Archive for the ‘music on tv’ Category

Watch David Letterman ask Tyler, the Creator if he’s ever been to Bend, Oregon

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Odd Future rappers Tyler, the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt are scheduled to play Bend’s Midtown Ballroom on May 10. But last night, they were in New York City to perform on “Late Show with David Letterman,” which they did alongside their buddy Domo Genesis. They did a song called “Rusty” from Tyler’s new album “Wolf.”

You can watch it below, but Bendites should pay special attention to the exchange that comes at around 4:55 of the clip.

If you missed it:

Letterman: “You guys ever been to Bend, Oregon?”

Tyler: “Yeah, I don’t know what that is.”

Between this and Bend’s brief appearance in that Facebook Home ad, yesterday was a big day in terms of our town popping up in weird places.

Frequency’s coverage of last night’s Grammys awards show

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Find it here.

And here:

From left: Tyler the Creator and Frank Ocean’s mom.

(Via MTV)

Bend’s Darian Mahaney makes it to Hollywood on “American Idol”

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Locals may know Darian Mahaney as the effervescent frontwoman of Bend-based reggae band 2nd Hand Soldiers. But as of last night, she can officially add “made it to Hollywood on ‘American Idol’” to her resume.

Last night’s episode of the planet’s biggest TV show featured auditions in Portland, and while I don’t think Mahaney’s performance for judges Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson aired, I did catch a glimpse of her in the montage of people sent through to the show’s next round. Today, a video detailing Mahaney’s “Road to Hollywood” is on the “Idol” website. Click here to watch it, or if the crazy long embed code actually worked, watch it below.

I’ll get in touch with Mahaney soon, so look for more on this story in the very near future … especially if she survives the grueling Hollywood auditions!

funniest SNL skit I’ve seen in a while

Monday, November 14th, 2011

This is pretty good … probably helps if you’re familiar with “Someone Like You” by Adele, but maybe not. Maybe it’s funny regardless.

However, I don’t watch “Friday Night Lights,” so that joke didn’t really resonate with me. Oh pop culture … so many things! Things to keep up with!

Nice cameo by Coldplay at the end, too. That Chris Martin is pretty good at acting like he’s crying.

The National play a new song on “Late Night”

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

The National‘s “High Violet” isn’t out for two more months, but the Cincinnati-via-Brooklyn band stopped by Jimmy Fallon’s house last night to debut one of its tunes, called “Terrible Love.” In doing so, they pushed my level of excitement for this album through the roof. This is classic National: brooding vocals, killer drums, shards of guitar fluttering about, and a crescendo into a crest of noise. This band crescendos like no other I’ve ever heard. Have a listen, and sorry about the advertisement:

Pretty awesome stuff. If “High Violet” is in the same league as “Boxer” and “Alligator,” The National will cement their status as my favorite band.

(I saw it at Stereogum.)

The best musical performance on TV. Ever.

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Got something better? Post a link in the comments! Until then, behold the power of My Morning Jacket, circa 2003.

Instant Classic: Black Star x The Roots x Dirty Projectors make “History” on Jimmy Fallon

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

This is unquestionably one of the very best hip-hop moments of the year; too bad it was buried at the very end of a show that airs at 12:30 a.m. and gets mixed reviews, to put it generously.

That means most people didn’t see it, so I’ve pasted it below. But before you watch, consider what we have here: Two of the finest MCs in recent history (Mos Def and Talib Kweli) backed by the greatest hip-hop band of all time (The Roots) recreating a dope track created by a universally revered producer (J Dilla, R.I.P.), with a little help from 33 percent of one of the most acclaimed indie bands of the year (the Dirty Projectors).

Wow.

Sonic Youth on Jimmy Fallon

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Holy cow, Sonic Youth sounded great last night on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” Check it out:

The band plays at Roseland Theater in Portland on July 28. Frequency road trip, anyone?

Pearl Jam everywhere, all of a sudden

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

My love-hate relationship with grunge’s eternal bridesmaid continues. Here’s Pearl Jam performing last night on Conan O’Brien’s “Tonight Show” debut:

Between this and yesterday’s news of the band’s partnership with Target (and then more news of the band’s lawyers squashing online discussion of a new song), it seems the fellas are looking to make some dough, eh? Not that there’s anything wrong with that — there most certainly is not. But this is not the defiantly anti-commercial, press-shy Pearl Jam we’ve come to know over the years.

Pretty decent tune, though.