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February 10, 2014
Meyers, Armisen and the new 'Late Night' house band...
Fred Armisen will be the bandleader on NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers. The host (and former SNL Weekend Update anchor) tweeted the above picture this afternoon writing, "Fred will curate and lead the band, and continue to run it even when he's off shooting Portlandia." The rest of the band includes Girls Vs. Boys bassist (and big time indie rock producer ) Eli Janney and, as Stereogum notes, that the band looks to include Seth Jabour and Syd Butler of Les Savy Fav. Armisen and LSV are old pals. The new Late Night makes its debut on February 24 on NBC.
The Roots, meanwhile, will remain Jimmy Fallon's house band when he takes over The Tonight Show on February 17. (Keeping Questlove and crew was part of the reason the show is moving back to NYC.) Guests the first week of the show include Will Smith and U2 (2/17), Lady Gaga (2/18), The Arcade Fire (2/20) and, here's a shocker, Justin Timberlake (2/21).
In related news, Portlandia returns February 27 for its fourth season on IFC. Musical guest stars to look out for include TVOTR's Tunde Adebimpe, former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and QOTSA frontman Josh Homme.
February 5, 2014
Internet cat celebrity Lil Bub moves to cable for Lil Bub's Special Special which airs on Animal Planet this Saturday (2/8) at 9 PM EST. It's bound to be weird -- guests include Amy Sedaris and Andrew WK (who's got Grand Piano parties in NYC in April). Get a taste, with help from AWK and a dude playing a "saxitar," via the video for single "Star Party Animal." It's pretty much what you'd expect, which is a good thing. You can also pre-order the single on iTunes and net proceeds will go to a charity of Lil BUB's choice.
Watch the video -- and a couple other clips from the Special Special -- below...
Masha and Nadya of Pussy Riot on 'Colbert'
Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina are currently in New York and will be at tonight's Amnesty International benefit (2/5) at Barclays Center. While here, they appeared on last night's episode of The Colbert Report for an interview. Masha and Nadya, in good spirits and in front of an audience fully on their side, talked via a translator about Vladimir Putin's "bright future" for Russia, kissing female cops, their release from Russian prison, and why they gave themselves an English name. "We wanted to let English people enjoy themselves," said Nadya. When Colbert asked if there was a Russian word for it, Masha replied, "There are lots of words in Russia." You can watch the whole interview below.
Tickets are still available to tonight's Amnesty International benefit with Flaming Lips, Madonna, Lauryn Hill, Tegan & Sara, Cold War Kids, Cake, and others. Pussy Riot will also be at the Voice Project Reception Thursday afternoon (2/6) at The Spotted Pig and tickets (price includes cocktails and hors d' oeuvres) are still available for that too.
Colbert video below...
January 28, 2014
Portlandia Live at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Fred Armisen (SNL, Ian Rubbish) and Carrie Brownstein's (Sleater-Kinney, Wild Flag) quirky IFC comedy Portlandia is returning for its fourth season on February 27, but ahead of that, you can get a sneak peek of the new season over at Entertainment Weekly. EW also points out that this season's celebrity guests include Kirsten Dunst, Maya Rudolph, Olivia Wilde, Vanessa Bayer, k.d. Lang, and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, and previous guests Steve Buscemi, Jason Sudekis, Kyle MacLachlan and Jeff Goldblum will return.
Right before the new season airs, Fred and Carrie will make their way to NYC for "A Conversation with Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein" at 92Y on February 25. Tickets are on sale now.
In related news, Drag City is releasing a series of 7" of the many fictional bands Armisen was a part of on Saturday Night Live. The first of these will be released on February 18 and features Blue Jean Committee's "Massachusetts Afternoon" (originally on a 2011 episode hosted by Jason Segel) on one side and and the pseudo-synthpop group Fingerlings' "Embrace Me" (from the 2011 Dana Carvey episode) on the flip. You can check out The Fingerlings' sketch below...
January 22, 2014
Electric Zoo 2011 (more by Leia Jospe)
Well here's an interesting combination. Deadline reports that HBO is developing a comedy series titled Higher that's set in the world of EDM. It's being written by Trainspotting's Irvine Welsh with creative input from indie-dance-guy-turned-mega-DJ Calvin Harris. Adding to this, Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith and Jay Z are producers. No other details -- it's in the early development stages -- but that world could definitely be ripe for laughs. As they say, stay tuned.
January 21, 2014
Sasheer Zamata, SNL's first African American female cast member since 2007, made her debut on on the show this past week as part of the Drake-hosted episode. She was in a bunch of sketches, but didn't have a whole lot of lines -- though her Rihanna-as-Blossom bit was a definitely highlight. You get a much better example of her comic chops in a video just posted to Lorne Michaels' AboveAverage YouTube channel. In it she plays Madison, a girl who gives Girls tours of Greenpoint, featuring locations from the popular HBO show. Example, "This is Cafe Grumpy where Hannah works and they have a drink called 'The Hannah.' It's an $8 cup of coffee." You can watch the whole thing in this post.
Meanwhile the third season of Girls is three episodes in and does continue to feature lots of GPT locales. In this past week's episode, Hannah celebrated her 25th birthday at Matchless. Did you catch that one? Maybe you were an extra in it?
Watch the Girls Tour featuring Sasheer Zamata below...
After wrapping up three nights at Terminal 5 (pics, video), Disclosure and collaborator Sam Smith hung around NYC to perform "Latch" on 'Fallon' last night. Check out the video of that performance below...
January 19, 2014
Drake as Lil Wayne as Steve Urkel
The first Saturday Night Live episode of 2014 aired last night (1/18) with Drake as the host and musical guest. He acted in most of the sketches, including "Hip Hop Classics Before They Were Stars" where he impersonated Lil Wayne as Steve Urkel on "Family Matters" and Jay Z on "Mr. Wizard." That same sketch also had Kenan Thompson playing Rick Ross as the red Teletubby. Drake also did a sketch re-enacting his Bar Mitzvah and "Resolution Revolution" where he rapped about (and then broke) new year's resolutions to stop drinking and smoking, and then did Cosplay dressed as a wizard for the "no more Cosplay" resolution. He was in a few other sketches too, including impersonations of A-Rod and Katt Williams, all of which can be watched in the full episode video below.
For Drake's musical performance, he did "Started From the Bottom" into "Trophies" and a stripped down version of "Hold On We're Going Home" into "From Time," the latter of which featured an appearance by Jhene Aiko who also sings on the album version of the song and sang with him at his recent Barclays Center show. Videos of those performances are below too.
In addition to all the Drake stuff, the episode also marked the debut of new cast member Sasheer Zamata, SNL's first African American female cast member since 2007, when Maya Rudolph left the show. It was also the first episode that SNL's two new female African American writers, LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones, contributed to.
January 16, 2014
by Wyatt Marshall
Bart paying the price
This coming August, all 24 seasons of The Simpsons will be available to stream on FXNOW, an on-demand video app for FX, FXX and FXM networks. As the longest-running show in television history, that's a lot of Simpsons action -- 530 episodes, apparently, which is enough to wipe out almost a year's worth of productivity. Time to invest in a new couch.
Recently, The Simpsons made a heavy metal no-no when they called Judas Priest a "death metal" band on January 5 episode. Judging from the clip of the offense below, during which Judas Priest plays "Respecting the Law", they also managed to stereotype all Swedes as death metal fans. Amidst outcries of "not trve,", The Simpsons were quick to correct the error via this past Sunday's opening blackboard gag.
Watch the offending clip below...
January 14, 2014
Paul McCartney at Barclays Center in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
We already knew that Daft Punk would be performing at the 56th Grammy Awards ceremony and that they're bringing Stevie Wonder, Pharrell and Nile Rodgers with them, and now the Grammy performances have gotten even more exciting.
And in other Beatles news, there had been talk, via Huffington Post, of Paul and Ringo reuniting at the Ed Sullivan Theater for a 'Late Show with David Letterman' episode to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first night the Beatles performed there, but a 'Late Show' rep said the show has no plans for a reunion at the moment, though confirmed that the show will recognize the anniversary.