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Exclusive Premiere: Sound And Vision: Blake Mills

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Meet Blake Mills. At 25, the Venice-based musician has already stacked up a career’s worth of gigs as a session and touring guitarist, playing with a diverse array of musicians that span from Cass McCombs to Conor Oberst to Lykke Li to Kid Rock. When producer Rick Rubin needs a guitarist, Mills is the first guy he calls. He’s worked with everyone from Mark Ronson to Dangermouse to Don Was. Yet, for despite his eye-popping resume, Mills has never really released an album. Well, sort of. While his album “Break Mirrors” has been out on Record Collection since November 2010, it never really “came out.” The album wasn’t sold in stores, didn’t have a barcode, was never sent out to radio or to press, etc. But as friends burned copies for their friends and a small cult following ensued, word about Blake and “Break Mirrors” got out.

Then there are his impromptu jams at Mollusk Surf Shop in Venice, CA. At first it was just Blake and his girlfriend (of the up-and-coming LA band HAIM) performing, but as rumors of the music spread, people started coming out of the woodwork to watch and to sit in. People like Jackson Brown, Cass Mccombs, Jenny Lewis, Charlie Sexton, Billy Gibbons, Dave Rawlings, Val Mccallum, Smokey Hormel, and Matt Sweeney have all swung by the shop to play with Blake.

Blake spent much of last year touring with and opening for the legendary Lucinda Williams and this summer/fall he is the special guest for Fiona Apple’s entire US tour and will accompany her on guitar during her set.

In his spare time, Blake has taken up producing. Most recently he co-produced the new Jesca Hoop record, co-produced a track with Bill Gibbons for the forthcoming Fleetwood Mac tribute record (Concord), produced the latest album from Nonesuch artist Sara Watkins and produced some tracks for former bandmates Dawes.

Blake Mills is somebody to watch. Luckily, you can. Right here in the fourth installment of Sound & Vision, a series of web documentaries highlighting the individual stories of emerging artists. For more information about Sound & Vision visit redbullsoundstage.com:

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Listen to “Weird Al” Talk About Meeting Paul McCartney on Kevin & Bean

Weird Al comes to Comedy Bang! Bang! starting June 3rd at 11P on IFC.

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We’re days away from Friday’s grand premiere of “Weird Al” Yankovic as the newest bandleader for Comedy Bang! Bang!and ol’ Al has been making the rounds to promote it. In addition to his guest spot on the CB!B! podcast, Al also stopped by the “Kevin & Bean Podcast” on KROQ to chat about the new gig, jamming with Alice Cooper in Hawaii (presumably Cooper’s natural habitat), and the one celebrity around whom he can’t maintain his composure.

Give a listen to “Weird Al” on the “Kevin & Bean Podcast” below.

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Listen to “Weird Al” Talk about Working With Scott Aukerman on the Comedy Bang! Bang! Podcast

"Weird Al" comes to Comedy Bang! Bang! this Friday at 11P on IFC

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Days before his grand debut as the newest Comedy Bang! Bang! bandleader, “Weird Al” Yankovic appeared on the CB!B! podcast to chat with host and comedy cohort Scott Aukerman about the new gig, what it’s like being on a TV set after a 20-year hiatus, his Mandatory Fun World Tour, and his new version of the theme song. Al also drops some details about an upcoming boxed set containing rare songs and other goodies.

Check out “Weird Al” on the latest episode of the Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast below, and be sure to catch him on the season premiere of Comedy Bang! Bang! this Friday at 11P on IFC. This week Scott and Al welcome guests Kevin Bacon and The Lonely Island on back-to-back episodes.

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10 Jokes That Prove Andy Kindler Is One of The Best Stand-Ups Working Today

Catch Andy on a brand new Maron Wednesday at 9P on IFC.

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While fans of IFC may know Andy Kindler as one of Marc’s snarky pals on Maron, he’s also one of the hardest working stand-ups in the biz. With his sarcastic take on pop culture and self deprecating style, Andy’s carved out a unique corner of the comedy sphere. Before you catch Andy on a brand new Maron this Wednesday at 9P, check out a few of his best jokes that’ll remind you you’re not the only one who thinks the world is nuts.

10. Andy has some self esteem issues.

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9. Okay, he kind of hates himself.

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8. Still, he has important points to make.

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7. And he knows how to party.

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6. He just gets people.

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5. And he’s open to new experiences.

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4. And he has his priorities straight.

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3. He’s more of a glass is half empty type of guy.

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2. Seriously, he’s not a happy person.

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1. But at least he has his hobbies.

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Watch Andy visit Marc in the “Dead Son Museum” this Wednesday at 9P on IFC.

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