Monday, August 31, 2020

Sights and Sounds: Jim White's 'Misfit's Jubilee', Barenaked Ladies live stream, Star Trek Day Marathon

A few noteworthy items worth sharing today...

The Ever-Elusive Americana Maverick Jim White returns with his most upbeat, hallucinogenic record to date

New album, 'Misfit's Jubilee,' out October 23 on Fluff & Gravy Records
List to a new track from the album via Americana Highways here

WINTERVILLE, Ga. — Jim White is known for his catalog of dark ruminations on all things Southern. His latest outing, Misfit’s Jubilee, out October 30, 2020 on Fluff & Gravy Records, features a nonstop parade of manic, blue-collar conflagrations exploring realms dark and light, mystic and mundane, cynical and heartfelt; all presented within a buoyant, hook-laden sonic framework. 
The album’s raucous opener, “Monkey in a Silo,” provides a delirious peek into the drug-addled psyche of a teenage dope smuggler. From that ignominious jumping off point down the rabbit hole we go, pin-balling through a maze of quirky, marginalized characters jubilantly embracing various stages of existential undoing—who knew falling to pieces could be so much fun?
And yet nestled comfortably amidst the high-octane sturm und drang of Misfit’s Jubilee lie several sanguine jewels: the ebullient ’80s indie folk-rockesque “The Sum of What We’ve Been” and the moody, piano-driven “Mystery of You” come breezing in as bona fide crowd pleasers, dispelling any thought of relegating White to some narrow, fringe-artist category.  
White is widely known for his intricately layered, highly cinematic production values (his songs appear in numerous film and TV scores — Breaking Bad and last year’s feature film El Camino among them), and his novelistic eye for detail is fully on display here in the darkly comedic “Highway of Lost Hats.” Featuring a lovelorn loser on the run from the law, White juxtaposes samples from actual U.S. police chases against a steady stream of Southern rock clichés. “Highway of Lost Hats” is a sonic carjacking veering recklessly across several major genre lanes, rendering it more a short noir film than a song — something to be watched, but with one’s ears, not eyes.
Plunging headlong into Misfit’s Jubilee one central truth emerges — the further White dives into the material, the deeper said material gets, culminating with the closing couplet of epic showstoppers. First comes the sprawling kitsch of “My Life’s a Stolen Picture” (replete with stadium anthem chants and shout-outs to Bigfoot), but the ribald mood is quickly displaced by the most overtly political song on the record, “The Divided States of America.” A scathing indictment of the sorry state of affairs in his homeland, White’s deadpan delivery brilliantly underscores the banal evil at play presently in the U.S.
“Yeah, it’s time to call bullshit on all that nonsense,” White says from his home in rural Georgia. “Us freaks, we gotta take up musical arms and start speaking truth to power here.  If we don’t, who exactly will?”
Recorded primarily at Studio Caporal in Antwerp, Belgium, this record marks a departure from White’s usual hopscotch approach to collaboration — no bevy of celebrated guest artists and studios scattered across the globe this go-round. No, it’s just multi-instrumentalist White, his longtime drummer Marlon Patton, plus trusted Belgian sidemen Geert Hellings (guitar/banjo) and Nicolas Rombouts (electric and stand-up bass/keys.) The pared-down chemistry on display here lends Misfit’s Jubilee a sonic integrity that far exceeds any of White’s previous efforts.
Misfit’s Jubilee draws from an array of original songs penned by White over the span of several decades — scattered among the recent compositions are songs back-burnered in previous epochs by White’s major label handlers, who’d deemed them too extreme for his “brand.” With no such middleman constraints this go-round, in Misfit’s Jubilee White has found the perfect vehicle to unleash his twisted take on Southern folk rock.  As White’s protagonist in the song “Wonders Never Cease” defiantly declares, “A motel’s as good a place as any to let your demons fly!”  
Amen, Brother White. The Americana maverick has let his sonic demons fly herein, setting the skies fully ablaze, like some LSD fueled 4th of July fireworks spectacular. Get ready to be dazzled.

SEPTEMBER 12, 2020 at 7:00pm ET

Exclusive opportunity to catch BNL’s 2015
Last Summer on Earth performances

“It’s a Red Rocks Re- Do!”- Ed Robertson


Toronto, ON (August 31, 2020) – Barenaked Ladies announce a very special pay-per-view live stream event featuring the multi-platinum band’s 2015 Red Rocks performance to take place on Saturday, September 12 at 7 p.m. Eastern time.

Recorded at the fabled Morrison, CO amphitheater in June 2015 during the Ladies’ Last Summer on Earth tour, the footage captures the rock icons’ incredible live energy, camaraderie, and musicianship that stand as a testament to the band’s remarkable longevity in an ever-changing musical landscape. The live stream features a new exclusive interview where the band will discuss their most fun and memorable stories from performing at Red Rocks over the years, as well as commentary from Ed and Tyler throughout the show. 

Purchase tickets now at:
Barenaked Ladies released a special live album from this show. BNL Rocks Red Rocks features some of the band’s biggest hits and fan favorites and is available here:
Be sure to watch BNL’s TikTok video HERE, in which Ed takes you ‘Behind The Song’ on how he wrote the Big Bang Theory theme song. To date, the video has been viewed over 2.4 million times.

BNL have been staying busy during quarantine with Facebook Livestreams along with their #SelfieCamJams, performing deep cuts and fan favorites from their homes, even bringing in surprise guests. In April, they did a family-fun "Snacktime" #SelfieCamJam for kids of all ages. Many familiar faces made a special appearance to share their favorite snack, like Sarah McLachlan, Tom Greene, KT Tunstall, The Count, and Darius Rucker of Hootie and the Blowfish, who Barenaked Ladies toured with in 2019. The band also teamed up with Michael Bublé and Sofia Reyes for a timely single “Gotta Be Patient,” with all proceeds to be donated to charity.

To date, the band has created 23 SelfieCamJams, the latest being “Narrow Streets” which is in support of Global Citizen and their Global Aid For Lebanon campaign. The full SelfieCamJam series is featured on BNL’s playlist here: YouTube
BNL’s extensive 2020 touring plans are postponed until 2021. This includes a headline tour of the UK and their Last Summer On Earth tour of North America with Gin Blossoms and Toad the Wet Sprocket. This will be the 6th edition of their Last Summer On Earth tour, following last summer’s critically-acclaimed shows with Hootie & the Blowfish. Some of their previous guests have included Cracker, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Blues Traveler, Guster, Ben Folds Five, Violent Femmes, Colin Hay, OMD, Howard Jones, Better Than Ezra, and KT Tunstall.

Tickets purchased for 2020 remain valid for 2021. See below for full tour routings:


Fri June 4 – Atlanta, GA – Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
Sat June 5 – St Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Tues June 8 – Irving, TX – Toyota Music Factory
Thurs June 10 – Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre
Fri June 11 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
Sat June 12 – Paso Robles, CA – Vina Robles Amphitheatre
Thurs June 17 – Redmond, WA – Marymoor Park Amphitheatre
Fri June 18 – Troutdale, OR – Edgefield 
Sat June 19 – Airway Heights, WA – Northern Quest Resort & Casino 
Tues June 22 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Fri June 25 – Council Bluffs, IA – Stir Cove at Hurrah’s Council Bluffs
Sat June 26 –  Prior Lake, MN – Mystic Lake Casino
Mon Jun 28 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
Wed Jun 30 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre
Fri July 2 – Indianapolis, IN – Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park 
Sat July 3 – Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
Sun July 4 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
Tues July 6 – Lewiston, NY – Artpark
Wed July 7 – New York, NY *Venue to be announced soon
Fri July 9 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
Sat July 10 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
Sun July 11 – Boston, MA – Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
Tues July 13 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met
Wed July 14 – Vienna, VA – Wolf Trap
Fri July 16 – Charleston, SC – North Charleston Coliseum *Venue change
Sat July 17 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheatre
Sun July 18 – Baltimore, MD – MECU Pavilion
Tues July 20 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Music Pavilion 
Wed July 21 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage *Kim Mitchell will be joining this show

2021 UK Tour
Boothby Graffoe to support
*KT Tunstall & Boothby Graffoe to support

Tues Oct 19 - Newcastle - Newcastle Uni              
Wed Oct 20 - Aberdeen - Beach Ballroom                     
Thurs Oct 21 - Glasgow - Royal Concert Hall
Sat Oct 23 - Bath - Forum
Sun Oct 24 - Manchester- O2 Ritz
Tues Oct 26 - Cambridge - Corn Exchange
Wed Oct 27 - Birmingham - O2 Institute
Fri Oct 29 - Leeds - Beckett Uni
Sat Oct 30 - Portsmouth - Pyramids
Sun Oct 31 - London - Royal Albert Hall*

Over the course of their remarkable career, Barenaked Ladies have written a variety of top 20 hits (including radio staples "One Week," "Pinch Me," "If I Had $1,000,000"), garnered two GRAMMY nominations, won eight JUNO Awards, had Ben & Jerry's name an ice cream after them, wrote and recorded the theme song to the TV series The Big Bang Theory, and participated in the first-ever "space-to-earth musical collaboration" with astronaut Chris Hadfield. The band has also been inducted to the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, and received a proclamation from Toronto Mayor John Tory declaring October 1st "Barenaked Ladies Day."

Shout! Factory TV Celebrates
With All-Day Marathon September 8, 2020

LOS ANGELES – August 31, 2020 Shout! Factory TV proudly presents a marathon of Star Trek documentaries in celebration of Star Trek Day, September 8, the anniversary of the original series’ 1966 broadcast debut. Fans can tune in to see in-depth looks at Star Trek series across the years with five acclaimed documentaries and docuseries directed by William Shatner and Ira Steven Behr (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine showrunner) and David Zappone (producer of For the Love of Spock, The Captains).

William Shatner’s incredible in-depth look at the creation, evolution and legacy of Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek comes to life in his four documentaries: The Captains, The Captains Close Up five-episode miniseries, Chaos on the Bridge: The Untold Story Behind Trek’s Next Generation and William Shatner’s Get a Life!. From directors Ira Steven Behr and David Zappone comes the critically acclaimed documentary feature What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Shout! Factory TV will also showcase Backlot: San Diego Comic-Con 2019: What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Panel to close a day full of Star Trek: in-depth presentations.

The Star Trek Day marathon begins Thursday, September 8 at 9 a.m. PT and can be viewed on; Shout! Factory TV’s Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, and Android apps; and the following digital streaming platforms: Twitch, Samsung TV Plus, Comcast Xfinity, Xumo, Vizio, Redbox, IMDb TV and STIRR.

In The Captains, Shatner sits down for five insightful interviews with the franchise’s captains — Sir Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Bakula and his own Kirk counterpart, Chris Pine. The interviews continue with The Captains Close Up, a docuseries formed from additional interview footage unable to be included in the original The Captains film. Chaos on the Bridgetells the delightful — and surprising — story of bringing Star Trek: The Next Generation to the screen! And finally, in Get A Life, Shatner presents his own, unforgettable love letter to the fans of Star Trek.

What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine presents a fascinating in-depth look at the past, present and future of a series whose dark, edgy take on Gene Roddenberry’s vision was often misunderstood when it premiered but has grown into a beloved mainstay in the Star Trek franchise. Featuring extensive interviews with the cast and crew of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as well as remastered HD footage from the television series, What We Left Behind also focuses on the original writers of the series as they craft a brand-new episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, developing what would be the eighth-season premiere if the show were to return to the air today.

Lastly, in a featured Shout! Factory TV Backlot episode, fans can see the full What We Left Behind: Looking Back At Star Trek: Deep Space Nine panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 with showrunner Ira Steven Behr, filmmaker David Zappone (The Captains) and DS9 cast members Andrew Robinson (Elim Garak), Penny Johnson Jerald (Kasidy Yates), Cirroc Lofton (Jake Sisko), Chase Masterson (Leeta), and the late, great Aron Eisenberg (Nog).

Shout! Factory TV’s Star Trek Day Marathon Schedule

11:00 a.m. – The Captains Close Up: William Shatner 
12:00 p.m. – The Captains Close Up: Patrick Stewart
1:00 p.m. – The Captains Close Up: Avery Brooks
2:00 p.m. – The Captains Close Up: Kate Mulgrew
3:30 p.m. – The Captains Close Up: Scott Bakula
4:00 p.m. – William Shatner’s Chaos on the Bridge
5:30 p.m. – William Shatner’s Get A Life!
7:00 p.m. – What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
9:30 p.m. – Backlot: San Diego Comic-Con 2019: What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Panel

About Shout! Factory TV
Shout! Factory TV is a digital entertainment streaming service that brings timeless and contemporary cult favorites to pop culture fans. Shout! Factory TV offers an unrivaled blend of original programming and TV shows and movies curated from major studios, independent producers and its own distinctive entertainment library. The Shout! Factory TV family of channels also includes Mystery Science Theater 3000 and TokuSHOUTsu™, with more to come soon. Shout! Factory TV provides an immersive, high-quality viewing experience across a wide variety of platforms: online at ShoutFactoryTV.comon smartphone devices, tablets and connected TV, and via apps on the Roku player, Android, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV. Shout! Factory TV is also available as a branded channel on Amazon Prime Channels, Comcast Xfinity, Pluto TV, Redbox, Roku Premium Subscriptions, Samsung TV Plus, STIRR, Tubi, Twitch, Vizio and XUMO among others. For more information, please visit

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