16 items from 2012
MTV, a new roommate played by Chloe Sevigny and winter are all coming to Portlandia. Series creators Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein led a conference call Tuesday, previewing the show's third season and winter special, which Brownstein described as "an 11th episode" distinct from the rest of the season. "We never show Portland as the rainy city that it can sometimes be," she said. "[It's] having the characters deal with the darkness and kind of dreariness of winter." But beloved holiday films won't be comedic targets on the special. "We didn't really reference any movies, »
Zeitgeist Films has acquired Jeremy Frindel’s documentary “One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das” for a theatrical release next April. Frindel’s film tracks the story of Jeffrey Kagel, who in 1970 declined to sing for the band that would become Blue Oyster Cult, sold all his possessions and went to the Himalayas to find a saint named Neem Karoli Baba. In the process, Kagel eventually became the chant master Krishna Das, who was recently nominated for a Grammy for Best New Age Album. J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. scored the film with Devadas. Mike Harrop produced. Zeitgeist has recently released “Elena,” “Payback” and “Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters.” Forthcoming releases include “Hannah Arendt” and “Koch.” »
- Jay A. Fernandez
The alt-rock trio Dinosaur Jr, which formed nearly three decades ago out of a hardcore band called Deep Wound, are as famous for their intra-band squabbling as they are for their sound. Bassist Lou Barlow was dumped in 1988 after three albums and drummer Emmett Jefferson “Murph” Murphy III was all but gone by the time Bill Clinton took office. Frontman J. Mascis carried on until 1997, when he retired the Dinosaur name. Then, in 2005, they reunited unexpectedly, and the three albums released since are as vital as their original material; if they’ve mellowed with age and reconciliation, it’s not apparent in the shredding. Vulture caught up with Barlow as the band tours in support of its tenth album, I Bet On the Sky. How does a band that was so legendarily dysfunctional get over the personality clashes to reunite?For me, there was kind of a moment. I went »
- Peter Hyman
Everyone seems to want to move to Portland these days. Or rather, everyone wants to move to "Portlandia," the IFC comedy series in which Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein share the semi-fictional world of northwestern Oregon with us.
And this does mean everyone. The cable network has announced the names of all of the guest stars set to appear on the show this season. They are, in alphabetical order: Roseanne Barr ("Roseanne"), Matt Berry ("The It Crowd"), Rose Byrne ("Damages," "Bridesmaids"), the Dirty Projectors (that's a band), Jim Gaffigan ("Bored to Death" and "Flight of the Conchords"), Bill Hader ("Saturday Night Live"), Juliette Lewis ("Natural Born Killers"), Matt Lucas ("Little Britain"), J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr., Bobby Moynihan ("Saturday Night Live"), Martina Navratilova (the tennis star), Patton Oswalt ("Young Adult") and George Wendt ("Cheers").
The new drama from Desperate Housewives helmer Marc Cherry centers on four Beverly Hills-based housekeepers (played by Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramirez, Roselyn Sanchez and Judy Reyes) with big dreams of their own. Cedeno joins as a recording artist returning home after a long tour.
- Megan Masters
Portlandia is getting crowded. Ahead of the series Jan. 4 premiere (and the Dec. 14 holiday special), the IFC comedy has announced more than a dozen guest stars who will be dropping by the third season. Video: 'Portlandia' Announces Return Date With New Short Perhaps most notably, Roseanne Barr is slated to appear on the Portland-loving sketch comedy show. She'll join Rose Byrne (Damages) Jim Gaffigan (Bored to Death), Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live), Juliette Lewis (Conviction), Matt Lucas (Little Britain), J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.), Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live), Martina Navratilova, Patton Oswalt (Young Adult), George Wendt
- Michael O'Connell
Collecting celebrity guest stars like so many Portland residents collect scrap lumber for their "projects," IFC's Portlandia has announced a huge roster of famous faces due to visit the satirical Pacific Northwest in its third season. In addition to appearances from returning players Kyle MacLachlan, Jeff Goldblum, and Kumail Nanjiani, plus the addition of Chloë Sevigny as Fred and Carrie's new roommate, Roseanne Barr, Juliette Lewis, Rose Byrne, George Wendt, Bill Hader, Bobby Moynihan, Jim Gaffigan, Matt Berry, Matt Lucas, Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis, members of Dirty Projectors, and even tennis champ Martina Navratilova will all be »
The Dirty Projectors and Dinosaur Jr. guitarist J Mascis are two among a whole group of guest stars slated for the next season of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein's Portlandia, Entertainment Weekly reports.
Also set to appear on the IFC sketch-comedy show: Roseanne Barr, Patton Oswalt, Juliette Lewis, George Wendt, Rose Byrne, Bill Hader, Bobby Moyniham, Jim Gaffigan, Matt Berry, Matt Lucas and, to top it all off, former tennis champ Martina Navratilova.
The Projectors and Mascis, of course, aren't the show's first musical guests. Last season, the Shin's James Mercer, »
Portlandia's third season will likely have a higher population of guest stars than the city of Portland has citizens. Check out the census, via EW: Roseanne Barr, Patton Oswalt, Juliette Lewis, George Wendt, Bill Hader, Jim Gaffigan, Rose Byrne, Bobby Moynihan, Matt Berry, Matt Lucas, tennis great Martina Navratilova, Dinosaur Jr. founder J Mascis, and the Dirty Projectors. Chloë Sevigny will recur as Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein's new roommate, and Kyle MacLachlan, Jeff Goldblum, and Kumail Nanjiani will all make return appearances. »
- Zach Dionne
The Pacific Northwest is about to receive a healthy influx of talent from Hollywood. Season 3 of Portlandia, IFC’s quirky sketch comedy starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, will feature guest spots by Roseanne Barr, Juliette Lewis, Patton Oswalt, Rose Byrne, George Wendt, Armisen’s SNL castmates Bill Hader and Bobby Moynihan, Jim Gaffigan, Matt Berry, Matt Lucas, J Mascis, Dirty Projectors, and, yes, tennis legend Martina Navratilova. EW reported earlier this year that Chloe Sevigny will appear in multiple episodes as the new roommate of Fred and Carrie.
- Dan Snierson
As is usually the case with such endeavors, “Just Tell Me You Love Me,” a tribute to Fleetwood Mac, is a total mixed bag. Out today, it’s just the sort of album for which iTunes was invented. Fans of Antony (of Antony & The Johnsons) poignant, faithful rendition of the gentle, lovely “Landslide” may not want the fuzzy version of instrumental “Albatross,” delivered more than capably by Lee Ranaldo Band featuring J Mascis. As a whole, the 17-song tribute breaks down into two specific camps: fans of the ubiquitous hits from “Fleetwood Mac” and “Rumours” will gravitate toward the songs they »
Mgmt and Lykke Li are among the artists who will feature on an upcoming Fleetwood Mac tribute album. Best Coast, The Kills, Antony Hegarty from Antony and the Johnsons and Zz Top's Billy Gibbons have also lent their talents to the project. The album is produced by Randall Poster, who recently worked on the Buddy Holly tribute project Rave On. Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo and Dinosaur Jr's J Mascis have also collaborated for a cover of 'Albatross'. The New Pornographers and Best Coast have both covered Fleetwood Mac in the past. The currently untitled album will be released in the Us on September 14. A UK release date has yet to be confirmed. The full tracklisting is as follows: (more) »
- By Tom Eames
Dinosaur Jr have announced details of their tenth studio album. The alternative rock band will release I Bet on Sky on September 17. It will be the follow-up to their 2009 LP Farm, and will be released through [Pias]. The album will be supported by a North American tour, while further dates in the UK will be announced in the near future. Dinosaur Jr founder J Mascis released his debut solo album Several Shades Of Why last year. The tracklisting for I Bet (more) »
- By Tom Eames
Of the all late-’80s and early-’90s alt-rock bands to get back together this millennium, we’re probably most thankful for Dinosaur Jr.’s reunion. Unlike other acts that just seem to be cashing in on nostalgia (we mean you, The Pixies), Dino Jr. has put out two solid records (2007’s Beyond and 2009’s Farm) since the warring egos of guitarist/primary songwriter J Mascis and bassist/second fiddle Lou Barlow reached a sort of détente. Earlier today, Pitchfork announced that the band will be releasing a third post-reunion record, I Bet On Sky, due Sept »
The history of movie stars becoming rock stars is just as unfortunate as the history of rock stars becoming movie stars, as anyone who's heard Bruce Willis' blues-rock or Steven Seagal's country record can attest to. But just as Justin Timberlake has become one of the rare figures to bridge the divide from the recording world, stars Scarlett Johansson and Zooey Deschanel have found some success collaborating with established artists like Dave Sitek and M. Ward in recent years. And it looks like one more actress is hoping to follow in their footsteps, in the shape of "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" star Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
Winstead's already been having a pretty good few months; she's soon to star in "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," and she won enormous acclaim for her leading role in Sundance indie "Smashed," which Sony Pictures Classics will release in the hopes of an »
- Oliver Lyttelton
J Mascis’ new side project Heavy Blanket is packaged with a backstory, one that began in the summer of 1984 involving a hero who chose to shed the elitism surrounding his upbringing. Together with his high school friends (Johnny Pancake, Pete Cougar) they smoked dope out of tubas, nearly drowned while swimming in an old quarry in southern Vermont where the incapacitation of Johnny led to counterfeiting bills and a never-recorded record, the band disbanding without finishing the “album of epic jams.” »
16 items from 2012
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