Baby Pools, Cream of Wheat, and Field Hockey: The Hip-Hop of Freestyle Love Supreme

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Hayley Strichman
Freestyle Love Supreme

This Friday, October 17, sees New York's longest-running freestyle theatrical comedy experience, Freestyle Love Supreme, venture from the stage to the screen with the premiere of a new show on Pivot TV. After a decade of wowing audiences with top-tier freestyle rhymes and impeccable comedic timing, the gang are looking to transition their talents to this new medium with some innovative techniques that maintain the spontaneous energy of the live setting with the new freedoms a taped show allows.

We spoke to members MC Utkarsh "UTK" Ambudkar (Pitch Perfect, The Mindy Project, The Beatards) and beatboxer Chris "Shockwave" Sullivan ("The Electric Company," UCBEast's Battlicious) about hip-hop's impact on their lives and where it's taken them.

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Prodigal East Villager Neal Brennan Returns for The Approval Matrix on SundanceTV

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Willie Geist, Julie Klausner, Neal Brennan, Whitney Cummings and Matt Roush in "Golden Age of TV" episode.

Long before co-creating Chappelle's Show, Neal Brennan hung out at West 53rd's original Improv Comedy Club, dropped out of NYU film school and worked as a doorman at 3rd Street's Boston Comedy Club. Now living in Santa Monica, he returned to his old stomping grounds to host The Approval Matrix, a panel and sketch series based on New York Magazine's recurring last-page feature. With the likes of Chris Rock, Hannibal Buress, Judah Friedlander, Julie Klausner, Kurt Metzger and Jim Norton contributing their pop-culture opinions, The Approval Matrix debuts August 11 on SundanceTV.

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10 Awesome Musical Performances from The Jon Stewart Show

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Back before he was the host of The Daily Show -- back even before Josh Hartnett chopped off his fingers and stabbed him in the eye in The Faculty -- Jon Stewart was the host of his own eponymous show. It aired for almost two years, first in a half-hour version on MTV, and then an hour-long version in syndication.

Stewart told USA Today his eponymous program was "just an odd show with really cool music."

Indeed, the show had plenty of fantastic musical guests during its 1993 to 1995 run. Thanks to the magic of AV nerds recording the show, transferring it digitally and uploading to the internet, there are a ton of them on YouTube! Here are 10 of the best.

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Mad Men's Six Best Music Moments

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In the fifth season premiere of Mad Men, Jessica Paré as Megan Draper forced a roomful of jaws to drop with an unexpected performance of "Zou Bisou Bisou." The scene took place at Don Draper's apartment during his surprise birthday party; his young wife, Megan, turned the shock quotient up to 11 when she grabbed the mic from the singer of the band she'd hired and launched into a confection of a '60s pop song that Sophia Loren had previously lent her voice to. Megan Draper stopped both the characters on the show and its viewers dead in their tracks at the beginning of that season, and that moment--one that broke the fourth wall with its perfection as both a plot vehicle and a period-appropriate musical choice--forced the issue when it came to recognizing Mad Men as one of the most musically savvy shows on television. Any show with an RJD2 track for its theme song has to be, anyway.

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Talking Mystery Science Theater 3000's 25th Anniversary With Creator Joel Hodgson

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Michael Kienitz
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In the not too distant past, last Sunday A.D., television's favorite cult comedy about robots in space riffing on cheesy movies celebrated its silver anniversary. That's right, it's been 25 years since Mystery Science Theater 3000 hit the airwaves, and we spoke to creator/star/test subject Joel Hodgson about all the shows classic music moments. From its iconic theme to the best Christmas song ever written about Road House, MST3K has always left music obsessives sent-up and satisfied. So join us on the Satellite of Love as we've got movie sign!

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Parents Television Council's Dan Isett Wants to Pass Legislation to Stop All Future Mileys

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By David Rolland

The fallout from Miley Cyrus' performance at Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards has run the gamut from discomfort to laughter to accusations of racism and sexism. But only the Parents Television Council demands legislation result from her tasteless performance.

According to their press release issued Monday, this Los Angeles based advocacy group believes MTV marketed adults-only material to children with their Video Music Awards and want "Congress to pass the Television Consumer Freedom Act which will give parents and consumers a real solution for future MTV VMA programs--the ability to choose and pay for cable networks that they want vs. having to pay for networks they don't want."

We caught up with the Parents Television Council's Director of Public Policy, Dan Isett, as he drove home from his Washington, D.C. office. We tried our hardest to get him to open up about when twerking might be appropriate, but he didn't seem to find humor in any of this.

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Breaking Bad's Best Musical Moments

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It's no secret: Breaking Bad is easily the best television show currently running, and only The Wire can challenge its all-time supremacy. Creator Vince Gilligan focuses heavily on visual art, such as clever point-of-view cameras and breathtaking shots of the New Mexico landscape more often than he does music, which is most often used as ambient background sound. The show's judicious use of some of the best musical moments in the show's incredible history.
 And, duh, spoiler alerts abound. But honestly, if something about the show's plot can be spoiled for you this late in the game who even are you?

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Five Disastrous Musician Interviews

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Most interviews are pretty by the numbers. Nothing special.But sometimes interviews live on in infamy because they're so damn crazy, weird, or otherwise awkward that they provide entertainment long after everyone has forgotten why the celebrity was being interviewed in the first place. Those special disasters continue to capture all of our imaginations because if there's anything America loves, it's seeing a celebrity break down or blow up in public.

For the sake of that, I compiled five disastrous interviews with musicians. Thankfully, none of them were done by anyone on the SOTC staff.

How Not To Interview Musicians

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Going Back To Wellsville: Six Great Musical Moments From The Adventures Of Pete & Pete

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Michael Stipe as Sludgesicle-peddling Captain Scrummy.
Like a defiant cannonball splash disturbing the tranquility of an adult swim, the Nickelodeon series The Adventures of Pete & Pete lives on. Over three seasons between 1993 and 1996, the show followed the adventures of two brothers each named Pete Wrigley, their parents, their friends, and the entire population of the fictitious suburban town known as Wellsville.

Barely noticed at the time, the cult of Pete & Pete has slowly gained traction in the intervening years. In tribute to that fact, the original cast reunited in Los Angeles last November for the first time since 1996. It's New York's turn on Friday, when the Bowery Ballroom hosts two shows titled "An Evening With the Cast and Crew of The Adventures of Pete & Pete."

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MTV Accessorizes Itself With Music On I Just Want My Pants Back

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I Just Want My Pants Back protagonist Jason Strider—a receptionist and aspiring music journalist who appears to live alone in a one-bedroom apartment despite claiming to have just $100 to his name—doesn't remember what sex tastes like because it's been six whole weeks since his last encounter. "This little dry spell could easily turn into the drought of the decade," he says through a smoky exhale in the bathroom stall of a Brooklyn bar, where he and his impossibly caustic friend Tina drink "to freedom" and only ever say the opposite of what they actually mean. With this new series, MTV has finally made the full transition from producing music programming to producing music blog programming, paying homage to the concept of music with a show about people who claim to listen to it.

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