Monday, September 03, 2007

Loose Ends

Been off the radar a bit lately, finishing up with the Star-Ledger's "Deadly Secrets," series and the accompanying podcast, as well as work on the new book. But there are few things worth noting that have arisen in the meantime.

First, if you haven't already heard "Radio Nowhere," the first single from the new album by that band pictured above, it's still available for a limited time as a free download from iTunes. I first heard a leaked mp3 version of it about three weeks ago and liked it a lot, though on those first few listens, I kept hearing Tommy Tutone's "867-5309," mixed in with a little bit of BOC's "Don't Fear the Reaper" (which reminded me of the first time I heard "Dancing in the Dark" and thought it sounded *exactly* like Rod Stewart's "Young Turks").

However, if you really want to get a taste of the album, due out Oct. 2, stop by here, which has a 30-second snippet from each of the songs, linked together into a single file. Or at least it will until someone pulls it.

After watching and enjoying - but not being overwhelmed by - AMC's MAD MEN pilot, I did finally catch up with the first four episodes this weekend and I'm beginning to think it's quite brilliant. Hard to believe HBO let this one get away. For an in-depth discussion of each new episode as it airs, knock on this door. That's also where you'll find a well-considered and cogent argument about why THE FRENCH CONNECTION isn't such a great movie after all, though I'm not sure I agree.

And finally, Paul Guyot, guest blogging over at Murderati, has written a real keeper about navigating the television pitch process. It's the first of a series and a near-perfect blend of humor and solid information.


pattinase (abbott) said...

Mad Men has to be the most painful hour in my week. It's excruciatingly brilliant. Not a likeable character in the mix in some regards yet you can't look away. Has there ever been anything like it? It's like watching all the mistakes made in the last fifty years while gagged and manacled.

wstroby said...

That's a great description.
Since I've only seen four of this season's episodes so far, I'll refrain from commenting further. Except that, while I enjoyed the pilot, I thought it way too heavy-handed and on-the-nose with the period aspects (the sexism, smoking, etc). The writing seemed to make a quantum leap with the second episode though, and just when I thought the series was straying too close to MAN IN THE GREY FLANNEL SUIT territory, it veered again, and gave us that great episode about Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser, almost unrecognizable from the last time I saw him, in ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE).