If you're not excited for The Muppets we probably should just break up now. For that matter when I bring up the old "it's not you, it's me" routine you should know that it is a total lie, and in this case it is actually you and your Muppet hating soul that are to blame, which may or may not be a nice way to segue to the fake movie in a movie the teaser trailer riffs on. The saddest thing of all is that Green With Envy, complete with fictitious poster below, actually looks better than almost every romantic comedy that comes out. Of course that may just be the bitterness I'm still feeling from watching Something Borrowed talking, but I digress. The Muppets hits theaters November 23rd, presumably their referenced domination has officially started.
Today is a good day for people that don't download leaked albums early as NPR is currently streaming My Morning Jacket's new album Circuital ahead of its May 31st release. The eleven song set has the interwebs a buzz about some mythical "return to form" for the Louisville based rockers but we never really thought they abandoned any form in the first place. Either way add another awesome album to the MMJ catalog and enjoy the goodness below.
In related news Jim James and company will be taking part in the Unstaged series with a Todd Haynes directed webcast of their performance at The Louisville Palace Theater on Tuesday. Assorted oddball promo videos have been made about the production like the one below suggesting attendees dress fancy. Looks like it's time to dust off your monocles.
This is the greatest thing in the history of the internet if not the world. Of course Tupac and Danza were friends, they are both too legit to quit. What? Wrong rapper? MC Hammer wasn't rap? Are you crazy? Anyhoo the gist of the story is that Danza wrote (unsolicited) letters to Tupac while he was in jail, and even knew some of the album, forging what was clearly a treasured friendship. As is tradition once one has been welcomed into the loving arms of Lord Danza, Tupac explains the depth of his allegiance to the great man in the fabulous video above.
Sadly Tupac's life was cut short before the two were able to reminisce on what would surely have been a very special episode of The Tony Danza Show. It might have even been as good as the Chuck Norris episode. Who am I kidding, that's just crazy talk.
We've known for a long time that Pearl Jam was going to host a festival-like event this summer to celebrate the band's twentieth anniversary. Unfortunately we didn't know when or where, although "somewhere in the middle of the country" was thrown out to help us narrow it down. Today the band has finally answered this question officially, confirming the long rumored shenanigans will take place at Alpine Valley in East Troy, Wisconsin over Labor Day weekend. The latest anniversary celebrating is of course in addition to the numerous reissues the band has put together this year, as well as the upcoming Cameron Crowe directed documentary of the band rumored to be out in the early fall. Woo hoo, Pearl Jam fun.
As for the actual concert the term festival should probably be thrown out and replaced with "guest heavy shows" or something along those lines as each day will be ticketed separately and seemingly nothing will be all that different from a normal show than the amount of openers. Don't get me wrong the openers have some firepower in The Strokes, Mudhoney and Queens of the Stone Age, but they're also going the songwriter route with Liam Finn, Joseph Arthur and Glen Hasnard. For safety's sake we'll leave punk legend John Doe in his own classificiation. It certainly sounds like a grand old time but let's be honest, this is only slightly more appealing than your standard Pearl Jam show, which isn't exactly a bad thing.
What is a bad thing is how the band's biggest fans, those who are paid members of the Ten Club, are somewhat getting the shaft from their favorite musicians. To obtain fan club tickets you must buy tickets to both shows but you only have two options: The "Reserved/GA Weekend Package" or a "General Admission Weekend Package". "Well those don't seem all that bad!" you shout in your corduroy and flannel. Fine, maybe not to you, but what if they replace the words "general admission" with "lawn". How does that sound? Essentially all that's happening here is that if you are a member of the Ten Club and you want to go to see Pearl Jam's special anniversary show in Wisconsin you have to buy at least one lawn ticket to the show. The same lawn tickets people will be trying to give away outside because nobody ever wants to sit in the lawn unless they are under the legal drinking age. Paying for the privelage to not be able to get reserved seats to both nights is insulting, and I'm not even a Ten Club member.
The long rumored Phish shows at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado over Labor Day weekend are now official. The three night weekend stand, which will take place a little over two weeks after the last dates on their itinerary, are being billed as "the last announced by the band for the Summer and Fall", so for those needing the last bit of a fix until a hopeful New Year's run this is all you've got. Well of course there's those other two legs of tour including a wonderfully scenic west coast run, but this is where it ends.
For all the complaining Phish fans do about awkward tour routing and bias, it's worth noting the opportunities the band has presented to their fans for a weekend of Phishing. The tour is bookended by holiday weekends that feature three night stands while the band took the one major summer holiday and made it Superball IX. It's safe to assume the Labor Day weekend events won't feature ferris wheels and the like, but the Colorado dates do offer onsite camping on "the lush soccer fields adjacent to the stadium". Replace soccer with polo and you have the exact Festival 8 camping description. If it goes down that smoothly we're all in for quite a weekend.
The lottery is currently underway for the newly announced shows through Phish ticketing and will conclude at noon EST on Monday, May 23rd.