Every Wednesday for a couple of weeks now, The Lonely Island has been premiering videos for cuts off its forthcoming record, The Wack Album. While it’s not Wednesday, it is YouTube’s Comedy Week, and so the group has just dropped a new clip a couple of days early.
This time around, Jorma, Akiva, and Andy take on heavy adult issues with “Diaper Money.” While “I Fucked My Aunt” and “Spring Break Anthem” extolled the virtues of incest and gay marriage, “Diaper Money” reps hard for solid family life, “wife pussy,” and purchasing cemetery plots in advance.
The Wack Album is out June 11.
Back in April, The A.V. Club premiered an almost 9-minute clip of Patton Oswalt spouting off an improvised Star Wars filibuster during a taping of Parks And Recreation. Millions of people watched it, marveled and laughed, and the world was good. Now, because the Internet is the Internet, some awesome person has made an animated version of said speech, and it is, of course, fantastic. Isaac Moores’ take on Oswalt’s spiel is funny, smart, and full of excellent Star Wars clip art. Watch it below, and may the nerdy, nerdy force be with you.
Archer star Aisha Tyler may have starred in a boatload of movies and TV shows, but she’s only directed one thing to date: a 2010 short called Committed. That’s changed now, as she’s just filmed, directed, and edited another short, Simmer, about the Silversun Pickups tour.
Set to the track of the same name from the band’s latest record, Neck Of The Woods, Tyler’s clip is all arty black and white, and features a bunch of shots of pedals and guitar cords. It’s not the most original thing in the world, but hey, Aisha Tyler! Silversun Pickups!
In the interest of science, creativity, and the science of creativity, we're posting a film or TV still every week, and we're going to ask you to come up with a clever caption. Whoever's caption gets the most likes will win some kind of nonsense prize from The A.V. Club office, most likely a Simpsons toy of some sort. The winner of the last contest, featuring a still from The Great Gatsby, was Arthur Edens And His Bread, who offered the inside-jokey "What?! Rabin, Tasha, Koski, AND Noel?!" Well played, Arthur.
Make sure you post your caption as a new comment, not as a reply, so we can sort out the winner. And though we know you'll be tempted to go for the easy, gross joke, remember that our commenting policy isn't out the window here. This week’s still comes from Star Trek Into Darkness. Here's one to get you started:
"Is it one-way glass? I can't tell. Should we knock?"
It seems like a pretty foregone conclusion that, barring any impending Kanye West bangers, 2013’s summer jam will be Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.” With that honor comes both great responsibility and a great number of YouTube parodies of or tributes to the song.
Today’s most popular “Get Lucky” clip, for example, comes from a YouTube user who set the song to an edit of the funkiest Soul Train dancers. It absolutely works, and it makes a pretty convincing case for the resurgence of both hot pants for women and polyester jumpsuits for men.
Get involved, Internet: Help bring a 9-foot Hulk statue (and some computers) to a Chicago-area public library
Faced with budget cuts, a greater demand for graphic novels than it could supply, and no giant superhero statue of its own, Northlake Public Library in Illinois has turned to crowdfunding via IndieGoGo. The library wants to buy more graphic novels, install a digital lab that allows patrons to produce their own comic creations, and (this is the best part) build a 9-foot Incredible Hulk statue to promote the collection and attract reluctant readers. In an email to The A.V. Club the library explains,
“We believe this one of the first times a library has done a crowdfunding campaign to supplement its budget. Hopefully this will catch on [and] open doors for more libraries to take a chance when trying to fill their budget. Also, yes this was partially inspired by the Robocop statue in Detroit. We figured if they can do that we can do something similar to help a library.”
With an end date of June 8, the library has raised $2,400 of its $30,000 goal so far. Anyone who's ever been transformed by a library book or stolen those little library pencils for personal use and wants to pay the experience forward and ...
Skyfall is the most successful James Bond film by far, but Casino Royale remains the most impressive of Daniel Craig’s turns as the secret agent, turning a flagging franchise around and defying pre-production naysayers about whether Craig fit the role. The black-and-white opening sequence alone sets the tone for a much different approach to the character from the Pierce Brosnan years. Now there’s a shot-by-shot Lego recreation of the opening showdown in Prague, mixing the tense conversation with Bond’s first and second kills in the field to earn 00 status.
In anticipation of their new album …Like Clockwork, Queens Of The Stone Age have been releasing animated music videos for some of the songs. Credit for the dark world to go with the gritty atmosphere of the music goes to director/UK artist Boneface, who also did all the artwork for Clockwork. The animated clips are spooky and grotesque, matching Boneface’s typically detailed depravity with unusually understated music from Josh Homme and company. The videos released this week for “Kalopsia” and "Keep Your Eyes Peeled" feature masked vandals and violent bar fights in a dark, surreal fantasy. And today’s video for “If I Had A Tail” shows a suicidal pyromaniac driver throwing makeshift bombs at a motorcycle gang in a post-apocalyptic landscape. It really takes the lyrics to heart, especially, “Buy flash cars / Diamond rings / Expensive holes to bury things.” The end is fucking nigh, indeed.
A Brazilian artist has produced a line of comic book art for those who might think Morrissey is super human. Butcher Billy’s work is based on the idea that, growing up, he was equally influenced by both “the incorruptible ideas of perfect superheroes” and the “human flaws and desires” conveyed in song lyrics. Hence, a picture of Ian Curtis as Batman.
All snark aside, Butcher Billy’s work is pretty amazing and, conveniently, totally commercially available. T-shirts, art prints, iPad and iPhone cases, cards, and all sorts of other goods are available on Society6, so go buy a Robert-Smith-as-Plasticman shirt and support mope rock, comic books, and creativity.
Wayne Coyne has maybe been doing a lot of drugs lately—not that that’s a bad thing. The Flaming Lips frontman helmed the Oklahoma darlings’ performance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night wearing nothing but a sort of laser loincloth, or as Pitchfork put it, “an array of flowing tentacular wires.” The band performed two songs—“Try To Explain” and a cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes”—before Coyne threw on some clothes and joined Fallon, Modern Family’s Julie Bowen, and Demi Lovato for some Pictionary, because that’s normal.
All the clips are below, though the performances might be a little NSFW, depending on how large and hi-res your monitor is.
Grab a Cornetto and pop a squat: Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost have been celebrating the 10th anniversary of Shaun Of The Dead by posting a picture and a story a day about the movie for the past week or so. The Photo-A-Day endeavor is helmed by Wright, officially, and will run for the next month or two, going through each day of the film’s production in excruciating, amazing detail. Today, for example, Wright explains why he shot the very last scene of the movie just a few days into shooting, and right in the middle of production on another scene. Cue up Queen’s “You’re My Best Friend” and get clicking.
Fans of Friday Night Lights might remember “The Swede,” the swarthy interloper who broke up Julie and Matt during season two. That actor, Alejandro Rose-Garcia, also happens to be a fairly excellent musician, playing bluegrass-influenced country as Shakey Graves.
The A.V. Club has the premiere of a new clip by Graves. The video, for “Unlucky Skin,” was shot in collaboration with the Fool’s Road Project. The company’s group of filmmakers travelled around the country to shoot videos with eight different artists, including Graves, all of which were made within only eight days of having met. It’s a pretty bizarre clip, but that’s never a bad thing.
Graves has a number of upcoming tour dates, including slots at Pickathon and ACL, and a tour with Old Crow Medicine Show. Check out all his dates below.
Shakey Graves tour 2013
May 28—Mass MoCA—North Adams, Massachusetts +
May 30—Boyce Farmers Market—Fredericton, New Brunswick +
May 31—Olympic Hall—Halifax, Nova Scotia +
June 2—Murphy’s Community Centre—Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island +
June 3—Memertou Trade And Convention Center—Sydney, Nova Scotia +
June 9—Brooklyn Bowl—Brooklyn, New York
June 12—Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge—Fort ...
Though recurring jokes have always formed the lasting legacy of Arrested Development, rewarding multiple viewings with even more choice quotes, those elements were also allegedly such a barrier to entry for new viewers that it contributed directly to declining ratings and the show’s cancellation. But just in time for the new season, which bows on Netflix over Memorial Day weekend, comes Recurring Developments, an interactive visual compendium of every single recurring joke over the entire run of the series, here to refresh the memory of anyone who hasn’t finished their compulsory re-watch of the show. Choose from tracking one recurring element through each episode in which it appears—such as “No touching!” and foreshadowing the fate of Buster’s hand—or go episode by episode to see how densely layered the show’s self-referential humor got by the third season. With this resource, there's no excuse for missing a callback when the new episodes premiere.
Leave it to the Internet to take something perfectly highbrow and debase it. The fine people at Previously.TV have posted a supercut of Downton Abbey season one, but with added farts. The Wet Hot American Summer homage (we assume) is a little under three minutes long but contains countless unbridled toots that presumably sullied dozens of fine silk gowns, dinner jackets, and maids uniforms. How disgraceful.
If there’s anyone on the minds and tongues of every Hollywood backlot, it’s Dr. Tobias Fünke. Yes, everyone is sick and tired of hearing about how brilliant that well-known blow-hard and licensed analrapist is—but that’s not keeping him from exposing each and every one of his parts (look at all these parts!) on the interactive audition reel Insert Me Anywhere. What only appears to be a viral marketing effort for Tobias’ 15 latest rendezvous with the various members of the Bluth family is in fact your chance to catch him in the act, helpfully staged against a green screen so that Tobias Fünke can be plugged into any open hole a director might have. Also available in tremendous amounts: Double entendres.
Of course, if you’re just a plain, old, everyday Arrested Development fan, there are plenty of callbacks and Easter eggs littered around the website, including a banner ad for another fake site, this one for ManGo! Juice, which boasts the unfortunate URL mangoinyourmouth.com. Best of all, in the unlikely event you somehow find the new episode revolving around David Cross’ character lacking, you could reshape and bend “Tobias” to fit your ...
The web is abuzz with opinions on the new Daft Punk album, Random Access Memories, which will be officially released on May 21 but is available to stream right now. But even if the whole world is talking about your record, and high-ranking Billboard debut is imminent, you haven't really made it until somebody adds one of those goats that sounds like a person to your song. Somebody did just that to the Pharrell-assisted jam "Get Lucky." Here it is.
Following its amazing Between Two Ferns/gay marriage mash-up, The Lonely Island has released another single off its forthcoming new record, The Wack Album. “I Fucked My Aunt,” a single with a fairly straightforward name, is a pretty gross slow jam with a LFO-style “Summer Girls” vibe. T-Pain guests, because that’s the kind of thing T-Pain does.
Listen below and make Thanksgiving awkward forever.
Most music fans remember Cherry Poppin’ Daddies from their double-platinum 1999 single “Zoot Suit Riot,” but that swing number was a bit of a double-edged sword for the band. The band had been underground swing legends, but got a little miffed at all the Johnny-Come-Latelies to the scene and, rather than making more swing records, experimented with everything from Motown to Caribbean music to funk. 14 years later, though, the group is finally releasing another swing record.
White Teeth, Black Thoughts finds the Eugene, Oregon band singing about modern issues, but against a retro backdrop. Convinced that the modern swing scene is built around “dumb-ass clichés and b-movie ideas,” the band and frontman Steve Perry set to write about the haves and have nots, as well as what happens to a society that gets too comfortable.
The album’s first single, “I Love American Music” has been out for a bit now, but The A.V. Club has the premiere of the music video below. Watch it and reminisce.
White Teeth, Black Thoughts is out July 16.
Owning movie props or collectible reproductions isn’t anything new, but buying a replica of a sculpture shaped like a penis that was used as a murder weapon in a dystopian film may be taking the concept too far. Medicom Toy Life Entertainment has produced a commercially available reproduction of “The Rocking Machine,” which is apparently the actual name of the sculpture that everyone has referred to as “that crazy penis sculpture from A Clockwork Orange” since 1971.
For the low, low price of $1,836, a copy of the piece can be yours to display in the creepiest private gallery possible. It may come from a brutal murder scene, the turning point in Alex’s story that sends him over the edge and leads to his transformative jail term, but there has to be some ghoulish superfan out there with too much walking around money. Viddy well, little brother.
It’s been two-and-a-half long years since the last season of The Venture Bros. ended with a disastrous home-school prom and some real growing up for Hank and Dean Venture, but the fifth season is finally set to begin June 2. For those new to the series and intimidated by its intentionally complex mythology (which includes several bureaucratic supervillain unions) or anyone simply looking to refresh their memory, Adult Swim has put together an eight-minute summary of the entire run of the show.
The summary does a pretty good job of laying out all the character relationships and important plot events over the course of the last 55 episodes. Best of all, it’s narrated in podcast form by Gary, nee Henchman 21. It’s missing a “Sphinx! (Sphinx!)” joke or three, but with two long weeks before the season starts, we’ll take what we can get.
In Stop The Presses! we share some of the more ridiculous press releases we receive at The A.V. Club.
There are ridiculous press releases, and then there’s a 9,420-word transcript of a press call with Ray J. The rapper/reality-TV star/sex-tape enthusiast is hosting something called Bad Girls All Star Battle, a spinoff that takes “all stars” from the trashy reality series and adds the element of physical challenges to win a $100,000 grand prize—all under the watchful, supportive eye of Ray J. Ahead of the show’s premiere, Ray J hopped on a conference call with writers to answer questions like “Do you agree with Kanye’s statement at the Met Gala that Kim K. is awesome?” and “How does it feel to be as popular as you are at this point?” and “You are the perfect fit because they are the baddest Bad Girls and you are the baddest bad boy. So can you elaborate on that a little bit more?”
Many of them attempted to get Ray J to talk about other stuff, but he stayed remarkably on-message—regarding Kardashian, “Independent women are awesome”—greeting them with salutations like “All love ...
Back in 2011, the brave citizens of Detroit (along with a bunch of assholes on Kickstarter) raised enough money to erect a giant RoboCop statue somewhere in the motor city. More than two years and a string of “where the heck are we going to put this thing” battles later, the statue is finally close to completion. The 10-foot-tall statue is currently in its foam components stage and should be bronzed in the near future. Once that’s done, Imagination Station, the statue’s makers, will perfect its look and then, hopefully, place it somewhere in the city by late next summer.
Imagination Station posted a series of pics of the statue in progress online over the weekend and, honestly, it’s goddamn majestic. Once bronzed and mounted on some sort of base, the completed work should keep Detroit free from crime for all eternity—or until someone spray-paints it.
Belgian electro-rock group Hooverphonic has been around for almost 20 years now and has released a number of excellent trip-hop records, like 1998’s Blue Wonder Power Milk. The group’s The Night Before, is out June 4 on Sony Music, and includes a never before released track, “Harmless Shapes,” as well as an absolutely lovely cover of Massive Attack’s “Unfinished Sympathy.” The latter is streaming exclusively below, and the group is playing a number of dates in Europe this summer with a full orchestra.
Yes, Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories is now available for streaming online, but so is The National’s Trouble Will Find Me. Take a break from all the daft funk and check out a little mope rock. Trouble isn’t out until next Tuesday, May 21, on 4AD, but the whole thing is available now on iTunes.
The record is the follow-up to the group’s excellent 2010 record High Violet and features guest contributions from Sufjan Stevens, St. Vincent’s Annie Clark, and Sharon Van Etten.
The National is also going on tour this summer. A full list of dates is below.
The National tour 2013
May 16—State Theater—Ithaca, New York &
May 26—Boston Calling Festival—Boston, Massachusetts
June 4—Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel—Providence, Rhode Island &
June 5—Barclays Center—Brooklyn, New York *
June 6—Merriweather Post Pavilion—Columbia, Maryland^
June 7—Mann Center For The Performing Arts—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania^
June 8—The National—Richmond, Virginia
June 10—Red Hat Amphitheatre—Raleigh, North Carolina^
June 11—Stage AE—Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania^
June 13—Lachine Canal—Montreal, Quebec
June 14—Yonge Dundas Square—Toronto, Ontario
June 15—LC Pavilion—Columbus, Ohio #
June 16—Bonnaroo—Manchester, Tennessee
Way out Oakland act Shannon And The Clams is dropping its new record, Dreams In The Rat House, next week, but The A.V. Club has an exclusive stream of the whole thing starting today. The trio might look a little rockabilly, but it’s more vintage-styled space rock than rebel yell. Tracks like “Rip Van Winkle” would be perfectly at home at Back To The Future’s Enchantment Under The Sea dance, for instance. Listen below, vibe out, and pre-order the record through Hardly Art.
After nine seasons and 184 episodes worth of tangential clues, including a yellow umbrella, a bass guitar, and a copy of The Unicorns’ Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone?, How I Met Your Mother has finally revealed “The Girl With The Yellow Umbrella,” better known as The Mother: Cristin Milioti.
As Alan Sepinwall pointed out last night, it’s an interesting casting choice for several reasons: She’s unknown compared to Sarah Chalke, Rachel Bilson, Jennifer Morrison, and other various contenders through the years, which removes any preconceived notions carried over from previous roles. But though Milioti isn’t a known quantity as a television actress, she’s had a number of notable roles that demonstrate her range.
Most familiar to television viewers would be Milioti’s guest role on 30 Rock as Abby Flynn, the new female cast member who's hiding from her psychopathic ex-boyfriend in the fifth-season episode “TGS Hates Women.” Her best scene from that episode also features Chicago comedian Hannibal Buress as a homeless man.
She’s an accomplished stage actress, garnering a Tony nomination for originating “The Girl” in the Broadway musical adaptation of John Carney’s Once with music and ...
Mondo is far and away the best place to find high-quality pop culture-related artwork. This week the Austin-based gallery unveiled a series of Paul Thomas Anderson retrospective prints curated by Aaron Horkey. The series covers all of PTA’s films going back to Hard Eight up through There Will Be Blood, to go along with Laurent Durieux’s poster for The Master from a few months ago. It’s always a crazy rush whenever Mondo one-sheets go on sale, but keep an eye on their Twitter feed for onsale information. We’ve got dibs on that Magnolia print though, so keep your grubby mitts off it.
Before he combined the conspiracy theories of a hundred Geocities sites with the point-and-click puzzle-solving of a dozen CD-ROM games, thus creating literature, The Da Vinci Code’s Dan Brown was a pop singer. Like a clue in one of his bestsellers, Brown’s musical past was hidden in plain sight, with it being easily accessible Wikipedia knowledge that he released two CDs—including one called Angels And Demons, its title and cover art later reworked into a thriller that helped so many pass the time on the bus. Still, recorded evidence of this early career false start remained scarce. Until today, when the sun hit the Internet just right, and BuzzFeed cracked open to reveal the song Dan Brown wrote about phone sex.
Titled “976-LOVE,” a testament to Brown’s lasting fascination with numerology, the song is earnest in that early-‘90s soft-rock sort of way, boasting the requisite saxophones and Michael Bolton-esque rasp that once shucked so many an acid-washed jean. But it’s also evidence of Brown’s already adept way with symbols: “I take you to bed and push the phone to my head / You make me feel like a man,” Brown says, cleverly symbolizing jacking ...
Stop working and grab those headphones: Daft Punk’s new record, Random Access Memories, is now streaming in its entirety on iTunes. The record won’t be out until next Tuesday, May 21, but all 13 tracks, including the ones featuring Nile Rodgers, Julian Casablancas, Pharrell Williams, Giorgio Moroder, and Panda Bear, are online right this second.
The record is also available for pre-order.
Daft Punk’s very first American show was at a rave in a wet field outside Madison. The French duo played the Even Furthur fest in 1996, long before their helmeted personas emerged. Spin has an excellent and very complete oral history of the gig on its site, but for anyone averse to actual reading, Consequence Of Sound just posted an old video of the group’s set to its site. The 30-odd minute long VHS dub leaves a little to be desired, soundwise, but Electro-Blog has a slightly better recording of the show, albeit without the accompanying baggy t-shirt and pacifier-laden visuals.
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