Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! explains in the beginning of this video that she has a drum loop built for the Cure’s “Close To Me” that she was trying to do something with — then Michael McDonald came on the radio. Serendipitous or not, she seized the moment to combine the two songs. Her… More »
On the latest episode of The Donaghy Files, a 30 Rock spinoff of animated webisodes, Alec Baldwin’s character finds himself tasked with throwing together a Super Bowl halftime show but unable to pay any clearance fees. This somehow leads to him bringing in a bunch of musicians to sing theme songs to old NBC shows. More »
There could not have been a more apt ID3 than that of Freelance Hellraiser’s “Stroke Of Genius,” the MP3 that launched this decade’s most fitting musical legacy. Parts of two or three or thirty tracks mixed into one supersong? What better than mashups to soundtrack a generation of smartphone-wielding Adderall chompers coming of age i… More »
These days Michael McDonald has been very Wu-Tang in his indie scene appropriation, working with Holy Ghost!, covering Grizzly Bear, owning fantastic facial hair, etc. But last night Jimmy Fallon made it easy for the honey-piped icon to get a little latter-day internet attention while still staying lodged in his wheelhouse with Late Night’s Yacht… More »
One day after closing out this year’s Pool Parties (with Jay-Z and Beyoncé in attendance), Grizzly Bear continue crossing over in every direction with today’s release of the “While You Wait” single … with a b-side where Rossen’s vocal is performed by Michael McDonald. Yes, that Michael McDonald. Basically you just gotta hear this, so… More »
You’ll remember we joined most of the online music community in welcoming back that inimitable imitation of ’70s smooth sounds and the folks that made them, Yacht Rock. Although Hall, Oates, Kenny Loggins, James Ingram, and even Kevin Bacon figure into the softsational character constellation, Yacht’s anchor has always been the prematurely gray grace of… More »
It’s 1984, and The Boy Who Dances Away Oppression starring Kevin Bacon (Jason Lee!) is on the horizon. Jimmy Buffett and his evil Margeritavillains trap Kenny Loggins so he can’t record a sweet theme song. Will Michael McDonald and James Ingram arrive to cut his foot loose and save the day? There will be blood… More »
Guess who’s next week just got a whole lot better. Yours if you live in NYC you lucky Doobie Bros lovers you. Forget Xmas — it’s the return of Stereogum’s favorite soft rock satirizing series Yacht Rock with a brand new episode. Especially good tidings because a year-and-a-half ago it seemed that Yacht had sailed… More »
When the Porn stars announced their challenge to YouTube Nation (their words), we offered a set of DVDs (on top of the NPs iPhone promise) if one of you guys won. Well one of you guys didn’t. But from the looks of this awesomeness, it’s not hard to see why. Here’s the winning entry’s description:Michael… More »
The New Pornogaphers recently had their induction into the Patsavas playlist when “Challengers” played during a romantic, show-closing scene on the show soundtracked by your iTunes most-played list. Now it’s time for more official video treatment. The Darren Pasemko-directed clip runs through black and white scenes of a couple sinking into each other on a… More »
Who’s been working on their Michael McDonald’d New Pornos covers? Just in case’s those trademark vocals are a bit outside your range, the Pornographers have one again thrown the gauntlet, but this time the only limitation is your acuity of wit.
Bleeding farts funnier than leaving farts? Agreed. Now, we wanna… More »
Carl and the Pornos issued a Challengers challenge earlier this month, and by virtue of not having defined rules or details and by virtue of calling us memebers “YouTube nation,” it didn’t seem like the contest was formulated for success or our extended interest. And then they announced the deets for Challenge #2… More »
Last month we looked at Michael McDonald’s surprising pop culture ubiquity. Since his tour partners Steely Dan got so much mileage out of that letter to Luke Wilson, the blue-eyed soulman’s found his own Hollywood beef.
In The 40 Year Old Virgin, Paul Rudd’s character is driven nuts by his electronics store’s endless loo… More »