Posted in TV | comedy | music on January 13, 2011

"People on the subway are staring at my scabs"
A Taste of New York

Fred Armisen, Kristen Wiig, and Jim Carrey performed as "A Taste of New York" on Saturday Night Live this past weekend (on 1/8). A Taste of New York is an "authentic" band from "an area between Avenue B & Avenue C" in New York City. And though Holy Sons are from the West Coast, we have learned that the sketch/song was inspired by new Holy Sons song "A Chapter Must Be Closed" from the recent Survivalist Tales. Fred Armisen watched the video for the song and the rest is history. Compare/contrast the videos below.

Musical duo The Black Keys also played Saturday Night Live on 1/8, a few days before they appeared on the Colbert Report with Ezra. Video of both songs they played are below too.


Musical duo Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein (ex Sleater-Kinney, current Wild Flag) go way back. Their Thunderant series of videos have been making the rounds online for years, and so it's pretty awesome that they've landed a "6-part IFC Original short-based comedy series" called Portlandia which premieres on Friday, January 21, 2011 at 10:30 PM ET/PT on IFC. "Each episode's character-based shorts draw viewers into "Portlandia," the creators' dreamy and absurd rendering of Portland, Oregon."

An assortment of guest stars inhabit PORTLANDIA, including Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks, Sex & The City), Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), Selma Blair (Legally Blonde, Hellboy), Heather Graham (The Hangover), Edie McClurg (Ferris Bueller's Day Off), Kumail Nanjiani (Michael & Michael Have Issues), Jason Sudeikis (SNL, The Cleveland Show), and Gus Van Sant (Milk). Singer/songwriter Aimee Mann also guest stars, alongside James Mercer (The Shins), and local Portland musicians Jenny Conlee and Colin Meloy (The Decemberists) and Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney).
Wild Flag is touring in March. Some very funny "Portlandia" videos, and everything else mentioned above, below...

A Taste of New York (SNL)

"A Chapter Must Be Closed" - Holy Sons

The Black Keys - Tighten Up on SNL

The Black Keys - Howlin' For You on SNL

Portlandia: Put A Bird on It

Portlandia: The City of Portland

Portlandia: Portland Dream Of The 90s

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Comments (6)

the video is clips from a film called streetwise, likely the actual inspiration for armisen's skit.

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2011 8:15 PM

yeah, but for that to be plausible the song would have to go back in time and graft itself on the VHS.

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2011 8:58 PM

The Fred Armisen bit on Portlandia as a fixed gear sheepish kid is hilarious and spot on.

And great job on that SNL skit A taste of New York. Funny as hell.

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2011 1:44 AM

what's the point of The Black Keys' drummer putting another floor tom to his left? It's obviously extremely awkward to play that way and it appears to be the same size as the floor tom to his right.

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2011 10:28 AM

^I think a second floor tom on the left side gives him more options and flexibility to change and alternate drum patterns.

Posted by anonypus | January 14, 2011 10:46 AM

Aubrey Plaza 4eva

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2011 11:03 AM

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