Monday, January 30, 2006

Tubin' Tuesday

Lately, I've been loving me some YouTube. MySpace or Facebook should buy this company out before it too becomes a social-networking site and becomes competition. Seriously, you can find anything on this site, like this behind-the-scenes SNL clip:

That was Jorm, one of the Lonely Island guys, dancing to Death Cab during SNL rehearsal. Jorm came to SNL this season as a writer with Akiva and Andy Samberg, and as most of you know, they were behind the ridiculously popular Chronicles of Narnia video. You may have missed this short skit with Samberg though:

But I thought I'd post a few really random Veronica Mars-related videos today, since UPN is re-airing last week's episode tonight! Apparently, Rob Thomas was a bit nervous directing last week's episode (spoilers in this article for those who haven't seen the episode).

Cute video of VM quotes:

Interview with Kristen Bell, I believe from a while ago:

VM music video, set to "Dakota" by the Stereophonics:

Veronica and Logan music video, set to "Perfect Enemy" by T.A.T.U.:

Veronica and Logan music video, set to "Lying Is The Most Fun A Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off" by Panic! At the Disco:

I know the above video is sorta lacking in terms of quality. But I post it because I have to admit that Panic! At the Disco is my currenty guilty pleasure. I know the music's not genius, but it's so damn fun. Here's two more songs for ya, let me know what you think:
"I Write Sins Not Tragedies" by Panic! At the Disco
"Time to Dance" by Panic! At the Disco

Lastly, another site I've been loving is pandora.com. Basically, you type in any song or artist into the player, and it then streams songs/artists it thinks you'll enjoy. I heart technology.

Okay that's about it. Thanks again for all the kind comments. Had over 850 unique visitors in the past 24 hours! Keep spreadin' the word! I'll post some Scrubs and Arrested Development goodness tomorrow, see ya then.

Welcome to the CW, Bitch.

Quick little post of some more articles re: the new channel.

EW's take on the CW (Entertainment Weekly)
What shows will make the cut? (MSNBC)
The Dream CW Lineup. (Chicago Tribune)
Predicting programming. (New Jersey Star Ledger)
Does this mean the end of Everwood? (TV Guide)
If you can't beat 'em, merge 'em. (Time)
A win-win situation? (San Francisco Chronicle)
the CW: Could Work Channel (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
We're stuck with the name. (Defamer)
And this lucky bastard is happy about all of the above. (Broadcasting & Cable)
Of course, the name could change. (NY Post)
Did Buffy slay the WB? (LA Times)

Speaking of Buffy, did you hear about Buffy in Space? And here's some Joss Whedon related-news:
Season Two of Firefly in the horizon? If not, could buying the DVD help? Joss sees the future.

Musical Monday

Hi all. There was some solid TV this week eh? Loved me my 100th episode of Scrubs. Veronica Mars came back all crazy-like. And Grey's Anatomy almost made me cry, like always. And by almost cry, I mean I bawled like Claire's baby. Hopefully, I'll have a chance to blog about all of the above soon. Anyways, there was plenty of good music too. Hope you enjoy this Musical Monday, leave comments! (for those having download problems, i apologize. it's been working fine for me and most others i think, so i honestly don't know what to tell ya)
"The Suggestion Box" - Aqueduct (on episode "Break on Through" of Grey's Anatomy)

"Scratch" - Kendall Payne (on episode "Break on Through" of Grey's Anatomy)

"Someone to Love" - Kate Earl (on episode "Break on Through" of Grey's Anatomy)

"Just In Case" - Leeroy Stagger (on episode "Break on Through" of Grey's Anatomy)

"Sailed On" - Landon Pigg (on episode "Break on Through" of Grey's Anatomy)
*can only stream through his website or his myspace

"Wanna Fly" - Vassy (on episode "Break on Through" of Grey's Anatomy)
*can only stream through her myspace

"Insomnia" - Electric President (on episode "The Pot Stirrer" of the OC)

"I Only Have Eyes For You" - Martina Topley Bird (on episode "The Pot Stirrer" of the OC)

"Favourite Friend" - Diefenbach (on episode "The Pot Stirrer" of the OC)

"Stay in the Shade" - Jose Gonzalez (on episode "The Pot Stirrer" of the OC)
*check out my earlier post on Jose Gonzalez, where i included his track "Heartbeats" on my Holiday Picks.

"Low Happening" - Howling Bells (on episode "The Pot Stirrer" of the OC)

"Brand New Delhi" - The Tao of Groove (on episode "The Pot Stirrer" of the OC)

"How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" - Al Green (on episode "Donut Run" of Veronica Mars)

"The Air That I Breathe" - The Hollies (on episode "Donut Run" of Veronica Mars)

"I Don't Wanna Wait" - Paula Cole (on episode "Donut Run" of Veronica Mars)

"Four Leaf Clover" - The Old 97's (on episode "Donut Run" of Veronica Mars)

"Adelaide" - The Old 97's (on episode "Donut Run" of Veronica Mars)

"Mornings Eleven" - The Magic Numbers (on episode "Nice Package" of Love Monkey)

"Gentlemen" - Teddy Geiger (on episode "Nice Package" of Love Monkey)
*no mp3 for this one, link takes you to his AOL Sessons video

"Maniac" - the Blanks, originally from the Flashdance soundtrack (on episode "My Way Home" of Scrubs)
*no mp3, just a video clip of Ted's a cappella group singing for the Scrubs video blog

"Africa" - TOTO (on episode "My Way Home" of Scrubs)
*and here's a clip of J.D. singing the song, love this show:


"Somewhere Over the Rainbow" - the Blanks, originally from the Wizard of Oz soundtrack (on episode "My Way Home" of Scrubs)
*no mp3, but here's the video clip:


"Spit on a Stranger" - Pavement(on episode "Drumroll, Please" of How I Met Your Mother)
*here's a cover of this song by Nickel Creek
**and another by Kathryn Williams

"Beautiful" - Elvis Costello, originally by Christina Aguilera (on episode "Autopsy" of House)
*lifted directly from episode, it's poor quality and you can hear the dialogue, but it's better than nothing

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

the CW, My New Favorite Channel?

Breaking News. UPN and WB will be replaced by a new channel called the CW this fall. More articles below:
http://www.thefutoncritic.com/cgi/pr.cgi?id=20060124cw01
http://comingsoon.net/news/tvnews.php?id=12867
Google News Search of This Topic

Veronica Mars, Gilmore Girls, Smallville, and Everybody Hates Chris all on one channel? This may become my most frequently DVRed channel this fall. Thoughts?

Monday, January 23, 2006

Tunerrific Tuesday

*EDIT: Don't mean to be an ass, and most of you have no problems downloading, but for those who haven't caught on, if you want to download to your computer, please use the marvelous right-click button on your mouse and hit "save target as". For Mac users, hit "download linked file". FYI, that ground-breaking trick works generally for any linked files on the internet.

Good Lord, there were a ton of songs this week. What happened to a little thing called "budget" on these episodes? That being said, I'm going to try and post most of the songs from each show, but I may miss a few this week. I wasn't a big fan of some of the OC songs, but I suppose they served their purpose on the episode. Notice, I've added Love Monkey... I'm still unsure about this show. I think it has a lot of potential, I love Tom Cavanagh and I have a crush on Judy Greer. I figure though, since its a show about music, I should probably have it on here. Did anyone else watch? And lastly, thanks for all the comments. I swear I'm going to start blogging more than once a week. I also swear that I'm going to start working out and finish a feature script. I should stop swearing.
"In the Sun" - Joseph Arthur (on episode "My New God" of Scrubs)

"These Photographs" - Joshua Radin (on episode "My Missed Perception" of Scrubs)
*won't be released until Feb 7th, but until then, if you have iTunes, you can listen to the first 1:00 of the song by clicking above. The link will download a file that allows you to stream the song through iTunes.

"Shuffle Your Feet" - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (on episode "The Sister Act" of the OC)

"Time Bomb" - Goldspot (on episode "The Sister Act" of the OC)

"A Boy Brushed Red...Living in Black and White" - Underoath (on episode "The Sister Act" of the OC)

"Sail Into the Sun" - The Funky Lowlives (on episode "The Sister Act" of the OC)

"Sour Milk" - Phontaine (on episode "The Sister Act" of the OC)

"Retreat" - the Rakes (on episode "The Sister Act" of the OC)

"All My Life" - DJ Harry (on episode "The Sister Act" of the OC)

"Winter" - Bebel Gilberto (on episode "The Sister Act" of the OC)

"A Good Thing" - St. Etienne (on episode "Tell Me Sweet Little Lies" of Grey's Anatomy)

"Monster Hospital" - Metric (on episode "Tell Me Sweet Little Lies" of Grey's Anatomy)

"I Got Some Moves" - Sam Winch (on episode "Tell Me Sweet Little Lies" of Grey's Anatomy)

"Am I Just One" - Carey Ott (on episode "Tell Me Sweet Little Lies" of Grey's Anatomy)

"Fool's Gold" - Adrienne Pierce (on episode "Tell Me Sweet Little Lies" of Grey's Anatomy)
*this one hasn't been released either, but you can listen to it on the above myspace. if that doesn't work, you can also try http://www.myspace.co/adriennepierce

"Surrender File" - Ethyline (on episode "Pilot" of Love Monkey)
*couldn't find this song, but you can play it from the Love Monkey site.

"Pushing Up Daisies" - the Rosenbergs (on episode "Pilot" of Love Monkey)
*couldn't find this song, but you can play it from the Love Monkey site.

"Shine" - Andy Stochansky (on episode "Pilot" of Love Monkey)

"Mr. Brightside" - the Killers (on episode "Pilot" of Love Monkey)

"Pretty Vegas" - INXS (on episode "Pilot" of Love Monkey)

"The Fallen" - Franz Ferdinand (on episode "Pilot" of Love Monkey)

"Love is a Marathon" - Teddy Geiger (on episode "Pilot" of Love Monkey)

"For You I Will (Confidence)" - Teddy Geiger (on episode "Pilot" of Love Monkey)

"Dance Me To The End Of Love" - Madeleine Peyroux (on episode "Pilot" of Love Monkey)

"Thank You For Sending Me An Angel" - Talking Heads (on episode "Pilot" of Love Monkey)

"Let There Be Love" - Chris Botti/Michael Buble (on episode "Pilot" of Love Monkey)
*i apologize in advance for posting this song.

Musical Monday

Sorry to disappoint, but we'll have to postpone this 'til Tunerrific Tuesday again. There were just WAY too many songs this week. But just so ya know, you'll have songs from the OC, Scrubs, Grey's Anatomy AND Love Monkey to look forward to. Awesometown, thanks for being patient.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Musical Monday

You all know the drill... leave a comment if ya download. Send me lavish gifts if ya don't. And of course, if you want to save to your computer, there's the wonderful new technology called right-click, "save target as"... or for Mac users, "download linked file". Enjoy!
"Everybody's Changing" - Keane (on episode "My Day At The Races" of Scrubs)

"Sideways" - Citizen Cope (on episode "My Jiggly Ball" of Scrubs)

"Our House" - Phantom Planet (on episode "the Safe Harbor" of the OC)

"I Love A Man In Uniform" - Gang of Four (on episode "the Safe Harbor" of the OC)

"Albany Brownout" - Francine (on episode "the Safe Harbor" of the OC)

"Dancing In The Moonlight" - Magnet (on episode "the Safe Harbor" of the OC)
*love this song, so much so that I have to give you two other versions:
"Dancing In The Moonlight" - the Smashing Pumpkins
"Dancing In The Moonlight" - Thin Lizzy (original song)

"California" - Rogue Wave (on episode "the Safe Harbor" of the OC)

"Hide Another Mistake" - the 88 (on episode "Begin the Begin" of Grey's Anatomy)

"One of These Days" - Kraak and Smaak (on episode "Begin the Begin" of Grey's Anatomy)

"Ride" - Cary Brothers (on episode "Begin the Begin" of Grey's Anatomy)

"Break Your Momma's Back" - Slow Runner (on episode "Begin the Begin" of Grey's Anatomy)
*could only find this song on myspace

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

In the Words of Summer Roberts...

"Ew, you haven't seen hostel 'til you put me up in one." (click on link for video) I believe this could easily be the logline for Eli Roth's new movie, Hostel. Perhaps it is and I'm just not in the know. Regardless, Summer Roberts would probably vomit after seeing half the scenes in this movie. That being said, it was awesome. Some hilarious dialogue, shot really well, and a lot of hot Eastern-European chics. Oh, and again, pretty disgusting. Note, you have to take it for what it is: a horror flic trying to entertain by shocking the hell out of you. And I don't mean shock, as in artistically-revolutionary shock, but rather the 'that is so wrong i am laughing out loud' type of shock. This film is by no means 'genius'. It's just fun. And I appreciate that Mr. Roth kept it at fun-level, rather than taking things too seriously. The plot's a bit weak at the end, and with stories of people getting physically ill and storming out of screenings, I was oddly disappointed that the movie wasn't more disturbing? Granted, I spent most of the film peering through my fingers and looking down at the floor, but in retrospect, after all the hype, it wasn't that crazy. Maybe I'm numb from all my weekend trips to thrill-kill shops in Slovakia, but it'd be interesting to see the director's cut on DVD.

One thing is for sure: I will not be staying at any hostels in the near future. The movie's website has a list of actual killings that have happened at hostels. And according to this interview, the film was inspired by a website where one could pay $10,000 to shoot someone in the head in Thailand. Note to self: cross off "visit Thailand" from list of "Things to Do Before I turn 30".

Anyways, it did really well at the box office (it was made for $4.5 million), so go add to its funds before the sequel comes out. Here's the trailer. Oh and apparently the director is a huge douchebag. Cheers!

In the Words of Seth Cohen...

"Eu-freakin-reka!" (click on link for video) I believe this phrase will catch on again when SCI FI Channel debuts their new series, Eureka, this summer. I was able to watch a rough cut of the pilot recently, and "Eureka Ryan!", I really enjoyed it. Great concept, clever pilot script that hooks you in for more eps and I dig the look and feel of this show (John Rogers actually blogged about the pilot script back in September). It's been described as Northern Exposure meets Twin Peaks. You can watch the preview here. My one major gripe with the show? Eu-freakin-reak of stiff acting. Sorry I just had to use Eu-freakin-reka again. The acting wasn't that bad, just a little awkward at times. But overall, it's good enough to set up a season pass on the DVR when it comes out.

Speaking of SCI FI Channel, they seem to be on fire lately. TIME magazine just named Battlestar Galactica the best show on television, the Triangle mini-series did amazing ratings, and
the channel as a whole is garnering a lot of praise
. That being said, I haven't watched Battlestar Galactica since the beginning of Season 1, so I will need to catch up via DVD. Have any of you guys been watching? Comments? In any case, here's a few more BSG articles for ya:
Maureen Ryan over at the Chicago Tribune also approves.
TV Squad names the show in its top 5.
NY Times article on Grace Park's character, Sharon. (spoiler alert!)
EW puts show on its Must List.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Merry Belated Chrismukkah

I'm gonna take a moment to brag because I received some amazing gifts from Santa. So here are my top three gifts from Christmas '05:
3. ALIAS CARDS SIGNED BY J.J. ABRAMS, GREG GRUNBERG, AND RON RIFKIN (thank you boss!)

2. SONY PSP WITH SPIDERMAN 2, NATIONAL TREASURE, RIDGE RACER, HOT SHOTS GOLF, AND LUMINES (thanks dad!)

1. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, THE CHOSEN COLLECTION - SEASONS 1-7 (thanks sarah herrera!)

Apparently, I was on the 'nice list' this year. Now that I'm rewatching this show (I've already flown through Season One), I can definitely see the parallels between Buffy and Veronica Mars. Which begs the question (at least in my mind), who would you rather date, Buffy or Veronica? For you ladies, and I suppose some fellas, Angel or Duncan... Spike or Logan... or maybe it's between Xander and Wallace? Leave comments!

Musical Monday

No new episodes from Veronica Mars or the OC this week. But here's a little music from Scrubs and Grey's Anatomy, have a magical musical Monday:
"Sooner or Later" - Michael Tolcher (on episode "My Rite of Passage" of Scrubs)

"Are You Gonna Be My Girl?" - Jet (on episode "My Intern's Eyes" of Scrubs)

"Devil Baby" - Mark Knopfler (on episode "My Intern's Eyes" of Scrubs)

"Anything Can Happen" - the Finn Brothers (on episode "My Intern's Eyes" of Scrubs)

"Sleep" - Get Set Go (on episode "Straight to the Heart" and "Make Me Lose Control" of Grey's Anatomy)

"Miss Halfway" - Anya Marina (on episode "Straight to the Heart" and "Let It Be" of Grey's Anatomy)

"Wait" - Get Set Go (on episode "Straight to the Heart" and "The First Cut is the Deepest" of Grey's Anatomy)

"Sexy Mistake" - the Chalets (on episode "Straight to the Heart" and "Let It Be" of Grey's Anatomy)

"Too Hard" - Mark McAdams (on episode "Straight to the Heart" and "Thanks for the Memories" of Grey's Anatomy)

"Infinity" - Merrick (on episode "Straight to the Heart" and "Deny, Deny, Deny" of Grey's Anatomy)

"By Heart" - Sylvie Lewis (on episode "Straight to the Heart" and "Make Me Lose Control" of Grey's Anatomy)

"Step Away from the Cliff" - Blue-Eyed Son (on episode "Straight to the Heart" and "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" of Grey's Anatomy)

"When I Come Home" - Blue-Eyed Son (on episode "Straight to the Heart" and "Bring the Pain" of Grey's Anatomy)

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Resolutions

One of my goals in '06 is to blog regularly. As you all may have noticed, with the exception of Musical Mondays, I am a bit inconsistent with posting. So, I thought I'd take a survey and see what you readers are thinking. Should I have more music coverage? Regular Veronica Mars updates? Weekly in depth analysis of Freddie? If you answered the latter, please close this browser window and never return again. Seriously though, please leave your suggestions/criticisms. Actually one more question, how do you readers feel about the news updates? I tend to collect articles, forget to post, then diarrhea a whole bunch of news headlines in one post (pleasant image there), but I wonder if anyone even reads those articles. So yes, let me know.


In the meantime, I may not post too much this week due to GUITAR HERO. It's sort of like Dance Dance Revolution, but for your fingers. I'm obsessed with this game. My roommates and I have already beaten all the songs on expert level. Yes, I'm a total nerd. And yes, this game gave me carpal tunnel. Watch the game trailer. Buy the game. Don't be this guy.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

So This Is The New Year...

Happy New Year friends. My New Year's Eve was very "The Countdown" episode of the OC. What does that even mean? I don't know. I just wanted to reference that episode. So how did everyone ring in 2006? Did you make like Ryan and Marissa and say "i love you" to that special someone? Were you a Summer and make out with a random stranger from Tulsa? Me? Well, I pulled an Oliver and spent the majority of the night talking to a girl who has a boyfriend. Next thing you know, I'll be busted by an undercover cop while trying to score coke at a Rooney concert. Things to look forward to in 2006. I'll leave you with my favorite "new year's" songs:

"Together We'll Ring In The New Year" - Motion City Soundtrack
"Resolution" - Motion City Soundtrack
"The New Year" - Death Cab for Cutie
"Amateur" - Nada Surf
"New Year's Day" - U2
"Dice" - Finley Quaye & Beth Orton

*EDIT: I wanted to note that I also have a little bit of Jimmy in me, as I spent the past 24 hours pining after a close friend's younger sister. So, Oliver and Jimmy. Classy Captain Oats... classy.