Doing it for the Fame, Fame
Neko Case performed at Amoeba for a free in-store. Since she’s been banned from the Grand Ole Opry, it’s come to this, baby! The immediate standout on Middle Cyclone is, of course, the Sparks cover. The album is low-keyed grower, with little in common with fellow NPR favorite Lucinda William’s recent embracing of her underground rock bar roots of AC-DC guitar textures.
Lady Gaga continues to push into the mainstream after making peace with former NYC high school classmate Paris Hilton, giving former Christian-pop singer Kate Perry French lesson, and being dissed by Christina Aguilera (who was accused of stealing her last CD cover look from Lady G. Her retort was, ‘’I don’t know who that person is. Is it a man?’’). Lady Gaga has already had two songs of her ‘’The Fame’’ debut CD in VH1’s Top 20 video countdown this year. See what happens after John Kilduff is hired to paint and mix drinks on a VH1 best of the year, new year’s party episode? Morrissey’s muscular, pub rock epic ‘’Years of Refusal’’ hit the virtual shelves of amazon.com. Producer Jerry Finn died unexpectedly in August after completing the album. He had updated the Moz band’s sound two albums earlier on ‘’You Are the Quarry,’’ bringing some of his Blink 182 production energy to that album. RIP, Mr. Finn. Travis Barker nearly died in his Lear Jet crash last year, too. Blink 182 reunited on the Grammy show that had Dave Grohl backing Paul McCartney. (Missed all of that though.) Space 15Twenty is showing the new Latino Morrissey fan documentary ‘’Passions Just Like Mine’’ by Director Kerri Koch tomorrow. Free popcorn, snacks, admission, and parking.
And all of last year’s good movies have come out all at once on DVD, so you still have to wait a few more weeks to see them. All of the quasi-art house films got Oscar nominations for something and the lines at those theatres were unbelievable right before the Academy Awards show. The Reader, The Wrestler, Milk, Slumdog Millionaire…if you had seen a couple or none and wanted to see another, it was not possible if you just showed up at the theatre. Too bad Mickey Rourke didn’t win his statue. Wall-E did!