Monday, June 02, 2008

Ear on TV: The Week of June 2

Touring as the opening act for Kanye West is a big opportunity for Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo and Sheldon 'Shay' Haley, collectively known as the hip-hop group N.E.R.D., and with their third and latest album Seeing Sounds set for release next week, you'd think the band show a united front. So it was surprising to see Hugo, without any warning, was a no-show for their Letterman appearance a couple weeks back. There was a lot of hand-wringing and sweating behind the scenes, but the LA Times conducted an interview in Letterman's green room and noted that Shay and Williams shrugged it off like it ain't no thang.

Given the minor flack that occurred, it should be expected that Hugo will show up for their appearance on Leno Wednesday night, but even if he flakes out again, expect the show to go on. You may not even notice, given how many folks they had jumping around at their recent Letterman appearance (video,) performing their advance single "Everybody Nose (All the Girls Standing in the Line For the Bathroom)," which aims it's critical eye at the empty celebrity set (BritBrit/Lilo/Paris/et.al).

Elsewhere, if you're at all curious as to the use of music in film, on Ovation TV is the documentary series Music Behind the Scenes, which is a fascinating look at sound in cinema, from score to the placement of original songs. They're replaying four of the six segments this week, with the rest the following week. In particular, "The Independents" segment is worth checking out as it features interviews with David Lynch, Spike Lee and Jim Jarmusch talking about the juxtaposition of conventional music in an unconventional setting. Lynch certainly made a habit of using that, especially in Blue Velvet:


Playlist: Picks for this week
Monday, June 2
CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Donna Summer
CBS: Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Matt Costa
FUEL: The Daily Habit: The Kooks
NBC: Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Raconteurs
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Does It Offend You, Yeah? (REPEAT)
Tuesday, June 3
CURRENT: Fix Extended Play: Mark Ronson, Santogold, Wale, Perry Farrell, The Ting Tings
OVATION: Music Behind the Scenes: The Independents: Spike Lee, David Lynch, Jim Jarmusch (REPEAT)
SYNDICATION: Live With Regis and Kelly: The B-52's
Wednesday, June 4
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Coldplay
FUEL: The Daily Habit: Dizzee Rascal
NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: N.E.R.D.
Thursday, June 5
CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Al Green
E!: Chelsea Lately: Shooter Jennings
NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: The Flobots
SYNDICATION: The Ellen Degeneres Show: Raheem Devaughn
Friday, June 6
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: The Ting Tings
CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Gavin Rossdale
FUEL: The Daily Habit: Cut Copy
NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Ed Harcourt
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: The Heavy (REPEAT)
NBC: Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Lightspeed Champion
OVATION: Music Behind the Scenes: Suspense: Bernard Hermann, Nino Rota (REPEAT)
OVATION: Music Behind the Scenes: Heroics: Hans Zimmer (REPEAT)
OVATION: Music Behind the Scenes: The Chase: Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman (REPEAT)
RAVEHD: Later with Jools Holland: Vampire Weekend, Supergrass, The Kills, Dianne Reeves, Chris Barber
Saturday, June 7
BBCAMERICA: The Graham Norton Show: Duffy (REPEAT)
NBC: Saturday Night Live: Kanye West (REPEAT)
PBS: Austin City Limits: Raconteurs, Cat Power

1 comment:

drake leLane said...

Picks for the week on TV - 06.02.08

1. Stamp Your Feet - Donna Summer
2. Mr. Pitiful - Matt Costa
3. Always Where I Need To Be - The Kooks
4. Salute Your Solution - The Raconteurs
5. We Are Rockstars - Does It Offend You, Yeah?
6. Toxic - Mark Ronson
7. L.E.S. Artistes - Santogold
8. Nike Boots - Wale
9. Song Yet To Be Sung - Perry Farrell
10. Shut Up And Let Me Go - The Ting Tings
11. Fight The Power - Public Enemy
12. Falling - Julee Cruise
13. Mystery Train - Elvis Presley
14. Funplex - The B-52's
15. Violet Hill - Coldplay
16. Where's Da G's (Feat. Ugk) - Dizzee Rascal
17. Everyone Nose (All The Girls Standing In The Line For The Bathroom) - N.E.R.D.
18. Lay It Down - Al Green
19. Walk Of Life - Shooter Jennings
20. Handlebars - The Flobots
21. Woman (Main Version) - Raheem Devaughn
22. Love Remains The Same - Gavin Rossdale
23. Lights & Music - Cut Copy
24. Born in the '70s - Ed Harcourt
25. That Kind Of Man - Heavy
26. Tell Me What It's Worth - Lightspeed Champion
27. Psycho Suite - IV: The Murder - Bernard Hermann
28. Godfather - Nino Rota
29. Molossus - Hans Zimmer
30. The Chase - Danny Elfman
31. Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa - Vampire Weekend
32. Diamond Hoo Ha Man - Supergrass
33. Cheap And Cheerful - The Kills
34. I Can't Give You Anything But Love - Chris Barber
35. Mercy - Duffy
36. Stronger - Kanye West
37. Living Proof - Cat Power