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A Potpourri Post of Musical Goodness

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I’m a hustla baby (I just want you to know), but I don’t hustle women, I hustle music. I’ve finally come to accept that I’m one of those annoying people who pushes music on friends, whether they want to hear it or not.

(left: You will be a fan of Mystery Jets whether you like it or not.)

So I figured, why not spread it to the masses instead of a few (unlucky) friends of mine. Consider this a potpourri post as some of the artists and albums below are new, and some have been out for a while now:

Mystery Jets
Now, this band has been around for several years and have released many albums to boot, but it wasn’t until their most recent release, entitled Twenty One, until I took proper notice of them (and even then it took me several months). Nearly a year old, I just can’t turn this album off. Quite a departure from their quirkier past, Twenty One is strikingly beautiful and so easy to relate to. Hints of 80’s-inspired synths and keyboards pop up throughout the album, along with pinches of their eccentric sound–in order to not alienate their older fans. You can catch Mystery Jets at Bowery Ballroom on February 24th. Do I smell SXSW ’09 in their future? I hope so!

Cheeky Cheeky and the Nosebleeds
I truly love this band. They make irresistibly fun pop songs. Their lyrics and hooks are incredibly catchy, both of which will leave you humming immediately after your first listen. While having a Young Knives feel to their vocals, their songs are unique, all while being slightly funny and completely single-ready. Playing this year’s SXSW, Cheeky Cheeky and the Nosebleeds are the band to look out for.

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The BPA
Otherwise known as The Brighton Port Authority this is the brain child of Norman Cook (i.e. Fatboy Slim). To summarize, The BPA is Norman Cook plus Simon Thornton, Thomas Gandey, Justin Robertson, Ashley Beedle, Lateef, Martha Wainwright, Jamie T, David Byrne, Iggy Pop, Olly Hite, Conan, Pete York, Jack Penate, Emmy The Great, and Dizzee Rascal. Need I say more? Okay, I will. This musical project it something Norman Cook put together to expand on his already vast musical career. Shedding his Fatboy Slim title and throwing caution to the wind, Norman Cook got together the heavyweights of our time to create an album that truly has something for everyone. If you can’t find something you like here, you won’t be able to find it anywhere.

(above: Norman Cook leads his supergroup, BPA, into battle.)

Lissy Trullie
Usually my hatred for female singers is rampant, I admit it, but when it comes to Lissy, who’s been the talk of the town, I trullie love her (see what I did there)? It could be that her vocals are somewhat androgynous, but her songs are heartwarming, even though they’re usually about depressing topics. Her cover of Hot Chip’s already infectious “Ready for the Floor” is, dare I say it, better and even more fun than the original! You can catch her at Mercury Lounge on February 11th.

The Rifles
This band tortures me. First they decide that it’s okay to release albums way too infrequently and then they decide to rarely tour the United States. Hopefully with their new release called Great Escape they’ll kill two birds with one stone by touring it over here. I don’t understand why The Rifles aren’t the biggest band in the world, they’re The Jam reincarnated with more upbeat, call to arms, Cribs-style songs. That to me is a formula for success.

New friends, I hope you find the time to digest my recent obsessions. These bands are the crème de la crème of what’s out there, believe me, I’ve checked!

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Hacked In

Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.

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Wicked Good

See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:

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The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.

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They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!

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Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.

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Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.

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SO EXCITED!!!

Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.