Friday, March 30, 2007
As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly
Finally. "WKRP in Cincinnati" has long been one of the series mysteriously absent from DVD, likely because of rights issues involving the show's use of music. Well, the rights issues -- most of them -- have been worked out (a note on the box indicates that some of the original music used didn't make the cut), and the first season of the show will be out April 24.

So get ready to relive Les Nessman's marked-off "office," Herb Tarlek's unfortunate jackets, the banter between Johnny and Venus, and -- of course -- the legendary "Turkeys Away" episode.

And don't forget: "The Star-Spangled Banner" by Francis Scott Key.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
'Idol' prepares to croon
With Chris Sligh heading home to South Carolina, here's how I see the top and bottom singers among the remaining contestants heading into Tony Bennett week.

Top two (not even close anymore): Melinda Doolittle and Jordin Sparks.

Bottom two: Haley Scarnato and Sanjaya Malakar. (Watch Steve and Troy dig into Wednesday night's results)

But don't be surprised if Haley gives one of the best performances next week (a Bennett show is suited perfectly for her) and Sanjaya reminds us that he actually has a decent voice. I think Phil Stacey has to pick a perfect song to stay in the race.
'Idol' down to nine
Chris is gone. Sanjaya stays.

What say you?
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
'Idol' chatter: Dump Sanjaya
From CNN.com Special Projects producer -- and "American Idol" fan -- Steve Almasy:

America, the long national nightmare needs to end. "American Idol" needs to get rid of Sanjaya.

I don't care how. I have no confidence he will be voted off soon, so we have to do something. Somebody please find some risque photos on the Internet. Wait, that's not a good idea. There are children watching. (Watch who Steve and colleague Troy Bentley think should be voted out)

And apparently voting.

Last night apparently was "Songs Steve used to listen to at the frat house" night. Actually it was songs by No Doubt and singers that inspired Gwen Stefani -- a nice little mix. Gwen, we're told -- though really there was little video evidence -- coached the 10 remaining finalists this week, and she'll perform on Wednesday's results show.

I'm sure Melinda Doolittle and LaKisha Jones -- two of the favorites -- were glad to see Donna Summer numbers available. Going first -- and the high expectations of many -- were too much for LaKisha. I expected her to absolutely crush "Last Dance," but it was shaky at the beginning and she didn't get it going until the end. I mean, Paula didn't even dance.

Melinda, on the other hand, was typically great with "Heaven Knows." When they went to commercial break I realized I had jacked the volume to levels that invite dirty looks and phone calls from neighbors. Also typically great was Jordin Sparks, who is now firmly in the top two after a Christina Aguilera-like version (vocally, not attire-wise) of No Doubt's "Hey Baby." But "Idol" wannabes tread in dangerous lands when they do something so contemporary and I'’m not sure it went over well with the TV audience -–- the voters.

While I want Sanjaya to go, there are two prime candidates for the boot after last night: Chris Sligh and Haley Scarnato. When a performer admits "my bad" after his performance, it is bad. And thanks to Haley, I now know there is a pageant version of "True Colors."

Who did you think did well last night?
Monday, March 26, 2007
How 'Tom's Diner' changed music history
Fascinating piece (from earlier this month) about the creation of the MP3 format in BusinessWeek. Who knew Suzanne Vega's a capella "Tom's Diner" would play such an important role?

Doo doo doo doo, doo-dah doo doo ...

(Thanks to Tim.)
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