Tunes of the Week Edition No. 6

Published 6/7/15 by:

This is always the time of year where I feel like throwing on some Elton John style shades, rolling the windows down, and embracing my inner Penny Lane. And one simply cannot act or pretend to be as boss as Penny Lane* without a soundtrack. Whether you’re dragging yourself to work during this warm weather, heading to the beach with friends, or celebrating something really fantastic like graduating from high school, you should always have something rolling in the background to bring you back to this moment in time. So here are some ideas of what to listen to while the wind of the road takes care of the rest.

*Please view Almost Famous immediately if you’re unaware of this reference.

 

Babyshambles’ Nothing Comes to Nothing – Have you ever had a place to go, and you’ve tried on essentially everything you own? Put this song on, and you will be satisfied with the first outfit you throw on. I’m not kidding. This song makes everything feel good.

 

The Howls’ All – For those of you not in the know: I may be the biggest Friday Night Lights fan on the planet. I had a podcast where I interviewed the majority of the cast members, and I just want to hug Jason Katims with everything I have. If the show were still on, this haunting, yet triumphant song would absolutely make the soundtrack. Can’t you just see the Panther’s field lights in the distance as you listen? PS Watch this show if you haven’t. It’s on Netflix. PPS This song was featured on another great show: Kingdom. It stars one of my FNL favorites Mr. Matt Lauria.

 

Adam Ezra Group’s Takin Off – Do you like Pearl Jam? Probably listen to this immediately.

 

The Helio Sequence’s Can’t Say No – For those of us looking for more tunes to add to our Flaming Lips-esque playlists. This is the type of melody I like to listen to while cooking, doing laundry, or other mundane activities. Something about it just makes me want to sway my hips, and eases me out of the fact that I’m doing things that have to be done, rather than things I want to be doing.

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Winter Break Ideas: Vol. 2

Published 12/31/14 by:

Since I’ve already bestowed upon you my ideas for what you should listen to over your winter break, please allow me to entice you with what you should be viewing. Note: I didn’t include any movies because my recommendations would be “Boyhood” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” and if you’re reading my blog then  you’ve probably already seen both of them multiple times.

 

HBO’s “True Detective” How McConaughey and Harrelson haven’t been in all the movies and shows together already is beyond me. Their slick southern charm is abundant in this masterpiece mystery. While people often comment that “music is a main character” on many television shows, in this case it’s the locations and scenery that play a part in the allure of  “True Detective”. As Matthew and Woody toggle from present day police interviews, to flashbacks of their detective days many years earlier, the audience gets a first class tour of Louisiana. You get to see everything from church tent revivals, to biker bars, to beautiful bayou homes. The entire show is breathtaking, in a bullet-dodging, scenic views, soliloquy kind of way. You know, the usual. I wish…

 

 

Comedy Central’s first season of “Broad City” Do not watch this show with your mom. No, seriously. Don’t. This sitcom is about two women in their mid-twenties working dead end jobs to buy their favorite cereals, and fund their bad habits. Produced by Amy Poehler, this is easily my favorite TV comedy of the year.

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ABC’s “How To Get Away With Murder” I know what you’re thinking: another Shonda Rimes show?! The short answer is: yes. I was also reluctant to start watching this show, as I’ve quit watching both “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal”, but HTGAWM isn’t the typical fare for Shondaland. First of all: it’s a mystery. Within the first five minutes of the pilot you witness the main characters dragging a dead body around in a total panic. Second of all: the show is filled with flashbacks and flashforwards. As you try to piece together who the real criminal is, as well as the victim, the two timelines inch closer and closer to one another until you think you have all the puzzle pieces, but then you get Shonda’d, and you don’t. Bonus: everyone’s outfits are on point.

 

 

HBO’s “The Leftovers” It has been a long time since I’ve loved something this dark. In fact, I think “Six Feet Under” was the last time I succumbed to a show steeped in sadness and longing. “The Leftovers” is based on Tom Perrotta’s novel of the same name, in which the rapture has happened, and the world has lost 2% of its population. 2% of our humans just effing vanished into thin air. No one knows why, or how, or if it will happen again. “The Leftovers” demonstrates how the people of one community have reacted to their losses, and how fragile we all are, despite how we carry ourselves in our daily lives. Justin Theroux and Carrie Coon easily could’ve been nominated for Golden Globes for their superb visceral performances in the first season, but were sadly overlooked.

 

 

The CW’s “The Flash” This is for folks who enjoy good storytelling that tangles with superhero lore. If you’re a fan of “Arrow”, “Smallville” or “Iron Man”, then you’ll thoroughly enjoy the adventure that Barry (played enthusiastically by newcomer Grant Gustin) is on.

 

 

 

 

Editor’s note: I just started watching Kingdom (the MMA show starring Matt Lauria and Nick Jonas), and it’s straight fire. I was too amped up to fall asleep after watching it. I’m two episodes in, but I think we have a winner.

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