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July 23, 2013

Franz Ferdinand - 'Live on Letterman'
Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand are returning in August with Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, this first album since 2009, and last night (7/22) they came to NYC to tape an appearance on last night's The Late Show with David Letterman, where they performed "Right Action." After the taping, they stuck around the Ed Sullivan Theater to play a full set for the online series Live on Letterman. They played about half of the new album, and of course old favorites like "The Dark of the Matinee," "Ulysses," "Take Me Out," etc. Videos of both performances are below.

Franz are sticking around NYC for an album listening party at Glasslands tonight (7/23), which they'll also be DJing, along with guest DJ Liv Spencer. RSVP is closed. Their tour also brings them back to NYC for a live show on October 22 at Hammerstein Ballroom (tickets).

Videos below...

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July 22, 2013

Dennis Farina

Character actor Dennis Farina, who starred in Midnight Run, Snatch, Get Shorty and Law & Order among many many other projects, has died at the age of 69. The former Chicago police officer passed away in Arizona today due to a reported blood clot in his lung. Farina, who didn't begin his acting career till he has 37, was a familiar face to many due to his hard-nosed roles in many crime films. He had great comic timing too. Dennis Farina, you will be missed.

July 12, 2013

BVCOmedy

Wednesday night at The Bell House in Brooklyn, Eugene Mirman and Sarah Vowell hosted a comedy fundraiser for Dave Egger's nonprofit organization 826NYC (head there for more information and to donate). The co-hosts gave advice to audience members, collected donations for the organization, and told stories of police muggings in Mexico. Along with Mirman and Vowell were a handful of great stand-ups. Even though John Oliver cancelled due to a flight delay, Mike Birbiglia, Daniel Kitson, and Reggie Watts still brought down the house.

Reggie played again last night - a sold out show at Mercury Lounge. How was that one?

Don't worry if you missed the shows though - Reggie Watts is playing a ton more this week and next in NYC and beyond. Currently in Chicago, Reggie is back in NYC on July 15 when you can catch him at that night's edition of Wyatt Cenac's weekly show Night Train at Littlefield. On Thursday, July 18, he's playing another weekly show, this time alongside Late Night with Jimmy Fallon writer Mike Drucker at UCBeast's Fresh Out!. On July 21 he has a spot on Laughter in the Park's Washington Square show.

Prefer the comfort of your own home? TONIGHT (July 12), Reggie returns to IFC along with Scott Aukerman for the second season of Comedy Bang! Bang!. Guests on this season include Aziz Ansari, Andy Samberg, and many more.

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Watch a recent interview with Reggie below....

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July 11, 2013

Breaking Bad

As you probably know, AMC's awesomely gut-wrenching series Breaking Bad is about to start its final season beginning Sunday, August 11. (Only eight more episodes!) In anticipation of this, the Museum of the Moving Image will present "From Mr. Chips to Scarface: Walter White's Transformation in Breaking Bad," an exhibit of props and costumes from the series. The exhibit runs July 26 - October 27 and is included with museum admission. Items on display include:

the yellow Oxford shirt and khaki pants typical of White's daily wear; the black pork pie hat, black jacket and pants, and green shirt favored by White's alias, Heisenberg; the briefs worn by White during his first methamphetamine-making session, and the hazmat suit, gas mask, apron, and boots used in subsequent "cooking" scenes. Props include those relating to White's cancer treatment--pharmaceuticals, PET scan, strands of loose hair (the result of his chemotherapy)--as well as objects featured in pivotal scenes in the series, including the pink teddy bear and Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass. Also on view will be selected clips from the series, and behind-the-scenes footage.
In addition, show creator Vince Gilligan will be on hand for a special event on July 28, a conversation about the creation and evolution of the series and Walter White's character, with highlights from the series interspersed. Tickets for that are on sale now.

Additionally, Gilligan and much of the Breaking Bad Cast will appear at a talk at TheTimesCenter on July 30. That event is sold out too... but will be broadcast on the web live at 6:30 PM EDT.

And for those who haven't seen the series yet and have a lot of free time on their hands, the Film Society Lincoln Center is screening the entire series (to date), in daily season marathons from July 26 - July 30. Season 1 is July 26... and the first part of Season 5 happens July 30. The marathons are free and open to the public, based on capacity.

July 9, 2013

Rhye

Smooth pop duo (who are a much larger band live) Rhye have been pretty quiet lately, and we haven't heard much from them since they played SXSW and a few other shows soon after. Last night they made their television debut, playing "The Fall" from their debut album on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Check out the video of that performance below...

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June 26, 2013

Fucked Up @ Governors Ball 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Fucked Up

The Chris Gethard Show airs on Time Warner Cable's Manhattan Neighborhood Network every Wednesday at 11 PM. He gets some pretty great musical guests for a cable access show but has really scored for tonight's show (6/26):

Also this week we have one of our best musical guests ever - FUCKED UP! If you don't know Fucked Up, you are missing out. They're playing our show in advance of their Thursday House of Vans show. Fucked Up blends hardcore, punk, and indie rock into albums that are universally hailed as great and innovative and super inspiring and cool. And if you haven't seen them live, you are missing out on a show that transcends what most musical acts do and creates one of the most awesome and intense live entertainment experiences I've had the pleasure of being a part of. I can't wait to see how that legendary energy mixes with our gang of losers and oddballs in the studio!
As mentioned above (and elsewhere), Fucked Up are in town for their free, sure-to-be-sweaty House of Vans show on Thursday (6/27) with Title Fight and Hop Along which maxed out the RVSPs a while back.

June 19, 2013

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Three-time Emmy winner James Gandolfini has died in Italy at the age of 51 of a possible heart attack. According to HBO, he was on vacation at the time. The "Sopranos" actor appeared recently in "Zero Dark Thirty" and "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone." He had been working on Fox Searchlight's "Animal Rescue," now in post-production, HBO show "Criminal Justice" as well as CBS show "Taxi 22." - [Variety]
Sad, sad news. Rest in peace, James.

June 12, 2013

by Klaus Kinski

Letterman

For those keeping score, your man Klaus has played drums in many many unpopular and unsignable bands since 1991. I've dragged my 1964 Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl 4 piece kit (2nd rack tom not shown) with 1965 Gretsch snare (all of which were purchased in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts for $175) from one end of the earth (the Northeast) to the other (the Midwest mostly) hundreds of times. 'Tis a gorgeous kit, in phenomenal condition, and I have endured hundreds if not millions of compliments regarding it's eye-watering beauty. I am a man who appreciates a nice set of drums. And I'm a man who appreciates a man who appreciates a nice set of drums. Therefore, I am a man who appreciates this wonderful compilation video featuring the great David Letterman appreciating his various musical guest's gear, focusing primarily, but not exclusively, drums. The video, and a list of who is in it, including GBV, Feist, Beirut, James Blake, The Strokes, Mastodon, St. Vincent, and many many more, is below. Behold!

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May 24, 2013

Ellen

Indie bands have been mainstays of the late night talk show circuit for years now, but they're starting to infiltrate morning shows too. Case in point: Grizzly Bear just played Ellen this morning (5/24), which most certainly introduced their music to a new audience. (Yesterday, Michael Bolton was the musical guest.) You can watch them do Shields' track, "Yet Again," below (via P4k).

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May 19, 2013

by Bill Pearis

Fred Armisen & friends / Stefon & Seth / Kanye & Ben on SNL
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Even without Kanye's musical appearance, last night's Ben Afleck hosted Saturday Night Live season finale was especially eventful (and teary) as it was the final show for three long-running star players: Bill Hader, Fred Armisen and Jason Sudekis.

Fred got his farewell moment via a sketch featuring his punk character Ian Rubbish who performed song called "It's Gonna Be a Lovely Day." His band featured fellow departing castmembers Hader and Sudekis (and Taran Killam, sure to be a big player next season), and then he welcomed a cavalcade of musical talent onstage, including his Portlandia costar Carrie Brownstein, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis, Aimee Mann, Michael Penn, and the Sex Pistols' Steve Jones. With a chorus of "It's been alright, I've had a lovely night," it was a nice little sendoff. Video of that is below.

Hader got his sendoff moment, as expected, as Weekend Update nightlife correstondent Stefon, where anchor -- and soon to be Late Night host -- Seth Meyers finally gives in to his advances. "Weekend Update" also featured a surprise appearance by former co-anchor Amy Poehler who came out for "REALLY??" and stuck around to read the news. Seth, who is also SNL's head writer, will leave midseason next year to take over for Jimmy Fallon who is moving up to The Tonight Show.

Hader, Armisen, Sudekis and Meyers' departure leaves a giant comedy hole for next season. It will be interesting to see how Lorne Michaels fills it.

Videos below...

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