Saturday, February 24, 2024

Around the Tubes: February 24, 2024


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 Extraordinary, Olivia Rodrigo, Noah Kahan, True Detective, The Thread, Grouplove, Modern English, Kid Cudi, Eddie Vedder, and Chad Powers.

- Hulu has released the official trailer for the highly anticipated second season of the critically-acclaimed comedy "Extraordinary," along with new key art. Check it out below!  The Original series will premiere Wednesday, March 6, only on Hulu in the U.S. and Disney+ in the rest of the world. Season two picks up where season one spectacularly left off, following Jen (Máiréad Tyers) on her powers journey as she enrols as a client at the power clinic. Jen soon discovers that the process of finding her power isn’t as easy as she hoped, and things in the rest of her life aren’t smooth sailing either. Ex-cat, now-boyfriend Jizzlord (Luke Rollason) has had an unexpected revelation about his past, and Kash (Bilal Hasna) and Carrie (Sofia Oxenham) are attempting to be totally mature and dignified about their break-up, which is not easy when they’re still living under the same roof. It seems that Jen and the gang are dealing with new levels of adulting and chaos that none of them are prepared for. 

Multi-Platinum singer-songwriters Olivia Rodrigo and Noah Kahan team up on a special live recording that will be available at participating independent record stores as part of the celebration of Record Store Day. Olivia Rodrigo “Stick Season”/Noah Kahan “Lacy” - FROM THE BBC RADIO 1 LIVE LOUNGE will be released on April 20 via Geffen/Mercury/Republic.  The 7-inch colored vinyl features three-time GRAMMY® Award winner Rodrigo covering Kahan’s breakout hit “Stick Season” on Side A and GRAMMY® Best New Artist nominee Kahan delivering a stunning rendition of “Lacy” from Rodrigo’s chart-topping sophomore album, GUTS, on Side B. “Stick Season,” the lead single from Kahan’s 2022 album of the same name, has been certified 2x Platinum in the U.S. “Lacy” was named as one of the best songs of 2023 by Variety, which noted, “Rodrigo makes poetry out of insecurity like nobody’s business.” More information and participating stores at

Get on the case and catch up on all the clues from HBO’s riveting Emmy Award®-winning limited series, as Warner Bros Discovery Home Entertainment releases True Detective: Night Country on Digital now, and on Blu-ray & DVD July 9. Fans and newcomers alike can binge on all 6 thrilling episodes from Season 4, while they search for answers and go behind the scenes with bonus content.  True Detective: Night Country is available now to purchase Digitally from Amazon Prime Video, AppleTV, Google Play, Vudu and more. The series will also be available on Blu-ray & DVD by purchasing online and in-store at major retailers on July 9. Pre-order your copy now.

Life Stories, a nonprofit media organization that produces and distributes films about people whose lives inspire meaningful change, announced it will stream THE THREAD, a new documentary interview series on YouTube in which exceptional individuals share the different paths they have taken to lead meaningful lives.  16 episodes of THE THREAD will premiere weekly from March 4 - June 17, 2024 and feature interviews with Gloria EstefanMartin SheenKurt "Big Boy" AlexanderTony HawkKatie CouricMitt Romney, and other notable figures. THE THREAD will be made available to the public through the Life Stories website (, Life Stories YouTube channel, and as a podcast across all major platforms. THE THREAD: Season One trailer can be seen here:

GRAMMY® Best New Artist nominee and multi-platinum singer-songwriter Noah Kahan’s global smash hit “Stick Season” enters the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart this week following the release of the long-awaited, final installment of the Stick Season series, Stick Season (Forever). Released on February 9th via Mercury Records / Republic RecordsStick Season (Forever) debuted in the Top 3 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, and upon release, “Stick Season” immediately rose to #1 on the Spotify Top Songs USA Chart. Not to mention, this week following his two sold-out shows at London’s Wembley Arena, Kahan achieved a rare album and single charts double in the UK as Stick Season (Forever) topped the UK Official Albums Chart for the first time and “Stick Season” held the #1 position on the UK Official Singles Chart for the seventh consecutive week. Noah joins the likes of Taylor Swift, Harry Styles, and Adele as a select group of superstar artists to have accomplished this incredible achievement.  

 Indie rock mainstays GROUPLOVE release their frenetic new single “Chances” to kick off their headline North American tour. With the band’s vocalist/keyboardist Hannah Hooper at the helm, the new offering is an overstimulated, hallucinogenic, aggressive singsong. A band that transcends their ever-shapeshifting genre, GROUPLOVE too has evolved over the last decade, channeling their ecstatic energy into the deepest tensions of the human psyche, all while playing with the contradictions and complications of existing — Stream “Chances."  With this new single following their 2023 album I Want It All Right Nowand smashing the bottle on the ship of the Rock And Roll You Won’t Save Me Tour, GROUPLOVE will spend the next month on a massive headline run with support from BullyVIP packages for the tour include access to an intimate pre-show soundcheck performance and Q&A, as well as an exclusive fan zine designed by the band. The months of May and June will also see the band make stops at Wildflower! Festival and Bonnaroo. See all upcoming tour dates here and below. 

Modern English is excited to announce the release of 1 2 3 4,  the legendary British new wave/post-punk band’s first album of new material in eight years. Produced by Mario J. McNulty (David Bowie, Lou Reed, Nine Inch Nails), mixed by Cenzo Townsend and mastered at Abbey Road1 2 3 4 retains the intrinsic spirit of these early post-punk days, and is also a sterling sonic example of what Modern English have always done best. The album encompasses seething songs with a punk bite (“Long in The Tooth,” “Plastic”), keyboard-forward melodic rockers ("Not Fake,” "Crazy Lovers") and simmering, darkwave-meets-post-punk gems (“Exploding,” “Out to Lunch”). With a touch of subtle themes lifted from After the Snow (1982) and Ricochet Days (1984) that include the environment, aging, failed relationships, love, politics and more, 1 2 3 4 finds the legendary band delving into nostalgia but, as always, exploring new creative territory. Stream the band’s new single, “Not Fake,” on YouTube HERE. 

Building out an artistic realm without comparison, GRAMMY® Award-winning multi-platinum sonic visionary, artist, producer, actor and director Kid Cudi unveils a brand new offering entitled, INSANO (NITRO MEGA), out now via Republic Records. He has magnified the world of his 2024 ninth studio album, INSANO, with 18 brand new tracks on INSANO (NITRO MEGA). As such, he delivers not just a spiritual successor, but a fully realized body of work in its own right and, as Cudi put it on Twitter, “a continuation, a elevation of the vibes.”  Listen HERE.  It notably includes a like minded cohort of talent, namely Wiz Khalifa, Lil Yachty, Bone Thugs & Harmony, Chip The Ripper and more. Check out the full tracklisting below.

 The second annual Reportin’ For Duty took place last weekend, honoring the late Leslie Jordan’s life of service by raising over $1 Million for EB Research Partnership (EBRP), an organization close to his heart that is dedicated to funding research to treat and cure Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). The night featured intimate performances from Post Malone, EBRP Co-Founder Eddie Vedder, The War And Treaty, Jelly Roll, Ruby Amanfu, Jake Wesley Rogers and Dan Spencer.  Watch Post Malone and Eddie Vedder perform “Better Man”  Taking place at Humble Baron at Nearest Green Distillery in Shelbyville, TN, the concert and live auction helped support EBRP, which funds innovative and life-saving rare disease research projects.

Hulu announced the series order for half-hour comedy “Chad Powers,” from co-creators and executive producers Glen Powell and Michael Waldron. Eli Manning serves as executive producer along with Omaha Productions’ Peyton Manning, Jamie Horowitz, Ben Brown and ESPN. Waldron and Adam Fasullo are producing for Anomaly Pictures. The series stars Powell, who is also co-creating, co-writing and executive producing under his production co-banner Barnstorm Productions.  It hails from 20th Television.  When bad behavior nukes hotshot QB Russ Holliday’s college career, he disguises himself and walks onto a struggling Southern football team as the talented, affable Chad Powers. Based on the sketch produced by NFL Films and Omaha Productions that aired on ESPN+ as part of the Eli's Places series, the half-hour comedy from 20th Televison will stream on Hulu. Powell and Waldron co-wrote the pilot.


Sunday, February 18, 2024

57 Channels and Only This Is On: February 18, 2024


True Detective:  It seems like this show started out with an interesting scientists being frozen into an ice sculpture but has been overtaken but some unsolved, generic domestic violence case.  Thankfully there is only one week left.


Death and Other Details: Killing some nobody is one thing, but kind of bold that this shadowy figure knocked off a governor.  I guess that will be the downfall of the shadowy figure.


La Brea:  The show was just dumb fun for the first two seasons, but budget cuts really hurt this final season with multiple characters only showing up for an episode or two.  But they did regain that dumb fun for the series finale.  The scene with the army with guns being taken down by people with bows and arrows may have been the funniest thing the show has ever down.


The Challenge: Battle for a New Challenge:  Repeating Control, Chaos, and Conquest just is not working for the finale.  At least we only have one episode left in this season.  Well, and then probably a two part reunion.


Resident Alien:   Harry working in an office may end up being weirder than him being a doctor.  I also cannot imagine it will end well.


Ghosts:  I thought the British boyfriend was going to be the one sucked off, but if one of the main characters had to go, it was probably for the best that the hippie was sucked off.  She was the least funny and the I do not remember anything because I took too many drugs is just a one note joke.  I wonder if she will get replaced by the headless guy, or we will just have one less main ghost.