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TV Jukebox: 'Portlandia,' 'The Walking Dead,' 'Awake' and more music-on-TV moments

Canoe dancing, cocaine overdoses, and car crashes were just some of TV’s strange scenarios made momentous by music these past two weeks. As some shows concluded their seasons, and others just got started, we found “show tunes” from past Jukebox favorites A Gifted Man, Parenthood, Cougar Town, Hawaii Five-0, The Lying Game, and New Girl, plus new entries from Eastbound and DownJustified, Portlandia, Jane By Design, The Walking DeadAwake, and the British version of Being Human. Check out our picks below. (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: SPOILERS ahead!) READ FULL STORY

The Swell Season will pay for grief counseling sessions following death at show

swell-seasonImage Credit: Conor MastersonThe Swell Season has promised to pay for group counseling sessions to help fans who witnessed the apparent suicide of a man at their in Saratoga, Calif., last week, according to the AP. On Thursday night, Michael Pickels died after jumping from a roof during the band’s set. A spokeswoman for a Palo Alto-based counseling center said today that the band had agreed to pay for four group sessions.

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The Swell Season covers a disco classic: Stream it exclusively here!

swell-seasonThe Swell Season’s Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová love covers. At various concerts, I’ve seen the Once duo pay tribute to spiritual troubadours like Van Morrison and Bruce Springsteen and breathe new life into old Irish folk tunes. Disco, though? That’s not a genre I’d ever thought to associate with the Swell Season, but it’s next on their list. Hansard and Irglová reinterpreted Candi Staton’s 1976 hit “Young Hearts Run Free” for “Levi’s Pioneer Sessions: The Revival Recordings,” a new covers series sponsored by the jeans giant. You can download their version if you register at the Levi’s Pioneer Sessions site — or you can stream it exclusively right now at the Music Mix.

Check out the Swell Season’s spin on “Young Hearts Run Free” after the jump. As you’ll hear, they’ve replaced the original’s leisure-suit horns and illuminated-dance-floor beat with their own soulful folk-rock sound. Turns out “Young Hearts Run Free” was a pretty great Swell Season song in disguise all along! Do you like it? (And how does it compare to Hansard’s cover of “Cry Me a River,” anyway?)

After the jump, you’ll also find a list of the other Levi’s Pioneer Sessions artist/cover pairings that have been announced so far. I’m particularly looking forward to hearing Dirty Projectors tackle Bob Dylan’s “I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine.” How about you?


Newport Folk Festival 2010 lineup announced: Steve Martin, Swell Season, Jim James, Levon Helm, Brandi Carlile, Sharon Jones, and tons more

The lineup for the 51st annual Newport Folk Festival was just announced, and it’s a good one. Folk fans who head to Newport, R.I. this July 30-31 and Aug. 1 will get to see acts like Steve Martin (yes, that Steve Martin), playing banjo with bluegrass quintet the Steep Canyon Rangers; Once duo the Swell Season; the Band’s Levon Helm, bringing his legendary Midnight Ramble on the road; Yim Yames, a.k.a. frontman Jim James of My Morning Jacket; Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, who killed it per usual at SXSW last week; alt-country wailer Brandi Carlile, who just released a cool new video; Richie Havens, who is as awesome today as he was at Woodstock 41 years ago; skilled whistler Andrew Bird; Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, who is Pete Seeger’s grandson and a talented singer in his own right; and lots more folkies old and young.

Click through to the jump for all the performers who have been announced so far for George Wein’s Newport Folk Festival. Tickets go on sale at this Friday, March 26. Will you be buying ‘em?

Oscars won't invite Best Song nominees to perform: Will you miss them?

Oscar producers announced this week that none of the Best Original Song nominees will be invited to perform at the Mar. 7 Academy Awards. Given that we recently dubbed this year’s crop of music-Oscar contenders the “worst nominations ever,” I suppose it would be hypocritical to get too upset at this news. Will anyone really miss seeing Nine‘s “Take It All” or Paris 36‘s “Loin de Paname” performed live? It would have been nice to see Crazy Heart‘s “The Weary Kind,” maybe, but that’s about it.

Still, Best Original Song performances have yielded some very worthy Oscar moments in years past. I’m thinking of the late, great Elliott Smith’s shy “Miss Misery” in 1998 (below), or Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová’s awwww-inspiring “Falling Slowly” ten years later, or Bruce Springsteen’s moving (and excellently goateed) “Streets of Philadelphia” in 1994. Even if I won’t miss this year’s nominees, I certainly hope this isn’t a permanent decision to exclude music performances from future award ceremonies.

What do you think of this move? Were you looking forward to seeing any of this year’s Best Original Songs performed? What are some of your favorite Oscar music moments from the past?

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The Swell Season makes a triumphant return to NYC's Radio City Music Hall

The last time the Swell Season played NYC’s Radio City Music Hall, it was May 2008, just a few months after principal members Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová won their Oscar for “Falling Slowly.” With Once-mania in full swing, they had no trouble selling out such a prestigious venue back then. But to fill Radio City again almost two years later, this time with no awards show water cooler moment to help spur ticket sales? Now that’s something.

And so last night the Swell Season (pictured at another recent gig) gave another sold-out RCMH crowd its money’s worth with a searingly emotional performance. That’s the only way they know how to do it. I saw Hansard and Irglová play for a small press audience last fall, and they filled that tiny club with the exact same passionate intensity as they did last night’s enormous room. Wherever they find themselves on stage, those two hold nothing back.


Jason Segel sings hilarious, must-hear booty-call song on stage with Swell Season. Watch here, then call him!

How I Met Your Mother actor (and flagrant nudist) Jason Segel appeared on stage with the Swell Season at L.A.’s Wiltern last night to sing a song we’ll call “315-329-6673,” after the phone number he disseminates in the chorus — and on a handwritten sign toted by Marketa Irglova — in hopes of finding a nice girl to make love to him:

Couple things. First, I called the number (BECAUSE I AM A JOURNALIST), and it went to a voicemail message where Mr. Segel asked me to write to a Gmail address I couldn’t quite make out. (“Helptronics”?) Second, lest you think this was an isolated special offer, ladies, it appears he’s done it at least once before, at a Maroon 5 show earlier this month, so, you know, don’t give up hope. As for the song itself, well, it’s charming, and the last line walks the hilarious/offensive tightrope perfectly. Well done, sir.

What do you think, Mixers? Anyone catch this performance live? Anyone else call the number — and could you make out the email address? Hell, I’ll bite: Anyone manage to actually have all the sex with Jason Segel? It’s okay, this is a friendly blog. We won’t judge you if you choose to kiss and tell…

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'This Is It': Michael Jackson soundtrack tops the albums chart in a busy week

Michael Jackson’s This Is It won the box office easily last weekend, so it should come as little surprise to find the concert film’s soundtrack topping the Billboard 200, too. The King of Pop’s latest posthumous release sold a strong 373,000 copies in its first week on shelves, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That’s comparable to the big sales his greatest-hits set Number Ones was putting up in the weeks immediately following his untimely death — and since This Is It is categorized as a new release, Jackson finally gets to take the No. 1 Billboard 200 spot that a technicality robbed him of for much of this past summer.

A busy pack of other new releases crowded into the shadow of This Is It. Creed came Full Circle to No. 2 with a respectable 110,000 copies sold, answering the question of how many people still consider themselves Creed fans in 2009. The public’s appetite for Rod Stewart covers albums remained unwhetted as his latest such set, Soulbook, bowed at No. 4 with 84,000. Trans-Siberian Orchestra‘s Night Castle checked in at No. 5 with 83,000. Sting‘s If on a Winter’s Night… traveled to No. 6 with 80,000.


'Once' more: The Swell Season's Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova on their breakup, their new record, and the future of their band

Once stars Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová (a.k.a. the Swell Season) have stayed busy since their February 2008 Oscar win, playing their songs night after night to crowds across the U.S. and overseas. Somewhere along the way, their real-life romance ended and they made a new album together, not necessarily in that order. The Dublin-based folk-rockers met with me in downtown New York one afternoon last month to talk about Strict Joy (out Oct. 27 and streaming now at, what it’s like to make music together after their breakup, and whether or not the Swell Season will keep going past this album. Read on after the jump for our Q&A.


The Swell Season preps 'Once' follow-up 'Strict Joy'

Swell-season_l Early this year, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, the musical couple who captured the world's (and the Academy's) heart in Once, promised fans that they would continue to work together even though they were no longer romantically involved. Today they've made good on their word: Hansard and Irglova just announced that their second album as the Swell Season is titled Strict Joy and will arrive this Sept. 29. According to a press release, the dozen songs on Strict Joy "were recorded last year and document a time of great change and tumult," so get ready for another emotional listen.

Click through to the jump for the full tracklist, then let us know: How do you feel about the prospect of another album from the Swell Season? What do you hope to hear on Strict Joy?


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