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2014 Television

What I’ll be watching this Fall Schedule, Part Two

As promised, this week I’m writing about the returning shows I’ll be watching as hoodie and scarf weather approaches.

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PARENTHOOD

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Parenthood returns to NBC for it’s sixth and final (13 episode) season. This is the show I’m most excited/sad about getting to watch. Unlike Katim’s last beloved outing Friday Night Lights, Parenthood hasn’t tailed off at all in it’s later seasons – and I’m not ready to give the Braverman’s up quite yet.

I’m not even that concerned with what’s going to happen, although there are multiple theories as to what the “huge new challenge” Katims talked about in an interview (but I’m hoping they don’t kill Zeke). If you haven’t give Parenthood a go yet, then you should catch up on Netflix before this season starts. It’s easily my favourite show on TV, and I am not a person who loves family activities.

Parenthood returns to NBC on September 25th

 

SUPERNATURAL

There are those that think Supernatural jumped the shark around season 6, and they’d be right, but that doesn’t mean that it’s still not a massively enjoyable show, at least some of the time. Sure, season 9 had a lot more filler than stand-out episodes, but I’m seeing the Winchester Bros quest through to the bitter end. And (spoiler alert) Dean being a demon is going to add an interesting dimension to the show. Oh, and Crowley is now a “series regular” alongside Cas, so that should keep Josh happy at least.

I’ve been a bit harsh here, I love Supernatural and this year marks a decade that I’ve been watching it. I hope it goes out on a high note, because that spin off pilot was one of the worst things I’ve ever seen.

Here’s the terribly shot Season 10 trailer from Comicon.

Supernatural returns to the CW on October 7th

 

THE ORIGINALS

I started watching The Originals last season as a guilty gothy pleasure to watch on my iPad while in the bath. I didn’t expect to like it anywhere near as much as I did. I stopped watching The Vampire Diaries 2 seasons in, which makes my enjoyment of it’s spin-off all the more odd…

The Originals is set in New Orleans, but more like one imagined by Poppy Z Brite than the one we see in Treme. The French Quarter in The Originals is populated with witches, werewolves and vampires with some voodoo thrown in for good measure.  Everyone is painfully hot, with impeccable make-up and hair and there are candles everywhere. I love The Originals.


The Originals is back on The CW on October 6th.

 

AMERICAN HORROR STORY – FREAKSHOW

American Horror stories standalone seasons have ALL been good, it’s hard for me to pick between Murder House and Coven when it comes to favourites, which is why I’m super excited for Freakshow. It’s not going to be the third season of Carnivale that we all wanted, but I’m reasonably sure that it’s going to be great. And Wes Bentley is in the Halloween episodes. All the spoilers/info/rumours can be found here. The official trailer is below.

American Horror Story airs on FX on October 8th

 

HOMELAND

I felt like Homeland really lost direction after they killed off Brody, but I’m still interested to see what they do with it now they’re a central character down. Also, it’s been months since I’ve seen Claire Danes cry face, and I sort of miss it. Also, I’m hoping that they give Saul a bigger role this season, as I could watch Mandy Patinkin forever (remember how Criminal Minds turned terrible as soon as he left?)

 Homeland is back on Showtime on October 5th

And that really is it. Told you everything good was happening midseason. At least it’s not too long to wait for new Hannibal, Archer, Bob’s Burgers, Broad City and Girls….

 

 

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2014 fall TV

What I’ll be watching this Fall Schedule, Part One

The final weeks of Summer are here, it’s getting cooler and it’s raining more. This can mean only one thing, it’s almost time for Autumn. My annual pre September excitement has begun  – a large part of the reason I love this time of year (apart from leaf stomping, warm booze, sweaters and scarves) is that there’s stuff to watch.

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2013 mixtape Music

The Last Days of Winter

Are upon us.

Spring is just around the corner and soon everything will stop being so grey and cold and start being green and fresh and we’ll want to go outside again. Instead of wishing the last month or two of Winter away, I suggest we savour it before it’s time to pack away the extra blankets and casserole dishes.

The only logical thing to do was to make a mixtape.

It’s a heady mix of indie rock/americana/alt country type stuff and perfect for falling asleep  wrapped in goose down (I tested this out)

I took the picture on Hampstead Heath during some rare London snowfall.

 

Sleepy Winter from kimlovesstuff on 8tracks Radio.

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2013 Music Television

Team Braverman

60155300 I watched the Parenthood Season 4 finale this morning and I’m already missing the Bravermans. I wish this weren’t true, but it is. This season was incredible. Pretty much every episode was an emotional roller-coaster, AND I like Kristina now, which I never thought would happen. I still think it’s a bit off they kept Haddie in the dark though. I know that there are more of you like me out there, wondering how you’re going to live without your weekly dose of everyone’s  favourite fictional family. So to try and help us through these dark times until we hear whether it’s been renewed for a fifth season or not,  I’ve made an epic 4 hour long Spotify playlist of songs that were featured in season 4. Re-live Kristina telling Adam she has cancer! (I can never listen to Iron & Wine the same way) Ryan and Amber’s break-up! the Hank, Sarah, Mark love triangle! Drew at the abortion clinic! Max and the vending machines! I hope this helps and doesn’t make you too sad. Oh, and if you’re not familiar with Parenthood, then I wrote all about why you need to watch it now

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2013 mixtape

Snowy

It’s snowing.

Properly

As this is such a rare occurrence for London, I decided to mark the occasion with a mix.

All of the songs are snow related –  it’s pretty slow and good for listening to while the white stuff falls. Ideally on a sofa with blankets and a cuddle buddy.

 

Happy Winter!

 

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Music Nerdery video

Field Report Video

I know I didn’t post best of year lists here last year, mostly it’s because I’m old and happy and I don’t feel like I have to tell everyone everything anymore. That being said, if I had made a best of year music list, then the Field Report record would definitely have been on it, probably very near the top.

Do you know the deal with Field Report? Chris Porterfield, who used to be known as Conrad Plymouth but morphed into Field Report a couple of years ago, is simply amazing. (Oh, and he used to be in a band with Bon Iver, back in the day, but don’t let that put you off)

Anyway, Field Report recently did a session at a gorgeous chapel at Colorado College (so down with bands playing in chapels) and the lovely people at Fuel/Friends were kind enough to post a video of first track off the record “Fergus Falls” and I’ve posted it here for your viewing pleasure.

So, watch, fall in love and if you want to, click here for a download of the whole session.

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2012 Nerdery

Just in case you’re interested

I have been writing some things, just not here. I wrote my year end TV round up and some over stuff over at Bitchbuzz.com

I’m going to try and get better and remembering to write things that aren’t work based here this year.

Happy 2013!

 

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2012 Music video

Dulli for King

The only celebration I’m interested in this ridiculous holiday is a celebration of the awesomeness that is the Afghan Whigs reformation.

A week ago today as the conclusion of the wonder that was ATP I’ll Be Your Mirror I got to see the Whigs. This was kind of a big deal for me as I didn’t get to see them when they were together the first time around. I’ve seen Twilight Singers a few times, but never the Whigs, and I have LOVED them since I was 13. Like, I can tell you that the almost unidentifiable sound at the very beginning of the Gentlemen LP is actually a microphone being held out of the window as they drive across the bridge into the city, that kind of love.

So yes, big deal. And they were mind blowing. Unfortunately they attracted a bunch of dicks (really, moshing? really? we’re in our thirties at the youngest guys, give it the fuck up)

They were tighter than I’ve ever heard them, and God they looked good. Being old works for them. I think it’s pretty well documented how good Dulli’s voice has gotten since he quite smoking, but you should see it for yourself. It’s pretty phenomenal.

Oh, and he’s HOT again, gone is fat slightly wasted at all times Dulli, he’s been replaced by a together, skinnier altogether more dapper incarnation. This new Greg is perfectly suited to the songs that he’s singing you, they’re even more effective now than they were when he was in his twenties. Middle age suits the Afghan Whigs, this is who they were always supposed to be.

The set was a heady mix of hits of everything from I’m Her Slave era, right through to a couple of 1965 classics. Alongside the core three were a variety of piano/string/vocal types, which really made everything from Black Love onwards, sound incredible.

I think I actually swooned when I heard the drums for the opening of Gentlemen start…

Anyway, I’m going to stop talking and leave you with the entire show from Primavera that someone very kindly posted a couple of days ago. It’s awesome. Probably the best thing you can do with an hour this Jubilee Sunday. Watch it and rediscover the best band in the world. Ever.

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Me & Miss Led

So, I’m currently working on a super-secret, super-awesome project with a super-secret someone. More about that later.

I asked my lovely friend Jo (better known to you as Miss Led) to draw me a simple pencil portrait for said new super secret project and I love it, so I thought I’d share it with you here.

Also, you should check out http://www.missled.co.uk/ for more of her stuff, as it’s great.

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Teenage Dreams

Um, guys. Cursive and Cymbals Eat Guitars covering Hey Jealousy.

I’ve had dreams that were less good than this.

Tim Kasher really “Cursives” it up, I’m warning you.

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Man, I LOVE the AV club.