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August 20, 2014

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We mentioned before that FXNOW would be streaming every episode of the Simpsons, but Nerdist points out:

So, it's happening: from August 21st thru September 1st, FXX has decided to air every single episode of The Simpsons on its network. That even includes The Simpsons Movie. It is a gargantuan undertaking of the most dizzying order. And we've got a rundown of the episodes right here, right now, right for you.

Why yes, that is 552 episodes of television and a movie in only 12 days, the longest marathon ever. Somebody bring me my eyedrops.

Check out the full FXX schedule below...

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August 19, 2014

Don Pardo

One of the most recognizable voices in American broadcasting has been silenced:

Don Pardo, who literally introduced television viewers to some of America's biggest stars and soon-to-be-stars as the longtime announcer for "Saturday Night Live," died Monday in Tucson. He was 96.

Mr. Pardo's death was confirmed by his daughter, Dona Pardo.

Mr. Pardo, whose career began in the radio age, continued through the end of the last season of "S.N.L." in May, when he performed the introductions on the finale, hosted by Andy Samberg.

Mr. Pardo was with "S.N.L." from the show's first episode in October 1975, and performed the introductions for 38 seasons, missing only Season 7. For many viewers, the names of scores of stars -- from Chevy Chase to Eddie Murphy to Tina Fey -- were first heard in his sonorous baritone, which announced the cast each week at the end of the opening skit.

"Every year the new cast couldn't wait to hear their name said by him," said Lorne Michaels, the show's creator, who hired Mr. Pardo in 1975. - [The New York Times]

In addition to his work on Saturday Night Live, Don Pardo was an announcer for game shows like Jeopardy, Match Game and The Price is Right. It was a long, amazing career and SNL and TV won't be the same without you. RIP, Don Pardo.

A few clips below...

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August 11, 2014

photos by Samantha Saturday

Garfunkel & Oates @ Outside Lands 2014
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The plots in Garfunkel and Oates are often so great on their own that they don't need the musical interruptions. "Speechless," a funny song about men's sports obsessions, is shoved almost haphazardly into what would otherwise be a wonderful episode about the absurdity of dating. (The central plot involves Riki and Kate seeing how long they can date two men without saying a single world; the results are hilarious.)

This isn't to say that Garfunkel and Oates is bad. In fact, it's quite good, and the strangeness of the show shines throughout the three episodes I viewed. The humor is both absurd and relatable, whether the stars are trying to "fade away" instead of breaking up with someone or are dealing with their porn doppelgangers achieving an overnight level of fame that Riki and Kate could only dream of. Episodes often drift into bits of fantasy, with the leads imagining their agent as a bumbling puppet or pausing during oral sex to sing a song about a poor gag reflex. [Flavorwire]

Garfunkel and Oates, the new comedy show starring and fictitiously based on comedy-folk duo Garfunkel and Oates (aka actress/singers Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome), premiered on IFC last week (8/7). That's an excerpt of Flavorwire's review above. Did you catch it? What did you think? You can check out a clip of their ode to "the embarrassment of an overactive gag reflex," below.

Garfunkel and Oates the band are currently on tour (dates listed below), having just hit Outside Lands in San Francisco over the weekend. We've got a set of pictures of them from that fest in this post.

The tour hits NYC on August 30 at Irving Plaza and returns to San Francisco on September 27 at Cobbs (for early and late shows). You can still get tickets to most dates on the tour, including both of those shows, and we're giving away a pair of tickets with meet and greet for both NYC and San Francisco (late show).

Contest details, with more Outside Lands pics, dates and that video, below...

Continue reading "Garfunkel & Oates premiered new IFC show, played Outside Lands, touring (pics ++ a chance to win tix & meet and greet)"

August 6, 2014

St. Vincent @ Pitchfork 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Annie Clark

St. Vincent, who recently did a 'Live on Letterman' concert, will continue her talk show conquest by filling in for Fred Armisen next week as the bandleader of Late Night With Seth Meyers' 8G Band. While other musicians have sat in with the band before, Clark will be the first official guest bandleader on the show. She'll be on August 11 & 12.

Some might argue that Late Night with Seth Meyers' house band (featuring members of Girls Against Boys and Les Savy Fav) is more interesting than the bands they get to perform on the show (Rixton and Christina Perri were recent guests). Marnie Stern and Eleanor Friedberger regularly guest with the band, and J Mascis and Bangles singer Susanna Hoffs have played with them too. 8G Band bandleader Fred Armisen hasn't been on the show in over a month, off filming the new season of Portlandia. Clark and Armisen are pals, and she's appeared on the IFC sketch series a few times.

Before her stint on Late Night, St. Vincent plays a free Celebrate Brooklyn! show in Prospect Park on Saturday (8/9) with San Fermin (who play NYC again on their tour with Courtney Barnett).

Meanwhile, Fred is playing as part of a supergroup called Dead Men Walking, featuring Captain Sensible of The Damned, Slim Jim Phantom of The Stray Cats and Mike Peters of The Alarm. They play their first show ever at LA's The Troubador on September 14 with Chris Cheney of The Living End and The Wrights, and Duff McKagan of Guns N' Roses along for the ride.

July 25, 2014

by Arielle Gordon

Sarah Silverman

You may know Sarah Silverman from her brief stint on SNL, her under-appreciated program The Sarah Silverman Program, or her relationship with Matt Damon. You can now add to the list: Sub Pop sweetheart. Following in the paths of David Cross, Eugene Mirman, Patton Oswalt, and more, Silverman is releasing her next comedy album We Are Miracles on Seattle's Sub Pop. The album, which is set to be released this September, is taken from her latest live tour, and is available for pre-order on Sub Pop's site now.

If you just can't wait to hear Silverman, you can catch her on Funny or Die's Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival, which includes Silverman, as well as Amy Schumer, Louis CK, Hannibal Buress, and more. It hits the NYC area in August.

Silverman's close friend, SSP co-star, and fellow comedian Brian Posehn is also on tour, with an upcoming date at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn this September and an appearance at Housecore Horror Film Fest in Austin.

In other comedy news, Kurt Braunohler, of "Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen [Schaal]," and the canceled-too-soon Bunk is premiering his Comedy Central Half Hour tonight (725) at midnight ET/11 PM CT. CC has a preview.

In other ex-SNL star news, comedian Brooks Wheelan got the ax from SNL and scheduled a show at Union Hall on Monday (7/28) which is now sold out. However, tickets for a second one on Sunday (7/27) are on sale now.

Finally, comedians Kumail Nanjiani and Jonah Ray just premiered their new show, The Meltdown, based on their weekly LA stand-up show of the same name, on Comedy Central last night. You can watch the first episode in full online here.

July 17, 2014

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Some of you might know that Kristian Nairn, who plays fan-favorite, simpleminded bi-syllabic Hodor on Game of Thrones, is also a respected house DJ. He was the resident DJ at Belfast's Kremlin club for 11 years and has DJ'd massive parties in Ibiza and elsewhere. He's combining his two claims to fame for the "Rave of Thrones" DJ tour which is happening across Australia later this summer. It promises a GoT-themed set and "some of the deepest house from all seven kingdoms." Game Of Thrones fancy dress encouraged.

Nairn hasn't mentioned bringing Rave of Thrones to NYC, but he will be here for NY Comic Con, appearing at the NYCC Autographing Area on October 9 & 10. Also there on the same days will be Natalia Tena who plays wilding Osha on Game of Thrones. She's musically minded too, and is lead singer and accordion player in the six-piece "gyp-step" band Molotov Jukebox.

All "Rave of Thrones" dates are listed, along with two new Kristian Nairn DJ mix streams, below...

Continue reading "Hodor is a house DJ, going on Australian "Rave of Thrones" tour, will be at New York Comic Con too"

July 11, 2014

St. Vincent at Terminal 5 in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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This month, the CBS Live on Letterman concert series will be bringing in St. Vincent for a web-broadcasted live performance following her taping on the show on July 16. (The webcast series' July lineup will also showcase David Gray on July 30.) This is one of many notable dates that St. Vincent coming up as she continues to tour in support of this year's St. Vincent, including a free Celebrate Brooklyn set on August 9, a show with Queens of the Stone Age in Maryland, and a prime spot at Pitchfork Fest. Later in the Summer she'll head out on overseas before heading back to the U.S., and then back to Europe again, then back to the U.S. again for some dates with The Black Keys. There's no letup in sight.

In other noteworthy Letterman performance news, Dave brought in Angel Olsen on June 16 and Sam Smith on June 18. Olsen played "Hi-Five" from Burn Your Fire for No Witness, and Smith continued his fast rise with a rousing, large-band rendition of "Stay With Me." Even more recently, The War on Drugs and Kiesza both played in the last week. Flanked by a dance crew and a graffiti-covered set, the Canadian pop songwriter, who will play her first US show at Santos Party House, stopping by last night (July 10) to perform "Hideaway" from her recent EP of the same name. Though she ends her set inside, part of it happens on the street. The War on Drugs were around on July 7 for a rendition of their standout "Red Eyes" from Lost in the Dream replete with ripping guitar work.

And in non-Letterman late night highlights, Sylvan Esso made their network TV debut on Fallon on Wednesday (7/9), where they were joined by Questlove himself, who just can't resist.

All the performances can be seen below, as well as a complete list of St. Vincent's many tour dates.

Continue reading "St. Vincent doing 'Live on Letterman' webcast ++ watch recent TV appearances from War on Drugs, Sylvan Esso & more"

June 30, 2014

Badu

It's pretty much impossible for TV reporters to do man-on-the-street segments without someone mugging for the camera behind them. Few, however, have gotten such an aggressive videobombing as WPIX reporter Mario Diaz got while trying to report on Shia Labeouf's bizarre arrest over the weekend. Making things 100% more surreal was that the person doing it was singer Erykah Badu, who paraded back and fourth behind him and then tried to kiss him. He brushed her off and kept his composure, video of the craziness is in this post.

After initially denying it was her on Twitter, Badu eventually copped to it:

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Mario replied with good humor:

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Erykah just opened for Dave Chappelle on Thursday (6/26) as part of his 10-night Radio City Music Hall run. Video of Badu's videobombing below...

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June 17, 2014

The National @ Sasquatch 2014 (more by Chris Graham and Rae Graham)
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The National kick off their three-night run at Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park tonight (6/17). Tonight's show with Phosphorescent is sold out, but you can still get tickets to Wednesday (6/18 w/ Lord Huron) and Thursday (6/19 w/ MS MR). If you'd like to go to the Thursday show for free, we're giving away a pair of tickets to that show. Details below.

MS MR were just at Bonnaroo where they performed their cover of LCD Soundsystem's "Dance Yrself Clean" as well as their Arctic Monkeys cover and "Bones" which was used memorably in the trailer for S3 of Game of Thrones. The duo are set to begin recording their new album this month. Watch a Billboard video where they talk about that, below.

Speaking of Game of Thrones, S4 just wrapped up on Sunday with an action-packed finale that also had some fans of the book wondering where a certain character was. The National recorded a version of "Rains of Castamere" from Game of Thrones way back in Season 2 of the show. They've only played it live once, according to Setlist.FM. Maybe they'll pull it out at one of this week's shows?

MS MR interview video and contest details below...

Continue reading "'Game of Thrones' finishes S4; win tix to see The National & MS MR in Prospect Park (3-night run begins tonight)"

June 3, 2014

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Last Week Tonight With John Oliver is about a month old at this point, with the former Daily Show correspondent (and guest-anchor)'s move to HBO. The pay-cable network not only allows for no language restrictions, but also longer form pieces as well, that allow Oliver and his writers to go a little more in depth. The show had its first viral moment this past Sunday with its 13-minute segment on the possible changes to the FCC's "Net Neutrality" regulations that could allow cable providers to offer different speeds to certain corporate clients. While being very funny, Oliver consisely explained Net Neutrality, noting they were "the only two words promising more boredom than 'Featuring Sting.'" He then urged the internet commenters to let the FCC know what they think of the proposed changes by going to the FCC's website that allows a 120-day public comment period. So many people did just that, and it crashed the FCC's servers (though it's working now). If you haven't seen the piece you can watch it below.

If you've watched Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, you maybe have also noticed its very catchy theme music, which is actually the song "Go" by Dave Hill's band, Valley Lodge. You can watch the video for that -- which came out last summer -- below. Your next chance to catch Dave and Valley Lodge is at The Bell House on June 18 which is part of his "Meet Me in the Bathroom and Tell Me All Your Secrets" variety show that features David Cross and more. Tickets are still available.

And if you're interested in attending a taping of Last Week Tonight, tickets can be requested here. "Net Neutrality" video and Valley Lodge song below...

Continue reading "Dave Hill's band Valley Lodge did the theme for 'Last Week Tonight w/ John Oliver' (who crashed the FCC's website)"

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