01.08.10 – A Friday

WORD

colloquial [kuhloh-kwee-uhl] adj. 1. characteristic of or appropriate to ordinary or familiar conversation rather than formal speech or writing; informal 2. involving or using conversation

BIRTHDAY

Hans von Bülow (1830), Frank Nelson Doubleday (1862), Larry Storch (1923), Soupy Sales (1926), Elvis Presley (1935), Bob Eubanks (1938), Graham Chapman (1941), Robby Krieger (1946), David Bowie (1947), Mike Reno (1955), Paul Hester (1959), R. Kelly (1967), Ami Dolenz (1969), Sean Paul (1973)

STANDPOINT

As I type this, I’m watching a TNT promo for Southland. Last year, NBC dropped the cop drama before it even debuted. TNT scooped it up and will start running the series, in its entirety, this Tuesday. (TNT is waiting to see how the ratings go for the seven episodes NBC aired plus six never-before-seen ones before deciding to order a new season.)

As I’ve felt in the past, I’m currently confounded why some quality shows get the boot and other crappy shows (According To Jim, The Real World, Judge Judy, JAG) seem to run on forever. I guess it shouldn’t surprise me since quality entertainment seems to be a notion no one concern themselves with.

It got me thinking about some other shows that were inexplicably dropped before their time. The following is a list of my favorite shows abandoned too soon.

QUOTATION

The National Rifle Association says that, “Guns don’t kill people, uh, people do.” But I think, I think the gun helps. You know? I think it helps. I just think just standing there going, “Bang!” That’s not going to kill too many people, is it?Eddie Izzard

TUNE

There’s not a ton of information out there on Seattle-based band The Pale Pacific (formerly The Pale). I came upon the 2005 release Urgency a while back and it became one of my favorite “half albums” – those containing an equal amount of both good and so-so songs. (I’ve got a lot of those, by the way.) One of the better songs is “Identity Theft.” Give it a listen.

GALLIMAUFRY

I’m not so naive to think all of this wintry weather going on is proof-positive that global warming is hogwash. But -50° wind chills in the Midwest don’t exactly help Al Gore’s cause.

→ Someone needs to be in a world of hurt to attempt to stab themselves to death. That’s exactly what Howard Stern’s sidekick, Artie Lange, did. Nine times. Long bouts of depression and numerous episodes of drug abuse apparently led him to it. Here’s hoping the guy can find some kind of peace and shake loose of his demons.

→ The other day, I reported that Vampire Weekend and Spoon were releasing albums next Tuesday. I lied. Vampire Weekend is releasing Contra next week, but Spoon’s Transference won’t come out until two weeks later. In any case, should be a good couple of months coming up for new music with Ben Kweller, Eels, Beach House, David Bowie, Midlake, Hot Chip, Peter Gabriel, Field Music, Jason Falkner, Shout Out Louds, Rogue Wave, The Whigs, Aloha, Frightened Rabbit, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, The Morning Benders and White Stripes all poised with fresh material.

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06.16.09 – Tuesday

Word: vitiate [vish-ee-eyt] v. 1. to impair the quality of; make faulty; spoil 2. to impair or weaken the effectiveness of 3. to debase; corrupt; pervert 4. to make legally defective or invalid; invalidate: to vitiate a claim

Birthday: John Cleveland (1613), Adam Smith (1723), Geronimo (1829), Stan Laurel (1890), Irving Penn (1917), Roger Neilson (1934), Bill Cobbs (1935), Joyce Carol Oates (1938), Joan Van Ark (1943), Femi Kuti (1962), Phil Mickelson (1970), Tupac Shakur (1971), John Cho (1972), Ben Kweller (1981), Matt Costa (1982)

Quote: If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say?  And why are you waiting?Stephen Levine

Tune: In the recent effort to listen to everything on my iPod, I discovered another band – Prabir and The Substitutes. The Richmond, VA band has toured with the likes of Dr. Dog and has drawn comparisons to early Beatles work. Listen to “Everybody’s Got Somebody” but beware the explicit lyrics.

Gallimaufry: What do you when the USA is at one of its ultimate lowpoints? Well, if you’re the folks at Marvel Comics, you bring back one of your all-time popular characters from the dead. That’s right. It’s the return of Captain America. Two years ago, the comic book company killed off the original Captain America – Steve Rogers. Says Executive Editor Tom Brevoort, “It feels like there’s a desire for hopefulness. A desire for heroes and for somebody to show us that we can be our better selves, and to help pull us all up by our bootstraps and get out of the situations that we find ourselves in.” Sounds good to me. As I reported yesterday, the Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA Championship. And, as has become their custom, city residents decided it was a perfect time to set things on fire and loot stores. Man, that town loves a good riot. According to a study by The Annenberg Center for the Digital Future, families are talking less and less due to the internet and, more specifically, social networking sites. They used to say the same thing about the effects of television and we all came out of that one OK, right? Oh. We didn’t? Never mind then.