Entries tagged with: Tim and Eric
by Klaus Kinski
Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, aka Tim and Eric, aka two of the most fertile minds in comedy and unparalleled strangeness, are about to embark on a long overdue live tour that is sure to entertain and nauseate. What has their legions of fans in a doubly insane tizzy is the fact that legendary character and man-about-town Dr. Steve Brule (aka John C. Reilly) will be along for the ride, as will the great and profusely entertaining DJ Douggpound. Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job was my favorite program on Adult Swim. A festival of insane music, skits, and editing, the show was as painfully strange as it was painfully hilarious.
The tour kicks off on Thursday 9/4 in Montreal and snakes its way provocatively around North America before culminating in a two show finale on Saturday 10/11 at the Best Buy Theater in NYC (early and late). Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (7/18) at noon.
This is not the first time T&E have performed at the Besy Buy Theater and, honestly, it is not the most ideal venue for something like this. For bands that bring relentless volume to the stage like Meshuggah and Carcass, it's great but comedy... eh... not so much. Too cavernous. You hear so much of the ambient noise around you which at a T&E show means farts, people shufflin' their feet, and lighters clicking to life to set a doobie alight. Oh well. Dinguses can't be choosers, so I'm straight gonna be there. Below is a list of all tour dates, as well as some of my favorite Tim and Eric related videos....
by Arielle Gordon
You may remember David Liebe Hart, the oddball puppeteer from Tim and Eric, Awesome Show, Great Job!. The show may have ended in 2010 but he has continued to do his thing, much like he did before Tim & Eric thrust him into the (comedy fringe) spotlight. He recently released an exercise video (via Burger Records on VHS only!) and you can watch the "informercial" for that below.
Liebe Hart also plays music (he's performed in NYC before) and, lately, he's acquired a taste for punk rock and formed The David Liebe Hart Band. The group's debut album is getting a vinyl release on August 13 via Evil Weevil Records. That's the cover art above. It's a fun collection of songs about everything from church to aliens that disapprove of pornography.
We've got the premiere of the album's lead track, "Santa Monica Pier." It's a slightly heartbreaking number, most likely about Liebe Hart's own time busking there: "No money can be made at the Santa Monica Pier. You can only be there every three hours, then you have to move." It's pretty indicative of the type of loud, grungy, outsider art weirdness that permeates the album. Stream it below.
Lieb Hart doesn't have any U.S. dates at the moment, but he will be doing shows in Australia this fall. Those dates are listed, along with the track stream, below.
Tim & Eric have released an new video for "Goatee," featuring some of the most amazing drum fills you'll hear this side of... well, at least a few drummers. Check it out below.
Check out all three videos below.
Beach House have just released a video for "Wishes" from last year's Bloom. The clip, set at a high school football game's halftime show, was directed by Eric Wareheim and stars Ray Wise. As you might expect from one half of Tim and Eric and the guy who played Leland Palmer on Twin Peaks, it's a little weird. But also kind of beatiful. Watch it below.
On the cusp of inheriting his father's estate, Swanson (Tim Heidecker - "Tim & Eric Awesome Show") is an aging hipster with unlimited options. He spends his days with like-minded friends ("Tim and Eric" co-star Eric Wareheim, LCD Soundsytem frontman James Murphy and comedian Gregg Turkington a.k.a."Neil Hamburger") in aimless recreation and endless games of comic irreverence. Director Rick Alverson's provocative character study touches a darkness behind the humor that resonates with viewers long after the story ends.As previously mentioned, new comedy The Comedy also stars Matador-signed comedian Jeffrey Jensen, Will Sheff (of Okkervil River), and many more. You may have caught an early screening of the film over the summer (like at BAMcinemafest), but the flick officially opens this month in limited theaters thanks to Tribeca Film. Check out the full list of locations and dates, along with the trailer and another video clip, below.
Those in LA get a shot at seeing the movie as early as this Friday (11/9) at the Cinefamily where Tim Heidecker will be in person, as part of a Q&A. Can't make that one? The Q&A will also be streaming online.
The film opens in NYC next Friday (11/16) at BAMcinematek in Brooklyn. Heidecker and Alverson will be in attendance for evening Q&As on Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17. Tickets are on sale.
You can see it earlier, though, and in Williamsburg where the film takes place. BrooklynVegan is proud to present a special FREE SCREENING of The Comedy at Knitting Factory THIS SUNDAY, November 11. No RSVP required. Doors are at 5 PM and the screening starts at 5:30, first come, first served. Hope to see you there (you can even take the L now if you have to).
You might also want to stick around at Knit after for a special three-year anniversary edition of Hannibal Buress' comedy show for which advance tickets are available and advised ("special guests"). Comedy after the Comedy (and P.S. you can also catch The Comedy actor Will Sheff as part of a Sandy benefit at Knitting Factory tonight)
The Comedy also has a soundtrack coming out next week on Jagjaguwar that includes tracks from Gayngs, Gardens & Villa, Here We Go Magic and Donnie & Joe Emerson to name a few. Full soundtrack listing is below.
"I make a lot of coffee," James Murphy told NY Mag in an interview after the movie's premiere. "For my birthday, my girlfriend got me a training course with the world champion. That's what I'm going to do when I get back to London."Yet another one! Joining Wilco, David Lynch, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, and Starfucker in the coffee business is former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy.
Most recently done by Bonnie 'Prince' Billy with his limited edition "Bonny Billy Blend" from Kona Rose Coffee (available for purchase via Drag City), Murphy is planning on reiterating the trend with his own espresso blend.
According to Murphy himself, he plans to "just go to a roaster who lives near me and just start tweaking beans and temperatures," for the fun of it.
He loves coffee so much, he's releasing the hits, "Never As Tired As When I'm Waking Up (Without Coffee)", "Disco Percolator", and "Bean Connection."
Well, not really, but James is keeping busy in the art world too. The LCD Soundsystem documentary Shut Up and Play the Hits just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 22. Billboard reports:
The film is reminscent of Martin Scorsese's "The Last Waltz" (1978), about rock group The Band's final show, in that it documents an influential group's guest star-laden final live performance and largely focuses on the frontman (in "Waltz's" case, Robbie Robertson). When asked during a post-screening Q&A about trying to best Waltz, Murphy joked: "I was just like, 'that chump Robbie Roberston, I'm gonna take him --'"In the film, Murphy is often shown "crouched by an espresso machine," depicting his love of coffee, and inspiration for his blend.
Going into the project, Murphy said he was aware of the thematic similarities with "Waltz." "We all talked about it. Knowing that it is there, you can't not deal with it," he said.
And, "Shut Up and Play the Hits" was just one of two movies Murphy was involved with at Sundance this year. He also stars in The Comedy along with Bonnie Prince Billy's Drag City labelmate Neil Hamburger, Tim Heidecker (of Tim & Eric who also premiered another movie at Sundance), Eric Wareheim (of Tim & Eric who also premiered another movie at Sundance), Matador-signed comedian Jeffrey Jensen, Will Sheff (of Okkervil River), and many more. The film was directed by the Jagjaguwar-signed Rick Alverson, and the indie label is also involved with the film. Check out a clip with James,Tim & Eric below...
Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie, #shrim
"The number of walkouts during a recent Sundance showing of Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie, was almost as funny as the vulgar abominations of comedy happening on screen.There's my Chippy! Someone break out the shrimp and white wine, Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie premieres on demand TODAY (1/27). Check your cable listings. The film by the comedy duo, which hits theaters on March 2nd and made its premiere at Sundance, also features Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly and Will Forte.
Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, known for their bizarre comedy sketch show Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job! on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, expanded their gallery of grotesques and non sequiturs to a feature-length movie, which made its debut here in Park City.
The surreal (to say the least) story follows Tim and Eric after they lose $1 billion on a movie starring a Johnny Depp lookalike, then have to take over an apocalyptic shopping mall full of hobos, wolves, and losers to earn back the money. Bloodshed, sadistic bathroom humor, and heavy-duty nincompoopery follow.
At least one couple storming out of the theater actually hollered back at the screen. Heidecker and Wareheim could barely contain their glee at a post-screening Q&A. "What'd he say?" Heidecker demanded." [EW]
A few lucky (?) people will also get to check it out on a big screen before 3/2 along with the stars of the film Tim Heidecker & Eric Wareheim in the house, appearing as part of a Q&A session. You'll find Tim & Eric in San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Austin, Los Angeles, and NYC in February and early March, though tickets to all these special screenings (like at Sunshine Cinema in NYC on February 16th) are pretty much sold out.
More details on the appearances and the trailer and other videos below...
Friends pose with Chip The Black Boy and David Liebe Hart (far right)
David Liebe Hart is a puppeteer, actor, songwriter, sign painter, musicainist, and street entertainer from Los Angeles. He is best known for his long running public access show, performing outside the Hollywood Bowl with his puppets, and his frequent appearances on The Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job! on Cartoon Network. This album was recorded in early 2008 with the help of producer Adam Papagan and chronicles David's experiences with women, UFOs, and trying to make it in the entertainment industry. -[the word-for-word bio from the most recent David Liebe Hart/Adam Papagan LP]Everyone has CMJ regrets. Mine? Missing David Liebe Hart at Pete's Candy Store on 10/21. The Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! regular played the Brooklyn venue as part of The David Leibe Hart Band, so luckily he has added another FREE show, this time at the MISHKA storefront in Williamsburg on 10/25 at 7PM (350 Broadway, Brooklyn). More details are in the flyer below.
Check out the flyer, a full LP stream (!), some live video from a performance at Bruar Falls in April, and some video of DLH on Tim & Eric below.
(Tim) Heidecker and (Davin) Wood (of the Tim & Eric show) are now in the business of making smooth jams. Their debut full-length album, Starting From Nowhere, will be released March 15th on Little Record Company. One song from that album, and one they released for free last month for the holidays, are the MP3s above.
photos by Chris Gersbeck, words by Klaus Kinski
Tim and Eric played two shows at The Best Buy Theater in NYC on Saturday November 27th to extremely packed crowds. I am pretty sure there were no other events scheduled at the venue earlier in the day, but upon entering the live room for the early show you could have told me that High Times had sponsored an Official Farting Contest earlier in the day and I would have believed you (it smelled like weed and farts in there). I got there just as Neil Hamburger hit the stage, and he did an all-too-short set that can only be described as perfect. And classic. After a very brief post-Hamburger intermission, T&E staple David Liebe Hart appeared on the video screen to introduce the show and warm up the crowd. Overall the show was pretty funny. We saw skits that featured T&E's Chrimbus characters, Jim Heckler and Derrick Whipple (probably my favorite T&E characters ever), and more, as well as videos and a performance by Pusswhip Banggang.
Though I do prefer the TV show much more; the editing, sound design, and overall craziness that can be achieved on television works better for me than seeing skits of theirs played out on stage, but the live show was still funny as hell. More pictures from the late show (some a bit NSFW), below...
On other comedy news, check out Eugene Mirman's posted set of tour dates:
Sun, Nov 7 - Tearing The Veil of Maya @ Union HallYou can also catch Eugene at Brooklyn Bowl in November and at the Rock Shop in December, and probably many other Sundays at Union Hall in the future (as Tearing the Veil of Maya is semi-regular occurrence that recently turned four)
Sun, Nov 14 - Tearing The Veil of Maya @ Union Hall
Sat, Jan 22 - Opening for Aziz Ansari @ Carnegie Hall
And don't forget you can catch Hannibal Buress (friend of Avey Tare?) for free every Sunday at Knitting Factory in another section of Brooklyn, including on Halloween (Tearing the Veil of Maya is taking that day off).
PREVIOUSLY: Nick Kroll has some tapings coming up
Check out a video of Reggie Watts playing a song about pancakes on his iPhone below...
by Klaus Kinski
Question: How do you get a glimpse of American teenage ADD without having to go to a mall, classroom, or PS3/xBox 360 multiplayer online game? Answer: Check out Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, and their cast of nimrods when they hit the road with one of their magnificent, better-than-the-last-time-they-were-in-town Tim & Eric Awesome Tour Great Job tours.
Your chance to savor the live Tim & Eric experience is just on the horizon as they'll be nailing NYC's Best Buy Theater (inconveniently?) on Saturday November 27 (2 days after Thanksgiving). Tickets are on presale now (
password: chrimbus) (password: AWESOME). Regular onsale is Friday September 17th. The Best Buy date, as well as all their others, will be blessed with an opening set by America's funny man Neil Hamburger (creator of one of my favorite jokes ever*) and a bonus live set by supergroup Pusswhip Banggang. Pusswhip will be playing songs such as Petite Feet, Sports, and MORE! Sadly, Pep Pep shan't be there. The inclusion of Hamburger and Pusswhip tells me that this will probably be the strongest T&E live show ever, of all time, ever ever.
In related T&E news, they've also announced that they will have a whopping 1-hour long episode on Adult Swim on December 5th entitled Chrimbus. My buddy Brian is of the opinion that T&E has gotten progressively worse as the seasons go by and that this Chrimbus special, at an hour long, is going to be disaster central. And apparently the special is a spoof on Jaws. Let's hope T&E don't literaly jump the shark, amiright!? Anyhow I think Brian is crazy.
Enough of my yammering. Hear the news from the horses' mouths' in the video below. Also below? The tour dates.
by Klaus Kinski
There have been way too many RIP posts these days, and I hate to have to contribute to the grim tally, but it is with a heavy heart that I must report that Tim & Eric Awesome Show Great Job staple Richard Dunn (aka Pep Pep) passed away this morning at 7:14am after suffering a stroke.
Pep Pep was unconditionally adored by thousands of loyal fans and he always made sure to try and reciprocate that adoration. Always smiling, Pep Pep was always willing to pose for pictures with fans and often times took pictures of himself with the various bits of fan art he'd receive in the mail. Most often seen on the show in his trademark sweater, thick-rimmed glasses, and comb over, Pep Pep was just as much a staple of the show as Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim. One never got the impression when seeing him on the show that he was playing a character; it always looked and felt like Richard Dunn was just playing Richard Dunn. He was an asset to the show and to the people who loved him. A memorial site will be up and running soon, so keep your eyes on Tim and Eric's individual Twitter feeds for updates.
RIPPP (Rest in Peace Pep Pep)
"that's odd" (more Coachella pics by Rachel Carr)
Doug and Eric video below...
Yeasayer @ MHOW 12/06 (more by Ryan Muir)
tonight in NYC
* Ben Perowsky Quartet @ Barbes
* Drug Rug, Your Nature @ Union Pool
* Ida Maria, Franz Nicolay @ Maxwell's
* Tracy Bonham, Tony Scherr @ Joe's Pub
* De La Soul, Buckshot @ Nokia Theatre
* Rakim, DJ Souljah, U-God @ Highline Ballroom
* Tori Amos, One Eskimo @ Radio City Music Hall
* Necking, Piles, Work, Crime Novels @ Bruar Falls
* Prayertown, Edom, Martin Bisi, Queening @ Coco 66
* Yeasayer, Amazing Baby @ Pier 54/Hudson River Park
* Friendly Fires, The xx @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Mostly Other People Do the Killing, Afuche @ Zebulon
* CKY, Graveyard, ASG, Fall from Grace @ Gramercy Theatre
* Gliss, Purcane, Automatic Children, Lights On @ The Annex
* Children, Lullabye Arkestra, Violent Bullshit @ Glasslands
* Blondie, Pat Benatar, The Donnas @ Asser Levy/Seaside Park
* Bottle Up & Go, Royal Bangs, Calypso, Slim Twig @ Death By Audio
* Mike Bones, Amen Dunes, Virgin Forest, Up Died Sound @ The Cameo
* Canyons, Justin Miller & Jacques Renault @ Rocks Off Concert Cruises
* Nighthorse, Barracks, Engine Room, Tee Pee Recs special guest @ Pianos
* Holy Hail, Pacific Theater, Aerial East, Bird Love @ The Ghost Factory
* Beach Fossils, Blind Man's Colour, Small Black, The Tony Castles @ Cake Shop
* Out of Doors Fest w/ Snehasish Mozumder & Som, Jake Shimabukuro, The Derek Trucks Band @ Damrosch Park
Free outdoor music tonight includes Blondie, Pat Benatar and The Donnas at Asser Levy/Seaside Park in Coney Island, a Lincoln Center Out of Doors Fest show with Snehasish Mozumder & Som, Jake Shimabukuro and The Derek Trucks Band at Damrosch Park, and Yeasayer and Amazing Baby at Pier 54/Hudson River Park.
Rakim, DJ Souljah and U-God play Highline Ballroom, while De La Soul's Three Feet High And Rising anniversary tour comes to Nokia Theatre with a 10-piece band and Buckshot. A video of "Me Myself and I" on Arsenio Hall is below.
Nighthorse plays with a Tee Pee Records special guest headliner at Pianos tonight.
Brits Friendly Fires and The xx play Music Hall of Williamsburg. Last night the show was at Le Poisson Rouge.
Ida Maria visits Maxwell's with Franz Nicolay (who plays Union Pool tomorrow). She'll be back in the NYC-area on September 16th with the Perez Hilton tour, which today added Semi Precious Weapons to the bill.
San Diego's Lights On have a series of NYC shows this weekend. One is a Saturday Union Hall show with Beach Fossils and Blind Man's Colour (who play tonight at Cake Shop). Catch Lights On tonight at The Annex with Gliss, Purcane and Automatic Children.
Two nights of Animal Collective in Prospect Park begin tomorrow.
Jazz combo Mostly Other People Do the Killing play at Zebulon tonight.
Ben Perowsky Quartet plays a CD release show at Barbes for his new disc, Esopus Opus, out on Skirl Records. That CD deals in largely-accordion-driven jazz. Tonight, Perowsky (drums) will be joined by "Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, The Melvins, Electric Masada) and Matt Mitchell on piano (member of Tim Berne's new sextet), and saxophonist/clarinetist Chris Speed."
"Next to nothing is known at the moment about "These Are My Twisted Words," the purported new Radiohead song that mysteriously appeared online last night. Unlike "Harry Patch (In Memory Of)," which Radiohead surprise-released almost exactly one week prior (hmmm), this one seems to have materialized on various illicit music hubs without any official announcement or acknowledgment from the band." [EW]
Radiohead's new mystery song "These Are My Twisted Words" is posted below, as is a clip of Bonnie "Prince" Billy on Tim & Eric's Music Express segment.
Tim and Eric prepping for tour...(early '09)
"Adult Swim Summer at Santos", a six-part series of free live shows at Santos Party House in NYC, kicks off tonight, June 11th. The show features the man connected to both the network and the club: Andrew W.K., Adult Swim's soon-to-be-reality-show-host and part owner, respectively. He'll be joined by friends and labelmates (and in one case, spouse) -- Cherie Lily, plus Aleister X, Bad Brilliance & Natalie Portman's Shaved Head open the show.
Each of the bi-weekly events at Santos will be curated by an Adult Swim writer/producer/star. So far, acts on the bill include Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim (of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!), Aqua Teen co-creator Dave Willis, Delocated!'s Jon Glaser, musical acts Cheeseburger and A.C. Newman, and more.
Full lineup and more details below...
photos by Chris Graham
"Sasquatch was hot. H-O-T. Not Paris Hilton "hot," but temperature hot. For a mossed-over clutch of Northwesterners who have been shrouded under rain and clouds for the past eight months, the brutal sun at the Gorge this weekend was a shocking jolt into summer. Sure, it was generally nice to be out in the sun, but any shade cover at the 'Squatch was few and far between, and there was almost no chance of relief. A small row of spindly trees dotted the upper walkway, and overheated concertgoers crammed themselves underneath them. When the sun dipped behind a cloud during Animal Collective's generally unimpressive set, the crowd cheered louder than they had for any band. Clothing sweated clean through, energy was conserved, and water was at a premium. It was a weekend of dizzy sunburning and frizzled brain." [Portland Mercury]The 2009 Sasquatch Festival ran from May 23-25 (Memorial Day Weekend) in Gorge, Washington. More pictures from Day One, below...
Following last year's inaugural event, festival producers began work immediately on resolving concerns expressed by fans in attendance. They have worked closely with their partners at NJ Transit to improve light-rail service and capacity. As an added value for 2009, festival goers who choose to travel to the site utilizing the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail line can ride for free throughout the weekend with their ALL POINTS WEST festival ticket. Additionally, based on the popularity of the ferry as a mode of transportation from lower Manhattan to Liberty State Park, the frequency and size of the ferryboats will increase at a reduced price for festival attendees.... The producers have also worked with their partners at Liberty State Park to improve the fan experience in the beer gardens. This year's areas will be larger, have shorter lines, and feature shade tents, views of the stages and food concessions...The second annual ALL POINTS WEST MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL returns to Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey Friday, July 31, Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2. Like last year, bands will play on three stages, except "the Queen of the Valley stage has been changed to a Coachella-like tent creating an environment that will showcase comedy, DJs, electronic acts and bands."
More details on the items above will be posted at the apwfestival.com. The entire lineup (it's good!) and ticket info, below...
Jane's Addiction - @ Echoplex, Los Angeles - Feb 16, 2009 (revolute)
Live Nation and Adam Zacks are pleased to announce this year's line up for the Sasquatch! Music Festival at the legendary Gorge in Eastern Washington. The festival, now in its eighth and most ambitious year yet, has evolved from a unique, homegrown & low key fest into a full blown three day extravaganza. A festival-goer's dream, it comes complete with camp-outs, canyons, sunsets, three stages and new this year, an expanded comedy and dance music tent. The tent will feature performances from comedians throughout the day, and then come dusk, will spotlight electronic and dance music artists.Jane's Addiction, reunited once again, played a show at the Echoplex in LA last night. They announced it last week via their website and mailing list.
Already the official opener to summer for music fans, the Sasquatch! Music Festival is becoming a certified monster of a musical event: this year features another exciting and diverse line-up for the musically adventurous, and ups the ante on an event already hailed for its independent spirit. Tickets go on sale Saturday February 28th at 10AM
Today it was announced that Jane's (feat. all four original members), NIN, Kings of Leon, Ben Harper & Relentless7, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Erykah Badu, The Decemberists, Fleet Foxes, TV On The Radio, Animal Collective, Silversun Pickups, Bon Iver, Santigold, and many others are playing this year's Sasquatch Festival (May 23, 24, 25, 2009 @ The Gorge in Quincy, WA). Full lineup and ticket info below...
David Byrne tickets go on pre-sale Monday.
Tickets recently went on sale for the 2009 Tibet House Benefit show at Carnegie Hall.
Tim & Eric @ Fun Fun Fun Fest 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
In other Tim & Eric news, they will have a track on Causes 2, a new CD coming out to benefit causes related to Darfur, AND, as you may have heard, Eric Wareheim (Eric) has been directing music videos. He directed that Ben Folds/Regina Spektor video, and the new MGMT one. Season 4 of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! (the TV show) premieres on Adult Swim on February 8, 2009. The MGMT video and all tour dates below...
LCD Soundsystem, RJD2, Devendra Banhart, Mum, The Decemberists, Neon Neon, Devlin & Darko, My Morning Jacket, VHS or Beta, Diplo, Gnarls Barkley, Tim & Eric, Black Moth Super Rainbow, and Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings are among the artists contributing tracks to Causes 2, an album to benefit Darfur (out March 2009).
Causes 1 is out now and has tracks by Animal Collective, Bloc Party, Death Cab, Spoon, The Shins, Bright Eyes, Cornelius and many others.
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and the Decemberists are also among the artists who contributed to Dark Was the Night, a new comp to benefit the Red Hot Organization which will be released in February.
A video trailer for Causes 2, below...
Photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
If not obvious by the 2008 Fun Fun Fun Fest coverage so far, I was having the most fun (fun fun) over the weekend with all the punk, metal and hardcore on stages 3a and 3b (two connected stages to avoid long times between sets). Highlights and pictures from day one are HERE. Highlights of day two (9/9) were DOA, Frightened Rabbit, the ska punk, politics and crowd of Leftover Crack, Cro-Mags (jam) (John Joseph w/ one of Cro-Mags' past drummers, AJ from Leeway on guitar and Craig Setari of Sick of it All on bass), what I saw of St. Vincent and Black Angels, the vegan sausage pizza, and Bad Brains. I managed to catch a few songs of Islands who sounded great, but totally missed Spinto Band and Annuals. Also saw pieces of Kevin Seconds, Chuck Ragan, and Ben Nichols's solo-frontmen sets. Saw Black Joe Lewis and most of Trash Talk, but neither lived up to my expectations in the daytime festival setting. I went back and forth between the pre-headliner sets of Minus the Bear and Bouncing Souls, and ran over to watch one song of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah during a Bad Brains reggae segment. Despite the competition, CYHSY still pulled in a respectable sized crowd. The stages were far enough away in general, but I could also still hear Alec Ounsworth's unmistakable voice at times between Bad Brains songs depending on where I was standing (I watched Bad Brains from various areas throughout their set). Clipse were headlining on the stage farthest away from Bad Brains so I totally missed them, and Kool Keith, who played that same stage earlier. Bad Brains ended earlier than curfew which meant I got to run over and catch about 20 minutes of Tim and Eric which was a great way (laughing) to end the hectic two day fest.
One unfortunate aspect of the weekend was the dust. It was a problem at ACL this year too. Dry dirt and wind meant you were constantly breathing it in. A signifigant portion of the crowd was wearing bandanas or other gas mask-like things on their faces. I didn't, but I should have because I think it made me a little sick. More pictures from day two below...
"T&E asked that people don't post pics since there were a lot of surprsies so I'm being good and not posting any. For those of you that don't watch the TV show, you're missing out, because Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! is hilarious and I think a lot of the humor of the night would have been lost had you not been a regular viewer." [Sean]
More tour dates here
DOWNLOAD: Neil Hamburger - At Least I Was Paid (MP3)
Well, what else do we need to say about this? "America's Funnyman" ("The World's Funnyman," actually) has decided to sing America's music at last! The country crooning of Neil Hamburger (though some would call it moaning) fits the white blues that is country music to a T! Neil's life story is perfect fodder for the "tear in the beer" genre as well - and Neil's original tunes, such as "At Least I Got Paid," "Three Piece Chicken Dinner" and "The Recycle Bin" bring his personality to the fore. His crack "Nashville West" band includes such luminaries as Dave Gleason, Atom Ellis, Prairie Prince, Rachel Haden and Joe Goldmark, all of whom play and sing their country-fried hearts out to create a sound that is decidedly old-school honky-tonk. All this plus cover versions of John Entwistle, Mark Eitzel and Billy Edd Wheeler add up to a powerful singing debut from America's newest hat act, Neil Hamburger!Neil Hamburger Sings Country Winners is out this Tuesday April 22nd on Drag City! Some tour dates and a video at the end of this post.
I recently mentioned that Bob Odenkirk and David Cross would soon begin work on a pilot for HBO. Lo and behold, production of David's Situation begins May 9th, 2008 in sunny Los Angeles, with a live audience and everything. This show can't be completed and devoured by my eyes and ears soon enough. If anyone goes to the taping, tell me everything.
In related news, not only is Bob Odenkirk co-writer and director of David's Situation, but it turns out he'll also be playing Mike Birbiglia's older brother in Mike Birbiglia's CBS pilot Mike Birbiglia's Secret Public Journal, a pilot you can read about here.
much, much, much, much more below.....