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Jenny Lewis – “She’s Not Me” Video

Just yesterday, Jenny Lewis and Vanessa Bayer were joking about Troop Beverly Hills, the 1989 kids movie that Lewis appeared in when she was a child actor. Turns out the movie was on their mind for a reason: Lewis’ new self-directed video for “She’s Not Me,” the most absolutely magnificent song on her 2014 instant… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 27, 2015 - 10:51 am

Watch Bob Mould Perform With Ian Rubbish In San Francisco

Fred Armisen’s faux-Brit and surprisingly pro-Thatcher punk-rock alter ego Ian Rubbish has been around for a while, and he’s caught the ear of musical greats like the Clash. But this week he opened for the back-to-back Sleater-Kinney/Bob Mould sold-out shows in San Francisco at the Masonic. One enterprising front-row attendee and YouTube user Admiral NeedaMore »

By: Caitlin White / May 7, 2015 - 10:35 am

Howard Stern Announces Beatles Special With The Flaming Lips & Fred Armisen

There are going to be some confused boomers this Friday night. At 11PM, Howard Stern is turning over his Sirius XM channel to guest host Fred Armisen and to the Flaming Lips, who will be turning the show into a Beatles tribute. According to a press release, they’ll do songs from With A Little HelpMore »

By: Tom Breihan / April 22, 2015 - 11:04 am

Nick Cave, Courtney Love, Devendra Banhart, And A Million Others Paid Messy Tribute To Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” In L.A.

It was an unusually wet evening in Los Angeles, and soggy Allen Ginsberg fans lined up outside the Theatre at the Ace Hotel to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the publication of Ginsberg’s legendary poem, “Howl.” They chatted excitedly about the show while glaring at the sky. Drought be damned, they were taking the sudde… More »

By: Molly Bergen / April 8, 2015 - 11:13 am

Watch Portlandia’s Kath & Dave Try To Make An Impression On Paul Simon

Portlandia is wrapping up in a few weeks, and the fifth season has been sadly lacking on the musical guest star front. On this week’s episode, however, Paul Simon makes an appearance opposite some recurring favorites, Kath and Dave. Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen do their best to make an impression on Simon, turning a… More »

By: James Rettig / March 2, 2015 - 11:48 am

SNL 40: Watch Justin Timberlake Rap The History Of SNL, Taylor Swift Act In “The Californians,” Miley Cyrus Cover Paul Simon, Kanye West Sing “Wolves” & Appear In “Wayne’s World”

Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary celebration is going on right now, and pretty much every famous person ever is there. Notable musicians in attendance include Paul McCartney, Kanye West, Win Butler, Taylor Swift, Jack White, Paul Simon, Justin Timberlake (along with the rest of N*SYNC), Bon Jovi, Elvis Costello, Debbie Harry, Miley Cyrus, and a… More »

By: James Rettig / February 15, 2015 - 9:05 pm

Tracee Ellis Ross Wishes Kanye Hadn’t Revealed Her Address

Blackish star Tracee Ellis Ross (who is the daughter of Diana Ross for those who don’t know) is in New York for Fred Armisen’s Lipstick Makers All-Star event, so naturally she dropped by Late Night With Seth Meyers where Armisen is the bandleader. More »

By: Caitlin White / February 11, 2015 - 12:21 pm

Watch J Mascis Cover Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You” On Late Night

Back in 2013, Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis released a solo cover of Mazzy Star’s 1993 soft-focus torch-song classic “Fade Into You“; it was a limited-edition 7″ that came with Mascis’ personalized sneakers, so don’t feel bad if you missed it. Last night, Mascis played the song for NBC cameras. Mascis was the musical guest… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 5, 2015 - 9:41 am

Watch Sarah Silverman, Andy Samberg, Connie Britton, Many More Celebs Sing Sleater-Kinney’s “No Cities To Love”

Sleater-Kinney still haven’t made any music videos for No Cities To Love, the triumphant comeback album that finally arrives next week. Maybe they won’t! Why do Sleater-Kinney need to make a music video? They have, however, put together a clip of a whole bunch of famous people singing along with the album’s badass title track. More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 15, 2015 - 12:44 pm

Watch Portlandia’s Feminist Bookstore Owners In An Epic ’90s Dance Battle

Portlandia’s season premiere, titled “The Story of Toni and Candace,” will break from the show’s usual sketch-oriented format to tell one narrative throughout the half-hour. Specifically, the episode fills in the backstory of how the two owners of the Women & Women First feminist book store, portrayed by Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen, first met. More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 5, 2015 - 1:41 pm

Kate Pierson – “Mister Sister” Lyric Video (Feat. Fred Armisen) (Stereogum Premiere)

Kate Pierson’s “Mister Sister” video, from the B-52s singer’s debut solo album Guitars And Microphones, featured a heavy dose of Fred Armisen. There’s more where that came from: Armisen stars in a lyric video for the song, too, goofing around in frilly yellow gloves to the triumphant jangle of Pierson’s colorful, trans-positive new wave jam. More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 9, 2014 - 9:59 am

Kate Pierson – “Mister Sister” Video (Feat. Fred Armisen)

B-52s singer Kate Pierson has announced her debut solo album and released a video for the lead single. Guitars And Microphones was executive produced by Sia, who collaborated with Pierson on the songwriting. Ima Robot’s Tim Anderson produced the album, and the Strokes’ Nick Valensi plays on it. Lead single “Mister Sister” is a tra… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 2, 2014 - 10:17 am

Portlandia Season 5 Guests Include Paul Simon, Greta Gerwig, Parker Posey, Oscar The Grouch

On January 8, IFC’s Portlandia will return for a fifth season. The show is no stranger to musical guests — we’ve seen appearances by Jeff Tweedy, Colin Meloy, and St. Vincent, among many others — and this season Paul Simon will be added to that long list. Vanessa Bayer, Ed Begley Jr., Steve Buscemi, Shepard… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / November 20, 2014 - 3:33 pm

Fred Armisen’s Latest SNL 7″ Features Joshua Rainhorn, Paulinho e Beatriz

At the beginning of the year, Drag City announced that it was teaming up with Fred Armisen to release a series of 7-inches featuring songs by some of the musician characters he portrayed on Saturday Night Live. They’ve already released two splits: the Blue Jean Committee with the Fingerlings and the Bjelland Brothers with TasteMore »

By: James Rettig / November 14, 2014 - 8:09 pm

Watch Carrie Brownstein & Fred Armisen Prep Their Own Goth Funerals In A Portlandia Season 5 Sketch

After Sleater-Kinney recorded their comeback album No Cities To Love, Carrie Brownstein joined Fred Armisen to film the fifth season of Portlandia. The series doesn’t return until January, but a new goth-themed teaser video arrived today just in time for Halloween. In the clip, Brownstein and Armisen play goths who are super stoked to pla… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 30, 2014 - 4:39 pm

Watch Lil Jon, Fred Armisen, Devendra Banhart, & Lena Dunham In A “Turn Out For What” Voting PSA

There’s a mid-term election this November, which means you, the American citizen, have the right to elect representatives to Congress (and probably a Senator too) plus weigh in on lots of locally relevant matters. Lil Jon wants to make sure you know this and that you turn out to cast your ballot. As such, he… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 7, 2014 - 2:36 pm

J Mascis – “Every Morning” Video (Feat. Fred Armisen)

You keep thinking Fred Armisen’s schedule is so busy that he’ll have to stop appearing in random indie rock music videos, but no, he never does. Yesterday, Armisen’s buddy J Mascis, the Dinosaur Jr. guitar hero, released a beautifully weary solo album called Tied To A Star. And now Armisen and Mascis are co-starring i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 27, 2014 - 9:33 am

Supergroup Dead Men Walking Features Members Of The Damned, Guns N’ Roses, Stray Cats, The Alarm … And Fred Armisen

A large supergroup calling itself Dead Men Walking has announced it will play a one-off show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles on 9/14. The core members of the group are Captain Sensible of the Damned, Slim Jim Phantom of the Stray Cats, and Mike Peters of the Alarm, though the show will also feature… More »

By: Miles Bowe / August 5, 2014 - 4:41 pm

Watch A Squinty Stephen Malkmus Present Ylvis With A Webby Award

Last night brought the 18th Annual Webby Awards, where Ylvis’ captivatingly bizarre video for “What The Fox Say?” won for Best Viral Video. Appearing to hand off the award were Stephen Malkmus and Reggie Watts, who both appeared to have trouble reading the teleprompter, which led to the already stiff dialogue taking on a hilariously… More »

By: Miles Bowe / May 20, 2014 - 3:00 pm

Watch Parquet Courts And Fred Armisen Debut “Black And White” On Seth Meyers

Earlier today, Brooklyn punk outfit Parquet Courts released the studio version of their new song “Black & White.” Last night, the band played the new track on Late Night With Seth Meyers. The ever-talented Fred Armisen even joined in with a little guitar noise of his own to help fill out the solo. More »

By: Sam Behrens / May 1, 2014 - 11:25 am
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