Uncluded - "Hokey Fright"
As soon as something is described to me as "quirky" I'm out...I can't hang. I immediately picture the most ironic of hipsters praising their latest bootleg of Tuvan throat singing while wearing some obnoxious pastel t-shirt announcing to the world that they "run on puppy power...quirky indeed
This record will probably be described as quirky by the blogosphere but please friends, do NOT let that turn you off.
This is probably the most lyrically well-crafted album to grace my ears so far this year. Kimya Dawson's gentle, quasi-innocent words dance around the gruff verbal maypole that Aesop Rock has firmly planted into a musical landscape that could easily be straight from the pages of the brothers Grimm.
Humor twirls with sadness, introspection bows to sharp observation, minutea has meaning...this record is deeper than it appears yet it can easily be put on as background music to make heads bob.
TLDR? - Magic words from Kimya Dawson and Aesop Rock.
I see a lot of people on Facebook, Twitter, message boards, etc asking about new television shows to gobble up lately.
I have to think that with the advent of sites like Netflix, Hulu, CokeAndPopcorn, et al there are so many great ways to devour whole seasons of television shows in relatively short amounts of time.
So what to do when you've exhausted Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead?
Turn to crowdsourcing...ask your buddies online.
What does that have to do with this post today? It's really just a round-a-bout way for me to tell you what obscure tv shows I'm into, lol.
The following are great shows to absorb during the upcoming winter months that you might have missed or remain hidden amongst the thousands of offerings on Netflix:
That Mitchell & Web Look - British sketch comedy
Queen's Blade - Boobtastic anime
X-Files - Stands the tests of time
Anything David Attenborough has ever done - Mind blowing nature docs from the BBC
Top Gear - The best automobile show ever created.
Bob's Burgers - Violently funny animation
Star Trek TNG, DS9 - Again, nerd classics that stand up surprisingly well after all these years.
Things I tried based on friends suggestions but ended up hating:
American Horror Story - forced, hackneyed gore that tries way to hard for scares.
Sons of Anarchy - Starts great, goes downhill with really bad storytelling really fast.
Arrested Development - Hipster fluff.
How I Met Your Mother - The three camera sitcom is just the worst.
So there we go...if this helps you waste some more time, my job is done.
Fun Fact #1 - the number of Netflix subscribers in the United States and Canada is equal to the population of Australia.
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