Saturday, October 26, 2013

R.I.P. Marcia Wallace

This one makes me sad. We watched The Bob Newhart Show on Saturday nights, but apparently that's not a big differentiator since CBS's Saturday night line-up also included All in the Family, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Carol Burnett Show (and M*A*S*H for a time). I just looked at the competing line-ups and I'm pretty sure most Americans who were watching TV on a Saturday night in the early/mid-70s were watching The Bob Newhart Show. Which shouldn't undermine that the show was awesome and Wallace was fantastic on it.

Since she had the somewhat thankless role of playing a sassy sidekick (thankless in an awards sense). Wallace didn't receive an Emmy nomination for her work as Carol Bondurant (nee Kester) until years after the show went off the air. Carol was one of the few competent assistants (secretaries) on Murphy Brown and the episode includes a cameo by Newhart (in character from TBNS) wooing Carol back to Chicago. Luckily no clips from The Bob Newhart Show OR Murphy Brown are available, so just imagine them in your mind.

Now imagine I'm thinner.

And funny.

OMG I forgot that one of the forgotten victims of 9/11 is That's My Bush! Wallace played Maggie, the sassy maid and, as intentionally ridiculous as this depiction of the White House is, it's actually a little more credible than Byron Allen's The First Family (I watched a episode this past summer and tweeted "Bryon Allen what the fuck?!").

Wallace was a regular on 70s game shows and here's one appearance.

She won an Emmy for Voiceover Performance as Mrs. Krabapple in the season 3 episode "Bart the Lover"--remember personal ads in newspapers and sending in letters to reply? Me neither. Another video clip unavailable... awesomer.

This video is really awesome.

Wallace is survived by son Mikey and will be missed.

Rest in peace dude.

Song of the Day: "Splinter"

Gary Numan, he's not just a one-hit wonder, he's also a pioneer for electronic music (or so his Wikipedia entry would lead me to believe). Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind) is his twenty-something-th album which means he probably didn't stop recording after "Cars."

Thanks to his discography and the series of tubes I'm able to listen to his 1987 single "Radio Heart" which we played back at the college radio station. Not all my stories are interesting. It's still a great single.

This track is ominous and brings to mind the recent Nine Inch Nails album.  I wonder if Trent cites Gary as an influence.

Song: "Splinter"
Artist: Gary Numan

Friday, October 25, 2013

Song of the Day: "Lilies"

Imagine if you will a Venn diagram. In one circle is the name Kate Bush and in the other circle is the name Elizabeth (Cocteau Twins) Frazer. In the overlap it says Bat for Lashes (nee Natasha Khan ["Khan!!!!!!!"]).

This video was also nominated for a YouTube something something award. I'm sure it won't last more than 2 years so don't bother learning the name. (This statement will be how that award becomes the new Golden Globes: irony, I always lose).

Song: "Lilies"
Artist: Bat for Lashes

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Song of the Day: "I Got a Boy"

The YouTube Music Awards are a thing and guess who is a nominee... that's right, Girls' Generation. The K-Pop group joins Selena Lovato, Demi Gomez, Justin Cyrus and Lady Gaga in the Video of the Year category.
Honoring the world’s most loved music videos, these nominees represent the videos with the most fan engagement on YouTube over the last year.


As as a famous towel once said, "I have no idea what's going on."

Song: "I Got a Boy"
Artist: Girls' Generation

Song of the Day: "Long Time Gone"

After the critical and commercial success of the Robert Plant and Alison Krauss collaboration Raising Sand, Sonya and I have been cynically predicting the next pairing of icon + contemporary critics' darling (your Stevie Wonder + John Mayer, or Van Morrison + Mary J. Blige, or even a Aretha Franklin + Daft Punk). Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones don't quite have the right pairing but obviously this is exactly that thing proving me and Sonya right.


Their collaboration is a remake of the Everly Brothers' Songs Our Daddy Taught Us... which is just what you'd expect, amiright?

Song: "Long Time Gone"
Artist: Billie Joe Armstrong/Norah Jones

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Song of the Day: "Shake"

Another non-Miley track. This one's from The Head and the Heart's sophomore outing, Let's Be Still.

Song: "Shake"
Artist: The Head and the Heart

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Song of the Day: "Bad Blood"

I downloaded Bastille's Bad Blood yesterday and here's the title track.

Hey, it's not Miley, chill.

Song: "Bad Blood"
Artist: Bastille

Monday, October 21, 2013

Song of the Day: "Adore You"

Another Miley Cyrus song... now it's starting to get creepy.

Song: "Adore You'
Artist: Miley Cyrus

Tedious, pretentious quote of the day

"Unfortunately, I am not homosexual. In technical fact, I am humasexual. I am attracted to humans. But, of course … not many.”--Morrissey
Speaking on behalf of humans, right back atcha.

Also he called her Kate Muddleton!!!! He's hysterical.

Full story here:

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Song of the Day: "It's My Party"

Big Gay John™ likes Jessie J, whom I think he's mentioned (or possibly the Fabulous Clinton, who is fabulous) but I don't think I've heard before now.

Someone called her a very British response to Katy Perry. I don't object to that based on this (although she doesn't appear to have multiple fans blow her hair back during this video, so not 100%).

Song: "It's My Party"
Artist: Jessie J