All "Michael McDonald" stories

Watch Laura Jane Grace Mash Up Michael McDonald And The Cure

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 »

By: Caitlin White / April 28, 2015 - 11:16 am

Ryan Adams Gets Animated In 30 Rock Webisode

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 »

By: Tom Breihan / February 2, 2012 - 4:42 pm

Stereogum & team9 Present… MySplice 4: 2009 Mashed Up

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 »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 23, 2009 - 10:59 am

Yacht Rock Heroes Join The Roots On Fallon

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 »

By: Amrit Singh / October 6, 2009 - 4:25 pm

Michael McDonald Covers Grizzly Bear

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 »

By: Amrit Singh / August 31, 2009 - 10:19 am

Beasties, Talib Kweli In 30 Rock’s Kidney Song

Steve Earle, Moby, Norah Jones, Michael McDonald, and Tina Fey’s fave Elvis Costello also lent their voices to help Milton Green get a kidney. Watch the “We Are The World” parody here. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / May 15, 2009 - 11:35 am

Michael McDonald On Yachts, Rock

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 »

By: Amrit Singh / February 28, 2008 - 2:08 pm

New Yacht Rock Episode 11: Footloose

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 »

By: Stereogum / January 28, 2008 - 7:27 pm

Yacht Rock Docks For A New Episode, A Night Of Softsational Hits

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 sailedMore »

By: Stereogum / December 19, 2007 - 6:43 pm

The New Pornographers Pick A Winner

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 »

By: Stereogum / October 30, 2007 - 3:35 pm

New New Pornographers Video – “Challengers”

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 »

By: Stereogum / October 12, 2007 - 2:51 pm

The New Pornographers’ Challenge You To Get “Weird Al” With Their Tunes

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 »

By: Stereogum / October 1, 2007 - 4:42 pm

The New Pornographers’ Michael McDonald Challenge

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 »

By: Stereogum / September 24, 2007 - 3:33 pm

Michael McDonald Responds To Paul Rudd

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 »

By: Scott Lapatine / August 14, 2006 - 1:02 pm

“What Are You Gonna Do Sara … Smile?”

This made my day. Hall and Oates go toe to toe with McDonald and Loggins in a back alley contest, with tragic results. Watch “Yacht Rock #2.” (Link via Ben.)

Takes me back to the 1980 Grammys…
Record of the Year “Sailing,” Christopher Cross
Album of the Year Christopher Cross, Christopher… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / November 30, 2005 - 5:20 pm