Here is the next installment in our series “Lessons From Late Night” where we attempt to school you in the way of good music, through live performances from late night television. This past week, “The Late Show with David Letterman” was really solid. It started off a little rocky with a Kelly Clarkson performing a track off of her new album, “Already Gone.” It may be a just another mediocre break-up ballad from an American Idol winner, but this girl can really sing. But don’t worry it gets better from here.
On Tuesday David had Wilco performing one of my favorites off of their new self-titled album with Feist joining Tweedy on vocals. It was a great performance, that finds the band sounding better than ever.
Wednesday marked one of the more historic performances in the past year. Paul McCartney returned to the Ed Sullivan Theater where he played atop “The Late Show” marquee, 45 years after his first appearance with the Beatles. I’m not quite sure why they didn’t just wait til the 50th anniversary to do this big shin dig, but it seemed to be a pretty exciting event either way. The streets were packed with screaming fans, and Paul and the band sounded great. Here is “Band on the Run.” Head over to Youtube and search for “Paul McCartney Letterman” if you want to see the rest of the songs he performed.
Paul McCartney – Band On The Run
On Thursday Dave had Grizzly Bear performing “Ready, Able” off of their newest record, Veckatimest, which is becoming one of my favorite albums of the year.
Grizzly Bear – Ready, Able
Friday wasn’t quite as strong as the middle of the week, but it was still a great performance by a band that I have really been getting into lately. I wasn’t a huge fan of this performance. This was definitely not the track I would’ve liked to hear them play. But their new album, Fantasies is really strong and I definitely recommend it.
Hello my friends and loyal readers. I realize that if you have the television on tonight that you undoubtably be watching college football all evening. But in case of a blow-out, I thought I would give you all a back-up option. Wilco is going to be playing on the famous Austin City Limits television show on PBS. Should be a great show to watch. I haven’t been able to see them live yet, but I have caught several of their performances on late night television which have each boosted my appreciation for this super talented band. They have been closing a lot of their tours lately with a cover of Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released.” If they do it again tonight you’ll surely be in for a treat. Here is a preview of what you most likely get to see in the encore.
I have no idea who Big Star is. But I just recently found this fantastic cover of one of their songs done by Wilco. I can’t really give an opinion on which is better since I’ve only heard the cover, but I am so enamored by the cover that I don’t really have a desire to hear the original. I can’t imagine it being any better than this. But I guess it’s only fair that I give them some credit for writing a great song. Who knows maybe I’ll be writing a whole piece on this mysterious Big Star soon. But until then, enjoy this great cover, by the great people formally known as Wilco.
Just the other night, myself and a bunch of my co-workers got together for our annual live fantasy football draft, which I have come to look forward to with much anticipation each year. It has proven to be a great time filled with tons of fun, food, fellowship and football statistics. So with opening weekend for NCAA football happening last weekend and the first NFL game being tomorrow night I thought that I would share this great football themed remix with you. Brought to you by the guys over at The Hood Internet here is a mashup of Wilco’s fantastic song Jesus Etc., Kanye West’s Classic, and the infamous 1985 Chicago Bears’ Super Bowl Shuffle.
And for those of you that have never heard of the Super Bowl Shuffle you must check out this video. Yes, that is correct back during the year I was born, Walter Payton, Mike Singletary, William “Refridgerator” Perry, and the rest of the Chicago Bears football team wrote and performed a rap song on live television.
And it was awesome. Boy, those were the days. Back when they were actually a team and not a bunch of individuals who worked together on Sunday afternoon. I feel like Peyton Manning has done his part with all of his commercials and SNL appearances. But after watching this video again I think that the rest of the NFL really needs to step up their game.