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Friday, February 10, 2012

Diet Mountain Dew & Southland

This opinion is most likely not popular, but I really enjoy the song "Diet Mountain Dew" by Lana Del Rey. I also don't completely understand why people were so upset about her performance. Maybe it was because it was so over-hyped. I was in England, so I didn't get to see SNL that night, and my Twitter was blowing up with how terrible she was, and I was all, "What the crap?!"

I finally saw it when I got back to the States, and I didn't get it. It wasn't the most exciting performance I'd ever seen, but her music sounded the way it does on her album. Also, I once saw Nirvana play on SNL, and Kurt Cobain was so high, he just lay on the stage and mumbled the words. I mean, it was grunge, so I guess that still counted as being pretty awesome. But the point was at least Lana Del Rey stood up when she sang. And she didn't seem to lip sync or tear up pictures of the Pope. So whatever.

I also super loved SNL's response to it last Saturday, when Kristin Wiig came out dressed as Lana Del Rey. My favorite part was when Kristin Wiig said, "In this age of dangerous school bullying, you have sent an important message: If you think someone is weird, you should criticize them as much as possible."

Anyway, that's enough about Lana Del Rey, who I'm actually not all that interested in, despite what it might seem by how much I've been talking about her. I just like the song "Diet Mountain Dew." But I do not like the beverage Diet Mountain Dew. Only regular Mountain Dew. Which, as an aside, is IMPOSSIBLE to find in England or Italy. At the places I went to, anyway. And that's what counts.

Now onto something that really matters to me: Are you guys watching Southland? That is literally my favorite show on TV that isn't animated or Episodes. (I'm also not sure if Episodes is still on. I mean, I heard it was coming back, but it's still not on, so I don't know. But I really, really love that show.) I also really like Up All Night, but part of that probably is because I'm in love with Christina Applegate. And Dexter. (I've recently come to the conclusion that Dexter is basically just Batman. But better. Don't tell Christian Bale I said that, though.)

So back to Southland. It really is the greatest hour of television you can watch. It's a cop drama, but it's not all easy answers. A lot of these shows, like CSI and Law & Order: SVU follow one case each episode, and it's all glossy and dramatic. But Southland feels a bit more like an episode of Cops, but with more depth. It's grittier and more genuine. Sometimes it's really sad, sometimes it's really funny, and there at times when it's so intense I think I'm going to have a heart attack of intensity.

Also, it's always at the risk of getting cancelled, and it was really nice of TNT to pick it up. It airs on Tuesdays at 10/9 central on TNT, and you should watch it, so it doesn't get cancelled, because it's awesome. And Regina King is super bad ass and could totally crush Mariska Hargitay in a fist fight or an "tear up" off. Michael Cudlitz is really funny & has a nice story line going, and Ben McKenzie is super pretty. Plus, he punched a snotty teenager in the face the other week, and I liked it. Oh, and Lucy Liu is on now.

This blog really has no point, except that it feels REALLY good to not talk about books or publishing. So I might write a whole series of blogs where I talk about everything about books or publishing. That might make me really happy.

28 comments:

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  2. My cousin who is a rapper/photographer lives in L.A. and shot a few photos and wrote some about her in his blog @ Knocksteady. At any rate this is really about Mountain Dew which i love and drank at the youth center while I played pinball when I was a kid. Larry Holmes (the boxer) went there and Bobby Weaver who stank at wrestling when he was very young. I dated his brother Brad who was an ace wrestler but was killed in a car accident when I was 16. It was devastating. Bobby did go on to win Gold in Wrestling at the Olympics-I always wondered if Brad pushed him from the other side of the veil or if Bobby and his family kicked it into overdrive in honor of Brad. Don't mean to get heavy here. Take care. Danielle Notaro

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  3. Sometimes you just have to be you - no matter what others expect. This goes for her performance, as well as this blog. Who cares if you choose to write about something other than books and publishing - it's your blog, do what you want. That's what I do on my blog - if people start expecting me to do certain things in an area I consider my own, I don't want anything to do with it anymore. It's weird, but true.

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  4. I love Lana Del Ray's voice and although I live in the UK I watched the episode through downloading it and I didn't think anything was wrong with her voice, in fact it was, like you say, just like the album. And you can get Mountain Dew in the UK! :D I get it all the time, everywhere has it....and you went to London, are you sure they didn't have it xD lol

    -Joseph
    www.josepheastwood.com

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  5. I freaking love Southland and have to wonder why Regina King isn't in everything - she's just awesome. Also, love that Lucy Liu is on it now - I like her so much better than that other wishy washy female officer that used to be on it. Also, also, I like that L.A. looks like it actually does and not some glam place, which it isn't.
    Obviously, I share your enthusiasm. :)

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  6. The only Mountain Dew I found in London was some weird "energy" thing. It was in a bottle & pretended it was Mountain Dew but it wasn't & doesn't taste like the real thing.

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  7. Del Rey was very visibly nervous, so she went stiff. It happens, and while anyone who puts out a performance should be prepared for commentary, I agree that it was hardly the worst thing that had ever happened on the SNL stage. Internet age means that folks don't get to file off the rough edges in private or small venues any longer.

    Hmmm, Diet Mountain Dew. Haven't heard the song, but have given myself caffeine poisoning off of the beverage.

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  8. "...it feels REALLY good to not talk about books or publishing..." Then you're doing exactly the right thing.

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  9. I think that Mt. Dew is banned in the UK. I have a good friend in Wales and she always loads up(and funyons)when she comes to MN. I think it has to do with the caffeine levels.

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  10. I don't see what all the hype is about with Lana Del Rey. I thought she might have been a bit nervous, but it wasn't the worst thing ever. Actually, I'd never heard of her before all of this, so I gave her a listen. She's got a really neat sound. I really like Video Games. *shrugs*

    And sometimes a person needs to mix it up - keep those batteries fresh. ;)

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  11. I didn't think Lana Del Rey's performance was that bad or that great. She looked a bit nervous or scared but she didn't do a horrible job. I don't like most of her music but I kind of did like the song Video Games. BTW, her song titles are a bit weird for me at least.

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  12. Man... I don't know what the *#%& you just said, but you special, kid. You reach out, and you touch a brother's heart.

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  13. You needed to come up here to one of the RAF bases (where we American military families are stationed) - we have Mountain Dew and Pepsi in our commissaries. I would have gotten you a guest pass to go on base. Heh.

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  14. Episodes - I too love that show (not sure when its coming back, or if it is??) but I've never heard anyone else admit to liking it so your mention made me smile. Don't get me started on Up All Night - love it too, C.A & W.A are a great pair, & the 80's & 90's references are great. Nice to hear something other than publishing too, although, I love the updates.

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  15. I have no idea what happened with Diet Mountain Dew...but I've seen a few episodes of Southland, and I have to say, I was on the edge of my seat. It was hard to sit there and remember that it wasn't reality...the acting was that good and the plotlines pretty gritty.

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  16. Lana Del Ray's a wonderful singer. Nice post but I think L&A:SVU is excellent. I hate it when great shows are considered glossed over just because they're super successful. If Southland brought in the money the L&A shows did, I'm sure it would seem just as glossy. The stories are deep and heart rending and I see nothing wrong with drama. Hunting down criminals and helping victims isn't supposed to be a yawn.

    I love your work and can't wait to see more blog post. Even if we have differing taste in tv shows.

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    1. I didn't say that L&O is a bad show or that I don't like it. In fact, I'm still mourning the loss of the original L&O and throw fits about it being cancelled. What am I saying is that L&O and Southland have vastly different story telling styles. I was doing a compare & contrast. SVU is glossier because it wants to be. I don't know how else to describe it & if you watch both shows, you'd see that there was a difference in camera technique, the filter, the make up, everything. And the only word I could think of to use to describe it is " glossier," but I didn't mean that as a criticism. Southland is deliberately grittier because it wants to feel more real, more like an episode of Cops. SVU is more stylized because it focuses on more telling a good dramatic story. That doesn't make one worse than other. They are deliberate choices & they both do what they set out to do very well. I do, however, think Regina King gets overlooked on Southland because she is amazing. And I'm still mad about Law & Order getting cancelled. And everyone should watch Southland because its good. And L&O SVU is Wednesdays & Southland is on Tuesdays, so you can watch both!

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  17. I would really love to see a blog post on books and publishing. The industry is changing so fast, I'd be curious to hear your thoughts on pricing strategies (for someone new with no platform) and what you would do if you were starting now.
    Always look forward to your posts:)
    Ciao!

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  18. I love Southland. I rarely get to watch it, thanks to my schedule, but I do love it. It feels real, unlike some other crime shows. I usually start watching with no actual intent on watching the entire show, but then I can't stop watching. I agree, I loved when Ben popped that chick in the face. She needed a good face punching. Have you watched The Walking Dead? The new season comes on tonight! It's scares the crap out of me, but I watch every episode. I highly suggest everyone watch The Walking Dead.

    Over and out.

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  19. I should check out "Southland." I have a friend that told me it is a good show, too, but haven't tuned in yet! And even though it has it's cheeseball moments, I loved Ben McKenzie in "The OC." He punched a couple of snotty teenagers in the face on that show, too!

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  20. Boo! Probably adding unecessarily to the Mountain Dew thing, here in the UK it only seems to be available in specialist stores that stock USA sweets/drinks, definitely not available in the usual soda seller haunts! On another note, I've just finished Hollowland (as has my father-in-law) and we both agree 'What and Awesome' book! So much so, the books we read after (not by you) were a let down...next purchase will be Hollowmen, need to get my fix of fast paced reading :)

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  21. Oh, I loved the skit Kristen did on SNL too of Lana Del Rey. So funny, but it hasn't stopped me from listening to her.

    & I'm very enjoying your novels too. All the best!

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  22. This is what happens when you start getting older like me. I used to think I was so up on pop culture. Now I have now idea what you're talking about. Well, I have heard of Southland but I don't know what it is. Then of course I've heard of Mountain Dew--that's been around since I was a teen--and I've actually have a 6-pack of plastic bottles of the stuff in my cupboard, but I'm not totally sure how it got there. It's just been sitting there cause I don't drink it. Maybe sometime if I need a good caffeine rush I'll drink one. But probably not

    Off the wall rambling posts can be fun. They can lead to off the wall rambling comments.


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  23. Little off-topic, but I thought you might be interested to know (if you don't already) that switched is being packaged as a free extra in Dolly Magazine, which is Australian and aimed at young adults.
    It's a reasonably popular magazine, so I'd say that you're going to get a nice boost in your Australian fanbase. Which fills me with happy.

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  24. Omg, i love Diet Mountain Dew toooo! Reading ur novels + that song = HEAVEN! :D

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