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CONAN To Celebrate George Harrison for the Week of September 22!

George Harrison 1968 1975

CONAN To Celebrate George Harrison the Week of Sept. 22 with Performances by Paul Simon, Beck, Norah Jones, Dhani Harrison & Friends and More

Week-Long Musical Tribute to Mark the Release of George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75

TBS’s late-night show CONAN is set to honor George Harrison next week with a full week of performances by some of the biggest names in music. Paul Simon, Beck, Norah Jones, Dhani Harrison & Friends and others will stop by Stage 15 at Warner Bros. the week of Sept. 22-25 to perform a live version from Harrison’s catalogue. The performance schedule for next week’s shows is as follows:

Monday Sept 22: Beck

Tuesday Sept 23: Paul Simon

Wednesday Sept 23: Dhani Harrison

Thursday Sept 24: Norah Jones

The celebration will coincide with the release of George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75, a major reissue of the artists’ first six solo albums. Available on CD and digital download on Sept. 22, George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75 is designed to complement Harrison’s 2004 collection, The Dark Horse Years 1976-92. The set spans Harrison’s solo work for The Beatles’ Apple Records from 1968 to 1975 and features an exclusive DVD with several video pieces, including a new seven-minute film with previously unreleased footage. The Apple Years box also features an exclusive perfect-bound book with an introduction by Dhani Harrison, new essays by award-winning radio producer and author Kevin Howlett and rare, previously unpublished images. George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75 can be pre-ordered at This Link.

George Harrison Week is presented by AT&T.

CONAN airs Monday-Thursday at 11 p.m. (ET/PT) on TBS. The series, which earned an Emmy for its innovative mobile app, is produced by Conaco LLC, with Jeff Ross serving as executive producer.

Video Clip of The Week: Wish, “Nothing to Say”



It’s somewhat funny that last week’s video clip was referred to by me as being “Kaleidoscopic,” and yet this week we are featuring a video in which actual images from a kaleidoscope are used. So, random!

“Nothing to Say” by Toronto psychedelic quartet Wish fills me with that happy-yet-wistful feeling that comes with reluctantly accepting the inevitable end of summer, but I think it might also be appropriate to soundtrack a romantic breakup that you are secretly relieved about.

Managing to narrowly skirt the minor chord melancholy, “Nothing to Say” comes from Wish’s self-titled debut album, which hit the street on August 26th via Hand Drawn Dracula records. Recommended if you share my taste in excellent music (see previous video clips of the week) or liked The Flaming Lips and Beck back when they were considered “Indie,” Wish can be purchased at This Link. Enjoy!

Wish Cover Art

Video Clip of The Week: Metronomy, “I’m Aquarius”

As the Sun moves officially into the Sign of Aquarius on January 20th, it’s wildly appropriate to post this truly visually groundbreaking video for “I’m Aquarius” from Britain’s modern pop act, Metronomy. This song speaks to me on one level because I, too, am an Aquarius. But more than this very catchy song that reminds of me of something you might hear from MGMT or Beck, the video itself is just ridiculously great. It’s like Kubrick’s 2001: a Space Odyssey in a four minute video. Insane. “I’m Aquarius” is from Metronomy’s upcoming new album, Love Letters, which will be released on March 11th, 2014 on Elektra Records (Yeah, Baby!). Enjoy!

Metronomy Love Letters Cover Art

Rad CD of the Week: MGMT’s Oracular Spectacular

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Hot Band of 2008: MGMT

The new CD by NYC-based psychedelic pop-electronic outfit, MGMT, is my favorite album of the year so far. That lofty classification puts it in the company of exactly one other CD, Opeth’s Watershed,, which is just insane. To me, MGMT sound like what might happen if “Waiting On A Friend”-era Mick Jagger teamed up with Beck. The songs, oh yes, they are so good, and the album is produced by Mercury Rev’s Dave Fridmann, so you know it sounds amazing. I’ve been listening to Oracular Spectacular all morning and I’m not even close to being sick of it. Every song on the CD is great but I’m particularly fond of the single, “Time to Pretend”; a combination ode to/indictment of the Rock Star Lifestyle that praises/slams everyone from Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix to members of Duran Duran. Check out the lyrics:

“I’m feeling rough, I’m feeling raw, I’m in the prime of my life.
Let’s make some music, make some money, find some models for wives.
I’ll move to Paris, shoot some heroin, and fuck with the stars.
You man the island and the cocaine and the elegant cars.

This is our decision, to live fast and die young.
We’ve got the vision, now let’s have some fun.
Yeah, it’s overwhelming, but what else can we do.
Get jobs in offices, and wake up for the morning commute.

Forget about our mothers and our friends
We’re fated to pretend

I’ll miss the playgrounds and the animals and digging up worms
I’ll miss the comfort of my mother and the weight of the world
I’ll miss my sister, miss my father, miss my dog and my home
Yeah, I’ll miss the boredom and the freedom and the time spent alone.

There’s really nothing, nothing we can do
Love must be forgotten, life can always start up anew.
The models will have children, we’ll get a divorce
We’ll find some more models, everything must run its course.

We’ll choke on our vomit and that will be the end
We were fated to pretend
To pretend”

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