There’s been a lot of stuff this year that I enjoyed, which you can see on several previous posts throughout the year. I feel like there has been quite a bit of great music ….. and great movies though seem to be lacking, but there are a couple.
MY MUSIC PICKS OF THE YEAR
(Again, there was a lot I liked, but here’s a few that are really special)
My top pick is the recently released Seeds by TV On The Radio. I’ve liked their material from the beginning and although some hardcore TVOTR fans are mixed on this, I really like it a lot. From the first single Happy Idiot to the first track on it, Quartz, to the well done, Ride, all the way through to the title track, Seeds. This is a fine album.
Teenage Fanclub’s Man-Made is something everyone should gravitate towards. This is a band that should have been huge a long time ago from their first album, Bandwagonesque. I remember playing them way back on a special indie/alternative show and thought they had IT then. Catchy power-pop rock with some great guitar, always excellent vocals. This is a band the late Alex Chilton always liked. Do yourself a favor and put some Teenage Fanclub in your life.
English rock at it’s finest from Southampton’s Band of Skulls. Asleep At The Wheel was the first single and is fantastic. All of the tracks dig into your soul and take residence. They make you pay attention. Quality work. Himalayan is a must have album.
If the stars line up, Zella Day will be huge eventually. I find her immensely talented and someone that is unique and grabs you. Be sure to check out her 4-track EP, especially the song, Hypnotic. When so much of the mainstream pop stuff is bland, the same and disposable, along comes Zella Day, who gives us all hope for something special….and different.
MY MOVIE PICKS OF THE YEAR
(This year didn’t have a lot of really stand out films imo, but next year and even 2016 should have several)
My top flick of the year goes to the very fun, Guardians of the Galaxy. It was even better than I thought it would be. It’s one of those that I’ll watch again. Great cast. The music in the movie was nice too.
Birdman starring Michael Keaton is Oscar worthy. I hope he gets nominated and snags an Oscar. He should do more films. I like the story, which is about an actor who played Birdman and wants to re-invent his career 20 years later.
Fall TV is always an important time, but over the years, it feels like more and more things are spread out over the year.
Here’s a few tv related spots:
It’s been a special year for me, as some of my favorite tv series in a long time, wrap forever. HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, which recently wrapped and on December 9th, Sons of Anarchy has it’s final ride. I can’t wait for Kurt Sutter’s next one, The Basterd Executioner, which will also have Katey Sagal once again. Plus, the rumored SOA prequel, The First Nine. They have even set it up to do a sequel if they want based on the things they’ve done with Abel. Both Boardwalk Empire and SOA have been on the level of The Sopranos for me. I will miss them.
NOTABLE TV SERIES DATES
FX’s Sons of Anarchy series finale.
Showtime’s Homeland season finale.
FOX’s Gotham winter finale.
FX’s Archer returns.
IFC’s Portlandia season premiere.
FX’s American Horror Story: Freak Show season finale.
FX’s The Americans season premiere.
AMC’s The Walking Dead winter premiere.
March (Rumored…May be changed)
HBO’s True Detective, this time starring Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn.
TV’s MIDSEASON REPLACEMENTS
ABC’s Galavant starring Joshua Sasse.
ABC’s Agent Carter starring Hayley Atwell.
FOX’s Empire starring Terrence Howard.
TV Land’s Younger starring Debi Mazur.
FOX’s Backstrom starring Rainn Wilson.
NBC’s Allegiance starring Alexandra Peters.
AMC’s Better Call Saul starring Bob Odenkirk.
FOX’s The Last Man On Earth starring Will Forte.
ABC’s American Crime starring Felicity Huffman.
CBS will have Zoo starring James Wolk.
NBC’s Aquarius starring David Duchovny.
The Odd Couple remake on CBS with Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon.
The CW’s iZombie starring David Anders.
FX’s The Comedians starring Billy Crystal.
Forthcoming Music and Movie Releases
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Beyonce’s Beyonce Platinum Edition.
Eminem’s Shady XV.
Simple Minds Big Music.
Soundgarden’s Echo of Miles.
Coldplay’s Ghost Stories Live.
The Bangles Ladies & Gentlemen The Bangles.
JD & The Straight Shot’s Where I’ve Been.
Supertramp’s Alive In America.
Simon & Garfunkel’s Complete Albums Collection box set.
AC/DC’s Rock or Bust.
Mary J. Blige’s London Sessions.
She & Him’s Classics.
Donna Summer’s Donna.
Bowling For Soup’s Songs People Actually Liked.
Cracker’s Berkely To Bakersfield.
Johnny Gill’s Game Changer.
Smashing Pumpkins Monuments To An Elogy.
The Kinks Anthology.
Charli XCX’s Sucker.
James Blunt’s Smoke Signals.
JANUARY: Fences, Justin Downes Earle, Elle King, Donny Osmond, Alison Moyet, Sisqo, Meghan Trainor, The Decemberists, Marilyn Manson, The Waterboys, Jimmy Barnes, The Lone Bellow etc.
FEBRUARY: Kid Rock, Estelle, Father John Misty, Miguel, The Church etc.
MARCH: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds etc.
2015 MUSIC EXPECTED
Faith No More
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Bruce Springsteen (more stuff)
Public Access TV
Kings of Leon
Goo Goo Dolls
Prince (more stuff)
LL Cool J
2016 MUSIC RUMORED
Horrible Bosses 2 starring Jason Bateman.
Penguin of Madagascar.
The Pyramid starring Denis O’Haire.
Exodus: Gods and Kings starring Christian Bale.
Inherit Vice starring Joaquin Phoenix.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies starring Elijah Wood.
Annie starring Quvenzhane Wallis, Cameron Diaz and Jamie Foxx.
Night At The Museum: Secret of the Tomb starring Ben Stiller.
Into The Woods starring Meryl Streep.
Unbroken starring Jack O’Connell.
The Interview starring Seth Rogen and James Franco.
JANUARY: Taken 3 starring Liam Neeson, Mortdecai starring Johnny Depp, Jupiter Ascending with Mila Kinks and Channing Tatum, Seventh Son starring Jeff Bridges etc.
FEBRUARY: Focus starring Will Smith and Fifty Shades of Grey with Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson etc.
MARCH: In The Heart Of The Sea starring Chris Hemsworth.
2015 MOVIES AHEAD AND SOME EXPECTED
Terminator: Genisys starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Scarpa starring Sly Stallone.
Rock The Kasbah starring Bruce Willis.
Jurassic World starring Chris Pratt.
Mission Impossible 5 starring Tom Cruise.
A Hologram For The King starring Tom Hanks.
Avengers: Age of Ultron starring Robert Downey Jr. and company.
Mad Max: Fury Road starring Tom Hardy.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford etc.
Ant-Man starring Paul Rudd.
Minions starring Sandra Bullock.
Criminal starring Kevin Costner.
Black Mass starring Johnny Depp.
The Secret In Their Eyes starring Julia Roberts.
Tomorrowland starring George Clooney.
The Runner starring Nicolas Cage.
The Revenant starring Leo DiCaprio.
2016 MOVIES AHEAD AND SOME RUMORED
Batman vs. Superman starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill.
Inferno starring Tom Hanks.
The Legend of Conan starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Deadpool starring Ryan Reynolds.
Creed starring Sly Stallone.
Captain America: Civil War starring Chris Evans.
Captive starring Bruce Willis.
Finding Dory starring Ellen DeGeneres.
X-Men: Apocalypse starring Hugh Jackman.
Alice In Wonderland: Through The Looking Glass with Johnny Depp.
The Nice Guys starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling.
Family rules. My kids make me so proud.
TV: SOA has been fantastic! Almost done. This has been an incredible final ride. Looking forward to future Kurt Sutter tv projects.
Looking forward to FOX’s Backstrom starring Rainn Wilson. It debuts in January.
Music: TV On The Radio’s Seeds is so damn excellent.
Bruce Springsteen’s Album Collection is nice.
I’ve been on a Police kick lately. They have so many great songs.
Faith No More’s Motherfucker is perfect.
David Bowie’s career spanning set, Nothing Has Changed is loaded.
Movies: I’ve been going through the Robert DeNiro library. Quality work.
The Hunger Games mania continues. I like it, but I’m not a fanatic about it.
Stephen King’s Revival is outstanding!
I’ve been having a lot of fun working at FUN 101.7. I worked there around 15 years ago. It’s like family. My usual spot is 12-4pm weekdays, but over the holidays…we are everywhere and overly busy, so my time may be changed some. You can hear Fun via Tune-In.
The house is done with decorations. I feel like I just did it. Time goes too fast.
My car lost a hubcap this week. Oh fun! It’s like smiling with a missing tooth. I took care of it. :) (I have all of my teeth by the way)
Enjoy your Thanksgiving. I may or may not be on with posts. It all depends. Sometimes I do a few and then not many, if any.