Monday, February 27, 2006

Musical Monday

No new eps except Grey's this week. Looking forward to things returning to normal post-Olympics. I've been reading a lot of complaints on the boards about last night's Grey's, but I thought it was pretty good. Loved the whole women-are-evil theme going on. ; ) And I actually really like Addison, perhaps I'm the only one. But seriously, how awful is Meredith? I can't figure out who I hate more, Meredith Grey or Marissa Cooper. They are both unsympathetic, annoyingly flawed characters who are unfortunately central to their respective shows.

Anyways, here are the rest of the tunes, holler back!
"Careless Love" - Madeleine Peyroux (on episode "What Have I Done To Deserve This?" of Grey's Anatomy)

"I Hate Everyone" - Get Set Go (on episode "What Have I Done To Deserve This?" of Grey's Anatomy)

"Be Gentle With Me" - The Boy Least Likely To (on episode "What Have I Done To Deserve This?" of Grey's Anatomy)

"Throw It All Away" - Brandi Carlile (on episode "What Have I Done To Deserve This?" of Grey's Anatomy)

"Slow Down" - New Moscow (on episode "What Have I Done To Deserve This?" of Grey's Anatomy)
*they finally posted it on their myspace!

Oh and since we can't have original eps this week, might as well keep entertained with some spoofs:

Or if the lack of new episodes leaves ya longing for some heart-warming stories, check out this CBS news segment:

Thursday, February 23, 2006

It's Showtime?

Hot Potato! If I didn't have a live dove in my pants right now, I'd leap across this table...and dance.

This site is reporting that Showtime has indeed picked up Arrested Development for 12 more episodes. Please be true. If this dude's lying, I will make him taste my tears. Can anyone confirm this? Come on, don't leave your Uncle T-bag hanging. If it is true, my cable bill just got pricier. Kristin at E! has a source who says the deal is "closer, but not done," and that it's still "50/50".

Oh and if you missed the last four episodes two weeks ago, Fred Graver (EP of Best Week Ever) has a summary:

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Wusical Wednesday

Finally caught up on this past week's Grey's Anatomy. Holy awesome. That was definitely my favorite episode of this season...if you take out the last five minutes. Did anyone else hate that ending? Such a shame, cause this episode had all the right elements up to that point.

At any rate, thanks for the patience with the tunes this week. Of course, everything's on hiatus so I don't have much to offer, stinkin' Olympics. Although I must say, I've developed a bit of a crush on the Johnson sisters, Cassie and Jamie, of the U.S. curling team. Speaking of crushes, my "crush" on Taylor Townsend has just been upped to "sinful lust" with the release of these pictures. Mother of Christmas, I'm getting faint. And on top of that (if only this were literal), Kristen Bell is in this issue of Maxim too (personally I think her Giant pics are better).

Oh and for those who asked, yes I have been working out! Unfortunately, I feel even more like a pansy now, as I can barely lift water when I wash my face... anyways, have an awesome Wusical Wendesday!

"Diplo Rhythym" - Diplo (on episode "Yesterday" of Grey's Anatomy)

"Like A Star" - Corinne Bailey Rae (on episode "Yesterday" of Grey's Anatomy)

"Everyone Needs A Fence To Lean On" - The Headlights (on episode "Yesterday" of Grey's Anatomy)

"Just One Breath" - Devics (on episode "Yesterday" of Grey's Anatomy)

"Night Rocker" - The Chalets (on episode "Yesterday" of Grey's Anatomy)

"It Don't Matter To The Sun" - Rosie Thomas (on episode "Yesterday" of Grey's Anatomy)
*love her

"Closer" - Joshua Radin (on episode "Yesterday" of Grey's Anatomy)
*love him, caught his show at the Living Room a few months ago. splendid stuff. Scrubs used this song first in the episode "My Best Laid Plans" last season. Zach Braff actually directed that episode (quite well might I add), and not-so-coincidentally, Zach's good buddies with Joshua.

*EDIT: so if you're checking this site, you probably have pretty good music taste, which means you probably like/love Feist. you probably also like/love Postal Service. thus, you will probably soil yourself over this new track:
"Mushaboom (Postal Service Remix)" - Feist
*credit goes to Good Weather For Airstrikes for bringing this to my attention

Also, check out the most recent post on the GA Writers' blog. Talks about why they had George and Meredith hook up, and it makes sense, but I still don't like it.

Thanks to HP for pointing out that Joshua Radin's "Closer" was in fact a different mix on Grey's than the track I posted here. That is because the version on GA was from his new album, We Were Here. You can stream some tracks off his website. Or just check out the new version of "Closer" here (right-click and save).

Monday, February 20, 2006

My Bad

Sorry about the absence of Musical Monday this week. I'm afraid Tunerrific Tuesday may have to be cancelled as well. I promise I'll post some bitchin' tunes by Wednesday though. Wave-File Wednesday it is.

And I'm going to extend the deadline for submitting questions for J.J. Philbin to Wednesday too. I have a writing deadline, so I've been a bit consumed with that. Anyways, my apologies and please keep spreading the word!

p.s. for everyone who's emailed and/or commented, i swear on my fender telecaster that i will reply to as many as i can, so keep them coming!

p.p.s. i'll at least leave you with a little "Overkill" by Colin Hay performed on the Scrubs episode, "My Overkill".

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Help Wanted!

This just in: J.J. Philbin, one of my favorite writers of the OC, will be doing an interview for this blog!

As you know, I, like many others, often complain about the downward trend in quality since Season One. But J.J.'s episodes have been nuggets of goodness that keep me watching religiously. She's written some awesome eps, including "The Shower", "The Lonely Hearts Club", "The Brothers Grim", "The O.Sea" and "The Swells" (this episode confirmed my love for Taylor Townsend).

At any rate, here's where all of you come in. If you have any questions you'd like me to ask her (whether it's regarding the show, her writing career, etc.), feel free to either leave a comment and/or email me. I'm giving a tentative cut-off date of next Tuesday, February 21st for questions. Hope to hear from all of you.

p.s. I will be filtering, so writing something like "what does Mischa eat for breakfast?" or "why does the show blow?" will only be a waste of time. Besides the answers are "Bagels" and "Your Mom".

*EDIT: thanks for the comments and emails. a LOT of great questions. i'm finally getting my act together with this, so again, thanks for helping me get in gear. oh and to "Anonymous", thanks for commenting. and yes you're right, it is rude of me to not follow up quickly with J.J. one thing though, i'm not anyone's assistant. i actually have a good job. which is why i haven't had much time for blogging. just thought i'd help you get your facts straight for your next angry comment. keep em coming!

Blogged Down

So many blogs to read, so little time. Some of you may have noticed a few additions to the YOU SHOULD READ sidebar. In particular, I want to highlight the Good Weather For Airstrike blog, as they post downloadable, video-iPod friendly music videos quite often. They were even mentioned in a NY Times article. I've added many other awesome music blogs, so make sure to check 'em out. Speaking of the video iPod, according to ThinkSecret, Apple is getting ready to roll out a new video iPod in the near future. Highlights could include a 3.5-inch diagonal display and a touch-screen digital click wheel. Engadget posted some mock-ups of what this could look like:


It's like porn for nerds. And I need a fresh pair of boxers.

Anyways, some of you mentioned the Grey's Anatomy Writers blog in your comments. And yes, we should all be reading. Love that they are doing this. Although this seems to be standard now for all hit shows, I think the blogs for Grey's and Scrubs are by far the best, as they actually take you into the thought-process of the writers. I particularly enjoyed Shonda Rhimes' recent post on the production process behind this past week's episode. Speaking of Shonda, check out this great little feature on the fabulous showrunner. Also check out this video post of the Scrubs gang doing a table read for their 99th episode.

Here are some other TV show blogs for your reading pleasure:
Scrubs' Video Blog (third time posting this, but I just love this blog that much)
Dwight Schrute's Blog (the Office)
B.J. Novak's Blog (the Office)
Jenna Fischer's Blog (the Office)
Battlestar Galactica Blog
Best Week Ever Blog
Barney's Blog (How I Met Your Mother)

Lastly, here's an awesome article about blogs, their monetary worth and hierachy (thanks to those that forwarded this to me). If any of you are ridiculously rich and would like to invest your money wisely, this website currently values my blog at $9,597.18, while I'm only worth $5,717.86 at this site. This is good news, as I'm only worth $805.40 as a human being.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Coming Down the Pipe

I've set a few goals for this blog, and I hope you all will help me keep them.
*Interviews with various people in the industry (already got the Supervising Producer of Late Night with Conan O'Brien lined up, and a staff writer from one of my favorite shows is quite possible as well).

*Podcasts by my screenwriting partner and myself.

*Online comedy shorts.

*Continue to whore myself out for more comments and links back to this blog.

*Just stop using the word 'just' so much.

*Work out 3x/week (that's not really a blog goal, but I hope you'll encourage/threaten me to do so).

Am I missing anything?

Musical Monday

Some awesome music this week. Before we get to that, here's another article on the rise of indie music on tv shows. TV is the new college radio. Anyways, I'm no longer posting music from Love Monkey, because a) I was ready to give up on it and b) it's on hiatus, most likely permanently. Alrighty, have a marvelous musical Monday. Leave comments!
"Breathe (2 AM)" - Anna Nalick (on episode "(As We Know It)" of Grey's Anatomy)

"World Spins Madly On" - The Weepies (on episode "(As We Know It)" of Grey's Anatomy)

"Unlike Me" - Kate Havnevik (on episode "(As We Know It)" of Grey's Anatomy)
*according to her myspace, the version used in this episode is an a cappella version of the above linked song that she recorded specifically for the show. thus, the a cappella version is not available. her new album comes out in march, we should all buy it.

"I Tell Myself" - Angela Correa (on episode "(As We Know It)" of Grey's Anatomy)
*song will be released on iTunes in the coming weeks, for the time being, click on the above link to stream.

"Back In The Wild" - Greenskeepers (on episode "(As We Know It)" of Grey's Anatomy)

"Stay Where You Are" - Ambulance LTD (on episode "(As We Know It)" of Grey's Anatomy)

"For The Widows In Paradise, For The Fatherless In Ypsilanti" - Sufjan Stevens (on episode "The Heavy Lifting" of the OC)

"Grand Machine #12" - Electric President (on episode "The Heavy Lifting" of the OC)

"White Daisy Passing" - Rocky Votolato (on episode "The Heavy Lifting" of the OC)

"Neverending Math Equation" - Sun Kil Moon (on episode "The Heavy Lifting" of the OC)

"Hey Julie" - Fountains of Wayne (on episode "My Half-Acre" of Scrubs)

"100 Years" - Five For Fighting (on episode "My Half-Acre" of Scrubs)

"Happy Together" - The Turtles (on episode "Her Story II" of Scrubs)

"Ride" - Cary Brothers (on episode "Her Story II" of Scrubs)

"Poison" - Bel Biv DeVoe (on episode "My Half-Acre" of Scrubs)
*and here's the video highlighting Donald Faison's dance skillz:

"More Than A Feeling" - Boston (on episode "My Half-Acre" of Scrubs)
*and here's the video with Ted's air-guitar band:

And because I love you all, actually no, because I love Mandy Moore, here are her clips from this past week's Scrubs, including the one where she makes out with Sarah Chalke. I've watched that scene 312 times since Tuesday.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Surfin' USA

I went to the Nada Surf show last night at Mercury Lounge. Hot tamales, they were good. Seriously, they're one of the most underrated bands out there. Here's a crappy pic from the night:

I have to keep this short, but I'll leave you with a song from each album, hopefully to entice you to purchase them. If you were to buy only one album though, purchase Let Go. They start their US tour tomorrow with another awesome band, Rogue Wave, so check out their tour schedule and see them in your hood.

"Blankest Year" - Nada Surf (from the album The Weight Is A Gift)
"Blonde on Blonde" - Nada Surf (from the album Let Go)
"Amateur" - Nada Surf (from the album The Proximity Effect)
"Popular" - Nada Surf (from the album High/Low)

And just to make this TV-related, here's their cover of the OMD song:
"If You Leave" - Nada Surf (from episode "The Goodbye Girl" of the OC)

Lastly, here's their "Inside of Love" video (from the album Let Go):

p.s. if you do a search for nada surf up top, you'll find one other song not in this post.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Coming to a Theater Near You

Been meaning to post this for a while. I'm sure many of you have seen this by now, but here's the Brokeback Mountain parody, pretty hilarious:

Here's a few other funny trailers, all via YouTube:
The Shining, a romantic comedy.
Big, a chilling thriller.
Se7en, a love story.
Heat meets Brokeback Mountain.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Musical Monday

Music was a little weak this week. But that's alright cause how stinkin' crazy was Grey's Anatomy last night? Sweet heavenly hosts, that was intense. I've never yelled so much at an inanimate object. Anyways, thanks again for the comments, keep 'em coming! And if you guys could continue to spread the word, that'd be amazing. Especially linking to this site from your own blogs. I think my screenwriting partner and I may start doing a weekly podcast, so it'd be great to increase readership in preparation for that. What do you guys think? Would you actually listen to a podcast? Holler back.
"Love Knows How To Fight" - M. Craft (on episode "The Cliffhanger" of the OC)
*haven't been able to find this one.

"Hide Away" - Rock Kills Kid (on episode "The Cliffhanger" of the OC)

"Fall At Your Feet" - James Blunt (on episode "The Cliffhanger" of the OC)

"Cava Del Rio" - Senza (on episode "The Cliffhanger" of the OC)

"Wasted" - Black Flag (on episode "The Cliffhanger" of the OC)

"Miniature Disasters" - KT Tunstall (on episode "It's the End of the World" of Grey's Anatomy)

"Dead Streets" - Monotypes (on episode "It's the End of the World" of Grey's Anatomy)
*stream from their myspace

"In the Sun" - Michael Stipe and Chris Martin, originally by Joseph Arthur (on episode "It's the End of the World" of Grey's Anatomy)
*the above is only a sample of the song. i urge you to purchase the tracks via iTunes tomorrow, as the proceeds will go directly to Mercy Corps via the In the Sun Foundation, to aid those in the Gulf Coast affected by Hurricane Katrina.
**here's a live version of the song sung by Stipe and Martin.

"Shine More" - Sandra Pires (on episode "Rashard And Wallace Go To White Castle" of Veronica Mars)
*couldn't find the version from the episode. but here is the version sung by Namie Amuro, a Japanese artist, and written by Sandra Pires. either way, i'm not a big fan.

"Veronica" - Britt Daniel (video) of Spoon, originally by Elvis Costello (on episode "Rashard And Wallace Go To White Castle" of Veronica Mars)
*went ahead and edited down this clip, my first upload on to youtube, just for you guys:

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Withdrawal

Lately, I've been missing a lot of things. Certain people. Poker money. A sense of belonging. Sorry to go deep on ya there with that last one. But you know what I miss the most? My freakin' sitcoms. GW took away my Scrubs this week, and most weeks, I'm jonesin' for some Arrested Development. Apparently, the rest of America doesn't feel this way, as Skating with Celebrities is up 183% more viewers in AD's timeslot. Hopefully you are doing the chicken dance in anticipation of the two-hour finale on Feb 10 (yep against the opening of the Olympics, i hate you Fox). So in the meantime, here's Will Arnett playing some air guitar on Late Night w/Conan O'Brien:

For those who still haven’t watched the show, you can watch most of the pilot here and here. And now for some various Scrubs and AD-related news:

Showtime stepping it up for Arrested? It seems that way.
A genuine Boblob Law blog, and he's really an attorney.
David Cross in New Pornographers "Use It" video.
Scrubs moving to ABC?
The ultimate behind-the-scenes Scrubs blog. Awesome site.

Also, I hope you all saw the lead singer of Spoon, Britt Daniel, stopping by Veronica Mars this week to cover "Veronica", originally by Elvis Costello (right-click to save), one of my all time favs. Thus, me posting the mp3 prior to Monday. =) I appreciate how the show attempts to do something clever/cute with these artist cameos rather than just blatant product placement (i.e. the Bait Shop on the OC). Anyways, I'll try to find a clip of the Britt Daniel scene for you guys, but in the meantime, here's the acoustic Elvis Costello music video:

Lastly, I feel like this song today:
"Displaced" - Azure Ray
*this is pretty easy, but can you name the show and specific episode i remember this song from? no googling. first to post correctly wins my love. and once you win it, you can't return it.

Oh and one more thing (man this post is so ADD), if you haven't seen Craig Ferguson's touching tribute to his late father yet, grab some kleenex, your cell phone to call your parents after and then click here (requires RealPlayer).

*EDIT: so the above Azure Ray song's been used in a few different shows, but the one I was thinking of was Season 2 Felicity, episode "the Slump". If I remember correctly, it's when she's talking to her counselor and she's all sad cause she doesn't know who she is anymore. The song fits perfectly.