Archive for January 25th, 2007

More on Sundance Head.

Sundance Head is certainly making his father proud. The Houston Chronicle caught up with his father Roy to get his thoughts on his son’s success:

“I got 6,850 phone calls last night,” he said Wednesday, chuckling. “I spent two hours just answering them. Then they started again at 6 o’clock this morning. I said, God, don’t you know I’m a musician, too? That’s early…He called from California last night, crying through the telephone. He said to my wife, ‘Mama I might’ve made it.’ “

Sundance’s name (or his nickname; though both he and his father refer to his actual name as being Sundance, Idol premiered him as Jason ‘Sundance’ head) has appeared more than once on the Top 40 spoiler lists; with his powerful, bluesy voice and impeccable taste in music (so far), here’s hoping he has a bright Idol future ahead of him.


And now for something completely different.

Soul-funk-pop with an edge…Joss Stone’s new CD is coming, and the gritty-voiced 19-year-old is back with the same edge, and a new look (which I don’t think she really needed, but at least she’s not straddling chairs in her underwear yet). AOL Music is streaming four of her singles; I highly recommend them. This is how to do pop music with bite, follks; no fluff, no whispery breathy bullshit, no obvious synthing to cover up less-than-stellar vocals. “Tell Me About It” evokes James Brown-esque backing and features Joss’s signature pleading emotion; “Tell Me What We’re Gonna Do Now” is a bit more commercial and formulaic. Little snippets of “Music,” a collaboration with Lauryn Hill, and the Jackson Five-ish “Baby, Baby, Baby” are also available.

You know why I love Joss so much? Because she’s fearless. Sure, she’s beautiful and young and doesn’t mind playing it up, but she’s not afraid to “get ugly,” either. Her smoky, scratchy alto isn’t afraid to explore the full gamut of her emotions, either–it begs, pleads, wails, screams, belts, whispers, pouts and purrs. Joss knows that music and vocals are about more than standing there and looking pretty, or executing carefully calculated melisma. It’s about power and passion, and she’s got it.

Releasing the dogs.

I’ve got a collection of stuff sitting in my links folder, so I’m just gonna dump it all out here.

Taylor Hicks was interviewed by MTV a few days ago (I linked to the VH1 version; trust me, your browser will thank you for it). On the agenda: A video for “Just To Feel That Way” (hooray!). Taylor is also “giddy” about touring with an eight-piece band and is excited for Chris Daughtry’s success. Aww.

Taylor is also primed to give us a “special surprise” on April 20th. Hmm, what could it be? Some have speculated that April 20th is the night where Idol whittles its hopefuls down to six, and since producers have promised a “mega-event” that night, some think that it could be all five winner returning to perform. That could be pretty cool.

Taylor also re-enters the Billboard chart this week at #50, with another 15,000 copies sold…he seems to be holding pretty steadily around that range, and with no single at that. I don’t think Arista really has an excuse for waiting so long on the single, but a model for Taylor’s sales could be Kellie Pickler, who currently is topping country charts with her second single and who performed on The View this past week…which both combined to give her a chart boost up to the mid-thirties. The power of radio, I guess. No guarantees that “Just To Feel That Way” will top any radio charts, of course, but it would be nice. Is it a sad day when the Idol finisher has to look toward a sixth-place castoff for a sales model? Perhaps, but don’t forget that 1) country music LOVES those down-on-their-luck adorable blondes, and 2) at this point in time it’s looking fairly clear that Arista has fucked Taylor over by delaying this single realse. Anyway, radio or no radio, I’m excited for this tour. Taylor’s livelihood is live performing and it should be a blast.

Katharine McPhee has asked Crystal Stark to act as one of her back-up singers at some function or another. Katharine famously got very upset during Hollywood when Crystal was eliminated; when Ryan Seacrest suggested she go say something to the judges, Katharine’s response was “Well, I’m not, like, that mad,” Ha…only, not. Nevertheless this is a very sweet gesture and I hope Crystal, who was a very good singer in her own right, can use this opportunity to further her career.

Katharine also has a couple of new interviews out — one with, where she reveals that she “did like Celine Dion, but Celine Dion is not in anymore.” Now, I know she gave an interview in Entertainment Weekly where she said she’s still a fan, but I think the implication is that Katharine is basically a slave to Top 40 music, and won’t listen to anything “uncool.” Which, there’s nothing wrong with liking new music, but someone ought to tell her that she’s not twelve, and the cool kids in the cafeteria aren’t going to make fun of her for (gasp!) listening to music from ten years ago. She also spoke to, about being a spokeperson for eating disorder treatment (“[t]here’s not much I can do other than just give my advice on where to get help”), about how her new image will translate into reality (“you definitely won’t see me onstage suddenly wearing thigh-highs and a little dress”) (Ed. note: I’ve counted two “little dresses” she’s worn — and made obnoxious poses in — so far…), and of course, her album cover:

It catches your eye and that’s what I like about it, and you can’t really say it’s a slutty picture because it’s just suggestive. There’s no skin showing. It’s still, ‘I’m sexy, I may not be that innocent,’ but I’m also not showing you everything.

Hahahahahahahaha. “You can’t say it’s slutty because it’s just suggestive?” Oh, this girl, she kills me. Maybe she’d be right if her album weren’t explicitly suggesting “Buy one copy and get a free fuck!” But that’s me…

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What the kids are sayin’

"I hate them all. The judges, TPTB, the blatant manipulation, the songs, the contestants, everything. I'm a die-hard Cook fan, but for the love of god, at least try to look like you're enjoying yourself up there! Please? Syesha was awesome but she ruined it by being completely shameless and disgusting. Yes, being on American Idol is exactly like the civil rights movement, except for the part where you're fighting to make the world a better place."

"All I can say after the disgusting display tonight of favoritism towards the mediocrity that is David A. - good luck trying to market and make money off of that kid, American Idol. (Not to mention good luck dealing with his father.) All the teeny boppers may buy up his American Idol coronation single, but they will quickly forget about him before the album comes out. And I shudder to think of a David A. album - song after song of unrelenting sameness and heavy breathing. Why they are pimping him for the win is beyond me."

"This show was simply a hot buttered mess tonight. And Jason "needs to be arrested for what he did to I Shot the Sheriff. But I hope he stays. He amuses me. "