Fave TV Comedy #1: Billy on the Street

We in the Muruch household have been meaning to post about our two fave tv comedies: Billy on the Street and Drunk History.

Billy on the Street began on Funny or Die and now airs on the Fuse channel. The show follows comedian Billy Eichner as he runs through the streets of NYC shouting and playing bizarre pop culture games with often confused bystanders and occasional guest celebrities.

My three fave scenes were 1) Billy’s rant about Cameron Diaz, in which he yells for her “to ruin more things!” 2) his “Lana Del Race for the Cure,” featuring several sleepy, disoriented models in Lana Del Ray costumes and 3) his “John Mayer or Pepé Le Pew?” game with Olivia Wilde…

Leela James: New Song & Album!

It saddens me that the extraordinary Leela James had to join a reality tv show (R&B Divas LA) to get some much deserved media attention. When I first posted about her debut back in 2005, Leela seemed poised to infuse what was at the time a very lifeless music scene with some much needed soul. Sadly, Leela was a few years too early for the Sharon Jones-led retro revival. Though she continued to record and enjoy a measure of success, Leela has yet to become the star she should be. The song “Save Me” from her new album, Fall for You, shows Leela’s voice hasn’t lost any of its strength or depth.

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Weird Al’s Linguistic Parody of “Blurred Lines”

The Muruch household has always stood somewhat divided on the Weird Al issue. Editor Vic has been a lifelong Al fan, thanks to fond childhood memories of UHF, popular MTV videos of his hits “I Lost on Jeopardy” and “Smells Like Nirvana” and lesser known album cuts like “Dare To Be Stupid” and “Attack of the Radioactive Hamsters From a Planet Near Mars.” Yet Brendan’s MTV-less Irish upbringing left him lacking in such nostalgic affection for the infamous curly-haired parody purveyor. However, being the grammar-loving bookworms that we are, we both love Weird Al’s “Word Crimes” from his new album, Mandatory Fun. It has the catchy melody of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” sans the creepy lyrics…

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Mary Lambert: New Album & Video!

Mary Lambert‘s long-awaited debut full-length album, Heart of My Sleeve, will be released on October 14th via Capitol Records. Here’s the new lyric video for the first single, “Secrets.” While I prefer Mary’s voice without so much pop polish, her unabashedly confessional lyrics continue to connect and effect.

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