The Reign of ‘Ho Hey’ Ends With a Cluck

The Lumineers’ "Ho Hey" is one of those songs that just gets under people’s skin. For a few months, fueled by its appearance in TV spots for Silver Linings Playbook, it was everywhere, and we were all sick of it. It’s not a particularly exciting or memorable song, and yet, its ubiquity was responsible for varying degrees of rage, from the boiling pot of all-caps blogging to the quiet, seething rage as the banjos waft through the taxi stereo.

And with The Lumineers, who I’m sure are very nice people, touring this summer and making some major festival appearances, including Lollapalooza (along with Mumford & Sons, just in case there weren’t enough banjos), "Ho Hey" will likely make its way into your earholes again, whether you want it to or not. But perhaps its reign as a parasitic earworm is almost ending, seeing as the song has finally entered the realm of all-clucking parody. Late last week, Jimmy Fallon, Nick Offerman and Blake Shelton took to the stage on Fallon’s late-night show as "The Chickeneers," performing an all-clucking version of the single. It’s pretty entertaining, but more so, once a song has a chicken-related parody, that means it’s run its course, right? Watch.

It’s Time We Stop Playing “Ho Hey”

I always think it’s a little depressing when a band hits that one-hit-wonder territory. Remember Carly Rae Jepsen? Will we ever hear from that Canadian lass again? Probably not. And as overplayed as "Call Me Maybe" was, it is such a great song, one that somehow transcended annoyance and was an all-around great summer jam. Meanwhile, The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey” has turned into the most rage-inducing one-hit-wonder of 2013. People, we have got to stop playing this song.

As of this writing, I have heard “Ho Hey” three times today. Generally, I hear it on the office speakers about five or six times. Then there’s the chance that I’m in a cab and I hear it on the radio. Or at a fast-food restaurant at lunch. (Yeah, I could be eating healthier. Orrrrr they could just stop playing “Ho Hey” on the radio.) And then there are the Silver Lining Playbook TV spots. I think it’s safe to say that if I hear “Ho Hey” one more time today, I will probably attempt to assassinate the entire Silver Linings Playbook cast with banjo strings. Sorry, Chris Tucker. Blame The Lumineers. 

Join me in my "Ho Hey" rage, won’t you?

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Governor’s Ball Festival Returns to Randall’s Island With Kanye, Kendrick, More

It’s freezing and gross in a considerable chunk of the country, which means it’s time to start thinking about summer, and with it, the crowded, drunken, heavily-Instagrammed bacchanalia that is the summer music festival. Your first major festival lineup announcement of 2013 happened today, in this case the third-annual Governors Ball Music Festival, which returns to its home on Randall’s Island June 7th, 8th and 9th. The biggest names on the flyer are Kanye West and Kings of Leon, as well as one blacked-out name to be revealed later (let the speculation begin!). The bulk of the bill features people whose albums you really liked last year, or whose albums you didn’t really like but maybe read about a lot on music blogs, including Japandroids, Kendrick Lamar, Grizzly Bear, the xx, Nas, Dirty Projectors, Best Coast, The Lumineers, Gary Clark Jr., Beach House, Azealia Banks and dozens of other year-end list luminaries. Like musical confetti made from cut-up Pazz & Jop ballots. 

Other notable names on the lineup include one of BlackBook’s Stars of 2013, HAIM, Swedish party starters Icona Pop, Erykah Badu, Feist, festival regular Pretty Lights, Wild Nothing, Fucked Up and Dillon Francis. Those less inclined to care about the music can find food courtesy of a few familiar trucks, including Asia Dog, Mexicue and Pie for the People. There is also ping-pong, croquet and bocce and something called a "Silent Disco," which seems to be on the bill at a lot of festivals and the impetus for some half-baked thinkpiece somewhere about the way we live and share music now. Tickets for the big festival thing go on sale this Friday at noon. 

Several top-rated tracks of 2012, including Kendrick Lamar’s "Backseat Freestyle" and Japandroids’ "The House That Heaven Built," soundtrack the Austin Peters-helmed lineup video, which features Jonathan Sollis and Fabrizio Goldstein strolling around New York in tuxes and dark sunglasses, on a neverending quest to make it rain. Watch.

Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Lawrence Nod to ‘Silver Linings,’ Globes for ‘SNL’

Saturday Night Live returns this week with host Jennifer Lawrence, fresh off her Golden Globe Best Actress win for Silver Linings Playbook, and musical guests The Lumineers, but we’re not going to bother with them right now.

In the rapid-fire promo series for the episode, Lawrence talks to Jason Sudeikis about her films, gives the obligatory Hunger Games shoutout by shooting Bobby Moynihan with a bow and arrow and flirts with the cast member ("but it’s opposite day"). In a nod to Silver Linings, at one point, Sudeikis dons a garbage bag over a hoodie a la Bradley Cooper in the film.

The clips are all cute and all, but one sticks out above the rest—after Sudeikis congratulates Lawrence on her award, he offers her the advice, "Always bet on black." She responds that it’s from a Wesley Snipes movie (it is, Passenger 57, to be exact). Sudeikis doesn’t believe her. Is this an unconscious (or conscious and subtle) echo of Lawrence’s Golden Globes speech, where she referenced The First Wives Club by excitedly announcing, "I beat Meryl," leading a lot of humortless people on the Internet not well-versed in Diane Keaton’s finest works to believe that she was merely gloating. C’mon now. Anyway, watch.