Friday, November 10, 2006

Change of heart, and now you wanna fool around

Argh...I'm far too distracted thinking about McFly's new album (if it doesn't arrive tomorrow, I may very well go crazy) to post something truly coherent, so, though there are a bunch of songs I want to write about, I'm going to check in on what's going on around the Internet instead.

There's been no news from Alex Vargas lately, which is disappointing, but I don't think there's any reason to truly worry yet. I'm not sure about what the rest of his album or EP will be like, but in "Diamonds In The Dirt" (posted before, but resurrected) he's given up a catchy, melodic, piano-led pop-rock song. Visit his MySpace here.

Diamonds In The Dirt

Matt Willis is going on I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here! I'm skeptical about the effectiveness of this promotional strategy, but I hope it works.

Even if "The One" entered the UK charts at #35, the show that launched it, Totally Boyband, must have gotten decent ratings, because the US is now going to get its own version: Man Band. I can't really envision this show being seen as a route towards a viable music career, so the focus must just be on TV ratings. VH1 has roped in someone from a big boy band (Chris from 'N Sync), someone from a sort-of-known boy band (Jeff from 98 Degrees), someone from a (to Americans) one-hit-wonder boy band (Rich from LFO), and someone from a group much older than any of the others (Bryan from Color Me Badd--will he be filling the Danny role?). When I first heard about the concept of Totally Boyband, I was really intrigued and wanted to watch the show, but from the sounds of it, the boys/men involved came off awfully.

I am surprised to see someone from 'N Sync involved, but Chris was always the least popular member. On the other hand, it's not surprising that VH1 couldn't land Nick Lachey--easily the most famous member of 98 Degrees--but I am a little surprised 1) that they didn't get Nick's brother, Drew, who won Dancing With The Stars earlier this year and so is at least sort of in the public's memory, 2) to see Jeff, who apparently is going to host VH1's version of Top Of The Pops (if it still happens), involved--two series at once? one series leading into the other?, 3) to see a member of 98 Degrees participating, because both Jeff and Nick have said 98 Degrees will be releasing another album. Of course, it might have been even more surprising if 98 Degrees actually had released another album.

I wrote about Billy Phillips a while ago, posted some of his songs, and said I was really worried that his MySpace had disappeared. I can't remember whether or not I mentioned that it reappeared (and even if I have, he's someone worth bringing up again), so here's the link to it--pop that sort of reminds you of acoustic guitar pop, generally sweet...I would love a whole album from him, but who knows if that will happen...

Over at his MySpace, Josh Hoge is taking requests for what songs you'd like to hear him cover and putting up a new one for download each week. I still think "360" deserves to be a radio hit, and the other songs of his I've heard are quite good. I'm not sure how well the marketing is going, though.

Darius, after his in-depth analysis of global warming (which I still find funny for some reason--not global warming, but how he wrote about it), has another surprisingly eloquent and arguably preachy (I only tease because I love) message up at his MySpace, this time about perspective and innocence. You all are lucky there's been no new music from him lately, or you'd probably get a McFly/Gareth Gates-esque flurry of posts about him. Some day, I may have to explain how Darius is the whole reason why I care about music from outside the United States (so one might be able to argue that my love of his music is nostalgic, but he really has a knack for amazing pop songs...I know many people disagree with me, though, and I'm fine with that :) ).

Oh, Jesse McCartney...from his MySpace blog: "One cool thing on myspace that a friend just showed me is that you can forward profiles to your friends. This made me think that if each of you forwarded my page to a couple of friends that don't know me or my music, it adds up to almost 200,000 people that will get to hear the new songs! sounds good huh?" I'm not sure whether it's the shamelessness or the possibility of a hint of desperation that puts me off that message, but it just doesn't feel right. Some day, I really will get around to reviewing his most recent album.

On the subject of Lil Chris: I am not sure if I like him because of or in spite of his videos, because of or in spite of his voice, or even if I like him at all--it's very confusing. I think there's some catchy pop underlying his work. I don't listen to his songs often, but I somehow have this impression that I like them. You can listen to his first single, "Checkin' It Out," and his new single, "Getting Enough," at his MySpace.

In the world of blogging: Nick, in addition to his reviews of some excellent TV shows, has a review of the McFly album that isn't helping with my desperation to get my hands on it--it's exactly what I wanted to hear about it; I've somehow missed out on the Attic until now (no, I don't understand how it happened either, because everyone's been writing about them), but they are amazing--go over to Catchy Tunes of Sweden to check them out; I can now disprove my Ghanaian professor's claim that I don't know any music from his home country thanks to PopEatsPop and the songs of Ruby Amanfu (who, granted, did grow up in the US); and the ever-so-amazing Paul over at the Zapping has Fame's excellent Melodifestivalen song "Vindarna Vänder Oss" for anyone else who might have wanted it.

Next up: something somewhat more coherent--probably one of the two topics I've been saying I'll talk about for the past two days.

7 comments:

Paul said...

Hello! Hopefully you haven't exploded waiting for the excellent McFly album to arrive. Are we overhyping? Let us know!!

i love Jesse's "promotional techniques" - bless him. I just wanna tussle his edge of being relatively successful little hair...

Ooo we like little Billy Phillips! How sweet...

Ugh - everyone except Lee in Totally Boyband came across as a complete idiot. I felt venom in my veins every second i watched that show so was delighted that they flopped :) I would SO watch the american version though...

I will give you a full report on Matt in the desert of top ten hits very soon...

Poster Girl said...

Not exploded yet, but since it doesn't seem as if it's going to arrive today, I'm actually going to have to get about doing work and try not to think about it.

I'll nervously look forward to hearing about Matt--I'm just so skeptical of this helping him, but I really hope it does!

J'ason D'luv said...

LFO actually had two hits if you can believe it -- both in 1999: "Summer Girls," which charted at U.S. #3 and "Girl On TV" (about Jennifer Love-Hewitt!) at #10.

Thanks for the heads' up on Man Band... how tacky.

Rose said...

Poster Girl hope you get the CD soon. It's excellent.

I've never watched 'I'm A Celebrity...' (even when Brian Harvey was on it & I love Brian) but I might watch it to see Matt. Hopefully it'll help his career.

Today I watched Totally Boyband for the 1st time lol, but I loved Upper Street's song. It's a shame it only made #35. It'd be interesting to see if the people picked for 'Manband' fare any better than Upper Street.

When I first saw Lil Chris I initially didn't want to like him coz he looks & sounds...12 lol but I really liked 'Checkin' It Out' and his cover of 'Sexyback'. I can't wait to hear more from him.

Poster Girl said...

J'ason: did they really? Shame on me for not knowing "Girl On TV" did so well! I must have been too busy with my friends trying to shove 'N Sync down my throat (er...) to notice (not that I didn't like 'N Sync, I just wasn't completely obsessed with them at the time like so many people were).

Rose: I hope so, too--I'm hoping for Monday! I liked Upper Street's song, too--I'll be interested to hear what Man Band come up with, even if the show will probably be car crash television.

And I really can't believe Lil Chris is as old as he is--there's no way he can really be 17!

J'ason D'luv said...

I must be missing out on this Lil Chris character, since all the kids are yapping away about him. I'm gonna have to take a listen...

Poster Girl said...

Oh, boy, J'ason, I'd be very surprised if you liked him! Don't check him out on my recommendation...I might maybe possibly sort of like his music, but, if I do, I don't know that I'm happy about doing so. Of course, at the very least, he'd probably lend himself to a good number of jokes.