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April 14, 2014
by Bill Pearis
We knew Sigur Ros were going to be in Season 4 of Game of Thrones and their appearance happened on last night's (4/13) episode, "The Lion and the Rose," where they were -- I'm treading lightly around spoilers -- part of a very eventful wedding celebration. They sang their version of Lanister anthem "The Rains of Castamere" which was sung by The National during a closing-credits sequence back in Season 1. It was a great episode in what should be a very juicy season. The band were only in the episode for a minute or so, but you can stream the full version of the song below...
April 10, 2014
David Letterman announced last week that he'd be retiring in 2015, and today CBS has announced his replacement: Stephen Colbert! Said Colbert in an official statement:
Simply being a guest on David Letterman's show has been a highlight of my career. I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave's lead. I'm thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth.No other news has been announced yet, but tonight's The Colbert Report -- with guest Sting -- should now be interesting.
New question: what will replace The Colbert Report on Comedy Central?
April 9, 2014
Bill Nye hanging with Barack Obama and Neil deGrasse Tyson
With his quirky/funny '90s-era afternoon PBS show, Bill Nye "the Science Guy" taught a lot of us about the world around us and beyond. He's been back in the news lately, debating creationist Ken Ham back in February, hanging with Cosmos/Star Talk host Neil deGrasse Tyson and President Obama, and currently shopping around a demo reel of a new TV show pitch. It would be great to have him back on television.
In the meantime, Bill Nye will be in NYC this summer for three lectures at Iriving Plaza on July 18, 19 & 20. Bill says in a short teaser video, "I'll be talking about you and me. Humankind. I'll be talking about evolution. And energy, and the cosmos and places within it, and our place in space." Bill says also it will be funny. Tickets are on sale Friday (4/11) at 10 AM with a Live Nation and Music Geeks presale (password is "music geeks") beginning Thursday (4/10) at 10 AM.
Check out that teaser video, the debate with Ham, and a few clips from his '90s show below...
Warrior (June 16, 1959 - April 8, 2014), born James Brian Hellwig, was an American professional wrestler, who most famously wrestled under the ring name The Ultimate Warrior, or Warrior. He was best known for his appearances in the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE) from 1987 to 1991 and again in 1992 and 1996, and in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1998.WWE CEO Triple H is reporting the sad news: "Saddened to announce the passing of the Ultimate Warrior. Icon and friend. My sympathy to his wife Dana and his daughters".
He won the WWF Championship when he pinned Hulk Hogan in the main event of WrestleMania VI. Hellwig legally changed his name to Warrior in 1993. Warrior retired from professional wrestling in 1999 and embarked on a public speaking career. On June 25, 2008, he returned to wrestle Orlando Jordan in Barcelona, Spain defeating him in a match booked by the Italian Nu-Wrestling Evolution promotion. Warrior was described by WWE as having been "the ultimate archetype of strength and intensity", and "one of the most intense and physically impressive competitors to ever appear in the WWE".[Wikipedia]
Rest in Peace Warrior.
Footage of the man on TV Monday night and more, below...
April 7, 2014
Real Estate @ Webster Hall 4/5/2014 (photo via Eric Farkas)
Real Estate just wrapped up their tour with Pure X, finishing with a show on Saturday (4/5) at Webster Hall. The band are following that up with an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday (4/9) where they'll perform single "Talking Backwards." Late Show appearances will soon be hard to come by.
The Webster Hall show was their biggest NYC appearance to date, but they have now announced their next show here will be at Terminal 5 on October 2. Tickets to the T5 show go on sale Friday (4/11) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (4/9) at noon.
That show is Real Estate's only scheduled fall date at the moment but they have announced West Coast dates in August around the 2014 Woodist Festival in Big Sur, CA. (Info on that was just announced.) Dates are listed below.
April 4, 2014
Aziz in a Daft Punk helmet
Last night (4/3) was a good night for music on TV. Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy made an appearance on Portlanda (as announced), where he records a new song in the studio as Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein question the authenticity of his song. Watch the very funny video of that (via Stereogum) below. This follows St. Vincent's appearance on Portlandia, and as you may know, Jeff Tweedy is among the musicians set to appear on the season 6 finale of Parks & Recreation.
Speaking of Parks & Recreation, on last night's episode Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari), in one of his usual disputes with Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott) -- this time over DJing a prom together -- tells Ben he "is now working with DJ Rumbodrop" and proceeds to put on a Daft Punk helmet. You can watch that clip below too.
by Bill Pearis
Sigur Ros & GoT author George RR Martin: "Shouldn't you be writing 'Winds of Winter'?"
HBO's massive hit fantasy series Game of Thrones returns for it's fourth season this Sunday (4/6), where the the various factions of Westeros are still recovering from events at the end of Season 3. The show has cast a few musicians in seasons past (members of Coldplay and Snow Patrol) and, as mentioned, Sigur Ros will appear in this season at some point. (The show films in the band's native Iceland for its "north of The Wall" scenes.) HBO just announced that Sigur Ros will also contribute to this season's soundtrack, covering "Rains of Castemere" which The National originally performed in the second season.
Folk songs figure into the A World of Ice and Fire novels (on which Game of Thrones is based) but "Rains" and "The Bear and the Maiden Fair" (done by The Hold Steady last year) are pretty much the only ones that recur over and over. Above is a picture of the band hanging with George R.R. Martin at the Game of Thrones S4 premiere. If you want to know more about those two songs and the meaning they play in the series (and are up to date on episodes) The National Post has a pretty good infographic on them. The series hasn't tackled "The Queen Took Off Her Sandal, the King Took Off His Crown" yet, so we have that to look forward to.
While on the subject of Game of Thrones and modern pop, the folks at Rdio have put together playlists based on the main characters on the show Joeffrey, Danerys, Jon Snow, Tyrion, Arya and Hodor. They're kind of obvious if you know the show but thought you might like to know. There's also the "Catch The Throne" mixtape. Can you catch a throne? You'd be crushed!
The Season 4 premiere of Game of Thrones airs Sunday at 9 PM EST on HBO.
April 3, 2014
by Bill Pearis
Letterman w/ Future Islands
It's the end of an era, or soon will be. NYC icon David Letterman will announce his retirement from The Late Show on this evening's show (4/3). His last show will be sometime in 2015. The news broke, of all places, from former R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills' Twitter, who is performing tonight with his old bandmate Peter Buck who are both backing Joseph Arthur. (The Late Show tapes in the afternoon.) He told the audience (via Hitfix):
The man who owns this network, Leslie Moonves, he and I have had a relationship for years and years and years, and we have had this conversation in the past, and we agreed that we would work together on this circumstance and the timing of this circumstance. And I phoned him just before the program, and I said 'Leslie, it's been great, you've been great, and the network has been great, but I'm retiring.'By next year, Letterman will have hosted The Late Show for 22 years, and he did 11 seasons of Late Night with David Letterman before that.
I just want to reiterate my thanks for the support from the network, all of the people who have worked here, all of the people in the theater, all the people on the staff, everybody at home, thank you very much. What this means now, is that Paul and I can be married.
We don't have the timetable for this precisely down - I think it will be at least a year or so, but sometime in the not too distant future, 2015 for the love of God, in fact, Paul and I will be wrapping things up.
For those who only know him from The Late Show autumn years, Late Night with David Letterman changed not only the face of late night television but comedy in general. When the show began, the 12:30 AM time-slot was a wasteland and Letterman was a hilarious, often subversive presence, openly mocking NBC (and its parent corporation, G.E.) and occasionally even the guests. Like Monty Python's Flying Circus and The Simpsons, Letterman's impact on comedy cannot be overestimated.
Of course, Letterman's shows were also responsible for a lot of cool bands making their network debut, from R.E.M. (where they played "South Central Rain" a year before Reckoning was released) to Sonic Youth, to more recent bands like Dum Dum Girls and Future Islands, whose appearance from a couple weeks ago turned into an internet meme.
You deserve a break, Dave, but we'll miss your gaptoothed mug when you're gone. Video clips (including Bill Murray on Late Night's first-ever show) below...
March 31, 2014
by Bill Pearis
St. Vincent on Portlandia...
Portlandia is no stranger to indie rock guest stars, and St. Vincent is no stranger to Portlandia, having appeared on the IFC comedy series a few times, most recently this past week's episode. On it Annie Clark plays a singer who must endure exhausting know-it-all Ghavin the "studio guy" (Fred Armisen), who quizes her about her gear and tries to one-up her at every move. (He also annoyed Jack White in S3.) You can watch that (via Stereogum) plus a clip from earlier this season where Carrie Brownstein explains hip hop to Fred, below.
This week's episode of Portlandia features guest appearances by Maya Rudolph and Wilco singer Jeff Tweedy (who is going to be on Parks & Recreation too). It airs Thursday (4/3) at 10 PM EST.
In other news, St. Vincent just got remixed by Darkside. Portlandia video clips below...
March 28, 2014
Ron Swanson & Colin Meloy (via Nick Offerman Twitter)
The season 6 finale of Parks and Recreation airs on April 24, and executive producer Michael Schur has told The A.V. Club that the episode will have some pretty big name musical guests. Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, Yo La Tengo, The Decemberists, Ginuwine and Letters to Cleo will all appear, but not all of them will play themselves. Jeff Tweedy will be playing the former lead singer of a band called Land Ho!, and Yo La Tengo will play Bobby Knight Ranger, a Night Ranger cover band. You may remember that Ginuwine is "Donna's cousin," and Ben Wyatt is a pretty big Letters to Cleo fan.
Watch the clip of Tom learning Ginuwine is Donna's cousin below...