Tag Archive: Music

This came on my iPod this afternoon and it made me happy, so I thought I would share.

Glad to hear that Nik is still touring – maybe he’ll make it to Toronto sometime.


Happy New Year! Happy New Year from the FGHB family!!

Yes, I know, I haven’t been around much….. okay, AT ALL for the last 18 months or so. In my defense, I would like to say this has been a period of immense change in our household and I put aside a lot of things in order to keep this family functioning. That being said, things seem to be on an even keel at least for the time being, so I’m going to once again look at broadening my geeky horizons.

So, it being a new year, I’m going to make some resolutions:

1) To make a minimum of one post per day on this blog.

2) Attend at least one con this year – either Polaris or Fan Expo.

3) Convince Dylan Meconis (who I met last year – SQUEE!) to reprint Bite Me!

4) Discover one new musician, movie director, or web comic a month

5) Try one new recipe a week and cook one vegetarian meal a month

6) Start work on my steampunk costume

So, I think that should keep me busy along with all the other stuff that being a working mom entails.

Enjoy the year. It’s looking to be a good one.

…but this is just so much cooler!

Mouth Man Raptor HoodieI know what I’m getting Goober for his birthday! I can just see him running through the house yelling: “Nom! Nom! Nom! ROAR!”

The concept was developed by Ross Valory (of Journey! How cool is that?) and you can order your very own from the Mouth Man website. They even have adult sizes.

Joss Whedon does something else to prove how totally badass he is. The song is called Heart, Broken.

From Showcase’s This American Life with Ira Glass.

No to a Britney Spears centric episode of GleeAs much as I didn’t like it, the Madonna-centric episode of Glee has done phenomenally well. The episode scored tons of viewers, will be repeated on Friday and the EP is sitting on top of the iTunes chart.

So it’s no surprise that other artists want a piece of the pie. Which is exactly what I was afraid of.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Britney Spears’ manager, Adam Leber, is tweeting up a storm, trying to convince Ryan Murphy to have an all Britney episode. I can just imagine the homages in the hallway, bald heads and banana boas – just no.  And it seems like this is the general consensus on the EW boards.

The songs are supposed to support the narrative, so if one of Britney’s songs fits, I say go for it – Terry singing ‘Toxic’ for example. But leave the novelty of an episode built around one iconic artist to a once in a season special event.  It will have a lot more impact in the long run.

And just to be clear, should there be an All-Britney episode of Glee?

Via Entertainment Weekly

The power to underwhelm

Glee - The Power of MadonnaSo Gleeks, what did you think of last night’s much hyped Madonna themed episode?

*YAWN* Yeah, me too.

Okay, full disclosure.  I’ve never been a Madonna fan.  There are a few songs of hers that I like, and I respect her from a marketing perspective, but she’s never really clicked with me for a variety of reasons.

So, when I found out Ryan Murphy and the Glee Team were going to be doing a Madonna-centric episode I was intrigued especially considering the variety in her back catalogue, but I wasn’t salivating.  That being said, I really expected the writers to pull out all the stops and draw inspiration from these classic pop songs to write a great story that would allow the cast to make some great music. There was so much potential.

Boy was I disappointed!

Basically, the episode we got was nothing more than an excuse for Lea Michelle, Amber Riley, Chris Colfer et al to sing their favorite Madonna songs.

Glee's Sue Sylvester does VogueShue has noticed that the Glee-guys have been treating the women in the group disrespectfully and wants to empower his girls through Madonna’s music to demand better treatment. The premise starts out promising with the girls busting out into a no holds bared version of Express Yourself, but unfortunately, the episode doesn’t go anywhere from there. Everything from that point on is so ham handed, from Sue getting a make over from Mercedes and Kurt (why they would help Sue after she tried to torpedo them at Sectionals is beyond me) and joining the Cheerios, to Brittany’s famous one liners (“When I pulled my hamstring I went to a misogynist.”). Even Jesse’s latest ploy to sabotage New Directions (okay, we don’t know this for sure yet) is well, directionless.

Will and Emma try to channel Madonna in the bedroomThere is no story here and that’s what is so frustrating. Usually the music supports the narrative, or is used as exposition for what a character is experiencing, and it’s a seamless mesh.  This time around it’s the very opposite.  The story and the characters have always been at the heart of what Glee is, with the music as the means to explore that heart.  If the story is going to get trumped by stunt casting and homages to a certain artist, the show is going to lose a lot of its charm.

Not that I’m against a show exclusive to one artist, I think that would be great. As one poster over at EW mentioned, this would be a great once a season event, but to make it a regular thing and to sacrifice everything else that makes this show so great to what amounts to a novelty concept would be disastrous.

Another poster commented that this could be the show where Glee jumps the shark.  I so hope they’re wrong.

Praying Ryan Murphy doesn't make the same mistake twiceThat is not to say there isn’t lots to love here, there is.  Becky is back. Sue’s Vogue bra is hilarious. Kurt and Mercedes just kill 4 Seconds, they need to duet more. The real revelation this time around is Naya Rivera’s singing. It is beautiful and powerful on Like a Virgin.  More please!

Of course the finale, Like a Prayer, my favorite Madonna song, gives me chills it is so beautiful (yay Chris’ soprano!)

Technically it’s a flawless performance, but the problems with the story just make it feel so shallow. The episode was like a SlimFast shake, there’s flavour, but not much else to satisfy you in the long run. I think the people who are raving about the episode now won’t feel the same after repeated viewings.

All that being said, from the previews for Home, it looks like the show is back on track, for now at least.  Welcome back April!

I can’t wait to see Finn and Kurt’s parents getting together

Malcolm McLaren - 1946-2010

RIP: 1946-2010

Malcolm McLaren has died. He was 64.

McLaren is widely credited defining the British punk rock movement, although he claimed to have invented it.  While living in New York in the early seventies, he managed the New York Dolls and Television. Upon his return to London he took on a management role with the group The Stand which eventually evolved into the notorious Sex Pistols with John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten on vocals, Steve Jones on guitar, Paul Cook playing drums and Sid Vicious replacing Glen Matlock on bass. The original plan was to use the band to promote his S&M fashion shop that he managed with designer and partner Vivienne Westwood.

McLaren was a consummate showman and agitator, organizing the Sex Pistols performance of God Save the Queen on the Thames outside of the British Parliament that was quickly shut down by police, but not before cementing the band’s reputation as rebels and anarchists.  He continued to squire the band throughout their career until they imploded during their first North American tour in 1979. He maintained all rights to the Sex Pistols’ catalogue and royalties until 1987 when John Lydon finally won the case against him.

His post Sex Pistols career was just as storied, managing Bow Wow Wow and producing his own albums such as “Duck Rock” in 1983 and “Waltz Darling” in 1989. Most recently he served as producer for the documentary hit Fast Food Nation.

According to Jon Savage, a music journalist who wrote the definitive story of McLaren, the Sex Pistols and the punk rock movement:

“He’s one of the rare individuals who had a huge impact on the cultural and social life of this nation. He could be very charming, he could be very cruel, but he mattered and he put something together that was extraordinary. What he did with fashion and music was extraordinary. He was a revolutionary.”

His son Joseph Corre with Vivienne Westwood is the co-founder of lingerie shop Agent Provocateur.

I think this is the perfect time to play Never Mind the Bollocks and blast the hell out of your speakers.  Before you do that, here’s a forgotten McLaren gem, and my first introduction to Madame Butterfly.

Alex Chilton – 1950-2010

Alex Chilton - 1959-2010 RIP

RIP - 1959-2010

Alex Chilton, lead singer for the Box Tops and singer/ guitarist for Big Star died today in New Orleans just hours before his band was to perform at SXSW.  He was 59. Cause of death was an apparent heart attack.

Alex Chilton influence can most notably be heard in REM and The Replacement (who wrote a tune called Alex Chilton, featured on their Pleased to Meet Me album), but touched such varied artists such as Wilco, Garbage, Jeff Buckley, all of whom covered his work.

Read Rolling Stones obituary here.

I’ll remember Alex Chilton best for ‘The Letter’, the smash hit he recorded with The Box Tops; he was only 16 at the time, although you’d never know it.  The Letter was the first song that I learned on the guitar that I could sing to on the radio.  I loved playing the bridge especially and would try to imitate his whiskey and cigarettes voice when I sang along.

Goodbye Alex.  You’ll be missed.