Monthly Archives: June 2008

Arthur Mag Strapped, Seeking Donations

 

Respected underground
magazine in debt and asking readers to help out.

 

By Fred Mills

 

With issue #29 of West Coast magazine Arthur en route to the printer — the mighty underground music, arts, politics
and culture mag will feature Sparks on the cover — the publication has officially
run of of money and has accumulated significant debt. So in an ingenious
stroke, owner Jay Babcock (who, as you may remember, acquired Arthur about a year ago in the aftermath
of a falling out with his original business partner that had left the mag up on
blocks for an extended spell) is soliciting donations to keep it afloat.

 

He’s also got a deadline: July 1. Read on, and get those
PayPal accounts fired up.

 
From Jay Babcock: 


One year ago I ran up my credit cards and borrowed money from friends

and family in order to buy out my ex-partner in Arthur. Since then I

have maxed out my personal and business credit cards to service that

debt and to start up publication of Arthur again. We have worked very

hard with very little resources: some of us could afford to work pro

bono, others could afford to work at well below market, still others

couldn�t afford to work for Arthur but did it anyway.



Still, we have bills to pay, and debt to service. Starting up again

costs money. And my credit cards are now maxed out.



On the heels of lower than expected ad sales (although they are

trending up), increased production and distribution costs (higher

quality printing and paper, higher fuel costs, increased printrun),

and an �under-performing non-magazine product� (the Living Theatre

dvd, for which we�ve sold less than 25% of the printrun since launch,

received zero reviews or notices, etc), spiraling debt service

payments (now $2k a month) on startup costs, and most importantly ZERO

NEW BACKERS� we�ve finally reached the point where



WE HAVE NO MORE MONEY.



If we don�t obtain at least $20k in the next six days, ARTHUR is done.

Our long-term prospects are good, if we are fortunate enough to make

it through this rough patch.



Please help. No donation is too small.



Our preferred method of payment is Paypal. It is a free service to

buyers, and enables you to pay directly By VISA, MASTERCARD, AMEX,

DISCOVER or from your checking account or debit card. You can also

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Thank you.



Jay Babcock

Arthur Magazine

 

 

 

Air Guitar + Sunset Strip Fest Inferno!

 

 

Hey, if you weren’t in L.A. Thursday night — or this weekend, for that matter — you missed it. Scroll down to our Concert reviews section for a wrap-up of that evening’s Sunset Strip Music Festival happenings and the Air Guitar Championships that were going on simultaneously.

 

Our man on the prowl, Jose Martinez, definitely knows his shit. Of those aspiring air shredders, he muses,“But honestly, does anybody
really care? No, this was just a good time laughing at a bunch of people braver
than us who don’t mind making a spectacle of themselves. Although to tell the
truth, the good air guitarists are really good, while the mediocre one simply
get booed and laughed at.”

 

Boy howdy to that.

 

Nuge: If You Lick ‘Em… Suck It?

 

Supreme Court strikes down D.C. gun ban; Nuge goes
ballistic.

By Randy Harward

 

Following a 5-4 Supreme
Court decision calling Washington,
D.C.’s 32-year-old ban on
owning handguns unconstitutional, classic rocker, carnivore and rifle-toter Ted
Nugent still couldn’t resist
shooting off his mouth. In a statement titled “A “Supreme”
Court? I Can Do Better,” the Nuge carped that anything less than complete,
unfettered access to firearms an outrage and only “asinine,”
“soul-dead,” “low-life scoundrels” would think otherwise.

 

It gets better–or worse.
From the bellicose statement:

 

“Keep-this means the gun is mine and you can’t
have it. This does not mean I will register it with a government agency. The
government works for “we the people,” not the other way around, regardless of
what Hillary Clinton, Ted Kennedy, Hitler, Mao Tse Tung, Pol Pot, Saddam
Hussein or Barack Hussein Obama or 4 supreme justices may try to tell
you.”

 

No matter your stance on the
issue, you have to wonder if Nuge is too stupid to know when he’s won.
Anyone with rudimentary counting skills and retaining at least five out of
their twenty digits can tell you that five beats four, game goes to Nuge, the
NRA and D.C. residents who wish to keep handguns in their homes. True, the
Antonin Scalia-written decision doesn’t affect the illegality of carrying
weapons outside the home, and the guns must still be registered with law
enforcement, but is he serious?

 

Going off half-cocked like
this is why it’s easy to see some gun enthusiasts–and even easier to view
weekend militia-men–as hopelessly bonkers. Here Nuge’s side
has managed to squash a big part of a gun control bill that stood for more than three decades, but because the
decision is a partial victory–not to mention a 5-4 squeaker, it’s
cause to crank up the dyspeptic rhetoric and air raid sirens? Even NRA
Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre realizes the significance–he’s
using the decision to mobilize efforts to strike down handgun bans in Chicago and San
Francisco. And even notoriously dim President
Bush sees it’s a good thing:

 

“As a longstanding
advocate of the rights of gun owners in America, I applaud the Supreme Court’s
historic decision today confirming what has always been clear in the
Constitution: the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and
bear firearms,” Bush said [in a statement].

 

Uncle Teddy seems to say, to
borrow from one of his album titles, that when he licks you, well,
why don’t you just suck it? (We’re pretty sure that infringes on our personal
freedom, Unkie.) Ain’t it all about compromise? Can we get a little tit
for rat-a-tat? That is, in light of your victory, can you shut yer yap for
a minute and, I dunno, pause to consider the significance of what has
transpired? (Yes, we are setting you up for the delicious irony of hearing you
cry about your 1st Amendment rights, you braying jackass. Hee-haw.)

 

For your entertainment, the
unabriged screed:

 

 

A “SUPREME” COURT?  I CAN DO
BETTER                            

by Ted Nugent

 

It is glaringly obvious that a critical lesson in history 101 is
due in America, for it appears that not only does a lunatic fringe of
anti-freedom Americans dismiss our founding fathers’ clear declaration of
independence and succinct enumeration of our God-given individual rights, but
some Americans have the arrogance and audacity to question whether the right to
self-defense is indeed one of these individual rights. Dear God in heaven, who
could be this soulless? How about 4 out of the 9 so called “Supreme” justices
of the land. God help us all.

 

Who could be so asinine as to believe that a free man has no such
right to keep and bear arms for self-defense? What kind of low-life scoundrel
would know that courageous heroes of the U.S. Military would volunteer over and
over again to sacrifice and die for such self-evident truths, then turn around
and spit on their graves by discounting the very freedoms that these brave men
and women have died to protect?

 

Will these supreme legal scholars also affirm an individual right
to choose the religion of our individual choice? Do they authorize our
individual freedom of speech? Can you imagine? Them is fighting words my
friends, and the line drawn in the sand has never been more outrageous.

 

Recent USA Today and Gallup polls showed a whopping 73% of good
Americans know damn well that we are all created equal, and that we each have
an individual right to protect our life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. What
kind of jackass doesn’t know this? Allow the guitar player to translate for the
soul-dead among us.

 

Keep-this
means the gun is mine and you can’t have it. This does not mean I will register
it with a government agency. The government works for “we the people,” not the
other way around, regardless of what Hillary Clinton, Ted Kennedy, Hitler, Mao
Tse Tung, Pol Pot, Saddam Hussein or Barack Hussein Obama or 4 supreme justices
may try to tell you.

 

Bear-this
means I’ve got it right here, on me, either in my grasp or damn near. This does
not mean locked away in a safe, trigger-locked or stored at the local sporting
club.

 

Shall not be infringed-this of course is another way of saying Don’t tread on me, for we will not be your willing crime victims, subjects, servants or slaves, so
don’t even think about it.

 

When the evil King’s gangsters came to collect unfair taxes from
Americans, we tossed their tea into the drink. When they came to disarm us into
helplessness against their old world tyrannical ways, we met them at Concord Bridge and shot them dead till they quit
treading on us. Any questions children? I didn’t think so.

 

Corrupt men cannot be trusted, hence the right of “the people” to
choose the individual church of our choice, to speak our individual ideas
and beliefs, to have individual freedom from unwarranted searches and
seizures, and ultimately, to exercise our individual right to keep and
bear arms so that evildoers cannot do unto us that which we would not do unto
them. Get it? I would love to meet the human being who would argue these points
with us. We would be looking at a fascist, and of course fascists, by all
historical and empirical evidence, must be eliminated.

 

If you value the American Way, if you believe in the words and
spirit of the US Constitution and our sacred Bill of Rights, if you know in
your heart that you have the right, the duty, the spiritual obligation to
protect yourself and your loved ones from evil in all of its forms, then you
had best contact each and every one of your elected officials right away and let
them know that you know exactly what the Second Amendment says and stands for.
Remind them about the “shall not be infringed” clause.

 

It will not be the fault of the rotten anti-Americans out there
who don’t believe in individual rights that rape and pillage our Constitution,
it will be the fault of those who know better but failed to speak up. Now is
the time to fortify America,
and we better inform the Supreme Court just who truly is the “Supreme” Court of
America-We the people. Individual people with individual, God given rights. The
real America.
Live free or die.

 

 

 

 

CHANNEL GUIDE: Friday Music

 

Compiled by Blurt Staff

 

57 channels and nothin’ on? Not likely. Here’s BLURT’s top
music television picks of the day. The time is followed by the
network/cable/satellite channel, then the name of the program and/or featured
artist(s). All times are EST. For a comprehensive hour-by-hour listing, go to
the VH1 Rock On TV site.
Note that for certain channels, shows frequently repeat during the day on or
subsequent days.

 

 

TIME (EST) / CHANNEL
/ PROGRAM / ARTIST(S)

 

7:35 AM TMC: The Jazz Singer (1980) w/Neil Diamond

 

11:00 AM RAVE HD: Other Voices: Ray Davies , Candie Payne ,
Mick Flannery , Glen Hansard , Markéta Irglová , Glen Hansard & Marketa
Irglova

 

1:00 PM MHD: Storytellers: Pearl
Jam

 

2:00 PM MHD: Storytellers: Coldplay

 

2:30 PM FUEL: The Daily Habit: Damien Jurado

 

4:00 PM RAVE HD: Rave HD Concerts: Oasis Live at Manchester Stadium

 

5:00 PM MHD: FNMTV Premieres: Lil Wayne , Duffy , Vampire
Weekend, Boys Like Girls , Lil Mama , Shawty Lo

 

5:00 PM Showtime: End of the Century: The Story of the
Ramones

 

7:00 PM MOJO: London Live!:
The Charlatans UK
, Richard Ashcroft, The Streets

 

7:00 PM VH1C: The Doors (1991)

 

9:00 PM Rave HD Concerts: Kaiser Chiefs: Live at the
Trabendo

 

10:00 PM Sundance: Wilco – I Am Trying To Break Your Heart

 

12:35 AM NBC: Late Night with Conan O’Brien: Raconteurs

 

1:00 AM: The Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav

 

1:30 AM VH1 Classic in Concert: Twisted Sister

 

1:35 AM NBC: Last Call with Carson Daly: P.O.D.

 

2:00 AM VH1 Classic in Concert: Heaven & Hell – Live
From Radio City

NIN: 2 More Ways To Give Us The Slip

 

Nine Inch Nails  to offer limited CD/DVD and unlimited vinyl
editions of album.

By Blurt
Staff

 

Let’s hear
it for added value: After offering its latest album, The Slip, as a free download, Nine Inch
Nails has prepared two physical releases of the album, both with a price
tag.

 

On July 22
comes a six-panel digipak CD/DVD iteration of The Slip, limited to a scant 250,000 copies (get ’em while
they’re hot, people) and containing tour rehearsal footage, 24-page
booklet–and stickers! Then on August 5, and here’s marketing brilliance
for ya, they’ll unleash an unlimited gatefold 180-gram vinyl version of the album. (Each retails for $24.98.)

 

Maybe
somebody should tell Trent Reznor he has this backwards–or maybe this is just
another upside-down, bizarro NIN twist? The mind reels.

 

 

Nuge: If You Lick 'Em… Suck It?

 

Supreme Court strikes down D.C. gun ban; Nuge goes
ballistic.

By Randy Harward

 

Following a 5-4 Supreme
Court decision calling Washington,
D.C.’s 32-year-old ban on
owning handguns unconstitutional, classic rocker, carnivore and rifle-toter Ted
Nugent still couldn’t resist
shooting off his mouth. In a statement titled “A “Supreme”
Court? I Can Do Better,” the Nuge carped that anything less than complete,
unfettered access to firearms an outrage and only “asinine,”
“soul-dead,” “low-life scoundrels” would think otherwise.

 

It gets better–or worse.
From the bellicose statement:

 

“Keep-this means the gun is mine and you can’t
have it. This does not mean I will register it with a government agency. The
government works for “we the people,” not the other way around, regardless of
what Hillary Clinton, Ted Kennedy, Hitler, Mao Tse Tung, Pol Pot, Saddam
Hussein or Barack Hussein Obama or 4 supreme justices may try to tell
you.”

 

No matter your stance on the
issue, you have to wonder if Nuge is too stupid to know when he’s won.
Anyone with rudimentary counting skills and retaining at least five out of
their twenty digits can tell you that five beats four, game goes to Nuge, the
NRA and D.C. residents who wish to keep handguns in their homes. True, the
Antonin Scalia-written decision doesn’t affect the illegality of carrying
weapons outside the home, and the guns must still be registered with law
enforcement, but is he serious?

 

Going off half-cocked like
this is why it’s easy to see some gun enthusiasts–and even easier to view
weekend militia-men–as hopelessly bonkers. Here Nuge’s side
has managed to squash a big part of a gun control bill that stood for more than three decades, but because the
decision is a partial victory–not to mention a 5-4 squeaker, it’s
cause to crank up the dyspeptic rhetoric and air raid sirens? Even NRA
Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre realizes the significance–he’s
using the decision to mobilize efforts to strike down handgun bans in Chicago and San
Francisco. And even notoriously dim President
Bush sees it’s a good thing:

 

“As a longstanding
advocate of the rights of gun owners in America, I applaud the Supreme Court’s
historic decision today confirming what has always been clear in the
Constitution: the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and
bear firearms,” Bush said [in a statement].

 

Uncle Teddy seems to say, to
borrow from one of his album titles, that when he licks you, well,
why don’t you just suck it? (We’re pretty sure that infringes on our personal
freedom, Unkie.) Ain’t it all about compromise? Can we get a little tit
for rat-a-tat? That is, in light of your victory, can you shut yer yap for
a minute and, I dunno, pause to consider the significance of what has
transpired? (Yes, we are setting you up for the delicious irony of hearing you
cry about your 1st Amendment rights, you braying jackass. Hee-haw.)

 

For your entertainment, the
unabriged screed:

 

 

A “SUPREME” COURT?  I CAN DO
BETTER                            

by Ted Nugent

 

It is glaringly obvious that a critical lesson in history 101 is
due in America, for it appears that not only does a lunatic fringe of
anti-freedom Americans dismiss our founding fathers’ clear declaration of
independence and succinct enumeration of our God-given individual rights, but
some Americans have the arrogance and audacity to question whether the right to
self-defense is indeed one of these individual rights. Dear God in heaven, who
could be this soulless? How about 4 out of the 9 so called “Supreme” justices
of the land. God help us all.

 

Who could be so asinine as to believe that a free man has no such
right to keep and bear arms for self-defense? What kind of low-life scoundrel
would know that courageous heroes of the U.S. Military would volunteer over and
over again to sacrifice and die for such self-evident truths, then turn around
and spit on their graves by discounting the very freedoms that these brave men
and women have died to protect?

 

Will these supreme legal scholars also affirm an individual right
to choose the religion of our individual choice? Do they authorize our
individual freedom of speech? Can you imagine? Them is fighting words my
friends, and the line drawn in the sand has never been more outrageous.

 

Recent USA Today and Gallup polls showed a whopping 73% of good
Americans know damn well that we are all created equal, and that we each have
an individual right to protect our life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. What
kind of jackass doesn’t know this? Allow the guitar player to translate for the
soul-dead among us.

 

Keep-this
means the gun is mine and you can’t have it. This does not mean I will register
it with a government agency. The government works for “we the people,” not the
other way around, regardless of what Hillary Clinton, Ted Kennedy, Hitler, Mao
Tse Tung, Pol Pot, Saddam Hussein or Barack Hussein Obama or 4 supreme justices
may try to tell you.

 

Bear-this
means I’ve got it right here, on me, either in my grasp or damn near. This does
not mean locked away in a safe, trigger-locked or stored at the local sporting
club.

 

Shall not be infringed-this of course is another way of saying Don’t tread on me, for we will not be your willing crime victims, subjects, servants or slaves, so
don’t even think about it.

 

When the evil King’s gangsters came to collect unfair taxes from
Americans, we tossed their tea into the drink. When they came to disarm us into
helplessness against their old world tyrannical ways, we met them at Concord Bridge and shot them dead till they quit
treading on us. Any questions children? I didn’t think so.

 

Corrupt men cannot be trusted, hence the right of “the people” to
choose the individual church of our choice, to speak our individual ideas
and beliefs, to have individual freedom from unwarranted searches and
seizures, and ultimately, to exercise our individual right to keep and
bear arms so that evildoers cannot do unto us that which we would not do unto
them. Get it? I would love to meet the human being who would argue these points
with us. We would be looking at a fascist, and of course fascists, by all
historical and empirical evidence, must be eliminated.

 

If you value the American Way, if you believe in the words and
spirit of the US Constitution and our sacred Bill of Rights, if you know in
your heart that you have the right, the duty, the spiritual obligation to
protect yourself and your loved ones from evil in all of its forms, then you
had best contact each and every one of your elected officials right away and let
them know that you know exactly what the Second Amendment says and stands for.
Remind them about the “shall not be infringed” clause.

 

It will not be the fault of the rotten anti-Americans out there
who don’t believe in individual rights that rape and pillage our Constitution,
it will be the fault of those who know better but failed to speak up. Now is
the time to fortify America,
and we better inform the Supreme Court just who truly is the “Supreme” Court of
America-We the people. Individual people with individual, God given rights. The
real America.
Live free or die.

 

 

 

 

Paul Weller Mounts “Extensive” U.S. Tour

 

Nine shows, seven cities, two coasts… any questions?

By Fred
Mills

 

Paul Weller. You know the
name: Jam, Style Council,  solo icon. His
new album 22 Dreams, which went to #1
in England
upon its recent release, is due Stateside on July 22 from Yep Roc. Naturally
he’ll be touring in support of it, and his label’s calling it his “most
extensive U.S.
tour in years.” Funny thing, it’s a mere nine dates — maybe 9 shows would
amount to an “extensive” U.K.
tour? —and just in the usual major markets.

 

That’s okay. The rest of us
have YouTube. He is, after all, the modfather.

 

 

Paul Weller Tour Dates:

September 02 Los Angeles, CA The
Wiltern
September 03 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
September 04 San Francisco, CA The Filmore
September 09 Boston, MA Berklee Performance Center
September 10 New York, NY Nokia Theatre
September 11 New York, NY Highline Ballroom
September 13 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
September 14 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero
September 16 Chicago, IL House of Blues

 

[Photo Credit: Lawrence
Watson
]

 

Nat Geo Webcasts Björk, Sigur Rós Saturday

 

 

Live in Iceland
TOMORROW — fans can see concert only at worldmusic.nationalgeographic.com.

By Blurt Staff

 

This just in: Nat Geo Music, the music division of National
Geographic Entertainment, will Webcast an open-air Náttúra concert live from Iceland
on Saturday, June 28, 2008. Two of the world’s most important and visionary
musical entities, Björk and Sigur Rós, will headline the free
concert.

 

The event will be available exclusively at the National Geographic
Nat Geo Music site
from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET (begins at 8 p.m. BST/London or 7
p.m. GMT/Reykjavik).

 

To be held in a large park near the centre of Reykjavik,
all of the performances will be during daylight, with Iceland’s capital
city and dramatic rolling scenery providing a perfect backdrop to what is
expected to be one of the biggest concerts the country has seen. The Náttúra
concert looks to raise awareness of the impact of the growing aluminum smelting
activity on Iceland’s
natural landscape.

 

“One of Nat Geo Music’s main goals is to offer artists and experts
who care about global culture and the environment an outlet to create awareness
for important issues. Spotlighting these amazing artists performing live in a
spectacular backdrop allows our worldwide audience to enjoy great music and
become aware of Iceland’s
environmental concerns and join the conversation,” said David Beal, president
of National Geographic Entertainment.

 

Commenting on the gig, Björk said: “Too often battles being fought
for nature turn into something negative and into mudslinging. We will not go
that way, we are not saying that this and that is forbidden, we are
rather asking ‘what about all these other possibilities?’ The 21st
century is not going to be another oil century but rather a century where we
need to recycle, think green and design both power plants and our surroundings
in harmony with nature.”

Sigur Rós, who released their fifth
album, Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust, this week, believes the
issue of aluminum smelting in Iceland
is one that can no longer be ignored. “We are not a political band and don’t
think musicians should set themselves as spokespeople on anything at all, but
sometimes you see things going on in your own back yard and find that just as a
human being you cannot stand by and do nothing. The changes that are going on
in Iceland
need to be the subject of debate and not snuck through the back door because no
one lives in the wilderness and there is urban apathy or a general lack of
awareness,” said Sigur Rós vocalist Jón Thor Birgisson.

 

 

 

Nick Cave w/Book, Fall Tour

Notes, lyrics book due in
July; Sept. tour with Cat Power and Spiritualized.

By
Blurt Staff

 

 

Additionally, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds are
set to release their Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!  book on July 8th. The 46-page hard back four inch square book contains
exclusive handwritten lyrics and notes by Nick Cave, photos and illustrations,
a three inch CD of the single ‘Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!’, plus an
interview with Nick Cave and British artists Tim Noble And Sue Webster who
created the cover art for the album.

 

Nick Cave writes:

 

“The
little book is about the making of the song ‘Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!’ It is a
curiosity that deals with the preparation and final glorious outcome of a
project that began on the back of an envelope, a literal ‘scrap’ of an idea and
ended up evolving into a genuine cultural icon and classic rock ‘n’ roll song,
due to the collaborative efforts of myself, The Bad Seeds and Brit artists Sue
Webster and Tim Noble. The song, which is a comic re-imagining of the Lazarus
myth (placing the recently ‘risen’ Lazarus in 70’s New York City) is
accompanied by an eight foot square light sculpture, employing over 750 light
bulbs, built by Webster and Noble. This little book documents the journey of
this mammoth collaboration. Dig it!!!”

 

The book will be available
from Amazon.com, Borders and independent music retailers and bookstores
nationwide.

 

In other Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds news,
the band will follow their summer European festival dates with their first North American tour in five
years.  A stop at the historic Hollywood
Bowl
in Los Angeles,
with opening acts Cat Power and Spiritualized, will kick off the long-awaited
tour in grand style.

 

 

Tour Dates:

 

09-16 San
Diego, CA – 4th & B
09-17 Los Angeles, CA
– Hollywood Bowl

09-20 San Francisco, CA –
Warfield Theatre
09-22 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
09-23 Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
09-26 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
09-29 Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
10-01 Toronto, Ontario – Kool Haus
10-02 Montreal, Quebec – Metropolis
10-04 New York, NY – WaMu Theater at MSG
10-05 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club

 

 

GEORGE CARLIN EDITION CH. GUIDE: Sat/Sun Music

Compiled by Blurt Staff

 

57 channels and nothin’ on? Not likely. Here’s BLURT’s top
music television picks of the day. The time is followed by the
network/cable/satellite channel, then the name of the program and/or featured
artist(s). All times are EST. For a comprehensive hour-by-hour listing, go to
the VH1 Rock On TV site.
Note that for certain channels, shows frequently repeat during the day on or
subsequent days.

 

 

PRESS RELEASE FROM NBC:

 

NBC’S
“SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE” REMEMBERS GEORGE CARLIN THIS WEEKEND

 

“SNL”
Honors Legendary Comedian George Carlin, Re-Airing Its 1975 Premiere Episode
with Carlin as Host.

 

As hilarious and heartfelt tributes pour in marking the passing of
groundbreaking comedian George Carlin, “Saturday Night Live” pays
tribute on Saturday, June 28 (11:30 p.m.-1:00 a.m. ET), re-airing its premiere
episode that featured Carlin as host.

 

Remembering
Carlin, “Saturday Night Live” creator and executive producer Lorne
Michaels noted: “You never forget the people who were there at the
beginning. George Carlin helped give ‘Saturday Night Live’ its start as our
first host. He was gracious, fearless, and most important of all, funny.”

 

Typifying the
show’s “of-the-moment” sensibility that would continue throughout its
over thirty-year history, Carlin was brought in as the first host of the
groundbreaking comedy show. Carlin performed three individual monologues on the
program that also introduced audiences to the now legendary “Not Ready For
Prime-Time Players” Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Chevy
Chase, Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris, Larraine Newman and Gilda
Radner.

 

The 1975
episode also features musical guests Janis Ian and Billy Preston as well as a
landmark performance from comedian Andy Kaufman.

 

 

 

 

TIME (EST) / CHANNEL
/ PROGRAM / ARTIST(S)

 

 

SATURDAY 6-28-08

 

9:00 AM Biography: Dean Martin

 

12:00 PM MHD: This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

 

1:00 PM VH1C: Heavy: The Story of Metal

 

3:30 PM RAVE HD: Beautiful Noise: Neko Case

 

6:00 PM VH1 Classic in Concert: Poison – Live, Raw &
Uncut

 

8:00 PM Great American Country: Opry Live: Dwight Yoakam ,
Joe Nichols , Charley Pride , Jennifer Hanson

 

9:00 PM MHD: Pet Shop Boys: A Life in Pop

 

9:00 PM PBS: Austin
City Limits: Blues
Traveler / Café Tacuba

                       

9:30 PM VH1C: Tommy (1975)

 

11:00 PM MTV2: Headbangers Ball: Lamb of God

 

11:30 PM NBC: Saturday Night Live – October 11, 1975: George
Carlin / Billy Preston / Janis Ian

 

***

 

SUNDAY 6-29-08

 

 

11:00 AM Great American Country: Master Series: John Hiatt

 

11:00 AM MHD: Radiohead: From The Basement

 

12:00 PM HDNet Concert Series: Hootie and the Blowfish Live
in Charleston

 

12:00 PM RAVE HD: Montreux Jazz Festival 1991: Ray Charles ,
Robert Cray , The Moody Blues

 

2:00 – 12:00 PM VH1C: The History of Rock ‘N’ Roll:

 

3:00 PM HDNet Concert Series: Gorillaz – Demon Days Live

 

4:00 PM RAVE HD: From The Basement: Beck , Jamie Lidell ,
Jarvis Cocker

 

7:00 PM MHD: O.A.R. – Live From Madison Square
Garden

 

7:00 PM Sundance: Forty Shades of Blue (2005) w/J. Blackfoot
, Jim Dickinson , Sid Selvidge , Tommy Burroughs

 

8:00 PM ET HDNet Concert Series: John Mellencamp Live at
Walter Reed

 

10:30 PM MOJO: London Live!: Newton Faulkner ,
Alphabeat , David Jordan , The Futureheads

 

11:15 PM HDNet Concert Series: Willie Nelson Live at Billy
Bob’s

 

12:00 AM VH1C: Storytellers:  Billy Idol

 

1:00 AM VH1C: Unplugged: Nirvana