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The Dark Humor of Harry Nilsson

The cover of Harry Nilsson’s most critically acclaimed album, 1971’s Nilsson Schmilsson, shows a disheveled Nilsson wearing a robe, one hand in his pocket and the other holding a hash pipe. The album title and cover are perfect illustrations of the humor and apathy that encompassed Nilsson's musical career. Noel Murray of the A.V. Club wrote of Nilsson: "Nilsson became the musician’s musician, admired for his wild arrangements, his insistence on satisfying his own muse before making his record label happy, and his willingness to mock himself, the culture, and every notion of showbiz propriety."

Harry Nilsson liked nonsense. Though two of his most famous tracks, "Everybody's Talkin" and "Without You," are somber in [...]

Indie Rock and Standup in Portland with The Thermals' Hutch Harris

Musicians are often thought of as self-serious crybabies, holding their craft to the highest imaginable standards and scoffing at anything that resembles fun. Often, that's not the case, however, as many musicians moonlight with comedic output, and vice versa. From follow-worthy Twitter accounts to viral videos and other projects, we're here to point out some of the most interesting crossovers between the worlds of music and comedy.

With 13 years of experience and six albums for labels like Sub Pop, Kill Rock Stars and Saddle Creek, there's no denying that The Thermals are an established indie rock institution. The Portland trio's blistering, punk-inflected musicianship and politically charged lyrics have made [...]

Garfunkel and Oates Are Going on Tour

Garfunkel and Oates are heading out on tour. The musical comedy duo, made up of Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci, is set to hit 14 major US cities starting on August 22nd, THR reports. Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday at 10am. Lindhome and Micucci's new TV series, also titled Garfunkel and Oates, premieres  on IFC on August 7th, just a couple weeks prior to the start of the tour. Garfunkel and Oates' tour will be part of the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour, making them the first comedy act featured in the annual tour that's featured acts like Iggy Azalea, Macklemore, Kendrick Lamar and Of [...]

Watch an Animated Music Video for Tim & Eric's "Jambalaya"

Here's an animated music video for the song "Jambalaya" by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, which also doubles as a recipe for jambalaya. Tim & Eric recorded the song in character as the '70s "swamp rock" band "Pusswhip Banggang," which they introduced years ago on Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! (video below).  The video coincides with Tim & Eric releasing "Jambalaya" as a 12-inch record via Drag City today.

Jerry Seinfeld Singing the Theme Song to 'Comedians in Cars' Is Somehow Worse Than That Sounds on Paper

The season premiere of Jerry Seinfeld's web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee dropped today with comedian Sarah Jessica Parker as the guest, and the episode starts with a hokey new theme song to the show, sung by (and apparently written by) none other than Jerry Seinfeld. In what seems to be a homage to '60s sitcom themes, the song is jam-packed with cheesy lyrics ("Sometimes on stage, I won't come off-y, unless I'm getting in a car with coffee!") that are arguably more ridiculous than the fact that Jerry Seinfeld is singing in public.

Watch Hannibal Buress Play Drums for Speedy Ortiz at SXSW

Hannibal Buress might have forgotten the name of the band he played with at SXSW during his interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, but thankfully Pitchfork has him covered with the full video. Hopefully now Speedy Ortiz gets some wider recognition thanks to their guest drummer, who is clearly much better at having a good time than keeping a steady beat.

Watch Sleater-Kinney's New Music Video by the 'Bob's Burgers' Animators

Carre Brownstein is no stranger to mixing comedy and music, and her band Sleater-Kinney revealed a delightful surprise today with their new music video for "A New Wave" lovingly made by the animators behind Bob's Burgers. Tina is especially in her element here.

"Weird Al" Will Release Eight Music Videos Over Eight Days

"Weird Al" Yankovic announced via Twitter that he shot eight music videos for his upcoming album and that, in a couple weeks, he's going to start releasing one every single day for eight days straight. We previously reported that Weird Al's new album, Mandatory Fun, is set for a July 15th release. The music videos will start dropping the day before, on Monday, July 14th. Mandatory Fun will be Weird Al's first new album in three years. The track listing is currently under wraps, but the album does have a Soviet propaganda theme.

Watch a Music Video Hannibal Buress Made with Open Mike Eagle

Here's a music video for the song "Doug Stamper" from comedian Open Mike Eagle that heavily features comedian Hannibal Buress. Buress bookends the video, opening it up co-hosting "The Advice Show" with Eagle in a comedy segment that kicks things off and closing it out by rapping a verse of the song. For those who have heard Buress perform "Gibberish Rap," his hip hop prowess comes as no surprise.

Weird Al's New Album 'Mandatory Fun' Out July 15th

"Weird Al" Yankovic's 13th album, entitled Mandatory Fun, is set to come out on July 15th. There are few details about the album, his first since 2011's Alpocalypse, right now beyond the recently-unveiled cover art, which depicts "Weird Al" as a military leader on a Russian propaganda poster. A track listing has yet to be released, but there are two tiny pieces of information out there right now:

1. Patton Oswalt listened to the album early back in May and tweeted, "Just listened to Al Yankovic's upcoming album and I am in awe. He satirizes a band I've worshiped since the 90s and it…is…beautiful."

2. TMZ caught "Weird Al" [...]

Dan Aykroyd and Judy Belushi Launch Blues Brothers Records

In addition to promoting Crystal Head Vodka and seeking out new Ghostbusters "branding opportunities," SNL alum Dan Aykroyd has a new business venture in the works. THR reports that Aykroyd has teamed up with John Belushi's widow Judy to launch a new record label called Blues Brothers Records with a mission to "find the next generation of blues performers." Jazz label Blue Note Records will act as distributor, and the label will also partner up the House of Blues — which Aykroyd co-founded in 1992 — for promotional events and performances.

"The recorded music industry today presents huge challenges but also great opportunities,” Aykroyd said in [...]

The Best of Weird Al's Reddit AMA

To coincide with the release of his new album Mandatory Fun, "Weird Al" Yankovic did a question and answer session on Reddit, which was full of funny and interesting responses. Yankovic delves into a whole slew of different topics about his career, like how making song parodies is different now than it was 30 years ago, a studio's plans to "make him their new Woody Allen" in the '80s, and why Mandatory Fun might be his final album.

Click through to read some of Yankovic's best responses from yesterday's AMA:

Watch Vanessa Bayer Make Fun of Tegan and Sara

Here's the latest episode of Vanessa Bayer's Above Average web series Sound Advice, in which she plays an image consultant for a different musician each week. Her guests this time around are Tegan and Sara, who refuse Bayer's requests to switch names for some reason.

Don't Stop Or We'll Die Released Their First Full-Length Album Today

Power piano pop-rock trio Don't Stop or We'll Die announced today that they've just put out a new album called Gorgeous, their first full-length release. The band, consisting of comedians Paul Rust (Comedy Bang! Bang!) on vocals, Michael Cassady (Drunk History) on piano and vocals, and Harris Wittels (Parks and Recreation) on drums, has performed on Comedy Bang! Bang! twice and has released music videos via Funny Or Die. Gorgeous is their first full-length album following two EPs, 2008's The Ballad of Bird and Fox and 2011's One of the Gang.