New This Week
State Songs, our newest video feature, premièred with Iron & Wine paying homage to the great state of Texas with the song “Waves Of Galveston.”
- Inventory looked at shows that found ways to improve after seasons that could have tanked the series.
- Nathan Rabin dove in to Robert Evans’ memoir The Kid Stays In The Picture, learning that overexposure to Evans’ writing leads to taking on the affectations of a ’70s movie producer.
- Loud premièred a track from Plow United’s forthcoming reunion album and reflected on how Spazz’s Dwarf Jester Rising remains an important piece of powerviolence history.
- Noel Murray explored what makes a singer good; it’s not just having range and power, although that certainly doesn’t hurt.
- Tom Sizemore went through his acting credits in Random Roles, relaying stories about Tom Hanks being totally likeable and Pete Rose telling him to “shut the fuck up.”
- Robyn Hitchcock told us what makes “Arthur’s Theme” such a miserable song and how its tie to a “schmucky film” doesn’t do it any favors.
- Watch This spent the week immersing itself in music documentaries, ranging from the inspiring We Jam Econo to the dysfunctional Beats Rhymes & Life.
- Noel Murray once again asked himself “Why Is This Commercial?” by analyzing how Samsung portrays its users as simultaneously smug and dorky.
This week in Great Job, Internet!:
- Everyone from “Weird” Al Yankovic to Marc Maron auditioned to be in The Postal Service in this Funny Or Die video written by Tom Scharpling.
- We discovered just how difficult Legends Of The Hidden Temple actually was, and that it was probably in violation of some child-endangerment laws as well.
What are we arguing about this week?
Read: Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman take an in-depth look at how people define success and failure in the engaging analysis Top Dog: The Science Of Winning And Losing.
Watch: TV Club Classic started its coverage of Gilmore Girls, finally giving you a reason to rewatch the whole series. Again.
Submit your Newswire tips here.