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Music: Noisettes come back with Wild Young Hearts

noisettesDon’t you love it when you completely forget about a band you love and then, suddenly and dramatically, they’re back in your life?

Case in point — Noisettes’ new single “Wild Young Hearts”  from their forthcoming album of the same name. It’s blends the band’s distinct noisy energy (that I love) with an old timey-jazz vibe. And singer Shingai Shoniwa is beautiful and charming as always — her presence is absolutely magnetic and I still don’t understand why she’s not a huge superstar.

Watch the video here and tell your friends.

January 6th, 2009

The Daily Show: Now they’re just begging

Dan, would I lie to you?

January 6th, 2009

The Best of Everything: Marisa’s List for 2008

Ooh! Ooh! My turn! My turn! My five favorite things:

5. How I Met Your Mother‘s Sly References to My Life

I realize that this may not interest anyone but me, but that’s why it’s at No. 5. And I also realize that a lot of people also say, “That show is just like my LIFE!” when, in fact, the similarities are not all that impressive. (Wow, you wear overpriced clothes and guzzle down pink drinks at horrible, sceney bars? You’re just like the people on Sex and the City.) In fact, if you’re around my age, and especially if you’re my age and you live in New York, there are probably a lot of things about How I Met Your Mother that resemble situations from your life.

But there are a couple really, really specific references to my life in How I Met Your Mother, and I love seeing them turn up. The first is that the creator went to my college, and he’s always including little nods to the alma mater. At first it was just a college tee-shirt here and there, until they finally admitted that the characters went to my school. But even better than the outright admission are the little references: For example, Marshall briefly worked at a law firm called Nicholson, Hewitt, and West—which happened to be the names of our three freshmen dorms.

But even better than that is my favorite reference of all—which, fine, happened in 2007, but like Dan I didn’t see the episode until 2008, so it counts—is the episode where they make fun of my favorite hometown amusement park: Rye Playland. In HIMYM it turns up as “Tuckahoe Funland,” probably because they make reference to a myriad of deaths that have happened there. Sadly, this is true for my park as well.

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Gossip Girl: I want to go to Chuck’s opium den

Welcome back! The only good thing about Monday and being back at work is that we get more Gossip Girl. And this week we got a whole lot: Chuck’s hot uncle Jack, a ton of Dorota, Serena broke up with Aaron (WOOOOOO SERENA!), and Jenny realizing that she is, in fact, a fifteen-year-old. Oh! And the Rufus-Lily love child lives!

Hey there, fresh meat.

Hey there, fresh meat.

I was never a huge nighttime soap–watcher (no Melrose Place for me, thanks Mom, way to cripple my blogging career), but there was a brief dalliance with As the World Turns in college, and if there’s one thing sudsy serials taught me, it’s that 1) characters use each other’s names way more than real people ever do, and 2) Gossip Girl kind of needs to step up its game. The show is obviously kind of beyond Kelly Taylor choosing herself levels of plotting, but it would be nice to see some mad wig-ripping. Like, the Lilfus love child needs to show up mid-affair with someone. Or! Ooh, it could be Georgina! That would be awesome.

Did I mention Chuck’s hot uncle Jack? Kind of half Lance Armstrong, half Rob Estes. I wouldn’t have figured that would work, but raaaar. I think we should keep him around and he should shag…someone. Lily? Serena? Nate? I don’t really care. Just someone, anyone, take your pants off. There’s way too much standing around and talking intensely at each other lately. Although it seems Uncle Jack may have nailed Blair. Which would be pretty wig-ripping, I gotta say.

Related: Rufus is horrible. His anger at Lily for giving up their baby has turned him into a blandly vicious prude (it appears Matthew Settle had an unpleasant Method acting–ectomy over Christmas) who won’t let Dan and Serena get it on in the giant Brooklyn loft. That is not the kind of high-quality parenting we’ve come to expect on Gossip Girl. Or does Rufus just think that Serena might be the baby? Mathematically it’s impossible, but when has this show ever paid attention to math? They asked us to believe Lily was rocking Doc Martens and lunchbox purses (and also shagging Trent Reznor) during Lincoln Hawk’s ’80s heyday. Uh-huh. I suppose it would be too much to ask them to make a timeline and watch a little I [Heart] the ’80s?

God, I love Blair and Chuck. I love her hat and her lipstick. I love when he crumples into a sweaty, tragic mess. I love them together. On that score, well played, Gossip writers.

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TV on DVD for January 6th, 2008

Title Season
Battlestar Galactica Season 4.0
Dexter The Complete 1st Season (Blu-ray)
Doctor Who The War Machines, Four to Doomsday
Duckman Seasons 3 & 4
Eon Kid Season 1, Volume 2
F.B.I. Files, The The 1st Season
Frisky Dingo Season 2
Ghost Hunters Absolute Best of Ghost Hunters
Laredo The Best of Season 2, Part 2
Mannix The 2nd Season
Secret Diary of a Call Girl Season 1
Transformers: Animated Season 2
Tripping the Rift Season 3
Tudors, The The Complete 2nd Season
Waltons, The The Complete 8th Season

January 6th, 2009

The More You Know: Pulling a Kinear

January 6th, 2009


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