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March 2, 2014
Only one more episode left, and it's hard to believe they can wrap this whole thing up in just another hour of TV, but meanwhile let's talk the music of True Detective Episode 7. As always, things kicked off with the Handsome Family's opening theme, and then we got some Juice Newton which was literally playing out of a jukebox to open Sunday's show. Benjamin Curtis lives on through his music and this episode featured "Trance Figure" by his band School of Seven Bells. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club was in there too. Check out the full list of Episode 7's music HERE. Read more about 1-6 HERE.
Beck was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live last night (3/1) which was hosted by Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons. He performed two songs from his elegiac new album, Morning Phase: single "Blue Moon" and was backed by a string section for "Wave." On both he was joined by Father John Misty's J. Tillman. You can watch both in this post.
Next weekend, SNL goes full Brooklyn with host Lena Dunham and musical guest The National. Beck videos below....
February 26, 2014
I just wanted an excuse to think about True Detective more as I wait for the 7th episode, so here's a post about the music which includes the show's title sequence theme song "Far From Any Road" by The Handsome Family, and info on the well curated songs in each episode.
Check out what they played in episode 1, episode 2, episode 3, episode 4, episode 5, and episode 6. Names include a lot of country and folk classics mixed with newer indie rock stars, metal, psych rock and more. The Black Angels were in episode one and their tourmate Roky Erickson appeared via his band The 13th Floor Elevators in episode 2. Father John Misty, Lucinda Williams, Vashti Bunyan, Steve Earle, Melvins, Nick Cave's Grinderman, Sleep (!), Primus, Wu-Tang Clan, Omar Rodríguez-López's Bosnian Rainbows, and the Kinks all made the cut so far too. Who is the Yellow King though?
UPDATE: Check out the music from episode 7.
Listen to the Handsome Family intro song below...
February 25, 2014
by Bill Pearis
The National @ Barclays Center, 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Now that the Sochi Olympics are over, NBC is back to its regular schedule. Late Night with Seth Myers made it's not-bad debut last night with its Fred Armisen-led indie-all-star house band, and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon has been on since last week. Have you checked out either? Myers seemed a little stiff, still trying to get out of 'Weekend Update' mode, but there were some good comedy bits I thought.
SNL returns this week (3/1) as well with Beck as musical guest and Jim Parsons as host. Next Saturday (March 8), Girls creator/star Lena Dunham will host with musical guest The National. Way to go, guys!
The National continue their world tour and will play two Celebrate Brooklyn! shows in Prospect Park in June.
February 24, 2014
Harold Ramis (L) and the rest of the 'Ghostbusters'
The comedy and film world lost a huge talent today:
Harold Ramis, a longtime North Shore resident, was surrounded by family when he died at 12:53 a.m. from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels, his wife Erica Mann Ramis said. He was 69.Harold Ramis was a member of storied Chicago comedy troup Second City where he worked with John Belushi, Bill Murray, and others. He's been a part of -- either as writer, director or both -- some of the biggest comedy hits of the last 40 years, including National Lampoon's Animal House, Caddyshack, Stripes, Meatballs, National Lampoon's Vacation, Back to School, Groundhog Day and, of course, Ghostbusters in which he also co-stared as Egon. He was 69.
Ramis' serious health struggles began in May 2010 with an infection that led to complications related to the autoimmune disease, his wife said. Ramis had to relearn to walk but suffered a relapse of the vasculitis in late 2011, said Laurel Ward, vice president of development at Ramis' Ocean Pictures production company. - [The Chicago Tribune]
Rest in peace, Harold. We'll miss ya.
February 13, 2014
Once the Sochi Winter Olympics are behind us and releases their deathgrip on NBC, Saturday Night Live will return on March 1 and Beck will be the musical guest. (Jim Parsons of Big Bang Theory is the host.) That's a week after Beck's new album, Morning Phase, is released (2/25). If you haven't heard "Blue Moon" from the album, you can stream it below.
February 10, 2014
Meyers, Armisen and the new 'Late Night' house band...
Fred Armisen will be the bandleader on NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers. The host (and former SNL Weekend Update anchor) tweeted the above picture this afternoon writing, "Fred will curate and lead the band, and continue to run it even when he's off shooting Portlandia." The rest of the band includes Girls Vs. Boys bassist (and big time indie rock producer ) Eli Janney and, as Stereogum notes, that the band looks to include Seth Jabour and Syd Butler of Les Savy Fav. Armisen and LSV are old pals. The new Late Night makes its debut on February 24 on NBC.
The Roots, meanwhile, will remain Jimmy Fallon's house band when he takes over The Tonight Show on February 17. (Keeping Questlove and crew was part of the reason the show is moving back to NYC.) Guests the first week of the show include Will Smith and U2 (2/17), Lady Gaga (2/18), The Arcade Fire (2/20) and, here's a shocker, Justin Timberlake (2/21).
In related news, Portlandia returns February 27 for its fourth season on IFC. Musical guest stars to look out for include TVOTR's Tunde Adebimpe, former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and QOTSA frontman Josh Homme.
February 5, 2014
Internet cat celebrity Lil Bub moves to cable for Lil Bub's Special Special which airs on Animal Planet this Saturday (2/8) at 9 PM EST. It's bound to be weird -- guests include Amy Sedaris and Andrew WK (who's got Grand Piano parties in NYC in April). Get a taste, with help from AWK and a dude playing a "saxitar," via the video for single "Star Party Animal." It's pretty much what you'd expect, which is a good thing. You can also pre-order the single on iTunes and net proceeds will go to a charity of Lil BUB's choice.
Watch the video -- and a couple other clips from the Special Special -- below...
Masha and Nadya of Pussy Riot on 'Colbert'
Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina are currently in New York and will be at tonight's Amnesty International benefit (2/5) at Barclays Center. While here, they appeared on last night's episode of The Colbert Report for an interview. Masha and Nadya, in good spirits and in front of an audience fully on their side, talked via a translator about Vladimir Putin's "bright future" for Russia, kissing female cops, their release from Russian prison, and why they gave themselves an English name. "We wanted to let English people enjoy themselves," said Nadya. When Colbert asked if there was a Russian word for it, Masha replied, "There are lots of words in Russia." You can watch the whole interview below.
Tickets are still available to tonight's Amnesty International benefit with Flaming Lips, Madonna, Lauryn Hill, Tegan & Sara, Cold War Kids, Cake, and others. Pussy Riot will also be at the Voice Project Reception Thursday afternoon (2/6) at The Spotted Pig and tickets (price includes cocktails and hors d' oeuvres) are still available for that too.
Colbert video below...
January 28, 2014
Portlandia Live at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Fred Armisen (SNL, Ian Rubbish) and Carrie Brownstein's (Sleater-Kinney, Wild Flag) quirky IFC comedy Portlandia is returning for its fourth season on February 27, but ahead of that, you can get a sneak peek of the new season over at Entertainment Weekly. EW also points out that this season's celebrity guests include Kirsten Dunst, Maya Rudolph, Olivia Wilde, Vanessa Bayer, k.d. Lang, and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, and previous guests Steve Buscemi, Jason Sudekis, Kyle MacLachlan and Jeff Goldblum will return.
Right before the new season airs, Fred and Carrie will make their way to NYC for "A Conversation with Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein" at 92Y on February 25. Tickets are on sale now.
In related news, Drag City is releasing a series of 7" of the many fictional bands Armisen was a part of on Saturday Night Live. The first of these will be released on February 18 and features Blue Jean Committee's "Massachusetts Afternoon" (originally on a 2011 episode hosted by Jason Segel) on one side and and the pseudo-synthpop group Fingerlings' "Embrace Me" (from the 2011 Dana Carvey episode) on the flip. You can check out The Fingerlings' sketch below...