Marked Melody

December 22, 2009

The Sing-Off!

Filed under: FYI — Alisa Hathaway @ 4:05 am

So, let’s be honest with ourselves here and now. I’m total shit at reviewing anything. I’m not very critical of music, movies, or televisions shows because I am easily pleased and enjoy most pop culture. Sure, I’m culturally literate and can usually distinguish garbage from quality entertainment; but at the same time, I love garbage for its kitsch, for what it tells us about the average American, and for its manipulation of the public through the most basic forms of entertainment. (That’s not to say I love Salinger’s Nine Stories in the same way I love watching The Cake Boss, but I think you understand my meaning.)

That being said, let’s point out what I may actually be good at doing, and that is bringing things that catch my eye to the attention of others, even if it’s simply because I won’t shut up about it. And that’s really all good communication is.

So what’s my point? If you didn’t already hear about NBC’s The Sing-Off, you probably should.



November 6, 2009

Back with a vengeance?

Filed under: Pop rock — Alisa Hathaway @ 10:18 pm

Maybe. It’s possible I just felt compelled to review Tegan and Sara’s new release from last week, Sainthood.

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June 19, 2009

A little self promotion?

Filed under: FYI — Alisa Hathaway @ 3:13 am

Not really. But I was wasting time Googling myself, and found an interesting musical endeavor born on Arcadian grounds. I was actually kind of disappointed in myself that I forgot about this…

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May 13, 2009

Star Trek is actually good?

Filed under: Movie Review — Alisa Hathaway @ 7:38 pm


Yep, it’s true.


May 9, 2009

Petition to save Fox’s Dollhouse!

Filed under: FYI — Alisa Hathaway @ 8:16 pm

Ok, so this isn’t about music. It’s not even a review. It’s a plea to save one of the only good shows on TV – Dollhouse, created by Joss Whedon (of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly fame).  The show appeared midseason this past year on a crappy timeslot (Fridays at 9 p.m.) and already has a horde of rabidly loyal Whedonites that would be devastated to see this series stilted.



April 16, 2009

Brand New – The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me

Filed under: Alternative — Alisa Hathaway @ 6:50 pm


Unlike many of the bands I’ve reviewed so far, you’ve probably heard of Brand New. And if you haven’t, keep reading…


April 14, 2009

FYI – Ace in Philadelphia!

Filed under: Pop rock — Alisa Hathaway @ 8:22 pm

That’s right, Ace Enders & A Million Different People will be playing live for the joy of your ears here in Philadelphia at the Trocadero Theater on Arch Street on April 23rd.



April 10, 2009

A Spring Playlist

Filed under: Playlist — Alisa Hathaway @ 6:11 pm

How about a little something new? Here’s what I’m listening to this spring; maybe you’ll find something you love too!

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April 9, 2009

Stars – Set Yourself on Fire

Filed under: Electronic pop — Alisa Hathaway @ 5:57 pm

“When there’s nothing left to burn, you have to set yourself on fire.”



April 8, 2009

Ben Folds – Way to Normal

Filed under: Pop rock — Alisa Hathaway @ 3:58 pm


Anybody remember a little band named Ben Folds Five? I bet you do.  Ben Folds has been putting out music for fifteen years or so now, and I personally think he’s an artist that had gotten better with time.  Thought we can remember the mid-90s tunes “Brick” and “Kate” with fondness, let’s look to the present.


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