Friday, January 23, 2015

Around the Tubes: 1/23/15

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 Sound of Music, Wicked Tuna, Legend of Lead Belly, Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts, Motown 25, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Dreamcatcher, One Big Happy, and Hulu news.

- Hollywood will come alive with The Sound of Music (1965) this spring as the beloved, Oscar®-winning classic returns to the big screen to celebrate its 50th anniversary with a gala opening-night screening on Thursday, March 26 at the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival. Legendary stars Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer will join Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne at the world-famous TCL Chinese Theater IMAX to introduce the beautifully restored film and kick off the sixth annual festival, which will run March 26-29, 2015, in Hollywood. The film is being presented in collaboration with Twentieth Century Fox, in celebration of their Golden 50th Anniversary Blu-ray release arriving on March 10, 2015. TCM has also announced that Delta Air Lines is returning once again as the festival's exclusive Founding Partner. The official airline partner of the TCM Classic Film Festival, Delta has provided air travel for many of the festival's VIP guests every year since the festival began.

- Last year, millions of viewers watched as one Gloucester captain dominated and outmaneuvered the entire fleet despite a difficult fishing season. But this season, the fish are larger, the competition is tougher and the top spot on the leaderboard is up for grabs once again. Wicked Tuna returns with an all-new season of peril and paydays on the high seas beginning Sunday, Feb. 15, at 9:00 on National Geographic Channel in the U.S., and will air internationally on National Geographic Channel in 171 countries and in 45 languages.

- Lead Belly has inspired generations of musicians, from The Weavers to the Grateful Dead, from Van Morrison, to The Beach Boys and even Nirvana. And yet few people today know his remarkable story, and even fewer know when they are listening to his music. His story is told in the new one-hour Smithsonian Channel special, Legend of Lead Belly, premiering Monday, February 23 at 8:00.

- Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts are partnering with PledgeMusic to release their upcoming album, Blaster due on March 31st. Weiland, along with his bandmates guitarist Jeremy Brown, bassist Tommy Black, and drummer Danny Thompson, who have toured together for years, are coming to PledgeMusic to deepen fan engagement during the music making journey and giving fans an inside look at the process. After their highly successful Purple At The Core tour in 2013, the musicians hunkered down in Weiland's Southern California studio and rehearsal space to write and record what would eventually become the rock album, quickly conjuring a fertile creative chemistry.

- Where were you when Michael Jackson unveiled his iconic moonwalk for the very first time as part of the legendary TV special Motown 25: Yesterday · Today · Forever? You likely remember those "six seconds that changed the world", as the historic concert televised by NBC on May 16, 1983, became an immediate sensation and water-cooler event in an era before social media. Now, music lovers and pop culture aficionados alike will have the opportunity to see magic and history being made as the Emmy® Award-winning program will air exclusively as a fundraising event on public television stations this February and March, marking the first TV broadcast of the concert since its debut more than 30 years ago. It will make its national public broadcasting premiere on February 28 at 8pm ET & PT/7pm CT (check local listings).

- As Hollywood prepares to celebrate the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, host networks TNT and TBS are revving up plans to make this year's ceremony an exceptional digitally connected awards show. In addition to simulcasting the SAG Awards® live from the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, Jan. 25, the networks will have a team of social media correspondents and influencers to provide behind-the-scenes play-by-play before and during the ceremony using the hashtag #sagawards. In addition, TBS and TNT are once again teaming up with to present a live webcast of the SAG Awards Red Carpet Pre-Show, which will also include the announcement of this year's honorees for Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Film and in a Television Series.

- Showtime Networks has acquired the rights to Dreamcatcher, the inspirational portrait of Chicago’s Brenda Myers-Powell whose Dreamcatcher Foundation fights to end human trafficking and to prevent the sexual exploitation of at-risk youth. The documentary was acquired before its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, which kicks off today.

- Elisha Cuthbert, Nick Zano and Kelly Brook star in an all-new comedy about an unconventional family, One Big Happy premiering Tuesday, March 17 at 9:30 on NBC.

- Hulu has greenlit an order for a long-form comedy series from Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) and RocketJump, the three companies announced today. The series will be produced by RocketJump in association with Lionsgate Television and will stream exclusively on Hulu. Fresh off the Season 3 success of RocketJump’s YouTube series Video Game High School, the new Hulu original will expand upon the global success of Freddie Wong and RocketJump’s short films. Each half-hour episode of the series will chronicle the filmmaking behind RocketJump’s newest short. The eight full episodes will be released exclusively on Hulu on a weekly basis and the newly-created shorts will premiere exclusively on Hulu as well.

- Hulu today announced the launch of Toyota AdZone, an annual experience that brings the best in Super Bowl advertising to one place. Now in its fifth year, Toyota AdZone will host one of the most comprehensive libraries of Super Bowl ads past and present, and will allow fans to vote in real-time for their favorite game day commercial.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Previewing King of the Nerds: Season Three

The cast of King of the Nerds, Season Three

At the end of the introduction of the third season of King off the Nerds (now on Fridays), Bobby announces at the end of the season someone will be “crowned the King of the Nerds.” After an awkward dramatic pause, Curtis follows that up with a sheepish “or Queen.” Of course they had to add this because technically speaking there has yet to be an actual king to win, they have both been queens. In the first season, an attractive nerd, who was legitimately hot, not just nerd hot, won because what respectable nerd would vote off the token hot chick (if only the contestants of Survivor would be as tongue tied instead they always vote out the token hot chicks within the week usually).

The second season they only had a couple contestants that were nerd hot and even recruited a homosexual nerd who did not even need someone to warn him he should never trust a big butt and a smile, yet the outcome was the same: a female took the Throne of Games. So as the third season starts, you have to wonder if a dude will ever be crowned champion.

One of the funniest bits of the second season was when Bobby and Curtis went on this big dialogue about the big twist in picking teams from the first season and how everyone on the second season knew there was a twist and they knew that the contestants knew. In the end the host just did the same twist. There is a new way of picking teams (as decried by Curtis conjuring his inner Terminator) this season as everyone can tell as there is an even twelve contestants this season.

This time around there is some familiar type of nerds: there is a NASA engineer, marine biologist, mathematician, cosplayer (this one is a professional, just do not ask me how you make money for it), gamer, and a comic book nerd. We are introduced to some new nerd types this season. There is a Jeopardy champion and most people are probably familiar with larpers (which stands for Live Action Role Player) as it has seeped into popular culture a couple times with many movies and television shows mentioning the event before. But forgive me for have no clue what a “brony” was before this season. For the uninitiated, a brony is a grown male fan of the television show My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Alrighty.

As great as the first season was, it seemed like in the second season the writers were running out of ideas for challenges. That is not the case at least in the first episode of the new season. Right off the bat each team is tasked with creating a steam punk Rube Goldberg Machine (the most famous is probably the board game Mouse Trap) within twenty-four hours. Each contraption is then judged by the guy who created the Rube Goldberg Machine for OK Go’s This Too Shall Pass music video, Winny Cooper herself, and legitimate math genius Danica McKellar, and some dude from True Blood. Then for the Nerd Off there is another entertaining Godzilla themed challenge. Some of the other celebrity judges this season will include Yaya Han, Billy Boyd, Moby, Lisa Loeb, Travie McCoy, Penn Jillette and Rachelle Lefevre.

King of the Nerds airs Fridays at 9:00 on TBS.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Winter 2015 Music Preview

Like the past few winters, the marquee names are far and few in between and most are listed in the TBD section but here are the albums coming out in the next couple months that will probably at least be worth a spin on Spotify. Click on the album name to pre-order on Amazon and the artist name to be taken to their iTunes page.

Last Week
Uptown Special - Mark Ronson
Evermotion - Guster
Me EP - RaeLynn
Soundtrack of My Life - Donny Osmond

This Week
What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World - The Decemberists
Tetsuo and Youth - Lupe Fiasco
American Beauty/American Psycho - Fall Out Boy
Fear and Saturday Night - Ryan Bingham
Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance - Belle and Sebastian
For the Taking - Elenowen

January 27
The Phosphorescent Blues - Punch Brothers
Wanted on Voyage - George Ezra
Then Came the Morning - The Lone Bellow
Interlude - Jamie Cullum
Forever Charlie - Charlie Wilson
Sco-Mule - Gov't Mule
Tony Lucca - Tony Lucca

February 3
Shadows In The Night - Bob Dylan
Afraid of Ghosts - Butch Walker
Further Deeper - The Church

February 10
The Last Five Years Soundtrack - Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan
Smoke and Mirrors - Imagine Dragons
Tomorrow Is My Turn - Rhiannon Giddens
Love Stuff - Elle King
True Romance - Estelle
Whatever, My Love - The Juliana Hatfield Three
A Quien Quiera Escuchar - Ricky Martin
Last Dragon -Sisqó

February 24
Archis - Archis
First Kiss - Kid Rock
Just Kids - Mat Kearney
Our Own House - MisterWives

March 3
Chasing Yesterday - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
another eternity - Purity Ring
Strangers to Ourselves - Modest Mouse
The Firewatcher's Daughter - Brandi Carlile
Aureate Gloom - of Montreal

March 10
Rebel Heart - Madonna

March 17
Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith - Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield

March 24
Toto XIV - Toto
Short Movie - Laura Marling

March 31
Kintsugi - Death Cab for Cutie
Southern Style - Darius Rucker
Carrie and Lowell - Sufjan Stevens
The Day Is My Enemy - The Prodigy

April 7
After it All - Delta Rae
New Glow - Matt and Kim
Froot - Marina and The Diamonds

No Pier Pressure - Brian Wilson
Radio Silence - James Blake
Bush - Snoop Dogg
Black Is the New Black - Everclear
Ashley Monroe
Kacey Musgraves
Kanye West
TLC (donate to the Kickstarter now)
Van Halen

As always, let me end with the obligatory maybe this will be the quarter that Dr. Dre will finally drop Detox.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The 100 Best Songs of 2014

1. Destination - Nickel Creek

2. Take Me to Church - Hozier

3. Boom Clap - Charli XCX

4. Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars

5. XO - Beyoncé

6. Kansas City - The New Basement Tapes

7. Say You Love Me - Jessie Ware

8. Blue Moon - Beck

9. Get Hurt - The Gaslight Anthem

10. Waiting Game - Banks

11. Mother and Father - Broods

12. Gotta Get Away - The Black Keys

13. Dearly Departed - Shakey Graves featuring Esmé Patterson

14. Keep It to Yourself - Kacey Musgraves

15. Understand - The Roots featuring Dice Raw and Greg Porn

16. Fever - The Black Keys

17. Supernova - Ray LaMontagne

18. Air Balloon - Lily Allen

19. If I Could Change Your Mind - Haim

20. Jungle - X Ambassadors and Jamie N Commons

21. Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran

22. Yellow Flicker Beat - Lorde

23. Blank Space - Taylor Swift

24. Bridges - Broods

25. Rollin' and Tumblin' - The Gaslight Anthem

26. Every Breaking Wave - U2

27. Bad Self Portraits - Lake Street Dive

28. Fall In Love - Phantogram

29. Beggin For Thread - Banks

30. I Blame Myself - Sky Ferreira

31. Brill Bruisers - The New Pornographers

32. Budapest - George Ezra

33. Gimme Something Good - Ryan Adams

34. Love Me Harder - Ariana Grande featuring The Weeknd

35. Our Time - Lily Allen

36. My Silver Lining - First aid Kit

37. I Wanna Get Better - Bleachers

38. Magic - Coldplay

39. Left Hand Free - Alt-J

40. Do You - Spoon

41. Right Time - Nikki Lane

42. Rabbit - Lily and Madeleine

43. The Heart - Needtobreathe

44. First Things First - Neon Trees

45. Hurt You - Toni Braxton and Babyface

46. Be Mine - Meiko

47. Hate To See Your Heart Break - Paramore featuring Joy Williams

48. Strong - London Grammar

49. Reflections - Misterwives

50. Ex's and Oh's - Elle King

51. I'm Not the Only One - Sam Smith

52. She Used to Love Me a Lot - Johnny Cash

53. Word Crimes - "Weird Al" Yankovic

54. Ain't It Fun - Paramore

55. Cecilia and the Satellite - Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

56. Just One of the Guys - Jenny Lewis

57. Red Eyes- The War on Drugs

58. Diamond Eyes - Boyz II Men

59. The Wall - Willie Nelson

60. Kingdom - Common featuring Vince Staple

61. The Heart Wants What It Wants - Selena Gomez

62. This Is What It Feels Like - Banks

63. I Don't Want To Change You - Damien Rice

64. Let's Be Still - The Head and the Heart

65. Happy Idiot - TV on the Radio

66. Another Story - The Head and the Heart

67. Talk (Expletive Deleted), Get Shot - Body Count

68. Morning Song - The Avett Brothers

69. High Road - Mastodon

70. Something from Nothing - Foo Fighters

71. Never Gonna Change - Broods

72. The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone) - U2

73. Foil - "Weird Al" Yankovic

74. Automatic - Miranda Lambert

75. Don't - Ed Sheeran

76. Invisible - U2

77. Brain - Banks

78. L.A.F. - Broods

79. Back in the World - David Gray

80. Lazaretto - Jack White

81. Drowning - Banks

82. Girls - The 1975

83. Ink - Coldplay

84. Drive-in Movies - Ray LaMontagne

85. Riptide - Vance Joy

86. The Chamber - Lenny Kravitz

87. Paris - Magic Man

88. Stay With Me - Sam Smith

89. Light Will Keep Your Heart Beating in the Future - Mike Doughty

90. Tough Love - Jessie Ware

91. Let Her Down Easy - George Michael

92. Figure It Out - Royal Blood

93. I Hope This Whole Thing Didn't Frighten You - The Hold Steady

94. Shut Up and Dance - Walk the Moon

95. Somethin' Bad - Miranda Lambert with Carrie Underwood

96. Cool Kids - Echosmith

97. Wild - Royal Teeth

98. Stranger to My Happiness - Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

99. Girl In a Country Song - Maddie and Tae

100. Waking Light - Beck