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The music of Glee: Ballad

Last night’s episode of Glee, titled “Ballad,” was packed with songs — or, in some cases, snippets of songs — so let’s jump right in a discuss them. The first performance was a duet by Rachel (Lea Michele) and Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison) on “Endless Love” by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie. Though the singing was beyond competent, this scene was all about comedic effect and the awkwardness of Rachel’s developing crush on her teacher. To that degree, it totally worked. The internal monologues of each character were hilarious, making this the best use of “Endless Love” in a comedy […]

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The music of “Glee”: Wheels

We haven’t seen a new episode of Glee for a while, so we’ve really been looking forward to “Wheels.” In the time the show has been on hiatus, a soundtrack album was released (for the full tracklist, scroll down to the bottom of this post) and the series surpassed the two million download mark. Artie (Kevin McHale) gives “Dancing With Myself” by Billy Idol the John Mayer treatment, crooning over a lazily strummed acoustic guitar. We’ve noticed from earlier performances that he’s got a surprisingly soulful voice, and the song is an interesting choice, considering that the original is a […]

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The music of “Glee”: Mash-Up

There was no big group production at the end of this week’s episode, which was a bit of a letdown. That doesn’t mean, however, that “Mash-Up” was light on the music. We got five performances in all, and here’s what we thought of each: First up is Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison) doing “Bust a Move” by Young MC. So far, during Glee’s short run, we’ve already heard Schue offer his take on songs by Color Me Badd, Bell Biv DeVoe and, in this episode, Sisqó. Since we’re not the biggest fans of the genre or era that spawned those tracks, […]

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The music of “Glee”: Throwdown

Not only did we get five songs this week, we got some variety, with four vocalists sharing the spotlight. Sure, two were Rachel (Lea Michele) and Finn (Cory Monteith), who we hear every week. But we also heard lead vocals from Mercedes (Amber Riley), which is always a treat, and our first featured song for Quinn (Dianna Agron) since her brief glee club audition for Mr. Schuester. Here’s what we thought of each performance. Tensions were high when Mercedes and the rest of Sue Sylvester’s half of New Directions sang “Hate on Me” by Jill Scott, and the kids really […]

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“Glee” preview: Throwdown

For those of you who can’t wait for tonight’s episode of Glee, titled “Throwdown,” here’s a preview clip of the cast covering “Keep Holding On” by Avril Lavigne. Don’t forget to check this site tomorrow for a new post on “The music of Glee.”

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The music of “Glee”: Vitamin D

One episode + four songs = two performances. That can mean only one thing — mash-ups! Thanks to New Directions’ complacency while rehearsing for sectionals, Mr. Schuester devises a competition between the boys and the girls in the club to see who can create the best mash-up. The result is probably the most satisfying set of performances since the series’ first episode. The guys are up first, with Finn (Cory Monteith) and Artie (Kevin McHale) trading lead vocals on a mash-up of Bon Jovi’s “It’s My Life” and Usher’s “Confessions Part II.”

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“How I Met Your Mother” recap: Robin 101

By Mike Frey Synopsis: Since Barney hasn’t exactly been a boyfriend in a while, it’s no surprise that he’s bad at it. He’s unsupportive and he’s so used to not sleeping over that he tries sleepwalking his way down the fire escape to get away from Robin. Luckily, Ted knows everything there is to know about Robin — or at least he thinks he does — and he needs to practice his teaching. So Barney enrolls in Robin 101: How to Date Robin Scherbatsky, taught by none other than Professor Mosby. Unfortunately for Barney, the study sessions are about as […]

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“The Office” recap: The Promotion

By Mike Frey After the events of last week’s episode, Jim and Michael are settling into their positions as co-managers of the Dunder Mifflin Scranton branch. Understandably, there’s a bit of friction. Jim thinks Michael should waste less of his employee’s time with meetings about toilet paper that devolve into discussions about the planets (think Uranus). Michael is upset that he’s no longer the undisputed leader of the office. Plus, as Dwight notes, Jim’s not as matronly as Phyllis. So there’s that. A power struggle ensues, rivaling the rivalries of Paris and Nicole, and Heidi and L.C. The issue comes […]

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The music of “Glee”: The Rhodes Not Taken

Last week the pickings were slim. This week reminds us of the season premiere of Saturday Night Live — musical performances are everywhere. And in this case it’s not because the show has nothing to offer aside from an accidental f-bomb and Megan Fox’s looks. (Seriously, U2. Three songs?) “The Rhodes Not Taken” offers up no less than four musical numbers, plus guest star Kristin Chenoweth (Pushing Daisies). The first song of the episode is a joint performance by Rachel (Lea Michele) and April (Chenoweth) of “Maybe This Time” by Liza Minnelli from the 1972 film Cabaret. Given Chenoweth’s Broadway background, […]

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“How I Met Your Mother” Recap: Double Date

By Mike Frey Synopsis: This episode tells the story of two blind dates taken by Ted seven years apart. Although it might as well have been one, since the dates were the same in every way: same restaurant, same conversation, same girl. Despite the familiarity, neither Ted nor his date Jen (played by guest star Lindsay Sloane, who we love) realize what’s going on until halfway through the evening. Once they realize that they’ve lapped the whole dating field, they decided to give each other insight that might help them avoid the dating mistakes that have kept them single since […]