Monday, April 28, 2008

This space available...

For whoring.

I don't have much to write, so if you want me to promote something of yours, I'm game. Just let me know.

My first client is my good friend Daisy Whitney. We met back in my swinging single Denver days, and she's good people. Squared. She's a tech and entertainment biz guru who runs a blog on TV and does a weekly video journal called "Daisy Whitney's New Media Minute." In truth, they haven't been as short as a minute for months, but they're always entertaining and informative. Here's her latest Minute promoting her new "Who's the hottest male video blogger" poll. The link to her poll on her blog is below the video.

Go vote here.

I'm not voting until at least one female votes. It's a Big Gay Sausage Party at the moment.

P.S. - Before my cruder commenters ask if I ever "hit that", the answer is no. First of all, she's married. Second, she said no.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Let me get a little serious and wistful for a minute

I love Paul Simon, especially his 80s solo albums "Graceland" and "The Rhythm of the Saints". I was thinking about those albums when I read about Paul giving a concert in Brooklyn last week where he performed those two albums with a diverse cast of musicians. I wish I could have been there. With that in the back of my mind, my iPod (on album shuffle) landed on "Rhythm" this morning. The chorus of drums on "The Obvious Child" immediately lifted my spirits. When "Proof" came on, I had a hankering to see the video with Chevy Chase and Steve Martin, so I went to YouTube. In the list of related videos were a number of songs from the album Paul performed in a huge Central Park concert in 1991, so I watched some of those. And now I'm just full of emotions. Paul is such a genius songwriter, and he really did something special with the Rhythm album. To hear and see these songs performed with his huge, multinational band just adds to the incredible experience of his music. Go watch some of them, especially this one. "The Cool, Cool River". It makes me cry.

The Rhythm album always makes me think about a kid I went to high school with, Josh. He was a year below me, and I didn't know him very well. We used to hackey sack together after school and that's about it. One day I ran into Josh outside a record store and we said hi. I asked him what he bought. It was "The Rhythm of the Saints". I was kind of surprised to see a 16 year old kid buying Paul Simon. The year I started college, while Josh was still a senior, he died. I think he got Leukemia, but I can't really remember. While home on a break, I went to my high school's talent show and Josh's best friend sang a song in tribute to Josh. It was "Under the Bridge" by The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Apparently it was Josh's favorite song. The performance was an emotional moment, but frankly, Josh's friend couldn't sing. He was accompanied by a girl, who allegedly could sing, to do the high parts at the end, but she was just shreiking. I prefer to associate Rhythm of the Saints with Josh instead of that Chili Peppers song. It's such a beautiful album that spans the emotional spectrum from joy and hope to sadness and resignation. If you don't have it, I highly recommend it.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Okay, okay, I'll write

Not that you asked me to, I just want to avoid the inevitable clamoring for more Reed. (That's what she said.)

Anyway, here's a short post about things I've been meaning to write about and/or to respond to comments:

1. New show reviews. The two new shows I'm reviewing are either over, or end tonight. How's that for timeliness?

Miss Guided - New half hour comedy on ABC that's already over. Judy Greer is an awesome, hilarious actress. She's also become gorgeous to me, like Tina Fey. Wow, does she shine in a leading role. The show is pretty funny, but some eps better than others. Chris Parnell is hilarious, and really helps the show. I think it's worth a pick up for next season. I have no idea if that call's been made yet, though.

New Amsterdam - Intriguing premise, not undone by the hokey "find true love and the curse will be broken" element. The actor playing John Amsterdam is good at conveying the unnerving yet charismatic immortal detective. Where the show falters a bit is the flashbacks to his life over the last 400 years. Each episode's present-day plot reminds him of an event in his past where he made a mistake, which presumably gives him a shot at redemption. This fails for two reasons: first, his historic occupations of the week are gimmickily (real word?) diverse, like Sam's missions from Quantum Leap; and second, it oversimplifies the human learning process. He learned to respect women who had been victimized by rape in the 1700s, but didn't learn not to cheat on his wife until 1908? I had high hopes for the character's past, but it turns out the flashbacks are the weakest part of the show because they're tied to the plot of the present instead of being plots themselves. The show's still pretty good. Good enough to keep me watching, but not enough to vociferously recommend.

2. Returning show reviews. Loved The Office, very well done. 30 Rock was kind of weak. From the sneak peak in the newest Entertainment Weekly, though, it sounds like it's going to pick up. I haven't watched either of the new Earls, but hope to soon. I love that show. Also, as a plug, if you get the chance on Sunday nights, watch Psych on NBC. It's a really funny show that's normally on USA, but NBC is using it as filler for now. It could use a boost in viewership, and I think it could do well on a main network.

3. Inconspicuous Attack Toad, aka Marisa. Thanks for visiting! Now explain your comment. Absurdist humor, or pertinent observation?