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January 17, 2016

Chris Stapleton

Country singer Chris Stapleton followed up his killer 2015 by being the first musical guest of 2016 on Saturday Night Live last night. He and his band did "Parachute" and "Nobody to Blame" off last year's Traveller for the episode, which was hosted by Adam Driver (fresh off playing Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens). Check out both performances below.

Also on last night's episode, Fred Armisen gave a tribute to the late David Bowie, reminiscing on seeing Bowie's legendary 1979 performance on the show. Watch Fred's tribute below too.

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January 15, 2016

by Bill Pearis

Vinyl Poster HBOVinyl Poster HBO

HBO's ambitious new series Vinyl, created by Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese and Sopranos producer Terrence Winter, debuts on February 14. With the '70s rock n' roll music biz at the heart of the show, it should be no surprise that it's filled with songs from the era. Randall Poster, who works on all of Wes Anderson's films, is the music supervisor (along with Meghan Currier) for Vinyl and the show has a whopping $1 million music budget per episode.

They will be aggressively pushing the soundtrack, too, as Vinyl: Music From the HBO Original Series - Volume 1 comes out two days before the show airs (2/12) via Atlantic/Warner Brothers. It's comprised entirely of songs from the first episode, including "Sugar Daddy" by Sturgill Simpson which is the series' theme song. The soundtrack also includes a song by Nasty Bits, the fictitious proto-punk band in the film that's led by Jagger's son, James, with other members played by Brooklyn band Beach Fossils. There are also lots of period songs, by the likes of Otis Redding, Mott the Hoople, Edgar Winter, Foghat, and David Johansen (who is played by Saint Rich's Christian Peslak in the show) rerecorded New York Dolls songs "Personality Crisis" and "Stranded in the Jungle" just for the show. Tracklist is below.

That's not all. The Friday before every new episode, Vinyl will release a digital EP featuring songs from the upcoming episode. And the Friday before the season finale, they'll physically release a second volume of the Vinyl soundtrack. Upcoming episodes will feature original songs/recordings from Charlie Wilson, Iggy Pop, Chris Cornell, Julian Casablancas, Charli Xcx, Nate Ruess, Jess Glynne, Trey Songz, The Arcs, Royal Blood and more.

Watch the latest Vinyl trailer, which focuses on Nasty Bits, below...

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January 8, 2016

Star Trek Tour

Sci-fi juggernaut Star Trek turns 50 this year and amongst the celebrations is the "Ultimate Voyage Tour":

This lavish production includes an impressive live symphony orchestra and international special solo instruments. Experience the franchise's groundbreaking and wildly popular musical achievements while the most iconic Star Trek film and TV footage is simultaneously beamed in high definition to a 40-foot wide screen.

The concert will feature some of the greatest music written for the franchise including favorites from Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek: Insurrection, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and much more. This live event is perfect for music lovers, filmgoers, fans and those looking for a unique concert experience.

The "Ultimate Voyage Tour" beams into NYC on March 5 at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden. Tickets to the MSG show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, along with a video trailer for the tour, below...

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January 6, 2016

by Bill Pearis

'The Get Down'
The Get Down

For folks wanting TV shows about the music scene in New York in the 1970s, it's going to be a full year. HBO's Vinyl, from Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger, appears to focus on the rock side of things, and debuts on February 14. You many have already seen the trailer for that and, if not, you can watch the most recent one below.

Meanwhile, there's Baz Luhrmann's The Get Down, about the birth of hip hop in The Bronx, slated for later this year on Netflix. The first full trailer for the series was released today, a three-minute "sizzle reel" that makes it look quite compelling. There's gorgeous cinematography and a kinetic style, as you'd expect from Luhrmann. Unlike Vinyl, which which has played up the industry and hedonistic side, The Get Down trailer really focuses on music. There's also some drama, some guns, a little disco, and a few familiar faces (Giancarlo Esposito, Jimmy Smits, Paper Town's Justice Smith). Check it out below.

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December 21, 2015

by Bill Pearis

The Knick

Cinemax's series The Knick just wrapped up its second season with a heart-stopping finale (which could be the series finale). About a brilliant, but seriously drug-addicted surgeon (Clive Owen) at The Knickerbocker Hospital in turn-of-the-century New York, it's one of the most distinctive shows on television. (Grossest, too. This and Hannibal top my list of "do not eat while watching" shows.) Steven Soderbergh directed and shot every episode -- it looks gorgeous, even during the grisly surgery scenes -- and the score is by Cliff Martinez, who has collaborated with Soderbergh since Sex, Lies & Videotape, but may be best known for his work on Drive. He brings a similarly pulsing electronic score to The Knick and, with the occasional theremin, it gives the show a surreal, sci-fi quality. ("Steampunk" has been used to describe it more than a few times.) The score works perfectly on the show and sounds good on its own too. Listen to the whole Season 2 soundtrack, below...

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December 18, 2015


Last night, Michael C. Hall performed "Lazarus," the title track to David Bowie's new musical, on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Hall, who you may know from Dexter or Six Feet Under and who also has played the lead in the Bowie-inspired Hedwig in the Angry Inch, stars in the musical theatre production which is playing at New York Theatre Workshop though January 17 (sold out but you can always try for rush tickets). Watch Hall's Late Show performance below.

"Lazarus," is also the new single off Bowie's new album '★' (out January 8) and if you haven't heard it you can stream that below. Hall also shot a Colbert promo where he claims to actually be David Bowie. It's odd and very Bowie-esque. Watch that below as well.

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by Bill Pearis

Twin Peaks

The new episodes of David Lynch's cult series Twin Peaks won't air on Showtime til 2017 but the cable network has released the briefest of teasers. It features some gorgeous footage of the Pacific Northwest, Angelo Badalamenti's classic score, a brief interview with Michael Horse who plays Tommy 'Hawk' Hill, a reveal of the Twin Peaks town sign (population doesn't seemed to have changed in 25 years) and...well just watch, below.

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December 11, 2015

by Bill Pearis

Tom Servo Crow T Robot Star Wars MST3K

We are one week from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As you know. Everyone knows. Despite director J.J. Abrams managing to keep most of the plot details a secret (pretty amazing in this day and age), that hasn't stopped anyone from covering it constantly. A Notorious B.I.G. mashup with John Williams' score? Yep. "Top 16 Lightsabers, Ranked," anyone? Not even Wilco could resist. BrooklynVegan is not immune to the hype, either, and is excited like almost everybody else. So here are some things.

Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot of the soon-to-reboot Mystery Science Theatre 3000, screen-tested for The Force Awakens and that footage has now emerged over at Funny Or Die. My favorite bit is when Crow tries to get them to read his long-unproduced screenplay 'Earth Vs. Soup.' Watch it below.

The Funny or Die people have also released "The Hypothetical Star Wars Holiday Special," a spot-on parody of the infamous, absolutely real, and unbelievably terrible Star Wars Holiday Special from 1978. (Watch the original here.) The synopsis:

Before you see Star Wars: The Force Awakens, find out if BB8 makes it home for Droid Day in the only holiday special based solely on rumor and conjecture about the upcoming film.
Like the original, it features long stretches of un-subtitled alien conversations, awkward laugh tracks, celebrity cameos (Jason Alexander, DJ Qualls), and a musical number (in this case, feel-good rockers Train). You can watch that below, too.

And if you don't care about being spoiled, a new Chinese trailer of Star Wars: The Force Awakens appeared on YouTube recently with a whole lot of new footage, and some stuff that could probably be considered "plot." Watch that at your peril, below...

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December 7, 2015

by Bill Pearis

Max Silvestri King Piglet

Max Silvestri officially said goodbye to NYC back in April when his weekly Big Terrific comedy show (with Jenny Slate and Gabe Liedman) had its final bow. Now in Los Angeles, he seems to be doing all right for himself. Deadline reports that NBC has bought Silvestri's Relative Success, a sitcom he created and will star in, where it's currently in development. The series will be produced by Krysten Ritter (who you may now know from Netflix's awesome Jessica Jones) and here's the synopsis:

Relative Success is about what happens when two overachieving brothers -- one a successful book editor, the other a well-known author - are forced to work together to keep their careers on track. They soon find their childish family disagreements are spilling over into their work lives.
While we wait for that, Silvestri's got a bunch of other stuff going on. You may remember he used to write very funny Top Chef recaps for Eater, and he's now parlayed that into a couple of gastronomic on-camera jobs. He currently co-hosts FYI Network's food lifestyle show The Feed with Top Chef's Gail Simmons and celeb chef (and frequent Chopped judge) Marcus Samuelson, and he's going to be the host of upcoming Bravo TV cooking competition show Recipe for Deception. Here's the synopsis for Recipe:
It is a battle of secrets and knives in this fast-paced and innovative self-contained cooking competition series where a chef's cunning is almost as important as their culinary skill. In each stand-alone episode host Max Silvestri guides four new chefs through head-to-head elimination rounds in which they are tasked with creating a stunning dish featuring a main ingredient. The twist is that they have no idea what that ingredient is while cooking. Based on the popular parlor game 'Two Truths and a Lie,' competing chefs ask each other three "yes or no" questions to determine what their mystery ingredient is, and their opponent answers strategically with two truthful answers and one outright lie. If you can't stand deceit, get out of the kitchen.
Recipe For Deception premieres Jan. 21, 2016 at 10 p.m. ET on Bravo.You can watch a preview below.

Max is also recapping Top Chef again but doing it for Bravo TV's official Top Chef blog. Judging by the first two entries, working for the people who make the show hasn't neutered him -- Silvestri rips into the contestants just like he used to on Eater (though maybe there's a little less making fun of Tom Colicchio and Padma Lakshmi now).

Last but not least: Max released a comedy album, King Piglet, over the summer which, if you're not familiar with Max's manic, digression-filled style (and somehow you're still reading this), it's a good introduction. You can listen to the whole thing via Spotify, below..

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November 17, 2015


This past weekend's episode of Saturday Night Live featured host Elizabeth Banks with musical guest Disclosure and special guests Lorde and Sam Smith:

Sam Smith and Disclosure

Matthew McConaughey and Adele are on this coming Saturday (11/21).

Amy Poehler is also starring in a Netflix holiday special with Bill Murray.