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Fistful of Mercy performs on “Conan”! VIDEO!

Fistful of Mercy

I’m really enjoying Conan’s return to late night.   He’s been having fantastic musical guests so far: Jack White, Soundgarden and last night we were given a performance by the awesome band (that I won’t shut UP about), Fistful of Mercy.  Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave guitar-god Tom Morello accompanied them for “Father’s Son”.    And yes, that’s Dhani Harrison…George’s son.

I really, really love Fistful of Mercy’s musicality…and Tom Morello’s distinctive guitar?  Wow. Just wow.  I want to share a wonderful piece from CNN about how these incredible musicians came together and formed this “Super Group”…

They're just skater boys, really...

via CNN:

“Dhani Harrison cruises past the conference table on his skateboard and pops a trick in the corner of Hot Records — the label founded by his father, the late Beatle George Harrison. A couple of minutes later, Joseph Arthur skates down the hall. Then Ben Harper walks in, a black-and-white board tucked under his arm.

So much for networking on a golf course.

The new trio Fistful of Mercy had its genesis at a Southern California skate park. Harrison, who fronts the indie band thenewno2, bumped into Harper — then in the midst of working with his rock project, Relentless 7.

“When you’re skateboarding, you don’t really have time to socialize. It’s more like trying not to hurt yourself,” says Harrison. “We met again at Lollapalooza, and it was like, ‘Oh hi, skateboard guy.’ And we talked about doing some songs.”

In the meantime, Harper had made plans to enter the studio with Arthur, his longtime friend. “It was all done via text messages really,” recalls Arthur. “He asked me if I knew Dhani Harrison, and I said, ‘No, is he in our band?’ ”

The three musicians ended up writing and recording nine songs over the course of three highly productive days at the Carriage House in Los Angeles. Most of the songs are acoustic and feature three-part harmonies.

“I’ve heard it called a folk record, and I’ve heard it called a pop record. I’ve heard it called a soul record,” says Harper. “It really is a chameleon of a record.”

Its lyrics also have a chameleon-like quality. The album tells the story of someone trying to figure out where he stands in a relationship. Given the fact that Harper recently filed for divorce from actress Laura Dern, his wife of five years, one might think it is a record full of breakup songs — especially since the CD opens with the line, “Just ’cause you say so don’t make it true. Just ’cause it’s over don’t mean we’re through.”

“I can see them interpreted as that,” Harper says. “It’s a record that will reflect where you’re at, more than us being able to say what it’s like.”

Harrison, however, says the lyrics tell the journey of Fistful of Mercy. “I see the record as more people getting to know each other and testing each other’s boundaries,” he says.

“The first song we wrote together was ‘I Don’t Want to Waste Your Time,’ because we all are a little nervous about wasting each other’s time,” Arthur says. “The album’s kind of like a conversation — a three-way conversation — and sort of a document of friends becoming brothers.”

Go buy this cd–or download it.  Because I said so.

Conan O’Brien Announces First Week’s Guest Line-Up!

Hot piece of ginger ass, Conan!

Anyone else out there counting the days for the return of Conan??  I’m super-excited…and now his first week of guests has been revealed!

via Time.com:

Conan O’Brien Announces First Week of Guests for Conan

Seth Rogen, Tom Hanks, Jon Hamm and Michael Cera Among the Stars

Slated to Appear During the First Week of New TBS Late-Night Show Conan, Beginning Nov. 8

Conan O’Brien will begin his run on TBS with some of the biggest names in entertainment and music beginning Monday, Nov. 8, at 11 p.m. (ET/PT). The premiere night of Conan from Stage 15 at Warner Bros. Studios will feature Seth Rogen and a musical performance from Jack White.

The rest of Conan’s premiere week will feature a lineup of special guests, rare performances and longtime friends of O’Brien:

· Monday, Nov. 8 – First Guest Poll winner, Seth Rogen and musical guest Jack White

· Tuesday, Nov. 9 – Tom Hanks, Jack McBrayer and musical guest Soundgarden

· Wednesday, Nov. 10 – Jon Hamm, Charlyne Yi and musical guest Fistful of Mercy

· Thursday, Nov. 11 – Michael Cera, Julie Bowen and comedian Jon Dore

Conan is being produced by Conaco LLC. Jeff Ross is the executive producer.

Soundgarden...this photo always makes me laugh...
Fistful of Mercy; Seriously AWESOME.

Ho.Lee.Crap.  Soundgarden AND Fistful of Mercy????  I may just explode.

Ben Harper serves wife, Laura Dern with DIVORCE papers

Dern, Harper and their son Ellery in better days.

Man.  This just isn’t cool.  It’s also very strange.  Something must have happened in a big way recently for singer/songwriter,  Ben Harper to suddenly slap Laura Dern with divorce papers.

via TMZ.com:

“A process server went to Laura Dern’s home on Saturday with divorce papers and demanded that she come to the door … or else, sources tell TMZ.

We’re told the couple’s nanny came to the door and told the process server she would accept the divorce papers  Ben Harper filed late Friday afternoon, but sources say the process server fired back that if Laura didn’t come to the door he’d find her out in public and embarrass her.

A source connected with Ben claims the allegation that the process server issued such an ultimatum is “absolutely false.”

The divorce — a story TMZ broke Sunday — shocked Laura, who didn’t see it coming.

We’re told Ben has not called Laura to discuss how to tell their two children about the sudden turn of events … he just disappeared.

And, as we reported, although Ben claims he and Laura have been separated since January, the couple showed up together at Eddie Vedder’s wedding late last month.

And, sources connected with the couple tell us Laura and Ben have been intimate as recently as last week.”

Now, for a little back-story, for those of you who may have forgotten.  Laura was THISCLOSE to marrying Billy Bob Thorton some years back.  She was making their new house a home, having friends over for a bridal shower…all that good stuff.  Of course, Laura’s into the psychic stuff and when a RAT was seen in her kitchen during the shower, it was interpreted as a “bad omen”.  Durrrrr.  Billy Bob was off doing the cray-cray shit with a wild chick who goes by the name Angelina Jolie.  (I think I’ve heard of her.)  Those two nuts actually got MARRIED on the sly, got tattoos and shared blood.  Ya still with me?  Laura found out, flipped out, and gave the world her “Ugly Cry”, as she’s so well-known for; then met and fell in love with a married man–BEN HARPER.  He left his wife, married Laura and they had two kids.

Ben’s been on the road with his new side-project (MUSICALLY speaking), Fistful of Mercy, with Dhani Harrison. (And I’ll be damned if I can get my hands on those precious tickets…SOLD RIGHT OUT in Seattle.)

Something’s mos’ def UP with this weird situation, but frankly, these two didn’t get together under the best circumstances.  (I hope you’re reading Alicia Keys.  The same thing will probably happen to you, girl.  Watch yourself.)

What do y’all make of these announcements?

Oh, and seriously.  I really would love tickets to see Fistful of Mercy at the Showbox in Seattle.  Anyone?