Country Music: A Film by Ken Burns Season 1, Ep 0
PBS: Explore the history of country music – from its roots in ballads, hymns and the blues to its mainstream popularity – and meet the unforgettable characters and storytellers who made it “America’s Music.” Directed by Ken Burns. [more inside]
In 1987 Luton, in Thatcher's Britain, confronted by National Front racists on the streets and a stressed, angry father at home, a British Asian teenager learns to live his own life, get a new perspective on his Pakistani immigrant family, and find his own voice through the music of Bruce Springsteen. Directed and co-written by Gurinder Chadha (known for Bend It Like Beckham), with music by legendary Indian composer and film score creator A.R. Rahman. Inspired by a true story. [more inside]
A youth inspirational film, about how a group of high school students try to revive Chinese orchestra ensemble. They face many challenges along the way to compete nationally, including a rivalry with the more popular Western orchestra club. [more inside]
Any place for albums or music in FanFare? [more inside]
An Android, Jane 57821, attempts to break free from the constraints of a totalitarian society that forcibly makes Jane comply with its homophobic beliefs. [more inside]
A self-destructive punk rocker struggles with sobriety while trying to recapture the creative inspiration that led her band to success. [more inside]
This intimate, in-depth look at Beyoncé's celebrated 2018 Coachella performance reveals the emotional road from creative concept to cultural movement. [more inside]
Today on the show, Griffin McElroy (My Brother, My Brother and Me podcast - @griffinmcelroy) stops by to help us dissect Rusted Root's "Send Me On My Way," live from PodCon in Seattle! [more inside]
I’m not gonna pretend like I have southern accent or talk to you about pickup trucks and chewing tobacco. This is about the truth. You don’t have to know what it’s like to drive a tractor. You don’t need to have spent the last 20 years listening to nothing but Merle Haggard 8 tracks while sipping Pearl beer from a can in order to appreciate these incredible stories and this genius music. You don’t need to “be” country to perform country, so you certainly don’t have to be country to enjoy it. [more inside]
In the 1980s, "Bros" were one of the biggest bands in the world - for 15 minutes. [more inside]
It's hard to overstate just how important record album art was to music in the days before people downloaded everything. Visuals were a key part of one's experience with a record or tape or CD. The design of the album cover created a first impression of what was to come. Album art was certainly important to reporter Sean Cole, one particular album by one particular band: Devo. This is the story of Devo's first record and the fight over the arresting image of a flashy, handsome golf legend on the cover. Plus, Katie Mingle gets the backstory of the Langley Schools Music Project LP, a haunting and uplifting outsider artist masterpiece.
Saturday May 11, 2100 CEST! Viewers outside the US can watch via the main Eurovision YouTube channel. For fans located in the US: Logo is broadcasting the Grand Final again this year (with Ross Mathews and Shangela) which means we get to deal with geoblocking. Get a VPN with endpoints outside the US to access the stream on YouTube, or try the Swedish broadcaster's high-quality (and largely commentary-free) live stream. Eurovision.tv also lists a series of live stream links, some of which are geoblocked but many of which look to be open to the general viewing public. [more inside]
Semifinal 2 begins Thursday May 10th, at 2100 CEST / 3:00pm EDT. Semifinal 1 featured some shocking winners and losers, so there's no telling what can happen in the competition for the last ten spots! Viewers outside the US can watch via the main Eurovision YouTube channel. For fans located in the US: Logo is broadcasting the Grand Final again this year (with Ross Mathews and Shangela) which means we get to deal with geoblocking. Get a VPN with endpoints outside the US to access the stream on YouTube, or try the Swedish broadcaster's high-quality (and largely commentary-free) live stream. Eurovision.tv also lists a series of live stream links, some of which are geoblocked but many of which look to be open to the general viewing public. [more inside]
The relationship between Sid Vicious, bassist for British punk group The Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen is portrayed. [more inside]
A glowing green orb - which embodies ultimate evil - terrorizes a young girl with an anthology of bizarre and fantastic stories of dark fantasy, eroticism and horror. [more inside]
A boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s escapes his strained family life by starting a band to impress the mysterious girl he likes. [more inside]
When Jimmy Rabbitte wants to start a band, he has open auditions at his house. [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Dialysis Clinics Season 4, Ep 12
New events worthy of mention:
- Trump again. The fallout from his firing of FBI Director James Comey, and the many problematic things about it.
- Congressfolk's continued denial over the situation mentioned above as every functioning adult in the nation gets steadily angrier about their refusal to do anything about it. "When you've got the Presidential equivalent of a five-year-old shitting on the salad bar at Ruby Tuesdays, at some point you stop blaming the five-year-old and you start blaming the people who are not stopping him."
- Back to New Zealand's ruling National Party's appropriation of Eminem music. New Zealand PM Bill English heard about Last Week's Last Week Tonight mention of the court case and said, "some of the stuff I've seen he does isn't very funny." LWT, in retaliation, found an actual Facebook post Bill English made, with pictures: "Cooked dinner for the family last night - like if you agree with tinned spaghetti on pizza!"
- And Now: A Series of Terrible Pizzas That New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English Would Probably Enjoy
- Main Story: Kidney dialysis clinics, particularly those operated by DaVita, and the dangerous extents many go through to save costs, like rushing patients through dialysis, and the deeply terrible methods some employ to keep customers using their services and not seek out life-saving transplants. DaVita has had to settle nearly a billion dollars to settle lawsuits over the past five years, while their CEO compares his business (willingly!) to Taco Bell. LWT offers a commercial for Taco Bell stating how it's not a proper business model for dialysis clinics. YouTube (24m)
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Net Neutrality II Season 4, Ep 11
Recently in the news....
- More on the court case where Eminem is suing New Zealand's National Party for using, in an ad, a song that sounds just a little too close to "Lose Yourself."
- The U.S. House of Representatives rapidly moves to pass an updated (but still no better) version of the AHCA, before most people really knew what exactly was in it and before the Congressional Budget Office could score it, sending it to the Senate.
- And Now: To Celebrate Their Engagement This Week, A Look Back At The Romance Between Joe Scarborough And Mika Brzezinski. "Congratulations?"
- Main story: Net Neutrality is up in the air again due to Trump's newly-appointed head of the FCC Ajit Pai, a pseudo-hip former Verizon lawyer planning on changing the rules. LWT notes that his complaints about the restrictiveness of the current rules are a bit disinginuous, since it was a court case brought by Verizon that resulted in them. The FCC is once again soliciting public opinion, and like they did in the show's fifth episode, LWT encourages you to write in with your opinion, this time purchasing a domain name, www.gofccyourself.com, to take people to a search that makes the comment request easy to find, important since the FCC's comment form is less friendly to navigate than it was the first time. YouTube (20m)
Live from Kyiv, Semifinal 1 begins Tuesday, May 9th, at 2100 CEST / 3:00pm EDT. Come on in for performance previews and conjecture about who's good, bad, and so-bad-it's-good. Viewers outside the US can watch via the main Eurovision YouTube channel. For fans located in the US: LOGO is broadcasting the Grand Final again this year (with Ross Mathews and Michelle Visage of Drag Race fame. Yay!) which means we get to deal with geoblocking again. (Boo.) Get a VPN with endpoints outside the US to access the stream YouTube, or try the Swedish broadcaster's high-quality (and usually commentary-free) live stream. [more inside]
Nashville: If Tomorrow Never Comes Season 5, Ep 9
After her life-changing experience and terrifying event, Rayna scrambles to write one more song for the album with Deacon. Meanwhile, Juliette's leg starts to hurt unexpectedly; and Gunner fights for Scarlett. [more inside]
Nashville: Love Hurts Season 5, Ep 5
The Exes shoot their video. Scarlett and the director, Damien George, fight as he pushes Scarlett to limits she's not comfortable with. Clay and Maddie grow closer as he shows Maddie a different part of town. Carl Hockney approaches Rayna at Highway 65. [more inside]
Nashville: Leap of Faith Season 5, Ep 4
Rayna receives a stunning and generous offer from tech guru Zach Welles regarding Highway 65, but Rayna wonders if it's too good to be true. Meanwhile, she and Bucky struggle to find the perfect director for the music video that will launch the Exes' new single. Juliette seeks treatment that is more advanced than her physical therapist recommends. Juliette considers that she might need healing of a more spiritual nature. Will and Kevin look for an apartment together. [more inside]
Nashville: Let's Put It Back Together Again Season 5, Ep 3
Maddie begins an internship at a recording studio and meets a street musician. Avery struggles producing a young YouTube sensation. Juliette meets her guardian angel. [more inside]
Steven Universe: That Will Be All Season 4, Ep 15
The Crystal Gems (and Greg) make a daring escape under the noses of Yellow and Blue Diamond.
One summer night in 1979, 50,000 people got together at a baseball stadium to kill disco. And it worked. Kind of. In this first episode of "Undone" we meet someone who worked as an usher at Disco Demolition Night and played a vital role in keeping the spirit of disco alive today. [more inside]
The Good Place: Jason Mendoza Season 1, Ep 4
Tahani's soulmate reveals himself not to be Jianyu the silent Taiwanese Buddhist monk, but Jason Mendoza the Filipino-American Jacksonvillian EDM DJ, Vine star, and small-time fake drug dealer. Eleanor struggles to keep both their secrets from Michael, who meanwhile enlists Tahani's help planning the grand opening of a restaurant.
Steven Universe: Mindful Education Season 4, Ep 4
Steven and Connie deal with some of the psychological effects of working with the Crystal Gems. Sequences done by guest animator Takafumi Hori!
Steven Universe: Bubbled Season 3, Ep 25
Steven gets stuck in a bubble with Eyeball. [more inside]
Steven Universe: Greg the Babysitter Season 3, Ep 16
Greg tells the story of how he got his job at the the carwash.
Steven Universe: Mr. Greg Season 3, Ep 8
A trip to Empire City inspires Steven, Greg, and Pearl to break into song.
EUROVISION DAY IS HERE! The 2016 Grand Final begins at 2100 CET / 3pm Eastern / 12pm Pacific. As before, the live stream will be available via the Eurovision website, the Swedish broadcaster, SVT, and for the first time, through the LOGO TV website. (Note to LOGO viewers: commentary will be provided by Carson Kressley and Michelle Collins.) Viewers located outside the US can also watch via YouTube. [more inside]
It's time for the next round of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest! Semifinal 2 begins at 2100 CET / 3pm Eastern / 12pm Pacific. As before, the live stream will be available via the Eurovision website. Viewers located outside the US can also watch via YouTube. Thanks to LOGO TV's contract to broadcast Saturday's Grand Final, the semifinal rounds are not available to viewers in the US via YouTube, and the Eurovision.tv stream is relatively low quality. One freely available (no VPNs necessary!) and high-quality source is the Swedish broadcaster, SVT. This is probably the correct link for today's stream. In case it's not, check the SVT Play home page. [more inside]
I've set up a new club for the Eurovision Song Contest. Whether you're a die-hard fan or just really love the idea of wind machines and superfluous acrobats, come join us to discuss everything Eurovision-related! [more inside]
The opening round of this year's Eurovision Song Contest is almost upon us! Semifinal 1 begins Tuesday, May 10th, at 2100 CEST / 3:00pm EDT. The live stream will be available via the Eurovision.tv website or directly from YouTube (link TBD). Let's talk fabulous hits and glorious misses! [more inside]
Nashville: If I Could Do It All Again Season 4, Ep 13
Luke starts questioning his decision to bring Riff Bell on tour; Deacon and Frankie butt heads over Vita; Frankie makes a destructive decision. [more inside]
Nashville: How Does It Feel to Be Free Season 4, Ep 12
A familiar face is back on the Nashville music scene when Luke recruits his old friend Riff Bell to join him on tour. While the duo starts planning Riff's return to the stage, newcomer Vita arrives at The Beverly, but while she convinces Deacon and Rayna she deserves a shot, Frankie has his doubts. [more inside]
Nashville: Forever and for Always Season 4, Ep 11
When Deacon and Rayna are ambushed by paparazzi after their intimate wedding rehearsal dinner, Deacon's hot-headed reaction casts a pall on their plans and forces a change of venue. [more inside]
Vinyl: Pilot Season 1, Ep 1
In the pilot episode of Vinyl we meet Richie Finestra, head executive of the American Century record label. American Century appears to be failing, with a stable of increasingly irrelevant and mismatched artists who mostly produce flops. However, as Richie is on the brink of selling the business and making his exit, an unfortunate incident and a chance encounter with New York's burgeoning punk scene gives him reason to reconsider his career move and his sobriety. [more inside]
Steven Universe: It Could Have Been Great Season 2, Ep 27
The Crystal Gems and Peridot go to a Diamond base on the moon for some information on the Cluster.
Steven Universe: The Answer Season 2, Ep 25
For Steven's birthday, Garnet tells the story of how Ruby and Sapphire met, and how she came to join the Crystal Gems.
Galavant got a second season, and everyone on the show is as surprised as we are! In the first part, Gal and Richard are waylaid at a bar frequented by Richard's "uncle", and everyone else adjusts to their new place in society. In the second part, Izzy and Gal come to a less charitable appraisal of their memorable first kiss.
A documentary about the life and legend Nina Simone, an American singer, pianist, and civil rights activist labeled the "High Priestess of Soul."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST Season 3, Ep 19
"The Towering Terror From Hell!" "SEE a Sixty Foot Giant Destroyed...in Color!" When we last saw Col. Glenn Manning, he was 60 feet tall and had fallen into the Colorado River, where we might presume his corpse would have stopped its flow at some point, or at least provided free sustenance for weeks to its aquatic wildlife. But they never found his amazing colossal body! Well that's because he survived, somehow, improbably, even though he was supposed to be close to death from his untimely embiggening. His sister (the first movie said he had no family but no matter) is determined to find out what happened to him. With the short MR. B NATURAL: A magical pixie that gives off mixed gender signals comes to visit a confused young boy and tries to sell him band equipment. The movie's another Bert I. Gordon monsterpiece, and a sequel to the movie featured in episode 309, THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN. It's a black and white movie, but it's color for the very VERY end so they could say that ad up above wasn't a lie. The episode's okay, but tends to languish in the shadow of the short which, in terms of concentrated riffing power, might be the funniest thing the Brains ever did. YouTube (1h37m) BONUS: A real rarity, Mr. B Natural (26m) on YouTube, un-MSTed! [more inside]
A documentary on the late singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse. [more inside]
Steven Universe: Cry for Help Season 2, Ep 14
When a broadcast from Peridot interrupts an episode of Crying Breakfast Friends, Garnet and Pearl fuse to destroy the transmitter.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: FUGITIVE ALIEN Season 3, Ep 10
(1978, Color, Japan, Sandy Frank, Music, Forklift Homicide, Intro, Classic) Two episodes of the Japanese TV show Star Wolf (スターウルフ) merge into a sorta-movie by our old fiend Sandy Frank. Ken is a Wolf Raider, one of a band of space pirates, but after turning against his culture when they tried to kill an Earth kid (also named Ken), he throws his lot in with hard-drinking Captain Joe and the crew of his ship, the Bacchus III. Hey! I made a Metafilter post about this show once! It has AWESOME MUSIC, which Joel and company make good use of. I tell you truly, this is one of the best shows the Brains ever made. The movie is extremely goofy, yet still kind of watchable and likeable, and the riffing is top-notch. If you can like MST3K, you will like this. Good times ahead! YouTube. (1h40m) First aired August 17, 1991. BONUS: It's not for newbies, but you can watch the guys' first take on this movie that aired on KTMA TV! YouTube (1h43m) [more inside]
Steven Universe: We Need to Talk Season 2, Ep 12
Greg tells Steven and Connie how he learned about Gem fusion.
Steven Universe: Sworn to the Sword Season 2, Ep 9
Pearl goes a little overboard training Connie to fight with a sword.
Pitch is one of my favorite podcasts, and it's coming back soon with a new season. I'd love to talk about it with everyone. Does anyone else listen to this show?
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