Noisettes

October 9, 2009

by Andrea Burke

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With a name and style reminiscent of 50s and 60s R&B groups, the London-based Noisettes have been popping up more and more- recommended by Entertainment Weekly, performing on Craig Ferguson- but they are still vastly unknown in the U.S. while they’ve had a number 2 hit in the UK.

I love the style, music and lead singer despite some cheesy lyrics and slightly lacking performance- they are still young- only 2 indie albums into their career.

Watch their performance and see what you think. If you like it, you can get their latest album Wild Young Hearts for $5 at Amazon.

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The One and Only Craig Ferguson

September 17, 2009

Ladies and Gentleman,

may I introduce Mr. Craig Ferguson:

completely ridiculous, hilarious, zany and unexplainable, answering e-mails, playing Prince Charles, Sean Connery or Michael Caine:


Or bumbling through an interview:

but his monologues I never miss. Instead of spitting out joke after joke like other late night personalities, Craig makes his into a short stand-up routine, at least trying to transition from topic to topic.

Just another reason Leno can head back to retirement.


Forget Leno

September 15, 2009

Hey guess what everyone?! Jay Leno’s back! At the 9:00 slot- its a whole new show! with a monologue and skits and guests!…Oh…its his old show, just earlier. One notable moment from the premier last night: Kanye apologized for his antics Sunday night.

Basically, I don’t care that Leno is back- I think the late night world was just fine without him, and I wish he would just leave it to my favorites, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson, and of course, that crazy red-head Conan.

Let’s start with Fallon- (watch for my fav clips of Craig and Conan later on) On SNL, Fallon was always the first to giggle in a skit, and he still giggles on his show, like when his friend Will Ferrell is a guest, but mostly, he seems to have grown out of it. Haven’t given Fallon a chance on late night? Here are 3 of my favorite moments

1) Robert Pattinson vs. Daniel Radcliffe.

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2) Will Ferrell interview (The skit Ferrell references)

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3) Zach Morris from Saved by the Bell!

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Book Season

September 9, 2009

I love books, and while browsing on Amazon.com, I noticed how many great book releases are happening in September. It’s a great month for book lovers everywhere, no matter what your taste.

The Ones I’m looking forward to: 

1) Audrey Niffenegger, author of one of my all-time favorite novels, The Time Traveler’s Wife, finally releases her first new book in 5 years, Her Fearful Symmetry. (Sept 29.)

2) Craig Ferguson, one of my favorite goofy late night TV personalities wrote a book which is sure to be funny and sad- The host struggled with alcoholism and drug addiction for years. American on Purpose: the Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot hits bookstores Sept 22.

3) I didn’t love The Da Vinci Code. It was okay. Angels and Demons I almost loved.  Sept. 15. Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol, featuring Robert Langdon will be available to the public. Seeing as how the pre-order is the #1 book on Amazon.com, I’m sure it will follow in Da Vinci’s footsteps to become a major success.

4) In college, I stayed up late to read Donald Miller’s Blue Like Jazz. It was an inspiration to my life. After that I read his Across Painted Deserts and Searching for God Knows What (this one is the best over all).  His next book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years comes out Sept. 29.

5) Catching Fire released Sept 1.

None of those up your alley? Well don’t worry Nicholas Sparks, Alexander McCall Smith, Mitch Albom, Margaret Atwood and Stephen King are releasing new novels while Ted Kennedy’s memoir True Compass gets released on the 14. Glenn Beck’s new book, Arguing with Idiots, also comes out this month- Sept. 22.

Happy Reading.