Recent Posts in TV - Page 6
April 4, 2014
by Bill Pearis
Sigur Ros & GoT author George RR Martin: "Shouldn't you be writing 'Winds of Winter'?"
HBO's massive hit fantasy series Game of Thrones returns for it's fourth season this Sunday (4/6), where the the various factions of Westeros are still recovering from events at the end of Season 3. The show has cast a few musicians in seasons past (members of Coldplay and Snow Patrol) and, as mentioned, Sigur Ros will appear in this season at some point. (The show films in the band's native Iceland for its "north of The Wall" scenes.) HBO just announced that Sigur Ros will also contribute to this season's soundtrack, covering "Rains of Castemere" which The National originally performed in the second season.
Folk songs figure into the A World of Ice and Fire novels (on which Game of Thrones is based) but "Rains" and "The Bear and the Maiden Fair" (done by The Hold Steady last year) are pretty much the only ones that recur over and over. Above is a picture of the band hanging with George R.R. Martin at the Game of Thrones S4 premiere. If you want to know more about those two songs and the meaning they play in the series (and are up to date on episodes) The National Post has a pretty good infographic on them. The series hasn't tackled "The Queen Took Off Her Sandal, the King Took Off His Crown" yet, so we have that to look forward to.
While on the subject of Game of Thrones and modern pop, the folks at Rdio have put together playlists based on the main characters on the show Joeffrey, Danerys, Jon Snow, Tyrion, Arya and Hodor. They're kind of obvious if you know the show but thought you might like to know. There's also the "Catch The Throne" mixtape. Can you catch a throne? You'd be crushed!
The Season 4 premiere of Game of Thrones airs Sunday at 9 PM EST on HBO.
April 3, 2014
by Bill Pearis
Letterman w/ Future Islands
It's the end of an era, or soon will be. NYC icon David Letterman will announce his retirement from The Late Show on this evening's show (4/3). His last show will be sometime in 2015. The news broke, of all places, from former R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills' Twitter, who is performing tonight with his old bandmate Peter Buck who are both backing Joseph Arthur. (The Late Show tapes in the afternoon.) He told the audience (via Hitfix):
The man who owns this network, Leslie Moonves, he and I have had a relationship for years and years and years, and we have had this conversation in the past, and we agreed that we would work together on this circumstance and the timing of this circumstance. And I phoned him just before the program, and I said 'Leslie, it's been great, you've been great, and the network has been great, but I'm retiring.'By next year, Letterman will have hosted The Late Show for 22 years, and he did 11 seasons of Late Night with David Letterman before that.
I just want to reiterate my thanks for the support from the network, all of the people who have worked here, all of the people in the theater, all the people on the staff, everybody at home, thank you very much. What this means now, is that Paul and I can be married.
We don't have the timetable for this precisely down - I think it will be at least a year or so, but sometime in the not too distant future, 2015 for the love of God, in fact, Paul and I will be wrapping things up.
For those who only know him from The Late Show autumn years, Late Night with David Letterman changed not only the face of late night television but comedy in general. When the show began, the 12:30 AM time-slot was a wasteland and Letterman was a hilarious, often subversive presence, openly mocking NBC (and its parent corporation, G.E.) and occasionally even the guests. Like Monty Python's Flying Circus and The Simpsons, Letterman's impact on comedy cannot be overestimated.
Of course, Letterman's shows were also responsible for a lot of cool bands making their network debut, from R.E.M. (where they played "South Central Rain" a year before Reckoning was released) to Sonic Youth, to more recent bands like Dum Dum Girls and Future Islands, whose appearance from a couple weeks ago turned into an internet meme.
You deserve a break, Dave, but we'll miss your gaptoothed mug when you're gone. Video clips (including Bill Murray on Late Night's first-ever show) below...
March 31, 2014
by Bill Pearis
St. Vincent on Portlandia...
Portlandia is no stranger to indie rock guest stars, and St. Vincent is no stranger to Portlandia, having appeared on the IFC comedy series a few times, most recently this past week's episode. On it Annie Clark plays a singer who must endure exhausting know-it-all Ghavin the "studio guy" (Fred Armisen), who quizes her about her gear and tries to one-up her at every move. (He also annoyed Jack White in S3.) You can watch that (via Stereogum) plus a clip from earlier this season where Carrie Brownstein explains hip hop to Fred, below.
This week's episode of Portlandia features guest appearances by Maya Rudolph and Wilco singer Jeff Tweedy (who is going to be on Parks & Recreation too). It airs Thursday (4/3) at 10 PM EST.
In other news, St. Vincent just got remixed by Darkside. Portlandia video clips below...
March 28, 2014
Ron Swanson & Colin Meloy (via Nick Offerman Twitter)
The season 6 finale of Parks and Recreation airs on April 24, and executive producer Michael Schur has told The A.V. Club that the episode will have some pretty big name musical guests. Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, Yo La Tengo, The Decemberists, Ginuwine and Letters to Cleo will all appear, but not all of them will play themselves. Jeff Tweedy will be playing the former lead singer of a band called Land Ho!, and Yo La Tengo will play Bobby Knight Ranger, a Night Ranger cover band. You may remember that Ginuwine is "Donna's cousin," and Ben Wyatt is a pretty big Letters to Cleo fan.
Watch the clip of Tom learning Ginuwine is Donna's cousin below...
March 13, 2014
Marnie Stern at Late Night (via her Instagram)
New Brooklyn venue The Wick is finally slated to open its doors later this month. The venue have now expanded their initial schedule to include a performance from Marnie Stern on May 8--tickets are on sale now. This adds to the one-two punch of Liars on May 9 (tickets) and The Men, Obits on May 10 (tickets). The Wick show is Marnie's only announced date at the moment.
Marnie has also recently appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers (a few times), where she sat in with his 8G House Band lead by pal Fred Armisen. 8G also features Seth Jabour and Syd Butler (both of Les Savy Fav), Eli Janney (of Girls Against Boys), and Kim Thompson (of Beyoncé's band). Check out the complete episode (Marnie's intro comes in around 7-minutes) below...
Following his recent appearance on Saturday Night Live, Beck played The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night (3/12). He was once again joined by Father John Misty's J. Tillman, and performed the Morning Phase cuts "Waking Light" and "Say Goodbye."
Check out the footage below...
March 10, 2014
The series' brooding atmosphere is framed by an expertly crafted soundtrack--some of the songs are haunting, some are bluesy, some are both. The music is selected by none other than T Bone Burnett, the Oscar-winning producer and musician.Listen to a Spotify playlist of the music T Bone chose, below.
"I have a long history with detective movies--almost as long as I have with rock 'n' roll," Burnett says. "I've always been interested in crime and true crime. If you listen to my records, like Criminal Under My Own Hat, you can feel it. I love Chandler and Hammett; I love detective movies." [Mother Jones]
What did you think of the ending? Stream the soundtrack playlist below...
March 9, 2014
Last night (3/8) was a very Brooklyn episode of Saturday Night Live with Girls' star/creator Lena Dunham hosting, and The National as musical guest. The National performed "Graceless" and "I Need My Girl," both of which are from the band's 2013 album, Trouble Will Find Me and you can watch video of both below.
To up last night's starpower, the episode also featured a bevy of cameos: Liam Neeson, John Hamm, and former SNL castmember Fred Armisen. The next new episode of SNL is March 29 with Louis CK as host. No musical guest has been announced, unless Louis is gonna pull a Drake.
The National will play two Celebrate Brooklyn! shows in Prospect Park in June as part of the band's continuing world tour. Watch their SNL performances below...
March 7, 2014
Like Wes Anderson films, music is pretty intrinsic to FOX animated comedy Bob's Burgers. There seems to be a an original song in just about every episode. Some of those songs then get covered by bands like The National. For those who have been hoping these songs might become available separate from the episodes, it looks like you're in luck. The AV Club reports that during a press conference, show producer Loren Bouchard told folks that a soundtrack is in the works and should be out by the fall.
In other news, Bob's Burgers is finally back this Sunday (3/9) with new episodes after a winter break. It's back at a new time too -- 7 PM EST -- for the rest of the season. Why? In true Bob's Burgers style, they let you know in song, which you can watch below (via Vulture). It may have something to do with the update of COSMOS hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson which premieres Sunday at 8 PM... but still watch the video (and some other BBs songs) below...
As promised, the official Game of Thrones hip-hop mixtape, Catch the Throne, was released this morning. Featuring such rappers as Big Boi, Bodega Bamz, Common, and Wale, the tracks were made from samples from the insanely popular HBO fantasy series. You can stream it below.