Entries tagged with: SNL
DOWNLOAD: Phoenix - 1901 (MP3)
*The adorable lead singer's shirt was slightly pressed like he'd picked it up from the cleaners and yet he still wore it in a laid-back, pass me the carafe, way--a clean, casual, style belonging to the French. They do casual like we dress up here.Phoenix's first North American summer tour date has been announced, and that show is at Terminal 5 in NYC on June 19th. Tickets go on Am Ex presale on Wednesday at noon, and then regular sale at the same time on Friday. The band's new album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix is out May 26th.
*Phoenix looked like they were really relishing being on the SNL stage. This exuberance and gratitude didn't fit the aloof, no-big-deal-ness of a posturing band out of Brooklyn. It was refreshing and got you even more excited. The French love NYC. For them, being on SNL is what going back in time and being on Ed Sullivan would be for a Brooklyn band on the rise, now that would be cool...SNL? No big deal. Americans like to up the stakes. The French appreciate simplicity.
*Again, the smiles and the brotherly love in the band's performance wasn't from here, where friendships, work relationships come and go. French people tend to stay friends for life and are hard-pressed to let anyone new in unless they're a friend of a close friend. These guys looked at each other when they were rocking out like, "Can you believe this? This is awesome. We did it." They probably hugged each other backstage afterward, or at least I hope they did.
All dates & the SNL videos, below...
"Paris, France's Phoenix are set to release their eagerly-anticipated new album, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, on May 26th, 2009. Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix is the follow-up to 2006's critically acclaimed It's Never Been Like That, and a release between Glassnote Records and the band's own newly-formed imprint Loyaute...Phoenix are the musical guest on Saturday Night Live on April 4th (tonight is Jonas BrotherS). Grab a track off the new album HERE. Full tracklist below...
...While starting to make Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, however, perfection eluded them, as the band - comprised of Thomas Mars (vocals), Laurent "Branco" Brancowitz (guitars), Christian Mazzalai (guitars) and Deck D'Arcy (keyboards/bass) - seemed initially unable to find an environment to provide them with sufficient inspiration. After a triumphant worldwide tour behind It's Never Been Like That, Phoenix came back to Paris and tried to figure out where to go next - literally. From attempting to work on a houseboat in the River Seine, to camping out at New York City's Bowery Hotel, to eventually retreating to the Montmartre house of friend Philippe Zdar of Cassius to record in his studio, the band constantly challenged themselves to write the album they knew they had in them, but couldn't seem to find, no matter where they went. With Zdar, who co-produced the album (a first for the band, who previously worked with little help from others, hence the undisturbed precision of Phoenix's universe), they focused on the idea of greatness, determined to create something that would be exciting not only to their rabid fanbase, but to themselves. And thus, after a solid year and a half of tedious reworkings and endless going-back-to-the-starts, the record clicked. Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, a tongue-in-cheek title meditating on the idea of "classic and upstart," was born."
Phoenix will be playing select American shows this summer. Details on these shows will be announced soon. [press release]
by Klaus Kinski
For me, there are two consistent things happening with SNL lately (and by lately I mean the past several years). First, it rarely makes me laugh. Second, the stuff that does make me laugh is usually an SNL Digital Short. And the Digital Shorts that make me laugh the hardest are usually the ones done by filmmakers/fake music-makers The Lonely Island.
The Lonely Island is the brainchild of Jorma Taccone, Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer. They make absurd music and absurd videos. After years of hard work, they finally released a record on February 10th called Incredibad. The record features 19 tracks, including classics such as Jizz in My Pants, Dick in a Box, and Natalie's Rap.
They have two upcoming Q&A and Autograph sessions, one of which is at the Virgin Megastore in Union Square today (2/25) at 7:00pm. All three guys will be there in addition to Paul Rudd who will be hosting. To attend, you have to buy the CD at the Virgin Megastore in Union Square and obtain a bracelet. They also have a similar event happening at Newbury Comics Faneuil Hall on Feb. 27th. Union Square flyer below...
Funny that the same week people talked about the E Street Band miming their performance at the Super Bowl, we get a glimpse of why live TV shows with a lot at stake might not want to leave things to chance. "Saturday Night Live" has long been known for occasionally dodgy sound for their music performances. Whether it was due to onstage monitor problems or TVOTR just having an off night, "Golden Age" and "Dancing Choose" sounded pretty lousy yesterday. Vocals were out of key and generally muddy while the mix just seemed off-- indistinct, out of balance, and flabby where both of these songs require all the elements to come together with some force. [Pitchfork]TV on the Radio are on TV again tonight (2/9). This time it's the Colbert Report. Videos from SNL below...
TVOTR @ Masonic Temple (more by Tim Griffin)
As you probably heard by now, TV on the Radio, like Fleet Foxes before them, are the musical guest on Saturday Night Live this weekend.
Tunde Adebimpe has a new solo project called Fake Male Voice. Fake Male Voice is the name he's playing under at Glasslands Gallery this Tuesday, February 10th. Tonight (2/6) at the Stone, as previously mentioned, he's just plain old Tunde (with Ryan Sawyer on drums). It's an 8:00 show. Kria Brekken plays the same venue at 10:00.
Kyp has a show coming up with Iran at Mercury Lounge.
Jorma C. Taccone (born March 19, 1977) is an American comedy writer/actor. In Fall 2005 he joined the writing staff for sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live. He is also an Emmy-winning songwriter and member of The Lonely Island, a sketch comedy group that includes SNL repertory player Andy Samberg and SNL writer Akiva Schaffer. Taccone created the beat for and assisted in writing the SNL Digital Short Lazy Sunday. He also was one of the principal actors in Jizz in My Pants, along with Andy Samberg. [Wikipedia]Fleet Foxes were the musical guest on Saturday Night Live last night. Videos below...
DOWNLOAD: Ruby Isle - White Winter Hymnal (FF cover) (MP3)
Fleet Foxes @ Grand Ballroom in NYC (more by Chris Owyoung)
October 1, 2005 Steve Carell & Kanye WestThe above is a list of some of the musical guests Saturday Night Live has had on in the past 3-4 years. It's not super surprising then that next week's musical guest is going to be one of 2008's biggest indie success stories. The Sub Pop-signed Fleet Foxes will join host Rosario Dawson on the NBC TV show on January 17th.
October 22, 2005 Catherine Zeta-Jones & Franz Ferdinand
January 14, 2006 Scarlett Johansson & Death Cab for Cutie
January 21, 2006 Peter Sarsgaard & The Strokes
March 11, 2006 Matt Dillon & Arctic Monkeys
January 13, 2007 Jake Gyllenhaal & The Shins
February 3, 2007 Drew Barrymore & Lily Allen
February 24, 2007 Rainn Wilson & Arcade Fire
April 21, 2007 Scarlett Johansson & Björk
September 29, 2007 LeBron James & Kanye West
October 6, 2007 Seth Rogen & Spoon
November 3, 2007 Brian Williams & Feist
March 1, 2008 Ellen Page & Wilco
March 8, 2008 Amy Adams & Vampire Weekend
April 12, 2008 Ashton Kutcher & Gnarls Barkley
May 10, 2008 Shia LaBeouf & My Morning Jacket
September 20, 2008 James Franco & Kings of Leon
September 27, 2008 Anna Faris & Duffy
October 18, 2008 Josh Brolin & Adele
December 13, 2008 Hugh Laurie & Kanye West
This week (January 10)'s SNL guests are Neil Patrick Harris and Taylor Swift. Watch it with your pants off.
Taylor Swift is actually on an indie label, and if you count Arctic Monkeys (along with Arcade Fire, Spoon, the Shins, and Vampire Weekend), Fleet Foxes will actually be the 7th indie indie-label band ever to play the show (for what it's worth).
Who do you think they'll pick next? Bon Iver? Animal Collective?
Many SNL members regularly play live in shows at NYC's UCB Theatre (the home of indie comedy).
Video of Fleet Foxes performing "White Winter Hymnal" for one of La Blogoteque's Take Away Shows, below...
Aziz Ansari (Ulysses) @ UCB Theatre, NYC (by Edwina Hay)
The Upright Citizens Brigade is exploring an opportunity to open an additional venue in the East Village and we can use your help. If you currently reside in the East Village and would be willing to support the effort please sign the petition linked below.UCB regular Aziz Ansari performs two shows at Comix this weekend (Friday and Saturday).
The Theatre is hoping to move into the Pioneer Theatre at Avenue A and 3rd Street, next to Two Boots Pizza. While we're still a long way from making this happen the first step is to see if we can get enough support from within the community. To continue offering the same brand of comedy at the same affordable prices we'll need to get a Beer/Wine license.
If you or anyone you know live within Community Board 3 (the area of NYC from the East River westward to 4th Avenue, and from 14th Street down to the Brooklyn Bridge) and support this effort please take a moment and sign the online petition, or stop by Two Boots this weekend and sign a live petition. If you do not live in the neighborhood, we appreciate your support but it will not be helpful to us for you to sign the petition.
Thank You and we appreciate your help and continued support,
Matt, Matt, Amy, Ian
Catch Bill Hader and Seth Meyers from SNL at UCB Wednesday January 14th.
For more SNL, ASSSSCAT 3000 happens every Sunday night.
"Let's Have a Ball" describes itself as "Writers and Performers from the Emmy-award winning '30 Rock', 'The Colbert Report', 'Late Night w/Conan O'Brien', and the UCB Theatre come together to play for your entertainment in this Star-Studded, Long-Form Improvised Show."
Dave Hill will be telling stories on January 30th as part of "The Shits of Our Lives".
It was also Amy Poehler's final SNL episode
Kanye videos below...
Black Lips @ Antics Warehouse (more by Leia Jospe)
today in NYC
* Toumani Diabate @ NYU
* The Felice Brothers & Deer Tick @ Spiegeltent
* Matisyahu, Flobots & Mishku @ The Wellmont Theatre
* Killdozer, Awesome Color & Hunchback @ Knitting Factory
* Pelican, Kayo Dot, Stephen Brodsky & Zozobra @ Bowery Ballroom
* Harvey Milk, The Body, Wet Nurse, & many, many more @ Europa
Did you set back your clock?
Today is the NYC Marathon.
Listen to a prank call Canadian comedians made to Sarah Palin.
Saturday Night Live had John McCain on.... video below...
Yura Yura Teikoku
today in NYC
* David Dondero @ Union Hall
* Springhouse @ Sound Fix Records
* The Bronx & Love City @ Maxwell's
* Effi Briest & many others @ Glasslands
* White Denim & Amazing Baby @ Mercury Lounge
* The Pains of Being Pure at Heart & Women @ Cake Shop
* Yura Yura Teikoku, Obits & Invisible Conga People @ MHOW
The Bronx also have a CMJ show at Fontana's.
Obits are not playing CMJ because at least one of the members will be out of town.
White Denim aren't playing CMJ, but they also have another NYC show on Monday.
Women and Amazing Baby both have plenty of shows to choose from during CMJ.
CMJ starts Tuesday which is also the night of the BrooklynVegan showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Ponytail is one of the bands on that bill. Check out their video for "Die Allman Bruder" below...
Sarah Palin was on SNL last night. I posted one video. Another (rap) one is below...
can you tell them apart?
Just two weeks after Duffy appeared, the other "next Amy Winehouse" Adele was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live. (the real) Sarah Palin (cringe) was on last night's episode too....
Franz Ferdinand @ MHOW (more by Ryan Muir)
today in NYC
* Madonna @ MSG
* free shows at Joe's Pub
* Killing Joke @ Irving Plaza
* Tom Gabel instore
* Ray Lamontagne @ Radio City Music Hall
* Liam Finn, The Veils @ The Bell House
* Crystal Stilts, Chairlift & Violens @ 92stY
* Elephant Six Holiday Surprise Tour @ Knitting Factory
* Vivian Girls, Pink Reason, The Beets @ Silent Barn
* Langhorne Slim, The Heatless Bastards @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Against Me!, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Future Of The Left @ Webster Hall
Happy Birthday Artie Lange who is performing on New Years Eve at the Izod Center in NJ.
Duffy recently appeared on SNL. Next week they have Adele. I think tonight is a repeat of the Lil Wayne/Michael Phelps episode.
Check out Deerhoof's video for "Chandelier Searchlight" below...
Tegan & Sara @ Sled Island 2008 (more by Rae Holtsabum)
today in NYC
* Atlantic Antic
* Catfish Haven @ Union Hall
* Antibalas @ Spiegeltent
* Biohazard @ Irving Plaza
* Chandeliers @ Cake Shop
* Jimmy Scott @ Iridium Jazz
* Obituary @ BB King Blues Club
* Division of Laura Lee @ Union Pool
* Fleet Foxes, Frank Fairfield @ Webster Hall
* The Bird and the Bee, Willoughby @ Maxwell's
* Cameron Hull, Drew Victor, Lark and Sorrel @ Union Pool
* Tegan & Sara, City and Colour, Girl in a Coma @ Terminal 5
* They Might Be Giants @ Target Children's thing @ Columbia University
Tina Fey. Jason Sudeikis and Queen Latifah did the VP debate on SNL. Video below...
today in NYC
* Brooklyn Book Festival
* Apollo Sunshine @ Sound Fix Records
* Jonah Matranga & the Gay Blades @ Maxwell's
* Pink Reason, Woods & friends @ the Lucky Cat
* Signal & Steve Reich: Music for 18 Musicians
* Trouble & Minsk @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Loved Ones, Franz Nicolay & others @ Knitting Factory
* The Cult @ Irving Plaza (moved from Roseland Ballroom)
* High Places, Soft Circle & Matteah Baim @ Death By Audio
Though both secretly scheduled to perform at Saturday's Lightning Bolt show, neither Fucked Up or No Age showed up
Video of Tina Fey doing Sarah Palin last night on SNL below...
by Black Bubblegum
El-P & Aesop Rock @ Webster Hall - May 10, 2008 (jennyapplebaum )
"WHEN I SAY DEF, YOU SAY JUX! DEF!"
Okay, it wasnt THAT bad, but while fellow Cardboard City crew member Shia Labeouf (seriously) was readying his second appearance on Saturday Night Live (with My Morning Jacket), El-P was realizing he was in trouble by the first song. El-P tore into "Smithereens" with all of the frustration made apparent in the video, but when he commanded the Webster Hall crowd "Get the fuck up!" and "Jump!", he only got participation from a couple dozen.... for 30 seconds. Maybe it's all the darkness and post-apocalyptic doom and gloom, or the borderline paranoid "the government is going to get you" John McCain=Barack Obama=Hillary Clinton rants, or that a good portion of the crowd could have come to see Dizzee Rascal (though doubt it), but Saturday at Webster Hall was probably one of the most stoic crowds that I have ever seen at a hip hop show.
My Morning Jacket @ Coachella 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
Catch My Morning Jacket this weekend at the musical guest on SNL. Tour dates below...
Video from last night's episode of Saturday Night Live below.....
Gnarls Barkley are playing Saturday Night Live tonight (April 12, 2008). Santogold is playing Conan O'Brien on April 28th, and then the Virgin Megastore in Union Square the next day. Gnarls Barkley played Highline Ballroom Thursday night. So did Santogold. Various Gnarls & Santo videos below.....
by Black Bubblegum
Don't know if I am going to start an internal war here with our resident comedy expert Klaus Kinski, but here goes... One of my favorite commercials from the Tim & Eric Awesome Show, "Lazy Horse Mattresses" featuring SNL's Will Forte....
Wilco, Feb 15-20, 2008 @ The Riviera in Chicago
Once again, Wilco (on Saturday Night Live)...