Anthony Rapp Gets a Nod on the Golden Globes — Waaahh?

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MTV is so lame sometimes. Like their new Handpicked album. Coldplay “Yellow,” Travis “Sing”… Five for Fighting, Yorn, Adams. Oyyyyyy… But we like the picture they put up on their website of good ol’ CP.

Which brings us to something more enjoyable. MTV2 premiere ThursdayKYLIE MINOGUE. Gentlemen, start your engines.

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I missed Ewan on the Golden Globes. Ooops. And Russell Crowe just THANKED Anthony Rapp in his speech. First Adam on the Mandy Moore diary… now Anthony. Ok. Whatever. Apparently Anthony is doing some stuff with the Japanese cast of Rent… Yeah… I don’t get it either.. Go to his site to figure it out.

Starsailor Is Totally Over the Strokes

Daaaaaaaaaamn. The Gig of the Year sold out in 5 minutes… (or NME could also be lying… NME lie? NEVER!)

Uh oh. Maybe James Walsh is getting really pissed off about everyone asking him about the Strokes… *Ahem*. I should probably stop doing that to every band that comes to New York. From NME:

STROKE OF GENIUS?

STARSAILOR’s JAMES WALSH has been perfecting his impression of THE STROKES during his band’s US tour.

During their recent San Francisco Fillmore stop (January 15) Starsailor were plagued by shouts for the band to play ‘Last Nite’. “This bloke is talking about a show we had in Birmingham where we played ‘Last Nite’ by The Strokes,” he said. “But I’m not playing another Strokes song until they cover one of ours. Could you imagine?”

Walsh, reports thetripwire.com, then strapped his guitar very high on his chest in the style of Strokes’ guitarist Albert Hammond Jr and spat and drawled his way through ‘Lullaby’ in what was seen to be an impression of The Strokes’ front man Julian Casablancas.

Starsailor are currently supporting The Charlatans on their US tour. The Strokes will be the musical guest when actor Jack Black hosts Saturday Night Live this weekend (January 19).

Alan Vega’s Collision Drive” at Deitch Projects… a maybe.

Did y’all catch JJ72 on Kilby last night? If not, locals can catch them in the flesh next month: “Big up the NYC massive:

Catch a free in-store performance of JJ72 at the Virgin Megastore in Union Square on February 8th. After the set the band will stick around to meet fans and sign autographs. TIME: 6pm”

Oh yeah, Jack Black and The Strokes on SNL tonight. Duh.

Music of the moment: “Music,” Erick Sermon feat. Marvin Gaye; “October Swimmer,” JJ72; Untitled Song from the Bowery show, Starsailor [Please Download this song!!!]

Stelfox on Vedder Wannabes

Did I mention I love James Stelfox? How many times do I have to keep emphasizing it?

If I hear one more band doing their Eddie Vedder impression I’m gonna pop a fit. From Chartattack: “I was watching MTV for a few hours and you’ll see that four or five bands in a row are all the same, to me, all these bands just sound like a cheap version of Pearl Jam. Their vocalists are just a weak Eddie Vedder.”

Whoops, Did I Fall Asleep During Starsailor?

Hi, I’m retarded and I have no recollection of James singing this song at the Bowery show. Apparently it’s an original.. and James DID play harmonica during the “acoustic bit.” Shit. He did sing this, didn’t he?

Starsailor on the MTV: “MTV is scheduled to feature the band in a segment on their show BANGING THE CHARTS, which will air at 5 PM (ET) this Friday, January 18.”

And The D: “NYC D Fans! Meet The D On 1/21!
Tenacious D will be doing an in store
at the Virgin Megastore in Union Square
this Monday January 21 at 3pm.
Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day,
so spend the day by coming
on down to see the D perform
and get them to autograph your album!”

Starsailor, Live in the Flesh!

HOLY MOTHER OF GOD.

Union Square Virgin Megastore
January 7, 2001
Starsailor

Don’t miss Starsailor singer/songwriter James Walsh being interviewed by our Union Square DJ the day before his UK group’s much anticipated album, Love Is Here (Capitol), comes out in America. It’s one of the most beautiful albums around. This is a great opportunity to get insight into the group’s heartbreaking lyrics and melodies. Time TBA

The Walkmen Morph Into Animals

Honestly, you don’t know how many times I’ve thought, “Gee, I wonder what it would look like if Peter Bauer morphed into an ostrich and Matt Barrick morphed into a hawk.” Thank god my prayers were answered!

Ewwwww…. James breaks my heart by teaming up with Ryan Adams. Oh how cruel these Brits can be.

In a horrifying Almost Famous Russell Hammond moment, Alfie guitarist Ian Smith was electrocuted. Astrid still went on to play that night.

In Wussy Brit Arena Rock news, Fran Healy is ready to give up making sappy music and go full on into sissyhood by fathering some babies. About time he came around. No word on whether or not Dougie and Andy will be joining the Old Married Men Club within the next few months.

Top Albums and Singles for 2001

Blogger was evil and ate my Top 10 list. I used to have explanations, but now I’m just too frustrated and lazy:

TOP 10 LONG PLAY ALBUMS OF 2001

1. The Strokes, Is This It
Was there even a question?

The rest of the best… in no particular hierarchy… ok, with a certain degree of hierarchy, but with equal love…

2. The White Stripes, White Blood Cells

3. Starsailor, Love Is Here
4. Basement Jaxx, Rooty
5. Turin Brakes, The Optimist

6. Gorillaz, Gorillaz
7. Jay-Z, The Blueprint
8. Bjork, Vespertine
9. The Moldy Peaches, Moldy Peaches
10. Sparklehorse, It’s A Wonderful Life

THE TOP 10 SINGLES OF 2001

1. Atomic Kitten, “Whole Again”
Because “Teenage Dirtbag” was officially released in 2000.

Now some other fun tunes, in no particular order…I’ll try not to overlap artists already represented in the Top 10 Albums list.

2. Jay-Z, “H to the Izzo (H.O.V.A.)”
3. Kylie Minogue, “Can’t Get You Outta My Head”
4. The Wildbunch, “Danger! (High Voltage)”
5. Mya, Pink, Lil’ Kim, Christina Aguilera, “Lady Marmalade”
6. Mary J. Blige, “Family Affair”
7. The Avalances, “Since I Left You”
8. Jimmy Eat World, “The Middle
9. Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman, “Something Stupid
10. Britney Spears, “I’m A Slave 4 U

TOP 10 PEOPLE/ALBUMS/SONGS THAT NEEDED TO DIE IN 2001

1. Ryan Adams/ Elton John
Yes, they both wear tinted sunglasses indoor. Yes, they both are highly irritating. Yes, Rolling Stone kisses their asses way too much. Yes, they are the same person.

Other annoyances in the music world for 2001…

2. Pete Yorn – He’s ugly and his music sucks. Boo to over-rated Jersey boys.
3. Flickerstick – Ok, so you won “Bands on the Run.” Do you still have to keep making “music”?
4. Travis, The Invisible Band – I’m sorry, but what a disappointment.
5. Paul McCartney, “Freedom” – Stop Paul. Please, for the love of god, life, and this country- stop.
6. Nelly Furtado – Granted, “Like A Bird” is pretty catchy, but she’s pretty annoying.. AND CANADIAN!
7. Michael Jackson, Invincible – See number 5.
8. P.O.D., Satellite – Not only is there the evocation of DMB, but they SUCK.
9. Backstreet Boys, “Drowning” – Oh, I’m sorry, did anyone hear that song? No? Take a hint.

10. Hear’say, Popstars – No. Just no.

James Walsh Takes on the US Government?

Upon watching a second (or third… or fourth) time of Starsailor on Conan, James Walsh sang “One good day of the week/ I’ll be higher than your government.” The lyrics are, “One good day of the week/ I’ll be higher than the government.” Interesting… are you trying to start something? You wanna step, you pansy-assed Brit? Yeah, I thought not.

Music of the Moment: Swing When You’re Winning, Robbie Williams; “Tie Up My Hands,” Starsailor