Entries tagged with: Seth Meyers
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Sleater-Kinney @ T5 - 2/26/15
Sleater-Kinney kicked off their reunion tour in Washington earlier this month, and last night (2/26) they finally made their triumphant return to NYC. It was their first of two sold-out Terminal 5 shows and first time playing here since Webster Hall in 2006. And "sold out" is no understatement. This place was packed, maybe oversold. They probably could've added a third night and sold that out too. It makes sense for a lot of reasons: Sleater-Kinney are a beloved band, they've been gone for way too long, their old songs still sound great today, and they still have every bit of what made them special in the first place. But that's true for a lot of reunited bands, of which there seem to be more of each day. What Sleater-Kinney have that American Football, or The Blood Brothers, or even The Replacements don't, is new songs. A whole album's worth. Almost half the set was new songs, and they weren't these flimsy reunion tunes that had the crowd wishing for old favorites -- the new material rivals their best work.
The only downside was that Terminal 5 is a less-than-ideal place to see Sleater-Kinney. They still play like a punk band, relying more on their own personal power than the kind of extravagant stage show that can suit a venue that big. But even while I was wishing they would be turned up three times as loud, you couldn't deny that they were a total force. Corin Tucker's voice was piercing, overpowering everything else in the room at almost any given moment. And the band members' interplay on stage was fucking electric. Carrie Brownstein with her rock star moves was the most fun to watch individually, but the way the three of them (four including new live member Katie Harkin of Sky Larkin) were constantly locked in and feeding off each other produced the kind of larger-than-life energy that only happens with a band this tightly knit. As great as Carrie and Janet Weiss's post-hiatus band Wild Flag was, there's something about having Corin, Carrie and Janet on stage at once that even the best side project can't replicate.
One of my personal favorite parts about the new album is, putting aside all the baggage that comes with a new Sleater-Kinney album in 2015, it's just a great guitar rock album. It's packed with almost as many riffs as a Led Zeppelin album, but they're not derived from blues, separating Sleater-Kinney from the masses of retro riffers. And seeing them shred away at those last night was the kind of thing that could melt Jack Black's face off. But as much as I think the new album is a big part of what makes this reunion so good, the most special moment of the night was the last two songs, two favorites from their initial run. I don't doubt that the crowd was singing along like this the whole show, but you could hear the entire room more than ever during the mostly drum-less penultimate song, "Modern Girl." It was one of those moments where you could actually hear the awe in the voices of the crowd. That led into the final song of the night, and the band's most wild performance, "Dig Me Out." It's the first song on the first album with the lineup of Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss (they didn't play anything from the first two albums without Janet), and probably the first song many people ever heard from that trio. 18 years later, they still sound passionate playing it.
Kicking the night off was Minneapolis rapper Lizzo, who knew how to keep a packed house entertained, and whose short speech on gender and racial equality was met with huge cheers from the crowd. Before she came on, her DJ kept the crowd hyped with a set of The Runways' "Cherry Bomb," Le Tigre's "Deceptacon," Bikini Kill's "Rebel Girl" and more.
Sleater-Kinney and Lizzo do it again at T5 tonight, which is also sold out. Ahead of last night's show, S-K also played "Price Tag" on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Watch the video of that, with more pictures and their setlist from T5, below...
The Kroll Show
There's a few cool comedy-related talks and events happening soon at 92Y. On January 20, Nick Kroll will host a screening of The Kroll Show Season 3 premiere, and following that there will be a Q&A with the show's divorcees Gil Faizon (Kroll) and George St. Geegland (John Mulaney). This is sold out but you can stream it live on via 92Y's website. Watch the Season 3 trailer below.
Keeping with the TV theme, there's a Better Call Saul panel discussion on February 5 featuring stars Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks and Michael McKean. Tickets are still available (they're cheap if you're 35 and under) and this will also be streaming on 92Y's site. Better Call Saul premieres February 8 on AMC. A new trailer is below.
Elsewhere at 92Y, Judy Gold has an ongoing series called 'Comedy Gold' where she talks with famous funny people. On January 27 it's with Jim Gaffigan (tickets) and on February 16 she'll be talking to Wanda Sykes (tickets).
And finally, Allison Williams of HBO's Girls will be talking with her friend and Late Night host Seth Meyers on February 18. (tickets) Maybe Seth will ask Allison what her father, NBC News anchor Brian Williams, thought about her first scene in Girls' just-aired season premiere.
Better Call Saul and Kroll Show trailers below...
photos by Adela Loconte
Interpol, free of snow, brought their tour to NYC for the first show in a sold-out three-night run at Terminal 5 last night (11/24). They're supporting their new album El Pintor, and they played a good chunk of that, otherwise focusing mostly on their first two records, Turn On The Bright Lights and Antics, and only offering a song each from the others. Their tourmates Hundred Waters, also with a new album to support, opened the show. Pictures are in this post.
The three-night run continues tonight, with Hundred Waters going off on their own to headline Rough Trade with support from Mutual Benefit's Jordan Lee (tickets), and Interpol will instead be joined by NYC's Lip Talk at Terminal 5. Interpol and Hundred Waters team up again to conclude the run on Wednesday (11/26). Again, both upcoming T5 shows are sold out. Hundred Waters will also be back on their own on a headlining tour in 2015.
Before Interpol's T5 show, they also performed "Everything Is Wrong" from the new album on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Video of that, with more pictures, Interpol's setlist and a video from T5, below...
Ex Hex were just though NYC, playing Glasslands and Mercury Lounge with Speedy Ortiz (who then played one of the final Death by Audio shows). The tour was in support of their terrific debut, Rips. Last night (11/12), they appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers, performing "I Don't Wanna Lose" on the show and "Hot and Cold" as a web exclusive. You can stream both below.
The band's only North American date right now is a show in January in Dallas, TX. Ex Hex will be heading to the UK and Europe in February, though, so if you're going to be over that way then, check 'em out. All dates are listed, along with Late Night videos, below...
Fred Armisen has been busy indie-fying the late night world with his stint as bandleader of Late Night with Seth Meyers' 8G Band, and when he took some time off last night (8/11) the show didn't miss a beat. Fresh off a huge Celebrate Brooklyn show, St. Vincent filled in as bandleader (as was announced) for the band which included Marnie Stern, who often sits in with the band. The musical guest for the evening was Strand of Oaks, who played "Shut In" off his new full-band rock-oriented album, Heal. Unfortunately though, J Mascis who has guested with Meyers' house band before and is on Strand of Oaks' new album, did not show up for this one. Below, check out the full episode of "Late Night" of Annie doing her thing, as well as Strand of Oaks' performance.
St. Vincent will be continuing her reign as bandleader tonight, so look out for that. Videos from last night, below...
St. Vincent @ Pitchfork 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
St. Vincent, who recently did a 'Live on Letterman' concert, will continue her talk show conquest by filling in for Fred Armisen next week as the bandleader of Late Night With Seth Meyers' 8G Band. While other musicians have sat in with the band before, Clark will be the first official guest bandleader on the show. She'll be on August 11 & 12.
Some might argue that Late Night with Seth Meyers' house band (featuring members of Girls Against Boys and Les Savy Fav) is more interesting than the bands they get to perform on the show (Rixton and Christina Perri were recent guests). Marnie Stern and Eleanor Friedberger regularly guest with the band, and J Mascis and Bangles singer Susanna Hoffs have played with them too. 8G Band bandleader Fred Armisen hasn't been on the show in over a month, off filming the new season of Portlandia. Clark and Armisen are pals, and she's appeared on the IFC sketch series a few times.
Meanwhile, Fred is playing as part of a supergroup called Dead Men Walking, featuring Captain Sensible of The Damned, Slim Jim Phantom of The Stray Cats and Mike Peters of The Alarm. They play their first show ever at LA's The Troubador on September 14 with Chris Cheney of The Living End and The Wrights, and Duff McKagan of Guns N' Roses along for the ride.
by Bill Pearis
Frida the cat and owner Andrew Savage
Most everyone likes internet cat videos (perhaps you were just watching one), and Parquet Courts have now added to the bandwidth via the video for "Sunbathing Animal," which is the title track of their new album, due June 3 via What's Your Rupture. The video, co-directed by Andy Capper and PC singer Andrew Savage, stars Savage's cat, Frida, who didn't do as much sunbathing as they'd hoped. Savage tells Noisey:
Every afternoon [Frida] takes a nap in that spot, but that afternoon she knew she was being observed. So I created a special tea that I found on a cat lady website that was full of herbs that could allegedly make a cat sleepy. You got some valerian root, some poppy seed extract, skullflower caps, chamomile.... I gave that to her and she was kinda being a bit more chill but she was still moving around a bit too much. And I guess we basically made the sofa area of my apartment into a cat paradise in order to get her to perform. We had bird songs playing on the iPhone, the window was open for bird noises outside. We put some food on the couch and then finally some cat nip.You can watch the video below. If you've played the mostly-one-chord "Sunbathing Animal" to death, Parquet Courts will premiere a new song on Late Night with Seth Meyers on April 30. The show, which only has musical guests twice a week, hasn't had the most exciting rock booking so far. (Though I think it's pretty solid otherwise.) So let's hope this is a turn for the more interesting as far as that goes.
NYC's next chance to see Parquet Courts is at Bed Stuy's Sugarhill Supper Club on June 11, with a hand-picked line-up featuring tourmates Protomartyr, plus Future Punx, and Xerox. Tickets for that show are now on sale.
"Sunbathing Animal" video below...
Comedian Joe Mande is busier than ever. Not only has he popped up on Brooklyn Nine Nine, Parks and Recreation, and Kroll Show, but tonight he's doing stand up on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Before you catch him on Late Night, come see him perform with comedians Wyatt Cenac and Max Silvestri tonight in Brooklyn at The Bell House in Brooklyn, tonight (3/27) as part of his #Bitchface Mini World Tour. Somehow, tickets are still available so grab them while you still can.
The last date of his #Bitchface tour is Friday (3/28) at The Great Scott in Boston. Watch a clip of Mande on Kroll Show below:
Marnie Stern at Late Night (via her Instagram)
New Brooklyn venue The Wick is finally slated to open its doors later this month. The venue have now expanded their initial schedule to include a performance from Marnie Stern on May 8--tickets are on sale now. This adds to the one-two punch of Liars on May 9 (tickets) and The Men, Obits on May 10 (tickets). The Wick show is Marnie's only announced date at the moment.
Marnie has also recently appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers (a few times), where she sat in with his 8G House Band lead by pal Fred Armisen. 8G also features Seth Jabour and Syd Butler (both of Les Savy Fav), Eli Janney (of Girls Against Boys), and Kim Thompson (of Beyoncé's band). Check out the complete episode (Marnie's intro comes in around 7-minutes) below...
Meyers, Armisen and the new 'Late Night' house band...
Fred Armisen will be the bandleader on NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers. The host (and former SNL Weekend Update anchor) tweeted the above picture this afternoon writing, "Fred will curate and lead the band, and continue to run it even when he's off shooting Portlandia." The rest of the band includes Girls Vs. Boys bassist (and big time indie rock producer ) Eli Janney and, as Stereogum notes, that the band looks to include Seth Jabour and Syd Butler of Les Savy Fav. Armisen and LSV are old pals. The new Late Night makes its debut on February 24 on NBC.
The Roots, meanwhile, will remain Jimmy Fallon's house band when he takes over The Tonight Show on February 17. (Keeping Questlove and crew was part of the reason the show is moving back to NYC.) Guests the first week of the show include Will Smith and U2 (2/17), Lady Gaga (2/18), The Arcade Fire (2/20) and, here's a shocker, Justin Timberlake (2/21).
In related news, Portlandia returns February 27 for its fourth season on IFC. Musical guest stars to look out for include TVOTR's Tunde Adebimpe, former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and QOTSA frontman Josh Homme.
by Bill Pearis
Fred Armisen & friends / Stefon & Seth / Kanye & Ben on SNL
Even without Kanye's musical appearance, last night's Ben Afleck hosted Saturday Night Live season finale was especially eventful (and teary) as it was the final show for three long-running star players: Bill Hader, Fred Armisen and Jason Sudekis.
Fred got his farewell moment via a sketch featuring his punk character Ian Rubbish who performed song called "It's Gonna Be a Lovely Day." His band featured fellow departing castmembers Hader and Sudekis (and Taran Killam, sure to be a big player next season), and then he welcomed a cavalcade of musical talent onstage, including his Portlandia costar Carrie Brownstein, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis, Aimee Mann, Michael Penn, and the Sex Pistols' Steve Jones. With a chorus of "It's been alright, I've had a lovely night," it was a nice little sendoff. Video of that is below.
Hader got his sendoff moment, as expected, as Weekend Update nightlife correstondent Stefon, where anchor -- and soon to be Late Night host -- Seth Meyers finally gives in to his advances. "Weekend Update" also featured a surprise appearance by former co-anchor Amy Poehler who came out for "REALLY??" and stuck around to read the news. Seth, who is also SNL's head writer, will leave midseason next year to take over for Jimmy Fallon who is moving up to The Tonight Show.
Hader, Armisen, Sudekis and Meyers' departure leaves a giant comedy hole for next season. It will be interesting to see how Lorne Michaels fills it.
As Jimmy Fallon will take over The Tonight Show next year (and moving it back to NYC at rumored), the Late Night slot will go to current SNL "Weekend Update" anchor Seth Meyers, reports the New York Times:
In an interview before taking the stage on Saturday's edition of "SNL," Mr. Meyers said: "Working at 'SNL' requires 100 percent of your mental capacity -- on easy weeks. And so I had not really spent a lot of time thinking about what I was going to do next. Obviously I can't quit Lorne. So this seems like a pretty good deal that I have an opportunity to keep working with him."Lorne Michaels will produce both The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Meyers, which will make their debut sometime around the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia.
Vampire Weekend were on this past weekend's SNL. This Saturday (5/18) is the season finale with host Ben Afleck and musical guest Kanye West.
The Stones setup @ Barclays Center (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
The Rolling Stones are playing Barclays Center in Brooklyn tonight (did you get a ticket?), and as wished/hoped/rumored, they were in fact added to the much-scalped Hurricane Sandy Benefit happening at Madison Square Garden on 12/12, a show that will be very "widely distributed"...
The producers of "12-12-12" announced today that the concert at Madison Square Garden on December 12, 2012, at 7:30 PM (ET) to aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy, will have unprecedented and historic global distribution, similar to that of the Superbowl, the Academy Awards®, and the Grammys®.The Stones join the all-star line-up that already included Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Dave Grohl, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Chris Martin, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Roger Waters, Eddie Vedder, Kanye West, The Who and Paul McCartney.
Nearly 2 billion people worldwide will be able to access "12-12-12" on television, radio and the internet. The concert, presented by Chase, will be available to all 114 million television households in the US and to more than 400 million television households outside the country via networks and feeds in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.
Further elevating this event to its historic levels of distribution is live streaming on the largest online video services in the world, including YouTube, AOL, Yahoo, Hulu, and others. Combined, these video streaming services reach over 1.4 billion monthly unique users worldwide.
In addition, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, with its 239 million monthly listeners and more than 48 million monthly digital uniques, will broadcast the concert live on its radio stations across the country, and will also video stream live on iHeartRadio, Clear Channel's digital radio service, and across the websites and Facebook pages of its 850 stations.
AND: "A new list of celebrity presenters was also released today, including Steve Buscemi, Jessica Chastain, Chelsea Clinton, Sean Combs, Billy Crystal, Leo DiCaprio, Jimmy Fallon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Karlie Kloss, Seth Meyers, Bobby Moynihan, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Susan Sarandon, Jon Stewart, Kristen Stewart, Quentin Tarantino, and Brian Williams."
The Rolling Stones' two NJ shows happen right after MSG.
"Rolling Stone asked me to speak about Lana Del Rey. I wanted to know how big my participation in the piece would be-was it substantial or just a quote? Just a quote, they said, to which I replied that I wasn't super interested. Which was a lie. I have a lot to say about her, but no sound bites. You see, Lana Del Rey is exactly what I was hoping to inspire when I took on the male rock establishment almost twenty years ago with my debut record, "Exile In Guyville.""... [Liz Phair]Read the rest of Liz Phair's piece at the Wall Street Journal.
And speaking of LDR, who recently performed on Letterman, Bon Iver wasn't the only musical guest on Saturday Night Live last night. Lana Del Rey, who was on two weeks earlier, came back to discuss her famous performance on Weekend Update with Seth Meyers. Check out the video below...
Seth Meyers on strike - November 5, 2007 (CRED)
He (Lorne Michaels) is wary about what is going to happen this weekend when this venerable sketch show returns after more than three months. So for Saturday's return he has enlisted Tina Fey, an "SNL" alum, and the country singer Carrie Underwood............Mr. Michaels said that even with her familiarity with the show, he picked Ms. Fey as host because "it was just the right time for her." He noted that she had won a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild award and a Producers Guild award in recent months, "all in stealth fashion." Next week's host is Ellen Page, star of the Oscar-nominated film "Juno." After that things get murky until May when Shia LeBoeuf and Steve Carell are committed, largely because both have films ("Indiana Jones" for Mr. LeBoeuf and "Get Smart" for Mr. Carell) opening this spring. [NY Times]Then Sunday night is the Oscars where it will be a battle between "No Country For Old Men" and "There Will Be Blood", though according to the Guardian..
If the general public had any say in the matter, this year's best picture Oscar would go to Juno rather than joint favourites There Will be Blood and No Country For Old Men. For good measure, 20-year-old Ellen Page would scoop the best actress award while Johnny Depp would be named best actor for his turn in Sweeney Todd. Each is considered a long shot, at best, to win an Oscar this Sunday.