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Fred Armisen and Jenna Fischer Star in Old 97’s’ Satirical Video for ‘Good With God’ — Watch

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Fred Armisen and Jenna Fischer Star in Old 97’s’ Satirical Video for ‘Good With God’ — Watch
To celebrate their newest album “Graveyard Whistling,” Old 97’s have shared a satirical video for the song “Good With God,” which features two very special guests: comedian Fred Armisen and “The Office” actress Jenna Fischer.

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Fisher plays the very serious and impatient host of the fictional program “An Hour and 60 Minutes,” while Armisen comes in to substitute for the band’s drummer, Philip Peeples, who could not make it to the taping. Armisen keeps interrupting the interview with his unwelcome comments and even takes a phone call in the middle, prompting Fisher to scold him. Afterwards, the alt-country band goes on to perform “Good With God,” with Armisen actually playing the drums. The video was directed by Lee Kirk.

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Will the Baroness return in G.I. Joe 3?

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With G.I. Joe: Retaliation redeeming the franchise after the awful Rise Of Cobra, it was a foregone conclusion that the team behind the sequel's success would be brought in for a third film. While it is still very early in development, G.I. Joe 3 writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Miller are formulating ideas on what they want to see happen to the characters, including one particular one. Wernick and Miller, during press for the release of the pilot of the Zombieland television series, told IGN...
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The Old 97s Too Far to Care Anniversary Tour: Ageing Well or Well-Aged?

I’m not old enough to attend a 15th anniversary tour of an album I loved while I was in high school. Well, obviously I am. That album, of course, is The Old 97s’ 1997 masterpiece Too Far to Care, which gave us such great songs as “Timebomb,” “Melt Show,” and “Streets of Where I’m From.” The Dallas-based Old 97s are an alt-country group. Actually, they are the alt-country group, as other mainstays of the genre have either broken up or shifted into new musical styles, and numerous imitators have followed them. And despite being together for twenty years, they are still going strong.

I saw them at the Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville, Va (Charlottesville is the home of the University of Virginia, and a bit of a hip oasis in the American South). The show was, to be blunt, awesome.

Front man Rhett Miller opened with a short solo set,

Listen and Buy The “ParaNorman” Soundtrack Today!

Listen and Buy The “ParaNorman” Soundtrack Today!
A few days ago, Relativity Music Group released the soundtrack to Paranorman, which is out in theaters today. The soundtrack is from singer-songwriter Jon Brion, and is streaming all week on AOL Music and MSN Music and can be purchased from iTunes here. We have the press release straight from Relativity Music below:

Los Angeles, CA - August 14th: The soundtrack to ParaNorman by famed composer, record producer, and singer-songwriter Jon Brion is available today, August 14th from Relativity Music Group. The new stop-motion animated comedy thriller, will be released in theaters everywhere on Friday, August 17th. The soundtrack is streaming all week on AOL Music and MSN Music and is available for purchase on iTunes here: http://bit.ly/ParaNormanITUNES.

When a small town comes under siege by zombies, who can it call? “Norman!” From Focus Features and Laika, the companies behind the Academy Award-nominated animated feature Coraline, comes the comedy thriller ParaNorman.
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Flaming Lips Reveal Guests For World-Record Road Trip

During O Music Awards, 'Jackass' star Chris Pontius, Neon Trees and Jackson Browne will join the Lips as they try to land Guinness spot.

By Brendan Dempsey

Wayne Coyne of Flaming Lips


It's no secret that the Flaming Lips have their sights set on the Guinness World Record for most concerts performed in multiple cities in a 24-hour time period. The innovative rockers have just announced they will be joined by "Jackass" and "Wildboyz" star Chris Pontius, Jackson Browne, Neon Trees, Karmin and a slew of additional artists as they gun for the record, currently held by Jay-z, who played seven shows from Atlanta to L.A. in 2006.The Flaming Lips and friends plan to play eight shows from Memphis, Tennessee, to New Orleans, beginning Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Et and continuing for 24 hours. The gigs will take place in conjunction with the O Music Awards,
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Catching Up With Rhett Miller

Rhett Miller is most commonly known as the frontman for the veteran alt-country group Old 97’s, but over the past ten years he has also had a successful career as a solo artist. His first solo release Mythologies came in 1989, when he was only 19 years old, wore glasses and sported a Bowie-esque British accent. After achieving widespread success with Old 97’s in the ‘90s, Miller released his second solo album, The Instigator, in 2002. Since then, he’s recorded three additional solo albums, the last of which, The Dreamer, was released on June 5 by his own Maximum Sunshine...
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Rhett Miller: The Dreamer

Rhett Miller’s solo career actually goes back farther than his nearly two decades as frontman for the Old 97’s. The songwriter’s 1989 debut Mythologies is a pubescent preamble to Stewart Ransom Miller’s future “serial lady killer” status immortalized in the 97’s classic “Barrier Reef.” It’s an unassuming, yet promising, record that has achieved more cult status than being seen as any sort of lost gem....
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Song Premiere: John Dufilho (featuring Will Johnson) - "Big Distortion"

With guests like Chris Walla, Ben Kweller and Rhett Miller, John Dufilho’s (Apples in Stereo) _John Singer Sergeant: The Music and Words of John Dufilho_ is notably a buzzworthy album. Before its release on April 10, Dufilho has given us a taste with the first song off of the album, featuring vocals from Will Johnson (Monsters of Folk, New Multitudes, Centro-matic).
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Old 97’s: The Grand Theatre, Vol. 2

Last year the Old 97’s released what amounted to a comeback album. The band workshopped the songs on The Grand Theatre Vol. 1 at the titular venue in Dallas and recorded in Austin. Perhaps due to the luxuries of the setting or the renewed vigor of the band, that album captured the raw energy of their ‘90s output and re-emphasized the power-quartet democracy between the musicians, placing Murry Hammon’s shambling sideman charisma and Ken Bethea’s elegant guitar licks on equal footing as Rhett Miller’s witty lyrics and exasperated vocals. It was the best thing the Olds had done in a...
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Jon Brion to score The Other Guys

I have quite a few of Jon Brion’s soundtracks, along with one of his actual albums, Meaningless. He his, in my opinion, an amazing producer and musician, especially when it comes to movies; he has the ability to really pull the emotion in a scene. Take for example, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, or I Heart Huckabees, or even Punch Drunk Love and Magnolia. In fact he won Grammys for Best Soundtrack Score for movies Magnolia and Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. He has also helped produced albums for artists such as Fiona Apple, Rhett Miller, Rufus Wainwright and Kanye West.

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Pop Music Quiz: Singer-Songwriters

I caught up with Old 97's frontman Rhett Miller at the record release party for his new self-titled album. And while everyone else was kissing his butt and fawning over his good looks, I had a more serious agenda -- although, I gotta say the album is good. Is that ass-kissing? I met with Rhett to test this guy's Pop Culture I.Q. Here's the test I gave him -- five questions about singer-songwriters. I'll give you 10. If you pass them all, you can go through the rest of your day confident in the knowledge that you're smarter than Rhett Miller. Honor System Instructions:1. Click on question for correct answer2. Keep your own score3. No checking Wikipedia or other reference sources4. Answers are also at the bottom1. Who wrote the Monkees' 1966 hit, "I'm a Believer"? a. Neil Youngb. Neil Sedakac. Neil...
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Catching Up With... Rhett Miller

Rhett Miller’s new self-titled solo album is his third since 2002, which would be enough to keep most average musicians busy. And yet, as the frontman of the Old 97’s, Miller has also recorded two studio albums with the band, as well as the double live release, Alive and Wired. While Rhett Miller is perhaps the songwriter’s most personal and intimate album to date, he’s also just finished making a record in the opposite direction, as the Old 97’s ready the release of a covers Ep. Last month, Paste caught up with Miller during a long drive to Boson. We discussed the Old 97’s renewed passion for recording, David Foster Wallace, and the possibility of reviving his feud with Ryan Adams via Twitter.
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Music: Review: Rhett Miller

The gap between the material Rhett Miller contributes to Old 97’s and what he saves for his solo albums isn’t really all that wide. Miller tends to favor quick tempos, jangly guitars, and melodies that float wistfully through the verses before landing hard on the chorus. But without his regular bandmates, Miller does step more decisively outside the roots-rock circle, veering closer to power-pop or heavily orchestrated cabaret. Miller’s self-titled fourth album sometimes uses production frippery to compensate for songs that feel like retreads, as on “Another Girlfriend,” a drippy shuffle that follows a familiar Miller cadence ...
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New album releases for the week of June 9, 2009

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The biggest new release this week comes from Black Eyed Peas, whose "Boom Boom Pow" coninues to dominated charts and the radio. Mos Def is one of the few new hip-hop titles to come out this week, amongst a slew of veteran indie artists like Sonic Youth, Graham Coxon and Rhett Miller. A couple British acts -- Freeland and Kasabian -- have new efforts, as does rising newcomer Dirty Projectors. Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey have their first collaboration in 20 years. We kick off with Black Eyed Peas' "The E.N.D." Despite the somewhat foreboding CD title, the band insists the...
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‘30 Rock’ ‘Kidney Now!’ Song Inspires ‘We Are The World’ Nostalgia

By Sabrina Rojas Weiss

No, the “Kidney Now!” benefit on last night’s “30 Rock” finale wasn’t the first time celebrities have come together to raise awareness or money for a cause. Nor was it the first time “We Are the World” has been parodied. But I’d rank it among my favorite charity-song spoofs, right up there with Jimmy Kimmel’s “I’m F—ing Ben Affleck.”

In case you missed it, the episode featured Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) pulling in as many favors and blackmail victims as he could to create a benefit show aimed at getting someone to give a kidney to the man who may or may not be his father (Alan Alda). This led to the revelations that Clay Aiken is Kenneth’s cousin, Liz Lemon went to school with Sheryl Crow, Elvis Costello is really an international art thief, Adam Levine can do a really hilarious Russian accent,
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Mary J. Blige, Clay Aiken Loved Singing For '30 Rock'

Singers had a blast participating in season finale's 'Kidney Now!' benefit show.

By Jocelyn Vena and Sabrina Rojas Weiss

Clay Aiken on "30 Rock"

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Learning that Clay Aiken is the cousin of NBC's most cheerful employee, Kenneth Parcell (Jack McBrayer), was almost as shocking as seeing the rest of the star-studded crowd Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) could coerce into participating in his "Kidney Now!" benefit concert on the season finale of "30 Rock."

In the episode, Aiken and a slew of famous faces, like Mary J. Blige, Sheryl Crow, Elvis Costello and Cyndi Lauper, joined in Jack's effort to find a kidney donor for Milton Greene (Alan Alda), the man who may or may not be his father. Aiken says it was an honor to be involved.

" '30 Rock' is not only the funniest show on TV now; it's also the smartest," Aiken told MTV News in a statement.
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"30 Rock" Season Finale To Feature Mary J. Blige And Sheryl Among Others

NBC's sitcom, "30 Rock" will feature cameos from a slew of musicians in the season finale. Mary J. Blige and Sheryl Crow have confirmed their presence.

The hit television show will also see Elvis Costello, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine and Rhett Miller.

In a press release announcing the dates of the finales, NBC mentioned a "special episode featuring Alan Alda and surprise musical guests" for "30 Rock" finale on May 14.

The NBC comedy series, which stars Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin, is set to air on May 14 at 9:30pm Est/Pst and 8:30pm Cst.
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First look at the musicians stopping by '30 Rock'

The May 14 season finale of "30 Rock" will feature several musical guests, including Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, Mary J. Blige, Clay Aiken, Adam Levine of Maroon 5 and Rhett Miller of Old 97s. At left are Levine, "30 Rock" actress Jane Krakowski, Crow and "30 Rock" star Alec Baldwin. At right are Crow and Levine. Also appearing in the episode is Alan Alda, who plays a character named Milton. The episode is called "Kidney Now!" but there's no episode summary for it yet on NBC's Web site. I'll try to get that and post it on Thursday. Other guest...
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