Releasing today: Flight of the Conchords, the album

We're obsessed these days with HBO's Flight of the Conchords, which follows the comic adventures of a novelty folk group from New Zealand as they try to succeed in life and love in New York City. It's hilarious and gleefully frivolous, calling to mind shows like Stella and the old Adult Swim lineup on Cartoon Network (back when they still had Home Movies.) It can be hit or miss, and some critics have already noted its tendency to recycle plotlines, but even the weak episodes have their moments. Maybe it doesn't have an extended run in its future, but for now, it'll do. If you have HBO, you can get the episodes On Demand.

The nice thing about it is that the songs featured in the show are actually catchy, and thus Sub Pop has compiled a few of them (including "Most Beautiful Girl in the Room," above) into an EP, released today. Might make a nice stopgap for those of us anxiously awaiting the DVD set (and yes, you can get it from the tubes if you know where to look). And HBO, where's the renewal at?

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