Saturday, April 3, 2010

Tweet of the Day

"Road trip rule #34: Always brake for fried chicken."

-Padma Lakshmi Tweets

Friday, April 2, 2010

Jimmy Kimmel Instigates Nationwide April Fool's Day Joke

Jimmy Kimmel asked Americans to splash cold water on their unsuspecting, unconscious loved ones in honor of April Fools' Day - and the results were beyond hilarious!

Check out his YouTube collage, above.

Estelle, Rachel Roy Rock Macy's Jewelry Launch

Grammy Award-winning singer Estelle joined New York designer Rachel Roy Thursday to debut their jewelry line at Macy's Herald Square!

Roy made sure to have some of her fabulous designs on display (bottom photo), while Estelle entertained the crowd with a three-song set.

"Shoutout to Rachel Roy, who believed in me," Estelle told the crowd, before playing "Pretty Please," "Freak," and (what else?) "American Boy."

"This is my favorite song in the world," Estelle admitted.

Check out photos from the night above, including the lovely DJ Rashida on turntables (third photo), and a video of Estelle's "Pretty Please" performance, below.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

I SPY NY: Whoopi Goldberg, Kelly Bensimon, and More

I spy in NY... 

Whoopi Goldberg hosting a tribute to George Carlin at the New York Public Library last Wednesday (top photo), Kelly Bensimon hanging out at the Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid launch at the IAC Building Tuesday (middle photo), Miike Snow performing at Webster Hall Saturday night (bottom photo), Tracy Morgan doing a four-night stand at Caroline's on Broadway Thursday, and Erykah Badu performing a (semi) secret show at Good Units Saturday night.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Tweet of the Night

"A lone paparazzi got me and my dog (again) today. Bless. I said 'really exciting stuff, guy. Great job'. A paycheck, my photo is not."

-Josh Groban Tweets

Janet Jackson Schedules Comeback Performance

Janet Jackson has been scheduled to headline the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans July 2.

The performance will mark the singer's first full concert since 2008, and since brother Michael died last year.

Jackson will perform alongside Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, Estelle and LL Cool J.

Fans Storm Weather for Usher's Good Morning America Performance

It was a rainy, 45-degree morning Tuesday in New York, but that didn't faze some 400 Usher fans who camped outside of Nokia Theatre in Times Square to see their boy perform live on Good Morning America!

"We got here at three this morning," a pair of high school students from Astoria told Poison Ivy. "We couldn't sleep."

Now that's dedication!!!

"These songs speak to me, they're about personal experiences in my life," Usher told the crowd, once inside, about new record Raymond v Raymond.

"Maybe my baby is somewhere out there," the newly-single Usher added, inducing a frenzy before playing slow jam "There Goes My Baby."

A fan in her forties then shot up a "Marry Me, Usher!" sign.

"I tried that already," he laughed, alluding to his recent divorce.


We're glad he has a sense of humor!

Usher also performed recent single "Hey Daddy," and a bonus (untelevised) performance of "Yeah," for "all ya'll waiting in the rain," he said.

You know we brought you back clips of all three. Check 'em out, above and below.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tweet of the Day

" I spent Passover with gay friends. Two of the four questions were on Liza Minnelli."

-Joan Rivers Tweets

The Hills Final Season Trailer Premieres, Alludes to Speidi Divorce

Lo Bosworth once said, "The editing room is a magical place on The Hills."

That sentiment couldn't have rung more true than during the sixth (and final) season trailer, which premiered Tuesday morning.

"I really didn't think on my year-anniversary I'd be getting divorced," says a newly-constructed Heidi Montag, alluding to turmoil between she and husband Spencer Pratt.

"Are you telling me you don't think I look good?" she later asks her mom, showing off a barely recognizable new nose, chin and brow. (Mom asks Montag to "rephrase the question." LOL.)

Other dramz this season?

Kristin Cavallari getting accused of doing drugs, Brody Jenner bringing a new flame into the picture, and Audrina Patridge dating Ryan Cabrera!

Scripted or not, this is compelling TV!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Tweet of the Day

"These NY windy days just F with my hair"

-Tom Colicchio Tweets

Hayley Williams Covers "Bad Romance"

We are absolutely smitten with this version of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" by Paramore singer Hayley Williams!


Danish Rockers Kashmir Talk Nerves, New York, and Recording with David Bowie

It's the last night of Danish rock band Kashmir's three-week North American tour, and I'm sitting at New York's Mercury Lounge Thursday with drummer Asger Techau (pictured second from left) and bassist Mads Tunebjerg (far right).

"We were a little insecure about how the tour was going to go," Techau admits, citing the band's nerves on how their new record would be received.

But Techau had no reason to worry.

Outside of the venue, a line wraps around the block for the band who count David Bowie, Lou Reed and most recently Raphael Saadiq, as fans.

"Raphael likes music for its quality, not its genre," Techau says, recalling a recent L.A. day when Saadiq invited the band to his studio to hang out.

"We were kind of surprised because his music is very different from ours," Tunebjerg says. "We had a show later that day and he came to see it."

Bowie and Reed's support - which includes vocal appearances on 2005's No Balance Palace - was a little more jolting.

"We were working with Bowie's long-time [producer] Tony Visconti, and at one point we started to joke that it'd be cool to have Bowie sing on 'The Cynic'," explains Techau.

"It was a bit of a joke, cause obviously that would never happen. And then Tony was like, 'I'll ask him.' So one day Tony wrote an email to Bowie, 'How would you feel about maybe singing on this song?' And he just replied, 'I would have no problem doing that.' We were speechless."

"In 2005, Bowie hadn't been doing many recordings so he was very much in the mood for it," Tunebjerg recalls.

"In the studio, he said 'Tony, just roll the tape for me. I'm going to try and have a go at it.' He knew the song, he had it on his iPod. He had one or two runs and he was there. Me and Kasper [Eistrup] were sitting on the sofa. We couldn't move or speak because the atmosphere was so intense."

"A lot of the lyrics were written and recorded in New York, " Techau added, "so it seemed only fitting that we could get Mr. New York Lou Reed to recite that poem."

"Our intention was not to get Bowie or Reed on the album," Tunebjerg wants to make clear. "It just kind of happened."

A fan spots us and asks if Kashmir are going to play "Stillboy," their latest single in Denmark. Techau gives him a straight "yes."

"Kasper traveled a lot in order to write material for Trespassers," Tunebjerg explains, of the record that came out last month. "We would actually send him off to finish his work, cause he was kind of getting distracted in Copenhagen. He's so easily distracted. He's the first one to admit that."

While outside, a group of dudes make their way to the front of the line boasting only passports. "We came here from Denmark today," they tell the bouncer.

When I tell the band about this, they giggle.

"I hope they at least combined it with a vacation," Techau says. "We have a Denmark tour coming up."

Norah Jones Serenades Hometown at Madison Square Garden Theater

"It's great to be home," says Norah Jones.

The singer-songwriter is talking to the some 5,000 people at New York's Madison Square Garden Theater Saturday night, a slightly less intimate space than the last time we saw her.

"So far our best audience was Tulsa, Oklahoma," Jones admits. "But I think you guys can beat them."

The five-time Grammy Award winner serenaded the crowd for nearly two hours, alternating between piano and guitar for gems like "I Wouldn't Need You," "Even Though," "Tell Your Mama," "Don't Know Why," and "Sunrise."

"I made a baby to that song!" someone in the audience screams.

"You're an oversharer, like me," Jones replies, then launching into a cover of Hank Williams' "Cold Cold Heart."

"Has anyone made a baby to that [song]? Maybe the Hank Williams version?" she asks.

Jones encores the evening with the soulful "How Many Times Have You Broken My Heart" and "Come Away With Me," on electric guitar.

"You're beating Tulsa," she lets us know.

Check out snippets of Jones' encore, above and below.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Tweet of the Night

"...Told you I would tap that. Yummy."

-Katy Perry Tweets after kissing Justin Bieber at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Saturday

Video: Dashboard Confessional Cover Weezer, Bryan Adams at NYC Concert

It was a night of Dashboard classics and covers Friday at the band's sold-out concert at Nokia Theatre in Times Square.

Frontman Chris Carrabba coupled DC favorites ("The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most," "Vindicated," "The Good Fight,") with old school gems, including Bryan Adam's 1984 "Summer of '69" and Weezer's "El Scorcho" (check out a clip of that performance, above).

"We've been influenced by a lot of bands over the years," confessed Carrabba, who formed Dashboard in 1999 in Boca Raton, Florida.

We'll never forget going to see Carrabba in Davie, Florida's now-defunct Club Q at age 14 in 2000 - there were less than 100 people in the room and hardly any of them were paying attention!

The boy has come a long way!

Check out the performance of the song that started our love affair with DC, "Screaming Infidelities," below.

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