Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Stuff for a Wednesday

I keep meaning to post on this, but then I forget again... I assume I have a gist of what new music is out there. My husband and brother are complete musos, so of course I can't compete with them (as my brother constantly reminds me) but I do typically know what's out there, especially on my home turf. My husband is a music writer for a large music publication, so our house is constantly bombarded with truckloads of CDs and DVDs. One day I saw sitting in his pile this DVD for a band called Moneen. I'd never heard of them, but after some googling, I discovered they've been around for a couple of years and have a fairly devoted following. I felt out of the loop.

But then I turned over the DVD and began looking at song titles, and imagine my shock when one of them was called, "Don't Tell Locke What He Can't Do." I madly opened the packaging and popped it in... and the song doesn't seem to have anything to do with Lost or Locke beyond the title. Which might actually be even cooler... I just haven't decided yet. The band sounds a bit like the UK's Muse, and when I googled "Moneen and Lost" I found this great discussion where people were trying to find hidden Lost meaning in the lyrics. Go here for more info on the band.

So, are you one of the ones who hasn't bought a single season of The Sopranos, because you'd rather save some money to buy the entire box set? Think again. HBO just announced the box set will come out with a price tag of $400. Unbelievable. Go to Costco and grab some of them up; they're usually about $40 each there. (While you're at it, grab The Wire AND WATCH IT... it's currently $25 a season!) Also, keep an eye on it... it'll be offered for less elsewhere.

I have a confession. I am totally, completely, head over heels in love with So You Think You Can Dance. My pals CC and SD encouraged me to watch it last season, and I actually started to like it, even though I only saw the last 6 episodes. (I wanted the guy to win, but c'est la vie.) I really disliked Mary on the judging panel, and thought she came off as a screechy Marie Osmond... I'd actually fastforward it every time she spoke. But now that I've seen it from the beginning, I have a new respect for her, and I think she's great. And the dancing is fantastic. I showed part of last week's episode to my 4-year-old daughter, and now she wants to take up dancing. I'm going to see if I can get her signed up. I've never had a dancing lesson in my life (seriously, Elaine in Seinfeld looks like Baryshnikov compared to me), so I usually stayed away from shows like this out of a complete lack of interest, but I'm hooked. My husband is very ashamed of me. But he thinks Road Trip is a funny movie.

Now that Battlestar is coming to an end (in 2009... FRAK!) Tricia Helfer has already landed herself a pilot on Fox. Considering the show is by Shaun Cassidy, who did Invasion, I'm intrigued already.

Well, this was going to be longer, but I have to go out and buy my daughter a bathing suit.


Jonathan said...

Haven't seen So You Think You Can Dance, but here's a dance routine you'll never see on that show (be sure to show your daughter):

Cedar said...

Thanks Nikki (for your comparison to Elaine) and Jonathan (for the video link) for giving me some much needed laughter today.

Ronald Helfrich Jnr. said...

The Soprano's box is fairly reasonable in the UK. Everyone should have an all region DVD player

poppedculture said...

Oh, but it is on Fox and by Cassidy - pretty much a recipe for cancellation.

Anonymous said...

Never, never, never feel bad about watching So You Think You Can Dance. I've been hooked since Year 2.

... and I think having a six-year-old daughter helps. You know me... now realize that my days are filled with ballet, High School Musical, and other song-and-dance-related activities.

I can't count how many times she's asked me to dance in stores, malls, etc... and, of course, because she has me wrapped around her finger...

That said, I've gained a new appreciation for dance (OK, I've gained AN appreciation for dance) watching these shows. These kids are talented... but I think I could probably teach them a thing or two!

All the best

Anonymous said...

I usually go to your website for your Lost discussions, but I have to say that So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD in my family) is a pretty good show. I don't know anything about dance, but I appreciate the athletic ability of the dancers. The women in my life, my wife, mom, and sisters, are completely obsessed with the show. My mom watches the dances for days after they air. Also, the dude definetely deserved to win last season.