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IT’S LIKE THAT: Grammy’s Highs & Lows

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Alrighty, so the 51st Grammy Awards are in the books, and fittingly–because it seems like the veterans always get a little extra love at the Grammys–Robert Plant and Alison Kraus took home the crown jewel award of the evening, Album of The Year, for Raising Sand.

(left: Wonder what Joe Satriani’s thinking right now?)

I’d lying if I told you I wasn’t secretly hoping Lil’ Wayne would win the award. I wasn’t crazy about Tha Carter III, but having him step to the podium to give a speech for Album of the Year would have blown my freakin’ mind. (A Radiohead win would have been nice too).

Anyway, here are my Grammy Highlights and Lowlights:


Song Of the Year
Coldplay, “Viva La Vida”

Just cause it makes the Joe Satriani drama even that more interesting!

Best New Artist

So glad The Jonas Brothers didn’t win (whew).

Best Pop Performance
Coldplay, “Viva La Vida”

Just cause it makes the Joe Satriani drama even that more interesting!

Best Rock Performance
Kings Of Leon, “Sex On Fire”

Yes, I’m a fan of those Followill boys! And look who they took out to win their Grammy: AC/DC, Radiohead, The Eagles, and Coldplay.

Best Hard Rock Performance
Mars Volta, “Wax Simulacra”

Another victory for indie-minded music fans. Mars Volta also took out some big names: Judas Priest, Motley Crue, and Rob Zombie.

Best Rock Album
Coldplay, Viva La Vida

You can see the smoke emanating from Joe Satriani’s forehead right now.

Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album
Jaguares, 45

Not counting ‘zine writing or college rock radio, the first band I ever interviewed professionally. Good for them (winning a Grammy that is)!

Best Musical Show Album
In The Heights

Representin’ my NYC hood! I’m also happy cause Lin-Manuel Miranda spoke with my wife’s 5th grade class, and he came baring freestyle rhymes while wearing an Optimus Prime t-shirt!

Best Soundtrack Album For a Motion Picture

It wasn’t a bad night for indie nation. What up Kimya Dawson!

Best Short Form Music Video
Weezer, “Pork and Beans”

I couldn’t agree more (although I wouldn’t have been upset if Gnarls Barkley’s “Who’s Gonna Save My Soul” won–my second favorite video of the year).

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Album Of The Year
Robert Plant & Alison Kraus, Raising Sand

Someone’s just trying to make Robert Plant not feel guilty about not touring with Led Zeppelin.

Best Pop Collaboration
Robert Plant & Alison Kraus, “Rich Woman”

Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Jordan Sparks, Chris Brown, Rihanna, Maroon 5, Alicia Keys, and John Mayer are all scratching their heads.

(right: It’s a beautiful picture, but wouldn’t Jimmy Page look better in Robert Plant’s arms?)

Best Electronic/Dance Album
Daft Punk, Alive 2007

I love Daft Punk as much as anyone, but a live album winning the best Electronic/Dance Album Grammy? Huh?!

Best Dance Recording
Daft Punk, “Harder Better Faster Stronger”

You think Kanye had something to do with this? Hot Chip’s “Ready For the Floor” was robbed.

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Natalie Cole, Still Unforgettable

Dang, you really gotta get off this “unforgettable” thing already.

Best Alternative Music Album
Radiohead, In Rainbows

I only like when Radiohead wins Grammys as the underdog. Having them beat out My Morning Jacket and Gnarls Barkley is the same as having Robert Plant and Alison Kraus beat out them.

Best Recording Package
Metallica, Death Magnetic

No Age’s Nouns would have made it even a better night for indie nation (bummer).


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.


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:


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.


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!


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.


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.



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.”


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. 


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.