Glee is charming in how, through their music selection, they have a little something for everybody. Taking us on a genre rollercoaster ride, they gave us a rock ballad, an 80's new wave party hit, an emotional show tune, and a rendition of Mama Cass's "Dream a Little Dream", a song originated in the 1930's.
In terms of #1 hits, no one can hold a candle to Fox's successful "Glee". Although I must confess, I still don't watch Glee, but I may have to watch an episode and compare it to "Smash", which is NBC's answer to Glee. Even though based on the original music and musical, the two are not in the same ballpark.
Tonight's episode, February 14th, is all about Valentine and Love. Guest includes Jeff Goldblum (“Jurassic Park”) and Brian Stokes Mitchell (“Kiss Me, Kate”).
Music from the episode will be under Glee's "Music from Heart" and available on iTunes now.
- "L-O-V-E" (Nat King Cole)- Mike & Tina
- "Let Me Love You" (Mario)- Artie
- "Stereo Hearts" (Gym Class Heroes)- Apollo (Sam from TGP), Mercedes, Sam
- "Home" (Michael Buble)- Rory
- "I Will Always Love You" (Whitney Houston)- Mercedes
- "You're The Top" (Cole Porter)- Rachel & her dads
- "Cherish"/"Cherish" (Madonna/The Association) Medley- Quinn & Mercedes
- "Love Shack" (The B-52's)- Blaine
Notice anything? Yeah, although Whitney Houston (who passed away February 11th) made that song famous, it is actually a Dolly Parton song! Maybe it's listing under Houston's name for clarity, otherwise they would have to do it as a country song.
THE BIG SLEEP
Brooklyn Vegan premiered The Big Sleep's "Valentine". I guess it was a big deal because the band took a break, but they are now working on new songs and will be touring (see tour dates below). Singer/bassist Sonya Balchandani explained, “We took a little break, worked on stuff separately and just lived our lives.”
US Tour Dates
02/25/12 - Noise Pop, Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA *
03/08/12 - Local 506 - Chapel Hill, NC
03/09/12 - Savannah Stopover Festival - Savannah, GA
03/10/12 - Orange You Glad Festival - Orlando, FL
03/11/12 - The Blue Owl - Sarasota, FL
03/13/12 - Korova - Houston, TX #
03/14/12 - 03/17/12 - SXSW - Austin, TX
03/18/12 - Valley of the Vapors Fest - Hot Springs National Park, AR
03/20/12 - The End - Nashville, TN @
03/21/12 - Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL !
^ with Ex Cops, New Moods
* with Archers of Loaf, Hospitality
# with Gauntlet Hair, Pictureplane
@ with Cloud Nothings
! with APTBS
Risa Binder is described as the "girl next door". Her debut album, Paper Heart comes out today, Valentine's Day.
I guess it's all about cupcakes, cookies and chocolate shops, as Binder explained, "My favorite things to do are write music and eat dessert."
Watch her perform "Paper Heart" at The Chocolate Room. If you like her live, she's doing a few dates below:
02/28/12 Rockwood Music Hall - Stage 2 7PM
03/28/12 Acoustic Show - Stockton College
03/30/12 APCA Showcase - Hershey PA
Their biography has something about how the band was formed last Winter 2011, between Sarah Lee Gutherie, Johnny Irion, and the Rondo Brothers. Not really much else was given, other than that the band sounds like "beat-folk".
Their self-titled debut single is available right now on their website.
As a cover-lover, I knew instantly it was Cyndi Lauper's "All Through the Night" and Liz Phair's famous song "Never Said Nothing". I couldn't figure if "Looking For You" was a cover or not, I didn't know it.
"Haters" is new V-day digital single from Baby Baby. You can listen to the radio-friendly version on Soundcloud.
Their press release explain the new song, "Haters", as a means to address all the people who "sh** on Baby Baby's parade". The song will be included on an upcoming LP of the same name.
Lee Fields & The Expressions' single, "You’re The Kind of Girl" is a free download via his website, just in time for Valentine's Day. His new album, Faithful Man, will be out March 13th on Brooklyn’s Truth & Soul Records.
Details about Fields' long career is best summed up in this brief biography: "With a career spanning 43 years and having toured the world over with his raucous-yet-tender voice..."