Last week’s episode “Letting Go” focused more on Ryan’s personal life at home while this week’s episode focused more on him working his new job, attempting to wrangle Wilfred and, hopefully, start a relationship with Amanda, his hot co-worker (played by Allison Mack). Almost the entire episode was at his place of work and I didn’t mind it. It was nice to see him “letting go” and hopefully “moving on.” I was interested in seeing what lesson he would learn this week. The title of the episode was titled “Dignity” so I figured it had to do with him standing up for himself in some way.

The episode begins with Ryan sitting at his desk at working going through some papers when he finds a wedding invitation with a post-it note from his dad telling him he has to go. He sits there and hovers over the “Yes” RSVP option when in walks Amanda. I absolutely love Allison Mack as Amanda (maybe I just love Allison Mack in general) but she is just so inviting and spunky. They begin talking about their date for that evening and they both seem pretty excited about it when their boss, Jeremy (Steven Weber) walks in and announces he has some big legal brief he needs Ryan to finish ASAP causing him to have to work over night and reschedule their date. I love what Amanda says in response to their reschedule, “All this changing of schedule better be an elaborate foreplay.”Ha. I just love how forward she can be. Can’t wait to see how it affects Ryan’s relationship with Jenna.

Wilfred calls Ryan up from Ryan’s apartment (Ryan is watching Wilfred while Drew and Jenna are away for awhile. Maybe getting married?!) and we see him completely trashing his apartment from tearing up pillows to knocking plants over .. typical dog stuff. Ryan doesn’t really want to talk to him much considering all Wilfred wants is to talk about his day from what he ate to the smell of his farts. We see Ryan the next morning trying to crate Wilfred, obviously since he destroyed his apartment the night before, and Wilfred refuses. He says he is a social butterfly and cannot be contained. He begs to be taken to Ryan’s work and Ryan finally caves. Wilfred grabs his tail, shakes it very fast while he screams, “YEAH!” which to me is exactly what a dog would do/think during the situation. Jason Gann does a wonderful job this episode of portraying Wilfred. Probably my favorite thing about this show is seeing how he makes a guy in a dog suit appear more and more like a regular dog. He makes it look so easy.

Well, we see Ryan and Wilfred at work and he is going to try and sneak Wilfred into his office when Wilfred busts out and starts sniffing everyone and screaming, “There are people everywhere! Over here, over there!” The office staff absolutely love him to death and everyone is happy to see him, until Jeremy walks in upset about his morning commute. Everyone in the office freezes as Jeremy sees Wilfred. We expect him to be upset and possibly fire Ryan (considering we all get the view that he doesn’t like him that much). Instead, Jeremy gets on the ground, grabs Wilfred, holds him down and tickles/rubs his “belly” while Wilfred just lays there awkwardly saying, “This is happening, this is actually happening.” Jeremy loves Wilfred and even gives Ryan an extension on the legal brief. Ryan is super happy about the news.

Scene cuts to Wilfred sitting outside talking to some pigeons about how everyone loves the “office dog.” We see Ryan as well sitting at a table with Amanda and they are talking about rescheduling the date to that weekend which ends up being Amanda’s birthday, “We can huff keyboard cleaner together.”They hold hands at the table and it’s just adorable. I love love love them together.

It’s the next day at work and Ryan is trying to decide on the wedding invitation again when he is interrupted again (seems like this wedding invitation is going to be the center of his struggle for this episode). Wilfred is annoying everyone in the office and he forces Wilfred back to his office. Wilfred is upset and doesn’t understand what’s happening. He’s not getting a single laugh,“If I can’t do it, they’ll get a fooseball table that can.” So dramatic, such a dog. He comes up with the perfect bit that will get everyone laughing. He decides to slip and slide on the concrete floor like a clumsy dog, but when he does he knocks over the water cooler which makes everyone even more upset. Jeremy walks back in and really upset by a competitor of theirs catching up to them and working on the same stuff. I absolutely love his boss and how abrasive and blunt he can be. My favorite line by him so far is “If those clowns come up with a cure for lung cancer, it’s going to be a sad, sad day!”So wrong, yet so right. However, this incident with the water cooler reminds him about that deadline and he makes Ryan get it done the next day AND gives him more work. Uh-oh. That date might actually not happen after all.

Ryan is in the basement going to pull an all-nighter to get the work done when Wilfred comes in and hands him an “office dog” resignation. Wilfred gets really uptight about Ryan’s wedding invitation and tells him that he needs to stand up to his dad and tell him he doesn’t want to go to that “Black tie circle jerk.” Wilfred adds that Jeremy is a lot like his strict dad and that Ryan needs to stand up to him as well. Ryan completely disregards his accusations and says that Wilfred has to come to work, be cute and get him an extension. Wilfred agrees, but only if Ryan will help him write his routine. They stay up all night working. Wilfred hasn’t come up with anything and Ryan’s suggestions aren’t helping him, “Honestly, the fact that you think it’s great makes me think that it’s not great.” He turns to Bear (his stuffed teddy bear) and asked him to read back the notes of the night and it turns out that Bear hasn’t been taking any notes. He gets really mad and covers his head with a bag, saying he doesn’t want to look at him. Ryan looks at Bear and they realize that they are going to do for his routine, “The bag is on my head and I can’t get it off” routine. Classic.

The next day, Wilfred is about to do his routine. He is announcing it for the whole room to see and just when he is about to do it .. Ricky, the mentally-handicapped janitor, grabs the bag and says it’s not safe for the dog to play with it. He then puts the bag on his own head and pretends to be a dog with a bag stuck on his head. The whole office laughs and Wilfred is royally pissed. The scene cuts to them in the bathroom where Wilfred is complaining to Ryan about what just happened. Ricky comes in and interrupts them and Wilfred attacks him and bites him on the face. Ricky threatens to blackmail Ryan and tell the boss, Jeremy, if Ryan doesn’t do his job of cleaning the bathrooms. Ryan obviously agrees and we see him cleaning the bathroom with Wilfred telling him to stand up to his boss and Ricky. He brings up Ryan’s relationship with his dad and Ryan gets really upset saying, “I was a great lawyer and I was a great son!” but then breaks down and realizes that it was never good enough for him and that he needs to stand up for himself and not take it anymore. Overall, pretty dramatic scene. We, the audience, realize that this is what the title is about, Ryan overcoming his father and his boss and standing up for himself as a person. He says, “I’m done!” to his reflection in the mirror and Wilfred punches the mirror as well, scared of his own reflection (loved that part).

Ryan storms into his boss’ office and demands that he have an extension and, surprisingly, Jeremy gives it to him immediately before he even can plead his case. Ryan is pretty proud of himself and goes back to his office. He grabs the wedding invitation and marks “No” for the RSVP and feels very pleased about it. Wilfred isn’t too pleased and wants to go tell off Jeremy. He runs out of the office and Ryan chases after him. They open up the door to Jeremy’s office (and I cannot believe this actually happened) and we see Ricky, the mentally-handicapped janitor, underneath Jeremy’s desk … you know. Yeah. It’s messed up. But that’s what this show is all about – stretching the limits and crossing some lines. Ryan looks at his boss and says, “Actually, I’m going to need the next week off” and his boss agrees. Ryan and Wilfred leave and the episode is over. Wow. Not how I pictured that to end at all.

Overall, the episode was pretty good. It was funny, kind of dramatic and really gave us a bunch of new characters to enjoy. Amanda is very forward, which obviously differs from Ryan, but they doesn’t mean they clash. Not at all. They have this odd chemistry that I really do like and I’m looking forward to seeing where it is headed. Jeremy is obviously WAY creepier and weird than I thought and I’m unsure where exactly they are going to go with that plot. But then again – they own everything else they attempt, so why should I question this?

Tune in for Episode 3, “Guilt,”this Thursday at 10/9 p.m. on FX.

[as seen on HRC ]

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New, and hopefully, on-going photography project that I hope I can begin working on. I’d love to collect as many of the letter K throughout any and all parts of life. I’m going to start collecting them and once I get a descent amount of photos, I’ll upload the finished project. Any feedback would be appreciated.

Two years after their last successful album, I And Love And You,The Avett Brothers have finally graced our ears with a single for their upcoming new album, The Carpenter, called Live and Die.

With the guidance of producer, Rick Rubin, The Avett Brothers have released a slice of musical heaven with Live and Die. This track is a wonderful, good ol’ fashioned love song that reminds me why I fell in love with this band in the first place. The sound reminds me a lot of I And Love And You (more produced then their other albums, Emotionalism and A Carolina Jubilee) and contains the same poppy awesomeness (thanks Rick Rubin) that made their last album so successful. Banjo and fiddle solos with a bit of a jazz drumming make this a beautiful track to preview their new (and most likely breathtaking) album.

I wanna love you with more, Avett Brothers. I really do.

Their sixth album, The Carpenter, will be released on September 11.

The Avett Brothers 2012 Tour Dates:

06/28 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Gallivan Center
06/29 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Ampitheatre
06/30 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Ampitheatre
07/03 – Council Bluffs, IA @ The Cove
07/05 – Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
07/06 – Des Moines, IA @ 80/35 Festival
07/07 – Minneapolis, MN @ Basilica Block Party
07/20 – Glen Allen, VA @ Innsbrook After Hours at Snagjob Pavilion
07/21 – Camden, NJ @ XPoNential Festival
07/22 – Bridgeport, CT @ Gathering of the Vibes
07/26 – Kansas City, MO @ Crossroads KC
07/27 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Center
07/28 – New Braunfels, TX @ Whitewater Ampitheater
08/22 – Chico, TX @ California State University
08/24 – Jacksonville, OR @ Britt Pavilion
08/25 – Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield
08/26 – Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield
08/29 – Palmer, AK @ Alaska State Fair
08/31 – Quincy, WA @ Gorge Amphitheatre
09/01 – Quincy, WA @ Gorge Amphitheatre
09/02 – Quincy, WA @ Gorge Amphitheatre
09/12 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Ampitheatre
09/14 – Fredericton, NB @ Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival
09/15 – Burlinton, VT @ Grand Point North Festival
09/16 – Boston, MA @ Bank of America Pavilion
09/18 – New York, NY @ Rumsey Playfield
09/21 – Atlanta, GA @ Music Midtown
09/23 – Baltimore, MD @ Pier Six Pavilion
09/28 – Chicago, IL @ Charter One Pavilion
09/29 – St. Louis, MO @ Fox Theater
09/30 – Indianapolis, IN @ White River State Park
10/12-14 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
10/21 – Clearwater, FL @ Clearwater Jazz Festival
10/26-28 – New Orleans, LA @ Voodoo Experience

[ As seen on SYFFAL ]

After a mind-numbing Season One (and the special preview episode that BLEW MY MIND) I was really excited to see where the new season would take us.Season One’s “special preview” left off with Jenna still with Drew (Chris Klein) and a rocky, unsure relationship between Wilfred and Ryan. Season Two’s premiere episode, “Letting Go” is just that .. an episode of letting go and, attempting, to move on. At the beginning of the episode, he is heading over to Jenna’s house to see Wilfred (who is back and feeling better). The audience immediately sees Wilfred ignore Ryan and run and “shake hands” with Drew, acting as if he doesn’t recognize or want to see Ryan. That might be a bunch of bologna since I feel that in the “special preview” episode showed them being nice and friendly, he has to at least recognize Ryan. Jenna tells Ryan that she only was agreeing to marry Drew because she thought she was pregnant (she isn’t). Shocker? No. Wilfred switched her pee in the previous season.

Ryan catches Drew and Wilfred playing catch in the yard and Drew confides in them saying how worried he is about him and Jenna and that things are pretty rocky since she found out he has been using steroids. Although I am always one to root for the protagonist, Chris Klein is hilarious in this role. He’s so goofy and such a tool (My favorite scene of his is being him beating Ryan at ping pong and freaking out about it). I want him and Jenna to be over .. but I don’t want him to be off the show. He’s just awesome. Although I do like his character, I don’t like his relationship with Wilfred so far this season. Drew spent most of his time taking care of Wilfred and Wilfred feels, I assume, obligated to be his “best friend” and wants his acceptance? I don’t dig it at all.

There is a new face on the show this season (she was introduced in the special preview episode). Amanda (Allison Mack) is a co-worker with Ryan and, I hope, a possible love interest. I’ve always thought she was adorable and I love seeing her on this show. She offers to get lunch with Ryan (he declines) and we all know it isn’t just lunch she’s after, she wants more. Now if only Ryan can let go of someone else …

Ryan later catches Jenna upset, packing her car and crying. Ryan makes a bad break-up joke and she admits she just can’t “let him go.” Ryan obviously wants to know more of what happened and goes to find his only source .. Wilfred. He catches Wilfred taking a jog (trying to get in better shape) and tries to get some information out of him, but Wilfred says no. He doesn’t want to hear about Ryan’s problems anymore and doesn’t want to be his “Dr. Phil” (Wilfred: I’m not Dr. Phil, okay? I’m Dr. Wilfred…and I only call myself that when I’m dj-ing). However, Wilfred wants to impress Drew and Ryan agrees to help him train for a competition if he helps him with Jenna. It’s a deal.

They begin their training by hanging out in the basement together watching game footage and Ryan convinces Wilfred that the only way that he can win is to use steroids. Wilfred says he can’t use Drew’s steroids because he only takes illegal drugs (Wilfred: I have a strict policy against taking any drug that’s not illegal. They’re never strong enough). So, Ryan and Wilfred decide to go and try to get some steroids. They run into issues with this sex-crazed drug dealer and Ryan almost has to “shlob this guy’s nob” for the drugs but instead just has to give him a tenderly “hug” (a long an awkward one at that, but nothing short of hilarious). Wilfred gets the steroids just in time for the competition and as Drew is giving him a pep-talk, Ryan and Jenna get a chance to talk. She says that things are better and Ryan tries to convince her that things are only because because she wants them to be and that she’s tricking herself into thinking things are better. Obviously, Ryan cannot let go of this woman.

He runs over to Wilfred and demands the pills to throw them away. He realizes that he would rather lose Wilfred than to hurt him over a girl. FINALLY – he is letting go. Wilfred goes nuts however and tears apart the obstacle course and even pees on it. He is awarded a “participation” award and Drew isn’t impressed. Wilfred finally says he’s done. He doesn’t like Drew anymore. Wilfred wants to make Drew’s life hell. He hands Ryan the bottle of pills and tell him to hide them in Drew’s things so that Jenna will finally kick him out for good. Ryan can have Jenna and everyone can be happy.

But Ryan has asked Amanda out … and she has said yes. Wilfred says he’s happy for him, although I’m not so sure that he is happy, and mentions that this relationship is like a relationship he once had with his couch? Oh yeah. It went there and I loved it.

I think that some might consider the special preview episode “Progress”  as the premiere episode, but I would disagree. It’s a lot darker and, honestly, kind of freaky and really explains nothing about the show. I feel it really would confuse those who hadn’t watched it before. “Letting Go” is a lot more viewer friendly, however, and actually follows a plot (while the special premiere was really more of  a dream for Ryan).

Overall, I thought this episode was a great “premiere” episode. Although it was a bit stale at time with the dialogue, it really worked to bring audiences, who were unaware of the characters or the previous season, up-to-date on the happenings of the premiere e show.

Tune in next week for Episode 2, “Dignity,” next Thursday at 10 p.m. on FX.

[as seen on HRC ]

Beirut‘s new album is a thing of beauty with some pretty goddamn beautiful tracks. The music video for The Rip Tide was just released last week! The music video follows a small sail boat on the ocean. The video appears completely normal until a wonderful splash of colors pour into the ocean and MY GOD… it couldn’t be any cooler. I freaking LOVE it. It fits this song so perfectly. Take a watch, do it now.

[as seen on Syffal]

Mates of State is by far my favorite band of all time. No joke. I think I’d marry the husband and wife duo if I got the chance. So, each time they release something new (from snippets of their band rehearsals to new music videos) I get a little tingly inside.

Today they released the music video for their cover of Guided By Voices’ song “I am a Scientist” which is a track off of the upcoming collaboration album, “Science Fair,” which features 18 different female oriented bands covering songs about science that aim towards females (since they tend to avoid scientific fields).

Although the album isn’t released until July 3, Mates of State already is teasing us with a great snippet of the albums greatness. The song is absolutely wonderful (I would expect nothing less from them) and the music video is just so cute. I want to just squeeze that little scientist until her eyes popped out! Take a listen and then go break into the closest laboratory you can find … I’m already here devising a plan to take over the world!

[as seen on Syffal]

Just minutes ago (that’s right, minutes) Yeasayer announced their second single from their upcoming album “Fragrant World.” The track is entitled “Longevity” and was released via music video on Youtube. They even offered it for free download on their site.

The track itself makes me trip balls and I swear at one point I felt my brain orgasm. That’s right .. sex in music form. Unlike their first single from the new album, this track has a distinct drive to it. Although it isn’t as easy listening as their other single, it most definitely gives me chills. The video is as equally trippy and makes me want to drop some acid and attempt to play with all the fun colors. Take a listen, take a watch .. then go a little insane.

The track listing for the new album:

01. Fingers Never Bleed
02. Longevity
03. Blue Paper
04. Henrietta
05. Devil and the Deed
06. No Bones
07. Reagan’s Skeleton
08. Demon Road
09. Damaged Goods
10. Folk Hero Shtick
11. Glass of the Microscope

[as seen on Syffal]