Friday, August 31, 2007

40 Posts In 40 Weekdays: Day Two

Going on day two here. Feeling a little faint, but I'm in it to win it.

If you haven't seen the video below yet, do check out NBC's new promo for The Office, in which we find out what everyone did over summer vacation. Any fun summer stories of your own?

Speaking of NBC, how lame is this news?

Thursday, August 30, 2007

40 Posts In 40 Weekdays: Day One

You and I, we used to be good together. There was a spark, an excitement. But I've neglected you, I've let it die. I believe the poetic words of Boyz II Men best express my emotions:

"Can we go back to the days our love was strong?
Can you tell me how a perfect love goes wrong?
Can somebody tell me how to get things back the way they use to be?
Oh God, give me a reason, I'm down on bended knee."

Sing it, Nathan, Michael, Shawn, and Wanya. Sing it. Can't we go back to the days of heavy web traffic and heavy groping? When I'd post regularly and you'd regularly shave your legs? Let's give this another shot.

Hello friends, the past month has been a new low for Silly Pipe Dreams, both in posts and web traffic. A lot of things are happening on the writing front over here, but still, I've let things slide for too long. My good friend, Devin, finally staged an intervention yesterday. It was painful, there may have been tears, but I now realize I need Silly Pipe Dreams in my life. WWJD? I'm fairly certain Jesus would blog 40 posts in 40 weekdays. Thus, I will do the same. Am I scared? A little. Am I crazy? Maybe. I'll probably need to stock up on Gatorade, and you on some Hatorade, but I'll be damned if you don't get 40 posts in 40 weekdays!! I'm not saying they'll be pretty.. some will be well-thought out playlists, some will be a simple sentence reading "I'm drunk." But there'll be 40 of 'em. And they'll be better than the Josh Hartnett movie of similar name. Which is like saying they'll be better than chlamydia. Spread the word, but not the disease.

To start things off, I wanted to take a moment and hear how you're doing, what you've been up to, what you've been enjoying. Whether you've been loving a new novel, a walk in the park to stare at little children, or perhaps the crack pipe... I want to know. I may alert authorities, but I'm here to listen. So leave a comment, and here's what I've been making love to recently:

MUSIC

I've been loving the new Rilo Kiley album, Under The Blacklight. A few weak tracks, but overall delicious. I'll be adding Jenny Lewis to the "You Should Lust" sidebar, which is long overdue. Check out the music videos for "The Moneymaker" and "Silver Lining". I'll leave you with my favorite track off the album:
"Silver Lining" - Rilo Kiley [more tracks] [buy album]

Also, while you can, download the new Bruce Springsteen single, "Radio Nowhere," for FREE on iTunes. Song starts rocking socks from the first second in. If you don't have iTunes, I suppose I can just offer it for you here:
"Radio Nowhere" - Bruce Springsteen

Last, but certainly not least, the new Tegan and Sara album, "The Con." I absolutely these love lesbian sisters, and their music too. They do not disappoint here. Non-stop catchy melodies and harmonies, definitely purchase this album. Here are my two favs:
"The Con" - Tegan and Sara [more tracks] [buy album]
"Back In Your Head" - Tegan and Sara [more tracks] [buy album]

TV

I don't know if you guys have heard, it's pretty under the radar, but I think you might wanna check out this little show called Cheers. I know it's pretty random to start re-watching this classic series from the very beginning, but I've had Season One and Two collecting dust on my shelf for about a year now, and as you can tell, I'm all about turning over a new leaf lately. I had forgotten how much better these episodes are compared to 99% of what's on today. Almost every joke makes me LOL, the stories are simple yet engaging, and it all takes place in one location. In the current climate of hooks and gimmicks, it's so refreshing to go back and watch a show about everyday people talking about everyday things in an incredibly hilarious way.

Jumping from 1982 to 2007 now, I also loved the pilot for Reaper. I'll be doing a Fall TV Preview at some point, so I'll save the "deets" for that post, but this is probably the best new dramedy this fall. The pilot was directed by Kevin Smith and stars Bret Harrisson from the short-lived and pretty funny show, The Loop. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, September 25th at 9 pm on The CW.

SPIRITUAL

Thanks to a special someone, I've attained nirvana with this life-changing device: the iPhone. Wait 'til Version 2.0 of course, but do get it at some point, it'll make you a better human being.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Quickie

Though you are correct to assume, this is not a post about my love life.

I've been MIA for almost a month, and I apologize. I have a handful of posts in draft-stage that'll probably remain that way for another week or so. In the meantime, I wanted to spread the word on a couple things.

Superbad
You can't walk five feet without seeing a poster for this movie. I'm sure most of you are planning to see it already, and you should definitely stick to that plan. This'll be the second funniest movie you see all year, second only to Knocked Up. I saw the movie at a screening two months ago. At the time, it felt like it could be cleaned up a little, and perhaps it has been since, but overall, while it wasn't Knocked Up-perfect, it was still superprettydamngood, A-. Full review to come with my Summer Movie post. Check out interviews with the cast at Entertainment Weekly and The Onion AV Club, watch some clips online, and let me know what you think after you watch this weekend!

Harold & Kumar 2
When you see Superbad this weekend, you will probably also see this teaser trailer for Harold & Kumar 2! A Silly Pipe Dreams interview with Jon Hurwitz is still gonna happen (I promise!), so feel free to leave any questions for him in my previous post.

Flight Of The Conchords
An interview with Rhys Darby, aka Murray.

It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia
You can catch a pre-Season 3 episode on MySpace.

Friday Night Lights
Panthers have hired a new coach!

Weekend Update
There's a "Best Of Tina Fey Weekend Update" compilation on YouTube.

Under The Covers
Guilty pleasure covers here and here.

South Park
Commentary on South Park's "Cartoon Wars" episode where Trey Parker says, "For the record... we do hate Family Guy."