04th Apr2014

West Week Ever – 4/4/14

by Will

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So, I finally got around to watching American Hustle, or as I like to call it, The movie where fat Batman’s married to Mystique, and he, Lois Lane, and Rocket Raccoon screw over Hawkeye. The real star of the film is Amy Adams’s deep cleav, as those puppies are showcased in every scene she’s in. In all, it was an entertaining movie, but I’m not sure I get what all the hype was about.

lettermanThe biggest news of the week is that David Letterman announced last night that he would be retiring next year after 22 years. I’ve, shamefully, always been Team Leno so I don’t really have a horse in this race. Part of me kinda wishes CBS would pull out of late night entirely, as the field has gotten too crowded with late night talk shows. That said, with Chelsea Handler ending Chelsea Lately, this would be the perfect time to get her on a network late night show. I’ve also read that CBS is interested in Colbert, whose Comedy Central deal ends soon. I, however, like the idea of Tina Fey, but I’m not sure she’d want to potentially jeopardize her development deal with NBC. Either way, it’ll be interesting to see how this plays out.

himymThis week saw the long-awaited series finale of How I Met Your Mother. As a fan from the very beginning of the show, I have to say that I was disappointed. I’m going to be dropping spoilers, so you might wanna skip ahead if you don’t want to see them. When the show began, it was under the premise that Ted Mosby was telling his kids about how he met their mother. It always seemed a bit odd that he would linger on all of the other women he banged, especially Robin Scherbatsky (yup, I spelled that correctly without even looking it up!). Well, at the end of the series, we find out that Robin and Barney got a divorce three years into their marriage, and that Ted is actually telling his story 6 years after The Mother has died (which I called years ago). So, in essence, telling the story was Ted’s way of getting the kids’ blessing to ask “Aunt Robin” out on a date. So, despite the quest for The Mother, and the will they/won’t they between Ted and Robin, the story ends with Ted and Robin, seemingly, together.

I have several problems with this ending. First of all, I feel betrayed by the final season. Season 9 took place over the span of Robin & Barney’s wedding weekend, all leading up to the big day the week before the finale. Then, merely 20 minutes into said finale, we find out that their marriage only lasted 3 years. Why make us invest that much into the marriage when it was always doomed to fail? Why make us buy into the notion that Robin & Barney were meant to be, when it was all just a stalling tactic? That leads into my second problem with the ending: the timing.

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Ted and Robin had been given too many chances, and Ted had finally gotten to the point of letting go. Had this ending occurred, say, 4 seasons ago, I probably would’ve been fine with it. That said, 9 years was too long for them to simply say “Ted ends up with Robin after all.” Plus, it’s almost like a cop-out. In an exit interview, Josh Radnor points out “…and he wins in the end; he gets both girls.” NO! Ted Mosby has always been about finding The One. His eternal optimism of finding that one special person is the driving force of the show. While people like to say that this story was about the journey and not the destination, that’s not entirely true. It’s about Ted telling his kids about how he eventually found the woman who changed his life and, in turn, gave him said children. For Ted to end up with Robin, he’s essentially telling them that she was The One the whole time, and that The Mother was really just another in a long line of women that he had to meet in order to reach that realization. What a slap in the face to the kids! I’m not OK with that.

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In many ways, the ending was always telegraphed. After all, the show was called How I Met Your Mother and NOT How I Met My Wife, so it was clear that The Mother was out of the picture in some capacity, be it death or divorce. And there was always an added emphasis on Robin – enough so that even the kids picked up on it. Another telling aspect, though, is that the creators once said in an interview that had the show ended a lot earlier, they were going to say that pastry chef Victoria (played by Ashley Williams) was The Mother. If the role of The Mother was so interchangeable, and the ending had been known since the beginning, then she’s clearly not integral to the actual ending of the show. We all should have seen the Robin thing coming, and I feel a little foolish that I wasn’t honest enough with myself to acknowledge that earlier. It’s just that it was NINE SEASONS, and they tried so hard to sell us on Robin & Barney that the lengthy misdirection is almost unforgivable. So, I could accept Ted & Robin, happily ever after, in a 5 season show, but I just can’t accept that as the ending for a 9-year journey.

Speaking of the 9-year stint, the ending came at the cost of character growth. We had watched Barney Stinson mature and finally realize he could settle down with one woman, who happened to be Robin. He burned The Playbook and put a ring on it. Sure, even though the wedding didn’t last, it didn’t make sense for him to just automatically revert back to old womanizing Barney. What about the lessons he’d learned, or the personal growth he’d experienced? The Barney that we saw in the finale was the Barney we saw for the first 6 seasons of the show – another indicator that the show could’ve ended years ago.

When Seinfeld ended, the finale bothered me so much that I didn’t watch the reruns for 10 years. I’m not sure that’s the case here. If anything, I’ll probably rewatch with a more careful eye, but I’m still not happy about how it went out. Maybe in time, I can find some more appreciation in it. After all, some folks out there liked it, but I never really liked the Ted & Robin pairing, so that ending just didn’t do it for me.

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This is Xfinity’s Watchathon Week, where they let you watch full seasons of a ton of shows on demand. Last year, I was introduced to Girls and House of Lies. For some reason, Showtime shows aren’t included this year, so I’m still a year behind on House of Lies and will be for the foreseeable future. So far, I’ve bingewatched season 3 of Girls and I still find them all deplorable. It felt like one of those shows that splits its seasons into 2 parts, as there’s almost no growth amongst any of the characters. It was just 12 episodes where stuff happened, but there was no real forward movement. I’m also trying to get into Veep, but it’s just not doing it for me. I should enjoy it, as I like the cast, but the show isn’t hitting the right notes. I think part of the problem is the dialogue is somewhat rapid-fire, and I really wanted something I could casually have on in the background. I’m tempted to try to get into Game of Thrones, but Watchathon Week ends Monday, and I’m not sure I can get through the first 3 seasons in that span of time.

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It’s been announced that Pharrell will officially replace Cee Lo on The Voice. I was really hoping for someone as flamboyant as Cee Lo. To be honest, I was really hoping it would go to Gaga. The show needs another female on the panel, and she brings just the right amount of weird to counter Xtina. Plus, Gaga’s in a bit of a transitional period, and it would be interesting to see her cultivate the Little Monsters into future stars. Alas, it’s not to be, as Pharrell and his fountain of youth will be occupying that fourth chair.

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Has anyone seen this thing? It’s a NERF Nuke! It fires EIGHTY darts and there’s even a Nuke launcher that lets it explode from the air. I’d never pay $100 for it, but I MUST see one in action!

Links I Loved

Why We Deserved More From The “How I Met Your Mother” Series Finale – BuzzFeed

The How I Met Your Mother Finale Bailed on the Entire Show – Vulture

Watching Movies in the 80′s. Good Times. – Cool and Collected

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I know I made my case against the finale, but How I Met Your Mother, as a franchise, had the West Week Ever. As much as I disliked the ending, you can’t shake a stick at a successful 9-season run. For its endurance, I’m not quite sure it got the thanks it deserved from CBS. In the past, when long-running shows ended, there was usually some kind of fanfare from the network. When Married…With Children ended, Fox ran a screen card thanking them for all the laughs. USA Network aired the Psych After Pshow after Psych‘s finale last week. NBC has always dedicated the whole night to finales, be it Cheers or Seinfeld. Those shows got one-hour retrospectives, followed by the series finale. Hell, the city of Boston even declared it Cheers Day on the day of its finale, and the cast all appeared on The Tonight Show. I’m not saying that HIMYM was on a Cheers or Seinfeld level, but it had been a staple of CBS Monday nights for almost a decade. Instead of honoring that, CBS rushed it off the air (seriously, what Fall-launching show has a March finale?), and used it to prop up the premiere of Friends with Better Lives. Sure, Cobie Smulders did Letterman that night, but in terms of “look back” specials, the closest thing we got was the cast’s appearance on Inside The Actor’s Studio last week. That was not, however, a gesture by CBS. Maybe that’s just not in CBS’s DNA. After all, I don’t remember similar gestures for Murphy Brown (10 seasons), Everybody Loves Raymond (9 seasons) or Walker, Texas Ranger (8 seasons) – three other longrunning CBS staples. I guess “The Tiffany Network” is too good for a simple “Thanks for all you’ve done for us.” So, if HIMYM can’t get the respect it deserves from its own network, the least I can do is respect it here. It may not have ended to my liking, but it still gave me 9 years of laughter. For that reason, How I Met Your Mother had the West Week Ever.

28th Feb2014

West Week Ever – 2/28/14

by Will

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Well, the week started out with us joining our friends Eric and Rachel for a Moulin Rouge singalong at the Alamo Drafthouse. It’s what it sounds like: a theater full of folks singing along to the songs as the movie plays on the big screen. Moulin Rouge – I’ve often called it one of my favorite movies and, in fact, it was the very first DVD that I ever bought. I was 19 when I first saw it, as I was dating a cinema projectionist and she introduced me to it. It was at a time when I had young, foolish, perhaps even irresponsible notions about “love” – not unlike Christian in the film. It became our movie and the songs became our songs. Eventually, the relationship ended, as unions at that age are wont to do. I didn’t revisit Moulin Rouge because I felt that chapter was closed. Sure, Eric and I would sing “Come What May”, alternating between the male and female parts, but I wouldn’t watch the movie. Still, one thing about it has stayed with me through all these years: “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.” That’s a powerful message and it’s not as easy as it sounds. I know I still have trouble being loved, but it’s something I’m working to be OK with. Wow, this got deeper than the stuff you’re used to getting in these weekly posts. Anyway, it’s such a heavyhanded farce (Christian & Satine = Christian & Satan), but I was surprised to see how well the movie has held up all these years later. Oh well, now let’s talk about the Netflix stuff I watched.

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Tom Papa: Freaked Out – I never watched when he hosted The Marriage Ref, but I came to like Papa’s work via his Sirius/XM show, Come To Papa. This was a really funny special, as he described his family life and why the Asian grocery store scares him. I also liked that it had a 70s aesthetic, like a Flip Wilson special or something – which is really funny, considering Rob Zombie produced it.

Ron White: A Little Unprofessional – By far my favorite of the Blue Collar Comedy guys, this wasn’t his best work, but it still had its moments. He seems to be a fan of saying “This ain’t gonna suck itself.” He explained that phrase is the reason he does everything his wife tells him to do.

Brian Posehn: The Fartist – funny special, as he deals with becoming a father and a responsible adult. I kinda wish he’d mentioned that he co-writes Deadpool, but I don’t really know how he would’ve snuck that into the set.

Bob Saget: That’s What I’m Talkin’ About – TERRIBLE. This was my first Netflix 1-Star rating. He was just scattered, and he spent too much time either namedropping Full House or doing really lazy crowdwork. He closed out his set with some really bad songs he had written. I knew he could be inappropriate, but he’s usually funny while being that way. There was NOTHING funny about this special.

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30 for 30: The Price of Gold – As I was raised by women, I grew up in a figure skating household. No, we didn’t skate, but we watched ALL the competitions. So, I was right in the thick of the whole Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan thing when it happened. To my recollection, I don’t think we were on either side of the debate. While Tonya was clearly white trash, Nancy had this uppity air about her that kinda made it seem like she got what she had coming to her. Once Oksana Baiul emerged as the winner in Lillehammer, I think my family gravitated to her and her sob story. In any case, this was an interesting documentary, as it really makes you feel for Tonya. Part of this is because Nancy refused to be interviewed, but it’s greatly skewed towards being The Tonya Harding Story. We learn about her abusive mom, her abusive ex-husband, and how she really couldn’t support herself after being banned from the sport. She maintains that she didn’t have anything to do with the planning of the attack, even though she pled guilty to not reporting what she knew after the fact. Ya know, I kinda believe her. The attack was so sloppily planned, and they were hardly criminal masterminds, so I find it hard to believe she would have gotten away with it had she known about it from the start. Anyway, it’s worth watching even if you just had a passing interest in the controversy. By the way, am the only one who thinks young Tonya looked like Shawn Michaels?

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The Americans returned on FX a few nights ago. I remember writing about how much I enjoyed it, and then I just kinda forgot it existed. There were just too many shows to watch, and it didn’t make the cut. I’ve heard from some folks that it got even better, so now I’m thinking I need to catch up. Besides the quality, it’s also a bit risque as I heard this week’s season premiere included what the French call a “soixante-neuf”. Everyone to Google Translate!

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Did y’all know that CeeLo’s gone from The Voice for good? I thought they were gonna alternate judges like they’d been doing, but he announced he’s not coming back. I dropped that show after season 2 ’cause those winners weren’t going anywhere, but I certainly enjoyed his antics. It’s not clear whether or not Usher will be his permanent replacement, but I hope not. That chair needs someone flamboyant in it. Maybe Gaga?

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If you’ve been following my Arsenio Watch, you’ll be surprised to hear that he’s been renewed for a second season. I know I was! According to my mom, his show got better. I couldn’t make it through that first week. So, if you enjoy watching the same late night programming as a 75 year old woman, The Arsenio Hall Show‘s for you!


Who knew Wayne Brady could freestyle?

Links I Loved
Thoughts on the Olympics – Musical Wanderer

Alec Baldwin: Good-bye, Public Life – Vulture

Free Falling: The Sad, Strange Career of Former WWE Champion Ric Flair – Bleacher Report

5 Things You Never Say to a WWE Fan – UnderScoopFire!

I’m Concerned About Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm… And It Doesn’t Make Me Racist. – Reappropriate

Flame Off: The Case Against Black Johnny Storm – Snoopy Jenkins

Ageless Pharrell Swears He’s Not a Vampire – CNN Entertainment

In Case You Missed It This Week

A Day in the Life of “Keith”: My Trip To Toy Fair 2014

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While he probably should have gotten this last week, I wanted him to get some shows under his belt so we could see how he did. Jimmy Fallon has now hosted The Tonight Show for a week, and it is clearly his show. He doesn’t seem to be worried about what Jay did or what Johnny did – Hell, even what Conan did. He had a successful formula when he hosted Late Night, and he brought it, as well as The Roots, with him to the earlier timeslot. One of the things I love about Fallon is that he has always catered to social media. Unlike shows that you might watch in full, his version of The Tonight Show can be consumed in bits and pieces. This format has helped him, as it seems one skit per night has gone viral the next day. Whether it’s charades, The History of Hip Hop Dance, or this:

Fallon is clearly the late night host for a new generation. So, for bringing The Tonight Show into the 21st century, and for having a great first week of shows, Jimmy Fallon had the West Week Ever.

31st Jan2014

West Week Ever – 1/31/14

by Will

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So, I guess you could say that I’m still on a comedy kick. To be more precise, I’m on a Mike Birbiglia kick. It all started last Friday, as I was listening to the Comedy Central Drive Home, and they were playing Mike’s special Sleepwalk With Me Live. It was really good, and I actually related to him at a few parts. Well, I had to go into Walmart and ended up missing a good chunk of the show. When I got home, I found Sleepwalk With Me on Netflix. It turns out that wasn’t the same special. No, it was actually a movie version of the special, where names had been changed, etc, etc. It mainly focuses on the rise and fall of Mike’s relationship with his college sweetheart, Abby. Still, I ended up watching it and really enjoyed it. Since I wasn’t sleepy yet, I decided to watch his most recent special, My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, where Mike talks about how he doesn’t believe in marriage and thinks it’s a chaotic, antiquated concept. The special ends, however, *SPOILER ALERT* with him telling us that he had, in fact gotten married. Though he doesn’t believe in marriage, he’s still giving it a try and taking it one day at a time. I really enjoy Birbiglia’s work because he’s very relateable and a great storyteller. I wasn’t as much of a fan of My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, but I highly recommend Sleepwalk With Me.

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So, I’m still watching Portlandia. In fact, it got really good. I’m used to the characters now, and I actually have favorites. There’s a hilarious episode revolving around Battlestar Galactica, where we see our first black Portlanders (“I want these white people outta my kitchen!”). I’m in the second season now, and it took me that long to realize that Armisen is supposed to be a woman in the women’s bookstore series. I mean, it’s a women’s bookstore! Still, I just thought he was an effeminate man. My bad. My least favorite skits involve the Mayor, as the show turns into some kinda campy, kid’s public television show whenever he’s around. Plus, I’ve got questions. Do Fred and Carrie share a house in Portland? Are they just roommates? Do they actually live in Portland, or is it a place to which they escape for its quirkiness? Why don’t they seem to have jobs? I mean, we know what Fred does, but what does Carrie do for money? SO many questions! Anyway, I’m powering through to the end, so this won’t be the last Portlandia report from me.

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Yay, my favorite interracial TV family is back! There’s a new Cheerios commercial airing during the Super Bowl Sunday, but since we live in the future, everything gets leaked before its time. Here’s the commercial:

They’re having a baby! I love that little girl so much. I hope my little halfy daughter is just like her one day.

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My new favorite website is Used To Be a Pizza Hut, and the name is pretty self explanatory. Readers submit pictures of establishments that clearly used to be Pizza Hut restaurants. It’s a great way to kill time, and I plan to submit a few myself pretty soon.

Here’s a pretty cool version of the Mega Man 2 theme:

Look at this! It’s called a Quokka. I got this from my Twitter pal @shankjackbel. I must own one of these!

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Ya know who had a great week? Ryan Lewis. “Who’s Ryan Lewis,” you ask? That’s just why he had a great week: his anonymity. Ryan Lewis is the other half of rap duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. As the group’s producer, Lewis is a bit of a silent partner, while Macklemore’s flamboyance tends to steal the spotlight. The duo cleaned up Sunday night at the Grammys, winning Best New Artist, Best Rap Song, Best Rap Album, and Best Rap Performance. A lot of people felt that three of those categories should have gone to black artists, and it started the discussion of white appropriation of rap music. What was a great night for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis turned into a bad week, as everyone started questioning whether or not the duo was worthy of the awards that they won. Hip hop heads mentioned several acts that never won a Grammy, but should have, including the Wu-Tang Clan. It’s said that Macklemore himself tweeted an apology to his fellow nominee Kendrick Lamar after beating him. Then the debate turned to whether or not Macklemore had anything to apologize for. Anyway, while all this was going on, Ryan Lewis was having his cake and eating it too. He had all the same awards, but none of the spotlight. I’m sure it sucked when Macklemore got all the good publicity, but I’m sure Lewis is reveling in his background status at the moment. All eyes are on Macklemore and the debate rages on, but Ryan’s name rarely comes up. That’s why Ryan Lewis had the West Week Ever.

24th Jan2014

West Week Ever – 1/24/14

by Will

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So, this week I spent a lot of my time watching standup specials. When all was said and done, I had watched three, but laughed very little. First up was Neal Brennan: Women and Black Dudes. Brennan may not be a household name, but he should be as he co-created Chappelle’s Show. Since the show ended, he’s been making a name for himself as a standup comedian, and he’s got some pretty funny stuff based around race relations and perceptions. His funniest bit is that he’s friends with a lot of black guys who call him “the N-word”. He says that it happens so much that he finds himself calling himself that word when no one’s around. You need to watch the special to get the whole gist of it, but it was pretty funny.

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Next up was Chris D’elia: White Man, Black Comic. D’elia’s most recent role was as Whitney Cummings’s boyfriend in Whitney, but he’s been doing standup for years. Most of his his act revolves around accents and how women are crazy. To be honest, I thought his Comedy Central half hour special was funnier, but I won’t hold it against him too much. This isn’t the special to watch if you want his best stuff, but if you’re already a fan, you should check it out.

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Finally, I caught Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain on Netflix. Kinda like with D’elia, this wasn’t his best work, but it shows that his act has matured, as he opens up about his infidelity and how it helped him grow as a man. There are a lot of funny bits in the special, but I expected to bust a gut. That didn’t happen.

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While I was on the comedy kick, I wanted to watch more, but didn’t feel like sitting through an entire special. So, I decided to finally give Portlandia a chance. I don’t say this much, but I think it just might be too white for me. I mean, I got a few laughs out of it, but it’s SO niche. I guess you could say that I came for Fred Armisen, but stayed for Carrie Brownstein – who has an aloof cuteness about her. I’m only 2 episodes in, but I think I’ll power through and see what the rest of the series has to offer.

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It’s been sitting on my DVR since about October, but I finally sat down and watched CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story. Before the jokes start, no, it was not a movie about The Learning Channel! I never really processed that TLC basically had the same career trajectory as a boyband. They released 3 albums in about 10 years and then disappeared. The movie suffered from too much creative license. Like The Temptations, events coincided too often in order to make the story more compelling. Left Eye’s dad dies the same day the girls are signed. Chili finds out she’s pregnant the very day she’s asked to rejoin the group. It also skipped a few important parts, such as Left Eye signing the girl group BLAQUE to her label, as well as R U The Girl? – the UPN reality show designed to replace the deceased Left Eye in the group. I still say the second verse of “Waterfalls”, with its oversimplification of HIV, makes no sense whatever.

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I started the week off by going to a toy show in Timonium, MD. In my mind, the show sucked. Pretty hard. The silver lining, however, was that I got to meet @smurfwreck and @shezcrafti in the flesh! Above is my meager haul from the show. Mr. Sinister only cost me $5, and he’s an addition to my X-Men Marvel Legends collection. Doom was carded and cost me $10 – he’s an addition to my Marvel movie figure collection. Finally, K.A.R.R. cost me $7, which was about half what folks were charging for it at Baltimore Comic-Con. I’d actually found K.A.R.R. a few months back, but @smurfwreck seemed to want it more than I did (I really wanted K.I.T.T. and hadn’t found him yet at that point), so I had sold it to him. Now that I have K.I.T.T., the “brothers” can now hang out on my wall together.

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Something hit a little too close to home this week. As you probably know, I tend to write a column called Thrift Justice, where I talk about stuff I’ve recently picked up at thrift stores. For quite some time, I was the only thing that came up in Google searches for “Thrift Justice”. Then, the other night, The Colbert Report decided to use the phrase in their The Word segment. It’s odd, because it seemed to have nothing to do with the topic at hand – the diminishing supply of execution drugs. After watching the segment, I’m hardpressed to understand where or how that phrase even entered into the discussion. Anyway, now my Google hits have been pushed down by political blogs linking to his segment. Too bad I couldn’t get any traffic out of the who ordeal. I had actually let the ThriftJustice.com url lapse, but the minute @OAFE tweeted that Colbert had used the phrase, I immediately renewed the domain – just to cover my ass.

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No one had a week like Richard Sherman. Even if you’re not a fan of sportsball, you no doubt know his name by now. Following the Seattle Seahawks’ NFC championship win, Sherman went OFF on Michael Crabtree of the San Francisco 49ers. We all joked that he “cut a promo”, like a WWE wrestler. He also decided to declare himself the best corner in the game. So, there were accusations that he was a “thug” and that his outburst showed a lack of class. Supporters have said that we have no idea the emotions he must have been feeling, and that we can’t judge him on that. My favorite thing floating around is the whole matter that Sherman graduated from Stanford, so “…not only is he not a fool, odds are he’s smarter than you and me.” Hold on there, sportswriter. I have an Ivy League degree, in just as useless of a major, so we’re probably on the same level when it comes to smarts. He’s just better at football. But I digress. All eyes will definitely be on Sherman during The Super Bowl, and he’s probably responsible for the creation of a few new Broncos fans. In any case, you couldn’t get through the news this week without hearing about Richard Sherman, and that’s why he had the West Week Ever.

16th Jan2014

Track Star: Mr. Mister Vs. Boy Meets Girl

by Will

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Welcome to Track Star! Don’t know the rules? Read this first

Today’s Challengers:

Mr. Mister – Welcome To The Real World vs. Boy Meets Girl – Reel Life

Today, we’re pitting two ’80s acts against each other. Mr. Mister had a hit song to which nobody seemed to know the words, while Boy Meets Girl were a songwriting act who weren’t used to being in the spotlight themselves. This time around, we’ve got a sampling of 6 songs from each group. Who’ll take the crown in this round of Track Star?

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Mr. Mister is a group known for two particular songs and, luckily, they both happen to be on Welcome To The Real World. This was actually the group’s second album, but served as a breakthrough since it included the #1 singles “Kyrie” and “Broken Wings”. This is a VERY ’80s album, as evidenced by the song “Don’t Slow Down”, which seems like it was written for a movie montage. ”Run To Her” is a beautiful ballad, reminiscent of “Broken Wings” – known to every child of the ’80s. “Is It Love” is so ’80s that it’s wearing legwarmers and shoulder pads. Everyone knows “Kyrie”, even if they don’t know what’s being said (for the record, it’s “Kyrie eleison, down the road that I must travel.” It’s Latin for “Lord, have mercy.”). The album wraps up with the title track, “Welcome To The Real World”, which sounds like another montage anthem.

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Best known for their song “Waiting For A Star To Fall”, Boy Meets Girl spent most of the ’80s in the shadows of other people. The group was comprised of the songwriting duo of George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam. They wrote Whitney Houston’s hits “How Will I Know” and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)”, while they provided background vocals on Deniece Williams’s “Let’s Hear It For The Boy”. In 1988, they released Reel Life, which included their hit “Waiting…”, along with 9 other songs. I love this album because they sound like the prototype for the California Dreams – strong female vocals, great harmonies, and a sweet, poppy sound. The Dreams comparison begins with the opening track, “Bring Down The Moon”, which, then, leads us right into “Waiting For A Star To Fall”. Next up, “Stormy Love” and “If You Run” just further the comparison between Boy Meets Girl and the Dreams. “Restless Dreamer” is one of the strongest tracks on the album. Because this came later in the decade, I have to say that this feels and sounds more like a ’90s album than an ’80s album. Just listening to this and Mr. Mister back to back, it’s apparent that they weren’t contemporaries. The album closes out with “Someone’s Got To Send Out Love”, which is giving off a California Dreams ballad feel. Considering my love for that show and those songs, I’m really pulling for this album to win this round. Can it do it, though? Let’s find out.

You really could’ve seen where this one was headed, as I simply loved Reel Life. Sure, it suffers from “they all sound the same”-itis, but that’s not a problem if you’re a fan of that sound. At the end of the day, Reel Life just has more repeat “listenability” to me than Welcome To The Real World. Sure, there’s “Kyrie” and “Broken Wings”, but there’s not a whole lot other than those two. There are strong, serviceable tracks on the album, but they just aren’t as consistent as the songs on Reel Life. I feel like Boy Meets Girl have aged better, even though Mr. Mister are included on every 80s collection infomercial. It’s the “hidden gem” nature of Reel Life that really went a long way in this match-up.

The Winner:

Boy Meets Girl – Reel Life

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For those playing along at home, agree or disagree? Let me know in the comments!

10th Jan2014

West Week Ever – 1/10/14

by Will

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oie_922142seDasWF9ilizashlesingerWelcome to 2014! We’re back, ready to do this another year. While I had about a 2 week holiday break, I didn’t spend as much time with Netflix as I’d expected. In the middle of episodes of Undercover Boss, I watched 3 things over break. First up was Iliza Shlesinger’s comedy special War Paint. If you’re not familiar with Iliza, she won the 6th season of Last Comic Standing, and also hosted the syndicated dating show Excused. I expected funny, but that’s not really what I got. It wasn’t a bad special, but maybe a bit too long. I’m not sure she’s ready for a full hour yet, as most of her act is comprised of weird voices and cloying animal noises. I really wanted to like it, as she always came off as a cool chick, but it just didn’t do it for me.

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Next up, Lindsay took me to Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues for my birthday. I can’t give an honest assessment of the movie, as I was having a rough day and didn’t find it as funny as I wanted it to be. There were parts I loved, like Doby the shark and the blindness, but parts I loathed including any scene with Steve Carrell. Man, the Brick character sure wore thin quickly! I expected to laugh more, and I hated the news gang fight as much as I loved the original news gang fight. It felt like they were trying to catch lightning in a bottle a second time, and the cameos took me out of it more than they did the first time around. Kanye and Will Smith?? Really? So, I’m not gonna really have a clear opinion of the film until I see it again.

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Finally, I caught We’re The Millers. It’s set in Denver, so it was actually playing on my flight out to Denver the day after Christmas. I refused to give Frontier Airlines my $6, though, so I picked it up at Redbox when I got home. Like Anchorman 2, I expected to laugh more. I love Jason Sudeikis, and it’s great that he has become the new Vince Vaughn. The whole time I found myself looking at Aniston, wondering, “What kind of mistakes did she make in life to still be stripping at 40?” I think Aniston’s cute and all, but I found myself in the @LamarRevenger camp this time around, as she was not doing it for me. I feel like there’s someone else they could’ve cast in that role for the stripper stuff to have been more convincing. Anyway, the funniest scene in the whole movie is during the outtakes, so don’t stop the DVD right when the movie stops.

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Speaking of Denver, I wonder if the events of the movie (Sudeikis has to smuggle a ton of weed over the border for Andy Bernard, pretends he’s a family man in a Winnebago) would happen in 2014 Denver. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you know that Denver has legalized marijuana. When people hear I just got back, their first question was “Oh, did you…yeah?” No, I didn’t. The law didn’t go into effect until last Wednesday, and I left Tuesday. Great timing, huh? That brings up an interesting quandary, though, as I doubt I’d have done it had it been legal while I was there. I’ve never done a drug in my life, and I’m kinda too old to be starting now. Anyway, Denver was great as I got to hang out with my sister (we don’t do “in-law” in this family!), Jamie, and her boyfriend, Sam.

ChromeCastI find it funny that I got Chromecast, yet ended up watching less TV. My wonderful wife got it for me for Christmas, and I have to admit that I didn’t even fully know what it was. Basically, it lets you watch anything from your computer on your TV – all due to a little HDMI flash drive thingy. I’d love to actually use it, but she keeps commandeering the TV for football.

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As for awesome gifts, I got a Pebble for my birthday. If you’re not familiar, it’s a smartwatch that started as a Kickstarter, but is now sold in stores like Best Buy. It has an e-paper display, like a Kindle, and is highly customizable. As for the “smart” aspect of it, it features caller ID, as well as Facebook, text, and email notifications right on the watch face. I’ve been having a lot of fun with it, but it’s also making me realize how many notifications I average. The battery is meant to last 5-7 days on one charge (you charge it via USB cable), but I’m definitely more on the 5 day side. Anyway, the only thing it lacks (which the Samsung Gear has) is the ability to answer calls and talk into it. Maybe the next version will have that. They already announced a newer, stainless steel version at CES this week. Yup, 2 weeks after I got mine. Bastards…

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I found it funny that Lady Gaga issued an apology to her fans this week. Give it up, Stefani – you’re in time-out. Gaga had a rough 2013, as her album, Artpop, pseudo-flopped, her Muppets special bombed, and everyone’s kinda tired of her shit. Now she’s busy blaming everyone but herself. The problem with Gaga is that she “maxed out on weird”. There was nowhere else for her to go in terms of weirdness. It’s a lot like The Matrix trilogy. Remember how amazing the effects were in the first movie? Time passed, technology advanced, and there were even better effects in the second one. The third movie, however, was filmed at the same time as the second. So, there’s no real dazzle there. They had maxed out the bounds of effects technology of the time and had nothing else to give us. Gaga did the same thing, and now she needs to go somewhere and regroup.

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Before Christmas, everyone on Facebook was taking a dialect quiz from The New York Times. Contrary to what I thought it would say, the quiz correctly identified my dialect as that of Washington, DC. Or Richmond, VA. Or Winston-Salem, NC. Hey, one out of three ain’t bad! If you didn’t jump on the bandwagon, you can still take the quiz here.

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So, I found out that this is a thing that exists. An a cappella friend from college is actually in it. It’s team-based karaoke and actually sounds kinda cool. I’m on the antisocial side, so I’m not sure, but I might actually give it a shot. We’ll see…

Last night, I weaseled my way onto the latest episode of The Kliqnation’s Comic Book Chronicles, and the guys were nice enough to let me stay. You can watch the ep here:

If you’re looking for new blogs to read this year, I’ve got some recommendations for ya. First up, my good pal, Tarek, has started a blog documenting his progress with The Ultimate Yogi program. Even if you’ve never considered doing yoga, his observations are pretty funny. It’s worth reading just to witness him lusting over the chicks in the videos. You can follow his progress at Mediocre Yogi. Next up, my pal Dean, AKA @LamarRevenger, has restarted his family blog Fun With The Schaeffers. I love the tagline: “Witness a family trying to live the American Dream, by the seat of their pants.” He’s returning after a years-long hiatus, so I can’t wait to see what he has in store.

In Case You Missed It This Week
Adventures West Coast – Saga Vol 1

West YEAR Ever – 2013

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No one had a week like Sasheer Zamata – the newest Saturday Night Live cast member. SNL came under fire a few months back when Mr. Good Burger himself, Kenan Thompson, had to go and say that there weren’t any black women ready to join the cast. Of course, this started a shitstorm, and folks started demanding that SNL try harder to diversify. So, not only did they hire 2 black women writers, but they also hired Sasheer – the first black woman cast member since Maya Rudolph (yup, she counts). If you don’t count Maya, Sasheer’s the first black woman cast member since Ellen Cleghorne. Anyone remember her? Anyway, it’s kind of a shame how this whole thing went down. They could’ve waited until next fall, and introduced her along with the new cast members. Instead, the national spotlight is on her, and her debut will take place next Saturday, featuring host and musical guest Drake. There’s a lot of pressure on Ms. Zamata, and I wouldn’t want to be in her shoes. That said, she’s been given the chance of a lifetime, and she’s now on everyone’s radar, so Sasheer Zamata had the West Week Ever.

09th Jan2014

West YEAR Ever – 2013

by Will

Well, 2013 has come and gone, but we couldn’t let it go without looking back one last time. I couldn’t really wrap my head around how to write it all, so I figured we’d just go with bullet points and pics. Hell, if you’re a loyal reader, you’ve seen all this stuff before. This is just to whet your palate as you await tomorrow’s 2014 debut of West Week Ever!

Milestones of 2013

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- I explored a dead mall

- I got cornered by Conservatives from Craigslist

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- I binge-watched a Sentai series

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- I met Twitter pal @LamarRevenger

- I changed the way I consume comics

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- I beat a video game!

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-I finally met @chrispiers! & @robotspjs!

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- I celebrated 10 years of blogging

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- I went to Canada

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- I introduced a new blog column

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- I ran my first 5K and met Twitter pals @claymationhowl, @JohnDoctorKent, @FakeEyes22, @meistershake, @bmorin54, @doubledumbass, @P0LISHPHEN0M, @howardthedeck, @chapmanrunner, and @monsterfink.

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- I met Adam West and Burt Ward

My Favorite Posts of 2013

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- 1 Broke Plot: How 2 Broke Girls Shortened Its Lifespan

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- Black History Month is Back-ack-ack-ack-ack-ack-ack-ack!

- Because Nobody Asked: Will On Comedy

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- “I Wanna Xup, Baby” AKA Anyone Else Remember Xuxa?

- My (Alternate) Reality

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- Judging Bottles By Their Labels

- Must Flee TV – The Future of Comedy on NBC

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- Pitch Perfect and the True Story of Collegiate A Cappella

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- Reboot That Bitch: The Fall Guy

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- Best of the West #3: Knight Rider Knight 2000 Voice Car

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- A Tribute to Mystic Music’s Cool Rock

- Where’s Mama Cass?

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- Thrift Justice – The Expendables XI: Never Stop Spending!!!

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- Monday Musings – Skins Series 7 and the Close of a Franchise

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West Week Ever Recipients of 2013

Seth MacFarlane
Mila Kunis
Hugh Grant
Charles Bronson
Cast of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Psy
Delta Gamma Sorority
Fall Out Boy
Robert Downey Jr.
Charles Ramsay
The Office
Cast of Saved by the Bell
Howie Decker
Superman
North West
Happy Endings
America
Regular Show
Breaking Bad
G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Canada
Christina Bianco
Ben Affleck
Power Rangers
Jennette McCurdy and Andre Drummond
Baltimore Comic-Con
Retro Con
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Breaking Bad
Miley Cyrus
Star Wars Trilogy
Cool and Collected Magazine
Marvel
Ground Floor
Batkid
Gal Gadot
Beyonce
Paul Rudd

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So, last year, I was asked “Who had the West Year Ever?” Well, for 2012, the answer was me. I’d gotten married and a whole slew of other stuff. That’s not the case for 2013, however. No, that distinction goes to Breaking Bad. It’s the only multiple West Week Ever recipient, and the series wrapped up in 2013 in top notch fashion. The only entity to come close to Breaking Bad‘s 2013 was Miley Cyrus, but she just flew a little too close to the sun to clinch it this year.

2013 was also the first full year of West Week Ever, and I couldn’t do it without you, the readers. Thanks for all your support and I hope you’ll stay with me into 2014!

13th Dec2013

West Week Ever – 12/13/13

by Will

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Sorry for that “Shiva Blast”, but I’ve been watching The League on Netflix for that past week. I’ve seen them all before, but it’s such a damn good show. Plus, when you binge-watch it, you realize it’s got the best continuity on television. Seriously, there’s a richer tapestry of timeline and in-jokes than How I Met Your Mother. The funny thing is that I don’t know the first thing about football, so why am I watching a comedy about a fantasy football league? Well, the football is just the thing that gets them all together, but the show’s about so much more. If you haven’t tried it, definitely watch a handful of episodes and you’ll be hooked.

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Netflix didn’t really have any new movies that I wanted to watch, so this week I resorted to Redbox. What did I come away with? The To-Do List and The Heat. First up, The To-Do List. Starring Parks & Recreation‘s Aubrey Plaza, it follows a recent high school graduate who doesn’t want to go off to college as a sexually inexperienced virgin. So, with the help of her slutty friends, she creates a sexual to-do list of all the things she wants to try before going off to school. There’s everything from HJs to dry humping to fingerblasting and more. At the end of the day, the moral of the story is that sex doesn’t have to be a big deal unless you make it out to be. When feelings are involved, it can be a special act, but otherwise it’s just some recreational thing that society completely blows out of proportion. If you’re a really progressive parent, and you want to prepare your own daughter before she goes off to college, this would make quite the humorous instructional video. Aubrey has such a one-dimensional deadpan delivery, but it fits here. I was scared she’d bring too much “Daria” to the role, but she’s convincing as the goody two-shoes Brandy Klark. The only annoying thing about the movie is that it’s set in the early 90s, so they constantly drop hamfisted references to remind you of the time period – things like, “Hey, let’s go get some slap bracelets”, etc. Anyway,  no one saw this thing when it was in theaters, but I hope it gets a new lease on life as a DVD/streaming.

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Next up was The Heat – the buddy cop movie starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. Ya know, I watch Mike & Molly and want to write McCarthy off as overrated. Then, she steals a movie like Bridesmaids, and now The Heat, and I start to think she might be the real deal. Seriously, she is HILARIOUS in this movie, while Bullock successfully plays the role of “slightly off” straight woman. I won’t really get into the convoluted plot, so let’s just say that they team up to take down a drug lord. No, that’s actually pretty much the whole plot of the movie. Sure, there are some speed bumps along the way, and the two have to learn to work together, but that’s the general gist of the movie. Plus, it ends in a way that could totally lead to a sequel, so I really hope to see The Heat 2 in the next few years.

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I know I’ve ranted about it before on Twitter, but it bears repeating: I HATE the concept of the “Fall finale” for TV shows. Originally, it was just something that cable networks did when they wanted to split up their seasons. In recent years, however, it has found its way to basic television dramas. Back in “my day”, we were smart enough to know how TV worked: your season started in September, and you had new episodes until November. Then you had reruns until January/February and you had your season finale in May. That was it. Everyone knew the cycle and they were fine with it. Now, this new system changes the way shows are written and filmed. You now HAVE to have some big dramatic cliffhanger in the middle of the season just to lure people back in February. This bothers me because I feel the midseason finales are actually stronger than the season finales nowadays, resulting in an unbalanced season. This also goes to show that the 22-episode season is antiquated, and maybe the fall finale should be the season finale. Just cut shows down to 13 episodes a season for tighter story arcs.

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Speaking of shows with limited runs, The Sing-Off is back. As an a cappella alum, I’m contractually obligated to mention that. I, however, haven’t watched since the first season. Here were my thoughts from that round.

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Jason Momoa is rumored to be joining the already bloated Man of Steel sequel. I’m actually surprised it has taken this long for him to get a comic movie role. I think he was up for Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy, but that ultimately went to Chris Batista. I don’t care how many tough guy roles Momoa gets, he’ll always be Jason from Baywatch to me.

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Links I Loved

Over-Analyzing the Festively Rape-y Holiday Classic “Baby It’s Cold Outside” – UnderScoopFire!

Why Do People Love Donald Glover, But Hate Childish Gambino So Much? – UPROXX

Rambo Had a Christmas Episode. It Was Insane. – The Robot’s Pajamas

Inside the Rainbow Gulag: The Technicolor Rise and Fall of Lisa Frank – Jezebel

Top 15 Other DC Characters Jason Momoa Could Play in Man of Steel 2 The Nerds of Color

Two made me laugh out loud, while one just makes me laugh to look at him now. The other is considered a “queen” to some. Only one, however, had the West Week Ever.

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I’m not a huge Beyonce fan. I liked a lot of the Destiny’s Child stuff, but I never really followed her on her solo exploits. That said, it’s hard to deny that she’s become quite the juggernaut – both on her own, and through her marriage to Jay-Z. Last night, she flaunted that clout by dropping an entire album of new music, without warning or fanfare. The self-titled affair is comprised of 14 songs and 17 videos, showing that Mrs. Carter has been a busy girl. Still, the noteworthy aspect of the whole thing is how she just nonchalantly released it, sending the internet into chaos. Do you know how many artists release stuff on iTunes to no reception? There are VERY few artists that could get away with what she did, and it’s something of a game changer for the music industry. I can’t attest to the quality of the package, as I haven’t listened to it yet, but I’m definitely impressed by the delivery. She hit us when no one was watching and we truly weren’t ready for that jelly. For this reason, Beyonce had the West Week Ever.

22nd Nov2013

West Week Ever – 11/22/13

by Will

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Who knew you guys would like a post about Pure Moods?! That was my most popular post in a LONG time. Hell, it even did better than West Week Ever. So, after today, every week will be Pure Moods Friday!

I’m kidding. Even I can’t eke that much material out of a compilation CD series. Still, I’m glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for reading it!

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I found myself in the middle of a flame war this week, as I cosigned a friend’s opinion on a porn star’s bad tit job on Twitter. Turns out said porn star knows how to use Google, and got all offended. Hey, get mad at your doctor, not us! Anyway, this led to a rebuttal post, then her PR guy got involved, trying to make me and a bunch of folks look bad. At the end of the day, I’m not sorry for what I said, which was that she was either dumb or just got around to googling herself since the offending tweet was sent a month ago. I, personally, didn’t say anything about her atrocious tits. Whoops! Oh well.

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It took an SNL performance and several more listens, but Artpop has finally grown on me. The strongest songs are “Venus”, “G.U.Y.”, “Dope”, “Gypsy”, and the title track, “Artpop”. Still don’t think it’s as strong as Born This Way, but I was pretty hard on it last week. It also debuted at #1, so it’s got that going for it. Still, 5 strong songs out of 15 isn’t great, especially when it’s the other songs that’ll probably be released as singles.

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Something’s been bothering me about this season of How I Met Your Mother – have they retconned Robin’s sister? If you go all the way back to season 2, Robin’s younger sister, Katie, comes to town and plans to lose her virginity. The gang talks her out of it, and she decides to wait. And then she was never mentioned again. In the middle of all the Robin/Robin Sparkles flashbacks, it’s almost like she was an only child. Apparently, Robin lived with her mom during the Sparkles years, so maybe it’s a half sister? Either way, she hasn’t been mentioned since that episode, yet there’s a wedding on the horizon, and still no one’s mentioning her. Hell, they finally broached the topic of Robin’s mom (who won’t be making the trip to the ceremony), but still haven’t mentioned the sister. This seems kinda sloppy for a show that has always tried to do right by its continuity.

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In the past, I’ve written about Geeks for Tots - the holiday contest run by The Robot’s Pajamas. Sadly, due to work and school commitments, Geeks for Tots won’t be happening this year. All is not lost, however, as Infinite Hollywood has an alternative: Infinite Toys for Tots. Basically, the site will match any toy donation that you can prove with a picture of you dropping a toy into a Toys for Tots bin. GFT used to get a lot of backlash for the fact that donors could win prizes for donating. People would say, “Why can’t you just donate for the pleasure of doing something good?” Well, this does just that, as you get nothing but that squishy feeling! You can read more about it here, but let’s help some less fortunate kids to have a great holiday season!

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Speaking of the holiday season, now would be a great time for you to revisit Will’s World of Wonder. We’ve been quiet, but we’re still alive and kicking. In fact, I recently added a bunch of vintage Power Rangers zords, as well as some other trinkets. When you’re looking for something special for the fanboy in your life, choose Will’s World of Wonder!

Though I haven’t sung with them in 10 years, my collegiate a cappella group, Last Call, just released their new album. It sounds great, and if you’re a fan of music without accompaniment, you can get it from iTunes. Here’s a sampler:

Links I Loved

Dave Holmes on TRL, Jesse Camp and 1998’s Other Big MTV Moments – Vulture

Stretching Spandex Over Melanin Won’t Make Comics More Diverse – The Nerds of Color

Tanya Tate’s Boobs (Risky for Work) – The Robot’s Pajamas

The 50 Sexiest People Born in 1985 – UnderScoopFire!

Comics are for Children – The Nerds of Color

Best-Lock Continues Its Reign of Terrible Licensed Construction Toys with Stargate SG-1 – Double Dumbass On You

One had a city in the palm of his hands, while the other was just holding her boobs. One is helping the needy, while the other is kinda seedy. Only one, however, had the West Week Ever.

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No one had a week like Batkid. Technically, he probably should’ve had the West Week Ever last week, but his takeover of San Francisco happened after the post was published. Still, nothing that happened this week even came close to the media juggernaut of a little, cancer-stricken kid fighting crime with 10,000 volunteers in his corner. They say that the whole day will end up with a price tag of $105,000, but who cares, really? It seemed like a pretty fun day for all involved. If anything, I feel sorry for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, as this just raises the bar for them. It used to be kids only wanted a giant ice cream sundae or a few minutes to visit with John Cena. Now, they’re ALL gonna wanna take over cities. The charity world will never be the same after this, and that’s why Batkid had the West Week Ever.

19th Nov2013

Pure Moods and The Loss of Innocence

by Will

 

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I can’t believe I never wrote about this sooner. Anyway, I took piano lessons for about 10 years. While I was supposed to be learning classical piano, my tastes veered toward the New Age spectrum. People love to laugh at the likes of Enya, Yanni, etc, but I loved that stuff. In fact, I didn’t even know what “new age” music was until I started playing piano. It soon became one of my favorite genres, especially in terms of helping me relax. Well, here’s a story of how New Age went bad. And it’s all thanks to a little CD called Pure Moods.

I’ve written about my love of infomercial CD sets in the past, but none appealed to me like Pure Moods. Sure, I already knew about Enya because of “Sail Away (Orinoco Flow)”, but there were all these other artists I’d never heard of. There was techno (Robert Miles), Native American chants (Sacred Spirit), and bells! Eventually, I learned that you could actually buy this collection in stores, and it went to the top of my Must Buy CD list. I scrimped and saved my money, and one Saturday I finally got my mom to take me to Borders (R.I.P.) to pick up the CD. It was August 30, 1997, and I remember it like it was yesterday.

My friend, Brett, had actually come over for a sleepover, and like a great friend, I completely ignored him while I listened to my new prize. Since I loved “Sail Away”, I must’ve listened to it on repeat several times before getting on with the rest of the album. It was the second track, so I didn’t get far into it. I commonly watch TV while my headphones are tuned to something entirely different, and I was doing this at that time. I think Brett was reading a comic or something so, again, I didn’t feel like I was being the terrible friend that I was. I remember Saturday Night Live was coming on, but I didn’t care enough to take off my headphones.

A few minutes into the telecast, there was a Breaking News update. This was pre-internet (unless you were an AOL family), so these things were still kinda serious back then. Remember the date I listed above? Well, you see, that was the night that the paparazzi followed Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed into that tunnel. Yeah, the breaking news was about the accident. It’s hard to remember now, but this was when she was “The People’s Princess”. She was all about doing away with landmines, and she was just a sweet charitable woman. Surely, nothing bad would happen to her, right? So, I kept on looping Pure Moods, while fearing the worst. They had the camera trained on the outside of the tunnel, and that’s about all the TV showed for about 2 hrs. With each passing report, things were getting worse and worse for Princess Di. Then, they announced that she had died.

I don’t care much about celebrity deaths. Never really have. That one, for some reason, felt different to me. The next day, I was in a “How could this happen to such a sweet lady?” mood. All she ever wanted was happiness, and it seemed like she never found it. Sure, she probably found it in her kids, but she’d been in an unhappy marriage, then there were the affair rumors and everything else. Everyone has the right to happiness, but I, in my little world, felt like she had left the world without truly finding happiness, and that bothered me. Worst of all, however, it ruined my relaxation flow. You see, Pure Moods was ruined. I couldn’t listen to it without seeing the images from the tunnel all over again. Here we are, 16 years later, and it still has the same effect. In fact, it wouldn’t be the last time that Enya was associated with tragedy, as her single “Only Time” became associated with the various 9/11 tributes. Anyway, after that night, Pure Moods was basically ruined for me, and I thought that was it. Then, Pure Moods II came out…

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