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March 31, 2015

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Startalk Live! with Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman is coming to the Apollo Theatre on May 28. Tickets are currently on StarTalk presale (password = COSMIC), there's an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/1) at noon, an Apollo presale starting Thursday (4/2) at noon and tix go on sale to the general public on Friday (4/3) at noon.

StarTalk will become a weekly late night talk show on the National Geographic Channel starting April 20. That will have a wide variety of guests and each episode will feature a minute-long rant from Bill Nye (a la Andy Rooney on 60 Minutes). The show will be filmed in front of a studio audience at the American Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium.

In other news, Eugene Mirman just performed in NYC as part of the "Bob's Burgers Live!" tour that hit Beacon Theatre on Friday (3/27). From Decider:

The lights go down and Benjamin (Bob Belcher) and Mirman (Gene) rise to the occasion to introduce how the night will play out -- every member of the Belcher clan will do their own stand-up routine, followed by a live table reading for an upcoming episode where they'll be joined by Kevin Kline (Mr. Fischoeder), Larry Murphy (Teddy), and showrunner Loren Bouchard. They then introduce Dan Mintz, known for his role as the inimitable Tina Belcher, who meekly took the stage following deafening applause. Needless to say, Mintz can't get through his first joke without the crowd breaking out into uproarious laughter -- Tina comes from that guy? -- and forcing him to start again. One might not expect Mintz, who looks like he enjoys quiet nights in with a good book after browsing Whole Foods and indecisively going home with nothing, to have been a part in creating one of the most fully formed female characters in primetime. Like Tina, however, Mintz gives whole new meaning to "deadpan" by refusing to smile during his entire set before bringing out his "sister," Kristen Schaal, followed by Eugene Mirman, John Roberts, and H. Jon Benjamin, who all brought the house down in their own fashion and comedic style before sitting down for a hilarious table read of an upcoming episode.
Eugene Mirman has a handful of live appearances coming up (including standup, StarTalks, and other things), though nothing in NYC right now, and those are listed below.

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March 30, 2015

Trevor Noah

South African comedian Trevor Noah has been chosen as the new host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show once Jon Stewart steps down later this year. Noah joined the show as a correspondent back in December and has only made three appearances on the show. From the New York Times:

"You don't believe it for the first few hours," Mr. Noah said of learning about his new job. "You need a stiff drink, and then unfortunately you're in a place where you can't really get alcohol."

The appointment of Mr. Noah, a newcomer to American television, promises to add youthful vitality and international perspective to "The Daily Show." It puts a nonwhite performer at the head of this flagship Comedy Central franchise, and one who comes with Mr. Stewart's endorsement.

"I'm thrilled for the show and for Trevor," Mr. Stewart said in a statement. "He's a tremendous comic and talent that we've loved working with." Mr. Stewart added that he "may rejoin as a correspondent just to be a part of it!!!"

But the decision also invites questions about Mr. Noah's experience and visibility (or lack thereof), and why the network did not choose a woman to crack the all-male club of late-night television hosts.

Michele Ganeless, the Comedy Central president, said in an interview: "We talked to women. We talked to men. We found in Trevor the best person for the job."

Noah's a brilliant storyteller, as anyone who saw his acclaimed Born a Crime show can attest. Congratulations and good luck, Trevor!

Watch one of Noah's Daily show segments, below..

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March 18, 2015

photo: Carrie w/ Sleater-Kinney at T5 this month (more by PSquared)
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Carrie Brownstein has briefly mentioned she had written a memoir before, and now it has a title, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, and a release date: October 27, 2015. Penguin Publishing describes it as a " deeply personal look at life in rock and roll" and...:

intimately [capturing] what it feels like to be a young woman in a rock-and-roll band, from her days at the dawn of the underground feminist punk-rock movement that would define music and pop culture in the 1990s through today."
It will cover her earlier days in music but, unfortunately, "today" ends right around 2006 when Sleater-Kinney went on hiatus. Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl is available for pre-order now.

In other Carrie news, the always funny Portlandia, which just wrapped up its current season last week, just got renewed for two more seasons. Carrie was just in NYC with Janet and Corin for two sold-out Sleater-Kinney shows at Terminal 5.

March 17, 2015

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After teasing us with a couple tracks, the Game of Thrones "Catch the Throne II" mixtape is out now, kicking off strong with Method Man's Night's Watch riff on "The Oath" and running through Mushroomhead's rager, "The Crows," with cuts from Snoop Dogg, Mastodon, Estelle, Anthrax, Talib Kweli and more. It's all interspersed with dialogue from the series. You can stream it and download for free from Soundcloud below.

Game of Thrones' fifth season begins April 12 on HBO.

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March 11, 2015

by Bill Pearis

EW

Mastodon have shared their contribution to Game of Thrones' Catch the Throne II mixtape which this time has both hip hop and heavy rock. (But not both at once, for that grab the Judgement Night soundtrack.) Much like the plot of the HBO series, "White Walker" takes its time building to a climax. The lyrics seem to be vaguely about the zombie hoarde in the North, though with lines like "They come down The Wall to save us all," Mastodon may have a different interpretation of what's going on than most of us. Stream it below.

Talib Kweli offered up his Catch the Throne II contribution, "Lord of the Light," last week and the whole thing (including tracks from Anthrax, Estelle, Method Man and more) will be online March 17.

In other news, if you'll be in Austin for the interactive or film portions of SXSW this weekend, be on the lookout for "SXSWesteros" from March 13-16 at 213 W. 5th Street during the day. (They've done it in years past as well.) There's also a panel discussion on Monday (3/16) titled "Game of Thrones: Creating Immersive Entertainment."

Elsewhere: this week's issue of Entertainment Weekly has Game of Thrones on the cover (four different covers, actually, that's Tyrion's above) and that will be out March 12. And there's a brand new trailer for the upcoming fifth season of Game of Thrones (premiering April 12 on HBO) which you can watch below....

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March 6, 2015

Bob's Burgers' Game of Thrones parody from last week's episode
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The new Game of Thrones mixtape "Catch the Throne II," which mixes rap and rock this time, will be out March 17 and the full lineup of contributors are: Anthrax, Estelle, Kap G, Killswitch Engage, Mastodon, Melanie Fiona, Method Man, MNDR, Mushroomhead, Raquel Sofia, Snoop Dogg, Stalley, Talib Kweli, Ty Dolla $ign, and Yandel. They've shared Talib Kweli's contribution, "Lord of The Light" and he tells Complex, "I really nerded out on this song and there's a Game of Thrones reference in just about every line." You can listen to it below.

In related news, last week's Bob's Burger's offered up stories by the show's three kids, and Louise's was a cats-based Game of Thrones homage and you can watch that (via Vulture) below. Bob'd Burgers also recently featured Sleater-Kinney and The National. Catch the actors live on tour.

The fifth season of Game of Thrones premieres April 12 at 9 PM on HBO. The S4 DVD/Blu-Ray set is out now and one of the bonus features is a blooper reel, which you can also watch below.

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March 5, 2015

photo: Brian Bell w/ Weezer at Bowery Ballroom in 2014 (more by Dana (distorton) Yavin)
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First Weezer was announced for Burger Records' Burgerarma Four festival, and more recently it's been announced that Burger signed The Relationship, the band fronted by original (and current) Weezer guitarist Brian Bell. They've had a rotating lineup, but Brian's currently joined by drummer Anthony Burulcich (who was in The Bravery and briefly in Morrissey's live band), bassist John LaRue (who's also worked with Albert Hammond Jr), and guitarist Nate Shaw. Their new 7", "Oh Allen," will be out April 8 via Burger, and you can watch a video of them playing that song at last year's Weezer Cruise, below.

The Relationship are also on Burgerama Four, and right after that they'll head out on a lengthy US tour with support from Gringo Star. The tour hits NYC on April 29 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/6) at 1 PM. All dates are listed below.

Burger's '90s alternative game has been on point lately. To recap, in the past year they've also signed The Muffs and Superdrag spinoff The Lees of Memory.

And in other Weezer news, Detour, the upcoming FOX sitcom based on Rivers Cuomo's life, has found its Rivers. Deadline reports that British actor Ben Aldridge will star as Michael Sturges (the character based on Rivers), and that Joey Morgan will be cast in the pilot too. The pilot was written by Psych creator Steve Franks and directed by Jeremy Garelick.

The Relationship tour dates and video, below...

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February 16, 2015

SNL

The Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary was a spectacle, bringing together most of the show's famous cast, guest hosts, and favorite musical guests for a three-and-a-half hour extravaganza (with commercials, and not counting the extra hour of red carpet interviews that started an hour earlier on NBC). On the musical front, Kanye West got a lot of air time, performing "Jesus Walks" (while on his back), then getting up for "Only One" and new song "Wolves" (complete with ice-blue contact lenses) with Sia in a white wig, and Vic Mensa. Class skits were revisited, and Kanye was the target of some jokes in the new "Wayne's World" segment where "Kanye, Sit Down" came in at #5 on their Top 10 List.


Happy 40th SNL. #snl40 #siaswig #Galifikanyekis

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Sia's wig would later appear on Zach Galifianakis when he introduced new Digital Short, "That's When You Break," that starred Andy Samberg and Adam Sandler (and clips of SNL actors cracking up ["breaking"] on camera). There was also Paul McCartney, who played Irving Plaza the night before, performing "I've Just Seen a Face" with Paul Simon and then "Maybe I'm Amazed." (He was very memorably, hilariously introduced by Keith Richards.) Later in the show Simon, introduced by Jack White, would come back out for "Still Crazy After All These Years" Related: Miley Cyrus covered Simon's "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" (with Fred Armisen on invaluable tambourine, and Paul McCartney's drummer Abe Laboriel, Jr. playing as part of her band too). Miley was introduced by Win Butler and frequent guest-host Candice Bergen.

Best buds Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon opened the show with a pretty impressive Beasties-style rap that chronicled the history of SNL. Later in the show Martin Short and Maya Rudolph (as Beyoncé) did a tribute to the many comedy musical sketches over the years many of whom made their return: Bill Murray's lounge singer (still great), Joe Piscopo as Frank Sinatra, Marty & Bobbi Culp (Will Ferrell & Ana Gasteyer), and The Blues Brothers (Dan Aykroyd was wearing his Crystal Skull vodka knit hat on the red carpet).

The SNL band got a big shout-out too, which saw the return of longtime guitarist G.E. Smith. Late bassist Tom "T-Bone" Wolk, who Smith played with on SNL and in Hall & Oates' band and died in 2010, was acknowledged in the "In Memoriam" segment that, hilariously, also included Jon Lovitz (who, not dead, was in the audience waving incredulously both times he was referred to as dead during the show). There was also a tribute to Tracy Morgan who is still recovering from a near-fatal car crash.

"Celebrity Jeopardy"
Celebrity Jeopardy

We got a lot of updates of classic sketches including the welcome return of "Celebrity Jeopardy," the maybe less welcome "The Californians" (with original cast member Laraine Newman, Taylor Swift> and a game Bradley Cooper who got to make out with Betty White), and Ackroyd did his famous "Bass-O-Matic" sketch again.

What else: Tina Fey and Amy Pohler did Weekend Update with Jane Curtain (and Edward Norton as Stefon and Melissa McCarthy as Chris Farley character Matt Foley); Jerry Seinfeld fielded questions from audience members Michael Douglas, John Goodman, James Franco, Larry David, Tim Meadows, Dakota Johnson and Sarah Palin; and Chris Rock paid tribute to Eddie Murphy who came out on the SNL stage for the first time in 30 years. That may have been one of the most awkward moments of the night. Everyone was hoping Eddie, who also talked to Al Roker on the red carpet in the pre-show, would perform, but that unfortunately didn't happen.

There was lots more: Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, a sports montage, a shorts montage.... You can watch the whole thing over at NBC.com. More pictures and clips of many of the highlights, below...

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Jack White was one of the many, many famous folk who appeared on last night's Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special. He didn't perform a song, but looking very smart in a tux and slicked-up hair, Jack did introduce Paul Simon's musical performance.

Earlier Sunday, he vented some steam about the whole "guacamolegate" thing via a letter on the Third Man website. It seemed to stem from a story NPR did over the weekend where they tested Jack's recipe with a chef (a London-based Peruvian chef, which was an odd choice?) who called it more of a salad than a traditional guac. Jack says not only is it not "his" recipe, he's never eaten it:

first off, this is none of your business, but i have no specific demands in my dressing room. i know i could ask for lots of things but i actually don't ask for ANYTHING. i take with me what i need, and that ain't much. anything on the rider is for the band and the crew. this "guacamole recipe" is my hilarious tour managers inside joke with the local promoters, it's his recipe, not mine. it's just something to break up the boredom, seeing who can make it best. though i wouldn't know because i've never had it. i can't even make kool aid let alone cook any real food enough to have a "recipe." sorry, i don't have that talent.
He gets a bunch of other stuff off his chest, too, and you can read the whole thing below.

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February 11, 2015

Game of Thrones

There will be a second official Game of Thrones mixtape coming in March and featuring Method Man, Snoop Dogg, Yandel and other hip hop artists. Catch the Throne: The Mixtape Vol. 2 will incorporate score and dialogue samples from last year's fourth season. Says Snoop:

Off the top, I love Game of Thrones - I even gave my expert analysis of this season on my GGN show. It's like the rap game, it's gangster, about family, loyalty and trying to get to the top. I had to get involved. Give the fans a little b it of how I see it.
Changing things up for this second go-round, metal bands Anthrax and Killswitch Engage will be involved in this one too. Says Anthrax's Scott Ian:
As fans of Game of Thrones, we are extremely excited to collaborate on this project. Recording a song about the Lannister family allows us to connect more with our fans and Game of Thrones fans in a way we would have never imagined.
Maybe this takes the sting off losing a Metal Grammy to Tenacious D, just a little.

Catch the Throne: The Mixtape Vol. 2 is, of course, part of the hype leadup to Game of Thrones' fifth season which premieres on HBO on April 12. HBO recently aired a half-hour GoT special, Game of Thrones Season 5: A Day in the Life, which follows the show's production units filming in three different countries on the same day. You can watch that, along with the Season 5 trailer, below...

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