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Watch Aziz Ansari Get Ridiculous With Grover on Sesame Street

Silliness is very educational.

Over the years, stars like Benedict Cumberbatch, Katy Perry and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor have all stopped by Sesame Street to help educate the children who tune in to the PBS mainstay, but none of the celebrities have been as flat out ridiculous as Aziz Ansari.

The “cute and fuzzy” Parks and Recreation star stopped by Sesame Street to help Grover announce the Word of the Day. While Ansari tries to figure out the word, Grover wants him to do all sorts of incredibly silly things, like wear a chicken suit and a stovepipe hat so bright even The Cat in the Hat would think twice. Grover even proposes that they announce the word while dangling upside down, but don’t let’s be silly. What’s the word of the day? Watch the video to find out.





TIME Music

Andrew Bird Promises ‘I’ll Trade You Money For Wine': Song Premiere

Shervin Lainez

The singer-songwriter celebrates 20 years of Bloodshot Records

The woes of the music industry are well documented, so it’s always nice to hear about an independent record label that’s thriving.

This year, Chicago’s Bloodshot Records — who has released albums by artists like Ryan Adams, Neko Case, the Old 97s, Justin Townes Earle, Ben Kweller and many more — is celebrating their 20th anniversary. To mark the occasion, they’re releasing an compilation album with tunes from artists like Andrew Bird, Blitzen Trapper, Chris Shiflett (of Foo Fighters), Frank Turner, Into It. Over It., Nicki Bluhm, and Ted Leo, all covering songs from the respected label’s storied back catalog. The album, While No One Was Looking: Toasting 20 Years of Bloodshot Records, hits retailers Nov. 18th.

Today, TIME premieres a track by Andrew Bird. Here, he’s teamed up with Chicago singer Nora O’Connor, best known as a member of the band for both Neko Case and Iron & Wine, for a rousing cover of alt-country singer Robbie Fulks’ “I’ll Trade You Money for Wine.”

In turn, Fulks recorded an Andrew Bird’s 2001 song “Core and Rind.” Bloodshot will release both songs on a limited edition 7″ single, which will be available at independent record stores on Black Friday (11/28) of this year.

You can pre-order the compilation here and get more information about the 7″ single here.

Listen to Andrew Bird’s take on “I’ll Trade You Money For Wine” here:


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Lorde’s Mockingjay Soundtrack Features Kanye West, Chemical Brothers and Charli XCX

Singer-songwriter Lorde called upon some influential friends when putting together the soundtrack for the newest Hunger Games installment

If you need further proof that Lorde is one of the most influential teens of 2014, look no further than the soundtrack she curated for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

The highly-anticipated soundtrack for the highly-anticipated film features a song from Lorde with a remix from Kanye West, a collaboration between Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon and pop’s It Girl Charli XCX, a new track from the reclusive Chemical Brothers featuring Miguel and Lorde, and an unlikely collaboration between Belgian superstar Stromae and Lorde, Pusha T, Q-Tip and HAIM. Even Grace Jones is in the mix.

Lorde — the 17-year old singer born Ella Yelich-O’Connor — used the soundtrack to feature many emerging talents, including Tove Lo, Raury and Tinashé. Indie superstars CHVRCHES and Bat for Lashes also have contributions alongside Lorde’s three tracks, including “Yellow Flicker Beat,” she released earlier this month and “This Is Not A Game,” which is the first Chemical Brothers track in two years.

Listen here:

The only mystery on the soundtrack is track #5, which will apparently be revealed later.

Here’s the full tracklist for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1:

01 Stromae – “Meltdown” (Feat. Lorde, Pusha T, Q-Tip, And HAIM)
02 CHVRCHES – “Dead Air”
03 Tove Lo – “Scream My Name”
04 Charli XCX – “Kingdom” (Feat. Simon Le Bon)
05 [Track 5]
06 Raury – “Lost Souls”
07 Lorde – “Yellow Flicker Beat”
08 Tinashé – “The Leap”
09 Bat For Lashes – “Plan The Escape”
10 Grace Jones – “Original Beast”
11 Lorde – “Flicker (Kanye West Rework)”
12 XOV – “Animal”
13 The Chemical Brothers – “This Is Not A Game (Feat. Miguel And Lorde)”
14 Lorde – “Ladder Song”

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Original Soundtrakc is out 11/18 via Republic.

TIME Television

Dancing With the Stars Watch: Pitbull Gets Caliente on Latin Night

Adam Taylor—ABC

Salsa and cheese on the dance floor

Welcome to Dancing with the Stars, where the hair is big, the clothes are small and the stars are eager to shine. Tonight the dancers head south of the border for a night of salsa, samba, rumba and Pitbull, because nothing says “It’s Latin night!” like Pitbull screaming “Fireball!” while surrounded by a group of women scantily clad in gold lamé fringe. Since Len Goodman is still embedded at Strictly Come Dancing, after performing and presumably yelling, “Dale!” a few dozen times, Pitbull will join the judges to assess the stars on their passion for dance.

Also on hand is former Dancing With the Stars contestant Leah Remini, who has left the jazz shoes and picked up the microphone to step in for baseball enthusiast and AWOL host, Erin Andrews.

Here’s what happened on Dancing With the Stars:

Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker: After his dismal performance last week, Allison takes Jonathan into the closet, away from the cameras, but still on microphone, and whispers in his ear, “Be you! Be you!” While the promos for the show promised (promised) that all shirts would be off tonight, Jonathan and Allison wore suits and ties for their jazz routine to Pitbull’s “Back in Time.” After lowballing his scores for the past two weeks, the judges finally recognized his hard work, and he earned a respectable 32/40.

Fashion 911: During an interstitial dance, Tony Dovolani wore an all-lace long-sleeved shirt with a deep diagonal V cut into it, which was something to behold. Host Tom Bergeron calls it a lesson in how to make a shirt out of pantyhose.

Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy: In their rehearsal footage, the producers give Val and Janel the serious are-they-or-aren’t-they-in-love treatment, that is not resolved. While their love might not be in jeopardy (or exist) the couple is at risk of going home. Val politely abided by the rules of the competition and shed his shirt for his saucy samba to a Celia Cruz song. Bruno thought it was well executed, but Pitbull did not feel the passion and gave them a mere 7. 33/40.

Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd: Last week, Julianne Hough told Tommy that he seemed tired and lowballed him with a 5. So Tommy took Peta (and some poor cameraman) to a sweat lodge in the desert to recharge, and a vision of Cloris Leachman gave him the energy to get through his foxtrot. (Man, this show is weird sometimes.) Pitbull dubbed Tommy “the most interesting man in the world,” and Julianne warned him that he could be in the competition for a long time. 28/40.

Antonio Sabato Jr. and Cheryl Burke: Antonio finally hit his stride in a nearly-shirtless salsa, even almost managing to hold his own against the pros who helped get the dance floor party started. He’s still a little Frankensteiny, but both Paula Abdul and Florence Henderson, who may have carpooled to the show together, seemed to enjoy the routine. Leah Remini demanded Antonio take off his shirt, but forgave him when he didn’t, because rules are meant to be broken. 28/40

Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas: This week, Mark was tasked with striking a balance between Sadie’s need for modesty under the watchful eyes of her family and his need to make a slightly racy rumba. He managed the feat and the Duck Dynasty scion maintained her chastity by dancing a PG-rated routine to Rihanna’s “Diamonds.” The judges loved it, with Pitbull giving it a 10, which was balanced out by Julianne doling out an 8. 35/40.

Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev: For this week’s salsa, Lea went full Miami for her routine to “Sexy People,” which, of course, is a track that features Pitbull. Bruno loved the routine, but Carrie Ann Inaba thought Lea didn’t stay true to herself and stumbled. Pitbull took one look at Artem and said, “I didn’t know Jean Claude Van Damme could dance so good.” He also thought Lea let it out, which is apparently a good thing. Lea put Artem in a Lea(h) sandwich with Leah Remini playing bottom slice, which she did not seem to appreciate. 32/40.

Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater: After last week’s dismal performance, Michael went to Talladega to renew his self-esteem on the race track, like Vin Diesel in Fast and Furious 8: Straight to Therapy. Back on the dance floor, the poor beaten-down dancer nailed his Argentine tango causing Tom to take a moment, pull him aside and tell him he thought it was great. The judges agreed and Michael earned his highest score ever. 30/40.

Bethany Mota and Derek Hough: Due to Bethany’s YouTube promotion schedule, she and Derek didn’t have much time to practice their tango. What time they did have was spent in a rehearsal studio in Australia where gawking koalas and wallabies interfered with their practice (Guessing!), and the producers devoted a lot of tape to how unprepared they were. Despite the big asterisk on their performance, the tango was nearly flawless. 36/40.

Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson: “Tell me about your groin,” said Witney with a straight face. Apparently, Alfonso pulled his groin doing the Carlton last week and had to rehearse around the injury. It’s not his groin that’s the center of attention during their hip-hop influenced salsa routine, though, but his “booty.” Witney choreographed a whole routine to J. Lo’s “Booty” and it was bootylicious, but then Alfonso pulled his groin again. Despite his injury, Carrie Ann spanked him 10 times as a sneak peek of his score. 39/40.

In Jeopardy: At the end of the show, Michael Waltrip, Jonathan Bennett and Janel Parrish are in jeopardy of leaving the show. It’s quickly announced that Michael is safe to dance another week.

Who Went Home: Between Jonathan and Janel, the answer is clear: It’s Jonathan’s time to go. He takes the news well and announces that he “had the time of his life.”


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Marcel the Shell (With Shoes On) Is Back

Comedy on the half shell.

Marcel the Shell has put his shoes back on and marched on over to YouTube to take the Internet by storm — again.

The adorable mollusk is the brainchild of comedian Jenny Slate, who tweeted about the surprise third installment of his YouTube series this morning.

In the video, Slate’s earnest little shell with shoes is joined by her husband, Dean Fleischer-Camp, who plays Marcel’s exceedingly patient off-camera interviewer. Fleischer-Camp keeps the camera rolling as Marcel talks about how shrimp “are the idiots of the sea,” explains that his “shell gets tight” when he gets worked up, sings a sweetly sad song and announces his favorite saying, which is, of course, “life’s a party, rock your body.”

It’s Marcel’s first video since 2011 and it seems that the happy little univalve was brought out of retirement to help promote his latest children’s book, Marcel the Shell: The Most Surprised I’ve Ever Been.


TIME Crime

Woman Gets Trapped in Chimney Allegedly Stalking Her Online Date

Mary Poppins would not approve.

A woman rescued from a chimney was arrested and charged with allegedly using the chimney to try and break into the home of a man she had met online.

The Ventura County Fire Department was called to a Thousand Oaks, California, home early Sunday morning, when it was reported that a woman was stuck in a chimney.

Firefighters used a jackhammer to break apart the chimney and lubricated the flue with dish soap in order to lift the woman out of the chimney. She was then placed in a basket and lifted off the roof by a ladder truck, according to Ventura County Fire Department Capt. Mike Lindbery’s tweets regarding the incident.

The woman, who remained conscious during the misadventure, was taken to the hospital for examination. Her condition was not immediately known, according to KTLA.

The so-called “entrapment patient” was later identified as Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa, 30, and the home’s resident, who did not wish to be identified, said he met Nunez-Figueroa online and had gone on several dates with her, but had recently ended the relationship, according to the local ABC news affiliate.

The woman’s “intent was unclear,” according to police, but as Christmas is still months away, she was probably not playing Santa Claus or chimney sweep, as this is the second time Nunez-Figueroa was found on the man’s roof. Two weeks ago, she was spotted, but disappeared when police were called.

Nunez-Figueroa was arrested for allegedly illegally entering a residence and providing false information to a peace officer, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department stated in a news release.

The home’s resident wanted other online daters to learn from his cautionary tale. “Before you have somebody come in your house really check them out … really give it some time before you let somebody in, because they might want to stay,” he told KTLA.

TIME Music

Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding Team Up on Sizzling New Track “Outside”

Breaking up just got a whole new soundtrack

Summer loving happened so fast, but now that fall is here, those breakup blues can drag on forever. Luckily, Ellie Goulding and Calvin Harris have teamed up on “Outside,” a breakup epic that will crowd dance floors from Omaha to Ibiza.

Electric strings swirl against Harris’s expansive beats as Goulding breathlessly sings: “I’ll show you what it feels like, now I’m on the outside.” The slowly sizzling electro-pop song reunites Harris and Goulding after the dynamic duo’s 2012 hit “I Need Your Love,” taken from Goulding’s album Halcyon.

Harris’s new album Motion is due out November 4 and features a star-studded tracklist with appearances from Gwen Stefani, Big Sean, Tinashe, John Newman, and HAIM.

It will be Harris’ first album since 2012’s 18 Months and he will be hitting the road in support of its release — if he survives his Halloween show in the Bermuda Triangle.

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Sixpence None The Richer’s ‘Kiss Me’ Sounds Even Better In Klingon

So romantic.

Space may be the final frontier, but this Klingon cover of Sixpence None the Richer’s “Kiss Me” makes getting to first base in your dad’s barley field sound out of this world .

Back in 1998, Texas Christian pop band Sixpence None the Richer hit the mainstream with their sweetly schmaltzy track. Last year, the song was (finally!) translated into Klingon. Of course, “kiss me” isn’t a phrase that is particularly common in the Klingon tongue, so they substituted something equally romantic for a Klingon — Dah Hlchop, or bite me.

While the moving musical tribute came out last year, it’s one trip down memory lane you’ll want to walk down again and again. Luckily, it’s Flashback Friday, so you can spend the day watching this video over and over again and if anyone dares complain, tell them Dah Hlchop.

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Watch a Bulldog Puppy Try to Howl in an Adorable Video

Puppy love.

In Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself,” the poet wrote about letting loose with a “barbaric yawp.” This little bulldog puppy is doing its best to live up to Whitman’s edict and sound its own barbaric yawp from the rooftops. But there’s one little problem— it doesn’t quite know how to do it. (Maybe it should take a page from the Dead Poets Society playbook?)

Drop everything you are doing, and watch this little bundle of joy try its best to master that whole howling thing now. Once this adorably wrinkly ball figures out how to let loose, it will undoubtedly be sounding it yawp from the rooftops and driving the neighbors batty. For now, though, the clip is 100% adorable.



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Have the Time of Your Life Watching This Kid Mimic Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing

Move over, Billy Elliott

If the Patrick Swayze-Jennifer Grey camp classic Dirty Dancing is going to be rebooted in the year 2034, there’s a new contender for stepping into Swayze’s jazz shoes—Charlie, one of those soon-to-be stars who only needs a first name.

In this video, the action starts slowly, but the second the tempo in Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes’s hit “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” kicks up, young Charlie kicks into gear and starts making some serious moves. Just seconds into the video, the young gun proves he can cha cha cha with the best of them, matching Swayze step for step, hip swivel for hip swivel, in the film’s grand finale—he doesn’t even need a partner to help him shine.

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