Friday, October 30, 2009

Recaps! Get Yer Recaps Heeee-ah!

Look, people. When you don't read and comment on my Starpulse recaps, you shame me. And I don't take kindly to shaming. So, you know, either take a few minutes to check out my write-ups, or spend the next few days having your soul tortured and then eventually get dragged to hell. Your choice.

It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia Recap: "The Gang Wrestles For The Troops"

Project Runway Episode 11 Recap: Eyes On Your Own Designs, Kids!

Breasts Were An Odd Choice

Really, Amy Winehouse? New boobs were the priority? Couldn't think of anything else that needed fixing?

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Forgotten Classic Video(s) of the Week

Since I forgot to post last week's forgotten classic (oh, the irony), I'm doubling up this week, once again breaking pop cultural rules by offering a two-fer on a Thursday instead of Tuesday. Relax. The fabric of the universe is NOT unraveling.

I was actually worried I wouldn't have one vid to post this week, let alone two, because I realized I pretty much burned all the Halloween-themed videos in years past and, after doing this every week for the past three years, opening the old vault is proving much more difficult. Luckily, a friend on Facebook mentioned Sheena Easton and I rejoiced. Sheena was one of my childhood idols, right up there with ONJ. So, today I'm featuring two clips from very different periods in her career.

This first one is "The Lover in Me," which sticks out in my mind because of that awesome red dress she wore, not to mention the slutty opera gloves and totally '80s half updo. This is from her "sexy vixen" period, after Prince had gotten his hands on her and dirtied her all up. If you're wondering why I didn't post, say, "Sugar Walls," there is a simple answer for that: it is probably one of the dumbest songs I've ever heard in my life. Oooh, it's about her vagina! Whoop-dee-doo. I'm sure it was meant to be risqué, but it's just ridönk.

Up next is a song from Sheena's "girl-next-door" period, 1983's "Telefone (Long Distance Love Affair)." I chose this one for two reasons: 1) I used to sing the shit out of it when I was little, and 2) The video features some classic movie monsters, which makes it Halloween-appropriate.

By the way, you might notice that both vids come from Dailymotion instead of YouTube. The growing trend of disabling the embedding feature on YouTube is really starting to piss me off. You know, it's not like people are downloading these vids or passing them off as their own. I can't understand why record labels would want to keep people from posting videos on their blogs and websites. I guess the free publicity that it generates for their artists is really annoying.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A Place Where Adam Lambert Dared To Go: It's Called A Xanadon't

So, Glambert unveiled his utterly ridonk album cover yesterday. I can't quite form a coherent critique of it, but many things run through my mind when I look at it. Things like...

  • Holy shit. I had no idea that Glamour Shots was still in business.
  • Was it "Bring Your Child To Work Day" at the graphic design studio? And do the graphic designers interpret that as "Let Your Child Do Your Work Day?"
  • Can you buy retinal brushes over the counter?
  • Daddy, why is he so much prettier than me?
  • I guess people will stop asking if he's gay now. Because that's gayer than the Village People having an orgy with a bunch of Cher impersonators on a pink float driven by Liza Minelli.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Putting The "Tricks" Back in Tricks and Treats

My love for Halloween has been on somewhat of a steady decline ever since it devolved into Night of the Living Whorebags. I've still managed to get some enjoyment out of this pagan holiday by elbowing my way through the sea of sluts that flood the streets, but things are starting to get way out of hand. It's one thing for college-aged sluts to masquerade as, well, other sluts, but it's quite another for the kiddies to get in on the act.

If you look to the left, you'll see Miley Cyrus's nine-year-old sister, Noah, and friend at a recent Halloween party dressed as...I don't know...a zombie dominatrix and every parent's own private hell?

I suppose we shouldn't be surprised that Billy Ray Cyrus lets his kid walk out of the house looking like that, considering that he defended Miley's stripper pole routine and is nuthin' but proud of her increasingly racy magazine photos. And celebrities have a skewed view of the world in general, so if it were just famous people's kids using Halloween as an excuse to tramp it up, I could probably let it go. But it's not, so I can't.

The New York Post ran a story earlier this month about parents' concerns over the proliferation of trashy kids' costumes on sale. Party City was singled out as a store that happily sells outfits for tweens and younger with names like "High Seas Hottie" and "Convict Cutie." Unsurprisingly, a Party City manager kicked out the reporter who went in to ask about the jailbait gear.

Seriously, check out the kids' section of the Party City online catalog. If there is any question that the intention of these costumes is to sexualize young girls, the Jon Benet-esque makeup on the models will erase all doubt.

And if there are any ladies out there who want to tell me that I'm overreacting or being a prude, and you feel perfectly fine about letting your kids slut it up for Halloween because it's "just one night," you go right ahead. And then let me know what it's like to be a grandmother at 40.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Sonic Sunday: The Halloween Mixx

The "Halloween-ish" edition of Sonic Sunday was merely to get you in a proper autumnal mood, but with Halloween nearly here, it's time for the real deal. Whether you're a fan of the campy or creepy, there's something in this mix for everyone.

Tales From the Crypt Theme, Danny Elfman

"Monster Mash," Bobby "Boris" Pickett - I was working in the lab late one night/When my eyes beheld an eerie sight/For my monster from his slab began to rise/And suddenly to my surprise/He did the mash/He did the monster mash

"The Time Warp," Richard O'Brien - With a bit of a mind flip/You're into the time slip/And nothing can ever be the same/You're spaced out on sensation/Like you're under sedation/Let's do the Time Warp again

"Pet Sematary," The Ramones - Under the arc of weather-stained boards/Ancient goblins, and warlords/Come out the ground, not making a sound/The smell of death is all around/And the night when the cold wind blows/No one cares, nobody knows

"Furnace Room Lullaby," Neko Case - I'm wrapped in the depths of these deeds that have made me/I can't bring a sound from my head though I try/I can't seem to find my way up from the basement/A demon holds my place on earth 'til I die

"Ave Santini" (The Omen Theme), Jerry Goldsmith

"Cry Little Sister," Gerard McMann - A last fire will rise behind those eyes/Black house will rock, blind boys don't lie/Immortal fear, that voice so clear/Through broken walls, that scream I hear

"Dream Warriors," Dokken - I lie awake and dread the lonely nights/I'm not alone/I wonder if these heavy eyes can face the unknown

"Devil Woman," Cliff Muthahumpin' Richard - Crystal ball on the table/Showing the future, the past/Same cat with them evil eyes/You'd better get out of there fast

"Werewolves of London," Warren Zevon - If you hear him howling around your kitchen door/Better not let him in/Little old lady got mutilated late last night/Werewolves of London again

The Munsters Theme, Los Straitjackets

"Fright Night," J. Geils Band - Fright Night (Fright Night)/Who's it gonna be tonight?/Lock your doors and windows tight/Soon you'll all believe I'm right/We're all in for a most frightening night

"I Was A Teenage Werewolf," The Cramps - A Midwest monster of the highest grade/All my teachers thought it was growing pains/Oh, no, no/Somebody stop this pain

"Bloodletting (The Vampire Song)," Concrete Blonde - There's a crack in the mirror and a bloodstain on the bed/Oh, you were a vampire and baby I'm the walking dead

Halloween Theme, John Carpenter

"Halloween," The Misfits - Candy apples and razor blades/Little dead are soon in graves/I remember Halloween/This day anything goes/Burning bodies hanging from poles/I remember Halloween

"Bela Lugosi's Dead," Bauhaus - The bats have left the bell tower/The victims have been bled/Red velvet lines the black box/Bela Lugosi's dead

The Twilight Zone Theme, Marius Constant

"(Everday Is) Halloween," Ministry - Well any time, any place, anywhere that I go/All the people seem to stop and stare/They say 'Why are you dressed like it's Halloween?/You look so absurd, you look so obscene'

"Thriller," Michael Jackson - It's close to midnight and something evil's lurking in the dark/Under the moonlight, you see a sight that almost stops your heart/You try to scream but terror takes the sound before you make it/You start to freeze as horror looks you right between the eyes/You're paralyzed

All of this great music can be purchased at Amazon:

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Recaps! Get Yer Recaps Heeee-ah!

This is the part where I nicely ask you to go leave me comments over on my Starpulse TV recaps, and then you chuckle warmly and mutter "screw that" under your breath. You really don't have to mutter, you know. I can't hear you through the computer.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Recap: "The World Series Defense"

Project Runway Episode 10 Recap: Globe-Trotting in Style

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Things I Want Thursday

So, I've finally decided to play along with this feature, hosted by Sass at Are You Sassified? I'm not sure if I will play along every week, but seeing as how I'm feeling a little uninspired these days, a bit of fill-in-the-blanks blogging sounds like a good plan. And this is a much easier theme to bend to my format than the very popular "TMI Thursday." (Sorry for all of you who were hoping to finally learn about my inopportune bouts of projectile vomiting or hilarious menstrual mishaps.)

So, here we go. This week, I want:

1. Pearl Jam to announce some NYC tour dates. Seriously. What the hell is going on? This is still the center of the universe, right?

2. That "Kittens Inspired By Kittens" girl to be my daughter. (Here she is being awesome again, explaining WWII. Someone should make her version into a movie.) She would be the best kind of daughter, because she's cute, already has a well-developed sense of humor, and I wouldn't have to push her out of my vagina. Would anyone like to help me kidnap her? Or, if that's too extreme, are there any lawyers out there who could somehow talk her real mom into striking me a deal where I at least get to have her on weekends and holidays?

3. Rock Band. Are you listening, family? Christmas is coming!!

4. To clarify that last statement. By "Rock Band," I mean the regular Rock Band, not LEGO Rock Band. What on earth is that? Why did anyone think that the world needed a Rock Band starring LEGO versions of musicians?

5. A LEGO Damon Albarn. If they make the actual LEGO figures, and they're not just avatars for the Rock Band game, I wouldn't mind having one to, you know, play with. The LEGO Damon doesn't do the real one justice, but I guess I can't expect much from a LEGO. But I do expect some accuracy. I mean, whatever EA schlub created Damon's likeness must be color blind because he doesn't have green eyes. I suppose sometimes they do look green, but they're blue. Beautiful, beautiful blue. The Dave Rowntree and Alex James LEGOs are pretty dead on, but Graham Coxon just kind of looks like Harry Potter. (As far as the non-Blur LEGOs go, Iggy Pop looks pretty damn awesome, David Bowie looks more like Peter Noone - except for the mismatched eyes, and Freddie Mercury is a weird cross between Tony Orlando and one of the Mario Brothers.)

6. Someone to nominate me for What Not to Wear. Damn, I need new clothes.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Negelecting Y'All Like I'm Britney Spears And Yer My Young'uns

I realize that my blog claims to serve up useless stuff DAILY, yet I haven't posted since Sunday (and that was kind of a half-assed video post). I'm sorry, people. And I'm sorry that I haven't been around to many of your blogs lately either. I miss you all dearly. But I think I'm suffering from some rare form of Epstein Barr that only affects my energy level when faced with the prospect of writing about pop culture nonsense.

I had a small existential crisis last week. As part of my new gig with Celeb Love, I had to write about a certain reality TV (ex) duo that I promised myself I would never cover. (I still won't mention them on my own blog, but their names rhyme with Yawn and Hate.) But I guess that's what happens when someone's paying you to write - you can't always write what you want. But if you try sometimes, you'll find you get what you need. Like, today I got to do a funny post about Jennifer Aniston supposedly drunk dialing Brad Pitt. And tomorrow - well, tomorrow I get to write about Adam Lambert. So, yeah...what was I bitching about before?

The new gig has been fun, but between that and my Starpulse duties, I guess I've been experiencing a bit of entertainment overload. That must be why I've been slacking on my own blog.

No, no, that can't be it. I could never get tired of this pop culture rubbish. It's gotta be the dreaded day job. I need to find a way to get rid of that without going completely broke.

Anyway, just wanted to pop in to let everyone know I'm still alive and that I'm sorry I've been a bad blogger. To make it up to you, here is a great vid that was passed on to me by the blogger formerly known as Falwless. This little girl is amazing. I think I would like to have kids, but only if they're this cool and hilarious. (And let's be honest, with my genes, that's pretty damn likely.)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

In Lieu of Sonic Sunday...

Here is a video that my brother, J-Fred, requested to pay tribute to Captain Lou Albano, who died last week.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Recaps! Get Yer Recaps Heeee-ah!

Friday in the blogosphere and I'm alone again, naturally.

Well, if you can all take a minute away from what I can only imagine are a series of blisteringly exciting, real-world Friday events, check out my TV recaps over on Starpulse. Come on, people. First one to comment (over there) gets a big, wet, sloppy kiss from me.*

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Recap: "The Waitress Is Getting Married"

Project Runway Episode 9 Recap: Mackie Mania!

*I haven't had a herpes flare-up in weeks, so this should be enjoyable.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Forgotten Classic Video of the Week

I came to this week's vid in a rather roundabout way. A couple of days ago, I got an email that my friend Hank's band, Wormburner, is playing the Mercury Lounge on October 29 (if you're in the NYC area, you should check them out). So, this made me think of David Lowery, because he produced Wormburner's first record. David Lowery made me think of Cracker, which led me to Camper Van Beethoven. Even though I never knew much about them, I remembered this cover of Status Quo's "Pictures of Matchstick Men" being on the "cool station" quite a bit. Always loved that fiddle.

Even though this was a big hit for Camper in 1989, not a lot of people remember it. So, give yourself a gold star if you do.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Eye Boogers

Like the goop that's always accumulating in the corners of our eyes, the following items are curiously fascinating:

Miley Cyrus Quits Twitter - I kind of wish I had a Twitter account now so that I could tweet my suicide note.

Adam Lambert Unleashes Highly-Anticipated Post-Apocalyptic Song - And it sounds like Daughtry and David Cook covering a Muse song while trying to throw in bits of Zeppelin's "Kashmir." Judging from the overwhelmingly positive response that the song has received so far, I guess I'm in the minority on this one. Look, I want to like it. I want Adam to do well. But, just from the short preview, it sounds like every other anthemic song ever done by every other past Idol contestant. Who knows, maybe I'll change my mind when I hear it in its entirety. But it is the theme to a big budget disaster film (2012), so I imagine it will fall somewhere between glorious cheese ball ("My Heart Will Go On") and ipecac for the ears ("I Don't Want To Miss A Thing"). It's certainly not as bad as "No Boundaries." And it sounds miles better than 2012 looks. Seriously, have you seen that ridiculous trailer? What the hell? Is John Cusack broke or what?

Rob Lowe Is Such A Pro - Sodapop Curtis recently grumbled about becoming frustrated on the set of The Invention of Lying, because co-star Ricky Gervais kept laughing during their scenes. The surprisingly uptight Lowe claims that his "old school" training prohibits him from ever ruining a take with a case of the giggles—something he considers a "badge of honor." Whoop-dee-doo. It's interesting that when he went shopping for badges, he thought the "never laughed during a scene" one would somehow be more valuable than the "never went to rehab" or "never got caught on tape having sex with underage girls" ones.

And now for a new sub-feature of Eye Boogers: Meta Eye Boogers! These are stories I've already reported on for my new gig at YourTango's Celeb Love blog. Click the links to get more of ME! You can't escape ME! Mwaaah hahahahaha!! (But be warned - it's a slightly kinder, gentler me over there.)

Kirstie Alley Is Crazy Like A Foxx - I don't like to make fun of Kirstie Alley because she's good friends with John Travolta, but lady is losing her mind. She's been tweeting all this crazy nonsense about how she's having sex practically 24/7 with Jamie Foxx, who doesn't seem to recall ever tapping that. Either she's just trying to get some free publicity before launching her new weight loss system next month, or that nonstop rollercoaster of losing weight and putting it back on has made her completely mental.

Madonna's Got Jesus In Her Heart And On Her Block - It's been rumored that Madonna has her real estate agents looking for a loft near her Upper East Side home in which to keep her 22-year-old lover, Jesus Luz. (The budget is just around $3 million, which may seem excessive until you realize that her place cost $40 million.) Hey, nothing wrong with being a sugar momma. Get 'em young and raise 'em the way you like, that's what I always say. Unfortunately, I have neither the money nor the cougar appeal to put that motto into practice.

Marge Simpson Poses For Playboy - Well, at least it wasn't Patty and Selma. (Insert Sideshow Bob shudder here.)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sonic Sunday: Halloween-ish

Since it's October but not quite Halloween, I thought I'd post a mix that fits that chilly, autumnal description. These are all great songs to listen to while you're snuggled up in front of the fireplace and the wind is howling through the trees outside.

Since these tunes aren't meant to scare you, none of them have any crazy, Latin chanting in them. So, if you're grooving along and suddenly hear some...grab your crucifix and RUN.

"The Funeral," Band of Horses - To the outside, the dead leaves, they all blow/'Fore they died, had trees to hang their hope

The above cited lyrics may not be correct; I've seen about 10 different interpretations of those lines. It's all the reverb on the vocals that makes it hard to decipher. But that's also what gives the song (and most of this band's songs) that semi-creepy, atmospheric sound.

"Halloween," Grant Lee Buffalo - You were like my own James Byron Dean/Private Idaho was my East of Eden/Hit me like a stone when I heard you passed on Halloween

A drowsy, sad song about River Phoenix's untimely death.

"Halloweenhead," Ryan Adams - Head full of candy bags/Costume shops and punks in drag/Head full of tricks and treats/Places where junkies meet

Ryan's had some troubles finding sobriety, and this song seems to be about trying to navigate the mean streets of NYC without getting lured back into those old druggie haunts.

"The Ghost in You," The Psychedelic Furs - Inside you the time moves and she don't fade/The ghost in you, she don't fade

I think the ghost here is just a lost love that refuses to stop haunting your heart. Pining away sucks. Give me a good old, violent poltergeist any day.

"October," U2 - October/And the trees are stripped bare of all they wear/What do I care?

There are, like, six lines in this song, so I really don't think I need to explain it. Let's just say that it's not about November. And it's not so much about the lyrics as it is the mood.

All of this great music can be purchased at Amazon:

Band Of Horses, 'Everything All The Time'Grant Lee Buffalo, 'Storm Hymnal'Ryan Adams, 'Easy Tiger'The Psychedelic Furs, 'All Of This And Nothing'U2, 'The Best Of 1980-1990'

Friday, October 09, 2009


I found a nice Catholic* boy to spend the evening with. Later, bitches!

*I originally said "Jewish," because it's always been kind of a joke that he is Jewish because of, well, the nose and, of course, his last name (like the Berenstein Bears). I was trying to be funny, but I guess it didn't translate. So, I changed it. I know The Boss is a nice Catholic boy. I've heard enough of his 15-minute-long stories. And, come on, even if I hadn't known, I could have easily figured it out by singing The Chanukah Song.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Forgotten Classic Video of the Week

There isn't much of a story behind this week's vid. I was thinking about possible Halloween costumes, which got me thinking about the year I dressed up as Cyndi Lauper, which got me thinking about how I've never posted a Cyndi video. How unusual!

Actually, it's not that unusual, considering that everyone remembers most of Cyndi's big hits, and this space is for the lesser known tunes or the big ones that slipped through the cracks of our collective memory over time. But I think I have just the Cyndi hit that fits the latter description - "Change of Heart" from 1986's True Colors.

I always loved this song, but I haven't thought about it in ages. Maybe you haven't either. So, enjoy!

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Caption Crotch-test Contest #27

"Do y'all carry 100 packs of pregnancy tests?"

Well, he's not quite Tony Toni Tone, but Words Words Words has done it again. He's officially the new Pistols (RIP). I swear, if Words' crotch gets any more fiery, Howie Long's gonna have to jump down his pants.
And now, here are the crybabies who'll say they were robbed runners up:

In another periodic check on the state of her career, Britney heads straight for the bargain bins. - The Imaginary Reviewer (I wonder if she ran into Taylor Dayne and Samantha Fox?)

Part of the divorce decree is that every week, Britney has to buy three jumbo-packs of Gino's Pizza Rolls, so that K-Fed becomes "K Overfed." - Cormac Brown (Judging by the recent pics of him, she's doing a better job taking care of her ex than her kids. Or herself.)

"Let's see...5 lb. bag of pork rinds, check. A case of Old Milwaukee's Best, check. Hannah Montana movie, check. Three bottles of Nyquil, check. Okay, I'm ready for Friday night!" - Doc (I like this one because it sounds just like my Friday night! Well, except for the pork rinds.)

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

An Open Letter to Adam Lambert

To the heart, tick tock ya don't stopDearest Adam,


Last I checked, you were embarking on a solo career, not joining Color Me Badd. Ironically, this is the first time I've ever not wanted to sex you up.

Make it end.


Happy Birthday, Jeremy!

Let's all wish a very happy 35th to Jeremy Sisto. And he looks very happy in this picture, so I guess he's finally over his demotion from my long-time #3 Man to Sexy Understudy #8.

Here's to his remaining years on my hot list!

Monday, October 05, 2009

Leave the Fashion 'Splainin' to Me

Hey! Remember the '80s? Lindsay Lohan does! Even though she was born in 1986.

LiLo was recently awarded the opportunity to breath down Ungaro designer Estrella Archs' neck, and the end result was a fashion backward, hastily thrown together line that received a rather chilly reception when it was unveiled at Paris Fashion Week.

The fashion elite are giving Lindsay a hard time, but she should be applauded for having a very consistent point of view. I mean, clearly these clothes were designed for girls who like Blondie, candy hearts, and nose candy. So...pretty much every twentysomething girl who shops at American Apparel and, therefore, can't afford this crap.

It would have been quite a task to review the entire line, so I've just pulled out some key pieces and featured them in the slideshow below. Enjoy!

And hey, when you're done making fun of LiLo, go make fun of Brit Brit in this month's caption contest!

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Sonic Sunday: Feelin' Good Part III

This is the third and final installment of the "Feelin' Good" mix - designed to put you in a good mood on Sunday, making the hell that is Monday a little easier to take.

If you haven't already, don't forget to check out the songs from Part II. The mp3s will be gone by Tuesday. (The mp3s from Part I are already gone, but you can still gaze longingly at the songs here.)

1. "Baby I'm A Star," Prince and the Revolution - Hey, look me over/Tell me do u like what u see/Hey, I ain't got no money/But honey I'm rich on personality

This has long been my favorite Prince song (just beating out "Kiss" by a nose), and it never fails to make me feel energized. There's a reason this song was saved for the end of Purple Rain. I guess. Although I don't really know if there was a reason for that movie, period.

2. "Damn Good Times," They Might Be Giants - I'm not much of a natural dancer/But I've got a friend who's a natural dancer/You could call her a jumpin' bean/She's got ants in her pants and she's gonna dance

As the title and lyrics suggest, you will have a damn good time dancing around to this one.

3. "Good Times," INXS and Jimmy Barnes - I'm gonna have a good time tonight/Rock 'n' roll music gonna play all night/Come on baby, it won't take long/Only take a minute just to sing my song

It actually takes Michael (God bless his soul) and Jimmy 3 minutes and 52 seconds to sing their song, but that's good because you can cram more good times in there.

4. "I Knew The Bride (When She Used To Rock And Roll)," Nick Lowe - Well, I could see her now in her tight blue jeans/Pumping all her money in the record machine/Spinnin' like a top, you should have seen her go/I knew the bride when she used to rock and roll

If you really think about the lyrics to this song, it could seem a little depressing. Nick is basically bemoaning the loss of his old "party girl" friend, who is now marrying a total stiff and letting her inner rocker die. But with the rollicking melody and King of Bouncy Tunes, Huey Lewis, providing some backup and harmonica, it's just a big ball of fun.

5. "Love Me Like The World Is Ending," Ben Lee - This is the first day of the future, and all I want is you/I wear a pair of socks you left here/But I know, I know, I know, nobody could ever fill your shoes

My brother, J-Fred, introduced me to this song last year, proclaiming it "the best pop song of 2007." Since I firmly believed that Arckid's "I'll Stick Around" was the best pop song of 2007, I wasn't really that into it at first, but the sweet little ditty soon won me over. Now when I look back at my Top 20 of 2007, I definitely think Ben should've had a spot on the list. I probably could've bumped John Vanderslice or David Vandervelde. (Not that I have anything against guys with V names, I just don't like those songs that much anymore.)

All of this great music can be purchased at Amazon:

Prince and the Revolution, 'Purple Rain'They Might Be Giants, 'The Spine'INXS, 'Shine Like It Does: The Anthology'Nick Lowe, 'Basher:The Best of Nick Lowe'Ben Lee, 'Ripe'
And now that I've got you in a good mood, put your funny hat on and enter this month's caption contest!

Friday, October 02, 2009

Recaps! Get Yer Recaps Heeee-ah!

I'm now realizing what a mistake it was to start recapping Thursday night shows. Apparently, the blogosphere is dead as disco on Fridays. What the hell is up with that? We're bloggers, people. Like our Fridays are chock-full of excitement.

Stop frontin' and head over to Starpulse for my latest tee-vee ramblings. And remember, for every recap you don't comment on, a kitten dies. (Seriously, when people don't leave me comments I get really angry and I start killing kittens. Look, I've got two on deck.)

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: "The Great Recession"

Project Runway Episode 7: The Designers Go Blue!

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Forgotten Classic Video of the Week

Today's vid belongs to Welsh band The Alarm - one of my old faves from the '80s, and one that wasn't nearly as successful as Ireland's U2, to whom they were endlessly compared. (I suppose singer Mike Peters was never as successful as MacGyver either, to whom he was frequently compared.)

The band is best known for their hits, 1985's "Strength" and 1987's "Rain in the Summertime," but my favorite (and a lot of other fans' favorite as well) has always been another cut from Strength, the bloody marvelous anthem, "Spirit of '76." I remember the song getting quite a bit of play on MTV back then, but it never really caught on with the mainstream. I guess part of the problem was that the album version was seven minutes long, with the radio edit clocking in at just under five - still a bit lengthy for the attention span deficient masses.

The band may have a similar sound to old (read: good) U2, but I've always found this song to have a rather Springsteenesque quality. I mean seriously: And Susie, she was seventeen/And more beauty in this world I swear you'll never see/I was gonna be king and she was gonna be queen/But now all she does is hide behind the tears? That's definitely more Boss than Bono.

Perhaps I Need To Be Tucked In, Eh?

In the UK, it's National Bedtime Reading Month, an event designed by The Children's Society "to encourage parents, especially fathers, to read to their children and coincides with the launch of 20th Century Fox's latest animated movie, Fantastic Mr. Fox."

As part of this campaign, several British celebs have videotaped themselves reading from the Roald Dahl story on which the new movie is based. It just so happens that my #4 man, Damon Albarn, is one of those readers.

I have trouble sleeping sometimes (as evidenced by this post's time stamp), so I gave Damon's bedtime story video a whirl. Silly me. Now I'm wide awake. And I think one of my ovaries just exploded. I may have to move him up to #3 after this.

Well, since I'm still up, I might as well do something productive, like get a jump on my Christmas list.

Things I Want (not necessarily in order of importance): 1. That stuffed fox in the background. 2. To be impregnated by the fox in the foreground, so that he can lovingly (albeit a bit loudly) read to our spawn. (Hey, I still have one unexploded ovary.)


Who Does This Broad Think She Is?

My photo
I am a winsome muse who was sent to Earth to inspire an artist to turn a vacant building into the world's coolest disco roller rink. We fell in love along the way, and I foolishly gave up my immortality. When the disco craze ended and all the roller rinks were shut down, that lazy bum wouldn't get a job. We broke up and I was stuck on Earth with nothing to do and no one to inspire. So, now I write a blog.

What Do Others Think of BeckEye?

"You're like an idiot savant of terrible garbage entertainment." - Falwless

"You're my hero." - Candy

"Get yourself a life. Better yet.....eff off." - Ann Onymous

"There's no one like you." - Klaus Meine