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Meet the man behind the 'awesome' sounds of 'The Lego Movie': DEVO's Mark Mothersbaugh

“I kind of wrote two scores,” Mark Mothersbaugh admits to EW, who spoke to him about providing the music for this week’s surprise box office champion The Lego Movie. But it wasn’t indecisiveness; the former frontman of ’80s new wave icons DEVO and now prolific film and television composer knew he had to push the musical boundaries as aggressively as the animators were pushing the visuals.

“We were looking for sounds that created a universe for the LEGOs that was unique,” he said. “I started assembling a sonic palette off of old analog synths that I used with DEVO and newer circuit bent things that I got in the past three or four years and then just kind of borrowing from electronic music through the years.”


The Lonely Island's newest 'Go Kindergarten' features Robyn -- VIDEO


It’s once again #WackWednesday which means the Lonely Island guys — Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer — are releasing a new song off their upcoming third album, The Wack Album, out June 11.

Today’s entry, “Go Kindergarten,” is a hashtag-happy ode introducing a brand-new, bag-over-head dance craze. The video is billed as “Dance Rehearsal” so it’s presumably a preview of sorts. (Otherwise, allow us to lodge a formal complaint that Robyn sings on the tune, but isn’t actually featured in the video.)

Like most Lonely Island songs, the parody lyrics give way to a straight-up catchy NSFW tune. #Check #ItAllOut #Below: READ FULL STORY

Lonely Island announce 'Wack Album,' first-ever live show


The Lonely Island is about to get a lot less lonely.

The humor-rap trio Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer announced that in the run up to releasing their upcoming third effort The Wack Album (due out this summer), they’ll be playing their first-ever live show in July. The boys will be hitting the stage at Chicago’s Aragon Balloom on July 15.

“We’re decidedly pumped to share another collection of our fake raps with the world,” the group collectively said in a press release. “We’ve heard the whole thing and there’s no denying, it exists.”

No denying indeed: the three-piece has already released the album’s lead single “YOLO,” which first premiered on SNL and features Adam Levine and Kendrick Lamar. Give it a spin below:


The Lonely Island SNL crew score top album debut—where do they stand in the pantheon of blockbuster comedy albums?

This week’s Billboard album chart tells the same story it has been telling for the past few months, as Adele’s juggernaut 21 has notched yet another week at the top spot.

With that and yet another entry in the Now That’s What I Call Music! series taking up the top two slots, the highest-charting debut belongs to the Lonely Island, which checks in at number three with around 68,000 albums sold.

That’s a pretty impressive number, especially when you consider the variables. While Turtleneck & Chain is both hilarious and fantastically catchy (which is important, because the jokes can’t last forever), it also consists largely of songs that people have heard before in various other forms, mostly as digital shorts on Saturday Night Live, and appeals to an Internet-savvy audience less likely to actually go out and purchase music (the same can be said of the sales of Tyler, the Creator’s Goblin, which also had a respectable debut this week).

So who are the Lonely Island’s peers on the Mount Rushmore of comedy albums? Glad you asked.


Michael Bolton talks about his 'Jack Sparrow' 'SNL' digital short, his new CD, and sticking his face in a mountain of (fake) cocaine


Is Michael Bolton now the coolest rock star on the planet thanks to the crooner’s game turn in this weekend’s Saturday Night Live digital short, “Jack Sparrow”?

Maybe not, but Bolton’s performance as a movie-obsessed version of himself who hilariously ruins the Lonely Island crew’s hip-hop track by singing about Pirates of the Caribbean, Forrest Gump, Erin Brockovich, and Scarface has definitely cranked up his cool quotient.

The short has also turned him into an unlikely Internet phenomenon. After the jump, Bolton talks about his collaboration with Lonely Island-ers Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer, his new CD of duets, and why he won’t be dressing in drag again any time soon.


'SNL' skit men The Lonely Island reveal new album cover, guests Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and more

Last week, the Andy Samberg-led comic trio The Lonely Island revealed the hilarious cover to their sophomore album due May 10, Turtleneck & Chain.

In torquoise turtlenecks, gold neclaces, and white slacks, the crew looks less like joke-tellers and more like a ’90s R&B group. “When we met each other in the eighth grade, that was pretty much the look we all had,” group member Akiva Scaffer explained on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Friday evening.

Chain features collaborations with Akon, Justin Timberlake, Nicki Minaj, and Rihanna, among others, likely pulling from their guest appearances on Saturday Night Live. Their joyous Akon-assisted jam “I Just Had Sex” with Akon made its debut as a Digital Short late last year, and has already gone gold. (Stalker smash “The Creep” with Nicki Minaj went similarly viral).

Check out the the covers and album titles that didn’t make the cut after the jump. Andy Samberg hoped for 3 Morks, while Shaffer wished for royal whales and Jorma Toccone tried to play basketball in outer space:


The Lonely Island and Julian Casablancas' 'Boombox' comes to 'SNL' (finally!), changes world

I have literally been waiting over a year for Saturday Night Live to air a digital short based on “Boombox,” my number one favorite of all the gems on the Lonely Island‘s February ’09 album Incredibad. I won’t lie: I had begun to give up hope that I’d ever see this joke-rap masterwork given the visual treatment it so richly deserves.

So when I heard those pulsing synth chords coming from my TV this weekend, I was up and dancing before the words “Imagine in your mind a posh country club…” left Andy Samberg’s lips. What can I say? The music was way too powerful. Everything about “Boombox” the digital short was how I’d pictured it, especially Samberg’s choice haircut. They even got the Strokes’ Julian Casablancas to reprise his guest vocals on camera. No kidding, I like the hooks Casablancas sang for “Boombox” more than almost anything on his recent solo album. I only wish SNL hadn’t cut the song’s second verse and chorus (“Picture if you will a bunch of business men…”). Maybe they’ll show up on an extended DVD reissue some day?

Go ahead. Fix yourself a nice plate of boiled goose, slip on some fingerless gloves, and hit play below (some NSFW lyrics). Just remember: A boombox can change the world. You’ve gotta know your limits with a boombox. A boombox is not a toy. Share your “Boombox”-related cautionary tales in the comments, below.

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'I'm on a Boat' redux: The Lonely Island, U.S. Navy style

The Lonely Island’s Incredibad is truly the gift that keeps giving. Lo, six months since the album’s release, I still sing a verse from “Boombox” or “Dreamgirl” every now and again when I need a little LOL. Evidently I’m not the only one: Check out this viral clip of the Saturday Night Live comedy troupe’s classic “I’m on a Boat,” as interpreted by a group of actual U.S. Navy sailors, below (some NSFW language).

This might be even better than the college a cappella “I’m on a Boat” that I loved a couple months ago. I mean, the production values on this thing are through the roof. Just look at that nautical-themed pashmina afghan! So real. Also, this video appears to have been shot on the deck of the U.S.S. John Paul Jones. Maybe it’s just me, but something about performing this song on a real-life guided missile destroyer just takes it to another level. Wouldn’t you say?

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'I'm on a Boat' a cappella: Even funnier than the original?

So, the LOL connoisseurs over at Videogum have unearthed a clip of an earnest young a cappella group covering the Lonely Island's classic seafaring shanty "I'm on a Boat" in a stairwell. Videogum seems to believe that this activity makes the kids in the clip "nerds." True? Yes, technically, I suppose that translating Andy Samberg raps into collegiate a cappella form is deeply nerdy on several levels. Yet I feel compelled to point out that there is NOTHING about this clip that is not so, so awesome. These nerds know their material. They are hilarious! And besides, isn't the whole point of the Lonely Island's music to be as ridiculously dorky as possible? I thank Videogum for bringing this wonderful clip to my attention, but its creators ought to be celebrated, not mocked. Grab your nautical-themed pashmina afghan and a flute of Santana DVX, take a look below (NSFW language, beware), and let us know if you agree.

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