The 80s produced many things that should never be resurrected (see: shoulder pads). Movie soundtracks, however, were not one of them. Composer Marc Collin enlisted 16 indie artists including actress/singer Juliette Lewis to strip down classic songs like Kenny Loggins’s “Footloose” from the movie of the same name and Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away” from Top Gun. The result: Simpler versions of still catchy songs.
If you loved Lipstick Jungle, this U.K import―airing for the first time stateside―is for you. The TV series follows four thirtysomethings dealing with marriage, babies, and men. Catch the encore of the first season premiere at 8 p.m. EST on February 27 followed by the second episode at 9 p.m. EST.
3 of 8 Lala
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Tired of too-short preview snippets on iTunes? Lala.com lets you listen to the whole song before you buy. Download tracks to your computer (they can’t be moved to an mp3 player) for just 10 cents apiece―and the first 50 test tunes are free. If you choose to purchase, mp3 downloads start at 89 cents (iTunes downloads are 99 cents each).
4 of 8 Funny or Die
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If laughter is the best medicine, comedy site FunnyorDie.com is giving pharmaceutical companies a run for their money. View videos by well-known and up-and-coming comedians, then vote on whether they’re funny. (Warning: Some are not suitable for impressionable audiences.) Tip: Start with “The Landlord” starring Will Ferrell.
5 of 8 HBO/JAMES BRIDGES
Watch "Taking Chance" on HBO
In this moving, bittersweet story, Lieutenant Colonel Michael Strobl (Kevin Bacon) escorts the remains of a lance corporal from Delaware to Wyoming. Along the way, he encounters an impromptu motorcade, experiences a silent salute by baggage handlers, and receives a cross from an airline attendant for the soldier’s family, all while documenting the journey in his journal. (Check air times on HBO.com.)
6 of 8Red Hot Organization
Listen to "Dark Was The Night"
To raise money for HIV and AIDS research, the Red Hot Organization, a non-profit group based in New York City, has released this two-disc album filled with exclusive tracks by popular alternative rock musicians like Sufjan Stevens and Arcade Fire. (A portion of the proceeds goes to the cause.) Listen to The National’s upbeat “So Far Around the Bend” on a lazy Sunday morning.
On March 3 at 8 p.m. EST, the second season of this clever and surprisingly fun TV drama kicks off with good-guy underachiever Sam (Bret Harrison) continuing to make good on his parents’ deal with the devil: catching escaped souls and returning them to hell. Don’t let the creepy premise scare you away: The characters are quirky and the writing is sharp, making it the perfect cure for an otherwise ho-hum Tuesday night.
8 of 8Vanishd
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Working hard? Or hardly working? With the Vanishd application no one will know. Register for a free account and, with a quick click, a document of your choice (Microsoft Word, PowerPoint) will discreetly hide personal sites like Facebook and YouTube. To reveal the Web page, just glide the mouse over it and a box reveals the hidden content.