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June 6, 2015

photo: Hep Alien at Austin's Hotel San Jose (photo by @alexagwagner)

This weekend in Austin is the ATX Television Festival and one of the big events is a Gilmore Girls reunion that happens tonight (Saturday, June 6) featuring Lorelei, Rory and Emily (Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Kelly Bishop), show creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, plus a dozen or so more cast members (Luke, Michel, Paris and more). Gilmore Girls ended its seven-season run in 2007.

There was a more specific reunion on Friday night (6/5), as Stars Hollow's finest (only?) band, Hep Alien, reunited for a surprise gig at Austin's Hotel San Jose. The band, featuring Keiko Agena (who played Lane), Todd Lowe (Zach), and John Cabrera (Brian) played a 20-minute set of covers including Blondie, Pixies, White Stripes, Beyonce and a rendition of Carol King's "Where You Lead" which was the Gilmore Girls theme song. Unfortunately, neither original guitarist Dave Rygalski (Adam Brody), or his replacement, Gil (Sebastian Bach), were in attendance. You can watch their cover of "Where You Lead" below and the whole set can be watched here.

In other news, popular podcast Gilmore Guys will be taping an episode live at Brooklyn's The Bell House on July 13. The original event sold out, so they have added a late show (10:30 PM) and tickets are still available.

Video and a few more Instagrams from the Hep Alien reunion, below...

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June 2, 2015

Olsen Twins

Remember the '80s? When you would "Walk Like an Egyptian" and not realize you were a racist? When you innocently cheered on Shamu with no shame as you sucked down a sugary soda before heading to McDonalds for some tasty dinner? Remember when 'Full House' made sure the '80s would never end, until 1995 at least? Then remember in 1996 when the Olsen Twins helped us all celebrate our planet with a big party at Sea World/Busch Gardens for a special CBS broadcast?!?!? Okay, you probably don't remember that last part, but that's what YouTube is for! I just randomly came across this gem. Watch below.

Meanwhile, as you may have heard, a modern day sequel to everyone's favorite show full of questionable moments is coming to Netflix soon. "Fuller House" will feature most of the original cast, but sadly not the Olsens. Not even Bob Saget can convince them otherwise. At the LA premiere of 'Entourage' last night (6/1), he said:

"It's like asking your date, 'Please do this, you have to come back,' It's like driving your family to a reunion (when) you don't want to see your second cousin anymore," he said, being quick to add, "Not mine, I always wanna see my second cousin."

"People need to do want they wanna do, because life can be weird enough," Saget reasoned.

Oh well.

Netflix has ordered 13 episodes of the new series, which is described like this:

In Fuller House, D.J. Tanner-Fuller (Candace Cameron Bure) is all grown up and working as a veterinarian in San Francisco. When her husband dies while she's still pregnant, she finds support from her sister Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin), an aspiring musician; and her BFF Kimmy (Andrea Barber), a single mom.

Along with Kimmy's teen daughter Ramona, the two women move in with D.J. to help her raise her sons: rebellious 12-year-old J.D., neurotic 7-year-old Max, and the newborn. In other words, it's exactly the premise of the original Full House, only with the genders reversed.

You can also watch the video of John Stamos announcing the return of "Fuller House" on Jimmy Kimmel with the Olsens at Sea World video, below...

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May 31, 2015


Did you recognize the members of Mastodon on Game of Thrones tonight?!? If you don't want any spoilers, don't click below...

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May 29, 2015

photos by Ryan Muir, words by Andrew Sacher

Chris, Hallie & Jeff / Screaming Females / Mimi on the Hoops
Jeff Rosenstock
Screaming Females
The Chris Gerthard Show Premiere

The Chris Gethard Show made the move from public access to cable network Fusion last night (5/28), and Chris and a number of his talented friends celebrated in style with a BrooklynVegan-presented premiere party at Rough Trade NYC. Chris began the night asking if anyone was a fan of TCGS, which was met by roars from the majority of the crowd, and most of the room was bopping around to openers Hiccup, whose lineup includes Hallie Bulleit and Alex Clute from TCGS' house band.

After Hiccup, Chris returned to the stage to introduce the next musical guest, Jeff Rosenstock. As anyone who's seen a Jeff show knows, Jeff Rosenstock fans LOVE Jeff Rosenstock and they go hard the whole time he's on stage. He played as a power trio which included his former Bomb the Music Industry! bandmate John DeDomenici on bass. Chris introduced them and got the performance started with an "EAT MORE BUTTS!" chant (a tradition). That went on for four or five minutes and had pretty much the whole crowd involved. That crowd involvement didn't die once, even during the more lyrically advanced songs. Jeff played stuff off his new solo album, We Cool?, which the crowd already knew all the words to. And when he brought out Fake Problems' Chris Farren to play stuff from their collaborative Antarctigo Vespucci project, the crowd knew all the words to that too. The whole place basically never stopped jumping around (including Chris Gethard, who was in the jumping mob of people for almost the whole set), both on stage and off.

For Jeff's big finale, he brought Chris Gethard back out on stage to sing lead on a Smiths cover (Chris's favorite band), and then Chris and Jeff led the crowd in yet another "EAT MORE BUTTS!" chant. Soon, they were joined by Hallie from Hiccup/TCGS and then she took over the chant in an even crazier way. (Less baseball game chant, more rap metal yelling.) This big grand finale included her and Chris lying on stage, Jeff's guitar making its way through the crowd, and more shenanigans before finally ending with just Jeff's trio playing a piano/synth/xylophone coda.

Jeff Rosenstock

After all that craziness, the night could have ended there. But of course it didn't, because the main reason the event was even happening had yet to begin: the screening of The Chris Gethard Show's cable TV debut. The episode, which was a bit dark on Rough Trade's screen (sorry about that!), included some impressive guests for his debut, including Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, who go back with Chris to their UCB days and also work with him on their cable TV show, Broad City. The premise of the episode was acknowledging weird things about your weird body and then totally owning it, and Chris, Ilana and Abbi had guests either Skype in or show up in person to celebrate their bodily weirdness. I won't ruin anything in case you haven't seen the episode yet, but one detail is that it includes a "Genital Chamber" (watch a clip from that part below). To paraphrase Chris, how can you make the move to cable TV and not incorporate genitals? Ending the show was a musical performance from more old friends The Front Bottoms. (Members of TFB were also in attendance at the premiere, but none made appearances on stage.)

After the screening, Chris took the stage again and thanked everyone for watching, and brought out a few other TCGS cast members, including Shannon Patricia O'Neill, Murf, and crowd favorite Mimi on the Hoops for her hula-hooping routine.

Then Chris brought up another musical performer, his Don Giovanni labelmate Mal Blum. Mal and Chris performed their collaborative song "Crying at the Wawa" from Chris's comedy album, My Comedy Album, which came out on Don Giovanni last year. Then Chris left the stage and Mal did a solo cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" (which her DG labelmates Downtown Boys recently recorded a cover of too) followed by one of her own songs.

Chris Gethard and Mal Blum
Chris Mal

Finally to wrap up the night was a set from Don Giovanni's shreddingest [sic] band, Screaming Females. Though Screaming Females aren't the sing-along kind of band that Jeff Rosenstock is, and they included no chants about eating butts, the crowd was just as enthusiastic for them. Mimi returned to the stage for more hula-hooping during their set. People all over the floor and in the balconies were dancing and jumping around, and of course the band was great as always. They were super tight, Marissa Paternoster's solos were face-melting as ever, Marissa even crowd surfed, and we got a great setlist with old favorites like "It All Means Nothing" and "I Don't Mind It" mixed in with stuff from their great new album.

Screaming Females (who also gave a performance and Q&A with Ted Leo at Apple Store SoHo a day earlier) next play the area opening for Bouncing Souls in NJ in July. Chris Gethard has more NYC shows, including the Vulture Festival at The Bell House this weekend, and one with Mal Blum, who plays Palisades on 7/2, the day after Hiccup play there with Chumped. Chris Farren next plays NYC in July on his tour with Rocky Votolato and Dave Hause.

Set your DVRs to start taping The Chris Gethard Show on Fusion if you can. Check out more pictures from last night's Rough Trade show and a clip from the first episode, below...

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May 28, 2015

Chris Gethard

Tonight's (5/28) the premiere of the cable TV debut of The Chris Gethard Show (previously on public access), which the cable network Fusion recently picked up. If you'd like to watch it, check out the listings above for where to watch. Guests on the first episode are Ilana Glazer and
Abbi Jacobson of Broad City along with musical guest The Front Bottoms. Extra footage, including of the band, will also be posted on Fusion's website.

You can also watch the episode if you're going to the BrooklynVegan-presented premiere party at Rough Trade tonight. If you're going, you had to RSVP (which is now closed), but even with RSVP admission is first come, first served. Get there early! Doors are at 7.

UPDATE: The show aired and the premiere party happened and it was all awesome! Stay tune for more on that.

In addition to a screening of the show and comedy from Chris, tonight's show has music from Screaming Females, Jeff Rosenstock, Mal Blum and Hiccup.

Mal is also teaming up with Chris for one of his two Career Suicide shows at Union Hall, which will have "an hour of stand up focusing on suicide, alcoholism, and all the other funniest parts of life." She plays the second (June 15), and the first one (June 1) has another of Chris's musically inclined friends, Mikey Erg. Tickets for both are on sale now.

Mal Blum also has Palisades show (7/2) coming up, and Hiccup play one there with Chumped a day earlier.

Chris is also part of UCB's 2015 Del Close Marathon at the end of June.

photo: Gorburger @ BVSXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Gorburger, the giant alien monster who took over a Japanese talk show so he could interview (and sometimes eat) musicians, may be moving to cable. And not some channel you've never heard of, either. Variety reports that HBO has ordered a pilot of the show which ran two seasons on YouTube/Funny or Die. That would make TJ Miller, who voices Gorburger, a busy guy as he also stars as Erlich on HBO's Silicon Valley. Moby, Ed Helms and Johnny Knoxville will be guests on HBO's The Gorburger Show pilot, along with musical guests Danny Brown and HEALTH (who are doing a song together), as well as Eagles of Death Metal.

We last saw Gorburger at one of the BrooklynVegan SXSW parties in 2013. You can watch a 2012 episode of his show featuring HEALTH, below...

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May 22, 2015


Did you know that Coldplay were working on a Game of Thrones musical? Spoiler alert: they're not, really, but that's the premise of a 12-minute mockumentary short that was made for yesterday's Red Nose Day comedy fundraising marathon. Narrated by Liam Neeson, starring a lot of the GoT cast singing a lot bad songs and featuring a Chris Martin that just calls Kit Harrington Jon Snow the whole time, you can watch it below.

Actual spoiler alert: this is loaded with spoilers if you're not caught up.

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May 15, 2015


May 14, 2015


Simpsons fans may have to get used to not seeing Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns and Principal Skinner anymore... or at least maybe hearing them with slightly different voices. Harry Shearer, who voices those characters (and many more) tweeted last night that he will not be returning to the show, the news being delivered by the lawyer of The Simpsons' producer James L Brooks:


Like what's happening with David Lynch and the new Twin Peaks, this may be just very public negotiation, but Variety reports that the show -- the longest running in television history -- has already begun production of its 27th season without Shearer, who you may also know as Derek Smalls from Spinal Tap (and lots of other stuff.) It's looking pretty certain, as showrunner Al Jean told CNN, "We do not plan to 'kill off' his characters, but replace them with the most talented members of the voice over community." How do you feel about having someone else voice Mr. Burns? Do you still watch the show? The 26th season finale of The Simpsons airs this Sunday (5/17) on FOX.

May 13, 2015

Tom Waits

Tom's publicist points out that, "On May 14th, Tom Waits will make his 10th and final appearance on Late Show with David Letterman with an unreleased song. Tom first appeared with Letterman on December 21, 1983, when Dave had Late Night on NBC. After Thursday night, Waits said, "I don't know when I will see Dave again. I guess from now on we'll have to settle for bumping into each other at pilates." "

May 20th is the last episode of Letterman ever. As previously mentioned, the Tom Waits appearance will also include an interview.

Meanwhile, watch fellow musical legend Adam Sandler perform an ode to Dave (from last night's episode), below

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