The Sound Board #16: Remastering… And You

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Empty Seats

Lilith Fair was off to a great start...

This podcast generally covers music and other transgressions. This episode stars Prof. J.M. Tuffley & Dr. Rob Levy with Widgett Walls in the chair and trying to keep up.

This episode’s central topic turned out to be threefold: first, Widge gets an education into remastering: the good, the bad and the marketing ploys. A smaller discussion of online music sales and touring blew up into something much larger. Also discussed: the Grammys; RIP: Trish Keenan of Broadcast; Aretha Franklin; Rolling Stone screws the pooch; MySpace and its impending death; Facebook Confessional! and more.

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Tap Goes Unwigged

Okay, so this is interesting: long having used the onstage personas of Spinal Tap and The Folksmen, the twisted trio that is Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer are doing something different: just being themselves. It makes sense: it’s apparently a lot easier to setup minimal equipment and then, you know, not have to wear big, hot freaking wigs.

The tour will hit thirty cities and starts April 17th. Tickets go on sale to the masses this Friday, Internet presale apparently…tomorrow. And in Atlanta, anyway, the ticket range is $35.50 – $52.50. Check their site for more info.

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Sleeping With the Fishes: Valentine’s Day at the Georgia Aquarium

The Georgia Aquarium has an interesting program we’ve taken to calling “Sleeping With the Fishes.” It’s essentially exactly what you would interpolate from that title: a big sleepover hosted at the Aquarium. Sort of like a church lock-in except with whale sharks instead of Jesus and 50% less awkward groping.

This year they held one of these for Valentine’s Day so myself and Cosette, being our resident aqua-fanatic (she’s been swimming with the whale sharks at the Aquarium and you can find her series of Shark Week features here) decided to go for it.

And in short, we had a blast. We had tacked on to the beginning of the evening an additionally offered combo of dinner and a lecture, so we showed up at 6pm on Valentine’s Day at the Aquarium. We kept out sleeping bags and gear and such in the car and went straight to the Oceans Ballroom for the first part of the festivities.

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Tom Waits Plays Doom (and Glitter)

Tom Waits: Glitter and Doom

In what is surely a sign that the apocalypse is nigh, many of us now have an opportunity to see Tom Waits perform live twice in this lifetime. Needcoffee irregular Damien sent us the word and a quick gander over at the keeper of all Waitsian lore, The Eyeball Kid, both confirms it and gives us dates.

It looks like the press release states the following troubling news:

As on his last tour, Waits’ U.S. booking agent and longtime tour director, Stuart Ross, has spent a great deal of effort to fight ticket scalpers. Along with Ticketmaster, he has worked out a plan he believes will make sure every fan pays face value (plus normal service and handling fees) for the tickets purchased for the “Glitter and Doom” tour.

If it’s anything like the plan for the last tour, it’s a Will Call Clusterfuck that had everyone standing out in the parking lot until almost an hour into when the show was supposed to start. Perhaps it worked better elsewhere, but in Atlanta it was a hot, tiring pain in the ass. So make sure that you check out the official website and maybe even call the venue beforehand to find out how to pay less in wasted time than you might have in “face value.” For $67 – $87, I’d prefer not to be on my feet for an hour in the heat when the whole point was getting assigned seats so I could be sure and have a nice sit down.

Also, if you have more than two people who want to see the show, good luck sitting together. Because tickets are limited to two per person. Maybe this tour is setup to allow you to take the other family member you couldn’t bring with you last time.

Sadly, I think I might have to sit this one out.

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Jesus Christ Superstar – Theatre Review

Jesus Christ Superstar National Tour poster art

National Tour
Seen in Atlanta, Georgia, March 8, 2008

Lyrics by Tim Rice
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Directed by Dallett Norris
Starring: Ted Neeley, Corey Glover, Tiffini Dodson, Darrel R. Whitney, Craig Sculli

So, Jesus Christ Superstar. The dated yet still catchy rock opera which possesses two great singing roles: Jesus and Judas. The show itself has a warm spot in my heart because my parents owned a vinyl record containing “highlights” from the version that starred Ben Vereen as Judas. And damn, that man could wail on some Judas.

Fast forward to now, when in 2006 it was announced that Ted Neeley, the Jesus from the film version of the musical, was to be going on a national tour. The house looked to be pretty sold out, and it’s probably a safe bet that Neeley was a huge draw for the crowd.

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