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Heartless Bastards – Only For You
I’ve been listening to this band for years. There is just something about her voice. This particular song is so free sounding compared to their sophomore album. Their first album is raw and powerful, sophomore album a tad meandery, but this new album and song in particular is toe-curling-good.

Garbage – Blood for Poppies
The ’90s are calling and I will fight you for that phone. Always loved Garbage. Even when they pulled that stunt and wouldn’t let their song be on the LIFE DVD set. (Ok, maybe I’m harboring some side-eye over that still.)

Chris Isaak – Two Hearts
If Justin Hayward and Morrissey could spawn this is what would happen. Guh. I love his voice.

Beach House – On the Sea
Where did this band come from? No clue but they are awesome. Something vaguely Annie Lennox about the vocals. And I love the new wavy thing going on. Sorry, sorry. I should not be allowed to talk about music.

Friday Four | 10


Game of Thrones | It’s that time again. April 1st the new season of Game of Thrones starts. Eeeeee! I survived the hiatus rather well I think. Until I saw some shots of the new cast members and the kids growing up and remembered the last scene with Jaime that is. Oh, Jaime. “There are no men like me. Only me.”

I am already in love with the girl they cast for Brienne. I hear she is taller than Jaime! Too pretty? I always thought her ugliness in the books had more to do with the male gaze than actual butt-ugliness. A women as strong as a man and wearing pants who wants to be a knight? Not conforming to gender roles in that culture would be enough reason for men to make a mockery of her. Doesn’t mean she is actually ugly looking. She is too tall, not dainty, and unconventional. I think this casting is the best of the new people so far. We have yet to see how Asha/Yara does as they seem to be keeping her out of the media which seem appropriate for the plot. Just please please please let her keep her name from the books and not take on the name of a small compact car. I am holding out the slimmest of hope.

Besides Jaime and Brienne making me excited I really love how Arya’s casting is aging into the role and all of the kids in general. I am going to include a certain Greyjoy in that category as well.  I think he is going to nail his new importance this season. Take on some of that ignorant non-book fan hate that Jaime will be absent from by necessity this season.

Spoilers for S1 in vid below.

Twin Peaks | I spent the last month streaming Twin Peaks through Netflix. What a wonderful show. I remember seeing the season finale of S1 as it aired when I was seven or eight or somewhere near that age. Made no sense to me, but I was a huge fan of Dune and there was beautiful Paul laying in a pool of blood. Maybe my parents shouldn’t have put Lynch’s Dune on like it was my Barney as a kid. Explains so much about me…

However it turned out I never went back and caught the whole show until now. Just look at that pretty face. He totally imprinted on me.

Twin Peaks is like a modern American fairy tale complete with some epic synth music and soundtrack from the gifted Julee Cruise and something sinister out in the woods. If you like pale, dark haired people and/or coffee this show is for you too. It is also an interesting piece of tv history. It straddles that awkward 1980s/1990s divide while having it’s foot also somewhere far into the future. It is the grandfather to HBO’s Carnivale. The animal spirit of Syfy’s Caprica. The benchmark for Pacific Northwest centered filming. Pre-X-Files mythology. Pre-The Killing’s unblinking look at human suffering. Pre-Lost belief in love — because you must!

I must say that I enjoyed the first story line more than the second but I think had it gone into season three they were set up to rectify a lot of of what went off the rails in season two. I love Agent Cooper and his tape recorder and TREES and COFFEE and how he always always would see the best in people. How he’d mentally file stuff away for later, details about people, and later would actually come. Second to him, and by only a small margin, is Audrey Horne. It is a shame that that actress never went to the top of the top. There is just something about her. Something movie star.

Audrey’s story line in the show, minus that stalling tactic relationship in s2, is to me one of the lifelines of the show. Audrey’s investigation. The light that goes on in her eyes when she discovers there are female agents. The letter! Episodes I spent obsessing over that letter. Audrey, like Cooper, is in her own little world which seems like a place totally worthy of at least visiting. Sometimes it seems like the show is actually two shows running simultaneously between the two. When they intersect it is complete magic but you could almost watch it for one or the other.

Continuum | I don’t actually know that much about this new Canadian drama coming soon to Showcase besides the fact the girl from the long ago canceled show The Inside is in it. From what I gather though the cast is well respected and the scifi elements of “cop from the future goes back in time to 2012 to solve crimes” might not be too far out there to scare away viewers. Might be worth a look. I mean I am glad I gave ReGenesis and Lost Girl and Charlie Jade (Not Canadian, but similarly off most US people’s radar) a chance. I will give Continuum a chance too. Even though I hate the name. The name is more geeky than the show likely will be. Why hamstring yourself out of the gate, Showcase? So soon before the Syfy channel buys the rights to air this like Lost Girl?

Prometheus | I want to see this movie right now. Wow! Now that is how you expand your universe.  Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Idris Elba… As long as we are on the subject of being imprinted as a child, I saw the first Alien movie by myself when I was little and fell in love. This…feels tailor made for me. If I could only see one movie this year it would be this one.  Jazzed doesn’t begin to cover it.

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Alcatraz | 

I was worried about starting another show like this. Don’t get me wrong, I adored all of LOST and I love Fringe, but a girl gets exhausted, y’know? What Alcatraz has going for it is that it is literally is a Monster of the Week show (MotW) and thus far can be watched like that.  That is more of a “normal” tv format. I think they keep learning their lessons with each show. There are two timelines, but both are about the same inmate so more like flashbacks. I hope it continues like that for a while kind of like The X-Files did. The mythology episodes didn’t start going in earnest until later after you had invested in the characters on a weekly, traditional tv kind of way.

Besides those general positives, I genuinely like the characters. JJ has a knack of discovering great actresses. Sydney, Kate, Olivia, and now Rebecca. I think like Olivia Rebecca might take some time but there is already a little something emerging. Beyond just her ability to order way too much food and then have to rush off to a case. She also has a really chubby cheeked smile that undermines her getting-down-to-business-ness. What originally brought me to this show was Jeffrey Pierce though. He played the lead, heroic role on Charlie Jade and even though he has been only playing bad guys since then I have hopes his guest role here will lead to something more heroic. He seemed like not as bad as the other inmates. Maybe he’ll help them out in the future. // If you like this try out Fringe.

SMASH |

I didn’t watch this the Monday it came out. I would have if someone said Jack Davenport was in it. I’d clear my day for Jack Davenport. Anyway, I caught up with the first episode over my lunch hour. Surprisingly nice. I think a bad show like Glee might have turned me off from any show with musical numbers, but this one is definitely character driven and the acts actually have stuff to do with the plot, not just an mp3 sale.  I wish it was a little more witty (think Slings&Arrows) but at least it seems very character driven than hit song of the week driven. I love Davenport and he is playing a kind of shady guy. On the one hand  he is doing some things that are very questionable for someone in the position of power…but on the other hand he seems to be backing the correct actress for the job. We’ll have to see how his method works. And there are other characters. Right now I am all about Davenport/Derek even if he is a bit sketch. // If you like this try out Slings & Arrows.

Once Upon a Time |

I’m still watching Once Upon a Time. I find I have to be in the proper mood for it to like it though. And even then I have problems with the ways I am shipping the characters. That’s what happens when families in Storybrook have their ages normalized and don’t remember who they are. Chemistry is chemistry! I also wish there were more PoC cast. I am having trouble thinking of a whiter show. They are stretching things in every other area, why not in casting? Maybe I’m expecting too much from a Sunday night show. Generally I like it. But I want to fix it. // If you like this try out Jasper Fforde’s The Big Over Easy.

Downton Abbey |

I watched this along with those over the pond so it amuses me to no end all the Americans just now getting pulled in to that black hole. I think the biggest thing this recent pop culture breakout here in the States, for me at least, is to listen to people watching season two having not gone through all the satire from the British media which I think ruined season two for me. I watched the spoofs, the specials, and somewhere along the way the show branched off into parody land for me. Doesn’t seem to have happened for the Americans though. So it is nice to be surrounded by people caught up in it. While I thought season two went astray a bit, I totally loved the Christmas Special. I can’t wait until everyone here catches up. Everything I want to squee about is in that episode so it has been hard holding my tongue all this time. // If you like this try out the British miniseries North & South.