I couldn’t really decide on what to write about this week, so I thought I’d cop out and give a list of 5 things I like instead.
1. Ted Leo
Mike mentioned this in last week’s blog about Pancake Mountain, and he wasn’t lying. Ted Leo is probably my favorite musician, and he’s got his first album in over 2 years coming out on March 9th. Matador Records released two of the new songs on their blog, which means that I’ve just been listening to them over and over again (and you can too).
His official website is currently down, but should be up soon with a fancy new design and everything. In the meantime, just watch that Pancake Mountain video again with the creepy kid who stares at him the whole time.
2. Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington
I’m sure a lot of people are familiar with Ricky Gervais at this point, but I personally think he’s much funnier when combined with Steve and Karl. Stephen Merchant is his writing partner on shows like The Office and Extras, while Karl is their old radio producer and one of the most hilarious and fascinating people I’ve ever heard.
They started out doing a show on XFM (which is now available on iTunes), but then moved on to do a series of podcasts and now audiobooks. Mostly they just make fun of Karl, probe his brain, and try to get him to do humiliating things like rub Ricky’s feet and break the world record for eating hamburgers, but Steve and Ricky will also occasionally tell some good stories as well.
I’m not doing a very good job of describing how amazing Karl is, but just listen to the free samples on iTunes and see for yourself. Oh, and if you have HBO you can also watch the new Ricky Gervais Show (which is just their podcast recordings made into a cartoon, but still pretty entertaining):
Mike actually wanted me to write an entire blog entry about knitting, but I didn’t want to risk boring the shit out of most of our readers. As if I needed another reason to be compared to an old woman, I took up knitting a little over a year ago when I was visiting my good friend Sunny in New Zealand.
I honestly had no idea how insane people are when it comes to knitting, but now I can totally relate to it. It’s like some sort of (very sad) addiction. I haven’t started pawning off family heirlooms for yarn, so I guess it hasn’t reached the point of intervention yet.
If anyone’s really interested in knitting or learning how to, I can do a more in-depth talk like Mike suggested next time (I won’t hold my breath though).
4. Don Hertzfeldt
Yes I blogged about him last time, but Don Hertzfeldt is probably my favorite independent animator. His work is consistently hilarious, but his later films have become strangely moving as well. He also works with Mike Judge (you know, this guy) every year to curate the Animation Show. If you’re near any of the major cities it stops in, I would recommend checking it out.
5. Arrested Development
I know it’s been off the air for years now, but Arrested Development will always have a special place in my heart. Especially since I was one of the few people who watched it while it was still on TV, and I’m usually behind on that sort of shit.
Tell me this isn’t the best thing you’ve ever seen:
I hope the movie actually happens and it’s not just a huge tease like when they couldn’t reach a deal to have the show moved to Showtime. That had me depressed for weeks.