If you happened to be watching the Fox News Channel at 3AM this past Friday — like who wasn’t? — you may have caught a sorta surreal happening on Red Eye: After the Take-Away strains of Real Emotional Trash favorite “We Can’t Help You,” Steve Malkmus gamely explaining the meaning of a “Jick” (“between a jerk and a dick,” among others), talking about his contributions to I’m Not There, discussing Blender’s heavily debated “The 100 Greatest Indie-Rock Albums Ever” list (he offers VU props), and his old job as a guard at the Whitney, etc. If you don’t know the show, it’s called Red Eye. It’s supposed to be silly. They don’t talk politics or anything. Just talking head nonsense. One ’Gum staffer mentioned:

I went through a period of time when I DVDR-d this show every night. One thing that’s funny is it’s the first thing to go if any news happens at night. It’s just like “Oh sorry guys, some blond chick went missing in Oklahoma, you don’t have a show tonight, go home.” It happened like once a week. Also, I love it when the guy with the huge crevasse between his eyes (host Greg Gutfeld) calls all of the women hot, and then he introduces one of them and doesn’t call her hot, and she gets visibly disappointed.

OK, she has us wanting to watch this more regularly…

Why no questions about the Pavement reunion? Gutfeld wants us to think he’s a Pavement fan. Maybe he is, but you can’t tell by the dumb questions. Maybe Malkmus’s publicist has a sense of humor? Regardless, as any SM fan knows, so does he … and he’s pretty fucking hilarious.

More Malkmus on the internet today: A conversation with Gothamist. Still no Pavement reunion Qs, but plenty of talk about Joggers and the beautiful hipsters of Williamsburg.

Comments (27)
  1. i want to hang out with stephen malkmus

    that should be ona a t-shirt

  2. hawkeye  |   Posted on Mar 31st, 2008 0

    Redeye is one of the weirdest shows I’ve ever seen. They do talk politics, and they can be conservative, but they’re funny in that totally un-PC way like your senile racist grandpa. It is surreal. If you’re super earnest, na, you might not like it.

  3. solidunit  |   Posted on Mar 31st, 2008 0

    red eye is the best show on tv at 3am

    no seriously, its pretty funny

  4. Mistah Kurtz  |   Posted on Mar 31st, 2008 0

    I could only barely tolerate that host. I would definitely NOT want to hang out with him.

  5. Wow what an awkward interview.

  6. I do not like me some Stevie Malkmus. Fox + Steve = makes sense. With Vampire Weekend, it’s like Steve Malkmus has spawned. I do not like me some Stevie Malkmus.

  7. Next week…Gary Young interviewed by Neil Cavuto???

  8. yomomma  |   Posted on Mar 31st, 2008 0

    Red Eye is the best. Frequently I’m laughing audibly. DVR is a necessity. If insightful music commentary were pork, I’d pull it and stuff it in my buns.

  9. Watch this show all of the time. It is definately made for if you have a short attention span, because it is all over the place, but in a very good, hilarious way.

  10. joe  |   Posted on Mar 31st, 2008 0

    fox news is generally atrocious but this show is great! its always funny and bill schulz, one of the permanent panelists, is hilarious. it used to be on at 2 am which was a better time than 3 am but I think fox probably doesn’t care about it because it is good.

  11. brendan  |   Posted on Mar 31st, 2008 0

    please do not be fooled by hip guests and “un-PC” shenanigans. This show is simply a well crafted device used to grab the attention of drunk, impressionable, 19 year old college students eating pizza in a dorm room. These same kids will comment to friends and leave posts on the net saying, “I know it’s on Fox but it’s pretty funny. I mean, Malkmus was on it so…” Now it is suddenly ok to watch this lie of a television station. We must’nt be had by such trickery.

    • dave  |   Posted on Jun 21st, 2008 0

      its good. its laugh out loud funny, if you dont laugh out loud then you wont like it. jerry cassale from devo is hilarious on his regular spots.

  12. tigerprez  |   Posted on Mar 31st, 2008 0

    By far the best thing on at 3:00 AM. It’s easily the most irreverent show ever on a 24-hour news channel. Who knew FoxNews was so hip?

  13. MIKE  |   Posted on Apr 1st, 2008 0

    I admit openly to watching fox news. I enjoy to be shocked and titillated, I’ve also been known to listen to Rush once in a while for the same reason. But this show, with its crass attempt to manipulate me into genuinely enjoying any of the programming on fox news, is utter trash. It’s not even entertaining for the cringe factor, it’s just garbage. I did happen to see Malkmus as I was flipping channels and cringed even harder than usual at the interview. I won’t even watch it again to catch the beginning it was so bad.

  14. beardo  |   Posted on Apr 1st, 2008 0

    “It’s insidious. Like capitalism.”

    Classic Malk.

  15. ee  |   Posted on Apr 2nd, 2008 0

    Wait… when you said you listened to Rush — did you mean “Tom Sawyer” Rush, or the fat guy with the painkiller addiction Rush?

  16. roberto  |   Posted on Apr 2nd, 2008 0

    that guy is almost as bad as donny deutche. stephen rocks. easily his best solo effort

  17. Mr J  |   Posted on Apr 3rd, 2008 0

    Wow, that was an absolutely pointless interview. Can’t wait for it to somehow be referenced in Malkmus rambling, meaningless lyrics. One thing I will agree with homeboy about, Blender was wrong.

  18. erik  |   Posted on Apr 7th, 2008 0

    redeye is some hoary old white billionaire’s (i.e. murdoch) idea of what 20 year olds will think is funny but in actuality don’t, nor does anyone else.

  19. T. Mountney  |   Posted on Mar 23rd, 2009 0

    I am commenting on the ignorant comments on Red eye re: the Canadian military.FYI–the RCMP only wear the uniforms with the red jackets for ceremonial performances. I have no idea why any American would show such ignorance with a not so subtle superiority complex about one of their closest ALLIES! Have any of these people visited any part of Canada? No’ we don’t live in igloos. Yes we have indoor plumbing , electricity, & running water. AS you can tell we also have th internet. It’s truly sad these people had such HORRIBLE things to say about our military on the day four of our military were killed in Afghanistan. I’m assuming they only care about the ratings. I do hope Fox news & Red eye would reconsider & apologize to our military. I don’t think the American people would appreciate anyone critcizing your military! Shame on YOU FOX NEWS!!!

  20. J. Hoffman  |   Posted on Mar 23rd, 2009 0

    You bastards! I invite your simple minded asshole , so called comic observer to visit with me anywhere in Canada or a US Army base. I will bring my cane and afew aged retired Canadain servicemen and beat the shit out of you. Then if you can stand up, you can buy the booze.

  21. The eraser  |   Posted on Jul 13th, 2009 0

    “It”s insidious…like capitalism”

  22. margo  |   Posted on Oct 27th, 2009 0

    can someone put the video of bradford cox on red eye on youtube please! that would be surreal!

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