Monday, August 31, 2009

Public Service Announcement

Glee: The Music, Volume 1 will be in stores on November 3rd.

The full track listing:

1. “Don’t Stop Believin’”
2. “Can’t Fight This Feeling”
3. “Gold Digger”
4. “Take a Bow”
5. “Bust Your Windows”
6. “Taking Chances”
7. “Alone”
8. “Maybe This Time”
9. “Somebody to Love”
10. “Hate On Me”
11. “No Air”
12. “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”
13. “Keep Holding On”
14. “Bust a Move”
15. “Sweet Caroline”
16. “Dancing with Myself”
17. “Defying Gravity”

And because it's not getting old:

Sunday, August 30, 2009

'Mad' For A Cappella

UPDATE: The actor who plays Graves is named Miles Fisher. And yup, he's an alum of the Harvard Krokodiloes. (See his website here.)

Anyone catch Mad Men tonight? Excellent a cappella reference. Peggy Olson and Paul Kinsey are called in to the office on a weekend to work on a campaign for Bacardi. For inspiration, they decide to get high. Kinsey calls an old Princeton buddy of his named Graves, who is marginally employed as a drug dealer. They argue. And the following ensues:

Graves: "You're arrogant. And you know what else? You can't sing."

Kinsey: "Take it back. Take it back, Graves."

Graves: "Fine, I guess they kicked you out of Tigertones because you were too tall?"

Kinsey: "Graves, We're done here. And by the way, I left the 'Tones because I had mono."

Graves: "Fine, Why don't you sing a little and let them be the judge?"

Kinsey: (clears his throat, then sings) "Hello my baby, hello my honey, hello my ragtime gal, send me a kiss by wire, baby my heart's on fire..."


Kinsey: (putting his hand out to Graves) "If you refuse me..."

Graves: (forced to join in) "Honey, you'll lose me..."

Both: "Then you'll be left alone. Oh baby, telephone and tell me I'm your own!"


Peggy: "I am so high."

Friday, August 21, 2009

A Cappella Violence on Martha's Vineyard!

UPDATE: Full story here.

Watch this clip. The a cappella throwdown comes 3:15 in.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

'The Sing-Off'

This press release on NBC's The Sing-Off just landed on my desk. Enjoy.


Auditions To Take Place in New York City (Sept. 12), Chicago (Sept. 14), Atlanta (Sept. 16) and Los Angeles (Sept. 19)

Universal City, Calif. - August 18, 2009 - "The Sing-Off," NBC's upcoming a capella singing competition series, will be traveling to four U.S. cities in September searching for the most talented a capella singing groups to compete on the series for a chance at an Epic Records/Sony Entertainment recording contract. Auditions will take place in New York City (Sept. 12), Chicago (Sept. 14), Atlanta (Sept. 16) and Los Angeles (Sept. 19).

A capella music has been the basis and inspiration for many top musical acts on the charts from Motown to Boyz to Men. Recently it has been the focus of national tournaments and exploded in popularity on college campuses all over the country. With a strong fan base and largely untapped talent pool, it has never been the center of a musical competition until now. The best of the best are going to compete on a national stage. From Joel Gallen's ("America's Best Dance Crew") Tenth Planet Productions, Outlaw Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television, "The Sing-Off" will feature the country's top a cappella groups performing popular songs like you've never heard them before. There's no lip-synching, back-up bands or safety net. They'll be singing for America's vote with the winner walking away with the ultimate prize: an Epic Records/Sony recording contract.

The casting call dates, times and locations are as follows:

Saturday September 12
SIR Studios
520 W. 25th St. (Between 10th & 11th)
New York, NY 10001
Line Starts at 8am Doors Open at 9am

Monday September 14
Superior Street
2744 W. Superior St
Chicago, IL 60612
Line Starts at 8am Doors Open at 9am

Wednesday, September 16
Avatar Events Group
471 Glen Iris Drive NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
Line Starts at 8am Doors Open at 9am

Saturday September 19
Musicians Institute
1655 N. McCadden Pl.
Hollywood, CA 90028
Line Starts at 8am Doors Open at 9am

For further information, please log onto or Groups must consist of four to ten members, made up of any combination of males and females. Applicants must be 18 years and older and each member must bring a copy of valid ID to audition.

"The Sing-Off" is from Joel Gallen's Outlaw Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television. Joel Gallen, Deb Newmyer and Sam Weisman are executive producers.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Pet Sounds.

DUDES. Check this out. Amazing, vocals-only tracks from The Beach Boys's landmark album, Pet Sounds. If you don't love this, you don't have ears.

"God Only Knows"

"Sloop John B"

More at YouTube!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


From the Straight No Chaser site: "Literally right now while you read this, the whole group is currently in New York City rehearsing for our very own PBS Special! That’s right – we are going to be filming a live concert on Tuesday, 8/18 which will air during the PBS December Pledge Drive. And we want YOU to be a part of it! We are currently looking for audience members, so if you live in the NYC area and would like to attend, please email by Thursday 8/13. Tickets are FREE and you may request up to 4 tickets, so email now with STRAIGHT NO CHASER in the subject line to reserve your space! Seats will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis."

Click here for more info.

Monday, August 3, 2009

'The Sing-Off' Auditions

An update on auditions for NBC's upcoming a cappella competition, The Sing-Off.

A rep from the casting office just sent this e-mail out: "The Sing-Off is a new primetime NBC singing show seeking a cappella groups to compete for a recording contract with Sony Records. We are looking for groups with 4-10 members, all male, all female, or co-ed as long as everyone is 18 years of age or older (no age cap.)  We've just begun our casting process so we're still finalizing our audition locations and dates.  We do however know we will be auditioning during the month of September in the following cities: Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and a Southern City TBD.  For the audition, groups should come prepared with  2 to 3 songs no longer than 3 minutes each.  One of the songs must be a recognizable cover song and you are also welcome to do a medley. I'm setting up priority audition appointments at this time.  We would love for your a cappella group to attend our audition in New York City.  Please contact me asap to set your appointment. If you have any other questions please feel free to contact me.  Look forward to hearing back from you! Lacy Forrest,"

Who's auditioning?

I'm On a Bike.