Saturday, April 24, 2010

Best of the Week vol. XLII

Quote of the Week: I feel like a total idiot right now. It’s pretty terrible to be voted out by your own Idol… Worst than that, don’t ever trust women, ever, ever, ever. (J.T., Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains)

Song of the Week: Night Moves – Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band (How I Met Your Mother)

Big News of the Week: A Melancholy Happy Trails to Guru: A sad for all the old school hip hop fans out there as half of the seminal rap group Gang Starr succumbed to cancer. In the early days of rap, every MC had one of two flows, party guy or in your face rap. Then Guru came broke onto the scene and along with Slick Rick was the first at a laid back style that inspired the like of Q-Tip, Digital Planets, and even gangsta rappers like Snoop Dogg and Notorious B.I.G. also smoothed it out for a few songs. Gang Starr also pioneered, in thanks to Guru’s partner DJ Preimer, sampling jazz for their beats which was a perfect fix with Guru’s rap style. For anyone looking to get into Gang Starr (which I highly recommend), start with Mass Appeal, then move onto the album it is from, Hard to Earn.

Free Download of the Week: America: The Story of Us – Sneak Peek (iTunes): Here is a chance to take a look at the upcoming epic twelve part series on the history of this country. Episodes start tomorrow on History and will run every night until Memorial Day with each showing up for download the day after on iTunes.

Deal of the Week: Last Days to Save: Up to 52% Off Television DVDs (Firefly, The Office, V: The Original Miniseries)

Video of the Week: “Friday night there will be a bond formed between and among you that will never be broken. You look at each other and you ask yourselves gentlemen: What kind of a man are you?”

Never Broken

Next Week Pick of the Week: Happy Town, Wednesday at 10:00 on ABC: ABC has been trying to replicate Lost almost since it has been on (remember Invasion?) and with its last season, the channel stepped up its attempt to replace it. But It looks like Flash Forward is going to join Invasion in the one and done scrapheap and V might make it to a second season either. So ABC’s last hope may lay in the lap in Happy Town to carry on the “genre” tradition which even features Lost vet M.C. Gainey (who will also show up on Justified a day earlier next week which sadly make me think we won’t get to see him in sideways world). Check back later this week to see if I think Happy Town could make it as Lost’s heir apparent.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Around the Tubes vol. XLVII

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 Friday Night Lights, Happy Town, Explorer: Fatal Insomnia, The Real Story, and The Marriage Ref.

- Two more weeks until Friday Night Lights returns May 7 to network television, it may take some time to get used to seeing Coach Taylor in East Dillon Red. Here is a preview:

Premiere Preview: East of Dillon

- New show Happy Town premieres next Wedensday at 10:00 on ABC. I will have more on the show next week but until then, here is a preview:

- To all you insomniac at there may want to tune into the National Geographic Channel next Tuesday (4/27) for Explorer: Fatal Insomnia at the relatively early time of 10:00 PM. Check out a preview below:

Sleep Sloth Study

- A new season of The Real Story premieres this coming Sunday at 8:00 on the Smithsonian Channel where they take a look at the real story (natch) behind popular movie including episodes this season on The Exorcist, Silence of the Lamb, Casino, The Bourne Identity, and The Hunt for Red October.

- Wonder when your favorite shows will end their season over the next month or so? Then head over LocateTV for the complete rundown.

- Think you can be a better panelist of The Marriage Ref (which should not be too hard considering most are already multiple divorcees), head over to to take the marriage quiz to see how you stack up.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

I Don’t Care if We’re Just Friends I Can Hang out with Myself

My Best Friend Is You - Kate Nash

2006 was a boon year for bratty British singers with Amy Winehouse and Lily Allen breaking out here in the United States with brash and in your face lyrics. Fatigue must had set in by the following year as the debut album from Kate Nash barely made a blip stateside even though she may have had a more bitter tongue than her countrywoman (but unlike the other two, she also lacked the production of Mark Ronson).

Much like Allen, Nash grew up for her sophomore outing, but instead of getting inexplicitly political like Lily, Kate grew up in the form of a steady boyfriend the most likely led to the most vulnerable song on My Best Friend Is You, I Hate Seagulls where she lists everything she dislikes before finally admitting the things she does.

For the few of you that did catch Nash the first time around, don’t worry, there is still plenty of wit and snark flying toward guys mostly about unrequited love like Kiss the Grrrl. The same goes for the standout track of the album Do-Wah-Doo, a sixties girl group inspired song that maybe the catchiest song you may hear all year.

For those looking for something similar Foundations, check out Don’t You Want to Share the Guilt which comes off like a slower version because divulging into a spoken diatribe at the end which is followed guitar fuzz next track I Just Love You More which could have been a lost song from the riot grrl movement of the early nineties. This somewhat prepares you for the spoken word Mansion Song poetry jam that rails against girls that do not respect themselves, a song that may either be your favorite, or worst song on the album.

Song to Download – Do-Wah-Doo

My Best Friend Is You gets a Terror Alert Level: High [ORANGE] on my Terror Alert Scale.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Breaking Down the 100 Guiltiest Guilty Pleasures of the 00’s

The 100 Guiltiest Guilty Pleasures of the 00’s may easily be the hardest retrospect of the decade I may do mainly because I am not one to be guilted easy. In retrospect maybe I should had turned my iPod, DVD collection, television watching habits, and the like over to someone and had them pick out the guilty pleasures for me instead of trying to do so myself because I am sure there are plenty missing from the past ten years that I loved but am not ashamed enough to personally file it under a guilty pleasure. But anyway. For you stat junkies out there, I have divided the list by year (not surprising the depression 2001 had the least) and by category.

By Year
2000 – 14
2001 – 3
2002 – 7
2003 – 12
2004 – 12
2005 – 12
2006 – 10
2007 – 9
2008 – 6
2009 - 14

By Category
Songs – 20
Television Shows - 20
Movies – 16
People – 12
Quotes – 11
Videos - 9
Television ads – 4
Feuds – 3
Sporting Events - 3
Performances – 2

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The 100 Guiltiest Guilty Pleasures of the 00's

Snakes on a Plane (Widescreen New Line Platinum Series)1. Snakes on a Plane

2. Trapped in the Closet

3. Olympic Curling

4. “I drink your milkshake… I drink it up!”

5. Pootie Tang

6. Dan LeBatard guest hosting PTI (BAM!)

7. Flavor of Love and its countless spin-offs

8. Thong Song - Sisqó

9. “Boom goes the dynamite”

Trapped in the Closet: Chapters 1-2210. “You know how I know you're gay…”

11. Carrot Top audio commentary on Rules of Attraction

12. Blaming it on the al-al-al-al-al-alcohol

13. The Osbornes

14. Chris Hansen

15. Queer Eye for the Straight Guy

16. “Yo Kobe, tell me how my (expletive deleted) tastes”

17. Red Stripe: It's Beer; Hooray Beer

18. Dennis Miller on Monday Night Football

19. Mash Up’s

 Melanie Robillard, the reason to watch curling20. Party in the U.S.A. - Miley Cyrus

21. Wazzzzzzup!?!

22. Taylor Swift

23. Sorority Life

24. using names as verbs (i.e. He got Cheneyed last time he went hunting)

25. Carrie Underwood

26. Kanye West’s ego

27. (Explative Deleted) It (I Don’t Want You Back) - Eamon

28. Coyote Ugly

29. Telling people you are, indeed, bringing sexyback

30. Thinking with Your Dip Stick, Jimmy

31. VH1’s I Love the…

32. Amish in the City

33. Hotel for Dogs

34. “What?!? Yeah!!!”

35. I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! (ABC version)

36. Who Let the Dogs Out - The Baha Men

37. Howard Dean scream

38. “You play to win the game” Herm Edwards

39. Downfall memes

Pootie Tang40. Mac ads

41. Chocolate Rain

42. Wizards of Waverly Place

43. Complaining about Lost

44. Leave (Get Out) - JoJo

45. Miami Football’s 7th Floor Crew

46. Because I Got High - Afroman

47. I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked - Ida Maria

48. Sexual Seduction (video) - Snoop Dogg

49. “We let them off the hook” Denny Greene

50. The Surreal Life

51. Don't Forget (video) - Demi Lovato

52. Chad Ochocinco

53. Oops! I Did it Again - Brittany Spears

54. Desperate Housewives

55. John Stewart vs. Tucker Carlson

56. John Tucker Must Die

57. Mandy Moore

58. The Man Show

59. Beauty and the Geek

Flavor of Love - The Complete First Season60. 3 6 Mafia winning an Oscar

61. Joe Schmo

62. Come Clean - Hilary Duff

63. Average Joe

64. Extreme Dodgeball

65. Bartman

66. Paul Blart: Mall Cop

67. Team America: World Police

68. Michael Moore

69. Soulja Boy Superman Dance

Thong Song [Explicit]70. TaTu MTV Movie Awards performance

71. Sarah Palin

72. Mamma Mia!

73. The Real Cancun

74. Celebrity Deathmatch

75. We Are All Made of Stars (video) - Moby

76. Zell Miller challenging Chris Matthews to a duel

77. Tik Tok - Ke$ha

78. Hot In Herre - Jenny Owen Young

79. Road Trip (and Eurotrip for that matter)

The 40-Year-Old Virgin [Blu-ray]80. Under the Moonlight (Do Me) - Dylan and the Rusty Zippers

81. Enchanted

82. Bandslam

83. Olympic Badminton

84. Eminem feuding with a puppet

85. Undercover Brother

86. Falling Down - Selena Gomez and the Scene

87. “Weird Al” Yankovic

88. Wake Up Call (video) - Hayden Panettiere

89. Holidae In - Chingy

The Rules of Attraction90. Rush Limbaugh on ESPN

91. Blind Date

92. This I Promise You - *NSYNC

93. The Pacifier

94. Forever Wedding Dance

95. Being Bobby Brown

96. John McEnroe on CNBC

97. Death to All but Metal (video) - Steel Panther

98. How High

99. Seven Nation Army - The Oak Ridge Boys

100. “You Lie” Joe Wilson