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Watch: John Oliver Discusses the Death Penalty on “Last Week Tonight”

Former correspondent of “The Daily Show” John Oliver hasn’t been hosting his new show, “Last Week Tonight,” for very long — however, he is already making quite an impression. After his successful stint filling in for Jon Stewart as host of “The Daily Show” in summer 2013, Oliver is showing that he is no fluke.

His entire segment on capital punishment on the May 4, 2014 episode is fantastic and worth watching. Plus, he ends it with a video of a hamster eating a burrito. Watch below.

(via Mother Jones)

“15 Years of GC Records” Concert Celebration to Take Place in Las Vegas on June 29, 2014

15 years of GC Records

Geykido Comet Records, a longtime punk label run by husband-and-wife team Shahab Zargari and Heela Naqshband, turns 15 years old in 2014, and to celebrate, they’re throwing a “Super Celebration and Block Party.”

The event takes place on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at Civilian Clothing HQ, 6460 South Windy Road in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show is free, all-ages, and starts at 7 p.m.

At the celebration, vendors and artists will be set up, and a lineup including Illicitor (featuring former members of Holding Onto Sound), Four Letter Words, Kill the Scientist, The Quitters, Rush & Attack, and Gasoline Kills will perform. The show also marks the release of GC’s brand new compilation album featuring all-Vegas musicians.

Check out the flyer below, and visit the Facebook event page for more information. (via Punks in Vegas)

GC Records 15th anniversary

“SLC Punk! 2: Punk’s Dead” Principal Cast Announced

SLC Punk! 2: Punk's Dead

The sequel to James Merendino’s SLC Punk! is coming later in 2014. SLC Punk! 2: Punk’s Dead is expected to see a release in November of 2014, and now the principal cast has been announced.

First, this is who may not be returning — though nothing is confirmed officially. It appears as though the lead from the original film, Matthew Lillard, who played Stevo, is not taking part — Matthew himself tweeted last October that he and SLC Punk! 2 are “not a thing.” This could mean then that the characters played by Christopher McDonald (Stevo’s father) and Summer Phoenix (Brandy, Stevo’s girlfriend) are also being axed. No mention has been made of Til Schweiger’s (Mark) involvement, and Annabeth Gish’s character, Trish, has been recast with Sarah Clarke (“24″/Twilight).

As previously reported, Jason Segel will not be returning to reprise his role as Mike.

However, a significant amount of the cast of SLC Punk! will be returning. Devon Sawa (Sean), Adam Pascal (Eddie), and James Duval (John the Mod) are all returning, as is Michael Goorjian, who is somehow going to bring back his character, Heroin Bob. The producers are also promising “two surprise cameos,” likely from the old cast, which have not yet been revealed.

New leads have been announced as well. In addition to Clarke as Trish, Ben Schnetzer (The Book Thief/Warcraft) will play Ross, Heroin Bob’s Son, while Machine Gun Kelly will play Crash, and Hannah Marks (The Runaways/The Amazing Spiderman) will portray a character named Penny.

12 “Simpsons” Shorts From “The Tracey Ullman Show”

"The Simpsons" shorts from "The Tracy Ullman Show"

You probably already know that the long-running TV show “The Simpsons” started as a series of shorts on “The Tracy Ullman Show” — but did you know that a total of 48 shorts were created? From April of 1987 until May of 1989, Tracy Ullman’s variety show featured America’s favorite animated family, with the final short airing just seven months before “The Simpsons” made its prime-time debut on Fox.

Sadly, not many of the shorts have been officially released. Though collectors and die-hard fans of the show would be glad to get their hands on the complete series, only several have leaked out onto DVD and YouTube. Here are 12 shorts that give you a glimpse of the Simpson family’s humble beginnings.

“Good Night” (April 19, 1987 – The First-Ever “Simpsons” Short)



“Babysitting Maggie” (May 31, 1987)



“Bart’s Haircut” (November 15, 1987)



“World War III” (November 22, 1987)



“The Pagans” (February 14, 1988)



“Family Portrait” (March 6, 1988)



“Scary Movie” (February 12, 1989)



“Echo Canyon” (March 12, 1989)



“Bathtime” (March 19, 1989)



“Maggie In Peril (Chapter One)” (April 30, 1989)



“Maggie In Peril (The Thrilling Conclusion)” (May 7, 1989)



“TV Simpsons” (May 14, 1989 – The Final “Simpsons” Short)



Click here for 100 Funny Signs From Around Springfield on “The Simpsons”

Song Premiere: Black Girls “On the First Night”

Black Girls

Richmond, Virginia’s Black Girls released their second full-length studio album, Claire Sinclaire, on April 1, 2014 – a mastery of hazy, psychedelic soul injected with dollops of glam, surf, and pop. The band has supported diverse acts such as Alabama Shakes, The Head and the Heart, Wavves, Kendrick Lamar, and Macklemore, and are now premiering “On The First Night,” a song reminiscent of Roxy Music and LCD Soundsystem.

The album was self-released by the band on both CD and in digital formats.

RIP Joe Young of ANTiSEEN

ANTiSEEN (Joe Young on the right)

Guitarist Joe Young of punk band (and former GG Allin backing band) ANTiSEEN has died. A member of the band posted the following on Facebook:

Today we lost my friend and partner of 30 years. Thank you for all the years of love and support that you all have given us. Please keep our brother Jeff Young in your thoughts and prayers. RIP Mighty Joe Young. I love you.

Young founded ANTiSEEN with vocalist Jeff Clayton.

Actor Bob Hoskins, Famous for Roles in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” “Mona Lisa,” “Super Mario Bros.,” and “Brazil,” Dies at Age 71 of Pneumonia

Bob Hoskins

Bob Hoskins — whose career ranged from noir drama Mona Lisa, to the animated fantasy Who Framed Roger Rabbit? – has died at the age of 71.

A family statement released Wednesday by agent Clair Dobbs said Hoskins died in a hospital after a bout of pneumonia. ”We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Bob,” said a statement from wife Linda and children Alex, Sarah, Rosa and Jack.

In 2012 Hoskins announced that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and was retiring from acting. His last role was as one of the seven dwarves in Snow White & The Huntsman, starring Kristen Stewart. (via ABC News)

 

Note in Kurt Cobain’s Pocket at Time of Death Mocks Vows to Courtney Love, Refers to Her “Doping and Whoring”

Kurt Cobain's other suicide note

On April 25, 2014, Seattle police revealed a second note found at the death scene of Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain: a note found in his wallet mocking his vows to Courtney Love.

The undated note parodies Christian marriage vows, and starts with the words, “Do you Kurt Cobain take Courtney Michelle Love to be your lawful shredded wife, even when she’s a bitch with zits and siphoning all yr money for doping and whoring.”

The handwriting appears to be a match with the suicide note, which refers to Love as a “goddess… who sweats ambition and empathy.” (via CBS News)

Paul Simon and Edie Brickell Face Domestic Violence Charges

Paul Simon and Edie Brickell

Singer Paul Simon and his wife, singer Edie Brickell, face domestic violence charges. Police in New Canaan, Connecticut said Simon, 72, and Brickell, 47, were charged with disorderly conduct after what police described as a “family dispute” on Saturday.

Simon and Brickell were released on promises to appear in court Monday in Norwalk. They arrived at court shortly before noon, smiling and holding hands as they approached the courthouse. Police stated Simon and Brickell were involved in a minor physical altercation with minor injuries: “There was aggressiveness on both sides,” Krolikowski said. For more info, visit The Courant.

Five Parodies of The Knack’s “My Sharona”

Parodies of The Knack's "My Sharona"

In addition to being subject to multiple straight covers, The Knack’s biggest hit “My Sharona” has been spoofed many, many times since it’s release in 1979. The catchy, simple riff and the easy rhyme scheme makes it perfect for parody — so here are five notable spoofs, for better or for worse.

Weird Al Yankovic “My Bologna”

Here it is, the tune that “Weird Al” Yankovic recorded in a bathroom during his senior year of college that put him on the map: “My Bologna,” which was played repeatedly on the Dr. Demento radio show.

Dead Kennedys “Pull My Strings”

This live track was performed only once by the Dead Kennedys in 1980 for the Bay Area Music Awards. The spoof of “My Sharona” — which begins at 1:42 and features the lines “my payola” — was aimed at the music executives in the crowd of the awards show. The song was released on the 1987 compilation album Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death via Jello Biafra’s Alternative Tentacles Records.

Steve Dahl “Ayatollah”

Performing a nationalistic satirical song in an attempt to be funny certainly is an odd response to a hostage crisis. I mean, it would be in any other country besides the United States.

Cheech Marin “My Scrotum”

The stoned 1970s version of Beavis sang this rendition repeatedly in the film Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie.

John Mammoser “9 Coronas”

Voice-over artist and comedian John Mammoser recorded “9 Coronas” in the mid-1980s, and like Weird Al, his version of “My Sharona” was brought to the masses by Dr. Demento.


Click here for five covers of The Knack’s “My Sharona”

Five Covers of The Knack’s “My Sharona”

The Knack "My Sharona"

Whether the familiar riff reminds you of Winona Ryder and Janeane Garofalo dancing in a mini-mart, or Weird Al Yankovic paying homage to lunch meat, it’s a given that you’ve heard at least one version of The Knack’s 1979 hit song “My Sharona.” The track, which was “written in 15 minutes,” according to lead singer Doug Fieger, was inspired by Fieger’s real-life girlfriend, then-17-year-old Sharona Alperin (pictured above on the song’s single).

“My Sharona” also cemented The Knack as a prime-example of a one-hit wonder. However, it allowed them to play to a large fan base for three decades until Fieger’s death in 2010. The song’s reach is so great that it is has been covered and parodied many times by a multitude of different bands in different styles over the years. Though they are not covers you’d mistake for the original version, the five covers below are notable and unique.

Destruction

German thrash metal band Destruction performed a sped-up version of The Knack’s classic tune on their 1990 album Cracked Brain.

Nirvana

On February 16, 1994 in Renned, France, Nirvana goofed around and played a brief rendition of this song before launching into “Drain You.” It is available on numerous bootlegs.

Veruca Salt

Veruca Salt, whose original lineup reformed in 2013, released this cover as a B-side to “Victrola” back in 1995.

Yo La Tengo

Yo La Tengo included a verse from “My Sharona” in their lengthy medley that included, among other songs, “Sonic Reducer” and “Mr. Apollo.” It is the final track on their 2006 album Yo La Tengo Is Murdering The Classics — “My Sharona” appears briefly at the 1:26 mark.

Dandy Warhols

This odd version of “My Sharona” appears on The Dandy Warhols‘ 2005 album All The Money Or The Simple Life Honey.


Click here for five parody versions of The Knack’s “My Sharona”