Entries tagged with: Jon Wurster
by Bill Pearis
artwork for 'THE BEST OF THE BEST SHOW'
There's a lot of news in the world of Tom Scharpling. Firstly, he announced the return of much-loved, much missed The Best Show, which ran for 13 years on WFMU until going off the air in December 2013. (Dave Hill took over his time slot.) Where is still unknown but its return starts in November with comedy co-conspirator Jon Wurster and engineer AP Mike. Scharping did just announce that the show had a new email address: BestShow2014@yahoo.com. Could this be a clue as to where The Best Show will call home?
In other news, some of Scharpling & Wurster's best Best Show bits are being compiled on a massive, 16-CD box set, which is being released by the Numero Group (!) in March. Here are all the details:
75 calls over 16 compact discs, edited by Scharpling & Wurster (over 50 of them previously unreleased or unaired), a 108-page hardcover book with cover art by Joe Matt that features essays by Patton Oswalt, Julie Klausner, Damian Abraham (lead singer of F*cked Up) and Best Show associate producer Michael Lisk (aka A.P. Mike), a definitive interview with Scharpling & Wurster by Jake Fogelnest, notes on the evolution and inspiration behind each bit written by Scharpling & Wurster, a USB drive with all of the calls plus 4 hours of bonus material, a fold-out map of Newbridge, Philly Boy Roy & Timmy von Trimble Paper Dolls, postcards, and temporary tattoos with The Best Show catch-phrases.Also, pre-orders come with a piece of the phone Wurster used to make his first call to The Best Show ("Rock, Rot & Rule") and was smashed to bits by Wurster and Scharpling, as can be seen in a video below. When announced, demand was so high it crashed Numero Group's website!
There's a third "secret project" that Scharpling will announce soon. Meanwhile, check out the Scharpling & Wurster box set video, and a special mix Tom made for The Best Show's 14th anniversary (not for folks who don't want to hear a sampled Chris Hardwick repeatedly shout "POINTS!"), below...
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
Record Store Day 2014 is Saturday (4/19) and there are upwards of 800 RSD exclusive titles released worldwide this year. Which is clearly too many. But if you're reading this now you're probably at least thinking of going out and joining the throngs of music fans, record collectors, and eBay types trying to get all the stuff on their list. Or maybe you're going out to check out some in-store performances, or just hoping to have a couple free beers.
We've already written about a whole lot things being released this year. But we've got more. BV editors Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis each picked 11 RSD exclusives they think are worth the dough. (Ten just wasn't enough.) What titles are you looking for this year?
Their respective lists, along with some streams, below...
Split Single in Chicago in January (more by Jeff Ryan)
Back in 2012, after Spoon's Britt Daniel formed the "supergroup" Divine Fits, he joined another new band, Split Single, which is the project of Jason Narducy (of Bob Mould's band and formerly of Verbow) and also features fellow Bob Mould collaborator Jon Wurster (also of Superchunk, Mountain Goats, etc) on drums. That band has been working on their debut album, and just finally announced that it's called Fragmented World, and will be out on April 1.
The band are planning to tour, though so far they've only announced SXSW and a release show in Jason's hometown of Chicago at Schubas on April 5. According to a press release, Jason's touring band includes Ben Trokan of Reigning Sound and Tim Remis. In the same press release, Britt Daniel said "I loved the idea of being in a band where all I do is play bass on someone else's stuff. I felt like a session musician," but maybe he'll make an appearance with them when they play his hometown during SXSW? Fingers crossed.
Album artwork, tracklist and trailer video below...
marquee from Toronto listening party & Tom's post-show Tweet...
If you had to estimate how much planning went into the final show, what would you be looking at?Tom Scharpling's much much much loved The Best Show on WFMU signed off last night (12/17) for good, and the final show was one that was so listened to it taxed WFMU's streaming servers (many people kept having their connections interrupted). And it actually even was trending on Twitter. There were also listening parties all over the country, and at least one in Canada -- check out the picture of the Toronto one above. In studio, meanwhile, it featured an appearance from frequent caller Philly Boy Roy who was on the run from the cops after crashing a helicopter into a sub shop. That, of course, is one of the many "Best Show" characters from Tom's comedy partner (and Superchunk drummer) Jon Wurster who also for the first time ever spoke on air not as a character.
It's hard to say. Jon [Wurster] and I talked about what the final bits would be for well over a month. And there were five people helping pull sound clips from the 13 years of the show for the audio collage. I have no idea how many actual hours, but it was a lot. I went into that show last night wanting it to be perfect, but that's an impossible goal. So I was kind of glad when I flubbed a cue on a record in the opening set and then had a technical problem with my headphones. Because after that it was impossible for the show to be "perfect."
Tell me about the decision to not include any in-studio guests for the final show.
As we were building up to the final show, I decided that we would have the second-to-last show be some version of the in-studio guest/all-star episode. But I wanted the final episode to be representative of what people would actually tune in to hear every week. If we did in-studio guests, it would've ultimately been a wake for the show, with everybody talking about what the show was to them. I wanted the final show to be an actual episode, not a retrospective. - [Grantland]
Other highlights: Tom's headphones not working in a Murphy's Law moment ("of course this has to happen on the final show"); a crazy audio-montage of past hilarious moments while the heartbeat from Huey Lewis' "Heart Of Rock and Roll" beat throughout; and he closed out the show with Black Flag's "Gimme Gimme Gimme."
If you missed it -- or your connection cut out on you last night -- you can stream it below. In fact you can stream EVERY episode of "The Best Show on WFMU" at the station's archives. Ever heard the 2010 episode where Tom and John Hodgman drink soon-to-be-off-market Four Loko?
Dave Hill will soon be taking over the Tuesday 9 - Midnight slot on WFMU. Tom promises that he and Wurster will continue to work together. Meanwhile, stream the last "Best Show on WFMU" below...
Jon Wurster as John Denver
Back in April, ATO Records released The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver, which featured covers of the singer by J Mascis & Sharon Van Etten, My Morning Jacket, Evan Dando, Kathleen Edwards, Lucinda Williams, and more. Now, the J Mascis & Sharon Van Etten cover of "Prisoners" has been given the video treatment by Funny or Die, which, needless to say, means it came out pretty funny. The video stars Superchunks's Jon Wurster as John Denver and Aimee Mann as a female John Denver. Both of them have animal puppets as friends and (spoiler alert) they meet at the end. Check it out below.
Moby's audition did not go well...
As maybe you're heard, The Postal Service are back together for a 10th anniversary tour, including two shows at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. What you may not know is that Ben Gibbard was one of many singers who auditioned for Jimmy Tamborello. Aimee Mann, Moby or even Duff McKagan (plus others) could've ended up in the band... or so this Funny or Die clip (directed by Tom Scharpling) purports which you can watch below.
Bob Mould just debuted his new video for "Star Machine," which is from last year's loud and highly-enjoyable LP, The Silver Age. The video was filmed at Cake Shop and was directed by Jon Glaser who you may know from Delocated or, most recently, HBO's Girls (he was Laird, the junkie). What starts as a fun "bring your kids to work" day turns sour when drummer Jon Wurster brings marrital problems instead. Watch it below.
Bob and the band will be in NYC next month when his tour hits Bowery Ballroom on February 26 and 27 and tickets are still available. The band will stick around to appear on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on February 28 to perform "Star Machine." Bob also just announced a few new tour dates and those are listed below.
Ben Gibbard on The Colbert Report
Death Cab for Cutie/Postal Service frontman Ben GIbbard appeared on The Colbert Report last night (1/10) to perform the song "Bigger Than Love" off of his 2012 solo album, Former Lives. Ben brought out fellow Tom Scharpling associate Aimee Mann to play bass, sing the first verse, and join Ben on vocals in the chorus. They were also joined by Aimee's pal Ted Leo on guitar and Jon Wurster on drums. Ben also did a solo acoustic performance of "I'm Building a Fire," and like Stephen Colbert's other musical victims, he was interviewed on the show too. You can watch videos of both songs and the interview below.
PREVIOUSLY: Postal Service reunion in the works
Ted Leo in Aimee Mann's new video
As mentioned, Julie Klauser has some upcoming appearances in NYC, including one at The Bell House on Thursday (9/20) for a screening of The Monkees 1968 film, Head, with former MTV News journalist Kurt Loder, Rolling Stone's Rob Sheffield, and Monkees historian Eric Lefcowitz; and another at The Bell House on October 17 for Julie's How Was Your Week podcast with Ted Leo. You'll also have a third chance to see her when she participates in a live recording of the Going Off Track podcast at Union Hall on Saturday (9/22) with Thursday's Geoff Rickly, Texas Is The Reason's Norman Brannon, and blogger Sarah Lewitinn (aka Ultragrrrl). Tickets for all three of those shows are on sale now.
Speaking of Ted Leo, as mentioned, his tour with Aimee Mann hits NYC for three shows next month. Ted is also featured in Aimee's new video for "Labrador," which was directed by Tom Scharpling, and also features his WFMU cohort (and Superchunk drummer) Jon Wurster and actor Jon Hamm. You can watch that below.
Norman Brannon of Texas is the Reason
Speaking of Texas Is The Reason and Thursday, as mentioned, TITR added a show happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 10 with ex-Thursday and Rival Schools project States & Kingdoms, one day before their sold out Revelation 25 show at Irving Plaza (10/11). Tickets for the MHOW show are still available.
Aimee Mann video below.
Here We Go Magic at Sasquatch 2012 (more by Chris Graham)
today in NYC
* Braids @ Maxwell's
* Matt Alber @ Joe's Pub
* Jill Sobule @ Joe's Pub
* Mike Doughty @ City Winery
* Band of Horses @ House of Vans
* The Killers @ Paradise Theater
* Sean Sondregger Trio @ The Stone
* Stanley Clarke @ Blue Note
* Et cetera Festival @ Public Assembly
* Slash, Foxy Shazam @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* Jon Spencer Blues Explosion @ Bowery Electric
* Barack Obama, Jay-Z & Beyonce @ 40/40 Club
* Here We Go Magic, High Highs @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Echo-Friendly, Thieving Irons @ Mercury Lounge
* Blood Red Shoes, DZ Deathrays @ Mercury Lounge
* Vensaire, manicanparty, Cultfever @ Cameo Gallery
The Avett Brothers @ Central Park Rumsey Playfield
* Infernal Stronghold, Geryon, Grudges @ Saint Vitus
* Pete Karp and the Brooklyn Jazz Warriors @ The Stone
* Tropic of Pisces, Neighbors, Moon King, Cookies @ Pianos
* Michael Kiwanuka, Marcus Foster, Foy Vance @ Webster Hall
* Chasing Kings, Swear and Shake @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* G-Side, The Block Beattaz, Deniro Farrar, Tron & DVD @ Glasslands
* Bobby Womack w/ Damon Albarn, Kwes and more @ Apple Store SoHo
* Shark?, Caged Animals, Dinosaur Feathers, EULA @ Delinquency
* Seth Herzog, David Wain, Questlove, Ted Alexandro @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Diamond Terrifier,Ikebe Shakedown, Osekre and the Lucky Bastards, The Forthrights, Tunde Adebimpe/Ohal Greitzer/Daren Ho-Ryan Sawyer/C. Spencer Yeh Quintet @ Zebulon
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's new album, Meat and Bone, is out today and BrooklynVegan is presenting record release party tonight at Bowery Electric. The only way in was to have bought the album through Other Music or won tickets from us. It's now sold out but you can, however, watch the JSBX's new video, "Black Mold," below.
Bobby Womack and his all-star band (Damon Albarn, Kwes, mems of TVotR) are playing a free show and Q&A at Apple's fancypants SoHo store tonight at 7 PM which is likely to be very, very crowded.
Band of Horses, who release their new album, Mirage Rock, today and play House of Vans tonight, taped a "Live on Letterman" concert last night (9/17). You can stream that entire concert below. You can also stream Mirage Rock in its entirety below.
Public Assembly's alt-learning festival, "Et cetera," continues tonight with free panel discussions and demonstrations, like "Bad Feminist Readings."
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Aimee Mann's new video, "Labrador," was directed by Tom Scharpling and features his WFMU cohort (and Superchunk drummer) Jon Wurster, as well as Ted Leo and Jon Hamm. Watch it below.
We already posted pics from A$AP Rocky's Fashion Week performance at the Adidas Store, and now you can check out video from the event that also features Jeremy Scott, A$AP Nast and Flatbush Zombies. Watch it below.
The Family Bqnd made a skeletal video for their song "Moonbeams" and you can watch that below too.
The new New Pornographers?
Neko Case has been keeping busy on the road lately, recording with the Dodos, spending lots of time with Jakob Dylan, and even sometimes playing with her band The New Pornographers, so it's nice to know that she (and the rest of the New Pornos) got the day off when they were making the video for "Moves" from their recent album Together.
In their place is a cast of funny characters including Julie Klausner (as Neko), Jon Wurster (as one version of Carl Newman), Kevin Corrigan (as Dan Bejar), and Ted Leo (as Kathryn Calder). Also look for Todd Barry, Other Music, Death By Audio, Wyatt Cenac, a mound of cocaine, Gabe Delahaye, Max Silvestri, Horatio Sanz, Bill Hader and Paul Rudd (the cast of Expectant Dads) and many more in the Tom Scharpling (who directed this Ted Leo masterpiece) directed video, that you can watch with full credits listed, below...