Thursday, April 26, 2007

The Day After Wusical Wednesday

Please excuse the title. I meant to post this yesterday, and I'm not too fond of any music-related alliterations for Thursday -- Threnodic Thursday only works if you're a total nerd (and if you are, we meet in my mom's basement every Friday night after Stargate Atlantis). Thus, we have "The Day After Wusical Wednesday". Because Wusical Wednesday doesn't scream "nerd" at all.

It had been a while, but my DVR and I finally made some sweet, sweet love last night. It made all the "bloop bloop" sounds I love to hear. We went on for hours, and now I'm spent, so I won't recap everything I watched. You probably don't want to hear a Cathouse 2: Back in the Saddle review anyway (fyi, A+). Alright, so here are some of my TV-related thoughts. As always, click on "Continue Reading" at the end of the post for the episode songs.

How I Met Your Mother - "Bachelor Party" (B)
Pretty good episode. But pretty weird that Future Ted's telling his kids a story that involves a stripper and a black dildo. But hey, maybe social taboos will really change in twenty years, and it'll be perfectly normal for parents to have a frank conversation with their kids about anal beads too.

My favorite exchange -
BARNEY: Fine, the stripper at Stuart's bachelor party was a 15.
TED: She was 15?!
BARNEY: A 15. Like in blackjack.
TED: As in you're not sure whether you'd hit it?
BARNEY: Exactly.

Here's a good NY Observer article about the show (although the writer mistakenly refers to "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" as a Pogues song instead of The Proclaimers, which is a pretty heinous mistake).

The Riches - "Pilot" (B+)
Both Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver are wonderful to watch. I really liked the premise. Loved the use of "Shelter From The Storm" at the end. Looking forward to catching up on the other episodes.

I had heard some complaints about the accents on the show, but it was a non-issue for me. Driver's Southern accent is great, and Izzard's odd British-trying-to-be-sort-of-Southern accent works, considering his character's from a family of Irish nomads that roam the South.

Pussycat Dolls: The Search for the Next Doll - "The Girl Who Becomes A Doll" (F)
*SPOILER* I would've been happy with either Melissa R. or Chelsea, but no, we got Asia. This may sound nuts, but if it were up to me, I probably wouldn't choose the crazy bitch who fought with every other contestant. But I'm no Pussycat Doll, so what do I know. I guess I still have absolutely no reason to ever purchase a Pussycat Dolls CD.

The Whitest Kids U'Know (B+)
Another solid episode this past week. Again, if you have FUSE and you're still not watching, read my WKUK 101 post here, and then watch on Tuesdays at 8 PM. If you don't have FUSE, there are a bunch of videos on YouTube and the WKUK site. If you're a fan, contact FUSE and harass them to renew the show for a second season!

Speaking of fans, Trevor was in town this week, and while we were at a bar, a random Whitest Kids fan came up and proceeded to buy all our drinks for the rest of the night. Did I feel bad for totally mooching off of Trevor's success? Yes. Did the free drinks help wash that away? Totally.

Anyway, here's a short new sketch for your viewing pleasure:


Friday Night Lights - "Mud Bowl" (A-)
Friday Night Lights - "Best Laid Plans" (A)
Friday Night Lights - "State" (B+)
The finale was a little underwhelming, only because it was a bit football-heavy and predictable, but I still think this was the best drama of the '06-'07 TV Season. Still no news on a second season renewal, we probably won't hear until the upfronts on May 14, but the news that six more scripts have been ordered could be a good sign.

In the meantime, WATCH ALL THE EPISODES ONLINE HERE.

For you fans out there, check out this interview with the show's creator, Peter Berg, from NPR's Fresh Air.

South Park - "The Snuke" (B-)
South Park - "Fantastic Easter Special" (B-)
South Park - "D-Yikes!" (A-)
South Park - "Night of the Living Homeless" (B+)
The "D-Yikes" episode was hilarious. "Scissor me timbers." Loved the 300 parody below.



October Road - "Pilot" (B-)
The show's ridiculously cheesy, yet I still enjoyed it... in the same way I enjoyed In The Land Of Women. Cheese is good sometimes.

The Office - "Safety Training" (B+)
I love rhymes.

DARRYL: You live a sweet, little, nerfy life. Sitting on your biscuit, never having to risk it.

I love Ed Helms.

ANDY: You can call me Drew.
JIM: No, I'm not going to call you that.
ANDY: Cool.

That is all.

30 Rock - "Fireworks" (B+)
30 Rock - "Corporate Crush" (B+)
30 Rock - "Cleveland" (A-)
First and foremost, let's all do "the worm" in celebration of the show's renewal!

However, Alec Baldwin announced yesterday that he wants to leave the show. And NBC said no. Yikes. Really hope things smooth over by next season. I love everyone on the show, and I think they could still pull it off without Baldwin, but it just wouldn't be the same.

On a lighter note, Tina Fey will be live blogging the finale this Thursday.

Scrubs - "My Words Of Wisdom"
The clip below made me LOL.



Entourage - "Less Than 30" (B)
Entourage - "Dog Day Afternoon" (C+)
Entourage - "Manic Monday" (B+)

Carla Gugino: so. freaking. hot.

Grey's Anatomy - "Time After Time"
I haven't watched yet, but honestly, I think I've lost that lovin' feeling. I just don't care about this show anymore. I concur with Alan Sepinwall's take on what's wrong lately.

But of course, I've still provided all the tunes below.

How I Met Your Mother - "Moving Day"
"Soap On Your Skin" - The Solids

How I Met Your Mother - "Bachelor Party"
"Pinched" - Chop Chop
"When I Get Up" - The Wiggins
*Could only find on MySpace

The Riches - "Pilot"
"How We Operate" - Gomez [buy album]
"Shelter From The Storm" - Bob Dylan [buy album]
"Tainted Love" - Soft Cell [buy album]
"Whip It" - Devo [buy album]
"Jessie's Girl" - Rick Springfield [buy album]

Friday Night Lights - "Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes"
"Only You Babe" - Curtis Mayfield [buy album]
"Six Days At The Bottom Of The Ocean" - Explosions In The Sky [buy album]

Friday Night Lights - "Mud Bowl"
"Read My Mind (Like Rebel Diamonds Mix)" - The Killers [buy album]

Friday Night Lights - "Best Laid Plans"
"Storm" - Jose Gonzalez [buy album]
"Appalachian Lullaby" - Shudder to Think & Nina Persson [buy album]

Friday Night Lights - "State"
"Walk Over Me" - Dirtie Blonde [buy album]
"Daft Punk is Playing at My House" - LCD Soundsystem [buy album]
"Lady Marmalade" - Patti Labelle [buy album]
"Devil Town" - Tony Lucca (covering Daniel Johnston)
*Will be made available on the upcoming FNL soundtrack. In the meantime, listen to "Devil Town" - Bright Eyes (covering Daniel Johnston)

October Road - "Pilot"
"Don't Look Back" - Boston [buy album]
"The World I Know" - Collective Soul [buy album]
"Shambala" - Three Dog Night [buy album]
"Lost Horizons" - Gin Blossoms [buy album]
"Glass, Concrete & Stone" - David Byrne [buy album]
"Boys Are Back In Town" - Thin Lizzy [buy album]
"Take It On The Run" - REO Speedwagon [buy album]
"Homesick" - The Vines [buy album]
"Weather With You" - Crowded House [buy album]
"This Old Life" - Dan Zweben
*Could only find on MySpace
"You're All I Want" - Devin Powers

Scrubs - "My Long Goodbye"
"A Bad Dream" - Keane [buy album]

Scrubs - "My Words of Wisdom"
"Last Request" - Paolo Nutini [buy album]

Scrubs - "Their Story"
"Forever Lost" - The Magic Numbers [buy album]

Entourage - "Less Than 30"
"B.O.B." - Outkast [buy album]
"Lapdance" - N.E.R.D. [buy album]

Entourage - "Dog Day Afternoon"
"Use Me" - Bill Withers [buy album]
"Somersault (Danger Mouse Remix)" - Zero 7 [buy album]
"Tumbling Dice" - The Rolling Stones [buy album]

Entourage - "Manic Monday"
"Your Touch" - The Black Keys [buy album]

Grey's Anatomy - "Time After Time"
"You Know I'm No Good" - Amy Winehouse [buy album]
"Burning" - The Whitest Boy Alive [buy album]
"Dancing With Myself" - Nouvelle Vague [buy album]
"Clean Getaway" - Maria Taylor [buy album]
"Fontana Fontaine" - Lullaby Baxter [buy album]
"A Good Start" - Maria Taylor [buy album]

Friday, April 20, 2007

Meta-Free-Phor-All

I was going to wait until the next Musical Monday to post this, but it's Friday, and I'm sure we could all use a good laugh to end the week.

Watch the video below for a "Metaphor-Off" between Stephen Colbert and Sean Penn. Robert Pinksy moderates. My favorite line: "Love is a battlefield. A battlefield."

Drink Yourself Silly (Pipe Dreams)

As I mentioned on Monday, last weekend was pretty rough. There are parts I don't remember, and parts I wish I didn't remember. All in all, it was quite embarrassing, but I learned the following...

I basically have four different personalities that accompany increasing levels of alcohol: Funny Sonny, Douche Sonny, Vomit Sonny, and Sad Sonny. What about Horny Sonny? Well, he is a permanent fixture, with or without drinks, so let's assume him to be a constant variable equal to just plain Sonny. Along with Total Nerd Alert Sonny.

Anyway, I mention this because the "songs about drinking" playlist below is a reflection of all four personalities. Some tracks are fun, some are obnoxious, others are sad, and one promotes puking. I've been using Finetune.com a lot lately, so I stuck to their "rule" of picking 45 songs for a playlist. I know I'm missing a lot of "major" drinking songs, but the ones below somehow made sense in my mind in terms of telling a story. A story? Yes, I take mix CDs way too seriously.

So click on "Continue Reading" below, check out the drinking mix, and pour yourself a glass. Of V8. Because drinking is bad for you. Leave a comment, and let me know what you think!

(Just want to reiterate, if you like a song below, please support the band and purchase a track or two or twelve. Thanks!)

DRINK YOURSELF SILLY
A Silly Pipe Dreams Mix



1. "Beer For Breakfast" - The Get Up Kids (The Replacements cover)
2. "Rehab" - Amy Winehouse [buy album]
3. "We Drink On The Job" - Earlimart [buy album]
4. "Rudie Can't Fail" - The Clash [buy album]
5. "Hitchin' A Ride" - Green Day [buy album]
6. "Cooking Wine" - Alkaline Trio [buy album]
7. "Off The Wagon" - L7 [buy album]
8. "Mexican Wine" - Fountains of Wayne [buy album]
9. "The View From The Afternoon" - Arctic Monkeys [buy album]
10. "Niteclub" - Old 97's [buy album]
11. "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" - George Thoroughgood (John Lee Hooker cover) [buy album]
12. "Whiskey River" - Willie Nelson (Johnny Bush cover) [buy album]
13. "Streams Of Whiskey" - The Pogues [buy album]
14. "The Power Of Positive Drinking" - Lou Reed [buy album]
15. "Brass Monkey" - Beastie Boys [buy album]
16. "Cigarettes And Alcohol" - Oasis [buy album]
17. "Tubthumping" - Chumbwamba [buy album]
18. "Last Of The Big Time Drinkers" - Stereophonics [buy album]
19. "Party Til You Puke" - Andrew W.K. [buy album]
20. "Somebody Put Something In My Drink" - The Ramones [buy album]
21. "In The Morning" - Razorlight [buy album]
22. "The Slow Descent Into Alcoholism" - The New Pornographers [buy album]
23. "Anybody Wanna Take Me Home" - Ryan Adams [buy album]
24. "Wasted & Ready" - Ben Kweller [buy album]
25. "Alone, Together" - The Strokes [buy album]
26. "I Need Some Fine Wine and You, You Need To Be Nicer" - The Cardigans [buy album]
27. "Drink To Me, Babe, Then" - A.C. Newman [buy album]
28. "Kiss Me, I'm Shitfaced" - Dropkick Murphys [buy album]
29. "Drunken Lullabies" - Flogging Molly [buy album]
30. "Too Drunk To Fuck" - Dead Kennedys [buy album]
31. "Miles Iz Ded" - The Afghan Whigs
32. "Bacardi" - Nada Surf [buy album]
33. "Me Vs. Maradona Vs. Elvis" - Brand New [buy album]
34. "Between The Bars" - Elliott Smith [buy album]
35. "Lua" - Bright Eyes [buy album]
36. "Drinking Song" - Jenny Owen Youngs [buy album]
37. "Moonshiner" - Cat Power (traditional song cover) [buy album]
38. "Bad Liver And A Broken Heart" - Tom Waits [buy album]
39. "Sunday Morning Coming Down" - Johnny Cash (Kris Kristofferson cover) [buy album]
40. "I Shall Be Free" - Bob Dylan [buy album]
41. "Alcohol" - The Kinks [buy album]
42. "Killer Parties" - The Hold Steady [buy album]
43. "Wasted" - Pinback (Black Flag cover) [buy album]
44. "Hangover Days" - Jason Collett [buy album]
45. "No Loot, No Booze, No Fun" - The Tossers [buy album]

*Click here to download everything in one .zip file.*

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The Landlord

I know a lot of you have seen this video already, but I felt it appropriate to post this in light of the upcoming "songs about drinking" post, which is taking a little longer than anticipated (news flash: many, many musicians really like the sauce and enjoy singing about it even more).

In the meantime, check out the video below, which comes from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's venture into the viral video world, FunnyorDie.com.



My favorite exchange:
WILL - "You're drunk, I knew it. You're already drunk."
PEARL - "I'm just buzzed."

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Under The Covers

Hi friends. I'm slowly recovering from having my ass handed to me by Mr. Al Cohol this past weekend. I'll return tomorrow with a "songs about drinking" mix, and maybe even a Wusical Wednesday.

For the time being, in the spirit of my current mental state, I'll leave you with covers of the following song:
"Where Is My Mind?" - Pixies

"Where Is My Mind?" - Nada Surf [buy album]
"Where Is My Mind? (live)" - Toadies [buy album]
"Where Is My Mind? (live)" - Placebo [buy album]
"Where Is My Mind?" - Bobby Bare Jr. [buy album]
"Where Is My Mind? (live)" - Tom Brosseau (feat. Kelly Hogan and Scott Ligon)
"Where Is My Mind? (live)" - James Blunt

VIDEO: "Where Is My Mind? (live)" - Placebo w/Frank Black
VIDEO: "Where Is My Mind? (live)" - James Blunt

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Everyone Loves Free Stuff

*UPDATED: First and foremost, thanks to those that participated in this fun little contest! Personally, I've always counted TV for the Six Degrees game, but I actually like the idea of limiting it to movies, so I'll do that in future contests. Also, as a really needy single male, it was especially wonderful to read all the reasons you love me. Thank you. I love you too.

So, I literally put everyone's names in an actual hat and picked two randomly. The winners are....
GRAND PRIZE: Neel
RUNNER-UP: Jen

I'll be emailing you two shortly to get your shipping information. Thanks again for playing, and I hope you guys want to do this again sometime!

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Hey friends, with the recent release of the William Shatner Roast DVD, the folks over at Comedy Central have kindly allowed some of their goods to be given away here, so I hope you all participate!

THE INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Answer the questions below. Internet research is allowed, I suppose.
2. Post your answer by clicking on the 'COMMENTS' link at the bottom of this post. Those without Blogger accounts can always click 'Other' or 'Anonymous' when leaving a comment.
3. In your comment, leave your first name and your email address, so I can contact you if you win.
4. You have until 11:59 pm PT this Thursday, April 12 to leave a comment.
5. On Friday, April 13, I will pick at random two people from the commenters who have all three correct answers.

THE QUESTIONS:
1. Which actor/actress in Freaks and Geeks did a William Shatner impression for his/her audition?
2. How are William Shatner and Rachel Bilson connected in six degrees or less? (i.e. play the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game, but with Shatner and Bilson)
3. How much do you love me?

THE PRIZES:
The winner will receive the following DVDs:

The runner-up will receive just the William Shatner Roast DVD. Click here and here for some clips from the Shatner roast.

Anyway, hopefully, there will be more contests to come. In the meantime, read the directions above and leave a comment!

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Monday, April 09, 2007

Superbad Looks Supergood

If you liked what you read about Knocked Up, then get excited for Superbad too. It's another one from the Apatow-camp, written by Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg, directed by Greg Mottola (who also directed episodes of Undeclared and Arrested Development), and starring Jonah Hill and Michael Cera. Um, sounds like Awesometown to me. Check out the trailer below:


P.S. Sorry for the lack of posts lately, I promise more this week!

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Get Knocked Up

I'll get straight to the point:

THIS WILL BE THE BEST COMEDY YOU SEE ALL YEAR.

That's all you really need to take away from this post, but if you care to hear my ramblings, I'm working on a full review, complete with some tracks off the movie's great soundtrack (mostly songs by the wonderful Loudon Wainwright III), so check back here tomorrow on I have no idea when (sorry, been insanely busy lately) NOW, full-review updated below!

In the meantime, check out the videos below and get excited...
VIDEO: Official Trailer
VIDEO: R-Rated Trailer
VIDEO: International Trailer
VIDEO: Behind The Scenes
VIDEO: Katherine Heigl Interviews

FINAL GRADE: A+

*UPDATED: If you'd like to read the rest of my review/love letter to Judd Apatow, or if you care to hear some tracks off the wonderful soundtrack, click below on the "Continue Reading" link and please do read on.

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Martin Luther King, Mother Theresa, Ghandi. It's important to have role models. For me, it just happens to be a man that showed us a 40 year old virgin urinating on himself due to a morning erection.

This great man is Judd Apatow.

While he did bring us a scene involving the phrase, "shit-stained balls," Apatow's also created some memorable heart-warming, and heart-wrenching, moments throughout his career, most notably in Freaks and Geeks, Undeclared, and The 40 Year Old Virgin. This combination of subtle sentiment and uninhibited humor is what I love most about Apatow's work, and in Knocked Up, he does this to perfection.

I'll assume that you can gather the movie's premise from the title, but just in case my mom's reading this, here it is in a nutshell: Ben Stone (Seth Rogan) gets Allison Scott (Katherine Heigl)... um... knocked up. Very simple plot. But it is refreshing to see a movie that can be so entertaining without the unnecessary gimmicks that plague many other comedies today. And much of Knocked Up's entertainment can be attributed to Apatow's ability to create realistic, likable characters.

I felt like I went to high school with everyone in Freaks and Geeks, my college experience definitely reflected scenes from Undeclared, and I've had many drunken nights similar to this scene in 40YOV. And again, here in Knocked Up, the characters seem like friends I've known for years.

The chemistry between the cast is perfect. A lot of the actors involved are friends in real-life, having worked on past Apatow projects together, and this camaraderie definitely translates onto the screen. Much like the "You Know How I Know You're Gay" bit in Virgin, there's a hilarious running gag here where the guys continually come up with ways to insult Martin Starr's character's beard. You genuinely get the feeling that the actors really do sit around in real-life one-upping each other's insults.

Adding to the movie's familiarity for me is the fact that the main character's name is Ben Stone, which is also my roommate's name. And the fact that it's set in Brentwood, where I currently reside. And the fact that there's a scene in Del's Saloon, a bar down the street from my apartment. And the fact that I too knocked up an E! reporter- sorry, getting carried away here.

As I was saying, the cast is perfect. It's great to finally see Seth Rogan in a leading role. Katherine Heigl is the love of my life (thank God, Anne Hathaway dropped out of this part). Paul Rudd, who plays Pete, Allison's unhappy brother-in-law, is one of the best comedic actors alive in my opinion. And Judd Apatow's wife, Leslie Mann, who was so funny in this brief 40 Year Virgin scene, gets much, much more well-deserved screentime here as Debbie, Allison's sister and Pete's wife. Apatow also cast his own kids in this movie, and they are ridiculously adorable. The rest of the supporting cast is pretty much an all-star comedic team, comprised of Jason Segel, Jay Baruchel, Martin Starr, Jonah Hill, who was my personal favorite, and Kristen Wiig, who was surprisingly great as Allison's passive-aggressive co-worker.

Oh, and it was great to see an Asian comedic actor on screen; Ken Jeong was hilarious as the insensitive gyno.

Apatow's directorial style is known for tailoring the script to the cast and letting them improvise quite a bit, trying out the same scene a couple different ways. He said in an interview that for 40 Year Old Virgin, he ran through a million feet of film by the last day of shooting, but reached a million feet an entire week prior to the last day on Knocked Up. Which basically means I cannot wait to purchase the DVD and watch all the bonus material.

Music-wise, I definitely heard the following two songs in the movie, both used very well:

"We Are Nowhere And It's Now" - Bright Eyes (feat. Emmylou Harris) [buy album]
"Daughter" - Loudon Wainwright III (Peter Blegvad cover) [buy album]

*UPDATED: Thanks to my writing partner for pointing out the following songs as well:
"Shimmy Shimmy Ya" - Ol' Dirty Bastard [buy album]
"Rock Lobster" - The B-52's [buy album]
"Police On My Back" - The Clash [buy album]
"Girl" - Beck [buy album]
"Toxic" - Britney Spears [buy album]

According to, and only according to, the Concord Records' MySpace blog (reeeeally hope they spread the word more in coming months), these are some of the other tracks from the upcoming soundtrack, "Strange Weirdos: Music From And Inspired By Knocked Up":

"Grey in L.A." - Loudon Wainwright III
"Strange Weirdos" - Loudon Wainwright III
"Valley Morning" - Loudon Wainwright III
"Doin' the Math" - Loudon Wainwright III
"I Feel So Good" - Loudon Wainwright III (Mose Allison cover)

Did I mention Loudon Wainwright was on the soundtrack?

I will say that my one gripe with the movie is that there's only one scene with Loudon, who was absolutely perfect as the father on Undeclared.

Naturally, just like I've done throughout this post, a lot of people are going to walk out of the theater and compare this movie to 40 Year Old Virgin. While I absolutely loved Virgin, I think Knocked Up is a bit superior, doing everything Virgin did, but a little bit better. I also thought there was some lag at the end of the second act in 40YOV, whereas Knocked Up entertained me non-stop for the entire two-hour length of the movie.

I've read a review or two complaining that two hours is just too long for a comedy. In my opinion, two hours is just too long for a comedy that sucks. If a movie's hilarious, I say, keep going, don't stop, I enjoy more laughter. And as Seth Rogan once said, "No one’s ever mad that they got more free shit."

I've also read criticisms from a few people who can't get over the fact that someone as beautiful and together as Allison could ever end up falling for such a slacker like Ben. These people can kiss my balls. Yeah, what up, debate team, four years.

No, seriously though, I can kind of see where that criticism is coming from, but both Heigl and Rogan pull off their characters in such way that any disbelief can easily be suspended. Also, I've never been on debate team.

Overall though, the movie's been getting rave reviews, and I expect more will come pouring in as the release date approaches. Judd Apatow announced last week that he has won a $20 bet that he could turn Seth Rogan into a movie star, a bet made 7 years ago on the set of Freaks and Geeks. I'm sure by the summer's end, Apatow will be making many, many more twenty dollar bills off of Rogan's performance.

Unfortunately, the film won't be released until June 1st, so start scouring your city for screenings, or just live vicariously through me and re-read this blog post every day in the meantime. Thanks for making it through this long-winded review, and I hope you're all excited to see this movie.

I am now going to run to Costco to purchase an economy-size box of condoms that will, at my current rate, last me twenty-five years. If I double-bag it every time.

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