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The 12 Best Late Night TV Performances Of 2009

It was a tumultuous year for late night laffs, with Jimmy Fallon joining the fray, Conan taking over Tonight only to find awful Leno sink the NBC ship at 10PM, and Letterman enjoying career-high ratings despite (or because of?) a sex scandal. It was, however, a solid year for late night music booking. We… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 21, 2009

SNL Delivers Juggalos Parody, Rihanna With Shy Ronnie And Nuno Bettencourt

Blake Lively hosted the best SNL of the season? Believe it. And yes, that's Extreme's Nuno Bettencourt on guitar with Rihanna. More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 7, 2009

Julian Casablancas Covers “I Wish It Was Christmas Today”

A big part of what made Saturday Night Live's recurring yuletide classic "I Wish It Was Christmas Today" so perfect were the sight gags: Tracy Morgan's dead-eyed dance, Chris Kattan's head shake, even Jimmy Fallon's inability to keep a straight face through triggering the Casio presets. Horatio Sanz's blissfully silly vocal was just the ornament. More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 4, 2009

Julian Casablancas Plans Awesome Christmas Single

The solo Stroke (who surprised Spaceland last night) has covered SNL's yuletide earworm "I Wish It Was Christmas Today," original performed by Horatio Sanz, Jimmy Fallon, Chris Kattan, and Tracy Morgan. Download/7" is out 12/21 (via NME). More »

By: Scott Lapatine / November 3, 2009

U2 Hit Giants Stadium This Week, 30 Rock This Weekend

Phoenix is waging an impressive campaign to invade the greater NYC area this week. For a bunch of non-megalomaniacs. If you wanna see how a true takeover is done, of course, you must look to St. Bono and the U2s, who do the Saturday Night Live season premiere with host Megan Fox tomorrow after… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 25, 2009

Q&A With SNL Digital Shorts Composer

The man behind the music of 2:30AM is Lonely Islander Jorma Taccone's bro Asa. Creativity Online talked to him about his process and plans for Sunday's MTV Movie Awards. Jorma only paid him $60 for the Emmy-winning "Dick In A Box" beats! (HT TDS.)… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / May 20, 2009

SNL Sings “Goodnight Saigon”

In a strange and inspired season finale, host Will Ferrell led the entire cast plus Tom Hanks, Norm MacDonald, Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Anne Hathaway, Artie Lange, Elisabeth Moss, and Green Day in Billy Joel's '82 Vietnam War anthem. Watch at Videogum. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / May 18, 2009

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Take “Zero,” “Maps” To SNL

Some surprises on SNL last night. The first being that the show was sorta funny (Videogum will post the best bits tomorrow), and the second being Yeah Yeah Yeahs' decision to play 5-year-old Valentine's mixtape staple "Maps" instead of a second song from It's Blitz!. Hooky new wave single "Zero" came earlier, and legendary post-rock… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 12, 2009

Uninspired SNL At Least Yields Extra Phoenix

McCartney, U2, Coldplay, and now Phoenix are among the acts who've been asked to play three songs on an episode of Saturday Night Live. I suspect only the French synth-rockers' overtime was born of a lack of air-able sketches. Which is not to say the closing credits performance of nine-year-old soundtrack hit "Too… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 6, 2009

Phoenix Booked For SNL Next Week

Speaking of French Pop, indie-ish rock group Phoenix will perform "1901" and "Lisztomania" on the 4/4 episode of Saturday Night Live. It'll be hosted by Seth Rogen. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / March 25, 2009

Ray LaMontagne Brings “Trouble” To A Rocky SNL

SNL continued to surprise me with its music picks by inviting backwoods troubadour Ray LaMontagne to join Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson at Studio 8H over the weekend. Ray would have been a perfect fit during the show's earliest years (think Joe Cocker, Levon Helm, Van Morrison), whereas booking the raspy singer/songwriter in 2009 seems somewhat… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / March 9, 2009

TV On The Radio, Lonely Island, Fake Björk Liven Up Saturday Night

This week's SNL featured music guest TV On The Radio and host The Mean Guy In Wedding Crashers. Over the course of "Golden Age" and "Dancing Choose," TVOTR sounded like they could have used more time soundchecking, but the video for Lonely Island's "I'm On A Boat" and Kristen Wiig's Björk On The Icelandic… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 9, 2009

Fleet Foxes On SNL

Last month Fleet Foxes topped several Best Of 2008 lists including our own. No surprise then that the Seattle quintet's performance of "Mykonos" and "Blue Ridge Mountains" was the highlight of a night of lackluster topical comedy. Robin Pecknold checked in here before the Saturday Night Live broadcast so the least you… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / January 18, 2009

Live From New York It’s A Fleet Foxes Promo

This weekend, Fleet Foxes become the sixth "indie" band to play SNL in recent memory. Or seventh. Eighth. Clearly it's a controversial issue that should be resolved immediately because understanding label distribution deals is key to enjoying music. Sarcasm! Anyway, the Seattle folkies have been rehearsing at Studio 8H and shot some promos with… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / January 16, 2009

Lonely Island’s Incredibad Gets Tracklist, Not Aphex Twin

As previously reported, Saturday Night Live trio Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, and Andy Samberg release their debut Lonely Island LP next month. Incredibad features cameos from Norah Jones, Julian Casablances, and T-Pain, among others, and includes all your favorite musical digital shorts from SNL except the Aphex Twin-sampling "Iran So Far." We asked… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / January 12, 2009

Fleet Foxes Playing SNL Next Week

As if topping a number of those godforsaken year ends lists wasn't enough, Robin Pecknold and the rest of his Fleet Foxes are performing on the 1/17 episode of Saturday Night Live, which will be hosted by Rosario Dawson. She's currently promoting Seven Pounds, her film with Will Smith, but don't hold that against… More »

By: brandon / January 9, 2009

Kanye’s “Love” Letdown On SNL

Last time Kanye did Saturday Night Live he ended "Champion" with a clumsy freestyle that left some viewers convinced he bombed. Tonight's performance on the Hugh Laurie-hosted Christmas episode likely garnered similar reactions. We've already heard how, despite the assistance of live Auto-Tune, Kanye's vocals on "Love Lockdown" literally fall flat on TV (see More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 14, 2008

Julian Casablancas, Norah Jones Guest On Lonely Island LP

By now you've heard "Jizz In My Pants," the provocative "West End Girls"-y first single from Lonely Island's Incredibad. The SNL comedy trio's debut album will also feature guest appearances from Julian Casablancas, Norah Jones, and T-Pain."It might be surprising what Norah's singing about," says Islander Jorma Taccone. "For both her and Julian, it'… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 9, 2008

New Lonely Island Video – “Jizz In My Pants”

Andy Samberg pulled Lonely Island writing partner Jorma Taccone on cam (also Justin Timberlake, Molly Simms, and Meadow Soprano) for an orgasmic digital-short song on SNL this weekend. It's the first single from LI's forthcoming album Incredibad (out 2/10). If ever an LP earned a Premature Evaluation, it's one with a song called "Jizz… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 8, 2008

Justin Timberlake Steals The Spotlight On SNL

As the official host it was Paul Rudd's job to undress for Andy Samberg, but JT stopped by this weekend's SNL too, and went bottomless as one of Beyoncé's backup dancers. He's also bringing turkey back. More »

By: brandon / November 17, 2008
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