Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Wusical Wednesday

Unfortunately (or fortunately for some), there will be no long-winded Captain Oats commentary this time around. All I have to say is...

Best finale: The Office
Worst finale: Grey's Anatomy

Thanks to everyone who left comments wishing me luck. Really appreciate it. Final staffing decisions should be happening in the next week or two on most shows, so keep those fingers crossed just a little while longer please! Once June rolls around, I should be able to blog regularly again. Thanks for being patient.

As usual, click on the "Continue Reading" link below and you'll find tunes from past episodes. Remember, if you like what you hear, please support the artist and purchase the album or at least a track or two on iTunes. Leave a comment with your thoughts or just a hello!

How I Met Your Mother - "Something Borrowed"
"Love Song" - Haunt [buy album]
"Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring" - J.S. Bach

How I Met Your Mother - "Something Blue"
"Sea Green, See Blue" - Jaymay [buy album]
"No One Here" - The 88
*not available yet

Scrubs - "My Turf War"
"The History of Excuses" - Bishop Allen [buy album]
"Pass It On" - The Coral [buy album]
"It's Never You" - Weekend Excursion

Scrubs - "My Cold Shower"
"Stolen" - Dashboard Confessional [buy album]

Scrubs - "My Conventional Wisdom"
"Human" - Jon McLaughlin [buy album]

Scrubs - "My Rabbit"
"Pure Love" - Colin Hay [buy album]

Scrubs - "My Point Of No Return"
"Alive With The Glory Of Love" - Say Anything [buy album]

Grey's Anatomy - "Desire"
"The Secrets Of Amanda Prine" - The Reddmen [buy album]
"Better Off" - Let's Go Sailing [buy album]
"Again & Again" - The Bird & The Bee [buy album]
"Nausea" - Beck [buy album]
"How Am I Doing" - Anna Waronker [buy album]

Grey's Anatomy - "The Other Side Of This Life"
"Sea Lion Woman" - Feist [buy album]
"Lost" - The Mary Onettes [buy album]
"Down In The Valley" - The Broken West [buy album]
"Not Having It" - The Adored [buy album]
"Turpentine" - Brandi Carlile [buy album]
"California" - A.B. O'Neill [buy album]
"Leaving In Coffins" - Psapp [buy album]
"Momma's Boy" - Tim Myers [buy album]
"You Don't Have Far To Go" - Candi Staton [buy album]
"Your Song" - Kate Walsh [buy album]
"Ain't Nothing Wrong With That" - Robert Randolph & The Family Band [buy album]
"Mojo Love" - Lay Low [buy album]
"SRXT" - Bloc Party [buy album]
"Message From Yuz" - The Switches
"California Sun" - Jem
"Los Angeles" - The Rosewood Thieves

Grey's Anatomy - "Testing 1-2-3"
"This Rope Is Long" - Let's Go Sailing [buy album]
"Wake Up Alone" - Amy Winehouse [buy album]
"Corner Of Your Heart" - Ingrid Michaelson [buy album]
"Stain Of Saints" - The Weather Machines [buy album]
"Million Faces" - Paolo Nutini [buy album]

Grey's Anatomy - "Didn't We Almost Have It All"
"Falling Or Flying" - Grace Potter and The Nocturnals [buy album]
"Hold You In My Arms" - Ray LaMontagne [buy album]
"Within You" - Ray LaMontagne [buy album]
"Eulogy" - The Hereafter [buy album]
"Explosions" - The Mary Onettes [buy album]
"Keep Breathing" - Ingrid Michaelson
"Roboxula" - The Jealous Girlfriends
"Closer" - Coburn

*big thanks to Krissi for helping me a LOT with these tunes*

Thursday, May 17, 2007

All Apologies

Sorry for being M.I.A. lately. I will hopefully return soon with some good personal news, maybe even great news. And of course, I will also return with a full review of the networks' recently announced fall-lineups, as well as some "Musical Monday"-love. In the meantime...

MP3: "All Apologies (live)" - Ben Gibbard (Nirvana cover)
VIDEO: "All Apologies (live)" - Ben Gibbard (Nirvana cover)

Thursday, May 10, 2007

NBC Keeps Its Lights On

According to E!'s Watch With Kristen, Friday Night Lights has been picked up for a second season! Thank you, NBC.

Now if we could only do something about the recent news that comedy may suffer yet another drought this year.

Anyway, what are you fellow FNL-fans thinking for next season? Anything you'd like to see happen? Personally, I just hope they don't shake up the Taylor family foundation too much, a la The OC Season Two.

Also, various online sources are reporting that Journeyman, Chuck (Josh Schwartz), Life, The Bionic Woman and The IT Crowd (sitcom) have all been picked up by NBC as well. Official announcements to come at NBC's upfront on Monday.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

The Gossip On Gossip Girl

Those of you feeling an OC-shaped hole in your life might be interested to know that Josh Schwartz's pilot, Gossip Girl, is moving a step closer to a fall pickup.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show has been approved to begin staffing, which is a pretty good sign that it'll be announced as part of The CW's fall lineup come upfronts next Thursday.

I also keep hearing that Schwartz's NBC pilot, Chuck, has turned out really well, which could lead to a scenario where Josh helms TWO primetime shows in the fall. Is Josh the new JJ?

I don't know why I just asked that. But I hear that phrase kills on blogs: "Is ___ the new ___?" I'll throw a couple more your way. Is Honda the new BMW? Is Fruit of the Loom the new Armani? Is sleep the new sex? If you're thinking yes to all, then you might be impressed by a certain Sonny Lee that I know.

Anyway, I digress. I haven't seen the pilot, but I have read the script, and I'm fairly confident when I say that Gossip Girl will be the new OC. Do I feel weird being a 25 year old male that's excited about a show called Gossip Girl? Yes, a little bit. But get your iPods ready, we may have a new show to build playlists around.

In the meantime, I'll stick with the theme and leave a song by The Gossip:
"Ain't It The Truth" - The Gossip [buy album]

Monday, May 07, 2007

iPod Roulette

Life has been a bit crazy lately, so I'm going with my default "lazy" post today. It's been a while since our last round, but I'm sure you all remember the rules:

Post the first ten songs that pop up on iTunes when you hit shuffle.

Leave a comment with your own shuffle list!

"Buttons" - Pussycat Dolls [buy album]
... I, um... a friend sent this to me...and I forgot to delete it? Oh, who am I kidding, I totally get dressed to this every morning.

"Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again" - Bob Dylan [buy album]
Pussycat Dolls to Bob Dylan. I like to think of myself as a well-rounded person. Yep, that's how I'm gonna spin this, and I'm sticking to it. Blood On The Tracks is my favorite Dylan album, but Blonde On Blonde is a close second.

"As Long As You're Mine" - Cast of Wicked [buy album]
Really bringing out the skeletons here. Okay, I was obsessed with this play for a while. And yes, I am straight. When I worked at NBC, I had the pleasure of getting free tickets to see a private matinee show with its original cast, including the amazing Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenowith. I'm not a big musical theater fan, but my God, this was amazing. I walked around the city for the next month constantly listening to the soundtrack on my iPod and unabashedly singing along. This was also a dateless month for me. Probably no correlation there.

"Hard To Live (In The City)" - Albert Hammond Jr. [buy album]
Click on the above link and buy this album. It is wonderful.

"As You Wish" - Aqueduct [buy album]
David Terry writes incredibly catchy melodies, and this song definitely reflects that. Lyrically, "As You Wish" is entirely based around lines from The Princess Bride, which is awesome. Also check out "Living A Lie" from this album.

"Publish My Love" - Rogue Wave [buy album]
Of course, we can't go an iPod Shuffle without encountering a song once featured on The OC. I hear Schwartz's NBC pilot, Chuck, turned out really well, and I am told he uses some great tunes in the show, which of course comes as no surprise. The buzz is also good for his other pilot, Gossip Girl, for The CW. Here's some insider scoop regarding what the pilot landscape's looking like for the upcoming upfronts.

"Dizzy" - Ours [buy album]
I've talked about this band before for one reason: Jimmy Gnecco, their lead singer. The best male voice I've ever heard live. The band has a new album coming out, I think it was produced by Rick Rubin. Check out the tracks on MySpace.

"Soul Singer In A Session Band" - Bright Eyes [buy album]
I like the new album. This is one of the better songs off of it. Random thought of the day: Tobey Maguire looked a lot like Conor Oberst with his emo-Spidey-angry-hair in Spiderman 3. Fact of the day: Spiderman 3 was extremely disappointing.

"Eight Days A Week" - The Beatles
Best band ever, duh. Love this song, but didn't post it 'cause I don't want to get sued. Also love Ted from Scrubs singing it at Turk's wedding in Season Three, which you can see at the end of this clip. Speaking of "Eight Days A Week", there's a pilot at The CW with the same title that sounds pretty interesting. Starring Mario Lopez (Slater!), Anna Chlumsky (My Girl!), Johnny Lewis (Chili!), and Christina Milian (Hot!), it's a single-cam comedy about "four twentysomethings who work for the top movers and shakers in New York." I'd watch that.

"What A Girl Wants" - Christina Aguilera [buy album]
Really? This is what we're ending with? My iTunes hates me. And I kind of hate myself too. We're never playing this game again.