So perhaps a quick post this evening. For one thing, it's Labour Day Weekend, which means hardly anyone is going to be coming by the blog anyway. They're trying to cram one last day of summer. But a few quick things anyway.
The first is a link to this CBC site with a video promoting a new show not debuting until January called The Republic of Doyle. My friend Geoff Meeker tipped me off to this on Facebook, and I'm reposting over here. I was hoping the video on this site would be up on YouTube by now, but if it is, I can't find it. It's a made-in-Newfoundland production down the line.
Now, the trailer looks promising, but of course, that's the purpose of trailers. And yes, I'm plugging it a bit here because I like to plug Newfoundland artists when I can. But understand I do so with a bit of reluctance. Newfoundland has some phenomenal writers, actors, musicians and other artists. But God help us, some of the recent television productions out of the province have been deeply, deeply mediocre. Hatching, Matching and Dispatching had its moments, but lord knows there was nothing extraordinary about the show. Then there were shows like Dooley Gardens or The Gullages which were also frustrating in their mediocrity. Actually, I'll do so far as to say Dooley Gardens was just plain bad.
As I said, there are a lot of talented people rattling around in the Newfoundland arts scene. However, if I have a criticism, I think there's an over-reliance on quirkiness. "Look at our show! We have quirky characters, with quirky plots and dialogue and it's set in Newfoundland which is, you know, a quirky place! Come watch us, we're quirky!"
However, somewhere among all that quirk they tend to forget to make things entertaining. Quirky is lovely and all...it gets you a look. However, entertaining is what gets people to come back week after week. And lord knows an overload of quirk can be like overdosing on sugar. It leaves you with a deeply sickly feeling after awhile.
So I hope The Republic of Doyle manages to not fall into the quirky trap and produce something I want to watch. Although the show already has one thing going for it. Sean Panting is obviously playing some part in the show, and I'm a big fan of Sean's, although more for his music than his acting.
Anyway, it's coming out in January. Keep an eye out for it and pray for the best.
I guess the second thing I can think of this evening is that big Beatles blitz that's building. I believe this week is the 40th anniversary of Abbey Road and next week sees the release of the Beatles video game on Rockstar, plus the digitally remastered Beatles box set.
Alas, we are a Guitar Hero household, so as tempting as the getting Rockstar: The Beatles is, we're going to pass on that.
Then there's the box set. The cheapest place I've found it on my usual online haunts as been at Amazon, where it is a mere $189. Now, I love the Beatles. In fact, I love them so much I already own their complete catalogue, which routinely plays on my iPod. I'm also not a massive audiophile, which means I have my sincere doubts that even if I were in the financial position to drop $200 on the Beatles, I don't think I could tell the difference between what's playing on my iPod now and now the new set.
But even if I could tell the difference. Even if this was something I desperately had to have, the concept of giving the Beatles more money for essentially the same product....just can't do it.
You can argue the merits of downloading music and whether it is ethical and if it's stealing. I understand both sides. However, if there was ever a band made for downloading because you didn't want to give them any more of your money, lord knows it would have to be the Beatles.
I love them and all, but I think I'm done paying for their music at this point.
1. Hello, my treacherous friend - OK Go
2. Don't fail me now - Ryan Adams and the Cardinals
3. Morning is broken - Lloyd Cole
4. Tarry trousers (live) - Figgy Duff*
5. March into the sea - Modest Mouse