Friday, February 5, 2016

The Broad City Drinking Game!

It has been so long since I've posted a new drinking game, but, because I am so excited for the new season of Broad City to start in less than two weeks, I decided to come up with another. So, put away your toilet snake, kick your roommate's boyfriend off the couch and skype your main squeeze because, yas kween, it's the Broad City drinking game!

Four and three and two and wa-one!

Watchin' Stuff Lite Vol. 14

Hey guys, I'm back so soon, can you believe it? I can't. But, here I am to drop another Watchin' Stuff Lite for your enjoyment. So, here are five more things that I have recently enjoyed and you should too.

#1. The Apocalypse Song - St. Vincent. For me, St. Vincent was kind of an acquired taste. In fact it took quite a few listens over the course of a few plane trips last May to get to really like her and this song in particular. Test it out, maybe you'll take to it quicker.

#2. Difficult People. Based on the promo and the title I thought I was really going to hate this show. But, I gave it a shot anyway and was so pleasantly surprised. The creation of Julie Klausner, who also plays one of the main character, Difficult People follows Julie and her best friend Billy, played by Billy Eichner, in their daily dealings with the world at large. The beauty of this show lies simply in the jaded, cynical, sarcastic and generally dysfunctional way that both Julie and Billy approach basically every situation with which they are faced. I'd say it's somewhat akin to a strange hybrid of Broad City and Curb Your Enthusiasm, just to give you a taste of both the relationship between the two main characters and way they approach those around them. This show is a "Hulu Original" so head over there to check it out. It's a very quick watch.

#3. The Killing Type - Amanda Palmer.

#4. Please Like Me. Another show that was written by the same people who play the main characters, Please Like Me is an Australian show that follows a twentysomething named Josh (played by writer Josh Thomas) who, after a breakup with his longtime girlfriend, realizes he is attracted to men. Over the course of this self-discovery he is also forced to deal with his mother's depression and attempt to figure out how to conduct himself as a new adult. Both amusing and relatable, Please Like Me is another solid show that can be found on Hulu.

#5. Cities in Dust - Siouxsie & the Banshees. Just a solid tune.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Watchin' Stuff Lite Vol. 13

Well, it's been close to two years since I last posted anything on this blog. But, I've missed it recently and figured I'd stop by to drop a Watchin' Stuff Lite on you all. Here's a list of ten songs and shows that have kept me occupied over the course of our time apart.

#1: Heavy (When I Need It) - Sleater-Kinney. This is my very favorite band. Last year they released their first album in ten years, No Cities to Love. If you missed it, I suggest you acquaint yourself, stat, because it was one of the best albums of 2015. This is one of the bonus tracks from said album.

#2: Broad City. This show is now coming up on season three and if season two is any indication, we're in for a roller coaster come mid-February. Broad City is honestly one of the funniest, ballsiest shows I've seen in a very long time. Throughout the run of the show thus far, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer are unapologetically blunt, crude and generally unladylike and I love every minute of it. If you have yet to let this show into your heart, get your shit together and go watch it.

#3: He War - Cat Power. Every time this song comes on in my car I have to replay it two or three times until I can move on, it's that good.

#4: Transparent. This is another great show that has already completed two seasons, so, as you can probably tell by now, I'm not addressing anything terribly new. However, this is one of the few shows over the last two years that have truly stuck with me as something I can legitimately recommend. This show, if you haven't heard by now, follows Jeffrey Tambor's character, Maura, and her trials and tribulations as a newly out trans woman with three of the most selfish children of all time. Tambor is fantastic and his supporting cast is equally fantastic. So fantastic, in fact, that it even includes the one and only Ms. Carrie Brownstein. Go give it a watch on Amazon instant or wherever else you can find it.

#5: Second Skin - The Gits. I discovered this song by the Gits fairly recently, though I've been aware of the band for a while. Unfortunately, even though the Gits were a pretty great early 90's Seattle-based band, their success was abruptly abbreviated by the murder or their lead singer, Mia Zapata. Despite this tragedy, in their short time together, they were still able to put out a few gems like this one.

#6: Master of None. This is a more recent watch of mine. Though I wouldn't call Master of None one of my new all-time favorites, I will say, I enjoyed it quite a bit. Aziz Ansari's contribution to the new abundance of self-written shows about comedians living their lives (ala Louie and Maron), Master of None is pretty much what you would expect from Aziz Ansari. It's funny, it's charming and it's lighthearted when addressing not-so-light topics.  Overall, it's enjoyable and I'd suggest stopping by Netflix to check it out. It's a quick watch.

#7: Pedestrian at Best - Courtney Barnett. It's cool, take a listen.

#8: Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Definitely one of my top three network sitcoms of the last five years. If you are holding out on this one because you're not so sure you'll be into it (like I was for a while) I would highly recommend giving it a watch to make sure. Expect to see a lot of Andy Samberg being Andy Samberg, but in the best way possible. If you're not a fan of him, however, the rest of the fantastic cast might just make up for him with their flawless portrayals of some great characters. Gina (played by Chelsea Peretti) and Captain Holt (played by Andre Braugher) being two of my personal favorites. It's basically just a very well executed classic cop sitcom with a more modern feel and I love it.

#9: Blackstar - David Bowie. We lost a great one a few weeks ago and luckily for us he was thoughtful enough to leave us all a little love note before he departed. This is the title track off David Bowie's final album and it does everything I had hoped it would.

#10. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. I've always enjoyed the liberal comedy-meets-newscast format used most notably in the past by Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, but I never watched their shows as religiously as I have Last Week Tonight. Perhaps it's the fact that it's on HBO or because the weekly episodes are less daunting to keep up with than episodes on the daily but I have yet to grow tired of this show. In fact I'm very excited for John Oliver to return to his desk after hiatus. He and his writing staff never cease to impress me with their wit and creativity. And no matter my level of interest in the topic of the episode I am always equally entertained. This show really just checks all the boxes in terms of what I look for in my programming and I would like it to come back now, please.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Watchin' Stuff (New) Portlandia Drinking Game

Hi there folks! As you know, it's been several months since I've posted an new drinking game and I figured it was high time for a new one. However, instead of creating a game based on a new show, I decided to revamp a previous show's drinking game. I made the original Portlandia drinking game before the start of season 2 and I've since realized some of the rules were not as relevant to the subsequent seasons as I had hoped. So, in order to rectify my lack of foresight into the development of Portlandia, I've made a brand, spanking, shiny, new Portlandia drinking game, perfect to play while watching any of the show's four seasons. So, try your hand at some mixology or just fill your mason jar with your favorite whiskey and have some fun with the official Watchin' Stuff (New) Portlandia Drinking Game. But remember, don't drink and bike.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Watchin' Stuff Lite: Vol. 12

Hi all! It's been quite a while since I last posted but I figured that since today is the 2 year anniversary of our first episode I'd stop by and post a Watchin' Stuff Lite for old time's sake. It's been about 10 months since my last Watchin' Stuff Lite so I think I'll double it up and give you ten suggestion to make up for lost time.

#1: "Someday, Someway" - Marshall Crenshaw. I've liked this song for some time but had mostly forgotten about it until recently when I started hearing it at work. It never fails to put me in a good mood.

#2: An Idiot Abroad. If you've ever seen The Ricky Gervais Show you're probably familiar with Karl Pilkington, the show's resident "little round headed bafoon". If you aren't familiar with Karl take it from me, you should be. This show follows Karl on his trek across the globe as orchestrated by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. His color commentary is honestly the reason to watch.

#3: "Teenage Dirtbag" - Scala & Kolacny Brothers. This women's choir does some really awesome covers of songs you wouldn't expect a choir to sing. If you live in California you might have heard/seen the television and radio spots for the lottery featuring their version of "California Dreamin'" which is also beautiful. But I think this song is more fun.

#4: A Band Called Death. This documentary was put on Netflix a few months back and I immediately thought I needed to watch it. I didn't end up seeing it until more recently but I definitely wasn't disappointed when I finally did. This film tells the story of the first all black punk band comprised of three brothers. Though they never gained widespread notoriety they were actually impressively ahead of their time. The story kinda crazy and they made some really great early punk music.

#5: "Politicians In My Eyes" - Death. One of the best from that band called Death.

#6: Maron. If you are a fan of the podcast WTF with Marc Maron, chances are you will enjoy this show. If not, then I'd say it's still worth a shot. Though the show does revolve around Marc's neurosis a lot of the time I feel it's to be expected and it never really delves so far into his anxiety and self-loathing that is becomes depressing (at least as far as I'm concerned). Overall, it's an entertaining show and a very quick watch.

#7: "Atomic Man" - Portugal, The Man. I dunno, I just like it.

#8: Sons of Perdition. If you're interested in the learning more about fundamentalist Mormonism then you should watch this documentary. It follows integration of a group of former FDLS young men and women into mainstream society and gives a bit of insight into some of the practices of the sect.

#9: "Myriad Harbour" - The New Pornographers. The person who introduced this song to me once described it as "a perfect song". Now, I don't know about that, but it is pretty damn good.

#10: Her. The only one of my programming suggestions that is not available on Netflix but is very much worth going out of your way to see. Now, I understand that not everyone enjoyed this little film as much as I did but I thought it was absolutely beautiful. The way I described it was "a futuristic Harold and Maude". Though some may think it was too strange, I think at it's core Her is just a basic, eloquent love story about how love can exist without definition or parameters.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

The Watchin' Stuff Orange Is the New Black drinking game!

All right, boys and girls. It's been a while since I posted anything at all so I'm pleased to present you with a drinking game for my favorite show of the summer, Orange Is the New Black. So, grab your toilet hootch and knock a few back to the women of Litchfield.

Friday, June 7, 2013

The Reenactors! Episode 3: Fight Club

Several months and a different haircut ago, Talor, myself, and a few good friends made a third episode of The Reenactors! (If you missed the first two you can see the Breakfast Club episode here and the Labyrinth episode here) This time our parody fodder was Fight Club. If you're a fan of Fight Club, Talor, me or you just have a spare 8 and a half minutes you're looking to kill, check it out.