Saturday, February 20, 2010

Best of the Week vol. XXXIV

Quote of the Week: This is the weirdest damn funeral I've ever been to. (Frank Lepidus, Lost)

Song of the Week: Search and Destroy – The Stooges (Lost)

Big News of the Week: Tiger Woods Apologies Four Months Later: Yawn.

Free Download of the Week: 20 In 10: Digital Collection – Sister Hazel (Amazon MP3): Many people forgot about Sister Hazel in the nineties, but they are still at it and put out five albums last decade and here is a twenty song sampler of songs from those albums.

Deal of the Week: Mega Savings on Mega Hits (Serenity, Back to the Future Trilogy, Curious George)

Video of the Week: It was a decade ago when Erika Christiansen became the It Girl of the moment after a breakout performance in Traffic. Then she signed onto Swimf@n and things went downhill from there. Hopefully her inclusion in the highly likeable Parenthood will hel her fiannalkly live up to her promice. Here she is talking about her character:

Inside Julia

Next Week Pick of the Week: The Winter Olympics, All Week on NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, and USA: A week in and there are still plenty of must see events as they hand out the rest of the medals including curling (men’s on Saturday at 6:00 on CNBC; women’s on Friday at 6:00 on CNBC) and hockey (Sunday at 3:00 on NBC). Head over to for full listings.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Around the Tubes vol. XXXIX

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 Explorer: Vampire Forensics, The Presidents, The Life and Times of Tim, The Marriage Ref, Yo Gabba Gabba, Celebrity Apprentice, The Yes Men Rule the World, and Louie.

- Vampires were so last decade (I predict the supernatural beings for the Teens will be Zombies), but there are still some still trying to milk the vampire craze into this new decade like Explorer which follows forensic anthropologist Matteo Borrini as he digs deeper into the legend of “shroud eaters” from the 16th century. Explorer: Vampire Forensics airs Tuesday February 23 on The National Geographic Channel. Here is a preview:

Flesh Eating Corpse

- In honor of the recent President’s Day, iTunes and History have dropped the price of the eight episode documentary The Presidents that goes into the personal lives and legacies from George Washington to the second George Bush. Head over to iTunes before February 23 to get them for $.99 each.

- Last week I mentioned the premiere of The Life and Times of Tim on HBO. For those of you like me that are too cheap to pay for premium channels, you can watch the first episode on College Humor.

- Here is Marv Albert rehearsing for The Marriage Ref. So a show about giving advice to married couples will feature the back bitter, the twice divorced Madonna, and Alec Baldwin who didn’t really have an amicable divorce with his former wife. Alrighty.

Marv on the Set

- For those out there with little ones, mark your calendars for Monday March 8 as the third season of Yo Gabba Gabba at 10:30 AM. And it boosts a nice array of guests to start it off with “Weird Al” Yanovic stopping by. While the rest of the week sees Weezer (Tuesday), Anthony Bourdain (Wednesday), and Mos Def and Devo (Thursday). Also showing up this season will be Fred Armisen, Erykah Badu, Band of Horses, Blitzen Trapper, Chairlift, Rob Dyrdek, The Faint, Flaming Lips, The Killers, Solange Knowles, Mix Master Mike, Angela Kinsey, The Sounds, Taking Back Sunday, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Charlyne Yi and John Francis Daley, Samm Levine and Martin Starr from "Freaks and Greeks." In addition, Biz Markie is back with his regular “Biz’s Beat of the Day” segment teaching preschoolers how to beat-box, singer/illustrator/composer Mark Mothersbaugh returns in his recurring “Mark’s Magic Pictures” drawing segment and Jack McBrayer and Paul Scheer visit with their recurring “Knock Knock” joke segment.

- You know you are watching too much of the Olympics when you start reciting the commercials word for word (but seriously, it is time to start switch up your advertising). This of course includes the new season of Celebrity Apprentice (did you know Bret Michaels is the bad boy of rock?). I split on watching the new season because on one hand I had a massive crush on Summer Sanders during my formative years, but on the other I hate Donald Trump and never want to endorse anything he is involved with. For those that can tolerate him, The new Celebrity Apprentice site is now live where you find Q&As with all the contestants and hear them talk about the charities they’ll be representing this season and read full bios.

- You have to love the tag line for The Yes Men Fix the World: Sometimes it Takes a Lie to Expose the Truth. Naturally a movie about pulling pranks on the corporate greedy is being released on DVD on April 1 (April Fool’s Day).

- There has been a slight change to the premiere of the new FX comedy Louie which now will start after the new season of Rescue Me beginning sometime in June.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Breaking Down the 100 Greatest Music Videos of the 00’s

Last decade was when MTV and VH1 decided to move away from airing music videos to more reality based programming relegating when made them must watch channel into hours when most people are asleep. But it is hard to complain about the demise of Music Television considering at the same time there was the rise of video streaming sites such as YouTube even if record labels fought with them for most of the decade. Hopefully the Teens will not see those problems with the launch of Vevo, a joint venture between the record labels and YouTube. Below is how The 100 Greatest Music Videos of the 00’s broke down by year, artist and director.

Music Videos by Year
2000 – 5
2001 – 10
2002 – 5
2003 – 6
2004 – 10
2005 – 6
2006 – 12
2007 – 16
2008 – 11
2009 – 19

Artists with Multiple Videos
Kanye West – 8
Jack White (The White Stripes, The Dead Weather) - 5
Gnarls Barkley – 4
Lily Allen – 4
Outkast – 4
Weezer - 4
Jay-Z – 3
Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim, The B.P.A.) - 3
Bat for Lashes – 2
Coldplay – 2
Common – 2
Dave Matthews Band – 2
Jack Johnson – 2
Johnny Cash – 2
Ludacris – 2
Norah Jones - 2
Radiohead – 2
The Killers – 2
“Weird Al” Yankovic – 2

Directors with Multiple Videos
Chris Milk – 4
Marc Klasfeld – 3
Patrick Daughters – 3
The Malloys - 3
Anthony Mandler – 2
Bryan Barber – 2
Chris Robinson – 2
Dave Myers – 2
Joseph Khan – 2
Marcos Siega – 2
Mark Romanek – 2
Matthew Cullen – 2
Michael Blieden – 2
Paul Fedor – 2
Robert Hales – 2
Sophie Muller – 2
Spike Jones - 2

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The 100 Greatest Music Videos of the 00's

1. Hurt - Johnny Cash

2. Fell in Love With a Girl - The White Stripes

3. Weapon of Choice - Fatboy Slim Weapon of Choice

4. Keep Fishin’ - Weezer Keep Fishin'

5. Can't Tell Me Nothing (Zach Galifinakas Version) - Kanye West

6. Short Skirt/Long Jacket - Cake Short Skirt / Long Jacket

7. Nothing to Worry About - Peter Bjorn and John Nothing to Worry About

8. Toe Jam - The BPA featureing David Byrne and Dizzee Rascal Toe Jam (feat. David Byrne & Dizzee Rascal)

9. 99 Problems - Jay-Z 99 Problems

10. Who's Gonna Save My Soul - Gnarls Barkley

11. Testify - Common

12. Pork and Beans - Weezer Pork and Beans

13. Days Go By - Dirty Vegas Days Go By

14. The Middle - Jimmy Eat World

15. 1234 - Feist 1234 (Director's Version)

16. Drivin’ Me Wild - Common featuring Lily Allen Drivin' Me Wild

17. Wake Me up When September Ends - Green Day Green Day - The Green Day Collection - Wake Me Up When September Ends

18. All Falls Down - Kanye West featuring Syleena Johnson

19. God’s Gonna Cut You Down - Johnny Cash God's Gonna Cut You Down

20. House of Cards - Radiohead Radiohead - In Rainbows - From the Basement - House of Cards

21. Lessons Learned - Matt and Kim Lessons Learned

22. White and Nerdy - "Weird Al" Yankovic White & Nerdy

23. Here it Goes Again - OK Go Ok Go - Video Triple Play - Here It Goes Again

24. Oh My God - Mark Ronson featuring Lily Allen Oh My God

25. Everyday - Dave Matthews Band Everyday

26. D.A.N.C.E. - Justice Justice - D.A.N.C.E. - EP - D.A.N.C.E.

27. World on Fire - Sarah McLachlan World On Fire

28. Honey - Erykah Badu Honey

29. Clint Eastwood - Gorillaz

30. Sitting, Waiting, Wishing - Jack Johnson Sitting, Waiting, Wishing

31. All I Need - Radiohead

32. Run This Town - Jay-Z featuring Rihanna & Kanye West Jay-Z - The Blueprint 3 (Deluxe Version) - Run This Town (feat. Rihanna & Kanye West)

33. Get Back - Ludacris Get Back

34. Boston - Augustana Boston

35. Daniel - Bat for Lashes Daniel

36. Doesn't Remind Me - Audioslave Doesn't Remind Me

37. Going On - Gnarls Barkley Going On

38. Taylor - Jack Johnson Taylor

39. What's a Girl to Do? - Bat for Lashes What's a Girl to Do?

40. (If You're Wondering if I Want You To) I Want You To - Weezer Weezer - The Weezer Raditude Club: iTunes Pass - (If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To

41. Stand Up - Ludacris Stand Up

42. Heartless - The Fray The Fray - The Fray Live: iTunes Pass - Heartless

43. The Scientist - Coldplay The Scientist (Edit)

44. Trouble - Coldplay Trouble

45. Tribute - Tenacious D Tribute

46. Wind it Up - Barenaked Ladies

47. Ms. Jackson - OutKast Ms. Jackson

48. Mr. Brightside - The Killers The Killers - Video Triple Play - Mr. Brightside

49. Hey Ya! - OutKast Hey Ya!

50. True Player for Real - MC Lars featuring "Weird Al" Yankovic and Wheatus True Player for Real (feat. "Weird Al" Yankovic & Wheatus)

51. I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair) - Sandi Thom

52. Treat Me Like Your Mother - The Dead Weather Treat Me Like Your Mother

53. All These Things That I've Done - The Killers All These Things That I've Done

54. Smiley Faces - Gnarls Barkley Smiley Faces

55. Wrong - Depeche Mode

56. My Doorbell - The White Stripes

57. I Could Break Your Heart Any Day of the Week - Mandy Moore I Could Break Your Heart Any Day of the Week

58. Good Morning - Kanye West Good Morning

59. Chasing Pirates - Norah Jones Chasing Pirates

60. Ch-Check It Out - Beastie Boys

61. B.O.B. - OutKast B.O.B.

62. Throw Some D's - Kanye West

63. Low Rising - The Swell Season Low Rising

64. Not About Love - Fiona Apple Not About Love

65. He's Frank - The B.P.A. featuring Iggy Pop He's Frank (feat. Iggy Pop)

66. Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes

67. Rockstar - Nickelback Rockstar

68. Birthday Girl - The Roots and Patrick Stump Birthday Girl

69. Beyond Here Lies Nothin’ - Bob Dylan

70. Alfie - Lily Allen Alfie (Radio Edit)

71. Chasing Pavements - Adele Chasing Pavements

72. Cowboy Casanova - Carrie Underwood Cowboy Casanova

73. Smooth Criminal - Alien Ant Farm Smooth Criminal

74. Roses - OutKast

75. Strange Times - The Black Keys

76. We Are All Made of Stars - Moby

77. Just Ain't Gonna Work Out - Mayer Hawthorne Just Ain't Gonna Work Out

78. Steer - Missy Higgins Steer

79. Stronger - Kanye West Stronger

80. Stacy's Mom - Fountains of Wayne Stacy's Mom

81. Stan - Eminem featuring Dido Stan

82. Sinkin’ Soon - Norah Jones Norah Jones - Not Too Late (Deluxe Version) - Sinkin' Soon

83. Jesus Walks - Kanye West

84. You Belong With Me - Taylor Swift Taylor Swift - Fearless (Platinum Edition) - You Belong With Me

85. Rollin' With Saget - Stu Stone and Jamie Kennedy Jamie Kennedy & Stu Stone - Blowin' Up, Season 1 - Rollin' With Bob Saget (Music Video)

86. The Underdog - Spoon The Underdog

87. Conquest - The White Stripes Conquest

88. Girls, Girls, Girls - Jay-Z

89. Times Like These - Foo Fighters

90. Sleep Now in the Fire - Rage Against the Machine Sleep Now In the Fire

91. In Too Deep - Sum 41

92. You And Me - Dave Matthews Band You & Me

93. Hash Pipe - Weezer Hash Pipe

94. Maps - Yeah Yeah Yeahs Maps

95. Champion - Kanye West

96. LDN - Lily Allen

97. Death to All But Metal - Steel Panther Death to All But Metal

98. Soul Meets Body - Death Cab for Cutie Death Cab for Cutie - Directions - Soul Meets Body

99. Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of - U2 Stuck In a Moment You Can't Get Out Of

100. Crazy - Gnarls Barkley Gnarls Barkley - Crazy - Single - Crazy