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Watch Matthew E. White Cover Randy Newman In His Take Away Show

The French website La Blogothèque’s Take Away Shows make for a great way of seeing what an artist is made of. In the video series, artists play without amplification, in natural lighting, in public Paris spaces. And sometimes, they manage to come up with something spellbinding, as with Father John Misty’s recent rendition of “IMore »

By: Tom Breihan / February 25, 2015 - 10:34 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

The Colbert Report Says Goodbye With An All-Star Serenade & Neutral Milk Hotel’s “Holland, 1945″

Last night, Stephen Colbert ended his incredible nine-year run as host of The Colbert Report, airing his final episode. In the show’s last-ever segment, Colbert brought a vast and head-spinning array of celebrity guests to the stage, and they all teamed up to sing the 1939 standard “We’ll Meet Again.” (It’s the same song that… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 19, 2014 - 8:47 am

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – “I Think It’s Gonna Rain Today”

Detroit dance-pop cheeseballs Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. aren’t content with beasting out on the college-town touring circuit, and they’re getting ready to release an honest-to-god mixtape that they’re calling Produce. The tape promises appearances from rap-world luminaries like Murs, Chuck Inglish, Asher Roth, Quelle Chris, and Slim of the R&B group 112. But the mixtape… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 27, 2014 - 3:57 pm

Preview Feist, Brian Eno, Regina Spektor, Randy Newman Covering Peter Gabriel From And I’ll Scratch Yours

A while after we’d given up any hope of hearing it, Peter Gabriel is getting ready to release And I’ll Scratch Yours, the album of artists like Arcade Fire and Bon Iver covering his songs. (It follows Scratch My Back, the 2010 album on which Gabriel covered many of those very same artists’ songs.) We’ve… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 9, 2013 - 10:38 am

Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame 2013 Inductees: Rush, Public Enemy, Heart

As we all know, there’s nothing more relevant than the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. How else would we remember and recognize the greatness of bands like Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, and the Clash if not for such an institution? And what better captures rock and roll’s spirit of youthful defiance than the HardMore »

By: Michael Nelson / December 11, 2012 - 3:11 pm

Public Enemy, Rush, N.W.A. Nominated For Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

Earlier today, Rolling Stone announced that Albert King, Chic, Deep Purple, Donna Summer, Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Kraftwerk, the Marvelettes, the Meters, N.W.A., Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Procul Harum, Public Enemy, Randy Newman and Rush have been nominated to enter the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 2013. This year will be… More »

By: Corban Goble / October 4, 2012 - 8:54 am

Florence & The Machine Visit SNL Where Horses Play Baseball

Florence Welsh brought her breakout single “Dog Days Are Over” and her cover of The Source’s “You’ve Got The Love” to Saturday Night Live this weekend. The microphone in her hands could have been a prop — her voice is huge. “Dog Days Are Over” is the second single from Lungs, but it didn’t get… More »

By: jessica / November 22, 2010 - 4:59 pm

Randy Newman’s Totally Appropriate, Political Macworld Performance

Yesterday’s Apple post included news that Randy Newman closed the Macworld keynote address with a bit of “You’ve Got A Friend In Me.” Which is true enough, but before he got to the Toy Story fluff, Randy felt he had to say “A Few Words In Defense Of Our Country.” Not to get all Seth… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 16, 2008 - 12:08 pm

Macworld Brings Lyrics To iPhones, MacBook Air To The Breathless Masses

Earlier today, Steve Jobs dictated to the world the probably unnecessary but exceedingly cool shit they’d find themselves helplessly, hungrily forking over their cash for this year. The annual Macworld conference got under way this morning, Engadget reporting folks took their seats to the sounds of New Order and Mark Ronson’s “Stop Me” cover, and… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 15, 2008 - 8:01 pm

The Shins, Man Man Do Weeds

Since we’ve been in a TV state of mind of late we’re gonna just put it out there: Weeds has jumped the shark (yeah we’re bringing the phrase back) … BUT the Malvina Reynolds covers are always intriguing. And the Showtime folks are injecting a bit of spirit in the wilting Weeds with another fu… More »

By: Stereogum / July 9, 2007 - 10:35 am

Randy Newman Takes On The Administration

Last month, the Academy’s perennial nominee Randy Newman saw “a slightly expurgated version” of the lyrics to his new song “A Few Words In Defense Of Our Country” run as an an op-ed piece in the New York Times. A sample:I?d like to say a few words
In defense of our country
Whose people aren?t… More »

By: Stereogum / February 6, 2007 - 12:30 pm

The Academy Would Like To Recognize Randy Newman … Again

This morning, The Academy announced its nominations for the 79th Annual Oscars and, much to the surprise of nobody, Randy Newman got a nomination! Not to slag on Randy, he’s obvs got this film scoring thing down, but our initial thought was, doesn’t dude win every year? Not so! He may get nominated every year,… More »

By: Stereogum / January 23, 2007 - 4:00 pm