twilight Saga: New Moon site is up and running! You can check outÂ brand newÂ pictures and sound clips from the movie PLUS there are 2 interactiveÂ sub-sites that have even more surprises...If yourÂ on Team Edward check out the Cullen House or if your part of Team Jacob go to the La Push Reservation site. Both of them have some awesome wallpapers, quotes, and more. Even though the movie doesn't come out until November, this will definitely make the next 4 months a little easier! Check it out here.
So the knuckleheads we call our state legislatorsÂ apparently got something done last night and reached an agreementÂ which attempts toÂ re-balance theÂ piece of crap budget they passed back in February. Schwarzenegger and the legislators declared at the time what a great job they had done to reach the deal, and how both parties really came together and solved the budget problem.Â Ummm, not so fast.Â Â Here we are in July, just 5 months later, realizing what a joke that previous deal was, so much so it needed a complete re-working because it WAY over-estimated how much money California would be making via taxes. Enter last night's agreement. While it may be better than February's lame excuse for a budget deal, to me it looks like anotherÂ piece of crap!Â What do I mean by piece of crap, you ask?Â Well, we've been told thatÂ we'll beÂ $26 BILLIONÂ dollars short of making the previous budget work (which is in effect until June of 2010).Â But the new deal only makes $15.5 billion in cuts!Â You do the math. It doesn't quite add up. The other $10 billion was just glossed overÂ with smoke and mirrors (dishonest accounting tricks and attempted borrowing from California cities and counties, like they have any extra money lying around!). Sadly, the knuckleheads regularly pull these kinds of monetary manipulations, which is one of the reasons the budget seems to always be in crisis mode. The politicians constantly chip away at the problem, yet always leave a ticking time-bomb ready to explode during the next year's budget. Which it inevitably does. So once again, despite last night's apparent deal and forthcoming congratulations the politicians will undoubtedly slap each other on the back with, the entire deficit problem is not reallyÂ solved, but instead pushed into the future yet again withÂ more lame accountingÂ tricks.Â Shameful!!
Here's a little perspective... it doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that a state isÂ going to take inÂ more money in taxes during years when lots and lots of people are buying houses and the economy is generally good.Â That was a few years ago.Â The problem is, our state government got greedy and spent all that increased revenue, instead of realizing it was going to be a short-lived windfall and perhaps SAVING some of it for future lean times.Â Of course, this is not how governments work.Â It's all about the right now for these politicians, and how much money can theyÂ get away withÂ spending so theirÂ constituents will vote themÂ back in the next election?Â Even worse than simply wasting allÂ that excess income with those bloated budgets of the past couple years, is the fact that the programs and agencies that got all the extra moneyÂ are of course continuing to expect to receive those fundsÂ moving forward, and then crying foul when the legislators dare cutÂ into their gravy train.Â And there lies the problem California has gotten itself into.
Let's bring thisÂ intoÂ our world with a scenario that could happen in our lives.Â Â SayÂ that you have a job which pays youÂ $40,000 a year.Â Then for aÂ coupleÂ years your company does very well, so it gives you some nice bonuses.Â Maybe you make $60,000Â for a couple of years because of this.Â Â WithÂ all of this extra money coming in, youÂ start spendingÂ lots more on things you don't necessarily need, like a faster internet connection, more expensive data plan for your cell phone, or maybeÂ all of the movie channels for your televisionÂ viewing pleasure.Â Unfortunately, aÂ year or twoÂ later the economy worsens, and your company's business goes south.Â Â Maybe they even have to furlough you a day or two a month, so now you're only going to makeÂ $35,000 this year.Â The problem is, you're used to spending all that extra money you used to be getting on your paychecks every other week, so what do you do?Â This is exactly where our state is.Â Making much less money, but stubbornly unwilling to STOP SPENDING MONEY IT DOESN'T HAVE!!Â This time around, it solved about half the problem.Â My prediction- by the end of this year or early 2010, we'll beÂ right back where we were before last night's agreement, OUT OF MONEY!Â So for now, the embarrassing IOU payments will cease, but rest assured, the state's budget problem is nowhere near solved, and will rear its ugly head again in the not-too-distant future.
After more thanÂ 5 months since theÂ Chris Brown and Rihanna incident, Chris has finally released an apology...Check out the video here.
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TheÂ 107.9 softball team finished off ourÂ regular season last night by beating Comcast Cable 13-5!Â We finished withÂ a record of 7-3-1, and are ready for the playoffs starting next week.Â Way to go 107.9, good luck in the playoffs!Â That's me, the second guy from the left :)
It was 40 years ago today that the spaceship Apollo 11 took off for the moon!Â There's a website that is recreating the historical mission as if it were currently happening.Â If you are interested in reliving the history, visit wechoosethemoon.org and follow the action exactly as it happened back in 1969!Â Â You can listenÂ to a live stream of the conversations between the ship and ground control, plus follow Apollo's progress on the way to the moon.Â Pretty cool!
It's unbelievable that this footage has been kept under wraps for 25 years, but here it is, the behind the scenes video of Michael Jackson's hair catching on fire when he was filming the Pepsi commercial way back in 1984. Many people believe that it was because of this accident that he became hooked on pain killers, and got his started with his complete look-alteringÂ plastic surgeries.
One of the positive results ofÂ all the hoopla surroundingÂ Michael Jackson's deathÂ is the fact that a lot of his music is getting played again more than it had been recently.Â Â Which brings to mind a question that has been haunting many of us for a long, long time: what the heck is Michael saying during "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin" when he says the nonsensical line,Â "ma ma se, ma ma sa, ma ma coo sa??" Â Well, I found the answer!Â
The story goes like this.Â Â Way back in 1972,Â an African pop star named Manu Dibango created a song called "Soul Makossa,"Â based on theÂ Makossa,Â a Cameroonian dance.Â In the song, DibangoÂ stretched out the word "makossa" into "ma-mako, ma-ma-ssa, mako-makossa."Â Evidently Michael came across Dibango's music at some point in the next decade, twisting the lyric yet again into what we hear in "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin."Â Â So now we know,Â MichaelÂ was singing "ma ma se, ma ma sa, ma ma coo sa,"Â which was a lot a random syllables added to the name ofÂ an African dance!Â Â I'm sure you will sleep much better tonight knowing this musical tidbit!Â Rihanna evenÂ used the lyricÂ at the end ofÂ her hit "Don't Stop The Music" a year ago or so, soÂ Dibango's music for a couple of reasons has found its way into the 21st century!
There aren't too many artists cool enough to have performed at both an EndFest AND a Jingle Ball, but Jessica Simpson is one of them.Â Â Since she has lived her love life very much in the public eye the past ten years or so, there's lots of mean people out there who love to poke fun at her misfortunes, but not me.Â I've had the privilege of meeting her several times here at The End when she was still just an up-and-coming artist, and sheÂ was always very nice and friendly (don't we look cute together??).Â Â So that's why I'm bummed that she's going through another tough time in her life, as she was apparently dumped by her quarterback-boyfriendÂ Tony Romo last week the night before her birthday!Â Bad timing, dude!Â But then again, quarterbacks aren't generally known for treating their women well.Â Jessica, I post this picture to remindÂ you of happier times!Â By the way, I'm not exactly sure why it looks like I have a fro in this pic, but they made me wear that stupid headband to help promote "Irresistible," whichÂ was her new song at the time, way back in 2001!
Brooke Hogan is releasing a new album soon, not sure why..., and on that album is a track titled "Ur Not That Hot." Aimed at Heidi Montag, it begins with a Heidi impersonator ripping on Brooke, then Brooke retaliates during the course of the song.Â The cause of this beef between the two stars? It's not completely certain from her words in her Myspace blog, but at this point in time, who isn't picking fights with Speidi? But I'm wonderingÂ if Brooke really have reason to be telling Heidi she's not that hot, because she's not so hot herself!
The newest American Idol judge, Kara DioGuardi, got married over the weekend in Maine of all places!Â It was an intimate ceremony with only about 30 guests in attendance, and it's probably safe to safe that Simon Cowell was not one of them.Â Congratulations to Kara and her husband, Mike McCuddy.Â
After I heard this, I realized how it could be taken as somewhat odd that only 1 judge (Randy Jackson) was married previously to this, despite the fact the all 4 are certainly marryin' age!Â Paula was of course married and divorced twice within a snappy 6-year period in the 90s.Â Think about that,Â getting married AND divorced not once but twice, andÂ all within 6 years!Â Â That can't be easy to do!Â Poor Paula.Â I guess Simon and Paula justÂ have toÂ getÂ hitched now so all our judges can live happily ever after!
Last night in New York, Rihanna was playing around at a tattoo parlor for a few hours when her long-time pal BangBang (quite the name...) decided that he wanted the pop star to give him a tattoo.Â Sure, it was all fun and games, but also illegal!Â Because Rihanna isn't a licensed tattoo artist, she broke three health codes and may face 3 misdemeanors totaling near $2000.Â The parlor, East Side Ink, will probably also face charges.Â I guess next time a pop princess walks through their doors, they'll think twice about letting her handle dangerous instruments and put some permament ink on someone's body!
Now that Hilary Duff has been dropped by her record label, our girl's gotta find some work somewhere!Â Well, it looks like she's landed a role on the small screen. The CW has confirmed that Hilary will be joing the cast of Gossip Girl this fall! She's going to play a movie star turned college student named Olivia, who will be Vanessa's roomie at NYU. ThisÂ should definitely mix it up as the girls head off to college. Supposedly, Hilary's character is gonna hook up with Dan! How do you think Serena's going to feel about that??
So will it be "Thriller" or The Black Eyed Peas "The E.N.D." selling the most copies this week?Â Early estimates have "Thriller" as well asÂ two of Michael Jackson's greatest hits CD'sÂ selling about 100,000 copies EACH this week!Â The Peas, who had the #1 CD two weeks ago, are estimated to have sold a similar number this week as well (Jonas Brothers, who had last week's #1, evidently dropped off a bit this week).Â How cool would that be to have "Thriller" back at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart as one last tribute to the entertainer?Â It wasÂ the #1 selling album in the country for anÂ incredible 37 weeks back in 1983-84!Â We'll find out the official totals and rankingsÂ tomorrow (Wednesday), but here's the problem...Â "Thriller" is not eligible toÂ chartÂ onÂ theÂ Top 200 Albums chart anymore!Â Â Lame!Â Billboard, the magazine that prints all the music charts, actually has a separate chart for older CD's called Top Catalog Albums, which is where "Thriller", as well as many other MJ albums, should dominateÂ the Top 10.Â But if it sells more thanÂ The Black Eyed Peas, I don't see whyÂ it couldn'tÂ be put back on the mainÂ chart!Â This is obviously a very rare occurence, where an old albumÂ actually sells enough copies to placeÂ on the regularÂ albums chart, but evidently Billboard is going to abide by theirÂ rules, and not make an exception for MJ.Â So even if "Thriller" actually sells more copies than any other CD in the country this week, it sadly won't be #1 on the Top 200.Â And that's kind of a bummer.
So there I was last Thursday having a late lunch in the Santa Cruz hills, enjoying the beautiful view ofÂ Monterrey Bay, when my cell phone rings and my friend tells me that Michael Jackson is dead.Â I had just gotten into town and wasÂ beginning what was supposed to beÂ a relaxing few days vacation on the beach, when itÂ dawned on meÂ thatÂ I was goingÂ to miss out on being on the radioÂ on one of the biggest, albeit saddest,Â daysÂ in music history.Â I don't intendÂ that selfishly at all, but having grown up enjoying much ofÂ MichaelÂ Jackson's music like most ofÂ you, I would have been honored to be able to discuss and remember his life and music on the radio with everybody that day.Â Instead, from now onÂ Santa Cruz and Michael Jackson will be forever linked in my mind, because even while on vacation, that story would dominateÂ my next few days there.Â I found itÂ a little peculiarÂ sharing Michael Jackson moments with the hippie crowd which frequents the Santa Cruz area, a group of people I wouldn't normally peg as being big MJ fans.Â For instance,Â on Friday nightÂ I was enjoying aÂ milkshake at a late-night diner which was playingÂ nothing but MJ over their speakers, and noticed that evenÂ the rastafarian types there were bobbing their heads and smiling and singing along toÂ Thriller, The Way YouÂ Make Me Feel, andÂ Wanna Be Startin' Something.Â Â But I think that's exactly why Michael Jackson was so immensely popular, because his music reallyÂ appealed to so many differentÂ and diverse typesÂ of people.Â Â I imagine thatÂ just about everyone over the age of 14 can name at least one MJ song, which is very unusual for an artist that hasn'tÂ had a legitimate hitÂ in asÂ many years.Â
My first memory of Michael Jackson was during the Thriller album years.Â I was too young to be interested inÂ pop music at that point, but I was vaguely aware of his name becauseÂ an olderÂ friend of the family that I knew had the Thriller cassette tape,Â but had to hide it from his parents because they didn't want him listening to it.Â Â Some things never change!Â By the time the Bad album (CD's were available by then, but I didn't have a CD player yet, haha!)Â came out in 1987, I was just starting to listen to the radio and did like some ofÂ hisÂ songs,Â Smooth Criminal in particular.Â Â Man In The Mirror, one of my fave MJ tunes now, was also on that album, but I recallÂ notÂ particularly liking that one as a kid.Â It's funny how your attitude toward songs can change as you grow up a bit.Â IÂ also remember what a big deal each new Michael Jackson video was back then.Â Â MTV would always make a huge deal about the premiere of one of his new videos, which wereÂ generally more like short films, often about 10 minutes long.Â And whenever MTV would count down their Top 100 videos all of time, Thriller would always be #1.Â I wonder when MTV stopped doing those countdowns?Â Most likely in the mid-90's I would imagine, when they stopped playing videos altogether!Â
TheÂ 90's weren't so friendly toÂ MJ.Â The sexual molestation allegations hit, and his songs just weren't as good as they were in the 80's.Â Black Or White was definitely a classic from his Dangerous CD in 1991 (yes, I had a CD player by then!),Â and he had a few more hits off ofÂ that album, but those aren't the ones we love to hear these days likeÂ his previous material.Â By this timeÂ he was starting toÂ haveÂ lots of plastic surgery, he got married, got divorced, got married again, hadÂ more plastic surgery, and beganÂ mixing up babies in petrie dishes.Â At the pointÂ heÂ hit the Top 10 for the final time ofÂ his career,Â 1995'sÂ You Are Not Alone, hisÂ strange behaviorÂ was definitelyÂ outweighingÂ his musical successes in the public eye.Â Â And that's sad. I guess that means if you're in your twenties or younger, and started following MJ's career in the 90's, you know himÂ more for being a freak or a child molester than for being a legitimate pop star.Â But did he really molest those young boys?Â I have no idea of course, but keep in mind he was never convicted of the charges against him.Â And it seems to me if your kids were really violated in such a manner, you as parentsÂ wouldÂ want the offender to be pronounced guilty and sent to jail as opposed to just paid off financially.Â But who really knows?Â Â Now that Michael Jackson has passed, I hope people can separate the music from the man and really appreciate what a musical revolutionary he really was, and the unparalleled success he had.Â Like the 17 Top 10 hits he had in the 80's alone, including an unheard of 8 Top 10's from his "Thriller" album alone!Â It's sad that it takes Jackson's death to get people focused on his music again, instead of the tabloid fodder which was always in his shadow for the last two decades of his life. I for one am glad that I canÂ remember at least some of the 80's, and was able to enjoyÂ hisÂ music before forming an opinion about his personal life.
So Lil Wayne's lawyer was in court today trying to get some drug charges dropped against the rapper. But wait til you hear the excuse he used to try to get him off... the drug-sniffing dogs which found the cocaine, ecstasy, and marijuana on Wayne's tour bus last year weren't properly trained! So the charges should be dropped! Wtf?? They found the drugs, didn't they? Sounds like they did a pretty good job to me? Wow, good luck with that, Weezy.
Today is my grandmother's 90th birthday!Â I went down to Walnut Creek with my family this morning to spend some time with her on her big day.Â Pretty amazing to think of everything she's witnessed and lived through since she was born in 1919.Â
So with those thoughts on my mind, I pull into work right before I got on the air at 1:00 this afternoon, and everyone in the workplace was abuzz.Â Â "Did you hear, did you hear?"Â I told them I hadn't heard, asÂ I'd been withÂ the fam all morning.Â "The Black Eyed Peas beat up Perez Hilton!"Â Hmmm, I say to myself.Â I don't really care, but itÂ doesn't surprise me, as he certainly had it coming with all the hatefulÂ things heÂ is constantly spewing out about people on his site.Â I stopped visitingÂ his website long ago, because I don't care to support that type of person.Â Of course, the Peas themselves most likely weren't the culprits, but let's let everything sort itself out before we recklessly jump to conclusions.Â Then I read on the internet that Jon & Kate are getting divorced.Â Â Again, who cares??Â I'm sorry, but as a young person plugged in to pop culture like I am, wasÂ I supposed to feelÂ some sort of emotion when I read that?Â I don't know who they are, besidesÂ the fact that I have to see themÂ on the cover of all those stupid magazines that are in my face when I'm trying to checkout at the grocery store.Â Other than that, they have no bearing on my life whatsoever.Â I am aware of the fact thatÂ they have a reality show, although I couldn't tell you what network it's on (and I'm pretty proud of that fact).Â I have no idea the backstory as to how they wereÂ picked to have their own reality show (someone is definitely exploitingÂ those children, I'm just not sure if Jon & KateÂ or the producers are to blame, or possibly all of the above), but it has evidently cost them their marriage.Â The show is obviously ruining their lives, yet we as a culture are licking it up and begging for more.Â How is thisÂ a positive?Â What couple has ever done a reality show together and ended up better for it?Â Has pop culture always been this shallow andÂ overall just bankrupt of any redeeming qualities?Â It's days like this when I question our adulation/consumption of all things celebrity and reality, and I do think they go hand in hand.Â Things that should be important, like the potential revolution happening right now in Iran which could quite possibly change the course of things big-time in the middle East,Â just don't seem to be prominent enough with us young folks.Â The youth over there are risking their lives demonstrating in the streets against theirÂ oppressive government, and here we seem to beÂ more pre-occupiedÂ withÂ the twists and turns of the relationship of some random couple with 8 kids that none of us has ever met.Â Sure, celeb watching/pop cultureÂ does have a time and place, yet I would argue it should be a funÂ distraction from our daily routine, butÂ not become our daily routine in itself.Â Â Now I'm certainly not advocatingÂ that weÂ mobilize against our government, haha,Â but it seems to me thatÂ more and more of the celeb/reality stuffÂ is occupying more andÂ moreÂ of our consciousness much more regularly.Â And that's not a good thing.Â
I'll be honest, I had a tough time on the radio today talking about the aforementioned stories, because I don't want to be fake and act like I care about all this stuff when I really couldn't care less,Â yet IÂ know I need to mention themÂ becauseÂ a lot of you really doÂ want to hear it.Â Â So becauseÂ I refuse to elevate these thingsÂ to "important" status in my life,Â I generally end up presenting themÂ in a sarcastic or critical manner.Â Does this make me out of touch because I'm notÂ hanging on every new revelationÂ ofÂ Jon andÂ Kate's failingÂ relationship?Â I'm sorry, but I'm just not going to aid in fueling the short-livedÂ media fire of this poor couple who's being chewed up and spit out by our horribleÂ tabloid culture, which isÂ all the whileÂ searching for its nextÂ train-wreckÂ story to exploit in another month or two.Â AndÂ when you stop to think about the things that should hold true importanceÂ in our lives, likeÂ spending time with grandma on her 90th birthday,Â Â you realize just how inconsequential people like Jon & KateÂ really are in our lives.Â Â We can't continue to let the things which should be merely distractions toÂ take theÂ majority position in our lives.
A bunch of us here at work headed outsideÂ this morning for our company's annual MakeÂ A Difference Day.Â We cleaned up around the banks of the American River right around where it flows into Folsom Lake just off of Salmon Falls Rd.Â It's beautiful up there!Â And luckily, I didn't getÂ any poison oak.Â We definitely left the place a lot cleaner than when we got there, especially the remnants of the party we found under the bridge!Â Who parties under bridges?Â Haha!Â SomeÂ interesting items we found: a tire, lots of socks, flip flops, a used diaper, and manyÂ empty "adult beverage" cans.
The Beatles are certainlyÂ too old for us to play on 107.9, but they are responsible for some of the most classic pop songs of the rock & roll era.Â I recently heardÂ a fun little story about the inspiration behind one of theirÂ most famous songs, "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds."Â Turns outÂ LucyÂ wasÂ an actual person, aÂ schoolmateÂ ofÂ John Lennon's son Julian, named Lucy Vodden.Â LennonÂ got his inspiration for the song one day when his then 4-year oldÂ son came home with a drawing and described it to his father as "Lucy in the sky with diamonds."Â Evidently just that phrase alone started the creative process!Â Maybe our grandparents knew all of this already, but I certainly hadn't heard itÂ before.Â The cool part of theÂ story though, and the reason it's resurfacing now more than 40 years after the song originally came out, is thatÂ LucyÂ has recently becomeÂ ill with Lupus.Â Upon hearing this, JulianÂ actually tracked down hisÂ old friend Lucy,Â and sent her flowers and gardening vouchers from his home in France.Â Â The two plan on staying in touch mainly via texting.
So I sent one of my interns, Kirsten, out to the Boardwalk this past Saturday night to check out the Let's Make A Mess tour headlined by HeyÂ Monday, who recently opened up for Fall Out Boy when they were through town a couple months ago.Â Here's what she had to say about the show:
For fans of bands like Paramore and Boys Like Girls, start paying attention to the up-and-coming band Hey Monday, who just performedÂ at the Boardwalk last Saturday.Â The band played a fun energetic show, even throwing red cups to audience members to âparty and make a mess!âÂ The real magic of the band lies in their lead singer Cassadee â with her edgy look and awesome vocals, sheâs the reason why boys and girls alike are craving more from Hey Monday.Â She only stopped dancing around singing at the top of her lungs to slow it down for a couple songs, showing the bandâs sensitive side.Â Their great balance of ballads and pop-rock songs were great for the audience as well as the band.Â The large turnout of fans at the Boardwalk who knew all the words to the songs shows the bandâs already huge following.Â Hey Monday has potential to become the new âitâ band â watch out for them!Â If you missed the show, you can check out their website at www.heymondaymusic.com for music and videos.Â Listen to these in particular: âHomecomingâ and âHowÂ You Love Me Now.â
We've all seen the video by now of Bret Michaels having Nothing at all resemblingÂ A Good Time at the Tony Awards lastÂ Sunday when the set piece landed on his head, or more specifically, his nose. He suffered a broken nose, and now we've got the pix! Check them out here!Â I guess we now knowÂ what he meant when he sang "every cowboy sings a sad, sad song..."
Check out the Peas singing their new song "I Gotta Feeling" on Letterman last night. Personally, I like this song even better than "Boom Boom Pow!" Their new CD (called The END!!) came out yesterday as well.
You may want to be sitting down for this one.Â Adam Lambert, this year's American Idol runner-up, just told Rolling Stone magazine that he is gay.Â In someÂ related stories, the Pope is Catholic, and the sky is blue.Â Check out the shocking article HERE.
So Kelis (she'd had the hits Milkshake and Bossy), recently divorced from rapperÂ Nas, took to the web today to blast married men who cheat!Â Perhaps some insight into why they broke up?Â Anyway, check out this blast:
This lovely day I would like to touch on cheaters. Super brief! Why be cowardly, why not go after what you really want? Do people know what they want? Probably not which goes into know and respecting ones self. Also we can discuss w****s, I mean the nasty sub par tricks that participate in cheating. Well let me say this, both parties that are gross. And reality they deserve each other. All the scum bag coward husbands and less than impressive sluts unite! You can all go down in flames together! Hooray!Â No seriously, I have no patience for any of it but the problem is women usually blame the women. I am here to say that the husband is way more at fault, now of course the woman/women who partake are stupid and pitiful. An honestly I will say its expected from younger girls 23 and under. But after that I do think we as women need to take more responsibility. Men are driven by something differently then we are and that is generally stupidity, don't worry we still love you guys. We just have to be smarter :)
Haha!! So evidentlyÂ Kelis thinks that if you're 18-22 you can mess around all you want??Â Huh?Â But we agree with Kelis, cheaters suck!
If you loved Boys Like Girls at Jingle Ball last year, get ready to hearÂ some new stuff from them. Â Today I heard their brand newÂ song called "Love Drunk," and I really liked it!Â It's very reminiscient of the All-American Rejects recent #1 hit "Gives You Hell," complete withÂ background chanting and all.Â No release date for their CD yet, but you should be hearing the song on The End within a few weeks.
3OH!3's new songÂ "Starstrukk" has already hit ourÂ Text 10 @ 10 countdown, and I'm now hearing that theyÂ are working onÂ a new radio version of the track which will include vocals by the one and only Katy Perry!Â Can't wait to hear that!
Couple goodÂ all-ages shows coming to town the next couple of weekends out at The Boardwalk in Orangevale.Â This Saturday night, June 6th, it's Kate Voegele (you might remember her from One Tree Hill last season) with Angel Taylor opening up for her.Â Angel's got a great new song called "Make Me Believe" that I think will be a big hit later in the year.Â Then next Saturday (the 13th) it's Hey Monday, who were here in April opening up for Fall Out Boy.Â Â They're back around now, and headlining this time!Â Their CD is pretty good,Â it reminds me quite a bit of Paramore.Â Tickets are always affordable at The Boardwalk, so go enjoy some good live music!
Please don't hate me! If you're my friend on facebook, you got a very peculiar message from me today with a link to some sort of video. DO NOT OPEN THAT LINK!! It's loaded with viruses, and it may cause your facebook to do the same thing that happened to me, spam all of your friends! This is so annoying! I warned everyone on the air this afternoon not to open anything from me, but I know not everyone heard that, so I apologize if you did open it. You should definitely run a virus scan on your computer. I hope we can still be friends!
Laura Ling, who is a native Sacramentan and sister of Lisa Ling (from the TV show Scratch back in the day, and on The View more recently), is being held prisonerÂ in North Korea along with another journalist, and will stand trial thisÂ Thursday forÂ entering the communist country illegally.Â Ms. Ling and her co-worker wereÂ doing a story about North Korean refugees in China at the time.Â The North Korean government is claiming they were conducting "hostile activities" while in the country illegally, and it is speculated that they could be sentencedÂ to 5-10 years in a brutal labor camp.Â If you don't know,Â North Korea is run by an evil dictatorÂ very unfriendly to the USA, not to mentionÂ to his own people.Â This is a very unfortunate situation, but since Laura is one of our own, I wanted to spread the word.Â Â I'm not exactly sure what we can do against an evil foreign dictator, but if nothing else please sign this petition letting the North Korean governmentÂ know that we are appalled at their treatment of these American journalists, and calling for their immediate release.
Proposition 8 deals with an issue that tends to bring out lots of emotion when it is discussed.Â Â So I will tryÂ to leave all the emotion out of this blog, and just give you the cut-and-dry facts of what today's ruling was and what it means.
Today, by a vote of 6-1, the California Supreme Court, the same group who declared same-sex "marriage" legal less than one year ago,Â upheld the people's voteÂ on Proposition 8 from last November.Â Â That begs the question, how can the CSCÂ take one side last year, and then theÂ other side this year?Â It's actually a little more complicated than that.Â Remember, judges can't just come out and make or change laws simplyÂ because they feel a certain way about a certain issue.Â Â They're judges after all, not legislators.Â In today's decision, what the CSC was doing was simply ruling on whether or not Proposition 8 is legal and constitutional.Â Â PropositionÂ 8, when passed by the voters of California,Â amended the stateÂ constitution to say that marriage is between a man and a woman, which negated the CSC's controversial ruling from last year which temporarily opened the doors to same-sex "marriage."Â Â The chief justice of the CSC today reminded everyone by sayingÂ that "all politicalÂ power is inherent in the people," and that voters were within their rights to pass the amendment in November.Â He went on to say that "same-sex couples continue to enjoy the same substantive core benefits ... as those enjoyed by opposite-sex couples, including the constitutional right to enter into an officially recognized and protected family relationship with the person of one's choice and to raise children."Â Wait a minute, did he just say opposite-sex couples?Â Has he been listening to Miss California?Â Haha!Â Anyway, theÂ same-sex "marriages"Â that were performed during the few months that they were legal in California will remain valid.
Regardless of the issue,Â and this certainly is a divisive one, it is comforting to hear from a group of judges that a democracy is run by the PEOPLE, and not by the JUDGES themselves (especially since they are generally appointed and not elected).Â Quite often judges go against the will of the people in a variety of issues,Â far overstepping their constitutional boundaries.Â Some call it "legislating from the bench," which is not the role of judges.Â We elect congressmen (not judges) to write our laws, and then can hold them accountable by voting them out the next time if we don't like the laws they were writing.Â Don't ever forget that theÂ US Constitution begins with the words "We the people," which means government doesn't run our lives, WE run the government.Â Â That distinction doesn't seem to be well remembered here in the 21st century.Â
So if youÂ agree with Prop. 8, you were encouraged today to hear the CSC doing their job today, and not overstepping their boundaries by trying to go against the will of the people.Â If you disagree with Prop.Â 8, you need not be angry with the CSC, but shouldÂ know that your disagreement is with the people of California.Â Â How both sides handle the victory or defeat of their cause will be interesting to watch.
Sean from White Tie Affair called in to say that what you saw of him on The Hills (on May 18th) wasn't was really went down!Â What??Â The Hills isn't actual reality??Â I'm shocked!!Â Listen to our conversation to see what he had to say:
So I hauled my butt out of bed at the crack of dawn this morning to go hang out with Mark S. Allen (and the cows from the Dixon May Fair!) on Good Day Sacramento on CW31.Â If you were watching, you know that Nick and Marianne came up with aÂ "secret phrase" for you to win some End Fest tickets AND backstage passes!Â Mark didn't think the phrase they came up with was very good, but I'll say itÂ on the air anyway sometime in the 4:00pm hour today on my show.Â When you hear me say it, be the 5th caller at 766-1079 and you'll win the EndFest tickets and backstage passes!Â Â Be listening and good luck!
So as I was watching them sing the "standards" on Idol last night, I began to realize how cool it must have been to be alive in the 40s, 50s and 60s.Â Granted, there would have beenÂ only a few channels onÂ television, no cel phones,Â no internet or computers or anything, but the style of music seems to have been pretty cool.Â Just seeing and hearing that full horn section there on stage along with all of their usual musicians made me wish that people would put that much effort into making musicÂ today.Â There's nothing like a stage full of talented musicians performingÂ together on a song.Â Songwriters back then apparently even seemed to put a little more effort into their lyrics than a lotÂ of today'sÂ songwriters, who write song afterÂ songÂ dealing with pretty much, well, sex.Â I'm not sure if very many of today's rappers are aware of the fact that it is possible to rap about any other topic.Â But I shouldn't pick on just them, because a lot of pop music is following their lead pretty closely as well.Â Plus, with the advent of digital recording software,Â just about anybody with a computer and the right programsÂ can now fully produce a song.Â And a growing percentageÂ of today'sÂ music is produced this way.Â Why hire a fewÂ musicians to actually play instruments on a songÂ when you can re-createÂ it all yourself for much less cost?Â In other words, it takes less "musical talent" in the old-fashioned sense of the phrase, to make music these days, and I believe that is kind of sad.Â Â Now I'm not tryingÂ toÂ completely rip onÂ today's music, becauseÂ of course we love it, but last night really made meÂ notice the difference betweenÂ how music was made andÂ how it is currentlyÂ being made.
As far as the singing, like I mentioned on the radio today, last night was the first time I thought it was possible for someone other than Adam to win.Â Danny really shined last night, and Adam was still his usual over-the-top self, but for the first timeÂ didn't really impress me.Â Allison and Kris were both good, andÂ I wasÂ a little surprised that Matt didn't do better, considering this is more his style of music.Â I'm thinking Matt will be on his way home here in a few hours.Â Leave me some comments if you agree or disagree!
You'veÂ heard her story by now, right?Â She's the latest "overnight sensation," the 47-year old single ladyÂ from Scotland (who's supposedly never even been kissed)Â discovered toÂ haveÂ an angelic voice thanks toÂ one of Simon Cowell's other shows, "Britian's Got Talent."Â Â ButÂ why is sheÂ such a sensation?Â There are plenty of people out there who could knock out a pretty solid version of that song.Â SoÂ I've got aÂ painful question to throw out there.Â Â Have we really gotten so shallow as a society that we think unattractive, slightly overweight people cannotÂ possiblyÂ have talent?Â Why is it so difficult to believeÂ that this woman could actually haveÂ a beautiful voice?Â Â She must have been there as a joke, right?Â Â This is what television has trained us to believe.Â And it's very sad.Â Â When she went on Larry King's show to be interviewed last week, one of the first questions he asked her was, now with her newfound fame, "will you change the way you look, will you change the way you dress?"Â Brilliant!Â Could you possibly be any more condescending, Larry?Â HisÂ assumption that her clothing and general appearance could use some improvingÂ is exactly the biasÂ I'm talking about.Â If she's happy with herself, that's all the matters.Â Â Usually when "the fat lady sings" it signifies something coming to an end.Â Maybe, just maybe,Â Susan BoyleÂ has possibly put to an endÂ a few of our appearance-based prejudices!
Our girl Britney took over Sactown on Saturday night, performing in front of over 15,000 screaming fans at Arco, many of which paid well over $100 to be entertained by the Pop Princess.Â So was it worth it?Â Â The concert was certainly a spectacle.Â Â Various circus-type acts preceded Britney to the stage doing lots of impressive things with hula hoops andÂ large steel cubes, whileÂ others defiedÂ gravity with daring acrobatic leaps high above the stage.Â Â Then afterÂ a creepy introduction sequence byÂ Perez Hilton (why?), Britney was finally lowered down onto the three-ringed stage, andÂ the roar inside Arco was deafening.Â Â She lip-synched her way through "Circus" amidst lots of colorful dancers/performers bouncing around the stage, and the evening was off and running.Â Everything was very theatrical and visually stimulating, and she looked amazing, but there was one thing missing.Â Britney!Â I know that sounds weird, but let me explain.Â I've seen Britney three times before, and I always walked away saying what a great "entertainer" she was.Â We all know she doesn't have the best voice in pop music, but her personalityÂ and charm on stage made up for what she lacked in vocal ability.Â This time, there was no charm.Â She didn't actually "sing" a note all night (even lip-synched the slow songs), and quite often didn't even bother moving her lips to at leastÂ make people think she was singing, asÂ she was evidentlyÂ more worried about getting her choreography right, which wasn'tÂ that difficult to begin with.Â The first time BritneyÂ even said hiÂ to us in the audience wasÂ about 30 minutes into the show, and then all she said was pretty much "Hey Sacramento, good to be here, I'm gonna slow it down now,Â yada yada yada..."Â Maybe her mic time was purposely limited to avoid anyÂ famousÂ BritneyÂ faux pas we're getting used to of late,Â but either way there was virtually no interaction with the crowd all night.Â No chance for Brit's personality to shine through.Â My favorite part of the show was the song where she and her helpers performed the "illusions."Â Britney was sawn in half (and hysterically she continuedÂ "singing" even while she was in three pieces!!), she was made to disappear, and then was teleported to the other side of the stage all within a fewÂ magical minutes.Â This was a very cool sequence.Â Everything with visually impressive, but that was the problem.Â The best parts of the show really had nothing to do with Britney.Â The entire show played onÂ Britney's image and persona (which she has worked hardÂ to create), but it really could have been anyone going through the motions on stage.Â There was no spontaneity, and not a whole lot of fun.Â Despite this, I'm sure there will beÂ people who claim this was the best concert they've ever been to,Â and I can see how they will say that based on what a grand production it was.Â But for me, IÂ missedÂ the mainÂ thing I went there to see.Â Britney!
Our boy Flo Rida tell meÂ I could give you his cel number, so you can get better acquainted before End Fest next month.Â Give Flo a call at 305-528-2786 and tell him you're looking forward to seeing him in Sac!
Yes, here is Britney and I from way back!!!Â Aren't we cute??Â This was in January of 1999, the week BEFORE her first album came out, when sheÂ was in Sac opening up for NSYNC at the Memorial Auditorium.Â She had just turned 17 the month before... at this point no one had any idea how bigÂ she wouldÂ become!!Â And by the way, what the heck am I wearing??Â Â Remember the swing craze of the late 90s?Â I think that's what I was trying to pullÂ off with the suspenders and tie.Â Good thing you can't see my shoes, because I'm pretty sure those were pretty wild too!Â I found another pic of me and Brit (not quite as embarrassing) which I'll post on Friday, so check back.Â 3 days til Britney atÂ ARCO!!!
One of the more difficult parts of my job is having to have cheerleaders in the studio.Â It's rough I tell you!Â :)Â I had the pleasure of hanging out with Angel and Deanna from the Gold Rush Cheerleaders today, and they want YOU to be a part of their squad for this upcoming season!Â If you're 18 or over, tryouts are March 29th down at Stanford University, and you can find more info here.
Tony from No Doubt called in today to talk about their show this summer which goes on sale Saturday at noon.Â We talked about their new CD coming out,Â what they were up to during their long break, and what led them to reunite!
You knew it would come out eventually.Â And now, thanks to papers filed by the LAPD, weÂ can finally know what led to the argument which spurred Chris Brown to act like an idiot and beat up Rihanna.Â According to Entertainment Tonight, here are the crazy details:
Around 12:25 am, RihannaÂ answered Chris' phone and read a three-page text message from one of hisÂ previous girlfriends.Â They thenÂ engaged in a verbal argument that quickly escalated into an alleged violent attack by Brown.Â HeÂ pulled the rentedÂ car over and unsuccessfully attempted to push Rihanna out of the car, causing her injury as she struck the window.Â ChrisÂ repeatedly punched RihannaÂ in the face with his right hand while continuing to drive and steer the wheel of the car with his left hand.Â As a result of the punches, Rihanna's mouth began to fillÂ with blood, which spilled over onto her clothing and the interior of the car.Â Â Chris thenÂ threatened Rihanna, saying, "I'm going to beat the [expletive] out of you when we get home! You wait and see!"Â WhenÂ RiÂ then placed a call to her personal assistant andÂ pretended to reveal what happened, Brown said, "You just did the stupidest thing ever! Now I'm really going to kill you!"Â Chris continuedÂ repeatedly punching RihannaÂ while he drove, biting into her ear and her fingers, holding her in a head lock and applyingÂ pressure to arteries in her neck, making RihannaÂ "unable to breathe" and begin to "lose consciousness."Â RihannaÂ tried to fight back by attempting to gouge Brown's eyes, and sheÂ also tried to stop himÂ from continuing to drive recklessly, even pulling out the car's key from the ignition and sitting on it.Â RihannaÂ then began screaming for help, and Brown got out of the car and walked away.Â A neighbor who heard Rihanna's screams for help then called 911.
Wow!Â This is sad, maddening, unbelievable andÂ difficult to read all at the same time.Â In court today, Chris Brown's attorney asked for a continuance in the trial, so he will now be arraigned on April 6, at which point he will have to plead either guilty or not guilty.Â Chris at least looked sharpÂ as he showed up for his hearing today in a gray 3-piece suit, complete with vest and tie, but his case isn't looking so hot.Â Â I'll continue to keep you posted as new details emerge.
It's been rumored and speculated about, pushed back and delayed many times, but finally all of that can come to an end as Eminem announced today that his new CD, Relapse, will be released on May 19th. Relapse will include his current track, "Crack A Bottle" with Dr. Dre and 50 Cent, which was not originally intended to be the first single from the album. Radio stations across the country began playing it when it leaked onto the net earlier this year, despite Em trying to persuade stations against doing so. That leads me to believe that the real first single (coming out accompanied with a video on April 7th) will be a much better song, and more reminiscient of the classic Em style of hits we're used to.
That wasn't Em's only big news today, however. He also let us know that Relapse won't be his only CD coming out in '09. Eminem will also drop Relapse 2 later this year! Whoa, slow down there, Shady! Let's get Relapse out first, and then worry about the next one! Either way, it'll be very interesting to see how Em is crafting his unique style of hip-hop here in 2009 (please, no auto-tune Em, I'm begging you!!), and whether his re-emergence can shake up today's hip-hop world as much as he did upon first arriving on the scene 10 years ago.
This week the All-American Rejects score their first ever #1 hit as "Gives You Hell" reaches the top of the radio airplay chart. The Rejects had hit the top 10 three times previously, but this is their first #1 hit. What makes this even more significant is that this is the first song by a group to hit #1 on the airplay chart in almost 2 years! The last 26 #1 songs have all been by solo artists, which is pretty unusual, and perhaps a sign of how the musical landscape is changing. The last #1 song not by a solo artist was "Cupid's Chokehold" by the Gym Class Heroes in April of 2007, but you have to go back even further, a full 2 years, to find the previous #1 hit by a traditional rock band... "It's Not Over" by Daughtry from March of that year. So congratulations to the former End-Fest artist All-American Rejects on your #1 hit!!
History is one of my favorite subjects to learn about, so here's aÂ funÂ historical quirk about George Washington, who's birthday we just celebrated as part of President's Day.Â Â Hopefully you know that we traditionallyÂ celebrate our first president's birthday on February 22nd.Â But he was wasn't actually born on February 22.Â Huh?Â Here's the story...
It sounds very strange to us now in our modern 21st century world, but back in the 1700's the entire planetÂ didn't use the same calendar!Â This would beÂ unthinkable for us today, but back thenÂ when communication (and everything else for that matter)Â moved very slowly,Â the fact that Great Britian and the American colonies were 11Â daysÂ off from the rest of EuropeÂ evidently wasn'tÂ that bigÂ of a deal.Â InÂ 1750 though,Â British ParliamentÂ finally decided to change from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, soÂ now all of Europe would synch upÂ and agree on what the date was.Â The BritsÂ decided to implement theÂ change in September 1752, but here's the funny part:Â since on the old calendar they were 11 days behind the rest of the continent, to even things out they had to skip directly from September 2nd to September 14th that year!Â Like those 11 days didn't even exist!Â And if that wasn't odd enough, now to keep things correct historically, the dates of everything that happened before September 14, 1752 suddenly had to get pushed forward 11 days.Â SoÂ if your birthday used to be February 11th, it suddenly wasÂ nowÂ February 22nd!Â SuchÂ was the case with George Washington, whoÂ celebrated Feb. 11th as his birthday up until he was 20, and then had to get used to his new birthday ofÂ Feb. 22nd.Â How strange would that be, having your birthday change in the middle of your life?Â Â Well, I hope you enjoyed this random historical moment, now back to your current fast-paced life!
We seem to be living in the Twilight Zone these days. Obama announces a massive $275 BILLION bail-out for the small percentage of Americans getting their houses foreclosed on them. Essentially forcing the rest of us to pay for their bad decisions. If we're really trying to spur the economy here, why are we rewarding those who are helping to bring it down in the first place? Schwarzenegger just raised taxes big time on us Californians mostly because the state wastes WAY too much of our money. What is going on here?
This reporter Rick Santelli gets it.Â Are you listening Arnold and Barack??Â Stop taking our hard-earned money and giving it to people who don't deserve it!!Â Stop rewarding bad behavior!! Watch the first 2 minutes or so of this video, it's great.Â And noticeÂ how theÂ in-studio reporter squirms at the fact that someone is actually daring to disagree with the massive new "stimulus" plan.
And like I mentioned, it just got a whole lot more expensive to live in California. Thanks a bunch, Arnold and state legislature for screwing us again. Raising our taxes right in the middle of a recession. Brilliant!
Crazy girl Katy Perry won a big award tonight at the Brit Awards (the UK equivalent of the Grammys). She beat out Beyonce, Pink, and others to win Best International Female Solo Artist. Congrats Katy!! Evidently she wasn't feeling very well today though, so after she graciously accepted her award on stage, she promptly went backstage and hurled! Can I get a mop over here please?? At least she didn't spew in front of everybody, you know that would have been an instant youtube fave! I hope you feel better soon, Katy.
I'm about to tackle a pretty heavy issue here. Things are about to get much more expensive for all of us here in California, and I feel it's very important that we know why. I promise that I'll try to explain it in a way that makes sense for those of us who don't choose to follow these political topics regularly (which is most of us!). So here goes.
California is broke. How does a state as happenin' as ours run out of money you may wonder?Â I mean, c'mon, we're the state that all other states wish they could be, right?Â Beautiful beaches, snow-covered mountains,Â the movie industry, Disneyland,Â and a dynamic mix of ethnicities all contribute to the idea that is California.Â But lately that idea isn't working so well.Â Â You may remember having heard things like "budget crisis"Â in the past, but what does it really mean forÂ you and me?Â Â The budget our state is operating under this year way over-estimated how much income we would have as a state. Because of this, California is spending significantly more money than it is currently bringing in.Â So much so that we will be $40 billion in the hole by the middle of next year!Â Yeah, that's a lot.Â It's gotten so bad that we've actually started paying people with IOU's (maybe your state income tax refund this year). Seriously. How did we end up $40 billion short? I'll put it in a way that makes sense to you and I. Let's say you made $50,000 last year.Â Being a typical American, you of course spent it all!Â You enjoyed everything you got for your money so much last year,Â you've plannedÂ to spendÂ another $50k this year.Â But here comes the problem, suddenly you're now only going to make $30,000 this year.Â Oh no!!Â That leaves a difference of $20,000 you didn't plan on!Â What can you do?Â Well, you either have to find some other way to make that money, or you'll have to cutÂ 20 grand out of your spending this year.Â For California, that $20,000 is actually $40 billion, and now you can see what all theÂ fuss is about. Our state got used to spending the tons of money it made over the past few years when the economy was great, but is still budgeted to spend the same if not more this year when the amount of money coming in will be far less.
SoÂ California has two options, eitherÂ find a way to bring inÂ an extra $40 billion between now and next June,Â or spend $40 billion less.Â How does the state make money?Â Â By taxing us the people.Â Sales tax, income tax, property tax, and whatever else they can think of to get more money out of us residents. How can the state spend less money?Â Either have fewerÂ state employees on the payroll, or spend less on things like welfare,Â state parks, schools,Â roads,Â prisons, you name it.Â Â Now enter our two political parties.Â Speaking very generally, the Democrats are in favor of raising taxes to make up the $40 billion difference, while the Republicans are in favor of cutting back the state's spending to make up the difference.Â Needless to say, they can't reach an agreement.Â The governor, just trying to get something done,Â has come up with a plan that is about 50/50 in raising taxes and cutting spending, and this is what is currently being debated by our legislators in the capitol. Normally a compromise sounds reasonable, right? Well, let's take a closer look at some of the new taxes being proposed in this plan.Â Â Â
The proposed new budget plan includes raising the tax on gas by 12 cents per gallon.Â Gas prices would immediately jump up those 12 cents, costing you an extra $2 or so every time you fill up.Â Sales tax would increase by a penny for each dollar, meaning you would now pay about 9 cents sales tax per dollar each time you purchase something.Â Buying a TV for $500 would now cost you about $44 in taxes, where before it would have been $39. Registering your car each year would now also cost more, and income tax rates would rise, so you would oweÂ more money out of your paychecks to the state.Â All these things will take effect if the plan currently being debated is passed. So I pose the question to you... are you willing to pay all these extra taxes to help bail out your state?Â Â Remember,Â California is alreadyÂ among the top 10 highest taxing statesÂ even before any of these new taxes being proposed take effect.
Here's my take (I know you didn't necessarily ask for my opinion, so feel free to agree or disagree with me by leaving comments)...Â Why should we the people of California be penalized because our legislators can't stop spending our money?Â I'm sure lots of the programs the government spends our money on are worth-while efforts and are well intentioned, but when the money is not there, they've got to go. I hate to use a cliche, but the rest of the country is "tightening its belts," as evidenced by the high number of people that have lost jobs recently. Do our elected leaders feel they are so far above all of this that even while the rest of us cut back, they can just continue spending the way they always have, regardless of whether the money is there or not? I've got a big problem with that. Which is why I spent lots of time writing this blog, because in general I don't think many people our age worry too much about this stuff.Â And normally that's fine, but right now there are things going on in politics that will definitely affectÂ your life and mine, and not necessarily for the better.Â So now you know.Â Should we take one for the team and each pay our part to get us out of this mess, or should the politicians be allowed to spend only the amount of money they'll actually be taking in each year. Pretty easy decision if you ask me.
Taylor Swift blew off the Wake Up Call this morning because she really wanted to talk to me!!Â Well, at least that's what I'm telling myself :)
If you missed my interview with her, check it out here...
I talked about this yesterday on the radio and it's a little freaky! By the end of this year, malls in big cities around the country will have video advertising screens that check you out as you're walking by. It will determine your age, gender, and even ethnicity, and then pick certain advertisements targeted specifically at you! Whoa! Very sci-fi sounding, but coming soon to a mall near you (will probably hit San Francisco way before Sac I would imagine). So if I were to walk by the screen, it might show me an ad for a new line of razors, or sports apparel. If you're, say, a 24-year old female, it may show you an ad for cosmetics or maybe shoes. What do you think? Brilliant idea? Or a little too spooky? The computer is supposedly accurate at reading gender 85-90% of the time. Like I said, that's not too shabby, considering I can't even tell 10-15% of the time!! :)
We were all very excited to vote in Barack Obama as our 44th president, so how has he done in his first 2 weeks in office? The answer... sadly, not great. He has already hit a speedbump because three people he appointed to serve in his administration in various capacities have now had to back out due to shady things in their past. Sure, that's not Obama's fault, but unfortunately it does reflect back poorly upon him. He also seems to be having a tough time finding any Democrats to appoint to high-level positions that actually pay their taxes honestly. Our new Secretary of the Treasury cheated (oh sorry, made mistakes) on his taxes. Now he's the boss of the IRS telling us we better pay our taxes on time! Right. In addition, Obama's appointment for Sec. of the Dept. of Health & Human Services also cheated on his taxes, although at least that guy backed out (one of my aforementioned three). Don't you find it a bit ironic that the political party that makes its living from raising our taxes doesn't seem to find the need to pay them themselves? When our leaders behave this way, it doesn't exactly inspire the rest of us to be the best we can be. And that's very sad. Here's to hoping that Obama's next couple weeks go better than his first!
Did we just found out this seaons's Top 36? Since no one can keep their mouths shut these days, the inevitable leak has happened once again. This list of names circulating around the net claims to be the 36 AI contestants which survive Hollywood week.I found a site which has their pictures as well, so check it out if you want, or else just wait and watch the show to find out for yourself!
Tomorrow is the big day!Â The final day of '08, and the day we count down all the hits of the year, from #107 all the way to #1.Â The Top 107 of 2008 will begin at 12 noon, so be listening to hear all your favorites from the year, and how they stacked up!Â To finish off our look back, here are the Top Tens from the last two years.
The End's Top 10 of 2007
#1 The Way I Are TIMBALAND f/KERI HILSON
#2 Say It Right NELLY FURTADO
#3 Cupid's Chokehold GYM CLASS HEROES f/PATRICK STUMP
#4 Big Girls Don't Cry FERGIE
#5 It's Not Over DAUGHTRY
#6 Umbrella RIHANNA f/JAY-Z
#7 Irreplaceable BEYONCE
#8 Hey There Delilah PLAIN WHITE T's
#9 What Goes Around... JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
#10 The Sweet Escape GWEN STEFANI
The End's Top 10 of 2006
#1 Promiscuous NELLY FURTADO f/TIMBALAND
#2 Sexyback JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
#3 Far Away NICKELBACK
#4 Unwritten NATASHA BEDINGFIELD
#5 SOS RIHANNA
#6 I Write Sins Not Tragedies PANIC! AT THE DISCO
#7 Buttons THE PUSSYCAT DOLLS
#8 Where'd You Go FORT MINOR f/HOLLY BROOK
#9 Check On It BEYONCE
#10 Dance, Dance FALL OUT BOY
Last night at ARCO was another amazing Jingle Ball!!Â Watch my backstage interviews with Jesse McCartney, Katy Perry,Â David Archuleta, and ShontelleÂ HERE!Â My Boys Like Girls interviewÂ will be postedÂ very soon.Â
From Katy Perry's Mrs. Claus outfit (and her band as the elves!),Â Shontelle's tight red pants, David Archuleta rockin the vest, to Jesse's slick suit, there was lots of style on stage.Â More random thoughts about the Jingle Ball: Katy Perry said she got David Archuleta's number backstage!Â Boys Like Girls thrashed their guitars and drums after their set!Â Jesse pulled a girl out of the crowd to sing "Oxygen" to, and needless to say she was very happy about it!Â Yes, David's dad was there too!
Half the funÂ of our big shows for me isÂ getting to meet and hang out with all of you!Â I was out at our tentÂ talking to many of youÂ before and after the show (when it was gettin' pretty cold!), so if I got to meet you last night, what's up??Â Definitely leaveÂ some comments here and let me know how you liked the Jingle Ball!
It was 10 years ago today (October 23, 1998) that our girl Britney Spears release her first ever single "...Baby One More Time."Â I dug the single out of the End's archives today, andÂ played it for Random Retro.Â I cracked upÂ reading what it says about herÂ so much that I had to share it with you!Â Here's what her record company saidÂ about her on the CD single back in 1998...
Born 16 years ago in Kentwood, Louisana, Britney Spears always wanted to sing.Â Performing since early childhood in local dance reviews and church choirs, she auditioned for the Disney Channel's Mickey Mouse Club series at age eight in Atlanta.Â Too young for the series but too talented to dismiss, a producer on the show helped her secure an agent in New York, where she spent the next three summers studying at the renowned Off-Broadway Dance Center and at the Professional Performing Arts School.Â She then began appearing in national commercials and Off-Broadway shows.Â At 11, she was accepted into the Mickey Mouse Club and spent two years performing on the popular children's TV show filmed in Orlando.Â When Britney turned 15, she auditioned for an all-girlÂ vocal group that led to her developing a solo career as a pop singer, while continuing her highÂ school studies with tutors.Â Early this year, Britney was promptly snapped up by Jive Records.Â Britney Spears is ready to make her own special mark on the world.Â "I want to be an artist that everyone can relate to, that's young, happy, and fun," she says.Â With Britney's ambition and true talent, success will be hers.Â
Little did then know back exactly what mark sweet little Britney would go on to leave on the world!!Â And then my favorite part, which was on the back of the single:
Untamed and untarnished as they come, the bright, beautiful teen Britney Spears is poised to liven up the pop world with the irresistible collection of songs on her Jive Records self-titled debut release, due out this fall.Â
Britney untarnished!!Â Haha!Â Ah, the good ol' days!Â But we do have to give our girl Britney props for cleaning her life up, and wish her the best for her latestÂ album coming out December 2nd!
Once and for all MTV has gotten their way.Â They don't have to worry about the annoyance that is playing music videos anymore, because they finally announced theÂ laying to rest of the once-mandatory viewingÂ TRL.Â The show formerly known as Total Request Live that formerly had viewers was really the only hour left on Music TeleVision where one could actually find music (well, at least half of the song before they rudely chopped it off).Â Â Burying this fossil (yes, I was surprised it was actually still on, too!) will now free MTV up to fill that hour with more pointless snotty "reality"Â programming.Â I hear Audrina may get her own spin-off!Â Hallelujah!!Â Here's an interesting article about 7 MTV icons which would not be allowed on the air at MTV today.Â A fun read.
So MTV took a bit of a risk by letting a virtual unknown host the VMA's, and well, it blew up in their faces. It was going to be difficult for MTV to put together a show worse than last year's horrible mess, but they pulled it off quite easily. Their unfortunate choice for host was Russell Brand, a stand-up "comedian" from the UK, who also had a bit part in the movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall. He introduced himself to America last night by telling us to, for the world's sake, vote for Barack Obama, and then calling everyone who didn'tÂ racists. Nice.Â He continued by calling our current president a retard. My friends, those are fightin' words as far as I'm concerned, and honestly I'm surprised Kid Rock didn't run out on stage right then and kick his butt all the way back to the UK. Hey Brand, next time you want to fly across the pond to insult our president and call us racists, do us allÂ a favor and just stay home. The camera panned to the crowd while he was spewing all this nonsense, and everyone's expressions ranged from stunned to downright embarrassed. Ciara was just shaking her head, and Britney looked a little confused, wondering how she ended up at an Obama campaign rally instead of the VMA's.
I've got some words for you, Russell. You were here to host the VMA's, not to preach to us about your political opinion, which was grossly out of place on that stage. But even if it weren't, we couldn't care less what you have to say about our choices for president anyway because you're British, and have no idea the issues we're facing here in the USA because you're admittedly too busy putting cherry chapstick on your schlong (a lovely bit of knowledge he informed us of later in the evening). We don't elect a president so you or the rest of the world will like us better, we'll elect whichever man we feel can best run our country, regardless of what race he is. MTV, excellent choice of a host... you really outdid yourselves with that one. Brand was easily the worst excuse for a host the VMA's have ever had.Â After his thud of an opening, he didn'tÂ improve.Â Brand had nothingÂ even remotelyÂ funny to say the rest of the evening either, usually just nervously recapping all the night's earlier performances.Â The funniestÂ line of the night actually came from presenter Jordin Sparks who fired back atÂ him on his purity ring joking at the expense of the Jonas Brothers.Â
As a matter of fact MTV, I have a suggestion for you. Why don't you just pull the plug altogether on the VMA's? You have successfully managed to destroy a once meaningful and important franchise. They've been around 25 years, you had a good run. Just save yourselves the trouble and give up. Does MTV really have any credibility anymore when it comes to music anyway? They certainly don't play videos. Who are they to tell us which videos are the best? YouTube should put on some sort of video award show. Wouldn't that make more sense? I mean really, MTV picked "Piece Of Me" by Britney Spears as Video Of The Year. Now I love Britney as much as anybody, but c'mon, was that really the best video made this year? Either way, I'm done with the VMA's. If MTV does make the mistake of holding them again next year, I won't be wasting any more of my time watching.
Look who stopped by their favorite radio station to say hey today! Jesse McCartney and Estelle!
Wanna know more about Estelle, the voice behind the song "American Boy?"Â Then listen to my interview with her!Â Find out how sheÂ met Kanye.Â Â Where is her favorite spot to perform in the US?Â Has she seen The Dark Knight or Step Brothers yet?Â All these questions and more answered!Â By the way, if you don't have her CD "Shine" yet, go get it, it's great!
It was another amazing EndFest yesterday out at the Sleep Train Ampitheater! It was our ninth EndFest, but who's counting?! The Jonas Brothers were great, heating up an already warm evening with lots of energy on stage, not to mention lots of pyrotechnics! I did my show live from right inside the main gates yesterday afternoon and right before 7:00pm, was lucky enough to get to interview them backstage. Kevin, Joe, and Nick couldn't have been nicer! They were all smiles from the moment I walked into their dressing room, and are obviously enjoying every minute of their current tour. And I must say that it's very refreshing in a world where an increasing number of "artists" are inexplicably telling us that girls are only as valuable as their pole-dancing techniques and that strip clubs are the place to be, to have musicians that actually act like role models that teens can look up to! Despite their young ages, the Jonas Brothers are much more men than all of those idiot rappers. Way to go, guys!
Listen to or download my interview with the Jonas Brothers
Here's some pix of me doing the interview!