Amoeblog

(In which the writer takes a break from writing to write.)

Posted by Job O Brother, February 9, 2009 08:02pm | Post a Comment

My baby’s been under the weather. And by baby I don’t mean a child I gave birth to; I mean it as a euphemism for “that one dude I smooch and go to Target with.” Baby is just much easier to say.

Anyway, when my baby’s feeling poorly, he likes to watch predictable films, like... well... anything you can come up with that stars Jennifer Aniston or Sarah Jessica Parker and ends with them proving that they really were destined for true love, after all. Normally I protest and suggest we watch something with more substance, such as The Killing of a Chinese Bookie or The Cranes Are Flying – y’know, something that provides perspective and/or promotes psychological examination, to which my baby will argue that he just wants to “be distracted and get lost” in a film, not be intellectually stimulated. I argue that it’s hard for me to “get distracted” watching a film that makes me want to stab a Phillips-head screwdriver into my left aortic arch.

It's like this:

ME...


...VS. MY BOYFRIEND...




AGAIN, ME...



...AND HE...



YOU GET...



...THE IDEA.


Diff’rent strokes for diff’rent folks, I guess.

These arguments usually lead to a stalemate, at which point we’ll watch some promo copy of a TV show he’s received. It was such a circumstance that led us to gander the first two episodes of United States of Tara, which we both enjoyed. FYI.

For now, however, I am alone and working on a spec script. For those of you unfamiliar with terms we use in the “Business”… well, you’re screwed, because you probably wouldn’t know what I mean by “Business.” Let’s start from the top:

By “Business” I mean the entertainment industry, of which Los Angeles is our Nation’s epicenter, and by “spec script” I mean a film or TV script that has been dropped on the floor and gotten covered with the dirt and stray poppy-seeds that cover the streets of Hollywood. So, we’re all on the same page now? Sweet.

I’m working on a spec script for It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, which is a show I’m keen on. I assumed everyone knew about this program already, but lately have learned that my nephew (we’ll call him Gvorshüxdlo to protect his anonymity), who is much more in touch with pop culture than I am [Me: “What do you mean ‘Who is Lisa Lisa?!’ She’s only one of Mtv’s greatest stars!”], had never watched it.

In case you’re like him, or in case you’re stuck at an office job and desperate for something to watch that doesn’t involve a cat falling off or into something, here’s some excerpts from the show…

[Insert fifteen minutes of Job weeding through tons of off-putting YouTube clips here.]

Urr... Well, it seems there's no good clips of said show available, due to all the copyright bro-ha-ha that's plaguing YouTube. In lieu of aforementioned clips, here's some alternate eye candy. The top is for me, the bottom is for my boyfriend -- though both are for you, dear reader. [Insert "Aww...!" sound here.]



Now then, I have to stop writing so I can get back to writing. Hi-ho the glamorous life!

(In which we consider Michael Ian Black.)

Posted by Job O Brother, February 2, 2009 06:17pm | Post a Comment

Michael Ian Black

Lately I’ve been listening to and watching a lot of Michael Ian Black. So when the Amoegods* let it be known that we Amoebloggers might consider posting some musings celebrating Black History Month, I thought, “How fortuitous!” For nothing says Black History Month more than uproarious comic Michael Ian Black.

Like most people who are exactly like me, my introduction to Mr. Black came in the form of beloved sketch comedy show The State. Because Mtv is run by terrorists who hate America, however, you younger generations haven’t been able to enjoy The State on DVD, but must settle for choppy YouTube clips like the one below, in which the aforementioned Mr. Black plays the concerned home-owner.


Most fans of The State carry with them a sense of desperation and compulsion to seek out any projects to which a former The State cast member signs his or her name to (i.e., Reno 911, The Ten, the Oklahoma City bombing, etc.). This blog entry isn’t for them, because I’m going to showcase things they already know. If you qualify as a fan of The State, why not click on this link and enjoy reading this instead

Now that we’ve gotten rid of those losers, let’s you and I learn a little more about Michael Ian Black and his contributions to comedy. Take notes and pay close attention, because I’m not going to repeat myself and you’re never to read this post again.


The Congress of Vienna. The Marquis of Labrador is seated at the round table,
third from the right of the diplomats who are seated.


Drawing of breadfruit by Sydney Parkinson

According to my research, Michael Ian Black was born. Some time later he joined things and went on to succeed with stuff. In addition to his role as McKinley in the film Wet Hot American Summer, he hosted VH1’s television program, I Love the 70’s (and subsequent spin-offs), though he has later reported that he was forced into doing this at gunpoint by his abusive husband, Chuck Traynor.

Mr. Black would later join forces with fellow The State cast members Michael Showalter (pronounced Showalter) and David Wain to form the comedy troupe STELLA, named after 1932 Olympic Gold Medal winning athlete, Stella Walsh, who’s name was actually Stanisława Walasiewicz, who, though a hermaphrodite, was to one day ignore the rest of this paragraph and move on to the next one.

Stay with me here. As I said before, I’m not going to repeat myself. And I don’t wanna hurt you. Don’t make me hurt you.


Some time after 2004 (but before 2006) Comedy Central broadcasted a half-hour sitcom version of STELLA, which, sadly, lasted only one season before it contracted cholera and died – just one of many eerie coincidences linking STELLA with eleventh President of the United States, James K. Polk. (Indeed, some conspiracy theorists conclude that STELLA is still rightfully the Commander-in-Chief of, if not the entire U.S., at least Nebraska.)


Something else you may want to exchange money for at your local Amoeba Music is Mr. Black’s compact disc, I Am A Wonderful Man, on which you may delight in recordings of his stand-up comedy routine in the English language.

But of course the most interesting fact about Mr. Black is not his celebrity, not his collection of hobbies, nor his marriage to Sarah Childress or his part in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo; rather, it is his uncanny resemblance to my boyfriend, Corey. But that plays no part in my liking Michael Ian Black – though it does explain why I did once mistakenly fellate him at the Golden Globes a few years back.


My boyfriend, Corey Scholibo

Once you learn about the contributions Mr. Black has made, it becomes clear that his name should and must be included when considering the tremendously positive role of Black America. Thank you for your time, and God bless.

*That’s a term I just coined to describe the ruling class of Amoeba Music. I plan on copyrighting it, so don’t use it without sending me money. I think a nickel per usage is fair until further notice.

Hit Clips and Minor Blips

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, February 26, 2008 12:35am | Post a Comment
The early days of MTV were spent pushing bands and recording artists, as it was Music Television.  Here's some fine evidence of that time period and of the power of the M in 80's advertising...


The "Hip Clip" phenom of the mid 80's, precursor 90's and the "alternative" and "buzz" words...



 





Aaah, a real biggie here for Corey 3.  Couldn't track one down for his follow up Boy in the Box...

Oh well...

FINALLY, A FILM ABOUT THE REAL PIONEERS OF GRUNGE: TAD

Posted by Billyjam, January 29, 2008 08:00am | Post a Comment

They may never have made as big a splash commercially as some of the other "grunge" (a genre they pioneered) acts out of the Great North West, but Tad (named after band leader & ex-butcher Tad Doyle), who formed in 1988, sure made their mark in other lasting ways.

They were banned by MTV, sued by Pepsi, dropped by their label and got into heavy drinking and drugging, not to mention heavy situations, it seemed, wherever they went-- including landing in legal trouble over the found picture of a couple that they utilized (without permission) as an album cover.

Now finally there is a film about the long-defunct band Tad.  Titled Busted Circuits and Ringing Ears and made by Ryan Short and Adam Pease for King of Hearts Productions, it's planned for release on DVD on February 19th. Check out the clip above and visit the film makers' MySpace for more info on this documentary which looks like it will be pretty damn good.

Exactly twenty years ago, in early '88, Tad was formed by singer/guitarist Tad Doyle and bassist Kurt Danielson who recruited both Gary Thorstensen as guitarist and Steve Wied (formerly of Skin Yard) as their drummer. That was the original lineup and the band signed to the then new label Sub Pop, who released their debut album God's Balls in early 1989. The album track "Wood Goblins" was released as a single and video but was reportedly banned by MTV over content (scroll down to see the video).

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MTV VMA'S...

Posted by Brad Schelden, September 9, 2007 11:45pm | Post a Comment

Tonight was the broadcast of the MTV video music awards. I grew up loving MTV and I loved watching the music videos of my favorite new bands. I was introduced to a lot of new music by seeing their videos for the first time on MTV. I didn't even have cable for years, but I would watch MTV whenever I got a chance at a friends house or my grandparent's house. I even watched that first little reality show called "The Real World" when if first aired. Back when it was one of the only non music video related shows. The times they have changed on MTV. This is the schedule for MTV tomorrow.

6am -9:30am (videos...for real...some videos on in the early morning when nobody is watching)
9:30-1:00pm (my super sweet 16...reality show)
1:00-3:30pm (2 1/2 hours of bad rich kid o.c. style reality shows such as the hills, etc.)
3:30-4:30pm (total request live...partial videos with lame commentary and crowd shots)
4:30-6:00pm (another 1 1/2 hours of bad reality shows about rich o.c. kids and some stupid game show)
6:00-8:00pm (the real world...this show is now beyond ridiculous)
8:00-1:00am (5 more hours of reality shows about rich spoiled white kids with relationship problems and a show about a 17 year old pro skater with some issues)
1:00-2:00am (celebrity rap superstar....reality show)
2:00-4:00am (parental control...reality show in which the parents choose who their kids go on dates with)
4:00-9:00am (music videos and total request live...so the only place to watch videos is in the early morning)

So in one 24 hour period on MTV there are only 6 1/2 hours devoted to anything that is remotely related to music videos. Of the remaining 17 1/2 hours, only one show has anything remotely to do with music or music videos. The other shows really have no place on a show calling itself "Music Television." This is seriously a typical day for MTV. The only difference this year is that in order to try and get better ratings for the live airing of the awards show, they decided to not repeat the show over and over again the next day. I can think of countless shows they could have on MTV that would actually fit into a station supposedly devoted to music videos. They should obviously play more videos. Even Justin Timberlake realized this. He made a little shout out against MTV when he won his awards tonight, begging them to play more videos and less reality shows. There are so many interesting people in the music business. They could have hours and hours of interesting documentaries on so many different musicians. There are also so many amazing videos that they could still show. They could have hour long shows devoted to old 80s and 90s videos or have shows that showed artists earlier videos. They could have great themed video hours. Indie (alternative) videos, metal videos, hip hop videos, r & b videos, electronica vidoes. They did have shows like this before. Alternative Nation, Yo! MTV raps, and Headbangers Ball were on every single day. 120 minutes was on every Sunday and always showed some amazing videos that did not usually get shown on MTV. They did have a game show called remote control, and a couple cartoons like beavis & buthead, daria and aeon flux. But even Beavis & Buthead showed music videos. And these shows never took over the programming. There was always more than just a couple hours of videos. I know that MTV now has MTV2 and some other shows on the higher up cable packages. But the original MTV should still have music as their focus. If they really feel that people need reality shows or fake reality shows, they could at least try and make them about music.

For some reason I always watch this awards show. It is fun to see what all the music stars are wearing and there are usually at least a couple performances worth watching. The show tried to be different again this year by moving to Las Vegas with the show happening in different fancy hotel rooms all at the same time. There was a Kanye West room and a Fall Out Boy room. What everybody could not stop talking about was the opening number by Britney Spears. This should have been her big comeback. Her new album, whenever it comes out, may still do OK. But this performance was boring and sort of uninspired. Britney seemed bored herself and didn't seem to really even try and pretend that she was really singing.  Chris Brown and Rhianna had an amazing performance. That little Chris Brown is a great little performer. Alicia Keys was awesome like she always is. And the closing number with Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, Nelly Furtado, and Keri Hilson was fantastic. The sets and the dancers and the lasers were all awesome. It was also great to see Dr. Dre have a surprise appearance.  One of the most depressing things about the show was the commercials for all the horrible new MTV reality shows that are premiering soon. A fake show about a britney spears type and a reality dating show about some model famous for being on the cover of Maxim magazine. This is what we have to look forward to. 

Here are the winners of the video awards for videos that only get played about 1/4 of the day on MTV...




Video of the Year...Rihanna "Umbrella"

Monster Single of the Year...Rihanna "Umbrella"








Male Artist of the Year...Justin Timberlake

Quadruple Threat of the Year...Justin Timberlake

Best Choreography...Justin Timberlake "My Love"

Best Direction...Justin Timberlake "What Goes Around..."


Best New Artist...Gym Class Heroes

Best Group Winner...Fall Out Boy

Female Artist of the Year...Fergie


Best Collaboration...Beyonce f/ Shakira "Beautiful Liar"

Best Editing...Gnarls Barkley "Smiley Faces"



and just in case you were wondering...here is what happened 20 years ago in 1987...

video of the year
Peter Gabriel "Sledgehammer"
Genesis "Land of Confusion"
Paul Simon "The Boy in the Bubble"
U2 "With or Without You"
Steve Winwood "Higher Love"

best male video
David Bowie "Day-In Day-Out"
Peter Gabriel "Sledgehammer"
Robert Palmer "I Didn't Mean to Turn You On"
Paul Simon "You Can Call Me Al"
Steve Winwood "Higher Love"

best female video
Kate Bush "The Big Sky"
Janet Jackson "Nasty"
Cyndi Lauper "True Colors"
Madonna "Open Your Heart"
Madonna "Papa Don't Preach"

best group video
The Bangles "Walk Like and Egyptian"
Crowded House "Don't Dream It's Over"
Eurythmics "Missionary Man"
Talking Heads "Wild Wild Life"
U2 "With or Without You"

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