Pop Culture Plug: Holly Marie Combs & Brian Krause – FanX2017 Panel

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This is the best thing I’ve seen on the internet this week. I’m still watching it, but this post will updated later with highlights. A must watch for any fan, they are adorable.


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Harry Styles – Sign of the Times

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Over a year from the “hiatus” of One Direction, Harry Styles is the last member of the band to release solo material. Styles’ almost six minute long ballad laments the loss of a relationship that seems to be repetitive in its toxicity (as most ballads tend to do):

“We don’t talk enough / We should open up / Before it’s all too much / Will we ever learn? / We’ve been here before / It’s just what we know”

The ballad sounds like it could be on a One Direction album but also has a classic rock feel and it’s intentional as Styles has cited David Bowie as an influence for his yet untitled forthcoming debut album. The song has an easy breezy feel and will definitely make you wanna have it on replay.

(*Irrelevant Fact: Noted ex girlfriend Taylor Swift wrote the 7 minute song ballad “Dear John” on her album “Speak Now” about her toxic relationship with John Mayer. And her current album “1989” was full of songs with clear as day references to her relationship with Harry (Out of the Woods, Style), could this be Harry speaking to why he left Taylor Swift on a boat in the middle of their epic break up?

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Per BBC.com: “Harry’s co-conspirator on this track is Jeff Bhasker. You might not have heard of him but, since connecting with Kanye West on 2008’s moody 808s and Heartbreaks album, he’s become one of the industry’s most in-demand writers and producers.
He co-wrote Uptown Funk with Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, and his other credits include Jay-Z’s Run This Town, Fun’s We Are Young and Lana Del Rey’s National Anthem – itself a clear influence on Sign Of The Times.”

It’s also the stock track for your typical coming of age movie when the main characters realize something at the school dance. I like it but I do think it will need a radio version because no one got time for six minutes of ballads on the radio. I think this will do great with covers. I’m excited to hear a female voice belting out that last minute of the song. Demi Lovato or Adele would be great. Harry Styles will perform this for the first time on an upcoming episode of “Saturday Night Live”. If I’m not mistaken, it’ll be this week.

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Pop Culture Plug: @gilmoreguysshow

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Gilmore Guys is a podcast about, well, Gilmore Girls. Hosted by longtime fan @KevinTPorter and newcomer Demi (@electrolemon), the first episodes of the podcast are admittedly rough but hits its stride in the season two episodes. Aside from gabbing about each episode, there are also mailbag episodes where readers send in their questions that lead to some hilarious discussions; as well as Gilmore Gabs where they interview the cast and crew of the show. In fact, their first high profile Gab was with Scott Patterson where he first revealed the revival was in the negotiation stages. Other major Gabs included Milo Ventimiglia, Kelly Bishop, Keiko Agena, Liza Weil and Sean Gunn. Lauren Graham is also carded for a future Gab.

The podcast eventually evolved into live shows that usually involved a musical bit to begin the show. This is 100000% my favourite part of the show. Below is a compilation of live shows and musical bits. Other segments included “Pop Goes The Culture”, “F-f-f-fashion”, “Is this homophobic?”, the extremely hilarious “TWOP”, “Say Yes to the Jess”, “What are the final four words?” and Twitter Q&A.

This segment was actually inspired by the show, in the later seasons, each episode ended with asking each guest what they were enjoying in pop culture because Gilmore Girls was so rooted in pop culture itself. The earlier episodes of the podcast (pre-revival) are actually pretty hilarious to listen to now because of Kevin’s diehard prayers for a Season 8. They became so intertwined with the fandom of the series that they were given a cameo spot in the Dragonfly Inn for the revival series A Year in the Life.

The show had several MVP guests: most notably Patrick Walsh, Anthony Troli, Jamie Woodham, Alice Wetterland, Jason Manzoukas, Sarah Heyward and queen godmother Aisha Muharrar. The Aisha episodes are some of the best because she always brings a unique perspective to each episode.

The early episodes are a bit rough, so I’d recommend starting at Season 2 and then listen to Season 1 after you’ve fallen in love with this charming duo. Currently all of the Gilmore Girls episodes are over and they’re doing Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino’s follow-up series Bunheads as an epilogue. Genuinely love these dudes, they are hilarious and to be honest, by the end of the series I liked Gilmore Guys the podcast, more than Gilmore Girls the series.

Gilmore Guys can be found on iTunes and on Soundcloud and on Twitter @gilmoreguyshow.

Videos of all of the live episodes can be found on iTunes or on their Youtube/Vimeo

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(Skip to 13:45 for one of the best: a Gilmore Rap set to Golddigger – “Rory’s dating a Huntzberger”)