by What in the Sam Hill?,posted Sep 28 2011 10:14AM
The guys in Plain White T's recently partnered up with Mentos Rocks to play in their hometown, Chicago. Tom and Mike were accompanied by a 50-piece children's orchestra from People's Music School. Check it out!
by What in the Sam Hill?,posted Sep 19 2011 11:50AM
I mentioned a few times that Adele has strongly hinted she will be doing the theme for the next James Bond flick. I found this cute article from Gareth Dimelow at sabotagetimes.com where he is being reminiscent of his favorite past 007 themes.
by What in the Sam Hill?,posted Sep 19 2011 11:06AM
The guys in Train have done a lot of fun contests and vids since the release and success of their song "Marry Me." Their latest? A contest to have them record a personal wedding congrats for you and your sig other on your wedding day!
by What in the Sam Hill?,posted Sep 1 2011 10:40AM
Kjerstin Gruys decided to take a year off from seeing herself in the mirror. I think one of the most surprising things about this is during that period- she will be getting married!! I don't know if I could do it. Check out her blog, it's pretty inspiring.
by What in the Sam Hill?,posted Jul 26 2011 11:34AM
If you're a music lover like I am, chances are at some point you really wanted to see a concert and discovered the tickets were sold out. What to do? Find someone that's selling them online, right? Or maybe even canvass the venue to see if you can find someone willing to unload a pair.
Quite often you end up paying more (much more) than the face value price of the tickets- well hey, that's what scalpers and ticket hustlers do. They buy tickets to shows they know are in demand and then they sell them to people who are desperate enough to pay a much higher price. Oh, let me correct myself there... they TAKE ADVANTAGE of people who really want to see a show (or sporting event). These scalpers are not fans, they are not poor souls that suddenly realized they couldn't make it to the show and don't want to eat the ticket price. I'm not talking about the people who honestly can't use tickets they've personally purchased with the intention of attending but can't. That's different.
Anyhow, some artists and athletes are doing something to help fix the problem. It's called Fans First and you can find out more about their coalition BY CLICKING HERE. The artists and teams that stand behind this new non-profit have a goal of helping fans get what they deserve- a great experience at a more reasonable price.
Now, who do I see about getting the price of a concert down in GENERAL? :)
by What in the Sam Hill?,posted Jul 22 2011 12:03PM
Lady Gaga's fan's (known as her Little Monsters) jumped on Twitter after this year's VMA nominations were revealed to attack Adele because Adele received 7 noms to Gaga's 3.
The Little Monster's Twitter messages included some pretty low blows as they targeted Adele's weight and called her hyped-up.
For the record, Gaga is definitely against the bullying and even she herself has been quoted talking about how much she loves Adele. Sounds like Mother Monster is having trouble controlling her little ones.
I appreciate both artists for what they bring creatively to the table but they really couldn't be any more different than they are in their styles. Why take the low road?It truly makes me sad to see such devotion so misguided as to allow someone to attack another artist based on the noms for an awards show. Ridiculous!
by What in the Sam Hill?,posted Jul 20 2011 11:17AM
I still love the art behind the music video even though I do all my watching online now instead of on television like the 'old' days. This one is pretty cool... even though I wouldn't want to watch it hungover!
by What in the Sam Hill?,posted Jul 20 2011 11:01AM
The story: Kelly Clarkson was supposed to play the MN State Fair a couple years back and she had to cancel at the very last minute. Eric Hutchinson stayed on to play for free (the ticket holders received refunds) and as you can see from the video below, A LOT of people decided to give him a shot!
by What in the Sam Hill?,posted Jul 18 2011 12:24PM
Over this past weekend, I was fortunate enough to meet an incredible songwriter/musician. A couple Â dear friends of mine brought him to the states to share his music with some of their acquaintances. What I was treated to was so fantastic it would be irresponsible of me NOT to share it with you. If you've seen anyone rock the lap steel before you know how incredible that instrument can sound. After Martin blasted out a couple of tunes on his lap steel I was firmly convinced he's the real deal.
His accomplishments are extremely unique as well. For example, last year he went on a tour he called "The Blues Gone Green Tour" where he played 27 gigs over a 1,200 mile distance in 31 days. Every one of the shows was acoustic because Martin rode his BICYCLE to every gig. He rode along with two guitars and his other gear strapped on his bike. You can watch the documentary video below:
I never try and predict if a talented artist will find the success they deserve, but I certainly have no qualms about singing the praises of those I feel worthy and spreading the word to my music-loving friends. If you're looking for something new to enjoy, I hope you'll give Martin a moment of your time. If you ever get a chance to play ping pong with him, know that he won't let you win just because you're a girl. Trust me, I know from experience. :)
p.s. Martin recommended another artist to me- Mark Morgan. I haven't checked him out yet but you can bet I will.
by What in the Sam Hill?,posted Jul 14 2011 11:01AM
Here's some raw footage of the performance at Europe's Oxegen Music Festival. The guys in Coldplay went to great lengths to hide the surprise- choosing to rehearse backstage rather than during the actual soundcheck. Moore is a well-known Irish folk singer and the collaboration was a massive success and has fans asking for more. Very cool.
by What in the Sam Hill?,posted Jul 13 2011 11:12AM
Gaga and Perry fans have taken to Twitter in their war over whether Perry copied Gaga by recently sporting a mermaid costume. (The tabloids are referring to dressing as a mermaid a current trend, btw.)
What exactly caused the battle between the fans? First, view Gaga's video of a performance of "The Edge of Glory" below...
And now take a look at this photo Katy tweeted of herself planking in a mermaid costume...
Finally, I bring you simple logic with the following Madonna classic...
Ok, so I'm not really bent out of shape about this little fan tiff. They can be as worked up as they want to be. It's kind of cute to watch them hack at each other on Twitter.
But, allow me to make one little point about the tabloid mention of the mermaid thing being a trend.
Calling dressing as a mermaid a "trend" is a little much. Until I see more mermaids on the streets of Denver, I'm going to let this one go. However, if I DO see more mermaids, maybe I'll simply ask them who inspired them. Sure, it won't necessarily be a scientific poll but likely enough to satisfy my personal curiosity. If you should see any mermaids I would appreciate it if you would ask the question as well so I can expand my unofficial poll. I greatly appreciate it.
by What in the Sam Hill?,posted Jul 8 2011 11:35AM
Surprise surprise- GOP Presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty is a Gaga fan? Doesn't it seem like he asked the question to the ladies because he really wanted to answer it himself? Watch the vid and decide for yourself. Warning- it's a teensy bit awkward.
by What in the Sam Hill?,posted Jul 5 2011 11:54AM
I realized something this morning as I gazed thoughtfully (and feeling slightly annoyed) at the broken shards of my hand mirror scattered all over the bathroom floor. I've NEVER broken a mirror before. I'm not particularly superstitious but I thought it was probably a good idea to check out what people normally do to counteract such an event. It was more curiosity than anything.
There was a plethora of helpful information on the internet when it comes to counteracting the bad luck breaking a mirror can supposedly cause.
Below are some very simple things you can do if you find yourself bound by your superstition.
Throw salt over your shoulder.
Directly after breaking the mirror, turn around three times counterclockwise.
Burn the mirror, or at least blacken its shards in the flames of a fire. SaveÂ the fragments for a year and then bury them, and the curse will be counteractedÂ (so you've only had to live with one year of bad luck).
On the first night after breaking the mirror, light seven white candles andÂ blow them out at midnight in one breath.
Touch a tombstone with a piece of the mirror and the hex will be lifted.
During my investigation, I also came across the following advice that was more in keeping with my personality.
by What in the Sam Hill?,posted Jun 30 2011 11:12AM
I say that in jest because Pink has always been VERY outspoken and it's one of the things I absolutely love about her! Anyhow, she recently blogged about her true feelings when it comes to the pap trying to photograph her new little girl, Willow. Read her post below.
Important Note From P!nk
To whomever cares:
We are absolutely blissed out in love over here! To our fans and friends all over the world, thank you for all of the prayers and well wishes throughout this time in our life! Carey is a natural, (I knew he would be) and I finally found out what love really means. Don't worry, I'm not writing an album full of sappy lullabies. Not yet, anyways?
In the interest of full disclosure: (AND BECAUSE I TELL IT LIKE I SEE IT)
Due to the unsettling, surprisingly aggressive and unsafe measures that the paparazzi seem to be willing to go to in order to secure that "first shot" of our daughter--stalking us, chasing us in cars and sitting outside of our home all day and all night, as new parents Carey and I decided that we would release personal photos of our Willow, and donate all of the money to charity.
We will be donating the money to children's' charities, among them one of our favorites, the Ronald McDonald House, an organization that houses and cares for the families of sick children so they can be together during treatment, as well as Autism Speaks.
Like any parents, we believe our little girl deserves the right to have privacy and be protected, but unfortunately, this media climate doesn't seem to provide for that. I feel so grateful that after many years of hard work, music and motorcycles have elevated both Carey and me to such a place that the public has supported us in building our life and lifestyle together. We recognize that celebrity has its upsides and downsides and do our best to manage just being people without hiring stylists and bodyguards before one of us goes to the store to buy some milk. I've seen some photos of myself that make me smile and some that make me less smiley. But you see, it's one thing to harass and stalk us, the adults, the celebrity that signed up for this life, but children should be protected and safe. There should be a clear distinction between us.
In EVERY other country that I recall, children's faces are blurred out in magazine photos. Why is USA the only country that continues to financially incentivize intrusive paparazzi behavior to capitalize on photos of babies, infants and children? Why is this acceptable to any of us? Why is this even legal? These are questions I ask myself as a new parent. Why are celebrities/public figures having to seek restraining orders to keep strange grown men with still and video cameras from sitting perched outside of their children's pre-schools and elementary schools, preying on little innocent kids? After all, if a stranger was sitting outside of a school taking photographs of random little girls and boys, wouldn't he be arrested? Or, at least in Philadelphia, he would have to face a more primal sort of recourse. But because it's the child of a celebrity, somehow it's okay? I'm just not sure what is wrong with us as a society, that we do more than tolerate this, but our appetite for it seems insatiable. We buy these pictures. We buy these magazines that publish these paparazzi pictures. WHERE DOES IT STOP?
Here's the bottom line: we don't want you to take our little girl's picture. We don't want you to one day follow our little girl home from school. We don't want our little girl's picture in a magazine or on a blog. If you take or publish her picture, it is against our wishes, and without our consent as parents, as people.
Carey and I are new parents. We know we have so much to learn in our new role and are thankful for the family and friends around us. Not a day goes by that we are not grateful to the universe and to our fans and friends who believe in us--and to our foes, too (our best teachers)--for the incredibly interesting privileged lives we get to live each day. But this is about our daughter who just got here. In the face of camera lenses as long as my arm and flashbulbs as bright as the sun, Willow is powerless. All she has to protect her is us. But that's not all she has; she has you.
To anyone out there that buys a magazine, or goes onto a website to look at pictures of other people's children, may you at least think for a second about what you may inadvertently be supporting. We are so appreciative that people are interested in seeing our daughter. We WANT to share our joys with you, but as parents (and new parents), we should be able to govern these decisions, shouldn't we? And to be clear, I'm speaking directly to these "stolen" photographs--paparazzi photos.
So when you see our middle fingers up in all of our pictures, now you know the motivation. It's all we can do to stop images of a newborn baby from being printed without our consent. Can you imagine a world where they would blur out our middle finger to protect a "consumer" over blurring out an innocent child to protect their integrity and privacy?
Thank you for letting me say my piece. Do I expect this letter to change the world? No. But if it plants a seed of awareness, if a politician or an activist or a legislator or a teacher or police officer is prompted to even think about it--let alone engage, I have done my part on behalf of my daughter. Not surprising that lesson one from me to my daughter is to let one's voice be heard.
I've never shied away from a controversial opinion because of the fear of bad press. My music and my fans and I connect year after year because I talk TO them and, man, do they so beautifully talk TO me. This is such a meaningful dialogue in my life. To all of my friends out there, I love you and I appreciate your help with this, and this happy little family cannot wait to visit your countries again and play music and rejoice in all the beauty that we share and have shared together all over the world.
We'll call it a playdate!!!!! Xoxoxoxoxooxoxox
the new parents--learning as we go.
P.S. baby poop really isn't as bad as all the guys out there think. Careys' already been pooed on, and he's still breathing. Ahhhhh, ain't love grand?
by What in the Sam Hill?,posted Jun 28 2011 11:21AM
I've been lying to myself for quite a while when it comes to the condition of one of my favorite pairs of wedge shoes. I'm pretty certain their retirement should have come last summer but I doggedly held on, telling myself they weren't THAT bad. This morning I dragged them out of the closet and strapped them on my feet. It's impossible for me to ignore the frayed heels, the damage to the leather upper and the fact that my feet have made a permanent imprint inside. These shoes are freakin' nasty. The picture doesn't do them proper nasty justice but you can kind of see the damage on the top.
Today will be the final day for these babies!
I'm not one to normally hang onto items of clothing for dear life but these are one of theeeee most comfy pairs of high wedges I've owned in my life (and I have owned hundreds, maybe even thousands of pairs of shoes). I could walk for miles in them and they never gave me blisters- they didn't rub the top of my foot and they looked good with so many summer outfits.
They've been good to me. How will I ever replace them? I have dozens of other summery shoes but non can love Â my feet like these have. Sigh! Maybe I'll bury them in my backyard. Is that wrong?
While searching the internet for another pair of shoes to catch my eye and distract me from my impending loss, I found an article that features shoes made out of some unique pre-loved (or just plain used) materials. The pair below features ELEPHANT DUNG... huh? That brings a whole new meaning to stinky feet. Now, I could probably rock the lego ones that I saw in the story. If you want to check out all the pics in the story CLICK HERE TO SEE!
by What in the Sam Hill?,posted Jun 23 2011 11:26AM
Our friends in Parachute have a video contest going on right now. You could win a private performance from the band when they come back through Colorado with the Goo Goo Dolls and Michelle BranchÂ Wednesday, August 7th at 1STBank Center. The guys explain their contest in the adorable video below and after you watch CLICK HERE to visit their webpage directly.
by What in the Sam Hill?,posted Jun 22 2011 11:55AM
I noticed recently that Fitz and the Tantrums (the AWESOME band that played BJ, Howie and Erica's Porch Party earlier this month) has a free download on their website. A live version of the tune Don't Gotta Work It Out. Â I'm a big fan of free and possibly you are as well?
by What in the Sam Hill?,posted Jun 22 2011 11:27AM
Yesterday my friend Matt Nathanson released his new album "Modern Love." Granted, I'm a bit biased when it comes to his music since I know Matt personally, but I love love love this new release. We are currently playing Matt's first single (Faster) from the album but I wanted to give you a little something to enjoy while you're contemplating adding the full album to your collection of music.
by What in the Sam Hill?,posted Jun 22 2011 11:04AM
I'll admit, I don't watch "The Voice." I love the concept of the show but I'll be totally honest and tell you I've been on a major reading kick lately and it's really cut into my t.v. watching ability. Big time. I still like to catch the clips and such though and earlier this week, I came across a bit of a controversy that stemmed from one performance in particular on this week's show.
Coach Adam Levine complimented contestant Nakia's performance of Adam Lambert's "Whataya Want From Me" and expressed complete unfamiliarity with the song, even going as far to say, âIâm actually not familiar with that song, but you just forced me to like it. And thatâs very cool. You have so much power up there and everything was amazing. Youâre such a great singer. Iâm pretty sure that, although I havenât heard that song before, that you probably sang it better than the person that sang it originally.â
As you can imagine, fans of Lambert did NOT take kindly to the comment and pretty much assaulted Levine on Twitter. Possibly the only person to be calm about the whole thing was Lambert himself, who tweeted to fans, âYeah Nakia! Saaaang boy!! Great performance. I think Adam might know who I am after this next album. Get ready for me Levine. Hahah
But for the record, Im def a Maroon 5 fan. Fans: there is NO reason to be angry. Thanks for being protective but it's all good. :)â
Do you think Levine deserved such a lashing for not knowing one of his musical peers most popular tunes?
Here's the vid if you didn't catch the performance and comments live:
by What in the Sam Hill?,posted Jun 21 2011 10:57AM
The past few years I've been enjoying a growing appreciation and possible lifetime obsession with wine. I remember hearing of Train's Wine Club last fall when they announced its formation but I didn't really dig into the news at that time. Today it randomly popped into my head- Â Train is the only band I can think of off the top of my head that has a wine club. How cool is THAT?? I'm thinking I should try some of their recommendations and actually explore joining the club.
I love wine but I have never joined a club and checking out Train's club made me wonder if any of our Alice friends had good recommendations for clubs? I'd love to hear yours!
by What in the Sam Hill?,posted Jun 18 2011 11:31AM
Our buddies in OneRepublic have been recording a pretty cool little series of videos while they are touring. They have aptly named these little one-off vids the "Good Life Series." This is the one they just posted yesterday from their stops in Luxembourg and Tilburg. Love it.
by What in the Sam Hill?,posted May 26 2011 10:40AM
Jason Derulo's "Don't Wanna Go Home." The underlying sample is from Robyn S's 1993 dance hit "Show Me Love"... not to be confused with Robyn's "Show Me Love" from 1996. I'll explain below... but first, Jason Derulo...
This is Robyn S "Show Me Love" (Where Jason got his sample)
And finally- Robyn with "Show Me Love" (Doesn't really have anything to do with anything.. I'm just on a roll...)
by What in the Sam Hill?,posted May 25 2011 10:45AM
One thing is clear... if you're hosting Katy Perry- NO CARNATIONS. Hey, who knows- Katy might have an allergy to them.
I found a few pages from Katy's tour rider and if you CLICK HERE you can check out a few pages from the 45 page rider- this is the fun stuff as I'm sure the other pages are filled with a lot of tech-babble.
by What in the Sam Hill?,posted May 12 2011 11:37AM
So... Â May 29th is when Bruno Mars is playing 1stBank Center in Broomfield. If your going or considering it- I want to make sure you know a little about Janelle Monae. She's touring with Bruno and if you haven't gotten to know her yet... DO IT!
She's incredibly talented and a must-see act. Not kidding. Â Here's one of her vids Â for your viewing pleasure and you can visit her website BY CLICKING HERE.
Her album ArchAndroid was released last May. This is seriously good stuff.
by What in the Sam Hill?,posted May 11 2011 11:05AM
This one's called "Thank You" and it's dedicated to firefighters everywhere. Cee Lo teamed up with Duracell and their Power Those Who Protect Us cause to create this unique version of the song. In fact, for a short time, if you like Duracell on FB, they'll give you a free download. I don't know for how long though so you might want to jump on it. CLICK HERE and I'll direct you to their page.
The battery brand also Â has a current (haha) campaign where purchasers of specially marked packages of their batteries can look for a code that will allow the purchaser to select a specific volunteer fire department to receive a battery donation. If you're curious about the campaign- I found the link: http://www.duracell.com/en-US/power-those-who-protect-us/about.jspx
by What in the Sam Hill?,posted Apr 29 2011 11:18AM
I'm sure the brides in most of these clips weren't thrilled AT ALL that their wedding mishaps were caught forever on video, but hopefully they were able to look back and laugh at some point. The first one was definitely the shocker for me!
by What in the Sam Hill?,posted Apr 22 2011 11:30AM
Here's the video from their performance of "E.T." on last night's American Idol. Feedback from fans has been both positive and negative- with the negative end of things screaming foul on Katy for ripping off Lady Gaga's quirky style. What do you think? Rip off or is there plenty of room for crazy outfits in this world?
by What in the Sam Hill?,posted Apr 20 2011 12:00PM
Such a precious little song for his girl. I've followed Jason's blog for a while now and I always enjoy his postings- if you'd like to check out the full post that explains this song, I think you'll find it sweet.
by What in the Sam Hill?,posted Apr 18 2011 12:23PM
Justin is one of many celebs who are participating in Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore's "Real Men Don't Buy Girls" campaign. Other ads feature Sean Penn, Drake, Jamie Foxx and more. If you want to know more about the cause- visit Ashton and Demi's page BY CLICKING HERE.
by What in the Sam Hill?,posted Apr 14 2011 10:39AM
Now, you've probably joked a couple of times with your friends about Pajama Jeans, right? I don't actually know anyone that has them but hey, I'm not one to wear my pajamas anywhere but in the privacy of my own home even if they resemble actual jeans. It's like not changing your underwear.. it doesn't matter that other people don't know. *I* know and that's enough to shame me into trying a little harder when I go out.
That's just me. If you feel comfy rollin' around town in your pjs then by all means, go right ahead!
Today I was watching the NEWS (On mute here in the studio) and saw a commercial for THESE. They are called JeanPants. They are UNDERWEAR. FOR GUYS. In case you missed that last link: CLICK HERE TO SEE THEM.
I don't know why, but they make me feel uncomfortable just looking at them. I feel like I felt when I was a young girl and first saw a male underwear advertisement. I felt shy, awkward, uneducated and a bevy of other things. Am I so square that I can't see the extreme value of this product?
by What in the Sam Hill?,posted Apr 13 2011 11:08AM
Now, the kid in this video is Keenan Cahill... he's VERY popular on youtube with his lip-syncing skills and this video has a fun surprise a little into it. If you want to read Keenan's story and check out more of his vids CLICK HERE FOR HIS WEBSITE. Enjoy this adorable video!
by What in the Sam Hill?,posted Apr 13 2011 10:18AM
A couple weeks ago- Lady Gaga released a country version of her latest single "Born This Way." Follow the link below to hear it if you haven't yet. If you get it from iTunes- a portion of the proceeds benefit the GLSEN.
by What in the Sam Hill?,posted Apr 12 2011 11:06AM
Since the release of Marry Me, there have been a slew of Train fans that have come forward to tell of their experiences with their sig others. The band asked fans to send in pics and videos of their own "Marry Me" moments and finally a week and a half ago theys posted a compilation video of some of those moments. Here it is:
by What in the Sam Hill?,posted Apr 12 2011 10:52AM
This! Well, it's no secret that Adam likes to lend his support for other musicians and he often throws out names and albums for us to explore. Here's one I spotted on his twitter feed- the music of Scarlett Cherry. Adam knows Cherry through a photog (Lee Cherry) who's done work with Adam before. Scarlett is Lee's wife and together they decided to put together an album that basically chronicled their journey to become first-time parents.
You can check out their project BY CLICKING HERE. Here's a video of the story behind the album:
I imagine Adam's stamp of approval couldn't hurt anything, huh?
by What in the Sam Hill?,posted Apr 11 2011 12:51PM
Pink retweeted the link to this cover of her tune "Perfect" - saying she is very proud of it. AHMIR is an extremely popular youtube R&B group. They have used their success (over 30 million views of their vid) to bring attention to a lot of charity organizations including The American Red Cross, YMCA, The American Cancer Society and many many more.
You can find more about them by CLICKING HERE. And definitely watch the video below!
by What in the Sam Hill?,posted Mar 31 2011 11:27AM
V Magazine has invited Lady Gaga to once again be a Â columnist in May and this time around, they are asking HER fans to create the headshot that will accompany her column. Illustrations of ANY type will be considered- they even said that sculpture would be taken into consideration. Cool opp for a big Gaga fan. The deadline is April 3rd so get on it!