Do you watch the A.V. Undercover videos? It’s basically just great bands covering goofy, ultra-popular old songs. I really like the newest one they put up. Cursive Eats Guitars (Cursive + Cymbals Eat Guitars) cover “Hey Jealousy” by Gin Blossoms. Cursive is great. You agree. Watch it.
I don’t know how to review music like a professional reviewer of things, so here’s what I’ll say about this band: ”They’re pretty good… to my ears. I hope that you like them, too! But if not, that’s okay, some people are allowed to not like things that other people really like and no one has to YELL ABOUT IT!” Great review? Probably the best? Read more reviews just like it at https://www.geocities.gov/music/greatmusicreviews/bestmusicreviews/pitchfork .
This song has one of those things that happen in dubstep where it gets loud and crunchy sounding all of a sudden! It’s called a drop, right?!
For some reason, network TV robots decided that this year would herald the resurgence of multi-camera laugh track sitcoms (Whitney, Are You There Vodka, Work It, !Rob!, I Hate My Teenage Daughter, that new one with Tim Allen?, etc.) Maybe there are merits to the genre? I don’t know. Try this: search YouTube for “no laugh track” and watch a few clips of “Friends” or “Big Bang Theory” or any number of revered shows, and you’ll see how lazy the writing seems when there’s no laugh track. You know how hearing someone laugh makes you feel the urge to laugh even if you don’t know what the joke was? Well, it’s because of psychology and neuroscience and social dominance and et cetera. NYT published an enlightening article about importance and utilization of laughter as a social tool. Here’s an except that hopefully doesn’t send us meandering too far away from my point:
So he went out into natural habitats — city sidewalks, suburban malls — and carefully observed thousands of “laugh episodes.” He found that 80 percent to 90 percent of them came after straight lines like “I know” or “I’ll see you guys later.” The witticisms that induced laughter rarely rose above the level of “You smell like you had a good workout.”
“Most prelaugh dialogue,” Professor Provine concluded in “Laughter,” his 2000 book, “is like that of an interminable television situation comedy scripted by an extremely ungifted writer.”
While I don’t think the blame rides fully with the writers, there has certainly been an influx of absolute garbage TV shows which replace character development and solid joke structure with banality, sexism, and verbal shock. It seems many of these shows simply rely on the laugh track to scoot the audience along. One of the worst offenders is the freshman comedy 2 Broke Girls on CBS. Showrunner Michael Patrick King on 2 Broke Girls at a recent TCA panel discussion:
"Every conversation we’ve had about edge of ‘2 Broke Girls’ is based on extreme wit," said the non-humble King. "It’s a sharp wit. It’s about words. We seem to be offending people with the use of words rather than nudity. There has been no nudity on our show, and apparently there doesn’t need to be nudity to push an edge. So we’re more than happy to toil with our paint box of words and see what comes up."
What comes up? Often, it’s trite racial comedy, King’s concept of Williamsburg hipsters, and sharp, witty uses sexual humor. Here is an example from the “And the 90’s Horse Party” episode.
LOL, lots of laffs. Loved the handjob jokes. ”MORE HANDJOB JOKES!” - everyone. Listen, I understand that people will like the things that they like. And who am I to say that the things that you like are bad things?!? Let’s just agree to disagree. And agree that the things that you like are bad things.