Buffy Proverbs 6:7

11 Nov

Buffy: It’s all right if some things come out wrong. We’ll sing a happy song, and you can sing along.

A ‘Glee’son To Keep Watching?

11 Nov

Why can’t all of Glee be this awesome?!

Even without the brilliant source material of Adele, this is probably one of the Glee cast’s finest performance to date. Now, I am a self-diagnosed Glee hater. I watched the first season, and even bought the DVD when it was on sale at Best Buy. I loved the concept and the theme of acceptance of every type of person. But, somewhere in that first season, and the entire second season, Glee lost its way.

This episode, entitled “Mash Off,” doesn’t premiere until next Tuesday so I am still confused as to all of the side glances Santana, Mercedes, and Brittany are exchanging, but I could care less. Ryan Murphy has said that he wants to put the show back on track: focus less on guest stars and big stunts. Maybe this performance is a sign that 2 seasons and 5 episodes into the shows life there can be positive change.

Here’s to hoping this performance is the start of something new for the kids at McKinley High. Because in all honesty, I want this show to succeed and leave a legacy that is not based on Macy’s clothing lines and ‘LIVE TOUR’ ticket sales.

What do you think, internet? Is this performance a sign of what’s to come, or is this show as doomed as Adele’s last relationship?

#FeelGoodFollowFriday

11 Nov

While feeling down on oneself seems to be a very simple task to accomplish (at least for myself it is), feeling uplifted about oneself is a different story. Negativity is so easy to fall prey to. That is why when I feel down on myself I make it an effort to do one thing:

Facebook stalk

Specifically, Facebook stalk peers from my high school that never grew up, got pregnant, never left town, or a mixture of all three plus some.

While I can’t lead you to specific profiles that make me look like a king even on my worst days, I will lead you to the next best thing.

Your Friend From High School Twitter account.

Whoever is in charge if this comedy is a genius. It is the correct balance of sad, but true that is your friend from high school that never grew up.

Classic gems include:

I don’t know if I should be ashamed of the fact that I knew people like this at my high school, or proud that I escaped becoming this.

Internet, I don’t know how you deal with your problems, but I highly recommend following FriendFromHS or locating your old friends from high school on Facebook.

(Photo cred: dat bitch debbie!)

Coldplay: Now In Color!

18 Oct

It’s time to come clean, readers. I feel like we’ve formed a connection these past months which is why I’m finally comfortable with what I am about to utter…

I, Zack, am a Coldplay fan.

Wow. Like ripping off a band-aid, that one. Now this might not seem like the grandest of confessions to you, but to me, it’s a big one.

It’s an odd relationship that Coldplay and myself share. I own all of their albums, physical copies no less, I went to the Viva La Vida tour upon its Texas pit stop – yet, I never have categorized myself as a Coldplay fan. They’ve always been the band on my iTunes and iPhone that I have hit the next button when their song begins to play. I love them, but at the same time I’m never too interested in listening to them. All this said, I CANNOT stop listening to their new album, Mylo Xyloto.

It is pure bright-spray-painted-candy-coated-Chris Martin and co. at their best. Right from the get-go, Martin hauls you in with the instrumental title track seamlessly introducing – my favorite track – “Hurts Like Heaven.” This album is colorfully, deliciously, poptacular in that – for the first time – Coldplay seem, uhh, happy. The album has a glowing sense of positivity and youth that capture’s a Neverland of a world that seemed to be as lost as the lost boys Martin coos about in, the cheerfully upbeat, “Charlie Brown.” Music needs to make me visualize something in order for it to get my, oh so so so so so so coveted, stamp of approval. Coldplay does that in neon-lit colors with Xyloto. Martin has said that inspiration for this album came from New York street art and graffiti – you can tell. Coldplay manages to paint the ears with brighter colors than Lisa Frank did the eyes in the late 90s.

I urge you, millions upon millions of readers. Go out and pick up a copy of Mylo Xyloto when it hits stores on October 24. I would specifically urge you to go to Target to get your copy, because, honestly, who doesn’t love an excuse to go to Target.

5 Music Recommendations

14 Oct

There are always those days where it seems like you’ve exhausted the catalog of music your iPhone/Touch/Pod can hold.

Well here I am to give you a few new artists to download and cram into your 16GB musical device.

1) Benjamin Francis Leftwich

A gracious friend of mine turned me onto the soul-calming sounds of Mr. Leftwich the other day. Literally, yesterday was the first time I heard about this folksy man. If you’re in the mood for something mellow to study to, lie on your carpet and read magazines to, or something to soundtrack over you while you stare out of your window at the night sky while petting your cat, this is your man. His voice is like cotton to the ears – it’s sweet and soft. And if close your eyes long enough and get those olfactory senses working, you’d swear you were either in the middle of emerald forest or on the deserted shores of an English beach.

2) Agnes Obel

If you like the smooth sounds of Ben but want something a little more haunting, look no further than, Agnes Obel. I downloaded her album a week or so ago after hearing her, “Avenue,” on my new favorite show, Revenge. She has been a great alternative to my sorrowful-girl-with-problems go-to, Lykke Li. Like Leftwich, Obel gives off a beautifully subtle sound that lingers in your mind and makes you feel like you’re in Seattle watching the rain fall into the river while a doe grazes next to the rock you are sprawled on. Just me? Hope not.

3) Feist

She’s a staple in almost any alternative music listener’s library. And let me say, her new album does not disappoint. My favorite of “Metals” has to be the first track, “The Bad In Each Other.” It has Feist’s soft mumble mellowing over guitar riffs, trumpets, and male vocals. The wailing “Oooooooh’s” towards the end of the track only cement it as one of my fav Feist numbers.

4) St. Vincent

At times I think this girl has more fun than Regine from Arcade Fire. She gets to be as kooky and as subtly eccentric as she likes and people love it. I have yet to listen to the whole of “Strange Mercy,” but from what I’ve heard so far has made me kick myself for not seeing her in Austin this summer when I had the chance. “Cruel,” the lead single, is a creepy, fun take on creepy, fun families (I guess?). If this song is not on American Horror Story by the end of its freshmen run, then I’ll bury myself as deep as Annie Clark does in the video above.

5) Simon & Garfunkel

Yes, they are considered ancient in the world of Billboard-chart-toppers-NOW music, but, honestly, you can’t fight classic. I’ll blame it on the fact that I now have a record player and S&G’s vinyls are anywhere from upwards of .50 cents at Half-Price Books. Lately I have not been able to get enough of the, formerly perceived, creepily-in-sync duo. It’s hard for me to recommend just one masterpiece, but if I must – it has to be, “For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her.” The song is flawless, and not just because it reminds me of my own UT nursing student Emily. Fast forward to the final, “I love you, giiiirrrlllll!!!” for the ultimate sound of beauty.

Buffy Proverbs 7:16

8 Oct

Andrew: “You’ve already met Buffy. She’s beautiful, with a lion’s heart and— and the face of an Angel. She’s never afraid ‘cause she knows her side will always win.

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Complete Series

5 Oct

If there’s one thing you feel the need to spend your hard-earned cash, disposable income, or live-beyond-your-means-credit-card on this week, it MUST be the complete series of Friday Night Lights DVD that was released today.

(Me wants!)

I, myself, own all of the separate seasons on DVD because I, in my stupidity, thought that NBC would never in a million years release a complete series package. NBC barely showed it any love while it was on air, even striking a deal with Direct TV to keep it running. This will teach me to give up on the underdog.

Friday Night Lights is not only one of the greatest television shows in the history of EVER, but it also holds a panther paw shaped spot in my heart.

This series is the first show that I have been able to get almost any type of person to fall in love with. What this show did for me is not only provided me with over 50 hours of beautiful story telling, but it also brought me together with some of the greatest people ever. My sophomore year of college my roommates, myself, friends, family, strangers all became addicted to the little show that did. We would all gather in the living room of my dorm and devour episode after shaky-camera-filmed episode. We went through all the trials and tribulations of the Taylor family together: state championships, redistricting, Gracie Belle’s toddler years (they grow up so fast!) – they truly were our home-away-from-home family. Oh, and did I mention – I WAS AN EXTRA!

I’m sure you remember the scene, it was only the most gut-wrenching emotional moment of the entire series (suck it, “The Son”).

My friends and I were lucky enough to live only 30 minutes away from its filming location in Austin, TX. The show even relocated for a few days to film some of Julie Taylor’s college class scenes. And, yes…. we had class together!

(For the record, Julie Taylor cheats on tests)

Now I could go into a full laundry list of reasons why this show has so much of me invested in it, but you, dear reader, should discover the show for yourself. I can tell you firsthand that I was never one for watching a show about football, but it’s not about football at all. FNL is about heart, family, love, overcoming obstacles, and yeah, there’s a few football games in there too.

You can pick the complete series up at Best Buy for $84.99 this week (I went and ogoled over the packaging of it today, it’s worth the money!) or if you are running low on gas Amazon.com

Buffy Proverbs 3:12

3 Oct
Angel: I saw you before you became the Slayer.
Buffy: What?
Angel: I watched you, and I saw you called. It was a bright afternoon out in front of your school. You walked down the steps… and…and I loved you.
Buffy: Why?
Angel: ‘Cause I could see your heart. You held it before you for everyone to see. And I worried that it would be bruised or torn. And more than anything in my life I wanted to keep it safe… to warm it with my own.
Buffy: That’s beautiful. Or taken literally, incredibly gross.
Angel: I was just thinking that, too.

Ringer v. Revenge

3 Oct

The 2011 fall television season has surprisingly put women center stage. Pan Am, Hart of Dixie, The Playboy Club are just a few examples of how the ladies of entertainment are moving into prime time. Two lady-centric shows this season I was personally pumped for were Revenge and Ringer.

Now that both series’ have premiered the pilots and are moving into the single digit eps, I have to say that the two seem pretty similar. Let’s weigh the similarities of the two.

  • Beautiful Lead Actresses – I’ll admit that I looked up nothing about Ringer before it’s premiere. Sarah Michelle Gellar aka BUFFY!!!! was coming back to TV – that’s all I needed. Revenge is Emily VanCamp’s return to TV after the disaster that was Brothers & Sisters ended last year. They’re both blonde, they’re both gorgeous, they’re both ratings magnets.
  • Haughty LocaleRinger gets the city and Revenge gets the beach. SMG gets to fancy it up in the big apple while the latter, being set in The Hampton’s, is a refreshing take on New York society without having to repeat the same locations. Which is nice because, honestly, how many times has the cast of Gossip Girl eaten dinner at Butter?
  • Mistaken Identities – what’s a nighttime soap without a few dark secrets? Gilmore Girls, that’s what it is. And GG these two are not. Revenge has Emily Thorne hiding that she is actually Amanda Clarke, dum, dum, dum, who wants to seek the titular revenge on those who scorned her father, David Clarke, dum, dum, dum. On Ringer, Bridget Kelly is masquerading as her twin sister, Siobhan, and digging up all of Siobhan’s twisted secrets. While a good premise, this seems a little too complex for the 90210 viewers of The CW… dum, dum, dum!
  • Serialization – now I have my problems with serialization, e.g. Lost, but these two shows seem to be handling it pretty well so far. I’d give the advantage to Ringer right now. Revenge has set up its serialized formula of Emily enacting certain tasks of revenge while still carrying out her ultimate chore of figuring out what exactly happened with her father. Ringer on the other hand has made its key storyline Bridget/Siobhan unearthing mystery after mystery with no letup.

While the similarities in the two shows are there, the two are vastly different in their story lines and storytelling. Both are figuring out the groove they want to be in and both are pumping out some very interesting stories that keep me coming back each week to watch (sometimes even at their regular airtime!).

You can catch Ringer on The CW, Tuesday’s at 8:00pm and you can see Revenge on ABC, Wednesday’s at 9:00pm.

Two Girls, A Guitar, And I’m Not Complaining

3 Oct

So I live below two of the most musically talented women in San Marcos. This is a total blessing because whenever I’m in the mood for a Katy Perry cover or a hum-worthy original, I just walk up 12 very wobbly steps and knock on the door of none other than,

OLIVE & CHUCK

 

I cannot rave enough about these girls, and not just because I have known them upwards of 3 years and they are two of my best friends EVER! Talent drips off of them much like glitter drips off of a wet drag queen. Tegan and Sara they are not. Let me channel my inner Summer Roberts for a moment to tell you that you’re not going to get two girls with guitars and a whole lot of complaining when you pop them into your Walkman (this is still the 90’s, right?), you’re going to get, as they call it, a bittersweet balance of happiness vs. sadness. One of my favorite summary’s of a band’s mission statement has to be The Drums’. They say that they only write about two things – one is the first day of summer when you and all of your friends are standing on the edge of a cliff watching the sun set and being overcome with all of your hopes and dreams at once. The other is when you’re walking alone in the rain and realize you will be alone forever. Olive & Chuck aren’t this dark, but they’ll hit you hard. Masquerading harsh, fun, honest lyrics under one tiny ukulele and  two big heads of hair, the two give the YouTube Taylor Swifts of this generation a reason to stay in their Jonas-Brother-poster-lined bedrooms. Whether it be a sweet little tune about not being able to get a partner to commit, or an Adele-esque power stance of a hit worthy of playing out through The Hunger Games movie, O&C write a new definition to two girls with guitars. But don’t take my simple words and praises for it, give ’em a listen at their music MySpace (good, it still is the 90’s!), follow them on the Twitter, like ’em on the Facebook, or click play below! You’ll be oh so happy you did.

(photo credit: ME!)