The Point! (1971)
is the animated TV adaptation of singer/songwriter Harry Nilsson's fable about a boy named Oblio, the only round-headed person in the Pointed Village, where by law everyone and everything had to have a point. Despite his round head, Oblio has many friends. But an evil count, jealous that Oblio is more popular than his own son, says that without a pointed head, Oblio is an outlaw. Along with his faithful dog Arrow, Oblio is exiled to the Pointless Forest. There, he has many fantastic experiences (including encounters with a 3-headed man, giant bees, a tree in the leaf-selling business, and a good-humored old rock). From his adventures, Oblio learns that it is not at all necessary to be pointed to have a point in life. Directed by Fred Wolf
and narrated by Ringo Starr, the film features all the original songs from Nilsson's album
of the same name. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A
on Nov 12, 2013 -
With the momentous series finale of Breaking Bad just hours away, fans of the show are hungry for something, anything to wile away the time before the epic conclusion tonight. So why not kick back and chew the fat with your fellow MeFites with the help of a little tool I like to call "The Periodic Table of Breaking Bad." [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Sep 29, 2013 -
As if a line like "their house is a museum, when people come to see 'em, they really are a scree-am" (heard, of course, in the Addams Family theme
) wasn't playfully brilliant (and brilliantly playful) enough, the same fellow happened to also have written the Green Acres theme
. If you're an American of a certain age, you'll remember these two songs from their original TV runs during your childhood, or perhaps from reruns if you're a bit younger. Anyway, the composer of these catchy, familiar ditties was one Vic Mizzy
. Hear Vic talk about the Addams Family theme and his degree in advanced finger snapping here
. Thanks Vic!
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Feb 22, 2013 -
Flipping through public access or PBS channels one might have seen Classic Arts Showcase
with it's familiar ARTS bug
. The 24-hour non-commercial free-to-air satellite channel
broadcasts a repeated 8-hour mix of about 150 video clips weekly
a mix of various classic arts including animation, architectural art, ballet, chamber, choral music, dance, folk art, museum art, musical theater, opera, orchestral, recital, solo instrumental, solo vocal, and theatrical play, as well as classic film and archival documentaries. The channel has no VJs and only silent interstitials
encouraging the viewer to “...go out and feast from the buffet of arts available in your community.” [more inside]
posted by wcfields
on Oct 16, 2012 -
Live from 1999, it's the unaired pilot for The Jon Brion Show
! With special guests Paul F. Tompkins, Grant-Lee Phillips, Mark Oliver "E" Everett, Greg Behrendt, Elliot Smith, Rickie Lee Jones, Robyn Hitchcock, Cheap Trick, and Mary Lynn Rajskub. [more inside]
posted by Iridic
on Sep 6, 2011 -
Two and a half years ago, we explored the early history of Cartoon Network
... but it wasn't the only player in the youth television game.
As a matter of fact, Fred Seibert
-- the man responsible for the most inventive projects discussed in that post -- first stretched his creative legs at the network's truly
venerable forerunner: Nickelodeon
Founded as Pinwheel, a six-hour block on Warner Cable's innovative QUBE
system, this humble channel struggled for years before Seibert's innovative branding work transformed it into a national icon and capstone of a media empire.
Much has changed since then, from the mascots and game shows to the versatile orange "splat."
But starting tonight in response to popular demand, the network is looking back
with a summer programming block dedicated to the greatest hits of the 1990s
, including Hey Arnold!, Rocko's Modern Life, The Adventures of Pete & Pete, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Double Dare, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Legends of the Hidden Temple
, and All That
To celebrate, look inside for the complete story of the early days of the network that incensed the religious right, brought doo-wop to television, and slimed a million fans -- the golden age of Nickelodeon. (warning: monster post inside) [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Jul 25, 2011 -
After Kad & Olivier sign off and the Satisfaction production logo fades, viewing audiences are oftentimes treated to a cold open of an empty talk show set... one that quickly becomes the impromptu dance floor for a shameless Frenchman making an absolute giddy fool of himself while lip-syncing pop songs alongside a menagerie of... wait, *what*?!
That's right. The Late Late Show
's Craig Ferguson appears to have a not-so-secret French admirer
-- one who's not above ripping off both his opening titles and his signature dance sequences
(including the iconic animal puppets
by The Jackson 5, "Flashdance"
by Irene Cara, "On the Floor"
by Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull, "Waka Waka"
by Shakira, "Men in Black"
by Will Smith, "Let's All Chant"
by the Michael Zager Band, "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"
by Wham!, "It's Raining Men"
by The Weather Girls, and "Vive Le Vent (Jingle Bells)"
by Tino Rossi.
Luckily, Ferguson's sense of showmanship is more prodigious than litigious
-- he responded to Arthur's "homáge
" by booking a pair of translatlantic crossover shows, with Arthur visiting LA that week and Ferguson flying out to Paris just last month. Video of both shows (plus lots more) inside! [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Jul 11, 2011 -
British composer and TV presenter Howard Goodall
presents a documentary exploring the influences and theory behind the music of The Beatles, and the transformation of their sound over their recording career.
But that's not all... [more inside]
posted by Magnakai
on Sep 9, 2009 -
New York City PBS affiliate WNET have digitized 9 episodes of Soul!
, a early 1970's live music program, providing a groovy video interface with chapters to break down each hour long episode. [more inside]
posted by myopicman
on Apr 23, 2009 -
is a song written by Malvina Reynolds in 1962 that lampoons the development of suburbia and what many consider its bourgeois conformist values. 
During the first season of the Showtime series Weeds
, Malvina's original recording
was used during the opening credits. In the second season, the song was performed by a different artist each episode — Elvis Costello
, Death Cab for Cutie
, Engelbert Humperdinck
, Kate and Anna McGarrigle
, Maestro Charles Barnett
, Aiden Hawkin
, The Submarines
, Tim DeLaughter
, Regina Spektor
, and Jenny Lewis
. [Malvina's recording was used again for the season finale.] Randy Newman
just kicked off the third season, which the network promoted with a Little Boxes
music video contest. Kevin Nealon
and Romany Malco
were notable among the participating cast members
posted by Poolio
on Aug 14, 2007 -
Got some free time over the New Year's long weekend? Well, here's every episode (or damn near it) of Aqua Teen Hunger Force
, Clone High
, Moral Orel
, Robot Chicken
, South Park
), Venture Brothers
. Or over here
, there's all those and more
my friends, there's more, yes, even more
: for the same low price, I'll include the Ultimate Motherlode of Music Video (11,500 of them, or your money back!)
, alphabetized for your viewing pleasure. Just free up some bandwidth, and step inside ...
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken
on Dec 29, 2006 -
I found a site with hundreds of old TV theme songs.
It’s not much to look at, and the audio ain’t the best, but it’s free (and apparently maintained by a patriotic american, thank you, sir). Spending some hours there reminded me that composers and musicians used to take the craft seriously. You can find just about anything. Good? The Avengers
, Barney Miller
, Green Hornet
, Hawaii Five-O
, Rockford Files
, Room 222
. Feelgood? The Courtship of Eddie’s Father
. Cheese? Dynasty
, Three’s Company
. 80s schlock? Hardcastle & McCormick
. Check out the mess that is the theme for The Bionic Woman
. Did you remember that Jose Feliciano did Chico and the Man
? I bet you didn't know...well...WTF: The Associates
. I wondered where the tradition went, but, then, after MTV, I guess all the media became one and ‘TV’ ‘Theme’ ‘Music’ became something like this
. My favorite theme? I had to go elsewhere to find it: it’s my own
posted by toma
on Aug 12, 2006 -
I've always lumped musician Eugene Chadbourne
in with the likes of Wesley Willis
and Daniel Johnston
, but I may have been mistaken. While his songs are often absurd, experimental, and silly, he's much less eccentric than I'd always thought. In addition to having an incredible output (full discography with notes here
and in-depth review here
), he has worked with everyone from John Zorn
to Jello Biafra
, even fronting the band Camper Van Beethoven
as Camper Van Chadbourne
. He has also been a writer for MaximumRocknRoll
and is the inventor of the electric rake (a musical instrument that would certainly annoy your neighbors). YouTube
has two awesome Chadbourne finds: THIS
is a 19-minute documentary about him and THIS
is a cable access show he appeared on called I'm Going to Make a Drug with My Mind
(if you like cable access
television, this is awesome, but please note that this video is 31-minutes long, including 60 seconds of color bars. Eugene comes on a little after the 17-minute mark). [WARNING: YouTube. A lot of YouTube in this post]
posted by elr
on Aug 11, 2006 -
American Idol 5 on Popmatters.
"There are two pre-audition selection rounds before contestants are allowed to meet the judges. Clearly then, the show's army of "talent" spotters deliberately sent Derek
and the others crashing and burning onto national television, in the sure and certain knowledge that humiliation means ratings." Some insights into the corporate machinery behind American Idol, as well as thoughts on the current season.
posted by ludwig_van
on Jan 25, 2006 -
presents Ian MacKaye performing "Vowel Movement" for the kiddies. As a friend said, this site has "pancakes and indie rock and bob mould as a corporate goon all in one package." [via sullivan
posted by ifjuly
on Apr 8, 2004 -
Kurt Nilsen wins World Idol.
Gap-toothed and described by judges as "with the looks of a hobbit," the Norwegian plumber with the voice of an angel proves that there's hope for all of us to become popstars. True talent triumphs!
posted by dagny
on Jan 1, 2004 -