Look at all of us with our fancypants smart phones and our productivity apps like Evernote and Springpad. So silly. Then there's the legendary Johnny Cash, with his pen and his paper and his incredible will. Okay, maybe he needs to remind himself to have some willpower, I'll give you that. Either way this is without question the best to-do list of all time, aside from that one day I spiked Tony Danza's morning coffee with acid and made him make one himself. "Show Angela who the boss is" is not ten different tasks. [via letters of note]
Jimmy Fallon once again brought the thunder in his pop culture cover song while impersonating a legendary artist bit, this time focusing on everyone's favorite Harvard basketball player Jeremy Lin. The wonderful cover choice was none other than Pearl Jam's "Jeremy", a not so subtle nod to the fact that if the media doesn't stop talking about Lin like he's Tony Danza, Jimmy Fallon is going to go all high school shooting on our asses. Thankfully he gets the message across in the poignant nod, going so far as to call the New York Knicks latest overhyped sensation a Harvard nerd. Your move Louis Skolnick.
As an aside it's still worth pointing out, even after the years of proof we now have, that Jimmy Fallon has the best talk show on television. Jimmy Fallon, for reals.
Considering the amount of time that passed between the release of the last two albums from Seattle rockers Brad, a somewhat excrutiating eight years, I sort of assumed 2010's Best Friends was going to have to tide me over for a half decade at the very least. Thankfully the assume cliche did its thing as Shawn Smith and company have announced their fifth studio album United We Stand, set for an April 24th release. For the measley price of an email address, you can download the first single "A Reason To Be In My Skin" over at the official site. I'd recommend doing exactly that, the new song is a doozy.
- April 27 - Showbox at the Market, Seattle, WA
- May 3 - The Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA
- May 4 - Cafe Du Nord, San Francisco, CA
It's all happening people, Fiona is hitting the road. After a handful of sold out shows with her pals over at Largo towards the end of last year, the great Fiona Apple is now hitting the road for a short tour, her first since backing 2005's fantastic Extraordinary Machine. The best part is these gigs will presumably be showing off some of her new material, at least if that guy from that tv show that makes records is to be believed.
Tickets for the newly announced shows aside from the SXSW appearance go on sale this Friday, February 24th. Get them while you can as these shows certainly will sell out. Hooray Fiona, welcome back.
For links and such head over to her official site.
- 03/15 – Austin, TX @ Central Presbyterian Church (SXSW)
- 03/19 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
- 03/21 – Washington, DC @ Sixth and I
- 03/23 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
- 03/24 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Music Box
- 03/26 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
- 03/27 – Boston, MA @ Royale
Here is the newest song from the best British band of our generation, and no Radiohead fans I didn't forget about them. As fans of The Darkness have come to expect, the new tune "Nothin's Gonna Stop Us" comes with an amazing video, this time of the animated variety albeit with a Prince cameo (our Prince not theirs). Rolling Stone premiered the video earlier today and had this little blurb to share:
"The video turned out ace. I've always been a fan of Thom Lessner's illustrations, so I was delighted when he and Ted Passon agreed to make it," says frontman Justin Hawkins. "They have really captured the vibe of the song. I've watched the video a thousand times already and I love every second of it. I suppose 'Nothin's Gonna Stop Us' has matured like a fine wine and Thom Lessner and Ted Passon are our master sommeliers. I knew they wouldn't cork it. Bottoms up!"
Aces mate, aces. The brothers Hawkins and company have been doing the reunited thing over the last year on the other side of the pond, but thankfully that's all about to change as the band is bringing their in your face rock stateside starting with tonight's sold out show in Toronto. If you have no heart conditions or an allergy to rock music I strongly suggest checking out one of their upcoming shows.
Air handlebar mustache for the win.