BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA #69: Government Shutdown! New Britney Spears Video! Moby Dick!

You guys, this was a good one….

There’s only one podcast on earth that can discuss the government shutdown, Britney Spears’s new video, and Moby Dick without skipping a beat. We discuss all that and more on this latest episode of “Banter with Ben and Lisa.” Also going into the banter blender: “Gravity,” ghost tours of Savannah, biker gangs, Grand Theft Auto V, and what your Facebook status updates might say about you. Plus, more etiquette lessons from 1888. Come listen!

Hey, Check Out My Friend’s Video!

My friend Don is a singer, and he just released this music video for his song “Lookin’ 4 Somethin’.” Check it out!

Also, apologies on the low content this week so far. I’ve been working on a non-blog project, but I hope to get a Downton Abbey photocap up today as well as a VIDEO version of Adventures in Domesticity.

Plus, a look at Urban Masala, the new fast-casual Indian spot in Hollywood.

Stay tuned, and enjoy the music!

VIDEO: The Inevitable Justin Bieber Christmas Song, ‘Mistletoe,’ Arrives

It’s mid-October, and Christmas season has officially begun! Actually, it began in late September when I saw the first glimpses of Yuletide trinkets at Ikea, but I digress. The point is that musical genius Justin Bieber has released a Christmas song called “MIstletoe,” and the best way to describe it is Jason Mraz lite, except with more uses of the word “Shawty.” But the worst part of all is that it’s actually kiiiiind of catchy.

Nevertheless, the video, above, is a generic piece of work filled with Bieber, looking more Hilary Swankish than ever, spending most of his time standing on an empty street woefully underdressed as snow comes down. In fact, everyone in the video seems to be entirely too warm considering the wintry mix descending upon them. People, IT’S BELOW FREEZING. PUT A JACKET ON. Also the distinct lack of holiday sweaters (see the fashions of “Last Christmas”) is highly offensive.

I give this entry in the holiday oeuvre a distinct EH. What about you?

VIDEO: See Lisa VanderPump In an ’80s Music Video

When you have a husband with a Duran Duran hairstyle, it’s inevitable that you have a few New Wave skeletons in your closet. Such is the case for Lisa VanderPump, who as it turns out plays the female lead in the video for ABC’s seminal ’80s tune, “Poison Arrow.” Don’t remember the song? Or Lisa’s role in the video? Fear not: it’s all above. Get ready for some sweet, sweet tunic action.

Thanks to Havarti for the heads up.

Via The Frisky

Who Sings ‘Whoa’ Better: Britney or Ke$ha?


An argument can be made that all pop music sounds the same. I don’t personally believe that, but when hearing the two current singles “Blow” by Ke$ha and “Till the World Ends” by Britney Spears, it’s hard to argue against it. After all, both tunes feature a chorus laden with exultant, syncopated “Whoa” sounds that would most certainly drive my parents (or anyone over twelve) nuts. (Full disclosure: I have mp3s of both songs and enjoy them greatly.)

So in the spirit of community building and general curiosity, I ask you, dear readers, to tell me which pop star does the “Whoa-oh-oh” thing best?

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Rebecca Black Tells All!


This FRIDAY FRIDAY viral video star Rebecca Black appeared on Good Morning America, which has built a strong track record of nabbing interviews with YouTube celebrities. The young singer responds to critics who have called her song of the worst of all time and proves that she actually isn’t that bad of a singer.

The best part? Hearing straight-laced reporter Andrea Canning recite online comments such as “I hate her voice. It’s going to be stuck in my head for life. Friday Friday Friday OMG.”

Fun Fun Fun Fun!!!!

ANTM Winner Resurfaces in New Steph Jones Video

When Salesha Stowers won America’s Next Top Model a few years ago, there was controversy about her title coming as a result of favoritism from Tyra Banks. After all, Salesha was a proud alumna of Tyra’s modeling camp (titled T-Zone), and many cynical types saw her victory as a sneaky marketing campaign for said camp. Well, Salesha has had the last laugh with a rather active modeling career that now includes the lofty title “video girl.” In 2009, she appeared in a Robin Thicke clip, and now Salesha can be seen all sexy and sweaty with none other than my favorite R&B Twitter buddy Steph Jones. The two get up close and personal in his video for “Southern Love,” which has all the makings of classic baby-making music in the style of pre-cracked-out D’Angelo. Needless to say, it’s a touch steamy. So if you feel like getting your groove on in your office cubicle, enjoy the video. Fun times had by all I’m sure.

The Top Thirty Modern Holiday Songs

(Didn’t make the cut)

It’s that time of year again when people put up their Christmas lights and garlands and, in the case of Los Angeles, fake snow (it’s 75 degrees as of press time). One of the most beloved traditions of this time of year is the rash of Holiday music that takes over the radio. For four weeks, radio formats go out the window, and we get a nice smattering of oldies and cheesiness instead. Many people adore the traditional carols and the classic standards, but I’m partial to the modern holiday tunes. In fact, sometimes I think they don’t get the recognition they deserve. That’s why I’ve decided to rank the thirty best modern holiday songs. I’m sure the choices and order will ruffle many feathers, but hey, that’s the fun of the blogosphere, right?

The list after the jump…

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