Monday, September 29, 2008

Mindy McCready Going Back to Jail

Mindy McCreadyCountry singer Mindy McCready will surrender to authorities in Franklin, Tennessee, on Tuesday September 30, 2008 to begin serving a 60-day sentence for violating her probation on a 2004 drug charge.

McCready whose debut album, Ten Thousand Angels, was released on 1996 and sold two million copies, was arrested for violating her probation for prescription drug fraud in June.

Attorney Lee Ofman told Reuters "Once she's done with that time, Mindy has met all of her obligations under her probation sentence,"

McCready has a long history of troubles, she was originally convicted of prescription drug fraud in 2004. In May 2005, she was arrested for DUI. In September 2007, McCready was sentenced to a year in jail for violating probation. In addition to the jail time, McCready was ordered to serve two more years of probation and perform 200 additional hours of community service.

"I am working very hard to put all of this behind me as quickly as possible so I can get back to what I like to do most: sing, write songs, and entertain," said McCready in a statement. McCready also said "I would like to thank my fans for their unwavering support as I continue to work on my recovery and to regain custody of my precious son, Zander."

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Perfectly Clear by Jewel

Perfectly Clear by JewelSinger-songwriter Jewel released her first country album, Perfectly Clear, on June 3, 2008 on Valory Records. Jewel is an American singer-songwriter, actress, and poet, raised by her cowboy dad and discovered while she was homeless.

The album is composed of a mixture of new and old fan-favorite songs, although only one of the songs had previously appeared on one of her albums. "2 Become 1," from 0304 appeared in a new country version that was re-titled, "Two Become One."

The 9513 called the record's first single Stronger Woman "fresh and smart, and it boasts a confident and commanding vocal performance the likes of which we rarely hear in country music–or in any other kind of music, for that matter."

She follows up with "I Do" which is a simple melody with deep-rooted undertones, certainly relatable to anyone who's ever been involved in a relationship. "I Do", was released to country radio on June 23, 2008 and reached the US Country Top 40.

Perfectly Clear debuted at number 8 on The Billboard 200 with 48,000 copies sold. The album has sold 184,080 copies so far.

Track listing
  1. Stronger Woman - 4:02
  2. I Do - 4:04
  3. Love Is a Garden - 3:48
  4. Rosey & Mick - 3:36
  5. Anyone but You - 3:55
  6. Thump Thump - 3 :57
  7. Two Become One - 3:44
  8. Till It Feels Like Cheating - 4:00
  9. Everything Reminds Me of You - 3:15
  10. Loved by You (Cowboy Waltz) - 3:28
  11. Perfectly Clear - 2:56

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Partie Traumatic Album

Partie Traumatic album by Black KidsPartie Traumatic is the debut album by Black Kids. Black Kids are an indie rock band who formed in Jacksonville, Florida in 2006. Rolling Stone called them one of ten "Artists to Watch" in 2008.

Partie Traumatic was released by Almost Gold on July 7, 2008 in the United Kingdom, and released by Columbia Records on July 22, 2008 in North America. Partie Traumatic was debuted at number 5 on the UK Albums Chart and number 127 on Billboard Top 200.

The songs "I'm Not Going to Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With You" and "Hit the Heartbrakes" have a lot of energy and exciting. "Partie Traumatic" is an indie disco anthem in the making.

Track listing
  1. Hit the Heartbrakes – 3:44
  2. Partie Traumatic – 3:10
  3. Listen to Your Body Tonight – 3:08
  4. Hurricane Jane – 4:32
  5. I'm Making Eyes at You – 4:29
  6. I've Underestimated My Charm (Again) – 3:55
  7. I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You – 3:37
  8. Love Me Already – 4:04
  9. I Wanna Be Your Limousine – 3:16
  10. Look at Me (When I Rock Wichoo) – 4:11

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

South Padre International Music Festival

For the second year the South Padre International Music Festival will be held on South Padre Island, Texas. South Padre Island is a resort community in Cameron County, Texas. The town is located on South Padre Island, a barrier island along the Texas Gulf coast assessible via a causeway from the town of Port Isabel.

South Padre International Music Festival is an annual 3-day music festival held on South Padre Island, TX. South Padre International Music Festival also known as SPI Music Fest was first held on 2007 and marked the inaugural year of SPI Music Fest with almost 10,000 visitors throughout the weekend.

Organizers call it the Valley's biggest annual event. "Last year we didn't know who would show up because nothing like this has ever happened in the Valley before," said Tim Hayden, one of the event's founders. The festival producer is GamePlan Marketing & Events, a strategic marketing and advertising agency located in Austin, Texas.

Sixty-four bands across fourteen venues filled the island and rocked to an array of both national and international acts, encompassing a wide range of musical genres including country, funk, reggae, rock, indie, Latin rock, ska and jazz.

They brought the Musical acts like Grupo Fantasma, Robert Earl Keen, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Los Amigos Invisibles, Jumbo, Reckless Kelly, Two Tons of Steel, Eric Hanke, Third Coast, Airline, Bongodogs, Hope for the Stars, Slim Richey, Stereo Kitsch and Espina.

The festival starts rocking on Friday, October 31, 2008 at 4PM and ends Sunday, November 2, 2008 around 4PM on the Island.

2008 Lineup
  1. Willie Nelson & Family
  2. Ghostland Observatory
  3. Foghat
  4. Los Lonely Boys
  5. Steel Pluse
  6. Blue Oyster Cult
  7. Alejandro Escovedo
  8. Los Amigos Invisibles
  9. Grupo Fantasma
  10. Fastball
  11. Guy Forsyth
  12. 60 Tigers
  13. Del Castillo
  14. Boombox
  15. Vallejo
  16. Nakia & His Southern Cousins
  17. Sara Hickman
  18. Brownout
  19. The Last Vegas
  20. Paula Nelson Band
  21. Ginger Leigh
  22. Twanguero
  23. Suzanna Choffel
  24. Big Burn
  25. Bongodogs
  26. Eric Hanke
  27. James Speer
  28. Meridianwest
  29. Stewart Mann & The Statesboro Revue
  30. Pelican West
  31. Airline
  32. Phillip Thomas Kellogg
  33. Bree Stevens
  34. Johnny Mac
  35. Lauren Ashley
  36. J.Micheal Lafferty
  37. Third Coast
  38. Rumtide
  39. Jake Cortez
  40. Danny Green
  41. Carrie Elkin
  42. Danny Schmidt
  43. Sarah Pierce
  44. Erin Ivey
  45. Miami Mami
  46. Liberal
  47. Dog Men Poets
  48. "On The Road Side" All-Stars
  49. Port - O - Call
Tickets can be purchased through The average temperature for South Padre Island during the last week of October and the first week of November is 80' (average high) and 66' (average low).

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Do You Know - Country Album by Jessica Simpson

Jessica SimpsonJessica Simpson made many promotional appearances to show her country crossover. Do You Know is the sixth studio album by pop singer Jessica Simpson, it is her first effort in an attempt to crossover to country music.

The first single Come on Over sharing a title with Shania, but the similarity ends here. She has noted Martina McBride and Shania Twain among her inspirations. The album's lead-off single, Come On Over was Simpson's first release to country radio, peaking at number 18 on the country charts in 2008.

Come on Over the first single was written by Jessica, Rachel Proctor, and Victoria Banks. Jessica had a hand in penning almost every song on the album, joining some of the best songwriters in Nashville. Some songs such as Still Beautiful and When I Loved You Like That have a sound and vibe of some of her old songs.

The album was produced by Grammy Award winning songwriter Brett James and famed producer John Shanks. The Boston Herald said the effort "represents the worst in a genre that’s come to deify Michael Bolton schmaltz while kicking Hank Williams’ legacy to the curb," and awarded it a grade of D.

  1. Come on Over - 2:54
  2. Remember That - 3:44
  3. Pray Out Loud - 3:45
  4. You're My Sunday - 4:40
  5. Sipping on History - 4:14
  6. Still Beautiful - 3:44
  7. Still Don't Stop Me - 3:27
  8. When I Loved You Like That - 4:06
  9. Might as Well Be Making Love - 3:51
  10. Man Enough - 4:19
  11. Do You Know duet with Dolly Parton - 5:04

Friday, September 12, 2008

Piece of Me by Britney Spears

Piece of Me by Britney SpearsPiece of Me is the second single from the album Blackout by American pop singer Britney Spears.

The song was written by Christian Karlsson, Pontus Winnberg, and Klas Åhlund. Swedish pop singer Robyn originally recorded a demo of this song after Klas Åhlund wrote it. Her vocals remain in the background on Britney's recorded version.

Piece of Me was officially released on January 7, 2008, in the U.S. and the UK, but had already received radio airplay before then.

Its electro-synth music, electronically-enhanced vocoder singing, and memorable hook, makes it successful in clubs, reaching number one in various Dance Club Play charts, including those in the United States and Australia. It was also one of her most successful singles in the United Kingdom, peaking at number two. Through its dance mixes, Piece of Me becomes one of those songs that DJs save for the last number.

Piece of Me debuted on November 17, 2007, on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 at number 65, as well as at number 37 on the Canadian Hot 100.

At the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards Britney Spears won all three of her nominations for Best Female Video, Best Pop Video, and Video of the Year for Piece of Me.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

New Opeth album - Watershed

Opeth WatershedWatershed is album number nine by the Swedish progressive death metal band Opeth. The album was first released digitally on the European iTunes Stores on May 19, 2008, and released physically on May 30, 2008 in Europe, June 2, 2008 in the United Kingdom, and June 3, 2008 in North America.

Watershed signifies a new start for Opeth. Watershed is the first studio album by Opeth to feature drummer Martin Axenrot and guitarist Fredrik Åkesson.

The first song to be heard by the public was Heir Apparent, which was performed in concert and recorded on video by fans who uploaded the videos onto YouTube. Mike Akerfeldt wrote most of the songs, he has constructed the album in a more evocative way this time.

The special edition of the album includes a bonus DVD featuring a rehearsal session making of documentary, a 5.1 mix of the album, and three bonus tracks.
Highest Billboard chart position: No. 23.

  1. Coil - 3:10
  2. Heir Apparent - 8:50
  3. The Lotus Eater - 8:50
  4. Burden - 7:41
  5. Porcelain Heart - 8:00
  6. Hessian Peel - 11:25
  7. Hex Omega – 7:00
Special edition bonus tracks:
  1. Derelict Herds – 6:28
  2. Bridge of Sighs – 5:55
  3. Den ständiga resan – 4:09