Saturday, December 20, 2008

Best of the Week vol. VIII

Quote of the Week: Well, then allow me to put this to you delicately. You see, men are dogs. They come, you know, sniffing around, barking up your tree. But if they don’t see a kitty cat up in that tree, pretty soon they stop barking. Dwight’s not missing. He's barking up somebody else’s tree. (Emerson Cod, Pushing Daisies)

Song of the Week: Barney’s Christmas Medley - Barney Stinson (How I Met Your Mother)

Big News of the Week: Design Your Own The Office T-Shirt: Here is a cool offer if you are a fan of slave labor. Head over to to design your own t-shirt dedicated to The Office. A grand prize is awarded to one lucky fan who would be chosen by producers of The Office and will be sold through the And that is pretty much the whole prize, no Dundie and it sounds like NBC won’t even cut you in on the profits your shirt makes for the site.

Gratuitous Token Hot Chick Picture of the Week:

Yvonne Strahovski Close Up

Coalition Links of the Week:
Buzz reflected on the year Grey's Anatomy went totally crazy. (BuzzSugar)

This week Team GMMR shared our TV on DVD wish list. What's TV series are on your list? Here's to hoping Santa likes TV as much as the rest of us. (Give Me My Remote)

Which EW 2008 Pop Culture moment photo, recreated by the gang at How I Met Your Mother, do you love best? Vance wants you to vote on it! Vance thinks it's a toss up between the Michael Phelps Olympics one and The Jonas Brothers one. Either way, Neil Patrick Harris is hot. (Tapeworthy)

This week, Jace once again took a look into the future, offering advance reviews of Season Three of HBO's Big Love and the Skins season finale on BBC America. (Televisionary)

Amy Poehler's send-off on Saturday Night Live was bittersweet -- Jesse was sad to see her go, but glad that she left on what could be the best episode of the season thus far! (TiFaux)

This week, the TV Addict poked fun at NBC's latest attempt to cut costs. (The TV Addict)

Free Download of the Week: Being the last Free Download of the year and everyone seems to be in a giving mood here is a list of some cool free stuff. And of course there is also the free iTunes or Amazon gift card you can win just by sending me your favorite songs of the year:

Listen Up - EPMD (Amazon MP3)

25 Days of Free Christmas Songs (Amazon MP3)

I Believe - R. Kelly (iTunes)

Flight of the Concords: Season 2 Premiere (Streaming at

Video of the Week: Kenneth the Page has a new edition to his Kenneth the Web Page and here it is:

Next Week Pick of the Week: Leverage, Tuesday at 10:00 on TNT: It seems to be a light week thanks to the holidays but for those that cannot stomach spending all that time with your family and have overdosed on The Christmas Story marathon by the third hour, Leverage offers up their Christmas episode. Had I waited an extra month to post the list, the show would have easily been number one on my Best New Shows of Fall 2008 and this episode is the best of the first four and features D.B. Sweeney as a priest whose church the gang tries to save from being bought from a shady business man.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Nobody Wants to Hear You Sing About Tragedy

Just when you thought emo was dead and buried, Kanye West of all people made an album that rivals anything My Chemical Romance did in terms of whiney nonsense. Aside from Kanye’s lovelorn 808’s and Heartbreak the only other big emo albums released this year are by band that really are not that emo other than their penchant for eyeliner and tight leather pants.

Fall Out Boy on iTunesYeah Fall Out Boy started the trend of absurdly long song title that seem to go away in between Meatloaf albums and features more punctuation than daytime PBS shows. But there songs tend to be chipper especially compared to other bands that broke on the Warped Tour over the past decade. The Boys would like you to think they don’t care (as heard on the first single off Folie à Deux) but their problem is they care too much.

This is most evident on the opening song, Disloyal Order of Water Buffaloes, song that could have been up their with othe rwannabe The Who rock anthems but they end up ruining by trying to hard to add too much too the song, specifically for the song with the silly chanting of “Detox just to retox” at the end of the song. And that goes throughout the album where they take a perfectly catchy song and tinker too much with it to the point the four lines Elvis Costello sings on What a Catch, Donnie comes and goes without you even thinking it was him.

Folie à Deux gets a Terror Alert Level: Elevated [YELLOW] on my Terror Alert Scale.

The All-American Rejects iTunesThen there are The All-American Rejects who have been thrown in with the emo crowd despite sounding more like a band on the Sunset Strip in the eighties than My Bloody Valentine. And like those eighties band, they may not be writing the most profound or musically challenging songs, but they aim to please which they do for their core audience with the addition of sing along choruses like in Give You Hell. In fact most song seems built for audience participation for their live shows.

But three albums in, the latest being When the World Comes Down, you can’t help but think the band has already run out of ideas like the guitars in I Wanna is only like a half a second different than those that start off Swing Swing. The Rejects do add the sweet title track to their repertoire and Catherine and Allison Pierce add some brevity to Another Heart Calls. But it was the lack of change that doomed those bands on The Strip to VH1 reality shows two decades later and if they don’t embraces change Tyson Ritter might be expecting a call form the channel in a couple years.

When the World Comes Down gets a Terror Alert Level: Elevated [YELLOW] on my Terror Alert Scale.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Previewing Kung Fu Temple

Kung Fu Temple 1The last time I talked about a special on the National Geographic Channel I mentioned that the narration sounded like something you would here from a video a science teacher popped in when he was too lazy to come up with a lesson plan which I have since realized was pretty silly because National Geographic is really the go to for lazy science teachers. So that point was a little mute. But anyways.

The most recent special from the channel debuting tonight really isn’t something for the science teachers, but maybe more suited for lazy social studies teachers with Secrets of the Kung Fu Temple. And as a fan of the Wu-Tang Clan and all their Shaolin references, this is right up my alley. Granted it is a little off setting having the curtain pulled back to see the Shaolin Monks using computers and cell phone and interjecting hip hop dancing into their traveling show. You can check out a preview video over at and below are some more photos from the show:

Kung Fu Temple 2

Kung Fu Temple 3

Kung Fu Temple 4

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Press Release: Christmas in Washington

Julianne Hough at Christmas in WashingtonLast week I mentioned that this would be the last Christmas in Washington for George Bush but apparently last year was his last because he did not actually show up this year. Not sure if he did not want to share the bill with Straight No Chaser or he was trying to peel shoes out of his grill. But the moderately attractive Julianne Hough is still showing so that is good enough for me. And Kristin Chenoweth is being counter-programmed against Olive Snook. Or just catch the 11:00 re-airing. Here is the full line up:

TNT’s CHRISTMAS IN WASHINGTON, the annual holiday concert event now in its 27th year. Taped at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., and premiering on TNT Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).

Kristin Chenoweth at Christmas in WashingtonWHO: Performances will include Casting Crowns (“I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”); Kristin Chenoweth (“I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and “What Child is This”); Julianne Hough (“Jingle Bell Rock,” “Santa Baby” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”); Darius Rucker (“If I Had Wings”); Raphael Saadiq (“Merry Christmas, Baby”); and Straight No Chaser (“Carol of the Bells” and “The 12 Days of Christmas”). Dr. Phil & Robin McGraw host. First Lady Laura Bush is among the honored guests for the hour-long holiday concert.

WHEN: TNT Premiere: Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
TNT Encores: Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. (ET/PT)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

I Want My Music Television vol. XLI

There have been a couple of videos that have caught my eye lately so I though 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.

The Fear - Lily Allen

I had some fear that Lily Allen would hit a sophomore slump after deciding not to work with Mark Ronson on her second album (she eventually did), but those fears were subsided with a solid debut single off an album you can find sometime in February. And she hasn’t mellowed much as she rightfully put Katy Perry on blast for ripping her off but without actually writing her own songs. Oh snap. And for those that like to participate in Lyric Quizzes, you may want to pay close attention to this song).

You Found Me - The Fray

Also coming out with a new album in February (and you also want to pay close attention to the lyrics) is The Fray. Sophomore slump is also a concern for the band, but this song has grown on me since I first heard it in the cheesy Lost promotion.

The Weight of Her - Butch Walker

One song you won’t find in this month’s Lyrics Quiz is by Butch Walker though I did plan on including the line about the girl making mixtapes even though she was born the year he graduated high school. As obsessive compulsive (no seriously, check out my iTunes playlists sometime) I am about stuff like that, even I forget things sometimes.

Gives You Hell - The All-American Rejects

A week from today I will unveil the Best Albums of 2008 and I may have a review from The All-American Rejects before then although I am not entirely sure they will make the list. But as I compile the list I have come to the conclusion that there were plenty of great songs this year but really no great albums.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Lyrics Quiz: Best of 2008

The songs are listed chronologically from when I put them in my iTunes playlist that helps me track the best songs throughout the years. As always leave your guesses, both artist and song title, in the comment section or e-mail me. If you are correct I will un-bold the lyric. Please keep in mind the lyrics quiz is for entertainment purposes only so please only use your own meandering mind to guess them. Now onto the last lyric quiz of the year:

1. You said I must eat so many lemons ‘cause I am so bitter. I said I would rather be with your friends, mate, because they are fitter. (Foundations - Kate Nash; guessed by Akosua)
2. There are times when the poets and porn stars align and you won’t know who to believe in, well that’s a good time to be leaving. (Shine - Anna Nalick; guessed by Julie)
3. I don’t know who I am, who I am without you, all I know is that I should. (Where I Stood - Missy Higgins; guessed by Julie)
4. How can we seek salvation when our nation’s race relations got me feeling guilty of being white?
5. But I should of known better cause now I feel like America’s underbelly, R. Kelly, got a smart better less, internet predators, chat-room irregulars.
6. I’ve been spending way too long checking my tongue in the mirror. And bending over backwards just to try to see it clearer. But my breath fogged up the glass so I drew a new face and I laughed. (I'm Yours - Jason Mraz; guessed by Jo)
7. They’ll be girls across the nation that will eat this up. (Bottle it Up - Sara Barilles; guessed by Jo)
8. All the girls in the line for the bathroom. (Everyone Nose - N.E.R.D.; guessed by Rose)
9. I ain’t gonna make the same mistakes that put my momma in her grave. I don’t wanna be alone. (Sweet and Low - Augustana; guessed by Christy)
10. Timbaland knows the way to reach the top of the charts. Maybe if I work with him I can perfect the art. (Pork and Beans - Weezer; guessed by Rose)
11. Got some bad news this morning which in turn made my day.
12. As the flashbulbs burst, she holds a smile like someone would hold a crying child. (Cath... - Death Cab for Cutie; guessed by Annie)
13. Still in musical prison, in jail for the flow. Try telling Bob Dylan, Bruce, or Billy Joel they can’t say what’s in their soul.
14. Cause you don’t always have to hold your head higher than your heart. (Hope - Jack Johnson; guessed by Liz)
15. For some reason I can’t explain, I know St. Peter won’t call my name. (Viva la Vida - Coldplay; guessed by Rose)
16. I bide my time with physiological questions. Not for nothing, but what came first: the chicken nugget or the Egg McMuffin?
17. Faith and desire in the swing of your hips just hold me down hard and drown me in love. (Come on Get Higher - Matt Nathenson; guessed by Charli)
18. Then the congregation all stood up and sang the saddest song that she ever heard. Then they handed her a folded up flag and she held on to all she had left of him. (Just a Dream - Carrie Underwood; guessed by Jo)
19. All I wanna do is !!!! and * $ and take your money. (Paper Planes - M.I.A.; guessed by Rose)
20. Will those feet in modern time walk on souls that were made in China? (Love is Noise - The Verve; guessed by Rebekah)
21. But this feels so unnatural. Peter Gabriel too. Can you stay up to see the dawn in the colors of Benetton? (Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa - Vampire Weekend; guessed by Liz)
22. I’m just a little bit caught in the middle. Life is the maze and love is the riddle. (The Show - Lenka; guessed by Rebekah)
23. I’m telling you things get better through whatever. If you fall, dust if off, don’t let up. Don’t you know you can go, be your own miracle? (Just Stand Up - Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, Fergie, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge, Natasha Bedingfield, Miley Cyrus, Leona Lewis, Carrie Underwood, Keyshia Cole, LeAnn Rimes, Ashanti, Ciara & Mariah Carey; guessed by Rebekah)
24. I’m alive, I know don’t need a witness to know that I survived. I’m not looking for forgiveness. (The Resolution - Jack's Mannequin; guessed by Molly)
25. ‘Cause you were Romeo, I was the Scarlet Letter. (Love Story - Taylor Swift; guessed by Charli)
26. How could you be so Dr. Evil? (Heartless - Kanye West; guessed by Rose)
27. They play Sleepy Jackson on the radio and that’s the way I like it. I hear Beyoncé on the radio and that’s the way I like it. (Catch My Disease - Ben Lee; guessed by Rose)
28. Hottest girl I know, if you had some lipo, you could be second runner up Miss Ohio. (Whatever You Like - "Weird Al" Yankovic; guessed by Mia)
29. I found God on the corner of First and Amistad where The West was all but won. (You Found Me - The Fray; guessed by Rebekah)
30. I’ll take my clothes off and it will be shameless. ‘Cause everyone knows that’s how you get famous. (The Fear - Lily Allen; guessed by Molly)

Sunday, December 14, 2008

57 Channels and Only This Is On vol. LIX

The Big Bang Theory: Just when I thought Sheldon’s knocking was getting old really quick, having him do it with computer was hilarious. But how could no one make a Steven Hawkins joke? You can stream current episodes over at Innertube. You can also download The Big Bang Theory on iTunes.

Chuck: Chuck got me, I predicted Lunberg would end up like Chuck’s ex and Casey’s sensei, but just slipped away. Although I am not entirely sure why he put the money in Chuck’s account and skipped town. But the DeLoeran bit cracked me up. You can stream current episodes over at You can also download Chuck on iTunes.

How I Met your Mother: I have a hard time believing that for someone that basically lives in a bar in New York, that was Ted’s first and apparently only fight he has ever been in. When inebriated, it doesn’t take much to start one. I am one of the most mannered people you would meet, but even I have partaken in a couple bar brawls and more than a few bench clearing brawls in various sports. And I do have some scars to show Robin. Which begs the question, how easy is it to bed Robin: Ted, Barney, Naked Man, any dude with a scar. You can stream current episodes over at Innertube. You can also download The Big Bang Theory on iTunes.

Eli Stone: I have no problem believing that Eli gets messages sent to him by God through George Michael, but there is no way I am believing that Bridget Moynihan is an heiress that gets acupuncture in Chinatown and lets said acupuncturist set her up on blind dates. You can stream current episodes over at You can also download Eli Stone on iTunes.

Pushing Daisies: The chest bump may have been the greatest thing on television of the year. If I were to make a list of the best duos on television, Emerson and Olive would definitely be in discussion for the top spot. It almost makes me want to send pies to ABC. You can stream current episodes over at

Pushing Daisies on iTunes

Gary Unmarried: I completely come down on Gary’s side that a person’s very first concert is important. Case in point: For the rest of my life I am stuck telling people my first concert was the Club MYV Party to Go Tour featuring Bell Biv DeVoe, C+C Music Factory, Gerado, and many more. You can stream current episodes over at Innertube.

Survivor: My prophecy of Kenny getting the boot didn’t completely come to fruition, but close with his ally Crystal taking his place. Barring immunity, he is most likely the next gone and it should be safe to assume Bob will win in a landslide and will also get the fan’s poll prize too. All this because Kenny over thought everything.
You can stream current episodes over at Innertube.

Survivor on iTunes

My Name Is Earl: It is good that Earl is on the right side of karma because the his plan was one of the most devious thing on television not thought up by Eric Cartman. You can stream current episodes over at You can also download My Name Is Earl on iTunes.