Friday, June 25, 2021

Around the Tubes: June 26, 2021

I have gotten a plethora of cool press releases have been flooding my inbox recently that you may find interesting.  This post includes blurbs on  Only Murders in the Building, Lorde, Toad the Wet Sprocket, The One and Only Dick Gregory, The Beach Boys, Ariana Grande, Corinne Bailey Rae, Noël Wells, Molly Burman, POV, ZiweSolar Opposites, Couple's Therapy, and Batwoman.

 "Only Murders in the Building” premieres August 31 on Hulu.  From the minds of Steve Martin, Dan Fogelman and John Hoffman comes a comedic murder-mystery series for the ages. “Only Murders In The Building” follows three strangers (Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez) who share an obsession with true crime and suddenly find themselves wrapped up in one. When a grisly death occurs inside their exclusive Upper West Side apartment building, the trio suspects murder and employs their precise knowledge of true crime to investigate the truth. As they record a podcast of their own to document the case, the three unravel the complex secrets of the building which stretch back years. Perhaps even more explosive are the lies they tell one another. Soon, the endangered trio comes to realize a killer might be living amongst them as they race to decipher the mounting clues before it’s too late.

In a surprise move, GRAMMY® Award-winning multiplatinum artist LORDE released new song “Solar Power.” The song, which appropriately dropped timed to the only solar eclipse of the year, came alongside the announcement of her highly anticipated third studio album of the same name, Solar Power. Today the artist additionally revealed the album release date as August 20th and announced her 2022 World tour dates. The 40+ show tour, promoted by AEG Presents in the US and Canada, is her first North American tour since 2018 and kicks off in North America in Nashville on April 3 at the Opry House before concluding at the Santa Barbara Bowl on May 7. Tickets go on-sale to the general public starting Friday, June 25, 2021 at 10am local. Fans can sign up for Lorde’s email list for first access to pre-sale tickets and for more info on tour dates HERE.Pre-Order / Pre-Save / Pre-Add Solar Power HERE.  Listen to “Solar Power” HERE

Beloved Platinum-selling American Alternative Rock band, Toad the Wet Sprocket, are set to release their first new studio album in eight years, STARTING NOW (via The SRG/ILS Group), available everywhere on August 27th.  The ten song collection explores finding hope after life’s uncertainties force us to change and learn how to survive on a new path.  “Some time around the end of 2019 it became clear that it was time for a new Toad record. We’d taken a long break from recording together and it felt like we had the right songs and the right energy again.” says lead vocalist, Glen Phillips. “If there’s a theme to these songs, it’s hope. We’ve all been through a crazy couple of years and I wanted to take a deeper look at what it’s like to be thrown far off center and find a new way of living on the other side. How do we not just survive but actually ground ourselves in such unusual times?” LISTEN:       “Starting Now”

SHOWTIME® released a trailer for THE ONE AND ONLY DICK GREGORY, the directorial debut from producer Andre Gaines (The Lady and The Dale, Bill Nye: Science Guy). The documentary feature unpacks the career of Dick Gregory, the activist, pop-culture icon and thought leader who changed the lives of millions across the world through constant disruption and awareness. The film will premiere on Sunday, July 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. 

The Beach Boys are thrilled to share an unreleased live version of fan favorite “Susie Cincinnati” as the next preview to their forthcoming new box set, Feel Flows – The Sunflower and Surf’s Up Sessions 1969-1971due August 27 via Capitol/UMe. Written and sung by Al Jardine, the rollicking, horn-laden performance was recorded nearly 45 years ago at a legendary stadium concert in Anaheim, Calif. on July 3, 1976 that heralded the return of Brian Wilson to the live stage for his first full show with The Beach Boys in many years, part of the “Brian’s Back” publicity campaign that also signaled his return to the studio and the release of the group’s new 15 Big Ones album, celebrating 15 years of the band. At this famed concert, The Beach Boys band was augmented with a full horn section and the brass gives “Susie Cincinnati” a whole new edge. Originally released in 1970 as the B-side to Sunflower standout, “Add Some Music To You Day,” the song was remixed for 1976’s 15 Big Ones. “Susie Cincinnati” (Live) is available to stream and download now.  Pre-order Feel Flows – The Sunflower and Surf’s Up Sessions 1969-1971.  Stream/share “Susie Cincinnati”

Vevo, the world's leading music video network, announces the release of Ariana Grande’s Official Live Performance of “pov” from her album Positions. Vevo’s Official Live Performances are the result of close creative collaboration with artists and their teams, resulting in a series of very special exclusive performances.

Corinne Bailey Rae's multi-award-winning and critically acclaimed self-titled debut album is to be reissued on 180g vinyl for the first time since its original release. Available on black vinyl as well as a special edition brick-red version, this is the first time it has been issued on vinyl as per the original LP tracklist, which now includes the bonus track "Another Rainy Day." Pre-order the LP HERE

Actress, filmmaker, comedian and singer-songwriter Noël Wells is excited to present the brand new music video for “Follow Me,” a song lifted from her acclaimed solo debut album, It’s So Nice! (order via HERE). Directed by Christian O’Keefe and Michael Priestley at Overlay Films (@overlayfilms), the song’s journey follows someone who has been disconnected from their body and soul after a traumatic event, and who eventually leaves the past behind and chooses their freedom, inviting people to follow. “This song was the most intimate song on my debut album,“ Wells said. “The re-release of it feels very appropriate for the time, as we’re re-emerging into a changed world and the lyrics really are about someone going through a rebirth.”

-19 year old Molly Burman has made real inroads these last couple of months with her debut single proper, "Fool Me With Flattery" and last month's "Everytime" both picking up strong press, radio and fan support internationally. Today, she follows up with another slice of gold in perhaps her most immediate song yet with the empower-pop smarts of "Debt".  Molly comments on the themes behind it: "Debt was inspired by a night out I had, a night that I’m sure many can relate to. I was just out to have a good time and dance and a guy was very insistent that he buy me a drink, this then made him feel some sort of entitlement to my body and he continued to harass me throughout the night. I wanted to make a fun, groovy song that people could dance to, but also wanted to get out my frustration. No one owes you their body just because you bought them a drink or were nice to them, we aren’t here to make you feel good about yourself, we’re just trying to go out and have a boogie, so leave us the hell alone!"

POV returns to PBS on Monday, July 5th with its 34th season, a slate of films that reaffirm public media’s vital role as a platform for the people and in sparking national dialogue. America’s longest-running documentary series’ newest season follows artists, activists, elders, comedians, frontline workers and politicians across the globe as they navigate their personal stories and the larger histories under which they take shape.  The season kicks off with writer and comedian CJ Hunt’s directorial debut, The Neutral Ground, on Monday, July 5. All films are accompanied by educational resources and will be available to stream on all PBS platforms, including and the PBS Video App. Premieres continue through fall 2021, with primetime specials in early 2022. 

What does it mean to be rejected by the only country you call home? When a ruling from the Dominican Republic Supreme Court strips citizenship from Dominicans of Haitian descent, over 200,000 are suddenly rendered without nationality, identity or homeland.  Award-winning director Michèle Stephenson’s new documentary, Stateless, follows the families of those affected by the 2013 ruling, uncovering the complex history and present-day politics of Haiti and the Dominican Republic through the grassroots electoral campaign of a young attorney named Rosa Iris.  Stateless has its national broadcast premiere on the PBS documentary series POV on Monday, July 19, 2021. POV is American television's longest-running independent documentary series, now in its 34th season. The critically acclaimed film is the winner of the Blackstar Film Festival Best Feature Documentary Award (2020) and is an official selection of the Tribeca Film Festival. Stateless will also be available to stream for free for 30 days at until August 18, 2021.

SHOWTIME has renewed the critically acclaimed late-night variety sketch series ZIWE, starring and executive produced by Ziwe (DESUS & MERO®), for a second season of 12 episodes to be split into two installments. The inaugural season of ZIWE included interviews with Phoebe Bridgers, Fran Lebowitz, Andrew Yang, Eboni K. Williams, Gloria Steinem and Stacey Abrams, along with musical performances by Ziwe, sketches and more – including unscripted and unpredictable interactions with everyday people.  “This show has exceeded my wildest imagination thanks to my brilliant cast, crew and iconic guests,” said Ziwe.  “I am famously delighted to continue my collaboration with Showtime and A24.”

Hulu has renewed adult animated Original series “Solar Opposites” for a 4th season (12 episodes), from 20th Television Animation. 

SHOWTIME announced it has picked up an extended third season of the acclaimed docu-series COUPLES THERAPY, from Sundance Award-winning filmmakers Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg and Eli Despres. The third season – split into two distinct runs to premiere in 2022 – will continue to feature world-renowned psychologist and psychoanalyst Dr. Orna Guralnik, along with fresh sets of couples in each season-three installment.

Watch as Javicia Leslie takes on the mantle of DC Super Hero Batwoman, when Batwoman: The Complete Second Season arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on September 21, 2021 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Strap yourself in for a thrilling ride with all 18 episodes from the second season, plus never-before-seen bonus content including deleted scenes and a gag reel. Batwoman: The Complete Second Season is priced to own at $39.99 SRP for the DVD ($44.98 in Canada) and $44.98 SRP for the Blu-ray ($49.99 in Canada), which includes a Digital Copy (U.S. only). Batwoman: The Complete Second Season is also available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers, and to stream on HBO Max starting July 27, 2021.

Sunday, June 20, 2021

57 Channels and Only This Is On: June 20, 2020


Fear the Walking Dead:  Oh wow, they actually set off the bombs, I just figured they would figure out a way to redirect them or at the very least they would turn out to be duds.  So is next season just them living in nuclear fallout?  Are they going to move up north?  Is there a place where they could go to avoid the blast?  Won’t the winds carry this to Virginia and affect the other show?  Although pretty laughable that nuclear bombs went off and only manage to kill one person.  Sure a couple other people died prior that may have been taken out by the bomb.  But just how do Morgan and Grace survive just by hiding under a truck?   The zombie had chemical burns.  At least jump in the car and shut the door with the dog. 


The Chi:  Well that was a pretty pathetic protest, just three people... and the principal left work early.  But hey, if he left early, why not everyone?  But Jake macking on Jemma was super-obvious, I knew that kiss was going to happen the moment when they ganged up on Kevin while discussing the protest.   At least they did not draw it out.  But how long until they tell Kevin?


Black Monday:  So Tiffany wanted Blair to let the world know her father was a monster.  But then did Blair not use that platform to do just that?  Just to gain political points?  That seems like a good way to get shot again.  Or was that casket dropping meant for him?


Cruel Summer: Well I got one major theory right with the gun being Annabelle and Kate used that to kill Martin. My Angela theory turned out very wrong (unless that is season two but the writers said that it could be a continuation of the story or they may turn the show into an anthology).  She turned out to be Guy Pierce (who I predicted to be the murderer) in Mare of Easttown, someone you would think would tie into the mystery just because they are part of the cast, but turned out to be just very insignificant.  But if this does turn into an anthology, Jeanette’s mom taking about her time back in high school with Kate’s mom could be interesting.  Maybe we can find out what really happened to Kate’s birth father.  And / or find out who Tennille’s real father is.


The Handmaid’s Tale:  Wait, so June facilitated an exchange for Fred, but did not even try to get Hannah to be part of the exchange?  I get from a story prospective you need something to motivate June next season, but at least ask.  And are the higher ups in Giliad going to be fine that they exchanged so many political prisoners for someone who died in custody?  I guess that is good for Serena because maybe they will be hesitant trying to trade her for anyone.    But where does Serena go next season?  Does she have to continue to give secrets to keep her and her child’s secrets?  Will she even trust the Americans?  Will she thank them for getting rid of Fred? 


But at least Fred was able to speak some truth on his way out, pointing out how gross the June and Nick coupling is.  What the fork is going on there.  June does not seem happy back with her husband, but Nick is the literal enemy.  Is she using him so he will help her to get Hannah back or does she truly love the guy who was forced to rape her.


The Bold Type:  I never particular liked this show, but the girl getting high this week was easily the best thing to ever happen on the show.


The Blacklist:  Oh, hey, I got another prediction right; Lizzy’s mom from last season was not really her mom.  Except, why not tell her she was an imposter.  Lizzy just blew up her life, figuratively, and literally tried to blow up Red, because of that lie.  But that was the only part of this episode I understood.  They have retconned Lizzy’s story so many times, it is hard to keep track of it.