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Kanye Vs. Colbert Televised Showdown Comes One Step Closer To Happening

There was the gauntlet throw and the Twitter baiting. Last night Stephen referenced both as he celebrated jumping to #2 on iTunes with his Xmas album, asked why you buy 808s when you could “just put a tin can to your ear and lean against a Pac-Man machine,” and showcased his MC skills: “Mr. West,… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 5, 2008 - 4:23 pm

Kanye Has A Question

Via KanYe West: Twitter: “who the fuck is Stephen Colbert?” As Alex Blagg points out this is absolutely in no way priming the pump for the inevitable Colbert/Kanye showdown on The Colbert Report, which we’ll absolutely in no way inevitably blog about. Success! More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 2, 2008 - 9:51 pm

Stephen Colbert Declares War On Kanye West

Stephen would like to thank Colbert Nation for making his Xmas album #1 on iTunes, except he can’t because that slot belongs to “sunglasses mannequin Kanye West.” In an effort to humble Kanye West, he’s launching Operation: Humble Kanye West, which means everybody buy his Xmas album tomorrow at 5PM. Watch and learn. While you’re… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 2, 2008 - 2:40 pm

Feist Looked Like An Angel On A Colbert Christmas

Mostly because she played one, but your Gummys votes suggest you’d think so anyway. Leslie helped Stephen bring some musical cheer to his Xmas special last night, and later sprinkled angel’s dust on his head which led to Stephen watching Elvis Costello get mauled by a bear outside his window. It’s high concept holiday comedy. More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 24, 2008 - 12:37 pm

Paul Simon Stops By The Colbert Report

Mr. Simon continued being awesome with a stop over at Stephen Colbert’s place last night. Paul was on hand to promote his new book Lyrics 1964-2008, a title which Colbert deemed utterly unpoetic (his suggestion: Word Salad Jazzmatron). Simon’s stay spanned two segments. The first had Stephen ask Simon to defend some of his hippie-era… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 19, 2008 - 1:02 pm

Jeff Tweedy Talks With Stephen Colbert, Premieres “Wilco The Song”

Last night Stephen Colbert welcomed Jeff Tweedy to his guest stool for a hard hitting interview in which he proposed new and more rocking names for the Wilco frontman (Jeff Silky or even better, Joffrey Velvet) and also questioned the political propriety of offering free MP3s on the Wilco site. (“Are you a socialist? … More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 31, 2008 - 9:35 am

Elvis Costello, Feist, Toby Keith To Join For A Colbert Xmas

Stephen Colbert’s very special Christmas Special, the one for which Fountains Of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger is writing all the songs, just got a little more Special. The CC Insider (via Videogum) reports that Adam’s tunes will be performed by singers of bloggable (see: Elvis Costello, Feist), excitable (see: John Legend), and jingoistic (Toby Keith) varieties. More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 16, 2008 - 3:36 pm

Retro Stephen Colbert Song On Rock Band

Stephen’s ’80s-era synth classic “Charlene (I’m Right Behind You)” is now available for free download to Rock Band. “Obama-sistible” next, please. (via Videogum)… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 12, 2008 - 2:03 pm

Adam Schlesinger To Write For The Colbert Report

No, not as a joke writer. But Adam Schlesinger does continue to write awesome songs for fun things. Adding to his resumé as Oscar, Golden Globe, Tony, and of course Grammy nominated songwriter, the Fountains Of Wayne singer-guitarist revealed to Paste he will pen tunes for The Colbert Report’s Christmas Special. This is great new… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 28, 2008 - 8:57 am

The Apples In Stereo Return To Colbert With Nothing New To Play

As Stephen likes to say, he’s been a fan of the Apples In Stereo since way back when they were the Apples In Mono. Or at least, since way back to when Robert Schneider penned and performed the very special song “Stephen, Stephen” for the Colbert/Decemberists Guitarmageddon extravaganza. Yesterday the Apples returned to Stephen’s little… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 5, 2008 - 10:09 am

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Colbert

Fresh off of SummerStage sans Young, David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash showed up to The Colbert Report. Stephen had a special chair made for the occasion. He also graciously let the guys know “I forgive all of you for losing the Vietnam War,” before asking about the current state of protest songs (tur… More »

By: brandon / July 31, 2008 - 9:34 am

Nas Brings Boxes and “Sly Fox” To Colbert

187,000 albums later, Nas has elbowed Lil Wayne and Coldplay out of the way for the top spot on the album charts this week. 620,127 signed petitions later, Nas has elbowed Stephen Colbert and Keith Olbermann out of the way for some room at the Bill O’Reilly Haters Ball. Yesterday Nas stacked all those petitio… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 24, 2008 - 10:16 am

Rush Sign Stephen Colbert’s Hand, Perform “Tom Sawyer”

The other day I expressed my doubt that Neil Peart could fit his kit in Colbert’s even-smaller-than-it-looks-on-TV studio. Well he did, but just barely. (Jimmy noted Neil has eight toms in seven sizes, and a custom 23″ kick; later when asked how many pieces the kit has, Neil said “enough.”) Last night was Rush’s first… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 17, 2008 - 10:34 am

Rush Return To Television, Thanks To Stephen Colbert

People who like their music progressive and their politics satirically conservative should set their DVRs right now: Tomorrow night Rush end more than 30 years of TV absence with a performance for The Colbert Report. reports the band will perform “Tom Sawyer,” and that this is their first appearance on American television since they… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 15, 2008 - 6:07 pm

Feist Performs On Colbert, Has Indie Rock DNA And Dual Citizenship

In Leslie’s Colbert Report interview we learn that she received dual-citizenship for doing that iPod commercial (truthiness questionable), she uses the word “spangliness,” she has indie rock “sewn up in [her] DNA,” and her pyrotechnics aren’t as impressive as Roger Waters’s pyrotechnics. Also, she looks Patti Smith-esque in a tie. Feist also did a stripped-down,… More »

By: brandon / April 29, 2008 - 10:15 am

This Week The Roots Became Comedy Central’s House Band

The most fabulous Roots crew have a new record out soon, and it looks like they’re raising awareness by any means necessary: whether that entails collaborating with a Fall Out boy (see “Birthday Girl“), enlisting a porn star in their video (ditto), or doing two live performances in three nights for Comedy Central. The first… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 16, 2008 - 11:37 am

Stephen Colbert Uses R.E.M.’s Accelerate As A Cod Piece

Great R.E.M. interview? Or the greatest R.E.M. interview? The Athenians’ charm offensive is on full throttle between the La Blogs and the happy, sort of bashful turns on the Today show and last night’s Colbert, but there was something extra special about the stint with Stephen. Perhaps it took root in Colbert’s towering stool, or… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 3, 2008 - 10:51 am

A Shot Of The Arm

Our friend Lindsay was first to tip us off to this bit of Via Chicago-meets-Colbert Nation news, but it wasn’t ’til reader Andrew T. sent us the full info — along with the intro “My Sister-in-law Anne sent this to me after the Wilco show in Louisville last weekend. She is, without a doubt, a… More »

By: Stereogum / September 25, 2007 - 3:27 pm

Green Day Cover “The Simpsons Theme”

Remember that will-not-confirm-or-deny-anything 20th Century Fox intrigue over whether Green Day were in fact getting Groening’d? That lasted about two minutes? Internet’s fun like that. The internet’s also really good for radio rips, though this one’s really only a few seconds long. Green Day’s cover of the Danny Elfman penned theme to The Simpsons wa… More »

By: Stereogum / July 24, 2007 - 7:19 pm

Get Colbert An iPhone

Today is iPhone day, no getting around that. There’s the crazies camped out at Apple’s SoHo and Midtown locations (whom we may go take pics of later today, why not), there’s the luddites that think it’s all nothing but tech hype … and then there’s Stephen Colbert, who’s a satirical gadget-envy ridden mess. More »

By: Stereogum / June 29, 2007 - 10:38 am