Weekend Update tackled the House’s late-night passing of the Covid relief package as well as CPAC, the Frasier revival and the new Potato Head on the latest episode of Saturday Night Live . “Just like me when I’m drunk, Congress decided to spend a lot of money at 2:30 in the morning. They passed a $1.9 trillion spending bill, and Republicans are calling it ‘a liberal wishlist,'” co-anchor Colin Jost said. “I don’t know, I think a liberal wishlist would be avocado toast with Chrissy Teigen, free college for pets, and a hip-hop musical about Anderson Cooper starring Lin-Manuel Miranda.” However, one of the key components of the stimulus bill — a $15 minimum wage — did not make the cut , much to the delight of Senators Lindsey Graham and John Thune, the latter of whom boasted about earning $6 an hour at a restaurant as a “kid” 40 years and lots of inflation ago. Related Stories Republicans Recommend Time Travel to Struggling Low-Wage Workers FDA Approves … [Read more...] about ‘SNL’: Weekend Update Tackles Stimulus Bill, CPAC, ‘Frasier’ Revival
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Nick Jonas performed his single “Spaceman” for the first time and debuted the new song “This Is Heaven” while pulling double duty as both musical guest and host of the latest episode of Saturday Night Live . Both tracks will feature on Jonas’ upcoming album Spaceman , due out March 12th. On “This Is Heaven,” SNL musical director Lenny Pickett — usually seen sitting behind the host during the opening monologue, pre-Covid — made a surprise appearance during the performance to deliver the track’s saxophone solo. As Jonas explained in an interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, the album’s songs were inspired by the isolation he felt during the coronavirus quarantine and his desire to rejoin his wife Priyanka Chopra Jonas. “So ‘Spaceman’ came into my mind because I was thinking, ‘What’s the one thing that all of us have felt during this time?’ It’s just completely disconnected from the world,” Jonas said. “We’ve gotten so accustomed to looking at a screen instead of … [Read more...] about Watch Nick Jonas Debut ‘Spaceman,’ ‘This Is Heaven’ on ‘SNL’
D’Angelo performed live from New York’s Apollo Theater Saturday as part of the first-ever solo Versuz livestream , with the singer bringing out guests like H.E.R., Method Man and Redman during the 90-minute gig that explored D’Angelo’s entire catalog. Joined by trumpeter Keyon Harrold, D’Angelo opened the concert with an untitled new song before breaking into his rendition of Smokey Robinson’s “Cruisin’,” which he previously covered on his 1995 debut album Brown Sugar . Method Man and Redman later joined D’Angelo’s livestream to deliver their verses from “Left & Right,” from the singer’s 2000 LP Voodoo , before Method Man took lead on his own “Break Ups 2 Make Ups.” D’Angelo’s set also featured hits and favorites like “Chicken Grease,” “Devil’s Pie,” “The Root,” “Brown Sugar” and a heavy dosage of Black Messiah cuts: “Sugah Daddy,” “1000 Deaths” and “Back to the Future” among them. View this post on Instagram … [Read more...] about See D’Angelo Perform With H.E.R. During Versuz Livestream
John Burks , Rolling Stone ’s first managing editor who helped guide the rock magazine’s coverage of political issues, died earlier this month at the age of 83. Burks’ wife Deborah Nagle-Burks confirmed her husband’s death to the San Francisco Chronicle , adding that he died at their Pacifica home on February 17th from heart disease. “He was a true journalist and an excellent editor, both in guiding stories into print and in coming up with ideas that helped expand the parameters of Rolling Stone ,” longtime Rolling Stone editor Ben Fong-Torres, who Burks hired, told the Chronicle . Burks is also credited with recruiting photographer Annie Lebovitz for the magazine. Related Stories Jimi Hendrix: An Appreciation In the Aftermath of Altamont Related Stories 15 Metal Christmas Songs for Unsilent, Unholy Nights Jerry Jeff Walker's 'Viva Terlingua': Inside the Fringe Country Album While at Rolling Stone , Burks led the incisive, … [Read more...] about John Burks, Rolling Stone’s First Managing Editor, Dead at 83
Janis herself has never sounded better on record, but it took me four full listenings to the LP before I could hear her. That’s how bad her band is. When (and if) you get hold of this record, my suggestion is that you listen really hard to how awful the backup is — everything from the arrangements to the level of musicianship. Those sons of bitches can’t do anything really right. The only answer is to get super-familiar with what they’re doing so you can ignore it. And then dig Janis. They can’t be that bad, you say? On “Try,” they stutter along like Stax rejects, thudding out a 16-to-the-bar quick-step so metronomic it defies you to pat your foot, let alone get up and dance. Janice sounds great, but — “One Good Man” contains perhaps the only instrumental blessing on the whole record, wherein Sam Andrew plays a tolerable bottleneck introduction and obbligato to Janis’ vocal. At least the rest of the band is relaxed on this track, even if they add nothing. (Disconcerting … [Read more...] about I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!