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Streisand Tonight: On Jonathan Ross's BBC America Show

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 9th 2009 4:20PM
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It's been a good week for Barbra Streisand. Her new CD, Love Is the Answer, debuted at number one on the Billboard Top 200 chart, beating out Mariah Carey, Madonna and Paramore. Not bad for a lady who had her first chart-topper in 1964 with People. Well, tonight on BBC America, you'll have a chance to hear Streisand talk about the CD and sing two songs from it as well. Friday Night With Streisand & Ross airs on tonight at 9 p.m. on BBC America, a special edition of the UK talk show starring Jonathan Ross.

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Muppet stuff: Fraggle music and vintage Henson

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 25th 2007 6:01PM

fraggle rockSheesh, I guess I haven't checked out Muppet News Flash in awhile, and wound up missing out on some cool Muppet news.

First, a Fraggle Rock album will hit stores in October. There's pretty much zero information on Fraggle Rockin', except that it will contain music from the series. Amazon doesn't even have an album image. Did I mention it's a three-disc set? That's all kinds of awesome.

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New Simpsons album out in September

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 16th 2007 1:20PM

simpsonsThe Simpsons: Testify is a brand new album that will hit stores on September 18. The new album features original songs from season ten through eighteen, with such musicians as "Weird Al" Yankovic, David Byrne, Jackson Browne, and, of course, the Simpsons clan and the many residents of Springfield.

The album will feature music from some of the show's recent parodies of big musicals from such episodes as "Yokel Chords," "My Fair Laddy" and "The President Wore Pearls." The album also includes Ricky Gervais' ode to Marge from the episode "Homer Simpson, This is Your Wife."

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Storm Large releases a new CD

by Anna Johns, posted Jun 20th 2007 6:37PM
storm largeSo. I saw Rock Star contestant Storm Large in a coffee shop yesterday morning and nearly started hyperventilating. (It's a super small coffee shop and I didn't have the balls to ask for a photo) You see, I have had a bit of a girl crush on her since I saw her perform live last year. Anyway, she was dropping off her new CD to her friend behind the counter.

I went online and found it and here it is. You can preview the tracks on CD Baby and on her MySpace page (Warning: "Ladylike" is profane, but also awesome). This new album is the first in a pair of CDs she's releasing, called Side One and Side Two. Side One, which came out earlier this month, was recorded with the house band from Rock Star. She's touring it with her band, The Balls, starting tonight in Seattle. Besides hits such as "Ladylike" and "Beautiful", it also includes a cover of the Pixies' "Where Is My Mind". Side Two comes out early next year.

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Animation news: Brak is back, He-Man movie moves forward, and other stuff - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted May 26th 2007 10:04AM

brakFirst of all, some Adult Swim news:

The first Brak Show webisode is now online. Go watch it.

Also, some cool news for Metalocalypse fans: a brand new Dethklok album will be released on September 25, followed by the release of the first season DVD one week later. Before all of that, however, a brand new 2nd season, with that fresh "2nd season smell" will hit Adult Swim one week before the CD release. NOTE: Thanks to Holly for pointing out that this information changed since I first posted this.

Finally, you can bid on a tour of the Robot Chicken studio. Seth Green himself will be your tour guide.

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Hear a snippet from Joe Rogan's new comedy album

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 7th 2007 12:02PM

joe roganThis link is NOT SAFE FOR WORK. Notice I didn't use the standard internet abbreviation "NSFW," because I didn't want some benighted person in an office thinking, "'Not Suitable For Winger?' That has nothing to do with me, I was never in that band, and I don't even like the song 'Seventeen.' Everything about that acronym tells me to click that link."

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The last song on The O.C.

by Julia Ward, posted Feb 15th 2007 11:23AM
Patrick Park The O.C.Which indie darling will be chosen to accompany the inevitable series finale montage of The O.C. on February 22nd? Stereogum knows. The show responsible for bringing Death Cab for Cutie into mainstream consciousness has dubbed neo-folkie Patrick Park the lucky recipient of this most coveted of pop culture moments. You can hear singer/songwriter Park's "Life is a Song" on MySpace. It will be available for purchase in July on Park's forthcoming album, and quite possibly on iTunes before that if The O.C. has anything to do with it.

Apparently, the folks at The O.C. weighed Jeff Buckley's "Hallelujah" and Imogen Heap's "Hide and Seek" before going with the LA-based Park's ditty. It's good to see them spread the love to a lesser known commodity. Congratulations, Patrick. You're destined for graduation mix CDs everywhere. Personally, I can't wait. There's nothing better than a tear-jerking montage accompanied by a certifiable indie hit. I give you as evidence E.R.'s Green Day "Time of Your Life" montage. TV this sappy - it has to be good.

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Everybody Hates Chris co-star rocks out

by Adam Finley, posted Dec 13th 2006 6:05PM

vincent martellaWhen I first typed that headline I accidentally typed "Everybody HITS Chris." Then I couldn't help but imagine a sitcom where every episode revolved around the main character being slapped around by everyone else. Sorry, I'm just really amused by my mistakes.

So anyway, Vincent Martella, who plays Chris' best friend Greg on the series, is also a musician. You can listen to one of his original songs on his MySpace page. The song, "Closest Thing to Heaven," probably won't blow the lid off popular music as we know it, but I sure as hell wasn't writing songs like that when I was his age, and the fact that he's performing his own music and not just singing some other person's songs is pretty cool. If you want to hear more of Vin Man's singing, click here for his rendition of some popular tunes. If his music doesn't quite do it for you, step outside, find the nearest junior high girl, and have her listen to it, because this music is really for them and not for you.

The album is available on iTunes.

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CD of MGM cartoon music

by Adam Finley, posted Dec 10th 2006 3:32PM

tom and jerryA few years ago I received a Hanna Barbera three-disc set of cartoon themes, comedy bits and sound effects. I have the content of all three albums on my iPod, which is quite entertaining when the iPod is on shuffle. After every few songs there will be a short clip of some wacky sound effect. Trust me, you've never heard "Smells Like Teen Spirit" until you've heard it followed by Fred Flintstone yelling "yabba dabba doo!"

I like cartoon music, that's my point. So this caught my interest, naturally. Scott Bradley was the musical composer for MGM animation, scoring Tom and Jerry cartoons and the works of Tex Avery. The first three-disc volume covers the 1950s and is limited to 3000 copies. If enough people show interest in the project, other volumes will follow, covering other decades. I suppose people like myself would love to have something like this, but I think even cartoonphiles have to admit that what made these soundtracks so great was seeing them paired up with the cartoons themselves. The next time you catch Tom and Jerry, pay close attention to the music: it stops, starts, takes weird detours, adds subtle gags to the scene, and twists and contorts to fit the action. Some of the most talented musicians in the business worked on those old cartoons, but I get the feeling that hearing the music by itself might leave one as half empty as watching the same cartoon with the mute button pressed.

[via Toon Zone]

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Jennifer Hudson signs with legendary producer

by Anna Johns, posted Nov 22nd 2006 11:39AM
jennifer hudsonFinally! Former American Idol contestant Jennifer Hudson has signed a record deal with powerhouse producer Clive Davis, who also has Aretha Franklin and Barry Manilow, along with other Idol winners, on his label. Hudson was on the third season of American Idol, where she was the sixth contestant (in the top 12) voted off the show. There was a lot of outrage after Hudson was ousted-- even Elton John weighed in and called Americans racist for voting Hudson off the show. Apparently it took a role on Dreamgirls, alongside Beyonce, Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy--plus, some love from Oprah--to get Clive Davis' attention. I look forward to a Jennifer Hudson album. This girl has one hell of a voice, and a sassy attitude to match!

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Win Badly Drawn Boy's piano car on eBay

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 14th 2006 7:20PM
badly drawn boyI don't get to talk about music much here, this being a television blog and all, but once in awhile those two worlds mesh and I get to tell everyone I'm a big fan of Badly Drawn Boy, whose new album Born in the UK will be released on October 16. The video for the song "Nothing's Gonna Change Your Mind" shows Badly Drawn Boy, (a.k.a. Damon Gough) "driving" a car that's operated by a piano keyboard where the dashboard should be. Now, you can bid for the chance to win the car on eBay, but only if you live in the UK. So there you go, UK readers, don't ever say I never did anything for you. Unfortunately, the auction ends really soon, but don't fret too much, it's not like the car actually works or anything. To ease your suffering, I've placed the music video after the jump. Let the soothing tones soothe your savage soul. Besides, it's not like you couldn't glue a keyboard to the inside of your car and get the same effect.

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America's most talented signs record deal

by Anna Johns, posted Sep 25th 2006 6:03PM
bianca ryanThe winner of this summer's Gong Show America's Got Talent has signed a recording deal with Columbia Records/SYCO, which is Simon Cowell's wing of the company. Bianca Ryan, a 12-year-old "vocal prodigy" (as the press release states), won America's Got Talent on August 17th. She beat out jugglers, quick-change artists and a rappin' granny for the prize. If you're not among the 12 million people who watched America's Got Talent, you can see Bianca here on YouTube. The kid sure can sing.

Her first album comes out on November 14th. It includes covers of "I Believe I Can Fly", "The Rose" and "You Light Up My Life" as well as a number of original songs, including one written by Diane Warren.

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Muppet Christmas album out next month

by Adam Finley, posted Sep 23rd 2006 12:04PM
muppetsI know, I know, it's a bit early to be thinking about Christmas, but the ever-diligent Muppet News Flash is reporting that a brand new Muppet Christmas album will be out on October 17. The album, titled, "A Green and Red Christmas" will feature twelve holiday songs, and is retailing for about ten bucks, which is a pretty good bargain. I wonder though, what makes them think they'll ever be able to top the Christmas album the Muppets made with John Denver, possibly the greatest Christmas album of all time next to Vince Guaraldi's soundtrack for A Charlie Brown Christmas? Not to mention the John Denver album is only $5.98 on Amazon. I'm just sayin'.

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Album deal for Rachael Ray

by Anna Johns, posted Sep 22nd 2006 9:01AM
rachael rayDon't worry. She's not singing. Because that would be the answer to the question, "What's more painful than watching Rachael Ray?" The cook/talk show host is teaming up with Epic to create soundtracks. Ray says the soundtracks are music that she would listen to or play at a party. Her first soundtrack will be a Christmas album, followed by a kids album. They're called 'How Cool is That Christmas CD', to be released on October 10th; and 'Too Cool for School Mixtape for Kids', to be released on October 31.

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American Idol drop-out has a new album

by Anna Johns, posted Jul 28th 2006 8:14AM
mario vazquez; american idolRemember Mario Vazquez? He dropped out of season four of American Idol just as he was about to grace the Top 12 (making room for Nikko Smith). He also seemed to drop off the face of the earth for a while, but he's back with a new album. In an interview with People magazine, Mario says that he is happy he left American Idol when he did because he would've had to do a bunch of crap he didn't want to do if he had stayed on the show. Instead, he's been recording an eccentric album that he says isn't as "safe" as they play it on American Idol. He describes the new album, which comes out on September 12, as a mixture of hip hop, pop, R&B, and reggae. He's currently performing songs on a tour of American malls, which he light-heartedly refers to as "The Tiffany Tour".

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