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.


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