Win a Flight of the Conchords Prize Pack!


As you may know, the second season of Flight of the Conchords begins tomorrow (1/18 @ 10p/9c) on HBO. We thought we would celebrate the return of the funniest show currently on television by giving away a Flight of the Conchords prize pack.

So here is how the contest is going to work:

Below are 3 general topics for what we would like to see happen in Season 2. You need to take one of the topics and have up to 100 words to expand on it. For example, if the topic is “Jermaine gets the hiccups” you would have up to 100 words to write out what else happened. What were they doing when the hiccups started? How did they try to get rid of his hiccups? Be creative.


1) Bret goes to the doctor

2) Jermaine questions his sexuality

3) Murray befriends a Hasidic Jew

Submissions should be made by January 25th in the comment section below. Then a panel of expert judges (the writers of IM) will decide which submission is the funniest.

Note: Unfortunately, we can only ship the prize pack to U.S. addresses. Sorry!

The winner will receive:

+ Season 1 of Flight of the Conchords on DVD
+ an FOTC notebook
+ FOTC guitar picks
+ an FOTC poster + some FOTC postcards

You can only post one time so make it count! Thanks and good luck.

p.s. if you are looking for something more on the interactive end, check out this lip dub Flight of the Conchords contest.

The Flight of The Conchords (2008):

Flight of the Conchords – The Most Beautiful Girl (In The Room)

Flight of the Conchords – Mutha’uckas

The Distant Future EP (2007):

Flight of Conchords – Business Time

Flight of the Conchords – I’m Not Crying

Also, you can watch the first episode below:

Stella Announce New Tour Dates


I strongly believe Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, and David Wain are among the funniest humans ever to live. Their movie Wet Hot American Summer is one of my favorite movies, Michael Ian Black’s new book, My Custom Van: And 50 Other Mind-Blowing Essays that Will Blow Your Mind All Over Your Face is one of my favorite books, and Michael Showalter’s The Michael Showalter Showalter is one of my favorite showalter’s (sorry).

The three comedians have been friends ever since meeting at NYU in 1988, and make up the comedy group Stella. They have hilarious/ridiculous Stella Shorts that they filmed between 1998-2002, and for a short period of time had their own show on Comedy Central. They occasionally perform as a stand-up trio under the Stella name, and have just announced a new set of tour dates.

In February, I was lucky enough to see Michael Showalter and Michael Ian Black perform individually at the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue in Washington DC, and fell into a severe state of happiness when I saw that they are coming back in December as Stella.  Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter are also playing a free Secret Myspace Stand-Up show at Caroline’s Comedy Club in NYC tonight.

Nov 30: PHILADELPHIA – Keswick Theater
Dec 2: WASHINGTON DC – Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
Dec 5: CHICAGO – The Vic (tickets not yet on sale)
Dec 7: CLEVELAND – House of Blues
Dec 9: NEW YORK – Nokia Theater
Dec 10: NEW YORK – Nokia Theater
Dec 11: BOSTON – Wilbur Theater
Dec 12: SAN FRANCISCO – UC Berkeley
Dec 13: LOS ANGELES – Orpheum Theatre

 I am a Wonderful Man:

Michael Ian Black – Gay

Sandwiches & Cats:

Michael Showalter -  Wash Your Hands

Michael Showalter – Term Werner Cable

Video: Stella on Obama pre-election:

Stella | Michael Showalter | Michael Ian Black | David Wain (co-wrote & directed the new movie Role Models)

Letter From Sufjan Stevens

(disclaimer: this is the letter Sufjan most likely would have written to us if he actually wrote us a letter)

Dear Indie Muse,

It’s me–Sufjan Stevens. I’m in a big bind, and decided to reach out to you guys to try to help explain myself. I’m constantly receiving fan mail asking when I am planning on releasing another album, or which state I am going to dedicate my next album to. “How are you going to produce 50 albums at this rate, Sufjan. It’s impossible.” “Do you think you are God or something, Sufjan? You are not going to live forever, you know.”

People have no idea that I sold out long ago, and how I struggle with it everyday.

A few months after finishing up my Illinoise tour, I got a random call from John Hoeven, governor of North Dakota. He said, “Hey Sufjan, big fan of your music, I’d love to fly you out here, and give you a tour of our great state.” You know, I was in over my head at the time, with the success and all,  and going somewhere remote like ND, for free no less,  seemed like a perfect plan.

I got on a private jet, right off to Bismarck, to meet this Hoeven guy in person.  The flight was amazing–I had more leg room than ever before, got to eat a sirloin steak, and even got to pick the in-flight movie. Somebody finally asked “Sufjan, what do you want?” for a change.

So when I got to Bismarck, I met up with the governor, and we grabbed lunch–another sirloin steak. If I knew we were going to have steak again, I probably wouldn’t have requested it on the jet–but I didn’t want to be rude now and refuse the steak. It was even better than the first.

You know, at the time, I didn’t question any of it. I just figured that the governor liked my music, and wanted to meet me. I never made the link that he was trying to juice me up for his pitch. He waited a few weeks, you know, just as I was getting comfortable in my complimentary resort, and saw just about everything there was to see in North Dakota (which believe me, isn’t a lot). When I was being driven around in the BMW that they bought for me, it didn’t even hit me–or when I made a comment on a really nice house, and they said “you want it, Sufjan, cause it’s yours if you want it.”

It wasn’t until I made my way back to Bismarck, and had another sirloin steak with the gov that it all clicked. “Now Sufjan, we hope your stay here in North Dakota has been a comfortable one. Our state is a gold mine of history, and the people here are just great, aren’t they?” I nodded my head in agreement, and took another bite out of my juicy sirloin. “So let me just come right out and ask you, Sufjan, what do you think about writing your next album about our great state of North Dakota? I mean you’ve seen the whole state, haven’t you?! You’ve accepted our cars, and houses, and private jet. We need this Sufjan. South Dakota is whooping our ass with Rushmore. We’ve got nothing. Even the animals are bored shitless. Please Sufjan, help us out.”

I dropped my fork, and wiped my face, in total disbelief. Here I was, Sufjan Stevens, trying to just get a breather, and now I see that I’ve been whipped. Then and there, I realized that the states don’t deserve me. I let myself down. I accepted bribes. When I was there in North Dakota, I recorded an entire album. I fell right into their trap–they even gave me my own state-of-the-art recording studio and equipment and said, “we’ll leave you alone now, Sufjan.” When I went on my little hikes they knew I was writing my lyrics. They must’ve known. And I had no idea that they knew. It was all going to be a surprise. Who would have expected North Dakota to be my next state? No one. Except North Dakota. The joke was on me.

So to all those people who don’t understand why I haven’t released another album yet, maybe this will help answer your questions. All I want to write about is the states, and now I don’t know which ones I can trust. Life sucks.


Illinoise (2005):

Sufjan Stevens- Concerning the UFO sighting Near Highland, IL

Sufjan Stevens-Chicago

Sufjan Stevens- The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades Is Out to Get Us!


Seven Swans (2004):

Sufjan Stevens- A Good Man Is Hard To Find


Michigan (2003):

Sufjan Stevens- Romulus


Enjoy Your Rabbit (2001):

Sufjan Stevens- Year Of The Ox


A Sun Came (2000):

Sufjan Stevens- A Winner Needs A Wand



The Avalanche (2006):

Sufjan Stevens- Adlai

B-Sides and Demos:

Sufjan Stevens – God’ll Ne’er Let You Down

2007 Believer Music Issue CD:

In The Words Of The Governor

I’m Not There OST:

Sufjan Stevens – Ring Them Bells

Bob Dylan – Ring Them Bells

Songs For Christmas (2006):

Sufjan Stevens – O Holy Night

The BQE (more info):

Sufjan Stevens – The BQE (part 3)

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Why Michael Ian Black Hates Whatever Music You Like

Michael Ian Black (Stella, Best Week Ever, Sierra Mist spokesman) is one of the funniest comedians. Ever. I read a post about music on his blog yesterday and I thought I’d share it with you.

People ask me all the time “what kind of music I’m into.” I hate this question because what they’re really asking is, “Are you as cool as me?” I can answer right now. No. No I’m not. No, I’m not into that twee British act you read about it in Gravesitter or Thunderfuck or Quiznuts or whatever obscure music magazine you read. No, I didn’t go to the Bohemian Shithead concert the other night in Williamsburg. No, I’ve never heard of them, and no I don’t want you to burn me a CD of their “amazing new album.”

What’s on my iPod? Your dick.

Asking somebody what kind of music they’re into is exactly the same as asking them what their sign is, an attempt to discern something meaningful from the meaningless. What possible difference does it make? What are you going to learn from me if I tell you I like U2? That I’m into debt relief?

And there’s just no good answer. Turning the situation around, if I ask somebody the same question, here’s what I’m thinking based on their answer:

Jazz – douchebag
Classical – douchebag
Metal – douchebag
Country – douchebag
Rap – douchebag
Pop – douchebag
Classic Rock – douchebag
Christian Rock – douchebag
Alternative Rock – JUST LIKE ME!!!

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