I don't really stay up late to watch the variety shows, but among the late night stars, you would have to agree that Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Fallon are the more internet savvy host. You can tell because their guests include internet-stars and commentaries on the latest viral videos.
Jimmy Fallon's latest album release, Blow Your Pants Off, is coming out June 12th, and features audio recording of his music-related skits that originally aired on his show. I think it's a smart move to bring awareness to how creative and original his songs are, and also involves absolutely no work on his part because all these songs are done and recorded!
Overall, this is a great comedy/music album, but I do have some issues with it: because it was recorded with a live studio audience, you do hear the laughter and hand-claps. I know sometime it's good to hear the crowd's feedback, but sometime it is distracting and it feels like you're missing out because you're wondering what the visual cues were. In fact, I ended up going online to try and track some of these videos to see what I was missing. Unfortunately, due to the wisdom of NBC, most of these videos are not available on youtube because of copyright take-downs. It's also lame because NBC refuses to put up these clips on their own website (was this done specifically to sell Fallon's album?)
The other problem I had was that I'm not that into kid pop songs, so the cover of "Whip My Hair" by Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen was lost on me, but I got the gist of it because Young does an excellent re-imagining of "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (his version actually sounds pretty amazing). Same goes for Rebecca Black's "Friday" cover, which is seriously outdated (hey, people it's 2012).
The songs I did "get", I absolutely think they are pretty incredible and funny. "Tebowie" is a stand-out cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity", about Tim Tebow's Christian faith. Sample lyrics:
Tim Tebow to Jesus Christ
Can't win by myself but with your help I might
Tim Tebow to Jesus Christ
Commencing fourth down hut hut hike
Snap the football and may God's love be with me
Like Tebowie, the Doors singing "Reading Rainbow" is pretty awesome too (just imagine that kids-friendly song turning into an acid-style trip as only Jim Morrison can sing). Same goes for Bob Dylan's "Charles in Charge".
A really entertaining album, it's highly recommended if you like Jimmy Fallon or comedy music. If you end up purchasing the album, you can get a variety of packages (the sunstache sunglasses looks amazing, I wish I could just order that by itself instead of the most expensive bundle) at blowyourpantsoff.com. If you would rather just get the digital album, iTunes is offering 2 bonus tracks not found on the standard CD: "Jeremy (Linsanity)" and "Let Us Play With Your Look". The latter is kind of a toss-away, the title is the only lyric that gets repeated until you want to shoot yourself. "Jeremy" is pretty funny, I believe that's Eddie Vedder singing about basketball player Jeremy Lin, but in the style of his band, Pearl Jam's famous "Jeremy" song.
PS, the cover, as shown on amazon is a censored version, you can see the uncensored version here. I don't really know what the big deal is, it's "tastefully" done and I just don't understand why people find it offensive.
Speaking of censored cover artwork - what is up with the censoring of Tenacious D's third album, Rize of the Phoenix? I had no issues with the album artwork, but I guess people are sensitive to these sort of things. It would've been less subtle if they had just called the album "Rise of the Penis", you know? If you want to see the uncensored artwork, click here.
As part of the promotion of the album, the duo offered audio commentary to each of their song via Spotify, which is great for people who has this software. Sorry, since I don't listen to music on my computer and don't want to pay for Spotify's mobile services, I'll just sit this one out.
Anyway, thanks to the controversy, the duo has been selling out their shows in London (but I suspect this has more to do with the star power of Jack Black and Dave Grohl).
Jun 05 O2 Academy Brixton London, UK
Jun 06 O2 Academy Brixton London, UK
Jun 07 O2 Academy Brixton London, UK
Jun 09 Download Festival Donnington Park, UK
Jun 10 O2 Apollo Manchester, UK
Jun 12 SECC Glasgow, UK
Jun 23 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN
Jun 25 Tabernacle Atlanta, GA
Jun 26 The Fillmore Charlotte Charlotte, NC
Jun 28 Hammerstein Ballroom New York, NY
Jun 29 Hammerstein Ballroom New York, NY
Jun 30 Penn's Landing Philadelphia, PA
Jul 02 Bank of America Pavilion Boston, MA
Jul 03 Mohegan Sun Arena Uncasville, CT
Jul 05 Echo Beach Toronto, ON, Canada
Jul 06 The Fillmore Detroit Detroit, MI
Jul 07 Aragon Ballroom Chicago, IL
Jul 19 Austin Music Hall Austin, TX
Jul 20 Palladium Ballroom Dallas, TX
Jul 21 Brady Theater Tulsa, OK
Jul 23 The Pageant St. Louis, MO
Jul 24 Uptown Theater Kansas City, MO
Jul 26 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Denver, CO
Jul 28 House of Blues Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
Jul 29 SDSU Open Air Theatre San Diego, CA
Speaking of sex, this comedy ukulele/acoustic duo Garfunkel and Oates released their third album, Slippery When Moist , four months ago (February 21, 2012). As you can guess, they took their name from the two sidekick partners of Simon & Garfunkel and Hall & Oates.
I think they are very funny, but their new song, "29/31", is borderline depressing! I guess it's funny if you're already married (one can only hope that Kate or Riki are still single). The song isn't on any album, I believe they just wrote it, you can see it for yourself on their blog.
By the way, my favorite song off the Bon Jovi-inspired title album is the 'accidently masturbating' song, "Kart Racing". If you haven't heard of it, just youtube it or something. Warning: you might get distracted and end up seeing their amazing one-take video for "Handjob, Bland Job, I don't understand Job":
Garfunkel and Oates is featured on Comedy Central's “The Half-Hour”, this June 8th. They will also be playing live at LARGO in Los Angeles on June 22nd. Expect to see them on HBO somewhen in the near future. I can only hope it'll be more like "Flight of the Conchords"-style comedy… but with more sex.