My Weekly Top Ten :: The Week of October 7

To give credit where credit is due, I stole this idea from Entertainment Weekly, my weekly fix in magazine form. I always read their picks for the week’s Top Ten first, so I thought why not put together my own. Though it will not be filled with only things that are “new this week”, it will have some of that among the list, I’m sure. Overall though, it will be a mixed bag of pop culture that is making me happy/obsessed/emotionally moved each week. Please share in the comments anything and everything that would make up your own Top 10 of the week list, too.

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1. End of the World :: Deap Vally

I discovered this song, and the album it is from (Sistrionix) when I reviewed it for my “New Music Round-Up“; I have not stopped listening to the song since. It is on massive replay in my car and office as I have been dealing with a week of early morning arrivals and stressful client issues. My tip with this song: play loudly.

2. Like Crazy (2011)

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This movie hurt like hell to watch, but it was so well done, so spot on, so damn heartbreakingly true for anyone who has ever been in a long-distance relationship. The time zone issues, the phone calls, the desperation and sadness when apart, the joy when together, the never-ceasing doubt and the impossibility of it all is captured perfectly here. Wonderful performances, especially by Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin.

3. American Horror Story Coven (Season 3)

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A favorite television series of mine is back and better than ever. I always find myself unsure how the start of a new story will be as good as the last, and I am always beyond surprised and delighted in how it keeps getting better. Fantastic cast, with some returning favorites, some new talent, and some who were missing in action from the first season. My heart already hurts from the first episodes losses, and it is soaring for the exciting characters who defy “Hollywood stereotyping” and expectation.

4. How to Kill a Rock Star by Tiffanie DeBartolo

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Its a re-read from a favorite author of mine, one I picked up again when I was recently recovering from vocal cord surgery. It is literary comfort food to me, as all favorite books are. I love how this time around my perspective has shifted, as has my view of the characters.

5. Rose Bowl Flea Market

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In the “anticipation this week” category, I am so excited to visit the Rose Bowl flea market for the first time this Sunday. I have no idea what to expect to find, but I welcome the unknown. My goal for this first visit is to find something vintage Halloween to decorate my house, and something music related (I will share “what’s in my flea market bag” on Sunday).

6. James Wolpert’s Blind Audition rendition of Jack White’s Love Interruption

Yes, I am a fan of The Voice, a big fan at that. I have a few early choice favorites, but this is the stand-out for me. I look forward to what he does next.

7. The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida, with introduction by David Mitchell

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Advocacy and allowing those on the Austism/Asperger’s Syndrome Spectrum to speak for themselves, is a very personal issue to me. This is an inspiring opportunity to hear the voice of someone within the spectrum, and not the voices of those diagnosing, treating and/or seeking a cure. Beyond what reading it did for my understanding of what goes on in a mind of someone with Autism, it also helped me understand more about my own thoughts and perception of life, and helped me to understand my son, who is on the Asperger’s Syndrome more fully, too.

8. Alex Vause (Orange is the New Black)

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I hope the rumors are false that the character of Alex will be phased out in Season 2. I am intrigued, and admittedly attracted to, Laura Prepon’s portrayal of Alex on Orange is the New Black. She reminds me a lot about someone I once was involved with, and reminds me of how I felt back then.

9. The Wolf Among Us: A Telltale Game Series

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Another “anticipation this week” choice is The Wolf Among Us, based on one of my favorite comic book series, Fables. The trial demo is downloading as I type this, and I cannot wait to give it a try. I do hope that Snow White and Rose Red have big parts in this game (hope hope hope).

10. Miley on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, with The Roots

As a friend of my older daughter said recently, The Roots make everything better, this A Capella version of We Can’t Stop is infectious as hell, and I cannot stop listening to it. I love The Roots, Jimmy Fallon, and yeah, I love Miley, too. I have had enough of the shade thrown at her, and the fact that everyone forgets that she is in her twenties (I shudder to think if my early twenties were photographed, televised and discussed).

6 thoughts on “My Weekly Top Ten :: The Week of October 7

  1. Super excited about AHS…the kathy bates reveal scene was really sick, horrifying and sad but well done. Last season went overboard for me but it seems back on track, on par with season 1.

    1. There were things I loved about last season, but then it went to far plot wise with too many things going on, too many aspects, too many “horror” tropes. I think if they’d left out the “aliens” it would have been better. Season 1 was near perfect though.

      This Season, I agree, seems more on par with first season and I completely agree re: Katy Bates. The frat party scene was a rough watch, too, but all of it was well done. Such a great cast!

      1. THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT I SAY!
        too many things going on which weren’t sufficiently tied up the way we like it on tv(sometimes) and specifically the aliens!

      2. The aliens were just baffling and out of place, and never resolved. We don’t need everything tied with a bow, but some conclusion of all the loose story lines would have been nice.

        I really look forward to where they will take us this time (and I’m still hoping that some of the “early” deaths will come back).

      3. I agree…I thought the aliens would go someplace good and then it did…not…
        Yes, no bow needed, just make some sense and let us say “ohhh that’s why”.

        They have to bring back Evan Peters, I’m sure they’ll use to witch craft;)

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