February 27, 2011

Music of "Coda"

February 27, 2011  

I was looking for the music from the latest episode of Criminal Minds, season 6.  But, like I suspected, it was an original piece, as stated in their Inside Scoop blog: "Prior to writing any of the music, we had a conference call with several producers and Rob about the selection of a piece of music and threading it through our score and the entire show."  That's disappointing because I didn't save it on the DVR, I can't buy it, and it's not a complete piece.  Guess I'll have to be content that I can find it on YouTube, until CBS claims copyright infringement.


Another incomplete piece of commercial/soundtrack music that I love is Kaveh Cohen's The Estuary, which I've blogged about previously.

February 23, 2011

Silly Supernatural

February 23, 2011  

Yay, Supernatural is doing another funny, goofy episode!  My favorite kind.  This time Jensen and Jared are playing themselves: two actors in a show called Supernatural.  I just love that.  It's a nice diversion from the heaviness of the scars of Hell.  I love the heartbreaking darkness, too, but there's only so much you can take in one season.  It can get depressing.  Although, knowing this show, it surely won't be all light.  Like when Sam went through his own Groundhog Day in Season 3's Mystery Spot and had to watch Dean get killed over and over again.  The deaths were oddly hilarious since Dean woke up fine when the day restarted, but it turned dark and serious when Sam confronted the one responsible for his situation.  That's the usual way of things, and it's always a great journey.

February 18, 2011

Glee Sings It for the World

February 18, 2011  

In Season 2, Episode 13: "Comeback" we're treated to Glee's version of My Chemical Romance's "Sing."  I think this might be the first song of theirs I've heard.  Yeah, I know they've been around for a while, but I tend to avoid the radio like the plague, and it's hard to follow up on every new reco.  Well, I love the song and I think My Chemical Romance has a new fan.


"Well, what if there IS no tomorrow? There wasn't one today!"

  

That was one of my favorite lines, which I completely forgot about, from Groundhog Day.  For some reason it didn't seem to be on TV last year; I haven't seen it in at least two years.  I recorded Groundhog Day on February 2nd, so one of these weekends I should be watching it for the traditional Saturday night movie.  If you've never seen it I'll say: "How the hell not?"  Watch it.  You're in for a treat.  Bill Murray is excellent: hilarious and affecting.  Oh, wow, the Blu-ray is cheap.  Must have zero extras.  And for an even bigger bargain, there's a two-pack with So I Married an Axe Murderer.

February 15, 2011

Laugh and Cry, Effin Cry. What's the difference?

February 15, 2011  

First time I ever heard the theme song in Family Guy's first year I thought I heard "effin cry."  Now I think of the funnier lyrics every time I sing the correct ones.  I've wondered before if other people heard the same thing, but never bothered to check.  Well, now I don't have to because they addressed it in the latest episode, "Friends of Peter G."  It certainly caught me off-guard and might be my favorite line this year.

February 13, 2011

MOG is pointless now

February 13, 2011  

It was the first replacement I found for Lala.  Actually, Last.fm was, but I didn't really like it at the time.  Just needed to get to know it more I guess.  Last.fm has scrobbling - to keep track of and share music you listen to from many different applications and sites - and a way to communicate with people, so that puts it at the top.  Mog used to be good.  It had a personalized page and rudimentary blogging, and it had a large catalogue that you could listen to free for 30 days, then $5 a month after that.  The problem is Last.fm is slightly cheaper - you can even listen to some songs for free and never subscribe - and it has more features; and Mog ruined the profiles by locking them all into the same plain, boring look that is horrifically organized.  It's terrible now.  Sad, really.

For a while I also tried out Rdio.  There was a week trial, I think, so I didn't get much listening done.  It came the closest to the feel of Lala, but it had almost no community aspect to it, no easy way to talk to each other.  I never thought that would matter to me before Lala, but it just makes it easier to find people who like what you like and share music.

Don't even get me started on Grooveshark or PSonar.  They allow you to upload your music and then ban you from uploading because they say most of what you uploaded isn't allowed.  What they could do is not allow those songs to be uploaded in the first place.  And the interfaces are extremely slow.  I cannot stress enough to stay away from them.  They just wasted my time.

And whatever the crapfest is that Apple bought Lala for (don't remember the name, only went there once to confirm that it really was awful) is barely even worth a mention, except to say stay far away from it.  Hey, maybe it's improved in the last few months.

I haven't been to the above mentioned sites in quite a long time.  So, I guess I'm going to stick with Last.fm for recommendations and community, and Pandora for finding new music similar to what I already like.  They're both free.  What's better than that?

And since I'll no longer be using Mog, here's my final post.  I'll also probably be transferring most, if not all, of the other posts here.

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Another Song I Heard Once Long Ago and Forgot About

It's annoying me that I can't remember where I heard this. Well, a quick search reveals that it could have been Burn After Reading or commercials for Left 4 Dead, House, or Top Gear.

February 1, 2011

Southland's Shawn Hatosy

February 1, 2011  

Where is my mind?  I swear I already wrote something about this and posted it last week.  Well, since the new episode is tonight I might as well get this up.  Anyway...spoilers follow...

This guy should have an Emmy already for Southland's episode from last season, What Makes Sammy Run, where the boy his character was trying to save killed another kid.  Hatosy gave another stunning performance at the end of last week's episode, Code 4, where Sam is frantically trying to save his partner, Nate, from a gang, one of whom took a cowardly shot from behind with a baseball bat (or pipe) to the back of Nate's head.  The acting in the final scene, from both Hatosy and Yara Martinez, was superb, delivering the raw, unrestrained emotion that follows a sudden and senseless death.

I usually try to steer clear of finding out who's not coming back next season in my favorite shows because I'm sick of storylines being spoiled for me.  But then the inevitable tell-all commercial is shown that urges you to watch because they're killing off a major character, which ruins all that hard work I do of hiding from that kind of bullshit in print.  Amazingly, Southland spoiled nothing.  I knew something was wrong since Sam looked traumatized, but I thought it would be a stranger that he couldn't save, who was killed in front of him, or maybe even someone from Nate's family.  Well, I got the "killed in front of him part" right.  It was shocking in its quickness, and I hate to lose Kevin Alejandro, but it was so well done that I'm not fuming about it, and I was able to witness a beautifully shot scene of devastation that is true to life.