Saturday, August 29, 2009

57 Channels and Only This Is On vol. XCV

Quote of the Week: She’s mop the floor with you Harrison. Seriously, she killed a guy one with a mop. (Elliot, Leverage)

Song of the Week: Grounds for Divorce – Elbow (Rescue Me)

Big News of the Week: Edward Kennedy Died

Coalition Links of the Week:
With his new series, What Would Brian Boitano Make?, Brian Boitano proves that while the famed figure skater may not be a master chef, he is cute as a button. (TiFaux)

With September fast approaching, so to are 75 new and returning TV shows. And here to ensure you don't miss a moment of your favorite (or soon-to-be favorite) show is with our printable and downloadable season premiere calendar. (The TV Addict)

Hot blood suckers playing football? See, we told you The Vampire Diaries was nothing like Twilight! (TV Fanatic)

This week, Sandie interviewed 90210's newcomer Trevor Donovan. (Daemon's TV)

Afro Jazz. Capoeira. Disco that doesn't suck. This is the So You Think You Can Dance Canada Top 20, eh! and Vance rates the season 2 batch. (Tapeworthy)

This week, Jace offered an advance review of USA's fantastic and stylish upcoming drama series White Collar, starring Tim DeKay and Matthew Bomer. (Televisionary)

Raising the Bar: In two season, this may have been the first time any of the public defenders didn’t believe in their defendants when Lindsay Wagner passed the pregnant drug addict. Naturally Zach Morris got all high and mighty when they tried to keep her in jail when everyone else on the planet knew what was best for mother and child was some forced rehab. It seems like every other episode Zach gets a DA to do a favor yet he never compromises on anything, and if there was one case he could have, it would have been this one. You can stream current episodes over at You can also download Leverage on iTunes.

Rescue Me: Bummer, I had Damian in the who was going to bite it this season office poll. Oh well. And could Ellie’s death been any more telegraphed? She just had to pick up the dog after downing a whole glass of alcohol? You would think, despite being a family of drunks, none of the Gavin clan would be stupid enough to get behind the wheel considering what happened to Conner. You can stream current episodes over at Hulu.

Rescue Me on iTunes

Leverage: It was bound to happen that the gang would run into their doppelgangers and it certainly lived up to the hype besides the silly car alarm fight the computer geeks had. Too bad they won’t turn up to battle each other later, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we see some of them individually again. Hopefully the main guy gets a new crew together to get Nate back for double crossing him. You can stream current episodes over at You can also download Leverage on iTunes.

Free Download of the Week: Acoustic EP – Kate Walsh (Amazon MP3)

Deal of the Week: Save up to 60% on Emmy-Nominated TV (Miami Vice, The Office, House)

Video of the Week: I am not sure how VH1 could possibly top the inaugural season of Tool Academy, but they are trying starting tomorrow. As looking at the supertrailer, there may be more violence this time around, and a Tool so toolish, he says he would even hook up with a girl’s brother if he had a nice, um, well, just check out the video:

Next Week Pick of the Week: Rescue Me, Tuesday at 10:00 on FX: It was revealed this week that the show has an end date of 2011, a decade after 9/11 with nineteen episodes spanning over the next two years. Oddly enough co-creator Peter Tolan says Maura Tierney may also return. But the current season comes to a close Tuesday and something big likely coming down as both Janet and Sheila were conspicuously absent last episode.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Around the Tubes vol. XX

I have gotten a plethora of cool press releases have been flooding my inbox recently that you may find interesting. This post will include blurbs on Dark Blue, Dominick Dunne, Rehab: Party at the Hard Rock Hotel, WrestleMania, Community, and Alone in the Wild.

- Here is a treat for fans of Dark Blue, today at 1:00 you can chat about the show with star Dylan McDermott on or the Dark Blue Facebook page.

- Also today on TruTV they are running a thirteen hour marathon to pay tribute Dominick Dunne who passed away earlier this week starting 3:00. His show Power, Privlage & Justice premiered back in 2002 back when the station was still known as Court TV.

- In other TruTV news, the second season of Rehab: Party at the Hard Rock Hotel premieres this coming Tuesday at 10:00. Here is a preview:

- Who better to hype the world premiere of The 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania which airs tomorrow at 9:00 on NBC than former Real World/Road Rules Challenge stand out and current WWE superstar The Miz:

- In the countdown to the premiere of Community, the college on the show has released Greendale’s Second Straight A: Affordability:

- A couple weeks ago I mentioned Alone in the Wild about someone who trekking across Canada. Recently Ed had to shorten his stay in the Yukon Providence for health concerns. You can see what Ed has to say about it in his video blog over And despite the setback, the channel still plans to air the journey in its entirety in September.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Previewing 9/11: Science and Conspiracy

9/11: Science and Conspiracy

I rarely talk about it here on the 9th Green, but I spend a lot of time following politics. Whenever I need a good laugh, I’ll watch Fox News, if I want to be agitated I’ll watch MSNBC, and if I want the closest thing that passes as credible news today I’ll tune into CNN. Last fall during the conventions I spent most of the time on MSNBC because their talking heads legitimately hated each other and I thought there was a good chance someone would punch Keith Olbermann live on television.

Unfortunately that never had, and even more disappointing was during Hardball there was some nutjob with a megaphone who would repeat “9/11 was an inside job.” The liberal communists like to portray George Bush as the dumbest person ever to walk the Earth, yet somehow some actually believe he was able to pull off the conspiracy in history just so he could invade Iraq. And somehow George Bush is the moron; anyone who actually thought he blew up the towers is the idiot.

This coming Monday at 9:00, the National Geographic Channel looks into these conspiracy theories and runs forensic investigations to see if any of them have weight and then sit down three of the most prominent “truthers” (why do all the nutjobs put ‘er’ at the end of some absurd idea?) and prove once and for all if their claims have any validity. Below is a preview of one of the test to see if jet fuel can actually reach temperatures to damage the integrity of the steel beams enough to collapse:

Not to spoil their finding, but let’s say hypothetically National Geographic finds, beyond a reasonable doubt, that it was two planes flying into the towers that brought them down, it is clear no matter the findings, a few of the Truthers are never not going to believe 9/11 was some diabolical plot which leads into the second, and more interesting part of 9/11: Science and Conspiracy where the program looks into the psyche of Truthers and other conspiracy theorist as to why, despite conclusive evidence, they still believe that they are being lied to.

9/11: Science and Conspiracy airs Monday at 9:00 on the Nation Geographic Channel, to get more information and Director’s Diary videos, visit the National Geographic website.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

I Give Up, I Give In, I Let Go, Let’s Begin

Breakthrough - Colbie Caillat

Colbie Caillat broke onto the scene two years ago with songs so sugary and saccharine, had she had been five years younger you’d expect them to come alone with a Disney Channel show. Not that there was anything wrong with that because songs off of Coco became quintessential mellow California sound from a female perspective for the new millennium. But if there was a down side to her debut was that it was too mellow.

For the recording of her second album Breakthrough, Caillat traded one beach for another, going from California to Hawaii. From the first single Fallin’ for You, that she had an extra bounce in step on the islands as it was her most upbeat, and better than any song from Coco. And that sediment is transferred to some other songs on Breakthrough such as Begin Again, You Got Me, and Running Around.

But even though I Don’t has the defiant title, the song about not accepting that a friend isn’t more. And the rest of the album pretty much sound like outtakes from Coco. There is something to say her most adventurous songs to date the duets Breathe with Taylor Swift on Swift’s Fearless (Caillat’s song Fearless on Breakthrough is completely different for Swift’s title track) and Lucky with Jason Mraz. But where Breakthrough can get repetitive, especially if you grab the seventeen song deluxe version, the songs individually are still as stronger than her debut and much like those songs, they would be better listened to if you download them to your computer and listen on shuffle and the songs would occasionally come and put a smile on your face before going onto a different artist.

Song to Download – Running Around

Breakthrough gets a Terror Alert Level: Elevated [YELLOW] on my Terror Alert Scale.

Colbie Caillat on iTunes

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

I Want My Music Television vol. LXIII

There have been a couple of videos that have caught my eye lately so I thought I’d give them some love since the death of Musical Television left a void for a forum on the art form. If you are interested in buying the video through iTunes, click the title link (where available). If you are interested in buying the song, look for a link in the analysis.

Run this Town – Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kanye West

A better song than D.O.A. but Jay-Z is continuing the obscure movie theme to the video off The Blueprint 3 and Run This Town has a The Warriors by way of Mad Max feel to it but with more face covering with Rihanna coming off as a Mortal Kombat character ion the beginning.

The Fixer – Pearl Jam

I never understood why Pearl Jam gave up making videos after their first album because they did were performance pieces anyways (sans Jeremy) and that is just what this is but with extreme close ups courtesy of Cameron Crowe.

Why I Am – Dave Matthews Band

Just the Dave Matthews Band doing what they do best: perform live.

Sabotage – Kristinia DeBarge

Considering her last name and being produced by Babyface, the first couple singles from Kristinia DeBarge have been disappointing and adding to that, how can you do a video for a song called Sabotage and not feature someone named Cochise?

Of course the original Sabotage is up for the Best Video to Never Win a Moonman which got me thinking, what actually beat Sabotage. It lost to Cryin’ by Aerosmith (can’t complain too much as Alicia Silverstone owned MTV in the mid-nineties) with Heart Shaped Box and Everybody Hurts also in the running. Compare that to this year that features Lady Gaga, Britney Spears naked, Kanye West singing, Beyoncé in a leotard and Eminem dressing up like Bret Michaels. Um, yeah, I think the children are officially no longer the future.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Feed Your iPod vol. XXXIV: Mass Appeal

My buddy Doug cued me on a project he is doing to find ever song DJ Premier ever produced which is a pretty lofty task. For those that are wondering, “Who is DJ Premier?” he is the production half of the seminal rap group Gang Starr. And for those who are wondering, “Who is Gang Starr?” – shame on you. I used “seminal” for a reason. Here is a primer for those that don’t know, Mass Appeal which coincidentally was probably the group’s biggest hit.

Mass Appeal – Gang Starr Gang Starr - Hard to Earn - Mass Apeal

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Musings From the Back 9: Music Edition XII

Listening to the debut album from Parachute is reminiscent to hearing Augustana for the first time: an Americanized version of Coldplay, lots of crushing chords and catchy melodies. But with Augustana, they had a few radio ready hit songs like Boston for anyone to latch onto but most of Losing Sleep sounds like the filler tracks on most albums that just blend into each other. Decent enough pop-rock songs, but nothing worth hitting the repeat button. The only song that comes close to being a stand out track on the album is She Is Love a sweet song that you get two versions of, the acoustic original and a Full Band version at the end of the album.

Losing Sleep gets a Terror Alert Level: Elevated [YELLOW] on my Terror Alert Scale.

Christian music can be a mixed bag. Most focus too much on overtly religious lyrics while forgetting to make memorable music with hooks and melody. Sarah Reeves does not fall into that category. Sure there are those obvious lyrics like when she begs “Come Jesus, come awaken us,” but there is musicianship throughout Sweet Sweet Sound that can make the album enjoyable to secular and pop fans alike. Reeves saccharine voice, sounding like the lead singer of Sixpence None the Richer, is a great compliment to songs such as the breezy title track, the lovely Come Savior, and the guitar heavy Fresh Anointing and Let Us Rise wouldn’t sound out of place on any adult contemporary station.

Sweet Sweet Sound gets a Terror Alert Level: High [ORANGE] on my Terror Alert Scale.

Swan Feathers by Leslie Mendelson has such an old time feeling, you can almost hear the vinyl scratching even on a crystal clear CD. And the keyboards that start off the first couple songs put her right in the coffeehouses of seventies New York. The jazzy songs even conjure up comparisons to modern day folks like Norah Jones. Each song has a mellow smooth groove that may are perfect for Mendelson’s sweet voice. But sometimes the album gets too mellow as you might find yourself drifting off while listening to the album if you are not paying close attention. There is an extremely slowed down cover of Be My Baby that is so slowed down that it may take most people until the chorus to even recognize the song.

Swan Feathers gets a Terror Alert Level: Elevated [YELLOW] on my Terror Alert Scale.