Saturday, June 28, 2014

Song of the Day: "Back in the World"

David Gray.

"Babylon" is my jam.

Can he ever achieve such brilliance again?

We shall see.

We shall see...

Song: "Back in the World"
Artist: David Gray

Friday, June 27, 2014

Song of the Day: "Let it Burn"

Becky tipped me off to The Orwells (or she was being killed by them and left me a clue to that) in the comments of another of my blog posts.

Judging by the hair and the zebra print belt I'm wondering if Warrant decided to become a Jason and the Scorchers tribute band (whilst drinking a shitload of youth elixir, naturally).

This isn't bad. Aside from the fucking skinny jeans. Of course all jeans are skinny jeans to me. Take that Michelle Obama.

Song: "Let it Burn"
Artist: The Orwells

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Song of the Day: "A Million Ways to Die"

The song from the movie with that guy what I hear is NOT as funny as the Ted which I thought was funny as shit.

But once again he rescues an obscure entertainer from the very early 80s. This time, Alan Jackson, the forgotten Jackson family member.

He had the vitiligo real bad.

Real bad.

Song: "A Million Ways to Die"
Artist: Alan Jackson

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Song of the Day: "Get Her Back"

There's no way the break up between Robin Thicke and Paula Patton, and his subsequent attempt to woo her back, the album Paula and this track, are all a calculated publicity stunt for all parties.


How can I be so sure?

Because the mere suggestion is cynical and I am never ever cynical.

Or this isn't me writing this. Did you even think about that?

No you did not.

Maybe you should check on me.

Song: "Get Her Back"
Artist: Robin Thicke

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

For Your Consideration: Scott Thompson

Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, The Colbert Report

Colbert really should compete for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, given how thoroughly he plays the buffoon character of pundit Colbert. But he's got enough Emmys and Thompson has none (he and Foley were nominated 3 times for writing for Kids in the Hall with Foley nominated for voice over work on Prep and Landing).

Including Buddy Cole in Putin's anti-gay laws during the Olympics was wonderfully subversive. Especially the protest chant of "I want a drink!"

For You Consideration: Dave Foley

Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, Hot in Cleveland

During the run of News Radio Foley had to be the straight man to an array of kooky characters. On Hot in Cleveland he goes bombastic with a role of, honestly I have no idea who he represents, but he sounds like Futurama's Zapp Brannigan come to life.

Check him out in the live episode I loved so much.

Here he ad libs and forces Valerie Bertinelli to break character. Funny as shit.

Song of the Day: "Face Again"

It seems like just yesterday, when it was actually December 2012, when we last hung (hanged) with How to Dress Well. He wasn't Prince then and he isn't Prince now and still, fuck Prince.

This track, of How to Dress Well's third LP (an album Pitchfork calls "a pop album of the highest caliber") has a moody urgency to its smooth R&B groove. Me likey.

Song: "Face Again"
Artist: How to Dress Well

Monday, June 23, 2014

Song of the Day: "Hard Time"

I have no idea where I came across this but the song is awesome and rhythmic, the video slightly trippy (more than Junior College art student trippy but not quite full-on trippy). She's Swedish which makes 2 Swedish tracks in a week, so maybe I've been infected during a trip to Ikea.

Is Ikea Swedish? I think so.

Regardless, jam on this shit. It's new and you're always saying you wished you did a better job of finding new music.

And Ikea is Swedish. I checked.

Song: "Hard Time"
Artist: Seinabo Sey

Sunday, June 22, 2014

For Your Consideration: Hot in Cleveland

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, Laura Solon, Hot in Cleveland "Stayin' Alive"

Big Gay John and I talked TV last night over Ruby Tuesdays and he mentioned Hot in Cleveland which I hadn't watched at all this season. This was the season premiere, a live episode, and I was howling with laughter. The show features a nice line of guest stars and some fantastic callback jokes both to earlier seasons and within the episode.

I can't embed a video, but you can watch the whole episode here. It's totally worth it.

Song of the Day: "So Now What"

The Garden State soundtrack was Zach Braff's love letter to the Shins. It earned him a Grammy and them a larger audience. I, of course, was already savvy to the sounds of the Shins as a former housemate enjoyed listening to them in the kitchen with a PBR or 12 late into the evening.

Them and Jupiter Affect.

I love the Garden State soundtrack more than the movie but the movie has greatness in it. I saw it during my 6 months in LA and its sense of being out of place, mentally and physically, resonated with me for some reason.

What's my point? Oh, right. This new track from the Shins is on the soundtrack to the new Zach Braff movie, Wish I Was Here (not "parenthesis Garden State 2" but something tells me there might be similar themes... just a hunch).

Regardless, I'm totally digging the song. Fingers crossed the whole soundtrack holds up. And maybe even the movie too.

Song: "So Now What"
Artist: The Shins