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Friday, July 17, 2009

Alienhits loves... Weeds!

Every week since it returned for its fifth season I've been itching to write about my favorite show on TV, Weeds. As a writer, I am continually awed by the clever cliffhangers, rollicking pace and perfect dialogue on display each week. I can't remember another show that's been able to change nearly everything about itself (between seasons three and four) and remain so addicting and creative. Of all the television I watch, Weeds is always the series that goes there. You never know what's going to happen next.

It's also a show that respects its audience and its own history. Minor characters reappear at surprising times and dialogue often references past seasons. It gives the show a necessary realism at odds with the crazy things that unfold each episode.

Most importantly, though, Weeds manages to be both the most suspenseful series on TV and the funniest. That's a hard line to straddle, and all of my favorite series do so brilliantly. But none has done so consistently for five seasons. I hope we get even more. The writers' creativity could carry these characters in so many directions yet.

As I mentioned before, the fifth season premiered a few weeks ago on Showtime. If you've never given Weeds a try before, rent the previous seasons. Each can easily be watched in one sitting. It's just that good. (Plus, Mary Louise-Parker is the best thing ever)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

"Live forever, wait in line"

Sorry about the sporadic postings this week. You probably won't get one tomorrow either. I'm housesitting for my parents and don't have access to most of the music I'd be posting, so it makes things a little difficult (plus, I'm seeing HP tomorrow night :). Today, though, I've got a track from a little-known 80's group that's really an undiscovered gem. Industry follows the Duran Duran trend of the day, but I think they do it a little better. The lead singer's vocals are flawless and the pop hooks are piled on. They're best known for the oh-so-catchy (and oh-so-topical) State of the Nation (video here), but all their songs are worth hearing. Communication, which comes late in the album, is an especially poptastic 80's track. It reminds me of the Buggles a little bit. It's got that same experimental quality to it.

(Music posted for evaluation purposes only. If you like what you hear, support the artists. Buy the album here.)

Monday, July 13, 2009

I am on Twitter!

I kinda told myself I'd never be on this twitter thing, but I have a very exciting (possible) upcoming project and twitter may end up being a great way to get the word out.
So, if you're interested in keeping up with me trying to be witty (plus my thoughts on music, movies, life, etc) FOLLOW ME!

"I wish that you could see me now"

Popjustice has been all over British singer MPHO for awhile now. She's of the Kelis/Janelle Monae/Santigold realm of mixing many genres, most notably r&b, funk, new wave and pop. In other words, she's the kind of singer that I wish people like Beyonce were. Her Echo Beach-sampling Box 'n Locks is a great summer single that has gone unfortunately unnoticed. The rest of the upcoming album (Pop Art) is pretty good too. Definitely along the same lines. I love the combination of soul and new wave. Unfortunately it's not a genre that ever sees the major success that it should.

(Music posted for evaluation purposes only. If you like what you hear, support the artists. Discover more here.)