Friday, March 27, 2009

The Promise Ring to Return?

One of my all-time favorite albums from one of the first "indie" bands I liked was Nothing Feels Good by The Promise Ring. Unfortunately, I didn't hear of this band until after they had already broken up, but just this last week I heard "Raspberry Rush" while one of my roommates was watching that new Patrick Swayze show, "The Beast." I'm pretty sure it is unusual for tv shows to use a song that old (album came out back in 1997!), especially for a band that wasn't huge on MTV or anything, so I got to thinking that maybe, just maybe this was a sign that The Promise Ring were reforming, or at least for another one-off show like they did a few years back. Sadly, I haven't been able to find anything about this possibility...but in case you've never heard this band before, I highly reccomend you check this tune out.

Hopefully I can find a clip of the scene to ad to this post soon. Anybody got a link?

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Pop Culture Song of the Week

For this week's song, I'm going with "Driveway" by Great Northern, which aired at the end of last week's Grey's Anatomy episode. It's a haunting/beautiful song that totally gave me with the chills. The vocals are somber without sounding whiney...a very fine line to walk.

After some creative Googling, I found that this song isn't out yet, but will be featured on their upcoming album, Remind Me Where the Light Is. It is set for release on Aril 28th, hopefully iTunes has it earlier. Check out the scene below.

Greek Season Premiere!

I'm right smack dab in the middle of a glorious spring break, and today was the first day since I've been on break that the thought of school popped in my head. Going back on Monday is surely going to suck, but the silver lining is that season 3 of Greek premieres that night. Not only is this show way addictive, but it also features the music of one of my favorite bands, The Plain White T's. In fact, my favorite T's song ("It's Our Time Now") is the theme! Check out Greek's premiere Monday at 8.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Sometimes you find songs in the weirdest places...

So I was at a friend's house the other day and her boyfriend was watching hockey. During one of the commercial breaks I actually got distracted from my New York times crossword (and this was on a Friday, when those things are TOUGH and I'm 100% focused!) by the song blasting from the TV - low and behold, it was Shapes of Race Cars, one of my favorite new bands of '09.

I'd say their sound kind of splits the difference between Kill Hannah, Jimmy Eat World, and Queens of the Stone Age, which works for me. I thought I was one of the only people 'in the know' about this group, but I guess other people have noticed now. Ironically, the ad was for Nascar and a Gillette razor. See it below.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Pop Culture Song of the Week

Each week, I will select my favorite song that I find embedded in pop culture from that week. What is 'pop culture' you ask? I ask myself the same question! It could be playing at the bowling alley while I'm there sharpening up my skills. It could be on a TV show. Who knows?

So without further adieu, let's meet the first ever Song of the Week, "Before It Gets Better," by Earlimart. I saw this on the *sniff* last episode of Kyle XY on Monday, and it was a great going away song. As soon as the episode was over, I read some beautiful eulogies on's forums and then moved on to discovering this song.

I love the when the singer leans into the line, "it's a bloodbath," - it makes for a great happy music/sad lyric, spine-tingling moment. I've been looking on YouTube or a clip, but can't find one. For now, check out this shakey clip of the band playing the song live.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Kyle 2010?

Despite a cult-following and good critical reception, ABC Family decided to cancel one of my favorite shows, Kyle XY. I've heard rumors (by way of message board chatter) of other networks picking up the show, but nothing substantial yet. 

So, what can we do to help bring the show back? Some kindred spirits have set up Save KyleXY,  which compiles a list of petitions and other things you can do to help the cause.  One thing of note - it would be great if everyone could write a letter to a few networks asking them to pick the show up. DO NOT write to ABC Family, because what's done is done - they've cancelled the show and they have moved on, so don't waste your valuable time. With enough pressure, maybe the other networks will see the value in picking up Kyle XY for 2010 and beyond! Tune in tonight for the last episode of season 3 (and hopefully just the last on ABC Family) at 9:oo.