Saturday, August 22, 2009

57 Channels and Only This Is On vol. XCIV

Quote of the Week: Oh, Eric with a “C”, nice and friendly. Erik with a “K”, evil. (Parker, Leverage)

Song of the Week: Pony (It’s OK) – Erin McCarley (When in Rome trailer, see Video of the Week below)

Big News of the Week: The Beatles Break Up: Or at least that is what constitutes big new over at Rolling Stone as their cover story this week is Why The Beatles Broke Up. Almost forty years after the fact. Very timely guys. I wonder how much the Rock Band guys, who will be releasing The Beatles edition next month, paid for a Beatles cover story (and yes there is an ad for the game in the edition). And people wonder why print media is dying. Another sign comes in the other periodical I subscribe to, Newsweek, who released two double issues in a row. When I first subscribed, they only released two a year, in the summer and the year end edition, both you could tell by the six were double issues. The last two you wouldn’t know unless you saw the fine print that it was. If you are going to keep on releasing multiple double issues, at least double up the content if you want me to continue to subscribe.

Coalition Links of the Week:
This week, Jace had an exclusive interview with True Blood's Anna Camp, in which they discuss Sarah Newlin, Camp's original audition (for the role of Sookie, no less!), the love triangle between Sarah, Jason, and Steve, Sarah's darker side, Camp's theatre work (opposite Daniel Radcliffe in Equus), whether the Newlins are gone for good, Mad Men, and lots more.. (Televisionary)

Taking a page from the CW's controversial ad campaign for The Beautiful Life comes our gift to Smallville fans. (The TV Addict)

TV Fanatic doesn't care if FlashForward is a rip-off of Lost. Each preview looks better than the one before. (TV Fanatic)

It may be summer vacation, but TiFaux was back in high school this week with three separate posts about the new DeGrassi: The Next Generation. For one, Marisa provided a "Where Are They Now?" for some of the more notable DeGrassi alumni. (TiFaux)

Buzz is thrilled to see some new pics from the upcoming season of How I Met Your Mother! (BuzzSugar)

This week, Sandie took at first look at Wil Wheaton guest starring in Leverage's new episode "The Two Live Crew." (Daemon's TV)

GMMR has been sucked into summer reality shows in a big way this week. Big Brother has been crazy, America's Best Dance Crew has been hot, and now we get new episodes of Project Runway - a blessing or a curse? (Give Me My Remote)

It's not TV related but Vance loved the new production of A Streetcar Named Desire at the Donmar Warehouse in London starring Rachel Weisz. (Tapeworthy)

Rescue Me: One thing the show likes to do is have absurdly long scenes and when they work, like when the ghosts started to revisit Tommy this season, there is nothing better on television. Then you have the bedroom scene this episode which was just excruciatingly painful to watch. And is there anywhere I can bed that the chick Franco ends up fighting is his ex-girlfriend? You can stream current episodes over at Hulu.

Rescue Me on iTunes

Leverage: It looks like another television show might be tapping my phones as I had the theory that people putting “K” in their names where “C” should be as being evil for over a decade. If the show ever brings up my theory of chicks who put “I” at the end of their name instead of “Y” I may have to call my lawyer. You can stream current episodes over at You can also download Leverage on iTunes.

Free Download of the Week: Spectacle: Elvis Costello With... Elton John and Diana Krall (iTunes)

Deal of the Week: Movies as Low as $6.99 (Shaun of the Dead, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Friday Night Lights: The Movie)

Video of the Week: As a dude, I am preconditioned to not like romantic comedies, and for the most part I do with a few exceptions that mostly involve John Cusack. But from the look of the trailer, When in Rome may join that list. C’mon, it features Veronica Mars and Ned the Piemaker as old flames. Throw in Gob Bluth and Danny DeVito as guys who have a love spell put on by Ronnie. Although does guy really need some magic to fall for Vee?

When in Rome trailer HD

Next Week Pick of the Week: Leverage, Wednesday at 9:00 on TNT: Please note that many outlets have this week as the Leverage Summer finale, but TNT announced this week that they were extending it two more episodes so make sure you mark your calendar for September 2 and 9 as there will be new episodes on those days.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Around the Tubes vol. XIX

I have gotten a plethora of cool press releases have been flooding my inbox recently that you may find interesting. This post will include blurbs on Sons of Anarchy, Community, Ghosthunters, Alien Earth, Naked Science: Hawking’s Universe, Miss Universe, the Hope Diamond and the Dreadnots.

- I recently started watching the first season of Sons of Anarchy and it is real epic. For those that are already caught up and ready for the season premiere Tuesday September 8 at 10:00 on FX, here is a preview of the second season:

- Speaking of Sons of Anarchy, fans of the show or those that want to get into the show, head over to to enter the Gear Pack Giveaway that includes the first season on DVD and all the goodies below:

Win a Sons of Anarchy Prize Pack

- We are about a month until the premiere of Community and in addition to the Greendale Community College website, there is now an orientation video to go along with the college which touts its straight A’s, first up is Accessibility (as someone who’s dorm room without it, I appreciate that air conditioning is an upcoming one):

- A new season of SyFy’s Ghosthunters premiered this week and here is a promo for the new season Wednesdays at 9:00:

Two new specials hitting the National Geographic Channel this Sunday. Starting at 9:00 is Alien Earths where astronomers predict what far off planets may look like using CGI and if they could possibly host life. Then at 10:00 there is Naked Science: Hawking’s Universe which looks at Stephan’s contributions to the science field. Here is a clip from the latter that deals with Hawking’s speech software.

- Ever want to be a beauty pageant judge? Well here is your chance as you pick Miss Photogenic for the upcoming Miss Universe contest. And the photos they used just happened to be from the bikini competition. Then turn into the contest this Sunday on NBC and Telemundo.

- The Hope Diamond will be celebrating its fiftieth year in the Smithsonian this year and to commemorate, it is getting a new look as chosen by you. Head over to to see the choices and to vote.

- How about some “good music for a bad economy”? For fans of what they call psychedelic hip-hop, you will want to check out the free download of Dreadnots Robotic Hands of God: Voice of the Last Days.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Music Within Makes Me Whole and a World That I Built on My Own

Kate Earl - Kate Earl

Two people that Kate Earl probable hates hearing about are Sarah Palin and Jewel as the newcomer is also from Alaska and those two are the only people to make a name for themselves in Continental US since Steward’s Folly unless you are a basketball fan that knows Carlos Boozer is also from the state. Like Jewel, Earl is a singer-songwriter and no she has never spent anytime living in a car. And Earl’s self titled album definitely isn’t some coffeehouse fair like her Alaskan predecessor.

Kate Earl should fit in pretty well with the other female singer-songwriters of the decade with songs like Melody fitting perfectly between the latest from Coblie Caillet and Sara Bareilles, but Earl has an music appreciation that seems to date back to the girl groups of the sixties as Only in Dreams could have fit on the radio back in the sixties between Diana Ross and Martha Reeves with Earl paying tribute to doo-wop in the middle of Melody. Basically Earl sounds like Cat Power had she ever cared about pop sensibilities.

But Kate Earl is plenty diverse, besides the present day pop hook of Melody and classic sound of Only in Dreams, All I Want and When You’re Ready have heavy dance beats to them. Nobody and Can’t Treat Me That Way are sleek songs that could fit in at the local cabaret. Golden Street is a clap heavy jam with a great synth groove to it and Learning to Fly sounds like an updated version of The Wall of Sound. While Impossible is your token girl anthem for the album. All the while with the introspective lyrics that are as good as any of her contemporaries. Soon we may have a third Alaskan for us in the lower forty-eight to point to.

Song to Download – Only in Dreams

Kate Earl gets a Terror Alert Level: High [ORANGE] on my Terror Alert Scale.

(Scooter’s note: You can download Melody for free on iTunes as long as the picture below is of Earl)

Kate Earl free on iTunes

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

I Want My Music Television vol. LXII

There have been a couple of videos that have caught my eye lately so I thought I’d give them some love since the death of Musical Television left a void for a forum on the art form. If you are interested in buying the video through iTunes, click the title link (where available). If you are interested in buying the song, look for a link in the analysis.

Goodnight, Travel Well – The Killers

UNICEF, MTV and The Killers teamed up this thought provoking video to shed the light on human trafficking. Hopefully since they are involved, MTV actually shows the video sometime other than times when normal people are not sleeping.

Fugitive – David Gray

Back in 2000, I would have pegged David Gray to end up being one of the artists of the decade. As we close out the ’00 that sadly didn’t turn out to be the case aside from my own record collection as most people were turned off by his dark turn on A Day After Midnight. But still color me excited for Draw the Line out next month.

Melody – Kate Earl

iTunes use to find a lot of gems with their weekly free Single of the Week, but this year has been mostly misses. But that turned around this week where you can get this song from Kate Earl for the low price of nothing. As long as the banner below is of Earl, you can still get it for free. As for the song itself, I love the subtle doo-wop in the middle of the song.

Kate Earl free on iTunes

Relator – Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson

Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson teamed up for an album, so, um, yeah, that happened.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Previewing The Jon Dore Television Show

In a story I broke last week, tonight sees the American premiere of The Jon Dore Television Show on IFC at 10:00. The show is hard to describe as it is a little mix of things. You really cannot call it a reality show on Dore’s life because some of the bits are obviously scripted, we even get to see inside the writers room. But it also seems to be heavy on improve especially his “interviews” that are reminiscent of the ones conducted by The Daily Show where the interviewer are not being all that seriously though acting like it while the interviewees are trying to give the most serious answer they can come up with.

IFC will be show the first two seasons of The Jon Dore Television Show straight, twenty-six episodes in all, as they have already aired in Canada. Being a Canadian show be warned there are a lot of Canadianisms like people mispronouncing words like “aboot.” Oh, those silly Canadians. The first episode follows Dore while he goes to a fertility clinic to see if he can have kids. Later in the series Jon battles alcoholism, smoking, STD’s and even tries to get in shape in order to audition for a softcore porn role. And dude had a serious spare tire that he disturbingly likes to show off.

The Jon Dore Television Show is a quirky series that is reminiscent of another Canadian comedy import, Tom Green, but more polite, less annoying and better budget. When it is on, there is plenty of chuckling, but it seems if Dore would have done better in short form of a webseries that featured his interviewing skills as the episodes do go a little song for a twenty-two minute show with Dore taking many pit stops, much that are not as funny as the interviews, on his episode journey.

The Jon Dore Television Show airs Tuesdays at 10:00 on IFC and is repeated Saturdays also at 10:00.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Feed Your iPod vol. XXXIII: Broken Hearted

Eric Clapton is one of those artists that it is nearly impossible to have one favorite song of. His catalogue is so extensive and diverse; you really cannot single out one. But with a gun to my head, I may have to go with Broken Hearted. While the album version (which the link below goes to) came during his electronic era where he became fascinated the drum machine (which was to rock bands in the late nineties, what the auto-tuner is for rappers today: overused). But where the song truly shines is in the acoustic setting where the video below come from with some help from John Mayer.

Broken Hearted – Eric Clapton Eric Clapton - Pilgrim - Broken Hearted

Sunday, August 16, 2009

57 Channels and Only This Is On vol. XCIII

Quote of the Week: Miss Gilardi, I don’t like conspiracy theories. I don’t think Princess Diana was murdered by the Royal Family. I don’t think they dissected aliens in Roswell. And I’m pretty (expletive deleted) sure that the grassy knoll in Dallas, just a grassy knoll. (Judge Albert Farnsworth, Raising the Bar)

Song of the Week: Walk Away - Dropkick Murphys (Rescue Me)

Big News of the Week: Oz’s Ernie Hudson Joins Heroes: Okay, nothing Heroes does anymore can be considered “Big News” because no one, including myself, watches it anymore. The big news is the title itself where everywhere across the internets wrote just that: “Oz’s Ernie Hudson Joins Heroes.” I had to do a double take each time I saw that thinking, “was there another Ernie Hudson that happened to be on Oz?” because when I think Ernie Hudson, I think Ghostbusters. Is there really anyone out there that hears the name Ernie Hudson and thinks Oz first?

Coalition Links of the Week:
It's summer, it's hot, and Vance's brain can no longer think in more than 140 characters. He hasn't blogged much lately, but he's twittered the summer away. (Tapeworthy)

This week, Jace had an exclusive interview with Bones showrunner/executive producer Hart Hanson about what to expect from Season Five of Bones, Booth's mental state, Brennan's Guatemalan trip, Angela's celibacy vow, a possible return to London, Stephen Fry, and much more. (Televisionary)

Design Star -- it's no Project Runway, but it'll do during the summer doldrums. Also, Nathan and Dan are good enough eye candy to keep tuning in. (TiFaux)

Dr. Gregory House trying to actually connect with people?!? Matt is excited to see if this House spoiler become a reality. (TV Fanatic)

Buzz geared up for Mad Men's third season with a little quiz about the first two years of the show. (BuzzSugar)

Sandie interviewed Michaela Conlin, who plays Angela on Bones. (Daemon's TV)

Rescue Me: That may have been the most low key wedding ever in the history of television. Made even more shocking with the knowledge that the hooker is apparently loaded. I still don’t see this ending well. You can stream current episodes over at Hulu.

Rescue Me on iTunes

Leverage: It was pretty funny that they ran a Nancy Grace commercial during an episode that called out her and her ilk for being shady and corrupt. You can stream current episodes over at You can also download Leverage on iTunes.

The Philanthropist: Well that was a surprised that Madestone turned out to be the governor’s brother. Surely didn’t see that one coming. You can stream current episodes over at You can also download The Philanthropist on iTunes.

Free Download of the Week: Fire Escape – Diane Birch (Rcrd Lbl): If you saw my review of the debut album from Diane Birch, Bible Belt (if not see: Love Makes the Price Good Enough to Wanna Pay) then you may have noticed the Song to Download was Fire Escape which you can download for free.

Deal of the Week: Blu-ray Sale: Buy Two, Get One Free (Spaceballs, Office Space, Wayne’s World)

Video of the Week: Just a reminder that CTRL is still airing new episodes (I think they have two more left). The latest, where Buster Bluth learns what CTRL-Z does, may be the funniest yet. Or click the link to view the entire series so far.

Next Week Pick of the Week: Shaq Vs., Tuesday at 9:00 on ABC: Every week the newly Cleveland resident will be taking on other athletes in their sports with Shaq getting a handicap. Hopefully he shows his city’s loyalty by getting in a cheap shot to the knees of Ben Roethlisberger. Also expect Shaq to go up against Michael Phelps, Serena Williams, Oscar De La Hoya, Albert Pujols, Kerry Walsh and Misty May-Treanor.