11 Memorable Bob Dylan TV Moments

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Bob Dylan on Late Show with David Letterman in 1984
Last night one oddball pop-culture titan bid farewell to another, as Bob Dylan performed jazz standard "The Night We Called It A Day" on the second-to-last Late Show with David Letterman (a third oddball pop-culture titan was present in the form of guest Bill Murray).

For Letterman, who signs off for good Wednesday night, it marks the end of a 33-year late-night reign in which he introduced radical concepts such as irreverence and irony to audiences more accustomed to the staid quips of Steve Allen and Johnny Carson. Dave made it OK for mainstream comedy to get weird.

For Dylan, Tuesday's show served as a rare TV spot for a music legend who never shies away from his own weirdness; his last Letterman performance was way back in 1993. (Murray, on the other hand, was the first guest in 1982 and popped in an additional 43 times, including last night when he popped out of a cake.)

In celebration of Bob and Dave and YouTube embedding, here are 10 memorable clips of Dylan on the small screen, plus last night's poignant farewell (at the very bottom).


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Allan Kingdom Entangled in Kanye Boos at Billboard Music Awards

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Allan Kingdom at the Current's 10th Birthday Party in January.
If you're a St. Paul rapper (or a Bozeman, Mont., rapper ... L.A. rapper ... any rapper, really) collaborating with Kanye West is a major career win. But, as our own Allan Kingdom found out Sunday at the Billboard Music Awards, associating with Ye also carries some job-site hazards. Namely: getting caught up in Kardashian drama on national TV.

Such was the case last night in Las Vegas, where Kim's little sisters -- Kylie and Kendall Jenner, familial heirs to the tabloid throne -- were subjected to a volley of boos as they introduced their superstar brother-in-law. It's unclear why we're mad at Kylie and Kendall.

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Kanye West Just Introduced Allan Kingdom to the World


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Watch Hippo Campus Make TV Debut on Conan

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Hippo Campus's Nathan Stocker and Jake Luppen

The plucky, energetic guys in Hippo Campus had their biggest show yet this week. Following a busy SXSW and signing to New York label Grand Jury, the Woodbury-bred indie-rock foursome made their network TV debut on Conan the evening of Tuesday, March 24. Watch the video below!

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Hippo Campus Are Waking Up Twin Cities Indie Rock


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The Top Five Wrestlemania Music Performances

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Yup, Diddy did the Wrestlemania.

This Sunday is Wrestlemania, WWE's Super Bowl of sports entertaiment. Along with grapplers like Brock Lesnar, the Undertaker, John Cena and Daniel Bryan competing at this year's event, music fans will also be treated to live performances from Travis Barker, Kid Ink, David Guetta and Skylar Grey.

If those names surprise you, you might not be aware of the long tradition of live Wrestlemania performances from some of music's biggest acts. Snap into a Slim Jim and check out our picks for the top five musical performances in Wrestlemania history.


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Educated Guesses as to Why Drake Doesn't Want You to See Drake's Homecoming

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Drake hasn't said why he disowned his new documentary, but we have some ideas.

No rapper spends more time glamorizing their come-up than Drake. So it was all the more perplexing that the Ontario-born R&B impresario disavowed Drake's Homecoming: The Lost Footage, the IMAX documentary focusing on his 2009 show at Toronto's Sound Academy.

To date, Drizzy hasn't specified why exactly he's distanced himself from the project. Co-executive producer Mark Berry told Rolling Stone he thinks it's a case of Drake having "sour grapes" over losing creative control, but that's a biased claim. The YMCMB crooner claimed he's trying to #protectthefans, but what about the 120-minute retrospective is so dangerous?

If you were one of the 15 (Ed. note: Fucking fifteeeeen) people who caught the one-night-only showing at the AMC Southdale last night, you may have some educated guesses.


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Meet the Man Who Wrote "Save Big Money at Menards"

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Menards jingle creator Bob Holtan and wife/KDEC co-owner Colleen.
Over the past month we've brought you a bit of the history we've uncovered surrounding the five words that have been familiar to all Midwestern TV and radio owners for generations: "Save Big Money at Menards." The jingle has spanned five decades, so it's not surprising that people keep coming out of the woodwork.

Today, we bring out the one man who made it all possible: Bob Holtan.

Currently the operator of 100.5 KDEC in Decorah with his wife Colleen, Bob wrote the lyrics to the Menards jingle back in the early '70s and changed the way we save big money forever. This is the story of the Menards jingle from the man who wrote it.

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The "Save Big Money at Menards" Jingle: A History


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Watch the Lowertown Line This Winter When You're Stuck Inside

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Stop staring angrily at the thermometer this winter and turn on TPT. Even if the temperatures are keeping some of us from our regular rounds at the local clubs, the Lowertown Line can simulate the experience in our homes. Bonus: no coat check.

TPT has just announced its broadcast schedule for the second season of the Lowertown Line, with episodes featuring recent performances from the 4onthefloor, Black Diet, the Blind Shake, and Doomtree, with a rebroadcast of Har Mar Superstar's highly entertaining set thrown in the mix as well.

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MN Original leaps forward: New Lowertown Line series takes a closer look at live local music


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The "Save Big Money at Menards" Jingle Singer Is Revealed!

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Barbara Simon in 1987

Last week, we posted everything we were able to track down about the most Midwestern tune ever penned: the Menards Jingle. Your response was overwhelming, like choirs of thousands proudly chanting at the top of their lungs, "SAVE BIG MONEY AT MENAAAAARDS!"

While we're glad you're as galvanized about the Menards theme as we are, there was one voice in particular we were grateful to hear from. Not just one voice, but the voice. Yes, we spoke to Barbara Simon, whose voice defines the version of the jingle that has been played from the early '80s through today! We had the tremendous fortune to sit down with her and get the real story about the jingle.

See also:
The "Save Big Money at Menards" Jingle: A History


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Da Rich Kidzz Rap About Weird Weather in HBO Documentary

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HBO sure picked the perfect time to air their environmentally focused documentary, Saving My Tomorrow. The Da Rich Kidzz track that was featured in the film, "Weird Weather," took on added significance in a week that saw temperatures in the Twin Cities go from 50 degrees to 10 degrees in a matter of a day.

The young north Minneapolis hip-hop group -- featuring members of Y.N.RichKids of "Hot Cheetos & Takis" fame -- augmented a segment on how a warming Earth will generate more extreme weather events with a two-minute track that illuminates just how harsh and unpredictable the weather can be here in Minnesota.

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The "Save Big Money at Menards" Jingle: A History

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"Menards Guy" Ray Szmanda

Certain homegrown songs get played quite a bit in the Midwest. While we've undoubtedly heard Prince's "When Doves Cry" and Soul Asylum's "Runaway Train" for decades, there's one song that seems to explode across our airwaves more than any other. It's been a hit on every terrestrial radio station within the state's limits and is instantly identifiable by anyone who has ever spent time with their television or radio on.

Of course, I'm talking about The Menards Jingle.

See also:
The "Save Big Money at Menards" Jingle Singer is Revealed!

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