The Aquabats! are now on Netflix.

Do you have hip kids, or maybe you just like awesome retro TV shows? Do you also have Netflix? Then you have got to check out The Aquabats!

(Yes…they are a real band.)

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http://www.theaquabats.com/news/

The Black Keys on No Reservations

I was able to check out a little cable TV the other day, and saw a preview that The Black Keys were going to be on a great show on the Travel Channel called Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. I don’t have cable TV, but some episodes are on Netflix …if you have that. You’ll probably have to wait a while for this newer episode to be added to the queue though.

If you are not familiar with the show, I highly recommend it. One thing that I remember Anthony say that I totally agree with is “Be a traveler, not a tourist.” I can relate to that completely. I love to travel, but hate tourist traps. Here’s more info on Anthony -> wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Bourdain

I was able to find a clip of the show on YouTube, but you can watch the full episode here-> travelchannel.com/video/tony-and-the-black-keys

New on Netflix…Blank City

I have to give my seal of approval to the movie Blank City that has just been added to Netflix instant streaming. It is directed by Celine Danier.

Here’s what they have to say about the movie…

Filmmaker Celine Danhier directs this lively documentary that retraces the birth of the underground film movement in New York in the early 1980s, spurred by the work of artists like Richard Kern, Casandra Stark and John Waters. As part of what author and filmmaker Nick Zedd coined the Cinema of Transgression, these low-budget films were noted for being chock-full of explicit sex, gratuitous violence and dark humor.

I love this era of New York City. I have a few of the movies discussed in the film by Richard Kern and Nick Zedd, and they are awesome. I’m also a big fan of No Wave music, and Andy Warhol‘s Factory scene with the Velvet Underground, CBGBs, Lydia Lunch, Max’s Kansas City, Jean-Michel Basquiat and everything else from then…and it’s all discussed in this movie. I didn’t know Steve Buscemi had such a large role in it…

You must check it out…

New on Netflix…Archer!

I’m a big fan of comics. Loved them as a kid…but kind of tapered off them as I grew older. I’m really happy to see graphic novels and other comics making it to the big screen now. (Watchmen, 300, Marvel/DC…) I get a chance to relive my youth!

I don’t have cable TV at home, but I have had the opportunity to watch a bit of Adult Swim programming on Cartoon Network here and there, and LOVE that cartoons for adults has become widely accepted. In my personal collection I have some Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Venture Bros, and have enjoyed many other shows.

I heard that a show on FX Network called Archer was good, so I checked to see if it was on Netflix…and there it was! Instantly Streaming!

Just got done watching the first season, and this show is great! It’s basically a spoof on the Spy Genre of shows/movies (James Bond, Get Smart, Mission Impossible…) but the main character, Sterling Archer’s Mom is the head of the team. That’s where all the fun begins. The voice cast is awesome. Chris Parnell from SNL has a hilarious part, but everyone is equally fantastic.

Now on Netflix…Workaholics!

I’m going to give the HipsterApproved Seal to the show Workaholics which has it’s first season now streaming at Netflix! The show is on Comedy Central if you have cable.

It’s a hip stoner office situation comedy. Since it’s on cable it’s allowed to get pretty wild!

One particular funny thing I heard was someone comparing the character ‘Blake’ to Captain Caveman!

That got me thinking about how much the DJ Skrillex looks like Corey Feldman. Well…when I went to look for pictures of them, I found out I’m not the first person to think so…

This photo of the two of them together proves it's not just one person.

By the way…check out this song that Skrillex made with the members of The Doors called Breakn’ A Sweat.

Hipsters on TV…Jack White on ‘Pickers’

Is there anyone more Hip than Jack White? I don’t think so. From The White Stripes, to The Raconteurs, and also The Dead Weather. Jack is the best.

I have recently watched entire seasons of the reality show called American Pickers on Netflix. Love it. Problem is I don’t have cable so I can’t see recent episodes. Thank God for youtube. Or watch the full episode over at the History Channel.

Hipsters on TV…Portlandia!

I just got done watching the first season of the awesome hipster TV show Portlandia. It is now streaming instantly on Netflix. The second season just got stared on the Independent Film Channel if you have cable.

The show feels a lot like watching Saturday Night Live sketches (which is a good thing) maybe due to Fred Armisen being a current SNL cast member and the show is produced by SNL creator Lorne Michaels.

The other co-star of the show is Carrie Brownstein best known for being the guitarist for theΒ  Portland, Oregon based band Sleater-Kinney as well as being a writer and actress. She is hilarious.

Here’s a bit from the Wikipedia page:

Guest stars include Selma Blair, Steve Buscemi, Aimee Mann, Sarah McLachlan, Heather Graham, Aubrey Plaza, Jason Sudeikis, Gus Van Sant, and Kyle MacLachlan, as the mayor of Portland. Two episodes also feature real Portland mayor Sam Adams as an assistant to MacLachlan’s fictional mayor. Another episode including a music festival similar to Portland’s MusicfestNW featured a rock band played by Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, James Mercer of The Shins, and Brownstein’s former Sleater-Kinney bandmate Corin Tucker, as well as an indie guitarist played by Decemberist Jenny Conlee.

You don’t get much more hip than that.

Portlandia on TV.com

Hipsters on TV….Pawn Stars

I’ve been watching a ton of Pawn Stars (http://www.gspawn.com/) on Netflix lately. I don’t have cable, so I’ve never had access to the History Channel. I’ve seen a show here and there when I’ve visited friends or family, but now with Netflix streaming…there’s three seasons available to watch instantly. That’s around 90 shows.

The History Channel has these really cool reality shows like Pawn Stars, American Restoration, and American Pickers. A & E Channel has Storage Wars. All really cool shows, and I never would have described myself as a ‘Reality TV’ fan.

Anyway…I think that the Old Man in Pawn Stars is the hippest dude on TV right now. The shop clown, Chumlee is probably the second hippest guy on TV. I just caught an episode where some guy (probably a hipster) brings in a bike with a giant wheel and a small one to sell. You know…those vintage bikes? Check it out here when Chumlee tries to explain to the Old Man what a ‘Hipster’ is…

 

Pearl Jam Twenty on Netflix

I watched the new documentary called Pearl Jam Twenty (or PJ20) streaming on Netflix. I love when new movies go straight to Netflix streaming so I don’t have to wait for it, or go rent it at my local video store. That can sometimes take years.

PJ20 is directed by Cameron Crowe who is famous for starting as a writer for Rolling Stone magazine at the age of 15. He is definitely one of my favorite directors and he is a huge Pearl Jam fan.

I’m a big Pearl Jam fan as well. I first saw them at Lollapalooza ’92, and have seen them a handful of times since them. They always put on a great show, and I’ve always been a huge fan of grunge (Soundgarden, Nirvana, Alice in Chains…)

I love music and I also love movies, and when the two meet…that’s the best. This movie doesn’t disappoint. It brought back memories of great times in the ’90s. I definitely recommend this documentary.

Will Oldham in Jackass 3?

Just watched Jackass 3 on streaming Netflix. It was hilarious! Many laugh out loud moments.

I was really surprised to see the ultimate hipster Will Oldham taking part in one of the pranks. Will plays a small part of an animal trainer, but his gorilla goes wild and out of control.

If you are not familiar with Will Oldham, he is a awesome musician that performs under the name of Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, but has been in a ton of other music projects. You should seriously listen to some of his recordings. He is one of the BEST! I think his vocals sound a lot like Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead.