Hope ya like music, because this is an all-music edition of the morning roundup:
PUT ON A HAPPY FACE: Did you hear Smile Smile’s in-studio performance Wednesday on KXT? If not, check back to kxt.org late this week, early next week to catch the video. Until then, there’s plenty more to read about the duo leading up to the release of Truth on Tape on Tuesday. Ryan Hamilton and Jencey Hirunrusme discuss the tricky task of making a breakup album with dfw.com. “I don’t think these songs ever hurt my feelings or made me realize what was going on until we actually performed them and I’d see people’s faces in the audience, freaking out,” says Jencey. But the question remains: is the album any good? We’ll keep an eye out for additional reviews, but the first one out of the chute is pretty lukewarm. Zac Crain calls the effort “extremely vague and weirdly sort of impersonal” in his dmagazine.com review.
NORAHAOKE: Booker T. alum Norah Jones has a fun little contest going on her MySpace page. She’s asking fans to record their version of one of her songs (“Young Blood”, “Chasing Pirates”, “It’s Gonna Be”, “Don’t Know Why” or “Come Away With Me”) through MySpace’s Karaoke tool. The best efforts earn concert tickets and a meet-and-greet with Norah herself.
A LEGEND COMES TO TOWN: This weekend, the Dallas Opera stages Cosi Fan Tutte, an Italian romantic comedy. And to fill the key role of Don Alfonso, the company shot for the moon, landing British baritone Sir Thomas Allen. (The whole “Sir” thing kinda tells you that this is a good get.) Scott Cantrell talks with the opera legend about his favorite roles on dallasnews.com.
QUOTABLE: “Anybody that’s ever formed a band with a calculator never got very far,”
Telegraph Canyon frontman Chris Johnson, on his band’s decision to play out-of-the-way gigs for not a lot of cash. Read more from Johnson and his mates in Fort Worth Weekly‘s current cover story.