Saturday, May 21, 2022

Around the Tubes: May 21, 2022


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, We Hunt Together, Flatbush Mistameanors, City on a HillBeastie Boys, James Bay, John Legend, Em Beihold, Oh Wonder, Marcus King, Sarah Darling, Paris Jackson, Ural Thomas And The Pain, Bootsy Collins, Aubrey Haddard, and the Hulu Originals Summer 2022 Programming Slate/

- Check out Hulu’s new teaser and key art for the upcoming second season of "Only Murders in the Building." The new season returns on Tuesday, June 28th with two episodes. New episodes stream Tuesdays.

SHOWTIME has announced the second season of the cat-and-mouse drama series WE HUNT TOGETHER will roll out Friday, June 24, when all six episodes will be available on streaming and on demand for SHOWTIME subscribers before making its on-air debut with its first two episodes on Sunday, June 26 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT. Subsequent episodes will air Sundays starting at 8 p.m. ET/PT.  The London-set series stars Hermione Corfield (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Eve Myles (Broadchurch) and Babou Ceesay (GUERILLA), and joining the series for season two will be Colin Morgan (The Fall).  From BBC Studios Drama Productions, all six episodes of the hour-long series are written by Gaby Hull. 

- SHOWTIME has released a first-look trailer of season two of the critically acclaimed comedy series FLATBUSH MISDEMEANORS. The series is set to return to SHOWTIME on Friday, June 17 on streaming and on demand for all SHOWTIME subscribers, before making its on-air debut on Sunday, June 19 at 11 p.m. ET/PT. The series is created and written by Kevin Iso (That Damn Michael Che) and Dan Perlman (Cramming), who also star. FLATBUSH MISDEMEANORS follows Dan and Kevin, who play two longtime friends within a richly drawn community of characters, seeking to climb out of their heads and connect with others. The series also stars Kristin Dodson (The Shivering Truth), Hassan Johnson (The Wire) and Kareem Green. The 10-episode second season was filmed in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn.

The third season of acclaimed Boston drama series CITY ON A HILL starring Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge will now premiere on Sunday, July 31 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME. The original premiere date of July 10 has been moved due to scheduling shifts. The series also stars Jill Hennessy, Lauren E. Banks and Matthew Del Negro, and guest stars including Corbin Bernsen, Joanne Kelly and Ernie Hudson.  Season three of CITY ON A HILL brings us to Boston's high society Beacon Hill. Having left the FBI and thrown his badge into Boston Harbor, Jackie Rohr (Bacon) lands a lavish new gig running security for a wealthy family. Life is good until secrets begin to unravel. When an investigation opens, ADA Decourcy Ward (Hodge) sees an opportunity to finally rip out the machinery perpetuating a broken criminal justice system. Siobhan Quays (Banks), representing a construction worker who was severely injured on the Big Dig, encounters the city's corruption first-hand, all while coping with the traumatic events of her past year. As Jenny Rohr (Hennessy) can attest, given her history with her father, some experiences will haunt you beyond your breaking point.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Beastie Boys’ multi-platinum album Check Your Head, on July 15, UMe will release a limited-edition reissue of the rare 4LP deluxe version of the album, originally released in 2009 as an artist store exclusive. The long out-of-print and much sought-after box set features the 2009 remaster of the original double album, plus two extra LPs of bonus content including remixes, live versions, and B-sides. All four LPs are pressed on 180-gram vinyl and housed in a fabric wrapped, stamped, hardcover case. The Check Your Head 4LP box set can be purchased at participating independent retail outlets and will also be available to pre-order exclusively through the Beastie Boys online store, HERE.  Originally released in April 1992, Check Your Head was a milestone for Beastie Boys on multiple levels: It was their first album to be produced, in its entirety, by Beastie Boys with Mario Caldato Jr. and to feature keyboard player Keyboard Money Mark, as well as the first to be recorded at the band’s own G-Son studios in Atwater Village, CA. Most significantly, however, Check Your Head marked the return of live instrumentation to the forefront and backbone of the Beastie Boys sound, with the bulk of the album featuring Mike D on drums, Adrock on guitar and MCA on bass for the first time since the band’s early 1980s hardcore punk recordings.

- Three-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated and BRIT Award-winning multi-platinum singer, songwriter, producer, and guitarist James Bay releases the official music video for his new single “One Life.”  Watch the official music video for “One Life” HERE.  On the “One Life” video Bay said: “From the moment I was presented with the idea for the video I was totally moved. It just felt right; the perfect way to tell the story of the song. The actors and directors did a beautiful job and I'm so excited for you to see it. Hope you love it x

Multi-platinum, 12-time GRAMMY Award-winner John Legend today released “Dope,” the first song from his forthcoming new album. Click HERE to listen.  “Dope,” produced by Ian Kirkpatrick and Ryan Tedder, is co-written by Legend, Charlie Puth, Ryan Tedder, Ian Kirkpatrick and rapper J.I.D, who is also featured on the track. The moving and infectious song sets the tone for getting summer started with its block-party vibes and sensual lyrics about everything you find dope about that someone special. HERE is a link to the Lyric Video for “Dope”  HERE is a link to John’s social Post for “Dope”

Cemented as one of the hottest new artists of 2022, gold-certified Los Angeles singer and songwriter Em Beihold (pronounced bye-hold) reveals a new single and music video entitled “Too Precious” today via Moon Projects/Republic Records.  Watch the music video for “Too Precious” — HERE. Listen to “Too Precious”— HERE.  The track tiptoes between finger-snaps, jazzy piano, and a thumping beat as she asserts herself as an outlier once more. Right from the jump, Em confesses, “I’ve got my own idea of fun, don’t need to get drunk at the club, start kissing strangers, don’t need the danger. Her voice teems with energy on the chorus, and she makes an empowering promise, “I do what I want.” The accompanying visual translates this vibe to the screen seamlessly as Em shines for the camera.

Oh Wonder has today dropped brand new track “True Romance,” which is available now on Republic Records. The unique London band’s new album, 22 Make, will follow on July 22nd, previewed by brooding first single “Magnificent” and the anthemic “Fuck it I Love You.” Currently on a huge world tour, Oh Wonder is in the midst of the US leg, which wraps on May 31st in Los Angeles at The Wiltern.  Beautifully intimate electronic pop, “True Romance” was inspired by the film of the same name, and connected the dots for Oh Wonder between the 22 Break and 22 Make projects. “We recorded it three different times. It started out being way more pop and fast and really intense,” Josephine says, “but realised that it translated beautifully just singing it at the piano; it’s actually quite a simple, beautiful chorus. So we slowed it down, chilled out the production, and let the song breathe a little more.” 

Marcus King announced the release of “Rescue Me,” the latest preview track from his forthcoming solo album, Young Blood. The track, premiered today with American Songwriter, blends swampy percussion, fuzzed out guitar and King’s smoldering vocal delivery, sharing his plea for salvation from the path of excess he was walking at the time of making the record.  Listen here:

Sarah Darling has announced the release of her new EP, Darling, with the focal track, “Get To Me,” – out today. Released on BE Darling Records via ToneTree, Darling is available worldwide on all streaming services here. Darling spoke about the new EP, saying, “When I listen to the Darling EP, I hear a grown-up version of me. I feel like someone who’s let go and allowed myself to share some messy emotions. It sounds like freedom and takes me back to those first records that influenced me as a kid. There’s something in my soul that connects with those driving songs that take you somewhere, and throughout this entire collection, I feel that. I love who I’ve become through this body of work, and it’s helped heal some wounds. I’m so grateful to my producers, Cameron Jaymes and Emily Shackleton, for building this world with me.”

- Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actress, and activist paris jackson unveils her brand new single entitled “lighthouse” out now via Republic Records—listen to “lighthouse” HERE. “lighthouse” was produced by singer, songwriter, musician, and producer Butch Walker.  The single is released alongside the official music video, which was inspired by the iconic video for Nirvana’s “Sliver.” In the video, paris pays homage with a photo of Kurt Cobain—a full circle moment to the original video. Watch the “lighthouse” video HERE.

With their new album Dancing Dimensions due out 3rd June via Bella Union, Ural Thomas And The Pain today share a final pre-release track, “Promises," from their much-anticipated LP.  Of the track Ural says:  “The song Promises talks about one of the most powerful things I believe in, that tomorrow is not promised to us so what we do today really matters. I try not to promise anything to anyone in the future, instead I strive to give all the love to the world that I can right here, right now.” Click HERE to listen. 

In this day and age, a singular, definitive stamp of approval is a hard thing to come by. Unless, of course, you’re the modern funk band Lettuce and THE Bootsy Collins steps into the studio to put his timeless spin on your new record—which is exactly what happened when the band was tracking “Keep That Funk Alive” from their upcoming album Unify. Within the first few seconds of the track, fans are met with one of the dirtiest envelope-filtered bass runs since Mothership Connection, a glowing sign that this group is more than capable in their role of funky preservation. Not so much a passing of the torch as it is a welcoming with open arms, Bootsy and the GRAMMY-nominated sextet of Lettuce—Adam Deitch (drums), Ryan Zoidis (saxophone), Adam ‘Shmeeans’ Smirnoff (guitar), Erick ‘Jesus’ Coomes (bass), Nigel Hall (keyboards/vocals), Eric ‘Benny’ Bloom (trumpet)—all join hands in honor of, you guessed it, keeping the Funk alive; an idea which Deitch gleaned from a pre-vax Covid-era Instagram post of Bootsy’s before the two had even met. “Linking up organically with one of the inventors of funk music, eternally iconic bassist and vocalist Bootsy Collins, still feels like a dream,” says Deitch. “Bootsy wants to keep the Funk alive…and we wholeheartedly agree with that statement. Major props to Bootzilla for believing in us!” Fans can listen to “Keep That Funk Alive” right here, pre-order or pre-save Unify digitally ahead of its June 3rd release at this link, and pre-order vinyl and Unify-centric merch bundles here

New York City-based indie-pop singer-songwriter, Aubrey Haddard releases her anthemic indie-rock third single, "Processing Power" today, where she confronts being inundated with constant information, along with a matching lyric video. Haddard's second full-length album, Awake And Talking, will be out August 19, 2022 and is available for pre-order now, via Beverly Martel Records. Aubrey Haddard will be hitting the road in select cities across New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and more this summer. Find tickets on sale now here.  The guitar-driven, heavier-leaning "Processing Power" is Haddard in overdrive–it's the moment a system becomes overloaded. In a fast-paced, 24-hour news cycle that never seems to stop, one can swiftly become overwhelmed with uninterrupted information consumption. The result is a cathartic release where Haddard is able to unleash the emotions that come with being bound to such a perpetual system.

Hulu Originals Summer 2022 Programming Slate


The Valet, Premiere Date: May 20, 2022, Rating: PG-13

Look At Me: XXXTENTACION. Premiere Date: May 26, 2022, Rating: TV-MA

Fire Island, Premiere Date: June 3, 2022, Rating: R

Good Luck To You, Leo Grande, Premiere Date: June 17, 2022, Rating: R

The Princess, Premiere Date: July 1, 2022, Rating: R

Not Okay, Premiere Date: July 29, 2022 (DATE CHANGE), Rating: R

Prey, Premiere Date: August 5, 2022, Rating: R


Conversations with Friends, Premiere Date: May 15, 2022 (all-at-once)

Keeper of the Ashes: The Oklahoma Girl Scout Murders, Premiere Date: May 24, 2022 (all-at-once) 

Shoresy, Premiere Date: May 27, 2022 (all-at-once)

FX’s Pistol, Premiere Date: May 31, 2022 (all-at-once)

The Orville: New Horizons, Premiere Date: June 2, 2022 (weekly)

FX’s Under the Banner of Heaven, Finale Date: June 2, 2022

Love, Victor, Premiere Date: June 15, 2022 (all-at-once) (Also streaming on Disney+)

The Kardashians, Finale Date: June 16, 2022

FX’s The Bear, Premiere Date: June 23, 2022 (all-at-once)

Only Murders in the Building, Premiere Date: June 28, 2022 (Weekly)

Maggie, Premiere Date: July 6, 2022 (all-at-once)

Solar Opposites, Premiere Date: July 13, 2022 (all-at-once) - NEW ANNOUNCEMENT

Victoria’s Secret: Angels And Demons, Premiere Date: July 14, 2022 (all-at-once)

FX’s American Horror Stories, Premiere Date: July 21, 2022 (weekly)

FX’s Reservation Dogs, Premiere Date: August 3, 2022 (two-episode premiere, then weekly)

This Fool, Premiere Date: August 12, 2022  (all-at-once) - NEW ANNOUNCEMENT

FX’s The Patient, Premiere Date: August 30, 2022 (three episode premiere, then weekly)


The Croods: Family Tree, Premiere Date: June 2, 2022 (all-at-once)

Madagascar: A Little Wild, Premiere Date: June 30, 2022 (all-at-once)

Trolls: TrollsTopia, Premiere Date: August 11, 2022 (all-at-once)

Dragons: The Nine Realms, Premiere Date: August 18, 2022 (all-at-once)

Sunday, May 15, 2022

57 Channels and Only This Is On: May 15, 2022


Fear the Walking Dead:  They have been teasing people dying all season, Alicia go bit, Charli got radiation poison, and then they also revealed this week that John had radiation poisoning, but they still killed him at the end of the episode.  I wonder if his death saves the other two.  But I just do not understand Strand’s motivation.  John admits to framing Howard, but then kills his closest ally to team up with a guy who admits to betraying him who then, shocker, betrayed him again.  Then why not punish the people who stayed?  I get you need June as a nurse, but why not the other two?


The First Lady: I once again broke my Wikipedia rule to refresh my memory of if we have seen Lucy on the show before.   It is kind of fascinating how the affair came to public light which I will not go into in case it is covered on the show.  There is also another potential affair that his son claims happens that I wonder if the show will comment on.  This seemed like the hardship episode.  Eleanor had to deal with the affair, we see the start of Betty’s addiction, but Sasha having a very treatable ear infection does not really have the same emotional sting.


The Man Who Fell to Earth:  Would quantum fusion really throw the world in chaos that quickly?  Oil is so ingrained over the world; we cannot even integrated electric cars into society.  You know conspiracy theorist would keep about 20% of this country on combustible engines for decades. 


The Challenge: All Stars:  Ugg, Wes said he is going to ruin the show and I fear he will do just that.  Though surprising he played it safe when he had the power by going with the second to last players being sent in (granted there were five other people in on that decision) then when Jordan had the chance to replicate after putting the sabotage on him, he was fine with putting Mark in over Wes.  It seemed like everyone but Brad wanted Wes sent in yet they still let Brad save Wes.  And Wes definite is not winning that elimination.  Ugg, that guy is going to weasel his way to the finals.


Then we have a new twist with stvrs being added to anyone who wins elimination.  At first I thought this was kind of like the skulls they used on the main show where you are not allowed to run TJ’s final without a skull.  But it seems like you can rack up the stars, Tina now has three.  I do wonder if you beat someone with multiple stars, do you get all of them.  Now I am thinking you will get some sort of advantage in the final; the more stars, the bigger the advantage.  Another question is, will anyone volunteer for elimination just to get a star?


The Real World Homecoming: New Orleans:  Wait, did Julie and Jamie fork two decades ago?  Was this common knowledge?  I know my memory is not as great as it used to be. 


Survivor:  Yep, the Do or Die still is stupid.  But I wonder what would have happened had Lindsey chosen to sit out.  Does Johnathan win Immunity by default and there is no Do or Die?  Does Johnathan get the Do or Die by default.  I wonder if production did not think of that outcome.  Even when bribed with food, not that many people sit out.


It took a couple weeks but they finally got Drea and all of her advantages out.  Mike is a better actor than I would have guessed because I really thought he had been bamboozled.   The advantage is called Knowledge Is Power and that is two straight seasons where the powerful knowledge was not held with the person with the advantage but with who they told the advantage’s power to.  Way too many people in modern Survivor have loose lips.


The Flight Attendant:  Oh my, a very special episode of the show.  Granted, I liked Cassie much more when she was a fun drunk.


Under the Banner of Heaven:  Yet another hour plus episode but at least very little crazy mother this week.  I did not like that they told the story out of order just to have the plot twist that the oldest brother was in on it the whole time.  It just made this episode hard to follow.


Made for Love:  Only two more episodes left?  So much to figure out.  Hazel has to find a way to get back control of her body.  The scientists need to get out of the cube.  The FBI need to find the cube.  We need to figure out how the ex-wife fits in to this all.


Hacks:  Oh my, suing someone and keeping them in your employment is extremely cruel.  Ava may end up being an indentured servant by the end of the season.  Unless Debra grows a heart and only demands restitutions of a dollar.


Halo:  So Master Chief forks.  I got a kick at the incels who got mad at that.  Though maybe not hook up with an evil chick.  Granted she may no longer be evil.  She did take out her retractable laser nail.  The irony with this episode being entitled “Allegiance” was there were a lot of floating allegiances this week to point where I am not entirely sure where everyone stands with each other by the end of the episode.   


Big Sky:  Prediction time:  Travis teams up with Ren to take down her father and part of their agreement is she moves out of Montana.  This would be a shame because the Indian drug lords have been the only interesting part of this show.


The Blacklist:  So Marvin was behind this the whole time.  I guess that is better than someone we did not already know.  But when did Red figure this out?  He did not kill the lady so he must have had the inkling at some point between when he got the name from the bank and when he kidnapped her from FBI custody.