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Showing posts from May, 2017

The Search for the Summer Song of 2017 Begins Now

Summertime is the right time...for a kickass playlist. I've been making seasonal playlists for as long as I can remember, and summer is always a special one because it's the time of year when some of the best memories are made. Road trips! Barbecues! One night stands with Tinder hotties!  And memories should always come with a great soundtrack. As for this summer, I'm holding out for sizzling British singer Dua Lipa to dominate my earbuds (she appears three times in this collection). As for Katy Perry, "Bon Appetit" desperately screams "Let me be your summer song!" but she should've just stuck to "Swish Swish" as her second official single off the upcoming Witness . As for this year's "Can't Stop The Feeling!" we don't have one yet. Sadly, there's no big summer jam in the forecast. But as soon as one pops up (and it's worthy enough to be placed here), I'll update this playlist as needed. @TheF

12 Times Buzzfeed's Click-Bait Headlines Made Me Roll My Eyes

Oh, Buzzfeed. Perpetual resource of procrastination. Receptacle of listicles. Unapologetic provider of nostalgia-driven posts... Your headlines have lured us into your web of trivial content for some time now, and frankly, some of this shit is ridiculous, which is why I was inspired to come up with an equally ridiculous list of my own. Really? I was more like, Oh My Yaaaaawn. The only fucked-up thing I experienced in the 80s was discovering my grandmother's dentures sitting in a plastic cup when I slept at her house as a kid. Hmmm...and by listing 16 different characteristics of a certain nationality, you've ironically demonstrated that Scots are a diverse bunch capable of many things. One question that's totally possible to answer: Is one of these questions an actual, original thought? You say "hilarious." I say, "Don't have kids." Brilliant work there, Sherlock. This headline is a grammatical mess. If read

Elisabeth Shue Lives On (in the Trailer for 'Battle of the Sexes')

The trailer for Battle of the Sexes seems like your standard piece of based-on-true-events awards bait. Yep, it's got newly minted Academy Award winner Emma Stone and Academy Award nominee Steve Carrell, and yes, it tells a fascinating tale about the politics of professional tennis in the 70s while doubling as a Billie Jean King semi-biopic. But one thing in this trailer should make us all take pause and go "ooh." ELISABETH MUTHAF**KIN' SHUE. As in,  "Hi, I'm Chris don't-f**k-with-the-babysitter Parker " Elisabeth Shue. Hey lady, where've you been?  (Besides slumming it on those last few seasons of CSI .) Don't blink at the 1:29 mark or you'll miss her. That said, I hope this isn't indicative of her role in the film. But either way, it's Elisabeth Muthaf**kin Shue . @TheFirstEcho

When Bad Music Videos Happen to Good Pop Songs: Zedd & Alessia Cara's "Stay"

It's basically a glorified Sliding Doors ripoff by way of a Boomerang video. That's all. @TheFirstEcho

The 'Will and Grace' Trailer is Kinda Spectacular

An encore 11 years in the making... NBC just released this 5-minute-long, self-deprecating musical trailer filled with tons of good stuff to get you excited for the 12-episode revival of the sitcom America needs right now. Just watch. And love: @TheFirstEcho

Austin Mahone Lays On The Bronzer and Desecrates Modjo's 2000 Hit "Lady"

Austin Mahone, the just-turned-21-year-old pop heartthrob who (some say) rode on the coattails of Justin Bieber, has become the latest singer to find himself ensnared in the reductive stylings of a Pitbull collaboration. The proof is in "Lady," a milquetoast club-banger that heavily samples Modjo's 2000 international hit dance single of the same name (enjoy the original  here ). The video accompanying this forgettable piece does nothing to improve things. The "narrative" (from Gil Green) involves Austin and his crew pulling up to a convenience store to rendezvous with Mr. Worldwide for a secret party. Once inside, the guys access a secret passageway -- through a soda fridge -- that leads them into a pulsating nightclub full of only female extras who are simply there to sway their hips and act as lustful objects for the young Mr. Mahone and his monochromatic entourage. And if you listen closely at the top of the song (at the :54 mark below), something

Reacting to Political News with 'Downton Abbey'

The headlines coming straight outta D.C. are enough to make any woke person's blood boil. Most recently, the guy who's investigating the POTUS's ties to Russia (that'd be FBI Director James Comey)...was just fired by the POTUS himself. I was like... *Yes, that's Jennifer Saunders, and technically, it's from a 2011 Downton spoof on BBC. And did anyone feel for Anderson Cooper while he had to sit there and listen to KellyAnne Conway ramble on yesterday? His eye roll spoke volumes: Then there's Ivanka Trump, former model and current model of white privilege, who had the gall to  write a book  about working women...while quoting African-American figures commenting on slavery. I'm like... But let's focus on the tea that's about to be spilled all over D.C.  Recent developments in this Russia-fueled scandal seem to demonstrate that the evidence against the POTUS is piling up nicely. Is anyone else in our government seeing t

'Dear Evan Hansen' Scores 9 Tony Award Nominations and Here's Why (VIDEO)

I had the enormous pleasure of seeing Dear Evan Hansen back in December, and to this day, I still think about the stellar music and performances behind one of the best and emotional times I've had at the theater. And now, 9 Tony nominations later...'s just one of the many reasons why it deserves all the accolades: The show recently put together a mashup of fans performing the gorgeous "Waving Through A Window" to demonstrate how the show has resonated with today's audiences, along with a generation that has -- dare I say -- found its own Rent . Check it out: @TheFirstEcho

Lena Dunham Directed the Music Video for One of My Favorite Songs of 2017

Alia Shawkat (from one of my new obsessions, TBS's Search Party ) makes an appearance in the 80s-tinged, lo-fi music video for what has become one of my favorite songs of 2017, "Don't Take The Money" by Bleachers. The offbeat direction is courtesy of Lena Dunham, girlfriend of frontman Jack Antonoff. In the vid, a bizarre wedding unfolds in a New Jersey backyard that has been decorated with plethora of items probably purchased at a 99-cent store. And it works, reflecting the song's undeniable charm. Earlier this spring my pop culture sixth sense told me that Dunham would be connected to the song somehow. I actually thought I'd hear the song pop up in the final season of Girls , but this'll do. @TheFirstEcho

10 Things Learned at RuPaul's DragCon 2017

Last weekend, for the third year in a row, the Los Angeles Convention Center was taken over by glitter, big heels, and even bigger hair as RuPaul’s DragCon treated attendees of all colors of the rainbow to a wide range of festivities, panels, and parties. By the time the inclusive 2-day event came to an end (with an uplifting keynote speech from Ru himself), we walked away with a few new friends and a little more hope for a world that doesn’t feel so inclusive for many. Here’s what we found out… 1. DragCon a family affair  — For the first time, DragCon featured a “kids zone” on the convention floor, welcoming families of all kinds and demonstrating how the event is a safe space for anyone and everyone. After all, the Con is all about celebrating your authentic self while being surrounded by your “chosen family.” 2. The  Drag Race Mad Libs Live!  panel featured one of the most heartwarming moments of the weekend  — Our first day kicked off with a fun hour playing two rounds of