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Remember last Friday, when NBC announced a rejiggered primetime schedule for Wednesdays and Thursdays through the rest of the year? A bunch of holiday-themed SNL specials are in; Welcome to the Family and Ironside are out.

It wasn’t until today that analysts realized that shuffled schedule hid one more nugget of information: As Vulture has noted, the Peacock has effectively put Parks and Recreation on hiatus until 2014.

Only four more episodes of Parks will air in 2013, two on Nov. 14 and two on Nov. 21. (One of the Nov. 14 episodes is Halloween-themed; maybe Greg Pikitis is behind this mischief?) The rest of Parks‘ normal Thursday 8 p.m. timeslots will be filled by episodes of The Voice, football games, and a variety of specials, including SNL‘s Halloween clip show, back-from-the-dead a cappella competition The Sing-Off, and NBC’s live broadcast…

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Taylor Jackson:

So excited for Girls season 3!

Originally posted on TVLine:

Girls Season 3Girls will resume having angsty, awkward fun this January.

HBO on Wednesday announced that Season 3 of Lena Dunham’s coming-of-age comedy will premiere on Sunday, Jan. 12 with two back-to-back episodes (beginning 10/9c).

Looking HBOThat same night, the cabler will launch its Matthew McConaughey-Woody Harrelson limited series True Detective (9/8c).

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Meanwhile, on Sunday, Jan. 19, Jonathan Groff’s new gay-centric dramedy Looking will take over the post-Girls slot at 10:30/9:30c.

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Lorde and Haim have both gotten more buzz than most artists get in their whole careers, Hiam is a group of sisters who have spent years trying to build a successful model of writing, playing and eventually releasing their own blend of Cali-rock and Lorde is a 16-year-old from New Zealand who’s become an overnight sensation in America.  She became the first Kiwi to get a number one on the Hot 100 and the youngest woman to top the Alt charts (and the first one to do it since Alanis).  Both have released warmly-received EP’s and both have built up the anticipation around their debuts, but of course, like Katy and Gaga, the indie queens just can’t help but release their albums on the same day.  Competition is good and bad, it gives me more music to enjoy but it also requires me to declare a winner in the newbie battle.

Haim – Days Are Gone

This is a solid effort, each song is a piece in both restraint and going-for-it, they range from 60′s Fleetwood angst to 90′s soul-pop influence.  My favorite songs are Let Me Go, Falling, and Song 5, all for different reasons. Let Me Go is haunting and pleading, yet strong and commanding.  It sounds like a Rumours B-side in a good way.  Falling is the perfect Haim song, if you wanna get someone into this band then play them the sparkling gem.  Song 5 sounds like a Destiny’s Child concert where they decided to play all their own instruments, an amazing song that describes how far out of center Haim can be.  My only downside to this CD is that four of the songs are on the EP’s so fans like me already have and cherish tha jamz, I just wanted four new songs to enjoy.  

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Lorde- Pure Herione

Lorde is a baby Lana, a teen who grew tired of the celebrity culture that was talking over her generation so she wrote a crushing song about her feelings and turned it into a pop radio magnet with Kanye-beats.  She writes about things Lana does but in a less bad-boy-destroy-me way, her whole album is covered with a deep bass beat that makes it sound like Yeezus part two more than a 16 year-old girl’s album.  My favorites are Team, 400 Lux and Ribs, my only problem is telling them apart.  Team is gorgeous and the only track on the album that could match Royals’ success, Ribs is more dancey than anything else on the record and 400 lux digs deep into Lorde’s feelings on killing time.  Lorde is relevant and her album is beautiful like a deeper Taylor Swift, where instead of break-ups she’s just singing about feeling useless and unfulfilled. My only issue is that it tended to mix for me and it was a tad short. 

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I give Haim the edge but they’re really both winners for me and I can’t wait to see what they do next.

 

I did a list of books, about three months ago.  Sorry, it’s been so long since posting, I thought to get everything up and going I’m gonna bring back my favorites before I start reviewing new movies.  These are in no particular order because I love them all equally.

Greatest high school movie ever, Winona will always be one of my favorite actresses.  Her performance in this film is dark and perfect like her.

LOVE LOVE LOVE this movie, The Bride is all you need to know.  Uma is perfection and I don’t think I could be friends with someone who hated these films.

Zach and Natalie.  If you can’t spot the trend, I love movies mostly because of their actors. Storylines are good but special effects mean nothing, I just want to see Natalie and Zach grow before my eyes.  This movie shaped my high school years and it shaped a lot of what I think now.  Life isn’t about getting from point A to point B or even moving along, it’s about finding someone to share the adventure with.

Simply one of the funniest movies ever made, vastly unrecognized but superbly written with biting social commentary.

Inception had some pretty mixed reviews, people either love it or don’t.  I absolutely love it, it has everything: Leo, JGL, Ellen, Marion, twisty plot and Nolan directing.

Grey Gardens was never released in theaters but I still love it so much, Jessica Lange is the greatest but Drew Barrymore was perfection as Edie.

Every summer I have a certain playlist or cd I listen to non-stop, last year it was Born This Way and that was all.  Since this summer doesn’t have any sparkly new releases from superstars, I’ve decided to make a playlist of all my favorites and this post is dedicated to that playlist and why I chose each song and why they’ll be massive this summer.

1.  Calvin Harris’ remix of Florence’s “Spectrum” – All you need to know about this is that it’s phenomenal, Florence’s soaring vocal mixed with Calvin’s production makes me wish for an all dance album from Florence.

2.  Liquorice- Azealia banks  –  Banks is a force to be reckoned with, she’s like Nicki sped up, she plays with dance and rap like Twista.  It takes about twenty listens to understand what she’s saying but her wordplay, humor and profanity are why I love her.  And also the video rocks.

3. Call My Name-Cheryl Cole — I love Calvin Harris and this might be his best song, overshadows We Found Love and most of his own songs.  Already a smash in the UK, it’s too bad she decided not to take this to the states, it would smash everything.

4.  Lights-Ellie Goulding — This song came out two years ago so America is late to the party, but there’s no reason they can’t enjoy her phenomenal voice and pure pop-dance production.

5.  Where Have You Been- Rihanna — Calvin Harris again, his joints are going to rule the summer, this is Rihanna’s best song and I wouldn’t be surprised if it lasted longer than We Found Love at number one.

6.  Only the Horses-Scissor Sisters — Calvin Harris made this song but it’s a pure Scissor Sisters production.  It’s campy, disco, and features falsetto and the end of the world, everything I love about them fine tuned by Harris.

7.  National Anthem-Lana Del Rey — She’s taken over most of my year, she’s my OBSESSION.  I love everything about and everything she does, but this song is pure Summer-pool-party jam, and the just released video is everything you could want.

8.  Titanium-David Guetta & Sia — Sia has been breaking out this year, following her success with Flo Rida, David Guetta finally released this song as a single and it was so worth it.  American audiences will eat this up, it’s everything one wants for summer parties, with a massive build up and a killer beat.  I think Sia might have her first American #1.

9.  Pound the Alarm-Nicki Minaj — Speaking of David Guetta… Nicki worked with him and released one of her most successful singles (Turn me on) so no wonder half of her new album is pop, with this one being the best pop song on it, so expect to hear this everywhere in about a month.

10.  Never Will Be Mine- Rye Rye f. Robyn — This song will probably never be big, which is sort of depressing, people want a perfect pop song, well look no farther.  Robyn sings a perfect chorus and Rye Rye shows why M.I.A. would give a pregnant rapper a chance.  She should go somewhere and I hope she does but until then I’ll be enjoying this song and playing it for everyone I can.

10.  The Things They Carried- Tim O’Brien

I had to read it for an American Lit class and ended up loving it, equal parts disturbing, enchanting, factual and fictional.

 

 

 

9.  One Hundred Years of Solitude-Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Longest book on my list, but so worth it.  One of the greats, shaped my reading and writing habits.  So surreal yet very very real.

8.  Good Morning, Midnight- Jean Rhys

No words can describe this book and what exactly it does to get under your skin.  You can never understand the character and you can never understand why you can’t wash the filth away.  Something about the book is primal and unclean.

7.  The Martian Chronicles- Ray Bradbury

I read this in 8th grade, it was phenomenal to an adolescent boy.  Everything on Mars seems like here but is so different much like life on TV is so different then how life is, as a boy I related to the martians more than the earthling.

6.  Brave New World- Aldous Huxley

A lot of people like to compare this book and Orwell’s 1984, I understand why but I think people miss the point then.  It’s not about how the future will be and how they differed but more on a reader’s personality.  I tend to favor Brave New World just because it shows human nature at it’s core, selfish.

5. Slaughterhouse-Five- Kurt Vonnegut

My favorite author and his best work.  No brainer.  If you haven’t read it, read it now.

4.  The Picture of Dorian Gray- Oscar Wilde

One of the classics and one of the greats human study novels.  This one concentrates on vanity and humans, specifically men (gay men if you read it in college).  What if you could never age?  What would you pay for that?

3.  The Catcher in the Rye- J.D. Salinger

Most people have to read it in high school, I never did and I’m thankful because I got to enjoy it at my own pace and not be forced to read it.  It could be a beating with the right teacher.  Holden will always be an idol of mine, he saw the world through a different prospective that I can still relate to.

2.  The Hours- Micheal Cunningham

My favorite contemporary novel, his writing is phenomenal and all of his characters are fleshed out humans that you could pass on a street.  Very moving, and one of the few movie/book combos that actual equal each other.

 

1.  The Great Gatsby- F. Scott Fitzgerald

It was always one of my favorite books but only after the third time I read it did it really sneak into first.  It’s so artful and perfect and I just love it unconditionally, I live by the book.  It will always be the greatest American novel, not because of Fitzgerald or because it shows the 20′s perfectly, but because it shows every period in America.  People don’t change, they always strive to be better and always hurt people.  Karma always comes back around and there will always be Gatsby’s and Daisy’s.

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