Why is it that chicks dig robots all of a sudden? Between the futuristic style choices of Lady Gaga, the dancing of Ke$ha and basically all of Janelle Monae's (fabulous) persona, it's no wonder that womandroid pioneer Grace Jones is reportedly poised for a comeback. Ever the follower, Christina Aguilera has now entered into the fray this week with her rather tepid release, Bionic, and to support it she's taken to the airwaves.
Besides last night's somewhat outrageous performance on The MTV Movie Awards, she's appearing on Letterman Wednesday, and then it's a VH1 doubleshot on Sunday night, with an episode of the iconic documentary series Behind the Music*, and a special edition of Storytellers. For the latter, she stuck mostly to her classics, including a powerful take on "Fighter," one of her biggest hits (see video below). Her new album may be critically panned, and she may have had to postpone her tour because of a rumored low ticket sales, but you cannot deny that voice.
*The series had ended its run back in 2006, but quietly made its comeback last fall and has seven new episodes in the works for the coming months -- featuring DMX (Monday), Courtney Love, Eve, Jennifer Hudson, Jennifer Lopez and Usher, (I wonder... do Eve and Hudson have long enough careers to even fill an hour?)
Meanwhile, Dinner With the Band continues its excellent booking run with a guest appearance from the reformed Murder City Devils, marking the punk legends' television debut. Having Spencer Moody screaming for his supper in Chef Sam Mason's living room is just as tantalizing as the menu: Midnight Burritos washed down with Aqua Verde (Tomatillo-based Bloody Marys). Even though they reunited back in 2006, it's only recently that they'd started working on a new album, set to be released sometime in 2010. Just like the menu for DWTBand, it's something worth salivating for.
Playlist: Picks for the week
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HBO: Treme: Various artists from New Orleans
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