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March 6, 2014

by Bill Pearis

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We posted the video short of new SNL cast member Sasheer Zamata as a guide giving tours of Girls locations in Brooklyn. That is likely to turn into a reality as On Locations Tours, the company that did Sex & the City bus tours of NYC, is going to do one for the hit HBO show. On Location rep Georgette Blau told the Daily News visitors could be bussing around Bushwick and Greenpoint this fall. "The locations aren't exactly glamorous, but they're authentic," Blau said, adding, "It's so hot right now. I hope that hipsters would embrace it."

Elsewhere, Girls creator/star Lena Dunham will host SNL this weekend with The National as musical guests, making it perhaps the most Brooklyn episode of Saturday Night Live ever. You can watch a bunch of promos for the episode all strung together below.

And while on the subject of comedies about 20-something girls trying to make it in the Big City, if you haven't watched Broad City on Comedy Central yet, it's real funny, and may speak to some of you more than Dunham and crew do. (Plus Hannibal Buress as a dentist!) A few clips of that below....

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If there was any doubt that Game of Thrones is insanely popular, that early screening of the Season 4 premiere at Barclays Center sold out (7000 tickets) almost instantly. Did you get tickets? (Or try?) Meanwhile, you can still get tickets to Arcade Fire at Barclays, and for the event pictured above.

The rest of us will have to wait till April 9 when it airs on HBO. That Catch the Throne hip hop mixtape drops on Friday (3/7) but you can stream Big Boi's contribution, "Mother of Dragons," and watch a couple S4 teasers, below...

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March 5, 2014

this could be you, there'll be an Iron Throne at Barclays
Game of Thrones

We were just talking about Game of Thrones' season premiere which will air April 9 on HBO. If you'd like to see it two weeks early, Rolling Stone reports it's going to be screened at Barclays Center on March 20. In addition to getting to watch on a giant screen, there will be show costumes and props on display from the current traveling exhibit and a replica of the Iron Throne you can get your picture taken on. Tickets for this "Epic Fan Experience" are currently on AmEx presale and go on sale to the general public Thursday (3/6) at 10 AM. Proceeds go to charity.

You might have seen a replica of the Iron Throne on last week's Parks & Recreation, which Amy Poehler's character bought for Adam Scott's character for their anniversary. It was a brief scene at the end of the episode, but a much longer (and funny) cut of the scene can be viewed below.

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Art Garfunkel

You may be aware of the comedy-folk duo Garfunkel and Oates, aka actress/singers Kate Micucci (Scrubs, Big Bang Theory) and Riki Lindhome (Gilmore Girls, Big Bang Theory), who are named after "two famous rock-and-roll second bananas." If you're not, but you watch IFC, you may start to see a lot more of them because G&O is the subject of a new scripted comedy directed and executive produced by Fred Savage:

The series chronicles the pair's humorous misadventures and how they rely on each other -- and a few clever songs -- to get them through their personal and professional stumbles. Production begins today in Los Angeles.

A seasoned television director and actor, Savage will direct all eight half-hour episodes of the debut season. Previous directing credits include Modern Family, 2 Broke Girls, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Party Down, among others. Garfunkel and Oates is set to premiere on IFC in late summer 2014.

"Fred is one of today's hottest comedy directors and he's a huge addition to Garfunkel and Oates as both series director and executive producer. We're thrilled to have him at the helm of this smart new comedy," said IFC President, Jennifer Caserta.
Production for that begins this week so stay tuned.

Meanwhile, the real Art Garfunkel is going on a tour this year which brings him to the NYC-area for shows on April 2 at Bergen Performing Arts Center and April 3 at State Theater in NJ and April 4 at The Space at Westbury on Long Island. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (3/7) at 11 AM, 10 AM, and noon, respectively. There's also an ongoing AmEx presale for the Bergen PAC show and another presale starting Thursday (3/6) at 10 AM. The tour also includes a high school show in Katonah, NY (sold out) and four Connecticut shows. All dates are listed below.

In related news, Paul Simon just played MSG with Sting last night (3/4) and does so again Thursday (3/6) (tickets).

All Art Garfunkel dates are listed below...

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March 4, 2014

First Lil Bub and now Gary Gnu...

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Westchester's second Pop Goes the Culture variety show, a colorful evening of meaningful performances and meaningless awards recognizing favorite pop culture acts, was held Saturday, March 2 at the Alamo Drafthouse in Yonkers. The event, which honored everyone from Broadway star Gregory Jbara to Capitol Theatre owner Peter Shapiro, was presented by Mamaroneck author Jon Chattman and his A-Sides brand Pictured (L-to-R) Chattman, honorees - rocker Andrew W.K. and Great Space Coaster puppet Gary Gnu (with Jim Martin). Photo by: Lindsay Burdick Witts
You might not consider this news, but no gnews is good gnews!

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March 3, 2014

March 2, 2014

True Detective

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

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....

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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...

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February 25, 2014

by Bill Pearis

The National @ Barclays Center, 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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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!

Beck's new album, Morning Phase, was released today (2/25) and you can stream it on Rdio.

The National continue their world tour and will play two Celebrate Brooklyn! shows in Prospect Park in June.