Comedy, Must Watch, News

Louis CK Returns to TV With “Louie”

Danielle Johnsen :: Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 11:31 am

LOUIE_320Last year I turned to this site to offer an apology to the brash comedian and now I’m here promoting his new TV series “Louie“, which premiered last night on FX. Since no one from FX’s marketing department were nice enough to send me screeners, I caught the show last night and the critics were right - its fantastic. MORE »


Comedy, Must Watch, Pop Culture, Television

Are You Still Not Watching “Party Down”?

Danielle Johnsen :: Friday, June 25th, 2010 5:31 pm

Sadly the answer is probably is probably yes - that you have better things to do on a Friday night than watch one of the funniest shows on television. And while Im sure that’s somewhat true, thanks to the internet, DVR and Netflix it’s not too late to get into “Party Down“. The critically acclaimed sitcom, which focuses officially wraps its second season tonight at 10PM.

As previously reported, tonight marks the triumphant return of Jane Lynch to the show, which has held up nicely this season despite her lame but likely profitable choice to leave Party Down for Glee. Continue reading for a preview of tonight’s episode.




Now These Are What I Call Refreshments

Danielle Johnsen :: Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 5:27 pm

The 4th Annual NYC Food Film Festival opens tonight and with it comes a plethora of yummy alternatives to the standard movie theater refreshments. Tonight’s Shuck N’ Chuck opening party will be celebrating the joy that comes from noshing on some seafood while watching a few food oriented films. Quality films + quality food is a great way to spend a few hot Summer nights. MORE »


Bands, Celebrities, Pop Culture

Courtney Love Goes “Behind the Music”

Danielle Johnsen :: Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 1:29 pm

Love her or hate her, its pretty difficult not to be completely enthralled with Courtney Love — which is why Vh1 gave the rocker her own “Behind The Music“. The two-hour special premiered this past Monday, allowing us an inside look into glorious crazy that is Courtney. From Courtney’s early childhood, where she was abandoned by nearly every family member, to her search for success in Hollywood, it was riveting to see the usually eccentric Love being frank and openly discussing the dark periods of her life. Love described her inherent awareness that she would one day be famous, her quest to lead the biggest rock band and her tendency to self-sabotage. MORE »


Bands, Live Reviews, News, Should I Listen?

Live Review: Warpaint at the Knitting Factory

Danielle Johnsen :: Wednesday, June 16th, 2010 1:06 pm

After listening to Warpaint’s first EP “Exquisite Corpse” to the point of obsession, I was fearful to see them perform last night at The Knitting Factory. Sometimes bands are a pale imitation of their recorded selves live, but Warpaint exceeded my expectation and more with their impeccably tight and transcendental set, which had a sold out crowd entranced and dancing along. Coming off of their successful Bonnaroo set, the band stopped by NYC to play two sold out shows, and reintroduce themselves to the music scene that fell head over heels after last year’s CMJ performance. At the conclusion of last night’s show and their nearly ten minute jammy version of “Elephant”, which garnered them a spot on Pitchfork’s Top 100 of 2009, I felt like I was let in on a secret the whole music world will soon know about. MORE »


Live Reviews, News

Review: Sia at Terminal 5

Danielle Johnsen :: Friday, May 7th, 2010 12:30 pm

It was hard not to be completely in love with Sia when I left Terminal 5 last night. The Australian chanteuse entertained folks for an hour and a half at her NY stop from her ‘We Meaning You’ tour with her carefully crafted set list of classic heartwarming standards and dance pop ditties. In support of her forthcoming album “We Are Born” Sia treated the enthralled crowd with her perfect mixture of a diva vocal range and childlike charisma. With a backdrop of colorful macrame and craftacular knick knacks, she not only got the crowd moving on their feet, but encouraged their participation. At one point, the adorable singer, who sported a hand knit plastic dress and a pinwheel bubble backpack, asked the crowd, “So who’s going to heckle me?” And we quickly learned that this crowd was much more interested in singing along than poking fun. MORE »


Danny Trejo, Graphic, Movies, News, Robert Rodriquez, Trailers, lindsay lohan

Trailer: “Machete” Brings the Camp and the D-List

Danielle Johnsen :: Wednesday, May 5th, 2010 2:13 pm

When it was announced that Robert Rodriquez was going to turn his faux trailer “Machete” for “Grindhouse” into a full length flick, I nearly lost my mind. If there is something Rodriquez excels at its his commitment to bringing back the tacky and graphic B-films of the 1970’s, filled to the high heavens with D-List stars. And since I have a soft spot in my heart for craptacular films heavy on the action and a virtual whose-who of nobodies, I was incredibly pleased with the cheesy gruesomeness delivered with the “illegal” Red Band trailer Rodriquez and Danny Trejo, Machete himself, released today to celebrate Cinco De Mayo. MORE »


Comebacks?, Comedy, Interviews, Late Night, Pop Culture

Keeping It Classy with Conan O’Brien

Danielle Johnsen :: Monday, May 3rd, 2010 1:15 pm

One word comes to mind when I think of Conan O’Brien after the late night debacle and that’s classy. While the one-time employee of NBC had to sign a non-defamatory agreement when he left NBC this year, I would assume his discussion about his previous employers and Jay Leno would remain respectful even if he hadn’t. O’Brien sat down with Steve Kroft for an exclusive ‘exit interview’ for “60 Minutes“, which aired this past Sunday just a day after the contractual TV gag order put on O’Brien by NBC had come to an end. MORE »


Music Videos, NSFW

Video: M.I.A. - ‘Born Free’ - NSFW

Danielle Johnsen :: Monday, April 26th, 2010 12:41 pm

Wowza! When M.I.A. was discussing her evolution a few weeks ago, she wasn’t lying. The new single ‘Born Free‘, which was leaked last week is much more Liars than her typical catchy Summer ‘Paper Planes‘ style jams. D+T posted a link for the latest single from her upcoming album last week, but it has since been taken down. And the video for the single, directed by Romain Gavras, is overtly violent and capitalizes on the message M.I.A.’s been attempting to get across for a while. The very NSFW video, which features police raids, sex scenes and the murdering of various red-headed teens is after the jump. MORE »


Bands, News, Reunions

Nudedragons: Reunited and Sold Out

Danielle Johnsen :: Friday, April 16th, 2010 5:05 pm

If you just got an email letting you know that Nudedragons was playing an impromptu show tonight in Seattle, WA then you are: sad you do not live in Seattle or its neighboring towns AND a fan of grunge rock gods Soundgarden. The band who along with Nirvana, Pearl Jam and a handful of others pioneered the Seattle sound that shifted the music industry and the vast majority of adolescents in the early 1990’s is back. MORE »


Bands, Festivals, Today In Music, Twitter

Follow Us on Twitter!

Danielle Johnsen :: Wednesday, April 14th, 2010 2:04 pm

It didn’t take long for bands, and more importantly record labels, to harness the power of Twitter. As we saw with MySpace a few years back, it seems that if you aren’t on Twitter, you don’t matter -at least in a marketing capacity. Newbies to the rock world, like MGMT and celebrated folks, like Echo and the Bunnymen, are the latest in the long line of major bands sigining up to tune in and tweet on. MORE »


Books, Politics

Folks, Let’s Help Glenn Beck!

Danielle Johnsen :: Tuesday, April 13th, 2010 5:39 pm

Yes, you read that correctly. I want to help the $32 Million “average joe” pick out the book cover for his latest thriller. The partiot every man talk show host will soon add political thriller novelist to his many titles with his upcoming book, titled ‘The Overton Window. And he needs YOU! MORE »



Is The Sarah Palin Network A Reality?

Danielle Johnsen :: Monday, April 12th, 2010 2:44 pm

Tina Fey brought it once again while hosting “Saturday Night Live” this past weekend. And as expected, she revisited her nearly perfect impression of former Governor Sarah Palin with one of the funnier sketches of the season, ‘The Sarah Palin Network’. From poking fun at the Tea Party folks to the idea of ‘Gotcha Journalism’, this was a five minute full-on attack of our one-time Vice Presidential candidate and her media saturation. While it was humorous, it also didn’t seem like too foreign of a concept. MORE »


Pop Culture, RIP, punk

Packager of Punk, Malcolm McLaren Dead at age 64

Danielle Johnsen :: Thursday, April 8th, 2010 2:51 pm

Malcolm McLaren, former manager of the Sex Pistols and punk impresario, passed away this morning at age 64. McLaren died from complications from cancer, which he had been battling for years, at a New York area hospital. MORE »


Comedy, TV Shows

For Your Health: “Check it Out with Steve Brule!” Coming to Adult Swim

Danielle Johnsen :: Wednesday, April 7th, 2010 5:42 pm

Great Job! Adult Swim has managed to score Academy Award nominated John C. Reilly full-time. Well, as much as 10 minute comedy program can dictate full time. The skilled contributor to the acid heavy “Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!” will finally get his own spin-off, “Check it Out with Dr. Steve Brule”. MORE »