Saturday, April 10, 2010

Best of the Week vol. XL

Quote of the Week: Use it or throw it away. (Raylan Gibbons, Justified)

Song of the Week: Young Folks – Peter, Bjorn and John (Parenthood)

Big News of the Week: Tiger Woods Back on the Course: To be honest, I stopped caring about the Tiger Woods scandal after I stopped laughing that one of his mistresses appeared on Tool Academy. So I could care less that he returned to gold this weekend and the only way they could have gotten me to watch is if they had placed a different mistress at each of the eighteen holes. But I did get drawn back into the controversy when I saw the creepy new Nike commercial with Wood’s father preaching to a motionless, black and white Tiger. Seriously, what marketing genius thought this was a good idea. Don Draper he is not. On the Brightside, it did produced plenty of hilarious parodies, this one being my favorite:

Gratuitous Token Hot Chick Picture of the Week:

Yvonne Strahovski looking down

Free Download of the Week: I Learned the Hard Way – Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings (Amazon MP3)

Deal of the Week: Blu-ray Blowout: Save Up to 52% (District 9, Up, 300)

Video of the Week: Michael Cera once again goes for the “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” philosophy to acting as it looks like he is playing the same character for the eighth straight movie, a pseudo-emo rocker wannabe. Cera apparently has ninety-nine problems; girls seem to be all of them. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World looks to his the worst problem yet as he has to battle seven evil ex’s to get the girl, including George Michael Bluth’s old fame. Yes, Her?

Next Week Pick of the Week: Real World / Road Rules Challenge, Fresh Meat 2, Wednesday at 10:00 on MTV: Once again I missed that there was a new Challenge and will be playing catch up before the second episode this week. Here’s hoping MTV will repeat the premiere before then (just in case it didn’t come across in written form, that last sentence was sarcasm, it probably be one twenty times before then).

Friday, April 09, 2010

Around the Tubes vol. XLV

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 The Real Face of Jesus, Explorer: Solitary Confinement, Dr. Who, The Roots, NBC Renewals, Parenthood, and Shameless.

- What Jesus looked like has been hotly debated for years and now a team of scientists are trying to find out what he may have really looked like on Time Machine: The Real Face of Jesus? (click the link to pre-order from Amazon). “The Real Face of Jesus is a documentary that follows a team of graphic experts as they use cutting-edge 3D software to bring a holy relic known as the Shroud of Turin to life. Many believe Jesus Christ was buried in this ancient linen cloth, which bears traces of blood and the faint, ghostly image of a man. With the help of modern technology, can HISTORY finally unlock the secrets of one of the world’s most scrutinized and controversial artifacts?”

- Coming up Sunday is the new National Geographic Channel special Explorer: Solitary Confinement to look at the controversial prison practice at 9:00. To mark the program, three people volunteers to put themselves into solitary confinement and you can watch their experience live at

- Looking for a sneak peak of the new season of Doctor Who? Well iTunes has a nine minute video available to download for free.

- Next on The Roots awesome collaboration list: Tom’s Diner with Suzanne Vega:

- Fans of unscripted television rejoice as NBC has renewed Minute to Win It, The Marriage Ref and Who Do You Think You Are for another season. Fans of scripted television, though, will apparently have to sweat it out another month to learn the fates of Chuck, Parenthood, Mercy and Trauma (though I wouldn’t hold my breath for the last two).

- Speaking of Parenthood, according to the promo below, the next episode will feature Lyla Garrity Gone Wild. Yes please.

- New show alert: Showtime has just picked up Shameless, about a patriarch of ten children who is “making ends meet is always difficult especially with a mother who is AWOL (guest star Allison Janney) and an alcoholic patriarch -- played by William H. Macy -- who usually ends up passed out on the living room floor. Oldest daughter Fiona (the highly likeable Emmy Rossum) is left to the task of keeping her five younger brothers and sisters on track, a task that usually proves impossible.” No word on a premiere date yet.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

I Want My Music Television vol. LXXVIII

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.

Young Blood – Norah Jones

And now for the most literal interpretation of a song ever. Well at least the most hilariously literal one. I think the sleeping shotgun wedding sequence is my favorite. Thank you Norah Jones and your silly red hat.

Tighten Up – The Black Keys

And I didn’t think that The Black Keys wouldn’t be able to top their laser tag inspired Strange Time, but a self awar dinosaur puppet with an E-Harmony account will do that.

The Last of the American Girls – Green Day

Okay, who put up a web cam in bedroom because Green Day totally stole my daily morning routine of having blonde twins pull off my bed sheets before breaking into a morning long dance routine.

Die by the Drop – The Dead Weather

I could not actually find a full embeddable version of the new video from the Dead Weather, but as I write this, you can download the full version of Die by the Drop on iTunes for free. And it is as creepy as the above teaser would have you believe.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

The Most Anticipated Albums of Spring 2010

Record executives recently realized that the only time people actually buy music these days are when they are buying it for someone else and so there are an overabundance of titles that come out in the fourth quarter, big releases in the other three are far and few in between. Here are the five that will be released over the next couple months followed by a broader chronological list. Please note that release dates are subject to change. Click the album name (or album artwork) for an album is available for pre-order on Amazon. Click the artist’s name for their iTunes directory.

Brothers1. Brothers – The Black Keys (May 18): Inevitably whenever you make a list a hundred deep, no matter how much research you do, you are bound to forget something. The day after I posted The 100 Greatest Duos of the 00’s, I was in the shower and realized, oh crap, I forget Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney. I am sure I will be beating my head even more when I get a listen to their latest. The boys are back to their do it yourself esthetic after their turn to Danger Mouse who produced Attack and Release (he is back for one track, the first single Tighten Up).

To the Sea2. To the Sea – Jack Johnson (June 1): Thankfully the greedy record execs are not holding this out for Christmas time because if there is an artist that should be listened to during the summer not while there is snow on the ground, it is Jack Johnson. Look out for the new single You and Your Heart coming to an adult contemporary station any day now.

Court Yard Hounds3. Court Yard Hounds – Court Yard Hounds (May 4): You may not recognize the band name, but you know it members, the sister two thirds of the Dixie Chick. Emily has taken over the singing and writing (with the exception of Marti who takes lead on one track). The album will also feature a duet with Jakob Dylan.

Light & Darkness4. Bionic – Christina Aguilera (June 8): Like most double albums, Back to Basics could have sufficed as a single disk. Four years after that release, Christina is back and brought with her an eclectic group of songwriters and producers for Bionic including M.I.A., Sia, La Tigre, Polow da Don (The Neptunes (rumored) and longtime collaborator Linda Perry who co-wrote You Life Me up which debut during the Haiti marathon.

5. How I Got OverThe Roots (June 8): I believe I included this in my album rundown last fall, here’s hoping it finally reached the light of day this summer.

Women and CountryJakob Dylan
I Learned the Hard WaySharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
Midnight SouvenirsPeter Wolf

April 13
Leave Your SleepNatalie Merchant

April 20
My Best Friend Is YouKate Nash
Tears, Lies and AlibisShelby Lynne
Country MusicWillie Nelson
Rise UpCypress Hill

April 27
Nobody’s DaughterHole
Sparks FlyMiranda Cosgrove

May 4
Live at the Troubadour – James Taylor and Carol King
PulseToni Braxton
Uni-5: The World’s Enemy – Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

May 11
Sea of CowardsThe Dead Weather
Night TrainKeane

May 18
The Archandroid - Janelle Monáe

May 25
Stone Temple PilotsStone Temple Pilots
Distant RelativesNas and Damien Marley

June 1
Shout it Out – Hanson

June 8
We Are BornSia
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals - Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Destroyer of the Void – Blitzen Trapper

June 15
The Laws of IllusionsSarah McLachlan

June 22
The SelloutMacy Gray

No Release Date Yet (So I would not expect them until fall)
Songs of Ascent – U2
Hot Sauce Committee, Pt 1Beastie Boys
Life Styles - Nelly Furtado
Hands All Over – Maroon 5
Everything Comes and GoesMichelle Branch
The Business – Mark Ronson
100 Miles to Memphis – Sheryl Crow
MojoTom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Relapse 2 - Eminem
Fresh – Devo
TBA – Sara Bareilles
TBA – KT Tunstall

And of course, what would a music preview be with the obligatory; maybe this will be the season that we actually get to hear Dr. Dre’s Detox.

Monday, April 05, 2010

Previewing Expedition Wild and Mystery Gorillas

Expedition Wild: Project Kodiak with Casey Anderson

Remember the horrible Eddie Murphy version of Dr. Doolittle where he tried to adapt a circus bear into the wild to mildly humorous effect. That is kind of what is going on with Expedition Wild: Project Kodiak premiering tonight at 9:00 on Nat Geo Wild. Casey Anderson is traveling to Kodiak, Alaska to view grizzly bears in the wild so he can teach his 900 hundred pound buddy Brutus to live like his relatives do like swimming in water and even create a waterfall to reenact a bear trying to catch a salmon swimming upstream. Along the trip, we even get a cameo from one of the stars from Soul Plane (no seriously, it took me a couple minutes to realize what I was seeing) who takes on Casey in a game of fly fishing.

Future episodes of Expedition Wild will focus on the wild wolves of Yellowstone, a journey with Casey trekking through Yellowstone during two key seasons – winter and spring – documenting every living thing he encounters; and a one hour special with the complete history of his relationship with Brutus. Check out a preview of tonight’s episode below:

The other programming premiering tonight right after Expedition Wild is Mystery Gorillas at 10:00. The show follows explorer Mireya Mayor as she immerse herself in the jungles of Africa studying wild gorillas including one that they affectionately call Ugly. They even discover gorillas using tools for the first time viewed by a human. But my favorite part of show is how all the westerners are dressed in earth tones that border on camouflage while the native tour guide wears a very bright colored basketball jersey. Check out a clip below: