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Double Take–Flight of the Conchords

I wrote about Flight of the Conchords’ new album in the Weekly Wrap-up. But now that I’ve spent some more time with the Kiwi boys, I have to slightly adjust my original take.

I love this album, I really do. Bret and Jemaine are hilarious, smart, and extremely talented. But I think this album suffers from over thinking and over producing. On their EP, “The Distant Future,” the live tracks soar. They really benefit from the boys’ on-stage ad libbing. Take the song, “Robots.” On “The Distant Future,” “Robots” is one of the funniest songs. But on “Flight of the Conchords,” it falls kind of flat. Most of the words are the same, but the inflection is missing. I think what makes me saddest of all is the loss of Jemaine’s hilarious idea to “sniff this one.” In its place, we get “I noticed they’re dead.” That’s…not funny.

Another song that loses something in translation is “The Most Beautiful Girl in the Room.” This song never fails to make me laugh (sample lyrics: I can’t believe that I’m sharing a kebab/with the most beautiful girl I have ever seen with a kebab), but the slick producing job and the loss of the audience reaction makes the song less effervescent.

I’m not saying the whole album is a bust; I adore “Hiphopopotamus v. Rhymenocerous,” “Mutha’uckas,” and “Ladies of the World.” Maybe because these weren’t on the EP and weren’t recorded live, I don’t know. I do know that I sympathize with the too many mutha’uckas uckin’ with Bret’s shi. And I appreciate Jemaine’s assertion that he is trying to correct his sexist lyrics (told to the lovely bitches and hos).

For the best Conchords experience, you really need both “The Distant Future” and “Flight of the Conchords.” A word of warning: the actual, physical CD of “FotC” has amazing album artwork and the best trippy-awesome, two-sided poster. You won’t get that by downloading it.

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May 5, 2008 at 12:38 pm Leave a comment

Weekly Wrap-Up

Television:

How I Met Your Mother
amelie: I am heartbroken at Ted and Barney’s breakup. I have mixed feelings about it, but I trust the writers and creators to get the pair back together in an awesomely legendary way. My favorite part of the episode was the flashback to the creation of the Bro Code (Me, D.C.–snorfle). I also loved flustered Barney at the bar when everyone was talking about hitting it. It kind of reminded me of nervous Marshall in The Bracket (“I don’t know what to do with my hands!”) I’m kind of surprised that they got the X-Box joke past the censors. (Actually, I’m not. I watched Veronica Mars all three years, and the things they got away with…)

kegger: amelie, I can’t believe you forgot to mention the goat! I’m kind of a big fan of animals (and I had all kinds of random pets when I was little at my grandparent’s house, including goats) so the goat was kind of one of my favorite parts of that episode. I’m hoping that they’ll unite Barney and Ted soon.

amelie: Goats are evil, y’all.

Reaper
amelie: I haven’t watched every episode of this show, but I’ve seen enough to know what’s going on. I think the addition of Ken Marino (Vinnie Van Lowe!) as a gay demon is genius. (Trust me, kegger, it totally works.) I like that the Devil is starting to be a little more…er, devilish, I guess. His veneer of buddy-buddy is wearing thin. This was probably my favorite episode that I’ve seen. It had just the right mix of playfulness and drama. kegs, you should really start watching it. The first part of the season isn’t great, but these last few post-strike episodes have been really good.

kegger: I can’t add anything to this, since I don’t freaking have CW! (Which still pisses me off. But it’s okay, because I’ve kind of boycotted the CW since they cancelled Veronica Mars, anyway.) The gay demon does sound entertaining, though. Especially if Ken Marino is playing him.

The Office
amelie: Toby. God, Toby, you’re a douche and I no longer feel sorry for you. You can’t go behind Jim’s back and bitch to Ryan and think that’s going to help you out with Pam. Not gonna happen. I used to like you and feel sorry for you, but I’m thinking that Michael might have been right all these years. I never thought I’d say that. I love Michael’s moments of self-awareness. He doesn’t have them often, but when he does, they are glorious. His standoff with Stanley was tense and hard to watch, but I thought the resolution fit with both characters. And of course Michael is going to latch on to the clear-the-room method for dealing with unruly employees. Watch your back, Phyllis.

kegger: Since I supervise people at work, I can totally sympathize with Michael. There’s a thin line between being friends with your employees and being their boss. It really kind of sucks sometimes. It looks like Michael might actually be turning into a boss. I felt proud of him last night. And Jim! Poor Jim! When Ryan told him that his job performance wasn’t up to par, I felt so bad for him. He looked like his puppy dog had gotten run over. And poor Pam could tell that something was off, but he didn’t tell her about it. And I think Ryan is a little bitch and he needs to get run over.

Movies:
amelie: I didn’t watch any movies this week. Confession: I still haven’t returned Stardust to Netflix. I should probably do that…

kegger: That’s the beautiful thing about Netflix. No late fees. I LOOOOVE Netflix. I’ve had Atonement for about a month now and still haven’t had a chance to watch it. But, I DID watch Into the Wild last week. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like that movie or not, but I really did. It was very different that I expected it to be, and it kind of made me want to just quit everything and go rough it. But I think I might miss television and toilets a little too much for that. Still, it made me realize how materialistic everyone tends to be sometimes. I’m more of a happy ending kind of person, though, so the ending kind of bummed me out. Still, I really liked it.

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May 2, 2008 at 9:15 am Leave a comment


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