Categories
CULTURE ARCHIVES MUSIC ARCHIVES TV ARCHIVES

Jeopardy’s Five Best Music Moments

Sure, selling almost 180 million records worldwide is pretty special. As is winning 17 Grammy Awards. But last week, Beyoncé’s legacy was bestowed with arguably the highest of all honors: She got her own category on Jeopardy. Personally, our favorite part was Alex Trebek’s delivery of the phrase “Jay-Z is featured on this Beyoncé song that mentions ‘that liquor get into me.’ ”

In case you missed this glorious moment, you can see it here:

See also: An Illustrated Guide to Beyoncé’s Insight and Empowerment

Jeopardy, of course, has a long and rich history of taking stuff that’s cool and sexy and For The Kids and making it sound extraordinarily awkward and sanitized and, rather ironically, really damn stupid. Here are some of our favorite musical moments from the show’s history.

1. We’re guessing a student intern was responsible for this.
In 2012, Jeopardy reduced much-lauded emotive indie quintet Fleet Foxes to “folk-rockin’ dudes” with this clue. To celebrate, Sub Pop Records tweeted a link to the incident and hashtagged “Trebek!” for good measure.

2. ‘The 1990s Rap Song’
In a particularly delightful episode of Jeopardy: The Battle of the Decades, there was, rather magically, a category titled “The 1990s Rap Song.” The questions — er, answers — included clues relating to Notorious B.I.G., Shock G, and MC Hammer, but it was Trebek’s enthusiastic renditions of Cypress Hill’s “Insane in the Brain” and Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage” that truly made this a special moment in TV game show history. This is possibly the most animated we’ve ever heard him.

3. Who Is Buddy Holly?
Sometimes, under pressure, contestants do crazy things on Jeopardy. One time, a guy actually ended up face-down, passed out, during Final Jeopardy, and another lady got laughed at super-hard by the audience for giving “Chris Farley” as a response to a Johnny Cash clue. However, it’s difficult to imagine how one woman, in response to the clue “His widow Maria Elena and actor Gary Busey were on hand when his star was dedicated outside Capitol Records in 2011,” came up with this:

We hope that when someone finally makes a movie about Ice-T, Gary Busey is allowed to at least audition. We would pay to see that.

4. Most Bizarre Clue Ever
We’re pretty sure you could put this in front of every single member of Mötley Crüe and even they wouldn’t answer it correctly. Who the hell came up with this?

5. ‘It’s a Rap’
Plucky contestant Mary holds her shit together really, really well until the very last moment of tackling the “It’s a Rap” category. What sends her over the edge? Trebek doing Public Enemy, that’s what. “I don’t know why that’s making you laugh so much!” the host declares. We think you do, Trebek. We think you do…


 

Categories
CULTURE ARCHIVES Datebook Events Listings MUSIC ARCHIVES VOICE CHOICES ARCHIVES Where To

SISTER ACT

The gorgeous, lilting harmonies of Johanna and Klara Soderberg—the sisters better known as First Aid Kit—will grace Hammerstein Ballroom’s stage tonight. The Swedish-born Soderberg’s first real entryway into the world of music was a cover of the Fleet Foxes song “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song” that they posted to Youtube as teenagers. The video went viral when Robin Pecknold (of Fleet Foxes) praised it, and soon the girls were writing and recording their own original takes in the Americana/country tradition. Their sophomore release Stay Gold came out in spring of this year, and it cements their voices with more intricate, nuanced takes on country music staples like steel guitar, finger-picked riffs and off-kilter rhythms. The sisters make music that is stately, sad and polished and it somehow feels like an homage to Americana while maintaining a singular sense of identity. But most of all, expect to be bowled over by the sheer force of harmony that their entwined voices produces—that’s the golden part.

Fri., Oct. 24, 7 p.m., 2014

Categories
CULTURE ARCHIVES Datebook Events Listings MUSIC ARCHIVES Theater VOICE CHOICES ARCHIVES Where To

Father John Misty

Former Fleet Foxes drummer Josh Tilllman has been touring the bejezus out of 2011’s terrific Jonathan Wilson–produced Fear Fun. But there’s new material on the way, and this is a solo version, so there will probably be even more amusing banter than usual in-between this ersatz guru-stripper’s gimlet-eyed musical observations draped in vintage Laurel Canyon arrangements.

Fri., Oct. 18, 8 p.m., 2013

Categories
CULTURE ARCHIVES Datebook Listings Living MUSIC ARCHIVES NEW YORK CITY ARCHIVES NYC ARCHIVES VOICE CHOICES ARCHIVES Where To

Cave Singers

Produced by Northwest mastermind Phil Ek, the record from Seattle’s folk-gone-rogue rockers the Cave Singers manages to wrangle in both the area’s historically grunge sounds and the feeling of pastoral surroundings. Expect guitar noise that swoons into stabbing solos and harmonies that lean into the territory of Fleet Foxes with none of their preciousness. There may be folk at the foundation of their music, but the Cave Singers have built a decidedly rock sound on top of it.

Sat., April 6, 9 p.m., 2013

Categories
CULTURE ARCHIVES Datebook Listings Living MUSIC ARCHIVES NEW YORK CITY ARCHIVES NYC ARCHIVES VOICE CHOICES ARCHIVES Where To

Father John Misty

Josh Tillman is revitalizing SoCal rock. His Knitting Factory gig earlier this year was a provocative tour de force, with the former Fleet Foxes drummer obnoxiously mocking his audience’s phone addiction in-between gimlet-eyed glimpses of a small, precious slice of contemporary Los Angeles. The harmonies and arrangements are vintage Laurel Canyon, though, and Tillman’s voice flutters seductively just this side of tragicomedy.

Tue., Oct. 23, 9 p.m., 2012

Categories
Bars CULTURE ARCHIVES Datebook Events Listings MUSIC ARCHIVES NYC ARCHIVES VOICE CHOICES ARCHIVES Where To

Father John Misty

After abandoning the drummer’s stool in Fleet Foxes and mischievously transforming into his Father John Misty persona, Josh Tillman has succeeded in making SoCal rock interesting again. With the help of producer Jonathan Wilson (who plays an early set at the Merc), Father John’s ­Fear Fun offers a noir-tinged, gimlet-eyed overview of a small, precious slice of contemporary Los Angeles. The harmonies and arrangements are vintage Laurel Canyon, though, and Tillman’s voice flutters seductively just this side of tragicomedy.

Fri., May 18, 10:30 p.m., 2012

Categories
Living NYC ARCHIVES VOICE CHOICES ARCHIVES Where To

FOX TROT

The bearded boys of Fleet Foxes have spoken at length about the various difficulties they faced in making their tellingly titled new album. But like the Seattle indie-folk act’s 2008 debut, Helplessness Blues doesn’t betray much evidence of a slog—its lush vocal harmonies and strummy-strum arrangements float out of the speakers like smoke from the end of a clove cigarette. This week, the band hits town for a pair of United Palace gigs sure to showcase those harmonies in all their naturally reverberant glory. Fellow Seattle-ites the Cave Singers (with a dude who used to be in Pretty Girls Make Graves) open both shows.

Wed., May 18, 8 p.m.; Thu., May 19, 8 p.m., 2011

Categories
VOICE CHOICES ARCHIVES Where To

Dawes+Vetiver

While barely a blip on hip blog radars, Laurel Canyon denizens Dawes have bumped up to bigger venues on the strength of their live show. Dead-on in their approximations of classic stalwarts such as the Band and CSN&Y on their well-crafted debut North Hills, Dawes’s shared harmonies and keen interplay have made Wilco and Fleet Foxes fans into swift converts. Vetiver similarly mine that same vintage vein and glean a similar type of American beauty. With Peter Wolf Crier.

Fri., Nov. 5, 6 p.m., 2010

Categories
Living NYC ARCHIVES VOICE CHOICES ARCHIVES Where To

Josh Ritter

Though he knows a good groove when he hears one, Ritter sometimes allows his literary aspirations to drown out the youthful spirit in his post-Dylan folk rock; his new one, So Runs the World Away, could do with less smarts and more life. Dawes, from L.A., play rootsy indie stuff with juicy vocal harmonies—think a scruffier Fleet Foxes.

Wed., May 19, 8 p.m.; Thu., May 20, 8 p.m., 2010

Categories
NEW YORK CITY ARCHIVES NYC ARCHIVES VOICE CHOICES ARCHIVES Where To

Aeroplane (CMJ)

Ever since their dreamy and pounding first singles “Caramellas” and “Pacific Air Race,” the Belgian duo of Vito De Luca and Stephen Fasano have proven themselves capable of going just about anywhere with their DJ sets. Their recent Beats in Space mix reveled in Italo of all stripes, their Resident Advisor podcast moved into glimmering house via Fleet Foxes, and a YouTube clip shows them finishing off a crowd with a rework of “God Only Knows.” For their first ever NYC performance, who knows where they might fly their crowd?

Wed., Oct. 21, 11 p.m., 2009