Rilo Kiley released a new album, Under the Blacklight, a couple of weeks ago. On opening it, I was excited. The jewel case is tinted purple, and I suspect that it actually glows under a blacklight. The booklet contains no text and is full of pictures of the band seemingly exploring the backstreets of L.A. nightclub scene, with Jenny Lewis looking beautiful as usual and Blake Sennet sort of staring off into the distance. Also among the photographs are transvestites and an old woman dressed as if going to a funeral, carrying a brain inside of a jar.
The album itself, though was a little disappointing. All but three of the songs are written entirely by Jenny Lewis, with one collaboration between her and Blake Sennet, one her and her boyfriend Jonathan Rice, and another written by Blake Sennet and Morgan Nagler. Personally I wish Blake had a little bit more to do with the production; I really enjoyed the albums released by The Elected, but not so much Jenny Lewis’ project with the Watson Twins. Most of the songs seem like there was not much thought put into the lyrics and are full of over-repeated phrases. The song “Moneymaker” is said to be the “big hit” from this album, and I suspect it will get radio play because it’s more “mainstream” if mainstream means songs about nothing that mindless teenagers can sing along to.
My oppinion, at first listen, of the best songs from the album are “Breakin Up” (Lewis/Sennet), “Dreamworld” (Sennet/Nagler), and “15” (Lewis).
Overall, I just don’t think Jenny Lewis is very good without Blake Sennet by her side..
Seriously, I hate the smell and I never eat it at the movies or as a snack at home. And if my roommates warm up a bag of instant popcorn in the microwave, without warning me, and that smell wafts its way to me on the couch, it pisses me off. Some people just say I am overreacting, I don’t know what I am talking about, and popcorn is awesome.
UPDATE: Fixed link.
UPDATE 2: Let this be a lesson to me for linking to an AP story through the L.A. Times. Apparently, they use the same link for whatever they feel is the current top AP story. So the article kept changing since I first posted to it. So I found something else which related and avoided the L.A. Times AP link altogether.
Rest in peace. My condolences to his wife and family.
The group studied 180 hours of original programming on six broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, MyNetworkTV and the CW) during three two-week ratings sweeps periods in 2006 and 2007. It found that instances of violence had increased 52.4% since a similar study in 2000-2001 and that sexual content had increased 22.1%.
The Parents Television Council is hoping that the FCC begins to regulate violence on television the way they already regulate “indecent content.”
The network response is that with the vastly increased number of options available to families, with so many more channels now available in the basic cable package, there is less need to provide that type of programming.
To be honest, I agree with the networks on this one. One of the reasons the FCC had the authority to regulate television was a combination of two factors – 1. the finite number of frequencies used to transmit broadcast signals were publicly owned and 2. there was a scarcity of options in broadcast television. To the extent that #2 becomes less of an issue, the authority of the FCC to regulate broadcasting should be diminished.
What the regulate-television-on-behalf-of-families crowd seems not to be able to understand is that television is a value neutral tool. Like the internet, it has nothing to say about what it is transmitting. It is not a substitute for parenting in respect to instilling values and exposing kids to what’s out there in the world. Developing technology that allows “parental controls” to prevent kids from watching whatever they want while the parents are not around is appropriate.
But the world is a dangerous place sometimes. And people have sex all the time (at least that’s what I hear…). I’d like my television shows to have something thoughtful to say about reality. It’s an art. Sometimes good. Sometimes very, very bad. But it should be free to tell stories that are important and relevant to all of us, even if often it does not.
Artificial restraints based on someone’s notion of “sensible family” programming simply isn’t the appropriate role for the government. Especially if there is a vastly less intrusive way to accomplish what is purported to be the goals of the movement.
Bush on Maliki:
“[Maliki’s] learning to be a leader. And one of my jobs as the president and his ally is to help him be that leader without being patronizing. At some point in time, if I come to the conclusion that he can’t be the leader—he’s unwilling to lead or he’s deceptive—then we’ll change course. But I haven’t come to that conclusion. As a matter of fact, his recent actions have inspired me.”
“Without being patronizing?” Mr. President, I do not think that word means what you think it means.