Last night’s 30 Rock season finale closed out with a grand parody of one of those celebrity-studded benefit songs, a la “We’re Sending Our Love Down This Well” and “What’s Going On ’01.” “Kidney Now!” saw Cyndi Lauper, Michael McDonald, Mary J. Blige, Elvis Costello, Norah Jones, and a slew of other well/sorta-well-known musicians warbling in honor of Jack Donaghy’s dad (played by Alan Alda)’s nephorotic needs. There’s even a splashy mini-site with a karaoke version of the track to go along with it–although Clay Aiken fans are probably going to get a bit riled up, given that its list of participating celebrities somehow managed to exclude their hero, perhaps because of his alleged relation to Kenneth the Page. (Take heart, Claymates: Mike D got left off the list as well, and he doesn’t even have your
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In this preview for tonight’s 30 Rock season finale, Alec Baldwin’s Jack Donaghy basically blackmails Mary J. Blige, Elvis Costello, and an unrecognizable Clay Aiken into performing at a charity concert for his newly discovered, kidney-deficient father. A commercial for this episode–which will also feature Sheryl Crow and Rob Thomas, because they tend to show up on these sorts of things–promised “an ending that will end up on the Internet,” which I thought was a given since every single episode of 30 Rock has been on Hulu, like, the next morning, but maybe that was a subtle hint that NBC is really serious about getting into the whole music-blog thing? [NBC] More »
Thanksgiving only seems like a dowdy holiday. Turkey, football, family, autumn leaves buried beneath incipient slush–all wonderful, none especially flamboyant. (Well, maybe the football is–I don’t know.) However, TV this Thanksgiving week is teeming with an array of musicians who’ve either been regulars in Vegas, Branson, and/or Broadway, or are on their way there. (You just know the Foo Fighters are going to headline some ’00s stage once the casino owners have merged into three factions.) Americans, celebrate your country by celebrating its glitz:
One of the things you find yourself saying about music when you’re a teenager, along with “I like everything except country,” is “I respect them, but I don’t like them.” You say this partially to not look like the sort of ignoramus who doesn’t appreciate Yngwie Malmsteen’s tapping technique, and partially because you don’t want to piss off your friends. But it turns out this simple formulation stands in for an entire complex relationship between bands and their audience. Kevin Roberts, CEO of marketing giant Saatchi & Saatchi, calls the sweet spot where loving and respecting come together a “lovemark.” And there’s a graph!
The new issue of People hits newsstands tomorrow, and on its cover is a story that’s half-blockbuster, half-not all that surprising: American Idol runner-up and Manilow-mirroring crooner Clay Aiken is gay, and he’s finally come out of the closet (after years of telling inquiring interviewers that their questioning of his sexuality was “really rude”) because he wants to set a good example–in the not lying about things sense, above all–for his newborn son, Parker. While I’m happy that Aiken has gone public with his sexuality, admire his devotion to his child, and wish him (and his son) all the best, I have to wonder just what is happening in the universe of Claymates right now. Are they freaking out? How many Blingee .sig files have been created in honor of this milestone? Have they decided that if they love Aiken as much as they profess to, they should set him free from their personal PG-13-rated fantasies and let him live his life? Are they going to land here via Google searches and engage in some angry comment-section defense in a matter of minutes? And, most importantly, are they adjusting their skin-crawlingly inappropriate Clay-inspired crafting in light of this news?