Saturday, June 15, 2024

Around the Tubes: June 15, 2024


I have gotten a plethora of cool press releases have been flooding my inbox recently that you may find interesting. This post includes blurbs on Nelly Furtado, Paul McCartney and Wings, and Miranda Lambert.

On August 9, 2024, GRAMMY® Award-winning multiplatinum singer, songwriter, and producer Nelly Furtado will release her breakout full-length debut album, Whoa, Nelly! on vinyl for the first time. Featuring five bonus tracks, Whoa, Nelly! will be available as a deluxe 2LP set pressed on standard black vinyl and a Limited-Edition 2LP version pressed on cotton candy pink and orange peel color vinyl with brand-new alternate cover artPreorder Whoa, NellyHERE.  With its dynamic genre-shifting between dance music, folk, R&B, and Latin stylings, Whoa, Nelly! introduced the songstress as an eclectic pop presence without comparison. She notably wrote and produced the entire body of work, establishing her vision from the jump with anthems like “Hey, Man!” and “Turn Off the Light. Originally released on October 24, 2000, the album achieved a double-platinum certification from the RIAA, while Nelly garnered a total of four GRAMMY® Award nominations in 2002, going on to take home “Best Female Pop Vocal Performance” for the platinum single “I’m Like A Bird.” The record’s tracks have also gathered north of 1 billion total streams and counting to date.

The wait is over: this week, One Hand Clapping, one of the most bootlegged live albums in musical history, finally receives a proper release. In August 1974, when Band on the Run was enjoying a seven-week consecutive #1 stint at the top of the UK album charts, Paul McCartney and Wings headed to Abbey Road Studios for the filming of a video documentary and possible live studio album – One Hand Clapping. Despite overwhelming demand for newly recorded material from the biggest band in the world at that time, One Hand Clapping was never officially released.  Filmed and recorded over four days and directed by David Litchfield, the release of One Hand Clapping is a historic moment for Paul McCartney fans. Over the years, various parts of One Hand Clapping have been bootlegged with varying degrees of success. Some of the material has also appeared on official McCartney releases. However, today’s new release of One Hand Clapping, which features the original artwork designed for the project, including a TV sales brochure for the unreleased film at the time, is the first time the audio for the film—plus several additional songs recorded off-camera--have been officially issued.  Order One Hand Clapping HERE

With smoldering vocals and electric barbed wire guitars turned up, “Wranglers” arrived last month as three-time GRAMMY winner Miranda Lambert’s biggest streaming debut ever, serving as an emphatic introduction of her new alliance with Republic Records with strategic support from Nashville-based Big Loud. As the fire continues to grow both at Country radio and across streaming platforms, the most-awarded artist in Academy of Country Music history now offers an official music video for the tour du force of empowerment. Watch HEREFilmed outside Austin, Texas – the same city where Lambert convened a band of iconic musicians at the storied Arlyn Recording Studios alongside fellow GRAMMY-winning songwriter/producer Jon Randall to craft the new music – the video puts to film the song’s sense of hard-won freedom for anyone leaving a situation that didn’t serve them.

Sunday, June 09, 2024

57 Channels and Only This Is On: June 9, 2024


The Acolyte:   So Jason Mendoza is definitely the Master, right? If so, he will go from playing a solemn monk who was secretly a goofball to playing a goofball who is secretly a Sith (which basically and evil Jedi and Jedi's are monk-like).  He better throw a Molotov cocktail sometime this season.


The Challenge All-Stars 4:  I feel like this show has an unusual number of color blind people on this show.  You would think the amount of times a contestant brings up being color blind, they would stop doing these color specific challenges.


Pretty Little Liars: Summer School:  The Hell House was hilarious; though I am not sure it was supposed to be.  But Bloody Mary is Imogen’s mother.  Huh?  But I guess when the twist in the original show was that Alison’s brother turned out to be her other brother’s girlfriend, this makes more sense.  So is this a twin situation or is Imogen just crazy.


The Chi:  When is the men’s group going to finally stop talking about dealing Douda and actually do something?  Well, besides the previous failed assassination attempt.  But baby-daddy twist was a bit too soap-opera like.  Does the timeline even work?  She was gone a very long time and was not showing when she was rescued. This seems more like a retcon more than a plot twist.