There was a time when I thoroughly enjoyed the popular music that was played on the typical Top 40 station. Then I grew up…got a job…and a wife. I’ve become dissatisfied with “today’s best hits” (primarily consisting of Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, and Pitbull) and the banter between adolescent callers and androgynously-named DJs. If you find yourself relishing the moment a commercial comes across the airwaves–you’ve got a problem. If your radio station has you banging your head against your dashboard, I’ve got your solution–blues.
As a Memphian it is easy to think that all blues music sounds like that of W.C. Handy and B.B. King; however, that isn’t the case. There are many genres of blues–Contemporary, Electric, Windy City Blues, and Delta Blues (just to name a few). I think you’d be pleasantly surprised in comparing some of your favorite songs to blues music. There are certain similarities and likenesses. In an interview with Mick Kolassa, Vice Chairman of The Blues Foundation, he explained to me that often blues is the “foundation” of most of today’s music; more or less, blues gave breath to all music of the last generations.
In the latest He Said, She Said, Joseph and Palmer explain why you need to watch the complete three seasons of Veronica Mars for both your pop cultural edification and in preparation for the movie this spring.
Joseph: Do you like fun and simple mysteries? What about complex and intricate murder mysteries? Do you like love stories? Do you like good-looking people? What about awkward-looking and awkward-acting people? Do you stories of socioeconomic tension between the upper, middle, and lower classes? Do you like smart-as-a-whip, fast, witty dialogue? Do you like true underdog stories? Have you ever wondered what Schmidt from New Girl was doing before New Girl?
Then get over yourself already and watch Veronica Mars. With all three seasons streaming on Amazon Prime, you no longer have an excuse.
Well guys, The Bachelor is back and this time it’s better/worse/more excruciating than ever! Our STEAMY bachelor, Juan Pablo, is known for being able to take off his shirt, juggle a soccer ball, and make women melt with his basic subject-predicate sentences in ENGLISH. I may have missed the premiere last week, which I admit is a shame because it’s the drunkest women will ever get in the whole world and all of time, but I’m still here and we’ve got some people to make fun of.
The first one on one date took place in some sort of fake snow situation that was like a fairytale duhhhh and also there were bikinis I think. Superhotgirl#330 kept saying that “Juan Pablo makes me feel like a kid again!!!” but that’s probably mostly because she has to speak in SIMPLE SENTENCES so he can understand her. Oh, and I know you were wondering if Superhotgirl#330 ever had trouble being vulnerable and opening up? SHE DID SHE HAS SHE DID ALERT THE AUTHORITIES!
In the latest He Said, She Said, Joseph and Palmer discuss their thoughts and review of the first episode of HBO’s latest drama series, True Detective, starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.
Joseph: When my friend first sent me the teaser to a new HBO anthology series premiering in January 2014, it felt like True Blood meeting Mud. And then it got to the end, revealing that Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson were the stars. And it instantly became my most anticipated new show of 2014.
When the other full trailers were released, I became even more excited.
Alex and Joseph share their thoughts on the 2014 Golden Globes and what the winners/losers mean for the Oscar nominations coming out this Thursday. Enjoy!
Spreading the Love: How the Globes did little to solve the Oscar Race Puzzle
By Alex Beene
You say you want an Oscar race? Apparently, if last night is any indication, we have a big one on our hands. The award wins were all over the place, with the only strong contender emerging from the pile being “American Hustle.”
As James Franklin settles in as the new head coach at Penn State and Vanderbilt’s recruiting class continues to evaporate into thin air, I asked members of Commodore Nation to share their reflections, retrospectives, and/or rants about Franklin’s exit along with the past, present, and future of Vanderbilt football. First, I share my thoughts and then let other members of Commodore Nation speak for themselves. Enjoy!
In the fall of 2009, a show premiered on ABC. It was slotted behind what many believed would be the sure-fire hit of the season, Modern Family, so it would automatically have a good number of overflow viewers. Except the subject matter seemed like it wouldn’t be very family friendly. It was a show about older, attractive women out there on the prowl for younger men. It was Cougar Town.
But if you’ve watched the show at all in the last four and a half years, you know that Cougar Town is not at all about slutty older women trying to get in bed with 20-something boy toys. It’s a show about a group of friends, about a mother/son relationship, and a father/son relationship. It’s a show about young love, a new marriage, a marriage entering its middle-aged phase, and how all of these people in these different phases of life enjoy themselves.