CONCHORDS, EAGLES AND SHARKS
I've become quite the New Zealand folk music fan recently, well, actually just a fan of one band in particular, "Flight of the Conchords", having become instantly enamored with their HBO series. Then I discovered their live act, which is arguably even better, with painfully hilarious songs like the social commentary "Albi the Racist Dragon", the Barry White-inspired "Business Time" and the very impressive rap-off "Hiphopopotamus vs the Rhymnoceros". Yeah I'd say they're charting musical territory that acts like Tenacious D can only dream about.
Describing themselves as "New Zealand's 4th most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo", the marketing department really knew how to work it, as the Conchords seem to be everywhere these days. Nearly a month ago a friend of mine invited me to a premiere screening of their first show here in SF, then I found a DVD of the show literally lying in a gutter in the Mission District. Then today I saw a movie poster for one of the band members' upcoming films, "Eagle vs Shark", which appears to be a smartly-soundtracked Napoleon Dynamite-esque romcom. Watch out Jack Black, Jermaine Clement is the new you--only way more awesome. The movie comes out next month.
I can't wait, in the meantime, I will be watching Mel's vlog (as the Russians might call it) on the Conchords' HBO site with bated breath.
Here’s something to start out today’s APR that’s nearly 10 weeks old and not really punditry but that still merits notice under our current circumstances...
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