Recent Posts in TV - Page 7
December 19, 2013
Kendrick Lamar at ACL 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Daft Punk, who are up for five 2014 Grammys, are scheduled to perform at the awards ceremony, reports Rolling Stone. The article also points out that it will be their first televised performance since the 2008 Grammys where they played with Kanye West. Hopefully this doesn't turn out like their "scheduled performances" on The Colbert Report and the VMAs.
The 56th Grammy Awards ceremony takes place on Sunday, January 26 and it will air on CBS at 8 PM EST. More performers TBA.
December 13, 2013
We've seen some indie rock fun on Jeopardy! before, and as Consequence of Sound points out, this past Tuesday's episode had an "Alt" category which included questions about Nine Inch Nails, The White Stripes, Vampire Weekend, Daft Punk, and Sigur Ros. The contestants almost got them all right, except when Phil thought the "undead" band who wrote "Diane Young" was Hollywood Undead. So close, Phil.
Video of the "Alt" category going down, below...
December 6, 2013
R. Kelly drops his Black Panties album next week (12/10) and has been a flurry activity, stopping by late night talk shows this week for some very weird, very R. Kelly moments. His appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday (12/4) featured him singing a medley of songs while he literally played a woman like a violin with an appearance from 2 Chainz, then British actor Benedict Cumberbatch (aka Sherlock or Khan) gave a dramatic reading of the lyrics to "Genius."
Then last night (12/5) on Arsenio, he performed his Nelson Mandela tribute, "Soldier's Heart," and then performed "Shut Up" and made up songs based on the audience questions. You can watch the Arsenio and Kimmel performances below.
Meanwhile, the news we've all been waiting for. There will be more episodes of "Trapped in the Closet" coming in 2014 that will air on IFC. No specifics on those yet, but you can play catch-up on his labyrinthine musical soap opera on Saturday (12/7) as IFC will air all 33 episodes starting at 5:15 PM, or you can watch them all online now.
November 25, 2013
Haim just made their SNL debut over the weekend, playing "Don't Save Me" and "The Wire," as well as appearing in a sketch that uses The Outfield's mega-'80s hit "Your Love" in a pretty funny way. It was a highlight of an especially lackluster episode of SNL, and you can watch all three clips in this post. Since their appearance, Este Haim's "bass face" -- already an internet meme -- is now full-on sensation, perhaps you've seen it on your Facebook timeline via every one of your friends.
In other news, both of Haim's Terminal 5 shows in May -- including the second show which was just added -- are sold out.
Meanwhile, Saturday Night Live has announced the hosts and musical guests from the remainder of 2013 which looks hopeful on the funny front: Paul Rudd hosts on December 7 with a second appearance from UK boy band One Direction; and John Goodman returns for his 13th hosting job with Kings of Leon as musical guests.
Then on December 21, SNL gifts us with what will be the year's most anticipated show: Jimmy Fallon will host with (surprise!) Justin Timberlake performing. SNL writers usually bring their A-game to a JT episode (expect a return of the Brothers Gibb), and this one will also be a way to remind folks that in the new year, Jimmy Fallon will be moving to The Tonight Show and current "Weekend Update" anchor Seth Meyers will becoming the new Late Night, both of whom will start their new jobs on February 24.
Haim's SNL performances and that Outfield sketch below...
November 21, 2013
by Klaus Kinski
Chris Gethard hosting a BV-RBSS show (more by Amanda Hatfield)
It goes without saying that Chris Gethard is one of my favorite comedians in the biz these days. Not only that, he's a favorite of just about everyone here at BV HQ. Over the past few years, Gethard's popularity has been on a steady trajectory upwards and I've been enjoying his explosion with butt loads of pride, joy, and glee. Between his now legendary cable access show The Chris Gethard Show, his relentless and always fresh live gigging all over the place, and of course his book A Bad Idea I'm About To Do, this dude is never not dominating. And now it appears he will be taking his comedic dominance to Comedy Central as it was just announced that Comedy Central ordered, no, DEMANDED, a pilot of The Chris Gethard Show! which will be produced by Funny Or Die and Zach Galifianakis. From Deadline.com:
Brillstein Entertainment Partners is co-producing, with Gethard and Zach Galifianakis exec producing alongside Funny Or Die's Will Ferrell, Owen Burke, Adam McKay and Mike Farah as well as Brillstein's Brian Stern. TCGS, whose episodes often are based on original bits, has featured such guests as Galifianakis, Sean Combs, Seth Meyers, Amy Poehler, John Mulaney, Bobby Moynihan and Andrew WK. The show also is known for championing the Brooklyn music scene and New York's fringe artists and oddballs.Wondering why Chris is making this move? He lists the many reasons he is and isn't doing it, at his website.
Meanwhile, catch Chris Gethard live on December 28th at Shea Stadium (if you have a ticket because it's sold out) as part of the BrooklynVegan Holiday party with Chris and The Front Bottoms.
And it wouldn't be a Klaus article if I didn't editorialize and ponder, so here goes: Besides the fact that The Chris Gethard show is consistently hilarious, unique, and interesting, there is something very novel and important about the show's current home on Manhattan public access which I think is what makes the show so goddamned appealing. And although this is CERTAINLY awesome news for Gethard and his cast of pals in terms of bouncing into the big leagues, I have to wonder if the show's endearing lo-fi character will be destroyed by the monster that is Comedy Central. I mean, WE ALL SAW WHAT HAPPENED TO WAYNE AND GARTH, right!?
November 8, 2013
Basia Bulat at Littlefield in 2010 (more by Chris La Putt)
Comedian/actor Bob Odenkirk, who among other things, you may know as Saul from Breaking Bad, is into music too, and he's just given his album of the year endorsement to Canadian singer/songwriter Basia Bulat for her newest, Tall Tall Shadow. If you haven't heard that record, you can stream it below. You can also catch Basia on her ongoing tour which comes to NYC on November 23 at Bowery Ballroom with Luluc and Wilsen. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Bob Odenkirk just offered more details on the upcoming Breaking Bad spinoff, Better Call Saul, which is based on his Saul Goodman character. In a recent interview with IGN he talks about it being a hybrid of a prequel and a sequel to Breaking Bad:
Well, I've talked to Vince [Gilligan] and Peter [Gould], who are writing and creating the series, about this and I've said that a lot of people do want to see what happens to next to Saul. So, I don't know what they're going to do. I know they've talked about prequel, but they've also talked to me about sequel, and they've also talked to me about a mix of prequel and sequel.Read the rest of the interview here.
All Basia Bulat dates are listed, along with the LP stream, below...
1) Sinead O'Connor writes a letter to Miley Cyrus
2) Amanda Palmer writes a letter to Sinead O'Connor
3) Sinead O'Connor writes a second letter to Miley Cyrus
4) Sinead O'Connor writes a third letter to Miley
5) Sinead O'Connor and Miley Cyrus' Twitter feud was spoofed on South Park (along with the Yo Gabba Gabba characters). Via Metro...
Their feud hit fever pitch when Sinead penned an open letter to Miley following her erratic behaviour including a controversial MTV VMAs performance which saw her twerking semi-naked and appearing naked in her Wrecking Ball video.Check out a clip from the episode below.
And in [Wednesday's (11/6) South Park] episode, Sinead is called upon to help children's entertainers Yo Gabba Gabba persuade Foofa to stop her raunchy self-destructive behaviour.
The parallels don't stop there - Foofa is determined to show her more adult side and is planning a saucy MTV VMAs performance.
Sinead's tour hits NYC for three sold-out nights at City Winery starting tonight (11/8) and continuing through Sunday (11/10).
She played the hits from her 1990 blockbuster "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got" -- "Nothing Compares 2 U," which grew from a simple acoustic-guitar-and-piano arrangement, and a hard-charging "The Emperor's New Clothes," which had O'Connor grinning when she spotted audience members pogoing off to the side -- plus a ferocious "Jackie" from 1987's "The Lion and the Cobra," but this was no nostalgia trip.And since we're talking about it, it'd be wrong not to give Brooklyn fair warning that Miley Cyrus will be returning to Barclays Center on April 5, the same place her VMAs performance gave us everything from Halloween costume ideas to the need to explain to our moms what twerking is. Tickets to that show go on sale Saturday, 11/16 at 10 AM.
O'Connor and her band transformed "Thank You for Hearing Me," from 1994's "Universal Mother," into a kind of rave-up hymn, one that elicited a standing ovation at the end. But the bulk of the show came from 2012's "How About I Be Me (and You Be You)?", which feels like a natural follow-up to "I Do Not Want ..." after her explorations of religious music, reggae and traditional tunes. These were songs raising the hairs on the backs of concertgoers' necks: from the harrowing junkie's pleas of "Reason with Me" to the raucous "The Wolf Is Getting Married" to the withering closing hymn "V.I.P.," which says more about celebrity than any of her open letters to Cyrus.
South Park video below...
October 22, 2013
Fresh off their two Bushwick shows during CMJ, Arcade Fire did another event in NYC, appearing on The Colbert Report last night (10/21). They performed "Normal Person" and "Afterlife" from their upcoming album, Reflektor (due out 10/29 via Merge), and were also interviewed by Colbert. Videos of both songs and the interview below.
Arcade Fire's next scheduled event in NYC is the YouTube Awards, which takes place on November 3 at Pier 36 (and airs live on YouTube) with Eminem and Lady Gaga. Since we last spoke, M.I.A., Tyler the Creator, and Earl Sweatshirt have all been added as well. Jason Schwartzman and Reggie Watts will host.
For M.I.A., the awards take place right in between her two Terminal 5 shows (11/1 & 11/4). Tickets for night 1 are still available. M.I.A. also just released a new song, "Y.A.L.A.," from her upcoming album, Matangi. You can stream that song, along with Arcade Fire's 'Colbert' videos, below...
October 14, 2013
Before literally riding off into the desert, Jesse Pinkman (via actor Aaron Paul) uttered his signature one-liner a final time, this time on a dance track. "Dance Bitch," a track produced by Tom Neville and Zen Freeman, featuring the voice of Paul, has become an unlikely underground sensation since its release on Rising Music following the end of "Breaking Bad." [Billboard]More about the song in the new article in Billboard. The song below...
October 8, 2013
I do produce music. I have a mash-up music production project called 'The Arbiters'. You can download two EPs of music for free from my bandcamp site: http://arbiters.bandcamp.com. The first EP was inspired by Brian Burton aka Danger Mouse's "Grey Album" and was completed in 2006 and called "They Are Biters". The song "Sure Side of Fame" which was a mash-up of Lou Reed "Walk on the Wild Side", David Bowie "Fame", St. Germain "Sure Thing" and vocals by Biggie and Tupac got a nice amount of club and radio play. The second EP "Arrival" was released in 2010. You can download them both from that website. I use Ableton software to create them and work with co-producers who polish my ideas nicely.Thomas's project is in "conjunction with music supervisor/producer Josh Marcy and film score composer Dave Porter" who is not in Animal Collective but is a familiar name to those who pay attention to the names flashing across the screen when Breaking Bad starts. According to their Bandcamp, "the Los Angeles-based mash-up production collective brings the underground aboveground with their seamless brand of intelligent bastard pop." You can decide for yourself below.
Recent music choices Thomas was likely responsible for include Junip in the 2nd-to-last-episode of Breaking Bad, and Badfinger's "Baby Blue" in the final episode of the same show. A lot of people then went and bought "Baby Blue", but who's getting the money?
The Walking Dead returns to AMC this Sunday!
Arbiters streams below...