Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Speed round:

Sandra Bernhard now has an official website, as do Roger Ebert and Nelson George. You should know.

Are Bowling For Soup, like, the pop-punk Bloodhound Gang or something? Certainly looks that way from their video for "1985." Unfortunately, "U2 and Blondie/their music's still on MTV" is a really incorrect lyric, for starters. And their music's as pedestrian as it gets.

Thought that last night's Cheney/Edwards debate was a draw. Both were fact fiends, both came off as rather smarmy, and I wasn't particularly impressed by either of 'em. I'd be more excited about Friday's "town hall"-style debate if it weren't to be moderated by Charlie Gibson, the Good Morning America host who can barely do an interview with Hilary Duff. I mean, really, Gibson makes Pat O'Brien seem like a real journalist.

Surprisingly strong voice, especially for a 13-year-old, but a shame about the weak-ass material: it could only be JoJo.

We're less than one month away from Election Day, which means that in most states the deadline for voter registration has passed. If you're not registered, you clearly don't care about the future of the U.S. - or your own future - and don't try to tell me otherwise. Democracy is a privilege, not a right, and it's participatory.

Liked (but didn't love) Desperate Housewives. It was a little surprising, throwing a Twin Peaks element into its sudsy mix, and it's got a lot of potential. It will be interesting to see what the series' creators do with what they've got (some interesting plot elements, some great actors). Am, however, thrilled to see that Housewives topped the Nielsens this week - good new shows are being watched! Shocking.

Dierks Bentley has such an easy, aw-shucks kinda charm and such a regular-guy vibe to him that it frankly amazes me that he's not a star yet. But he'll get there; "How Am I Doin'" is the latest, and best, salvo in his campaign for stardom yet. He reminds me a bit of Brad Paisley, and you may have heard of him...

One more thing about Eminem's "Just Lose It": incredibly, the video is even worse than the single. I mean, Erik Estrada? P*ris H*lton?! We're supposed to believe this is the best he could come up with?! Has he ever even seen an OutKast video, for pete's sake?

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