Saturday, January 07, 2012

Best of the Week - 1/7/12

Quote of the Week: Shame is over rated, like Ke$ha. In fact they should rename shame Ke$hame. I just bought a Ke$ha album, I’m so ke$hamed. (Max, 2 Broke Girls)

Song of the Week: Nothing Else Matters – Lissie (Revenge)

Gratuitous Token Hot Chick Picture of the Week:

Yvonne Strahovski hanging around in a white tank top

Scene of the Week:

Big News of the Week: Television Is Already Back: Forget about the caucus (who cares what Iowa thinks anyway; go Jon Huntsman!) networks are already bringing back their shows the first week into the new year. Here is what I will be watching this winter. Premiere dates in parentheses if it has not already returned.

8:00 – How I Met Your Mother – CBS
8:00 – Pretty Little Liars – ABC Family
8:30 – 2 Broke Girls – CBS
9:00 – The Lying Game – ABC Family
10:00 – Castle – ABC (1/9)

8:00 – Switched at Birth – ABC Family
8:00 – Last Man Standing – ABC
8:30 – Work It – ABC
9:00 – The River – ABC (2/7)
10:00 – Justified – FX (1/17)
10:00 – Parenthood – NBC

8:00 – Survivor: One World – CBS (2/15)
8:00 – The Middle – ABC
8:30 – Suburgatory – ABC
9:00 – Modern Family – ABC
9:30 – Happy Endings – ABC
10:00 – Revenge – ABC
10:00 – The Challenge: Exes – MTV (1/24)

8:00 – The Big Bang Theory (1/12)

8:00 – Chuck – NBC (Series Finale 1/27)
9:00 – Grimm (1/13)
10:00 – Real Time with Bill Maher (1/13)

8:00 – Once Upon a Time – ABC (1/8)
9:00 – Shameless – Showtime (1/8)
9:00 – The Walking Dead – AMC (2/12)
10:00 – House of Lies – Showtime (1/8)
10:00 – Pan Am (1/8)
10:00 – Leverage (Season Finale 1/15)
10:00 – Mad Men – AMC (3/16)

Free Download of the Week: If you scrolled through my list of the 100 Best Songs of 2011 there are actually a couple songs that you can download for the low, low price of free.

#5 Helplessness Blues – Fleet Foxes (Rcrdlbl)
#25. Freak Out – Tapes n’ Tapes (Rcrdlbl)
#34. Freaks and Geeks – Childish Gambino (I Am Donald)
#36. Nylons in a Rip - Nikka Costa (Amazon MP3)
#62. Bonfire (Clean) - Childish Gambino (Amazon MP3)
#79. Get Some – Lykke Li (Rcrdlbl)
#88. Monster – Kanye West featuring Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Bon Iver and Nicki Minaj (Rcrdlbl)
#93. Make My – The Roots (Rcrdlbl)
#96. Little Lie – Lindi Ortega (Spinner)

For those who would like to listen to my list but are too lazy or lack the hard drive space to download the songs, I have created a Spotify playlist for you listening pleasure. And be sure to follow me because I’ll be uploading my entire yearly (and decade) lists over the next couple months and Best Songs of 1996 is already up.

Deal of the Week: Over 1000 Album for $5: Best of 2011: Amazon MP3 has over 1000 albums on sale for five dollars this month including a bunch that were released just last year including number one on my list of the 20 Best Albums of 2011, Helplessness Blues by the Fleet Foxes. Also making my list at that price include the latest from Raphael Saadiq (#2), Blitzen Trapper and Danger Mouse.

New Album Release of the Week: Fallen Empires - Snow Patrol

New DVD Release of the Week: Boardwalk Empire: The Complete First Season

Video of the Week: The movie The Firm is a little before my time (and since I am old, it makes me wonder who this show is for; apparently NBC is finally going for the anciently old CBS demographic). Now The Firm the television show has its two hour premiere Sunday at 9:00 and here is a sneak peak of the premiere. Please note that the show settles into its regular timeslot later this week on Thursday at 10:00.

Looking for the Truth

Next Week Pick of the Week: House of Lies, Sunday at 10:00 on Showtime: You can check out my preview here (Previewing House of Lies) and even if you do not subscribe to the premium channel, that are having a free preview weekend so check your cable provider and maybe you will be able to sample the return of Veronica Mars to the small screen.

Friday, January 06, 2012

Around the Tubes - 1/6/12

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 Dennis the Menace, Kojak, Pauly Shore, 30 Rock, Ghost Hunters, Face Off, The Used, Davis Cassidy, and CafePress.

- Classic television fans should be excited to learn of a couple shows coming to DVD soon. Next Tuesday, Dennis the Menace: Season Four, its final season hits shelves. The Jay North starring show features all 38 uncut episodes across 5 disks. For those looking for adult fair, Kojak: The Complete Movie Collection is being released January 24 and features all 8 mystery movies that were made between 1973 and 1990. The set even includes the previously unavailable pilot movie The Marcus Nelson Murders which was aired in 1973.

- Want to be on television with Pauly Shore? The comedian has teamed up with Youtoo TV and is encouraging you to upload 30 second videos, called Peoplemercials to air on the national cable network.

- 30 Rock returns next Thusday at 8:00 on NBC and Liz Lemon is already having flashbacks:

Liz Lemon’s Flashbacks

- How does a trip to Los Angles which would including a luxury hotel stay, private car service to and from the airport, a $1,000 reward card for whatever they want, a $250 spa card and a special concert experience sound to you? If that sounds good Lean Pockets is offering that up as a prize to one lucky winner (there’s also a chance to win thousands of daily prizes, such as retail gift cards for stylish clothing brands, department stores and online shopping). All you have to do to get a code is buy specially marked packages of Lean Pocket or fan their Facebook page to get a code to ender. Please note the grand page will also require you to hang out with Perez Hilton.

- Next Wednesday sees the return of two Syfy shows. Ghost Hunters kicks off the night at 9:00 and will be followed by Face Off at 10:00 with a men vs. women challenge with a Wizard of Oz theme. Check out a preview below:

Return to Oz

- Music fans may want to check out the new Freemake Music Box app that allows users worldwide search for music online, play tracks and create playlists with no registration, limits or geo-restrictions.

- The Used are back and you can head over to to listen to I Come Alive, the first single off of Vulnerable out March 27.

- In other new music news, David Cassidy has a new single UFO (U Fine One) that you can currently download on iTunes. The song was written for and is featuring in the new iSlinky Squashin Martians app just as the Slinky toy turns 50 years old.

- Mitt Romney may have narrowly won the Iowa Caucus but over at the CaféPress Election Meter Ron Paul has over fifty percent of merchandise sold. Mitt even still follows Barack Obama and Rick Perry.

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Previewing House of Lies

Showtime has carved out a very specific niche for its sitcom (well, half hour shows because sitcom would insinuate that it was actually funny) with very unlikeable lead characters. It started with a drug dealing suburbanite and since then included a sex addicted writer and a pill popping nurse. Considering our current situation, the lead of their new show House of Lies may be the channel’s least likeable yet: a management consultant who helps those who destroyed our economy keep their yachts and high bonuses. But hey, on the flip side, Veronica Mars is back on the small screen.

To show you just how morally corrupt the character on the show are, it is based on a book whose full title is House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Then Tell You the Time. Don Cheadle (Boogie Nights) is the lead douchebag of the second ranked firm in the nation (naturally his ex-wife Dawn Olivieri (Veronica Mars) is the head of number one). Just do not ask me what his underling Kristen Bell (Reefer Madness - The Movie Musical), Ben Schwartz (Undercovers), Josh Lawson (The Wedding Party) do other than insult each other and waste client’s money (the crew makes it rain in a strip club in the first episode).

We also get to see Cheadle off the clock and he may actually be a worse person at home than when he is getting paid. He lives with his son with Olivieri, who is having some identity issues (he is trying out for the role of Sandy in the school’s production of Grease) and his father who did about as good a job raising his son as Cheadle did. In both worlds Cheadle has a penchant for breaking the fourth wall that gets annoying really early. But hey, Veronica Mars is back on the small screen where she can curse like a sailor (which I learned firsthand she does in real life) and remove more clothing (which unfortunately she does not utilize in the first episode).

House of Lies premieres Sunday at 10:00 on Showtime. For those that cannot wait and do not mind a little censorship, you can watch the first episode free on iTunes,, you cable providers On Demand channel, or just watch it now on YouTube below:

House of Lies: Series Premiere Full Episode

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Previewing The Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan 8.x

I realized while watching The Dog Whisper that I need Caser Millan to come over to get my dogs to stop barking at the television while we watch The Dog Whisperer. Of course watching The Dog Whisperer makes me realize that even though they attack anyone who comes to the door and occasionally use the dining room as their own personal bathroom stall, they really do not come close to the dogs that Millan is tasked to rehabilitate.

The new season kicks off this Saturday on its new network, Nat Geo Wild with a very special episode dedicated to why dogs fight, thankfully a problem I rarely have to deal with unless one of them is hoarding bones (which begs the question, is there a doggie version of Hoarders?). The episode features two well mannered Jack Russell terriers that, when they get together, go all out on each other, leaving puddles over the house.

Later this season, much like Ernest P. Worrell before him Cesar goes into the army. Or at least he visits dogs at Fort Hood in Texas including an Australian shepherd who is scared of people in uniform. This of course cases problems on an Army base. Same for the Shetland shepherd who goes into a barking frenzy around loud noise, where there is a lot of with all the helicopters flying around the base. During his tour, Cesar also runs into a miniature bull terrier who needs to find a way to curb her uncontrollable excitement.

The on another very special episode, Cesar Millan will be celebrating his 150th episode over Valentine’s Weekend of course with Home-Wrecking Hounds. Cesar will be visiting two couples where their dogs have complicated their relationships. Will Cesar be able to play Cupid or will the dog days for these couples be over? We will have to wait until 2/11 to find out.

The Dog Whisperer airs Saturdays at 8:00 on Nat Geo Wild. You can stream select episodes on Hulu. You can also download Dog Whisperer on iTunes. Check out a clip from the season premiere below:

Monday, January 02, 2012

Today I Finally Overcame Trying to Fit the World Inside a Picture Frame

Room for Squares - John Mayer

A wise man once said music is the soundtrack to your life. Not only is it your soundtrack, but it is your yearbook; hearing certain songs will take you back to a high school dance, your first kiss or the time you drunkenly tried to steal a speed bump from a parking lot in college (No Diggity! No Doubt!). Listening to Room for Squares by John Mayer can take you back to the time to your early twenties when the world was at your fingertips when anything was possible. Back before you were stuck in a dead end job (and that is if you are lucky these days), had a mortgage that is not worth the paper it is printed on and long before John Mayer was writing crappy concept albums about having sex with Jennifer Aniston. But one thing Mayer got right on that crappy concept album is that it is a long time since twenty-three and listening to Room for Squares, this month’s induction into the Scooter Hall of Fame, will take you right back to that age.

John Mayer broke on the scene with No Such Thing, a one man acoustic version of the Dave Matthews Band delivering folksy pop with hope for the future. Even if the song starts off with the sarcasm of “Welcome to the real world she said condescendingly” he was still looking forward to running through the halls of his high school even if his ten year reunion was still a couple years away. The bright eyed optimist could be found all over Room for Squares like on the 3x5, a must for any road trip where Mayer himself takes to the road lamenting nothing but not having a camera to document his trip.

The name Room for Squares started up Mayer longstanding love of self deprecation and seeped into the songs on the album like on My Stupid Mouth (which he still has not cured a decade later) where his mouth resigns him to play a game of chess with the salt and pepper shaker by himself. And of course there is also the biggest song of his career: Your Body Is a Wonderland. Is it cheesy? Yes. Was it overplayed? Definitely. Did every guy who put it on when alone with a lady get some sweet lovin’ because it? Quite possibly. Wonderland was not the only chance on the album to make your move as there were a few other love songs on the album most notably St. Patrick’s Day. It is a shame the song did not become a winter standard, maybe because it spanned too many holidays, but it remains a great track on in the colder months when you want to be warmed up by that special someone.