Entries tagged with: Flight of the Conchords
Do you like to laugh? Do you like to do so in big outdoor arenas with a host of cool comedians? Then you should know about Funny or Die's Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival, which will tour around the U.S. for five weekends in August and September. The festival, which will span two stages of hilarity, is headlined by Dave Chappelle and Flight of the Conchords, and also features Al Madrigal, Brody Stevens (who'll MC the second stage), Chris D'Elia, Demetri Martin, Hannibal Buress, Jim Jefferies, John Mulaney, Kristen Schaal, and many more.
The tour hits the general NYC area for shows at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ on September 6, and PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ on September 7. Tickets to both shows go on sale Friday (6/21) at 10 AM. All tour dates are listed, along with a video promo for the tour, below.
The Year is 1984, and on the rural East Coast of New Zealand "Thriller" is changing kids' lives. Inspired by the Oscar nominated Two Cars, One Night, BOY is the hilarious and heartfelt coming-of-age tale about heroes, magic, and Michael Jackson. BOY is a dreamer who loves Michael Jackson. He lives with his brother ROCKY, a tribe of deserted cousins and his Nan. Boy's other hero, his father, ALAMEIN, is the subject of Boy's fantasies, and he imagines him as a deep sea diver, war hero and a close relation of Michael Jackson (he can even dance like him). In reality he's "in the can for robbery". When Alamein returns home after 7 years away, Boy is forced to confront the man he thought he remembered, find his own potential and learn to get along without the hero he had been hoping for.BOY was written and directed by Oscar nominee Taika Waititi (Flight of the Conchords, Eagle vs Shark) who also stars in the film. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2010, where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. It since has done really well in New Zealand, where it was released to much acclaim. It will get an American release on March 2, but you'll be able to see it a bit sooner than that.
BrooklynVegan is proud to present a free screening of BOY at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on Tuesday, February 28. The movie starts at 8 PM and will be followed by a Michael Jackson dance party in the front bar at 10 PM.
Taika Waititi is also funding the American release of the film on Kickstarter. As of this post, there's 8 days to go and the $90,000 is just under halfway met.
Watch the film trailer below...
Real Estate on a boat in 2010 (more by Marielle Sloan)
today in NYC
* Mary J. Blige @ Terminal 5
* Allen Toussaint @ Joe's Pub
* Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* LUSHES, Bachelorette @ Zebulon
* ChamelonsVox @ Home Sweet Home
* Gilbert Gottfried @ Caroline's
* The Knux, Jordy Towers @ Knitting Factory
* Dave Alvin & The Guilty Ones @ City Winery
* Jason Robinson's Janus Ensemble @ The Stone
* Brad Henkel, Crepuscula Activity @ Sycamore
* Marc Edwards/Weasel Walter Group @ The Stone
* American Royalty, Top Dreams @ Mercury Lounge
* M83, Active Child @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Robert Randolph and The Family Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Real Estate, Big Troubles, Liquor Store @ Bowery Ballroom
* Five Finger Death Punch, All That Remains, Hatebreed, Rains @ Best Buy Theater
* Thursday, Maylene and The Sons of Disaster, Zechs Marquise, Native @ Irving Plaza
* EMPD, Ghostface Killah, Black Moon, Special Ed, Black Sheep, Black Rob @ BB King's
* The Phenomenal Handclap Band, Bing Ji Ling, Horsemeat Disco, Tim Love Lee, Krunk Pony @ Hiro Ballroom
The new Muppets movie opens tonight. In honor of that, watch Bret McKenzie of Flight of the Conchords sing 'Life's a Happy Song' with Kermit (a song from the new movie), and the more classic video of Rita Moreno singing "Fever" with Animal (on the drums), below...
And the nominees for "Album of the Year" are:
* The Suburbs by Arcade FireCrazy.
* Recovery by Eminem
* Need You Now by Lady Antebellum
* The Fame Monster by Lady Gaga
* Teenage Dream by Katy Perry
Also funny: Mumford & Sons are up for Best New Artist against Justin Bieber (and Drake, Florence & The Machine, and Esperanza Spalding)
Robyn is up for Best Dance Recording against Lady Gaga (and Goldfrapp, La Roux, and Rihanna).
Arcade Fire are also nominated for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals against Muse, Kings of Leon, The Black Keys, and... Jeff Beck & Joss Stone.
The Black Keys also landed in the "Best Rock Instrumental Performance" along with... Dave Matthews.
The Black Keys and Mumford & Sons and Kings of Leon and Muse are also all in the "Best Rock Song" category.
"Best Alternative Album" category:
* The Suburbs by Arcade FireSo they give that to Arcade Fire, since Lady Gaga will probably get Album of the Year, or maybe Arcade Fire will just get screwed and they'll give it to someone on a major.
* Infinite Arms by Band Of Horses
* Brothers by The Black Keys
* Broken Bells by Broken Bells
* Contra by Vampire Weekend
Other names that got nominated: Cee-Lo, Janelle Monae, Big Boi, John Legend & The Roots, Jay-Z, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, Flight of the Conchords, Devendra Banhart (for "Best Recording Package"), Oh No Ono (ditto), Anais Mitchell (ditto), Danger Mouse, Gorillaz, and Carol Burnett. Full list at the Grammys site.
Eugene Mirman @ ATP NY (more by Ryan Muir)
On October 6th, we at Sub Pop will once again celebrate the lonely art of stand-up comedy with the release of Eugene Mirman's new album God Is a Twelve-Year-Old Boy with Asperger's. This will mark only the 5th comedy record we've released in our entire history. With our catalog numbers soaring impressively skyward, numbering in the 800s now, that's a fact worth noting. 5 out of 800+? That means just about one half of one percent of our releases are from stand-up comedians. What I'm driving at here, people, is that we're really choosey about our comedy. God Is a Twelve-Year-Old Boy with Asperger's is Eugene Mirman's second record on Sub Pop and we couldn't be more proud.Check out the premiere of a new track off Mirman's record above. We're also running a contest where you can win a copy of the record, and more importantly a Eugene Mirman tote bag. Details below.
Nerve: What's the best way to pick up a comedian?Some of Eugene's recent accomplishments include performing at ATP NY (see above), holding his own comedy festival (Sept 17-19) (for the second year in a row), and appearing at the Julian Plenti show at the Gugg on September 25th. He also often appears on the TV program Flight of the Concords, and Sub Pop is releasing that new album too. I Told You I Was Freaky is out October 20th. And we have an exclusive musical track, "Sugalumps," from Season 2 of the show, which can also be found on that record, above.
Eugene: It depends where they are in their career. If they're just at the beginning, you can offer to buy them socks. That would probably cover it. And in the middle, you could either recognize them or pretend to recognize them, and they would be delighted. And then at the highest echelons, you would ignore them or be mean, say you've never heard of their movies, something like that.
We see you girls checkin' out our trunksComing up, Eugene can be found at the Highline Ballroom on November 17th with "Rumpus editor Stephen Elliott, Todd Barry, Rick Moody, David Rees, Jonathan Ames, Starlee Kine, Care Bears on Fire and more Special Guests tba."
We see you girls checkin' out the front of our trunks
We see you girls lookin' at our junk
Then checkin' out our rumps
Then back to our sugalumps
Contest details, and album art and tracklist for both discs are below...
Eugene Mirman @ Le Poisson Rouge (more by Tim Griffin)
Dates have been announced dates for this year's Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, which will take place September 17th - 20th at The Bell House in Brooklyn. Lineup and ticket info to come.
Last year's fest happened September 15th-18th, with events at the Bell House and Union Hall. Featured acts included Janeane Garofalo, John Oliver, Kristen Schaal, Aziz Ansari, Michael Showalter, Mike Birbiglia, Fred Armisen and many others.
Aziz Ansari, now an even huger celebrity thanks to a co-starring role in the new NBC TV series Parks and Recreation, will be back in NYC soon and will be making at least two appearances while he's here. The first is at Eugene Mirman's weekly Tearing the Veil of Maya show at Union Hall on Sunday, May 3rd @ 7:30 pm (tickets at the door) (Eugene won't actually be there though). The next is one night later at UCB as part of Leo Allen's weekly, late-night Whiplash show. Tickets to the latter are free, and you probably want to make a reservation.
Aziz's other upcoming appearances include the Sasquatch Festival, Bonnaroo, and a TBA DVD taping in NYC in "early June".
Mirman also recently toured with John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders. That show visited NYC three times: February 11th, March 11th, and April 15th (all three links have pics, one of which is reposted above). There remains a May 21st show hosted by Philly radio show World Cafe Live. Tickets for that show are on sale.
Speaking of John Wesley Harding (aka Wesley Stace), on Thursday, April 30th, he'll be performing at CUNY's Proshansky Auditorium on a bill titled "Collaborations/Elaborations: The Music of Daniel Felsenfeld." The event is part of the PEN World Voices Festival, and will feature Harding, Mark Z. Danielewski, Daniel Felsenfeld, Rick Moody, and others. Details on that below.
In addition to that show, Harding has his own UK tour coming up. He just did a reading/performance at the Union Square Barnes and Noble on April 27th.
Details on the PEN Festival show, with all upcoming Eugene Mirman dates and a video roundup of the comedian's recent activities, below...
April 14, 2009 (lana adinne)
Last night (April 14th), Flight of the Conchords played the first of two NYC shows with Kristen Schaal at Radio City.
Sporting boxy robot helmets (red eyebrows, bobbing antennae) and silver lame shirts, the pop duo Flight of the Conchords took the vast stage of New York's Radio City Music Hall last night and launched into their current hit, "Too Many Dicks (On the Dance Floor)."The band's second Radio City show is tonight (April 15th).
An expressive crowd -- every one of the venue's 6,200 seats was filled, as they will be for an encore performance tonight -- responded to the nerdy New Zealanders with raucous catcalls and applause that rarely let up during the hourlong set. [Bloomberg]
Mirman will also be appearing at John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonder show at (Le) Poisson Rouge later in the evening.
Like Flight of the Conchords, Neko Case did a two-show NYC run -- the second of her two shows at Nokia was last night. Opening her first show (April 13th) on was Crooked Fingers, who played a second show at the Bell House last night. Tallest Man on Earth played their first of two shows last night - the second is at Bowery Ballroom tonight with Red Cortez - both bands will play Culture Shock at SUNY Purchase this weekend.
Last but not least (and not related), just wanted to throw in a mention of Canadian songster Hawksley Workman, who played Joe's Pub shows in December and January, is at the same venue tonight. Tickets are still on sale.
Did you do your taxes?
Videos from FOTC's set last night below...
The Onion AV Club: The first season [of Flight of the Conchords] is almost an encyclopedia of the New York alternative-comedy scene, with Kristen Schaal and Eugene Mirman in recurring roles, and guest appearances by Todd Barry and Demetri Martin. Was there a thought that that might be a good way to get the show to an American audience?Tickets go on presale (password = sugalumps) at 10 AM for the 2009 Flight of the Conchords tour including April 14th at Radio City Music Hall in NYC. Kristen Schaal is opening that show. Other tour openers are Eugene Mirman and Arj Barker. One show is with Iron & Wine.
Bret McKenzie: No.
Jemaine Clement: It can go a long time with just New Zealanders, but we try to make sure there's American characters in it. I'm always aware when we're looking through the script that in the first few scenes, there should be an American character.
BM: We didn't cast them to try and break into a market or anything. We cast them mainly 'cause we knew them. And we didn't want to have people that were well-known.
JC: It really is like, "Who do we know?" Todd, Demetri, Arj [Barker], and Eugene are all the Americans we knew.
All (updated) tour dates below...
FOTC @ Sasquatch 2008 (more by Chris Graham)
U.S. cult hit television show "Flight of the Conchords" follows the travails of a marginally talented musical duo from New Zealand trying to make it in New York City, but in reality the pair are far from struggling.Season two of the TV show is airing on HBO now (Sundays at 10PM to be exact).
Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie already have one Grammy, have been nominated for another and the second series of their Emmy-nominated show returned to HBO cable network this month after an absence of more than a year.
James Bobin, co-creator and executive producer, said the second series was delayed by the 14-week writers strike, which ended in February last year, and "the boat to New Zealand," chimed in McKenzie at the show's red carpet launch this week.
McKenzie, 32, and Clement, 35, university friends who formed "Flight of the Conchords" a decade ago to improve their guitar skills, said they set out to make a "funny and musical" TV show and that creating the second series was a little easier.
"When we first started we didn't know what we were doing," said Clement. "We watched lots of sitcoms on video because we had never written one, none of us had written one before." [Reuters]
Tickets go on Ticketmaster presale Monday February 2nd at 10AM for a new North American FOTC tour that includes an April 14th show at the elegant Radio City Music Hall in NYC.
All currently known FOTC dates below...
photos by Chris Graham
Michael Showalter & the gorge, Sasquatch 2008
Bonde Do Role @ Coachella 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
tonight in NYC & NJ
* Suicide & Aa @ Europa
* Mugison @ Hiro Ballroom
* Mike Ness @ Irving Plaza
* a free dance party @ BLVD
* The Black Keys @ Terminal 5
* High Places @ Participant Inc
* Kid Rock & Lynyrd Skynrd @ MSG
* The DeathSet @ Bikes in the Kitchen
* Arthur Russel stuff at the Kitchen (and afterparty)
* Los Campesinos @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Bonde Do Role & The DeathSet @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Long Blondes, Drug Rug & Apache Beat @ Studio B
* A Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn benefit at Southpaw
* Snowden, The Epochs, Bell, & The Colour Revolt @ Mercury Lounge
* A.R.E. Weapons, Alan Astor & Cassettes Won't Listen @ Knitting Factory
That new-ish Adam Green MP3 is up there because I just realized they were giving it away and it's too late to add it to the monster Adam Green post.
That new-ish Stereolab MP3 is up there because I just realized they were giving it away and it's too late to add it to the Stereolab tour dates post.
Mugison? I'm not sure how I feel about that (Icelandic) guy.
The new Flight of the Conchords video for one of my favorite Flight of the Conchords songs is below...
photos by Bao Nguyen
Flight of the Conchords played their second of two NYC shows at Town Hall last night (May 7, 2008). They played 'Bowie' at this show. They didn't on the first night. More tour dates HERE. More pictures below.....
by Klaus Kinski
Night one (May 6, 2008) of Flight of the Conchords' two night stint at Town Hall was fantastic. Todd Barry opened the show and handily took control of the completely sold out room. A 20-year comedy veteran and favorite of mine, Todd made the season finale of Flight of the Conchords the best Conchords episode yet. The Conchords came out right after Todd and the place erupted. I mean, the place went completely apeshit. Like, Beatles-era apeshit. A girl in front of me even had a Hot Dog sign. They kicked the show off with "Inner City Pressure" and from there continued with a string of classics including "A Kiss is Not a Contract", "Bret You Got it Goin' On" that lasted over 90-minutes. They played two great new tunes too. Sadly, they didn't play "Bowie" which was a crushing let down. Personally I found their between song banter a tad on the meandering side, but I'm definitely in the minority there; the crowd devoured every thing these guys did for the entire show. The interludes served as perfect opportunities for people in the audience to scream song requests and other provocative oaths which the Conchords handled with unprecedented smoothness.
Tonight's show (May 7) is sold out as well, but last night there were a handful of tickets at the box office so it's probably worth stopping by and trying your luck. And for Christ's sake, DON'T buy a ticket from one of the scalpers. The people in line in front of me - a father with his teenage daughter - were turned away because their tickets were forgeries. Thighs has the complete set-list as well as another review.
Check out some classic videos below...
DOWNLOAD: Neil Hamburger - At Least I Was Paid (MP3)
Well, what else do we need to say about this? "America's Funnyman" ("The World's Funnyman," actually) has decided to sing America's music at last! The country crooning of Neil Hamburger (though some would call it moaning) fits the white blues that is country music to a T! Neil's life story is perfect fodder for the "tear in the beer" genre as well - and Neil's original tunes, such as "At Least I Got Paid," "Three Piece Chicken Dinner" and "The Recycle Bin" bring his personality to the fore. His crack "Nashville West" band includes such luminaries as Dave Gleason, Atom Ellis, Prairie Prince, Rachel Haden and Joe Goldmark, all of whom play and sing their country-fried hearts out to create a sound that is decidedly old-school honky-tonk. All this plus cover versions of John Entwistle, Mark Eitzel and Billy Edd Wheeler add up to a powerful singing debut from America's newest hat act, Neil Hamburger!Neil Hamburger Sings Country Winners is out this Tuesday April 22nd on Drag City! Some tour dates and a video at the end of this post.
I recently mentioned that Bob Odenkirk and David Cross would soon begin work on a pilot for HBO. Lo and behold, production of David's Situation begins May 9th, 2008 in sunny Los Angeles, with a live audience and everything. This show can't be completed and devoured by my eyes and ears soon enough. If anyone goes to the taping, tell me everything.
In related news, not only is Bob Odenkirk co-writer and director of David's Situation, but it turns out he'll also be playing Mike Birbiglia's older brother in Mike Birbiglia's CBS pilot Mike Birbiglia's Secret Public Journal, a pilot you can read about here.
much, much, much, much more below.....
Sub Pop is now confirming a lot of the rumors and then some.....
by Klaus Kinski
Information is finally starting to surface about onsale dates for the upcoming Flight of the Conchords Tour. No ticket news on the NYC gigs at Town Hall yet though.....
by Klaus Kinski
I had such a wonderful time last June seeing Flight of the Conchords perform live at the Blender Theater in NYC. Now, less than a year later and hot on the heels of a new record, it looks like they'll be playing a handful of dates across the us, including the Sasquatch Festival and two in NYC. As of writing this, there is no onsale info or presale info for those two NYC shows, but hopefully we'll have it soon. In the year since their last NYC gig, the Conchords have blown up even more. They even won a Grammy. I expect there to be scalpers taking advantage of the fans, and tickets getting swallowed up very quickly. A video from their recent Maxim photo shoot, and all dates below....
DOWNLOAD: Flight of the Conchords - Ladies of the World (MP3)
Flight of the Conchords follow the release of their six-track Grammy Award-nominated (it's true!) CDEP The Distant Future with their full-length record album debut, the conveniently titled Flight of the Conchords (which, not at all coincidentally, is also the name of their HBO television series). Produced by Mickey Petralia (Beck Midnight Vultures, Ladytron Light & Sound) in Los Angeles, New York and Wellington, the album features fully fleshed-out and professionally recorded versions of Flight of the Conchords concert and television favorites.Speaking of SXSW and Sub Pop and more Sub Pop and stuff, the above mentioned and pictured album is out on Sub Pop on April 22nd. Ladies, grab the legal MP3 from the album above. Men, view the entire tracklist below....
FOC @ SXSW 2006 (CRED)
If you've been to SXSW, this documentary is hilarious. If you like Flight of the Conchords, this documentary is hilarious. If you haven't been to SXSW, this documentary is still hilarious, but also educational (in that it will give you some idea of what it's like to go). If you hate Flight of the Conchords, maybe don't watch...
the seventh in a series where we asked comedians to tell us what was good this year....
Kristen Schaal is a favorite of mine and a favorite of BV readers. Lotsa people know her as Mel from the show Flight of the Conchords, but she's much more than that. She hosts Hot Tub Variety Show with Kurt Braunohler and has a series of videos on Super Deluxe called Penelope Princess of Pets (also with Braunohler). She's also won several awards including Best Alternative Comedian at the HBO US Comedy Arts Festival, an Andy Kaufman Award, and a Best Female Stand-up Award at the 2006 Nightlife Awards in NYC. Recently Kristen parted ways with South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone because her ideas were too weird (their loss!). Kristen took some time to tell BV what tunes she was really into in '07. - Klaus
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Top Ten Songs that I discovered this year in no particular order:
- "And I Won't Cause Anything At All" - Loney, Dear
- "Bridge" - Lucy Wainwright Roche
- "We Used To Be Friends" - Dandy Warhols
- "All My Lovin'" - Valley Lodge
- "One time Too Many" - Phoenix
- "Heimdalsgate Like A Promethean Curse" - Of Montreal
- "Better" - Regina Spektor
- "Sister Winter" - Sufjan Stevens
- "Back In Your Head" - Tegan and Sara
- "Easy To Be Around" - Diane Cluck
AOL is streaming a bunch of new albums as usual. They have Flight of the Conchords, Benzos, Sebadoh, The Brunettes, and the brand new one by The Budos Band WHO are playing a free show @ Sound Fix tonight, and who are filming a video this weekend...
The Budos Band are shooting a video this coming Sunday night and need a crowd of about 50 people. This will not be a full show, just a few songs performed and there will be a film crew there.Watch the video for my favorite song (then again, they're all good) on the new Flight of the Conchords EP, HERE.
The shoot starts around 9pm and will be held in williamsburg. If you'd like to be part of it, please RSVP to Info@daptonerecords.com and we'll send you the details as well as add you to the guestlist.
SOLD! Moby helps Zach G sell a piece of art (pic via Pitchfork)
Zach Galifianakis hosted a Bad Art Auction at the Hiro Ballroom on 7/10/07. Once inside, patrons were given a numbered auction paddle (sort of like this), a small auction catalogue, and a bottle cap good for one free Pom based alcoholic drink. Zach opened the show with a pretty decent set peppered with things I hadn't heard yet. The crowd seemed to really dig it, and Zach had a pretty good command of the room. The auction followed, and to my surprise, most of the items went way past the $100 dollar mark. Most of the art was really awful, yet a lot of it was really appealing to me. Musical artist Moby was there, and a performance by Band of Horses followed the auction.
Del Close was the driving force behind improvisational comedy in Chicago for over 30 years influencing Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Mike Myers, John Belushi, Chris Farley and the Upright Citizens Brigade to name a few. After Del's passing in 1999, the UCB started the Del Close Marathon to celebrate their mentor and keep alive his name and teachings for future generations.From Friday, July 27th through Sunday, July 29th, the UCB Theater, The Hudson Guild, and F.I.T. will host non-stop improv from all over the country; over 150 shows!. Details on ticketing are still a bit murky, so keep your eyes on the 9th Annual Del Close Marathon website. You wouldn't want to miss this this this this this this or one of the other zillion awesome shows, would you??
Remember when I mentioned that The Ten event at the Gramercy Theater? Well David Wain has given the event its own corner of the internet. Check it
Comedy fans have some TOUGH decisions to make tonight (July 12, 2007). Do you try to get into the sold out Fabrice Fabrice show at the UCB Theater? Or do you head into Brooklyn and agonize over choosing between the FREE Patton Oswalt at Sound Fix and the Tinkle show at South Paw featuring David Cross, Todd Barry, Jon Benjamin, Eugene Mirman, and MORE?
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