By: G. H. Harding

Alec Baldwin

BALDWIN CANNED --- MSNBC yesterday officially canceled Alec Baldwin’s Up Late talk show. It only lasted 5 episodes (including one with Mayor-elect Bill De Blasio that was actually quite provocative), but the rest were kind of plodding. He did one show with actress Debra Winger that went on far too long. I think with this show fading away, Baldwin’s finally accomplished what he kept wishing for; distancing himself from show business.

Anger issues aside, he’s a great actor, but is it really worth the hassle of his ego? I heard a story that he allegedly wanted access to a particular make up room, where a guest who had cancer was using. I heard he said he didn't care and wanted the room. Out of respect for Alec, I'm not going to print anymore alleged rumors. Too bad, with a new wife and daughter, he’s going to need the income. He'll be back for sure; he'll do a Barbara Walters or Diane Sawyer, and probably get a new series.

He’s a firecracker … emphasis on the cracker!

SLUDGE FROM DRUGE-- Funny missive in the other days Blaze about bloger Matt Drudge, who apparently really hates today’s pop music.

“Listening to iTunes radio ‘Top 50′ this morning makes it clear this is the worst period of pop music in my lifetime,” Drudge, 46, wrote, “perhaps in history…”

That’s quite the verdict, says Blaze, “Is today’s pop music really the worst “in history”? Worse than the disco era? Worse than 1990’s grunge?” As an experiment, we turned on iTunes’s “Top 50″ and listened to the first 10 songs at random. Our thoughts…

“Roar,” Katy Perry– A self-motivating, mid-tempo diddy about perseverance. This one could actually be decent for a workout playlist. Good.

“Wrecking Ball,” Miley Cyrus– The popularity of this dynamic song of despair, demonstrated by the vast number of online parodies, is hard to deny. But it’s Miley Cyrus and she literally is the worst thing to happen to 2013. Bad.

“Applause,” Lady Gaga– Whenever Lady Gaga is promoting a new project (now), there’s a good chance Drudge is linking to a story or three about her on his site. It’s either because he’s a fan or simply infatuated with her public persona. Either way, “Applause” is a catchy song about Gaga’s obsession with attention and one of the better hits the turned up in our listening. Good.

“Say Something,” A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera– A slow, somber number set to only a piano and some strings, featuring new duo A Great Big World and the undeniably vocally talented Aguilera. Nothing to hate here even if we might not play it again. Good.

“Unconditionally,” Katy Perry– A driving and loud ballad that’s probably best experienced live (though, admittedly, we've never been to a Perry concert). It’s a decent enough pop song, one that probably didn't receive any specific hate from Drudge. Good.

CLOSING NOTES-- Host Micky Dolenz killed at the Front Of House-sponsored Parnelli Awards in Vegas last weekend. Joking about Toronto-scion Rob Ford … he apparently brought the house down … Rebecca Holden and Abraham McDonald’s “Dream Come True" video is just out. Check it out HERE.

We just received Rhino Records’ Van Morrison’s Moondance deluxe package from our friend Jason Elzy. The original album came out in 1970. Hard to believe as it sounds as good as ever … Did you catch Haim on Saturday Night Live last week? They rocked like crazy. They bill themselves as HAIM (pronounced 'haɪm' to rhyme with "time,' is an American indie pop band from Los Angeles, California. The band consists of sisters Este Arielle , Danielle Sari and Alana Mychal Haim, along with drummer Dash Hutton, son of Danny Hutton (from Three Dog Night) and previously a member of the bands Wires on Fire and Slang Chicken.

Most frequently compared to Fleetwood Mac, HAIM's sound has been described as "nu-folk-meets-nineties-R&B" and "music that sounds like it was written on a lakeside retreat attended by Stevie Nicks, John Waite and En Vogue". I really enjoyed and we just got the album from Sony. More next week ...

Turn on any classic rock radio station across America and you'll invariably hear their timeless music. Best known for the smash hits "Isn't It Time", "Every Time I Think of You", "Head First", and "Back on My Feet Again", '70s hard rock hit makers, The Babys have reformed after a thirty-three year absence from the music scene (and inked a new record deal with SkyRocket Entertainment).

"We've had numerous offers through the years for The Babys to reform," said Wally Stocker. "The whole premise of this band is to keep The Babys alive and have a good time doing it."

The 2013 lineup of The Babys features original members, lead guitarist Wally Stocker and drummer Tony Brock along with new recruits: lead vocalist/bassist John Bisaha and Joey Sykes on rhythm guitar.

Of course, lead-Baby John Waite is nowhere to be found. Honestly, he was the face and name for the band; but, bring it on, we'll give it a listen.