It’s time to once again list off the stuff I’ve been into lately.
- Vampire Weekend: I’ve totally fallen for another New York band, something I usually avoid. All the hype is true — their look, their sound…it’s all so fresh and new. The lyrics could use a little help, but hopefully that will come with time.
- Magnetic Fields – “Distortion”: Another fine album by Stephin Merritt and gang. I like it just as much as “i” and even more than any of the “69 Love Songs” because it brings a totally new texture to Merritt’s gloomy lyrics. The irony is gone.
- “American Experience” on PBS: Every episode is crafted like a full-blown documentary. Nothing is spared in terms of technical or research achievement. Often the subject is a person who touched American history in the 20th century, but sometimes it’s an event or thing. No matter what, you’ll be glued to your set for an hour.
- “Pioneers of Television” on PBS: I am incredibly interested in pop culture history, so this special series is like a goldmine for me. Unlike many lesser tributes to old TV stars, this series has new interviews with the old stars themselves or industry insiders. The analysis by way of the narrator about the impact of “Your Show of Shows” or “The Dick Van Dyke Show” got me really excited about really old TV. The series also focused on minorities in early TV, something I’ve never heard much about until now.
- “Jeopardy!”: Of course I’ve always loved the show, but I started Tivoing it lately. Turns out it’s actually on twice a day here in the Twin Cities, so I’m twice as happy to spurt out phrases at my TV during 10 half-hour segments per week. They were advertising for Jeopardy try-outs online, so I signed up and took the test tonight. I’m pretty sure I completely failed. It was annoying because you had 15 seconds to read the category, the answer, then type in an answer (no “what/who is” at least) and click submit. I missed quiet a few just because I wasn’t done typing in time. Which leads me to my final trend:
- White Whining: This blog has haunted my conscience for a couple days now. It’s really brought everything into perspective for me. I know it’s a joke, but it’s one of those sad jokes where you go “Damn, I’m totally the punch line here”. A story about Haitians staying alive by eating dirt a friend called to my attention really brought the point home. Will I stop whining about stupid, privileged stuff? I highly doubt it. But hopefully a moment of clarity will hit me more often than not. Here’s my fave white whine:
“I really wish the Wings DVD’s would get here… I’m almost done with Mad About You.”