Friday, June 06, 2008

Feed Your iPod vol. XVIII: Sunny Hours

It was 85 degrees yesterday, and is supposed break 90 today, so there is no better soundtrack to global warming that Sunny Hours by Long Beach Dub All-Stars. The band was formed by the remaining members of Sublime and yes that was making a cameo in the song before he met Fergie, who basically is good music kryptonite and turned the Black Eyed Peas into crap. I guess you can attribute the lack of success of this song to the album it was on was auspiciously released on 9/11/01 (the song landed in at number three on my list of the best songs of that year). But it is definitely a song you should be on everyone’s iPod:

Sunny Hours - Long Beach Dub All-Stars featuring Long Beach Dub All Stars & - Wonders of the World - Sunny Hours

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Listen to the Best Songs of 2006

This weekend I will be participating in a charity event so time this week is a little scarce (well, the eighty degree weather is also keeping me from sitting in front of the computer). So I thought I would throw up another widget this time where you can listen to the 100 Best Songs of 2006. Keep in mind you cannot get all the songs on the list at Amazon MP3, so you may want to click the link to see all 100 songs on the list.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Best Television Shows of 2007-2008

It is weird compiling a list of the best television for the past year with so many shows disappearing in the middle of the year or being rushed to complete the sessions with a couple less episodes that were planned. It was interesting with all my bemoaning of hoe horrible the new batch of shows were last summer, freshmen shows dominated the list with four of the top five shows. Here are my picks anyways for the best of the last twelve months:

1. Friday Night Lights 2.x (NBC)
2. Pushing Daisies 1.x (ABC)
3. The Big Bang Theory 1.x (CBS)
4. Eli Stone 1.x (ABC)
5. Chuck 1.x (NBC)
6. Survivor: Fans vs. Favorites (CBS)
7. Lost 4.x (ABC)
8. Rescue Me 4.x (FX)
9. Greek 1.x (ABC Family)
10. My Name Is Earl 3.x (NBC)

A nice even split among the networks this year (not counting the unwatchable FOX or The CW) with cable getting a share of the pie this year too. Below is a breakdown as well as a running tally of the shows that led in numbers of Quotes and Songs of the Week from my weekly 57 Channels rundown:

NBC (3)
ABC (3)
CBS (2)
FX (1)
ABC Family (1)

Quote of the Week
Friday Night Lights (9)
The Big Bang Theory (5)
Lost (4)
Pushing Daisies (3)
How I Met Your Mother (3)
My Name Is Earl (2)
Journeyman (2)
Eli Stone (2)

Song of the Week
Eli Stone (6)
Journeyman (5)
Everybody Hates Chris (3)
My Name Is Earl (3)
Smallville (2)
Friday Night Lights (2)
Chuck (2)
How I Met Your Mother (2)
Pushing Daisies (1)
South Park (1)
Lost (1)

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Fourth Annual Scooter Television Awards

Thanks to the writer’s strike, this was a weird year for television. Some shows ended around Christmas and won’t be coming back until the fall with some never to be seen again. But on the bright side, this was the first time in a very long time that a show I loved didn’t get canceled. This year’s awards also mark the first time Veronica Mars didn’t win top honors for Best Scripted Show on account that it is no longer on. So without further ado, let’s see who took over the top spot for this years STA’s.

Best Scripted Show: Friday Night Lights

Best Sitcom: The Big Bang Theory

Best Cable Show: Rescue Me

Best Reality Show (Game Show): Survivor

Best Talk Show: Pardon the Interruption

Best New Show: Pushing Daisies

Best Awards Show: 2007 Hip Hop Honors

Best Hour of TV: There Goes the Neighborhood (Friday Night Lights)

Best Half Hour of TV: The Peanut Reaction (The Big Bang Theory)

Worst Idea: Writers going on strike

Best Shocker: All the blindsides on Survivor: Fans vs. Favorites

Best Theme Song: The Big Bang Theory

Best Song Placement: If it’s the Beaches - Avett Brothers (Friday Night Lights)

Best Karaoke: Hopelessly Devoted to You - Olive Snook (Pushing Daisies)

Hottest Token Hot Chick:

Yvonne Strahovski: I'd hit that

Yvonne Strahovski in bed

Yvonne Strahovski half naked and under cover

Best Character: Landry Clarke (Friday Night Lights)

Best New Character: Sheldon Cooper PhD. (The Big Bang Theory)

Best Guest Appearance: George Michael (Eli Stone)

Best Cast Addition: Miles (Lost)

Most Entertaining Reality “Star”: Midget Mac (I Love New York)

Best Quote: What is the rate of exchange on the life of a bird because if equal to or greater than mine I gotta get back to my car. (Emerson Cod, Pushing Daisies)

Show That Should Be Brought Back: Journeyman

Best Promo:

Monday, June 02, 2008

We on Award Tour: 2008 MTV Movie Awards

For the first time in a decade Mike Myers hosts the MTV Movie Awards and may be the last time the show was throughly entertaining. Here are my thoughts on this years show:

- Of course one of the reason even MTV’s Award Shows are no longer that much entertaining is all the shameless plugs, two of which made it in the first segment of the pre-show with the brunette from The Hills and The American Mall. And do teenagers even go to the mall anymore?

- Second segment and two more shameless plugs with The Search for Elle Woods and Rock Band. Yawn. And The House Bunny looks not at all watchable.

- Should I know what Twilight is? Wasn’t that a Reese Witherspoon movie? Is this a remake?

- Really, an American Gladiators sighting?

- MTV really needs to cut ties with Paris Hilton. Actually I need to cut ties with MTV.

- Now onto the big show. The last time Myers hosted TV Guide called it one of the funniest things ever on television. I don’t think if they updated the list that the 2008 version will make the list.

- Rainn Wilson, that dude next to you doesn’t even vaguely look like the dude from No Country for Old Men, he looked like Fabio with a nose job in a bad wig that vaguely looked like the bad guy’s hair from that movie.

- Holy Wallace Fennel sighting... as a cheerleader? In a crappy gum commercial. Ugg. And I thought the Hot Pockets was low.

- Should I know the dude with Will Ferrell?

- Huh, Spider-Man 3 lost to a movie I never heard of in the Best Fight? Has anyone else heard of the movie?

- FN’MTV indeed. Exactly what want to do on Friday nights, stay home and watch music videos.

- Ah, a Chewbacca winning the Lifetime Achievent Award, they should really bring that back.

- The food chick: also won’t be included in the next list of funniest things ever on television.

- Sweet, Wayne's World, complete with Garth. Naturally when talking about Garth’s nether regions, a shot of Paris Hilton, and talk of Tila Tequila going both ways, a shot of Lindsay Lohan.

- Nice of Johnny Depp to show up from back stage, too good for the common people like Will Smith. Which begs the question how did he get nominated let alone win?

- Tom Cruise presenting a Generation Award to Adam Sandler? Sure, makes sense to me. But his package looked like a highlight reel of my DVD collection.

- The Tropic Thunder thing is how you shamelessly promote something.

- Wow, presenters that are not all from the same movie. And Diddy and Lindsay Lohan doing political comedy, did that really just happen?

- Seriously, From G’s to Gents? Why?

- Brendon Frasier has reached present by himself tier? Alrighty.

- I’m getting a sense that the Johnny Depp fan club found a way to stuff the ballot. Did anyone actually see that movie.

- After hearing their new song, I guessing the Pussycat Dolls era is coming to a close. At least the Coldplay performance was decent even with the French army gear on.

- Another award to a movie I never heard of until tonight in the Best Kiss category.

- - Wait, was Robert Downey Jr. cleanly shaven when he accepted that stupid award earlier? And Transformers wins Best Movie. I really need to stop watching this crap.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

By the Power of Gray Skull, I Have the Power

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

Like many dudes my age, my childhood toy box was filled with plenty of Transformers and Hot Wheels. But the favorite for me were the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, this month’s induction into the Scooter Hall of Fame. Sure it is easy to look back now and without a shadow of a doubt that He-Man was a juicer, only Barry Bonds had a bigger transition than He-Man did when he transformed from Prince Adam, but the memories are still there.

That is mostly because Big Head He-Man really never ranked in my top five favorites in the series. Easily my favorite of the Masters of the Universe wasn’t even technically a Master as it was one of Skeletor’s minions, Kobra Khan. That was a must annoy the parents until they cave and buy it situation when he came out if only because he could spray water out of his mouth. I am sure I cried for weeks when one of my uncles broke the neck, making the spray function useless.

The toys have had an auspicious track record outside the action figure line and cartoons. The movie version, starring Courtney Cox, could be the worst film adaptation with only Super Mario Bros. able to jump in that argument. . Maybe not so ironically both fantasy movies had plotlines where the protagonists came to Earth. But anyways. Sadly it looks like they are going to try a new live action version in the new future. And the toys really only live on today in jokes about certain starlets of today and their resemblance to Skeletor.

Then a recent reboot of the franchise back in 2002 with a reinstruction of the action figure and a Cartoon Network show, the first volume of which my sister and all her infinite wisdom though I would enjoy and gave it to me as a gift. And darn if nostalgia made me give it a look. The new show is very reminiscent of the cartoon of my youth right down to the cheesy, in a good way, moral epilogues. although He-Man is a little more ambiguously gay this time around. Volume two was recently released with the third and final one later this year, which may just have to be added to my Christmas list.