Archive for June, 2009

Music: Eagle and Talon give it away for free

I know this is a TV blog, but I’m going to interject a little more music this week. Frankly, music is much more interesting to me than most television these days so I don’t feel too bad.

On Saturday night, I was one of very few people to enjoy a concert by Eagle and Talon — an LA band composed of multi-instrumentalists Kim and Alice Talon (although Kim tends to focus on singing and guitar and Alice focuses on her drums). The band frequently garners Sleater-Kinney references because of their bratty vocal exchanges and distorted guitars that are sometimes chugging, sometimes sinewy.

I met Kim after the show and she was very sweet. As evidence of how nice she is, she is offering her band’s debut album, Thracian, for free until July 1 via the Eagle and Talon Web site.  So, go there now and download it.

Here’s the video for the best song on the album — also the Sleater-Kinney-est.  It’s called Ice Life.

If you’d really like to see a TV tie-in, you can see the band perform on 90210 (complete with Tori Spelling) here.

June 30th, 2009

Phoenix on Jimmy Kimmel

While I’ve sort of established myself as TiFaux “music guy,” Marisa and Jesse are also music folk. And as I’ve gathered from Twitter, we are divided on the issue of Phoenix — a French band whose new album has become the soundtrack to my summer thus far.

Phoenix plays lively dance-pop with somewhat nonsensical lyrics. For one, I find them to be a lot of fun. And so does Jimmy Kimmel (or at least his music booker) because they played on his show last night.

Here they are playing Lisztomania.  The official video is after the jump.

Highly recommended for hipster workout music.

Click to continue reading “Phoenix on Jimmy Kimmel”

2 comments June 29th, 2009

TVBC: True Blood, Hung, Kathy Griffin

bluecoalition.jpgWith network TV ratings on the decline, Buzz wondered if you — yes, you! — are watching less TV this Summer than usual. (BuzzSugar)

This week, Sandie interviewed Rutina Wesley who plays Tara on HBO’s True Blood. (Daemon’s TV)

Scooter pays tribute to Michael Jackson. (Scooter McGavin’s 9th Green)

Other than So You Think You Can Dance, Vance didn’t have much time to watch TV last week because he was out in the park watching Twelfth Night starring Anne Hathaway, Raul Esparza (Pushing Daisies), Audra McDonald (Private Practice), Hamish Linklater (New/Old Christine) and more. (Tapeworthy)

This week, Jace offered an elegy for ABC’s canceled The Unusuals and offered advance reviews of FOX’s Virtuality and the first four episodes of HBO’s Hung. (Televisionary)

After this week’s episode of Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, Sara has the irresistible urge to become BFFs with Kathy and Paula Deen. (TiFaux)

Eric is so glad that Lafayette is back for season two of True Blood and even happier to find out how he gets out of imprisonment this week. (TV Fanatic)

This week, the TV Addict took a closer at the CW’s unexpected midseason treat, LIFE UNEXPECTED (The TV Addict)

June 29th, 2009

Workin’ the abs, shakin’ the booty

I want to buy one of these, put it on a rented pick-up truck and have a friend drive me around town as I shake my ass at all of the traffic behind me.

June 26th, 2009

Virtuality: I hope the event is better than the trailer

So, Ron Moore is involved in a TV movie airing on FOX tonight called Virtuality. It may or may not be worth watching on its own, but be prepared — it’s essentially a re-purposed pilot that leaves you wanting more.

The trailer, below, is awful — mostly because of the disengaged English woman reciting a book report on the plot of the movie. But the story goes that Earth is uninhabitable and this crew of sexy astronauts has to find a new home for us.

Also, here’s a weird clip of a white girl singing a Japanese rock song.  I’m not sure how this is involved with the plot, but apparently it is.

It’s at 8, if you want to set the DVR.

June 26th, 2009

I want to hang out with Kathy Griffin and Paula Deen

On Monday’s episode of My Life on the D List, Kathy went to Savannah to hang out with Paula Deen after she failed to win the Grammy for Best Comedy Album. Well…I…had a very boring bus ride back from Virginia on Sunday. I want to go Paula Deen’s house!

Paula gets new diamonds whenever she gets new hair, I think.

Paula gets new diamonds whenever she gets new hair, I think.

During her visit, Kathy hit on Paula’s single son, Bobby (I prefer Jamie, but he’s married), and Team Griffin attempted to cook something. And there was a big, boozy, Walker-style dinner, complete with Kathy commenting that Paula’s gay assistant, Brandon, was turning into a Jacqueline Susann novel. Which was awesome. But my favorite part was when Paula was tasting the monstrosities Team Griffin put together in her palatial kitchen, and confided that she knows “girls that sometimes, they don’t always swallow their food while they’re filming,” but that Paula always swallows her food. And I KNOW she is talking about Giada! That skinny twit does not eat her food. (But I do. It’s pretty good.)

I am loving where Kathy is going with all the splendid divas this season. I hope Cher is next. And here’s a fun piece of trivia for you to impress your friends: Paula Deen and Susan Sarandon are the same age. Susan is actually a few months older. Yep. Also, Amy Adams is older than Ryan Reynolds. I find that surprising.

2 comments June 24th, 2009

True Blood: Gays = Vampires?

Here's a picture of Ryan Kwanten without a shirt.

Here's a picture of Ryan Kwanten without a shirt.

Since its premiere, there’s been a lot of speculation as to whether or not the series is an elaborate allegory about gay rights.

Charlaine Harris, who write the Sookie Stackhouse books, says she intended the story to play out that way. Meanwhile, Alan Ball dismisses the idea. There’s an interesting

The New York Post writes:

Author Charlaine Harris — who wrote the best-selling Sookie Stackhouse mystery novels that the TV show is based on — hoped fans would pick up on the link between vampire rights and gay rights when she published the first book in 2001.

“When I began framing how I was going to represent the vampires, it suddenly occurred to me that it would be interesting if they were a minority that was trying to get equal rights,” Harris says.

“It just seemed to fit with what was happening in the world right then.”

But, the creator of the TV series, Alan Ball, doesn’t see it the same way. “To look at these vampires on the show as metaphors for gays and lesbians is so simple and so easy, that it’s kind of lazy,” Ball told a group of reporters in early June.

“If you get really serious about it, well, then the show could be seen to be very homophobic because vampires are dangerous: They kill, they’re amoral.”

True, Alan — it would be really easy to make that comparison. And, admittedly, there definitely isn’t a one-to-one relationship between the vamps and the gays.

But at the same time, come on. You’ve got an evangelical uprising against this population. You’ve got a “God Hates Fangs” sign in the opening credits.  You used the phrase “to come out of the coffin.” You have to admit, that you’re at least inviting a few comparisons.  If you really wanted to avoid it, you could have tried a bit harder to disguise it.

2 comments June 23rd, 2009

Toeing the line of taste: Dexter’s season four promo picture

dexter-4I’m generally pretty hard to offend, so I don’t particularly care one way or the other — but I imagine this promo for Dexter’s fourth season is going to piss some people off.

They were pretty brazen with the previous campaigns, with Dexter’s smiling mug covered with blood spatter, but people get crazy about babies.

Even if it’s just a pants-crapping toddler with ketchup on his face.

Thoughts?

5 comments June 22nd, 2009

The TV Blog Coalition

blackcoalition.jpgWill you watch four additional hours of The Real Housewives of New Jersey? Come on, be honest. (BuzzSugar)

“It’s the end of the world, Cappie. What are you going to do?” If you missed the season finale of Greek, check out our recap. If you’ve never seen the show, now is a great time to get caught up. You won’t be disappointed. (Give Me My Remote)The second of three shows about nurses coming this year, Hawthorne debuted this week and set set itself apart by, um, well, staring Jada Pinkett Smith and that is about it. (Scooter McGavin’s 9th Green)

It’s summer so all Vance can talk about is So You Think You Can Dance! This week, his take on the Top 18 performances. (Tapeworthy)

As we say goodbye to Pushing Daisies and prepare to say goodbye to Kings, Marisa has just one question: What the heck is wrong with you people? (TiFaux)

Raoul wrote HawthoRNe a Dear John letter. Yes, already. (TV Filter)

This week, the TV Addict crafted an Open Letter to Dawn Ostroff, CW President of Entertainment (The TV Addict”)

He’s no Robert Pattinson, but Ian Somerhalder looks smokin’ in The Vampire Diaries (TV Fanatic)

1 comment June 21st, 2009

Battlestar Galactica: The Plan trailer revealed!

Watch out, nerds!  Here’s the new trailer for The Plan — the new Battlestar Galactica movie coming this fall.

June 20th, 2009

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