Monday, April 07, 2008

Ear on TV: The Week of April 7

Minnesota's Tapes n' Tapes self-released their debut album back in 2005, building a strong internet buzz on their lo-fi energetic smörgåsbord of indie rock sounds. For their sophomore release, Walk It Off, they've moved from the bedroom to the studio of producer extraordinaire Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Sleater-Kinney, Low,) who again pushes the limits of my speakers with this latest production, employing his signature intentional clipping distortion (hear it streaming for free at AOL). Wednesday night, the band takes the stage to play their lead single, "Hang Them All," on Conan, so set your tapes n' DVR's.

Meanwhile, music power brokers Simon Cowell (American Idol) and Clive Davis are betting the farm that America's going to love the UK's 2006 Idol (called X Factor over there,) Leona Lewis. She's taking hitting nearly every daytime television show possible this week, in an all-out marketing blitz. Consider her inclusion here more a curiosity than a recommendation, however. Kelly Clarkson still reigns the only Idol I can get behind.

Playlist: Picks for the week
Monday, April 7
CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: The Mars Volta (REPEAT)
CBS: Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Bell X1
FUEL: The Daily Habit: The Circle Jerks
FUSE: The Sauce: Leona Lewis, Perry Farrell, American Idol Finalists
NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Jimmy Eat World
NBC: Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Hot Chip
Tuesday, April 8
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Phantom Planet
CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Kenna w/ The Neptunes (REPEAT)
OVATION: Old, Weird America: Harry Smith's Anthology of Folk Music: Beck, Elvis Costello, Lou Reed, Sonic Youth (REPEAT)
SYNDICATION: Live With Regis and Kelly: Leona Lewis
Wednesday, April 9
CBS: The Early Show: Leona Lewis
FUSE: The Sauce: Moby
NBC: Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Tapes n' Tapes
Thursday, April 10
CBS: Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Del Tha Funky Homosapien
FUEL: The Daily Habit: Pinback (REPEAT)
NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: The Redwalls
NBC: Late Night With Conan O'Brien: They Might Be Giants
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Ben Harper
OVATION: Music by...: Gabriel Yared (REPEAT)
Friday, April 11
CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Steve Martin (REPEAT)
FUEL: The Daily Habit: Rogue Wave (REPEAT)
NBC: Late Night With Conan O'Brien: A.A. Bondy
OVATION: Music Behind the Scenes: The Independents: Spike Lee, Jim Jarmusch and David Lynch talk soundtracks (REPEAT)
RAVEHD: Later with Jools Holland: Dion, Duffy, Manu Chao, Kano & Damon Albarn, Orchestra Baobab
Saturday, April 12
NBC: Saturday Night Live: Gnarls Barkley
PBS: Austin City Limits: John Prine, Amos Lee


Anonymous said...

Uniquely interesting blog; a good find.

drake leLane said...

Playlist tracklisting for y'all:

Picks for the week of April 7

1. Aberinkula - The Mars Volta
2. Rocky Took A Lover - Bell X1
3. Wild In The Streets - Circle Jerks
4. Always Be - Jimmy Eat World
5. Ready For The Floor - Hot Chip
6. Do The Panic - Phantom Planet
7. Out of Control (State of Emotion) - Kenna
8. Last Fair Deal Gone Down - Beck
9. The Butcher's Boy - Elvis Costello
10. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean - Lou Reed
11. Dry Bones - Roswell Rudd with Sonic Youth
12. Insistor - Tapes 'n Tapes
13. Workin’ It - Del the Funky Homosapien
14. Good To Sea - Pinback
15. Modern Diet - The Redwalls
16. Zeroes - They Might Be Giants
17. Steal My Kisses - Ben Harper
18. Ada Plays - Gabriel Yared
19. Cruel Shoes (From The Book "Cruel Shoes") - Steve Martin
20. Lake Michigan - Rogue Wave
21. There's A Reason - A. A. Bondy
22. My Babe - Dion
23. Mercy - Duffy
24. Me Llaman Calle - Manu Chao
25. I'm Ready - Kano
26. Jin ma jin ma - Orchestra Baobab
27. Run [I'm A Natural Disaster] - Gnarls Barkley
28. Crazy As a Loon - John Prine
29. Sweet Pea - Amos Lee