Friday, October 31, 2008

Janeane Garofalo: Live 1997

Truly smart comedy, Janeane's take on religion, politics, New York crime, dog people, summer blockbuster movies, and much more.

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Amanda Palmer: Oasis (Music Video)

This is hilarious. The new music video from The Dresden Dolls' front woman Amanda Palmer's new solo album "Who Killed Amanda Palmer". Amanda has dedicated this music video to Governor Sarah Palin. Please take a look.

She-Ra: Princess Of Power

Looking back on it now, I should probably deem it a shameful moment in my life, but I don't. Back when I was, I think 13 but it could have been 14, I went on a trip to Alberta with my best friend and his parents. We went to every major city around the Alberta region, but there was one stop we made that we went to a specific natural history museum that had a little kids waiting area.

So while me and my friend were waiting for his parents we sat down and started looking through things in said waiting area. Among the things was an old She-Ra comic book. Having almost completely forgotten about She-Ra altogether my friend and I were stunned that this even existed. So what did I do? That's right! I stole it! I stole a She-Ra comic book from a Museum waiting area so we could look through it in the car and enjoy moments of nostalgia. I have no idea where that comic book is today, but I still enjoy that memory.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Lady Gaga: Just Dance (Music Video)

From the album "The Fame" (2008).

Duffy: Stepping Stone (Music Video)

Duffy - Stepping Stone

Stepping Stone is the fourth single from Duffy's debut album "Rockferry" (2008), and one of my personal favorites. Though her song "Serious was originally meant to be her fourth single, she replaced it with Stepping Stone just weeks before the release date. It's definitely a better choice, I don't care for the song "Serious" at all. Take a look at the video.

Lisa Loeb: Taffy (Music Video)

This is Lisa Loeb's third single from her first studio album "Tails" (1995). Gotta love her glasses.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Kathy Griffin: The D-List (Comedy Special)

Kathy Griffin is definintely one of my all time favorite Comedians. This is her first Bravo comedy special, and I will be adding the others. Kathy is a two time Emmy winner for her hit reality show "My Life On The D List", and has starred in shows from Suddenly Susan to Seinfeld. Her humour is all about the absurdities of celebrities and her own fabulosities as a D-list celebrity.

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Amy Sedaris: On David Letterman (2007)

Most of you would probably recognize Amy Sedaris from her guest starring role on Sex And The City as one of Carrie's book publisher's, Courtney (the one who isn't Molly Shannon) but this "mentally energetic" actress/comedian/rabbit lover/hostess, has also starred in films like Strangers With Candy (her own star vehicle), Shrek The Third (as the voice of Cinderella), Bewitched, and Snow Angels. She is the author of the best selling entertaining guide "I Like You: Hospitality Under The Influence", which is a manual on how to be a low budget version of Martha Stewart and she is on David Letterman every other week I think. Some love her, some can't stand her. I think she's hilarious.

Patty Griffin: When It Don't Come Easy (Live)

Earlier this year, I had the true delight of seeing Patty Griffin in concert while she was out promoting her latest studio album "Children Running Through", and it was quite honestly one of the most musically stunning shows I have ever been to. Patty has released a live DVD from the tour "Patty Griffin: Live From The Artists Den" and I'm posting her performance of one of my favorite songs by her. Hope you like it.

Jem & The Holograms: The Beginning

Most of my friends know that one of my favorite cartoon shows growing up (as it was for most gay boys in the 80's) was Jem & The Holograms. Yes, the four ordinary girls who become rock stars with the styling help of a computer named "Cynergy". Music, adventure, magic earrings... what more do you want? Here's the first episode of the show, which explains everything.

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Mario Saves The Princess

Just a humorous little cartoon from the mind of Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy, American Dad).

Christina Aguilera: Keeps Gettin' Better (Music Video)

I'm really in no way impressed by the new video by Christina Aguilera, but I do like the song and I have a fondness for the twisted version of Catwoman that she plays towards the end and it got me thinking of Michelle Pfieffers Catwoman in Batman Returns. I thought about all of the times she "dies" in that movie and three of them were from falling from buildings. Ummm... aren't cats supposed to land on their feet?

Monday, October 27, 2008

Tori Amos: Winter (Live At Montreux 1991)

For all the Tori fans out there, she has just recently released on DVD (and live CD) her early concert performances from the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1991 and 1992. The clip above is her performance of her heartbreakingly beautiful song "Winter" from the 1991 show which was very much a preview of things to come in Tori's career.
She was still very much unknown at this time as she hadn't yet released her 1992 breakout solo record "Little Earthquakes". The song listings for the two concerts in the DVD package are...

1991 Show:
Silent All These Years
Precious Things
Song For Eric
Upside Down
Happy Phantom
Thank You (Led Zepplin cover)

1992 Show:
Little Earthquakes
Silent All These Years
Precious Things
Happy Phantom
Whole Lotta Love/Thank You (Led Zepplin Medley)
Me And A Gun
Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana cover)

The DVD and Live cd are in stores now.

I Love Lucy: Classic Moments

Two of the most classic moments in the history of television were seen on the classic Lucille Ball sitcom "I Love Lucy" (1951 - 1957). The first is from the episode "Lucy Does A TV Commercial", where Lucy, against her husband Ricky's (Desi Arnaz) wishes, finds herself as a spokesperson for a new health tonic called "Vitameatavegamin". The tonic contains all of the essentials for a healthy lifestyle. Vitamins, Meat, Vegatables, Minerals, and of course an alcohol content of 23%. Take a look.

The second clip is from the episode "Job Switching" wherein Lucy and Ethel bet Ricky and Fred that they couldn't last a week being housewives and the couples "job switch" sending Lucy and Ethel into the business world to bring home the bacon. Due to the fact that the two have no job experiences, the girls lie to their employment officer and end up getting jobs at a local chocolate factory. See what happens.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Donna DeLory: Sky Is Open (Music Video)

I have a not so secret love for long time Madonna back up singer Donna DeLory's solo music. I generally don't like ambient music but her voice is so sweet and soothing that I really can't help but listen. This is the title song from Donna's latest studio album "Sky Is Open" (2006). The video was directed by her friend Nick Spanos and was shot in and around her house in California.

As mentioned, Donna has performed back up vocals for Madonna during every one of her tours from The Who's That Girl Tour (1987) up to The Confessions Tour (2006). Donna was not available to perform on Madonna's latest trek (2008's Sticky & Sweet Tour) due to conflicts with her own solo tour and the fact that she is expecting her second child this month. She already has a daughter named Sofia. Here is a clip from an interview she did, describing an experience she had while preparing for Madonna's Drowned World Tour.

Phil Putnam: Servants & Sons (Live)

I hardly ever visit my Myspace page anymore, but one of the good things I found about being on Myspace was that so many different musicians try to solicite you to listen to their music and be their fans. A lot of them are absolutely awful but every once in awhile you get one that's music is pretty right on. Phil Putnam was one of those artists for me. I fell in love with this song the first time I heard it. He's an artist who is based out of Sacremento, CA, and though I haven't bought any of his albums yet, it's only a matter of time.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Tin Man Trailer

Another Zooey post. He must be mad. One of my favorite roles that Zooey has ever played, was the role of DG in the SciFi channels miniseries update of The Wizard of Oz, "Tin Man". This special was recently released on DVD and I encourage everyone to go rent it or buy it. Here is the trailer below.

She & Him: Why Do You Let Me Stay Here (Music Video)

Here it is. The video for She & Him's first official single Why Do You Let Me Stay Here from their album "Volume One" (2008). You can really see Zooey's quirky sense of humour in this video. The band are really good live, and I've heard rumour that they are going back into the studio to record a second album, appropriately titled "Volume Two".

Zooey Deschanel: On Jimmy Kimmel Live (2006)

I love this interview. I never seem to get sick of her story about dressing up as Mary Kate Olsen for Halloween. Zooey is one of those celebrities who is just so enjoyable mainly due to her awkwardness. This interview was obviously done before she released her album with musician M. WARD under the group name She & Him. I will be adding the video for their single Why Do You Let Me Stay Here after this.

Alanis Morissette: On The Hour (2008)

Alanis appeared on the CBC chat show The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos this week to promote her new album Flavors Of Entanglement. Take a look.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Daria: Fizz Ed

I think I've mentioned my love for the old MTV animated show Daria before, and I've found all of the episodes on youtube to watch but this may be one of my all time favorite episodes.

The Lawndale High School budget is majorly cut, resulting in some...interesting classroom scenes. So, Ms. Li arranges to have a soda company redecorate the school in exchange for $50,000. But when the school becomes a shrine to Ultra Cola and Ms. Li goes crazy due to a sugar rush, it's up to Daria to bring the matter to the school superintendent.

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Monday, October 20, 2008

Madonna: On Nightline (1990)

Madonna did an interview with the news show Nightline back in 1990 (Christ, that was forever ago) following the release of her Justify My Love video and spoke of the controversy and scandal (the video being banned from MTV and other music stations and then being released as a best selling video single) that the video had been causing in the media.

This is the Madonna I miss. Clever, daring, innovative, and one of a kind.

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And Here Is The Video For Everyone's Viewing Pleasure!

Jay Brannan: Denmark

Another beautifully written song by Jay. This was definitely a highlight of his latest show in Toronto, particularly because he started tearing up toward the end of it.

Watch it, love it.

Madonna: Get Stupid

This past weekend I had a full weekend of Madonna, starting with attending a Madonna-thon style club night on Friday at a place called "Fly" and then by seeing Madonna's two shows of the Sticky & Sweet Tour in Toronto on both Saturday and Sunday nights.

Many things seemed wrong with the concert when I saw it on the Saturday night.

Number 1) I had forgotten my glasses at home, which perturbed me to no end, and if you've ever been to a Madonna concert before, you know that proper vision is almost as important as proper auditory skills (if not more important)to enjoying the show fully.

Number 2) The volume levels of the music were far too loud (making it almost unlistenable at times).

Number 3) Madonna's vocals weren't very listenable either. I've never thought or said that she was a great singer, but usually her vocals are substandard and hold up for an entire show, but they were terribly mediocre during this particular performance.
However, when I returned to the Air Canada Centre the following evening, it was like a whole new show. I had my glasses, the levels were at a proper listening level for a stadium show and her vocals seemed to be a bit stronger and I thought it was a fantastic show. Not her best by any stretch of the imagination (but that also comes along with my dislike for her latest album), but there were quite a few stand out moments that I thought were extremely cool and shreik worthy. Her performances of Like A Prayer, Vogue, Human Nature (with Britney on screen), Devil Wouldn't Recognize You, and You Must Love Me were some of the great highlights, as well as this universally conscious video interlude above, shown before the last group of songs.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Rosie O'Donnell: The True Colors Tour (Live 2008)

As mentioned in the post below, I was front row for the second annual True Colors tour when it stopped in Toronto this summer and one of Cyndi's special guests was Rosie O'Donnell. Now, love her or hate her, at least she speaks her mind and I personally find her very inspiring. Here is the three clip collection of the routine she did for the tour. Some funny, some extremely touching. Give it a look.

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Cyndi Lauper: Into The Nightlife (Music Video)

The infectious, dancerific video for Cyndi's latest single from her amazingly hot, all dance record "Bring Ya To The Brink" is here for your viewing pleasure.
Again, this is a video that I have been trying to add to this site for ages now and I think it will finally work this time. I saw Cyndi front row on her second annual True Colors Tour when it stopped in Toronto this summer (as evidenced by the picture that I took above), and she was (as always) phenomenal. I think she may be one of the greatest live female singers of our generation. Her voice is flawless and she has such incredible range.
The tracklisting for Bring Ya To The Brink is as follows...

1) High And Mighty
2) Into The Nightlife
3) Rocking Chair
4) Echo
5) Lyfe
6) Same Ol' Story
7) Raging Storm
8) Lay Me Down
9) Give It Up
10) Set Your Heart
11) Grab A Hold
12) Rain On Me
13) Got Candy* (Bonus track for certain markets)
14) Can't Breathe* (Bonus track for certain markets)

The album is available in stores now. Go Buy It!

Michelle Williams: We Break The Dawn (Music Video)

Here is the strut worthy video from former Destiny's Child member Michelle Willams newest album "Unexpected".
I have been trying to add this video for ages but I think it will work this time (fingers crossed). I love this song and I really enjoy the album. Her voice isn't perfect but she does bring a sultry-ness to the table which I find enjoyable. Check out the new album. The video for her second single "Hello Heartbreak" will be released soon.

Brandy: Right Here (Departed) (Music Video)

Right Here Video

This is the new video for Brandy's first single from her new album "Human" which will be released December 9th.
This album is Brandy's first in 4 years and is also her first from her new record deal with Epic Records after parting ways with her former record label Atlantic Records. The tracklisting for the new album goes...

1) Right Here (Departed)
2) Long Distance
3) Human
4) Torn Down
5) Fall
6) Locked In Love
7) The Definition
8) Camouflage
9) Shattered Heart
10) Piano Man
11) Warm It Up With Love
12) Acapella
13) True
14) After The Flood

Can't Wait.

All Saints: Chick Fit (Music Video)

From the album "Studio 1" (2006).

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Britney Spears: Womanizer (Music Video)

Finally! It's taken 800 years or so but Britney seems to be back to her pre marriage/beating up paparazzi with umbrella's glory.

The new video for the first single from her coming sixth studio album "Circus" was released a couple of days ago and had received 1 million views during the first 24 hours of it being posted to youtube.
The video was shot back in September by director Joseph Khan who worked with Britney previously on her video's for Stronger (2000) and Toxic (2004), and features her in many guises from secretary to personal driver. The video has come under much scrutiny because of the nudity involved, but I really can't imagine why people are surprised. That's what Britney does people! She's an exhibitionist for crying out loud.

I personally love this video and I'm glad to have slutty Britney back. Circus will be released in stores December 2nd, coinciding with Britney's 27th birthday. Also her 90 minute documentary "For the Record" which chronicles her life from her meltdown to her return to music will air on MTV November 30th, two days before the release of the album.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Blindness: Movie Trailer

I'm very excited about this. The movie "Blindness", which I worked on as an extra for one day last summer is being released in theatres today.

Based upon the novel by José Saramago, The story takes place in an anonymous city where the citizens are being infected by a plague of Blindness, and the only way to contain the plague is to commit the infected citizens into a decommissioned sanitarium. Julianne Moore's character is the only one in the sanitarium who retains her sight. Chaos ensues among the patients when the food starts to dwindle and the living conditions become increasingly violent.

Much hubub has been made surrounding the release of this movie. The National Federation for the Blind is planning on picketing the film because they believe that the "movie portrays blind people as monsters." I don't personally think that the movie turns blind people into monsters. I think the reason for the depiction of monsterous acts in the film have more to do with the fact that the people are being confined against their own will. The same way that The Lord Of The Flies doesn't necessarily intentionally depict children as little monsters, but when you're in a desperate situation all reason escapes the mind. It's more of a take on society in general.
See for yourselves though. Go see the movie and look for me in the scene where the sanitarium is on fire. I doubt I'll be visible but it's exciting none the less. My friend Trish has a much larger part than me. She was an extra on the film for weeks.

The film is directed by Fernando Meirelles (City Of God, The Constant Gardener), and stars Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Danny Glover, Gael Garcia Bernal, and Sandra Oh. I saw all of them on set but Sandra.

Alanis Morissette: Not As We (Music Video)

This is the second single release from Alanis' newest studio album "Flavors Of Entanglement". The video (which was just released today) contains the full band orchestration version of the song not featured on the actual album. The album version is a much simpler production with only Alanis and a piano.