Saturday, December 25, 2010

So This is X-Mas

Christmas, it's one of those holidays that can bring people together, ruin relationships, and expose all that dirt you've been hiding the past year. Expectations can be a real bitch. So, to help me unwind and de-stress I listen to a crap ton of holiday music, yes, My name is Harry Envy and I love Christmas Music!!

For the last few years I've created mixes that infuse traditional holiday music, modern pop and rock, campy and over the top, and random stuff that I enjoy. So, without further ado here's my 2010 edition of "So this is X-Mas!"

Chris Colfer & Darren Criss: Baby, It’s Cold Outside
Rihanna: It Just Don’t Feel Like X-Mas (Without You)
Something Corporate: Forget December
Owl City: Peppermint Winter
Pet Shop Boys: It Doesn’t Often Snow at Christmas
Lenka: All My Bells Are Ringing
Neon Trees: Wish List
Gatsby’s American Dream: Christmastime is Here
Alvin & the Chipmunks: Hang Up Your Stockings
Kay Starr: (Everybody’s Waiting For) The Man with a Bag
Loretta Lynn: Country Christmas
The Killers: Boots
The Carpenters: Merry Christmas, Darling
Miss Piggy: Santa Baby
Guster: Tiny Christmas Tree
Sense Field: Happy X-Mas (War is Over)
MXPX: Christmas Night of the Zombies
The Supremes: Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Little Jackie: Mrs. Claus Ain’t Got Nothin’ on Me
RuPaul: I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus
Dolly Parton: Winter Wonderland
Britney Spears: My Only Wish (This Year)
ABBA: Little Drummer Boy
Glee: The Most Wonderful Day of the Year

And because I enjoyed my previous year's mixes, here they are for your amusement.

2009 Edition:
Berlin Symphony Orchestra: Nutcracker Suite Baz Kutz Break Mix
Lady GaGa: Christmas Tree
Ike & Tina Turner: Merry Christmas Baby
Queen: Thank God It’s Christmas
T-Rex: Christmas Bop
Carla Thomas: Gee Whiz It’s Christmas
The Waitresses: Christmas Wrapping
Alana Allen: Turkey Lurkey Time
RuPaul: Santa Baby
Twisted Sister: White Christmas
MXPX: Christmas Day
Glee: Last Christmas
Leighton Meester: Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
Selena Gomez & the Scene: Winter Wonderland
Rita Faye Wilson: Sleigh Bells, Reindeer, and Snow
Owl City: Christmas Song
Harry Connick Jr.: When My Heart Finds Christmas
Gayla Peevey: I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas
Trisha Yearwood: Reindeer Boogie
Patti Page: Boogie Woogie Santa Claus
Reba Mcentire: Up on the Housetop
Loretta Lynn: A Gift of the Blues
Kermit the Frog: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

2008 Edition:
Big Dee Irwin & Little Eva: I Wish You a Christmas
The Wombats: Is This Christmas
The Killers: Don’t Shoot Me Santa
Twisted Sister: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
The Kinks: Father Christmas
Rogue Wave: Christmas
Siddal: In the Bleak Midwinter
Weezer: The Christmas Song
Alvin & the Chipmunks: Sleigh Ride
Ray Anthony & the Bookends: Christmas Kisses
Carrie Underwood: Last Christmas
Elton John: Step Into Christmas
Loretta Lynn: To Heck With Ole Santa Claus
Ian Moore: It Just Don’t Seem Like Christmas
RuPauk: You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
Band Aid: Do They Know It’s Christmas
Sugar Ray: Little Saint Nick
Fountains of Wayne: I Want an Alien for Christmas
London After Midnight: The Christmas Song
Vanessa Carlton: Greensleeves
Phantom Planet: Winter Wonderland
Kay Starr: I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm (STUHR Remix)

2007 Edition:
London Festival Orchestra: Carol of the Bells Starchild Excalibur Remix
Spice Girls: Christmas Wrapping
Paul McCarteny: Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas
Alvin & the Chipmunks: The Christmas Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)
Jimmy Eat World: Last Christmas
Jon Bon Jovi: Please Come Home for Christmas
Sheryl Crow: Blue Christmas
The Raveonettes: The Christmas Song
Blink 182: I Won’t Be Home for Christmas
Stand Still: I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Clause
The Ramones: Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)
The Killers: A Great Big Sled
The Pretenders: 2000 Miles
Eurythmics: Winter Wonderland
Kylie Minogue: Santa Baby
RuPaul: All Alone on Christmas
Kelly Clarkson: My Grown Up Christmas List
Death Cab for Cutie: Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
Smashing Pumpkins: Christmas time
Twisted Sister: Oh Come All Ye Faithful
Love Spirals Downwards: Welcome Christmas
The Cruxshadows: Happy X-Mas (War is Over)

Happy Holidays from the Haus of Envy

Thursday, October 21, 2010

I want to Hear You SCREAM!

When it comes to Horror franchises, A Nightmare on Elm Street is the one that I hold closest to my black heart, but a very close second is Scream. So, how excited am I that Kevin Williamson and Wes Craven have teamed up again to reunite Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, and David Arquette with my favorite stalker, Ghostface Killer, for an all new chapter in the Scream mythos?? Words can not describe my joy. The following trailer first premiered at this years Spike Scream Awards, enjoy!

And yes, that was Anna Paguin and Kristen Bell! Rumor has it that these ladies will have the honor of being this films infamous first kill, all the more reason to mark 4/15/11 on your calendars. I'll be there opening night, will you??

~ Harry Envy

Saturday, October 16, 2010

What was your favorite book as a child?

I read a lot as a child and honestly can't pin down one book that I would call my favorite, but will note that R.L. Stine's Fear Street Series was my favorite book series will in junior high and high school. I heart horror, no matter of good or bad it be and this series certainly had some bad moments.

Ask me anything

Monday, September 27, 2010

Marina & the Diamonds will make your ears very HAPPY!

Harry Envy here, have you missed me????? Life got the better of me these last few months with work and schedule changes, but I'm back and would like to welcome you to the all new, all different, yet still the same Haus of Envy. Since my last post I've been discovering tons of new music and will begin this week with one of my new favorite obsessions Marina & the Diamonds.

It has been awhile since an artist/musician has really spoken to me the way Marina has. The fates were on my side the week Marina released her debut album titled The Family Jewels. Not only was her song "I am not a Robot" the free single of the week on Itunes, but two different pop culture/music blogs had posted on the album and expressed how much they loved it. So, of course I clicked open my Itunes and looked up the album and honestly I wasn't sure if I was gonna like her. Then this happened, Blogger Arjan Writes had posted a free MP3 of her cover of 3OH3!'s Starstrukk and I feel in love. It was really that simple, I was in awe of her voice. Check out the video and see for yourself

If you like what you heard, download it here:

Okay, back to business. Now that you've listened to her as well you can see why I've
gonna all crazy in love. This only intensified when I saw Marina perform live this past summer and again earlier this month. What an amazing performer, she draws you in, holds your attention and leaves you wanting so much more. And one of her band mates is a cutie, but that is besides the point. Marina has made me a fan for life and I see nothing but amazing things in her future.

Candy for the Ears: Mowgli's Road, Oh No!, I Am Not a Robot, Girls, Numb, Rootless (note this track is only available on the Deluxe Edition of The Family Jewels)

~ Envy Out

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Idol Envy: Top 7 - People Get Ready + Idol Gives Back/Results

This week is the annual Idol Gives Back Charity Show, which makes tonight's theme Inspirational Songs with their mentor Alicia Keys.
Did the Idols Inspire??

Casey James ~ Don't Stop
Actually, Casey please stop!! Tonight Casey brought nothing new to the stage, he sounded good and his guitar playing was excellent and that was about it. At this stage of the game these contestants need to bring it and have each performance be better than the last. These last two weeks have been blah and the boy is in jeopardy of being in the bottom three this week.

Lee Dewyze ~ The Boxer
I was a little worried for Lee this week, America broke up the Bromance last week and he took it pretty hard (hee hee for double entendres). Anyway, Lee sounded amazing tonight, one of his best performances on the Idol stage. Lee stepped up his game and each week is getting stronger. I'll be honest, Lee is slowing becoming the boy to beat.

Tim Urban ~ Better Days
Tim certainly has had some better days, the little engine that could may be facing elimination this week. I did enjoy his performance, I feel Tim has finally found a niche in his vocal styling, but like Casey this week this performance was nothing new. I have seen an improvement in his voice since he re-entered the Top 24 all those weeks back and that smile gets my black heart all melty, but all things come to an end and this week will be Tim's last.

Aaron Kelly ~ I Believe I Can Fly
This is a huge song for Aaron and he needs to knock it out of the ballpark to be safe this week, sadly it was a little too big for him. He struggled with the song in the beginning but had quite an amazing finish, but overall it wasn't his best performance.

Siobhan Magnus ~ When You Believe
This wasn't my favorite performance and I love this girl. It was a huge song to start off with and she didn't quite capture that, I will say she sounded beautifully and looked stunning per usual. Simon said it was odd and all over the place, I'll be honest those are the qualities I find that make Siobhan so great in my book, hence why I love her.

Michael Lynche ~ Hero
Oh Michael, the judges saved you and you are not delivering the goods. This was an alright performance, it wasn't terrible but it wasn't great either. Michael does really well on those love song/high falsetto numbers; when you goes for the soft rock it doesn't always come across to the audience. I think he'll be safe but next week he needs to step up his game, like 200%.

Crystal Bowersox ~ People Get Ready
Can they just give this girl the title already, because really who else deserves it?? Crytsal stripped down tonight with just a mice and her voice (her most powerful weapon) and delivered the best performance of the night; blowing everyone out of the water and across the state. Now this is the way to end a show!


I will be completely honest, I cheated and peaked at all the blogs on the East Coast because I really didn't want to sit through the Idol Gives Back show, I know I'm a terrible person. Good thing I didn't since the show ran an extra 25 minutes long!!!
I did turn in at the end to hear the results.

Anyway here's the good stuff, after last nights less than inspirational night of music I know Crystal and Lee will be moving onto the Top 6, but the remaining 5 are all in jeopardy. Side note: During the first Idol Gives Back show no contest was eliminated that night; the votes carried over to the next week were two contestants were let go. That stopped the second year and we were informed tonight that we will be saying bye bye to someone. So, who will it be...

First up is Casey vs. Crystal. This is a no-brainer, Crystal delivered the best performance last night and of course she was gonna be safe.

Next up is Lee vs. Aaron. Another no-brainer, Lee's performance was twenty times better than Aaron's I am not surprised Aaron joined Casey in the Bottom 3.

The remaining three: Siobhan, Michael, and Tim are brought center stage and Siobhan is the first to be told she'll be making the Top 6 (my votes did matter). Even though I enjoyed Tim's performance better than Mike's I knew Tim was gonna be in the Bottom 3 this week.

So the Bottom 3 ended up being Casey, Aaron, and Tim. Ryan informs Aaron his safe leaving me hoping that Ryan calls Casey's name as the Idol going home tonight. Sadly, my eye candy this year will be leaving me. Your bright smile, dreamy eyes, and shaggy hair will be missed next week Mr. Urban, it's been a fun ride.

Next week we find Shania Twain back as the mentor as the Top 6 sing her songbook. Whoever chooses You're Still the One better not fuck it up!


Monday, April 19, 2010

A Triple Shot of Ear Candy

Forrest Gump got it all wrong, Life is not like a box of chocolates, Goldfrapp is because you never know what you are about to listen too. On their fifth studio album, Goldfrapp returns to the eighties with a pure pop explosion; the album sounds like a soundtrack from the eighties. Head First is filled with nostalgia, beats that will get you off your ass and moving, and a yearning for some awesome mashups. Allison Goldfrapp has never sounded better.

Candy for your ears: Rocket; Dreaming, Believer, Alive, Shiny and Warm

Every so often Itunes will have a free single that is worth the listen. Itunes spotlighted the Neon Trees single Animal a few weeks back and I downloaded it and instantly fall in love with the band. Neon Trees were discovered by the Killers and fall into the same genre of modern new wave. The debut album Habits is a collection of pop, new wave, and rock. A band to watch, I see great things in their future.

Candy for the Ears: Animals, Boys and Girls in School, In the Next Room, Calling My Name.

For this last album I must thank the website Popbytes for their recommendation of Simon Curtis. 8Bit Heart is a free download on Simon Curtis's website. The album is pure electronic goodness wrapped in pop and robotic love. This album will get you moving. I highly recommend you head over to and download the album you will not be disappointed.

Candy for the Ears: Beat Drop, Diablo, SuperPsychoLove, Fell In Love with a Android

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Idol Envy: Top 9 Redux I Can't Help Falling in Love + Elimination Night

Last week the Judges used there Save on poor Michael Lynche, whose performance of the Beatles classic Eleanor Rigby left the voters at home forgetting to dial his number. So, this week the Top 9 give it their all once more. But remember, at tomorrow nights results show we will be saying bye-bye to not just 1 Idol but 2.

This week's mentor is none other than last season's Glam Rock God(dess) Adam Lambert, let's hope Mr. Lambert can bring out the energy that this year's grouping seems to be misplacing. This week's theme is the songs of Elvis!

Crystal Bowersox ~ Saved
So, this wasn't my favorite performance by Mama Sox. Needless to say, she still sounded great and killed it like she always does. She still is the girl to beat and tonight was no different.

Andrew Garcia ~ Hound Dog
Okay, I was bored with that performance. The Andrew I liked and semi-adored lost his way a few weeks back. Last week he was cheesy, and this week it was a bad karaoke (Randy agreed). Andrew did not won the stage and his star persona/quality is fading fast.

Tim Urban ~ I Can't Help Falling In Love
Wow, that was really nice and tender. Tim is coming into his own as a artist, who would have thunk it? Now, Tim may have been kept around with the help of the website, but it is Tim who has shown an improvement in his vocals, song choices and confidence. I believe Tim may last longer in this competition than anyone expects.

Lee Dewyze ~ A Little Less Conversation
Lee pushed himself this week with his performance and it worked; Lee has shown improvement since his first performance. He still needs to work on being more loose on stage, still coming across as stiff.

Aaron Kelly ~ Blue Suede Shoes
Aaron has the potential to be really great; he just needs to realize that himself. His confidence wavers and that hurts his performances. Tonight he started off shaky, but had a really nice finish. I think Aaron may be in jeopardy, if he stays he needs to step up his game.

Siobhan Magnus ~ Suspicious Minds
I love this girl!! The problem I had with this performance was that it sounded like two different songs/singers. In the end I feel she did a great job. Simon was a little hard on her tonight, but I loved Siobhan's response to his questioning her identity, "Even I can't pinpoint who or what I am, and I've always taken pride in that." You said it, girlfriend.

Michael Lynche ~ In the Ghetto
In the Ghetto is probably my favorite Elvis song and figured this would be the perfect song for Michael's voice. He did an amazing job; it was soft and sweet. A great story sung beautifully.

Katie Stevens ~ Baby What Do You Want Me To Do
Her performance tonight was awesome; she killed it! Vocally I heard a little country in her voice and thought she sounded a little bit like Carrie Underwood. Little Katie's growing up.

Casey James ~ Lawdy Miss Cloudy
I'll be honest, even through I enjoyed his performance last week, I am not a Casey fan. And this performance didn't help. It was boring and he played it very safe. He needed to take a chance this week and he brought nothing new to the stage.

Side Note: What was up with Ryan tonight? It looked like he found some of Paula's old pills and downed a few before the show.


It's Elimination Night and tonight we lose two Idol hopefuls, so which two do I think will be saying goodbye???
I think Andrew will definitely be one of the two saying goodbye tonight. The other will be tricking, I'm thinking Aaron, Casey, and maybe Siobhan (I hope I am wrong) will round out a bottom three tonight. Let's see how it goes.

Back to business; the first group taking center stage is Casey, Aaron, and Andrew. After a few moments of Ryan rambling on it is confirmed that Andrew is the first to go home tonight. Andrew was a favorite of mine early on, but over the course of the competition I lost interest in him. And did you see Lee's face when Ryan said Andrew was going home?? It looked like someone killed his puppy.

Oh look Brooke White is back and she brought Miley's ex with her....

The remaining six contestants are brought onto the stage and after each is reviewed, Ryan informs Crystal, Siobhan, and Lee that they too are safe leaving Tim, Mike, and Katie to wonder which of them is in jeopardy.

Quick break which brings Adam Lambert back to the Idol stage performing his current single Whataya Want From Me.

The "bottom" three return to the center of the stage and Tim is the first to return the the safety of the couches. Leaving Katie and Mike with Ryan; there is a part of me that kinda wants Mike to get eliminated just as an FU to the judges, but alas little miss Katie will be leaving us tonight. I thought Katie did a great job last night and didn't think she would be saying goodbye just yet.

Next week is the annual Idol Gives Back Charity Event with the theme of Inspirational songs. Prepare to be uplifted next Tuesday.


Idol Envy: Top 9 The Long and Winding Road + Elimination Night

This week the Top 9 will tackle the Songs of Lennon/McCarthy. Since this week was mentorless, the producers used that time to allow the contestant to give us the audience a little inside peak on their interactions. (like I really care.)

Now onto the good stuff....

Aaron Kelly ~ The Long and Winding Road
Aaron started out rough, he had pitch problems throughout the song. I felt like this song didn't fit his voice, was a little to big for him. Overall, it was a bit boring. He needs to switch things up. The past few weeks he has been giving us the same performance; I want to see a new side of his personality, one with a little more energy. He will be in jeopardy this week of going home.

Katie Stevens ~ Let It Be
This is a huge song, can little miss Katie pull it off? Katie gave this song her all and I thought she sounded beautiful. This was the right song for her and she did it justice. Katie is growing up before our eyes, she's becoming quite the individual and artist. Great job.

Andrew Garcis ~ Can't Buy Me Love
Andrew has always given off a rockabilly vibe and tonight his performance oozed it. I don't know what to think about the performance as a whole. It was extremely cheesy, but in a good way. Vocally, he sounded good, not great. The performance was high energy, which is a plus.

Michael Lynche ~ Eleanor Rigby
This is my favorite Beatles song; Michael don't fuck it up!! This is probably my favorite performance by Michael, I am digging this rendition. This is the Michael I enjoy watching, love song Michael bores me.

Crystal Bowersox ~ Come Together
This was the right song, really the only song she should have done. This was a killer performance with amazing vocals. The complete package. Mama Sox is taking this competition by storm.

Tim Urban ~ All My Lovin'
Tim is a funny one. I can't help but love this guy. This week he wasn't bad, his voice and hair style was a throw back to the fifties and sixties. This was a straightforward performance and I will admit I bobbed my head along to the song.

Casey James ~ Jealous Guy
This is the first time I actually enjoyed Casey's performance. This was the perfect song for him, vocally I was reminded of Eddie Veder, and he showed off a different side of him: a gentle side. This is by far Casey's best performance. Was this enough to convert me, not completely but I enjoyed him more than I have in the past.

Siobhan Magnus ~ Across the Universe
This is my second favorite Beatles song. Ms. Siobhan was simply magificent; she looked stunning and sounded amazing, and she did not belt out a single note. The judges said it was sleepy, I won't call it sleepy, it was more like a lullaby.

Lee Dewyze ~ Hey Jude
This week I felt Lee maintained; this performance was middle of the pack. He had the energy, but vocally I felt nothing special. Don't get me wrong, I do think he sounded good, but I just wanted more. The past few weeks he's had some killer performances and I wanted this one to be on that level. Overall I think he'll be around next week.

So, Beatles night is over and done. Elimination will be tricky this week, will have to think hard and review.


It's Elimination Night and after thinking about it over and discussing last night's performance with friends I feel the following three will be in trouble, Aaron, Tim, and Andrew (Lee might possibly replace one of these three).

Ryan is promising shocking results, let's see how true.

Ryan brings the final three girls center stage first and informs Crystal she is safe. Leaving Katie and Siobhan to wonder if one of them is in the bottom, luckily neither are in the bottom both are safe.

Ryan then splits the guys into two groups:
Group A is Lee, Casey, and Tim
Group B is Michael, Aaron, and Andrew.

Based on their performances last night, I'm thinking Group B is in trouble, and I am right. Ryan tells Aaron he is safe (I thought Aaron was the one to go) leaving Michael and Andrew center stage. Judging by their previous performances throughout the competition I think Andrew is saying bye-bye... I was wrong. Big Mike had the lowest votes?? I'm shocked (Ryan was right) Eleanor Rigby may not have been Michael's best performance but I didn't think it was the worst of the night.

For his farewell song he chose to sing A Woman's Worth, remember this is the song that brought Kara to tears, and of course Michael killed it. This is the right song for his voice, I'm not a huge fan of love song Michael, but he did an amazing job.
The judges voted and agreed that it was great and used the save to keep Michael in another week.

Since the save was used this week it is no longer in play. This means next week we say goodbye to two Idol hopefuls.


Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Idol Envy: Top 10 What Becomes of the Broken Hearted + Elimination Night

This week's theme was R&B with their mentor Usher. Let's see who fucked this week up.

Siobhan Magnus ~ Through the Fire
Siobhan, honey this was not your night. I love this girl and will be calling till my fingers bleed. She has the talent, she just had an off night. There were pitch problems that we could not escape from, her killer high notes were amazing and I loved them. It's her signature thing, people are either gonna love it or hate it. I felt her nerves took over tonight, here's hoping America gives this girl some love because she deserves to stay.

Casey James ~ Hold On I'm Coming
Still not a fan. With that said, that was a great performance. He was in his element and you could feel the energy. I do prefer a more rocker Casey than the laid back surfer Casey. Song choice was great, this song has a great melody that is super catchy and will be stuck in my head through the commercial break.

Michael Lynche ~ Ready for Love
Girls, they be swooning. I can not deny that Michael has an amazing voice, this was a stellar performance. Michael is one of the best guys in this competition. His ballads are great, and he reminds me of Luther Vandross.

Didi Benami ~ What Becomes of the Broken Hearted
Didi quit crying!! First off, I thought Didi looked stunning. Secondly, it wasn't a bad performance, but wished their was more. Didi has never been a favorite of mine and honestly I don't think her voice is as strong as some of the other girls. I think if Siobhan had chosen that song she would have killed it, Didi's flat lined. I feel she's in danger of going home; if not this week than very soon.

Tim Urban ~ Sweet Love
I have a lot of friends who can't stand Tim and I know the website has chosen Tim has their Idol poster boy this year. I highly recommend checking out the site, it's hilarious. But to be honest he's not as terrible has we think; granted he's not amazing, but at least he's trying. This week's performance was on the boring side and he's been holding on by a thread in this competition since he started, so will this be Tim's final week? Will have to wait and see.

Andrew Garcia ~ Forever
FINALLY!!!! Now this is the Andrew Garcia that I remember. This was the perfect song, it was a great performance, and has proven why he deserves to be here. Now, next week he needs to maintain this level of goodness and I will agree with Simon, Andrew needs to show more personality. Oh, and Mama Garcia is awesome!

Katie Stevens ~ Chain of Fools
Katie is getting better, she still has some work to do; but overall I can't help but not like this girl. I enjoyed her song choice and I see her potential. The judges still seem to waver between the direction she should take as an artist, if she's still around when Idol goes Country we'll see if Simon is right.

Lee Dewyze ~ Treat Her Like a Lady
Last week, Lee hit a turning point and this week he continued on the path. This was by far Lee's best performance. I felt his energy, his vocals were solid and he sounded great. I go back and forth with Lee, I like him but I'm not totally in love with him; overall, I was entertained tonight.

Crystal Bowersox ~ Midnight Train to Georgia
Crystal changed it up this week by dropping the guitar and put herself behind a piano, she did a beautiful job. I wasn't a fan at first but each week Crystal is growing on me. She is so well rounded and polished. One of the best performances of the night.

Aaron Kelly ~ Ain't No Sunshine
Last year, this was the song that proved Kris Allen could take the competition. Will it hold the same for Aaron? He had some issues with the vocals in the beginning but as the song went he found his footing. He has potential and America loves this kid so he'll be back next week.

Another Idol show is done, and it was an improvement over last weeks show. Best performances of the night went to Crystal Bowersox and Lee Dewyze.
Worst of the night go to Didi Benami and Siobhan Magnus (I don't like writing Siobhan and worst in the same sentence.)

Who gets my vote: Siobhan, she is better than this performance and needs my love and support.


It's Elimination Night!!!
My predictions going into tonight's elimination are of the following, Didi and Tim and my definite choices, with the third being either Katie or Siobhan (I'm hoping if it is Siobhan, she's the first to go back to the couches).

Let's see how this plays out....

Seat 1 went to Katie (I was a little scared since Siobhan was put on the spot with Katie and did you see how shocked she was? I seriously think she thought she was going home after last night's performance.)
Seat 2 went to Didi - not surprised
Seat 3 went to smiling Tim Urban - again, are we really surprised Tim is in the bottom another week?

Once the three are assembled center stage, Ryan sends Katie back to the couches. Now between the two remaining Idols, Didi should stay, but I feel Tim may be with us another week. And I'm right.

So, Didi gets her final chance to sway the judges. For her final song she chose to perform Rhiannon. This song was perfect for her voice and she sounded great, but I had a feeling that the judges weren't going to use the save on her. Again, I was right.


Monday, March 22, 2010

Idol Envy Top 11: You're No Good + Elimination Night

Every week is a big week for these contestants, but tonight the 10 who move on will become the Idols you will be seeing on this year's upcoming Idol tour, so the pressure is on and many cracked under it this week.

This week's theme was Billboard's #1 hits with their mentor... Miley Cyrus??? Whatever.

Lee Dewyze ~ The Letter
Lee has finally broken out of his shell. Our resident rocker went the big band route with his rendition of the Letter. He did a great job on his vocals and he looked like he was enjoying himself on stage.

Paige Miles ~ Against All Odds
Why, oh why does Paige chose these big songs? I'm sorry but that was terrible, Paige should have gone home last week; Lacey's performance may have been boring but at least she sounded good. Paige has been lost since she entered the Top 24. The judge's kept reminding us that Paige has a great voice, but I think they are lying. Paige needs to go.

Tim Urban ~ Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Oh Tim, you are taking a huge, huge risk by doing Queen. At least you look like you're having fun on stage because vocally there was nothing special there. He's the weakest of the guys, but Paige is so much worse.

Aaron Kelly ~ I Don't Want to Miss a Thing
That was a great performance and the boy was sick. Aaron did a bang up job. This was the perfect choice for his voice, he's been pretty good at choosing the right songs for his vocal range.

Crystal Bowersox ~ Me and Bobby McGee
What a perfect song for Ms. Bowersox. Crystal is extremely comfortable on that stage and each week it shows. Great performance. My only negative critique, I hated her outfit.

Michael Lynche ~ When a Man Loves a Woman
Michael can sing sappy love songs, he did a great job tonight, his falsetto was working tonight. Even though he sounded great, I was a bit bored.

Andrew Garcia ~ Heard It Through the Grapevine
Andrew is a funny one. He peaked super early and has been chasing that moment the last few weeks. Sad to say this week was nothing special. His vocals were okay, but I know he can do better. Also, this wasn't the best song for him.

Katie Stevens ~ Big Girls Don't Cry
Sometimes I forget Katie is only 17, her voice is just so mature. She had a few pitch problems but overall she did a good job.

Casey James ~ Power of Love
I was slightly entertained with Casey's performance this week (last week I was bored, so this is a good thing). I didn't like this song for him, he didn't bring anything new to the song he sounded just like Huey. In general, I'm not a huge fan of Casey, this might be because I'm not a cougar and his allure hasn't mesmerized me.

Didi Benami ~ You're No Good
I waver when it comes to Didi. I'm not a fan (she doesn't excite me) but I think she has a unique voice. With tonight's performance, I liked the concept, it just was not executed well. Didi may be finding herself in the bottom three this week.

Siobhan Magnus ~ Superstition
It's safe to say by now you know I love me Ms. Siobhan, and this week it is no different. Siobhan has been channeling Adam Lambert and I am loving it. I do agree with Simon that Siobhan's performances will split her voters, either you are gonna love it or hate it. Overall, Siobhan has a voice on her that I can not get enough of.


Predictions going into tonight's elimination are Paige, Tim, and Andrew (or Didi) rounding out this week's bottom three. Here's how it went.

1) Paige
2) Tim
Big surprise that these two are the first ones in the bottom 3 tonight.
3) Katie - okay, I did not think she'd be in this spot this week.

First to return to the safe couches... Katie (because she didn't deserve to be there in the first place)

So who went home.. Paige (Finally!)

So, Paige was told she would not be saved this week and with the pressure off she actually sounded great. Now where was this girl the last few weeks?? Needless to say, even if the judge's were going to offer her the chance of the save her performances the last few weeks were not those of an Idol.


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Idol Envy: Top 12 - You Can't Always Get What You Want + Elimination Night!

I'm still a little upset over last week's eliminations, miss ya Alex! Okay, the Top 12 hits the stage this week by singing the songs of the Rolling Stones. Let's see how they did.

Michael Lynche performed Miss You
Michael has a very nice falsetto, he has stage presence, and energy. He made the song soulful, vocally Michael sounded like James Brown; this is not a bad thing. Overall, this was a great way to start this round of competition.

Didi Benami performed Play with Fire
This was the perfect song for Didi's voice, it worked very well. This was her best performance since entering the Top 24; but I did feel like she was trying a little too hard with this performance.

Casey James performed It's All Over Now
Was I the only person bored with Casey's performance?? He's so much better than this. Vocally it was good and he sounded nice but it was a little safe.

Lacey Brown performed Ruby Tuesday
Lacey chose another slow song, I wished she would have chosen to start slow and then pick up the beat. Vocally, this was one of Lacey's best performances and her voice is growing on me. On the performance side, it was safe, but still good.

Andrew Garcia performed Gimme Shelter
Oh Andrew, what are we gonna do with you? Andrew has a powerful voice and had a few key moments with his performance. But something was off, and i can't really put a finger on what it was.

Katie Stevens performed Wild Horses
This was a great song for Katie's vocal range. I think she did a stellar job. It started off a little weak but had a great finish. I think Katie's biggest issue is the judge's inconsistencies with her critiques.

Tim Urban performed Under My Thumb
Tim has shown a lot of improvement these last few weeks. He chose a reggae version of Under My Thumb, which the judges didn't quite love. I thought it worked for him.

Siobhan Magnus performed Paint It Black
A-Maz-Ing!!! This girl blows me again every week. I loved the down tempo, melancholy, dramatic fill she brings to the competition. Her range is amazing and is very Lambert-esque. Best performance of the night, totally going to Itunes and downloading this performance.

Lee Dewyze performed Beast of Burden
Vocally Lee's voice is nothing we haven't heard before, but it's great nonetheless. I wasn't wowed by his performance, it felt safe. I think he still needs to break out of his shell, felt like he was holding back.

Paige Miles performed Honky Tonk Woman
Paige has yet to wow me. This song did fit Paige's voice better, but it sounded off. It sounded off due to Paige having laryngitis. Overall, Paige did a better job this week, but I feel her time on Idol is reaching its end.

Aaron Kelly performed Angie
This was a much better performance than last week. Aaron has a really great voice and did a fantastic job with this performance.

Crystal Bowersox performed You Can't Always Get What You Want
Crystal made this song her own. Another great performance. Crystal is one of the best girls in the competition; win or loss she'll come out on top.

Best Performance on the night goes to Siobhan Magnus!


Predictions going into tonight's eliminations are: Paige Miles and Tim Urban, I'm having a hard time picking a third.

First Idol to enter the bottom three: Paige Miles, followed by Tim Urban and finally Lacey Brown.
And the first to be granted safety... Tim Urban, who always looks shocked when ever he is told he's safe (very cute).

Personally, I think Paige will be the one going home tonight.

So, which Idol had to sing for there life... Lacey Brown (sad face).

Lacey was given another shot at remaining in the competition by singing for the judge's one last time hopping they would use the Judge's Save one her. How the Judge's Save works is as follows; the eliminated Idol will perform one more time for the judges and if all four judges agree the contestant will remain in the competition. The Judge's Save can only be used once, so they will be very picky on who gets it. Last year, the contestant had to sing the song from the previous nights performance, this year it can be any song already performed. Lacey chose to sing her Top 16 song, The Story. It was an alright performance, but wasn't strong enough. Of course, the judges chose to not use the save this week.


Thursday, March 11, 2010

Idol Envy: Top 16 pt. 3 - "So Long Farewell" It's Elimination Night

Tonight the game changes, the Top 12 will be revealed and the true stars will begin to shine.

Group 1: Didi Benami, Katelyn Epperly, Siobhan Magnus, and Paige Miles
And the first two ladies to join this years Top 12 are Didi and Siobhan (YES!!!!)
Leaving Paige and Katelyn, we know one is moving on. Based on the last three weeks I would guess Katelyn is the third girl going through tonight, I guessed wrong. Paige makes it into the Top 12 and Katelyn will sing her swan song.
Yes, Katelyn's performance last night was weak, very safe, and not her best, but vocally I thought she did a much better job than Paige. This competition is known for their shockers. Let's see how the first group of guys fair.

Group 2: Tim Urban, Todrick Hall, Lee Dewyze, and Casey James
Casey and Tim (yay, I get dreamy eyes for another week) are the first set of guys to enter the Top 12.
Thus, leaving Todrick and Lee center stage. Of the two, Todrick has been choosing big songs and not delivering on them. Last night he did a better job, but I feel he just isn't gonna make it through, this time I am right.

Group 3: Crystal Bowersox, Lacey Brown, Michael Lynche, and Aaron Kelly
Crystal is the next girl to enter the top 12 (this was a no brainer). She's followed by another obvious choice, Michael Lynche. Lacey Brown is brought to the center stage and told she too has made the top 12. Aaron Kelly takes Lacey's place at the center of the stage. Aaron had a rocky performance last night, but America sees the potential in him and votes him through to the top 12.

Group 4: Alex Lambert and Andrew Garcia/Katie Stevens and Lilly Scott
The first two brought to the center of the stage are Alex and Andrew. I really would have preferred to see two other contestants at this moment. Alex's has shown improvement each week and gave a solid performance last night. Andrew hit a pinnacle during Hollywood week, which we haven't seen him repeat since, but he has a great voice. So who did America chose? Andrew Garcia. I am so gonna miss Alex, I love his voice, dorkiness, and even his stupid mullet.

Next up, Katie Stevens and Lilly Scott get brought center. Last night Katie's performance was not good, on the upside she chose a young song it just was not the right young song. Katie took the judge's previous critiques and applied them to her performance, but the payoff just wasn't there. Lilly, on the other hand did a much better job, in retrospective her performance of I Fall to Pieces may not have been the right song at this stage of the competition. So who stays? Lilly who has star potential or Katie the young girl with the mature voice. My choice would be Lilly, America did not agree with me.

This years Top 12 has been chosen. I'm sad to see Alex and Lilly go, but I have to remind myself that in the end there is only one winner. And with this show, sometimes losing can be the best thing for your career.


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Idol Envy: Top 16 pt. 2 - The Boys are Back in Town

The Boys are back! The A game was brought and a few more busted from the pack.

~ Lee Dewyze performed Fireflies
At this stage of the competition, risks need to be taken. Lee took one by singing Owl City's Fireflies as a rock song. It worked, but I still love the original better. Lee had a few pitch issues, but overall he did a good job. He will make Top 12.

~ Alex Lambert performed Trouble
This was Alex's best performance so far. Alex's confidence grows each week, he keeps getting better. This was a simple song that he played beautifully. I do agree with the judges, Alex just needs to relax on stage. Other than that, he's in the Top 12.

~ Tim Urban performed Hallelujah
Many people wrote Tim off after his terrible performance of Apologize, but strangely Tim has gotten better. This song is overplayed on Idol and his rendition wasn't anything spectacular, but he did a great job none the less. He just needs to stop singing preachy songs. Tim may actually make the Top 12.

~ Andrew Garcia performed Genie in a Bottle
Andrew was an early favorite, but his last few performances haven't been up to par. He took a risk with his song choice this week, and it may have paid off for him. Andrew's a contender and has a great voice. He should be in the Top 12, hopefully America agrees.

~ Casey James performed You'll Think of Me
Casey gave us an honest performance, a little safe, but overall great. Casey is one of the top guys in the competition and Top 12 has been in his reach since the beginning.

~ Aaron Kelly performed I'm Already There
Aaron's young and has a very nice voice for a 16 year old. He started off shaky but had a nice finish. He came across nervous, still not quite as comfortable on the stage. I think Aaron may be getting axed this week.

~ Todrick Hall performed Somebody to Love
Todrick has been taking risks with his song choices, again he chose a huge song to take on, but the question is did it pay off? Personally, he did not blow me away. This was his best performance, a bit theatrical, but in the end he did a good job. I felt he was trying to channel Adam Lambert for this performance. Will Todrick make Top 12? Will find out tomorrow night.

~ Michael Lynche performed Women's Work
Michael took a huge, huge risk with this song and it paid off! Michael is the guy to beat. I was quite surprised by this performance, he did a fantastic job. The best of the night!!

All the guys did good tonight, which makes my predictions for those going home a little harder. I believe Todrick Hall and Aaron Kelly will be the two going home, but would not be surprised if Tim Urban or Andrew Garcia got booted instead.

My votes went to Alex Lambert and I gave Tim Urban a few votes (I'm entranced by his dreamy eyes).


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Idol Envy: Top 16 pt. 1 - What it Feels Like for a Girl

The elusive Top 12 is only a week away and the ladies needed to be on their A game tonight if they hoped to make it in. Sadly, not everyone received the memo.

~ Katie Stevens performed Breakaway
I've liked Katie since her original audition and do believe she has potential. The problem, she took a risk on a big song and failed to deliver the goods. She had a few nice moments but overall it was a very rocky performance. America may give her another shot, but the odds aren't that great.

~ Siobhan Magnus performed The House of the Rising Sun
I love this girl!!! My favorite of the season. The performance was beautiful; Siobhan is one of the best girls in the competition. I love my dark horse with the melancholy voice. Get ready Top 12, because here she comes.

~ Lacey Brown performed The Story
Boring performance aside, this was the right song for her. Lacey sounded really good tonight. Will we remember this performance tomorrow, probably not, but she'll most likely make Top 12.

~ Katelyn Epperly performed I Felt the Earth Move
Last week, she did an amazing job with Coldplay's The Scientist, tonight she did a Karaoke version of Carole King. Yes, she has nice voice but her performance lacked that wow factor Simon is looking for. I was bored, and she looked it too.

~ Didi Benami performed Rhiannon
Okay, I don't know how I feel about Didi. She hasn't wowed me with any of her performances; yes, she has a lovely voice and tonight she chose the right song for herself - but who cares. Didi will most likely get into the Top 12.

~ Paige Miles performed Smile
Paige hasn't chosen the right songs for her voice range since entering the Top 24. She has a great voice, but the songs she's been singing aren't allowing her voice to shine. Each week Paige has been listed in my those in jeopardy section and I think this week will be her last.

~ Crystal Bowersox performed Give Me One Reason to Stay Here
Crystal really is the girl to beat; she's polished, energetic, and has an amazing voice. She had the best performance of the night. I needed her upbeat performance after so many down tempo songs.

~ Lilly Scott performed I Fall to Pieces
I'm still loving Lilly, she did an excellent job on this song. Lilly has something that makes me what to listen to her. Top 12 is in her reach.

Crystal, Lilly, and Siobhan had the best performances of the night and are guaranteed spots in the Top 12. So, who will be joining them? I think Lacey, Didi, and Katelyn will more than likely take the final 3 female spots of this years Top 12. Katie and Paige are the two in jeopardy of leaving. I wouldn't be surprised if Katie made it into the Top 12 and Katelyn is eliminated Thursday night.

My votes went to Siobhan Magnus and Lilly Scott


Thursday, March 4, 2010

Ear Candy: Wonderland Edition - The Red Queen Diaries

With the release of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland and my dear friend Melissa's birthday; the two of us put our heads together and came up with the perfect mix for any Wonderland enthusiast. If I was more computer savvy, you my dear reader would be downloading a zip file; but alas, I am not. Now, let's take a trip through the looking glass and explore the all the wonders of Wonderland. Without further ado, Harry Envy & Agent Bossy Boots present...


Siouxsie and the Banshees ~ Hall of Mirrors
The Dresden Dolls ~ Pretty in Pink
Yeah Yeah Yeahs ~ Heads will Roll
The Cruxshadows ~ The 8th Square
Florence and the Machine ~ Girl with One Eye
The Pierces ~ Turn on Billie
Metric ~ Gold Guns Girls
Amanda Ghost & Dark Globe ~ Break My World
Kerli ~ Walking on Air
The Gossip ~ For Keeps
Bat for Lashes ~ Sleep Alone
Moby ~ One of These Mornings
La Roux ~ Tigerlily
Ida Maria ~ Queen of the World
The Drawing Room ~ Skeleton Key
The Noisettes ~ Saturday Night
Nico Vega ~ Gravity
Theievery Corporation ~ 33 Degrees
Duran Duran ~ Falling Down

Idol Envy: Top 20 pt. 3 - "So Long, Farewell" - Elimination Night

Two weeks into the competition and only a few contestants have broken away from the pack, well others remain in their safety zones. There were some bold song choices made this week, but in the end many did not deliver.

So, after some thought I believe the following Idol hopefuls will be singing their swan songs tonight:
Jermaine Sellers
John Park
Hayley Vaughn
Didi Benami

And here we go...

1) John Park
After 2 weeks of safe, unmemorable performances John is the first to say good-bye tonight.. I do feel John should have left last week, but America loves their sob stories. Last minute thoughts: John does have a nice voice, he just chose the wrong songs and did not stand out.

2) Jermaine Sellers
Jermaine has a great spirit and is very likable; he just didn't step far enough away from his safety zone. Last minute thoughts: I felt Jermaine sounded much better tonight than he did on Tuesday. If he had done this on Tuesday, he might still be in the competition.

3) Michelle Delamor
I knew Michelle wasn't gonna make the Top 12, I just didn't think she be going home this week. Last minute thoughts: I think America made the right choice.

4) Hayley Vaughn
I do like Hayley, but in retrospect her performance wasn't the best. She young and needs more time to train her instrument. Last minute thoughts: She was sad to go and you could her it in her voice.

The competition is getting tight and a few Idol hopefuls are in fear of getting cut next. We'll see how things stand next week.
My advice: Sing as if you are getting eliminated! A few contestants swan songs from last week and this week sounded much better than your original performances for our votes.


Idol Envy: Top 20 pt. 2 - What a Girl Wants

Our Top 10 girls take the stage and let's see who can deliver the goods and who fails to breakout of their safety zones.

Crystal Bowersox - As Long as I Can See the Light
Crystal cleans up well. I'm reminded of Bonnie Rait with this performance. Crystal has one of the best voices in the competition and proves that she has staying power. This is what we want to see; contestants moving forward and challenging themselves.

Hayley Vaughn - The Climb
I think Hayley is adorable, I like her personality and find her to be fun and bubbly. But her age is starting to show, she's young and does need a few more years to train her voice. Even through I felt she did a good job, the song was pitchy. This may be the end of the road for Hayley, we'll see what America decides.

Lacey Brown - Kiss Me
Lacey took Kara's recommendation by sing Kiss Me and it was an improvement from last week's performance. This song fitted Lacey's voice, but it wasn't the best performance. I like Lacey and want her to stay, she needs to step up her game.

Katie Stevens - Put Your Records On
Comparing Katie to Hayley, I feel Katie has the better chance at lasting longer in this competition. Katie has a richness to her voice that makes you forget she's only 17. I don't think this was the right song for her, but nonetheless she'll live to sing again.

Didi Benami - Lean On Me
Ok, Didi has a nice voice, I was not digging her rendition of Lean on Me. I see her potential but feel like she's still playing it safe; get out of the comfort zone! Simon made her cry, which I find funny, but this is a great way to gain some sympathy votes out of America.

Michelle Delamor - With Arms Wide Open
Michelle took a risk with this song and I feel it paid off, sort of. She played it safe last week and tonight she stepped out of her comfort zone; something I'd like all the contestants to do. Her last note was not great, but I think she'll be around for another week.

Lilly Scott - A Change is Gonna Come
Lilly has one of the most unique voices of the season. She understands the importance of song choice; she's been choosing some great songs to perform for her vocally styling. One of the best girls in the competition. I see Lilly lasting a long time.

Katelyn Epperly - The Scientist
Katelyn has a very nice voice and this was a very good song for her; plus she was wearing a much better outfit - I love her retro style. Yes, this song came off slow, but it's a slow song. There's potential here and she will easily make Top 12.

Paige Miles - Walk Away
I waver with Paige, I think she's good, but I'm not wowed by her. She has energy and shows it when she performs. The problem, this song was too big for her. If she survives another week, I'm not sure what she can do to enter into the Top 12.

Siobhan Magnus - Think
I LOVE Siobhan!!! She is my favorite of the season. She chose a challenging song and nailed it; that last note was killer. There were a few problems, but I overlooked them. This dark horse is the one to watch.

Overall, a few girls have shown what they can do (Crystal, Lilly and Siobhan) and have shown the other girls they are a force to be reckoned with. We saw better song choices this week and some risks, but many did not pay off in the end. Stop playing it safe, ladies, break out of your comfort zone and move forward!

The following girls are in jeopardy of leaving this week:
Hayley Vaughn
Did Benami
Paige Miles
Katie Stevens

The following girls would have gotten my vote, if I had watched the show on time - Siobhan Magnus, Lilly Scott, Lacey Brown


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Idol Envy: Top 20 pt. 1 - This is a Man's World

Idol did the old switcheroo this week; the girls were originally scheduled to perform but were switched to tomorrow due to contestant Crystal Bowersox taking ill.

So, last week many of the gents were trying way to hard to stand out, they did... in a bad way. Let's see if the nerves have calmed down and the song choices got better.

Michael Lynche - This is a Man's World
Michael has the stage presence of an Idol. I did think he was trying a bit too hard to prove to the judges he wasn't opening act material, he succeeded. America and the judges love him, he'll be back next week.

John Park - Gravity
When will Idol hopefuls stop singing John Mayer??? The positive: John chose the right song to sing and did a much better job doing so. The negative: it was safe, John is not a big personality compared to some of the other contestants, and is very easily lost in the crowd. Chances are slim for John making it another week.

Casey James - I Don't Want to Be
Well, Hello Rock God. Casey made this song is own and I am digging the voice, but I felt he was trying too hard this week. Last week, he did great. This week I agree with Kara; it seemed like he didn't advance forward and like Ellen said, he was stiff, even a bit unsure. Where was that laid back open shirted Casey from last week? Regardless Casey will return next week thanks to the Cougars of America.

Alex Lambert - Everybody Knows
I really like Alex, he is easily becoming a favorite, plus his dorkiness is kind of a turn on. Performance wise, much better than last week. His nerves have calmed down and we are seeing the potential in him. I do think Alex need a new hair style, but other than that he's in the clear for next week.

Todrick Hall - What's Love Got to do With It
Last week Todrick murdered Kelly Clarkson, this week I felt he did Tina Turner justice. Todrick can sing and he showed us what he is capable of. Yes, it was a big song for him and I like that he is taking risks. The judges weren't feeling this performance which puts Todrick in jeopardy of going home because a lot of America listens to what Simon has to say. We'll see how it turns out on Thursday's results show.

Jermaine Sellers - What's Going On
What's going on is right. Jermaine has a very nice voice, but this rendition was not great. He is still playing it safe, I don't see him making it past this week.

Andrew Garcia - You Give Me Something
I don't know why I think of Danny Gokey everytime Andrew opens his mouth, these thoughts are not pleasant. Vocally, Andrew has one of the best voices this season; I just wasn't feeling this performance - I was bored tonight. I think Andrew deserves a spot in the Top 12, hopefully America agrees.

Aaron Kelly - My Girl
The ball of nerves we saw last week have vanished. Aaron delivered one of the best performances of the night. He has potential and I want to see him make it into the Top 12.

Tim Urban - Come on Get Higher
Tim needed to sing GOLD this week, this performance got the Bronze in my book. An improvement from last week (that was awful). Song choice was perfect for him, I just felt like it came off a little preachy; it's one of those songs you'd find on those WOW Christian compilations. It's hard to judge whether Tim will survive another week, he's cute and with Simon commenting on his improvement he may get a few extra votes. Side note: Ellen is soooo right, Tim needs to join the cast of GLEE, just so I can look at his dreamy blue eyes 24/7.

Lee Dewyze - Lips of an Angel
Lee is this season's "rocker". He has a very unique voice, perfect for those rockish ballads. I did see some nerves tonight, but it's due to him leaving his comfort zone (which these contestants need to do in the competition). This was the perfect song for Lee and it secured him a spot in the Top 12.

Overall, most of the guys showed vast improvements from last week. Some song choices were perfect but the vocals were not up to par. It's going to be hard to tell who's going home on this week's results show, but I feel the feeling are in danger;
John Park
Todrick Hall
Jermaine Sellers
Tim Urban

My precious votes went to Alex Lambert, Aaron Kelly, and Andrew Garcia.
OK I threw Tim Urban a few votes too, what?? Have you seen how cute he is??


Thursday, February 25, 2010

One, Two... Freddy's Coming for YOU!!!!

Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street is by far one of my all time favorite horror movies and spawned my love for Freddy Krueger. When I heard a remake was in the works I was not a happy man. I have since calmed down, thanks in part to the films trailers. The second official trailer for the Nightmare remake was released today, and I am now even more excited for April 30th to come a calling.

A Nightmare on Elm Street Remake Trailer #2

And here's Trailer #1

Idol Envy: Top 24 pt. 3 - "So Long, Farewell"

Now that I've had some time to digest the previous two nights of Idol, I've come to the conclusion that the Idol phenomenon is reaching its end. Last season was sooooo good and I could not wait for Tuesday nights, so far no one contestant has impressed me. I may change my tune once the final 12 have been chosen and the nerves subside.

My predictions for the night, I think we will be saying so long farewell to the following Idol hopefuls
Lacey Brown
Ashleigh Rodriguez
Tim Urban
John Park

Now onto tonight's result show...

Our first causalty of the night went to Janell Wheller. I had listed Janell as one of the girls in trouble of leaving Idol and after listening to her rendition of What About Love again I'm not sad to see her go. Song choice is key people and this song was not the right one for her.

Number 2 went to Ashley Rodriguez. I said she'd be leaving tonight and I was right. I did not enjoy her performance at all, it was not memorable. And did she not look pissed that she got axed, not to mention she was giving some tude. Not sad to see her go at all.

Next up, the gentleman. Boy, was this a shocker; even little cutie Tim was surprised his name wasn't called, did you see the look on his face?? I had commented that Joe did not have the star quality needed for the competition, but I had thought his voice would have given him a shot into next week. Joe's final performance was way better tonight than it was last night. If he had done this last night Tim would be packing his bags.

And the next semi-shocker is Tyler Grady. I may have been a little surprised he was eliminated tonight, I did say he was in jeopardy of possibly leaving I just expected America to give him other chance. But after John, Todrick, and Tim already survived to sing again I knew things looked grim for Mr. Tyler. Upon hearing him sing again I still think his performance was lackluster and felt like he did not care now that he was out. Tyler has potential and needs to find himself a backing band to help make him into a star.

Sometimes American gets it wrong, but this is a competition after all and there can only be ONE winner. So, let's give these kids a few more moments in the limelight because it doesn't shine forever.

Envy Out!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Idol Envy: Top 24 pt. 2 - Boys Say Go!

Last night the ladies did not sparkle as I had hoped, let's see if the men of this season learned from the girls mistakes.

~ Toderick Hall performed Since You've Been Gone
Boy did he miss the mark. I liked that he chose to do something out of the box, it just didn't sound good at all. Toderick has talent, we've seen that from his previous auditions. This was not the right song for him and it may have cost him a spot in the next round.

~ Aaron Kelly performed Here Comes Goodbye
I'm not the biggest fan of country music, I have a few favorites and that's it. But I did enjoy Aaron's performance, he was nervous and it showed. He has potential and he's a cutie, so teenage girls will totally be calling his number. He's 16 and needs to build up his confidence other than that the top 12 is in his future.

~ Jermaine Sellers performed Get Here
He has a nice voice, got a bit pitchy on some of the higher notes. I think he chose the right genre of song, but this particular song may have been bigger then he expected. He has potential, but was trying to hard with this performance. We'll have to wait and see what America thinks.

~ Tim Urban performed Apologize
Swoon... he's so dreamy. Tim was given a second chance at the top 24 after that Chris what's his name was booted, and the poor kid blew it. He chose the wrong song, his falsetto cracked with each high note. He may get some sympathy votes, in which case if by some miracle he does survive another week, song choice, song choice, song choice!!

~ Joe Munoz performed You and I Both
He's good, not a fan of his vocal styling, the Jason Marz vibe really does nothing for me. Needless to say, Joe will move on. He doesn't quite have that star quality so a spot in the top 12 may not be in his grasp.

~ Tyler Grady performed American Woman
This boy oozes seventies sexuality, a bit of an amalgamation of Mick Jagger and Jim Morrison. Tyler's performance was lackluster, where was the energy? There is potential and if he gets his act together and doesn't let his ego fuck it up, I can see him as this season La Lambert. We'll see what happens.

~ Lee Dewyze performed Chasing Cars
I'm reminded of David Cook (I thought this before the judges started the comparision). He has a good voice and will make it to next week. I would like to see what Lee can do in the rounds to come.

~ John Park performed God Bless the Child
In this stage of the competition I need to be wowed; this song did not do it. I was bored. Vocally he does have a voice and did a decent job on the song but I wanted more out of this performance. I will not be surprise if he does not make it to the next round.

~ Michael Lynche performed This Love
Michael will make it through and be in the top 12, mainly because the producers forced his story down our throats during Hollywood week. Actually it is because he has a voice, so far the best guy of the season. He's extremely likable and America will easily fall in love with him.

~ Alex Lambert performed What a Wonderful World
I can hear the nerves, he has a nice voice and will more than likely make it into the next round. He needs to control those nerves and become more comfortable on stage. Hopefully he can calm himself down and last a little while longer. Like Ellen said he needs to ripen.

~ Casey James performed Heaven
Casey's kinda cute in that hippie surfer way. Very nice voice, cougars will be swooning over this one's laid back style and open shirtness. He may not be my style, but he is talented. Top 12 is in his future.

~ Andrew Garcia performed Sugar Were Going Down
I'm reminded of Danny Gokey, don't really know why. I loved his Straight Up cover he did during Hollywood week and I dug this performance of down tempo Fall Out Boy. Andrew may be one of the best guys in the competition; he'll easily make the final 12, and I can see him in the final 4. Regardless of the judges critiques I enjoyed this performance.

In the end, song choice was key. After 9 seasons you'd think these contestants would know better. Overall, no one contestant won me over completely; there are a few I liked and will come to enjoy seeing them perform each week.

I think the following guys are in trouble
Toderick Hall
Tim Urban
Tyler Grady
John Park
Alex Lambert

Who got my vote: Alex Lambert, Lee Dewyze, and a gave Tim Urban a sympathy vote.

We'll see how this all plays out Thursday night

Envy Out!

Idol Envy: Top 24 pt. 1 - This is Ladies Night

Now that the Top 24 finalist/judges favorites have been chosen, it's now our turn to judge this years crop of Idol hopefuls. Last time around my not so little obsession with one Adam Lambert fueled my Idol passion, this year no one's done that just yet. I'm hoping that following tonight and tomorrow's performances a few contestants will break from the pack and gain my vote. Plus can't wait to see how Ellen does!

~ Paige Miles performed It's Alright Now
I'm not sure what I thought of her performance; I didn't love it or hate it. Paige has a voice, which will most likely get her into the next round and I see the potential in her. Song choice, did not care for it, I may come to like Paige if she leaves Classic Rock the other girls.

~ Ashley Rodriguez performed Happy
I only know one Leona Lewis song, and this ain't it. Vocally, Ashley reminded me to much of Leona; I feel she played it very safe this round and stayed in her own comfort zone. She's only the second contestant in and I'm not having positive thoughts that she'll be back next week.

~ Janell Wheller performed What About Love
I liked her rendition of Estelle's American Boy during her Hollywood week audition and think she has a nice voice. She may even become a favorite. But this song was a bit shaky most of the number and it did not have the same uniqueness as her previous auditions. I don't think she'll have a problem getting into the next round, we'll see if she can sustain.

~ Lilly Scott performed Fixing a Hole
Lilly's voice is unique and easily stands out, very refreshing. By choosing an unknown Beatles song will definitely help her move on in the competition. She will easily make the Top 6, and if America does not fuck it up I can see her possibly make it to the very end. Plus I'm digging the silver blond hair

~ Katelyn Epperly performed Oh Darling!
Katelyn has a beautiful voice, smoky, and very country-esque. I love Madonna retro outfit, but it did not work with her voice, she looked a bit whorish. Her makeover needs a make-under. She'll last another week.

~ Hayley Vaughn performed I Want to Hold Your Hand
I liked Hayley in her initial audition, a black girl singing country. Even though I enjoyed this performance, I did find moments were her voice got schreechy. Hayley has potential and has a shot at making it to the next round, depending on votes.

~ Lacey Brown performed Landslide
My initial thoughts were full of love, the love died down. I still think Lacey had a great performance and hope she makes it into the next round. I don't agree with the judges critiques 100%, but understand where they are coming from. I want Lacey to make it another round, I loved her energy and vibe.

~ Michelle Delamar performed Falling
Yes, Michelle has an amazingly beautiful voice and she did a good job on the song. Problem was the song and her look emulated Alicia Keys too much. She played it safe and will mostly get her through to the next round, but she needs to step it up if she hopes to make the top 6.

~ Didi Benhami performed The Way I Am
Once the song stated I knew which song Didi was signing, the problem I had was it sounded to much like the original, again it was very safe. She may make it to next week, but top 6 may not be in her future.

~ Siobhan Magnus performed Wicked Games
I wasn't expecting that voice, Lovin' it! I thought Siobhan's performance was solid and haunting. Easily my favorite of the night, she might possible be my favorite of the season. I do fear the judges critiques may sway some voters to not call for her, fingers are crossed that she'll be around next week.

~Crystal Bowersox performed Hand in My Pocket
Crystal is not my style, a little too folky for my taste; but she does have a great voice and will easily make it to the next round. Vocally, I didn't quite get the Alanis vibe from her, my initial thoughts went to the Indigo Girls, but I did see the "coffee shop" singer the judges were saying she needed to break away from. The safe comfort zone doesn't get you the prize in the end.

~ Katie Stevens performed Feelin' Good
When I heard Katie's initial audition of At Last, I knew she would make it this far. I love her old soul voice, in the past young girls with that mature voice have done pretty well in the competition. Her version of Feelin Good was a bit shaky in areas, but overall good. Katie has an amazing voice and hopefully she'll get a chance to show the judges a more youthful performance next week.

I kept hearing that this round of girls were gonna be hard to beat, after tonight only a small handful lived up to that hype. Many played it safe and that makes it hard to figure out which of these 12 deserves to be eliminated.

I think the following girls are in trouble:
Ashley Rodriguez
Hayley Vaughn
Janell Wheller
Lacey Brown
Didi Benhami
Katie Stevens

So who got my vote: Lacey Brown & Siobhan Magnus.

We'll see how this all plays out Thursday night.

Harry Envy OUT!!


Ear Candy: Florence and the Machine

I love, love, love Florence and the Machine. I originally discovered the band last summer while hanging out with some friends at Trax bar. The video for Rabbit Heart was playing and even though I could hardly hear it, the video left an impression. I used the song ID function on my phone to figure out the name of the artist and never followed up on my new discovery. Fast forward to last month, after compiling a list of my favorite albums of 2009 someone commented that the only album missing was Lungs by Florence and the Machine. So, I went out and picked up a copy; I started kicking myself in the ass for not doing it sooner.

Florence's voice is an amalgamation of many, elements of Kate Bush, La Roux, Allison Goldfrapp, Kate Nash, and even a hint of Bjork can be heard. Lungs is a haunting collection of 13 of the best tracks music has to offer.

Candy for the ears: Howl, My Boy Builds Coffins, Rabbit Heart (Raise it up), Kiss with a Fist, Girl with One Eye

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Ear Candy Overload: Top 10 Albums of 2009

2009 brought out some of the best music I've heard in some time. It took me a while to narrow this list down to only ten albums and once I finished, I changed my mind many many times. So, before it happens again, let the countdown begin...

#10: Noisettes ~ Wild Young Hearts

I discovered the Noisettes as a fluke, I had some credits to Amazon's Music Store that were soon to expire and began searching their mp3 section for something new. The cover image to their single Never Forget You caught my eye and I took a listen. It was love at first listen, Shingai Shoniwa's voice is a throwback to sixties soul with a hint of Amy Winehouse. Wild Young Hearts is a fun ride, whether you're getting ready to club it up or looking to relax this album has a little something everyone and definitely worth the listen.

Candy for the ears: Never Forget You; Every Now and Then; Beat of My Heart; Don't Upset the Rhythm (Go Baby Go)

#09: The Bravery ~ Stir the Blood

This album would have easily been higher up in my list if not for two reasons; it was released in early December and I didn't pick up my copy right away. None the less it is a great album and reignited my love for the band. A return in sound to their debut album, a great mixture of modern alternative rock and classic new wave this is definitely an album to watch in 2010.

Candy for the ears: Slow Poison; Adored; The Spectator; Hatef*ck; I Have Seen the Future

#08: Yeah Yeah Yeahs ~ It's Blitz!

Now I was never a fan of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, I did like Maps and Cheated Hearts but never gave the band a real chance. Then It's Blitz came out and I fall in love with the band and Karen O. Yes, this album is a departure from their previous style, but I love the electronic feel this album has and Karen O's voice is not only incredible but haunting on the down-tempo numbers.

Candy for your ears: Zero; Dragon Queen; Runaway; Heads Will Roll; Skeletons

#07: Lily Allen ~ It's Not Me, Its You

Oh Ms. Allen, how I love thee. Now, some of my friends didn't like this album as much as her debut, I on the other hand fucking loved it. Lily's voice is beautiful, mature, and amazing. I feel she's evolved as an artist and moved to the next step. She's still dirty, this time around its more sugar coated. I am sad to hear she'll be retiring from music, hopefully she'll return because she has a lot to say and I want to hear it.

Candy for your ears: Fuck You; Chinese; Not Fair; 22; The Fear - And check out her cover of Britney Spear's Womanizer, it's brilliant

#06: La Roux ~ La Roux

La Roux is pure electronic joy, a great get up and dance album. I consider them to be a modern day version of the Eurythmics, Ellie Jackson's voice is unique and mesmerizing. Their music videos just enhance their sound and are fun to watch.

Candy for your ears: Bulletproof; Cover My Eyes; In For the Kill; I'm Not Your Toy

#05: Depeche Mode ~ Sounds of the Universe

This list would not be complete without Depeche Mode. I will admit I am bias, DM has been my favorite band since I was 19 and have a soft spot in my heart for these boys, no matter my mode they are my go to guys for tunes. Now, Sounds of the Universe didn't whoa me right away, it wasn't until I listened to the album a few times on repeat before I let it in. Dave Gahan's voice on the lyrics of Martin Gore is what makes this band phenomenal.

Candy for your ears: Wrong; Perfect; Comeback; Truth is/Miles Away; In Chains

#04: Blake Lewis ~ Heartbreak on Vinyl

American Idol alumni, Blake Lewis's sophomore album is infused with pop, new wave, and electronica; what more could I boy ask for? I was a fan of Blake during his time on Idol and really only rooted for him because I thought he was a cutie, but his voice won me over and wasn't surprised that he came in second to Jordin Sparks. Like most Idol contests Blake's debut album didn't quite make me jump for joy, there was a lot going on in that album. Heartbreak in an evolution of an artist, from it's title track which pays homage of record stores of old to Sad Song a throwback to the anthems of the 80's. This is one not to miss.

Candy for your ears: Heartbreak on Vinyl; Sad Song; Binary Love; Rebel without a Cause

#03: Glee: The Music volumes 1 & 2

GLEE makes me happy, 'nuff said!

Candy for your ears: All of them!!!

#02: Lady GaGa ~ The Fame Monster

GaGa was casted her spell on me and I am a devoted little monster. This 8 track E.P. companion to her smash hit debut album shows a progression of a songwriter and artist. Her songs are catchy as hell, her videos push the envelope, and her style gets you talking. She is an ICON already and the bitch is only 23! I can't wait to she what she has in store for 2010.

Candy for your ears: Bad Romance; Dance in the Dark; Speechless; So Happy I Could Die

#01: The Gossip ~ Music for Men

The Gossip is the best band you are not listening to. Beth Ditto is a GODDESS! Her voice is enchanting and simply beautiful. Music for Men is a fantastic album that breaks down walls and gets people moving. I highly recommend you add this album to your library, you will not be disappointed.

Candy for your ears: Heavy Cross; Four Letter Word; Love Long Distance; Men in Love; Pop Goes the World


Adam Lambert - For Your Entertainment
Allison Iraheta - Just Like You
Carrie Underwood - Play On
Florence and the Machine - Lungs
Kelly Clarkson - All I Ever Wanted
Little Boots - Hands
The Lovemakers - Let's Be Friends
Mika - The Boy Who Knew Too Much
Muse - The Resistance
Owl City - Ocean Eyes
Rihanna - Rated R
White Lies - To Lose My Life

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