Saturday, February 18, 2023

Around the Tubes: February 18, 2023


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 Grace Leer, Genndy Tartakovsky's Primal, U2, Joy Oladokun, Eliott, and The Weeknd.

Former University of California, Berkeley D1 soccer player, where she played alongside U.S. Soccer standout and FIFA Best Player finalist Alex Morgan, and rising singer/songwriter Grace Leer’s worlds collide this weekend when she performs the National Anthem at the inaugural U.S. Women’s National Team soccer game at Geodis Park.  Leer will join the all female all-star production team, that includes one of the top female PA Announcers in the country, official voice of the USWNT and Nashville native Megan Alexander, the top female DJ in the country and official Music Director for SheBelieves Cup DJ Amy Robbins, official USWNT In-Stadium Hosts Alex Stec and Jordan Angeli, and all being led by one of the top producers in the world and Nashville SC Producer Rachel King, when she performs the National Anthem at the SheBelieves Cup double-header at 2:30 pm on Sunday, February 19th. Being a former female athlete and playing soccer is the reason for who I am today and so much of the sport has prepared me for my music career,” explains Leer. “The work ethic, dedication, passion, leadership and playing as team are key values in my life because of my time playing competitive soccer. It is a huge honor to be a part of the SheBelieves Cup empowering women and encouraging them to chase their dreams like I continue to do,” continues Leer. “I can’t wait to be back on the field, but this time with a microphone in my hand instead of a ball at my feet!” The SheBelieves Cup is an extension of the SheBelieves Initiative that aims to empower young girls and women to accomplish their dreams.  For more information, visit

Eat, or be eaten! Kill, or be killed! Get in survival mode as Adult Swim’s #1 prehistoric animated series, Genndy Tartakovsky's Primal: The Complete Second Season, arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on April 25, 2023. The critically acclaimed series from Cartoon Network Studios has won a total of 5 Emmy® Awards including “Outstanding Animated Program.” Binge all 10 episodes from the second season and go behind the scenes with an all-new featurette exclusive to this release.  Named “Best Animated TV Show of 2022” by Vulture, Genndy Tartakovsky's Primal follows the tale of a caveman at the dawn of evolution as he forms an unlikely friendship with an almost extinct dinosaur. In Season Two, Spear and Fang journey to a new world to rescue Mira from her captors only to find it is a place filled with savage brutality. Genndy Tartakovsky's Primal: The Complete Second Season will be available on April 25, 2023 to purchase on Blu-ray Disc and DVD both online and in-store at major retailers. The series is also now available to purchase Digitally from Amazon Prime Video, AppleTV, Google Play, Vudu and more. 

Island Records and UMe today announce the release of “Two Hearts Beat As One” / “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” a limited-edition, 4-track EP, celebrating the 40th anniversary of U2’s third studio album War (1983), exclusively for Record Store Day, April 22nd, 2023.  The EP features two original studio tracks, both released as singles in 1983, and two reimagined versions from the forthcoming 2023 U2 album Songs Of Surrender, on limited-edition, 180g heavyweight white vinyl, plus an exclusive poster with an illustration by Bono.  Songs Of Surrender – a collection of 40 seminal U2 songs from across the band’s catalog, re-recorded and re-imagined for 2023 in sessions spanning the last two years, will be released in full on Friday, March 17th. Curated and produced by The Edge, Songs Of Surrender sees the band revisit some of the most celebrated songs of their 40+ year career, including “With Or Without You,” “One,” “Beautiful Day,” “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” and “Invisible,” for a musical reimagining resulting in a completely new recording of each track, to include the arrangements and, in some cases, new lyrics. Pre-order HERE

One of music’s most unique and vulnerable voices, Joy Oladokun will release her highly anticipated new album, Proof of LifeApril 28 via Amigo Records/Verve Forecast/Republic Records (pre-order here). In advance of the release, new song “Changes,” a reflection on Oladokun’s own growth as well as the changing world around her, is debuting today. Watch the official music video, directed by Whitney Wolanin, HERE.

With production by OladokunMike ElizondoIan FitchukDan Wilson and Alysa VanderhymProof of Life captures the human experience with a profound simplicity. Across these thirteen tracks, Oladokun celebrates the little details and simple pleasures of being alive, while also giving voice to some of life’s most complex experiences in a way only she can.  


 Rising Australian alt-popstar Eliott has returned with a stunning new single “Tell Me,” out today. The single is the first glimpse of the Melbourne-based artist’s highly anticipated debut album, which is set to arrive later this year. A powerful and tender offering, “Tell Me” comes accompanied by an official video directed by Joshua Tate (Sycco, Safety Club).  LISTEN HERE & WATCH HERE  Co-written by the renowned Andy Hopkins (Hauskey, Yorke), “Tell Me” is an assured step forward for Eliott, who first broke out with the single “Figure It Out” in 2017. Written in 2019 during a period of low mental health and personal turmoil, “Tell Me” sees Eliott asking for assurance and guidance for the uncertain road ahead. Over thundering drums and a swelling choir, Eliott pleads to her mother: “So tell me mother, when will I know what to do? / If I can’t keep up, and I don’t wanna get up this time / Oh my mother, when will I know how to lose? / How do I keep up when I don’t wanna get up this time”. The track’s gorgeous instrumentation, with humming pianos and an urgent cascade of guitars, feels both crushingly intimate and stadium sized.

The Weeknd’s smash “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)” has just notched a Diamond Certification from the RIAA. This notably marks his fifth Diamond single following generational hits such as “The Hills, “Starboy” [feat. Daft Punk], “Blinding Lights, and “Can’t Feel My Face. He also enters rarified air, becoming only the fourth artist to earn five or more Diamond certifications.  Notably, “Earned It” garnered an Academy® Award nomination in the category of “Best Original Song” and picked up a GRAMMY® Award for “Best R&B Performance. It graced both The Weeknd’s 6x-platinum chart-dominating second full-length album, Beauty Behind The Madness, and the platinum-certified Fifty Shades Of Grey Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.

Sunday, February 12, 2023

57 Channels and Only This Is On: February 12, 2023


The Last of Us:  So what exactly did the black dude do to Shauna from Yellowjacket’s brother?  Was he just simply a rat?  But shooting a doctor in the middle of a pandemic seems really extreme even if he was a rat too. 


Your Honor:   Okay, so there is a bigger gangster than Jimmy, his father in law.  If Jimmy and the judge team up to take down his father in law and they end up living as one big happy family by the end of the season I am going to be mildly disappointed.


Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches:  I have dream sequences.  They are a complete waste of time and I can never figure out what exactly what we are supposed to make of them.


The Challenge: Ride or Dies:  Wait, so this is a three episode finale?  Ugg, why do they drag these things out?  This was a complete waste of an episode unless you really enjoy watching people throw up.  And if you enjoy watching people throw up, you have real problems.