Entries tagged with: SNL
by Bill Pearis
For those who were watching live or don't DVR fast-forward through commercials, there was a 15-second Daft Punk ad last night during an otherwise lackluster episode of Saturday Night Live. It was just the band's logo with the two robot masks (the ones currently on the band's nomepage) coming together, with a bit of music. But seems like things are in the works! Watch it below.
Alabama Shakes (or "Alabama Shake" as SNL host Christoph Waltz accidentally called them the first of three times he said their name last night), who played a Valentine's Day show on a boat while they were in town, were the musical guest on Saturday Night Live last night. Not a bad week for the quickly rising young band who also just showed up on the Grammys. My favorite part of SNL is hearing what my parents thought of the musical guest every Sunday. Mom loved them. Dad could only keep asking why they seemed so angry. What did you think? Watch the SNL performances below...
photos by David Andrako
"had a blast on the Rocks off cruise on the hudson river with Alabama shakes they were unbelievable" - Felix Joshua
Alabama Shakes, who didn't win a Grammy but whose powerful frontwoman Brittany Howard performed during the Levon Helm tribute, stopped by NYC for a last-minute Valentine's Day show on a boat last night (2/14). The show, which was presented by Rocks Off, was in a crazy crowded dark room filled with fans, and the band played most of their 2012 debut, Boys & Girls, including a couple of the bonus tracks. They also included the new-ish song, "Making Me Itch" non-album cut, "Heat Lightning," and ended with a cover of Led Zeppelin's "How Many More Times."
Of course Alabama Shakes are in NYC to play Saturday Night Live this weekend (2/16) with host Christolph Waltz. They spent part of Thursday afternoon rehearsing at the 30 Rock studios. Let's hope this week's SNL is better than recent episodes with Adam Levine and Justin Bieber.
More pictures from Alabama Shakes' Rocks Off show (as well as pics of openers Daddy Long Legs) and the setlist are below.
Alabama Shakes @ T5, Oct. 2013 (more by Tracy Allison)
What a run Alabama Shakes have had, going from playing tiny clubs in NYC to headlining Terminal 5 in less than a year. (And it couldn't have happened to a nicer band.) What's next for them? Being the musical guests on Saturday Night Live which will happen on February 16 with host Christolph Waltz (so good in Inglorious Basterds and Django Unchained).
Their tour schedule is open for a bit, maybe they'll fit in a NYC show while here? From March on, though, Alabama Shakes will stay busy on the road and updated dates are below.
No new SNL this week but Justin Bieber pulls double duty as host and musical guest on February 9.
Kendrick Lamar appeared on Saturday Night Live last night (1/26) to perform two tracks off of good kid, m.A.A.d city, "Swimming Pools (Drank)" and "Poetic Justice" with a killer live band in TDE shirts. He also appeared in a digital short with The Lonely Island to do a track called "YOLO." You can watch videos of all three songs below.
by Klaus Kinski (and Fred Armisen)
Fred meditates on his top ten...
In my tenure as BV's tallest and prettiest contributor, I've noticed that one of the most polarizing figures we mention on here is the great Fred Armisen. It's like, any time we mention this dude all the negative-Nancys crawl out of the wood work. Oh well... You know what they say ('they' being people who use terrible quips to express themselves); "Haters gonna hate." The reality is, Fred Armisen rules. He's one of my most favorite, funny, uber-talented oddballs in the biz. He's consistently funny on SNL, no matter how abysmal the sketch may be. His show Portlandia (which returns January 4th 2013 on IFC) is one of the funniest shows to hit the gogglebox in recent memory. And he keeps it real with small-venue residencies and club shows. Fred recently hipped us to the top 10 records of 2012 that floated his boat.
In addition to Portlandia's imminent return (many guest stars included), and the Portlandia book which is currently available, don't forget the Fred is hosting the Snow Ball Ball at the Bell (Ball) House on Sunday December 16. The show also features guest DJs Tunde Adebimpe (from TV On the Radio), Peter Hale (from Here We Go Magic) and more!
Check out Fred's 'Best of' list, below...
Map from 'Portlandia: A Visitor's Guide'
Fred Armisen and Eleanor Friedberger are appearing this Thursday (11/15) at Barnes & Noble Union Square in NYC for the bookstore's "Upstairs at the Square" series which is hosted by NPR's Katherine Lanpher. Fred will be talking about his and Carrie Brownstein's new book, PORTLANDIA: A Guide for Visitors and other subjects, with Eleanor Friedberger performing live. Fred's a drummer (among other things), so maybe he'll play along too.
Eleanor just wrapped up recording her new solo album for Merge which she recorded at DFA studios. Maybe you heard her preview new material at the Merge CMJ showcase last month? While you wait for that to come out, Eleanor appears on the new Christmas album Holidays Rule where she contributes a cover of Elvis' "Santa Please Bring My Baby (Back to Me)." Other artists on the compilation include Tame Impala, The Shins, Andrew Bird, Rufus Wainwright with Sharon Van Etten, Paul McCartney and more. You can stream the whole thing via Rdio below.
Meanwhile, Eleanor's brother (and Fiery Furnaces bandmate) Matthew Friedberger is currently on tour with The Sea & Cake which stops in spookily-lit Marfa, TX tonight. All tour dates are listed below.
When not promo-ing his new book (you preview it here and watch the video trailer for it below), Fred Armisen is staying busy on SNL where he recently played Mayor Bloomberg giving one of his post-Sandy NYC addresses, shoutout to "Homeland" included, below...
As anyone could have guessed, comedic genius Louis CK's appearance on Saturday Night Live on Saturday night (11/3) was a success. If you missed it, make sure and check out some clips from the show below.
As you may have heard, Louis CK recently released a live set by Tig Notaro, and we're happy to report that you can catch Tig live in Brooklyn soon. Catch a live taping of her weekly podcast Professor Blastoff on November 17th at the Bell House in Brooklyn. The rare live taping promises "special guests" in addition to Notaro's co-hosts/regulars Kyle Dunnigan and David Huntsberger, and tickets are still available (though reportedly selling fast). The agoraphobic can catch up with previous episodes via the interweb.
Swing below for some great SNL videos..
by Bill Pearis
Louis CK starts his run of NYC shows at the New York City Center tonight (10/22) that goes through Sunday (10/28). He's then got a week off from his massive, self-ticketed tour which he'll spend preparing for his first-ever SNL hosting gig on November 3 with musical guest fun.
This should be interesting. Given the ammount of control the Emmy-winning comedian demands of everything he's involved in these days, it doesn't seem likely CK (who wrote for Robert Smigel's "TV Funhouse" bits) will just be thrown into another "What's Up with That?" sketch. But we shall see.
This past weekend's SNL with Bruno Mars was pretty forgettable but did include a nice short film, "Sad Mouse," which you can watch below.
by Bill Pearis
Armed with backup singers, Passion Pit played Saturday Night Live last night (10/13), performing "Take a Walk" and "Carried Away" both from the band's Gossamer LP. SNL has notoriously wonky sound, but PP did a pretty good job. Christina Applegate hosted, her first time doing so since Married with Children was still on the air.
Passion Pit are currently on tour and while they won't be hitting NYC this time around, their tourmates Hollerado will play Mercury Lounge on November 7.
Next week (10/20), set your DVRs (or, y'know, don't) as Bruno Mars will not only perform but also host SNL. Video of both Passion Pit performances are below, along with the "Tech Talk" sketch, probably the funniest bit of last night's show.
Muse w/ The Dap-Kings horns & Michael Leonhart backstage (via)
Muse came to NYC this weekend to play Saturday Night Live, and during their set they were joined by The Dap-Kings' horn section and multi-instrumentalist Michael Leonhart. They performed "Madness" and "Panic Station" off Muse's new album, The 2nd Law (available at iTunes). You can watch videos of those performances below.
As mentioned, Muse will return to the NYC area when their 2013 tour hits MSG (4/15) and Izod Center (4/19). That tour also just grew bigger. All dates, and on sale times, are listed under the videos below...
Flying Lotus @ American Museum of Natural History in 2009 (more by Zach Dilgard)
today in NYC
* ASSSSCAT 3000 @ UCB
* New Yorker Festival
* Les Hot Club @ Barbes
* The Four Bags @ Barbes
* Bob Telson @ Joe's Pub
* Blondie @ The Capitol Theatre
* Lotion, Edsel @ The Rock Shop (matinee)
* ZZ Top @ Count Basie Theatre (NJ)
* Celtic Thunder @ Wellmont Theatre
* Leyna Marika Papach @ The Stone
* Ian Anderson @ NJ Performing arts Center
* The Empty Cage Quartet @ The Stone
* The Moth @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Believers, Landlady, Railbird @ Glasslands
* Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Sewing Machines, Beloved Binge, Poingly @ Cake Shop
* Census, Lantern, Spacin', Acrobat Twin @ Shea Stadium
* Kath Bloom, Ed Askew, Tica Douglas @ Pete's Candy Store
* Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Teebs, Jeremiah Jae @ Terminal 5
* Punch Brothers, Tom Brosseau @ The Paramount (Huntington, NY)
* The Everymen, The Brooklyn What, Secret Country @ Public Assembly
* Royal Baths, Larkin Grimm, Behavior, M. Lamar @ The Bowery Electric
* Nightmare River Band, Jack Grace, Paleface, Jarrod Dickenson @ Littlefield
* The Dearloves, Eastern Hollows, Dead Stars, Memphibians @ Mercury Lounge
* Spectre Folk, Images, Scott & Charlene's Wedding, Gem Trails @ Big Snow
* Kids & Explosions, Steel Phantoms, Dance For The Dying, Ducky @ Cameo Gallery
* Ghost Light, Phone Home, No One & The Somebodies, The Drinkers Themselves @ Deliquency
* Aye Nako, Shady Hawkins w/ readings by Cristy Road, Mimi Nguyen, Osa Atoe, Ana Vo, Mariam Bastani@ Death By Audio
* Kitty Pryde, The World Is A Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, Tigers Jaw @ Stevens Insitute of Technology
You can also catch Andrew WK playing with David Blaine at Pier 54 today at 7:30, live and streaming online.
Fred Armisen, who maybe you caught flashing an upskirt on SNL last night, helps close out the New Yorker Festival today along with Carrie Brownstein "for an afternoon With the IFC show "Portlandia," featuring a conversation with Margaret Talbot."
Big Bird also made a more family-friendly appearance on SNL last night. Watch the video below. Muse was the musical guest, and those videos are HERE.
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Perfume Genius made a video for "Take Me Home." Check it out below.
Passion Pit @ The Backyard in Austin - 9/15 (more by Tim Griffin)
As mentioned earlier today, Muse are the musical guest on Saturday Night Live this Saturday, but we also just realized Passion Pit is playing the week after that! Congrats guys! Christina Applegate will host that one which is one week before Bruno Mars hosts and sings. The full list of known hosts and musical guests for this season so far (Mumford & Sons played two weeks ago), and other upcoming Passion Pit dates, below...
Check out pictures from the show they just played in Chicago with Lower Dens.
And speaking of Brooklyn, get ready for Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas.
The Compact Disc turns 30 years old today. The first CD pressed in America was Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA (though Billy Joe's 52nd Street came out in Japan before that). What was the first CD you bought?
Speaking of Bruce Springsteen, Kenny's Castaways, where he used to play is hosting their final show tonight.
Producer and TV On the Radio member Dave Sitek has launched Federal Prism, "a new record label where Sitek will personally record, mix, produce, and release a series of limited edition 12-inch vinyl picture discs with a uniquely curator-driven perspective. The vinyl will be limited to 500 numbered copies each with a jacket personally hand silkscreened by Sitek."
Federal Prism's first release is "Destroyer" by Telepathe. "The b-side of the vinyl will feature a remix by Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor with Alessandro Cortini and Atticus Ross. Sitek adds, "I told Trent I was starting my own label and would love to have him remix something on the first release. I sent him the session and before he actually said 'YES', he sent back this mighty dark space that he, Alessandro and Atticus had built for me! I was shocked and am certain I will have to keep ripping them off for years!"" It's on sale now.
Speaking of Trent Reznor, he says his his band How To Destroy Angels, have "formally partnered with Columbia Records for our next series of releases. The first of these will be available in November and it's called An Omen EP."
Scary: Ryan Adams revealed via Twitter: "Recording a track with my new pal @deadmau5 today. Sounds like BladeRunner starring Don Henley."
More scary: As if it wasn't bad enough that Bruno Mars has been announced as the host of the 10/20 episode of SNL, they're letting him be the musical performer for that episode too!
But here's some good news: Now That's What I Call Music 83 will reportedly be the last in the series.
more stuff below...
Frank Ocean, Seth MacFarlane & Fred Armisen (who is no longer Obama) @ SNL
We actually already posted this in WGO Sunday, but in case you missed the awesomeness:
Frank Ocean appeared on Saturday Night Live last night (9/16) to perform "Thinking About You" and "Pyramids," and was joined by John Mayer on guitar. He also just revealed the music video for "Pyramids," which also features an appearance from John Mayer.Frank Ocean plays live at ATP NY on Friday night. Watch the videos of his SNL performance and the "Pyramids" music video below.
Frank Ocean at Lollapalooza 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
As mentioned, Frank Ocean who now has a much emptier September schedule after canceling a bunch of European dates will be in NYC to play the Afghan Whigs-curated ATP NY, which goes down on Pier 36 from September 21-23. Frank plays on the Friday (9/21). Tickets for ATP NY are still available.
He'll be heading to NYC a bit sooner than though, because as Entertainment Weekly points out, Frank Ocean will be the musical guest on the 38th seaosn premiere of Saturday Night Live on September 15. That episode will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane, who will be plugging new seasons of Family Guy, American Dad, and The Cleveland Show, along the DVD release of his new movie, Ted.
Frank Ocean will also perform at the MTV VMAs, which airs on September 6. He's going up against Carly Rae Jepsen, fun., One Direction, and The Wanted for Best New Artist and his song "Swim Good" is nominated for Best Male Video against videos by Chris Brown, Drake, Justin Bieber, and Usher. It was also nominated for Best Direction.
The "Swim Good" video is below.
Speaking of Andy Samberg, well actually that isn't his tattoo, but now the pressure is on for him to outdo this fan whose body art "is based on the Joanna Newsom Ys album and was done by the wonderful Rachel Baldwin at Modern Body Art Birmingham." More pictures of the tat, and a recent video entitled "7 Minutes in Heaven with Joanna Newsom" by Saturday Night Live writer Mike O'Brien, along with a couple of dates, below...
The NY Times says:
It's time to take a last nostalgic look at Jim, Pam and Dwight and their quotidian struggles and successes at the Scranton branch of the Dunder Mifflin paper company as they've been documented on "The Office." When that NBC comedy begins its ninth season on Sept. 20, it will be the final season of the series, its executive producer Greg Daniels said on Tuesday.Speaking of things on NBC ending, it was recently announced that Abby Elliot is not returning to SNL which also recently lost Andy Samberg and Kristen Wiig. The NY Times says:
Producers at "Saturday Night Live" are continuing to audition new cast members for the show, which begins its 38th season on Sept. 15. NBC will also broadcast two prime-time "Weekend Update" specials on Sept. 20 and Sept. 27.The article implies Jason Sudeikis may ready to leave as well. The musical guest for September 15 is still TBA.
In director Lee Toland Krieger's comedic drama Celeste and Jesse Forever, Celeste (Rashida Jones) and Jesse (Andy Samberg) met in high school, married young and are growing apart. Now thirty, Celeste is the driven owner of her own media consulting firm, while Jesse is once again unemployed and in no particular rush to do anything with his life. Celeste is convinced that divorcing Jesse is the right thing to do--she is on her way up, he is on his way nowhere, and if they do it now instead of later, they can remain supportive friends. Jesse passively accepts this transition into friendship, even though he is still in love with her. As the reality of their separation sets in, Celeste slowly and painfully realizes she has been cavalier about their relationship. While navigating the turbulent changes in their lives and in their hearts, these two learn that in order to truly love someone, you may have to let them go.As you you might have been able to tell from the flyer above, BrooklynVegan is presenting a free preview screening of Celeste and Jesse Forever on Monday, July 30 at 7PM at Landmark Sunshine Cinema (143 E. Houston St., NYC). To get a pair of screening passes, you need to RSVP to to BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with the subject line "Celeste and Jesse Forever." Include your first and last name in the email and your phone number. Your contact info will not be shared with anyone else, and only used to confirm your reservation. BUT, as usual with these sort of things, you need to RSVP, but the screening (capacity 166) is first-come, first-served for those on the RSVP list (aka RSVP does not guarantee entry so arrive early to claim your spot).
The day after our screening, 92YTribeca will show the film as well, with a post-screening Q&A with actors Rashida Jones (who co-wrote the screenplay) and Will McCormack as well as director Lee Toland Krieger. This one's not free ($18) and you can buy tickets here. The film opens at Sunshine Cinema and elsewhere in NYC & LA in limited release on August 3. You can watch the trailer below.
Mick Jagger hosts and performs on Saturday Night Live this weekend. The above screen shot is from one of the two promo videos you can watch below...
by Bill Pearis
The 37th season of Saturday Night Live comes to a close next weekend (May 19) where Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger will pull double duty as both host and musical guest. Before you plan your bathroom breaks you might be interested to learn that Mick's backing band will include both Foo Fighters and Arcade Fire. Though we're still eight days from the live telecast, Jann Wenner has already give the SNL season finale five stars.
Meanwhile, this week's SNL has Will Ferrell and Usher.
What songs Mick will do is anyone's guess, but Will (brother of Win) Butler and other members of the Arcade Fire (as Phi Slamma Jamma) may have been getting some practice with a cover of the Stones' "The Last Time" at last weekend's Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival.
Last year, Mick released the debut album by his new group SuperHeavy that also includes Joss Stone, Damian Marley and the Eurythmics' Dave Stewart. The video for SuperHeavy's single "Miracle Worker" is below.
as you can imagine, shit is just fkd up right now. but i wanna say thank you to all ourThat picture and message was posted to the Beastie Boys blog by Adam Horovitz on Sunday evening, two days after the band heartbreakingly confirmed MCA's death.
friends and family (which are kinda one in the same) for all the love and support.
i'm glad to know that all the love that Yauch has put out into the world is coming right back at him.
The high profile and on-stage tributes continued on Friday night and throughout the weekend. You saw what Coldplay, BADBADNOTGOOD & Bomb The Music Industry! did, as well as the message that Thom Yorke posted, and tributes by Madison Square Garden, the Mets, Rusko, A-Trak, the Mets and more. Check out even more below...
photos by Ryan Muir
Gotye / Kimbra @ Webster Hall - 3/27/2012
New huge stars from Down Under, Gotye & Kimbra brought their sold out tour to Webster Hall in NYC last night (3/27), two nights after they did it at the bigger Terminal 5, and one night after Kimbra played her own small show at Mercury Lounge. Here are some pictures from the Webster show.
The tour, which is currently on its way north towards Canada, will continue west towards Coachella where Gotye will play the two-weekend festival on both April 15 & 22. Right before that, he'll head back to NYC (maybe with Kimbra) to be the musical guest on Saturday Night Live on Saturday, April 14th (Josh Brolin is the host). But west coasters take note:
This special TV appearance has caused two changes to the original tour dates. Firstly, the show at The Independent in San Francisco, CA on April 12 has been moved to a bigger venue and rescheduled. You can now see Gotye at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on Wednesday, April 18. Tickets for the original date will be honored at the door. The general public can buy tickets on Friday, March 30. Please note that Kimbra will now not be performing at this show due to pre-existing European commitments however joining Gotye as special guest for this date will be fellow Australian singer/songwriter, Missy Higgins.Updated tour dates and more pictures from the Webster Hall show, below...
Also Gotye's show at The Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR on April 11 has been rescheduled to Monday, April 9. Tickets for the original date will be honored at the door. Kimbra will still appear at this show. Full refunds will be available for those unable to attend the rescheduled shows.
Last but not least, one extra show has just been added to Gotye's North American tour. On April 19, he will perform in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theatre - L.A Live. Missy Higgins will be special guest on this date - previewing material from a new album she's planning to release over summer. Tickets for this L.A. show will go onsale to the general public on Friday, March 30.
The Shins at LPR last week (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
When we first announced that The Shins would be touring in support of their new album, Port of Morrow (due out 3/20), the only time the band's schedule brought them to NYC was for SNL and a secret LPR show last week. They've since tacked on three dates at Terminal 5 to their tour which happen on April 29, April 30, and May 1. Tickets for all three shows go on sale Friday (3/16) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (3/14) at noon.
Updated dates and videos of the band's SNL performances below...
Jack White, no longer in the White Stripes, has a solo album on the way. Jack played two of the new songs live last night on Saturday Night Live, a show that recently featured performances by Sleigh Bells, Bon Iver, Justin Timberlake as Bon Iver, Lana Del Rey, and Kristen Wiig as Lana Del Rey. First he performed "Love Interruption" with an all girl band, and then "Sixteen Saltines" with all guys. Watch both SNL videos, intros by host Lindsay Lohan included, below. Bonus points if you can name some of his band members...