Monday, November 10, 2008

Ear on TV: Week of November 10

Last week, rock legend Ray Davies dropped a bomb that rippled across the music world: A reunion of The Kinks was in the works. "We've started a little bit of this and that," Davies recently told BBC News, "but it is too early to judge the quality." He then hinted that if everything went right, they could have new material to tour with over the summer, depending on his brother Dave's health (he suffered a stroke in 2004). Dave, for his part, denies the rumors, posting this weekend on his website "all this BS about working on stuff is fantasy land." The historically volatile relationship that exists between the Davies brothers makes Liam and Noel Gallagher (Oasis) look like the Osmonds, but if even The Police could patch things up for a tour, maybe Ray and Dave could work it out as well.

Ray Davies isn't standing still waiting for any reunion, though, as he's embarked on a solo tour here in the US, tapping the Brooklyn group Locksley to act as his backing band. When Davies plays The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, he's sure to be playing something from his latest album, Working Man's Cafe, but on tour, he'll sprinkle in enough Kinks to tick his brother Dave off, who recently quipped that his brother has been performing "Karaoke Kinks shows since 1996." There's nothing like the love of one's family.

Speaking of family, legendary jazz bassist Charlie Haden brought in his for his latest album Charlie Haden Family and Friends - Rambling Boy, calling on his daughters Petra, Tanya and Rachel along with son Josh to help out. Besides his talented offspring, the album also features guest spots from Jack Black, Bruce Hornsby, Ricky Skaggs, Pat Metheny, and 2008's sidekick of the year Elvis Costello. When Haden appears on Letterman Wednesday night, he'll be in a celebratory mood of sorts, having recently finished bringing back together his political Liberation Music Orchestra, touring the country in support of both a recent album (Not in Our Name,) but also an Obama win. Playing at the Blue Note in New York on election night last week, Haden asked for updates on the electorate count between songs, and when it was confirmed that Obama had won, the band broke into "Amazing Grace." Beamed Haden from the stage, "Oh, I'm so happy! I don't have to wake up depressed any more!"

Playlist: Picks for the week
Monday, November 10
ABC: Good Morning America: Alicia Keys
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: The Whigs (REPEAT)
CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Alicia Keys
FUEL: The Daily Habit: The Knux
NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Dido
Tuesday, November 11
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Low vs Diamond
NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Kaiser Chiefs
NBC: Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Conor Oberst
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: The Sounds
Wednesday, November 12
CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Charlie Haden
IFC: From the Basement: Jose Gonzalez, White Stripes (see video)
NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Beck
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Yelle
SYNDICATION: The Ellen Degeneres Show: Dido
Thursday, November 13
ABC: Good Morning America: Quincy Jones
CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Sia
CBS: Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Cold War Kids
FUEL: The Daily Habit: Senses Fail
NBC: Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Boz Scaggs
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: 3oh!3
SUNDANCE: Live From Abbey Road: The Subways, Gnarls Barkley, Herbie Hancock (REPEAT)
Friday, November 14
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: T-Pain
CBS: Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Ray Davies
FUEL: The Daily Habit: The Gaslight Anthem
IFC: Henry Rollins Uncut: South Africa (see video)
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Cut Copy
Saturday, November 15
PBS: Austin City Limits: Aimee Mann, Iron & Wine

1 comment:

drake lelane said...

Picks for the week of 11.10.08
1. No One - Alicia Keys
2. Like A Vibration - The Whigs
3. Bang! Bang! - The Knux
4. Don't Believe In Love - Dido
5. Heart Attack - Low vs Diamond
6. Never Miss A Beat - Kaiser Chiefs
7. Sausalito - Conor Oberst
8. Hurt You - The Sounds
9. Single Girl, Married Girl featuring Petra Haden, Tanya Haden, Rachel Haden - Charlie Haden
10. Down the Line - Jose Gonzalez
11. Red Rain - White Stripes
12. Gamma Ray - Beck
13. A Cause Des Garçons - Yelle
14. Sanford And Son Theme - Quincy Jones
15. Little Black Sandals - SiA
16. Something Is Not Right With Me - Cold War Kids
17. Family Tradition - Senses Fail
18. She Was Too Good To Me - Boz Scaggs
20. Shake! Shake! - The Subways
21. Who's Gonna Save My Soul - Gnarls Barkley
22. Both Sides Now - Herbie Hancock
23. Can't Believe It - T-Pain
24. You're Asking Me - Ray Davies
25. The '59 Sound - The Gaslight Anthem
26. Lights & Music - Cut Copy
27. Freeway - Aimee Mann
28. Innocent Bones - Iron & Wine