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Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack, Beck & Bat for Lashes, The Black Keys.

Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack, Beck & Bat for Lashes, The Black Keys. (photo)

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I’m continually fascinated by the phenomenon that is the “Twilight” Saga, especially baffled by its mass appeal. More than your little sister’s favorite, it’s also your girlfriend’s and your mom’s, and your grandmother’s guilty pleasure. You’re probably powdering your face by now and rubbing diamonds on your chest while I write this.

[Bat For Lashes’ Natasha Khan]

“Twilight” has taught me three things about this moment in American life:

No one cares about long established myths and legends, in fact the average ahistorical American would rather see something new with no basis in tradition.

2nd, girls still love much older men (even 100 years old) as long as they have boyish good looks – watch for a rash of cosmetic plastic surgery among men at the end of the next decade.

And C, everyone from The Black Keys to Howard Shore is trying to get on the next soundtrack, any apprehensions about being associated with the franchise laid to rest by the likes of Thom Yorke and Grizzly Bear on the previous soundtrack. All those potential new fans.

The coming episode, “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” due out June 30th, is helmed by David Slade, who as I said earlier, was responsible for the unsavory castration thriller, “Hard Candy.” But the music supe responsible for all this has been Alexandra Patsavas – whose work varies in quality from “The O.C.” to “Mad Men.”

Some of her new conquests for the “Eclipse” soundtrack include a special duet by Beck and Bat For Lashes, Vampire Weekend, and the aforementioned The Black Keys (see yesterday). Muse returns again with the ungainly title “Neutron Star Collision (Love is Forever).” You can see plenty of their cheeseball guitar arm swinging antics in a sneak peek of the song on MTV.

Details of the Beck and Bat for Lashes collaboration are unknown, save that it is a duet with lyrics penned by Bat For Lashes’ Natasha Khan and music by Beck according to NME. Here’s everyone’s favorite Bat For Lashes tune, the dreamy ballad, “Daniel” in case you’re unfamiliar.

Full soundtrack list:

1. Metric — Eclipse (All Yours)
2. Muse — Neutron Star Collision (Love is Forever)
3. The Bravery — Ours
4. Florence + The Machine — Heavy In Your Arms
5. Sia — My Love
6. Fanfarlo — Atlas
7. The Black Keys — Chop And Change
8. The Dead Weather — Rolling In On A Burning Tire
9. Beck and Bat For Lashes — Let’s Get Lost
10. Vampire Weekend — Jonathan Low
11. UNKLE — With You In My Head (feat. The Black Angels)
12. Eastern Conference Champions — A Million Miles An Hour
13. Band of Horses – Life On Earth
14. Cee Lo Green — What Part of Forever
15. Howard Shore — Jacob’s Theme


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.