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If you ask someone about The Adventures of Pete and Pete, maybe the seminal early 90s Nickelodeon show, either some involved declaration of love will follow, or, they just haven’t seen it. There’s usually no middle ground. Basically, it’s about the daily life of two ginger red-haired brothers who live in a town called Wellsville. But like, their mom has a metal plate in their head, ice cream men have existential battles, and Iggy Pop plays a guy who hates canoes

It’s also one of the few shows ever made that truly validates the beauty of being weird. Unlike Daria, where weirdness entails yucky things like alienation and depression, in the Petes' world, it’s just how things are. You want to think your Slurpee has magical powers? Cool. You want to find the guy who puts the inspection stickers on your underwear? Of course you do! Go on, hide in his bushes. I remember as a kid thinking Little Pete was like the only person on earth whose mind worked like mine. And a decade later, I kind of still feel that way. 

A couple months ago I became obsessed with shooting a video at the original house the show was shot at, having them perform on the front lawn a la Polaris in the iconic opening sequence.  As any true Pete and Pete fan, I’d already been to the house (duh) but I thought a phone call vs hysterical knocking might be a little more normal. Seven hours and page 37 of Google later, I had the owner on the line. She was a little freaked out by my, um, enthusiasm, but agreed to let us shoot because she’s an angel named Sandy sent to earth to make dreams come true. I already knew what band would be perfect for it: Diarrhea Planet. 

If you can look past the fact that they may have snatched the crown from Butthole Surfers in terms of questionable name choices,Diarrhea Planet is pretty great. While they sound awesome on record (recommended: 2013's I'm Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams) what makes them really legendary are their live shows. Seriously -- I have never in my life seen so much crowdsurfing. During their last appearance in Brooklyn, during what could best be described as a 'slow ballad', I witnessed a tiny man climb a huge set of speakers and swandive, fist-pumping, into the crowd. Do not deny yourself this moment. 

For our video, we used the as-yet-unreleased Platinum Girls, which will be available exclusively for download when we release the video this Friday. It’s been reminding us all here at the office of Blue album-era Weezer with some serious added shred. They’re also from Nashville, which seems to be a town populated entirely of nice, attractive boys with good hair. And keep an eye out for their new EP, Aliens In The Outfield, coming out on the always awesome Infinity Cat, this November. 

Finally, I’m really, really excited to announce that this video marks the first in a monthly series of NYLON TV-made full-on music videos. We used to do this a really long time ago, but now it’s back, and it rules. 

Love, 

Blair 

 

 

A shot from the original opening...
Photo courtesy of Parkwood Entertainment/Netflix

We're shook and shaking our heads

Awards season is indeed on the horizon. Today the nominees for the 71st annual Emmy Award nominations were announced, crowning the best in television programming over the past year—from June 1, 2018, through May 31, 2019, specifically. For some performers, creators, crews, networks, and fans, this is a time for celebration and congratulations. For others, it's a moment of disappointment; or at the very least, an opportunity to complain a little bit.

Here are my snubs, surprises, and the nominations that I'm so excited about I could scream.

Snub: Tracee Ellis-Ross in 'black-ish'

Three-time Emmy nominee Tracee Ellis-Ross was not nominated for her role in black-ish, and I would like to speak to the manager.

Snub: 'The Masked Singer'

The Masked Singer might seem gimmicky, but it's actually really good and has shaken up the monotony of other singing competition shows. Unfortunately, that wasn't enough for the Emmy voters.

Surprise: 'Surviving R. Kelly'

I was admittedly surprised to see Surviving R. Kelly validated as one of the most impactful docu-series of the year. It has changed the conversation about sexual assault and grooming and added pressure to law enforcement to hold the singer accountable. It was nominated for Best Informational Series or Special.

Snub: Julia Roberts in 'Homecoming'

Julia Roberts stepped off of her well-established film actress pedestal to bring a PODCAST to life, and this is the thanks she gets? She killed it in Homecoming, and yet it didn't get a single nomination.

Surprise: Beyoncé's 'Homecoming'

Speaking of Homecoming, Beyoncé's Netflix documentary about her 2018 Coachella performance—which doubled as a tribute to HBCUs—was nominated for Best Variety Special. All she has to do is win this, snag an Oscar for The Lion King soundtrack, and put Broadway in her GPS, and Beyhive, we have ourselves an EGOT!

Snub: 'Gentleman Jack'

Gentleman Jack didn't get a single nomination. It hasn't even been a full month since Pride, and we're already shitting on gay rights. Wow.

Snub: 'Grace & Frankie'

I know that Grace & Frankie went off the rails a little bit this year, so I get the show being absent from the Best Comedy Series category. But for neither Lily Tomlin or Jane Fonda to be recognized just feels… wrong.

Snub: 'American Horror Story: Apocalypse'

Jessica Lange is that bitch and deserves her nomination for returning to American Horror Story: Apocalypse. But Evan Peters should have received some recognition for wearing that terrible wig while he played a Satan-worshipping tech bro; Sarah Paulson carried the show; and nothing but respect to MY antichrist, Cody Fern.

Snub: 'Haunting of Hill House'

Another horror series that deserved a chance this year was Haunting of Hill House. It was scary as hell, but also a great drama about a family dealing with grief and trauma. It could be that the Emmy voters were too damn terrified to make it to the end, though. Fair.

Surprise: Billy Porter in 'Pose'

Billy Porter got a Lead Actor nomination for Pose, and I can't think of anyone more deserving. I can't wait to see what he wears on award night.

Surprise: Jharrel Jerome In 'When They See Us'

It cannot be understated how much Jharrel Jerome deserves his nomination for Lead Actor in a Limited Drama Series. His performance in Ava DuVernay's When They See Us still haunts me.

Surprise: Kit Harington In 'Game of Thrones'

Kit Harington as Best Actor. IKYFL.

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