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There are lots of people out there making content exclusively for the web, but there’s hardly anybody that does it as well as Lindsay Ellis. A Channel Awesome contest to create a companion show for the Nostalgia Critic series brought her to our attention as the Nostalgia Chick, but it’s clear that Ms. Ellis has a lot more to offer us than a look back at the past – her brand of criticism not only informs, it educates – and that’s an even more rare thing than simply making quality videos.
I haven’t done one of these Attention Must Be Paid posts in a zillion years and for whatever reason, I suddenly had the desire to tackle a web series that isn’t in production anymore and hasn’t been for several years. So, without further ado, I give you Chad Vader: Day Shift Manager!
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If you’re new to the Attention Must Be Paid feature, here’s the deal: when I run across something that I think is great and isn’t getting the props it deserves, I write it up in this space. Unfortunately, AMBP has become a graveyard of canceled projects, and today’s celebrated artist, Indian Wife, is not an exception – they’re on what is probably best described as permanent hiatus. Still, that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy their music.
Indian Wife is out of New York and describes their genre as Noise Rock, but I’m not educated enough to elaborate on that – I’ll just say it’s good music. Comprised of Sbags, Indian Mike and Chris (who you’ll recognize from Rattrap Bumpkin), this is the sort of band that you’d invite to your house for a barbecue, or ask to help you defend the homestead from an invasion of saucer people – they kick that much ass.
Listening to Indian Wife is like watching someone paint a masterpiece with a broom; a giant piece of canvas is manipulated with lots of long, thick strokes and vivid colors over and over again. This is on full display in their five track album, Dirt Worshiper, which is available for FREE download.
If you like buildup and payoff, then the opening track is for you. “Comstock Lode” starts up like an old, reliable car and just keeps going… it slides out of the driveway, down the suburban streets and eventually to the highway – that’s when you find out you find out that this car has a big ass engine. And tremolo picking – I friggin love tremolo picking! “Mannegishi” makes excellent use of a chorus effect on the guitar, and the song is just tight; everyone is together. I love the reverb and delay on “Horizon;” it creates an atmosphere all its own on all of the songs, but perhaps is best used on this track; it’ll lull you to sleep… and i can’t even begin to speculate on what sort of dreams you’d have… they might be something like this. Then “Holy Water” comes on and kicks your ass with power and feedback until the final number, “Ezra Kind” rocks you on home.
Check out Indian Wife – it won’t cost you a thing but it’ll enrich your life!
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If you’re new to the Attention Must Be Paid (AMBP) feature, here’s the deal: when I run across something that I think is great and isn’t getting the props it deserves, I write it up in this space. Unfortunately, AMBP is starting to become a graveyard of canceled projects, including Party Down and Air. Today, we welcome Outsourced.
Outsourced was only on for one season (September 23, 2010 through May 12, 2011) and 22 episodes, but it left an undeniable impression upon my mind. The characters and their stories resonated with me for reasons I can’t explain – but then, well written scripts will do that for ya.
The show follows the adventures of Todd, an American who is sent to India to manage a call center for a mail order novelty company… I know, a fish out of water story is a little cliche, not to mention the fact that the show takes place in a contemporary setting where American jobs are being outsourced overseas and yet people are still buying stuff from mail order catalogs? Whatever – it’s all about the characters and their relationships with each other.
Get Your Head Bobble On
I have to admit, I never thought I’d see a sitcom where they attempted to explain the head bobble… it’s just one of the great things about this show. After working with many people from India and the Middle East, it’s refreshing to see people I know represented on TV fairly accurately.
“Sometimes yes, sometimes no, sometimes neither, sometimes both.”
Yeah, that’s exactly what it means!
Characters are AWESOME!
Initially, I thought I would talk about my favorite characters in this section, but frankly, I love all of the characters on this show – even Rajiv, the assistant manager you’re supposed to hate. He’s deliciously evil, but his motives are pure – he needs to become a manager so he can prove his worth to the family of the woman he loves… they all have great stories like that. Madhuri, who is at first portrayed to be soft spoken and demure has a tremendous singing voice that could take her to places most of us only dream of, but she is happy with her job at the telemarketing company that pays enough to support her family.
I believe Outsourced was not renewed due to NBC’s own bungling – if they hadn’t moved the show’s time slot mid season, I doubt it’s rating would have fallen off so sharply. To expect TV watchers to have such loyalty after barely half a season is asking a lot – particularly the audience that has a hard time choosing between this and The Mentalist. In any case, I just don’t understand how they expected the NBC audience to watch three straight hours of sitcoms – especially since The Office and Parks & Recreation are almost the same show, even sharing some of the same actors.
If you’re new to the Attention Must Be Paid (AMBP) feature, here’s the deal: when I run across something that I think is great and isn’t getting the props it deserves, I write it up in this space.
For two glorious seasons and 20 hilarious episodes, Party Down brought a jaded bit of humanity to the service industry. OK, I’m fawning – but the show is awesome! Read the rest of this entry
While James Rolfe’s career continues to bring him more opportunities the longer he persists, I still feel that he could use a shout out, and so, it’s time for Attention Must Be Paid, James Rolfe edition… or, in internet vernacular, AMBP: AVGN.
While wandering around the internet, I came across a video on YouTube that delighted me: the series was called, You Know What’s Bullshit? and the episode was called, Temperature. This, I am sure, is one of the greatest things to ever grace the YouTube servers.
“Potatoes are assholes; they’re so unpredictable.”
Has a better sentence ever been uttered? I think not. Potatoes are, in fact, assholes! (Sure, they’re not on corn‘s level, but what vegetable is?)
The Bullshit series is a work of art in itself, from part 1 to part 13. I was stunned with the quality of the writing, camera work and most of all, the superior editing. YouTube has so much fatty waste clogging up its mighty heart that its easy to get stuck in the muck of loathsome dreck, a sea of unedited video with awful pop music poorly mixed in the background, and the Bullshit series was a tremendous breath of fresh air; people really were putting quality video on YouTube. Who knew?
I soon found that I had engorged on the entire “You Know What’s Bullshit?” series (I’m also a big fan of the DVD sticker and DVD collection episodes) and yearned for more. The discovery that there was more ‘bullshit’ to be experienced beyond Temperature was a revelation in itself, but I had no idea what loomed just over the horizon.
The first episode I saw of The Angry Video Game Nerd was his review of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the Nintendo Entertainment System. TMNT for the NES is the worst kind of video game; it gave us the opportunity to interact as our favorite genetically altered reptiles, and in the early levels, you see so much promise. Sure, the controls aren’t great, but it’s a fun game… at first. Then it starts to suck, and that’s where James Rolfe comes in.
It sucking fucks, it fucking sucks, it fucking blows, it’s a piece of shit… and I don’t like it.
Agreed, sir. Agreed.
If you were a gamer in the mid to late eighties and onward, then you know how revolutionary Nintendo was for those of us who were used to the classic Atari 2600 (or pretenders like the ColeocoVision), as was the Super Nintendo (I know this is an old debate, but Sega sucked. The Sega Master System and Sega Genesis were inferior pieces of hardware; we can debate game libraries till the cows come home, but when games came out on both systems, Nintendo wins hands down every time… hence Sega makes games for Nintendo now? Figure that one out!), the Nintendo 64, and so on. (I’ll take another quick second to say that for the most part, the Playstation is a load-time-cut-scene-infused paperweight.) That being said, Nintendo had it’s fair share of bad games, whether licensed or not, and The Angry Video Game Nerd is just the man to exorcise the video game demons that haunt our souls from both yesterday, today and tomorrow.
I feel that I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Mr. Rolfe’s other efforts, which can be found on his website at Cinemassacre.com. His other series, such as Board James, a partly informational series on Board Games, a convention I assume is going the way of the Polar Bear (his horror movie-esque short on Mr. Bucket is not to missed) or the annual Cinemassacre.com’s Monster Madness, which brings an assortment of monster movies to the forefront every Halloween, and I think any movie fan would enjoy, even if you’re like me and don’t spend much time watching horror, slasher or monster movies.
James Rolfe has taken the comedic review to strange and hilarious new places. Sure, it can be juvenile, profane and even downright disgusting, but that’s what makes it fun. In fact, I particularly enjoyed a long diatribe about how bad a game was involving excrement and… well, other things, after which The Nerd said, “That was foul; I apologize.” It’s over the top, it’s silly and it’s great. It’s also self aware, which may be the most important reason it works so well. The guy does a brilliant job connecting with the audience… maybe its just me, because Mr. Rolfe and I are the same age and from the same part of the country and come from a shared experience, but I think there is something for everyone in Mr. Rolfe’s catalog. Take a look, you’re bound to find something you like.
Unless you can’t tolerate profanity and vulgarity. Then you’re shit out of luck.