Entries tagged with: Fred Armisen

25 result(s) displayed (1 - 25 of 119):

by Bill Pearis

Flaming Lips Portlandia Pickathon

The sixth season of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein's series Portlandia premieres Thursday (1/21) at 10 PM on IFC and takes place entirely at Oregon festival Pickathon (which just announced its 2016 lineup). Among the storylines are that headliners The Flaming Lips have split into two competing groups: The Flaming Lips Featuring Wayne Coyne and More Flaming Lips (with Steven Drozd, Michael Ivins and a new singer). Surely this will be the most momentous festival-based comedy episode since Homer Simpson went to Lollapalooza. Watch a clip below.

You can also watch an entire new episode of Portlandia (not the Pickathon one) over at IFC.

Related: Fred paid tribute to the late David Bowie on this past week's SNL.

Continue reading "The Flaming Lips headline Pickathon in the season premiere of 'Portlandia' which airs this week (watch a clip)"

Chris Stapleton

Country singer Chris Stapleton followed up his killer 2015 by being the first musical guest of 2016 on Saturday Night Live last night. He and his band did "Parachute" and "Nobody to Blame" off last year's Traveller for the episode, which was hosted by Adam Driver (fresh off playing Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens). Check out both performances below.

Also on last night's episode, Fred Armisen gave a tribute to the late David Bowie, reminiscing on seeing Bowie's legendary 1979 performance on the show. Watch Fred's tribute below too.

Continue reading "Chris Stapleton performed, Fred Armisen gave a David Bowie tribute on Saturday Night Live (watch)"

photos by PSquared; words by Bill Pearis

Sleater-Kinney @ Market Hotel 12/16/2015
Sleater-Kinney
Sleater-Kinney
Sleater-Kinney
Sleater-Kinney
Sleater-Kinney

It was a momentous night: the final stop of Sleater-Kinney's five-show NYC run (and tour), and the final show of what has been a busy, triumphant year for the reunited indie rock trio. Additionally, it also served as a reopening for Bushwick DIY spot Market Hotel after what has been a long (and not quite done) renovation process. The place was packed (but not uncomfortably so) and featured the best sound and light show I've ever experienced at Market (both surely brought by the band). It was sweaty and I'd forgotten how much the floor bounces, as it did when S-K trucked out classics like "All Hands on the Bad One."

Like the three previous nights, Fred Armisen was brought out for an encore rendition of B-52's classic "Rock Lobster." I can't say it's one of my favorite B-52's songs but they totally nailed it, and clearly were having a blast playing it, making for one of the most pure-fun moments of the night. They then wrapped up 2015 with "Call the Doctor" and "Dig Me Out." For that encore, the band were all in specially made t-shirts: "Fucking Janet Weiss," "Fuck Carrie Kill," "Whorin' for Corin," and Fred was wearing "Another Lady for Katie" (for touring guitarist Katie Harkin). Setlist is below.

Opening was Lee Ranaldo (weirdly the fifth time I'd seen him perform in little more than a week), who made a total racket, christening the not-quite-finished space. As to that, Market Hotel looked spiffed up but not too different. (I can't actually remember what the last show I saw there was, but it's been five years for me.) It was a temporary permit for last night's show and the general (if entirely unofficial) consensus I heard last night was they are looking to be back in business at the end of February. It was really cool, though, having the J/M rumble by the window and seeing traffic flow behind Sleater-Kinney (with "S-K" and hearts scrawled in the fogged-up window). I look forward to seeing more shows there soon.

More pictures from the whole night, including pics of Ranaldo's set, below...

Continue reading "Sleater-Kinney wrapped up their 2015 tour at still-being-renovated Market Hotel w/ Lee Ranldo (pics/setlist)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Sleater-Kinney, with Fred Armisen @ MHOW - 12/15/15
Sleater-Kinney
Sleater-Kinney
Sleater-Kinney

Night 1, night 2, night 3, and now night 4 of Sleater-Kinney's sold-out five NYC shows happened last night (12/15). This one was the most intimate yet, at Music Hall of Williamsburg. I caught them at their first NYC reunion show at Terminal 5 earlier this year, where they were undoubtedly great, but it was much better seeing them up close and personal in a venue like MHOW. Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker and Janet Weiss are all rock stars, and that was more than apparent last night. Whether they're playing something off this year's No Cities To Love (their first album in ten years) or an old ripper like 1997's still-furious "Dig Me Out," they sounded as on-point and intense as ever. Setlist-wise, we got about half of that new album and half of their final LP before initially breaking up, The Woods, and a pretty good mix of older songs.

Like at Irving Plaza and Terminal 5, Carrie's Portlandia partner Fred Armisen came out during the encore to sing lead on a cover of The B-52s' "Rock Lobster," which Corin wore a bright pink wig for. That encore wrapped up with "Modern Girl" (that had the whole crowd singing) and the aforementioned "Dig Me Out." Pictures and setlist are in this post.

Opening last night's show were the sugary, energetic pop rockers Charly Bliss. Sleater-Kinney's run wraps up tonight at the even more intimate Market Hotel, and doubles as re-opening night for the venue. Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo opens.

In related news, a new trailer is out for Portlandia Season 6, and it includes a teaser of Glenn Danzig's appearance. Check it out (via Vulture), with more pics from MHOW, below...

Continue reading "Sleater-Kinney played night 4 of their NYC run at MHOW (pics); new Portlandia trailer ft. Danzig out now (watch)"

photos by Ebru Yildiz

Corin Tucker / Carrie Brownstein / Meredith Graves @ Irving Plaza - 12/14/15
Sleater-Kinney
Sleater-Kinney
Perfect Pussy

Sleater-Kinney continued their sold-out five-night run of NYC shows last night (12/14) at Irving Plaza with Perfect Pussy opening. So far the setlists have been similar but not exactly the same, and each show gets a cover. The cover last night was the same as night 2: Fred Armisen joining for The B-52s' "Rock Lobster." Check out coverage of nights 1 and 2 here. Pictures and setlist from night 3 are in this post.

The run continues tonight (12/15) at MHOW with Charly Bliss and ends on Wednesday (12/16) at Market Hotel, which is that venue's first real show back. Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo opens that one.

S-K also stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert yesterday and played "Bury Our Friends" off this year's great comeback album, No Cities to Love. Watch the video of that below.

For Perfect Pussy, that show came after singer Meredith Graves played three shows with Kevin Devine and friends (pictures, video and review from Brooklyn and Philly), and right before their tour with Big Ups, which begins in Easthampton, MA tonight. It hits NYC on Friday (12/18) at MHOW with DFA's Guerilla Toss playing too (tickets). Speaking of Big Ups, they just released a new song.

More pictures of S-K and PP at Irving, plus S-K's setlist an their Colbert video, below...

Continue reading "Sleater-Kinney continued their NYC run at Irving Plaza with Perfect Pussy (pics, setlist), played 'Colbert' (video)"

photos by Greg Cristman

Sleater-Kinney @ Terminal 5 12/13/2015
Sleater-Kinney
Sleater-Kinney

Sleater-Kinney are capping off a very busy comeback year with five sold-out NYC shows. The biggest two of those happened over the weekend, playing Brooklyn's Kings Theatre on Saturday (12/12) and Manhattan's Terminal 5 on Sunday (12/13). In addition to their own songs, both night's featured covers. At Kings they paid tribute to both the Ramones and the holiday season by performing "Merry Christmas (I Don't Wanna Fight Tonight)." Then last night at T5, Sleater-Kinney covered The B-52s' "Rock Lobster" and brought out Carrie Brownstein's Portlandia pal Fred Armisen to sing the the parts of another Fred (Schneider). Videos of both, plus pictures from Terminal 5 (including ones of openers Waxahatchee), are in this post.

The five-show run continues tonight (12/14) at Irving Plaza, and then hits Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday (12/15) and finally christens the renovated Market Hotel with its first real show back on Wednesday. We'll have pics from those shows as well. Meanwhile, more from Sleater-Kinney's Terminal 5, below...

Continue reading "Sleater Kinney began 5-show NYC run; covered Ramones at Kings Theatre and B-52s w/ Fred Armisen at T5 (pics/video)"

Bob Mould & Lee Ranaldo w/ Dinosaur Jr @ Bowery Ballroom 12/6/2015 (via @cherryflavoredfunk, @youweresospooked)
Dinosaur Jr
Dinosaur Jr

The seven-show 30th anniversary run for Dinosaur Jr. hit its midpoint on Sunday night. The biggest of Sunday's surprise guests was certainly Bob Mould who came out to play guitar on "Freak Scene" and then stuck around to play early Husker Du jammer "In a Free Land" with J Mascis moving to drums. He also stuck around for the "Cortez the Killer" encore that also featured repeat appearances by Lee Ranaldo and Fred Armisen as well as MV+EE's Matt Valentine. Ranaldo was actually the first special guest of the night, singing on "Little Fury Things," and Valentine was also one of the earlier surprise guests, coming out for "Start Choppin." Other guest vocalists on Sunday were Magik Markers' Elisa Ambrogio for "In a Jar" and Pussy Galore's Julia Cafritz for "Budge."

Three more Dinosaur Jr shows to go, tonight through Wednesday, all of which are sold out. Who could that bring out tonight? More Instagram pics and videos from Sunday night's show are below...

Continue reading "Dinosaur Jr covered Husker Du w/ Bob Mould on night 4 of #Dino30 ++ Lee Ranaldo & more guests (setlist / video)"

photos by Gretchen Robinette

Dinosaur Jr with Fred Armisen / Frank Black / Lee Ranaldo
Dinosaur Jr.
Dinosaur Jr.
Dinosaur Jr.
Dinosaur Jr.
Dinosaur Jr.

We already posted about night 2 (Friday 12/4) of Dinosaur Jr.'s seven-show, 30th Anniversary run at Bowery Ballroom which featured special guests Frank Black, Lee Ranaldo, Fred Armisen and a reunion of J. Mascis and Lou Barlow's early-'80s hardcore band Deep Wound with Scott Helland. Now here's a full set of pictures from the show.

There's also video of Fred Armisen talking about Dinosaur Jr and performing "Feel the Pain" with them, and more pics from Friday's show, below.

Continue reading "watch Fred Armisen perform "Feel the Pain" w/ Dinosaur Jr ++ pics from Friday's show w/ Frank Black & more"

Jeff Tweedy / Henry Rollins / J Mascis, Lee Ranaldo & Frank Black / Fred Armisen (via @tantheman6 @robert_pappas @sordiego)
Dinosaur Jr
henry rollins dinosaur jr
j mascis lee ranaldo frank black
Fred Armisen

Dinosaur Jr. are now at the midway point of their seven-show, 30th anniversary run at Bowery Ballroom where they're playing their 1985 debut album in full. Like Thursday's kickoff show, Friday and Saturday night featured loads of special guests in the second sets.

Friday (12/4) actually had a special guest during the Dinosaur set -- Frank Black came out to sing "Gargoyle." During the second set, Lee Ranaldo came out for "Little Furry Things." Then they brought out Scott Helland, making for a reunion of Deep Wound, Lou Barlow and J Mascis' early-'80s hardcore band, playing their song "Training Ground." Later, Fred Armisen appeared for a cover of "Hey Policeman," by Fred's alter ego, Ian Rubbish. Armisen also played on "The Lung" and "Feel the Pain," and then returned for the encore of Neil Young's "Cortez the Killer."

Saturday night (12/5) was even more guest-filled. They brought out Valerie June for "Watch the Corners" and "Feel the Pain" and then it was Jeff Tweedy for "Get Me" and "Tar Pit." Still more: Jesse Malin joined the band for a cover of The Stooges' "TV Eye," and then Charles Bradley was brought out for a cover of Neil Young's "Heart of Gold." Henry Rollins, who introduced the band on Thursday and Friday (and Sunday), came out for "Don't." Then Tweedy and Malin returned for "Cortez the Killer."

The fourth Bowery show happens tonight. Who will guest? Setlists from both Friday and Saturday's Dinosaur Jr shows, plus more Instagrams and videos, below...

Continue reading "Dinosaur Jr's Bowery run continues: Friday & Saturday had Frank Black, Jeff Tweedy, Charles Bradley, Rollins & more"

Mike and the cast of 'Don't Think Twice'
Don't Think Twice Mike Birbiglia

Mike Birbiglia wrote, directed and starred in 2012's acclaimed Sleepwalk with Me. He's got a new movie in the works, titled Don't Think Twice about an improv troupe that includes Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), Gillian Jacobs (Community), Kate Micucci (Garfunkel and Oates), Tami Sagher (Inside Amy Schumer) and Chris Gethard. The official synopsis:

The comedy is about an improv group that loses the lease on its home theater at the same time that one of its cast members gets chosen for the biggest sketch-comedy show on TV. It's about the bitterness and backstabbing that occurs among friends when they realize that maybe not everyone's gonna make it after all.
Filming in NYC is currently underway, so stay tuned.

In other news, Mike is part of charity event "The 2nd Annual Talent Show" which happens at NYC's New World Stages / Stage 3 on December 1. Also part of this are Bleachers, Sara Bareilles, Fred Armisen, Lena Dunham, Elle King, Andrew Dost, John Early, Roy Wood Jr, Jacqueline Novak, with host Rachel Antonoff and JD Samson as your DJ for the evening. Tickets are on sale and all proceeds go support New Alternatives' work with LGBTQ Youth. Poster for the show is below.

Continue reading "Mike Birbiglia making new movie w/ Keegan-Michael Key, Chris Gethard & more ++ performing at LGBTQ benefit show"

photo: Flaming Lips at Levitation 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Flaming Lips

We already knew that Glenn Danzig would be one of the guests on season 6 of Carrie Brownstein & Fred Armisen's show Portlandia, and now Pitchfork points out IFC announced the premiere date (January 21) and more guests:

Guest stars coming to Portlandia this season include Jillian Bell (Workaholics), Louis C.K. (Louie), musician Wayne Coyne and The Flaming Lips, rocker Glenn Danzig, Gregory Gourdet (Top Chef), Mitchell Hurwitz (Arrested Development), Moshe Kasher (Another Period), Zoe Kravitz (Dope, Mad Max), John Levenstein (Kroll Show), NPR's Kai Ryssdal, Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development), Robert Smigel (Saturday Night Live), and Bitsie Tulloch (rimm).

Returning guest stars include Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Natasha Lyonne (Orange Is the New Black), and Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley).

Sounds great as always. While you wait for January 21 to roll around, you can catch up on the first five seasons on Netflix.

Carrie Brownstein's new memoir is out now and we just interviewed her about that and other things. Sleater-Kinney are touring soon too, including five NYC shows in December. Most are sold out but tickets for some are still available.

The Flaming Lips are also touring soon as Miley Cyrus's backing band, and with Dan Deacon opening. They're also giving a physical release to their Christmas single with Yoko Ono, and an autographed copy is one of the items being auctioned off with proceeds going to Surfer Blood's Thomas Fekete, who is battling cancer.

Blur w/ Fred Armisen @ Hollywood Bowl 10/20/2015 (via @wbr)
Blur at Hollywood Bowl 2015

Blur are in America as we speak and played their first of two shows in the country on Tuesday night (10/20) at LA's Hollywood Bowl. Unlike their show at Music Hall of Williamsburg this spring that mainly showcased new album The Magic Whip, the Hollywood Bowl show trotted out the hits, from Madchester-era early single "There's No Other Way" to "Coffee & TV," "Beetlebum," "Song 2," "To The End," "This is a Low," "Girls & Boys," "For Tomorrow" and some deep cuts like Parklife's "Badhead." For "Parklife," the band brought out Fred Armisen to do the spoken word parts (originally performed by Quadrophenia's Phil Daniels) which he almost entirely re-wrote to be about LA. Video of that and Blur's Hollywood Bowl setlist, below.

Courtney Barnett opened the show and she'll do the same when Blur plays NYC's Madison Square Garden on Friday (10/23). Tickets are still available (and we're giving away a pair, too). Who might Blur bring out for "Parklife" here? Is John Oliver busy?

Continue reading "Blur played Hollywood Bowl, brought out Fred Armisen for "Parklife" (video, setlist); MSG show is Friday"

danzig

Officially looking forward to the next season of Portlandia after seeing the above photo posted to Carrie Brownstein's Instagram, hoping Carrie wears that outfit to her upcoming almost-Halloween appearance at Barnes & Noble in Union Square, hoping Danzig does not wear his outfit at any of his Halloween-time shows this year (October 21st at Best Buy Theater included), AND not sure when Portlandia Season 6 hits IFC, but meanwhile you can catch Fred in his new IFC show Documentary Now!.

Check out a couple more pics from what seems to be a goth-themed sketch, via Fred's instagram, below...

Continue reading "Danzig on Portlandia? (this pic of Carrie, Glenn & Fred rules)"

by Bill Pearis

Blue Jean Committee

Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Myers have a new series on IFC called Documentary Now! which parodies various nonfiction films, including Grey Gardens, Nanook of the North, and VICE's HBO series. They got Helen Mirren to intro every episode and he series premieres this Thursday (8/20) at 10 PM EST with "Sandy Passage" (the Grey Gardens parody). You can watch the entire VICE parody, titled "DRONEZ" and featuring Jack Black as a Shane Smith-inspired character, as well as a few other clips below.

Bill Hader was on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Monday to promote the show, which also featured a live performance by fake '70s soft rock band Blue Jean Committee, who feature in Documentary Now!'s two-part 'Behind the Music' style season finale that includes cameos from HAIM, Darryl Hall, Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, and more. You can watch their performance of "Catalina Breeze" (pretty good Loggins & Messina / England Dan & John Ford Coley style yacht rock) You may remember Blue Jean Committee from a 2011 SNL episode. Here, they've gone deep in the shag, recording a bunch of songs which will be released on an EP in November via Drag City (who put out BJC's "Massachusetts Afternoon" last year as a 7"). That's the cover art above and you can stream two tracks from that right now, below...

Continue reading "Bill Hader, Fred Armisen & Seth Meyers parody VICE, 'Behind the Music' and more in 'Documentary Now!' series"

photos by James Richards IV

Jenny Lewis @ Chicago's Vic Theatre 5/19/2015
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 3

"I'm a professional musician ... (but) all these balls are distracting me," she said with a laugh, as she fumbled the opening of her encore. Lewis is indeed a pro, a one-time child actress who still brings a hint of Hollywood glamour to her show. She's at ease in front of an audience; confident, stylish, with a knack for selling the songs with a raised fist, twirling wrist or pogo hop. At times, she and her six-piece band came off as slick, especially when they plunged into a half-dozen sleek rock songs from across Lewis' career, including her off-and-on band Rilo Kiley.

Yet her pristine voice, a piercing instrument in the upper register with a timbre reminiscent of a young Emmylou Harris, specializes in dispensing honesty, no matter how discomforting or withering it might be.
[Chicago Tribune]

Jenny Lewis is currently on tour and in the last week or so has played Chicago's Vic Theatre (5/19) and Gorge, WA's Sasquatch Music Festival (5/24). Pictures from the Vic, with opener Nikki Lane, are in this post.

In other news, she's also just released a couple videos, both of which feature SNL's Vanessa Bayer. The first is part of Bayer's "Sound Advice" series where Bayer plays media coach Janessa Slater who, among other topics, asks about Lewis' old group...Troop Beverly Hills. You can watch that below.

Lewis' child star past comes up again in the new video for "She's Not Me," the new single from last year's The Voyager. She directed it herself and it has nods to not only Troop Beverly Hills, but also The Wizard and her guest appearance on The Golden Girls. Helping her out are Vanessa Bayer, Fred Armisen, Girls' star Zosia Mamet and Leo Fitzpatrick (Telly from Kids). Watch it below.

Jenny's summer tour dates include a few opening for Wilco, and a few as part of Mumford & Sons' Gentlemen of the Road Stopover tour, the latter of which hits NJ's Seaside Heights Beach on June 5 & 6 (tickets). All dates are listed with more pictures below.

Continue reading "Jenny Lewis played Chicago (pics), makes fun of child star past in new video ft. Vanessa Bayer, Fred Armisen & more"

Jon Glaser on last week's episode of 'Girls'
IMAGE

A host of comedy talent -- including Fred Armisen, Janeane Garofalo, Wyatt Cenac, Eugene Mirman (who'll be on tour with Bob's Burgers), and current SNL castmembers Mike O'Brien and Michael Che -- will be at Littlefield on March 11 for show being billed as "A Brooklyn Free Space Fundraiser Spectacular Evening of Entertainment!" Jon Glaser will be your host for the evening and tickets are on sale now.

Glaser, who you may have seen recently on episodes of Girls or Parks and Recreation, will be appearing on Sunday (2/22) at Shea Stadium for The Macaulay Culkin Show (which does not actually feature the Pizza Underground member). He'll be there for a live reading of a screenplay, "Whenever Possible Forever," that also features Jake Fogelnest, Joe Rumrill, Julio Torres, Ted Shumaker, and Tynan Delong. Glaser gives the backstory on this:

about a year ago, Brett Davis messaged me on Facebook asking me to do his show. I wasn't available, and he basically said there was an open invitation to do the show "whenever possible forever". Highly enjoying that phrasing, I jokingly challenged him to write a screenplay called "Whenever Possible Forever". I immediately received an opening scene in response. I wrote back something along the lines of "You keep writing, I'll keep reading." I'd receive new scenes every week or so, and would volley back with continued encouragement. This went back and forth for about a few months, until finally, at another comedy show, approximately 35 hard copy pages were placed in my hands, printed out on different kinds of mismatched paper. This dumb bit turned out to be something very weird, creative. smart, stupid and funny, and the world needs to know about it!
It's $5 at the door and starts at 8 PM. Flyer below...

Continue reading "Fred Armisen, Eugene Mirman, Michael Che & more playing benefit at Littlefield; Jon Glaser doing 'Macaulay Culkin Show' "

SNL

The Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary was a spectacle, bringing together most of the show's famous cast, guest hosts, and favorite musical guests for a three-and-a-half hour extravaganza (with commercials, and not counting the extra hour of red carpet interviews that started an hour earlier on NBC). On the musical front, Kanye West got a lot of air time, performing "Jesus Walks" (while on his back), then getting up for "Only One" and new song "Wolves" (complete with ice-blue contact lenses) with Sia in a white wig, and Vic Mensa. Class skits were revisited, and Kanye was the target of some jokes in the new "Wayne's World" segment where "Kanye, Sit Down" came in at #5 on their Top 10 List.


Happy 40th SNL. #snl40 #siaswig #Galifikanyekis

A photo posted by Brooklyn Vegan (@brooklynvegan) on



Sia's wig would later appear on Zach Galifianakis when he introduced new Digital Short, "That's When You Break," that starred Andy Samberg and Adam Sandler (and clips of SNL actors cracking up ["breaking"] on camera). There was also Paul McCartney, who played Irving Plaza the night before, performing "I've Just Seen a Face" with Paul Simon and then "Maybe I'm Amazed." (He was very memorably, hilariously introduced by Keith Richards.) Later in the show Simon, introduced by Jack White, would come back out for "Still Crazy After All These Years" Related: Miley Cyrus covered Simon's "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" (with Fred Armisen on invaluable tambourine, and Paul McCartney's drummer Abe Laboriel, Jr. playing as part of her band too). Miley was introduced by Win Butler and frequent guest-host Candice Bergen.

Best buds Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon opened the show with a pretty impressive Beasties-style rap that chronicled the history of SNL. Later in the show Martin Short and Maya Rudolph (as Beyoncé) did a tribute to the many comedy musical sketches over the years many of whom made their return: Bill Murray's lounge singer (still great), Joe Piscopo as Frank Sinatra, Marty & Bobbi Culp (Will Ferrell & Ana Gasteyer), and The Blues Brothers (Dan Aykroyd was wearing his Crystal Skull vodka knit hat on the red carpet).

The SNL band got a big shout-out too, which saw the return of longtime guitarist G.E. Smith. Late bassist Tom "T-Bone" Wolk, who Smith played with on SNL and in Hall & Oates' band and died in 2010, was acknowledged in the "In Memoriam" segment that, hilariously, also included Jon Lovitz (who, not dead, was in the audience waving incredulously both times he was referred to as dead during the show). There was also a tribute to Tracy Morgan who is still recovering from a near-fatal car crash.

"Celebrity Jeopardy"
Celebrity Jeopardy

We got a lot of updates of classic sketches including the welcome return of "Celebrity Jeopardy," the maybe less welcome "The Californians" (with original cast member Laraine Newman, Taylor Swift> and a game Bradley Cooper who got to make out with Betty White), and Ackroyd did his famous "Bass-O-Matic" sketch again.

What else: Tina Fey and Amy Pohler did Weekend Update with Jane Curtain (and Edward Norton as Stefon and Melissa McCarthy as Chris Farley character Matt Foley); Jerry Seinfeld fielded questions from audience members Michael Douglas, John Goodman, James Franco, Larry David, Tim Meadows, Dakota Johnson and Sarah Palin; and Chris Rock paid tribute to Eddie Murphy who came out on the SNL stage for the first time in 30 years. That may have been one of the most awkward moments of the night. Everyone was hoping Eddie, who also talked to Al Roker on the red carpet in the pre-show, would perform, but that unfortunately didn't happen.

There was lots more: Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, a sports montage, a shorts montage.... You can watch the whole thing over at NBC.com. More pictures and clips of many of the highlights, below...

Continue reading "SNL celebrated 40 years w/ Sia's wig, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Kanye, Bill Murray, Will Ferrell & much more"

sing it, Ellen!
IMAGE

As you probably know Sleater-Kinney's terrific new album, No Cities to Love, is out next week which you can listen to over at NPR if you haven't yet. Sub Pop just posted a video of a lot of famous people singing along to its title track. Folks like Andy Samberg, Gerard Way, Ellen Page, Sarah Silverman, The Walking Dead's Norman Reedus, Miranda July, J Mascis, Natasha Lyonne, Friday Night Lights / Nashville star Connie Britton, Fred Armisen (of course) and lots more. Watch it below.

Sleater-Kinney will be in NYC on Friday (1/16) to be interviewed by Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson of Broad City (you can leave questions you want answered). They return next month for two sold out shows at Terminal 5.

Continue reading "watch Andy Samberg, J Mascis, Ellen Page, Miranda July, Gerard Way & more sing Sleater-Kinney's "No Cities to Love""

Carrie Fred Conan

Portlandia partners Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen appeared on Conan last night to discuss the show's brand new season and, among other things, the reunion of Carrie's band Sleater-Kinney. Conan clarifies to Fred that Sleater-Kinney is "a band you are not in," but Fred insists he'll find a way to go on tour with them. Watch how that went down, along with videos of them discussing Twitter marriage proposals and Carrie and Fred working out some of their issues, below.

Sleater-Kinney's first album since 2005, No Cities to Love, comes out next week (1/20) via Sub Pop. Listen.

Continue reading "Carrie Brownstein & Fred Armisen discuss how Fred thinks he will find a way to tour w/ Sleater-Kinney on 'Conan' (watch)"

Kate Pierson

The B-52's are still an active band, but now one of the founding members/vocalists Kate Pierson will also be taking the solo route for the first time. Her debut album, Guitars and Microphones, is due out February 17 via Lazy Meadow/Kobalt, and the Fred Armisen-starring video for "Mister Sister" is out now (dir. Monica Coleman). Sia executive produced the album and co-wrote some if too, and The Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi played it on as well.

Meanwhile, The B-52's have a few 2015 dates scheduled including two int he NYC area: January 30 at The Space at Westbury (tickets) and January 31 at The Capitol Theatre (tickets).

All dates are listed, with the new Kate Pierson video and LP tracklist, below...

Continue reading "B-52s singer Kate Pierson releasing a solo album ft. Sia, Nick Valensi of Strokes & more, shares video starring Fred Armisen"

Fred Armisen @ Irving Plaza - 11/19/14 (via Haley Klausmeyer)
Fred

Fred Armisen took part in the recent Doctors Without Borders benefit at Irving Plaza (11/19) with Greg Barris, Ted Leo, Jim Gaffigan, Hannibal Buress, David Cross and more, and the New Yawkers in the audience were treated to some improvised, hometown-specific humor when Fred went through the differences in New York accents. Watch Fred differentiate between The Rockaways, The Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, the Upper West Side and more in ANIMAL's video (via Gawker) below.

Fred has more NYC appearances scheduled, including the 826NYC benefit at The Bell House on December 8 with Eugene Mirman, Reggie Watts and Sarah Vowell (tickets), and the Aimee Mann/Ted Leo Christmas show on December 13 at Town Hall with The Bangles' Susanna Hoffs and Jonathan Coulton (tickets).

Video below...

Continue reading "Fred Armisen taught Irving Plaza about different NY accents (watch)"

Fred

The very funny Fred Armisen is already on board for the 826NYC benefit at The Bell House on December 8 with Eugene Mirman, Reggie Watts and Sarah Vowell (tickets), and now he's got another NYC appearance happening a few days later. He was added to the Town Hall (12/13) stop of Aimee Mann and Ted Leo's Christmas tour, which also includes The Bangles' Susanna Hoffs and geek rocker Jonathan Coulton. Tickets for that show are still available.

Fred's also starring in an upcoming movie with Billie Joe Armstrong, opening Bob Mould's New Year's Eve show in Chicago, and the trailer was just released for season 5 of his IFC show with Carrie Brownstein, Portlandia. The 5th season is set to feature guest appearances from Vanessa Bayer, Steve Buscemi, Shepard Fairey, Greta Gerwig, Peter Giles, Matt Groening, Anna Gunn, Justin Long, Jane Lynch, Natasha Lyonne, Seth Meyers, Brigitte Nielsen, Parker Posey, Paul Reubens, Paul Simon, Olivia Wilde and Oscar the Grouch. Sounds pretty awesome. The S5 premiere airs on Thursday, January 8 at 10 PM. Watch the trailer below.

Meanwhile, Carrie Brownstein's band Sleater-Kinney are reunited and bringing their tour to NYC for two Terminal 5 shows in 2015. Both are sold out.

Continue reading "Fred Armisen playing Aimee Mann/Ted Leo Xmas show after 826NYC benefit; Portlandia season 5 trailer out now (watch)"

Billie Joe Armstrong at SXSW 2014 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Billie

Geezer is an upcoming Lee Kirk-directed film due in 2015 that's about a 40-year old man dealing with a mid-life crisis by revisiting his punk past, and they've got few people with their own punk pasts on board to work on it. Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and SNL's punk rocker Ian Rubbish aka Fred Armisen (also of Portlandia and actual band Trenchmouth) are both starring it, and Billie Joe wrote and performed new music for the film. Joining them on the cast will also be Judy Greer (Arrested Development, Archer), Selma Blair (Cruel Intentions), Dallas Roberts (The Walking Dead), Chris Messina (recent Sam Smith video star) and Brian Baumgartner (The Office), Variety reports. Here's more from their article on the premise:

"Geezer" centers on the mid-life crisis of a husband and father who, on his 40th birthday, decides to revisit his punk-rock past by throwing an extravagant party in the presidential suite of the Drake Hotel -- where he encounters his beautiful ex-girlfriend and former bandmates who have since moved on to bigger and better things.
Billie Joe has a few acting credits to his name, including that time he was a guest star on the Broadway musical for his album American Idiot. Relive that moment (if you dare) below...

Continue reading "Billie Joe Armstrong, Fred Armisen, Judy Greer & others starring in new film about an aging punk rocker, 'Geezer'"

Greg Barris (photo via Michael Alex Newman)
IMAGE

Comedian Greg Barris is a busy guy. He's co-hosting the Doctors Without Borders benefit at NYC's Irving Plaza on November 19 (tickets) and, among other things, started a new series/podcast this year called "Mind Warriors" which mixes science and laughs:

Mind Warriors: Bringing you the most cutting edge information from the edge of the universe (that's two edges). Mind Warriors is a comedic, science interview show hosted by Greg Barris that delves into the spiritual and scientific research and practices of each guest Mind Warrior with a question and answer session at the end with the audience.
The next edition of "Mind Warriors" happens at Brooklyn's Union Hall on January 11 with Andrew WK as guest. Tickets for that are on sale now. The first "Mind Warriors" video is below.

Andrew WK is busy too, playing a solo show at Knitting Factory on November 22 (part of their Fifth Anniversary celebration), and will be with Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg at Gramercy Theatre on January 17. He'll also be on WNYU on December 11 at 4PM for a " live radio interview and party DJ set!" so mark your calendars. Updated AWK schedule is listed below.

And in related funny/smart news, there's a benefit for 826NYC (the nonprofit that promotes creative and expository writing skills) at The Bell House on December 8 with Eugene Mirman, Reggie Watts, Sarah Vowell, Fred Armisen and more to be announced. Tickets are on sale.

Reggie Watts also plays The Bell House on Friday (11/7) as part of the NY Comedy Fest, and then later in the evening at The Blue Note.

Andrew WK dates -- including New Year's Eve in Chicago -- are listed, along with the first episode of "Mind Warriors," below..

Continue reading "Andrew WK adds dates, guesting on Greg Barris' "Mind Warriors"; Fred Armisen & more doing 826NYC benefit"

The Damned

As you know, Manhattan club Don Hill's is reopening as The Hills, and though a public opening date still doesn't seem to exist, there is a Halloween party happening there, and it's free with RSVP. The occasion, in addition to it being October 31st, is the Damned show at Irving Plaza, for which this is the afterparty. The Damned members Dave and Pinch will be DJing.

The Damned are on tour and also play Philly (tonight) and Asbury Park (11/1). If you'd like to try and go to Irving Plaza for free, we're giving away a pair of tickets within our big Halloween show roundup post.

Last night Captain Sensible of the Damned and Fred Armisen teamed up (again) for a show at Bowery Electric. Check out a video of him performing his classic solo single "Wot" from that, below...

Continue reading "The (Don) Hills opening on Halloween (RSVP), after the Damned (win tix); Captain Sensible played the Bowery (video)"

Previous