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Adam Lambert’s GlamNation Tour Stop#61 – Palladium Ballroom (Dallas, TX)

September 8, 2010 Leave a comment

It’s the #61st stop for the GlamNation tour, and it’s at the Palladium Ballroom (Dallas, TX)! Here’s a quick review from The Dallas Morning News! *Whataya Want From Me is GOLD in Germany! And check out more dates on the GlamNation Tour overseas!

Adam’s set list : Voodoo, Down The Rabbit Hole, Ring Of Fire, Fever, Sleepwalker, Acoustic set : WWFM, Soaked and Aftermath, Sure Fire Winners, Strut, Music Again, Broken Open, If I Had You and Mad World (Encore) and Whole Lotta Love (Encore) and 20th Century Boy (Encore).

Thanks to the lovely fans who got video! (ellegeepea71, glitterandspice, bleedingjapanese, wilmes69, Libracats, silverstar225) Be sure to bookmark this post as I’ll update it with media periodically! *You have to check Adam’s sit down interview with Kidd Kraddick and his staff on KK’s YT page. Very interesting, with a cameo by Adam’s brother Neil. (DL Link)

The Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears had some fun with Adam & Katy Perry backstage in their NY concert, complete with video of a make-out sessionYouTube 😉 It’s been covered by diff entertainment sites since (AfterElton, JustJared, Autostraddle, PerezHilton, The Advocate Mag)

* Looks like Adam was able to enjoy the nightlife in Dallas. (Bigger pic of Jello ‘shot’). More photos of Adam with pretty boys at BJs!

** Check out the US release of the If I Had You Remixed EP ($3.99) now out on iTunes AND Amazon! If you want a CD with ALL the bonus tracks, order the 18-track For Your Entertainment (EU Edition)! And have you checked out all the Adam merchandise on his Official Store lately? AND be sure to register at Adam’s new fan club page! **

ADAM VIDEOS

Voodoo/Down the Rabbit Hole/ Ring of Fire Medley

Ring of Fire

Fever

Sleepwalker

WWFM

Soaked

Aftermath

Sure Fire Winners

Strut

Music Again

If I Had You

Whole Lotta Love (Encore)

Whole Lotta Love + 20th Century Boy (Encore)

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Album Review – Kaleidoscope Heart by Sara Bareilles

September 8, 2010 1 comment

Tracks:

  1. Kaleidoscope Heart
  2. Uncharted
  3. Gonna Get Over You
  4. Hold My Heart
  5. King Of Anything
  6. Say You’re Sorry
  7. The Light
  8. Basket Case
  9. Let The Rain
  10. Machine Gun
  11. Not Alone
  12. Breathe Again
  13. Bluebird

Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles has released her sophomore album ‘Kaleidoscope Heart‘ finally. It’s been a long wait for fans (that’s ME!), with her debut album ‘Little Voice‘ released waaay back in 2007. She’s described her difficulties with the songwriting process this time around as akin to ‘pulling teeth’, but thankfully, listening to the album is no burden at all.

Kaleidoscope Heart is still chock-full of Sara’s familiar sound – piano driven pop songs with clever lyrics – but she’s added a few more instruments here – mostly guitar, a ukulele, a violin, and she uses her own voice as an instrument too, opening the album with a multi-layered chorus of herself as an a capella choir which seamlessly segues to the piano driven ‘Uncharted‘. The songs build up to soaring choruses – especially in the ballad ‘Bluebird‘ – truly good chill-inducing vocals on that one. But most of the time, I felt that her singing was overpowered by the piano, which is so front and center almost all throughout, pounding in staccato beat through most songs (except the ballads).

I’m not exactly sure why Kaleidoscope Heart is basically a break-up album – maybe she had some problems of the heart while writing it? (I don’t really know anything about her private life) But it’s all there, the pain of breaking up and later, philosophically picking yourself up again.

After listening to the album, it’s pretty clear why ‘King of Anything‘ was the lead single – it’s clever and sassy and harkens back to the girl who wrote the ironic ‘Love Song‘. Plus, ‘King of Anything‘ is the most radio-friendly of the lot.

I personally wouldn’t have minded if they had started things off with ‘Gonna Get Over You‘ though. I think this should be a single too – it’s got this infectious (& pretty hypnotic) piano beat running through the song; there’s a distinctly retro-feel to it (with doo-wops a-plenty); and the lyrics are all sad and philosophical, but it’s all dressed up in spun sugar – the best way I can describe is it’s like this heartbroken 60s girl who goes out dancing anyway in her make-up and a pretty bubble-skirt. ‘Say You’re Sorry‘ also has a retro feel to me, sort of like an 80s movie’s dramatic theme song.

My favorite track from the album is ‘The Light‘ – loved it, from the first notes. I call it the whisperingly quiet but melting love song, and I love it in the same way that I love The Avett Brothers’ I and Love and You and The Swell Season’s In These Arms. These songs are like personal poems or hymns to love for me.

As I’ve mentioned, Sara also breaks out the guitar for some songs in the album. ‘Basket Case‘ is almost folksy to me, and ‘Let the Rain‘ has this really charming part in the middle where Sara breaks it down with a good hook in the melody and clever beats. ‘Carolina’ the bonus song you get when you pre-ordered from iTunes has a rock-edge to it that I liked.

Machine Gun and Not Alone were surprises for me – they’re very lounge-y and slinky. I’d say Machine Gun even has torch-song moments, while Not Alone practically calls out to be sung in high heels and a sexy red gown with the slit up to here.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with Sara Bareilles’ sophomore effort. Due to her difficulties in song-writing, I was afraid that she’d be in a slump, but happily, that’s not the case here. If you’re not getting the whole album, but just some songs, I strongly suggest ‘Gonna Get Over You‘ and ‘The Light‘.

Kaleidoscope Heart‘ is available on Amazon as an MP3 Album ($9.99) or as an Audio CD ($9.99). You can also download the album on iTunes ($9.99).

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FREE AudioBook Download – ‘Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and the Really Big Adventure’ by Kristina Stephenson

September 8, 2010 Leave a comment

The Guardian & Observer (UK) with Audible UK have teamed up to give away a free audiobook per day! Lucky UK people!

The next freebie is ‘Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and the Really Big Adventure‘ by Kristina Stephenson with Michael Maloney as Narrator. Just click here to sign up – you’ll have to give your contact info etc. You’ll then get a link that you can use to download the audiobook from Audible.UK (you also have to sign up there).

*I don’t know if this is georestricted to just the UK as I didn’t try to download it – but apparently, if you pretend that you’re in the UK when you sign up, you’ll have no problem getting it 😉 At least that’s what some readers from Australia have e-mailed me… who also used multiple e-mail addresses to get more than one book… ~whistles

This is a pretty good promo (good until 15 September!), ordinarily Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and the Really Big Adventure would have cost you $4.97 to download!

Book Description:

Sing along to this story of derring-do! Once upon a time, there was a deep, dark forest, where monstrous trees groaned, terrible beasties moaned and wiggly woos waited to tickle your toes. Nobody ever went there until… Sir Charlie Stinky Socks, his good grey mare and his pet cat Envelope decide the time has come for a really big adventure. Sir Charlie packs his best sword and his sandwiches and off he goes, over the hills and far away, until he gets to the deep, dark forest. Sir Charlie doesn’t flinch when he meets the beasties, or the dragon, or the wily witch, but when he comes across the princess, he realises he’s met his match!

This is Sir Charlie Stinky Socks. He’s bold, he’s brave, he’s awfully clever. He likes adventures with terrible beasties, wily witches and fire-breathing dragons. What? You do, too? Oh my!

This is a story about all these things … so have a listen. Actor Michael Maloney reads this clip-cloppy hurrah of an adventure with a soundtrack and song and lots of fun.

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This Week’s FREE Songs from the Amazon MP3 Music Store

September 8, 2010 Leave a comment

So, the Amazon MP3 Music Store has a bunch of new free songs available this week. Just pick and choose what appeals to you – it’s free after all – just download then delete if the free songs are not to your taste! Can’t complain too much since they are FREE.

** Check out ALL the FREE tracks of the WEEK on this Amazon MP3 FREE PAGE! **– I count around 50 free songs just on that page!

The 14-track sampler album ‘Autumn Jazz Sampler 2010‘ from Resonance Records is available for FREE download.

Click here to download the FREE sampler album!

More freebies after the jump!
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