Tuesday, December 30, 2008

A Goodbye.

Hey you sexy bitches! WELCOME BACK to the "Corner."

"We" hope YOU had a nice Christmas.

As you know, we like to celebrate people here. We mention those people who have touched us, we (try to) acknowledge birthdays, special events and sometimes, unfortunately, "we" report that a loved one has left us. Today, sadly, the latter is the case.

One of my best (if not THE best) friends here in Atlanta is a genuine, kind, fun soul, whom I refer to as my "sistah." My "sistah's" name is Ken and he is someone very special to me and many others. Simply put - he is loved by the masses. Ken has been the primary caregiver to his older brother Jerry, who suffered a heart condition for many years. If you have read the blog for some time, you might recall reading about Jerry, who was awaiting a heart transplant. Last week, Jerry's transplant status was moved to "A1," which means he was in the hospital, next in line to receive his heart. Sadly, Jerry passed away on Sunday before the transplant could ever take place, leaving behind his children, mother, sister, and brother, as well as those who knew and loved him. I was fortunate to meet Jerry on several occasions and can tell you that like his brother, he possessed a kind spirit, great sense of humor and was an inspiration for those around him. My heart hurts for Ken and his family and for the loss of Jerry. As I am writing this, I recall the last thing Jerry said to me the last time I saw him a few months ago, which I am not even sure I shared with Ken, which was "Take care of my brother."

You will be missed Jerry.

I hope you all have a good New Year's Eve - be safe.

Love -


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas EVERYONE

It's CHRISTMAS. Merry Christmas EVERYONE (notice, I didn't call you "bitches," although I was thinking it...).

"We" (fictitious staff here) hope YOU have a GREAT holiday.

Love -


Here are some Christmas songs for YOU (sorry about the quality of the video - I didn't make them). Anyhoo, turn your speakers up loud and shout these songs as loud as you can (it's fun and spirited).

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Unusual You

Hey EVERYONE (bitches)!

I swiped the picture above from my friend Carrie's blog. Here are Carrie's daughters, Amanda and Eva, in their matching Christmas PJ's. Aren't they the CUTEST? (I love them.) The picture made me smile (even WAY more than yesterday's Santa).

Okay, if you were expecting a long post, well, I am sorry to disappoint again. ("Kev" has writer's block.)

Here is "Unusual You" from Britney Spears' latest CD, "Circus," which I think is her best. THIS song reminds me of a certain someone (no, not you) BUT I am sure you are "unusual" too!

Hugs and love to you (all of you) -


Monday, December 22, 2008


How about a naughty Santa picture?

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Prop 8

WUZ UP everyone? It's Sunday and it's COLD here in the A-T-L. (Probably colder wherever you are though.)

THIS is from "The Advocate..." (The only thing I will tell you is that Jerry Brown was my friend David's next door neighbor for several years, so I would see Jerry WHILST visiting David.)

In a surprising change of pace, California Attorney General Jerry Brown made a bold statement Friday by urging the state’s supreme court to void Proposition 8.

The proposition, which reversed a supreme court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in the state of California, passed on election day by a narrow margin. Brown said Proposition 8 is in and of itself unconstitutional because it “deprives a minority group of a fundamental right.”

That’s an about face for Brown, who had previously said he would defend the ballot measure against legal challenges from gay marriage supporters. The attorney general is legally bound to uphold the state’s laws as long as there are reasonable grounds to do so.

With his surprising 111-page legal brief -- filed at the last possible moment before the court’s deadline -- Brown offered substantial support for overturning Proposition 8.

"It became evident that the Article 1 provision guaranteeing basic liberty, which includes the right to marry, took precedence over the initiative," he said in an interview Friday night. "Based on my duty to defend the law and the entire Constitution, I concluded the court should protect the right to marry even in the face of the 52 percent vote."

Brown served as the governor of California from 1975 to 1983 and is rumored to be seeking the office again in 2010. Though Brown said he personally had voted against the marriage ban, as recently as last month, he said he would fight to uphold it as the state's top lawyer.

Opponents of gay marriage, who also filed arguments with the court Friday, were said to be shocked by Brown’s decision.

The Protect Marriage coalition urged in their brief that the justices uphold the proposition, which voters approved 52% to 48% on Nov. 4 -- the most expensive battle for gay rights in history.

Andy Pugno, the lawyer for Protect Marriage, told the Associated Press that Brown's argument is "an astonishing theory." He said he was "disappointed to see the attorney general fail to defend the will of the voters as the law instructs him to."

Also up for debate –the state of the 18,000 same-sex marriages performed before the election.

Brown argued that Proposition 8 was not written to be retroactive and that the marriages should remain valid.

Protect Marriage countered that none of the same-sex marriages should be legally recognized.

The Supreme Court justices are expected to hear arguments in the case as early as March, with a ruling expected later in the spring. Kenneth W. Starr, the former Whitewater prosecutor and U.S. solicitor general, plans to argue on behalf of Protect Marriage, the group said Friday. (Ross von Metzke, Advocate.com)

Thursday, December 18, 2008

The One

It's THURSDAY bitches! (Can't believe Christmas is one week from TODAY!)

Okay, you may have sensed that I am not in the mood to write much lately (sorry about that). So until the spirit moves me, I will simply share videos and pictures, deal?

Here are two songs that I love (they "move" me). They are dedicated to... YOU. (Whoever you are.) (The quality isn't so good so just listen, don't watch.)

As Stevie would say, "much love.."


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Simply Smashing

Hey ho's! How is EVERYONE today?

If you are an avid reader of "The Corner," then you may know that our friend, "The Queen" (whom "we" love more than just about anything) grew up in the home next door to "Smashing Pumpkins" front man, Billy Corgan. (In my opinion, Billy was lucky enough to grow up next to her - that should be his real claim to fame.)

Here are some photos from "The Queen's" archives. The photo of JoAnn, err, "The Queen," and Billy makes me smile...

(I did not know Billy but he was in my P.E. class in middle school.)

Okay, I gotta get outta here. Happy hump day!

Love -


Billy's bio...

As the guitarist/singer/head-songwriter for the Smashing Pumpkins, Billy Corgan was one of alt-rock's leaders and focal points for much of the '90s. Born on March 17, 1967, in Elk Grove, IL, Corgan's first true exposure to music came from his father, Bill Corgan, Sr., who was a blues guitarist. After his parents divorced at an early age, Corgan moved from one relative to the next, and by age 14, he began playing guitar himself (citing such hard rock bands as Cheap Trick and Van Halen as important early influences). In 1985, Corgan formed his first real band, a goth metal group called the Marked. After gigging around the Chicago area, the Marked soon relocated from Illinois to St. Petersburg, FL, in pursuit of greener musical pastures. However, the change of scenery did little to improve the group's fortunes, and so the Marked disbanded and Corgan moved back north, into his father's house in Chicago.

Working at a record store, Corgan began putting the pieces together for his next band, which would be the Smashing Pumpkins. He befriended guitarist James Iha and bassist D'Arcy, and the three started to play in bars and clubs around Chicago with a drum machine in place of a real drummer. But from the advice of a friend, Corgan checked out local jazz fusion drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, who immediately landed the gig with his powerful, John Bonham-esque drumming style (one of the quartet's first shows was opening for Jane's Addiction). Like the Marked, the Pumpkins merged a dark alternative sound with metal, but also gave it a psychedelic and experimental twist. Several independent singles led to a deal with Caroline Records, who issued their debut, Gish, in 1991. A woefully underrated guitarist, Corgan's wild, Jimi Hendrix-esque playing was an integral part of the early-Pumpkins sound.

With each subsequent album (1993's classic Siamese Dream, 1995's double-album Mellon Collie), the Pumpkins grew in popularity, until they were one of rock's top dogs by the mid- to late '90s. A very proficient songwriter, Corgan contributed Pumpkins songs to movie soundtracks (Singles, Lost Highway, Batman & Robin), supplied the musical score for such movies as Stigmata and Ransom, and produced albums for such other artists as Ric Ocasek, Hole, and Catherine. After the Pumpkins split in 2000, many assumed Corgan would automatically pursue a solo career, but shortly after playing several shows with New Order as a sideman/guitarist in the summer of 2001, Corgan announced his next project would be a new band. Called Zwan, the group featured Corgan joined by former bandmate Chamberlin on drums, as well as Matt Sweeney (from Chavez) on guitar and David Pajo (Papa M/Slint) on bass. Pajo soon moved over to guitar with the additional of bassist Paz Lenchantin (formerly of A Perfect Circle), and the quintet released their debut album, Mary Star of the Sea, in January 2003. However, by September Zwan had disbanded in a cloud of bandmember angst and frustrated ego, and Corgan announced that he would finally take the plunge as a solo artist. The following year found him popping up at Chicago-area spoken word nights, and in October 2004 he issued the poetry collection Blinking With Fists (Faber and Faber). At the same time he was working on the solo debut with collaborators Bjorn Thorsrud and Bon Harris (Nitzer Ebb). The ambitious, very personal Future Embrace appeared in June 2005. Guests on the album included drummer Chamberlin and the Cure's Robert Smith. ~ Greg Prato & Steve Bekkala, All Music Guide

Monday, December 15, 2008

If I Were A Boy


Nothing to share tonight EXCEPT this video, "If I Were A Boy," from Beyonce. (I like the song.)



Sunday, December 14, 2008

If You Ever Did Believe

It's SUNDAY friends!

As mentioned here last week, Fleetwood Mac will begin touring in March and yours truly is very excited. What does this mean to you? Well, it means that I will be mentioning it/writing about it, posting pictures and videos from now until the tour ends. (You've been forewarned. I know many of you LOVE my incessant mentioning of Stevie Nicks...)

The tour is titled "Unleashed" and will simply be highlighting their greatest hits (no new material to my knowledge). I am going to be honest... I thought the title of the tour, "Unleashed," was a little funny. Let's face it, we are all getting older here. Old dogs don't need to be leashed. (They are slow and will basically follow you wherever you go/never stray too far.) Now the "Cheetah Girls" could call their tour "Unleashed" I think.

Okay, that's all for today.

Have a GREAT Sunday!


Thursday, December 11, 2008

Happy Birthday David!


I hope this post finds YOU doing well.

TODAY is my good friend David's birthday. Please raise whatever you are drinking and help me wish David a HAPPY BIRTHDAY. This month also marks the 10th year I have known David. (He is one of my best friends - and he has put up with, well, a LOT.)

That's all for today kids.


Sunday, December 07, 2008

Fleetwood Mac - Unleashed

LOS ANGELES — Legendary supergroup Fleetwood Mac will be embarking on their first concert tour in five years on March 1st at Pittsburgh's Mellon Arena and will include all the Mac's many greatest hits from over the course of one of rock's most enduring and influential bands of our time.

"We love our band and think the title of the tour "UNLEASHED" perfectly describes how we all feel when we get on stage together -- especially in 2009. We're so happy to get back out on the road, perform everyone's favorite songs and see our fans," said the band in a joint statement.

Tickets for the Live Nation produced tour go on sale to the public on December 15th at http://www.LiveNation.com and ticketmaster.com. American Express Cardmembers will have early access to tickets beginning December 8th at 10am local time through December 14th at 10pm local time at http://www.ticketmaster.com, excluding Uncasville, Ottawa and Montreal. American Express presale tickets for the Albany, NY show are available at http://www.tickets.com

The first 16 dates of the historic "UNLEASHED" tour will include stops in New York, Boston, Washington and Montreal, it was confirmed today by Live Nation, the tour's national promoter (tour dates listed below). Fleetwood Mac, the multi-Grammy (R) award winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees will continue the "UNLEASHED" tour throughout the Spring and Summer. Additional dates to be announced shortly.

In other great Fleetwood Mac news, the iconographic 'RUMOURS' CD (certified Diamond (R) signifying sales of over 10 million units by the RIAA) is scheduled to be re-released as part of a special CD/DVD boxed set on Reprise Records in conjunction with the tour dates. The boxed set will include previously unreleased tracks recorded during the making of 'RUMOURS' as well as a DVD component with never before seen footage of the band.
I Love All Access to provide a variety of VIP packages for the tour including premium seats.


Date City Venue
Sunday, March 1st Pittsburgh, PA Mellon Arena
Tuesday, March 3rd St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
Thursday, March 5th Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
Sunday, March 8th Detroit, MI Palace of Auburn Hills
Tuesday, March 10th Washington, DC Verizon Center
Wednesday, March 11th Boston, MA TD Banknorth Arena
Friday, March 13th Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum
Saturday, March 14th Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
Monday, March 16th Rochester, NY Blue Cross Arena
Tuesday, March 17th Albany, NY Times Union Center
Thursday, March 19th New York, NY Madison Square Garden
Saturday, March 21st East Rutherford, NJ Izod Center
Tuesday, March 24th Ottawa, ON Scotiabank Place
Wednesday, March 25th Montreal, QC Bell Centre
Thursday, March 26th Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre

Saturday, December 06, 2008


Good morning you dirty sons of bitches (which is, of course, a term of endearment meaning, "c'mon in friend" and "we" hope you are well today.")

I am super excited (holla) for several reasons... 1) Britney's new CD, "Circus," (holla) was released last week, 2) tickets for Britney's show went on sale this week (holla) and 3) I am going to the concert (holla) with a friend who is, well, just the most fun a person can be (holla). An excellent concert companion, I have no doubt. (I don't know why I keep writing "holla"? I'm not even really sure what it means?) HOLLA! (I can't stop writing that.)

Anyhoo, "Kev" and friend will be catching Britney's "Circus" tour on March 5th here in Atlanta. The CD, that I am listening to as I write this, is great. Besides, "Womanizer," other great tracks include "Mmm Papi," and "Unusual You." Enough of what I think - here's Wikipedia's take on the CD (and those people know everything, don't they?)

Have a GREAT Saturday everyone.


Circus is the sixth studio album by American pop singer Britney Spears. The album was announced by Jive Records on September 15, 2008, and was released in the United States on December 2, 2008.

The first single, "Womanizer", became Spears's first number one single on the Billboard Hot 100 since her debut "...Baby One More Time", almost 10 years prior. The second single is the title track "Circus"

It was confirmed in May 2008 that Spears was "in the experimental stages of a new album." Spears's manager, Larry Rudolph, announced in a July 2008 press release that Spears would be "spending her summer in the studio, working on a brand new album [...] with a team of top-notch producers and songwriters, and we're very excited about what she's accomplished so far." In an August 2008 interview with OK! magazine, Spears said that the album is "more urban. I'm working with producers who are just amazing [...] There is this fresh new energy." "I'm writing every day, right here at the piano in this living room... This is my best work ever."

Shannon Holtzapffel, a dancer in the leaked video of Spears dancing to "Mannequin", told The Daily Telegraph, "When we were finished rehearsing, they'd take the CD and put it in a safe. I've never experienced anything like it before."

Rolling Stone magazine's fall music preview stated that Spears "has recorded some 30 tracks for her sixth studio album." Spears continued, "I came into the studio because I had some free time, but once I started working, I was like, 'This is cool!' It just happened."

In the United Kingdom, the album will be in direct competition with the new Take That album, titled The Circus, released on the same day. Take That's manager claimed the album's title choice was a coincidence, and that the band had worked "months in advance " and would not be changing the title.

Danja and Bloodshy & Avant, who produced several tracks from Blackout, both announced independently that they were recording with Spears again. Vocal producer Jim Beanz told Us Weekly that he had also been in the studio with Spears. He said of Spears: "Everyone has personal stuff, but a true professional doesn’t bring it into the studio." Spears collaborated much on the album, saying, "The process was cool, because I got to write a lot of the songs, and in the beginning, I really took part in that. ... I experimented with a lot of the pop producers that I worked with on my earliest albums."

In her interview with OK! magazine, Spears revealed that she was working with Harvey Mason of The Underdogs. Spears commented, "I wanted to experiment with producers I haven't worked with much before, like the Underdogs, who have a Timbaland kind of sound." According to the Los Angeles Times, Guy Sigsworth - who previously produced the singles "Everytime" and "Someday (I Will Understand)" - spent time in the studio with Spears. Max Martin, who wrote Spears's first hit, "...Baby One More Time", has produced, what he calls, his "best work ever". Dr. Luke (who actually often collaborates with Martin) has produced songs for the album, including the title track,[24] with up-and-comer Benny Blanco. Nicole Morier, who co-wrote Blackout's "Heaven on Earth", wrote several songs with Britney in spring 2008; "Mmm Papi" and the European & Deluxe Edition bonus track "Rock Me In" came out of these sessions. Another notable collaborator is The Outsyders, an Atlanta-based production team, who produced the album's first single.

Critical reviews were generally favorable. According to Metacritic, which combines reviews from the nations top critics, the album has a 66% approval rating from critics and 8.8/10 from the general public.

The Sun newspaper in the U.K. had an exclusive preview of the album and were the first ones to post the world's first reviews of Circus. Of the track, "If U Seek Amy", "It’s a great track. A stomping robo pop number with clattering kettle drums and Brit being quite frank about the opinion she holds of herself". "Kill the Lights" was described as "a brilliant disco banger". The reviewer expressed the opinion that the album had similarities to Madonna's Hard Candy.

According to Nick Levine of Digital Spy, it has many similarities to her last studio album, although she sounds more confident and there is less reliance on the vocoder. "Out From Under" was described as "a teary eyed ballad...that's really quite lovely".

Billboard Magazine gave a very postive review of "Circus." It states "From the synthy open of "Womanizer" to the regretful ache spurring "Blur," "Circus" gives Brit pop a whole new meaning" and goes on to say "she is in a class of her own."

The Rolling Stones gave the album mostly positive reviews calling it one of her best work giving it 3.5 out of 5 stars, they stated the main track [Circus] is a stomping song, and many of the other songs are also great and really shows what Britney could really do.

However, The Hartford Courant did not feel that it was her best performance, writing "It's too bad the best songs here don't really match up with her best performances, but that's nothing new for Spears."

Slant Magazine gave an unfavorable review as well, writing that Circus "doesn't quite feel like a comeback", while The Guardian felt that the album was "substantially less edgy and exciting than its predecessor." Allmusic was in a similar agreement with The Guardian, writing that the album "never feels as sleek or addictive as its predecessor."

Boston Herald stated that "there’s nothing that deep on “Circus.” Nor anything that catchy." and that "When “Circus” stiffs, the Britney brain trust will look to 2009 for another comeback....."

The album sold 219,000 copies in its first day of release in the U.S. The album and titled song peaked at number one on the "U.S iTunes Top 100 Albums" right after they're midnight release, making Spears the third artist and first female artist to have an album and a unreleased single song on top of both charts.

In France the album sold 18,319 copies in its two first days of release debuting at number five in the French Weekly Album Charts. In Ireland, it premiered at number two beating Take That which release their album with the same name. In Mexico it debuted at number one in both the international and national charts, this marked Spears return to the top spot in that country since In the Zone in 2003.

In order to promote the album Jive Records set up a hotline where fans could leave a message for Spears, with some of the callers receiving a return phone call from Spears. Some tracks off the album were previewed via the website of the New York radio station WKTU and Amazon.com.

MTV aired a 90-minute documentary titled Britney: For the Record on November 30, 2008. The show was about her return to the pop music spotlight. Spears's official website will be releasing a series of posters to promote Circus.

A celebration, Britney's Greatest Fan Contest & Birthday Celebration, was held outside the Virgin Megastore in Times Square in anticipation of the release of the album, which lasted until 1 a.m. during the release day.

A pre taped holiday greeting from Spears was shown during the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree on December 3, 2008.

Live performances
Spears's live comeback began on November 6, 2008 with a cameo appearance at the Dodger Stadium show of Madonna's Sticky & Sweet Tour. Midway through "Human Nature", Spears joined Madonna on stage.

The week before the release of the album saw a string of performances in several different countries. On November 27, 2008 Spears performed "Womanizer" live at the Bambi Awards in Offenburg, Germany, where she received an award for "Best Pop International Artist". The following day, Spears again performed the song live on French show Star Academy.In addition, she performed "Womanizer" on The X Factor, in the United Kingdom, on November 29, finishing the European pre-release promotional tour. Her performance on The X Factor was watched by 12.8 million UK citizens, becoming the most viewed episode in the show's history.

On December 2, Spears celebrated her 27th birthday on Good Morning America with a performance of "Circus" and "Womanizer" at the Big Apple Circus.

It was reported by Daily Mirror on September 13, 2008 that Spears will be performing at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas on New Year's Eve to promote her new album."[

The Circus starring: Britney Spears
Shortly after the New York radio station Z100 played her new song, "Womanizer", Spears made a surprise appearance on the show and announced she would be going on a worldwide tour in spring of 2009 to support the album, and that rehearsals would begin in January for a March start.[53] The last confirmed stop for the U.S. portion of the tour is Rosemont, IL on April 28, 2009.[54]Spears signed a deal with live entertainment company AEG Live to produce the tour.[55][56] Wade Robson will be directing the tour and choreographing a third of it.[57] It has been confirmed that Britney will perform at the The O2 in London on the 3rd and 4th June 2009.[58] Spears announced on Good Morning America that her concert tour would begin in New Orleans on March 3, 2009.[59]

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Friday, I'm In Love

Greetings (bitches)!

Okay, "we" are taking a break from the "Corner" for a few days. Just too busy to keep up (you understand, you're busy too).

Before we leave for a few days, I wanted to share the picture above, which was taken exactly two months ago today. If you click on it, you can zoom in for better viewing of Big Ben (which is actually the bell inside the tower NOT the clock face you see). I love London and in some ways feel like it is a second home (oh, alright, a second home you don't own/never go to - I've been there 3 times and I am exaggerating, but I can find H&M, the theatres and Starbucks without incident).

I also heard this old song by "The Cure" in a movie today and it is playing in my head... So enjoy this song (playing in my head).

Until next week, be good bitches -


Monday, December 01, 2008


This picture makes me smile for reasons, well, which are nobodies business. Perhaps it's the care-free spirit and youth the photo seems to capture? Whatever the reason(s), I wanted to immortalize this here at the "Corner."

Love/hugs -

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