Is this a fucking joke? I caught part of the show last night, mostly on heartonastick's recommendation. It seriously looks like a Saturday Night Live sketch of the show. The roly-poly Barry Manalow worshiper? The 14 year old kids trying to act like big boys? The guy in the white hat with the nickname in "quotes"? The smiley guy? I don't even remember who else, but they were the biggest clowns I've ever seen on this thing. I know bashing American Idol is no better than complaining there's no music on MTV anymore or that Webster Hall sucks...but this is at a whole different level. The only saving graces are that handsome fella named "Ace" (no, I'm not kidding...Ace) and grey-haired "29" year old Taylor Hicks, who seems pleasantly happy to be there. His "I dunno what's going on...""I don't know either!" exchange with Seacrest was genuine comedy. The funny thing is...after watching last night, I don't think there are 6 guys who can beat him.
See...this is what happens when they rerun lost. My whole schedule is thrown off. This should have never happened.
On the flipside, I got a heads up on a nice new band from Vancouver with the best name since I Love you but I've Chosen Darkness: You Say Party! We Say Die! Remember when you first heard about Celebration, and everyone was going shit-balls crazy over them about how they were the next great female-fronted indie band? Then you saw them live and you were like, um...that's it? Well, these guys are exactly what I hoped and expected Celebration to sound like. They're catchy, fun and overpunctuated. Gonna try and check them out at the Vice party at SXSW. There are no NYC dates set as of yet.