Entries tagged with: James Franco
The Colbert Report aired its final episode last night (12/18) after nine seasons on Comedy Central. At the end, Randy Newman and Jon Stewart came out to help Stephen Colbert sing the 1939 standard "We'll Meet Again" and soon they were joined by stageful of celebrity guests, including Willie Nelson, Michael Stipe, Jeff Tweedy, Cyndi Lauper, Bryan Cranston, Tom Brokaw, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Ric Ocasek, James Franco, Patrick Stewart, Arianna Huffington, George Lucas, Henry Kissinger, and many, many more. You can watch that below.
Then, instead of the usual closing-credits music, Colbert used Neutral Milk Hotel's "Holland 1945." Slate notes that the song, from In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, has special importance to Colbert who lost his father and two brothers in a plane crash. You can watch the whole episode over at Comedy Central.
Colbert will succeed David Letterman at CBS' The Late Late Show sometime after May 2015.
This year, the 2015 Grammy nominations are being revealed gradually on CBS This Morning. A few categories have already been announced, with a lot more on the way, and we'll have to wait for tonight's A Very Grammy Christmas special to find out the Album of the Year nominees. Arcade Fire, St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Beck, Black Keys, Ryan Adams, Jack White, Beyonce (now the most Grammy-nominated woman), Pharrell, Schoolboy Q, Drake, Eminem, Disclosure, Duke Dumont, Basement Jaxx, James Franco, Aphex Twin, Little Dragon, Royksopp & Robyn, Arctic Monkeys, Mastodon, Motorhead, Alt-J, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Sam Smith, Haim, Sia, Coldplay, Robert Glasper, Sharon Jones, Jhene Aiko, Tom Petty, U2 and more have already been announced. Stay tuned for more announcements and check out the list so far, below.
UPDATE: Full list of nominations (
except Album of the Year) now up at GRAMMY.com. Several of the categories are also listed below.
UPDATE 2: Album of the Year nominees announced. See below.
The awards ceremony happens February 8, 2015.
As everyone knows, James Franco can do everything. And he often does. That includes being in a band, Daddy, which is him and pal Tim O'Keefe. Daddy's new album, due out in 2015, is titled Let Me Get What I Want and if that title is ringing bells...it, like the album, is an homage to The Smiths.
The Pineapple Express actor recently published a book of poetry called Directing Herbert White: Poems and two sections in it are called "Poems Inspired by Smiths' Songs," which are reactions to Smiths songs, each poem baring the title of the Morrissey/Marr song that inspired it. Which then became the new Daddy album. These aren't covers. While a lyric from Daddy's "This Charming Man" may start "I would go out tonight," it finishes with "but I think I'll pass" instead of "but I haven't got a stitch to wear." Giving this project some legitimacy, they got Smiths member Andy Rourke to play bass on the whole album.
You can check out first single "This Charming Man" via its video which is part of an accompanying film that features the entire album as a seamless mix and narrative. The footage was shot by students of James' mother at the high school that James attended in Palo Alto. Students were given the poems and asked to shoot based on them. Watch the video below.
Speaking of Rourke, the bassist made an appearance at the Peter Hook & the Light show at NYC's Irving Plaza on Friday (11/7), coming out to play on New Order song "True Faith." You may remember that Rourke and Hook, along with Mani from Stone Roses, were part of Freebass that existed in the late '00s. Rourke also played with his former Smiths' bandmate Johnny Marr last year when he toured through NYC, maybe he'll do it again this week?
Video for Daddy's "This Charming Man" below...
Blood Orange at Webster Hall in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Blood Orange mastermind Dev Hynes has just announced a performance of his score from Gia Coppola's new film Palo Alto (based on the book by James Franco, who also stars in the film) in tandem with a screening of the film. The performance will take place in NYC at BRIC House on October 9. Tickets will be available to BRIC members starting Tuesday August 12 at noon, and to the general public the following Tuesday, August 19, at the same time. Hynes's label, Domino, has put up a new stream of one of the tracks from the Palo Alto score, called "Fred Drives," which you can check out below.
As discussed, Blood Orange also have a free show coming up at Central Park Summerstage on August 16 with Moses Sumney and Sean Nicholas Savage.
All Blood Orange dates, including FYF Fest, are listed with the new song stream and Palo Alto trailer, below...
intro by Andrew Sacher
Speedy Ortiz had one of the finest indie rock albums of the year with Major Arcana which we're already seeing on some best of 2013 lists, and we asked them for a best of 2013 list of their own. The four members of the band, singer/guitarist Sadie Dupuis, drummer Mike Falcone, bassist Darl Ferm, and guitarist Matt Robidoux, all agreed on a number one pick for the year (spoiler: it's not an album), and then the members listed individual picks, including some albums, a TV show appearance, a computer game, an art exhibit, a movie, a book, and more. Their full list, with commentary, is below.
Speedy Ortiz have a ton of tour dates coming up, including stops in NYC supporting The Breeders who will be playing Pod and Last Splash at Webster Hall on December 19 and 20. Tickets for those shows are still available, and we're also giving away a pair to each night. Speedy also open for Los Campesinos! at a couple shows including their NYC stop on 1/22 at Irving Plaza (tix).
All tour dates are listed, along with their new video for "No Below," and the year-end list, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Kanye @ MSG - 11/24/13 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Kanye West just wrapped the 4-night NYC runYeezus tour at MSG last night (11/24) with legendary rap group A Tribe Called Quest opening, and billing it as their "final" show. The run also included another show with Tribe last Wednesday (11/20) at Barclays Center and two with Kendrick Lamar -- 11/19 at Barclays and Saturday (11/23) at MSG.
It was Kanye's second live appearance(s) in NYC this year, after having headlined Governors Ball back in June. His GovBall set was an incredibly elaborate affair, with a massive light show and intense on-screen footage that was more about the overall audio/visual experience than it was "a concert." And last night's MSG show was a similar experience, but a totally different delivery. Instead of video clips, Kanye was backed by a giant 3-dimensional pyramid, a "sky" screen above it, and a silent group of "dancers" who looked more like a cult-ish or religious group than dancers. The setlist was super heavy on Yeezus early on, playing most of the older hits towards the end, but it was those dark, abrasive moments of the new album mixed with the ominous stage show that really made it an unforgettable experience. That, and of course, Kanye's nightly rant, which this time was about how "nobody says anything bad about Lenny Kravitz," how terrible the fashion industry is, and about not letting your ego get to your head too much.
During A Tribe Called Quest's set, like he did at Barclays Center, Busta Rhymes came out during "Scenario" which got him and Tribe a standing ovation. Busta and ATCQ's Q-Tip have a collaborative mixtape, The Abstract & The Dragon, coming out on December 12, and they just made a video for its single "Thank You," which features Kanye, in addition to Lil Wayne. A$AP Ferg, A$AP Nast, and Tristan Wilds make cameos in the video, but aren't on the song. Check it out below.
And in more related news, James Franco and Seth Rogen decided to make their own version of Kanye's "Bound 2" video, which you can watch, along with a couple videos from MSG (including a "rant" video) and Kanye's setlist, below...
"New Cast Member or Arcade Fire?" / "live" from Club Salsatheque
As you may know, Montreal's Arcade Fire are in NYC this weekend and were just musical guests for the season premiere of Saturday Night Live, and they played the title track from the forthcoming Reflektor, as well as "Afterlife" from the album. They also appeared in game show parody, "New Castmember or Arcade Fire?," that also featured host Tina Fey.
After SNL, the 30-minute NBC Arcade Fire special was not a live event, as some had speculated/hoped, but a pre-taped concert from, what appeared to be mostly shot at Club Salsathèque in Montreal (where they played earlier this month) that featured cameos from Michael Cera, Bono, Zach Galifianakis, James Franco, Bill Hader and others. New songs included "Here Comes the Night Time", plus "We Exist" and "Normal People."
No video has surfaced yet but we'll add when it's up. UPDATE: The videos of both SNL appearances and the game show parody are up now, and can be watched below.
Here's some April 1 news you may have missed....
Amanda Palmer at T5, NYE 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Music biz insider Bob Lefsetz reports today that Warner Brothers will fund all new albums on the label via Kickstarter:
Perennially third, the smallest of the three majors saw a need to shake it up, to move ahead of Sony and Universal in the game of music production. Lucian Grainge bought EMI, believing it was all about market share, economies of scale...but that's positively old school. Today you drill down into the niches, you solidify your relationship with your fan base, you grow from the bottom up, not the top down.The new deal, which includes fan-funded fave Amanda Palmer, ties in Facebook, Amazon Prime and Google.
Yes, Stephen Cooper has just thrown a curve ball so wide, Doug Morris won't even see it.
Believing it's about radio and retail, septuagenarian Morris is putting himself out to his own pasture. Didn't he get the memo? Newspapers are dying, young people ignore mainstream media, to try to close young people via old media is like insisting baby boomers give up their Lipitor. Raw stupidity. Then again, the music business was always about muscle.
But now it's about data.
Speaking of, Google Labs have just released the beta of Google Nose, with an Aromabase of over 15 million "scentibytes."
Boards of Canada
Scottish electronic shoegazers Boards of Canada are finally following up 2005's The Campfire Headphase with a new double album, Quetzalcoatl, reports FACT.
In similar news, legendary metal outfit ISIS have reformed, reports Nefarious Realm. The crew are launching a nationwide tour with Pelican, Converge and Cave In. In what is surely a new world record, they'll be playing all 26 dates on the same day (that would be today).
The White Stripes Mk2
On a related reformation note, Australian site Beat has this exclusive: Jack White is getting The White Stripes back together, though now with actress Tilda Swinton on drums. It may seem like an unexpected choice, but anyone whose seen her 1992 film, Orlando, knows that Swinton can play anything. The White Stripes new album, Evangelical Trout, is due later this year.
What else? A mere two weeks after SXSW 2013, popular Austin venue Mohawk announces, much like Emo's and Antones, it's moving from it's iconic Red River locale.
In in other sad news, nightlife socialite and white jeans wearer Andrew WK is giving up his signature activity. He tweeted earlier today, "As of today, I've officially decided to never party again."
But in happier partying news, Seth Rogen and James Franco are making a sequel to stone comedy Pineapple Express and you can watch the trailer below.
And finally, here's news we've all been waiting for. My Social List has the scoop that Daft Punk's return to the live stage will happen at Williamsburg DIY space 285 Kent on May 12. No, we don't know what time they're on.
Fiona Apple @ Winstar World Casino last night (via rideincircles)
The brouhaha surrounding Fiona Apple's drug arrest last week just keeps going. (They're calling it AppleGate!) Over the weekend, Apple talked about her jail experience, or something like that, in Houston. It involves two "lock boxes."
Then, Hudspeth County Sheriff's department spokesman Rusty Fleming offered an amazing rebuttal that included this bit:
Two weeks ago nobody in the country cared about what you had to say, -- now that you've been arrested it appears your entire career has been jump-started. Don't worry Sweetie, I won't bill you.Texas state law classifies hashish possession as a third-degree felony, so according to AlterNet, Fiona could be headed back to jail for up to ten years.
Meanwhile in Bushwick, Bill and Hillary Clinton were hanging out with indie musician Lia Ices, Joel Cohen, Gloria Steinem and other hip cats at Roberta's on Friday.
The great Amenra is preparing to launch Mass V, the band's new LP due via Neurot Recordings on November 26th. Check out the tracklisting, album art and a teaser video below.
Flying Lotus's new album 'Until The Quiet Comes' is streaming at NPR.
More stuff below...