Television

Cat In The City, Welcome Yusuf Islam!

By Helen Bach | April 7, 2014

I may not be a fan of Rolling Stone or the Hall of Fame but when someone I actually admire is being recognized, I cant help but feel a bit of excitement. Songs that shaped my youth and adolescence and to this day inspire my actions

The Day David Letterman Put The Phone Down On Me (More Or Less)

By Iman Lababedi | April 5, 2014

Quite simply the worst mannered and most humorless bunch of pricks I’ve ever dealt with. And while I was a huge fan then and while I am not a huge fan now, I certainly still admire the man

Television Lite March 31st – April 4th, 2014

By Helen Bach | March 31, 2014

Remember there are alternatives such as sleeping or reading or Netflix or hey how about heading out and seeing a live band? Just a thought.

Late Night With Seth Meyers Taping At Studio 8G, Friday, March 21st, 2014 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | March 23, 2014

Seth doesn’t play off Fred at all well, and Seth uses the fifth man, the audience, very very poorly. During a frankly bizarre “Celebrity Spelling Bee”, whose main joke, they give two audience members difficult celebrity names and the third easy names, doesn’t remotely work, he fails to connect with a single one of the three.

Chris Martin: The Next the Voice You Hear…

By Iman Lababedi | March 21, 2014

While I might shrug at the likes of an Adam Levine here or a Blake Shelton there sitting in chairs and trying not to sneer, isn’t Chris Martin meant to be the new Bono or something?

The Music of True Detective

By Paula Iwamoto-Schaap | March 11, 2014

Music Supervisor T Bone Burnett has crafted selections to punctuate the storylines to perfection. Including Lucinda Williams, John Lee Hooker, Steve Earle, and Johnny Horton, but also unexpected shots of indie rock, metal, psych rock, and rap

Frank Ocean Sued By Chipotle For Backing Up From Commercial

By Alyson Camus | March 10, 2014

According to many websites, Chipotle is suing Ocean who backed out of the deal after receiving $212,500 in July 2013. He was supposed to received another $212,500 later but declared in August 2013 he would finally not participate in the project.

Jimmy Fallon Rules The World Part 1: Beatles Ahead of Their Time

By Helen Bach | March 6, 2014

I don’t want to get sick of his shtick- and since its sorta predictable, its easy to get old really quick. So rather than shout out all the nifty things he’s done on the new improved and hipped up Tonight Show, I’ll periodically share something off the beaten path.

Vampire Weekend's Private Gig At New York’s General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen On PBS 13 Sunday

By Iman Lababedi | February 22, 2014

I kissed Donna’s hand and spoke briefly, there was something beatific in her visage, she looked lovelier than I had ever seen her. Then I went left and went home and so did the couple. Joseph tells me that towards the end of the concert you can see Donna on the balcony looking down!

Some Thoughts On The Beatles CBS Special

By Iman Lababedi | February 13, 2014

The problem is I have seen everyone from the Faux Beatles to Marshall Crenshaw perform terrific versions of Beatles songs and really, these versions, certainly anything anyone but Stevie Wonder or half the Beatles, the “les” if you will, were somewhat on the useless side.

Sting, Ivy Levan & Mike Einziger Kill The Beatles

By Helen Bach | February 7, 2014

David Letterman spent this week having acts perform Beatles tunes in honor of their US landing anniversary. Unfortunately this is not a tribute it is a horrible nightmare that even the mute button couldn’t cure

Like Everybody Else, The Red Hot Chili Peppers Were Faking Their Super Bowl Show

By Alyson Camus | February 5, 2014

the point being that these shows are always too big to be real, and there was a question on many lips… were the Red Hot Chili Peppers really playing or were they faking it?

Bob Dylan Takes Over The Superbowl And Becomes A Car Saleman?

By Alyson Camus | February 5, 2014

some real awkward statements such as let Germany brew your beer/Let Switzerland build your watch/Let Asia assemble your phone/We will build your car’… wow, did Dylan the poet actually say this?

The First Hour Of The 2014 Grammys Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | January 27, 2014

LL Cool J was bad last year and worst this year. The “Mama Said Knock You Out” in Tux and smile sprouted poorly written platitudes about music bringing people together. Really, I mean, really?? It was skin crawlingly insincere bullshit of immense proportions, I wonder how all these overfed over glorified nitwit pop stars can listen to this crap without throwing up

NBC To Follow Up "The Sound Of Music" With "Peter Pan"

By Iman Lababedi | January 22, 2014

On the plus side is that nobody will be ragging em with comparisons and… well “The Sound Of Music” wasn’t simply miscast it was nearly impossible to cast; a true classic so indelibly in the pop consciousness that the entire thing felt like artistic vandalism.

Saturday Night Live Starring Drake, Saturday, January 18th, 2014, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | January 19, 2014

Definitely a rebound and as annoying and dreary as Drake can be on stage, he is self-deprecating enough to make up for the hugely frustrating Justin Timberlake episode last year. Mazel tov, Drake. You won out

What? Judas Priest Is Not Death Metal?

By Alyson Camus | January 16, 2014

Judas Priest: a character in the episode referred to the band as ‘death metal’, something which didn’t sit well with Judas Priest’s fans and überfans, and Bart Simpson had to apologize in his usual old-fashioned classroom punishment, writing a hundred times on the blackboard ‘Judas Priest is not death metal’.

Farewell, Treme

By Paula Iwamoto-Schaap | January 12, 2014

But the true main character of Treme, as realized and vibrant as any other, was the music. It infused every part of the show, from passing shots of buskers on the corners to the biggest names on the stages of Bourbon Street

Death To Saturday Night Live

By Iman Lababedi | December 17, 2013

This is Lorne Michael’s fault, he has grown lazy or maybe just bored with SNL. The Michael’s produced Jimmy Fallon Show is much funnier, why doesn’t he move some of those writers? Doesn’t he sit in on the meetings. Doesn’t he wake up on a Monday morning like Tom Coughlin, wondering what hit him?

One Direction On Saturday Night Live

By Iman and hel | December 8, 2013

Where is Helen Bach, who woulda been much meaner than I was? Well, she has resigned from the SNL beat and I don’t really blame her. 1D are good sports but boring boys.

NBC Network's "The Sound Of Music" Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | December 6, 2013

This isn’t Carrie’s fault, NBC gave her the role, what was she supposed to do? But she is neither the singer nor the actress for the role and she weighs it down so much it is painful to watch.

Henry Rollins, 10 Things You Don't Know: H2's Great New Series

By Helen Bach | November 29, 2013

When he is saving third world countries with water or spitting political venom you can rest assured he will be as predictable as tea time. This lends to his credibility and brings us full circle- this show is tailor made for his talent.

Dr. Who's "The Day Of The Doctor" Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 26, 2013

Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor and David Tennant as the 10th Doctor meet up with John Hurt as… well, I don’t know what number Dr. Who it is, a War Doctor, finds the trio ready and willing and has done in the past, kill off a planet before going back to the future via a doomsday machine with a conscience, to not kill off the Daleks and the Time Lords in one fell swoop.

Iman and Hel Do SNL: Lady Gaga- The End?

By Iman and hel | November 17, 2013

Lady Gaga is given the task of hostess AND musical act. Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Justin Timberlake have been given the same honor. Miley and Justin owned it.. Katy not so much but we did get alot of boob jokes

American Horror Story Scores Stevie Nicks

By Helen Bach | November 16, 2013

Its like Mean Girls meets bewitched. I’m on episode 6 now – so maybe things amp up. Speaking of things to come, that twirly chick from Fleetwood Mac is showing up in episode 10

Iman and Hel Do SNL: Eminem

By Iman and hel | November 3, 2013

Watching SNL is like visiting a hospice once a week and the damn patient just wont die. I am embarrassed at how bad the show is and I have hated nearly every musical guest

Marcia Wallace, Voice Artist, Dies

By Iman Lababedi | October 31, 2013

Wallace died last week at the age of 70. She is survived by her son, Michael Hawley. One part actress, one part MILF, RIP Mrs. Krabappel

SNL Flashback January 26, 1980 The B52's

By Helen Bach | October 20, 2013

Now if I can survive the first tune by the musical guest I’m throwing myself a victory party. No lie- it’s horrible. When we bitched and moaned over the loss of Belushi and Radner and claimed the Billy Crystal/Eddie Murphy days were crap we had no idea things could and would get much much worse.

Are You Ready For Thanksgiving And A Lady Gaga's Special With The Muppets?

By Alyson Camus | October 20, 2013

This woman is really trying too much, she is trying to be this all-time light-jazz-easy-listening singer and this edgy provocative-dresser-pseudo-artsy-fame-monster, she wants to be everything so that, at the end, we don’t know who or even what she is anymore. Too much is too much,

Watch the Cure's Entire Austin City Limits Set And More(If Ya Want)

By Helen Bach | October 18, 2013

The Cure were one of those bands that were a staple in my teenaged world. Always crushing on frontman Robert Smith (such a sexy beast) while convinced he was gay (not). The songs of lament and angst were delivered in a croaky whine that went straight through the heart.

Iman and Hel Do SNL: Katy Perry

By Magpie and Hel | October 13, 2013

haved loved her music for what it’s worth. Fluffy ear candy with no real purpose but no real harm. She is the poster child for teenage girls and gender non descript fella’s. She is in line right after Gaga for the Queen of the Queen throne but right now she needs to stay alive.

Television Lite: October 14th – October 18th, 2013

By Helen Bach | October 13, 2013

Guys, you’re not going to believe this… more Cee Lo Greene. That gumball head is back with his ass on every talk show couch. Why? What the hell is with the booking agents of these shows that makes this jerk a draw?

This is my house and these are my rules and no more Miley Cyrus.

By Margaret Mullen | October 8, 2013

“Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That’s what little girls are made of; the heck with sugar and spice”

Iman and Hel Do SNL: Arcade Fire

By admin | September 29, 2013

Welcome Back SNL. I can honestly say I havent missed the show at all over the summer break. Yeah, Justin Timberlake and Kanye gave me a couple good moments but over all it was a pathetic hot mess. Void of comedic valud and seemingly draggin on forever, this hour and a half of my life would be better used sleeping.

Paul McCartney On The Jimmy Kimmel Live, Monday September 23rd 2013

By Alyson Camus | September 25, 2013

The JKL crew was asking us to cheer up and applause every 15 minutes, it was for a TV show after all, and no one was complaining, that was the least these people could do. On stage, they were bringing a colorful small piano, whereas there was already a grand piano in the back, and soon Jimmy Kimmel and Paul McCartney were waving to us from the top of the El Capitan building

Television Lite: September 23rd – September 27th, 2013

By Helen Bach | September 22, 2013

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“The Rider Challenge,” Fulfill Your Rock Hero's Demands

By Helen Bach | September 21, 2013

Sponsored by Live Nation and Fords Fiesta economy car, teams rush across Las Vegas, Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles to get everything the band requires- and the first to fulfill the list on this indulgent scavenger hunt?

Television Lite: September 16th – September 20th, 2013

By Helen Bach | September 15, 2013

do you think he will become the band leader like Paul Schaffer was? Elvis and The Roots become Fallons ‘house band’? I would rip my eyeballs out and throw them in the Hudson. I just ruined my own day just thinking it

Television Lite September 9 – September 13, 2013

By Helen Bach | September 8, 2013

Television is not yet reflecting the va va voom of the rest of the industry but instead going the other way. We have the shortest musical guest list of the entire three years I have been doing this. I’m not sure if the performers have not been announces or if it just plain sucks

Television Lite September 2nd – September 6th, 2013

By Helen Bach | September 1, 2013

Well at least Moby isn’t on…Selena and Ariana and all the other Disney princesses are and Ellen has a few good ones but, nah. This holiday week is a weak one. I think the reruns are out of control and with some of them almost a year old they could potentially feel like new

Television Lite: August 26th – September 1st, 2013

By Helen Bach | August 25, 2013

Starting with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Have you seen the cover of Rolling Stone? This is the fourth RS of in a row that I have had to flip over cuz the person on the cover repulsed me. Yep, shallow

Television Lite: August 12th – August 16th, 2013

By Helen Bach | August 12, 2013

Look, I know this has nothing to do with music but HOLY CRAP its Bewitched!

Television Lite: August 5th – August 9th, 2013

By Helen Bach | August 5, 2013

It’s a shame that the marvelous Joan Jett is on Thursday night, but on the show I will not mention.

Television Lite: July 29th – August 2nd, 2013

By Helen Bach | July 29, 2013

It’s silly isnt it? With the power of the internet watching TV is really not such a big deal anymore.

Television Lite: July 22nd – July 26th, 2013

By Helen Bach | July 22, 2013

Let’s face it kids you’re not going to see anyone cool on the Tonight Show- well not this week.

Television Lite: July 8th – Juy 12th, 2013

By Helen Bach | July 14, 2013

Post Warped Tour depression, burned skin and tons of stuff to sort through in the dead of New England summer means one thing- TV Party.

Television Lite: July 8th – July 12th, 2013

By Helen Bach | July 7, 2013

Here we are- ankle deep in July, and none the worse for wear. Television is nothing to cheer over but that’s OK cuz you’re busy doing better things like swimming in a hotel pool.

Television Lite: July 1st – July 5th, 2013

By Helen Bach | July 1, 2013

For the first time I can literally say you have seen it all before- that is if you wanted to. Every show this week is a repeat…why? Its Fourth of July week!

Television Lite: June 24th – June 28th, 2013

By Helen Bach | June 24, 2013

I mean just think how inexpensive it would be too book one of our picks instead of Barenaked Ladies- who most likely paid Leno to be on. High five to Fitz and The Tantrums though, well done kids!

Television Lite: June 17th – June 21st, 2013

By Helen Bach | June 17, 2013

Mister Worldwide! Ayyy Papi! This weeks television is feast and famine. There are days with nothing and days with too much. That’s OK it makes it more challenging. We have Pitbull we have No Doubt and we have Japandroids. A nice mix up of style for a week when you should be studying for finals or out seeing live music.