“They are much more savvy than we were. We were just a bunch of dumb kids running around. We have a nice episode, all sorts of juicy little things happen—the normal ‘Gossip Girl’ juicy things. I can’t give you much. Except, there is a ’9 1/2 Weeks’ kind of thing going on in one story line.”
You didn’t have to be Italian to be horrified by “Jersey Shore,” MTV’s new reality show about a summer share house in the Garden State—it’s exactly what you would expect from the eight trashiest 20-somethings they could find, complete with free-flowing alcohol, macho posturing and dumbass nicknames.
But it certainly didn’t matter that producers edited the show so the slurs “guido” and “guidette” appear about 127 times in the very first episode. Unsurprisingly, New York magazine now reports MTV’s publicists are receiving friggin’ death threats, apparently from angry Italian-Americans. Keep reading »
It’s new release Tuesday, so it’s time to take the latest tunes for a spin. And the freshest track is coming from my fave awesome art rock band: The Liars. They’re releasing Sisterworld in March, but you hip, hot Frisky gals can get an mp3 taste of it by heading here! I’ve been basically playing their super awesome song “Scissors” on loop. Now, as for the albums out this week, Snoop Dogg is still the shizneezy. Rapper Gucci Mane fights the law, and wins. Timbaland’s back, trying to make shock waves. 30 Seconds To Mars is flying high on the wings of operatic emo. And We The Kings try to rule tweendom. Are we missing someone? You bet! We’re ignoring Chris Brown’s new record. In light of what he did to our girl Rihanna, we’re not going to support him here. Whew, let’s brush it off ’cause there are some seriously hot jams going on this week. So, let’s get into the groove, after the jump! Keep reading »
Everyone at The Frisky is anxiously awaiting the premiere of the sixth and final season of “Lost.” We mark our calendars with big Ls for every day that brings us nearer. Did Locke get Jacob killed? Did Juliet survive? Will we ever get an actual explanation on the polar bears? In the name of higher education, I guess, ABC is getting together real college professors to bring us the internet-based Lost University. It’s a community, it’s a conspiracy, it’s a second chance for those of us whose inferior college opportunities didn’t include courses like Philosophy 101: I’m Lost, Therefore I Am. “It’s the perfect marriage of entertainment and education,” says professor Sean Carroll of Caltech, whose Introductory Physics of Time Travel will be one of the online video courses for students who find their way to Lost U. I’ve gotta go do beer bongs at a frat kegger now, to drown my sorrows. Lost U rejected my enrollment application without even letting me take the placement exams. [Slate] Keep reading »
Alicia Keys is changing the music game. She’s the first A-list musician to release an entire album via Facebook. Her 1.3 million fans can listen to The Element of Freedom, her sixth album, in its entirety for free and can place pre-orders before the official drop date, Dec. 15. Now we’ll be able to decide whether to purchase the entire album or specific songs; we all know an artist’s previous work is no guarantee their newest album will be as enjoyable. [Alicia Keys] Keep reading »
Lady Gaga has found a way to spread holiday cheer in her own special way. Over the weekend, she donned a pair of antlers to complement her translucent dress, and last year, she added a tune to the holiday music landscape. We’re not sure how we overlooked “Christmas Tree” featuring Space Cowboy for so long, because it’s certainly something. With lines like “Ho ho ho, under the mistletoe / Yes, everybody knows / We will take off our clothes,” “Light me up put me on top / Let’s fa-la-la-la-la-la-la,” and “My Christmas tree’s delicious,” this song is sure to become a classic. And, right now, it’s available to download for free on Amazon.com. Take a listen after the jump. Keep reading »
Before having back surgery this past spring, I’d never laid eyes on a full episode of “Gilmore Girls.” Yes, I came late to the party. Very late. The show debuted in 2000 and went off the air in 2007. So when I found myself virtually immobile for weeks at a stretch, with nothing but Netflix (and a bottle of Percocet) to keep me occupied, I decided to give the show, which people whose opinions I respected told me was a classic, a whirl.
Despite writing for a TV-centric website for a chunk of time, I’ve never been one to get full-on obsessed with a TV show (not since my “My So-Called Life” days, anyway.) But “Gilmore Girls” incited, nay demanded, an unprecedented level of boob tube devotion in me. If the show’s brilliant dialogue, comfy-cozy aesthetic and kick-ass soundtrack wasn’t enough, the lead characters — two flawed, hilarious, complicated and fiercely independent women — sealed the deal. Keep reading »
OK, I’ll admit: I’m a Jew, but I sat on Santa’s lap once. It was after I had three peppermint Martinis and a college degree. I had always wanted to as a kid, and when I finally had the chance, I grabbed it! And then Santa grabbed me. I’m also sorry to say, there is picture evidence of that incident floating around somewhere. (Sorry, mom/my career!) Anyway, my all-too-adult Santa experience is nothing compared to the hilariously creeptastic photos on SketchySantas.com. Warning: don’t read this blog before you plop your precious bundle of joy on some red-suited stranger’s lap at the mall. But if you have a good sense of humor or are a tribe member, Muslim, etc., this will for sure put the Merry in your Christmas! [WOW Report] Keep reading »
The holiday season is never the best in terms of television and, really, what other terms would we be talking about here? There are far too many reruns and new episodes tend to be Christmas-themed, which is just annoying. Not to mention the commercials that suggest you buy your loved ones cars as gifts? Really, who does that? But have no fear, there is some great TV coming up this week, from the season finale of “Top Chef” to the second episode of our new fave “Jersey Shore” — [Which I will be liveblogging in between doing shots of Jagermeister. Kidding! About the Jager. -- Editor] — to Barbara Walters sitting down with the 10 most fascinating folks of the year. Check out previews after the jump. Keep reading »
About a year ago, a group of my closest friends got together in a basement apartment in Queens. It was a Saturday night in the dead of winter, and most of us were broke (the economy was crashing) and lazy (we didn’t feel like trekking to a bar in the city). As we cracked open a bottle of wine and ate fresh-baked zucchini muffins, one of my friends decided to play us some records on the record player he had recently inherited from his parents. It turned out to be one of the best nights of our lives. In sharing great music, great food, and great fun, a tradition was born—Record Party. The New York Times is finally catching on to something my friends and I discovered that night; vinyl is back in a major way. The stats say that CDs are becoming just about as obsolete as cassettes and 8-tracks. Sure, iPods are fun if you’re on the go, but really the only way to devour your favorite music (other than to hear it live) is to listen to it on vinyl. It’s like hearing the music again for the first time—rich and layered. Mike Jbara, a bigwig at Warner Music Group, says, “It is absolutely easy to say vinyl doesn’t make sense when you look at convenience, portability, all those things. But all the really great stuff in our lives comes from a root of passion or love.” [New York Times]
That’s what Record Party is really all about. But don’t take my word for it. Experience Record Party for yourself. After the jump, five tips for throwing your own rocking Record Party. Keep reading »