While it’s tempting to say the last time Saturday Night Live was funny, was when MacGyver was still on the air (that would be 1992)… it’s simply not true. But just in case you missed it, since no one really watches SNL anymore, here’s “MacGruber”…

Saturday Night Live – “MacGruber, Part 1”

Saturday Night Live – “MacGruber, Part 2”

Saturday Night Live – “MacGruber, Part 3”

Invisible Songs vol. 1

January 30, 2007

Late January Edition

1. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists – Sons of Cain

2. The Broken West – Baby On My Arm

3. Deerhoof – The Perfect Me

4. Busdriver – The Troglodyte Wins

5. Menomena – Muscle n’ Flo

6. Panda Bear – Bros

7. Looker – Hope & Anchor

8. Bright Eyes – Tourist Trap

9. Okkervil River – The President’s Dead

10. The Arcade Fire – Black Mirror

Favourite Sons

January 30, 2007

 

So you’ve sort of got to forget that back in the late 90’s, Ken Griffen was a part of the incredible Rollerskate Skinny. It’s not that Rollerskate Skinny weren’t fucking great, because they were. (Or as the Favourite Sons bio states: “criminally overlooked”). It’s just that the band he’s in now has very little in common with them… well, with the exception of one band member and potential (fucking) greatness.

So let me repeat, this is not Kevin Shield’s brother’s band. There are verses, choruses, hooks. The memo’s subject reads: the Favourite Sons are not interested in shoegazing. (Not that there’s anything wrong with shoegazing.) But for the record, this band plays a dark rock music that reminds me more of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds than My Bloody Valentine.

The Nick Cave comparison is particularly strong on “Tear This Room Apart,” and there’s a weird BeeGees Stayin Alive-esque moment on “Round Here.” (Anyone? Anyone?) Anyway, this album is well worth your attention.    

The Favourite Sons also have a song on the Susan G. Komen Benefit CD to support breast cancer research.

Listen: Hang On, Girl from Down Beside Your Beauty, available on Vice Records. The entire album streams from here.

http://www.favouritesons.com/home.php

Busdriver

January 29, 2007

 

It’s difficult for me to say I know anything about Hip-Hop or rap music. I routinely pick up the Roots’ albums (hometown: Philadelphia), and go through the occasional phase of looking for interesting underground Hip-Hop. (Anyone have an mp3 of the Last Emperor’s “Secret Wars?”) 

I suppose there are always a few Hip-Hop acts in circulation on the indie music scene, though never enough to provide a true counter balance to what Jack Black might refer to as “sad bastard music.” (A few years ago maybe it was the Jurassic 5, now maybe it’s Spank Rock.)

But LA’s Busdriver (Regan Farquhar) might be another nominee for the indie Hip-Hop man of the moment. He’s got a new album coming out tomorrow on indie staple, Epitaph Records, called Roadkill Overcoat. I think it’s his fifth solo record. Last year he was featured on the Islands’ Return to the Sea, and he just opened for Deerhoof in NYC. (Currently, he’s sort of the citibank of indie cred.)

The album streams from his myspace page (see link below) and sounds… err, off the hook? It occasionally reminds me of the Anti-Pop Consortium. So right on, or as the kids say, “word.” 

Busdriver – “Imaginary Places”

Listen: Less Yes’s, More No’s, The Troglodyte Wins from Roadkill Overcoat, available on Epitaph Records. The entire album streams from Busdriver’s myspace page.

http://www.myspace.com/busdriver

 
Satomi Matsuzaki of Deerhoof

Stay inside and get warm. Great shows tonight, but an otherwise sleepy week. Catch up on zzz’s the rest of the week. – Your Invisible Friends.

Friday 1/26:

Deerhoof, Busdriver, Proton Proton at the Irving Plaza
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(mp3: Deerhoof – +81, The Perfect Me; Busdriver – Fine for a Robot (live), Severed God Limbs (Para One feat. Busdriver); Proton Proton – Plates, Major Solution

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, The MedicationsThe Forms, Last Letters at Northsix. *Benefit for Callum Jobbins.
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(mp3: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists – Sons of Cain, Where Have All the Rude Boys Gone; The Medications – Twine Time, Safe and Sorry; The Forms – Stravinsky; Last Letters – Starry Eyes)   

M. Ward at Town Hall
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(mp3: Magic Trick, Chinese Translationhttp://www.myspace.com/mward)

Thursday 2/1

Jonathan Richman, Kiko Veneno at Knitting Factory.
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(mp3: Kiko Veneno – El Hombre Invisible, La Muchachita (wma’s) )