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The Yo La Tengo / “Parks & Recreation” Connection Finally Explained

By Gerard on Thursday, April 24th, 2014

As you might’ve read elsewhere, Yo La Tengo — appearing as the combo Bobby Knight Ranger — are featured in tonight’s season 6 finale of NBC’s “Parks & Recreation”.  Given that many of you know even less about show business than you do fitness, personal hygiene or the importance of getting up before 2 in the afternoon, I’m gonna graciously catalog the various scenarios on how exactly, this TV booking came to be.

1) In 2000, the sleeve to Yo La Tengo’s cover of George McRae’s “You Can Have It All” featured an at-the-time struggling NYC model-slash-actress, Amy Poehler, previously best known for her work on an obscure basic-cable comedy program. Shortly after the release of this chart-topping single, she became a regular cast member on “Saturday Night Live” and has appeared in such Palme d’Or winners as “Deuce Bigelow : Male Gigolo” and “Mr. Woodcock”.

Cynics might say Yo La Tengo inclusion on tonight’s “Parks & Rec” is Ms. Poehler’s way of returning the favor.  And that’s how cynics are, always looking for some shitty reason to diminish any sort of achievement.

2) “Parks & Recreation” co-creator Michael Schurr is one of the founders/main minds behind Fire Joe Morgan.  Yo La Tengo’s name is said to have something or other to do with baseball.  Ask someone who likes sports, we’re a record label.

3) Popular recording artists are frequently asked to appear on television programs  (eg. Roger Miller in “Quincy, M.E.”‘s “On Dying High”, Dave Navarro’s sporadic appearances in “Sons of Anarchy”).

Glad I could clear that up for everyone.

Walter White Kicks – Because “Air Pollos Hermanos” Doesn’t Really Roll Off The Tongue

By Gerard on Friday, December 16th, 2011

link courtesy VHS Summer. The W.W. signature Pontiac Aztek is well beyond the means of the average Matador Records-buyer, so perhaps these sneakers are a better holiday option.

Thurston Moore – “Blood Never Lies”, An Outtake From Wednesday’s ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’

By Gerard on Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Even if you remembered to DVR watch Thurston’s appearance on national TV last night, here’s even more to chew on. Video courtesy ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’ / NBC.

‘Demolished Thoughts’, LP/CD/digital album, out now.

Jay Reatard – Live on FUEL TV’s “The Daily Habit”

By Gabe on Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

The is the first chance most of us have had to see Jay perform material from the upcoming “Watch Me Fall” (pre-order it here). The guys perform first-single “It Ain’t Gonna Save Me”, and also kick out a pretty killer version of “My Shadow”.

“It Ain’t Gonna Save Me”

“My Shadow”

Fucked Up – A>D>D Live Set; file under So Rad

By Gabe on Monday, January 26th, 2009

Filmed and and recorded in glorious analog truth, Pitchfork TV debuts it’s latest series “A>D>D” with Fucked Up, who brought the heat just hours after playing for some 12 hours in NYC.

Here is “Son the Father” and go to for “Black Albino Bones” and “Twice Born”

Tour dates below the vid.

Lou Reed & Hal Wilner : “Berlin” Screening, Q&A Tonight

By Gerard on Friday, December 5th, 2008

Julian Schnabel’s ambitious film version of the 2006 Brooklyn performances of Lou Reed’s “Berlin” — the genesis for Matador’s double LP/CD release of ‘Berlin – Live At St. Ann’s Warehouse‘ — will be shown tonight (Friday, December 5) at the 92nd Street YMCA’s Hudson Street Screening Room as part of their 18 Nights Of Inspiration Series.  Following the film, Lou Reed and producer Hal Wilner will field questions from the audience.

In addition, Lou can be seen being interviewed and performing alongside Elvis Costello on the latter’s new Sundance Channel chat program, “Spectacle“.   The episode in question premies Wednesday, December 10 at 9pm eastern.

Shat In The (Linkin Park’s) Van!!

By Andrew Earles on Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

No square inch of scenery left to chew, no square inch of Shatner’s ass to kiss, and no clips of the interview on YouTube yet, but one can enjoy Mike Patton exploring everything that happened in music between The Infectious Grooves and Linkin Park!

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New Pornographers on Letterman next month

By Nick on Thursday, July 26th, 2007

The New Pornographers have just been confirmed to appear on The Late Show with David Letterman on August 20th.  That's the night before they officially unleash "Challengers" on the world (although people hip to BEGN have been enjoying it for weeks already).  Ready, set, Tivos ahoy!

Lavender Diamond Vid: “Open Your Heart”

By Adam F on Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

The folks over at AOL's have taken brief reprieve from breaking important news on Courtney Love's firesale, to premierize Lavender Diamond's brand-spanking new video for "Open Your Heart".  As promised, the revolution will involve roller skates.


Where’s Waldo, Public Access Dance Party Edition

By Adam F on Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

Can you spot the celebrity in this video? 

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(YouTube vid swiped from MerrySwankster