Entries tagged with: Tenacious D
by Klaus Kinski
I have got a WICKED soft-spot in my soul for the great Tenacious D. Back in the day when I was still a young pup exploring the world of comedy at large, a friend of mine gave me a VHS tape (recorded in EP mode) that featured David Cross' special The Pride is Back as well as every single episode of the HBO Tenacious D television series. I was familiar with Jack Black from other things, but this series blew my mind apart into about eighteen different piles of pinkish green sludge. To this day (and I have been and will continue to be raked over the coals for this analogy) I think Jack Black is a phenomenal singer who brings to mind someone like the great Mike Patton. Their zeal for the majesty of rock and the hilarious adventures he and the cherubic Kyle Gass got into made the series an instant fave of yours truly.
Over the years, The D has given us great music, great videos, great tours, and great laughs. But now, they are giving us the mother of all gifts: FESTIVAL SUPREME! Curated by (and featuring) Tenacious D, Festival Supreme is a one day comedy/music fest taking place on the Santa Monica Pier in California on Saturday October 19, 2013. This rain-or-shine, nearly seven-hour event features a line-up that is so incredible that I had to read it like 7 times. Attendees will thrill to the comedy and music of Tim and Eric, The Mr. Show Experience(!), The Mighty Boosh, Sarah Silverman, Zach Galifianakis, Adam Sandler, The Gregory Brothers (aka the Autotune the News guys), Tig Notaro, Hannibal Buress, Eric Idle, Fred Armisen, Princess (Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum), Will Forte, Demetri Martin, Dynasty Handbag, Reggie Watts, Beardyman, Craig Robinson and the Nasty Delicious, Garfunkel & Oates, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Neil Hamburger Band, The Abe Lincoln Story, Nancy and Beth (Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt), and, of-fuckin-course, Tenacious D. I've included the list below for those of you who see things better visually as a list.
Pre-sale tickets will be available on Wednesday, June 12 at 10 AM PST (password is SUPREME). Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10am PST on Friday, June 14 at 10 AM PST. General admission tickets are $99 (plus fees), and VIP tickets are $250 (plus fees). VIP tickets include a VIP viewing platform of the main stage, VIP bar, access to golden toilets and special merchandise. Also, sorry kiddos, this is a 21+ event. HA! Grow up.
Preview video and line-up in list form is below.
photo by Dale May
You are probably familiar with Dave Hill by now. He's the brains behind the book Tasteful Nudes, which was released earlier this year, he performs locally in NYC a good deal, was one of BV's own Klaus Kinski's favorite local comedians this year, and he reviewed Morrissey's Radio City show for us. Oh yeah, and maybe you read his review of Def Leppard, Poison, and Lita Ford?
Dave just gave us his list of his top ten favorite things of 2012. It includes some shows he saw (like the Def Leppard one), a show he didn't see, and his own book. The whole thing (plus commentary) is a pretty great read, and it's below for your viewing pleasure...
Tenacious D at Hammerstein Ballroom in June (more by Chris La Putt)
Jack Black and Kyle Gass' comedy metal duo Tenacious D have announced an "Old School Acoustic Style" tour, harkening back to the duo's late '90s roots, which will begin in late February and continue into March. The tour doesn't come to NYC, but it comes close when it hits Atlantic City on February 28 at Showboat Hotel & Casino: House of Blues. Tickets for that show are on fan club presale (password: "Fenix") and Ticketmaster presale now, and general on-sale begins Friday (12/14) at 10 AM.
The D released a Black Friday Record Store Day 12" last month which featured the almost 12 minute track, "Jazz." A stream of that song, and a list of all dates are below.
Check out the entire list of 2013 Grammy Nominations below...
today in NYC
* Diego Garcia @ Joe's Pub
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* John Mulaney @ Comedyjuice
* Talib Kweli @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Wouter Kellerman @ Joe's Pub
* Grand Band @ Le Poisson Rouge
* White Gallery, BZARYN @ Cake Shop
* Carol Lipnik & Spookarama @ Barbes
* Cyro Baptista & Friends @ The Stone
* Alt-J, Mon Khmer, Softspot @ Glasslands
* Sixpence None The Richer @ Mercury Lounge
* Howie Day, Charlotte Sometimes @ City Winery
* Lucinda Williams, Amy Cook @ Bowery Ballroom
* M. Ward, Yo La Tengo @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Bloc Party, The Drums, Them Jeans @ Terminal 5
* Pinegrove, Blind Benny, Small Axe @ Cameo Gallery
* Tame Impala, Young Magic @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* George Thorogood & The Destroyers @ BB King Blues Club
* Prostitution, Vex, Last Legion, Bloodseeker @ Saint Vitus
* Britches, Show Me the Body, Radio Rock, Eleven Swords @ XPO 929
* Psychobuildings, Swanifant, Jerry Paper @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* Diego's Umbrella, Karikatura, Tashaki Miyaki, Anya Skidan @ Pianos
* Ryan Montbleau Band(Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival @ City Winery
* The Netherlands, Peewonder-z, Ryo Inoue, Drums & Red & Tuba @ Death By Audio
* Broncho, Bad Weather California, The Denzels, Crazy & The Brains @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Comedy Bang! Bang! Live! w/ Scott Aukerman, Tim Heidecker, James Adomian, Kurt Braunohler @ Highline Ballroom
Bloc Party start their three-night run with The Drums at Terminal 5 tonight. If you can't make it, they'll be streaming Wednesday's show (8/8) live. The shows were all sold out but tickets for all three appear to be back on sale.
Scott Aukerman's Comedy Bang! Bang! comes to Highline Ballroom for two shows tonight with guests Tim Heidecker, James Adomian, Kurt Braunohler. Tenacious D recently stopped by the TV version of Comedy Bang! Bang! and you can check out videos of that (featuring Reggie Watts and a Weird Al cameo) below too.
Talib Kweli, who plays Brooklyn Bowl tonight, will play Highline Ballroom later this month (8/20) for a show with his Idle Warship project. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
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LA rapper Nipsey Hussle, who has collaborated with Drake, Snoop Dogg, Chamillionaire, Childish Gambino and others, and was one of XXL's 10 Freshmen of 2010, will be in NYC for a free show at Santos tonight. Doors are at 7 PM. 21+. Nipsey's most recent release is the free EP/mixtape, The Marathon Continues: X-Tra Laps, which you can download HERE.
Redd Kross' first album in 15 years, Researching the Blues, is out today. Check out their video for album track "Stay Away from Downtown" below.
Sacred Bones just reissued the soundtrack to David Lynch's seminal cult classic Eraserhead. Stream a cut from that below.
You can also watch a new video from Zambri as well.
There's a new "Electrical Transmission" teaser for Neurosis' new album. That is below to watch too.
Tenacious D fans in NYC (more by Chris La Putt)
Las Vegas police confirmed Sunday night that at least one suspect was arrested in connection with a stabbing at a concert at the House of Blues that left at least one man injured.This was the same night someone sprayed mace at a Fiona Apple show.
Police spokesman Jose Hernandez said there were conflicting reports, but it appeared two suspects were arrested Saturday night at the Tenacious D show inside the Mandalay Bay music venue.
Hernandez said one or two injured concertgoers were transported to University Medical Center with injuries not considered life threatening. He did not know the identity of the suspects nor what charge or charges they could face.
Hernandez said the concertgoers fought prior to the bloodshed.
"There was some sort of altercation that led up to the stabbing," he said.
An eyewitness said there was a violent incident about halfway through the Tenacious D show.
Video of Jack Black explaining to the Las Vegas crowd that the show is ending early before playing their last song, below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Tenacious D at Hammerstein Ballroom - 6/28/12
Tenacious D (aka Jack Black & Kyle Gass) brought their comedic hard rock to NYC for a show at Hammerstein Ballroom last night (6/28) as part of their a tour with The Sights. Taking the stage in front of the especially phallic "Fenix" which graces their new album cover, they split the set pretty evenly between their three full lengths, including the recently released Rize of the Fenix, which hit shelves last month, and did a medley of The Who covers. Tenacious D and The Sights will do it again at Hammerstein tonight (6/29). Tickets for tonight's show are still available.
Unfortunately we don't have the full setlist from last night's show, but the whole tour has been pretty consistent, so you can check out some setlists of previous dates along with more pics and a video of Tenacious D from last night's show (and two videos from last night's Daily Show appearance) below...
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah/Feist
Before the release of their 2011 album, "Hysterical," Clap Your Hands Say Yeah had been inactive for three years, but they were as lively as ever on Monday afternoon. Blowing through tracks from all three of their albums, Alec Ounsworth and company charged through a set full of guitar-based indie rock that catered heavily towards their fans. But judging by the crowd's response, even those who were unfamiliar with the band were enticed. After playing Sasquatch! 2006 on a much smaller stage, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's triumphant set had the crowd, well, clapping their hands and saying "yeah!"Gorge, WA festival Sasquatch wrapped up on May 27 with sets from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Feist, Beck, Spiritualized, SBTRKT, Shabazz Palaces, Ted Leo, Cass McCombs, Damien Jurado, Cloud Cult and more.
Mogwai (who have upcoming shows with Balam Acab) were supposed to play that day but they cancelled last minute and were replaced by Deer Tick who came on to play a set of covers.
Tenacious D have added a 2nd NYC show, and other dates, to their upcoming tour in support of "Rize of the Fenix." The old NYC date is June 28 at Hammerstein Ballroom. The new NYC date is June 29 at Hammerstein Ballroom and it goes on sale Friday, May 4, at 10am. We also have another pair of tickets you can win (to the new show). Details and an updated set of tour dates, below...
Andrew WK in Norway recently (more by BBG)
today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* stuff @ Barbes
* Friends @ le baron
* The Ventures @ BB King's
* Hot Tub @ Littlefield
* The English Beat @ Maxwell's
* Ben Howard, Willy Mason @ Bowery Ballroom
* Rusty Lazer, Nicky Da B @ Work in Progress
* Reverend Vince Anderson & His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* Tonstartssbandht, John K, Haussman, Jerry Paper @ Shea Stadium
* Keep Shelly in Athens, Jonquil, New Moods, Behavior @ Glasslands
* Color War, Freak Week, Gregory Stovetop, Morpho @ Vaudeville Park
* Andrew W.K. , MATH The Band, Aleister X @ Webster Hall
* State Champion, Street Gnar, Mail The Horse, Dead Beat @ Death By Audio
* SBTRKT (DJ) Jim-E Stack, Sepalcure @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Andrew W.K. (DJ), Math the Band, Aleister X, Cherie Lily @ Santos Party House
* Jonny Corndawg, Shovels and Rope, Robert Ellis, Colin L. Orchestra @ Mercury Lounge
* Black Box Revelation, Romans, Dirty Fences, Bridget and the Squares @ Knitting Factory
* Dan Neustadt plays Clap You Hands Say Yeah (Self-titled) @ Knitting Factory
* A Celebration of Paul Newman's Dream to Benefit The Association of Hole in the Wall Camps @ Lincoln Center
Elvis Costello, Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Josh Groban, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Simon, Natasha Yvette Williams, and Trisha Yearwood perform at the Paul Newman benefit show at Lincoln Center.
Keep Shelly in Athens & Jonquil kick off a tour at Glasslands tonight.
SBTRKT arrives in town. Tonight's gig is just a DJ set with special guests though.
Andrew W.K. rages on with his "I Get Wet" 10th Anniversary Tour,playing the full-length LP at Webster Hall tonight. The show is sold out. Afterparty is at Santos.
Tenacious D, who recently announced a tour and new album released a new video last week. Watch below...
photos by Julie Schabel
Odd Future @ Hammerstein Ballroom - 3/20/2012
As you may have noticed when Bowery Presents announced an Odd Future show at Hammerstein Ballroom, the big NYC venue is no longer exclusive to Live Nation. The room also received a technology uprade. Venues today reports...
One of New York's iconic theaters is being retooled into a HD broadcast-capable concert facility, equipped to stream or broadcast any event live in beautiful 1080p.Tickets are on sale now for AEG-presented Tenacious D show at Hammerstein Ballroom which we're also giving away a pair of tickets to.
The iconic Hammerstein Ballroom, built in 1906 and once a popular stop for vaudeville acts, is now home to a new revolution in performing arts -- the complete integration of a state-of-the-art broadcast and recording studio. Since 1997, the Hammerstein has been the anchor of the Manhattan Center, a television and music studio used to record musical performances for television, special concert events and other programming.
In December, the Manhattan Center made two large changes to open the space up to new clients. First, they ended Live Nation's exclusive booking contract for the facility, opening up the 3,500-capacity standing room concert hall to independent promoters and anyone interested in booking the building.
The Manhattan Center management team also completed the installation of TV1, a new fully HD recording studio that allows any content performed at the space to be streamed in HD, or digitally delivered for future distribution. The upgrades come on top of some physical improvements to the building including renovated dressing rooms and a new marquee.
A few more pictures from the Bowery-presented Odd Future show, below...
Tenacious D @ SXSW 2012 (cicatriz83)
Jack Black & Kyle Gass aka Tenacious D, who just stopped in Austin make their live return at SXSW, will release a new album of (hopefully) funny and rockin' songs called Rize Of The Fenix on May 15. They said:
"We recorded down and dirty in a friend's garage with a shoestring budget of 600 dollars, much like Nirvana's first album "Bleach"-or the Beatles first album "Help". Rough and yet a masterpiece."May tour dates in support of that masterpiece were previously announced and include the Sasquach Festival.
It has now been reported that the duo will be heading out on a summer tour that brings them back to NYC to rock our socks off at Hammerstein Ballroom on June 28th! Tickets ($55) for the NYC show go on sale Friday, 3/30, at 10am. We also have a pair you can WIN. Contest details, the new album art, with all currently known tour dates, and some videos from SXSW, below...
"Following last year's 10th anniversary, which crushed previous attendance records and set a new mark for the speed with which tickets sold out, the Sasquatch! Music Festival unveils its 2012 lineup which once again features 4 days of music. The festival, hailed as "a model of well-paced programming...in a four-day schedule as efficient and natural feeling as an expertly built algorithm" by NPR Music while Wired notes, "leave the landscape out of it and Sasquatch! has a lineup to kill for," runs May 25-28 (Memorial Day Weekend) at The Gorge, the internationally acclaimed concert venue carved in the basalt cliffs high above the Columbia River Gorge in Quincy, WA."The Sasquatch! Music Festival takes place, as usual, at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington over Memorial Day weekend (May 25-28). And this year's lineup is:
by Klaus Kinski
There are some big time comedy events upon us that require your immediate attention. First off, the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival kicks off TONIGHT (9/16) at The Bell House with An Evening of Comedy From 1986 featuring Emo Philips, Tony V., Larry Murphy, Ron Lynch and Jon Glaser, and Eugene Mirman. I am baffled that tickets are still on sale, but they are, so GET EM! The Fest continues through Sunday with some of the best line-ups this city has seen in ages. Participating venues include The Bell House, Union Hall, and The Rock Shop. See the full schedule below.
If you're a Manhattanite, just plain too lazy to make the trek out to Gowanus, or both, Tenacious D's less annoying half Kyle Gass will be tearing The Mercury Lounge a new one tonight with his band Trainwreck. This late show has doors at 9:30pm and tickets are still up for grabs. If you're a Brooklynite, just plain too lazy to make the trek out to Manhattan, or busy tonight, or all three, Trainwreck's tour also takes them to Brooklyn Bowl on September 21st. Tickets available for that too. All dates below.
Wait, are you telling me that neither of these shows are floating your boat? WTF? Well, howsabout a very titillating plan C? Longtime friend of BV Aziz Ansari headlines the massive Town Hall tonight. Looks like tickets for the show are gonzo, but check in with the box office later (or Craigslist) (or outside the venue) as they may have a few kicking around. You can alternatively go see him at the Beacon Theatre in November. Tickets are still available to that show that is part of this year's New York Comedy Festival.
And while we're on the subject of comedy happening at Town Hall, Demetri Martin has a whopping TWO SHOWS happening there on Friday September 24th and Saturday September 25th. Tickets to both shows are currently still on sale. I realize that in these tough times, it might be difficult to buy tickets for such a show. Luckily for you I have a pair of FRONT ROW TICKETS to give away to one, super lucky winner (for the Saturday show). Follow the procedure below and maybe, just maybe, you'll get all Charlie Bucket and whatnot. All dates and stuff down there too....
After a hectic day of updating the constantly updating Bonnaroo lineup page, the entire thing has been announced. Gwar, Norah Jones, and the rest of the lineup below...
photos by Chris Graham
Happy Holidays! I take on more than I can handle. That results in a lot of unposted content. In the name of catching up, while also taking it easy during this final week of the year, here's some of that lost material.
For what was the worst day weather-wise for San Francisco's Outide Lands Festival, its last day (Sunday, August 30th) may have been the best musically. Cold fog and wind took the place of cloudless, sunny skies, but those who attended witnessed sets by Modest Mouse, the Dead Weather, the Avett Brothers, Band of Horses, Calexico, Matt & Kim , and soul legends Robert Randolph and Betty Layvette, and MIA, who complained via Twitter about the fest's substitution of Tenacious D for the Beastie Boys, then covered two Beasties songs, "Intergalactic" and "Sabatage, in her set.
Scrambling to find replacement headliners for the Beastie Boys was a common theme for festivals in summer '09, after the group was forced to cancel all dates when Adam Yauch was dianosed with cancer (he's since had sugery, and reports say that part of his health regiment is a vegan/organic diet). Beastie Boys' slot was filled by Jay-Z at All Points West and Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Lollapalooza
More pictures from Day Three below...
"CANT BELIEVE THEY REPLACED BEASTIES WITH TENACIOUS D ??????????????????????AND IF I PULL OUT THEY SUE! SO REALLY? TENACIOUS D AFTER ME? P.S I ORIGINALLY BOOKED ON SHOWS COZ BEASTIES WERE HEADLINERS , BUT NOW THEY AINT DOING IT AND I JUS WANNA SAY , WE HAVE TO GO HARD!!!" - M.I.A.
When Tenacious D was asked - eventually - to step in as the closing act for the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival next Sunday after the Beastie Boys were forced to drop out at the last minute, the guys didn't hesitate. In their mind, the substitution seemed like a natural fit.The Outside Lands Festival kicks off today, Friday, August 28th, and runs through Sunday in San Francisco, California. You can watch some of it live at YouTube.
"I think there are more similarities than differences, really, when you put us together," announced Jack Black, who formed the folk-metal duo with his friend Kyle Gass long before he became a big-time Hollywood star. The band may not have been up to much since starring in the feature film "Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny" three years ago, but when we spoke to them last week they promised, "The D will be in fine form."
SF GATE: Who got the call when the Beastie Boys had to drop out?
Jack Black: I assume they just called our manager. We actually have the same manager as the Beastie Boys.
Neither M.I.A. nor Tenacious D will be viewable on the stream, but Built to Spill and The Dead Weather will be. Full lineup below...
Beastie Boys m- Get out the Vote Tour - Milwaukee, WI (eytonz)
When the song ended and both audience and artists caught their breath, Mixmaster Mike donned a cheesy Uncle Sam Hat and the "Get Out And Vote" logo flashed on the video screens. An energetic (and skinny) Mike D. shed his green button-down sweater and addressed the fans, thanking them for coming out and encouraging them to vote this Tuesday.AFTER YOU VOTE: places to watch the results in NYC
"We're doing big things on this stage," he said with conviction and to applause, adding that the tour's been fun -- unlike the last 8 years of politics. "I voted absentee at home and personally, I voted for Barack Obama." Then they asked the audience to throw their hands up in the shape of 'O' for Obama, kicking off a set of tracks from Ill Communication with "Flute Loop," "Alright Hear This" and an amazing live version of "Sure Shot," Ad Rock's robust energy carrying the set. [Minneapolis City Pages]
Flight of the Conchords @ Gramercy Theatre, NYC - June 13, 2007 (CRED)
by Klaus Kinski
It has been a very very very long time since I last saw Flight of the Conchords perform live. I actually even sort of forgot about them for a while. But all of a sudden they've exploded back onto the scene with a vengeance and now seem to be everywhere. Of their two "sold out" * shows at Blender Theater at Gramercy I was able to catch second show on 6/14. I had high hopes because my pal Matt went the first night (6/13), and told me this:
The show was great. Really hilarious. Eugene Mirman came out around 8:40 and did a solid 45 minutes (or so), then instead of an intermission, he brought the Conchords right out and they performed till around 10:45. They did all the big songs (Business Time, Think about It, Jenny), and encored with ‘Bowie’s in Space’, which is probably the most brilliant Bowie homage ever.The opener was their HBO series co-star Rhys Darby whose forté, really, is making funny sound effects a la Michael Winslow. I saw him a while back at the final Hot Tub Variety Show at Comix and found him a bit corny. However, this time around he was extremely funny and balanced his sound effects with actual stand up much better than before. He was phenominal and I got the sense the crowd was digging his schtick.