telling minor stories to avoid a major one


Linkdown: 8/12/10 by Barbecue Bros

Toy Story 3 has officially become the highest grossing Pixar movie ever, grossing over $895 million worldwide 

– Interviews with Scott Pilgrim director Edgar Wright and co-stars Jason Schwartzman and Anna Kendrick

Arcade Fire‘s latest album The Suburbs lands at number 1 on the Billboard charts, with 156,000 copies sold last week

Interview with Michael Emerson (Ben Linus) about the “Lost” Epilogue

– The final season of “Friday Night Lights” will premiere on October 27 on DirecTV (via Vulture)

Bon Iver might be collaborating with Kanye West…wait what?

– Broken West‘s frontman had a brief cameo on this past weekend’s episode of “Mad Men”

– New Radiohead song, “Giving Up the Ghost

Interview with the awesome Alison Brie (“Community,” “Mad Men”)

– Flavorwire: The Evolution of Teen TV Show Hangouts

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Linkdown: 7/29/10 by Barbecue Bros

“How I Met Your Mother” co-creators talk about a lackluster season 5 and a promise to return to emotion and romance

– The latest Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis features Steve Carell

– Vulture: Who Will Kanye Follow First on Twitter?

– Flavorwire thinks they know how to start a chillwave band; they’ve really been all about chillwave recently

– Composer Hans Zimmer talks about the use of Edith Piaf’s “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien” in Inception‘s score

The Flaming Lips apparently killed it at the Spin 25th Anniversary Party the other night

Ten things Time misses about the “Mad Men” era



Linkdown: 7/28/10 by Barbecue Bros
July 28, 2010, 10:40 am
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– What Don Draper’s Wall Street Journal hedcut would have looked like (above)

– Also, Ad Age refutes their portrayal from the season premiere of “Mad Men”

What’s wrong with this picture? No. 1, we never did interviews over lunch; No. 2, we didn’t take notes in shorthand; No. 3 we didn’t ask cute-ass questions; and No. 4, our pictures were never bigger than our stories.

– Flavorwire has the baby and awkward teen photos of 10 indie musicians

– Also, the origin of 10 chillwave band names (though several aren’t really chillwave, per se)

– The Old Spice Guy has lined up a movie role in the Jennifer Aniston/Colin Farrell/Kevin Spacey movie Horrible Bosses and a guest spot on “Chuck”

Interview with Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast where she sets the story straight on her relationship with Nathan from Wavves

You’re dating Nathan Williams from Wavves.
That is true. I don’t really like to talk about it too much, because it’s not that important. But I’d like to clarify that I’ve known him since I was 17 years old. I met him a couple days before his 19th birthday, so we’ve been friends for a really long time. We didn’t really talk for a few years, but then we met back up again. I think people assume we met through our bands or something, but that’s not true. We’re old pals from teenage years.

– NPR All Songs Considered’s five great cover songs from 2010 (so far)

– Danny Pudi and Donald Glover of “Community” discuss Tory and Abed’s bromance

A premature evaluation of Arcade Fire‘s The Suburbs



Linkdown: 7/27/10 by Barbecue Bros

Interview with “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner by Alan Sepinwall

– Vulture awesomely takes a look at what real life events happened during the hiatus between “Mad Men” seasons (that is, between December 16, 1963 and November 26, 1964) and how it might have affected the characters in the show

– Vulture’s also got a guide to the women of Don Draper

– Sunday’s premiere also showed a new-ish concept to 1964, “the promiscuous mingling of art and copy” between Peggy and layout designer Joey

The random roles of Andy Daly, who plays the awesome Principle Cutler on “East Bound and Down”

Some deets on the upcoming Goonies 25th anniversary box set

– Cinematical’s 2010 Comic-Con Awards

– Flavorwire’s 10 Glaring Omissions from Spin’s Top 125 Albums of the Past 25 Years, including Kid A, Neutral Milk Hotel and Salt N’ Pepa (?!)

Interview with Diplo on Major Lazer, M.I.A. and all the hate he supposedly gets from journalists

– Yesterday would have been Stanley Kubrick’s 82nd birthday



Linkdown: 7/15/10 by Barbecue Bros

Diplo is not really a fan of M.I.A.‘s latest album

– Vulture: Is Inception the Anti-Avatar?

– After a very successful opening weekend, a Despicable Me sequel is now in the works

– James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem) and Ryan Adams are among the musicians contributing to a literary magazine

– Some Belle and Sebastian news: a new song, a new tour and a new album

A few details on the David Milch, Michael Mann and Dustin Hoffman HBO show “Luck”

– In honor of Bastille Day yesterday: 10 Sexy French Men Who Have Made Legitimate Cultural Contributions which includes director Michel Gondry, chef Eric Ripert and Francois Truffaut alter-ego actor Jean-Pierre Leaud



Linkdown: 7/14/10 by Barbecue Bros
July 14, 2010, 11:26 am
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Interview with Rob Corddry, co-creator of the hilarious “Scrubs”/”Grey’s Anatomy” spoof “Children’s Hospital”

– Peter Weller (aka RoboCop) joins the cast of “Dexter”

10 Kids’ Book Heroines Who Need a Sassy Gay Friend

A roundup of the “meanest and funniest” reviews of M.I.A.‘s latest album

Wilco have left their record label Nonesuch and will possibly be starting a label of their own

Interview with the ridiculously hot Christina Hendricks, co-star of “Mad Men,” on her Emmy nomination

Interview with Amy Poehler on her Emmy nomination

– Tim Goodman’s Emmy snubs and surprises

– Spin’s 20 Best Albums of the Year thus far, a pretty decent list



Favorite Songs of 2010 & 1/2 by Barbecue Bros
July 12, 2010, 10:58 pm
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1. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – “Round and Round” – Something about this song that just worms its way into my brain and won’t leave (but definitely in a good way).

2. The National – “Afraid of Everyone” – “Bloodbuzz Ohio” is great, but this was the first song off High Violet to really hit me. Like, repeat 5 times in a row and wake up with it in my head hit me.

3. LCD Soundsystem – “Pow Pow” – Nearly eight-and-a-half minutes of pure, vintage LCD Soundsystem awesomeness (think “Losing My Edge”).

4. The Morning Benders – “Excuses” – Meticulous production by Chris from Grizzly Bear gives this song a great, almost vintage sound.

5. Tame Impala – “Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind?” – One of the big discoveries this year for me, kind of a psych-rock sound with some classical rock influences.

Also: Titus Andronicus – “Theme from ‘Cheers'”, Washed Out feat. Caroline Polachek – “You and I”, Neon Indian – Sleep Paralysis”, Big Boi – “Shutter Bugg”