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Janessa Slater is a media coach who bears an uncanny resemblance to SNL’s Vanessa Bayer and has been dispensing so-called Sound Advice — and many merciless insults — to the likes of Drake, TV On The Radio, Tegan And Sara, HAIM, and most of the lineup of Governor’s Ball. We thought it was time somebody… More »

When M.I.A. held up her middle finger during Madonna’s Super Bowl Halftime Show last weekend, she dominated blog chatter for a few days and incited a few minor cable-TV debates. She could have to pay a fine, and she’s definitely changed the narrative around her next album. But she hasn’t gotten anywhere near the pantheo… More »

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 regularly… More »

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Stereogum’s MacGruber Remix Contest

UPDATE: And the winner is… Ron Artest. Tyler Coffin. Congrats Tyler! Thanks everyone who participated.

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We’ve already established that Kristen Wiig is a champion. Now Stereogum has teamed up with MacGruber to host a remix contest of Kristen’s (as Vicki St. Elmo) “Champion” (originally written by Nate Heller out of… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / May 21, 2010 - 2:33 pm

MGMT Play SNL

MGMT played a pretty rough episode of Saturday Night Live this weekend. Host Gabourey Sidibe stumbled over a lot of her lines, though she at least understood what humor was, what she was saying, etc. (making January Jones still the worst host in recent memory). MGMT did “Flash Delirium” and “Brian Eno,” and while Andrew… More »

By: jessica / April 26, 2010 - 9:50 am

Pearl Jam Did Saturday Night Live

The band delivered a pair of songs during SNL’s worst show of the season, which at least makes karmic sense since last week’s Galifianakis night was the very best (feat. Ezra Koenig). Watch Pearl jam here, free of Jude Law’s reminders that he starred in Hamlet on the old Broadway you’re welcome. More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 15, 2010 - 10:49 am

The Lonely Island & Julian Casablancas – “Boombox” Video

My favorite song from Incredibad gets a video/SNL digital short. Come along to awesometown, b.y.o.boiledgoose. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / March 14, 2010 - 9:53 am

Vampire Weekend Return To SNL

Verily, SNL’s talent bookers nailed the zeitgeist this weekend. Where last time through just the very sight of Ezra, Rostam, and the Chrisses proved a highlight of a dismal show, this night they were the icing on an already must-watch episode that everyone involved with the show said was “what the show was all about”… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 8, 2010 - 9:47 am

Watch SNL’s Smash Mouth Sketch, “We Are The World 25″ Parody

Jennifer Lopez hosted and performed even though she doesn’t have an album or movie out anytime soon. She was the best part of a “We Are The World” parody, and a small part of the best-in-show Smash Mouth sketch. Watch at Videogum. (And compare Bill Hader’s Eddie Vedder to Adam Sandler’s circaMore »

By: stereogum / March 1, 2010 - 11:35 am

Them Crooked Vultures, Crisis Of Conformity Play SNL

The supergroup’s performance was overshadowed by Crisis Of Conformity, Fred Armisen and Dave Grohl’s pitch-perfect hardcore punk spoof. Plus John Paul Jones had the line of the night in an unaired sketch (with ?uesto) about farts. Watch and learn. More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 8, 2010 - 1:46 pm

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 - 11:49 am

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 - 4:47 pm

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 - 11:48 am

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 having… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 25, 2009 - 4:48 pm

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 - 3:52 pm

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 - 11:31 am

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 - 1:18 pm

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 Young” wasn’t… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 6, 2009 - 12:12 am

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 - 6:02 pm

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 - 5:27 pm

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 Economy… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 9, 2009 - 12:25 pm

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 can do i… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / January 18, 2009 - 11:38 pm
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