Sub Pop allows Eugene Mirman to tour as long as he sticks to telling jokes

Sub Pop allows Eugene Mirman to tour as long as he sticks to telling jokes

For centuries, comedy and music have gone together like oil and vinegar, and the brilliant combination has opened the doors for such acts as The Darkness, Eddie Murphy, Dane Cook, Machine Gun Kelly, and Fleetwod Mac. Sub Pop is a label that is no stranger to having a few comedians in their lineup, and those dudes at the Sub Pop factory think it’s funny as shit to make these joke-tellers go on tour, opening up for bands.

Eugene Mirman (not to be confused with Donald Merman, the “Mermaid” comedian) is being forced to open for that savvy whistleblower, Andrew Bird, and he may or may not perform some of his famous jokes from Sub Pop albums like God Is a Twelve-Year-Old Boy with Asperger’s (ruh-roh Christian community, that sounds offensive!).

Mirman is best known as the landlord, Eugene, from Flight of the Conchords and the Russian kid, Eugene, from Home Movies who pees in Coach McGuirk’s canteen. My hunch for this specific Mirman tour is that he and Andrew Bird would be more than happy to play a duet rendition of Lou Reed’s “Women” if you shout the request obnoxiously 48 times in a row.


01.20.12 - San Francisco, CA - Cobb’s Comedy Club (Pretty Good Friends @ SF Sketchfest) *
01.21.12 - San Francisco, CA - Cobb’s Comedy Club (Pretty Good Friends @ SF Sketchfest) *
01.21.12 - San Francisco, CA - Cobb’s Comedy Club (Delocated Witness Protection Program Variety Show @ SF Sketchfest) #
03.15.12 - Dallas, TX - Majestic Theater $
03.16.12 - New Orleans, LA - Howlin Wolf $
03.17.12 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle $
03.19.12 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Audiotorium $
03.20.12 - Columbus, OH - Southern Theatre $
03.22.12 - St. Louis, MO - Pageant $
03.23.12 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater $
03.24.12 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater $
05.19.12 - Amherst, MA - Hampshire College

* Bobcat Goldthwait, Michael Showalter, Paul F. Tompkins, and more
# Jon Glaser, David Cross, Paul Rudd, Brett Gelman, Jessi Klein, Andy Blitz, and more
$ Andrew Bird

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RIP: Richard Lainhart, electronic composer

From Richard’s Facebook page:

Dear friends of Richard. This is Richard’s wife Caroline Meyers. I have very sad news to report to you all. Richard died yesterday December 30 from complications from surgery on December 22. He struggled valiantly to overcome his infection, but it was not to be. We are all in shock and cannot grasp the idea of his not making music, talking music, teaching, posting and playing.

Richard’s closest friends and I are planning a memorial service and I will let you know the date and time. I would be most grateful if you have a story about your connection to Richard if you could share it here and we can bring all your thoughts to the memorial when it happens.

I never thought I would write such a Facebook post as this and I beg your prayers for Richard Lainhart, musician and irreplaceable human being.

(Thanks to The Out Door for the tip.)

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RIP: Jim “Motorhead” Sherwood of Mothers of Invention

From The Guardian:

Jim “Motorhead” Sherwood, who has died aged 69, was a member of Frank Zappa’s original Mothers of Invention. He appeared on all the group’s early albums, up to and including Weasels Ripped My Flesh (1970), as well as on Zappa’s solo disc Lumpy Gravy. He later performed with the Grandmothers, a group of musicians who had accompanied Zappa during different phases of his career.

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RIP: Sam Rivers, jazz musician and composer

From Ottawa Citizen:

Members of New York’s jazz community including composer Darcy James Argue and trumpeters David Weiss and Marcus Printup are passing along word that the great saxophonist/composer/bandleader Sam Rivers died yesterday.

Rivers, who was 88 and lived near Orlando, Florida, made music with great stylistic breadth, informed by a wealth of inspirations. He was a striking figure in the story of free jazz, but he was also thoroughly steeped in the rigours of bebop. Rivers was a member of the Miles Davis Quintet in the 1960s before Wayne Shorter joined the group, and he appears on the 1964 album Miles in Tokyo. Rivers subsequently appeared on some bracing Blue Note recordings including the classic under his own leadership Fuchsia Swing Song, Tony Williams’ Spring and Life Time, Larry Young’s Into Somethin‘ and Bobby Hutcherson’s Dialogue.

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RIP: David Ypres of doom metal group Woods of Ypres

From BrooklynVegan:

David Gold, aka David Ypres frontman of Canadian doom metal team Woods of Ypres and member of The Northern Ontario Black Metal Preservation Society, passed away following a car accident yesterday near Barrie, ON, Canada. Gold was 31 years old and released three LPs with Woods of Ypres and was preparing to release a fourth via new home Earache. Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light is due on January 30th…

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RIP: Slim Dunkin, part of Waka Flocka Flame's Brick Squad Monopoly

From Rolling Stone:

The rapper Slim Dunkin was fatally shot at an Atlanta recording studio on Friday evening.

According to Atlanta police, Slim Dunkin was shot once in the chest with a handgun last night around 5:30 p.m. The rapper, whose real name is Mario Hamilton, was preparing to record a video in the studio when an argument broke out. […]

Slim Dunkin was considered to be a rising star in Waka Flocka Flame’s Brick Squad Monopoly. He was featured on several tracks by Waka Flocka Flame, including “Fuck the Club Up” and had recently released a 20-song mixtape featuring Gucci Mane, Roscoe Dash, and Pastor Troy. Atlanta police say that Slim Dunkin was in his early twenties.

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