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Flight of the Conchords (Oct 20)

24th Jul 09 (Fri) Leave a comment

Well, after a false start (it was supposed to be released Apr 14), the 2nd album by New Zealand/HBO comedy duo Flight of Conchords is set to be released October 20th, 2009 on Sub Pop Records.  The songs are from the group’s 2nd season on HBO (out on DVD August 4th).

Check out the full tracklist for I Told You I Was Freaky below:

  1. Hurt Feelings
  2. Sugalumps
  3. We’re Both in Love with a Sexy Lady
  4. I Told You I Was Freaky
  5. Demon Woman
  6. Rambling Through the Avenues of Time
  7. Fashion Is Danger
  8. Petrov, Yelyena and Me
  9. Too Many Dicks (On the Dance Floor)
  10. You Don’t Have to Be a Prostitute
  11. Friends
  12. Carol Brown
  13. Angels

Check out my review of their show on May 14, 2009 in Portland, OR.

~Dan – np: Dave DouglasThe Infinite

REVIEW: Flight of the Conchords @ the Schnitzer (Portland, OR – 5/14/09)

15th May 09 (Fri) 5 comments

Well, let’s just say… this show was mutha’uckin’ AWESOME!!!

Before the show, there was a spot-on Murray look-a-like in the crowd.  A little bit younger looking, but definitely pretty damn close.  At around 7:45pm, the lights dimmed and what sounded like Jemaine (from FOTC) announced the opener.  Arj Barker, who plays Dave on HBO’s Flight of the Conchords show, came out and did a hilarious 30-minute stand-up routine.  Very witty humor.  He’s got a Comedy Central special coming soon, plus he’ll be doing his own solo tour later in the year.  Should be fun… I’d definitely recommend Arj, and if he comes near me again (Eugene, please?), I’ll be there.

Arj introduced Flight of the Conchords Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie immediately after his set, and they came out swinging right away in their robot costumes.  To which they immediately broke into a song from their 2nd season, “Too Many Dicks on the Dance Floor.”  They never got back into their robot costumes again, which was… well… unfortunate.  Great show though.  They also had a cellist, Nigel, who was “New Zealand’s symphony orchestra.”  Due to budget cuts, Nigel is the entire NZ symphony orchestra. :)  Here’s what they played…

Setlist: (YT: YouTube video from the HBO show)

  • Too Many Dicks on the Dance Floor (YT)
  • Hurt Feelings (YT) (*a fave of the night*)
  • The Ballad of Stana
  • The Most Beautiful Girl (in the Room) (YT) (*a fave of the night*)
  • Carol Brown (Stick Around)
  • Jenny
  • Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros (YT) (*a fave of the night*)
  • I’m Not Crying (YT)
  • Freebird (upon request, but we think it was a planted request… Bret moved over to drums)
  • Mutha’uckas (YT) (Bret continuing on drums*a fave of the night*)
  • Business Time (YT) (*a fave of the night*)
  • Think About It (Think, Think About It) (YT)
  • Lazy Eye
  • Sugalumps (YT)
  • Encore: Albi the Racist Dragon (YT)
  • Bus Driver’s Song
  • Bowie (YT)

The only real disappointment was the obvious lack of “Robot Song (The Humans Are Dead)” (YT).  “Foux Da Fa Fa” (YT), “If You’re Into It” (YT), and “Ladies of the World” (YT) would have been fun, too.  They show was really great, though.  They played and talked and talked and played for an hour and 45 minutes.  Really funny, and I liked most of the new songs… I’m looking forward to the 2nd season when it comes out on DVD (as I don’t have HBO).  I wasn’t able to take any photos due to the venue’s rules.  Here is one from SPIN‘s Miami review (more further down in the links):

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~Dan – np: Wynton MarsalisHe and She

Flight of the Conchords Tour 2009

30th Jan 09 (Fri) Leave a comment

Flight of the Conchords tour dates:
4/6, Tampa, FL, (Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center)@
4/7, Coral Gables, FL (University of Miami BankUnited Center)@
4/8, Orlando, FL (UCF Arena)@
4/10, Nashville, TN (Ryman Auditorium)@
4/11, Atlanta, GA (Fox Theatre)@
4/13, Washington, D.C. (Constitution Hall)@
4/14, New York, NY (Radio City Music Hall)@
4/17, Boston, MA (Agganis Arena)@
4/18, Philadelphia, PA (Tower Theatre) (two shows)@
4/19, Kent, OH (Kent State University)@
4/21-22, Toronto, ON (Massey Hall)#
4/24, Detroit, MI (Fox Theatre)#
4/25, Bloomington, IN (IU Auditorium)#
4/26, Madison, WI (Overture Center for the Arts)#
4/28, Chicago, IL (Aerie Crown)#
4/30, St. Louis, MO (Fox Theatre)#
5/2, Milwaukee, WI (Riverside Theatre / 2 shows)#
5/3, Minneapolis, MN (Northrop Auditorium#
5/5, Dallas, TX (Nokia Theatre)#
5/6, Houston, TX (Jones Hall)#
5/7, Austin, TX (Bass Concert Hall)#
5/10, Vancouver, BC (Center in Vancouver for the Performing Arts)$
5/11-12, Seattle, WA (Paramount Theatre)$
5/14, Portland, OR, (Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall)$  (hell yeah!)
5/16, Denver, CO (Red Rocks Amphitheatre)%
5/17, Salt Lake City, UT (Abravanel Hall)$
5/19, Phoenix, AZ (Dodge Theatre)$
5/20, San Diego, CA (RIMAC Arena)$
5/22, Santa Barbara, CA (County Bowl)$
5/23, Las Vegas, NV (The Joint)$
5/24, Los Angeles, CA (Greek Theatre)$
5/25, Berkeley, CA (Berkeley Community Theatre / 2 shows)$
(@ w/Kristen Schaal)
(# w/Eugene Mirman)
($ w/Arj Barker)
(% w/Iron & Wine and Arj Barker)

fright of the conchords

13th Jan 09 (Tue) 7 comments

There’s no reason to be afraid of New Zealand’s 4th most popular comedy folk duo.  They’re mostly harmless, and they’re back for both a 2nd season on HBO (or eventually on DVD for those non-HBO subscribers like me) and a second album as well. 

The Flight of the Conchords… looking… longingly and forlorn…?

As reported in SPIN, the kiwis are releasing their 2nd CD this coming April on Sub Pop Records (April 14th to be exact).  Australian singer (and Zero 7 collaborator) Sia guests on a track.  Also, if you pre-order the album from Sub Pop, you get the singles right after they air on the TV show (as well as some songs not on the TV show).

~Dan – np: Criss AngelSystem 2 in the Trilogy

PS- the new 3rd -gen Prius looks freakin’ rad…

Flight of the Conchords – 2nd season premiere (online)

18th Dec 08 (Thu) 1 comment

 The first episode of the second season of the New Zealand comedy Flight of the Conchords has premiered a month early on Funny or Die.

From Paste:

In the second season opener, Bret and Jemaine are quick to fire their affable manager, Murray. After the addition and swift subtraction of a new band member last season, Murray has spent much of his time with the Flight of the Conchords reject, who formed a new and rather popular band that Murray manages, Crazy Dogs. But the boys bounce back, scoring a job writing a jingle for a women’s-only organic toothpaste. In a Conchord first, Murray sings a solo ditty after Jemaine and Bret leave his (brand new, huge!) office. The tune is pretty painful, but overall the episode is predictably hilarious considering the very talented sources.

The show returns to the regular airwaves on HBO on Sunday, Jan. 18 at 10 p.m. EST, but you can watch it now at Funny or Die (click link below):

FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS – SEASON 2 PREMIERE

~Dan – np: AuragamiEsoteric

http://www.myspace.com/auragami

Flight of the Conchords – Live at Amoeba

19th Oct 08 (Sun) 3 comments

Bret & Jemaine are Flight of the Conchords (formerly New Zealand’s fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo).  A 52-minute in-store video from Amoeba Records (from April ’08)…

(click keytars for link to video… or just use the link below)

http://www.amoeba.com/live-shows/videos/flight-of-the-conchords.html

With poisonous gases, they’ll poison your asses…

~Dan – np: Frank ZappaJoe’s Menage

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