TV, Radio, Music and Movie File

All things television: The Futon Critic.

All things music: Pause and Play.

All things movies: Jo Blo.

24 flick talk.

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Netflix…I’ve been watching BoJack Horseman. It is excellent.

Amazon’s latest pilots.

Stream Robert Plant’s Lullaby…and the Ceaseless Roar.

A couple of Adele tracks, unreleased from the 21sessions, have surfaced.

LL Cool J’s The Hustler.

The latest from Peter Gabriel.

Radiohead has some fresh stuff on their app.

Superfood is a great band.

Angus & Julia Stone’s A Heartbreak.

TV On The Radio’s Seeds is due in November.

Sinead O’Connor’s Dense Water Deeper Down.

The Rentals 1000 Seasons.

Royal Blood continues to grow.

John Travolta is set to star in Warbirds.

The first look at Johnny Depp in Kevin Smith’s Tusk.

I’ve been enjoying Sub Pop Radio via TuneIn.

R.E.M.

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I love my vinyl and have enjoyed the work of R.E.M. from the very beginning, through the I.R.S. years and then Warner Bros. I’ve seen them live a few times and they nailed it every time. This is due on vinyl this week. Their MTV Unplugged was excellent. Nirvana, Alice In Chains and Pearl Jam also had memorable ones.

If you ever do the yearly Record Store Day, many times you’ll find some great R.E.M. gems. I have a special 3 single R.E.M. set from a few years ago and it’s tremendous.

Back in the 90’s, while a Music Director at a radio station, some of my greatest days were when I received some fresh R.E.M. in the mail. It’s so fresh in my mind. I loved those days: Out of Time, Automatic For The People, Monster (which was/is my fave of the bunch from this period), New Adventures In Hi-Fi etc.

My favorite R.E.M. stuff overall is the earlier material: Murmur (excellent), Reckoning, Fables of the Reconstruction (my favorite), Life’s Rich Pageant, Document and Green.

The final time I saw R.E.M. live, they had The National opening, which is a great band.

R.E.M. and VINYL all the way!

All Things

How are things? Hopefully, smooth.

Happy Birthday to Alicia. When I first got together with my ex-wife, Ronda, Alicia was a baby. I’ve always considered her one of my own kids. She is now quite the ballet performer.

It’s my folks anniversary. We miss you, Pop!

History’s Houdini debuts today. The story of Houdini is an interesting one. That’s one entertainer who did whatever he could to impress his audience.

FOX’s Utopia debuts this week.

I’m really looking forward to HBO’s Boardwalk Empire as it begins it’s final season with the season premiere this week.

Metacritic has all of it’s fall preview stuff for music, tv, movies etc.

The Presidential talk for 2016 is already happening. It will Bush and Clinton again. Ugh. It will be the same stuff…over and over. People that like to fight with the opposite party constantly have zero idea as to what’s going on. You need to realize it’s all the same, but with a different public persona. If they (the people that fight with the opposite party…and it goes both ways…both parties) took their time and energy that they put into slinging stuff at each other and looked above and beyond the b.s., they may begin to get to the real deal. I think they all mean well, but it’s bigger than one guy or one party. It’s the landscape, the fabric, the basic core of DC.

The Illuminati history of the Olympics is fascinating.

The latest from NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL.

Bruce Springsteen albums, worst to best.

SOA final season is near.

Arnold Schwarzenegger films, best to worst. Also, a look at Maggie, a zombie flick with Arnie and Abigail Breslin.

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Lingerie Football League fight.

A leak of Madonna song, Joan of Arc.

Another Prince song, U Know.

I’m really ready for fresh TV On The Radio … SOON! In recent years, they have become my favorite band, next to Band of Skulls.

Chunks

Hey there… Hope all is well with you.

Yardwork is done. Nothing like a nice yard. Mowing a lot is important and trimming the bushes.

I’ve always liked The Smithereens and they have an excellent covers album.

An interesting piece on Growing Up With Bart Simpson.

This goes back a few years, but I recently caught it again, The Recruit starring Al Pacino and Colin Farrell is well done. It’s about the CIA farm.

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My vinyl listen of the day is Built For Speed by the Stray Cats. They were my first concert. I was in elementary school. Had it not been for MTV back in the day, there is no way Top 40 radio (or any radio) would have played a rockabilly band. I’m glad they did.

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Keira Knightley is featured in the latest Interview magazine.