Saturday, March 16, 2024

Around the Tubes: March 16, 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 Ariana Grande, The Black Crowes, Milan Ring, and Marcus King.

GRAMMY® Award-winning, multi-platinum recording artist and international superstar, Ariana Grande releases a new version of her critically acclaimed album, eternal sunshine (slightly deluxe), out now.  Listen to eternal sunshine (slightly deluxe) HERE via Republic Records.  The new eternal sunshine (slightly deluxe) features four additional songs including brand new releases, “supernatural (feat. troye sivan)”“imperfect for you (acoustic)”“true story (acapella)”, and previously released “yes, and? (feat. mariah carey)”.  Ariana recently appeared on Saturday Night Live as musical guest, performing “we can’t be friends (wait for your love)” and “imperfect for you”

- Legendary rock band The Black Crowes released their hugely anticipated 10th studio album, Happiness Bastards, via the band’s own Silver Arrow Records. Serving as a salute to their past and a celebration of the present and future, the new album, which is their first original release in 15 years, includes 10 new tracks, with a very special feature from GRAMMY-winning country superstar Lainey Wilson on “Wilted Rose.” LISTEN TO HAPPINESS BASTARDS HERE.  Produced by GRAMMY Award-Winning producer Jay Joyce, the project emphasizes The Black Crowes’ influence as one of the most vital rock bands of this generation. Following decades marked by sex, drugs, fights, breakups, and divorce, Happiness Bastards finds the brothers leaving their bullshit behind and leaning into their creative common ground to deliver their most compelling work to date. 

Celebrated Eora/Sydney R&B musician, producer and engineer Milan Ring fully embraces her new era with the announcement of her love-struck second studio album, Mangos. Out May 10 via Astral People Recordings, the record is preceded by today’s release of latest single, "Photograph".  In a brief moment of bliss towards the backend of the record, the trip-inspired ‘Photograph’ focuses on savouring the moment and losing hours simply by being with someone you like. Milan infuses the Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz within the lyrics – a powerful code of conduct on how to experience the most in life. “In a world that is finger snap instant, it’s nice to have a medium that forces one to wait. I’m not sure how the light will hit the film. All I know is that for a second, I tried to remember,” she adds.  Watch the "Photograph" visualizer HERE

Last night GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Marcus King exclusively debuted his new song “Delilah” on NBC’s The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon. A remarkable track from his forthcoming Rick Rubin-produced album Mood Swings, released on April 5 via American/Republic Records. Watch the video HERE.  Discussing the forthcoming song, which will only be available via The Tonight Show until album release, King stated, “it’s a coming-of-age tale about learning how to love and how to allow yourself to stay still long enough to be loved.” On performing on piano and letting his vocals be the focus rather than guitar, he quipped,  “There was no hiding behind the guitar at all.”  Pre-order Mood Swings HERE.

Sunday, March 10, 2024

57 Channels and Only This Is On: March 10, 2024


The Regime:  This show seems to be at a 6 when it should be turned up to 11.  All this show accomplished in its first episode was it just really made me miss The Great.  That is how you do an eccentric dictator and the exhausted person trying to control them.


The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Lived:  Is it really that hard to leave this place?  Rick’s helicopter went down, everyone else died, and yet even in this situation Rick cannot escape and has to go back to Philly?  Just go back to the caravan and blend in.  It does not seem like it would be this hard.  Maybe this should have been a movie.  Rick would have been able to escape after ninety minutes but now they have to keep him there for six episodes before he escapes.


Shōgun:  Oh wow, that dude on the dock went out like a G.  But can’t that guy swim?  Seems like he could have caught up to boat if they just wait. 


Death and Other Details:   Just how many twists can you force into one mystery?  Victor Sams being the dead mom was just stupid.  I know I am the first person to say if we do not see a body, they probably are not dead, but we literally saw that bench blow up.  To explain that away as just the daughter’s faulty memory was just stupid.  But I guess it is fitting to get a stupid ending to a stupid show.  Good riddance.


Survivor:  I complain a lot about how bad the casting has gotten and the casting director should be fired, but who is putting these people into Tribes?  It seems like every season in the New Era, the same Tribe goes to Tribal almost every single week.  Maybe try making more even Tribes.  But of course one of only two interesting contestants went home. 


Halo:  Oh yeah, I forgot that one chick existed.  Where exactly has she been this whole time?  Why bring her back now?


Resident Alien:   So the alien hunter is still alive.  I vaguely remember him dying in a prison escape for his kid, but not the specifics.  Wasn’t he shot?  But I guess on an alien show, gunshot wounds are not as fatal as they are in real life.


Ghosts:  Wait, so did Flower not get sucked off (and if not, who did) or did the séance work, and she reappeared in a well for no apparent reason?