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Saturday, February 18, 2006

This week's rotation of what to see and hear...


I've had a problem with the new Jenny Lewis album...I just can't seem to get it out of my cd changer, or her out of my head for that matter. Backed by the Watson twins (probably the best
background harmonies you'll hear this year), the leader of hipster indie rock band Rilo Kiley purely nails it in recording the best white girl soul-country-folk album in awhile (yes, a new but old emerging genre...think what Joni Mitchell or Dusty Springfield would sound like today if they didn't smoke so much)...check it out if you can...www.JennyLewis.com

It almost lets you forgive her for her child acting career...what, you don't remember her legendary turn as Shelley Long's daughter in "Troop Beverly Hills"?

I'm happy that she stuck to music...but between you and me if she ever decides to go back to the scouts, I'd buy as many cookies as she wants...

Okay, easy now...I've had my fun...now onto movies...I just got to catch "Junebug" on DVD this week. A very cool little low key indie flick about an art dealer (Alessandro Nivola from "Laurel Canyon") who decides to bring his new artsy English wife back home to small town North Carolina to meet his quirky dysfunctional family. Ben Mckenzie (from "The OC") perfectly plays his angry redneck brother who seems to resent anyone and everything, except his sheltered pregnant wife, pricelessly played by Amy Adams. The whole cast shines, especially Adams, who deservedly got an Oscar nomination (and in my mind, should win)...and for all you indie music snobs, Yo La Tengo composed the beautiful score for the soundtrack...

Now something a little more obscure but just as much fun...with all the hubub over the SNL "Lazy Sunday" video, I did a little research on the "new guy" Andy Samberg...

He and his two writer friends Jorma and Akiva (who help him write much of his stuff on SNL) had a pilot for FOX a few years back that never got picked up called "Awesometown"...that and a bunch of other great little bits of comedic genius are on their website, "the Lonely Island"...oh and if you can, watch THEIR cut of the pilot, not FOX's...unedited, that is, and probably why FOX didn't air it...and hey, they figured the OC would maybe face some stiff competition from "The 'Bu"...www.thelonelyisland.com


1 comment:

Mike said...

Greetings from another fan of Ms. Lewis and her various bands. I'm listening to her with Rilo Kiley do Go Ahead on Pandora exven as I make my first visit to your web site.