I used to be a reality TV junkie. I even watched the truly horrible offerings from Fox. True story – I once watched an entire season of Temptation Island, despite the fact I spent the entire time hurling both physical objects and blatant insults at my tiny college television in fits of hormone driven rage. I was also pregnant at the time, so watching that show was an exercise in masochistic self-proclaimed insanity.
One day I realized that I spent more time being angry AT my television because I was forcing myself to endure hours of the lowest human common denominator and was calling it entertainment.
I shut off my television.
Now, I’m not a crazy anti-TVer. I found a happy medium (snerk). I keep to shows that actually make me think or, in the very least, don’t make me shake my head at the futility I feel, knowing that you can act a complete ass and have no discernible talent and still manage to be a reality TV star.
So, what do I watch? A lot of Food Network (Top Chef, Iron Chef (although I prefer the originals to the Amercianized version), Chopped, etc). And every summer, I anticipate a show that I actually set my PVR for – So You Think You Can Dance.
I’ll admit it. I love this show. I love everything about it. I love how it’s so much less like American Idol (a show I loathe since the premise of it is to find America’s next big Product instead of focusing on the music). During auditions week, there lacks the barrage of clips of the lowest common denominator – fame whores out to be the next Pants on the Ground guy desperately hunting out their 15 minutes. Oh, they show them (it is Fox, after all), but the show isn’t inundated with them. Overall, again, considering it is Fox, the whole audition process seems less like a circus sideshow and more like, well, a professional audition. The dancers are respectful (for the most part) and the drama is kept for those moments of sheer brilliance when a dancer managed to capture musicality and entertainment in one single move across the floor.
So You Think You Can Dance (and its Canadian counterpart) also provides much of my summer music recs. Songs that jump out through a piece of choreography will make it to heavy rotation on my iPod over the next few months. As always, nothing too mainstream, but little eclectic gifts – Roisin Murphy and my long-lived obsession with her music was spawned from Wade Robson’s stellar piece done in Season Two (Ramalama – found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPzcsdlOB7g )
I know Lila and I have watched the show in the same manner – with one toe tapping, one finger ready to hit pause or rewind if I hear a song I love and a hand on a pen with paper at the ready to jot that song down.
I suspect we’ll be sharing a bit of both love of dance and love of music and how those two worlds collide over the course of Season 8 and the subsequent SYTYCDC season that will begin in the fall.
Today, we’ll start our share with a freebie. Virgil Gadson (aka Lil O). The cute little B-Boy in the NYC auditions? He chose a song by Santigold (formerly Santogold). Creator. Awesome track. I was mocked mercilessly for not having heard of her before. Although, I did, without realizing it since she was featured on Beastie Boys’ Hot Sauce Committee Part Two (Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win – which happens to be one of my most played from the album). I think Santigold will have an entire blog post dedicated to in the following weeks, since her influential net has been cast far and wide – from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Lykke Li to Mark Ronson and Lily Allen. Surprising.
So, here is Creator, circa ’08 and the audition that inspired the download. Good listening. Happy Summer!
Watch Lil O here:
Download Creator here: http://www.spinner.ca/2008/01/29/santogold-creator-free-mp3s-of-the-day/