#10 – MISS M.E. (MEAGHAN EDWARDS)
The other woman in the Soko video We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow, MEGHAN EDWARDS herself makes music. Currently she is doing stuff she calls “doom wop” which she describes as “a true minimalist’s mélange of sounds, full of imagination and depth, with hints of forbidden romance, and heartbreak”. She says her main influences are Peggy Lee, Patsy Cline, and Nancy Sinatra. Edwards has recorded an EP, but it is as yet untitled and unreleased.
#9 – EMILY FAY WALKER
EMILY FAY WALKER is not a Fae in the LOST GIRL sense (at least I think not). She lives in Australia and describes herself as:
“…an actor, singer, nerd, nerdfighter, vegetarian, clown, stilt walker, children’s entertainer, Doctor Who enthusiast, song writer, fire twirler and all round nice guy”. She got Pixel 51’s attention with a humourous reading of 50 SHADES OF GRAY chapter by chapter. Have still not seen her twirl fire.
#8 – RIN: DAUGHTERS OF MNEMOSYNE (found this year. actually from 2008)
Amid the vast pile of sexist crap that is Japanese Anime, there are a few works that are worth watching. Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne has a great story line and great characters.
Rin Asogi runs a private investigation agency in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district, performing odd jobs ranging from finding lost pets to hunting rare stamps in order to get by. Yet despite attempts at a normal life, she finds herself constantly hindered by the strange cases that come her way, figures from her dark past, and her inability to die.
I was looking for stuff that Cherami Leigh did voices for (she was not involved in RIN) and found this by accident. Leigh did voice a character in another excellent Anime series, XXXHOLIC, but it just isn’t as good as RIN.
#7 – JAWBREAKER (found this year. actually from 1999)
Watching old Julie Benz films (a surprisingly interesting thing to do), I ran across JAWBREAKER. A dark comedy similar to, but not as good as, Heathers (what is?) Benz and her co-stars Rose McGowan and Rebecca Gayheart are great as high school nightmares. If you’ve only seen McGowan in Charmed, this movie is an exercise in the relativity of size.
#6 – NIXIE IN THE POND
NIXIE IN THE POND (Lucy Staniland and Nikola McMurtrie) are a London (UK) folk duo who are nice to listen to. LIGHTNING, the first original song they posted on YouTube was impressive. They will be releasing their first single in March and after that will be doing a small UK tour.
#5 – MURDOCH MYSTERIES
MURDOCH MYSTERIES, set at the turn of the 20th century, is the least violent, most intelligent police drama anywhere. Yannick Bisson is easily the best looking detective in the history of film and television. The show is addictive. I found seasons 1 through 3 on Netflix and ran through them in a week. Then I watched each episode twice again. This show was originally made for the local Toronto market by CITY-TV and didn’t even go national in Canada until this year when CITY cancelled the show and it was quickly snapped up by the CBC. PBS carries this show in some markets, and Netflix has the first 3 seasons, but it really should be more generally avaiable in the US. (Season 4 is available on Amazon Instant Video and on iTunes.)
#4 – KYLE KALLGREN
Kyle Kallgren did a review of Hamlet the Vampire Slayer with Obscurus Lupa, and that first brought him to my attention. Then he did a limerick for each Buffy episode through the beginning of Season 3. I thought at that point I should watch some of his reviews. Kallgren is a bright and clever fellow, and he reviews interesting films. He’s more serious than Lupa, and he has this horribly positive attitude about everything that makes me want to take a break from his videos and go listen to The Deteriorata from time to time. He knows his stuff, though, and is effectively educational, and often enyoyable.
#3 – JACKSON GALAXY
Flipping channels one weekend, I stumbled across the Animal Planet show My Cat From Hell (Saturdays at 8pm) with Jackson Galaxy, in which he visits the homes of cat owners who are having really terrible times with their cats. His insights into cat psychology are useful to anyone having cat troubles, whether minor or severe. He seems to be also some sort of musician, although I have not yet heard him play. (He carries his cat stuff around in a guitar case.)
#2 – GEORGE STROUMBOLOUPOULIS
A completely accidental YouTube find. George Stroumboloupoulis has a talk show which airs at 7pm weekdays on CBC. Recordings of it are viewable in the US on his website, and clips are available on YouTube. He interviews his guests on a rather plain set, decorated only with bright red rectangular vinyl chairs. Stroumboloupoulis converses with his guests intelligently, respectfully and with an air of familiarity. He asks questions that his audience might ask, had they the opportunity and the presence of mind. Some of his recent guests have been Quentin Tarantino, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Ken Burns, and Deepa Mehta.
#1 – LOST GIRL
The SyFy Channel picked up LOST GIRL in January. It had been running on Showcase in Canada for a full season before they did, and there was already quite a bit of buzz about the show. None of that quite prepared me for just how good LOST GIRL actually is. Not only is the concept breathtakingly original, but the cast (Anna Silk, Ksenia Solo, Zoie Palmer, Kris Holden-Ried to name a few) is extraordinary. Genre shows mostly don’t win Emmys, but People’s Choice Awards and possibly Golden Globe Awards are in this show’s future.
Season 3 Canadian premiere on Showcase 6 January at 9pm.
The US Season 3 premiere on SyFy will be 14 January at 10pm.