The Muppets are having a busy week! First, the family of Jim Henson donated the “Sesame Street” characters to the National Museum of American History, part of the Smithsonion. Then, Cookie Monster, Elmo, Big Bird and the gang stopped by “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” to perform with The Roots. They sang — what else? — the “Sesame Street” theme song. Dying. DYING! [YouTube]
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Well, this is just the cutest! Mariah Carey visited “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” to perform a Christmas ditty with Fallon and The Roots and it’ll light up even the Grinchiest of hearts. “All I Want For Christmas (Is You)” is a fun song to begin with, but it’s even more adorable with the chorus of little kids in the front row.
I think we can all agree that the “Call Me Maybe” covers need to stop. Let the last and greatest be Carly Rae Jepsen herself covering “Call Me Maybe” with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots … on classroom instruments. Questlove with a kazoo FTW! [You Tube]
A few days ago, The Roots’ Questlove was on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” and he started some beef with Tina Fey, claiming that whenever she’s on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” she’s kind of not very friendly. Tina, being awesome, wanted to address this as quickly as possible, so she appeared on the show last night and resolved to squash their beef by ceremoniously chowing down on Ye Olde Hoagie of Forgiveness.
For those of you who aren’t from Philadelphia, a hoagie is a sandwich, and it is delicious. And Tina Fey’s impression of the Philadelphian accent is pretty much spot on. I won’t keep you in suspense: the sharing of the Hoagie of Forgiveness seemed to work like a charm. Perhaps it can be employed in other similar beefs? Say, peace in the Middle East? What if we made it Kosher? [Hulu]
On Monday night, Michele Bachmann visited Jimmy Fallon’s late night talk show and his house band, The Roots, played a little music like they always do. But then it became clear yesterday that the song was called “Lyin’ Ass Bitch,” a 1985 ditty from the band Fishbone. (The Roots’ drummer Questlove tweeted a teaser that afternoon — “aight late night walkon song devotees: you love it when we snark: this next one takes the cake. ask around cause i aint tweeting title” — that tipped people off.) This morning, Bachmann appeared on Fox News to say NBC owes her an apology and “that had it been Michelle Obama and that song had been played, I have no doubt that NBC would have apologized.” Bachmann squarely named the song selection/title “sexism” (as did feminist bloggers).
And although I can’t believe I am saying this about Michele Bachmann or Fox News, I actually agree. Keep reading »
Hot damn, it’s another jam-packed Tuesday. This week, John Legend and The Roots will make you want to get naked; Maximum Balloon will blow yo mind; and Swans will make you wish your church/temple/mosque would use them as their house band. Plus, there’s brand-new Margot & The Nuclear So & So’s, Sharon Van Etten, Hundred In Hands, Brass Bed, and Maroon 5. So get those headphones on, girl, because after the jump there’s a whole lotta hot jams to hear! Keep reading »
- John Legend and The Roots have teamed up for an album entitled Wake Up!, which will hit stores Sept. 21. But check out the video of their in-studio performance of “I Can’t Write Left-Handed.” [Clutch]
- Chelsea Handler and Animal Planet hunk Dave Salmoni have broken up. [Just Jared]
- “Breaking Bad” Emmy winner Bryan Cranston will host “Saturday Night Live” on October 2. Can’t wait for the meth jokes! [LA Times]
- Don’t forget to watch We TV’s “You’re Wearing That?” with stylist and fashion consultant Luciene Salomone at 10 p.m. [We TV]
It’s Tuesday, aka New Music-day! This week, The Roots go deep; Eminem goes even deeper; Conor Oberst bands together with some indie icons for an album of covers; Stars, Sia, and Uffie lighten the heavy hitters with some dancefloor delights; Miley Cyrus feels like bustin’ loose; and Kele Okereke from Bloc Party actually does, releasing his first solo record. So, get those headphones on, girl, because there’s a jam for whatever mood you’re in this fine evenin’. Keep reading »