Thoughts the Alphabetical and Back Edition
How close did ALY &
A.J. come to extinguishing all the good will they built up wth me by releasing
one of my favorite longplayers of '07 when they associated themselves with
the movie based on MTV's risible reality series (sorry for the near-redundancy)
My Super Sweet 16? Closer than they should have, but since they're young,
and I forgive easily, the Milchaka sisters still have me for a fan.
Is it me or does "Between
Raising Hell and Amazing Grace" by two of my favorite commercial country
guys, BIG & RICH, sound a fair deal both thematically and melodically
(or at least chordally) like "The Lust, The Flesh, The Pride and The Eyes
of Life" by THE 77S?
Can anybody out there help
a brother (me!) get a ticket or two to see MILEY CYRUS when she plays near
Chicago this year? Half of me can understand her label's publicists having
to restrict press to that from major dailies; you've heard how much resale
ticket handlers are getting for entrances to the Hannah Montana missy's
gigs, yes? Crazy, huh? The other half of me says, "C'mon Disney! Who else
in the American press corps has covered one of your currently hottest profit
centers from the standpoint of her faith and gotten her in this august
ezine and HM Magazine for cryin' out loud?" Seriously, if you can
help me out, my email addy is at the end of this column.
I know they've already been
reissued in the 1990s as a limited edition book-styled box set for which
you'll now have to pay through any given orifice to own, but considering
the way their kind of protean new waveyness in which they specialized has
made a comeback of influence in current bands, isn't it about time DANIEL
AMOS' four Alarma Chronicles albums were reissued as they ought to have
been in an at least four-CD set (one disc per album, or two discs per,
with the second for bonus tracks, alternate takes/mixes, radio special
material, etc.) in not quite as limited edition as they were the first
time, in individual, full-color sleeves?
Had the CCM business better
sense of how to keep its history alive and in print, this might be a more
commercially feasible idea than the probable pipe dream I just atriculated.
Here's hoping all the same, eh? Rereleasing the rest of the band's and
TERRY TAYLOR's solo catalog would do plenty of people a lot of good, too.
Who else is excited to hear
GUEST, the piano-driven pop-rock band being formed by BRANDON and BRITTANY
HARGEST, the siblings comprising half of what's left of soon-to-be-gone
JUMP5? Hey, their new band's moniker sounds like a pun on their own surname,
Here's also looking forward
to hearing the solo music of NATASHA NOACK, the brunette who briefly replaced
LIBBY HODGES when she left J5 before it techincally became J4. Noack's
MySpace profile intrigues, down to her sassy, mature look.
Wouldn't MARK HEARD's biography
make great fodder for an indie movie that would renew interest in the music
he left behind and retell his story for the same public and triple-A-radio
listenning crowd that appreciated him more than a mass cCm audience and
industry appeared capable of doing in his earthly lifetime?
Shouldn't there have been
a Christian punk band brave enough by now to have remade IGGY POP &
THE STOOGES' "Your Pretty Face Is Gong To Hell"? If anyone from any such
band is reading this, you could cover your church-youth-group-playing backsides
by doing what DC TALK did when they sang NIRVANA's "All Apologies" and
fit in a line mentioning JESUS.
"Your Pretty Face Is Going
To Hell Without Jesus"? True enough. STELLAR KART, we're waiting! Yes,
I'm kidding a bit. About Stellar Kart, anyway.
Were THIRD DAY frontman
MAC POWELL to duet with HOOTIE AND THE BLOWFISH vocalist DARIUS RUCKER,
how often would one voice be mistaken for the other?
What makes hip-hop-centric
Youth Impact TV on JCTV (and, for all I know, also its parent network,
TBN) so appealing/aggravatingly cheesy? The seemingly faux or otherwise
lame street mannerisms of the hosts? The public access cable production
values? The ability to hear a quote such as "First, they accept the 'fro"
in a total lack of irony by monumentally bushy-headed rapper LOS 1 in reference
to the ministerial value of his locks? Either way, it looks like digital
cable has given yours truly a guilty TV pleasure (though the episide I
first watched looks to be dated from 2004).
Since an English friend
has told me that KYLIE MINOGUE not only has a few Chrisitans in her road
band (as of her last, pre-breast cancer tour), but has also visied the
famed Hillsong Church in her native Australia, wouldn't it be cool were
she to come to the Lord (no question there) and team up with DARLENE ZSCHECH
for a single or-possibly better still-an entire album?
Speaking again of remaking
lost '70s classics, can anyone else out there imagine with me STARFLYER
59 or COOL HAND LUKE rewoking TELEVISION's "Glory"?
How collectible will the
Curves-branded workout music compilation tracks and sundry other pre-American
Idol curios recorded by MANDISA become now that she's the umpteenth competiror
on the aforementioned talent show who has scored a major label recording
deal (and been more successful than some-hello, JUSTIN GUARINI-at it)?
Is JAMIE ALEXANDER any funnier
performing as a stand-up comedian than he is hosting campy, chintzy teen
Bible trvia game show Virtual Memory? For the sale of my ever getting to
see him in that context and for that of Christian-made comedy overall--especially
if he's responsible for creating the witless (yet oddly compelling) characters
that fill the spots on VM that would otherwise be taken up with advertising
if the show didn't run on commercial-free stations--here's hoping. The
guy seems talented enough even if he's not responded to either of my emails.
Jamie Lee Rake