by Jac Kern
83 days ago
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
With two episodes of Breaking Bad left, everyone’s gone a
little Walter White crazy — you’d think actual meth fumes were being released
from our televisions. Jimmy Fallon & Co. have had a Breaking
Bad spoof in the works for a while now, teasing fans all the while with
photos and hashtags like #JokingBad.
The nearly 13-minute sketch is a hilarious Late Night take on Bad,
starring Fallon as Walt and (Steve) Higgins as Jesse and complete with all the references
you’d expect, plus some cameos you wouldn’t. Bask in the glory that is “Joking
Bad!” (Mild spoliers from seasons 1-4, if you’re being picky.)
And while we’re at it, check out
Drakeing Bad — a blog of illustrations by Barry Schwartz and Shea Serrano (who
brought the world Bun B's Rap Coloring and Activity Book)
featuring iconic Breaking Bad scenes…with
rapper/former Degrassi High student Drake randomly inserted, replacing various
characters. Again, sort-of spoilers abound, so anyone who intends to watch Bad but isn’t caught up should proceed
with caution (if at all). And may god have mercy on your soul.
Saturday Night Live returns to NBC
for its 39th season Sept. 28 (Tina Fey will host; Arcade Fire is the
musical guest) and with the new season comes lots of changes. We already know Fred Armisen, Jason Sudeikis and Bill Hader will no longer be gracing
the SNL stage with their presence this year, and now newcomer Tim Robinson has been banished to the writers’ lair (JK, maybe it's really cool there). The rest of 2012-2013’s
cast, including soon-to-be Late Night
host Seth Meyers, is sticking around.
New people: Fresh featured players
will include Beck Bennett (that suited dude in the AT&T commercials
who spends far too much time in children’s
classrooms), Kyle Mooney (he and Bennett are in comedy group Good Neighbor), Upright Citizens Brigade member and Cracked contributor Noel Wells (the only new female to join the
cast), SNL writer Mike O'Brien, Comedy
Central’s comic to watch Brooks Wheelan and John Milhiser, another UCB-er.
Meyers will retain his Weekend Update duties until he takes over Late Night in February and, possibly,
throughout the full season. Last year’s featured player Cecily Strong will join
him at the desk and take over Weekend Update when Meyers eventually leaves.
Strong was probably best remembered for her character, Girl You Wish You Hadn’t
Started a Conversation With at a Party (which I still think is kind of meh) and
a pretty accurate interpretation of a porn star-turned-home shopping model.
We’ll see how she transitions into this much larger role!
Confession time! I’m kind of seriously into Insane Clown Posse Theater on Fuse. I
turned it on as a joke once, but now I actually find it pretty hilarious. (Note:
If anyone sees me rocking JNCOs and cornrows while drinking Faygo, send help!) It’s
basically Mystery Science Theater 3000 but with ICP’s Violent J and Shaggy 2
Dope unleashing their offensive insights on an array of music videos.
They also bring on
guests like Tom Green, Coolio and comedian Jim Norton, talk with them for a
little bit, react to more videos and then awkwardly tell them to leave. I never
would have guessed ICP could be so entertaining and —dare I say — likable! I
mean, I’d think they would just objectify video vixens, which they certainly
do, but there’s an equal amount of homo-erotic comments I’d never expect. And their constant
inaccurate facts that have to be corrected onscreen get me laughing every time.
At the very least, add this to your “drinking show” watch list, because that is
a perfectly acceptable pastime as well as a good way to categorize TV shows,
OK? Catch ICP Theater at 11 p.m.
Wednesdays on Fuse.
Taystee from Orange
Is the New Black (Government name: Danielle Brooks) is gonna be a Girl,
the series’ first black female character.
Every mother and girlfriend’s worst nightmare was was released Tuesday
as Grand Theft Auto V. The game
allows players to wreak havoc on the streets of San Andreas, get high and drunk
and even check out a strip club where dancers in private rooms give a topless
show (digital boobs!). So yes, the infamous game has and will continue to spark
controversy and backlash over the amount of violence and overall incorrigible
behavior, but anyone with half a brain cell who watches or plays the game can
see it is rife with satire, almost making fun of the culture it represents. The
visuals, attention to detail and amazing pop culture and allegorical Easter
eggs woven in the game are nothing short of astounding. Get your character this Drive-esque jacket and crush skulls in style!How often do you think, “Good job, fast food restaurant,” or “Smart
advertising, national chain eatery!”? Probably never, and that’s why Chipotle’s
new promo, The Scarecrow, is getting so much attention. The
fast-casual Mexican chain has cut ties with McDonald’s (its former majority
partner) and plans to be the first U.S. restaurant chain to go GMO-free. Now,
with this haunting anti-factory farm ad (with a little help from Fiona Apple on
vocals), Chipotle is taking its “Food With Integrity” motto even further.
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Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
Country music is
kind of one of those love-it-or-hate-it genres. You often hear people with
limited exposure to music say “I listen to anything but Country;” at the same
time, area Country music concerts draw huge crowds (CityBeat readers even voted
the 2012 Kenny Chesney/Tim McGraw show the best concert of the year. Sigh.) — and we’re north of the
Mason-Dixie line. Sure, it’s pretty easy to make fun of the stereotypical
redneck Country music lover, but Country is making its way more and more into
the mainstream, popular stage with crossover artists like Taylor Swift. And you
don’t have to be a toothless moonshiner to like her squinty-eyed ass, right?
Brad Paisley just set
the genre back a few decades with his new single, “Accidental Racist.”
The song is meant to explain how just because someone is southern and proud of
his roots, doesn’t mean he wishes we still had slaves. See, all Paisley wants
is to be able to wear a Lynyrd Skynyrd T-shirt to Starbucks without some black
barista thinkin’ he’s a racist (and who hasn’t
been in that situation). Between that target of a song title and the
poorly-written lyrics, Paisley’s gotten a lot of backlash. He appeared on Ellen Tuesday to rectify the song and
his intention and started the conversation like any good non-racist should: by
citing that one of his best friends is black (LL Cool J, who appears on the track).
The song is being
pulled from YouTube and music sites faster than you can say “publicity stunt,” but
you can see the lyrics here. One gem of note is
LL’s chorus: "If
you don't judge my do-rag/I won't judge your red flag/If you don't judge my
gold chains/I'll forget the iron chains." See, guys? If you just stop being
afraid of black guys who wear bling, all that white guilt can go away because
What’s that sound? Oh, it’s
Conan O’Brien quietly weeping in the shower, because Jimmy Fallon is officially
taking over for Jay Leno by this time next year. Fallon’s Late Night is by far my favorite of all
the nightly talk shows, so I think he’ll kill it in the earlier slot with the
help of his trusty house band The Roots and Saturday
Night Live’s Lorne Michaels as producer. The Tonight Show will move back to New York with this change, the
first time in 40 years, when Johnny Carson hosted. Rumored Late Night replacements include current SNL “Weekend Update” host, Seth Meyers.
Imagine if you
were the sibling of a popular ‘90s singer/actress, trying to make your own name
in the business. You release a couple mediocre albums, leak a sex tape with
your no-name girlfriend, even star in a VH1 reality show. Years pass and, somehow,
that big-booty trick you propelled into the spotlight is now about 700 times
more famous than you. What do you do? Well, if you’re Ray J, you release “I Hit
a song with “Kim K” written all over it. And if lyrics like “She might move on
to rappers and ballplayers/But we all know I hit it first” weren’t obvious enough,
the single cover is a pixelated photo of Kanye’s baby mama:
Cincinnati on TV
Alert: The Cooking Channel debuts a new series, America’s Best Bites, on
April 20 (a perfect program to accompany your munchies. Yes, I am 17 years
old). Hosted by Natalie Forte, the show travels across the country to showcase
local fare and favorites. Nothing revolutionary here, but Cincy’s own Daniel and
Lana Wright of Abigail Street and Senate will appear on the show’s third
episode. Check out Abigail Street on ABB at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4. Move over sloths.
Step aside, oil-covered birds getting Dawn baths. My new favorite quirky cuties
of the animal world are pets with cleft palates.
You say deformity,
I say givemeonenoooowwwww
Meet Lentil. This little pup
has had a rough road due to his irregular palate, but thanks to a feeding tube
and a wonderful foster family, this little bean is growing to be healthy and adorable. Follow his heart-melting
story on Facebook.
are not just exhibited in dogs, though. Take it from Lazarus,
Lazarus was a
sickly alley cat when he was rescued, but now maintains a relatively normal
kitty life, even without a nose and several teeth!
And, on the topic
of online pet stalking, it would be remiss to not highlight the animal Internet
trend du jour: dogs in pantyhose.
Big thanks to HBO
for the shout out in their new HBO Go commercial!
by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
It’s holiday time,
y’all! Whether you celebrate Chrimbus, Festivus (Google it for a fun Easter egg), Ludachristmas, Eggmas or any other equally spiritual special occasion,
now is that magical time of year where it’s acceptable to get drunk in front of
your boss and/or Grandma, go on a shopping spree at 4 a.m. and eat your weight
in HoneyBaked Ham. OK, some of us do these things year-round, but now we can’t
be judged for it!
For some reason,
it’s perfectly normal this time of year to go door-to-door singing unsolicited
tunes to strangers. It’s also a good excuse to talk to your best friend’s wife,
with whom you’re secretly in love.
Music is a major factor in this wonderfully insane season, so I’ve collected a sampling
of this year’s best holiday tunes for all the good little CityBeat readers.
Rapper DMX spit
some classic rhymes for New York radio channel 105.1 FM:
The Roots produce
pure magic week to week on Late Night
with Jimmy Fallon and all their musical projects. Earlier this year, Fallon
and the crew teamed up with musical guest Carly Rae Jepsen backstage to perform
her The Song That Shall Not Be Named
using children’s/beginner instruments.
Their follow-up? Mariah Carey’s infectious holiday anthem, “All I Want For
Christmas Is You.”
And who could
forget the holiday collaboration we’ve all been waiting for — the reunion of
Sandy and Danny — This Christmas from
Olivia Newton-John Travolta (easiest celeb couple name ever). Apparently
everything that’s ever existed is getting rebooted
and, at this point, I think even my one-eyed cat has recorded a Christmas
album, so it’s no real shocker that the Grease
duo would team up again for a holiday record. But between Travolta’s Chia Pet
hair, ON-J’s scary Juvederm face and the following low-budge music video, This Christmas is making my eyeballs beg
for the impending apocalypse.
Speaking of hot
messes, while it’s always fun to get drunk on your employer’s dime, it is
important to keep yourself in check at your work’s holiday party. No canoodling
with co-workers, challenging your boss to a drink-off or dancing Gangnam style. Thought Catalog has some hepful dos and don’ts here.
Terrible (via Videogum) got its hands on
a clip from a 1988 Christmas television special starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, his Twins buddy Danny Devito, Mike Tyson,
Country singer Randy Travis, old lady and champion bowler Marie Gretter and a
bunch of probably terrified children.
Austrian Antichristmas tradition may sound scary, it’s not nearly as freaky as
having Mike Tyson scream a Christmas carol into the face of an innocent child.
Also, I’m pretty sure that when Ah-nahld manhandled the little girl who joked
that he needed singing lessons, he may have brokes that little girls’ ribs.
This looks more like a Tim and Eric sketch
than a primetime family program, but I guarantee if you show this to your kids,
they will never misbehave again.It's not Christmas in America until the Kardashian-Jenner family bestows its annual holiday card upon our unworthy eyes. Peep that Photoshopped piece here and find equally funny, scary and confusing family photos in this list of "34 of the most jovially insane family holiday cards ever sent."
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Are you sick of
silly, humorous material taking over the internet? So is Fred Armisen. That’s
why he’s created Be Serious for 30 Seconds. It’s a project, not a contest, to
generate user-created videos. The videos must contain no comedy, they
must be 30 seconds or shorter, feature a
five-second dramatic pause and no more than two people, contain a cutaway of an object and end with a door
slam. This really is serious, so no laughing, ironic humor or purposefully poor acting.
Fred explains with an example below (with Portlandia
co-star Carrie Brownstein).
Get it, it’s not supposed to be funny, so it is! Go here to watch some of the best submissions.
I sometimes find
myself wondering what I’d do if anything should ever happen to my beloved pets
(though I’m banking on immortalizing veterinary breakthroughs/all of us dying at the same
moment during the apocalypse). This guy decided to taxidermy his cat, which
might be weird for some people, but I find kind of cool. But we’re not talking
standard window sill-sitting pose, here. He turned his cat into a remote
control kitty-copter. Watch him fly!
apologize for adding to the audio assault that is Carly Rae Jepsen’s ubiquitous
hit “Call Me, Maybe,” but this version really is the (taxidermied) cat’s
If anyone needed
further proof that The Roots can make anything cool, that’s it. Does bongo guy
remind anyone else of this?The SCP Foundation is my nerd
obsession du jour. It’s one of those sites that is hard to describe, and really
requires users to just jump in. But basically, it’s a database of fictional
classified information. Think Wikipedia of the X-Files. Pick a series, browse top rated pages, or whatever you
like, and you’ll find files on strange objects found and contained in a (again,
fictional) headquarters. These objects range from oddly funny
to legitimately terrifying.
It’s going to be a
very Leo Christmas for moviegoers this year, as Mr. DiCaprio stars in two
highly-anticipated films, Baz
Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby and Quentin
Tarantino’s Django Unchained, both
out this December.
respective directors, you’ll either love ‘em or hate ‘em. I, for one, can’t
stop watching these trailers on repeat.
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On May 23, The Afghan Whigs reunion
officially kicked off with a sold-out show at New York City’s Bowery
Ballroom. Leading up to the concert, the band released a new song — a
great cover of an old obscure Soul song called “See and Don’t See” by
Marie Queenie Lyons — as a free download through theafghanwhigs.com,
then performed the tune on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
by Mike Breen
Band plays recent cover "See and Don't See"; "I'm Her Slave" posted as online exclusive
For those who needed to see it before they believed it, The Afghan Whigs are officially back. The band appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night, performing the old-school Soul cover "See and Don't See" that was released as a free download recently. The band also played "I'm Her Slave," the first full song off of their second album for Sub Pop, 1992's Congregation. "Slave" was posted as a "web exclusive" clip. Check it out below. We'll add the other tune when it's available.The Whigs play their first concert in 13 years tonight at a sold-out Bowery Ballroom in New York City. Check back later this week for an exclusive review of the show.UPDATE: Here's last night's full episode from Hulu. You have to watch a ton of commercials but the Whigs play at the 37 minute mark. They sound better on this one (?uestlove plays with them as well). And they look fantastic throughout! Dig Greg Dulli performing without an instrument.
by Mike Breen
Local heroes' reunion tour kicks off May 23, after Jimmy Fallon appearance
The Afghan Whigs' upcoming live reunion shows have generally been in Europe, largely at festivals, save a couple of U.S. shows (in New York City and at Lollapalooza in Chicago and All Tomorrow's Parties in Jersey). Today it was announced that the group's official first show back after 13 years will take place later this month, May 23, at the Bowery Ballroom in New York. Tickets go on sale this Friday in noon, if you're up for a roadtrip. Joseph Arthur opens the show.It will be the first Afghan Whigs show since Sept. 29, 1999, when the Whigs played a private show at an NYC club called Hush. If you can't make it to New York in 15 days, two weeks from tonight The Afghan Whigs will make their first public appearance together as a reunited group on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The band will be the musical guest on the program's May 22 episode. Still no word on a Cincinnati date (Chicago's the closest so far). Keep your fingers crossed, local Whigs fans. Keep an eye on the band's official site for the latest Whigs updates. (I've been loving the "On This Date" in Whigs' history; today in 1990, FYI, the band played at Foufones Electroniques in Montreal.)Fallon wasn't on yet when the Whigs were around previously, but here's a playlist of many of The Afghan Whigs' TV appearances over the years.
Cincy-based RCA recording artists return to Carson Daly show, set date for Jimmy Fallon appearance
Cincinnati's Walk the Moon has been on a roll for about the past year and half but now that the band has a physical release out on its new major-label home, RCA Records, things are starting to move even faster and more and more people are discovering the young Alt/Dance/Pop band's charming sound and great, energetic live show. Having already mastered the fine art of blanket social media marketing (few acts are as interactive and accessible to fans), WTM is now set to conquer late-night TV and add even more new fans. Wednesday night, Walk the Moon made its second appearance on Last Call with Carson Daly on NBC. The first time was when they were scrappy young lads at South By Southwest looking for a record deal. This time, they're RCA recording artists working a big theater in L.A. and looking already like confident, veteran Rock stars performing to a mob of adoring (and sweaty) fans. The group will perform LIVE for the first time on network TV on April 5, appearing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. And you can catch them in the flesh next Friday (Feb. 24) at the Madison Theater with current tourmates Young the Giant. If you have a ticket, that is. The show is sold out, no doubt helped by WTM's appearance on the bill (the group's own homecoming show a couple months ago at the same club was also a sell out).Here's Walk the Moon playing "Anna Sun" at The Wiltern in Los Angeles from Wednesday's Last Call:
by Mike Breen
Cincinnati born and bred legend Bootsy Collins is known for his collaborations, from James Brown, George Clinton and Deee-Lite to more recent (and more unusual) hookups, like William Shatner, Charlie Daniels and Dr. Cornel West. But his latest collabo might be his strangest — and most fun — yet. Last night, Collins joined The Roots, DEVO's Mark Mothersbaugh, Biz Markie and Erykah Badu on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon for a little jam session with the cast of the trippy, hip kids' show, Yo Gabba Gabba.
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Looks like Jamaica is about to get a lot less fun. Officials announced recently that there would be a ban on all references to sex and violence on the airwaves. The ban is specifically targeting music; according to the AP, the government plans to "ban any song or music video that depicts sexual acts or glorifies gun violence, murder, rape or arson."