Boy, the things you see when you’re surfing around late-night TV trolling for entertainment — a guy who looks like Charlie Manson gone beard-rock, a bunch of middle-aged geeks running around in goofy outfits telling you to “whip it,” it’s no wonder they don’t unleash this kind of thing on the prime-time audience, it’s not good for the post-prandial digestive process. It sure makes for some fun nocturnal viewing, though.
Devo – Jimmy Kimmel Live (April 20, 2010)
As initially surreal and disconcerting a sight as it may be to see a bunch of fiftysomething guys running around on stage with flowerpot hats, um, oops — energy domes, surreal and disconcerting has always been a big part of what Devo are all about. They have been sorely missed during their long, long hiatus and it’s great to have them back. They can still kick out “Whip It” like a bunch of young bucks, and it does our hearts good as well to see the spuds in the audience dancing around in Devo gear.
Broken Social Scene – Late Show With David Letterman (April 22, 2010)
See what happens once you start getting into all that socialism voodoo they practice up there in Canada? Next thing you know you’re into some kind of crazy collectivism and you can’t even play a song without bringing a whole platoon with you on the stage. Still, in these tough economic times, it’s heartening to know that BSS can keep a tambourine player gainfully employed, not to mention a flautist (don’t think the guy from Men At Work didn’t submit his resume). And even if this cut from their new album didn’t rock as much as it does, the band would still get points for the singer (one of two frontmen, mind you) who’s sporting what we’re pretty sure is a non-ironic ’stache.
Corinne Bailey Rae – Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (April 21, 2010)
Catch the way that Craig Ferguson manages to slip in not one but two comments about Corinne Bailey Rae’s visual appeal over the course of a ten-second introduction. We thought this guy was supposed to be the thinking man’s late-night host, all of a sudden he’s turning horndog on us? Don’t we have Jimmy Kimmel for that sort of thing? Regardless, she delivers a smooth, subtle performance full of straight-up soul with none of the American Idol-esque vocal histrionics you get from so many modern R&B diva types. Maybe she can be the model for the 21st-century R&B anti-diva.
Jakob Dylan – Late Show With David Letterman (April 21, 2010)
Is it just us or is this guy getting better? Hey, we liked “One Headlight” as much as the next guy, but apparently even JD himself decided it was time to get out of the Wallflowers rut, and it seems to have done him some good, songwriting-wise. We’re a bit surprised to see the vocal talents of Neko Case and alt-country cult heroine Kelly Hogan added to this outing, though, for the simple reason that Dylan seems to have adopted a ZZ Top-like beard policy for his current band.
Rob Zombie – Jimmy Kimmel Live (April 20, 2010)
Is anybody else jarred by the abrupt cut from Paula Deen to Rob Zombie? Jeez, seeing that sort of thing just before you go to bed is likely to give you nightmares. While it’s entertaining to see Zombie gotten up like a cross between Roy Wood (look it up, young’uns) and a Pagan goat-man, and you’ve got to give props to the fan who had the stones to throw their arms around the cat when he jumped into the audience, isn’t this whole enterprise starting to look a little silly at this point? Unlike, for instance, Devo, it seems unlikely that RZ is in on the joke. Docked a notch as well for a song that recycles riffs from Nine Inch Nails and U2.
Source: LimeWire Music Blog