This Week's Necessities

I'm not talking about soap, canned goods, or maximum strength panty shields here, I'm talking about what's really necessary. The Pop Culture necessities.

Entertainment Weekly has their "Must List", Rolling Stone has their "Essentials", and now **the skies open up and beams of light shine down on your computer**, now **angels sing their heavenly praises**, now Burlesque of the Damned (see above) has This Week's Necessities.

Let there be Necessities!

1. Flight of the Conchords (HBO): Holy crap monkeys, them shits is funny. Jermaine and Bret (pronounced Brit in kiwi) try to make their way in the big city Mary Tyler Moore style, if Mary broke into song about threesomes and robots. Here's a clip...

2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix.

You can't avoid it. Why even try? Not since Sorceror's stone have I been wowed by one of these flicks. This new one is great, from the horror movie opener to Imelda Staunton's Dorothy Umbridge by way of the Marquis de Sade. Plus...Helena Bonham Carter reprises her roles as Marla--Uh, I mean, Bellatrix Le Strange is insanio.

3. Interpol, Our Love to Admire. These boys are rockin' it eight days a week. This new one takes a bit of time to grow on you, at least, say one and 1/5th of a listen. By the time you get back around to "No "I" in Threesome" you're a goner. Brilliant stuff. It's in heavy rotation here at Burlesque (which is to say on my laptop, in my smelly office).

Which brings us to...

4. Monster Island by David Wellington.

Wellington's zombie nightmare is a blast in the Romero sense. A shipload of African girl gangmembers and their guide steer into Manhattan to clean out a pharmacy. Too bad about all those zombies, though. It seemed like a sound plan. Rounding out the threats are mummies and one particularly devilish character that sets this book apart from the rest of the shambler fiction.