Entries tagged with: Jimmy Fallon
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.
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.
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...
As mentioned, Saturday Night Live will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a three-hour live special on February 15 (which is Sunday, by the way). Former castmember Eddie Murphy, who hasn't appeared on the show (which he doesn't have especially fond memories of) since 1984, will return for the special which also features a cavalcade of other past castmembers: Chevy Chase, Jimmy Fallon, Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, Martin Short, Tina Fey, Molly Shannon, Mike Myers, Andy Samberg, Bill Murray, Amy Poehler, Dana Carvey, Kristen Wiig, Dan Aykroyd, Chris Rock, Garrett Morris, and Maya Rudolph.
There will aslo be lots of former SNL hosts as well, including Five Timers Club members Tom Hanks, Alec Baldwin, Paul Simon, Justin Timberlake, Christopher Walken, and Steve Martin, plus Emma Stone, John Hamm, Derek Jeter, Melissa McCarthy, Jerry Seinfeld, Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson, Jim Carrey, Peyton Manning, Betty White and many more yet to be announced.
In addition to Timberlake and Simon, other musicians appearing on SNL 40 will be Kanye West, Paul McCartney, and Taylor Swift. The Saturday Night Live Special runs from 8 - 11 PM on 2/15. You can watch a couple of promos for the special below.
And in related news, Eddie Murphy, who has dabbled in music in the past, having scored a hit in 1985 with the Rick James-produced "Party All the Time," recently released a reggae single "Oh Jah" which you can stream below. It's not his first dip into the genre -- he released a single with Snoop Lion in 2013 and collaborated with Shabba Ranks in 1993.
This past week's SNL featured D'Angelo.
Dej Loaf, who may or may not be the future of hip hop, has scheduled a NYC show happening at SOB's on Monday (12/8). It's the next edition of Hot 97's "Who's Next?" series and also features Boldy James, Kiyanne and Spank Jus Bizness. Tickets are on sale now.
Dej recently played her single "Try Me" on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon with The Roots, which you can watch below. was also one of the many Detroit rappers featured on Eminem's song "Detroit vs Everybody" from his new Shady Records compilation, Shady XV. Also on the song is Danny Brown, Big Sean, Royce da 5'9" and Trick Trick. You can listen to that below too.
That's the same compilation where Eminem threatened to rape Iggy Azalea in a song: "So what's it gon' be? Put that shit away Iggy. You don't wanna blow that rape whistle on me. Scream! I love it. 'Fore I get lost with the gettin' off." That song came out not long after Em said he'd punch Lana Del Rey in the face in a freestyle. Keepin' it classy, Marshall.
Speaking of Iggy, Azealia Banks took to Twitter once again to fire a slew of angry tweets at her. This time it was to say she doesn't care about black people. She wrote, "its funny to see people Like Igloo Australia silent when these things happen... Black Culture is cool, but black issues sure aren't huh?" and "Don't just be down to ride Black Dick..... If you with us you WITH US!!!!" She also tweeted a "Christmas Carol" which was deleted but Buzzfeed still has up: "I'mmmm Dreeeeaaming Of a Whiiiiiiteee Racisttttt !!!" Iggy's response: "we've all read the script 49584068408540 billion times now, find a new game plan." She then suggested to her followers that they sign petitions, protest or donate and provided some productive ways you can help.
Meanwhile, both Iggy AND Eminem (and Macklemore) better step back, says J. Cole.
Dej Loaf video and song stream below...
photos by Greg Cristman
Johnny Marr @ MHOW 11/15/2014
While Marr's live show primarily draws on songs from "The Messenger" and "Playland," he does pepper the set with Smiths tunes. When he kicked off his run of American dates on Nov. 9 at Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club, there were reportedly five Smiths songs: "Panic," "Bigmouth Strikes Again," "How Soon is Now?" "Still Ill" and "There is a Light That Never Goes Out."Johnny Marr's tour with Meredith Sheldon was in the NYC area for three shows last week, finishing up at Music Hal of Williamsburg on Saturday night (11/15). Like his shows last year, Johnny mixed up songs from throughout his career, including a handful of Smiths songs. Smiths bassist Andy Rourke (who played with Peter Hook last week), was at the show, but didn't join Johnny on stage like last time. Setlist and pictures from the show are in this post.
"The decision to do those songs was really very easy, something of a no-brainer," Marr said. "It'd be kind of weird if someone came to see me and I didn't play 'How Soon is Now?' in this day and age."
Marr said he chose to include Smiths songs in his solo show when he was on the road in support of his first solo album last year. "When we got to tour 'The Messenger' and we played all 12 songs, it was only natural that you give the audience some stuff that they know and, in my case, have grown up with and loved.
"And you know, that's a really, really nice thing. If you get to a certain age and you're (messed) up about your back catalog, then you're just thinking too much. Because, if you've got songs that you're known for 30 years after you started, then you're lucky." - [Asbury Park Press]
While in town, Johnny stopped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon where he played The Smiths' "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before" and "Easy Money" off his new album, Playland. Watch both, and check out more pics from MHOW, below....
"One of my favourite guitar players Ian MacKaye of Fugazi, Minor Threat and The Evens, and a cup cake." - Johnny Marr
Johnny Marr's current tour kicked off in Washington, DC on Sunday (11/9) which is where the above photo with Fugazi's Ian MacKaye might have been taken. Maybe they were trading vegan cupcake recipes?
After playing Philly last night, Marr and his band are now in NYC where they'll play The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon tonight (11/11) ahead of three NY-area shows. Gramercy Theatre (11/12) and Music Hall of Williamsburg (11/15) are both sold out but you can still get tickets to Friday's show (11/14) at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ. Meredith Sheldon is opening for Johnny again but Johnny's son, Nile, will not be accompanying on guitar this tour.
As on the last tour, Johnny plays songs from The Smiths as well as his own solo albums. This tour he's added Meat is Murder opening cut "The Headmaster Ritual" to his setlist, so look out for that.
photos by P Squared Photography
Wilco are currently celebrating their 20th anniversary as a band with What's Your 20? Essential Tracks 1994-2014 and Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994-2014 (4-LP Set) (both due 11/17 via Nonesuch), and a tour. The band were just in the NYC-area for a 3-night run at Capitol Theatre and an appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" (10/28) where they played "Cars Can't Escape" and "Magazine Called Sunset," and Jeff Tweedy acted in a Charades skit.
The Capitol Theatre run kicked off that same night (10/28) and continued on 10/29 and 10/30. None of the three shows had any repeats in the setlists (except a cover of Doug Sahm's "Give Back The Key To My Heart" on nights 1 and 3) and spanned their entire career with just a few covers thrown in, like The Grateful Dead's "Ripple" (video below). We caught night 2 and have a set of pictures from that one. More, with all three setlists and the 'Fallon' videos, below...
Paul Reubens made a big announcement on Fallon last night. Watch below...
photos by PSquared
Lucinda Williams @ Rough Trade 9/29/2014
On past albums Ms. Williams has portrayed herself at moments of rage, excess and grief; now she prefers stability. Her songs are fully aware of wounds and pitfalls, but they're more likely to be looking back or looking outward. Ms. Williams shows her kindly side in songs like "Temporary Nature (of Any Precious Thing)" "Stand Right by Each Other" and "When I Look at the World," which admits, "I've been a total wreck" before it goes on to cherish "the world and all its glory."Lucinda Williams celebrated the arrival of her first self-released album, the double-length Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone at Rough Trade on Monday (9/29). (Rough Trade, the label, put out Lucinda's acclaimed 1988 self-titled album.) Accompanied by guitarist Stuart Mathis (who played in The Wallflowers), Williams performed stripped-down versions of songs old and new. Pictures from the Rough Trade show, including one of the setlist, are in this post.
The surly, righteously wrathful Ms. Williams hasn't disappeared. She's still seething, and revealing some lingering pain, in "Cold Day in Hell" and "Big Mess," each a good riddance to an ex. And she's still thinking about loneliness: in "Wrong Number," which gradually reveals a tale of trouble and abandonment, and in "This Old Heartache," an old-fashioned honky-tonk tune that conceals neat craftsmanship behind the tearful scrape of her singing. - [NY Times]
While in NYC, Williams stopped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to perform "Protection" and video of that is below. Lucinda will be back in NYC to play at Beacon Theatre on November 17 with The Kenneth Brian Band, part of her fall tour. Tickets are still available.
More pictures from Rough Trade and the Tonight Show performance video, below...
As mentioned, acclaimed roots singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams will release her new double album, Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone, next week (9/30). You can stream the whole thing over at NPR. In celebration of the new album, Williams has just announced a show happening at Rough Trade NYC on Monday (9/29). To get in you need to buy a copy of the new album at Rough Trade that day. That night she'll play The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon too.
Lucinda will then be back in NYC later this fall for a much larger show at Beacon Theatre on November 17 with The Kenneth Brian Band. Tickets are still available. She's added a few other dates since we last posted, and all are listed below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Robyn & Royksopp on Ppier 97 - 8/20/14
Dance-pop emissaries Robyn and Royksopp kicked off a new North American run of their tour in NYC to a sold-out crowd on Pier 97 last night (8/20). The two acts have been on the road intermittently this year in support of their collaborative mini-LP. Following an opening set from Robyn's fellow Swede Zhala (who's signed to her label), Royksopp played a full-band set with guest vocals from Zhala, and then Robyn played her set, getting the biggest cheers of the nights for her hits "Call Your Girlfriend" and "Dancing On My Own." Then Robyn and Royksopp closed things out together with their collaborative set, which included material from their mini-LP and an encore of "None of Dem" (from Robyn's Body Talk LP), which features Royksopp. Pictures of the show, including one of the setlist, are in this post.
You can get your Robyn on in NYC again with the 'This Party Is Killing You' party, "a night of all Robyn everything," happening at Glasslands on September 26. Tickets for that are on sale now.
More pictures and the video from their Fallon performance two days earlier, below...
UK band Temples are currently on tour in North America and were in NYC last night (7/30) to make their network TV debut on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. They played "Shelter Song" off their debut album, Sun Structures, and you can watch that below.
Temples will be back in NYC next week to play the River Rocks finale on August 7 with Here We Go Magic and Spires. That show is free. They'll also play Montauk's The Surf Lodge on August 9 which is free as well. The band will be on tour through the end of October, including another NYC show at Irving Plaza on 10/27 (tickets).
All dates are listed, along with their Fallon performance video, below.
Watching the crowds at their shows opening for tUnE-yArDs (and on their own) it was clear Sylvan Esso have an audience of their own which is growing by the minute. You can see them perform live on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday (7/9).
The band's upcoming NYC stops on their tour are both sold out (you can still win tickets to Rough Trade on 9/11) and now they've announced their next show here will be at Terminal 5 on January 23. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/11) at noon.
That T5 show looks to be a warm-up to their appearance at My Morning Jacket's One Big Holiday which happens in Puerto Aventuras, Mexico the first week of February. All upcoming tour dates are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
The monthlong 2014 Red Bull Music Academy starts this week here in New York City, and one of the most anticipated events is "Atomic Bomb! The Music Of William Onyeabor" tribute that happens at BAM on Friday and Saturday (5/2 & 5/3). It features singers David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Dev Hynes (Blood Orange), Joshua Redman, Luke Jenner (the Rapture) and more paying tribute to the music of the Nigerian funk singer and synthesizer pioneer, and features a backing band including Sinkane, Money Mark and onetime LCD drummer Pat Mahoney. Tickets are still available to both nights.
If you were on the fence, wondering what to expect or both, David Byrne and the band dropped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday (4/29) to perform "Fantastic Man," one of the more winning tracks from last year's essential Who is William Onyeabor? compilation. By the looks of it, this is going to be -- like the Gene Clark 'No Other' tribute -- a straight-up, "let's do it like he woulda" kind of thing. Which is good news I think and bodes well for this weekend's shows. You can watch the Tonight Show performance (and compare and contrast with the Onyeabor original) below...
You can read how it all came about over at David Byrne's website. In addition to the shows happening in NYC, the Atomic Bomb Band most of the same singers/players are performing shows next week in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Dates and lineups are listed below...
Black Hippy rapper Schoolboy Q just had to cancel his February show with Janelle Monae (she plays Lehman College tonight, 1/28), but fortunately we'll still get to see him soon. He's just announced a full tour in support of his upcoming Oxymoron LP with support from Odd Future/Black Hippy associate Vince Staples and new TDE-signee Isaiah Rashad. The tour hits NYC on March 4 at Best Buy Theater and NJ on March 5 at Starland Ballroom Tickets for the NYC show and tickets for the NJ show go on sale Friday (1/31) at noon. All
known dates are listed below.
UPDATE: Tour announced in full (including SXSW), all dates below.
The much-anticipated Oxymoron is due out February 25 via Interscope, and more details continue to be revealed. We just saw the album artwork and heard another track, and now XXL Mag points to a purported tracklist. It features previously-released songs "Collard Greens" (ft. Kendrick Lamar), "Man of the Year" and "Break The Bank" (but not "Yay Yay"), and in addition to Kendrick, guests include A$AP Rocky, Danny Brown, Ab Soul, 2 Chainz, Tyler the Creator, Raekwon and Suga Free, plus the entire Black Hippy crew appearing on one song. Check out the tracklist and streams of the three singles, plus a clip of another LP cut, "Gangsta," below.
Schoolboy Q also recently performed "Man of the Year" on Fallon, which you can watch a video of below.
Meanwhile, Isaiah Rashad also released his new album, Cilvia Demo, today (1/28), and just released the video for its track "Soliloquy." The album features fellow recent TDE-signee SZA on two songs, plus Schoolboy Q and fellow Black Hippy member Jay Rock on another. You can watch the "Soliloquy" video and stream a few other tracks from the tape below.
All dates are listed, along with streams, videos, and tracklist, below...
After wrapping up three nights at Terminal 5 (pics, video), Disclosure and collaborator Sam Smith hung around NYC to perform "Latch" on 'Fallon' last night. Check out the video of that performance below...
UK synthpop trio London Grammar made their US network television debut on Fallon last night (1/13), where they performed "Strong" and "Wasting My Young Years" (the latter as a web exclusive), both from their debut album, If You Wait, which is out now. You can watch videos of both performances below.
Their Fallon performance was ahead of their two NYC shows this week which happen at Baby's All Right on Wednesday (1/15) and The Box on Thursday (1/16), both sold out. They also go on a full North American tour in March/April which brings them back to NYC for a sold out BV-presented show at Irving Plaza on 4/9 (UPDATE: 30 more tickets were put on sale 1/14 at noon).
As you may know, London Grammar also contributed to "Help Me Lose My Mind" from Disclosure's great Settle album. Disclosure also bring their tour to NYC this week for three sold out Terminal shows (1/17-1/19), and it doesn't seem unlikely that London Grammar could appear at those shows.
by Andrew Sacher
Congratulations on being the Sound of 2014! How does it feel?Congratulations to Sam Smith for topping the BBC's Sound of 2014 list! The 2-5 spots went to Ella Eyre, Banks, Sampha, and George Ezra, respectively, and Sam also beat out Chance the Rapper, FKA twigs, Chloe Howl and others. Sam first gained widespread attention when he contributed his vocals to Disclosure's "Latch" and he's since begun releasing some impressive solo material which will culminate in his debut album, In the Lonely Hour, due out on May 26 via Capitol Records.
It feels incredible. I'm so involved in the charts, I love pop music and I love female pop artists. With this award, Florence and the Machine, Ellie Goulding and Adele have all been on it, which is incredible. Even to be a part of it is amazing.
What was the first song you learned the words to?
It was Aretha Franklin's Say A Little Prayer. Cameron Diaz sings it, really badly, in My Best Friend's Wedding. Great film. I love Julia Roberts.
There's a diva quality to your voice - is that sort of music the inspiration?
It's all I listened to. I actually didn't listen to male vocalists until about two years ago. I just listened to Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan. Massive voices. [BBC]
In related news, another group of Disclosure collaborators, London Grammar, will be in NYC much sooner for two sold-out shows next week at Baby's All Right (1/15) and The Box (1/16). They've also since announced that they'll perform on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on January 13.
London Grammar's shows wrap up the day before Disclosure begin their sold-out three-night Terminal 5 (1/17-1/19) run (DJ afterparties at various venues included). Considering Sam Smith and Jessie Ware made unannounced appearances at Disclosure's last NYC show, it doesn't seem like a coincidence that London Grammar are here the same week.
All Sam Smith dates are listed, along with some streams, below...
by Bill Pearis
Parquet Courts had a pretty good 2013. Their debut album, Light Up Gold, ended up on a lot of Best Of lists (even though it came out in August 2012), their new EP, Tally All The Things That You Broke, was a quality follow-up and they went from being openers to headliners. As a capper, last night (1/9) the Brooklyn-based band made their network television debut on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, playing the jammy, highly-quotable "Stoned and Starving." You can watch that below.
Parquet Courts will play Brooklyn's tiny Acheron on Tuesday (1/14) (sold out) which will serve as a warm-up to some West Coast dates with Destruction Unit (who play Brooklyn tonight) before heading to Australia and New Zealand. Those dates are listed, along with the Fallon video, below...
The Brothers Gibb
Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon returned to SNL last night (12/21) with Fallon hosting and JT as the musical guest, and of course both starring in a number of the skits as well. They brought back their Brothers Gibb skit, and were joined by Madonna playing herself, and the actual Barry Gibb (the only surviving original member of the Bee Gees) came in to sing with them at the end of the skit. Paul McCartney also showed up to sing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" with Fallon, and Kanye West and Kim Kardashian were parodied again in a "Waking up with Kimye" sketch. You can watch videos of all those, along with one of Justin performing "Only When I Walk Away," below.
It was also announced on last night's show that Drake will host and be the musical guest on the January 18 episode. Drake recently landed on a couple more year-end lists, may have dissed Kendrick Lamar, and appeared on the new Beyonce album.
photos by Dylan Johnson
Iron & Wine, Nick Lowe and more @ Beacon Theatre
[Sam] Beam sang, in his gentle high tenor, about memories and connections, families and lovers. His songs, at their core, are folky ballads that mingle storytelling with more abstruse thoughts. But he has embellished them in various ways through the years: with folk-rock, country, jazz, even a little R&B. The "In the Reins" EP was his first experiment with horns -- Calexico's pair of mariachi trumpets -- but not his last; two horn players from his current Iron and Wine band, Curtis Fowlkes on trombone and Stuart Bogie on saxophone and flute, were also on hand, giving some songs a nudge toward jazz.The WFUV Holiday Cheer benefit went down at Beacon Theatre last week (12/10) with Iron and Wine and Calexico (who collaborated on 2005's In the Reins EP) plus Kathleen Edwards, Beth Orton, Nick Lowe, Glen Hansard and Amos Lee. The show saw the artists doing different collaborations throughout the night, and there were parts where the entire bill shared the stage at once. In addition to teaming up for each other's original songs, the artists did some covers, including Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." Pictures of the show are in this post.
Calexico carried [Kathleen] Edwards's "Soft Place to Land" from a pensive hush into sorrowful peaks, and it stoked the rhythm just enough behind two incantatory songs from [Beth] Orton, the chugging "Call Me the Breeze" and the enveloping "Mystery." It was just retro enough for [Nick] Lowe's wry, elegantly turned novelty song "Christmas at the Airport" and straightforwardly pop for his "Cruel to Be Kind."
For [Glen] Hansard, the Irish songwriter behind the musical "Once," Calexico was attentive to the songs' dramatic arcs of loss and redemption. [NY Times]
One of the other songs covered at the show was The Pogues' holiday classic, "Fairytale of New York" which Iron & Wine, Calexico, Glen Hansard, and Kathleen Edwards also covered later in the week on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. You can watch a video of that performance, along with more pictures of the Beacon Theatre show, below.
Mazzy Star have been having a big comeback year, with a tour that wrapped up over the weekend after hitting NYC for a sold-out Terminal 5 show last week, and their first new album in over 15 years. Yesterday (11/25), Mazzy Star returned to NYC to perform on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, where they played "California" from the new album.
Check out the video of that below...
Haim just made their SNL debut over the weekend, playing "Don't Save Me" and "The Wire," as well as appearing in a sketch that uses The Outfield's mega-'80s hit "Your Love" in a pretty funny way. It was a highlight of an especially lackluster episode of SNL, and you can watch all three clips in this post. Since their appearance, Este Haim's "bass face" -- already an internet meme -- is now full-on sensation, perhaps you've seen it on your Facebook timeline via every one of your friends.
In other news, both of Haim's Terminal 5 shows in May -- including the second show which was just added -- are sold out.
Meanwhile, Saturday Night Live has announced the hosts and musical guests from the remainder of 2013 which looks hopeful on the funny front: Paul Rudd hosts on December 7 with a second appearance from UK boy band One Direction; and John Goodman returns for his 13th hosting job with Kings of Leon as musical guests.
Then on December 21, SNL gifts us with what will be the year's most anticipated show: Jimmy Fallon will host with (surprise!) Justin Timberlake performing. SNL writers usually bring their A-game to a JT episode (expect a return of the Brothers Gibb), and this one will also be a way to remind folks that in the new year, Jimmy Fallon will be moving to The Tonight Show and current "Weekend Update" anchor Seth Meyers will becoming the new Late Night, both of whom will start their new jobs on February 24.
Haim's SNL performances and that Outfield sketch below...
Cut Copy at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Cut Copy still haven't announced a full North American tour for 2014, but we do know that they'll return to NYC for a show on March 22 at Terminal 5. Since we last spoke, that show sold out, but the band have added another date happening a day earlier (3/21) at the same venue. Tickets for the newly added show are on sale now.
Cut Copy recently played "We Are Explorers" off their new album on Fallon, and you can watch the video of that, along with the updated list of tour dates, below...
"i never thought i'd ever see mazzy star live. i was crying within minutes of them walking onstage." - staceymccool
marquee @ the Vic Theatre- 11-13 Chicago, IL (via shaynepepper)
Mazzy Star, who made their network television debut on Conan O'Brien in 1994 (video below!), will return to 'Late Night' and NYC to play for Jimmy Fallon on Monday (11/25). Try to score some tickets to see it live, possibly on the band bench.
Meanwhile, Mazzy Star are in NYC now/today (11/20) for their big, now-sold-out show at Terminal 5 with Psychic Ills and Marie Sioux (who by the way is getting the very first vinyl pressing of her 2007 album, Faces in the Rocks, via her label Whale Watch). Congrats to the two winners of our ticket and t-shirt contest, and to all those that got tickets to the even more intimate-but-also-sold-out 11/22 Philly show.
Earlier on the tour Mazzy Star taper Heremesacat, who maintains an invaluable reference and download list in a band forum, taped the 11/4 Seattle show and uploaded it to YouTube in addition to posting the entire thing for download in lossless FLAC format. Stream the YouTube version and check out that setlist below.
AND NOTE: If you're going to the show, be careful if you're thinking of taking a picture!
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin; words by Bree Roberts
Johnny Marr w/ Andy Rourke @ Irving Plaza, 11/16/2013
Johnny Marr's second tour of North American this year hit NYC on Saturday (11/16) at Irving Plaza. I didn't catch most of Meredith Sheldons' opening set set because the MTA decided that the L train shouldn't run again this weekend, which is a shame. A shame because the MTA is a wanker, and a shame because Meredith Sheldon is a beautifully morose, sulky kind of singer, and with Johnny Marr's son Nile on guitar she really made me wish I had of been there for the whole time.
I'm fairly sure every babysitter in NYC was hired Saturday, because this was the first show I've been to in a long time where I felt young. The average age of the crowd was mid thirties and everyone was out to have a good time, and get wasted on wine -- like classy people do. The Ipad sized phones held up the entire show to record things seemed unnecessary and were really irritating. I heard about two $400 tickets up for sale for this sold-out show on Stubhub three hours before the show -- and they got sold! (Tickets were originally $25).
Johnny was here tonight to promote his new album The Messenger. All the songs he played off that album were fantastic, including the title track, which is full of New Order-ish guitar driven melodies, singles "Upstarts" and "New Town Velocity" - which was lilting and lovely.
Response to the new songs was great -- unlike some shows like this, people seemed to have actually listened to his new album -- but the crowd got very excited for The Smiths songs (I won't call them covers, because Johnny cowrote them all) of which six were played, including "Panic," "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before," "Big Mouth Strikes Again" and, final song of the night, "There is A Light That Never Goes Out." (There was a LOT of singing along.) The crowd went totally nuts, though, near the end of the night, when Marr brought out his friend since childhood and Smiths bandmate Andy Rourke, much as he did at Music Hall back in May. When Andy and Johnny teamed up on the amazingly cool "How Soon Is Now?" and then "Please, Please Please, Let Me Get What I Want" -- goth 90s teen me definitely died a little inside. The crowd went appropriately wild. Video of both and pictures from the show, plus the setlist, are in this post.
My favorite tune of the night though, apart from the obvious Smiths Johnny and Andy collaborations, was "Getting Away With It" by Electronic -- his band with Bernard Sumner from New Order and Neil Tennant from Pet Shop Boys. Fucking genius. All in all Johnny seemed thrilled to be onstage in NYC and playing with Andy again, and he appeared to be completely in his element. Looking forward to him returning to NYC.
While in town, Marr (who we just interviewed) stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon again to perform "Generate! Generate!" from The Messenger and then a web exclusive of "Please Please Please." You can watch both below and, as you can hear, Marr does a fine job singing Morrissey's lyrics...and that riff still thrills.
Johnny Marr's tour rolls on and if you'd like to see him at one of his remaining North American dates, we're giving away a pair of tickets to the show of your choice. Video of the Fallon plus more pics from Marr's Webster Hall show, below...