Saturday, February 18, 2012

Best of the Week - 2/18/12

Quote of the Week: “Say hello to your Aunt Mommy.” No, not adorable: Appalachian. (Mitchell, Modern Family)

Song of the Week: A Horse with No Name – America (as sung by Alt-Man, Suburgatory)

Preview Picture of the Week:

Ethan gets his mug shot on The Lying Game

Scene of the Week:

Big News of the Week: The New GOP Front Runner Is… Rick Santorum?: A couple weeks ago I heard someone compare the then inevitable Republican nominee Mitt Romney to former Democratic nominee for president John Kerry: a Massachusetts political so uninspiring that he could not even beat an incumbent who in no way deserved a second term. But what would that make Rick Santorum, a guy who would lose in a landslide to an incumbent that in no way deserves to be elected? Leave it to the Republican, who looked like they could nominate a ham sandwich a year ago and win, to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Free Download of the Week: Lead Me Love - Shelby Lynne (Rolling Stone)

Deal of the Week: Save up to 60% on Select HBO Favorites (Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, Eastbound and Down)

New Album Release of the Week: Reign of Terror - Sleigh Bells

New DVD Release of the Week: Weeds: Season Seven

Video of the Week: You could not pay me to the last G.I. Joe. It looked like just another example of Hollywood trying to ruin my childhood with another crappy live action movie of toys I used to play with. And from what I heard I was glad to skip it. So I naturally groaned when they announced a sequel. But then the cast The Rock. And Tyra Collette. And Titus Pullo. And Boyd Crowder. And The Rza. And it was written by the guys who wrote Zombieland. So consider me intrigued. Well that was until I learned it was being directed by the dude who did the Justin Bieber movie. Wait, what?

Next Week Pick of the Week: Survivor: One World, Wednesday at 8:00 on CBS: I was tentative going into the new season of Survivor after two seasons of the painfully bad Redemption Island to the point I was ready to switch over to watching ABC comedies live on Wednesday and saving Survivor for later in the week. But after one week I am back in, the One World idea is great and segregating the genders is even better. I wonder if next season Survivor will have the cojones to do One World with Blacks, Whites, Asians, and Hispanics.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Around the Tubes - 2/17/12

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 Awake, Life's Too Short, Game of Thrones, House of Lies, Memphis, American Weed, Key and Peele, Swamp People, Full Metal Jousting, RuPaul's Drag Race, Life in the Wild, The Franchise, For Better or Worse, Intel, and Hardcore Pawn.

- My sources tell me that Awake was the best Pilot of the 2011-12 season, but who cares what they think. Judge for yourself by watching the full premiere below:

Special Full Episode Preview

- This Sunday HBO is launching its latest new show Life’s Too Short from Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant at 10:30 (following the third season premiere of Eastbound and Down). Check out the first season trailer below:

- In other HBO new, they recently released its first poster for the second season of Game of Thrones, take a gander below:

Game of Thrones poster

- For those that need to catch up on House of Lies or just need more Kristen Bell in your life are in luck. Next Sunday Showtime will be airing all seven episodes starting at 8:00 this Sunday.

- For Broadway fans that cannot make it to New York City very often will want to mark the calendars for next Friday when PBS will be airing Tony Award winning musical Memphis at 9:00 (check your local listings). This will mark the first time that a Best Musical winner has aired on U.S. national television with its original principals while, at the same time, continuing its Broadway run and national tour.

- New series alert! Premiering naturally on Ash Wednesday at 10:00 on National Geographic Channel is American Weed will be looking at all sides of the issue — from the growers, patients and dispensary owners, to the cops, caregivers and opponents of the newly legal medical marijuana in Colorado.

- Ty Burrell recently did a little moonlighting on Comedy Central’s new sketch comedy show Key and Peele naturally playing a Nazi. I am not sure Phil Dunphy would approve:

- Miss recent episodes of History’s Swamp People and / or Full Metal Jousting. Just click those links to be taken to the full episodes. You can always turn into Swamp People Thursdays at 9:00 and Full Metal Jousting Sundays at 10:00.

- Socialite Life recently sat down with Willam from the most recent season of RuPaul’s Drag Race who talks about how he got into drag (watching the soccer classic Ladybugs naturally).

- Not only is Love in the Wild returning this summer to NBC, it just picked up a new host. Jenny McCartney will be back at bringing couple together for the first time since her Singled Out days. Jenny will be heading out to the Dominican Republic later this month to start filming.

- Showtime recently announced which team it will follow for the next season of The Franchise: the Miami Marlins. Wait, when did they change from Florida? And Miami Marlins sounds like a comic book character.

- Tyler Perry fans should be happy to learn his top rated TBS sitcom For Better or Worse has been renewed for another thirty-five episodes.

- Intel has a new line of ads called Pop Up Theater where a bunch of laptop carrying people pop up flash mob style for a performance. Check out one below:


- TruTV not only renewed Hardcore Pawn for another season, they are expanding it into an new series Hardcore Pawn: Fort Bragg. Also look out for more Lizard Lick Towing coming to the cable channel.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

First Impressions: Survivor: One World

The cast of Survivor: One World

Just when you thought the idea of Redemption Island was the dumbest idea Survivor ever had, watching the subsequent seasons only proved that it was actually worse than you could have imagined. So last night when Jeff Probst said “Redemption Island…) I screamed at the television, “Noooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!” thankfully after a too long of a dramatic pause he finished his sentence “will not be in play this season”. Whew. But there is a new twist to the game: One World where both tribes live on one beach. A very interesting twist made even more interesting in that the two tribes set up separate camps very far apart and do not seem keen on sharing anything.

Colton Cumbie: yep he's gayThe other big twist is for only the third time in twenty-four season that they are dividing up the tribes and just like the previous two seasons, the guys have started out cocky and the women started out chirping at each other. Interesting enough, in the Amazon, the guys went into the merge with a majority but it was Jenna Morasca who was crowned Sole Survivor while in Vanuatu Chris Daugherty took the title when the women had the numbers. But this season for the first time the men actually won the first immunity challenge but much like Barry Bonds, put an asterisk next to the win because they only won because a woman got hurt (seriously, when Probst tells you to hold your hands to your chest, hold your hands to your chest). Even worse, Probst gave them the option to take the win or continue the challenge and even though they had a two person lead at the time, they still cowardly took the win. I cannot believe the Survivor Gods are going to be too happy by that decision.

Leif Manson
is almost as tall as a HantzLuckily the women were save from having to vote someone out because the woman that got hurt ended up breaking her wrist and was medically removed from the game (if I am not mistaken this was only the second time a challenge was ended due to injury and the player was removed from the game). But the bad news was they still went to Tribal Council giving Probst time to what he does best: stir the pot. And the ingredients inside the pot this time were Christina Cha and Alicia Rosa who pulled out the claws early with a hooded Kat Edorsson hilariously in the middle acting as Mills Lane.

Kat Edorsson: I'd hit thatOne episode, and I am back in. I love the possibilities that two tribes / one beach provides especially when they are segregating themselves: secret alliances, sabotage, theft. Hopefully these all come to fruition and just may thanks to gay homosexual Colton Cumbie who left no question to his sexuality with his jumping form who may just utilities all three. The other early standout is the very first little person on Survivor (or as Herc from Ain’t it Cool New Say, unless you count the Hantz family) who even got his head petted by Alicia, and if there is one thing I have learned from the little people I know (all two of them), never, under any circumstance, pet them on the head. Yeah Alicia is not making many friends. Oh yeah, and the guy’s tribe includes two guys named Tarzan and Troyzan. Fun times.

Contestant I’d Most Like to Have Dirty, Dirty Sex with Even if She Hasn’t Take a Shower in a Month: Kat Edorsson

Winner: Kim Spradlin

Back Up Choice: Jonas Otsuji

Survivor: Redemption Island airs Wednesdays at 8:00 on CBS. You can stream episodes on You can also download Survivor on iTunes.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Lyrics Quiz: Primative Radio Gods

I rib iTunes Genius feature because it comes up with less genius playlist and more just a group of songs within the same genre. But after plugging in Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand, which landed at number one on my list of the 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 90’s, the first four songs that Genuis came up with were all songs from that list. Seven one hit wonders total from the decade in all showed up in the top twenty-five (and two other from the eighties). Sure I would have been more impressed if How Blue Can You Get? by B.B. King, the songs that is sampled, was on the list. But anyway. So I took those top twenty-five songs and made them into this month’s lyrics quiz. 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 and give you credit. Please keep in mind the lyrics quiz is for entertainment purposes only so please only use your own meandering mind to guess them.

1. I wanna hold the hand inside you. I wanna take a breath that’s true. I look to you and I see nothing. I look to you to see the truth.
2. What if I were Romeo in black jeans?
3. And you just don’t get it, keep it copasetic, and you learn to accept it, and no, you’re so pathetic.
4. I don’t mind the sun sometimes, the images it shows. I can taste you on my lips and smell you in my clothes.

5. Nothing so loud than hearing when we lie. Truth is not kind but you say neither am I. (All I Want - Toad the Wet Sproket; guessed by Rebekah)
6. She spent her twenties between the sheets. Life limped along at sub-sonic speeds.
7. I’m not expecting to grow flowers in the desert but I can look and breathe and see the sun in winter time.

8. Seems like everybody’s got a plan. It’s kinda like Nashville, with a tan. (Lullaby - Shawn Mullin; guessed by Rebekah)
9. When I want something and I don’t wanna pay for it: I just walk right through the door.
10. I’m turning to the horoscope and looking for the funnies when I’m feeling someone watching and so I turn my head. (Tom's Diner - Suzanne Vega; guessed by Rebekah)
11. Pulling out jives and jamboree hand outs, two turn tables and a microphone.
12. We don’t even care to shake these zipper blues. We don’t know just where these bones will rest. To dust I guess.
13. Well I’ve never prayed but tonight I’m on my knees, yeah. I need to hear some sounds that recognize the pain in me yeah.
14. It’s not a habit, it’s cool, I feel alive, if you don’t have it you’re on the other side.
15. You cook so well, all nice and French, you do yo. Brain surgery too mama with your monkey wrench.

16. Hold this string as I walk away. Watch me unravel; I’ll soon be naked, lying on the floor. (Undone (The Sweater Song) - Weezer; guessed by Rebekah)
17. Philosophy, it’s the talk on a cereal box. Religion is a smile on a dog. (What I Am - Edie Brickell; guessed by Rebekah)
18. If I seem to be confused I didn’t mean to be with you. And when you said I scared you well I guess you scared me too. (Joey - Concrete Blonde; guessed by Rebekah)
19. And I will be the one to hold you down, kiss you so hard. I’ll take your breath away. And after I will wipe your tears away. Just close your eyes dear. (Possession - Sarah McLachlan; guessed by Rebekah)
20. I want a girl who gets up early. I want a girl who stays up late. I want a girl with uninterrupted prosperity who uses a machete to cut through red tape.
21. Well you know just what you do to me. The way you move soft and slippery. Cut the night just like a razor. Rarely talk and that’s the danger.
22. It is the way we move your hand and it’s the way you understand. That’s the reason that I’m asking. That’s the reason I want to know.
23. I rushed the ladies’ room, took the water from the toilet, washed her feet and blessed her name.

24. That’s great it starts with earthquake, bird and snakes and aeroplanes. Lenny Bruce is not afraid. (It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) - R.E.M.; guessed by Rebekah)
25. World was on fire, no one could save me but you. Strange word desire, make people do. (Wicked Game - Chris Isaak; guessed by Rebekah)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

I Want My Music Television - 2/14/12

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.

Safe and Sound - Taylor Swift featuring The Civil Wars

I am not sure what this whole Hunger Games thing is or what the video has to do with it, but Taylor Swift should seriously consider hiring The Civil Wars as her permanent backing band.

(Expletive Deleted) in Paris - The Throne

Note to self: next time a video comes with an epilepsy warning, do not watch it. I am going to be seeing a kaleidoscope version of The Throne every time I close my eyes for the next couple days.

Get Burned – Sleeper Agent

Also stuck in my brain: giant molesting bunnies. Thanks Sleeper Agent.

We Take Care of Our Own - Bruce Springsteen

It is weird that the older Bruce Springsteen gets, the more he morphs into looking like the love child of Joe Strummer and Johnny Cash.

Monday, February 13, 2012

We on Award Tour: 2012 Grammy Awards

Adele with an armfull of GrammysIt seems like the Grammys always get a major chunk of their awards wrong, but in 2011 there was no denying Adele and even with the Grammys track record, it is still no surprised that she hauled in the most awards this year. Here are some other thoughts on the night:

- I am a little shocked that Bruce Springsteen went with the new song that most people won’t even remember by next year instead of a song that highlighted a Clarence Clemmons sax solo.

- Can’t say I was ever a Whitney Houston fan (a grand total of two songs made it on my iPod), but it is also sad to see someone go that quickly and unexpectedly. But once again it shows, just like Whitney said it was: crack is wack. Another example as to never start using the stuff and if you do, it is time to get yourself help.

- Why even bring in LL Cool J as host if his entire monologue consists of a prayer and then shouting out people in the front row?

- It is never a good sign when they mentioned Bruno Mars is up for Album of the Year and I completely forgot he was. Granted the category was always Adele and the four other people since they announced the nominees.

- I can’t believe they actually brought Chris Brown back to the Grammys considering the last time the two were in the same sentence he had to cancel an appearance after brutally beating Rihanna. What’s worse (aside from not even bother to sing) was that he totally ripped off Rihanna’s We Found Love for the song he lip-synced.

Kelly Clarkson with slightly better hair- It is nice to see after sporting bad mom hair for the last couple months, Kelly Clarkson decided to actually do something with her hair tonight. Unfortunately she passed on her bad hair to Taylor Swift.

- Couldn’t they just give an entire half an hour block to The Beach Boys? That just did not seem long enough.

- Paul McCartney, Diana Krall and… Joe Walsh?

- It was enough that they were snubbed for Best New Artist, which they should have won, but only sixty seconds for The Civil Wars?

- It is ironic that Taylor Swift performed Mean on the Grammys considering the song was inspired by the critics who had some mean things to say following her performance with Stevie Nicks on the show a couple years ago.

Taylor Swift needs a new hairstyle- Katy Perry fooled me; I thought she pulled an Ashlee Simpson, although maybe she should have lip synced because it was pretty poor performance.

- After a year of hearing everyone butchering the song, it is weird hearing a great performance of Rolling in the Deep.

- Bon Iver, your Best New Artist of 2009.

- Roy Orbison’s widow gets mentions in the In Memoriam package but not Jani Lane?

- You really have to be high to enjoy electronic music.

- Can we please end the Nicki Minaj era please? Seriously, did she really work Oh Come All Ye Faithful into her abomination of a performance?

Sunday, February 12, 2012

57 Channels and Only This Is On - 2/12/12

Shameless: I totally missed that Karen said she was pregnant last week. Not only did I miss it last week, I even missed it this week during the “previously on” segment. It was not until they started discussing it during the episode and wondered why they brought it up flippidly and had to go back to the “previously on” package to go, yeah, totally missed that.

Pretty Little Liars: When the first introduced the step sister last season I thought she would be a great foil for Hanna and was a bit disappointed last week when she played the shy, fish out of water card but I was just awe struck at how evil her plan was when it was revealed she was the one who sent out the naked picture of herself. Spencer said uit best that doing so would have gotten her arch-nemesis in major trouble, made all the girls pity her and all the guys lust after her. Brilliant. Almost, because if you have a massive birthmark on one side, how about instead of airbrushing it, how about taking a picture from the other side?
You can stream recent episodes on Hulu. You can also download Pretty Little Liars on iTunes.

The Voice: Who would have guessed after one week Christina Aguilera would be sitting in the pole position after one week? Her team was so embarrassingly bad last season, if the teams went head to head last year instead battled with your own team (which would have made for a much more interesting show) Christina may not have had anyone in the top ten. I would have guessed anyone who watched last season would instantly choose Blake Shelton who was clearly the best coach last season, yet he is sitting with the worst team so far (maybe a little karma from his horrible Footloose cover). I wonder if people went for Christina knows her team might be so bad that they could easily make it to the finals?

Last season when Dia Frampton trotted on stage she looked familiar and when the scanned to sister in the friend and family room, I was like, oh yeah, that’s Meg & Dia, I have them on my iPod. And that actually happened to me three times this year (and we are just one week in) including Angel Taylor, Juliet Simms of Automatic Loveletter and not only so I have songs by Tony Lucca, I own an entire album by the guy. And let’s not forget that his version of Devil Town was the soundtrack to not one, but two scenes in the first season of Friday Night Lights.

So once again The Voice is filled with semi-professional singers (and is better show than the other amateurish singing competition because of it), but the biggest standout of the first week was the rare novice on the show Lindsey Pavao who gave a weird coffee house performance of Trey SongzSay Aah which was so bizarre it worked (unlike the Alicia Keys backup singer who went with Avril Lavigne’s Complicated as his auction song) and was the only audition so far to crack the iTunes Top 25. She became the cornerstone of Christina’s team along with early frontrunner Jesse Campbell (him and Lucca are currently 1 and 1a) a well as The Line who put in a solid performance of American Girl which it a pretty idiot proof song (unlike a dude singing Complicated). Though I feel bad because it is clear he is into her more that she is into him, and with his partner and Christina, dude will stuck between a wall of cleavage all season.
You can stream recent episodes on Hulu. You can also download songs from The Voice on iTunes (see widget at left).

How I Met Your Mother: The three rooms was a novel concept, but if you are going to go room by room, stay in the room, do not slide into another for a couple seconds and go back.
You can stream recent episodes over at You can also download How I Met Your Mother on iTunes.

The River: Even if ABC had not pounded it into our heads for the past month, it is pretty clear that it was from the same guy who did Paranormal Activity: you had your found footage and had to pay close attention for something creepy to happen, but nothing particularly scary happens until the end and the guys are extremely dumb and do not know when to put the camera down and run. Seriously, the one dude just heard the story about hanging up dolls to appease the spirit only to take one down and then wonder why things started to happen. Then you had the cameraman who taunted one spirit, watch it kill his coworker, then decided to taunt yet another spirit the next day. How are these guys still alive? Seriously, when the Spanish chick says you’re going to some place that is “Untranslatable” it is time to turn around guys. Untranslatable is never good. How are these guys still alive? But having made it through two of the eight episodes, Eloise Mumford’s (and sons) tank top should help me get through the final six.
You can stream recent episodes on Hulu. You can also download The River on iTunes.

Justified: Holy Loretta McCready sighting! I knew Raylan would eventually come and save her from Tim Allen. I know the previews make it look dire, but I hope Dewey survives the operation because I am really hoping for a hillbilly Oz type spinoff featuring Dewey and Dickie in prison. But the best of the episode was yet another classic Raylan showdown, and this time he did not even brandish his gun, instead ran a dude over. Twice. Awesome. But let’s pour some out for poor old Herc. He gets out of his wheelchair just to be double crossed by another dude in a wheelchair.
You can stream recent episodes on Hulu. You can also download Justified on iTunes.

Modern Family: Doesn’t Saturday Night Live have a recurring skit like the Greg Kinnear gag that stopped being funny around the second time they did it? They should have spent more time with Hayley’s Little Sister, there probably would have been a lot funnier in that storyline.
You can stream recent episodes on Hulu.

Modern Family on iTunes

Revenge: The show continued its weekly Holy Frack moment, but after it was revealed to Charlotte that her father was not really her father (by the dad at that) I realized, well, we already knew that so really it was not that exciting reveal. Hopefully the engagement party provides some fireworks (and not the ones in the sky), but I have a feeling that it will not be Daniel that Jack kills but instead will be whoever RSVP in Emily’s revenge stash, I am guessing will be the gay man whore even though he looks nothing like Daniel. They better play this right because they are skirting on a Jump the Shark situation.
You can stream current episodes on Hulu. You can also download Revenge on iTunes.

The Challenge: Battle of the Exes: It is a little disturbing that all these contestants could get pop culture questions right but not who assassinated Kennedy. I guess we should be happy that Paula actual guessed someone who assassinated a president. Oh yeah, and she was the one who won. But seriously, more spelling and history questions in the future.
You can stream recent episodes over at You can also download The Challenge: Battle of the Exes on iTunes.

The Big Bang Theory: I like how other television shows are taking pot shots at Lost. It really deserves to be ridiculed.
You can stream recent episodes over at You can also download The Big Bang Theory on iTunes.