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Today’s New Releases

As I sit here writing this the car commercial that features the Led Leppelin song “Rock And Roll” is on and I am wondering if any of today’s new music releases feature any songs that will last 20 years from now.

Probably not.

Oh, now a commercial for the new Survivor series is on. I won’t tell you what that has me contemplating.

So as I digress, here are the new CD releases for Tuesday, February 26th, 2002

LISA LOEB Cake and Pie (A&M)- Lisa Loeb, who I call Loeby, is back with another poppy, fun CD that features guitar work from her boyfriend Dweezil Zappa.

ALANIS MORISSETE under rug swept (Maverick)- After hearing this CD for the first time a friend asked me how it was. I responded, “She’s mad again.” Yup, she’s mad again, and singing about men she broke up with. A better CD than “Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie” but it loses something with each repeated listen. But she’s mad again!!! Oh, and look, Alanis is being interviewed on TV right now! Wow, she loks great! I hope she writes a song about me someday!

KYLIE MINOGUE Fever (Capitol)- Out in Canada since last year this CD finally gets released in America. Kylie has gotten off of the Loco- Motion train and is now on the disco express. Sadly, you, and I, won’t be able to get some of these songs out of your head.

ALSO OUT TODAY…PHANTOM PLANET The Guest (Epic), AUDIO LEARNING CENTER Friendships Often Fade Away (Vagrant), NEIL FINN: 7 World Collide (Nettwerk) Plus… 1208, AND YOU WILL KNOW US BY THE TRAIL OF DEAD, ANYONE, PATTI AUSTIN, BABY S, BLACK 47, CANNIBAL CORPSE, CLUB 8, COARSE OF NATURE, CRANES, THE CZARS, THE DELPHINES, BELA FLECK AND THE FLECKTONES, INJECTED, MONTELL JORDAN, TONIO K., RAMSEY LEWIS & NANCY WILSON, ERIC LICHTER, MIKE PHILLIPS, REV. HORTON HEAT, SHARISSA, RICKY SKAGGS & FRIENDS, TOMASZ, SWITCHED, VIOLET INDIANA, X-ECUTIONERS, and the soundtracks to ROSWELL and MOULIN ROUGE (Vol. 2).

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That’s Over 100 Million In American People

CBC draws 8.7 million viewers for the Men’s Olympic Ice Hockey Gold Medal game.

Were you one of them? I WAS!!!!

CANADA ROCKS!!!! EVEN TWO DAYS LATER!!!!!

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Coming Soon On DVD- Weird Al

After scanning the internet, here are some of the latest releases coming soon on DVD.

FIRST UP- STILL NO “STRANGE BREW” BUT WE HAVE “UHF”?!?!??!

MGM has heeded the of the Weird Al brigade, and on June 4, will release a special edition of Al’s cult fave “UHF.” Featuring new anamorphic widescreen and full screen transfers, the disc also sports plenty of great extras, including a new audio commentary by Al and Jay Levey plus surprise special guests, a new making-of documentary, deleted scenes hosted by Al, a still gallery with over 200 images, the “UHF” music video, production notes, and the original theatrical teaser and trailer.

THE SIMPSONS SEASON TWO, COMING IN JUNE FOR ME AND YOU

“The Simpsons: The Complete Second Season” will arriving on June 4 from Fox Home Entertainment, the set features all season two episodes in full frame and 2.0 stereo, along with plenty of extras including audio commentary for each episode, an interview with Matt Groening, an all-new featurette on the creation of an episode, an Emmy Awards Report, two still galleries, promos, and more hidden features.

STILL NO “BRAIN CANDY”, BUT YOU HAVE TO START SOMEWHERE

The first ever Kids In The Hall DVD will be released on March 16, but it is probably not the one you were expecting. “Catch the insanity” with The Kids In The Hall: The 2000 Reunion Tour from Music Video Distributors, Dave Foley’s documentary on the backstage life of those zany kids. Presented in full frame and 2.0 stereo, extras include an audio commentary featuring all five Kids plus special guest stars Andy Richter, Mike Myers, Jason Priestly, Matt Stone and Trey Parker.

FINALLY, AND PERHAPS YOU SHOULD WRITE THIS DOWN

The new “Memento” special edition is scheduled for May 21st and it is now a 2 disc set!!!!

And you are now completely up-to-DVD-Date!

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Are You To Blame?!?

The music business is in a funk.

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It’s Becoming A Two Horse Race

Oscar Race Narrows to ‘Rings,’ ‘Mind’

After months of wide-open competition, the Oscar derby appears to be focusing on two main foes: New Line, with “Lord of the Rings,” and Universal/DreamWorks, with “A Beautiful Mind.”

Other studios whose pictures piled up a lot of nominations, among them Miramax, USA Films and Fox, are not matching their campaign spending. The shift heralds a changing of the guard: for the first time in four years, the main combatants are not Miramax and DreamWorks.

Films like Miramax’s “In the Bedroom,” USA’s “Gosford Park” and Fox’s “Moulin Rouge” are considered dark horses in some categories, which has prompted budgetary re-evaluation.

“If your goal was just to get nominated, then you don’t just keep spending up to the level you have reached,” observed one veteran studio strategist.

“For a lot of companies, a fatigue factor is setting in,” another grizzled consultant added. “They’ve been at this for months. The campaign season gets longer every year.”

Campaigns entail TV ads (the single biggest target for spending), newspaper ads and flying talent all over for talk shows and hand-shaking.

On Wednesday, when ballots are mailed to Academy voters, things may heat up a bit. After all, campaigners note, it isn’t just how much money you spend. It’s also how effectively you proselytize about your candidates.

“They’re not going to just give up,” one rival publicist said about Miramax in particular. “They never give up.”

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Macca Goes Bacca

Paul McCartney goes back to Liverpool for a tribute to George Harrison.

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Do We Want Him Back?

Leif Garrett on Comeback Trail

Former teen heartthrob Leif Garrett is on the comeback trail – Former teen heartthrob Leif Garrett is on the comeback trail รณ slowly and gratefully.

Garrett, 40, has begun singing and touring with F8, a hard rock quartet that also features Chuck Billings, Joe Gaines and Darrel D’Arnold. A debut CD is in the works.

A pinup in the ’70s, Garrett is starting small with his newest career after his drug addiction troubles, and that suits him fine.

“I’ve toured arenas first and now I’m doing clubs. I’ve always done things backward in my life,” he told The Star-Ledger of Newark in Friday’s editions.

“I feel like I’ve got all this knowledge and experience under my belt from the past but at the same time, it’s like starting up and I’m brand new to it,” Garrett said. “I’m really digging it.”

Billings, who had his own brief taste of fame in the ’70s, also can appreciate getting a second chance at a music career.

“Today, Leif and I look at the past and we don’t like what we went through, but we’re thankful for it because it helps for what we’re doing now.”

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WE ARE NUMBER ONE!!!!!

In case you slept all day Sunday… Canada’s men have ended a 50 year drought and won Gold in the Olympic Ice Hockey Tournament.

Man, that was a nervous 3 hours! I haven’t been that on edge since the time I was waiting for some pregnancy test results! And I was on the winning side that day too!

CANADA ROCKS!!!!

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I Guess It’s Time For Me To Find A Job Now

The 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics are oficially over.

And luckily all of the scandals that were going to occur happened BEFORE the games!

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Will The Seinfeld Curse Go 3 for 3?

Julia Louis- Dreyfus comes back to prime time tomorrow (Tuesday) night. We wish her well!