A Brief Post Outlining My Most Recent Problems With Today’s TV Soundtrack Hipness

First, listen to this.

Sound familiar?

That’s probably because just about one-third of all new network and cable television shows have used this “extremely popular” no-longer-new song by Peter Bjorn and John and placed it in the soundtracks of their pilot or 2nd episodes of their new shows in an attempt to add some awesome street cred to their productions. Whether you’re Gossip Girl, Big Shots or a slew of others…they’re all getting their Bjorns on.

It’s just too bad none of these music producers are talking to any of the other music producers or else they’d all suddenly realize they’re pulling the same songs, from the same list, from the same popularity scales.

And it’s driving me crazy.

Soundtrack, Movie, Film Short & Blog

It’s a regular quadfecta of important 411 today!

It’s truly rare that I take a break from my cavalcade of comedy to link elsewhere, but I experienced a slew of awesome things this week that I felt was worth breaking from WFME’s original trajectory in order to bring them here, to you. In a nutshell, they are a soundtrack, movie, film short & blog..

Once is “a modern day musical set on the streets of Dublin. Featuring Glen Hansard from the Irish band “The Frames,” the film tells the story of a street musician and a Czech immigrant during an eventful week as they write, rehearse and record songs that reveal their unique love story.” Besides being scripted and feeling more real than most films (in both character and setting), the music is absolutely inspiring and engaging. Click over to the official site (linked above) and give a listen to the songs before you buy. Which you will do. Because this is a soundtrack you’re not going to want to miss out on.

Yesterday, I had the great opportunity to see the upcoming film The King of Kong (coming out August 17th). The film, a documentary about two men racing against time to get the world’s record for Donkey Kong, takes what some might think would be a thin premise and turns it into an engaging story about good and evil in the world of blips and bleeps. Most interesting is the “villain” of the movie — video game record guru Billy Mitchell (famous from the 80’s and 90’s for his set records on everything from Donkey Kong to Centipede) and how his almost Darth Vader-like grip on the people around him make him an evil, conniving, sneaky little bastard who refuses to let his challenger (a nice family man/teacher from Seattle) beat his score. No matter what he has to do. It’s truly great stuff and you shouldn’t miss it.

In the world of film shorts, it seems that blogger/actor/world-can’t-stop-me-proponent Jessica Stover is at it again. This time, it’s Artemis Eternal, a film short she wrote, will be acting in, and will be producing — and is currently in her fundraising stage of the project. But most people “in the fundraising stage” usually haven’t raised a darn thing. Stover? She’s well on her way to making her new project a reality. Swing on over and drop her a few bucks if you want to support the kind of maverick independent filmmaking Stover is involved with. And if you do, you’ll even get your name in the credits of the film!

Finally, I wanted to make mention of a new blog that I’ll be contributing to at least once a month. Burt Reynold’s Moustache is a blog made up of roughly 28 different writers — and each writer is assigned one day a month. On that day, anything can happen as long as it’s funny. It’s going to be funny, right? I hope so. I’m sure it will be. You can swing by today, or tomorrow, or on the 7th of every month (which happens to be my day).

Memorial Day MP3

Aaaaaand, the tradition continues.

Today, on this glorious off-work Memorial Day, WFME brings you yet another free, unfettered release of another glorious Memorial Day MP3! A song that you can download, listen to, share with your friends, and hide somewhere secret when you’re not using it so the music police don’t catch you.

Remember, first rule of Memorial Day MP3? You don’t talk about Memorial Day MP3. Second rule of Memorial Day MP3? Eh, go ahead. Talk about it.

This week, MDMP3 brings you a great song from the UK-based band The Feeling. The song, “Never Be Lonely” is one of the best off their new album “Twelve Stops and Home.” The band, sort of a mix between Supertramp and Elton John, has a fun, unique sound that I think you may just enjoy.

You can listen to the song here.

A Giant Music Explosion

They Might Be Giants, often considered the most off-kilter band on the face of the Earth has finally come out with their newest album The Else. While currently only available for the next month as an iTunes download (the official CD plus full-length bonus disc will be available in stores in June), I had to post this awesome song from the new album for your persual, in-loveness, and subsequent download.

The song is called “The Mesopotamians” and is a rallying cry for all who feel like a Mesopotamian. Now if only I could get someone to write me a theme song like this called “The Pauly D” — everything would be right in the world.

Give it a listen here.