Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Late Night Music 12/08/09

Tonight's kind of a big deal.

11:30pm on Letterman (CBS)
This is the incredible side project from the already incredible Black Keys featuring Mos Def, the late ODB, Ludacris and Raekwon to name a few. I'm curious to see what this performance is going to consist of and who is going to appear. Obvious the Black Keys will be there and I'm guessing that it will be Mos Def and Jim Jones with them performing the song "Ain't Nothing Like You." I'm not usually wrong but I also wouldn't be surprised if I'm completely off about this one.

12:37am Fallon (NBC)
"Hey Brittni?"
"Yeah world?"
"I thought Jawbox was no longer a band."
"Yes, you're right. They broke up in '97."
"So what are they doing on Jimmy Fallon?"
Now I predict that in 2010 we'll all read some article about how Jawbox is writing a new album and planning a nationwide tour. But as of now this is all that's in the cards for this band who's been off the grid for well over a decade. This is a can't miss performance if you're at all into post-hardcore, especially the DC scene. I have no idea what they'll be playing but I know they are celebrating the re-release of their album For Your Own Special Sweetheart so possibly something off of that? We'll see!!!

Passion Pit
12:05am on Kimmel (ABC)
If you know me at all you know I'm a Passion Pit fan.  They're local heroes where I'm from and my friends and I try to support them any way we can. Now if you've ever read my blog you know I HATE the Jimmy Kimmel Live stage. Oh well, you can't win 'em all. This should be a pretty awesome performance. These guys are constantly evolving in the way that they perform live and I think they've finally found some footing and have gotten really comfortable with what they've got to offer. I mean why shouldn't they be comfortable? They've circled Europe about 16 times now so they're pretty much seasoned vets.
UPDATE: They'll be playing "The Reeling" and "Little Secrets" so... watch it! Spring It!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Late Night Music 12/07/09


50 Cent
12:37am on Fallon (NBC)

Donde ha sido usted? If you're like me, you've probably been wondering where Fiddy has been... His third album, Curtis, was completely lost on me. I didn't like it at all, the guest features were weak and unoriginal, I could go on. APPARENTLY his 4th album came out last month but... I guess I missed that one, too. His new album Before I Self Destruct did hit number 1 on the US Hip Hop charts but that's really no feat nowadays.  As far as I know his singles are getting little to no radio play but I'll be curious to see what the response is after this appearance.

Andrea Bocelli and the Muppets
10:00pm on Leno (NBC)
Now this is what I'm talking about! Good old Christmas fun... I assume. The amazing(ly rich) David Foster has a PBS holiday special out right now and one of the acts is Andrea Bocelli and the Muppets singing "Jingle Bells" together on a sleigh. Absolutely precious. I hope this is going to be a similar appearance. Otherwise I'll be crushed to tell the truth. If you don't know who Andrea Bocelli is... 3 words. Blind. Italian. Tenor. If you don't know who the Muppets are... well, I'll be mourning the loss of your childhood.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Late Night Music 12/04/09

What a wonderful evening in late night music!!

Taylor Swift
10:00pm on Leno (NBC)
OMG OMG OMG! Taytay!! Come on! She's a peach! I'm not going to spend to much time on this one because who doesn't know who Taylor Swift is? If you don't, check your pulse and get back to me. This appearance is sure to be charming as always.

Band of Skulls
12:05am on Kimmel (ABC)
Ah. Yet another wonderful band that is also featured on the New Moon soundtrack (see *Death Cab for Cutie). I haven't seen the movie yet but the soundtrack is awesome and I'm glad that a lot of the indie bands featured are getting some time in the spot light. Band of Skulls is a very new band with a pretty cool sound. And they're British, so they're infinitely cooler than you and I. Maybe they'll play the song "Friends" because it's the New Moon jam but who knows! Watch to find out.

12:37pm on Fallon (NBC)
Rerun from 11/10/09, Wale performed the song "Pretty Girls" with the Roots. Since I saw this performance I can't stop listening to this song. I hadn't heard of Wale before then but know I absolutely love him. He's definitely a rapper to check out if you're into that kind of thing. This performance is sick, too. Mostly because of the Roots...

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Late Night Music 12/03/09

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Honor Society
12:05 on Kimmel (ABC)
Do you miss boy bands? I KNOW! ME TOO! Don't worry your pretty little head because Honor Society is here to ease your pain. They're like Nsync and Backstreet boys except they play instruments and there's WAY less dancing. It's a tough trade off, I know, but give it a chance. Not sold just yet... Hmmm... AH! Do you like the Jonas Brothers?? I KNOW! ME TOO! Well they're like the JoBros except there's FOUR OF THEM!!! You can't beat that math.
Seriously though, that's all I got. It's a pretty hard sell.

10:00pm on Leno (NBC)
R&B is not dead. It's been living in the soulful heart of Maxwell since 1996 when it disappeared. He's been keeping it pretty safe since then and he's ready to let it out. Wow, I should be a publicist... Anyway, Maxwell's been on a hiatus for a few years now but he's back with his 4th album BLACKsummers'night (???). If you're looking for some love making music, here it is.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Late Night Music 12/02/09

Reruns, reruns, reruns. Boo.

The Cribs
11:30pm on Letterman (CBS)
This was there second appearance on Letterman and it's pretty good. There a standard rock band from England. If you haven't heard of them, that's alright. You're probably not from the UK. But you've also got a lot of catching up to do. I prefer their newer stuff so I recommend checking out the album Ignore the Ignorant. Here's the video of them playing "We Share the Same Skies" on Letterman. Catch it again tonight if you're so inclined!

12:37pm on Fallon (NBC)
This is a relatively new band. They've only released one album, I Blame You, and the reviews are fairly average. I don't really enjoy it but they're fun to watch. They play the song "Fake Kinkade" which isn't my favorite from the album but what do I care? These guys are taking a very organic approach to the music business so if you like you what you hear definitely support them!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Late Night Music 12/01/09 It's December! National Penguin Month!

I'm not actually sure if it's National Penguin Month. It should be.

The Swell Season
12:35pm on Ferguson (CBS)
Okay people. All aboard. This is the last call to jump on the "Marketa Irglova/Glen Hansard" train. For those of you who have been on this train with me for a while, I dedicate this post to you. For those who need some catching up... allow me to explain. Glen Hansard is the singer of the band The Frames. He is in a movie with Marketa called Once about two musicians who stumble upon each other and write/record an amazing album. The two wrote all the music in real life. Some of the tracks are featured on The Frames album The Cost but  Glen and Marketa also released their own album with those tracks under the band name The Swell Season (the album is self-titled). So. The Swell Season has recently released a new album called Strict Joy and it is incredible. The End. 
Watch this video of one of my favorite bands scheming with one of my favorite actors.

The Avett Brothers
12:35 on Fallon (NBC)
Rerun from 11/18/09
These guys have been flying under the radar for a while now. I'm glad their finally getting their foot in the spotlight. They played the song "Slight Figure of Speech" from their newest album I and Love and You, their first album after being signed to a major label. It was produced by Rick Rubin which is... pretty good. Anyway... if you don't know of these guys check 'em out. I remember quite clearly that I really didn't enjoy their performance but it's probably only because I've seen the actual music video for it and... well... it's awesome. Watch it here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCyot1DWs48 (sorry I can't embed it...)