FRED ARMISEN BEHIND A TREE

Fred Armisen yeah yeah yeahs behind a tree Portland You see the man in the nondescript, green jacket with folded arms standing behind a tree and familiar Pacific Northwestern grey sky? That’s Fred Armisen, of  Portlandia, watching Har Mar Superstar open for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

My friend and I spotted the Saturday Night Live alumn in the far back, enjoying the show and posing for pictures with everyone that walked by, looked at him, and made that priceless “Oh shit” face of awe, happiness and surprise you make when you see Fred Armisen standing behind a tree like the normal person that he is.

For a while we just watched him and felt bad that he couldn’t enjoy himself, eventually speculating that maybe he was one of those tragically lonely celebrities who finds solace in talking to strangers who recognize him. After a 20-minute discussion, we did what any two assholes would and demanded a picture with him.  Continue reading “FRED ARMISEN BEHIND A TREE”

Summerfest, World’s Largest Festival, Kicks Off Thursday

Summerfest crowd
Summerfest, a 12-day long extravaganza featuring literally every band ever created (actually, only featuring 700 bands, but still crazy) kicked off Thursday in beautiful Milwaukee, with the Avett Brothers and Violent Femmes headlining for the evening, and featuring the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Gavin Degraw, and Diplo, among others.  Throughout the duration of the festival, overweight Milwaukeeans and music-lovers from all over the US will gorge themselves on shitty beer, cigarettes, and those turkey legs you always find at festivals, and will hear artists from Tom Petty, to Cake, to Pretty Lights.

The festival, which began in 1968, is now the world’s largest, confirmed by the Guinness Book of World Records every year since 1999, and brings in almost 1,000,000 attendees each year.  Since its inception–at the same venue it’s still held at today–Summerfest’s headliners have featured classics like The Beach Boys and Eric Clapton, legends like Whitney Houston and Bon Jovi, and country favorites like Rascall Flats and Shania Twain (remember, it’s Wisconsin).  Continue reading “Summerfest, World’s Largest Festival, Kicks Off Thursday”

Video: Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Sacrilege”

British model-actress Lily Cole (you’ll remember her as the redhead Charlize Theron sucked the life out of in Snow White and the Huntsman) doesn’t discriminate in the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s new clip.

Old, young, man, woman, middle-aged. All fair game to Cole’s character in the mini-film for “Sacrilege,” off Karen O and the gang’s upcoming album Mosquito. Watch now or be burned at the stake.

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