Saturday, November 07, 2009

Best of the Week vol. XXVII

Quote of the Week: Wow, you did it. You made figure skating sound even gayer. (Cameron, Modern Family)

Song of the Week: I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked – Ida Maria (Mercy)

Big News of the Week: ’09 Elections: Well that was boring (on the bright side I can now become a gambling degenerate without leaving the state even though I voting against it). That is not that the news stations tried to make it into a bigger story. But it is hard to make to make any grand assumptions when the Republicans won only four percent of the governorships. Wake me up next year when a third of the Senators and the entire House is on the ballot.

Win The Prisoner on DVD or Blu-RayFree Download of the Week: The Prisoner (iTunes): Do not forget I am giving away two copies of the original The Prisoner (one DVD, one Blu-Ray, click the banner at right to enter), and for those looking forward to the upcoming AMC version, iTunes has a nine minutes preview to download for free.

Deal of the Week: Buy One, Get One Free (Sledge Hammer!, Head Case, Flavor of Love)

Video of the Week: Vaughn and Peirce are certainly no Dylan and the Rusty Zippers, but that hasn’t stopped them for making a music video for Gettin’ Rid of Britta.

Gettin’ Rid of Britta: Full Song

Next Week Pick of the Week: Tool Academy, Sunday at 9:00 on VH1: With the group down to its final two tomorrow we find out who is the most reformed Tool. Either way, here is hoping for a reunion special because they tend to be the best episode of VH1 shows. As a prediction, I would put my money on the Tat-Tool.

Friday, November 06, 2009

Around the Tubes vol. XXVIII

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 Saturday Night Live, Lopez Tonight, the Olympics, Losing It, Sanctuary, and Southland.

- It is not even Saturday yet when Taylor Swift is set to host Saturday Night Light (as well as performer) and she is already getting hit with Kanye West jokes. I’m putting the over/under for Kanye jokes Saturday at five. But anyways. Check out the promo below:

SNL Promo: Taylor Swift

- Lopez Tonight debuts Monday and his friends like Eva Longoria and Katie Couric are wishing him luck:

- 98 days until the Olympics come to Vancouver and a heads up not to bother me when Curling is on. Here is a look at some of the big names from the last one talking about their experience:

Countdown to Vancouver

- The Biggest Loser is getting its own spin off show, Losing It featuring Jillian Michaels. Head over to to apply.

- All new Sanctuary tonight at 10:00 on SyFy. Here is a preview:

- And let me be the last to inform you that TNT has picked up Southland and will air the premiere episode starting Tuesday January 12 at 10:00. The seven episodes from the first season will run and then TNT will air the six unaired episodes from the second season after that.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Previewing 2012: Countdown to Armageddon

2012: Countdown to Armageddon

Let me first off say that I think that the 2012 Doomsday scenario is just a campfire story created by the white man to make the Mayans seem like this ancient philosophers to make stories more interesting than they actually are (see Nostradamus). I expect December 21, 2012 to be as exciting as Y2K turned out to be. With that said, I am still fascinated with all the hullabaloo and undoubtedly see the John Cusack movie coming out soon.

As the story goes, the Mayan believe in a 5,200 year cycles where the flawed creation has to be destroyed for the world to be born again, the latest cycle set to end in three years. Before you put any weight in this folklore, the previous cycles featured human made of mud and wood. So keep that in mind when you are stocking up on end of the world supplies.

But still Princeton University scientist Adam Maloof to find in validity that the world as we know it or just another excuse to let Roland Emmerich blow up the world again for 2012: Countdown to Armageddon. Maloof travels to heart of the Mayian culture as well as South America and Europe if we would indeed witness a catastrophe that would affect every single person on Earth.

One particularly fighting theory is a polar shift where within hours New York City would be under arctic ice caps while Alaska will be split by the equator. You will have to tune into 2012 this Sunday at 8:00 on the National Geographic Channel to see if Maloof can disprove this theory or if you should start looking for land to buy in Alaska. Before then, check out this clip below:

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Contest: The Prisoner Giveaway on Blu-Ray and DVD

The Prisoner on iTunes

(Scooter's Note: This contest has ended. Congratulations to Nick from Illinois and Nikki from Florida for winning the Blu-Ray and DVD respectively.)

Win The Prisoner on DVD or Blu-RayComing later this month to AMC (you may now it better as that channel that airs Mad Men) is the six part miniseries of The Prisoner staring James Caviezel (Jesus) and Ian McKellen (Gandalf). The series is remake, and if you have never heard of it before is because it was probably aired before you were born (1967) and in Britain. Fret not young Americans that are predated by the show, it was recently released in the States on DVD and Blu Ray and I am giving away one of each. And even if you are not a fan of oldies television, with Christmas around the corner, maybe there is someone on your list that is.

To enter the contest, send me an e-mail me, ScooterKSU(at)aol(dot)com (subject: The Prisoner), and tell me what television show you would like to be see remade next. Also be sure to let me know if want the DVD or Blu-Ray version. The contest ends Sunday, November 15 at 8:00 PM EST (which just so happens to be when the new version premieres on AMC). The winners will be picked at random from all eligible entries and will be contacted shortly after. Also this contest is only open to people with shipping addresses in the United States.

If anyone wants a bonus entry, link to this contest on their blog or twitter account or link it on a message board. If you do all three, you can get up four entries into the contest. If you do this, the link must be posted by Thursday November 19. And make sure you e-mail and let know you have done so.

Some information on the box sets, both DVD and Blu-Ray include all seventeen complete episodes, the rare, alternative edit of the episode “The Chimes of Big Ben,” original broadcast trailers and much more. The DVD is presented over ten disks, fully restored and remastered. While the Blu-ray includes newly remixed 5.1 surround sound for every episode (in addition to the original mono tracks) along with over three hours of bonus features. Head over to for more information on the release.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

There May Come a Day When We Have Nothing Left to Say

Raditude - Weezer

Listening to their debut a lot recently, it is easy to see why Weezer’s latest album Raditude falls flat, and it is not just the silly title (almost as silly are some of the song titles I’m Your Daddy and The Girl Got Hot). With all its geek tendencies the original Weezer just rocked with shredworthy licks throughout every song while most of Raditude, the guitars are just blended into an overproduced wall of sound. Their first album was chalk full of songs that were sing-a-long-worthy even after one listen, whereas on the latest Rivers Cuomo’s voice is also victim of the overproduction and just fades into the music.

As embarrassing as some of the song titles are, there are some songs on the disks that are even more cringeworthy. The Polow da Don produced (yes you read that right) Can’t Stop Partying featuring Lil’ Wayne (“It’s Weezer and it’s Weezy, it’s upside-down MTV,” seriously) sounds like a darker version of Beverly Hills after Cuomo got accepted by the culture. Hearing Cuomo talking about homies a decade and a half ago was quirky; hearing the forty year old version do so on Let it All Hang Out is just corny. Then there is Indian influenced Love Is the Answer which is just too tree hugging hippieish for a Weezer song. I don’t know if they were trying to make a U2 song, but whatever the case, it fails miserably.

There are some sparkles of hope on the disk; Put Me Back Together is classic Weezer, from the love gone wrong lyrics to the guitar feedback that ends the track. Trippin’ Down the Freeway bounces along in typical Weezer fashion with Rivers sounding like Billy Joe Armstrong of Green Day at certain points of the song. And first single (If You’re Wondering if I Want You To) I Want You To may be the greatest Cheap Trick song they never wrote. But that isn’t enough to save a lackluster album.

Song to Download – (If You’re Wondering if I Want You To) I Want You To

Raditude gets a Terror Alert Level: Guarded [BLUE] on my Terror Alert Scale.

Weezer on iTunes

Monday, November 02, 2009

I Want My Music Television vol. LXVII

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.

(If You’re Wondering if I Want You To) I Want You To – Weezer

Coming off their induction into the Scooter Hall of Fame, Weezer has a new album out tomorrow which means we get another thoughly entertaining video from the band. And the Weezerville theme certainly doesn’t disappoint thanks in part to the moderately attractive Odette Yustman.

Who'd Have Known - Lily Allen

Keep in mind the public feud Lily Allen had with Elton John a year or so ago. Too bad Elton was up for actually appearing himself.

Empire State of Mind - Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys

Doesn’t Mean Anything – Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys is pulling doubles duties with her first single off her upcoming album and providing the hook for Jay-Z who definitely has the better video of the two. But if Jay goes back to the black and white video, it should have been for a song on par with 99 Problems, one of his best ever.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Do You Believe What I Sing Now?

Weezer - Weezer (The Blue Album)

After suffering through three years of grunge, fun started to creep back into rock in 1994. Beck made everyone who didn’t select Spanish as their foreign language requirement regret it, the Beastie Boys picked up their guitars (and ill fitting wigs) to Sabotage us. Then there was Weezer who were one of the few rock bands that didn’t mind choosing glasses over contacts. Hey, it even gave then a good idea for a song considering the glasses made them reminiscent of the last famous male rocker who wore them, Buddy Holly.

Sure the band sang about Dungeons and Dragons and twelve sided dice, but don’t lump them in with other nerd rock of the nineties like Barenaked Ladies. What set them apart was their love for hard rock (Rivers Cuomo even calls Kiss his favorite band during In the Garage). Sure there are quirky songs (Buddy Holly), bizarre songs (Undone – The Sweater Song), and the depressing sort (Say it Ain’t So) but in every song the band makes sure there is at least one shredworthy solo with crushing guitars throughout most of the songs.

All the while each and every song is power pop heaven with required sing-a-long lyrics no matter if they are upbeat (No One Else) or not (The World Has Turned and Left Me Here). “I made love to your memory one thousand times in my head,” a lyric from the latter, made the former teenager hit repeat multiple times. But it is those singles that will stand the test time.

Even at the height of alt-rock, you are not to find much bigger hits more odd then Undone –The Sweater Song with its two word per line verses with background voice splitting them up and its spastic ending. Not that it matter because when it came to the chorus, it all became who could shout it the loudest. Buddy Holly instantly because one of the greatest video of all time thanks to its Happy Days infusion. And for whenever your parents kept you up fighting, all you had to do was to slip on your headphones and let Say it Ain’t So (which was inexplicably was flipped recently by Asher Roth for his ode to college) and down them out. Which is why the original Weezer album is this month’s induction into the Scooter Hall of Fame.