The producers at NBC’s The Voice really know how to drag out a suspenseful moment. They waited so long to tell Eagan resident Nicholas David (a.k.a. Nick “The Feelin” Mrozinski) that he’d be advancing to the final round, in fact, that the credits had already started to roll and the next show was about to start up. But advance to the finals he did, after an emotional performance that found him singing Joe Cocker’s “You Are So Beautiful” (which was actually written by the Beach Boys’ Dennis Wilson and Billy Preston) to his teary-eyed wife and child.
The previous night’s live episode also featured footage of David’s recent visit to the Twin Cities, including his stop at the Mall of America and impromptu hang/performance at the Happy Gnome in St. Paul. He also got a chance to see his new house, which his wife bought while he was in L.A. taping the show, and hear his new baby’s heartbeat for the first time. Sniffle!
The final round of The Voice, which will find the top three contestants facing off in one last live battle and results show, will air Monday night and Tuesday night on NBC.
In a competition to see how random things can get for us here in 2012, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam is set to perform with Roger Waters of Pink Floyd and Paul McCartney will join the surviving members of Nirvana at tonight’s 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief at Madison Square Garden.
“I didn’t really know who they were,” McCartney apparently told the Guardian, after meeting Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear. “They are saying how good it is to be back together. I said: ‘Whoa? You guys haven’t played together for all that time?’ And somebody whispered to me: ‘That’s Nirvana. You’re Kurt.’ I couldn’t believe it.” Oh, Paul. [The Guardian]
Sitar virtuoso Ravi Shanker has died at the age of 92. Shankar achieved worldwide fame in the late-’60s when he mentored the Beatles’ George Harrison, and his work with the Beatles led him to perform at Woodstock and appear on Dick Cavett’s late-night show, where he was lauded as “a guru to American audiences.” He is survived by two musical daughters: pop and jazz artist Norah Jones and sitar player Anoushka Shankar. [Full obituary in the Los Angeles Times]
Dark, experimental electro-pop duo the Knife have announced that they are working on their first album in seven years. After spending a few years working on her side project, Fever Ray, Karin Dreijer Andersson will rejoin her brother Olof Dreijer to release Shaking the Habitual this spring on Mute. A teaser trailer was uploaded to the Swedish group’s website today, offering fans a 43-second snippet of what’s to come. [Pitchfork]
Cat Power took an opportunity to make fun of herself and make light of her recent touring troubles with a comedic new video on Funny or Die. In the video, she is performing a “gig” in front of a second grade class, who can’t help but make the hand motions for “Itsy Bitsy Spiders” as she sings. “What are you doing?” she asks, stopping mid-song. “I think I made it very clear, no hand dancing.” Sound familiar?