Vol 1 No. 4, Week of March 14, 2011
In this issue: A Mormon hits #1 on Billboard; various linescratchers play a ridiculous amount of shows in Austin; Brandon Flowers plays Eden; The Sweater Friends promote Autism; The JaneDear girls give us some contraries to wrestle with, and we don’t talk about Jimmer Fredette leading BYU to the #3 NCAA seed, Brandon Davies and the honor code, how many babies John Stewart wants to have with The Book Of Mormon musical, or anything related to the 5 Browns because we’re too busy discussing whether Charlie Sheen is a Mormon, an ex-Mormon, and old school Mormon, a freelance Polygamist, or just a run-of-the-mill tigerblood.
I think I need a new heart. No, really, I have a serious health problem. That’s not a Magnetic Fields reference. Paul Cardall already brought “Book of Mormon Stories” and other primary songs to the Billboard charts with his 2005 release Primary Worship. Now he’s back with his first album since a heart transplant–and he’s schooling the New Age world. He’s at number one on the New Age chart. BOO-YAH! In your face Yanni! The term “number two” was never so fitting! Hey Enya! Third place is the second loser. I’m not even going to waste my time to address Deepak Chopra way down there at #5. USA! USA!
Your (admittedly short) linescratcher’s guide to SXSW! The Neon Trees, Retribution Gospel Choir and Low will all be playing at this week’s SXSW in Austin. Boy, that’s going to be tiring weekend for the RGC boys who will doing a lot of hob-nobbing, networking, backscratching, and palm-greasing. They’re also playing back to back shows on Wednesday and Thursday nights. The only way you could top that is if you were going to SXSW, doing all that networking hustle, and then also playing, like, FIVE SHOWS! Steelwells FTW. (Also, this is also a nice interview with Steelwell Joey Winter discussing the influence of his divorce on his writing, being a back-up dancer on Yo Gabba Gabba for the Flaming Lips, and his admiration for “Boy Dylan.”)
Everyone knows that the Garden of Eden wasn’t in the UK. Brandon Flowers to play an “Eden Session” at the world’s largest greenhouse. Assuming that the movie bio-dome presented a faithful representation of these types of places (and I’ve never had reason to doubt the fidelity of a Pauly Shore vehicle), I will be there with bells on!
The Sweater Friends get generous. The Sweater Friends have announced an endless mixtape-type album that will be updated on an on-going basis. Stream or download it FREE here. They’re also playing an “Autism Benefit Show” March 21st at Kilby Court. I think it’s bold to stand up for autism these days when so many people are against it. Show will include Corbin Allred and Mason Jones and the Get Togethers. Tickets here. Finally, they have a new single coming out these week on Urecords, a new University of Utah-based record label. (Check out the link for a free uRecords sampler featuring the Sweater Friends.) Rock on, s frenz!
Linescratchers save Yo Gabba Gabba! A mere week after Linescratchers readers were alerted to the petition to stop the possible cancellation of Yo Gabba Gabba, Nickelodeon has confirmed that season 4 has now been ordered! Coincidence????? Good job, team. Without a doubt, we definitely definitely did it.
Glee redux. First the Neon Trees, and now Maroon 5 gets glee’d. Good news for some, nightmare fuel for others.
Betty Page learns to sing and play a handful of instruments, joins LDS church, and talks about modesty in interviews. It’s been a good year for The JaneDear Girls (formerly known as JaneDeere until threatened with legal action by JohnDeere.) They have about a million and a half views on their youtube channel (including over a million views for their one official music video, Wildflower), they released their debut album which had two charting singles, and they’ve just been nominated for a Country Music Association award for best new duo/group. Susie Brown, the lead singer, really does channel the image of Betty Page, really can sing and play the mandolin and fiddle, and really isn’t afraid of talking about modesty in interviews when asked. (She also, uh, collaborates with youtube lip sync-ers and…raps. ish.) Good luck on April 3rd, ladies!
Is Charlie Sheen Mormon? This is a nuanced debate, one into which I wish to tread lightly. On one hand, no, Charlie Sheen is not a Mormon. Charlie Sheen is not an ex-Mormon. Charlie Sheen has no relationship to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints nor any of the branches of the restoration. On the other hand, what if he did? That would be interesting. Anyway, Jay Leno had a piece in which Donny Osmond took Charlie Sheen’s place on Two and a Half Men. Jay Leno’s Tonight Show and Two and Half Men coming together is like a dream come true for papercut and lemon juice aficionados. Anyway, here’s the hilarious (?) clip. (I strongly preferred this leaked finale via videogum)
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