Here's a story that's creepy in so many ways. An auction house is going to sell to the highest bidder the autopsy tools used on Elvis Presley's body after his death. (Click here for the full story).
This includes forceps, rubber gloves, lip brushes (?), eye liner and a toe tag marked John Doe (the original toe tag was stolen.)
I love this quote, from auction house spokesperson Mary Williams: "It's really about owning a piece of the celebrity themselves ... and how much closer can you get than the actual embalming instruments."
I'm pretty sure I don't want to get any closer than that.
Here are some other things to add to my DON'T WANT LIST:
Amidst all the traffic reports this morning, we got several calls from folks about the cool rainbow like image in the sky. We actually think it's a sundog,which is defined as a small or incomplete rainbow.Â Or it could be a parhelion, which dictionary.com says is usually one of two or moreÂ bright circularÂ spots seen on opposite sides of the sun, and often accompanied by additional luminous arcs and bands.
Thanks to some Triple M listeners for sending in cool photos!Â
This one came from Katrina:
Samantha submitted this one:
And thanks to Lannia for this shot:
I was in emotional turmoil last night after hearing the news that Brett Favre was going to don the shirt of evil..the purple Vikings uniform. I was afraid I might not be able to get to sleep...so I did what I often do to work out my emotional angst. I got out my journal and wrote a poem.
A sweetÂ love story
Like some wine has now gone sour
I still remember
Our love in its finest hour
And how you cried
When you said you had to go
I died inside
And felt my tears overflow.
This new betrayal hurts
Yes, it really sucks.
Now I really
Don't give a flying...Lambeau Leap.
So the Princeton Review is out with another list of party schools, and oh joy, oh rapture, UW Madison is in the Top Ten. A few years ago we were on top of the list, fell off for a while, and now we're at #8.
Now I know there are a lot of colleges out there that probably fit the parameters of the title "Party School," but because of their size or location, don't show up on those big time lists.
So, thanks to the help of the inimitable and irrascible Joe Thompson, who filled in for Jonathan today, here's a list of things to look out for when you're trying to determine if your school is a party school.
1. A question on your calculus final starts this way, "There are 100 bottles of beer on the wall..."
2. A popular class is entitled "Beer terminology in Modern American Lexicon." (Prerequisite: "Wine Coolers 101")
3. Philosophy 100 question: "Tastes Great or Less Filling? Explain."
4. You can get phy. ed. credit for Beer Pong.
5. Keith Richards gave your commencement address, and 3 months later, he still hasn't left.
We've been playing a fun little game these past few days--as we get ready for the April Flight of the Conchords show in Madison. Since they're from New Zealand..we played New Zealand or Not. I thought you might like to try the Home Version!Â Some of these are real bands from New Zealand..others I made up. Answers are at the bottom. No peeking.
1. Foamy Ed
2. Headless Chickens
3. Kill Elmo
4. Dr. Kevorkian and the Suicide Machine
5. Stereophonic Toaster
6. Tall Dwarfs
7. Striptease Mining Company
8. Inflatable Widgets
9. Netherworld Dancing Toys
10. Streetwise Librarians
Okay..here are the answers. 1,2,4, 6, and 9 are real bands from New Zealand. I believe that means the others are available!
Scientists ask how is Ozzy Osboune still living
Scientists at the US company Knome will begin a project to learn more about the difference in effects of substance abuse on individuals.Â The question of how some people are affected more negativly than others over years of excessive abuse is the question.Â What better specimen to analyze than former Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne.Â The scientists will fully analyze Ozzy's genome to hopefully get a better look at the issue.Â Ozzy himself has described himself as a "medical miracle" after a 40 year bender.Â more info New Macy Gray Album, Stream Now Before June 22 Release
Singer Macy Gray known for her 1999 hit "I Try" is returning to music with a new album titled The Sellout which will be released June 22.Â If you are a Macy Gray fan or are just curious to hear what Macy has been up to, Billboard is streaming the entire album through their site before the official release date.Â Gray has released 3 albums since 1999, but all failed to bring Macy back to the charts. If Interested, give Macy's new album a try, it won't cost you a thing.
Hit Show Glee to Pay Tribute to Coldplay
Coldplay was way too cool for a FOX show called Glee... until recently.Â For some time Coldplay denied allowing Glee creator Ryan Murphy to use their music in the show, but have recently backed down from that stance and a Coldplay themed show may be in the works.Â The fact that Glee has risen in popularity and their tunes are highly profitable has turned the minds of Chris Martin and gang.Â If you are a Glee fan and a Coldplay fan you could just be in link.Â more infoGreen Day Wins Two Tony Awards
Green Day recently won two Tony Awards at the ceremony in New York.Â Green Day has created a musical structured around their album American Idiot which was nominated for 3 Tony Awards, but walked away with two including Best Lighting Design and Best Scenic Design.Â Oh how far these punks have come.Â more infoBeach House Stream and Download
Anyone looking for a young indie pop band to follow, here is one to check out.Â The Baltimore based Beach House has a couple releases this year.Â Here is a track to stream or download and try out.
Beach House - Zebra (UK Radio Edit) by subpopMore Photos From Bonnaroo!
If you just can't get enough from Bonnaroo, here are some of the best pictures from SPIN Magazine.
Double Feature film producers Michael Shamberg and Stacy Sher are working on a film based on the Alan Goldsher novel titledPaul is Undead.Â Paul is Undead tells the story of Liverpool based zombie guitarist John Lennon as he kills McCartney, Harrison and Starr and reanimates them as they create hits and mayhem across the UK as they are persued by England's greatest zombie hunter Mick Jagger.Â Could this really hit the big screen in the future?Â more info
Phish, Phish, and more Phish
Phish fans are in luck today.Â There are three Phish related stories to get you talking, watching and listening.Â First of all, a ten disc collection of live Phish performances from various shows during 2009 titled Light 2009 has been released.Â A track list and download of the collection can be found here.
Second, Phish's concert film"Phish 3D" has been extended in showing in select theaters including IPIC Bayshore Town Center in Glendale, WI and Ridge 20 in New Berlin, WI.Â more info
And finally in Phish news, Phish recently performed "Loving Cup" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.Â Here is the video.
Steve Martin at the Overture Center
Banjo-picking comedian Steve Martin has announced a Madison show at theÂ Overture Center scheduled for July 27.Â The performance will not be a comedy routine, rather, Martin will be playing bluegrass with the Steep Canyon Rangers.Â Martin won a Grammy in 2009 for his album "The Crow."Â more info
Stream the New Band of Horses Album
Band of Horses will be releasing a new album titled Infinite Arms next Tuesday.Â If you cannot manage to wait a couple more days for the releases, or you just want a sneak peek, the band is allowing fans to stream Infinite Arms in entirety through their website.Â more info
Stream the New Black Keys Album
As the Black Keys prepare to release their new album Brothers on May 18, they are allowing fans to stream the entire album through NPR prior to the next Tuesday release date.Â The album has received positive reviews commenting on the fresh R&B sound following the single "Tighten Up." more info
Americana Music Award Nominees Released
The Americana Music Awards have announced the nominees for the 9th annual awards ceremony.Â The 2010 Americana nominees reflect the genreâs affection for innovative and inspiring artistry.Â Some nominees include Patty Griffin, Levon Helm, Rosanne Cash, and the Avett Brothers.Â more info
Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo and Mark Croft were the big winners. Each took home five awards, including an Artist of the Year nod for the Hoodoo. Beth Kille and Primitive Culture also fared well with four MAMAs each. Jimmy Voegeli won Keyboardist of the Year.
Former Project M contestants also carried home awards of their own - Scott Lamps + Mike Droho both won Song of the Year in the Classical and Urban/R&B categories respectively, while Whitney Mann won Best New Artist!
For more insider info on what went down this year, check out Gabby Parsons' blog post - she was in the front row!
Congratulations to all the winners + nominees, thanks to the MAMAs for all that they do - also a big thanks to our overnight guy Ed Johnson for taking the pictures. It's great to live in a city that celebrates music as much as Madison does.
Artist Of The Year
Aaron Williams and The Hoodoo
Album Of The Year
Alternative - El Valiente, Daceton
Blues - Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo, It Ain't Easy
Classical - Scott Lamps, Evensong
Compilation - Union Cab of Madison Presents: Rearview Visionaries Vol. 2
Country - Madison County, Enjoy The Ride
Electronic - The Cemetery Improvement Society, Lonely Dog Island
Folk/Americana - Beth Kille, This Beautiful Beast
Hard Rock/Punk - Helliphant, Powdered Tusk
Jazz - Mama Digdown's Brass Band, We Make 'Em Say Ooh
Pop - Mark Croft, The Possibility of Disaster
Rock - Sunspot, Singularity
Unique - Zombeatles, Meat the Zombeatles
Urban/R&B - Dumate, We Have The Technology
World - Primitive Culture, Fantasy
Song Of The Year
Alternative - Letter 8, "Habit"
Blues - Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo, "Drinking Blues"
Classical - Scott Lamps, "Evensong"
Country/Bluegrass - Ryan Casey, "Please Don't Go"
Electronic - The Cemetery Improvement Society, "Sixth Severance"
Folk/Americana - Beth Kille, "I Can't Love You Anymore"
Hard Rock/Punk - Cactus Joe and the Guppy Effect, "Porn Star Hot"
Jazz - Harmonious Wail, "Vegan Zombie's Lament"
Pop - Mark Croft, "Momma Don't Come Around"
Rock - Sunspot, "No Place Like Home"
Unique - The Gomers, "Alien vs. Predator"
Urban/R&B - Mike Droho & The Compass Rose, "Shame On You"
World - Primitive Culture, "Hook Up"
Performer Of The Year
Blues - Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo
Country/Bluegrass - The Rowdy Prairie Dogs
Cover Band - The Blue Olives
DJ - Fusion
Electronic - The Cemetery Improvement Society
Folk/Americana - Beth Kille
Hard Rock/Punk - The Motor Primitives
Jazz - Harmonious Wail
Pop - Mark Croft
Rock - The Lucas Cates Band
Unique - Art Paul Schlosser
Urban/R&B - The L.O.S.T. S.O.U.L.S
World - Natty Nation
Youth Ensemble - Stoughton Concert Choir
The Blue Olives
Video Of The Year
Mark Croft, "Don't Speak"
Bass - Gordon Ramney (The Gomers)
Brass - Phil Lyons (Primitive Culture)
Drummer/Percussionist - Eric Shackleford (Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo)
Guitarist - John Masino
Keyboardist - Jimmy Vogeli (The Jimmys)
Specialty Instrument - Sims Delaney-Pothoff (Harmonious Wail) (mandolin)
Strings - Biff Blumfumgagnge (The Gomers)
Woodwinds - Bob Corbit (Primitive Culture)
People's Choice Awards
Live Music Venue of the Year - High Noon Saloon
Live Sound Engineer -
Recording Studio of the Year - Smart Studios
Recording Sound Engineer -
Local Music Record Store of the Year - B-Side
Local Music Radio Station of the Year - WORT, 89.9 FM
Local Music Radio Personality of the Year - Rockin' John McDonald
Teachers Of The Year
Tom Mielke and Brad Schneider, Middleton High School
Student Of The Year
Youth Performer Of The Year
Meritorious Service Awards
Donny Neufuss, Madison County
Lifetime Achievement Award
Yes, Green Day has a musical! The idea of a punk rock musical may strike some people as absurd.Â Some fans are simply never going to warm to the idea of a Green Day musical, no matter how good it is.
American Idiot, which opened April 20 at Broadway's St. James Theatre after a run at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, is about as rock'n'roll as musicals get. It honors the 2004 Green Day record of the same name without losing its angsty charm.
You can now buy the original Broadway Cast recording + a brand new Green Day song "When It's Time."
From spin.com: ...it helps to have a Tony Award-winning director on board who knows how to bring rock to Broadway. Michael Mayer, the man behind the rock musical Spring Awakening, directed and co-wrote American Idiot along with Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong.
The album's characters -- St. Jimmy (Tony Vincent), Whatsername (Rebecca Naomi Jones), and Johnny "Jesus of Suburbia" (Spring Awakening's John Gallagher, Jr.) -- are given a few new friends, Tunny (Stark Sands) and Will (Michael Esper), and set on a stage plastered with posters and embedded with dozens of video screens, with half a car body hanging overhead. Idiot loosely chronicles the characters' various destinies during the early-'90s: love, pregnancy, drug addiction, and the Gulf War.
Fortunately, Mayer's decision to focus on the music instead of the story (there couldn't be more than 50 lines of dialogue in the whole show) largely pays off.
Despite Steven Hoggett's sometimes overzealous choreography -- what's up with that spastic half-head-bang, half-mosh move everyone keeps doing? -- much of American Idiot feels like a real rock show that just happened to take place in a Broadway theater: There's a live five-piece band on stage and the songs are performed in the same order as they appear on record (with a couple tracks from 2009's 21st Century Breakdown thrown in). And thankfully, no one relies on musical theater's ubiquitous vibrato. Gallagher and his buddies act like rock stars, not Clay Aiken.
For the most part, Tom Kitt's arrangements stay true to the Green Day originals. Despite the string section and added vocal harmonies, "American Idiot" and "Are We the Waiting" hit just as hard as they do on the album. Kitt's most notable contributions are the occasional medleys, including a turbulent back-and-forth between "Last of the American Girls" and "She's a Rebel," and his reimagining of show-closer "Whatshername" as a bittersweet ballad. Getting every cast member to strum along to "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" is also a winning, if predictable, encore.
Despite many critics calling American Idiot "revolutionary" for the easy balance it achieves between theater and punk â between Broadway and the alleyway â the musical is also a celebration of a dying format: the album. The show's success has almost entirely to do with the power of the original American Idiot, and the uncanny way those nine songs expressed a nationwide malaise.
Mayer and his cast certainly deserve credit for performing that music with such honesty and vitality. But it's Green Day who deserve our loudest applause.
The Broadway musical Wicked has flown back into town, thrilling fans at the Overture Center now through June 9th.
I got a chance to see the production for the 2nd time last night, and once again was blown away. Even though I saw Wicked in 2010, I had...
Today we traveled back to 1975 for a Rendezvous with The Hudson Brothers. This song didn't make it to high on the charts, but Kitty enjoyed it. Her favorite brother was Brett. She also loved their television show. We've included a skit from...
I'm not sure why Pete Yorn decided to name his new music project after a European cave dwelling aquatic salamander, but if he stops by to play us some songs in Studio M, we'll have to ask him.
The Olms is a collaboration between Pete Yorn and...
Today's song was written by Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary. It was inspired by the 1957 novel Doctor Zhivago. No one was inspired by the song this morning. It was rejected by almost all the listeners.
Today is World Goth Day, a day to celebrate the post-punk, anti-establishment, dark clothes-wearing subculture.
I'm pretty sure I was a Goth for at least for little while, for two reasons.
1) I almost hardly ever wear pastels.
2) I used to...
Hello to all from Nfusion. Another round of challenges has moved beyond us all. Congrats to those of us lucky enough to have survived to this point. Sad to see the others eliminated as they were all very creative and talented. Good Bye to our new friends...
This morning it seemed like just about everyone was in the mood for some Funky Cold Medina...except Kitty. This ridiculous song made it all the way to number 3 in 1989. Jonathan says any song that references advertising dogs from the 80's has got...
Madison's summer music festival season kicks off this weekend with Brat Fest at Willow Island, where there are more bands than you can shake a bratwurst at! Check out the Brat Fest website to plan your itinerary.
Next up is the Marquette...