2005_09_artsconchords.jpgTopping Gothamist's short list of things we can't get enough of are a nice cold Hoegarten, sample sales and the priceless humor of Flight of the Conchords. Though billed as a folk-parody duo, their songs have little to do with the typical issues addressed in folk music...unless you count their story of Albi, a racist dragon who cries jellybean tears and teaches us all a real life lesson. The rest of their songs tackle more hard hitting matters like David Bowie's song catalog, Hobbits and giving "something special" to the ladies. So yeah, we are excited that the Conchords are infiltrating the city this week.

They have 2 shows this week at 45 Below [45 Bleecker St. Between Lafayette and Mott, tickets available at Ticketmaster, $15 in advance, $18 day of show] on Wednesday and Thursday (doors at 7pm, opener Demetri Martin at 8pm, Conchords at 9pm) as well as appearances on Conan on Thursday and HBO at midnight on Friday.

This week also marks the debut of a new show, Parkside Radio Hour. Tony Carnevale and Sean Taylor have hosted comedy night Variety Underground at the Parkside Lounge for, as Tony puts it "eight thousand years now". While they have different acts in rotation at each show, they wanted to break up the monotony of their weekly gig. Thus, the creation of the Radio Hour, a new take on their variety format. Extra special guests this Thursday include Oscar-nominated composer Cassis, band Valley Lodge and America's Next Top Boyfriend Cheating Model Shandi Sullivan. Gothamist cannot wait to have all our Janice Dickinson questions answered.

Parkside Radio Hour - 317 E. Houston Street - Thursday Sept. 8, 8pm, Free (two drink min. suggested but loosely enforced)

We know we already mentioned some of the shows and events that are fundraisers for Hurricane Katrina victims, but just to refresh, here are some of the ones held this week:

Wednesday Sept 7 at the PIT [154 W. 29th St.], 7pm-midnight. Performers include Jim Gaffigan, MEAT, Elephant Larry, Big Black Car and The Royal We. Proceeds go to the Red Cross.

HARSH - Longform Improvised Tragedy at Juvie Hall, Wednesday Sept. 7 - $10 donation includes "several free shots". Proceeds to Mercy Corps.

Next Monday Sept. 12, UCB's Crash Test, hosted by Aziz Ansari, will be a benefit for Katrina victims, with the proceeds going to Mercy Corps. Performers include Eugene Mirman, Andy Blitz and Christian Finnegan.