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Polaris @ Knitting Factory -- 11/21/2014
Polaris helped 'Pete and Pete' fans get nostalgic while helping Knitting Factory Brooklyn celebrate five years of existence in Williamsburg last week (11/21). The sold out show was also part of a larger tour for the Nickelodeon show band who by mid May will have played NYC three times in less than a year after spending more than ten years not existing at all. Baeble has a review:
Frontman Mark Mulcahy traipsed around the stage like an overgrown Puck gone strange with age, his lips turned up devilishly at the corners, his footwork spry despite the weight and years. His reedy voice sounded no less pained than it did all those years ago when he first sang "Hey, Sandy" and defined the Saturday morning of a generation or mooned through the drunken stumble of "She is Staggering" and gave a group of children their first look at the best and the worst of the intoxications of infatuation.The setlist, which you can look at below, was long and everyone knew all the words. Mark, whose stage banter was funny and great, also played some Miracle Legion songs Pictures from Knitting Factory are in this post.
Ski Lodge, who since also played a show at the closing-Glasslands, opened the BrooklynVegan-presented night. Check out more pictures from the Williamsburg show, including the headliner's merch and setlist, below...
One of the big anticipated events at NY Super Week was "SLIMED: A Night of Nickelodeon Nostalgic Nonsense" at Hammerstein Ballroom on Thursday (10/10) featuring a live taping of Pete & Pete stars Danny Tamberelli and Michael Maronna's podcast, a segment on the music of Doug (a live performance by show creators Fred Newman & Dan Sawyer), and a live performance by Pete & Pete theme song band, Polaris. But less than a day before the event was to take place, the event has been canceled. There is good news, though, see below.
The sudden cancellation could have something to do with the Flavorwire interview with Matt Klickstein -- who was the host of the Super Week event and who wrote the SLIMED book about '90s Nickelodeon. You'd think it would be all fun and "remember when" interview, but it got into some thorny territory, including bashing of the current state of Nickelodeon, but also...race and sexism. An excerpt:
The reason Pete & Pete does so well is it's the best show from that era. It's the best show from that network! Hands down: the way it looked, the music, the fact that they got all these really interesting cameos... so the fact that it happens to take place in the suburbs of New Jersey, you know, it's a whitewashed area! There's nothing to be said about that. So too with Clarissa.And there's lots more:
I think it's worse when they shove it in there. Sanjay and Craig is a really good example, which funnily enough is written in part by Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi from Pete & Pete. That show is awkward because there's actually no reason for that character to be Indian -- except for the fact that [Nickelodeon President] Cyma Zarghami and the women who run Nickelodeon now are very obsessed with diversity. Which is fine -- do what you're gotta do, and Dora [the Explorer] was certainly something of a success, but there's no reason for [Sanjay] to be Indian at all. No one working on that show is Indian. They're all white. It's all the white people from Bob's Burgers and Will and Chris.
I think that it does the culture a disservice. If I were Indian or Jewish, for example, and watched something where the characters are Jewish or supposed to be, and if it's not specific to that, then I start to wonder, "Why are they doing this?" It becomes blackface.There's much more to this interview and you can read the whole thing here.Some people are sticking up for Klickstein, like Trevor Eyster who played "Sponge" on Salute Your Shorts. He wrote a lenghty post on Facebook, saying Klickstein was a victim of "corporate interest and censorship":
They're exploiting this, they're using this thing, they're taking advantage of it. They're doing it just for that reason: "Hey, here is the Jewish character" or "Hey, here's the Indian character" or "Hey, here's the token black," which I think South Park does so amazingly well. For example, I've worked very closely with people with disabilities, volunteering, sometimes paid, and I love what South Park does.
The decision to cancel the event was made by Comic-Con. And while they haven't released a statement, it would sure seem like this is a case of a corporate entity not wanting to be attached to the opinions of another that would seem controversial, or unclarified....This is a bummer for '90s Nickelodeon fans -- many of whom were coming from out-of-town for this -- but there is a silver lining as the Super Week event is now, basically, happening as two smaller, separate events on Thursday. First is "Slimed! An Oral History of Nickelodeon's Golden Age" at Treehouse Theatre (154 W 29th St, New York,) from 6 - 9 PM, featuring the music of Doug with a live performance by show creators Fred Newman & Dan Sawyer and hosted by Nick Arcade's Phil Moore. It's $8 at the door and Super Week ticketholders get priority entry. More info here.
...I am standing by my friend, because that's what friends do. I am asking all of you to deepen your understanding of the TRUE narrative here. And the true narrative is: Nickelodeon once represented the spirit of the anti-corporate. Now, while Nickelodeon didn't curate, sponsor or endorse this event --- all of the interested parties, are fans of its 90's "products". In order to hold an event of this size, logistically, there was a need for a Comicon. Comicon yanked its support at the last minute, and that's who you need to be upset with...
...You can be upset with Matt for a badly worded interview all you want - but it's not only unproductive, it's misdirected.
You oughta be PISSED OFF at the corporate heads of Comic-Con for pulling the plug from an old-paradigm fear-based profit-motive mentality.
Then later Thursday night (10:30 PM) at The Bell House it's a live taping of Danny Tamberelli and Michael Maronna's podcast, The Adventures of Danny & Mike, with a live performance by Polaris. Tickets to that show are $10 and on sale now. AND, update: Danny Tamberelli "just wanted to say that I was really looking forward to a night of nostalgia and to hang with the fans of all things 90s nick. Sometimes weird stuff happens that you can't control. Polaris and the podcast want to try to create something out of the ashes like a Phoenix. (also a ginger ironically)."
If you miss it, Polaris returns to the road in November for more shows including a BrooklynVegan-presented NYC show at Knitting Factory (though that one is sold out).
As mentioned, Polaris -- the band behind the theme and other songs from beloved '90s Nickelodeon show The Adventures of Pete & Pete -- are playing a NYC show at Knitting Factory on November 21 after their Super Week appearance. BrooklynVegan is psyched to be presenting this show and tickets go on sale today (8/26) at 10 AM.
The Knit show is part of a short run of Northeast dates for the band. All dates are listed, along with a stream of the Polaris Pete & Pete soundtrack, below...
Polaris playing the Wrigley's front lawn
UPDATE: This event was canceled, and Danny & Mike will now tape their podcast at The Bell House the same night (10/9) with Polaris performing. Tickets ($10) are on sale.
As mentioned, Super Week happens right before NY Comic Con with all sorts of cool special events. One of them is SLIMED: A Night of Nickelodeon Nostalgic Nonsense which happens at
Hammerstein Ballroom on October 9. The evening will feature a panel discussion, a live taping of Pete & Pete stars Danny Tamberelli and Michael Maronna's podcast, a segment on the music of Doug (a live performance by show creators Fred Newman & Dan Sawyer), and... a live performance by Polaris (Mark Mulcahy's band that did the Pete & Pete theme song, "Hey Sandy"). This will be Polaris' first-ever NYC show. Maybe DFA co-founder Jonathan Galkin will be there -- he was a castmember of Hey Dude. Tickets are on Super Week presale now (password is NYSW) with the general on-sale starting July 24 at noon.
Slimed is also the title of Mathew Klickstein's book on Nickelodeon which was released last year and is presenting this event. Video of Pete & Pete's opening credits below...
Real flyer on Grand Ave. 'HIPSTERS ONLY Please!' (via @adelaloconte)
Guy Fieri, Smashmouth frontman Steve Harwell and Sammy Hagar are teaming for what is likely to be the most exclamation-point-filled cookbook of all time. Also, maybe the worst.
Bruce Springsteen plays again in NJ
tonight tomorrow. Meanwhile check out his setlist from last night.
Fiona Apple got busted for hash possession at the same Texas checkpoint that got Snoop Dogg and Willie Nelson. She's out on bail, but tonight's ACL Live show is canceled (which means no pictures tonight on the BVAustin Instagram).
Speaking of Austin, Ume is funding a new record via Kickstarter.
Speaking of Kickstarter, Gawker discusses their accountability problem, Amanda Palmer included.
Meanwhile, if you're looking for backers for your Kickstarter, Forbes listed the 400 richest Americans, Oprah Winfrey, David Geffen, Steven Spielberg, and George Lucas included.
Speaking of money, Iggy Pop, Wayne Coyne, Ben Folds, Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney and more will appear as guests on Ke$ha's new album, Warrior.
The first track from Neurosis's new LP Honor Found in Decay has slipped out. Stream "At The Well" at NPR now.
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by Klaus Kinski
Pete & Pete reunion @ Bowery Ballroom, 2/24/2012 (photo by jenipherlyn)
Hey guys. So, lookit, you're about to ingest a lot of comedy data in a moment. But it's just the tip of the NYC comedy iceberg. No, it's less than the tip. It's a piece of dandruff that sailed from an Arctic explorer's head and settled on the tip of the iceberg. I don't have the time and you don't have the attention span to handle an entire survey of the NYC scene right now. What follows is a brief glimpse into some cool goings on in the coming weeks. Take it with a grain of dandruff.
First thing's first. Rob Delaney added a fourth NYC show, but you knew that. Moving on...
Did you miss the two Adventures of Pete & Pete reunion shows that happened at the Bowery Ballroom on February 24th? Bummer, right? Well, unfortunately the show I'm about to tell you about is already sold out, but where there's a will, there's a way (and that way could possibly include standby tix). Get a load of this. The great Kurt Braunohler has a late night talk show at The Pit called Night of the Living with Kurt Braunohler. The next installment of this show happens on Friday March 9th and features guest Mike Maronna (Pete) and Danny Tamberelli (Pete)! It's a fun sized, mini-reunion just for you! Also, Wyatt Cenac (Daily Show) will be there and a surprise musical guest who I am unable to mention, but whom we love and idolize here at BV headquarters (an internet cafe)! Hint, it is a man whose name may or may not rhyme with 'bread'.
Thursday March 8th marks the return of Tom Shillue's story-telling-centric show Funny Story to the hallowed halls of UCB East. This time he will have guests Amine Zaitzeff (owner of Zaitzeff Burger), Mike Albo, the great Margot Leitman, and Stephen Gevedon. A super-diverse and well curated line-up. Show is at 7:30pm, tix are on sale.
Speaking of burgers, Bob's Burgers is my favorite animated series on the TV and I was thrilled when it was (rightfully) renewed for another season (which premiers THIS Sunday March 11th on Fox). The casting a so fucking impeccable; H. Jon Benjamin, Eugene Mirman, Kristen Schaal, Larry Murphy, John Roberts, Dan Mintz, Andy Kindler as well as guests like Jon Glaser. Holy! Well get a load of THIS shit. On Friday March 9th you can see the CAST OF BOB's BURGERS LIVE AT THE BELL HOUSE!! And IT'S FREE. I am not an all-caps kind of guy, but that pronouncement certainly merited such action. OK, full disclosure, the Bell House show doesn't feature the entire cast I listed above. The show will feature Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal, Eugene Mirman, and Larry Murphy doing funnies and also previewing clips from the next season. You can only get in with a wristband, and those will be distributed starting at 5:00pm. So, wristbands at 5pm, doors at 8pm, show sometime after that. 21+. Sorry, junior.
While I'm on the subject of TV-related comedy, NYU's Skirball Center will play host to John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show from March 10th through March 12th. The show, being taped for Comedy Central, will include sets by David O'Doherty, Hannibal Buress, Wyatt Cenac, Dana Gould, Michael Ian Black, Marc Maron, and a shit-ton of rising stars from with the stand-up world. You can totally get in to these things for free, but you gotta head on over to The Blacklist NYC and get yourself situated. And for the record... as far as people who put together audiences for tapings, The Blacklist is pretty tops. Very well managed, never confusing, very organized. Totally rad. Just saying.
Next Thursday, March 12th, Symphony Space will play host to an incredible comedy event called Uptown Showdown: Comedy Debate Series. This is not the first time Symphony Space has hosted this show, and I am wicked pissed at myself for not mentioning it to you people prior to earlier installments.
Uptown ShowDown is a comedy debate series that tackles some of the most important issues of our time, such as which decade was the coolest-the eighties or the nineties, is cake really better than pie and who would win in a showdown pirates or ninjas? Forget about school reform and health care, these issues, heatedly argued by some of the funniest, smartest, intensely wacky creative thinkers around, are the topics that keep us awake at night....in a good way. Past Performers include Michael Showalter, Leo Allen, Dave Hill, Jessi Klein, Julie Klausner, Andrea Rosen, A.D. Miles and more.Next week's show will have Michael Ian Black and friends facing off with The talent Show's Elna Baker and Kevin Townley on the subject of Fashion vs. Comfort. Tom Shillue will host the festivities. Following the event, Mr. Ian Black will read from his new memoir You're Not Doing It Right: Tales of Marriage, Sex, Death, and Other Humiliations. He'll also sign your copy. I wish I could tell you how funny or awful this book is but I never got a galley copy because I am chopped liver or something. Tickets are on sale now, and I am also giving away a pair AND a copy of Michael Ian Black's book! Instructions below.
The next installment of the mind-blowing experience known as Heart of Darkness will take place on Saturday March 17th at Union Hall. This time around, host Greg Barris will be joined by Joe Mande, Dave Hill, and more special guests that I shan't announce but are no doubt worthy of your attention. My thoughts? Get your tickets in advance, you.
Speaking of Dave Hill, did you know that motherfucker wrote a book and that it comes out on May 22nd? If you're thinking what I think you're thinking, then you're thinking "Wait, Dave Hill is a flawless comedian. Dave Hill is a master guitar player, maybe the best in the world. Dave Hill is easy on the eyes. And Dave Hill can also write a freaking book? What can't that guy accomplish?" I know, right? The book is entitled Tasteful Nudes. If you like stories...
...about stolen meat, animal attacks, young love, death, naked people, clergymen, rock 'n' roll, irritable Canadians, and prison, you have just hit a street called Easy because my book talks about all that stuff and a bunch of other stuff, too.I am nobody's shill and I wouldn't be saying this if it wasn't the Cod's honest truth; this book is absolutely impossible to put down. It is so funny and well written that I simply could not put it down. Pre-order it now, then forget you pre-ordered it, so then one day it shows up in your mailbox and you're all "Ha. Dave Hill's done it again."
And speaking of Joe Mande, he has a ton of upcoming dates all over the Northeast. Check out his tour schedule below.
And now, before I hang it up for the day, I am happy to report that The PIT is going to unleash its first ever NYC Improv Festival! The NYC Improv Festival will take place from March 21st to March 24th at Peoples Improv Theater and feature OVER 40 improv troupes as well as workshops. A TON of the shows are free, and some require tickets. You can also buy a festival pass for next to nothing that will get you into all the shows. I also have two UNLIMITED festival passes to give away. Instructions on how to win them are down there.
Joe dates and contests below...
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* Bjork @ New York Hall Of Science
* Sekouba Diakite, DJ Tang @ Zebulon
* Mates of State, Sean Bones @ Maxwell's
* Aretha Franklin @ Radio City Music Hall
* String Surprise, Broadcloth @ The Stone
* Junius, O'Brother, Vaura @ Knitting Factory
* Smokey Hormel, Ghost Train Orchestra @ Barbes
* Young Magic, Heaven, Jet Lag @ Mercury Lounge
* Hoots & Hellmouth, Brett Saxon @ The Rock Shop
* Zola Jesus, Liturgy, Talk Normal @ Webster Hall
* William Fitzsimmons, Denison Witmer @ Bowery Ballroom
* Yung Wu, East Of Venus, The Thousand Pities @ Maxwell's
* God Forbid, Dead Men Dreaming, Prostitution @ Saint Vitus
* Flock of Dimes, People Get Ready, Other Colors @ Union Pool
* Thinning The Herd, Bassoon, Primeval Realm @ The Grand Victory
* The Eskalators, The Toothaches, Gunfight!, Porches @ Shea Stadium
* The Lindsey Buckingham Appreciation Society, Dave Hill @ Littlefield
* You Won't, Lady Lamb The Beekeeper, Lucius, Julia Read @ Union Hall
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* The Skatalites, Subatomic Sound System, Top Shotta Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Little Women, Grasshopper, MV Carbon, C. Spencer Yeh, Amanda Long @ Roulette
* Magik Markers, Key of Shame, Colour Buk, Michael R. Bernstein @ Death By Audio
* Heaven's Gate, Sleepies, Dead Leaves, Warcries, Jeremy Smoking @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
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Didn't get a ticket to An Evening With The Cast and Crew of "The Adventures Of Pete and Pete"? All is not lost! A second show, happening earlier the same night, has been added and goes on sale Monday at noon.
by Bill Pearis
Here's an early '90s reunion I was not expecting, but is genuinely welcome. The good folks at The AV Club are hosting "An Evening with Pete & Pete" which will happen at Bowery Ballroom on February 24. Tickets are on sale at noon today (1/26).
Airing from 1993 - 1996 on Nickelodeon, The Adventures of Pete & Pete was one of the weirdest, funniest, coolest shows of the '90s. What will this event entail? Here's what the AV Club says:
The list of cast and crew attendees is still growing, but as of right now, the whole Wrigley clan (Michael Maronna, Danny Tamberelli, Judy Grafe, and Hardy Rawls) are confirmed, as are Ellen (Alison Fanelli) and Artie (Toby Huss). The show's creators Chris Viscardi and Will McRobb will be there, as will writer and director Katherine Dieckmann.Maybe Steve Buscemi, who played Ellen's father, will show up? Who can say. One thing we do know is Polaris won't be there to perform the super-catchy theme song. The band, which featured Miracle Legion's Mark Mulcahy, existed only for the purposes of the show and never played live to my knowledge.
Earlier this year, some of the cast re-united in Los Angeles at Cinefamily, for a sold-out event that streamed live online. That was so much fun that we decided to help make this happen at least one more time-Chicago, watch your calendars-for all longtime blowholes and scab-biters. The A.V. Club's reviews of The Adventures Of Pete And Pete have brought together old cast and crew members, so this just seemed like a natural next step.
But being Bowery Ballroom you'd expect some live music, right? The show featured tons of indie rock on the soundtrack (Magnetic Fields were all over this show) and featured on-camera cameos from such musicians as Michael Stipe, Juliana Hatfield, Syd Straw, Marshal Crenshaw, Iggy Pop and Debbie Harry. And Danny Tamberelli (Little Pete) is now a musician himself, fronting the band Jounce, so maybe that's a possibility? Sounds like a fun event in any case. Pipe!
Click through for a few classic Pete & Pete clips: