Monday, November 27, 2006

Musical Monday

Hope you all had a terrific Thanksgiving. I definitely did, thanks to the Kadosh and Langberg families, who kindly took me in. Most of you have no idea who they are, but that's okay, this is just a blatant shout-out. Speaking of blatant shout-outs, I wanted to take this opportunity to tell the blogosphere that my girlfriend is all sorts of wonderful. I know, I know, you just threw up in your mouth. Have a Listerine strip, and let's move on.

I watched a bunch of Friends Thanksgiving episodes over the holiday, and it's pretty amazing how well they stand the test of time. "The One With Chandler In A Box" is probably my favorite of them all. I know you all must be wondering what to get me for Christmas, so I've made it easy for you, just click on the "be my generous friend" link in my sidebar, and click on any of the products, one of which is The Friends Complete DVD Collection. Go through the normal payment instructions and you'll be able to send to my address at the end. You're welcome.

I think the closest we have, or have had, to Friends is How I Met Your Mother. And you all really should be watching. This past week's episode was probably their best episode, and excluding South Park, the funniest episode of anything I've seen this season. If you missed it, definitely watch it on CBS' Innertube.

Haven't had a chance to catch up on a lot of the other shows. I tried watching a Veronica Mars episode from a few weeks back, but I got bored and stopped. Seriously, why must it feel so contrived this year? Is it just me??

The "Stanley's Cup" episode of South Park was pretty decent. My favorite line was when the Doctor says, "Well he isn't worse, but he isn't getting better. It's almost as if his cancer were tied." You can watch the episode here. But before you do that, you need to watch "Hell On Earth" here, and "Make Love, Not Warcraft" here. The two best episodes this season. For you dorks like me, here's an interesting article on how they made that Warcraft episode.

Meanwhile, Family Guy's been pretty off this year.

Grey's has been really solid the last two weeks. Nothing to break out the ice cream and tissues for, but still strong nonetheless. I'm really glad they finally got Christina and Burke's secret out in the open, they were starting to get annoying. And even though it's getting pretty intense, I find myself caring more about the Alex/Addison/Izzy storyline than anything else. Give me more Izzy, Shonda. Please.

Anyways, as always, leave a comment with your thoughts! Click below for the tuneage.

p.s. I've updated some past posts with some songs I had been missing (So:Lo, Something in the Water, etc).

How I Met Your Mother - "Atlantic City"
"Sink to the Bottom" - Fountains of Wayne [buy album]

How I Met Your Mother - "Slap Bet"
"Let's Go To The Mall" - Robin Sparkles
*you must watch this video, best fake music video on a sitcom ever!

Veronica Mars - "Of Vice And Men"
"Silvergirl" - Mere Mortals [buy album]
"A Pair of Brown Eyes" - The Pogues [buy album]
"Captain" - Shapes of Race Cars [buy album]

Veronica Mars - "Lord Of The Pi's"
"Made To Be Broken" - Paul Minor
"Poison Cup" - M. Ward [buy album]
"Right Here, Right Now" - Fatboy Slim [buy album]
"Here Comes Peter Cottontail" - Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins

South Park - "Stanley's Cup"
"Song 2" - Blur [buy album]
"We Are The Champions" - Queen [buy album]

Grey's Anatomy - "Staring at the Sun"
"Not Big" - Lily Allen
"Time Of My Life" - The Watson Twins [buy album]
"Where We Gonna Go From Here" - Mat Kearney [buy album]
"Breakable" - Ingrid Michaelson [buy album]
"God Bless The Child" - Chandra Wilson
*youtube link
"Everybody Get Movin" - Get Set Go
*not yet released

Grey's Anatomy - "From A Whisper To A Scream"
"You And I Are A Gang Of Losers" - The Dears [buy album]
"9 Crimes" - Damien Rice [buy album]
"New Day" - Kate Havnevik [buy album]

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Procrastination: 25, Sonny: 0

I meant to post some nuggets of goodness on the past two OC episodes before they aired, but... yeah. Story of my life. I'm here though with a little sneak peek into this Thursday's episode, "The Metamorphosis." I've been shouting it to the Hollywood Hilltops that this is one of my favorite episodes of the series, and I've affectionately termed it "The One That Saves The Show" or "The One Where Everyone Falls In Love With Taylor Townsend"... or "The One Where Sonny Comes Up With Lame Nicknames For The Episode."

The awesomeness of "The Metamorphosis" is three-fold:
1) We don't really have to deal with Marissa's death.
2) Taylor's storyline takes center stage.
3) Kafka's Metamorphosis was one of my favorite books in high school. Really, this has nothing to do with the episode, but I thought you'd like to know that.

Also, here we see how much more Julie and Caitlin seem like an actual mother and daughter than Julie and Marissa ever did.

The episode ends with a GREAT song by the Pogues. Here are the tunes:

the OC - "The Metamorphosis"
"Orange Crush" - Editors (covering R.E.M.) [buy album]
"The Pageant of the Bizarre" - Zero 7 [buy album]
"Love Me or Hate Me" - Lady Sovereign [buy album]
"Dem Jeans" - Chingy feat. Jermaine Dupri [buy album]
"Love You 'Till The End" - the Pogues [buy album]
"Voodoo" - Chelo [buy album]
"Hello Sunshine" - Syd Matters (covering Super Furry Animals) [buy album]
"Cava del Rio" - Senza [buy album]
*also used in the episode "The Cliffhanger"
[unidentified synthpop song]
*when julie's doing shots, sorta sounds like junior boys, not listed on the fox website

"String Quartet No. 16 in E Flat Major, K. 428: III. Menuetto: Allegro" - Mozart [buy album]
*EDIT: Thanks to my incredibly smart and resourceful girlfriend, who from the beginning narrowed it down to Mozart and Haydn, we've now IDed the classical piece from the opening scene, and it's one of Mozart's string quartets dedicated to Haydn!! Yes, we are complete nerds!

Lastly, some holiday news. I recently emailed Josh Schwartz asking which episodes John Stephens wrote... his reply:
"...episodes 2 and 5 are pure John Stephens. He's at the top of his game -- I love reading his scripts, and he and J.J. wrote [this season's] Chrismukkah, and it's the best Chrismukkah we've ever done. They're both fantastic."

So there you have it, this December should bring a very, merry Chrismukkah to your TV screens.

Anyways, if you want to know more about this episode, click below. But WARNING, SPOILERS! Either way, make sure to tune in this Thursday 9/8c on Fox, and leave a comment with your thoughts!
(but seriously, the daily hits are off the charts lately, and you guys are eating up about 7 GB of bandwidth/day, yet i don't see 2,432 comments. if you're downloading, take a sec to say hello. i'm a needy son of a bitch.)

EPISODE 404 - "The Metamorphosis"
Overall, I'd give this episode a solid A.

The show opens with a great little teaser, where Summer goes through the five stage of grief in about five minutes. I'm not exactly sure which classical piece plays behind this, but it's perfect.

The episode also delves into the man-date realm, as HIMYM did earlier this year, and countless other shows have in the past. Here, Sandy attempts to hang out with a male co-worker, "Spitzy". The initial 'asking out' was pretty funny.

My one tiny gripe with this episode is that they hit us over the head with the "new vs. old Summer" struggle a bit too hard. But hey, this is a teen soap, subtlety isn't really a badge this genre wears, so I shouldn't complain. But I do. Cause I'm Captain Oats, a horse, a NAAAAAYsayer. (get it?!?!?! horses go nay!!!!! just give me the pulitzer now!!)

Some of my favorite moments:
TAYLOR: Ryan, the man is a sexual Jedi, whatever he asks you to do, you just do it. No matter how depraved-
CHE: "All I can do is be me whoever that is..." That's Dylan, the man's a genius.
TAYLOR: Tell me about this cage fighting, it's something I've been meaning to get into.
TAYLOR: What is your favorite fruit?
RYAN: ...peaches?
TAYLOR: He used to say my breasts were like two soft-

LAWYER: He said to tell you... he misses his peaches.

Taylor clutches her chest.
RYAN: What does that mean?
TAYLOR: Oh, that's just lawyer speak.. first party, second part-
RYAN: So it doesn't say we had sex like thirty times?
JULIE: Two women spending Saturday night at home together, I love it. How very Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.

Taylor's reaction to Ryan's kiss was perfectly executed.
TAYLOR: You know at graduation in my commencement address, I said "there is no one older than a high school senior, no one younger than a college freshman." It was one of the few parts that wasn't in Latin...
Loved Taylor's fussing with the door when she walks in with the peach torte.

Finally, here are some random screencaps for ya:

Notice in the background, the not-so-subliminal advertising for Tally Hall. Awesome band, they deserve it.

The show officially "jumps the shark" as Seth comes out of the closet. This blog officially "jumps the shark" as it uses the phrase, "jumps the shark."

Pretty much what a normal Saturday night looks like for me.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Soundtrack Saturday

Folks, we're back up and running. Shouldn't be encountering any server problems from a while... thanks again to Harry for helping me set up my server, Krissi for sending me some of these tracks, and Mary for being.. well, all around amazing. Alrighty, here are my quick thoughts:

HIMYM: Pretty funny episode, I've definitely seen my share of "crazy eyes" in the past... never heard of girls being wary of the "jerk nails" though. But just in case, I've stopped cutting my nails and will continually run them through mud.

Heroes: Still need to catch up.

House: Still on the DVR.

Friday Night Lights: Dying to catch up... I've heard really good things.

Veronica Mars: Confession time. I've given up on the show... sort of. I have no motivation to start an episode anymore, so I'm two behind. Convince me otherwise!

Lost: "The Cost of Living" episode was eh... there are a few rumors as to why he was killed off... but the way they killed him off served no stinkin' purpose, lame. However, the "I Do" episode was pretty delicious... but they really need to stop ending every scene with a character staring intently into the camera. At least replace the suspenseful music with "Camptown Races"... and of course, we don't get a new episode until Feb. 7th.

The OC: I told you guys it gets better! How awesome is Taylor Townsend?? Her foreign language skills crack me up... one of my favorite moments is when she's still on the phone with Miguel. Just wait til next week's episode, "The Metamorphosis"... aka "The One That Saves The Show".

The Office: I thought last week's "Diwali" episode was eh... but this week's was wonderful... loved the "My Humps" ringtone... and Rashida Jones is gorgeous, I hope her and Jim get together. Anyone remember her short stint on Freaks and Geeks? God, I love that show.

Grey's Anatomy: Two solid episodes, I laughed, I cried, my balls disappeared... doesn't help that I wear fuzzy slippers while watching. Also, I really hate Meredith more and more every week. She's the Marissa of this show... everything she says makes me cringe. Wouldn't mind seeing her killed off in a Volchok-style car accident. Sure her name's in the show title, but whatever, we'd all still watch.

South Park: Hands down, the funniest show on television right now.

Okay, I'm gonna try fixing some old links now... see how much I love you all? So leave some comments!

How I Met Your Mother - "Crazy Eyes"
"Where Everybody Knows Your Name" - Cheers Theme [buy album]
"Forever" - The Explorers Club
*thanks Krissi!

Heroes - "Hiro's"
"I'm Confessin'" - Lizz Wright [buy album]

House - "Fools for Love"
"Walter Reed" - Michael Penn [buy album]

Friday Night Lights - "Eyes Wide Open"
"Wolf Like Me" - TV on the Radio [buy album]
"Devil Town" - Tony Lucca (covering Daniel Johnston)
*can't find this one anywhere, but here's the Bright Eyes version

Friday Night Lights - "Wind Sprints"
"Phases and Stages/Pick Up the Tempo/Phases and Stages" - Willie Nelson [buy album]
"Come Back" - Pearl Jam [buy album]

Friday Night Lights - "Who's Your Daddy"
"New Messiah" - Dead Heart Bloom [buy album]
"Yes, Yes Y'all" - Sergio Mendes [buy album]
"What I Got" - Samantha Jade

Friday Night Lights - "Git 'Er Done"
"Shoot the Runner" - Kasabian [buy album]
"Let's Get Out of This Country" - Camera Obscura [buy album]
"All This Time" - Heartless Bastards [buy album]
"One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" - Blind Willie Johnson
*can't find the blind willie version, but here's george thoroughgood, thanks to mary for sending this to me! you're my favorite blog reader ever.

Friday Night Lights - "El Accidente"
"Gene Autry" - Beulah [buy album]
"Lost in the Backyard" - James McMurtry [buy album]
"Everything I Do (Miss You)" - Whiskeytown [buy album]

Veronica Mars - "Hi, Infidelity"
"I'm Not In Love" - 10cc [buy album]
"Prince of Wands" - Douglas Armour

Veronica Mars - "President Evil"
"Busted" - Johnny Cash [buy album]

Lost - "The Cost of Living"
"I Wonder" - Brenda Lee [buy album]

the OC - "The Gringos"
"The End's Not Near" - Band of Horses (covering the New Year)
"Fire Island, AK" - The Long Winters [buy album]
"Can You Feel It?" - Lockdown Project [buy album]
"Pa'arriba" - Descemer Bueno [buy album]
"Quiero Mi Pastilla" - Plastilina Mosh [buy album]
"La Chirriona" - Banda Jerez [buy album]
"Lagrimas de Oro" - Manu Chao (covering Freddy Fender)

the OC - "The Cold Turkey"
"One More With Feeling" - Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.
"Black Swan" - Thom Yorke [buy album]
"All of My Days" - Alexi Murdoch [buy album]

Grey's Anatomy - "Let the Angels Commit"
"Young Folks" - Peter Bjorn & John
"Cobrastyle (feat. Mad Cobra)" - Teddybears [buy album]
"My Patch" - Jim Noir [buy album]
"Notice" - Gomez [buy album]
"Life is Beautiful" - Vega4 [buy album]
"Writings On The Wall" - The Album Leaf [buy album]

Grey's Anatomy - "Where the Boys Are"
"Think I'm In Love" - Beck [buy album]
"Tell Me What To Do" - Jim Noir [buy album]
"Make Right With You" - Luke Temple [buy album]
"There Is So Much More" - Brett Dennen [buy album]
"12:59 Lullaby" - Bedouin Soundclash [buy album]
"It's Time!" - Big Sandy & His Fly Rite Boys [buy album]
"A Cold Wind Will Blow Through Your Door" - Bill Ricchini [buy album]
"Something In The Water" - The Jealous Girlfriends
"Greedy" - Inara George

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

After These Messages, We'll Be Riiiiight Back

Thanks for all the emails and messages, sorry I've been severely slacking on the blog. I've been out of town, but am now getting back into the swing of things... I plan on finding a new permanent server today and will try to fix most of the past links... as well as provide you all with your weekly music fix. So check back tomorrow or Friday, and all will be well with the world. Alright, I'm gonna make like fabric softener and bounce, but thanks for being patient!

*EDIT: This may take a bit longer... I just shelled out some cash for, and I, um, have no idea what I'm doing. It's all very new to me... this uploading files using an FTP client... managing domains... I have no clue what's going on. Anyone out there use Dreamhost? The sooner I can figure this out, the sooner you guys can get your music fix! Problem solved. Thank you to Mary and Harry for helping me out and for having names that rhyme!!! I will be blogging today, and your music appetites shall be filled.