Aw, lookathis. Christopher Cross, Michael McDonald & The Roots. In sailors’ caps. With two drummers. Doing 70s taxicab classic, “Ride Like The Wind”. S’nice!
Anyone remember Radish? “Little Pink Stars”? Sigh. Well Ben Kweller was the lead singer of the flash-in-the-pan teen rockers way back when, and, despite not getting much exposure as a solo artist this side of the pond, he’s been steadily releasing rather pleasing material for quite a few years.
I loved “Run” from his self-titled 2006 album, but it looks like his newer stuff is much more country-rock oriented. He performed “Fight” from his new album Changing Horses on Letterman the other night, and here that is. Looks like he’s taking fashion tips from Earl these days, huh?
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Jesus. You know things are winding down to Christmas when I’m reduced to posting a video of two old men talking about jazz.
You never know, someone might enjoy it.
Find out more about Elvis Costello’s chatting activities here - January interviewees will include The Police and Rufus Wainwright.
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I’m sure you’ll have seen all the promo ads for Kanye West’s 808s & Heartbreak on bus stops and stuff recently. Have you, like me, pondered whether that bow tie he sports is likely to become a hot fashion item in a similar manner to those shutter shades you now find on every other market stall?
Well look at never-knowingly-undapper rapper Common as he performs his new tune “Universal Mind Control” on Jimmy Kimmel the other night. He rocks the bow tie with a panache the kid from that Super Noodles ad never quite attained, which is nice for him but bad news for the man on the street in 2009. I think I might stay in for the whole year.
A lot of videos round here at the moment, aren’t there? And here are a couple more.
Kanye paid Conan O’Brien a visit the other night as part of the promo for 808s & Heartbreak. I’m a big fan of Conan and his sillier moments, but it’s interesting to note that with Mr West he reins in that element of his personality for the most part.
The interview segment sees Kanye chatting about fashion – and he does look rather fresh, it has to be said – before admitting he needs a wee because he didn’t have time for one before coming out. The performance vid features him doing “Heartless”, with the small stage an odd setting to see him bounding around.
I still think the guy from Fleet Foxes sounds a bit too much like the guy from My Morning Jacket, personally. Except he goes flat even more. And My Morning Jacket write better songs.
YES I KNOW I’M IN THE MINORITY. I just don’t know what the big deal is with Fleet Foxes, OK? I’ve listened to the album, which has received more stars than Hollywood Boulevard over the last few months. I mean, I heard it described as some sort of landmark in American music. How is this the case? Are there no other folky, worthy, beardy bands making music out there these days? ‘Cos I thought there were hundreds. And most of them bore the shit out of me as well.
Anyway, see them on Letterman after the jump and see if it provides further evidence that I’m totally missing the point.
I loved Grizzly Bear’s “Knife”, but was a little underwhelmed by the album from which it came. So I wasn’t dying to hear their new tune “Two Weeks” – but it’s now one of the songs I can’t shake out of my head (must stop trying to do that in public).
After the jump you can see the band performing it on Letterman a couple of weeks back, in all its ‘isn’t that the keyboard line from “Still D.R.E?”‘ glory. Good to see crisp a white shirt being sported by Mr Looks-a-bit-like-Adrien-Brody, too.
The Ting Tings have made a bit of a splash in the States after “Shut Up And Let Me Go” was used to soundtrack an Apple/iTunes advert. Of course they’ve already hit number one over here as well… But amongst all this fuss, this is the first time I’ve seen any live footage of them.
Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Saturday night, they appear to have hidden their bassist and keyboardist in the back somewhere. They must be fugly. I bet the drummer only just got the nod to appear on screen, because the focus is really all about Lady Ting (or Katie White, to give her her real name).
Letterman has had a stupidly wide variety of acts on his show from Tom Waits to… Britney Spears. Yep. Making a grand-ass entrance at the back of the theatre, Brit’ struts and half mimes and live woos her way through ‘I’m A Slave 4 U’. Of course, with her being rather unwell at the moment, it’s worth having a look at her when she was on her game. Whatever game that was.
Goldfrapp are a group that can’t sit still. Kicking off their career with unsettling ethereal electronic orchestrations, before re-emerging as synth-glam pervs and now, psychedelic popsters. Godda hand it to ‘em, they keep things interesting. And I fancy Alison Goldfrapp. Anyway, here’s the group performing the bouncing summery joy of ‘Happiness’ on the Jonathan Ross show. [video: floppopdotcom]