Monday, April 21, 2008

Ear on TV: The Week of April 21

For the second time in six months, NBC/Universal is delivering a 'Green Week,' aligning itself with Earth Day. Based alone on the fact that we won't be subjected to a candle-lit Sunday Night Football, it's bound to work much better this time around. To that end, Radiohead is making a special non-appearance on Conan Wednesday night, in honor of the eco-friendly theme -- and by non-appearance I mean they're going to stay home and contribute a live recording of them playing "House of Cards." Prior to playing, frontman Thom Yorke will deliver a message explaining that by staying home, "they avoided leaving a carbon footprint equivalent to driving one's car for a solid year." I guess that's the telecommuting angle of going green. Rest assured, though, that Radiohead will be embarking on a tour that involves them being at venues live and in the flesh, but they're taking great pains to make sure that their carbon footprint will be minimized.

Those pains are the basis of service for the non-profit organization Reverb, who help musicians make eco-friendly choices on their tours. Started by Guster guitarist/singer Adam Gardner, Reverb was born out of a necessity, as Guster and other artists fought record labels to try and make their tours more eco-friendly. Current TV's Fix Extended Play focuses in on the organization, speaking with Reverb clients Andrew Bird and Jose Gonzalez, who perform and discuss raising green awareness on their tour.

Meanwhile, to continue with NBC's Green Week, Leno on Friday night will be subtracting yellow and adding red. Color enthusiasts know I'm talking about purple, and that of course means Prince. His royal badness probably won't spend much time about being eco-friendly, but instead using the Tonight Show stage as a warm up for his headline gig this weekend at Coachella. Even so, keeping his fans at home that night to watch him shake his bum hip might do more for than the environment that we give NBC credit for.

Playlist: Picks for the week
Monday, April 21
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Black Tide (REPEAT)
FUEL: The Daily Habit: Voxhaul Broadcast
NBC: The Today Show: Alicia Keys
NBC: Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Grizzly Bear
Tuesday, April 22
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Paul Thorn
CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Kathleen Edwards
CURRENT: Fix Extended Play: Andrew Bird, Jose Gonzalez
NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Goldfrapp
NBC: Late Night With Conan O'Brien: She & Him
Wednesday, April 23
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Vampire Weekend
CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Tokyo Police Club
NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Tegan and Sara
NBC: Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Radiohead
Thursday, April 24
FUEL: The Daily Habit: Tim Fite
NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Old 97's
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: The Airborne Toxic Event
Friday, April 25
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova
NBC: The Today Show: Madonna
NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Prince
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Matt Costa
RAVEHD: Later with Jools Holland: The Coral, Jack Pinate, Rilo Kiley, John Dankworth & Cleo Laine, Bassekou Koyate & Ngoni Ba, David Gray
Saturday, April 26
OVATION: Beat Route: Havana - Buena Vista Social Club, Ruben Gonzalez, Compay Segundo, Chucho Valdez, Des'ree
PBS: Austin City Limits: Franz Ferdinand, What Made Milwaukee Famous

1 comment:

drake leLane said...

Picks for the week of 04.21.08

1. Shockwave - Black Tide
2. Rotten Apples - Voxhaul Broadcast
3. No One - Alicia Keys
4. Sorry For The Delay - Grizzly Bear
5. Long Way From Tupelo - Paul Thorn
6. Asking for Flowers - Kathleen Edwards
7. Imitosis - Andrew Bird
8. Down the Line - Jose Gonzalez
9. Clowns - Goldfrapp
10. Sentimental Heart - She and Him
11. A-Punk - Vampire Weekend
12. Graves - Tokyo Police Club
13. Back In Your Head - Tegan and Sara
14. 15 Step - Radiohead
15. A Little Bit - Tim Fite
16. Question - Old 97's
17. Sometime Around Midnight - The Airborne Toxic Event
18. Falling Slowly - Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
19. 4 Minutes - Madonna
20. Guitar - Prince
21. Mr. Pitiful - Matt Costa
22. Who's Gonna Find Me - The Coral
23. I Loves You Porgy - Cleo Laine
24. Silver Lining - Rilo Kiley
25. Wild Goose Chase - Basekou Kouyaté
26. The One I Love - David Gray
27. De Camino A La Vereda - Buena Vista Social Club
28. Noneto - Ruben Gonzalez
29. Chan Chan - Compay Segundo
30. Tema De Chaka - Chucho Valdes
31. I'm Kissing You - Des'ree
32. Do You Want To - Franz Ferdinand
33. Idecide - What Made Milwaukee Famous