Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Brrrrrrr......

Well, Sherman Jr. is off to Chicago today for Christmas. There will be posts throughout the week from the chilly city. At least we aren't headed to poor NYC. A transit strike? That is beyond comprehension to me. Hang in there guys!

Rumor has it that the iPod Nano could be the next Apple product to run out prior to Christmas. The 4GB version's supplies are dwindling and the company is warning of a 2 week wait in the UK (Digital Music News)

Received an email from King Britt stating that we will be seeing a top 10 list for the year. Can't wait for that one! He's one of the greatest DJ's around. Some of my favorite nights of music were crafted by that man! His latest release, King Britt Presents Sister Gertrude Morgan, is the ideal example of his talents. Taking gospel singer Morgan's 1960's release and giving it a modern twist, Britt turns gospel into dance music. His infusion of instrumentation and beats adds additional spirit to an already spiritual piece of work. I often say that a good night of music is like going to church. In this case, it truly is. If gospel isn't your thing, just pick up the latest in the Late Night series which Sherman reviewed back in November. Looking forward to seeing him in the Northwest sometime soon!

I hope you are all familiar with Flavorpill. If not, check this link and take a look at their choices for the top music releases of the year. While you are on their site, sign up for their weekly newsletters telling you all the best things to see and do in LA, London, NYC, Chicago and SF. These newsletters are addictive and make you want to travel so be warned!

Sherman has picked a not just one Guilty Pleasure song today, but an entire album. His choice, Xanadu. The soundtrack to the 1980 film starring Olivia Newton-John and Michael Beck (who?). The film was billed as "A Fantasy, A Musical, A Place Where Dreams Come True". This soundtrack brought us such hits as "Suddenly", the love theme sung by Olivia and Cliff Richard, "Magic" by Olivia and a handful of ELO songs that won't soon be forgotten. My question for all of you to ponder is why was Gene Kelly in this film? Just because you can sing and dance, does not mean you should be in a rollerskating musical. If you don't have access to this soundtrack, perhaps a rental of the film is in order. I guarantee you that it will bring a smile to your face and make you long for a day at the roller rink.

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