Electricity & Lust

Links of the Week

Posted in Links of the Week by Sam Unsted on June 19, 2011
  • This AV Club article questioning whether cable TV is still delivering higher quality product than network TV in the US is one I disagree with nearly whole-heartedly, but it does at least make some interesting points about the slight increase in the number of really good network shows at the moment (The Good Wife, Community, Parks and Recreation). The point it appears to side-step though is that there are so, so, sooooo many terrible shows on network TV and the overall hit-rate (in quality terms at least) for the cable shows is way better. Also, the central argument surrounding the quality of network comedy is way off. There are a pile of really good comedies on network TV right now, but the absolute best at the minute, FX’s Louie, is a cable show. Anyway, enough debating. Read for yourself and comment away.
  • Staff at The New York Times Magazine have contributed their own selection of their favourite non-fiction books after The Guardian did the same last week. Probably a little too much to read now but I’m trucking on regardless.
  • I just finished Michael Lewis’ The Big Short and I’m planning on indulging in his Moneyball pretty soon. The trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s adaptation of the latter book, about the sabermetric approach to creating a successful baseball team used by the Oakland As. The film looks decent enough, with a strong cast and a great director behind it, though the screenplay has had runs over from Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian, which is never a great sign. I’m interested though.
  • The Atlantic has a copy of the handwritten draft of the song ‘Dance Music’ by The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle. He then goes on to discuss his songwriting process, which proves particularly interesting given that song comes from their absolute best record, The Sunset Tree.
  • The longlist for the Polaris Music Prize in Canada has also been released. I’m pulling for Tim Hecker and his stunning Ravedeath, 1972, the best album of an already stellar career.
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Linky and Perky

Posted in Beth, Links, Sam by Sam Unsted on September 27, 2007

New Kids…

 

Sam Beam discusses the use of his songs in other media with the AV Club and talks about his new record with The Austin Chronicle.

Slate throws a rare dissenting voice at the work of Wes Anderson.

LA Weekly sings the praises of the superb TV show Pushing Daisies.

Susan Faludi talks to the New York Times about the reassertion of traditional sex roles in a post-9/11 America.

Seinfeld is back and Time talks to him about moving into the kids market.

The Independent pays tribute to The Boss.

I think my life would be complete with this New Kids On The Block t-shirt

 

Guardian wardrobe dilemma: What do fashion editors wear at Fashion Week?

 

Check out this enchanting London-based band – The Heart Strings -they’re playing at the Buffalo Bar, Highbury&Islington on 24th October.

 

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