Sunday, July 11, 2010

Emmy expectations

Here are my calls for the categories I care about.

Outstanding Comedy Actor
I want Alec Baldwin to win (though honestly, I haven't seen all of this year's 30 Rock). And if not him, Morrison for Glee. Realistically, it'll come down to Larry David for Curb or Shalhoub for Monk, and Shalhoub will win.

Outstanding Comedy Actress
I think Amy Poehler will win for Parks, and that's also who I'd like to win. I could see Falco for Nurse Jackie making a run for it.

Outstanding Drama Actor
I so badly want Matt Fox to win for playing Jack Shephard on Lost. But we all know Cranston will win for Breaking Bad (which I embarrassingly still haven't seen). And if it's not him, it'll be Jon Hamm for Mad Men. And if not him, Chandler for FNL. And then MCH for Dexter. Fox has the lead on House. That's it. *sigh*

Outstanding Drama Actress
I'm thinking Margulies for The Good Wife, but the Emmy's love Mad Men so much that I could see Jones winning for Betty Draper.

Outstanding Comedy Series
I think it'll be Glee, and that's again who I want to win. A Modern Family win would also make me happy, but Curb and Nurse Jackie have a better chance.

Outstanding Drama Series
I want it to be Lost oh so badly, but it's like the Drama Actor category: Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and Dexter all have the advantage. BB will likely take it.

Outstanding Art Direction for a Single-Camera Series
Lost has a great chance at this one for Ab Aeterno, but Glee could also win for the Pilot.

Outstanding Comedy Casting
It's gotta be Modern Family. One of the BEST ensemble casts in years. I can't see it being any other show.

Outstanding Drama Casting
I'm thinking FNL, but if it's not Friday Night Lights it'll be Mad Men or True Blood.

Outstanding Comedy Directing
Murphy for the Glee pilot. That's it.

Outstanding Drama Directing
Bender deserves it for the epic End to Lost, and I really hope he gets it. Again, though, BB will probably beat it. Too bad.

Outstanding Comedy Guest Actor
Mike O'Malley should get it for his amazing performance as Mr. Hummel on Glee. Arnett could beat him, though.

Outstanding Drama Guest Actor
John Lithgow has it for creating the creepiest villain in four seasons of Dexter.

Outstanding Comedy Guest Actress
Chenoweth for Glee is my pick, but Fey or White could get it for their hilarious SNL episodes.

Outstanding Drama Guest Actress
I want Mitchell to win for her amazing relationship and storyline in season 6 with Sawyer but I haven't seen any of the other shows in this category. So I can't know.

Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics
I'd like to see a HIMYM or Monk win here, but I think Treme will win.

Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series
I'd love a Lost or Fringe win, but...well you know what show will win...stupid meth.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Truly, I'd be happy with any win other than Cryer for Two and a Half Men. But I think Burrell will win for Phil Dunphy, the best new character of the year.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama
Terry O'Quinn HAS to win this one. His dual performances in the final season of Lost were just astounding.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Another category where the only win I'd be angry at is 2.5 Men, but I need not worry: Jane Lynch has this in the bag.

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy
Probably the Modern Family pilot, but the Glee pilot has a definite chance also.

Outstanding Writing for a Drama
Please be Lost. Please be Lost. Please be Lost. Please be Lost. Please be Lost. Please be Lost. Please be Lost. Please be Lost. Please be Lost. Please be Lost. Please be Lost. Please be Lost. Please be Lost. Please be Lost. Please be Lost.
It'll be Mad Men. :(

What I've been listening to

I'm no musical expert, but I do love listening to music. So I'm going to keep music reviews simple and short.
I've worked my way through LCD Soundsystem's discography and LOVED it. Every song is so full of energy and power. While songs frequently surpass the 6 minute mark, they never feel too long. They're too infectious to get tiring. Songs like "Daft Punk is Playing at my House," "North American Scum," "All My Friends," and "Dance Yrself Clean" are permanently in my brain now.
I've heard plenty of Arcade Fire before, but I listened to their two albums continuously and found them much better that way. Funeral is probably a bit better than Neon Bible, but both are very emotional and honest. I can't wait for what they have next. I'm also anticipating seeing them at Lollapalooza.
I also got B.o.B.'s full album. The singles are catchy but not very good. The first track on the album seems like it could precede a nice, earnest album like Cudi's Man on the Moon I, but it's all standard stuff. Not awful, but not good.
The rap album from Childish Gambino, or Donald Glover, is very good. Much better than the mainstream B.o.B. It's honest and talks about what his actual life is, while having a good pace and lyrical style. That's the only kind of rap I enjoy.
The debut album from Company of Thieves, "Ordinary Riches," is plain awesome. Genevieve Schatz provides beautiful vocals, the lyrics are interesting, and the music is tight and well-done. Can't wait to see them at Lolla also.
I listened to the most recent album from Devo, and it's good but not great. I'll have to go back and listen to their older stuff, because I feel like I might enjoy it. There were certainly songs I enjoyed on "Something For Everybody," but overall it fell flat.
I've been holding off on listening to The Fratellis' "Here We Stand" because I don't want to have heard everything from them. They're just too damn good. And while "Here We Stand" isn't as oddly catchy as "Costello Music," it's still a great record. I won't go back and listen to it as much as I do "Costello Music," though.
I listened to Hot Chip's first album after someone said they were similar to LCD Soundsystem. I loved the vocals, but it's not the same as LCD. It's a little more mellow and quiet, sort of like XX. But it's not quiet enough to stress the musical cues. I liked it though, and I'm sure I'll enjoy their other albums.
Kid Cudi has his new album, "Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager," coming out this fall. I've only heard the song "REVOFEV" from it, and I'm very excited for the album. It sounds like Cudi is taking the success of his first album and running with a different theme that permeates his life. Hopefully REVOFEV is an intro song for the album, as it's sort of plain and not very expressive.
MGMT's "Congratulations" is equal to "Oracular Spectacular." I enjoy both some, but not a ton. I can't quite say why, really, as they're such different albums.
Phoenix's recent album is great, even for the songs beyond the singles. I'm also very excited to se them at Lolla.
That's all I have for now. Next up for me to listen to is The National, Eminem's "Recovery," and Hot Chip's most recent album.