Entries tagged with: Bonnaroo
DIIV at Mercury Lounge in May (more by Jonathon Bernstein)
Bonnaroo began today (6/13) (and begins streaming on Friday), and unfortunately there's already been some mishaps. And now we just found out that Earl Sweatshirt had to drop off the festival (via Pitchfork). He tweeted, "To everyone at bonnaroo: im sorry i cant make it im really really fucking sick but i will make it up to tennessee as soon as i possibly can." This means his 4 PM set on Friday and his appearance at the hip hop Superjam with RZA, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Schoolboy Q, Solange, Chad Hugo and more (Friday at midnight) are both cancelled.
Meanwhile, today's weather caused DIIV's flight out of NYC to be cancelled, and they've now moved their set (which would have been today at 4 PM) to Friday at 4 PM, when Earl would have played.
Hopefully the weather doesn't mess up too much else. If you're already down there, maybe consider checking out some of the other interesting stuff besides the big names too.
by Bill Pearis
The Polyphonic Spree at BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
As you may know, Bonnaroo is happening this weekend in Manchester, TN, kicking off today (6/13) and going through Sunday (6/16) across a dozen or so stages and tents. Everybody knows about the big names -- that include Paul McCartney, Bjork, Tom Petty and many more (stream it live) -- but there are some cool things going on away from the main stages, too
The Polyphonic Spree (who played a BVSXSW day party this year) play the Cinema Tent tonight (6/13) at 11 PM, performing The Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack in its entirety (!). Then the band are doing a second secret Bonnaroo set at 2 AM by the Fountain.
There's actually a lot of cool stuff going on in the Cinema Tent. Matt & Kim will host a panel discussion called "How to Make a Fun Music Video" where they'll also perform live (Thursday, 4:30 PM); Mike Birbiglia (who performs in the Bonnaroo Comedy Theatre) will present his terrific film Sleepwalk with Me (Friday, 5:45 PM); Reno 911/The State folks Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant will show their new comedy, Hell Baby (Friday, 11:55 PM); Police Academy human sound effects machine Michael Winslow will perform on Friday (9:10 PM); and The National's Matt Berninger will present the new documentary, Mistaken For Strangers (6/16, noon).
Chris Gethard, who famously walked to Bonnaroo from L.A. last year, will be doing a bunch of things there this year:
Last year I did The Chris Gethard Show which is an experimental, crazy thing, but this time it's just stand-up. I have a pretty in-depth exploration of my Bonnaroo experience last year that I may tell on stage and see how the crowd likes it. I would call my act stand-up but I'm less of a joke writer and more on the confessional, philosophizing or whatever end. They're true stories. I'm playing Thursday and Friday. Then Saturday I'm hosting a look at public access TV with clips from my show and other public access shows that inspired mine. Things like Uncle Floyd--which I grew up with in New Jersey--and Chic-a-Go-Go from Chicago. Also, clips from my favorite prank call footage on various public access shows. And a lot of it will be clips from The Chris Gethard Show that I'm really proud of. But overall I just want to have fun and meet a lot more people. - [Fuse]Other comedy things -- besides what BV's Klaus Kinski already wrote about -- include The Improvised Shakespeare Company, who combine improv comedy with Elizabethan theatre, will be performing with Bob Saget for two performances on Sunday. Should be interesting.
There's good music away from the three main stages too: Deer Tick cohort Jonny Fritz (formerly Corndawg) will be tonight (New Music On Tap Lounge, 10 PM) and Friday (Sonic Stage, 12:45 PM); Ex Cops play the New Music On Tap Lounge on Friday at 8 PM; Canada's awesome White Lung play the Cafe Where? stage on Sunday at 7:45 PM; and Georgia rockers Royal Thunder play the New Music On Tap Lounge on Sunday at 8 PM. And look out for Mac DeMarco all over the place.
And last but not least, John Oates is the butt of a lot of good-natured ribbing, but you'll get to hear his side of the story when he performs and participates in a Q&A on the Solar Stage on Friday at 5 PM. Here's you chance to learn the real story behind "Maneater" without constant interjections by Daryl Hall.
Check out the full Bonnaroo Schedule (scroll down, down down for smaller stages) for more.
Paul McCartney at Barclays Center last Saturday (more by Greg Cristman)
Paul McCartney has been on a tour that just hit Brooklyn for two shows at the Barclays Centre (night 1 pics & setlist), and included him sticking around to appear on a full hour-long episode of The Colbert Report. You can watch the full episode at Colbert's site and a few clips, including the web exclusive of Paul performing "Birthday," which he dedicated to "anyone with a birthday," below.
Videos and the setlist of night 2 at Barclays Center below...
Depressing news out of Tennessee where music festival Bonnaroo is kicking off today:
The two people killed in a fiery crash on Interstate 24 East early this morning were en route to Bonnaroo, the Tennessee Highway Patrol confirmed....Our condolences go out to the family and friends of those killed. And everyone please stay safe out there!
...Eight vehicles were involved in the crash, including two tractor trailers, according to a statement from the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
According to THP Trooper Charles Cooper, an earlier crash on I-24 may have been the catalyst for the fatal crash, which occurred at about 12:15 a.m.
"We had a crash earlier that had traffic slowed or to a stand-still," Cooper said.
A tractor trailer was unable to stop in, overturned and hit multiple vehicles, including a second tractor trailer.
Two vehicles caught fire, the THP reported. One of those vehicles became fully engulfed in flames, killing two people inside. [The Tennessean]
Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bonnaroo 2013 is kicking off today (6/13) and running through Sunday (6/16), happening simultaneously with NXNE in Toronto and Northside in Brooklyn. As always, there's tons of great bands like Paul McCartney, The xx, Wilco, Japandroids, Alt-J, Father John Misty, Passion Pit, Grizzly Bear, The Tallest Man on Earth, Four Tet, Bjork, Baroness, Kendrick Lamar, Swans, A$AP Rocky and many many more.
If you're going to the festival, you're probably already there or on your way (did you make your schedule?), but if you're passing on going this year, you can still watch portions of the festival from the comfort of your own home. It will stream live on ustream.tv/bonnaroo from Friday-Sunday. Check out a list of some of the acts that will be included on the live stream below.
weird (weird Al even) but true...
Make your Bonnaroo 2013 schedule now.
The Polyphonic Spree at BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Progressive pop cult The Polyphonic Spree have a bunch of festival dates scheduled for this spring/summer and they'll also be touring around those fests, playing a number of club dates throughout the US. Those dates include NYC shows happening on July 9 at Music Hall of WIlliamsburg and July 10 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (5/3) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (5/1) at noon.
The Polyphonic Spree were also among the recent additions to this year's Bonnaroo lineup. Other additions include Solange, White Lung, Mac DeMarco, Black Prairie, Maps & Atlases, Royal Thunder, William Tyler, Cat Martino, On An On, Bilal and more. 4-Day passes for the festival are still available.
All Polyphonic Spree dates are listed, along with a full list of the Bonnaroo lineup additions and a video of the Polyphonic Spree covering Nirvana's "Lithium" at our BV-SXSW day party (one of our greatest moments at SXSW this year), below...
by Klaus Kinski
Comedy Bang Bang are Bonnaroo-ing it
While you are noodle-dancing your way to, and at, the 2013 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee (June 13 - 14), you might not be aware that this year marks the milestone 10-year anniversary of their annually-awesome and totally legendary Bonnaroo Comedy Theatre (Hosted by IFC). This year they are really shooting the works with a gold-standard, rock-solid, pant-shittingly awesome line up. So while you're at the festival, take a break from those dumb bands and thrill to the air-conditioned comedy of, in alphabetical order, James Adomian, Cristela Alonzo, Eric Andre, Maria Bamford, Mike Birbiglia, Jerrod Carmichael, Michael Che, Comedy Bang! Bang! with Scott Aukerman and Reggie Watts, David Cross, Kyle Dunnigan, Chris Gethard, Nikki Glaser, Ed Helms' Whisky Sour Radio Hour, Improvised Shakespeare Company, Jared Logan, Bob Saget, and Daniel Tosh.
If you'd like to see Ed Helms doing music here in NYC, his bluegrass trio plays Rockwood Music Hall on April 6 and tickets are on sale now.
Video of David Cross' comedy line-up announcement, shot on the Brooklyn shores of the east river, below.
Comedian Mike Birbiglia is about to head down under for a series of shows where he'll be peforming "My Girlfriend's Boyfriend" and promoting his movie Sleepwalk With Me. Between then and mid-June you can catch Mike around the U.S. of A. including at fests like Sasquatch and Bonnaroo, and back at his favorite intimate Brooklyn venue Union Hall on May 6th. Tickets for that one are on sale. All dates are listed below...
Bonnaroo (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bonnaroo TICKETS on sale Saturday:
4-day festival admission for one. Parking and camping for one car.Check out the lineup.
Price Level 2 and Price Level 3 are available in very limited quantities. Once each price level is sold out, tickets will continue to be sold at Price Level 4, while supplies last.
There is a limit of (4) general admission tickets per order for Price Level 2 and Price Level 3. There is a limit of (10) general admission tickets per order for Price Level 4.
Ticket fees are $26.30 per ticket, which includes a $6.00 facility fee, $3.00 contribution to Coffee County, $1.00 charity donation, and service fees.
Weird Al and Bonarroo phone bank (including Mike Birbiglia and Eugene Mirman...
With help from Eugene Mirman, Chris Gethard, Mike Birbiglia, Portugal. The Man and more, Weird Al just began announcing the 2013 Bonnaroo line-up on the Bonnaroo YouTube page which happens June 13 - 16 in Manchester, TN. Weird Al just announced Pretty Lights, Wilco, A$AP Rocky, and The xx, and over the next hour, more artists will be announced. We'll update this post as more announcements come.
Other artists playing include Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, David Byrne and St. Vincent, Jim James, Big K.R.I.T., Billy Idol, Grizzly Bear, Japandroids, Foals, Wild Nothing, Deap Vally, Killer Mike, Lord Huron, Divine Fits, Nas, Beach House, The Gaslight Anthem, Local Natives, Dirty Projectors, Baroness, The National, The Vaccines, Holy Ghost, Death Grips, R. Kelly, Alt-J, Purity Ring, Cat Power, Wu-Tang Clan, Bjork, Tame Impala, Animal Collective, The Tallest Man on Earth, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Paul McCartney, Earl Sweatshirt, Four Tet, Father John Misty, Swans, A-Trak, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Cults, AraabMuzik, DIIV, Charli XCX, Matthew E. White, Frank Turner, JEFF the Brotherhood, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Calexico, Two Gallants, and more.
Tickets for the festival go on sale Saturday (2/23) at noon EST.
There's also now a video of Daniel Tosh announcing the initial lineup, which you can watch, along with the current list of announced names, below...
As previously noted, Bonnaroo's 2013 line-up will be revealed today via a webcast hosted by Weird Al Yankokic. This kicks off at noon EST, with an hour of "classic concert moments." Then at 1 PM, Weird Al will announce all the acts playing this year's fest. Helping him out (and playing live in some capacity) will be Portugal the Man. Then at 2 PM they'll stream a "surprise classic Bonnaroo concert." All this happens via Bonnaroo's YouTube channel.
You can check out a video preview of what will soon happen, below...
When exactly this is happening is unclear, but Weird Al reveals his intentions in the video below...
OFF! at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 (more by Glen Brown)
As mentioned, the 12th annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will happen in Manchester, TN from June 13-15, 2013. When we last spoke, we mentioned a ticket pre-sale would be announced in November. That pre-sale is now announced and begins today (11/26) at noon.
In other festival news, we posted more pics from Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest on BV Austin over the weekend. You can check out sets of Braid, Brutal Truth, Residual Kids, Riverboat Gamblers, and more; Public Image Ltd., OFF!, Real Estate, Paul Banks, and more; and Octopus Project, Fang Island, Bleached, Class Actress, Japandroids, and more.
Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As revealed in a video with Carrie the Dancing Merengue Dog, which you can watch below, the 12th annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will go down in Manchester, TN from June 13-16, 2013. A limited ticket pre-sale will be announced in November. Stay tuned for more details.
Though you'll have to wait until next June for Bonnaroo to actually happen, you can now experience Bonnaroo virtually all year round at their new Bonnaroo 365 YouTube channel, which hosts archived videos of backstage performances at Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, interviews and more. Some Bonnaroo 365 videos, including ones from Jack White, Big Boi, and Tom Morello, can be watched below. Check back this October for Bonnaroo 365 to upload a video of D'Angelo at his comeback show from this past Bonnaroo.
As we mentioned yesterday, June 20 was Brian Wilson's 70th birthday. Happy birthday again Brian! The band celebrated backstage at a show in Montreal as you can see in the picture above (a bigger shot of the cake is below).
How does Wilson feel about turning 70?
"Are you kidding?" he tells Rolling Stone. "I feel great! I don't think I look or act 70. I feel more like I'm in my mid-forties."The Beach Boys are now on tour and will be hitting PNC Bank Arts Center and Jones Beach soon. Watch video of them playing Good Morning America in Central Park last week (did you go?), and more, below...
Wilson celebrated with a party backstage during a tour stop at Montreal's Bell Centre, where he was gifted with a cake resembling the album cover to the Beach Boys' new LP, That's Why God Made The Radio. As the audience broke into "Happy Birthday," balloons sent by Wilson's wife surrounded him onstage. Earlier that day, Wilson received a call from his old buddy Paul McCartney, who celebrated his own 70th birthday two days earlier. "[Paul] said, 'Happy birthday, friend!" Wilson says. "I said, 'Happy birthday to you, Paul.' He told me he was headed into Abbey Road. I told him we were on our way to Montreal. I think he said something like, 'Can you believe we made it this far?' It was very pleasant and sweet.'
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Bon Iver/The Shins
Oddly enough, 73-year-old Kenny Rogers--a last-minute Bonnaroo addition several decades past from his peak hit-making days--was among the day's breakout acts. Playing for one of his youngest audiences in recent member, Rogers offered a set of hits that included "The Gambler," "Islands in the Stream" and other songs most of the crowd had never seen live. Near the end of his show, Rogers also brought out the weekend's biggest surprise guest, cross-generational pop icon Lionel Richie, to sing on his own "Lady" and "All Night Long" (Richie considers Rogers his mentor and joined the veteran country star at SXSW this past March.) Every year The Mayor of Manchester also awards one Bonnaroo artist the keys to the city, and The Gambler received ths year's honor during an unexpected mid-set ceremony...Pictures from the final day at Bonnaroo 2012 including Phish, The Shins, Black Lips (who play the 4Knots afterparty), We Are Augustines, The Antlers (who recently played Brooklyn), Kenny Rogers, Bon Iver, Kurt Vile & The Violators (who plays tonight and tomorrow) but not The Beach Boys (which we already posted) are below, alongside video of that surprise Lionel Richie appearance.
Bon Iver, who spent his early years in jam and roots-rock bands but functioned as Sunday's What Stage indie rock headliner, made a point to stretch out his songs a bit more than usual. At one point he called the audience "sunburnt," and he asked them to join him in a call-and-response jam. As more than a few artists pointed out throughout the weekend, hippiedom is still fully engrained in Bonnaroo's DNA. -[Jambands]
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
" The band has a treasure trove of outright classics, and they performed what felt like all of them during their Sunday afternoon set. "Surfer Girl," "Barbara Ann," "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "Sloop John B," "Surfin' Safari," even "Kokomo" -- you name it, they probably played it. While that wasn't inherently surprising, what came as a bit of a shock was how fresh the band sounded -- even if its elder members didn't look the part -- both on their classics and on tunes from their recently released reunion LP, "That's Why God Made the Radio." Brian Wilson's presence is what makes this reunion so successful, but onstage he looked like the Queen of England, sitting idly behind a grand piano and taking the occasional vocal lead; Mike Love, meanwhile, seemed to be the main Beach Boy behind the wheel. Taken together with the afternoon's balmy weather and the day-in-the-park vibe of festivalgoers knocking around beach balls and splaying out on towels, the group's sublime set was just the thing for a lazy, hungover Sunday." [Rolling Stone / CNN]The reunited Beach Boys (Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks), on a tour that also brought them to Chicago and NYC's Beeacon Theater recently, played Bonnaroo on Sunday (6/10). Our pictures from their 3pm Tennesee set are in this post (with the rest of our Sunday Bonnaroo pics coming shortly. Saturday can be seen HERE.)
If you're curious what the band sound like live, listen to some tour highlights at NPR. If you're curious what their new album cover looks like, head to their Facebook where you can also change the colors if they're not to your liking. If you're curious what the new album sounds like, you can listen to the whole thing below.
If you're in NYC and can't wait to see the band live at PNC Bank Arts Center or Jones Beach, don't forget you can catch them EARLY FRIDAY MORNING in Central Park courtesy of Good Morning America (free and also being televised).
More pictures from Bonnaroo, their 31 song setlist, and the new album stream, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Das Racist / Battles... get a leg up
While Bonnaroo's roots come from the jamband scene, the festival's outlook has grown each year. The Red Hot Chili Peppers set provided a nod from the festival's past without losing the band's foothold in the present day. In various combinations, members Flea, Chad Smith and Josh Klinghoffer along with touring percussionist Mauro Refosco improvised their way before returning to the next number on the setlist... Earlier in the day, HR of Bad Brains looked and acted nowhere near the part of a hardcore hero. His bandmates kept the music's mix of powerful, fast numbers with an occasional reggae cooldown. The latter style was necessary after a dust cloud erupted from the crowd moshing and bodysurfing. A pleased Flea of the Chili Peppers watched from the side of the stage. -[Jambands]Bonnaroo 2012's third day (on June 9th) featured a trio of headline performances including Alice Cooper, Spectrum Road (which featured John Medeski, Jack Bruce, Vernon Reid and Cindy Blackman Santana), and a "Superjam" put on by Questlove of The Roots that featured Mr. Brown Sugar himself, D'Angelo, in his first US appearance in over ten years. The "Superjam" also featured appearances from members of The Time and Parliament-Funkadelic, who covered somgs by Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Hendrix and more across the 90 minute set. Setlist and video from that set is below.
More photos from Day 3, including Bad Brains, Das Racist, Battles, Santigold (who plays a free show in Chicago Thursday), Gary Clarke Jr., Mogwai (who performs in NYC twice this week), Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alice Cooper, Skrillex, Danzig Legacy (who went on an anti-photo tirade), GZA with Grupo Fantasma (who perform together in Brooklyn twice this week) and more are below. If you missed it, check out photos from Bonnaroo's first day HERE and second day HERE.
British soul singer Michael Kiwanuka, who won the BBC 'Sound of 2012' poll (beating out Azealia Banks, Frank Ocean, A$AP Rocky, Skrillex, and others), is in the US for some shows this month (he just played Bonnaroo) including two in NYC this week. He plays Highline Ballroom tonight (6/13). That show is sold out, but you can catch him for free on Thursday (6/14) at Prospect Park opening for Laura Marling, along with Willy Mason (the Celebrate Brooklyn show starts at 7pm). He's also got a bunch of other North American festival appearances on the way including ACL, Osheaga, Outside Lands, and Lollapalooza.
Michael put out his debut LP, Home Again, this past March via Polydor. It's got a real classic soul feel -- even down to the cover art (pictured above) -- with a bit of Sly Stone-ish rock crossover, perhaps due in part to the album's production by Paul Butler of indie rockers The Bees. You can check out three videos from Home Again, along with a spotify stream of the whole thing, and a list of all dates, below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Complimenting [Radiohead's] case for its post-major-label forays into art-rock craftsmanship was a stunning stage production that was a work of art in and of itself. With band members backlit by two towering video walls, a dozen tile-like screens shifted shape overhead and changed color with thrilling results. Wild-card set list selections included "I Might Be Wrong," "House of Cards," and "Kid A"; while live staples like "Idioteque," "Karma Police" and fevered-pitch show-closer "Paranoid Android" were among the oldies represented. [Rolling Stone]Day 2 of Bonnaroo went down in Manchester, TN on Friday (6/8) with sets from Radiohead, St. Vincent, Feist, and more. As reported on bvChicago, a song was dedicated to Jack White during Radiohead's set:
Before playing "Supercollider," Thom Yorke took a minute to dedicate the song to Jack White. He said, "This song is for Jack White. We saw him yesterday. A big thank-you to him, we're not going to tell you why but you'll find out." As many have speculated, this could mean that Radiohead have recorded/will be recording a Third Man single. We'll see.More pics of Day 1 are HERE. More of Day 2 below...
Danzig at Bonnaroo 2012 (photo by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
I'm guessing that I am shocking no one (considering the fiasco at Fun Fun Fun last year) that (as MetalSucks points out) Danzig went after a photographer who shot pictures of him at Bonnaroo this weekend. Three videos of Danzig stopping the show to confront the photographer is below.
Stay tuned for more pictures from Danzig's set, as well as more sets from Bonnaroo (first day HERE). Should I go hide now?
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Kendrick Lamar/Alabama Shakes
[Kendrick] Lamar hails from gangsta rap central: Compton, Calif. But instead of directing his anger at the police, women or outsiders, he criticizes himself and his environment, and he projects far more ambition than victimization. One song, "She Needs Me," praised a career woman-a rare creature in hip-hop. Mr. Lamar uses hip-hop's love of raunch and brand names (especially fashion labels and upscale alcohol) as teaching tools. Both, for him, are incidental to tales of striving, self-improvement and overcoming a rough past, delivered with a cutting rasp and fast, complicated meter shifts.Bonnaroo kicked off yesterday (6/7) with sets from three very different rappers to have recently hit the scene (as noted in the NY Times review above), along with sets from The Cave Singers, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., White Denim, Alabama Shakes, Mariachi El Bronx, Phantogram and others. More pictures from Day 1 are in this post.
Yelawolf had a rasp, too, putting an edge on boasts and defensiveness; he's a white rapper, still an uncomfortable position even though he is signed to the label of another white rapper, Eminem. He battles any doubts with self-assertion and defiance, as his raps often toggle into doubletime to insist on his virtuosity. But his set was padded with a D.J. showcase and cover songs, including a tribute to Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys.
[Danny] Brown has two voices-a stentorian bark and a nasal, cartoonish whine-for raps about sex and death. He switches between them, over sparse, booming tracks, as his rhymes switch between wildly imaginative imagery and boasts about his potency. The raunch has plenty of singalong lines, and the Bonnaroo audience shouted them all with him. [NY Times]
If you aren't in Manchester, TN for the festival, have you been following along online? More Bonnaroo coverage to come. More pics from Day 1 below...
Bonnaroo kicked off yesterday (6/7) in Manchester, TN and runs through Sunday (6/10). If you didn't make it down to the hot, sweaty outdoor festival, you can stream it live from the comfort of your air conditioned home on the Bonnaroo YouTube channel. If you turn it up loud you can listen while you shower.
tUnE-yArDs is on right now. Check out the full schedule for the weekend HERE.
alternate headline: GetHard with Tasteful Nudes
by Klaus Kinski
Back in January, I briefly mentioned the profoundly hilarious book A Bad Idea I Am About to Do by one of NYC's most brilliant performers Chris Gethard. I was so focused on all the other bullshit I was writing about in that article that my short, simple, brief mention of this masterpiece of a book was a profane oversight. Gethard is a phenomenal comedian and storyteller who also happens to have his own Manhattan cable access show every Wednesday night at 11:00pm. The show is absolutely crazy, insane, funny, irresistible, addictive and totally viewable LIVE online. Each week the show manages to feel somehow crazier and funnier. Sometimes Chris is in a great mood and the show is brilliant. Sometimes he's in a crummy mood and the show is brilliant. He's got a lot of help, care of his fabulous in-studio audience, but the dude carries that sucker to an unprecedented plateau of brilliance. But, the book... the book is one of the funniest, most well articulated canons of short (true) stories I've ever read. Even if you knew nothing about Chris, what he does, where he's coming from... if you read this book with absolutely no precedent or preconceptions about the author, you'd still laugh your eyebrows off. The stories are funny and even touching, but it's Gethard's agilities as an author that is most remarkable. I've said it before and I will say it again; I am nobody's shill. But when something is this good, this under-appreciated, this remarkably-not-in-the-hands-of-people-who-read-on-the-subway, I feel that it is my duty to make things right. Buy it. Unless you hate laughing. And good writing. Then f-off outta here.
In keeping with the concept of a bad idea someone (Chris) is about to do, Chris recently announced that he would be making his way from Los Angeles, California all the way to the 2012 Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tennessee on foot. By June 7th. Without any money. Or places to stay. Or a phone. Or anything. This is a fan-propelled mission. It sets out to determine whether a person can get from point A to point B with just the help of his admirers and fans. Murder, starvation, molestation, exploitation, dehydration, masturbation(?) are all perils of a project this stupidly brilliant. The entire journey will be documented for your viewing pleasure. Want to help out? Check out the video below and allow Gethard do the 'splaining for me. There's tweetables and hashtags and cyberwhatnots for you to know about.
Oh, hey! Speaking of comedians I love who are also now published authors and are into Bonnaroo, I am sure you have by now done the right thing and pre-ordered Dave Hill's new tome Tasteful Nudes, right? Another absolutely hilarious and well executed book from another absolutely hilarious and well executed NYC based comedian. At the end of May, Dave will embark on a completely non-pretentious book tour that will make its way to The Bell House on Thursday May 24th (one night after Dave has a public conversation with Ira Glass in SoHo). This no holds barred event will have Mr. Dave Hill pulling out all the stops with appearances by John Hodgman, Janeane Garofalo, David Rakoff and music by Doug Gillard (Guided By Voices, Nada Surf) and TAB the Band. There may even be an appearance by Little Michael Jackson, a bunch of lowrider cars, live animals, and maybe even a dunking machine. All tour dates, which were too difficult for me to cut and paste into this article because my hands hurt, can be found here. Tickets for the Brooklyn show, which are a measly $10, are available now. Oh, and buy the book if you haven't already because maybe he'll sign it or throw it out a window at one of his apperances, depending on the vibes. Check Dave's awesome book related rock and roll video, as well as a video featuring him, Dick Cavett, and Malcolm Gladwell, below.