The Artist: The Maine
The Song: "Ho Ho Hopefully"
Where you heard it first: In 2008, my favorite band released a special holiday EP entitled ......And A Happy New Year and I quickly fell in love with this track of the record. Not only that, but it also mentioned the birthday of my favorite co-host (which just happens to be tomorrow) in the first line of the song. The Maine's holiday EP is still one of my favorite parts of the holiday season.
Why it’s been stuck in your head: Thanksgiving is in the past which means that it is officially time to break out the holiday music. Every year, this song and the EP that it is a part of is put on repeat on my iPod as soon as Turkey Day is over. This year is no different and I've already listened to the song countless times since last Thursday.
Why you recommend it to our listeners: It's that time of year where Christina and I pose the question, "Whose idea was it to have John O. take off his pants and iron them throughout the music video?" This year, we pose this question to you, our lovely followers.
-- Kelly Lee
Happy Thanksgiving to all our American followers! We’re stuffed and the tryptophan has gotten to our heads, but we can’t let you down! One more post before the weekend! And then off for a nap!
Let’s go back to: 1997, when a little company named Netflix was founded. It was originally a pay per rental service which later expanded to a monthly subscription. It took down its competitor Blockbuster a few years ago largely due to its ease of use and expansion into online streaming and original programming. At this point you would be hard pressed to find someone who doesn't have a Netflix account or have a profile on someone else's. Its original programming, including Orange Is The New Black, House of Cards, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, have lead to many Emmy and Golden Globe nominations with several wins. They have also recently expanded into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Daredevil and Jessica Jones.
Why it means something to you or to our podcast: We here at ALNM definitely have been guilty of trying to cram an entire television series on Netflix into a single day. It's hard to go back to a time when our favorite movies and television shows weren't so easily accessible.
Where can you find it now? Online in your Netflix account (or your friend's) I'm sure.
The Band: Pentatonix
The Song: Star Wars tribute
The YouTube Link:
Where you heard it first: This performance came during the AMAs following an exclusive sneak peek of the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Why it’s been stuck in your head: It's Star Wars and Pentatonix. Do we really need another reason.
Why you recommend it to our listeners: Because the new movie can't come soon enough.
First and foremost, we would like to send our heartfelt condolences, thoughts, and prayers to all those affected by the terrorist attacks in Paris, Beirut, and Kenya last week.
What Is It: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 is the final installment of the wildly successful Hunger Games franchise. Picking up moments after Part 1 ended, this final installment shows the rebels of Panem continuing to fight for their freedom from the ruling fist of The Capitol. Katniss Everdeen (Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence) and her team, including Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin), Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), Cressida (Natalie Dormer), and a recovering Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) set off for The Capitol in order to take down President Snow (legendary actor Donald Sutherland) and finally have the freedom that the Districts deserve, but in doing so, they find that The Capitol has set up a whole new version of The Hunger Games where everyone must play and fight for their lives.
My Experience: I saw this movie last night in the brand-new reclining seats at our local movie theatre, my first real outing since my recent stint in the hospital and it was such a great reason to go out. Yes, there were some obnoxious high school kids in the audience, but you could tell that everyone in the theatre was a true fan of the series and was genuinely excited to see this movie. The new reclining seats, by the way? Totally amazing, baller-status, first class seats. You should definitely try those out at your local movie theatre.
Why You Should See It: This is by far one of the more exciting installments of the series where everyone's acting is on point and every cast member gives amazing performances. It is bittersweet to see the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman in his final portrayal as Game Maker Plutarch Heavensbee and you can't help but wonder if that final scene where he was mentioned was after the actor was already gone. If you're a fan of The Hunger Games series, this is definitely a movie not to be missed.
The Future: This may be the final installment of The Hunger Games series, but this is not the last you'll see of this all-star cast. Jennifer Lawrence can next be seen in another David O. Russell film with Bradley Cooper entitled Joy which is due out at the end of the year and next year you can see her as Mystique/Raven Darkholme in X-Men: Apocalypse. Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson will re-team next year for a film called By Way of Helena and Hemsworth is currently filming Independence Day: Resurgence. Woody Harrelson can be seen next year in Now You See Me: The Second Act, the follow-up to the magic spectacle from 2013 of the same name. Sam Claflin will be reprising his role as William in The Huntsman Winter's War next year while his District 4 fellow Victor, Jena Malone will be trying her and at superhero movies in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Finally, Stanley Tucci will be playing the Cadenza in the highly-anticipated live-action version of Beauty and the Beast alongside Emma Watson, Emma Thompson, Josh Gad, and Kevin Kline, just to name a few. May the odds be ever in their favor!
Let’s go back to: DENNIS QUAID IS HERE!!!
In honor of Ellen DeGeneres' 2000th episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, we're going back to one of my favorite moments of all time. Yes, Ellen loves a good hidden camera prank, but none are as good as the one she showed on October 14, 2008 with Dennis Quaid making a scene at the Starbucks on the Warner Brothers lot in LA.
Why it means something to you or to our podcast: This is a joke that Christina and I have that has a way longer history than "porklet" (don't ask....because neither of us can tell the story without laughing uncontrollably) and to this day, I can watch this segment and laugh so hard that there are tears in my eyes. What's better about this? He orders everyone's favorite drink a Pumpkin Spice Latte. Since the success of this hidden camera prank, Ellen and Dennis have done multiple other variations on hidden camera pranks, but none can top this.
Where can you find it now? Ellen showed this clip again last week on her 2000th show, but as always, you can also find it on YouTube and on Ellen's own app, EllenTube. For your convenience, you can also watch it right here.
-- Kelly Lee
The Artist: John O'Callaghan of The Maine
The Song: "Coast of Maine" cover, original artist: Ivory
Where you heard it first: John Ohhhh, as he is affectionately called by his fans, is the lead singer of my favorite band The Maine and he recently started his own podcast called Mixed Tape. This cover, which is the song he sang to audition for the band way back in 2006, was played live by him in his first podcast episode and immediately went viral among fans of the band. Only a few hours later, this popped up on my Facebook feed. I have heard the original band, Ivory's version of the song and fell in love with it. It is awesome to be able to hear it sung by someone who loves Ivory and this song so much that he named his own band after the song.
Why it’s been stuck in your head: I have come to terms with the fact that my lovely co-host Christina calls me a music snob and as such, there are few things that make me happier than getting lost in a ballad by my favorite band. This song was released on Friday and I've basically had it on repeat since then. I can't even tell you why it's been stuck in my head other than the fact that any new music from my favorite band puts a huge smile on my face.
Why you recommend it to our listeners: Just give it a listen. I promise you won't be disappointed.
It’s finally here! Take a look at the teaser trailer for Finding Dory
Let’s go back to: One Direction's first performance together, which was a cover of Natalie Imbruglia's "Torn."
Why it means something to you or to our podcast: This seemed topical right now due to the release of their first album as a four piece (Made in the AM). Plus you know we have an affinity here for adorable British boy bands.
Where can you find it now? In addition to the new album, the boys recently covered the song again: