Category Archives: TV/Radio broadcast

Jesus Christ Superstar Announces Plans to Jump the Shark

Classic rock opera sacrificed on the altar of television…

By Uncle Blurt

When I was but a wee Uncle, my Episcopal reverend (yeah, I know that’s a revelation about me, but shoot, read the Book of Revelations and it’s in there… I digress…) loaded up me and a bunch of my fellow teenage longhaired miscreants in a church van and took us to see the traveling stage production of the still-fairly-recent Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice 1970 rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar. At this late date I can’t recall who played the titular role, although it definitely wasn’t the original concept album vocalist, Ian Gillan, as he was too busy burning down opera houses in Europe with Deep Purple. But it was still an awesome experience.

Since then, I, and presumably many of you who clicked on this news item, have experienced myriad emotions as regards the scores of JCS productions. Where’s Ted Neely and Carl Anderson when you need them? Today’s announcement that the rock opera is now headed to the small screen – or technically, in 2018 – brought back a lot of memories, some awesome, some iffy, some just…

According to the Hollywood Reporter:

“[NBC] has ordered a live production of the Broadway musical Jesus Christ Superstar that will premiere on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, who wrote the music and lyrics, respectively, for the 1971 rock opera, will executive produce with Marc Platt, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. While Zadan and Meron have exec produced every one of NBC’s live musical productions going back to The Sound of Music Live! in 2013, this marks a first for Webber, Rice and Platt. The latter most recently exec produced Fox’s Grease Live! in January 2016, which nabbed big ratings and won five Emmys, including one for Platt. (Platt also produced the smash movie musical La La Land.)

“Universal Television will produce with The Really Useful Group, Marc Platt Productions and Storyline Entertainment.”

 

Warpaint Is Ellen DeGeneres’ New Favorite Band

And they return the compliment.

By Fred Mills

Although distaff rockers Warpaint have kept a somewhat low profile the past few months, they earned the right to do whatever the eff they wanna do last year with the release of Heads Up, one of 2016’s hands-down best albums. As our reviewer put it, the album “elaborates upon the Warpaint signature dreampop while bringing in purposeful elements of dance-pop and post-rock… look for the band to be headlining larger and larger venues along the way.”

It would appear that prediction is coming true, as the group will be on a fairly huge tour this summer as opening act for Depeche Mode. Meanwhile, though, the ladies made a stopover at the Ellen show yesterday (April 25) in order to play DeGeneres’ personal request, “Whiteout,” from the 2016 album. Check it out, below — everybody looks more than just a little stoked, the perfect summit.

 

Not Yr Mom’s Josie & the Pussycats

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Not exactly a distaff Metallica axe-wielder with a Flying V, either…

Barbi Martinez

Everybody loving that new Riverdale yet? Yeah, me neither. And this clip from the CW’s take on Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica, Reggie, Moose (where the fuck is Moose?), et al, isn’t exactly going to make you rush out to buy the inevitable soundtrack CD either, particularly if you have long memories of the REAL (abeit, toon) Josie & the Pussycats. Not to mention the Archies, who should have sued (albeit, in toon court) Inner Circle (feat. Flo Rida) for that dumbass version of “Sugar Sugar” many moons ago. What’s next, Rihanna giving them advice on how to stuff their bras? Bleh. Incidentally, I take no responsibility for the Flying V photo above. Were there even any actual guitars being played in the clip? Girlfriend is playing the keys from what I can see….

Listen to Run The Jewels play “Running the Jews” on NPR’s “Wait wait…”

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Seriously. These dudes were on NPR. The radio network has certainly come along way since the time a certain popular indie musician likened listening to NPR to sitting in a hot tub with your grandmother…

By Fred Mills

It’s certainly not every day you get to hear Run the Jewels on NPR, but there they were this weekend, Killer Mike and El-P, trading bon mots with Peter Sagal on NPR mainstay Wait wait… Don’t Tell Me. Sagal seemed moderately in the loop with the guys, even when they digressed into a discussion of Meow the Jewels, and then it was time for them to play “Not My Job.” This time around, per the program’s usual play-on-words on a guest’s name or reputation, the topic was “Running The Jews,” i.e., a quiz on Rabbis. It was pretty awesome, and you can listen to it via the NPR podcast.

Sturgill Simpson Tears It Up on “Saturday Night Live”

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By Barbi Martinez

Aside from Alec Baldwin channeling some dude named… um, what was his name? Oh yeah, John Kasich! So aside from that, alt-country outlaw Sturgill Simpson was the standout of last night’s “Saturday Night Live,” doing “Keep It Between the Lines” and “Call to Arms” fromhis most recent album A Sailor’s Guide to Earth. Dig it:

Photo Credit: NBC

Listen to Portishead’s Geoff Barrow and composer Ben Salisbury’s Black Mirror Score

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Also check out two trailers for the show.

By Barbi Martinez

Acclaimed TV techno-thriller Black Mirror is just kicking off its third season, and as you may have heard, Geoff Barrow (Portishead) and Ben Salisbury have done the music for the episode titled “Men Against Fire.” You can hear excerpts from it, below. The full soundtrack for the season is out on Invada/Lakeshore. Invada, incidentally, has previously released music from Barrow’s side project BEAK>.) The British series was created by Charlie Brooker.

Video: Jeff Bridges Dudes Up a Dylan Song on Conan

 

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Dude, wassup!

By Barbi Martinez

The other night Jeff Bridges dropped by Conan O’Brien’s show to yak and perform (on keyboards) a version of Bob Dylan’s “The Man in Me” with the house band’s guitarist. The song, of course, is the one playing over the opening credits for The Big Lebowski, a film you may have heard of, right? Watch the clip, below.

And go HERE to read our interview with Bridges from 2012, conducted by Michael Plumides.

 

 

Watch Diarrhea Planet on Seth Meyers Show

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Shake it, brah!

By Blurt Staff

No, that’s not Status Quo reborn on the stage of Thursday’s Late Night With Seth Meyers, although considering the line-o-geetars and hair-shakin’ pulchritude, you’d be forgiven for making that assumption. Instead, it’s Diarrhea Planet in their official late night TV debut. They played “Ain’t No Sin” in support of their latest album Turn to Gold. The group is currently on tour, as as longtime staffer and DP enthusiast Jennifer Kelly put it in a live review of the band awhile back,”This is an ass-kicking band that gives everything it has every night on the road — and that they are also extremely nice guys.”

Check out the Meyers show clip, below.

Video: Courtney Barnett covers Grateful Dead on Fallon

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Boogie on, Courts…

By Blurt Staff

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon featured musical guest (and Blurt 2015 Artist of the Year) Courtney Barnett Friday night, and she performed an ear popping version of the Grateful Dead’s “New Speedway Boogie,” which she also recorded for the star-studded Day of the Dead (4AD) tribute album to you-know-who. Watch the live clip below.