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Flight of the Conchords, Redux
December 17, 2008 7:20 AM   Subscribe

The first episode of the new season of Flight of the Conchords is available to watch free online (US only, sorry). "Formerly New Zealand's fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo," their first season was chock full of hilarious moments and musical interludes, including some drawn from their live performances. Previously on Metafilter.
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I love me some Part-time Model.
posted by NoMich at 7:29 AM on December 17, 2008


Oh, and I forgot their Lip Dub lip-sync contest, which is a fan collaboration video for Hiphopopotamus Vs. Rhymenoceros.
posted by explosion at 7:31 AM on December 17, 2008


My wife won't let me play The Humans Are Dead anymore because it's too scary for her.
posted by DU at 7:32 AM on December 17, 2008


And don't forget Bowies in Space.
posted by NoMich at 7:33 AM on December 17, 2008


Better links for Humans Are Dead
posted by DU at 7:34 AM on December 17, 2008 [1 favorite]


Sure your weedy, and kind of shy, but some girly out there must be needy for a weedy shy guy.
posted by chunking express at 7:36 AM on December 17, 2008


This is the prettiest thread in the room blue.
posted by inigo2 at 7:39 AM on December 17, 2008 [1 favorite]


Thank you for this, I had no idea when the show was returning.
posted by exhilaration at 7:39 AM on December 17, 2008


Due to this show, my wife will not let me enjoy the pleasures of our marital bed unless I'm wearing socks.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 7:42 AM on December 17, 2008 [2 favorites]


I fully support the idea of Business Socks. My apartment is poorly insulated. How can you concentrate on anything if your feet are cold?
posted by giraffe at 7:46 AM on December 17, 2008


This show is a case study in the fact that my wife and I have very different senses of humor. I laugh and laugh. She watches about five minutes, says "that's stupid" and leaves the room.
posted by diogenes at 7:50 AM on December 17, 2008


I missed it a little bit, eh.
posted by asok at 7:50 AM on December 17, 2008


There is some evidence that there is a gender dichotomy in finding FotC funny. I know some girls who just don't like it and think it's stupid and others who enjoy it very much. However, it is popular with the chaps almost universally.
posted by asok at 7:53 AM on December 17, 2008


Tenacious D 2.0 -- Accented and Slim! Neat!
posted by cavalier at 7:59 AM on December 17, 2008


No, the primary difference is between those who like NZ humour, and those who don't.

Every person I've ever met from NZ (okay, that's like a sample size of 5) talks like Jerome and "Brit", and basically jokes like them too.
posted by jb at 8:00 AM on December 17, 2008


Bret? Present. Jemaine? Present. Murray? Present.

Glad they got a second season.
posted by Pantengliopoli at 8:08 AM on December 17, 2008


Clearly, it's business, it's business time. Talking bout the business cause it's business time.
posted by billysumday at 8:10 AM on December 17, 2008


Makin' love for two.


Makin' love for two minutes.
posted by gagglezoomer at 8:18 AM on December 17, 2008


my crush on jermaine is altogether blasphemous and unhealthy.
posted by CitizenD at 8:18 AM on December 17, 2008


Who likes to rock the party?
posted by zemblamatic at 8:21 AM on December 17, 2008


I have to say I thought I would be distraught when I finished the 1st season but I didn't think it ended that strong. I wasn't in to the third man obviously. Fingers crossed.
posted by Wood at 8:23 AM on December 17, 2008


Still waiting for this to appear on something not US-only...
posted by EndsOfInvention at 8:24 AM on December 17, 2008


Rhys Darby (of Murray fame) was recently on Yo Gabba Gabba, being awesome.
posted by padraigin at 8:24 AM on December 17, 2008 [3 favorites]


BTW, while you're waiting for the new season, you can also check out Eagle Vs Shark. It's got Jemaine in it; it's different than FotC, but it's still good.
posted by inigo2 at 8:42 AM on December 17, 2008


(US only, sorry)

*Sigh* What is that first w in www for again?
posted by ricochet biscuit at 8:46 AM on December 17, 2008 [5 favorites]




We just had to shut their motherboardfucking systems down.
posted by jokeefe at 8:51 AM on December 17, 2008


I just finished watching it. It was nice to see all the main characters back, but the songs seemed a little weak. Curious to hear what others think.
posted by diogenes at 8:51 AM on December 17, 2008


I really want to go on a bandshell tour with Murray.
posted by bepe at 8:58 AM on December 17, 2008 [2 favorites]


Wow, Greg Proops took me by surprise.
posted by piratebowling at 9:16 AM on December 17, 2008


I just finished watching it. It was nice to see all the main characters back, but the songs seemed a little weak. Curious to hear what others think.

My understanding (correct me if I'm wrong, someone) is that the first season used mostly songs that they'd been working on and using in their act for years. Part of the reason that there was so much time before this new season is that they were having some trouble writing enough good new songs.
posted by inigo2 at 9:18 AM on December 17, 2008


I love how their names force you to talk New Zealand. Jermaine? No -- that's Jemaine. And then you'll always say "Brit" even though it's Bret.

My name is Rhymenoceros, my lyrics are bottomless...

*silence*
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 9:26 AM on December 17, 2008


My understanding (correct me if I'm wrong, someone) is that the first season used mostly songs that they'd been working on and using in their act for years. Part of the reason that there was so much time before this new season is that they were having some trouble writing enough good new songs.

You're 100% correct with the first statement, and I suspect correct with the second. There are plenty of songs in the show that were originally released on Folk the World back in 2002, and (according to Wikipedia, anyway) some of the songs go back a few years before that.

While I like the series, I'll always consider their live act (basically the songs with banter in-between) to be far superior.
posted by Infinite Jest at 9:26 AM on December 17, 2008


I just finished watching it. It was nice to see all the main characters back, but the songs seemed a little weak. Curious to hear what others think.

Inigo2 has it right. The first season included a lot of songs they have been using forever, honed in live audiences until they were razor sharp. It will be hard replicating that in the new season (can't wait to watch when I get home!).

I just want to see them use Jenny in some manner, as it's my favorite of theirs.
posted by gemmy at 9:26 AM on December 17, 2008


FotC is the new LotR cultural touchpoint for me. When I moved to the USA at the end of 2001, everyone I met was "you're from New Zealand? Where Lord of the Rings was filmed?" Now when I meet someone new, it's: "you're from New Zealand? Do you like Flight of the Conchords?" Or they just make a joke about a rotunda tour.

Every time.
posted by gaspode at 9:30 AM on December 17, 2008 [1 favorite]


Thank you, thank you, thank you - and Eagle vs Shark is definitely worth watching
posted by fbtucker at 9:32 AM on December 17, 2008


Sorry I got Jermaine's name wrong. I haven't actually seen the show - just one full episode - not the strongest - and clips of others and listened to the songs over and over again. I'm thinking I really should watch the show before I see the new season.
posted by jb at 9:46 AM on December 17, 2008


However, it is popular with the chaps almost universally.

I suppose I'm the chap who's necessitating that almost. I find guitar comedy to be most dreadful. (Except for the Girls Guitar Club, who are--were--spledid.)
posted by Sys Rq at 9:50 AM on December 17, 2008


I ADORE FotC, but I'll go on record as saying that "Eagle vs. Shark" was one of the absolute worst piece of shit waste of time movies I've ever had the displeasure of sitting through.

Horrid, awful movie.
posted by tristeza at 10:03 AM on December 17, 2008



There is some evidence that there is a gender dichotomy in finding FotC funny. I know some girls who just don't like it and think it's stupid and others who enjoy it very much. However, it is popular with the chaps almost universally.


I, a dude, keep WANTING to like it, but ...can't. It's very hard to describe. Subliminally outputting, I guess.
posted by The Whelk at 10:21 AM on December 17, 2008


I ADORE FotC, but I'll go on record as saying that "Eagle vs. Shark" was one of the absolute worst piece of shit waste of time movies I've ever had the displeasure of sitting through.

We'll have to agree to disagree on this. You're wrong.
posted by inigo2 at 10:23 AM on December 17, 2008


gaspode: FotC is the new LotR cultural touchpoint for me. When I moved to the USA at the end of 2001, everyone I met was "you're from New Zealand? Where Lord of the Rings was filmed?" Now when I meet someone new, it's: "you're from New Zealand? Do you like Flight of the Conchords?" Or they just make a joke about a rotunda tour.

Every time.


I feel you. I'm from Iceland. The standard conversation used to run like this:

A: Oh, you're from Iceland. Cool!
Me: No pun intended?
A: Ha ha ha... no. So... Björk is from Iceland.
Me: Yes, yes she is.

or:

A: Oh, you're from Iceland. Cool!
Me: No pun intended?
A: Ha ha ha... no. I've always wanted to visit. I hear it's beautiful!
Me: It's pretty stellar.

And now it's:

A: Oh, you're from Iceland. I hear your country's fucked!
Me: No pun int... yes, I suppose it is.
posted by Kattullus at 11:03 AM on December 17, 2008 [6 favorites]


Check out Bret (second from left) HERE playing with the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra in their version of "Hey Ya"!
posted by Ron Thanagar at 11:15 AM on December 17, 2008


piratebowling: Wow, Greg Proops took me by surprise.
Me: No pun intended?

[awkward silence]
posted by rusty at 12:41 PM on December 17, 2008 [3 favorites]


No one expects Greg Proops.
posted by piratebowling at 12:49 PM on December 17, 2008


US only??????????????????? They're from NEW ZEALAND! Come on!

I'm hesitant fo this new series mainly because I adore the first series, think it's a sterling example of music, writing and underplayed performance and (sorry Wood) I thought it ended perfectly. Didn't need a second series.

I hope I'm wrong
posted by AzzaMcKazza at 12:52 PM on December 17, 2008


For what it's worth, I thought Eagle vs Shark was sublime, and everyone I know who liked it (not an unwieldy list, I will grant) praised it for its similarity in tone with Napoleon Dynamite, which I have found to be nigh-unwatchable.

Well, I mean you could watch it, but who would want to?
posted by ricochet biscuit at 1:00 PM on December 17, 2008


No love for Tongan Ninja?
posted by infinitewindow at 1:32 PM on December 17, 2008 [1 favorite]


I am so excited.
-and-
Eagle vs. Shark was excellent
posted by Capt Jingo at 1:39 PM on December 17, 2008


I'm a girl and fall strictly into the "enjoy it very much" camp. Hiphopopotamus Vs. Rhymenoceros never fails to make me explode into wee giggles.
posted by kerning at 1:49 PM on December 17, 2008


He's gonna wake up in a smoothie!
posted by captainsohler at 1:49 PM on December 17, 2008


So I had plans to hook up with Carlos and Juanita last Friday night. We were going to meet for a drink after the show. Well the show ends and I call Carlos but there's no answer.

A few minutes later I get a text from Carlos: "Sorry, can't make it. Juanita says it's Wednesday."

I was completely mystified but my wife got it immediately. It's crazy how quickly this show got into everyone's head.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 2:04 PM on December 17, 2008


My wife is obsessed with this show. I like it too, but I didn't score any points with her when I jokingly called it "Non-Threatening Boys For Indie Chicks."
posted by The Card Cheat at 2:23 PM on December 17, 2008


Now that I've watched the episode I have to say I quite enjoyed it. I laughed at the songs and I thought that the non-song bits were tighter than the non-song bits from the first season tended to be. None of the songs were classics, but I can live with that.
posted by Kattullus at 2:28 PM on December 17, 2008


I'm a woman, and I have an unhealthy obsession with Flight of the Conchords (particularly Bret McKenzie).

Greg Proops was easily the best part of the episode. :-)
posted by coizero at 3:24 PM on December 17, 2008


How dare they keep me, a "kraplakistani", from seeing this?

As a wise man once said: the tubes run far and wide.

Has anyone found one that *isn't* geographicist?
posted by flippant at 3:27 PM on December 17, 2008


Fantastic! I love FotC, and the end of the first season made me a little sad, because it was so... final. Great to see that there's going to be more.

I would post links to more of my favorite clips, but since I've just done that on my blog I may as well direct you to that post instead.
posted by rifflesby at 3:39 PM on December 17, 2008


(US only, sorry)

I really hate this regional dividing of content on the Internet. It breaks the "spirit" world wide web when sites like metafilter link (or when other sites embed hulu clips) to something that is only viewable by a certain segment. It's fairly easy to get around and it drives people to p2p networks which I imagine ends up causing the content producers to lose advertising revenues.
posted by Staggering Jack at 4:23 PM on December 17, 2008


er... make that "It breaks the "spirit" of the world wide web..." even those parts where we don't type so good.
posted by Staggering Jack at 4:26 PM on December 17, 2008


I'm a huge fan and a musician, so inevitably learned a few tunes with the fellas to make the porch laugh when the keg is running out.

I put forth "Bret You Got It Goin' On" as the best song they wrote.

Why can't a het-ro sexual guy tell a het-ro sexual guy that he thinks his booty is fly?
posted by lazaruslong at 5:28 PM on December 17, 2008


The modulations kill me.
posted by lazaruslong at 5:29 PM on December 17, 2008


I tried to like it, I really did. But unfortunately the sheer stupidity of the show prevented me from doing so.
posted by nightchrome at 5:49 PM on December 17, 2008


I'm a woman, and I have an unhealthy obsession with Flight of the Conchords (particularly Bret McKenzie).

Well, he does have a more refined bone structure, whereas...

Snapping out of it. Ahem!
posted by Elsa at 6:52 PM on December 17, 2008


Binary solo!!!! That song is genius, laughed really hard.
posted by coust at 8:27 PM on December 17, 2008


I concur, Bret You Got it Going On is brilliant. There is so much good stuff in that song.
posted by chunking express at 7:13 AM on December 18, 2008


Who likes to rock the party?

I like to rock the party!
posted by Barry B. Palindromer at 1:24 PM on December 18, 2008


"Bret, You Got it Goin' On" is certainly a winner, but there were a bunch of songs that didn't make it onto the album that were pretty sweet. "Mermaids" (in the intro where they're walking down the hall in the white tuxes) "I'm Not Cryin'" (for your information there's an inflammation in my tear gland), "Sally I Love You" (Sally I love you too). A total gold mine.
posted by Barry B. Palindromer at 1:41 PM on December 18, 2008


Sellotape! The other Beatles inspired songs on that episode was good too.
posted by chunking express at 1:46 PM on December 18, 2008


I prefer this version of the Bowie Song to the one that appeared in the show. However, this bit in the end credits of that episode is pretty awesome as well.

The Bowie Song has become my standard for singing in the shower, and for traipsing the 50 feet from house to garden in the dark of the night when I need vegetables/herbs for supper-- clearly, for keeping away the dark and scary forest things, I have my phaser set on Funky.
posted by hip_plumber at 3:14 PM on December 18, 2008


No love for Tongan Ninja?

Love here. What's even better than the film is the "making of" special on the DVD.
posted by Capybara at 5:30 PM on December 18, 2008


Binary solo!!!!

I was always curious (but not curious enough to do the work) if they actually spell something out in binary here. Anyone know?
posted by inigo2 at 4:43 AM on December 19, 2008


I was always curious (but not curious enough to do the work) if they actually spell something out in binary here. Anyone know?

On their self-titled album, the binary solo in Robots is:

0000001
00000011
000000111
00001111
0000001
00000011
000000111

Apparently it doesn't translate to anything meaningful in ASCII, my guess is it was chosen to sound good rather than mean something.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 1:06 PM on December 25, 2008


That was my suspicion, but thank you for doing the work and verifying!
posted by inigo2 at 12:36 PM on December 29, 2008


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