Nashville Fun…

So this site has been pretty dead lately, but with good reason, I was away! My friend and I took a little roadtrip to Nashville. The common question is “Why Nashville?” My answer — not sure, I’ve always wanted to see it besides I’m slightly obsessed with GAC and CMT channels as of late.

We packed up my car and drove the insane 14+ hours to see what Nashville had to offer. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was just enough city life for me not to go crazy, but balanced with relaxation. Plus, there’s the fact that at any given hour of the day (or night) you can walk into a bar and see a pretty kick ass band or singer-songwriter tear up a stage. NYC has great music, but it’s pretty pretentious – in Nashville there’s rarely a cover charge, musicians just ask that you kick in a few dollars after their show – or even better give them $5+ and have them sing a song of your choosing on the spot. Seriously.

So visiting Nashville was a first in itself, but other highlights included eating at a Sonic. This is a BIG deal. They play commercials all the time here about Sonics, but you can’t find one around here. I’m hooked. Other food highlights: pulled pork, potato salad, and mac n cheese courtesy of the NEELY’s BBQ, biscuits and gravy from Loveless Cafe, and the most AMAZING latte from Provence.

Also experienced the Grand Ole Opry for the first time, which included seeing Rascal Flatts perform among other country/bluegrass legends like Little Jimmy Dickens and Ricky Skaggs. The Grand Ole Opry is grand for sure — it’s one of the most beautiful venues I’ve ever been in and when you factor in the TALENT that has crossed the stage and legacy of it all, it’s hard not to get choked up. We also checked out the Country Music Hall of Fame – so cool!

The only scary part about the trip (not just Nashville) is the bible belt. I mean, I’m not an overly religious person, but I am spiritual. Driving from NYC to Nashville (especially through W. Va and VA) proved to be an eye-opening experience. We’re talking crosses EVERYWHERE. Sadly, it became our entertainment – to count the crosses we spotted along the way.

Here are some photo highlights:

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Lindsay Lohan’s eHarmony Profile from Lindsay Lohan and Eric Appel

So, I haven’t been much of a Lindsey Lohan fan since she burst on the scene in “Mean Girls.” Movie choices aside, what turned me off was how rapidly her ego inflated. Needless to say, the media was sure to knock her back down to earth. As part of her repentance, it seems as though Lindsey is taking a more comedic approach to the haters by teaming up with Funny or Die. Check out her eHarmony spoof — it’s classic.

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Heineken Commerical: Walk in Closets

This commercial absolutely cracks me up — don’t mind the German speaking (?) couldn’t find the U.S. version with English, but content is essentially the same.

Keri Hilson Covers Kelly Clarkson’s SUBG…

Keri Hilson tends to be a “watercooler” topic for me and my buddy Opaul to discuss at The Round Table. Basically, it boils down to both of us wanting more from Keri and for her not to fall into what we affectionately call the “Christina Milian trap.”

The Christina Milian trap is essentially being pigeon-holed into a songwriter who gives all her hot tracks to other female performers and blow up their status. Keri Hilson is definitely going down this track as of late — which is sad because I had such high hopes for her after catching her during Justin Timberlake’s FSLS tour. During the show’s intermission, Timbaland had Keri cover current hits of the moment, including Kelly Clarkson’s “Since You Been Gone” aka SUBG.

Now, SUBG was covered by everyone from Robyn, The Gossip, Ted Leo, and even The Aquabats, but what set Keri’s rendition apart was the subtle R&B touch. The beat is pretty generic, standard Timbaland fare, but it works. Peep Keri’s version below. In the meantime, I’ll take some solace in that Keri’s starting to release moderately good tunes in “Knock You Down” and “Turnin Me On” (remix), but I’m still waiting on her to full on SING a damn track vs. relying on catchy beats to do the talking.

March Madness + Guitar Hero…

It’s no secret I’m a March Madness junkie — I also happen to be a big fan of Guitar Hero. While, the original commerical re-enacting the scene from “Risky Business” featuring Arod and Michael Phelps was absolutely creepy — I’d say Guitar Hero’s ad firm hit the nail on the head with this one.

Yup, it features 4 of college basketball’s greatest coaches (at least the ones that can still slide across a floor without breaking a hip). So, check out Rick Pitino, Mike Krzyzewski, Roy Williams and Bob Knight’s ode to “Risky Business.”

The only problem is Metallica’s presenence – FAIL. I’m still mad at them for Napster.

RT: Jimmy Eat World Gets Social

My buddy Luke Armour has written an amazing guest post at The Round Table about Jimmy Eat World integrating social media with their music to engage music fans. Here’s a taste…

A while ago I “became a fan” of Jimmy Eat World on Facebook, which, for many fan sites means absolutely nothing. But Jimmy Eat World actually uses it. The most recent updates focused on the 10th anniversary celebration of their classic album Clarity. For 10 one-time-only shows beginning February 23 in New York City and concluding March 7 in the band’s native Arizona, they played the album in its entirety. What a great way to point out to new fans that you have older stuff worth paying attention to. And the buzz was great, the shows sold out right quick.

Once I realized they were actually talking to me, the fan, it wasn’t long before I started paying attention to them elsewhere. I started following them on Twitter, which, again, for many Twitter accounts means absolutely nothing – except maybe knowing what Jim had for breakfast [yawn]. But this was entertaining, interesting and – as it turns out -informative. I saw this tweet one day:

catch @jimmyeatworld clarity rehearsal live on @ustream this thursday at 1:30 az time

…. be sure to read the rest of the post at The Round Table.

Mother Nature, You Win Again

Looks like my good friend, Mother Nature will have the last laugh once again. It’s been a pleasant 50-60 degrees here in NYC the last few days as we gear up for the first day of spring, which is today at 745a.

Well, I’m happy to report that it is snowing like mad as I type this from the train platform. Amazing!

Mother Nature, you win again