Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, known to lovers and haters alike as Tim & Eric, launched a new web series this week on their YouTube channel and Jash.com, the site they recently launched with Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, and Reggie Watts. Tim & Eric's GoPro Show is either about the duo wearing GoPro cameras and doing extreme sports, or just following them around while they write comedy. (They're some disagreement between the principals already, and it's pretty damn funny.) Check out the first episode below; there are two more on YouTube. Also, if you already hate them, this won't change your mind, though it might make Tim tweet at you.
If you've got an hour and seven minutes to spare, AMC just posted this in-depth panel discussion with Vince Gilligan and most of the main Breaking Bad cast (notably absent: Aaron Paul). It's a great chat, with everybody getting a chance to pay tribute to a show they've clearly loved making. There's talk about the possible Saul Goodman spinoff ("I would very much like to see that happen, and we are talking about it," says Gilligan) as well as various favorite moments from the series. Oh, and when somebody asks if the Internet influences the direction of the show, Gilligan quips, "I never go on the Internet for anything but porn." So screw productivity and check this out. [h/t to Uproxx]
Radiohead has inspired a lot of tattoos, but none have been quite as creepy as the one below. In the tattoo—which comes from Reddit, so it could be totally Photoshopped, but it looks real, so let’s choose to believe it is—a lovely portrait of Thom Yorke’s face sits atop a man’s slightly hairy chest, the frontman’s droopier eye replaced by the tattooed man’s pink nipple. No description can do it justice, really, so here it is, below. Marvel at its beauty. [via Fuse]
Fifteen years ago , if you were a police procedural detective working to catch a perp, you’d put on your crime-fighting shoes (impractical heels for ladies on CBS) and take to the mean and dirty streets. But nowadays, shoes be damned, you just take to the even meaner and dirtier Internet. Slacktory has compiled a supercut of the most ridiculous fake websites from Law & Order. Law & Order is best when it doesn’t take itself too seriously, and what’s great about the show’s treatment of the Internet is the absurd cheesiness of its websites contrasted against its deadpan detectives. Check the supercut out, and then make sure to post the video to your FaceUnion page. [h/t to Uproxx]
Ever the shit-starter, Drake loves to tackle the big issues. For instance, on his latest single, “Girls Love Beyoncé,” the non-wheelchair-bound rapper has the gall to insist that—gasp!—girls love Beyoncé. With little lord guest James Fauntleroy, Drake even apes Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name” for the chorus, clearly hoping to draft off some of the juice the current Mrs. Carter has stockpiled lately, nipple-flaunting tour costumes and all.
Canadian indie rockers Stars for over a decade now and have produced seven excellent full-length records, including last fall’s The North. The band’s keeping that record alive by playing a number of tour dates, including a slot at the Coachella festival, happening again this weekend.
Stars also recruited New York-based electronic musician Com Truise to remix one of the LP’s singles, “Hold On When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It,” which The A.V. Club is exclusively premiering today.
The group’s upcoming tour dates are below, and The North is out now.
Stars tour 2013
April 17—Humphrey’s Concerts By The Bay—San Diego, California ^
April 18—The Catalyst—Santa Cruz, California ^
April 19—Coachella—Indio, California
July 13—Lebreton Flats Park—Ottawa, Ontario
^ with Tegan And Sara
Phoenix’s new record, Bankrupt!, doesn’t come out officially for another week, but with the band’s publicity machine ramping up (Saturday Night Live, Coachella duets with R. Kelly, etc.), the French act is striking while the fer is chaud and streaming the record online now. Of course, it’s been available illegally for some time now, but whatever. This way’s legit.
Listen to the whole thing over at iTunes.
Alison Brie is barely noticed by the Internet, but if more information about her is something you might be interested in, she’s been around more than usual since the start of Mad Men’s new season. If you’d like to keep things respectable, you can watch Brie’s appearance on web interview series Speakeasy with Paul F. Tompkins, as they sip drinks and chat for 20 minutes about her various roles and her cover band The Girls. There’s the usual flirty/playful undercurrent to almost any interview with Brie, but Tompkins acquits himself well as an interviewer, getting her to talk at length about the differences between playing Annie on Community and Trudy on Mad Men, developing improv abilities, and how much of a pain it was to shoot “Advanced Dungeons & Dragons” for Community, which amounted to hours and hours of sitting around a table. It’s one of Tompkins’ best interviews for the series, and it's nice to see someone actually engage with Brie as a performer with range. If 22 minutes is too much Brie to handle, there's also a video of Brie impersonating various Internet memes with Tompkins below. (Oh, and if ...
Chicago band Disappears have a new EP out this Record Store Day, April 20. At 30 minutes long, Kone is almost full-length, and highlights the band’s flare for combining straight guitar rock with drone and experimental sounds. Thanks to the fine people at Requiem Media, The A.V. Club is offering its readers an exclusive first listen to the EP below.
Disappears also have a number of tour dates coming up, including an April 18 show in Chicago. A full list of those dates is below.
April 18—Lincoln Hall—Chicago, Illinois
April 19—Turf Club—St. Paul, Minnesota
April 20—Gardner Lounge—Grinnell, Iowa
April 24—Brillobox—Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
April 25—Knitting Factory—Brooklyn, New York
April 26—Johnny Brenda’s—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
April 27—Motr Pub—Cincinnati, Ohio
May 17—Bootleg Theater—Los Angeles, California
May 18—Bottom Of The Hill—San Francisco, California
People like to accuse us of following actor/comedian Patton Oswalt a little bit too closely—of monitoring his activity like stalker-journalists. There's a little bit of truth to that: We're unabashed fans of his work, and frequently his outlook. After yesterday's horrific events in Boston, lots of people had eloquent things to say, from the President on down. But nobody was smarter or more eloquent than Oswalt, who posted the below message to his Facebook page.
In today’s earlier, more innocent hours, Fergie and Q-Tip’s new single just seemed like a thematically questionable companion to The Great Gatsby, its refrain either providing an ironic counterpoint to what actually happens in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s story, or completely ignoring it. Amid the news pouring out of Boston, there are obviously other reasons to feel uncomfortable about a song called “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody” right now. But seeing as a tragedy like this always makes everything seem kind of empty and irrelevant anyway, hey, here’s Fergie’s swing-flavored hip-hop song about partying, from the soundtrack of a 3-D movie about American opulence. It has scatting.
In what is perhaps the first time we can note that the Internet did a great job without an undercurrent of irony, the Kickstarter campaign for the Veronica Mars movie has wrapped at just over $5.7 million—well over double the $2 million director Rob Thomas originally set as the goal. The project smashed all sorts of records along the way: It was the fastest to reach both $1 million and $2 million (a landmark it achieved in just half a day), became the all-time highest-funded film project (and third highest-funded Kicktstarter project overall), and it boasts the largest number of backers in Kickstarter history. In honor of helping them achieve those milestones, Thomas has pledged a new reward to his more than 90,000 backers: a sheet of Veronica Mars stickers, which you can proudly, permanently affix to the face of history, while history is napping. No word yet on what the production plans to do with its extra $3.7 million, but presumably there will be a scene where Veronica investigates the mystery of Rob Thomas’ awesome new speedboat.
The crowd reaction to Daft Punk’s Coachella trailer will let you know which Random Access Memories guests to be excited about
Though it eventually debuted in higher-than-an-iPhone-definition version during the Vince Vaughn/Miguel episode of Saturday Night Live, the bootlegged trailer for Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories still serves a vital purpose in the molly-addled afterglow of its debut. Because who better than the disembodied voices of Coachella attendees—which are apparently the closest you’ll get to hearing a large number of people cheering for new Daft Punk in 2013—to illustrate which of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter’s latest collaborators deserve your “Woo”-ing enthusiasm? The full list is only “news” if you haven’t been paying attention to the Creators Project profiles of Nile Rodgers, Giorgio Moroder, and Todd Edwards that’ve cropped up on YouTube in recent weeks—but what did those guys done to earn the audible affection afforded Noah “Panda Bear” Lennox? (Just laid the foundation for most of the non-punk pop-music advances of the last four decades—but Person Pitch, you guys!) Whither Julian Casablancas? So over. It’s also possible that a Wikipedia disambiguation was required to explain which Paul Williams is appearing on the record, which is due May 21. It’s “Rainbow Connection”/Phantom Of The Paradise Paul ...
And so another long week draws to an end, and the lingering dregs of a cold gray winter have you wishing you could slip off somewhere warm and tropical—a place where bodies lie in the sand, tropical drinks melting in your hand. Also, Macaulay Culkin is there for some reason.
So, as if borne on the warm summer breeze of your burning desire, here’s Macaulay Culkin joining singer-songwriter Adam Green on a rendition of the Beach Boys’ “Kokomo.” Get there fast. Take it slow. Ask him if he still gets crazy Home Alone royalties. It’s where you wanna go. [via Radar]
“Because he’s the hero the network deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So, we’ll promote him with lines like ‘he fights for family’ and ‘lives for love,’ and make it look like he’s in one of those movies where a single mom discovers the true meaning of Christmas. Because he can take it. Because he’s not the network’s hero. He’s a silent guardian. A watchful protector. A guy who’s real smiley and likes to kiss. He's Batman on ABC Family.” [via UPROXX]
We're fans of outdated websites from bygone eras, so it makes sense that this particular supercut struck a bit of a chord. Slacktory has assembled a whole host of bogus, instantly outmoded websites from various shows. While it’s peppered with a few snippy parodies (like The Simpsons’ “Springface”), it’s the schmaltzy knockoffs that really make this collection pop. You can’t get much more byzantine than The Good Wife’s “Facebranch” or Castle’s YouWillViewIt.com. Cringe to your heart’s content.
As winter melts away like a Breaking Bad character who was in the wrong place at the wrong time, audiences and critics begin to look ahead to summer television. Breaking Bad has re-entered entertainment news as of late, and this week’s The Simpsons opening credits will pay homage to the show’s famous meth-production montage set to the 1969 groover “Crystal Blue Persuasion.” In the credits, Marge matter-of-factly bakes and dispatches blue cupcake batches while Homer skulks in a Heisenberg disguise, and there's a fun surprise at the end. (At least we think it's the opening credits—it's possible that it's just a commercial.) Check it out to satisfy any burgeoning Breaking Bad cravings, and then try to figure out who Lisa Simpson would be in the Breaking Bad universe. (Fring?) [h/t to L.A. Times]
And now, a “new to us” entry in the ongoing series “Bill Murray is the best”: For reasons only known to the digital imps that run Reddit, the following video of Bill Murray walking a slow-motion with a group of fans is recirculating around the web today. Why? Well, to quote the comedy legend and Wes Anderson regular himself, “It just doesn’t matter.” And besides: All the time that’s passed since the video originally went viral has only served to provide more context to the piece, like this interview with director David Walton Smith that elaborates on how asking Bill Murray to pay tribute to himself is always better than asking the man for an autograph. Someone should’ve told that to the autograph hound from The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou.
In an act as cruel as it is unusual, WYNC’s Soundcheck recently sat The Office’s Creed Bratton down and forced him to listen to Creed the band. Reacting about as you’d expect from someone unfamiliar with their music, Creed the actor (famous for playing “Creed” the character) asked, “Is he gargling with glass?” If only it were that simple. But alas, thanks to his Buddhist leanings, Creed the man ultimately forgave Creed the band, reasoning, “If they hear my stuff they might not like my stuff either. It’s a personal choice.” By "my stuff," Bratton means his music—he was the lead singer of '60s band The Grass Roots, and continues to release music (with notably awful album covers). If you can stand to hear the brief nuggets of “With Arms Wide Open” or “Higher,” check out the whole interview below. [viaVideogum.]
Anticipation for the new season of Arrested Development went up a few notches yesterday with the release of a series of teaser posters. But a true fever pitch of fan excitement can only be achieved once graphic designers produce vintage album-cover mockups. Similar to the jazz-themed LP covers for Homeland, and previous cartoonish old-timey album covers for the show’s cast and Dr. Funke’s 100% Natural Good-Time Family Band Solution, Josh Cox at Colossus Of Clout Design fashioned nine character-themed albums to go with the structure of the new season, which focuses on a different character in each episode. From Gob and Franklin’s perfunctory It Ain’t Easy Being White, It Ain’t Easy Being Brown to “Ballad Of Chareth Cutestory” off Michael Bluth’s Songs For Hop-Ons, it’s a delightfully clever mix of classic design and more inside jokes for Arrested Development fans to smirk at as Memorial Day approaches. [h/t to Paste]
Rookie Mag’s Ask A Grown Man series, where grown-ass men answer real life relationship questions for teen girls, has drawn all sorts of A-list guests, from Paul Rudd to Jimmy Fallon. For the site’s latest edition, though, they’ve pulled some big name musicians: Nigel Godrich and Radiohead’s Thom Yorke. The video—which is, of course, adorable—has the Atoms For Peace duo dishing out truths on love and life, including advice on how to make out with a guy who’s not your boyfriend. Watch and swoon.
Cincinnati-based indie-punk act Mixtapes just released their debut full-length, Even On The Worst Nights, last year, but they’ve got another record on deck. Ordinary Silence is due out June 25 via No Sleep Records, and is available for pre-order now. In preparation for the record’s imminent dissemination, The A.V. Club is streaming the LP’s first single, “Elevator Days,” exclusively starting today. Equal parts Green Day, Paramore, and Titus Andronicus, Mixtapes channel all sort of radio-friendly punk power for the single, which the group says is about recognizing the faults everyone has inside them.
The band has about a million tour dates on the horizon as well, including a number of shows as part of the Vans Warped Tour. A full list of all Mixtapes’ dates is below.
Mixtapes tour 2013
May 12—Kobo Live Music—Columbus, Ohio *
May 13—Archway Center—Altoona, Pennsylvania *
May 14—Heirloom Arts Center—Danbury, Connecticut *
May 15—Pressed Café—Ottawa, Ontario *
May 16—Rancho Relaxo—Toronto, Ontario *
May 17—Pouzza Fest—Montreal, Quebec *
May 18—Skate And Surf—Freehold, New Jersey
May 20—The Loft—Poughkeepsie, New York *
May 21—Bug Jar—Rochester, New York *
May 22—Charm City Art Space ...
Commemorate Margaret Thatcher's demise by downloading "Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead" or a new EP from Chumbawamba
In life, Margaret Thatcher inspired dozens and dozens of angry songs, from The English Beat’s “Stand Down Margaret” to Morrissey’s “Margaret On The Guillotine.” In death, though, Thatcher is still inspiring musicians. For example, the social media response to her demise has put three different versions of The Wizard Of Oz’s “Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead” on the U.K.’s top 200 singles chart, including ones by Judy Garland and Ella Fitzgerald.
Anarcho-punk band Chumbawamba has been anticipating Thatcher’s death for years. In 2005, the group pre-sold an EP called In Memoriam: Margaret Thatcher that would be digitally delivered upon the former Prime Minister’s death. It showed up in purchasers' inboxes this week, along with an intense screed from the band about how Thatcher’s “got a one-way ticket to hell” and saying her death is “a cause to celebrate, to party, to stamp the dirt down.” The record also features a track supposedly sung by Augusto Pinochet, the murderous Chilean dictator Thatcher so publicly supported.
The EP is streaming over at YouTube as well, lest anyone not have had the foresight to purchase it back in 2005.
The relatively new Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival takes place in Austin, Texas from April 24-27 this year, and features Dana Carvey, Jim Gaffigan, Todd Barry, Kyle Kinane, and lots more notable names. We've picked a bunch of our favorite moments from our favorite comedians who are playing at the Fest this year. This post is brought to you by the Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival. Their complete schedule can be found at the link above.
Iceage’s latest, You’re Nothing, came out in February, but the group’s still rolling out tons of bonus materials. The latest, courtesy of Matador Records, is a stunning video of the band and guest guitarist Bo Høyer Hansen playing one of the album’s best tracks, “Morals.” The clip, which is hi-def, was shot at a recording studio in the band’s hometown of Copenhagen and premieres exclusively today on The A.V. Club.
Iceage is currently on tour. A full list of dates is below.
Iceage tour 2013
April 10—Empty Bottle—Chicago, Illinois
April 11—Ace Of Cups—Columbus, Ohio
April 12—6119—Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
April 16—Monkey House—Burlington, Vermont *
April 17—TT The Bear’s—Boston, Massachusetts *
April 18—Lilly’s Pad—New Haven, Connecticut
April 19—First Unitarian Church—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania *
April 20—Bowery Ballroom—New York, New York *
May 30-June 2—Chaos In Tejas—Austin, Texas ^
June 3—Mango’s—Houston, Texas ^
June 4—Siberia—New Orleans, Louisiana ^
June 5—The Atlantic—Gainesville, Florida ^
June 7—Churchill’s—Miami, Florida ^
June 8—Crowbar—Tampa, Florida ^
June 9—The Earl—Atlanta, Georgia ^
June 10—The Milestone—Charlotte, North Carolina ^
June 11—Strange ...
In the world of geek mathematics, sometimes the whole is indeed greater than the sum of its parts. To wit: Patton Oswalt has commissioned a series of action figures that combine the geek-friendly worlds of Star Wars and exploitation master Russ Meyer, creating some sort of pop-culture awesomeness vortex. The creator of the figures, a guy named Sillof, has done incredibly detailed series in the past, combining Star Wars with the steampunk and samurai worlds, among others. Sillof was an inspiration for Oswalt's character in Young Adult (which you should see if you haven't, dammit), who was also a fan of customizing figures. The Oswalt-commissioned series is called Faster, Empire! Strike! Strike! (after Meyer's sexy-n-violent classic Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!), and it flips the gender roles in Star Wars, reinterpreting Darth Vader as Darla Vade, etc. And no, you can't buy these, but you can see the whole series right here. Oswalt tells us he's already excited about commissioning another collection, saying that John Hughes' The Jedi Club is one possibility. Oswalt posted a short essay on his site about the figures here, too. Below, meet the new Boba Fett.
A fair maiden in New Orleans is looking for a hard dose of Robb Stark lovin’. Last week, an intense Game Of Thrones fan posted a Casual Encounter to Craigslist looking for someone to help her fulfill her elaborate Iron Throne-based fantasy. As she explains, she recently purchased one of those $30,000 Iron Throne replicas and is looking for someone to, well, conquer her on it. She writes:
"In my fantasy, I am Daenerys Stormborn Targaryen, Mother of Dragons, and Rightful Heir to the Iron Throne and the Seven Kingdoms. After crossing the Narrow Sea and defeating the forces of Westeros, it is within my power and right to slay all of those who betrayed my family and denied me my rightful place for so many years. The most vile enemies of house Targaryen, House Stark and House Baratheon must pay the highest price. All of those who fought against the Mother of Dragons are slain—all except one. When I come to Robb Stark, out eyes lock and something moves inside of me. I realize I need to have him, want him, and I can tell he is thinking the same. I order my guards to throw him ...
Listen to a new track from Their/They're/There, a Chicago math-pop band featuring members of Cap'n Jazz and Into It. Over It.
Fans of classic Chicago math pop bands and acts like The Dismemberment Plan, listen up: Their/They’re/There has emerged to scratch that post-punk itch. The new group from Evan Weiss (Into It. Over It.), Mike Kinsella (Owen, Owls, Cap’n Jazz, American Football) and Matthew Frank (Loose Lips Sink Ships), Their/They’re/There is releasing its self-titled debut EP on April 20, better known as Record Store Day. Rolling Stone premiered the lead single, “Concession Speech Writer,” but The A.V. Club has the exclusive on another stellar cut from the EP, “Their/They’re/Therapy.”
The band has a couple of Chicago shows lined up this spring, as well as a stop in Lawrence, Kansas.
With prom and wedding season coming up, allow The A.V. Club to present the very best option for classy transportation: a boombox car. The 24-foot-long art car known as the Rockbox is for sale now on Craigslist. Built on a 1987 Dodge van chassis, the Rockbox was, of course, designed primarily for use at Burning Man, but can be yours for a mere $5200, not including trailer or sound system. It needs a good cleaning, but seeing as it’s been a feature at Burning Man for years, that’s probably a smart move regardless.
The Rockbox will hold 50 people at any given time and has a built in DJ deck and stainless steel security door, as well as brand new LED lighting. Topless angel creatures, fire breathers, and break dancers not included. [via Laughing Squid]
Boston’s Kingsley Flood is the latest band to burst, violin and trumpet in hand, onto the roots rock scene. The group is making its Newport Folk Festival debut this summer in support of its new full length, Battles, and has released an absolutely charming video in support of its latest single, “Sun Gonna Lemme Shine.” The clip was inspired by a recent New York Times story about boys wearing dresses and features 25 sassy 7-year-olds who might just have a future in music video acting.