Saturday, February 28, 2009

New York Times interview

Questions for Bret Mckenzie and Jemaine Clement

Dynamic Duo

Published: February 26, 2009

As the creators and co-stars of “Flight of the Conchords,” the HBO cult comedy series, do you expect the show to be renewed for a third season?
Jemaine: Unlikely.
Bret: We’re going to go straight to the fourth season.

The show is a loosely autobiographical tale about two goofy band mates from New Zealand trying to make it in Manhattan. Is New York a good place for struggling artists?
Bret: It’s a good city if you want to struggle. It’s easy to struggle in New York. I think New York is a bit expensive. It’s too expensive to hang out unless you’ve got a TV show.

Your show is sort of the anti-“Entourage,” in part because there is no cursing or nudity.
Jemaine: We have facial nudity.

Do you see the show as musical comedy?
Bret: It’s definitely closer to the comedy end than the music end.

Next month, you’re releasing a new album and embarking on a U.S. tour. Is it fair to describe your music as a hybrid form that parodies folk music and other genres?
Bret: I would describe our music as weird. I mean, I wouldn’t want to listen to it.

Do you find it surprising that you’ve managed to have a hit television show in spite of your twangy accents?
Jemaine: In New Zealand, people don’t like the New Zealand accent, so we weren’t able to get a TV show there.

What do they watch in New Zealand?
Jemaine: American shows.
Bret: They don’t understand their own accents, so they don’t talk very much.

What do Australians think of your accent?
Jemaine: They think our accent is crude.
Bret: They do make fun of our accents when we’re there.

You first met as drama students at Victoria University in Wellington.
Bret: It started off as a punch-out.
Jemaine: In the New Zealand tradition, we started off fighting like two Russell Crowes. Now we’re amicable rivals. Bret: In between fights we’d write comedy songs.

Is that a joke?
Bret: I don’t know.

Is it true there are more sheep than people in New Zealand?
Jemaine: Ten times more. But in America there are probably more ants than people.
Bret: More cars than people.

Is there anything you can say about the episode being shown this Sunday?
Jemaine: The prime minister of New Zealand comes to New York and wants to meet Barack Obama.

Does New Zealand’s actual prime minister, John Key, appear in the episode?
Bret: No, we decided to go with an actor rather than a politician.
Jemaine: The same way George Bush wasn’t on “24.”

Does President Obama make a cameo appearance?
Jemaine: We can’t tell you.
Bret: HBO might have put him in there as a treat for us.

Any thoughts on the president’s new stimulus package? What do you recommend forthe U.S. economy?
Jemaine: Budgeting.
Bret: Yeah, the government should do a budget.

I believe we already have a budget.
Jemaine: It doesn’t seem like it.
Bret: They need to put aside a certain amount each week for rent and then some money for food and then some money for partying, having a good time. Jemaine: Put aside some for invasions!


Photo and Interview located here: NY

Could this be the album cover?

It could be. According to WTF! it's only speculation, but it would be pretty cool if it did turn out to be the upcoming album cover.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Really Arty contest update

Seems that the contest has ended, and HBO will not be taking anymore submissions. The winners will be announced on March 9th, so look out for that; I myself was looking forward to putting my own fan piece up, but I decided not to even bother, because I know for one that I'm nowhere near as artistic as some of the posters already submitted. Anyways check out HBO Wiki to check out the posters.

FotC On Air documentary and HBO Buzz video

I wouldn't call it much of a documentary, more so a 25 minute documentary, but it was awesome nonetheless. I have no clue as to why this wasn't on the season 1 DVD set, but oh well. Anyways the video can be seen on HBO On Demand.

And here's a short, but yet, very awesome video from HBO.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

FotC on Rocked the Nation 100 N.Z. Music Moments

I checked out Flight of the Conchords completely UNofficial fan site, and found this video. It's of the 100 best New Zealand music moments that rocked the nation. They ranked #11 on the list.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

2009 US Spring Tour Schedule Update

They will be performing again at:

4/15/09 - Radio City Music Hall - New York, NY - Tickets go on sale on - 2/6 @ 10AM
4/29/09 - Arie Crown Theater - Chicago, IL - Tickets go on sale on - 2/7 @ 10AM

There's no news if there will be a special guest or not; I'll keep you all updated as the information comes in.

Photo obtained from Ticket Master