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Linkdown: 3/17/10 Happy St. Patty’s! by Barbecue Bros

– In honor of St. Patty’s Day, some Conan O’Brien news: his upcoming comedy tour may spawn a documentary film

– AV Club: Are musicians making too much music?

Here’s a statistic that may or may not surprise you: Listening to every song The Beatles officially released during their eight-year recording career—all their albums, EPs, singles, and B-sides—would take a little less than 10 hours. You could start with Please Please Me as you set off to work, and finish up with Let It Be while arriving home from your evening commute.

Here’s another statistic that also may or may not surprise you: Listening to every song officially released by Animal Collective during a similar timeframe would take you almost exactly the same amount of time, to the minute.

– Vulture: Is the Viral ChatRoulette Singer Actually Ben Folds?

Interview with Emmett Malloy, director of the White Stripes doc, Under Great White Northern Lights

– Speaking of Jack White, he and Jay-Z are recording together because hey, why not? Break it out during a Bonnaroo superjam…?

The Hobbit will begin shooting in June in New Zealand

– Still sad I won’t be there this year, and The Pitchfork Guide to SXSW 2010 isn’t helping any

– The latest “Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis” has Ben Stiller as a guest

Zach Galifianakis on Jimmy Fallon by Barbecue Bros
March 5, 2010, 2:40 pm
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Linkdown: 3/4/10 by Barbecue Bros

This week’s New Cult Canon explores Serenity, Joss Whedon’s big screen closure to the excellent-but-cancelled-too-soon tv series “Firefly”

– Early buzz on Edgar Wright’s (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World appears to be overwhelmingly positive, with raves from Jason Reitman, Greg Mottola, Kevin Smith and Quentin Tarantino

More assumingly awful Jersey Shore spoofs of Best Picture nominees – Inglourious Basterds and Avatar

– There really is a Wilco-themed sandwich shop in Toronto

– Consequence of Sound has a feature on the music of Adventureland

– While ther HBO show is done for, Flight of the Conchords are still touring in the UK and Ireland

Promos for this week’s “SNL” with host Zach Galifianakis and musical guest Vampire Weekend

Read This: The Perfectly Aged Weirdness by Barbecue Bros
March 4, 2010, 10:43 am
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I missed this a few months ago (its from November 2009), but here’s a profile on Zach Galifianakis from where writer Devin Friedman visits Zach on his North Carolina farm.

“You did Into the Wild. That had to have been fun.”

“So Sean Penn called my cell phone, what, two years ago? Three years ago? And he’s like, ‘Hey, it’s Sean Penn.’ And I’m like, ‘Uh-huh.'”…”I’d heard he was trying to get in touch with me, but I thought this was a prank. He said, ‘What are you doing next weekend?’ I said, ‘I’m going to Arby’s.’ That’s what I said! He said, ‘Have you ever read the book Into the Wild?’ And I said yes. And he said, ‘I’m doing a thing. Would you want to be in it?’ I said, ‘I don’t know, send my Jews the script.’ I don’t think there was a laugh there.”

The whole thing is pretty hilarious, but I especially love the part detailing some of his best jokes:

…But people tend to have a favorite Zach joke, the one that for them captures the brittle, angry weirdness that makes him funny. Like his “pretentious illiterate” character (“Uh, I told you,” he’ll say, “I don’t know how to read”), or the “timid pimp,” or the “effeminate racist,” or the “self-deprecating nuclear physicist.” Some people were won over when he went onstage dressed as Little Orphan Annie and lip-synched “Tomorrow” while revealing pages on a large easel that said things like I call my balls the bush twins and kill dane cook. Or the very odd joke he once told about how he won’t sleep on a futon because he’d never sleep on anything that rhymed with “crouton.” There was the time he was filling in for Letterman and instead of a monologue he goes out and tinkles on the piano and says, “My New Year’s resolution was to stop saying ‘You go, girl’ to myself.” He falls silent and plays a few bars. Then he softly says, “You go, girl.” I personally like a joke he told only to a reporter: He was on a subway platform in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, with a bunch of hipsters waiting for the train, and he wanted to yell, “The choo-choo is coming!” The part in The Hangover where he pretends to jerk off the baby, which he improvised, is also a favorite.

Sarah Silverman’s favorite Zach joke is his impression of a 5-year-old with a beard: “I don’t like having a beard! It hurts! My beard hurts!” Comedian Patton Oswalt’s is about a kid who has been the victim of statutory rape by his teacher: “I heard on the news today that he died… Apparently he died from high-fiving.” Writer Jonathan Ames, who created Zach’s new HBO show, says his favorite joke is when he told a gossip columnist at a premiere that it took him thirty years to learn how to spell Galifianakis.


Linkdown: 3/3/10 by Barbecue Bros

– Vulture has an exclusive on how a Sacha Baron Cohen/Ben Stiller Avatar sketch was cut from the Oscars so as not to offend James Cameron on live tv

“Let’s just say that Cameron isn’t known to be, shall we say, ‘self-deprecating,’” explained one insider familiar with the decision to cut the sketch.

Interview with “Parenthood” actor Peter Krause on “Dirty Sexy Money,” “Six Feet Under” and his new Ron Howard/Brian Grazer produced show

Interview with Zach Galifianakis from the Details 10th Anniversary party:

Lupe Fiasco recently used your name in a rap lyric about his own greatness. How do you feel about that?
I heard that. I haven’t heard the song. I will be happy when Dolly Parton uses me in a song, then I’ve made it. There are a lot of rap guys out there.

“The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” will no longer be available on Hulu

“Michael and Michael Have Issues” has officially been canceled

Band of Horses has officially announced a new album due May 18, entitled Infinite Arms

Interview with James Murphy about the Greenberg soundtrack and the new LCD Soundsystem album

Linkdown: 9/18/09 by Barbecue Bros

Will hopefully resume my recap of my favorite albums of the decade with 2004 next week, but for now here’s a linkdown:

An interview with Rich Sommer aka Harry Crane from “Mad Men”

– Speaking of which, even Oprah likes “Mad Men”

Interview with Joel McHale, star of “Community” – which had a funny, solid premiere last night

– More on Neil Patrick Harris hosting this Sunday’s Emmy’s

– After last nights awesome “The Office” season premiere, Vulture thinks it will be the year of the ‘Nard Dog

– Michelle Monaghan and Robert Downey Jr. join the cast of Todd Phillips’ Due Date, which also stars Zach Galifianakis; as Slashfilm notes, it is kind of a mini Kiss Kiss Bang Bang reunion (highly underrated movie, btw)

Pavement‘s first announced reunion show at Central Park next September sold out in 2 minutes, so they announced another show (update: and a third!)

Netflix Rundown: June 09 by Barbecue Bros
July 6, 2009, 12:09 pm
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A bit of a slow month for me. Three of the four were watched instantly…

Zach Galifianakis: Live at the Purple Onion (2006) – 8/10
– After watching Galifanakis kill it in The Hangover, I was pleased to see that he had a stand up special available to watch instantly on Netflix. Part stand up special, part travel documentary and part interview with Zach’s twin brother “Seth” (played by Zach himself), the stand up is the main attraction with Zach and a piano at a comedy club, berating guests and delivering his hilarious one-liners and characters. Highly recommended if you enjoyed his character Alan in The Hangover.

Cocaine Cowboys 2: Hustlin’ with the Godmother (2008) – 3/10
– Awful, awful, awful. And from the same creative team that brought us the excellent Cocaine Cowboys doc, which makes it that more disappointing. This tells the story of Charles Cosby, who became the premier drug dealer in the California bay area by becoming a f***-buddy of Griselda Blanco (aka The Godmother from the first film) while she was in prison in California. Would have been interesting as a much shorter special feature on the first dvd (as it was intended) instead of a boring, drawn out 2 hour documentary.

The Wackness (2008) –  6/10
– Josh Peck mumbles his way through early 90’s slang in this film about a weed dealer striking up a friendship with a shrink while wooing his daughte- in-law the summer after high school graduation. Sir Ben Kingsley is that shrink (and is awesome) and Olivia Thirlby plays the daughter/object of affection. The best thing about this was the soundtrack of early 90’s rap and hip hop – think Biggie, Tribe, Craig Mack, Nas, and Biz Markie. However, after this movie, I am officially calling a moratorium on the use of Mott the Hoople‘s “All the Young Dudes” in indie movies for 2 years.

Bottle Shock (2008) – 6/10
– Great premise, but the movie itself did not deliver. Based on the true story of how Napa Valley wines got on the map by winning a blind taste test outside of Paris in 1976 (known as the “Judgment of Paris). Pretty decent cast, but overall the movie was a bit boring.

Currently have out:
United 93 (2006)
The Good German (2006)

Spaced: The Complete Series: Disc 1 (1999)