Myself or one of my underlings will be back a little later with a more substantive post, but ’til then. . .
The music business is in free-fall. Artists don’t make any money. The CD is dead. Blogs have a negligible effect on sales. Time to start a label?
Maybe we can sell lossy, compressed audio via Amazon!
Speaking of guitars, check out this adorable little amp!
The new TV season is upon us. Snobs, you can stop reading and go whittle yourselves a chessboard.
The rest of the world has already done their fall season previews, but we might as well reveal what we’re excited about (and what we can’t stand).
Happy to have "House," The Office," Dexter" and "Weeds" back. Don’t blow it, kids.
"Curb Your Enthusiasm" officially sucks. If you can’t recognize this simple fact, you’re in denial. Last season was weak, but this one is downright unwatchable. The scenarios are forced and completely out-of-touch with reality, sapping the show of its comedic juice. One-trick-ponies don’t necessarily bother me — I like "Little Britain," after all. But I cannot tolerate this degree of laziness. Larry David, methinks it’s time to gather your fat wad of cash and go home.
On a brighter note, AMC has renewed "Mad Men," which is possibly the best program currently on television. Well, at least until "The Wire" comes back. Buy it from iTunes or wait for the DVDs, but watch, for chrissakes! A word of warning to those who like crime scenes and ‘splosions: nothing happens on this show. But gorgeously.
Ken Burns‘ new documentary, "The War," is heartbreaking, to say the least. Best thing about the 14-hour series so far? No Shelby Foote! Not sure if the WWII lot are really the Greatest Generation, but I do know this: when asked to make sacrifices for the future of freedom, they did more than just go shopping.
You can feel free to skip "Chuck," on the CW. It blows. Hope "Reaper" (which premieres tonight) is better.
The Season Two debut of "Heroes" was a little wobbly, but there seems to be plenty of room to for the storyline(s) to develop.
Since we’re still talkin’ TV. . . caught Janeane Garofalo (who has inexplicably been added to the cast of "24") on the most recent episode of "Real Time With Bill Maher." This woman makes me ashamed of my liberal tendencies. She loves making a big production of the fact that she doesn’t have a computer and refuses to use e-mail. What kind of stance is this? Listen, sweetie: your Luddite perversions in no way benefit your argument that we’re being misinformed by our government. In fact, they undermine it. How am I supposed to trust the political/cultural opinions of someone who gets their information solely from the print editions of newspapers and CNN? And I’m sorry, but The Nation doesn’t count.
I also want to chastise Maher for his knee-jerk support of Israel, which flies completely against his usual logic. Maher gets livid when religion is used as the basis for political and militaristic maneuvering, but in Israel’s case, he’s OK with it. How is the idea of displacing an entire group of people because God wants you to live on a particular patch of dirt any less absurd than clitoral mutilation to appease the spirits? Maher also regularly speaks out against propping up a democracy (Iraq) in the middle of a hostile region with no such history. Yet he has no problem with our endless suppling of hardware (and intel) to the Israeli government — regardless of the cost in world standing, treasure or Palestinian livelihood. This is definitely mister smarty-pants libertarian’s Achilles heel. As Bill himself might say, we still love you — just a little less.
OK, rant is done. Off to fill the universe with boundless compassion.