Conan O’Brien’s Last Show Friday, Neil Young Guests

This morning, NBC announced that Friday will indeed be Conan O’Brien’s last show before Jay Leno returns to host The Tonight Show on March 1. (Fuck NBC! Fuck Leno! Fuck three late-night shows on one station!) According to the Associated Press, O’Brien will walk away with $33 million, and his reportedly disgruntled staff of 200 will split the remaining $12 million of the $45 million settlement, which amounts to roughly $60,000 per person. O’Brien reportedly plans to supplement the staff’s severance out of his own pocket.

The terms, the details of which have yet to be formally announced, allow O’Brien to work for another network for the fall season, but he can’t “disparage” NBC for a specified amount of time. More significantly, “intellectual properties” like Triumph, The Insult Comic Dog and Masturbating Bear are no longer his. (I suggest he symbolically kills them both on Friday.)

But it’s not over yet for the Cone-Zone: The lineup for O’Brien’s last show this Friday has already been announced, and to echo nearly every reporter in the nation, “he’s pulling out the big guns.” In addition to the affable Tom Hanks (Bosom Buddies, Ned on Family Ties) and the incorrigible Will Ferrell (Elf, Mugatu, made-for-TV movie Bucket of Blood), O’Brien has booked Neil Young as the final musical act, who performed a full week on O’Brien’s former Late Night show back in 2005.

I think Barry Manilow is performing tonight. Hm. Anyway, expect some expensive gags for O’Brien’s last two shows.

New Pornographers to Release Together on May 4

Matador Records have announced The New Pornographers’ latest release Together. The album is due May 4 and was “recorded in Vancouver, Brooklyn, Woodstock, and Catskill, NY.” It will feature all regular eight members plus guest appearances from St Vincent, Zach Condon (Beirut), and Will Sheff (Okkervil River). Three of the songs have been written by Dan Bejar, while the remaining nine were penned by A.C. Newman.

Their latest LP is the “supergroup’s” fifth full-length – but after that many albums, I guess you’re not really “super” anymore, since no one ever describes them like that now. They need to get Thom Yorke on board to resurrect their supergroup status. He seems bored at the moment.

18th Annual Noise Pop Festival Set to Snap, Crackle, and Pop in San Francisco; Dates and Lineup Teasers Announced

Noise Pop has been described as one of California’s most important music festivals,” says festival co-founder Kevin Arnold, “and is a perfect opportunity to experience San Francisco’s world renowned music scene, and the 18th year will be no exception.” In a move surely done to confirm Mr. Arnold’s predictions, the suits behind the Noise Pop Festival have begun to release dates, locations, and performers for the annual festival celebrating independent music, art, and film. The entire shebang is set to run February 23 through March 1, 2010 at venues throughout the San Francisco, CA metro area.

Artists already confirmed to play include The Magnetic Fields, Mark Kozelek, Rogue Wave, Atlas Sound, The Soundtrack of Our Lives, Four Tet, John Vanderslice, We Were Promised Jet Packs, Wallpaper, Zee Avi, The Limousines, Foreign Born, Yoko Ono (with Cornelius, Yuka Honda, Sean Lennon), The Dodos & Magik Magik Orchestra collaborative performance, !!!, Harlem, Deerhoof, Memory Tapes, The Fresh and Onlys, Scout Niblett, Far (Reunion Show), The Mumlers, P.E.E (Reunion Show), Mirah, Laura Gibson, Nico Vega, Japanese Motors, Princeton, Free Energy, The Growlers, Nurses, Magic Wands, The Lonely Forest, The Hot Toddies, Tempo No Tempo, and Judgement Day. Further announcements regarding shows, musicians, films, artists, and more will be forthcoming.

The festival will also play host to the Industry Noise conference where open discussions, panels, speakers, interpretive dances, and individual mentoring focusing on the topics of independent music, technology, artistic and musical business ventures, and the changing industry will take place on February 27 at the Swedish American Hall in San Fran.

Updates, and further information on the Industry Noise mini-conference, are available at their website.

Beirut/Arcade Fire Side Project Team B Wanna Give It to Ya… A Free EP, That Is. That’s Totally What I Meant. WHAT?

People love free stuff. I mean, look at you: you’re probably reading this because it said “free” in the headline, right? Yes, it’s true that Beirut/Arcade Fire side project Team B is giving fans a free download of its new EP, The Lost Son, which is pretty cool in and of itself. But do you know what’s even cooler than a free EP? A free EP with an accordion on it. That’s right: Beirut accordion dude Perrin Cloutier features on the recording. And bandleader Kelly Pratt uses words from Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Theodore Roethke as lyrics. Go on, download it.

Eyedea & Abilities Rock My World!

Yo! Eyedea & Abilities, those two white boys who won all those Scribble Jams, are on tour! Fuckin’ wild eh? I could hardly believe it myself.

01.28.10 - Duluth, MN - Pizza Luce
01.29.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Augsburg College
01.31.10 - Missoula, MT - The Palace
02.01.10 - Spokane, WA - The Blvd
02.02.10 - Calgary, AB - Republik
02.03.10 - Edmonton, AB - The Brixx Bar and Grill
02.05.10 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret
02.06.10 - Seattle, WA - Nectar Lounge
02.07.10 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
02.08.10 - Eugene, OR - WOW Hall
02.10.10 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
02.11.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
02.12.10 - Scottsdale, AZ - Chasers
02.13.10 - Flagstaff, AZ - Green Room
02.15.10 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad
02.16.10 - Denver, CO - The Marquis Theatre
02.18.10 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Saloon
02.19.10 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird
02.20.10 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon

Beach House Tour, Motorhome Feels Replaced

Ahoy! Beach House have emerged from their upstate New York recording lair and are ready to bliss out on the road this winter and spring in support of their January 26 Sub Pop debut, Teen Dream. Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand describe this album as one that’s thrown them for a loop: “We were forced to let go of people and things we were holding onto as individuals: normalcy, daily rituals, the ability to take care of ourselves. We were dropped into a wilderness, but we had more clarity than we’ve ever had before.” So what’s it going to do to audiences? Be a perv, apparently: “Rhythmically, there’s new motion. This record touches you. On your chest.”

Alto-voiced Bachelorette, a one-woman dance band from New Zealand, lends tour support for the first jaunt, and lo-fi roller disco aficionado Washed Out brings up the rear. It’s the Minimal Personnel Tour!

Everyone will fit in an Airstream trailer:

03.26.10 - Washington, DC - Black Cat #
03.27.10 - Middletown, CT - Wesleyan University
03.28.10 - Boston, MA - Paradise #
03.29.10 - Montreal, Quebec - La Sala Rosa #
03.30.10 - Toronto, Ontario - Opera House #
04.01.10 - Pontiac, MI - Pike Room #
04.02.10 - Chicago, IL - Metro #
04.03.10 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater #
04.04.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center #
04.05.10 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room #
04.06.10 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Saloon #
04.07.10 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater #
04.09.10 - Boise, ID - Neurolux #
04.10.10 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge #
04.11.10 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Rickshaw Theater #
04.12.10 - Seattle, WA - Neumos #
04.14.10 - San Francisco, CA - Bimbos #
04.15.10 - San Luis Obispo, CA - Downtown Brewing Co. #
04.19.10 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room *
04.21.10 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater %
04.22.10 - Austin, TX - Emo’s %
04.23.10 - Houston, TX - Walter’s %
04.24.10 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon %
04.25.10 - Tallahassee, FL - Engine Room %
04.27.10 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree %
04.28.10 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge %
04.29.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl %
04.30.10 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle Tavern %
05.01.10 - Chapel Hill, NC - Cat’s Cradle %
05.06.10 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
05.07.10 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
05.08.10 - Baltimore, MD - 2640 Space

But first:

01.22.10 - New York, NY - Late Night With Jimmy Falllon
01.24.10 - Park City, UT - Sundance Festival
01.26.10 - Brooklyn, NY - The Bell House
02.10.10 - Glasgow, Scotland - King Tuts
02.11.10 - Manchester, England - Islington Mill
02.12.10 - Leeds, England - Brudenell Social Club
02.13.10 - Dublin, Ireland - Whelans
02.14.10 - Belfast, Northern Ireland - Speakeasy
02.16.10 - Cardiff, Wales - Arts Centre
02.17.10 - London, England - Bush Hall
02.18.10 - Lille, France - L’Aéronef Club
02.18.10 - Saint-Malo, France - La Route du Rock
02.20.10 - Paris, France - La Maroquinerie
02.21.10 - Ghent, Belgium - Vooruit
02.22.10 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique
02.23.10 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
02.24.10 - Groningen, Netherlands - Vera
02.25.10 - Berlin, Germany - Roter Salon
02.26.10 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Loppen
02.27.10 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser
02.28.10 - Oslo, Norway - Parkteatret
03.02.10 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Pusterviksbaren (Club Woody West)
03.03.10 - Hamburg, Germany - Molotov
03.04.10 - Leipzig, Germany - UT Connwitz
03.05.10 - Munich, Germany - Feierwerk
03.06.10 - Zurich, Switzerland - Abart
03.08.10 - Newcastle, England - The Sage *
03.09.10 - Edinburgh, Scotland - The Queens Hall *
03.11.10 - Brighton, England - The Corn Exchange *
03.12.10 - Coventry, England - Warwick Arts Centre *
03.13.10 - London, England - Roundhouse *
03.14.10 - London, England - Roundhouse *
03.17.10 - Lisbon, Portugal - Lux Fragil
03.18.10 - Guimareas, Portugal - Centro Cultural Vila Flor

* Grizzly Bear
# Bachelorette
% Washed Out

[Photo: Jason Nocito]



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