Television 2012

The X-Factor (And The Olympics) Have Reached Exothermic Levels In The UK

By Iman Lababedi | December 26, 2012

The show takes folks with some talent, and then processes them and spits em out the other end so they resemble everybody who has come before them. This is not necessarily a bad thing: let we forget, somebody somewhere manufactures Aston Martins. But it is only alright if you don’t pretend you are listening to something you aren’t

Paul McCartney to SNL Christmas Edition

By Iman Lababedi | November 29, 2012

Paul McCartney is hosting their December 22nd Christmas edition (Martin Short is hosting… Martin Short? Was everybody in the Universe taking an early vacation??). Only two years ago, everybody at rock nyc were fighting over Macca’s lousy performance on SNL, and already we have to go through it again.

Global Soul's Tomas Doncker To APpear on CNN November 27th, 2012

By Iman Lababedi | November 20, 2012

I received this email from rock nyc friend Tomas Doncker. The composer of “The Power Of The Trinity” and recent rock nyc interview subject Tomas Doncker. Surely just another step in his exceedingly exciting later career. And please note, the CNN interview will also be available on CC.Com after it airs.

Paul McCartney Interviewed by Al Jazeera!!!

By Iman Lababedi | November 15, 2012

Frost is part of this lessening of hostility and getting a Beatle to speak to the network is some coup. Unless nobody knows about it, of course.

Sting Leaves A Message In A Bottle At Hurricane Sandy NBC Telethon

By Iman Lababedi | November 5, 2012

Sting, who looks more like Popeye with every passing day, is so earnest you just wanna smirk at him. Nothing kills compassion faster than self-righteousness

Iman and Hel Do SNL: fun

By Iman and hel | November 4, 2012

fun. might be a great group or they might not but if they don’t take a break from nonstop touring they won’t be a great band for much longer. And what is it with the earplugs? Pianist Andrew Dost is also wearing em, but purple ones, so you gotta think at least one of em is a fashion plate

Vampire Weekend Debut 'Unbelievers' On Jimmy Kimmel Live

By Alyson Camus | November 3, 2012

I want to repeat some of the lyrics of the song, ‘I’m not excited but should I be?’, I mean the song is really bouncy and dynamic, and I had it in repeat in my head after listening to it only twice, demonstrating how catchy the music is, but I was expecting a little more for some reason

Watch Ty Segall Destroy Late and Morning TVs In The Same Month

By Alyson Camus | October 19, 2012

he embodies furious rock revival and I know that because I saw him and his band live a few times. The night he played at the Echoplex, the energy went to the roof and there were more people jumping from the stage than divers jumping in an Olympic pool last summer in London.

Keith Urban To American Idol A Great Idea

By Iman Lababedi | September 19, 2012

With the news that Keith Urban has joined Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and returning Randy Jackson, the American Idol line up of judges is complete and it is a very very smart concept because American Idol boils down to black chick divas, white country boys.

The Death Of The VMAs

By Iman Lababedi | September 13, 2012

The VMAs are worse today. They are kinda like Coney Island on a wet Sunday afternoon in late October. Everything looks the way it used to but the paint is faded and the rides are slower and no one is around

The Inbetweeners Crack Wise AT Q&A

By Iman Lababedi | September 10, 2012

It might sell in the States with some money behind it, but probably not. In person, Iain (though I wish he’d change the spelling of his name) and James are funny, forthright, and pleasant company who answered every question till the lights were turned out on us.

No Doubt Kickoff The Football Season

By Iman Lababedi | September 8, 2012

On stage, Gwen looks ridiculous. Just crazy hot with a stomach you can bounce dimes off, and the band is money: tight as hell.

Dr. Who Back On BBC America Saturday!!!!

By Iman Lababedi | August 31, 2012

The new season premiers on BBC America, tomorrow and every Saturday at 9pm and I swear I would cancel all my Saturday concerts for the season if it wasn’t for Video On Demand! With just about zero production values, Dr. Who is a world jumping, time traveling dream of a TV show.

MTV 2012 Video Music Awards: Is Anyone Watching?

By Helen Bach | August 29, 2012

But does anyone really watch MTV enough to know this show is coming up? I don’t think so. I forgot all about them and I write about music every day. The only reason I did remember was a commercial while I was watching Jackass the other night.

“Homer Goes to Prep School” With Tom Waits

By Helen Bach | August 27, 2012

This seasons Simpson has Homer becoming a ‘prepper’ not as in prep school attire but rather prepping for the end of the world. This episode to air in December will contain a very odd celebrity guest, Tom Waits

Celebrity Apprentice, Bret Michaels Is Back

By Helen Bach | August 26, 2012

I realize in the past few seasons the ‘celebs’ have been low B list but bringing back Michaels? If you have to recycle your B list chances are its time to let the series die peacefully.

MTV's "The Inbetweeners" Reviewed

By admin | August 25, 2012

MTV just premiered their version of The Inbetweeners. I love the UK version- the characters are perfect, they all are wonderfully matched and the show’s chemistry is what makes it one of the funniest shows ever.

Justin Bieber To Appear In The Simpsons Next Year

By Alyson Camus | August 24, 2012

‘He tries to get into a talent show that Bart is playing piano in and they won’t admit him, Draw your own conclusions.’ That’s funny and I hope the teen star gets what he deserves

Colbchella, Stephen Colbert's Music Festival On A Boat!

By Alyson Camus | August 3, 2012

Coachella, Cruise-Coachella, and now Colbchella? No it’s a sort of joke of course. Stephen Colbert announced during his Tuesday edition of the Colbert Report that he will organize a super concert aboard the Intrepide Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City on August 10.

Who Should Replace J Lo And Tyler On American Idol?

By Iman Lababedi | July 17, 2012

atched the first two seasons of American Idol (just guess why) but have only caught bits and pieces since then… and nothing at all with JLo and Tyler. Now that they have left, here are some suggestions for a replacement.

Letterman's Great Madonna Joke!!

By Iman Lababedi | July 3, 2012

This one is a killer joke that, if you can imagine for a moment that I am Letterman (even if I resemble Paul more closely!), you will laugh uproarously. Ps: This is not verbatim.

The Boy Looked At Judy: Johnny Rotten On Trial

By Iman Lababedi | June 27, 2012

Lydon was a blabbermouth and the Jude was relatively forbearing until stopping Lydon with a sharp, “Did I disrespect you”. “No”, I chagrined Rotten replied, eyes cast down.

Justin Bieber's Disastrous Prime Time Special

By Iman Lababedi | June 26, 2012

Bieber compared himself to the Beatles during the, frankly, just a PR handjob, special. It is worth mentioning that the Beatles first appearance on Ed Sullivan reached 67M people, Bieber reached 3M. This isn’t to hate on Bieber, the hysteria he provokes is very real indeed

SNL's Andy Samberg Leaves The Show

By Iman Lababedi | June 6, 2012

There is no fat guy worth mentioning, no black guy worth mentioning, and Kristin Wiig is surreally annoying at least half of the time. The writing often goes from dull to dullard and… I guess that’s it. I like the music, helen doesn’t. And I’ll miss Andy, who is going to the BBC to work on a Britcom!

Mick Jagger OK On SNL But Better With The Stones

By Iman Lababedi | May 24, 2012

Super heavy kinda sucked and no tour was forthcoming, and I guess the Stones are stilling working on next years tour, but after that? This would appear to be a way forward for Mick. Who wouldn’t want to see Mick perform a night of blues classics with Beck on guitar?

Lady Gaga Goes To Springfield

By Iman Lababedi | May 23, 2012

The episode has nothing close to the imagination LG shows every day of her life. And Simpsons has shown very, very often. With a wealth of ways to go, the Simpsons leans back on the tried and true. Again. It is time to pull the plug on the Simpsons.

Public Image Ltd On American Bandstand

By Iman Lababedi | April 21, 2012

The American Bandstand show was a thrill for me, but while what I remembered was Johnny not bothering to lipsynch but wandering around the audience, it is worth noting what a perfect host Dave Clark was. Johnny was used to the likes of Bill Grundy sassing him, Dave’s charming host, allowing his entire audience on stage for “Careering” as good a way to remember the man as any.

The Simpsons Excellent The Graduate Parody

By Iman Lababedi | April 18, 2012

The Bart sequence manages, amazingly enough, to have some real eeling to it, it seems to capture Mike Nichols aimless passing of hot summer dy after heated summer night.

Not With The Band: Do We Own Words?

By Alyson Camus | April 17, 2012

Red Hot Chili Peppers suing Showtime Networks over the TV show called ‘Californication’, the same name used by the band for their Grammy-nominated 1999 album, is different because the RHCP made up that word, so they kind of owned it…. but even in this case, when the word is out there, and caught up by others, is it still yours?

Tom Waits In New York In April

By Iman Lababedi | April 11, 2012

we don’t know if he is playing a gig -One Direction didn’t. About the only time, well, this and the Grammy’s, you’ll read One Direction and Tom Waits in the same sentence

Alyson Camus Spends More Time At Whitney Houston's Funeral Than She Ever Did Listening To The Music

By Alyson Camus | February 20, 2012

I wonder, is it still private at this point? Why is the family pretending they want a private ceremony when this is mediatized to this extreme? And how much did CNN pay to be authorized to do this?

Lana Del Rey On Letterman

By Iman Lababedi | February 6, 2012

I Born To Die is an excellent album, I thought she was fine on SNL and though I am a touch tired of “Video Games” by now, she is first rate here, singing the aforementioned on the Letterman Show.

Animated Episode of 30 Rock with Ryan Adams

By Alyson Camus | February 4, 2012

Michael McDonald, Ryan Adams and Childish Gambino audition, but the trick is that they have to sing three old NBC show theme songs, because of some budget restrictions.

American Idol Viewership Down 27% From Last Year

By Iman Lababedi | January 25, 2012

Two years after Mary Magpie reviewed every single episode of the 2010 season of American Idol, we didn’t mention its premiere in 2012. And this indifference is reflective of a society that is becoming swiftly satiated in its thirst for reality and variety show.

Tim Riley Gets "Morecambe And Wise" Appearance Wrong In Lennon Bio

By Iman Lababedi | January 23, 2012

Writing about the Beatles on the English comedy show TV program “The Morecambe And Wise Show”, Riley gets it so wrong, I was left wondering if Riley, an American, doesn’t really understand English culture.

Lana Del Rey: Let The Video Games Begin

By Iman Lababedi | January 19, 2012

Perhaps you think she sucks, perhaps you hate her her. But don’t hate her because she hasn’t worked for it. I hate all that “Outliers” crap, spontaneity is as important as experience when it comes to ROCK AND ROLL. Just a willingness to stand up and scream at the top of your lungs

Win A Trip To The Grammys (Unless You Have Time Warner)

By Iman Lababedi | January 15, 2012

am paying $200 odd dollars a month to the thieving bastards at Time/Warner and the thieving bastards at cablevision have taken MSG (so no Knicks) and Fuse off Time Warner. Begging an answer to the musical question: how soon is now to burn down both institutions of advance thievery.