Posted in TV | comedy | music | tour dates on November 30, 2012

by Klaus Kinski (and Fred Armisen)

Fred meditates on his top ten...
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In my tenure as BV's tallest and prettiest contributor, I've noticed that one of the most polarizing figures we mention on here is the great Fred Armisen. It's like, any time we mention this dude all the negative-Nancys crawl out of the wood work. Oh well... You know what they say ('they' being people who use terrible quips to express themselves); "Haters gonna hate." The reality is, Fred Armisen rules. He's one of my most favorite, funny, uber-talented oddballs in the biz. He's consistently funny on SNL, no matter how abysmal the sketch may be. His show Portlandia (which returns January 4th 2013 on IFC) is one of the funniest shows to hit the gogglebox in recent memory. And he keeps it real with small-venue residencies and club shows. Fred recently hipped us to the top 10 records of 2012 that floated his boat.

In addition to Portlandia's imminent return (many guest stars included), and the Portlandia book which is currently available, don't forget the Fred is hosting the Snow Ball Ball at the Bell (Ball) House on Sunday December 16. The show also features guest DJs Tunde Adebimpe (from TV On the Radio), Peter Hale (from Here We Go Magic) and more!

Check out Fred's 'Best of' list, below...

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Fred Armisen's Top 10 Albums of 2012 (in no particular order):
Visions - Grimes
Swing Lo Magellan - Dirty Projectors
Silencio - Laetitia Sadier
Negotiations - Helio Sequence
Kill My Blues - Corin Tucker Band
Just Tell Me That You Want Me - Various artists (Fleetwood Mac songs)
Class Clown Spots a UFO - Guided by Voices
Observator - The Raveonettes
Silver Age - Bob Mould
Mature Themes - Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti

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Portlandia - "Meditation Crush"

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Comments (104)

pedestrian taste in music and STILL not funny.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 1:33 PM

this is the list I was waiting for.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 1:34 PM

aren't we all pedestrians? does 1:33 go about town in a silver-plated fixie to think he's better than us?

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 1:36 PM

Who cares what this guy thinks. And Corin Tucker band? BIAS!

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 1:36 PM

1:33, so true.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 1:37 PM

so this is what the rockin daddies are listening to?

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 1:38 PM

GOT A NOODLE FOR A DICK ASK CHEF BOYARDEE

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 1:39 PM

Who doesn't like C. Tuck? She's badazz and her drummer is too.

Posted by Garfield and Friends(!) | November 30, 2012 1:39 PM

KK's taste in comedy is as bad as BBG's taste in music. Armisen is a hack.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 1:40 PM

grimes?! nooooooooooo. : (

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 1:44 PM

Fred Armisen is hilarious

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 1:50 PM

Helio Sequence and Bob Mould!

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 1:51 PM

^it would behoove you to get some taste

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 1:51 PM

Marshall Tucker Band > Corin Tucker Band

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 1:52 PM

He's funny. I think that Moritat's 'CLiLL BLANZiN' was another of his favorites on a different list. But Grimes? Nooooo way. That album is corny.

Posted by carl | November 30, 2012 1:53 PM

1:50 nailed it

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 1:54 PM

Nick Cannon is hilarious.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 1:54 PM

Fred Armisen is NOT funny at all.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 1:58 PM

i don't mind this guy, but portlandia is awful. meta hipster foofography is a circle of death rotating around a smaller circle of gross impotence.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 1:59 PM

Kevin James is funnier than Armisen.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 2:01 PM

finally, Bob Mould

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 2:02 PM

Carlos Mencia is funnier than Armisen.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 2:04 PM

Kevin James is funnier in a non hipster way which is always funnier than any hipster funny. I don't think pitchfork would approve of Kevin James. They would probably approve of Fred Armisen due to his hipster cred so therefore Fred Armisen is funnier unless you live in non hipster populated areas.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 2:05 PM

Paul Blart, Mall Cop was awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 2:09 PM

1:33 only listens to orchestras that follow him.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 2:10 PM

Multiple sclerosis is funnier than Armisen.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 2:11 PM

Lol 2:10

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 2:17 PM

2:01 - damn, that's cold

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 2:18 PM

is there anything wore than an old man still trying to be hip?

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 2:19 PM

Paulie Shore is funnier than Fred Armisen

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 2:19 PM

third eye blind is far better than anything on this list

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 2:34 PM

3EB >>>>>>>>> Fred Armisen

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 2:35 PM

+1 on the third eye blind!

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 2:37 PM

Here Comes The Boom starring Kevin James

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 2:41 PM

Ebola/diptheria/dysentery >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> "witty" and "clever" scarves trying to flood threads with third eye blind "jokes"

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 2:41 PM

wait. i'm down with 3eb

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 2:44 PM

Third Eye Blind's Stephan Jenkins Reveals Top 10 'Satisfying' Songs

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 2:45 PM

third eye blind good; fred armisen not good

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 2:46 PM

^F5ing loser....

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 2:46 PM

Blue is such an EXCELLENT record. Hits after hits!

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 2:49 PM

@2:49 I'm partial to their '97 self titled debut

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 2:49 PM

Armisen is a douche.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 2:53 PM

^F5ing loser....

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 2:54 PM

If a F5ing loser serial posts all by himself in a forum thread, and no one is around to respond, did he ever really post at all?

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 2:54 PM

Tonight on BV: "Third Eye Blind - The Next Hummas?"

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 2:59 PM

Portlandia is funny. If you don't agree then you don't get it. End of story.

Posted by JLb8 | November 30, 2012 3:10 PM

third eye blind - what a blast from the past!!

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 3:15 PM

^I hope this goofball doesn't think the tautology he has erected means anything.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 3:15 PM

i remember the single off of Blue really well. rocked the party all night long

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 3:16 PM

2:35

you got it brother! third eye blind > fred armisen. truth is born

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 3:21 PM

I'd say approximately 18 minutes until the third eye blind comments make me miss the sausage/lulz comments.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 3:31 PM

good to see the 3eb luv!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 3:37 PM

iNdIe CrEd!!!

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 3:41 PM

finally, corin tucker gets some mention even if it's by a dolt like this-

Posted by anonymous | November 30, 2012 4:06 PM

that Fleetwood Mac tribute album is terrible.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 4:27 PM

We love Fred in Portland. The rest of Brooklyn we can take or leave.

Posted by KJ | November 30, 2012 4:29 PM

Congratulations @1:33 for posting the most obnoxiously condescending comment ever to be posted on this board.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 4:45 PM

4:45 hasn't been here very long.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 4:49 PM

That dude sayin portlandia is too hipster... he is posting on avegan blog lol

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 4:53 PM

1:33 prefers Grey Poupon to French's

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 4:56 PM

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Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 4:57 PM

Awesome Star Wars graphic for a low rent undeserving comedian

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 5:21 PM

Fred has done some very funny skits.
Who else has done that many different characters?
Nicholas Fehn. Roger Brush. All funny.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 5:28 PM

^UM Eddie Murphy, Will Ferrell, Dave Chapelle etc. I could go on for a LONG time. Armisen is wack.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 5:33 PM

I'd say that maybe 1 in 5 Portlandia skits are kind of funny, but it's never about the exuecution so much as the fact that the people whom they're mocking are pathetic losers who don't get made fun of enough on television.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 5:36 PM

S P I N D A C T Y L S

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 5:46 PM

Jay Leno is funnier than Armisen.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 5:50 PM

Jay Leno is not funnier than Armisen. Sorry.

Posted by Patticus Finch | November 30, 2012 7:47 PM

" I've noticed that one of the most polarizing figures we mention on here is the great Fred Armisen."

Klaus may not be funny, but he's right. Look at you fucking idiots

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 8:05 PM

9/11 is funnier than Leno.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 9:32 PM

When does "Anonymous Comment Guy That Criticizes Every Brooklyn Vegan Top 10 List With Vague Putdown" get his own top 10 list?

I'm guessing Swans is going to be on it... and not Grimes. That's about all I know. For the rest we'd have to visit him in his parents basement.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 9:56 PM

I agree that Grimes would not be on that guy's list. Grimes tends to be hated by haters.

Posted by Patticus Finch | November 30, 2012 10:31 PM

My favorite thing about BV is knowing that I could beat every commenter here to death and then go for a nice brunch.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 10:58 PM

It's true. You could do that. That sounds extremely feasible.

Posted by Patticus Finch | November 30, 2012 11:16 PM

Never die at all.

Posted by craptor | November 30, 2012 11:45 PM

He's probably a hipster douchebag as a person, but as an entertainer he's damned funny.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2012 7:55 PM

What a shock, all hipster bullshit records off the 'Buzzworthy' end cap at FYE. Way to give this some thought. Come on Fred. And by Come On, I mean, Fuck Off.

Posted by Chris | December 2, 2012 3:21 PM

SNL Miss, Portlandia Hit, Best of List Miss

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 1:23 PM

Armisen is the absolute worst.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 1:41 PM

^Ha yeah sure you would be the first to see Fred at Terminal 5 if he was playing there!

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 1:58 PM

^even if I was standing in the sweet spot it would sound horrible. Dude is the worst.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 2:15 PM

Tom Scharpling makes Fred Armisen seem like Ricahrd Pryor (and not because Tom is so white)

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 2:40 PM

Fred Armisen makes Larry the Cable Guy seem like Lenny Bruce.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2012 3:11 PM

Adam Sandler makes Fred Armisen seem like Jerry Seinfeld

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2012 8:38 AM

I hope this douchey comment section becomes a portlandia sketch.

Posted by put a bird on it | December 20, 2012 2:24 PM

This is the saddest "hate on Fred Armisen circle jerk" I have ever read. Where have I stumbled? If the comment section is any indication of the 'typical' BV reader, than I'm so completely pleased that I live far from your self-inflated neurotic bubble of lives. I like Fred Armisen. Not everything he does is amazing, but seriously, did he personally go to each of your hip, studio apartments and shit on your 9000 thread count goose down comforter? You fucking scum bags. I'm going to back to GvB. Go eat a bag of moldy quinoa and stop complaining about a "pedestrian" list (yes, Ariel Pink is crazy pedestrian, can't even get on a bus without hearing that shit on the radio... right? RIGHT?)

Posted by glad im not everyone here | December 20, 2012 2:39 PM

THIS COMMENTS SECTION IS OVER!!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2012 2:41 PM

9000 count HOLLAH! I got 3000 count!

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2012 2:43 PM

Fred Armisen is like 50 years old. He's never funny or hip, and he's a shitty drummer to boot. Go do something else dude, you're embarrassing yourself.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2012 2:46 PM

Armisen is a white Uncle Tom

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2012 5:38 PM

2:46-"he's like 50 years old". You sound like the "bad kids" in any cheesy 50's movie. Good job.

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2012 2:08 PM

"I hope this douchey comment section becomes a portlandia sketch." SO TRUE! Cant you guys see that this exact shit is what hes making fun of? Learn to laugh at yourself people! you dont know everything, stop trying to be the smartest person in the room. I hate fred armison, NO I HATE FRED ARMISON MORE.

Posted by super CK | January 13, 2013 4:57 PM

Hey played on a Les Savy Fav album. Discussion over.

Posted by tape bouquet | January 14, 2013 9:07 PM

you people are disgusting

Posted by ass | January 19, 2013 2:42 PM

He's funny. I think that Moritat's 'CLiLL BLANZiN' was another of his favorites on a different list. But Grimes? Nooooo way.

Posted by Rent a Car Timisoara | February 5, 2013 7:21 AM

Here Comes The Boom starring Kevin James

Posted by inchirieri masini otopeni | February 5, 2013 7:22 AM

I loved your list, but for me, Meditation disparadamente Crush is better! but the list was very well done really enjoyed your work, congratulations!

Posted by Acompanhantes Brasilia | April 5, 2013 1:33 PM

Do I ever dislike haters. Why hate when you can love?

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