Monday, August 31, 2009

Kara Dioguardi has No Boundaries

So Idol judge, Kara Dioguardi probably wasn't pleased that her song "No Boundaries" was getting the shaft from its Idol inheritor, Kris Allen, which is possibly why her own version of the song just leaked to the interwebs for the world to hear. Take a listen!
OK so let's just be honest here: Kara is a songwriter, and she doesn't have the most aurally stimulating voice. Otherwise she'd be a world famous performer singing her own stuff. But homegirl has written countless hits so we can't take that away from her.

Plus, songwriters make all the money from royalties anyway, so I'm sure she's living quite comfortably.

Kara's loaded!

What do you think of the tune?

My opinion? Not bad, not bad.

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Get On Your Snuggie!

This new Snuggie commercial is OUT of control:I mean, maybe it's just me, but I just don't see myself wearing a Snuggie to any sporting events or movie theaters, but I guess I can't rule anything out.

I must admit though that the Snuggie does look pretty darn comfortable, and dare I say I kinda want one??

I want the royal blue, if anyone feels like sending me one....

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Don't Be So Mayo

In their latest ad campaign, Miracle Whip is trying to become trendy among the younger, non-Miracle Whip-eating generation by featuring a group of semi-hipster NYC-ers having a rooftop party and apparently downing massive amounts of Miracle Whip.

I guess I didn't realize that by eating real mayonnaise all this time I was perpetuating my loserness by "going unnoticed" and "blending in," which is funny for a commercial about a product that both goes unnoticed AND blends in to be saying...

And just as a sidenote: I used to eat mayonnaise sandwiches. Mayonnaise and bread.

Anyway, I think it all comes down to taste. You either like Miracle Whip or mayonnaise. And since they look exactly the same, it really has nothing to do with your image. I don't really see anyone watching this commercial and saying "Oh, CRAP! I don't want to be ordinary, get me some Miracle Whip, STAT!"

So be like the kids in the Apple Jacks commercial, and just "eat what you like!"

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Erin McCarley's Pony in trailer for When in Rome

I just caught the trailer for Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars)'s upcoming movie, "When in Rome," and I was delightfully surprised to hear Erin McCarley's song "Pony" featured.

Check it out!

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Monday, August 17, 2009

The Definitive List of Adam Rucker's Favorite TV Shows

I have the habit of saying that one show or another is "my FAVORITE" TV show or "the BEST TV show ever," so in order to clear up confusion, I thought I'd take a moment to create a definitive listing of my favorite TV shows.

Let's begin (by category):

Reality (competition): SURVIVOR:I was a late comer to this show. I didn't really start watching until the last few seasons when I upgraded to an HDTV. Yall, this show is magnificently beautiful in its high definition presentation and the drama amongst the contestants is nearly unmatchable. I mean, who WOULDN'T be feisty after a diet of rice and boiled water for 40 days?

Honorable Mention: "The Amazing Race." Teams of two on a race around the world? Sign me up. No really, I would love to be on this show.

Also "Big Brother," CBS's somewhat trashy indoor version of SURVIVOR. It's embarrassing to admit that I watch it, but it is totally addicting. (PS: Team Jeff & Jordan for this season!)

Reality (docu): Man vs. Wild:Bear Grylls is a beast. He will literally eat anything to survive during his adventures. Man vs. Wild shows you how to live in the harshest of climates and survive in the most difficult of situations, should you ever be stranded in the wild. Bear takes on a different terrain in every episode and shows you different ways to make the best of what you're dealing with.

Honorable Mention: "Ace of Cakes." This show will put your cowboys and Indians birthday cake from the third grade to shame. Ace of Cakes profiles a bakery's different cake assignments and takes you through the process of each cake's carefully planned out artistic design and execution.

Drama (action): LOST:This could also probably be considered as my all-time favorite show ever. If you aren't a Lostie yet, BECOME one. You have four months to catch up on the first five seasons before the sixth and final season begins in 2010. There is so much creativity and unexpected twists and turns in this show it'll make you want to throw up, but in a good way. Season one is quite possibly the greatest season of television ever to air. I can't say enough. Just watch it.

Honorable Mention: "24." No reason other than Jack Bauer is the bomb dot com.

Also Glenn Close's "Damages" is a great and often frightening show about the behind-the-scenes life of a high profile lawyer who will do ANYTHING to win.

Drama (drama): Friday Night Lights:Quite possibly the most unappreciated show on television, FNL delves into the lives of several teenagers and their families in a football-centric small Texas town. Being from Texas myself I can connect to the characters very easily. But I think that this show is so well-made that anyone, Texan or not, and football lover or not, can connect to it (I'm not the biggest football fan myself). The show is filmed at real locations in Austin, Texas, and never uses a soundstage. The great amount of improvisation allowed in scenes with skilled actors like Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton also adds to the authentic feel of the show, making it more real than an episode of "The Hills."

Honorable Mention: the first few seasons of "Grey's Anatomy." It's kinda gone off the deep end as of late with all its inter-cast drama.

Also "Brothers & Sisters" is a great show about a large family headed up by Sally Field. They do a good job of showing the dynamics of a very dramatic and very loving family.

Sit-Com: How I Met Your Mother:Quite possibly the smartest sitcom on television, HIMYM is a series based on a man telling his kids the story of how he met their mother. Each episode takes you further along the journey of Ted Moseby meeting his wife. The strong cast made up of a few household names, Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan, as well as some lesser knowns, Josh Radnor, Cobie Smulders, and Jason Segel (of Forgetting Sarah Marshall fame) perfectly click as a group of friends who are the main characters in the stories from Ted Moseby's life. This show is really smart and really hilarious. And again, is very underappreciated (though recently it has been gaining more attention). Plus, what's not to love about a show featuring guest spots from the universally loved Sarah Chalke (Scrubs) and a recovering Britney Spears?

Honorable mention: Tina Fey's "30 Rock." No explanation really needed. It's awesome, but the episodes can be hit or miss.

Classic TV Show: I Love Lucy. This show is in a category of its own. It's like how Oprah takes herself out of the running for daytime Emmys cuz she knows she'll always win. It really was revolutionary and ahead of its time. It introduced the now standard practice of multi-camera shooting on a stage and remakes of its gags can still be seen on most every sit-com out there today. Really, how many times have you seen some version of the chocolate factory gag on TV? A LOT. I could watch reruns of this show all day long, and I do. There will never be a better show ever. Really. Ever.

So there you have it, those are my favorite shows on television (as of right now).

What about you? Leave yours in the comments or reply to me at Twitter.com/AdamRucker

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Erin McCarley- New Single and On Tour!

Erin McCarley, who is currently being featured on the ABC Music Lounge, just announced the dates for her first North American headlining tour!

If she's coming to a city near you, you've got to check her out!

Sep 19 20098:00P
Club CongressTucson, Arizona
Sep 21 20098:00P
TroubadourLos Angeles
Sep 22 20098:00P
The IndependentSan Francisco, California
Sep 24 20098:00P
Berbati’s PanPortland, Oregon
Sep 25 20098:00P
John Henry’sEugene, Oregon
Sep 26 20098:00P
High DiveSeattle, Washington
Oct 1 20098:00P
Vaudeville MewsDes Moines, Iowa
Oct 2 20098:00P
Varsity TheatreMinneapolis, Minnesota
Oct 3 20098:00P
OrpheumMadison, Wisconsin
Oct 5 20098:00P
SchubasChicago, Illinois
Oct 6 20098:00P
The Grog ShopCleveland, Ohio
Oct 8 20098:00P
Bowery BallroomNew York, New York
Oct 9 20098:00P
Cafe 939Boston, Massachusetts
Oct 10 20098:00P
Cafe 939Boston, Massachusetts
Oct 11 20098:00P
World CafePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Oct 13 20098:00P
The BasementColumbus, Ohio
Oct 17 20098:00P
Life is Good FestivalSt. Louis, Missouri
Oct 18 20098:00P
BirdysIndianapolis, Indiana
Oct 20 20098:00P
Rock n Roll HotelWashington DC
Oct 22 20098:00P
Kirk Avenue Musicall HallRoanoke, Virginia
Oct 23 20098:00P
The CasbahCharlotte, North Carolina
Oct 24 20098:00P
Pour HouseCharleston, South Carolina
Oct 26 20098:00P
Workplay Theatre w/ Erin McCarleyBirmingham, Alabama
Oct 27 20098:00P
Square RoomKnoxville, Tennessee
Oct 28 20098:00P
Smiths Olde BarAtlanta, Georgia
Oct 29 20098:00P
Exit/InNashville, Tennessee
Nov 10 20098:00P
ChelseasBaton Rouge, Louisiana
Nov 11 20098:00P
Stubbs Jr.Austin, Texas
Nov 12 20098:00P
The LoftDallas, Texas
Nov 14 20098:00P
ULA-MonroeMonroe, Louisiana
Also her latest single "Pitter-Pat" just got released. Take a listen and request it on the radio!

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