Saturday, May 11, 2024

Around the Tubes: May 10, 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 Where Everybody Knows Your Name with Ted Danson and Woody Harrelson (Sometimes)MisterWives, Grouplove, Fall Out Boy, Nia Smith, and Dexter’s Laboratory.

SiriusXM today announced the launch of “Where Everybody Knows Your Name with Ted Danson and Woody Harrelson (Sometimes),” a new original podcast hosted by the Emmy Award-winning actors and friends. Premiering June 12, the podcast will see Ted and Woody reconnect 30 years after the end of their acclaimed sitcom “Cheers,” joined by a plethora of exciting guests.  A trailer is available by clicking HERE.  Each week on “Where Everybody Knows Your Name,” Ted and (when he can find him) Woody will sit down with a special guest to dig beyond the career highlights and into the stuff of life that makes us who we are. While listeners can expect some fond reminiscences of their time on Cheers, the show will mostly serve as a freewheeling exchange of laughter and wisdom as the charismatic duo reconnect both with each other and with the talented friends they’ve made throughout their incredible careers. Listeners will join Ted and Woody as they have insightful conversations with Eric Andre, Will Arnett, Kristen Bell, Laura Dern, Jane Fonda, Simu Liu, Megan Mullally, Conan O’Brien, Nick Offerman, Martin Short, Mary Steenburgen and more, and raise a glass to these stars’ extraordinary journeys.

-  New York City/Los Angeles-based alt-pop group MisterWives announce the deluxe edition of their 2023 LP, Nosebleeds: Deluxe, due out this summer. Alongside the big news, the band delivers the first taste with booming track "Organized Chaosout everywhere now. The forthcoming collection includes reworked versions of all original tracks with plenty of surprises in store.  Out today, the self-aware, roaring "Organized Chaos" picks up where Nosebleeds left off–launching right back into erratic patterns and cycles that have become comfortable. This time, though, Lee has recognized these habits and this is the final straw.  Nosebleeds, the fervent fourth studio album by MisterWives arrived in July 2023 and propelled the group into new territory and has garnered over 20M streams across all platforms. The album garnered widespread support from several leading publications, including the first single, "Out Of Your Mind," premiered by PAPER Magazine, the title track premiered by Rolling Stone and support from Variety who wrote, "MisterWives are entering a new era in their nearly decade-long career."

- Indie rock icons GROUPLOVE release I Want It All Right Now Deluxe, featuring six new tracks via Glassnote Records. Seeing the band at their most liberated, their sixth studio album is their self-coined “resistance pop” with self-aware reckoning. In today’s deluxe tracks, GROUPLOVE sinks deeper into the absolution that comes with shaking off the expectation of perfection — as musicians, as partners, as parents. 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 I Want It All Right Now Deluxe.  The standout track, “Can You Feel My Love,” takes a more mellow approach to its transparent storytelling. Vocalist/guitarist Christian Zucconi said, “Can you feel my love? It’s a question and it’s the answer. I’m asking you, I’m asking my family and I’m asking myself. I need to know you can feel it. With all my flaws and all my imperfections can you feel my love?”


In March, GRAMMY Award-nominated and multi-platinum selling rock band Fall Out Boy took the stage at Madison Square Garden in front of a sold out crowd for a show mxdwn described as “a masterclass in nostalgia and unpredictability.” From a guitar doubling as a flamethrower, to the first-ever full-band performance of “Get Busy Living Or Get Busy Dying (Do Your Part To Save the Scene and Stop Going to Shows),” and a surprise guest appearance from The Academy Is’ Will Beckett to perform “Slow Down,” Fall Out Boy’s MSG show pulled in fans from all over the world. And with the conclusion of their sold out So Much For (2our) Dust Tour last month, Fall Out Boy will globally broadcast this epic performance in partnership with premier streaming platform Veeps on Friday, June 7, 2024. Veeps All Access subscribers in the U.S. can access the show for free as part of their subscription; for fans outside the U.S., tickets to the livestream are now on sale for $11.99.

British Musician Nia Smith is just 20 years old, but her talent and wisdom are not indicative of her young years. Today she shares her stunning debut single ‘Give Up The Fear’ – an earnest and heartfelt offering filled with ruminative, uplifting pianos underpinned by lyrics on pursuing a dream.  Produced by Grammy-award-winning producer Jimmy Napes, the song presents a deeper meaning alongside an innate musical charisma; “[it’s] about finding that inner-child again… you know how when you’re a kid you don’t overthink or second-guess creativity? I would watch my little brother paint when he wants to paint, draw when he wants to draw, while I second-guess what I want to do” Nia states.  WATCH OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO HERE

The Emmy Award-winning American animated TV series that was created by Genndy Tartakovsky and produced by Cartoon Network Studios is back from the lab! For the first time ever on DVD, all 78 episodes from the classic cartoon series plus the special Dexter's Laboratory: Ego Trip, are brought together in one set. Dexter’s Laboratory: The Complete Series will be available for purchase online and in-store at major retailers beginning June 25, 2024. Get ready to go on a wild adventure with boy-genius Dexter, as he saves the world with his secret laboratory filled with his collection of inventions! Pre-order your copy now.  Dexter’s Laboratory is also available now to purchase Digitally from Amazon Prime Video, AppleTV, Google Play, Vudu and more.  The unforgettable series that ran from 1996-2003 on Cartoon Network, won many awards, and spawned children's books, comic books, music albums, toys, video games, and a movie.


Sunday, May 05, 2024

57 Channels and Only This Is On: May 5 2024


The Veil:  My only take away from the first two episodes is that at least someone called Elizabeth Moss out for that poor accent.


The Challenge All-Stars 4:  Instead of trying to get into the middle group to help LeRoy, should Kam not try to get into the bottom?  If her team is in the bottom, then it is less likely that LeRoy’s team gets in the bottom.  Though I have to wonder why Kam was not penalized for taking her bobblehead off before the challenge was over.


Under the Bridge:  The problem with shows that should have been a movie is we get completely unnecessary episodes like this.  We really did not need to see the dead chick’s parent’s meet cute.  But I was surprised she mentioned her killer at the start of the episode.  I thought they would tease why exactly she had the boots in her closet.  Instead they confirmed she killed her in a very nonchalant way.


Survivor:  Lol, you think after Hunter got blindsided last week after being convinced Q was the easy vote, no one would get duped again.  Except they pulled the exactly same play this week.  Of course they are not going to vote out Q, everyone wants to sit next to him at Final Tribal.   Sitting next to him, Venus, and / or raving lunatic Liz will be one of the easiest wins in the history of the show.


Ghosts:  Really, they are doing another cliffhanger?  I wonder if Isaac will be missing for as long as Flower was this season.  


A Gentleman in Moscow:  Interesting, they switched from days the gentleman has been to the exact year.  So no more long division, but now I need to try and remember when the first started.  I believe that was 1921.  So that put it at about 26 years, or about 8 years since the last episode if my math is correct.


I always assumed Rostov would leave the hotel at some point, but I figured that would be the final scene of the series, I really was shocked that it actually happened in this episode.  With two episodes left it seemed obvious he would find his way back into the hotel, the only question was how.  I guess it makes the most sense that Osip was the one to show some humanity and empathy for Rostov.  Now I wonder if the show ends with Osip letting Rostov out.  Maybe he helps fake his death and can leave that way.