It’s been a spell since we heard from the Goo Goo Dolls — in fact, just long enough to hear “Iris” again without grumbling that it’s been played to death and we never, ever want to hear it again. So we’re fine with Taylor Swift reminding us that the City Of Angels smash is “one of the best songs ever written” (her words) by joining the Dolls’ frontman Johnny Rzeznik on stage at Madison Square Garden to conclude her star-studded Speak Now tour’s domestic leg. (Even if she was only nine when the 90’s ditty was released.) The American Music Award winner also reminded us what a vibrant performer she is, seeing the States off in style before she heads off to Australia and New Zealand in 2012. More »
As part of book giant Borders’ slashing of its DVD and CD sections, the store here in Athens, Ga., is selling its CD and DVD inventory at 50% off. The standard pre-liquidation price for a CD? $18.99. So at 50% off, most of the remaining inventory was still as much as it would have been at Best Buy, Target, or Wal-Mart. In fact, in most cases the prices were exactly twice what they were at the Big Boxers, particularly in the DVD/Blu-Ray section. I decided to document the dregs of Borders’ music collection to see what people weren’t buying, much like I did last year during the Circuit City fire sale. All of the releases documented after the jump had at least four copies for sale.
There might be stranger news to emerge today, but somehow I doubt it: Bassist Robby Takac of the Goo Goo Dolls has been named to the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, Medallie College. More »
So Barry Obama’s big benefit shindig coming up next week in California features musical endorsements from Ne-Yo (yay!), the Goo Goo Dolls (uh), Nicole Scherzinger (ack), and will.i.am (dear lord no). Meanwhile, Hilary Clinton has recently ditched Celine Dion’s “You And I” (holy shit) as her campaign song in favor of Big Head Todd And The Monsters’ “Blue Sky” (could be worse, right?). Forgetting their opinions about, like, stuff salient to running a country, this does not particularly fill us with hope for the future. (Even the Republicans are showing better taste this time out; for instance, did you know Mitt Romney’s campaign tune is “I Get Around”*?) So we put it to you, a year or so early, to decide who you would vote for based solely on these less than stellar musical track records.
The Next Great American Band, the American Idol spinoff that will somehow put 10 bands through the Idol paces, will have Sheila E. in the Paula Abdul role, Johnny Rzeznik in the Randy Jackson role, and an Australian guy whose nickname is–I am not kidding–“Dicko” in the, um, “dicko” role. More »