Monday, July 27, 2009

Ear on TV: Week of 07.27.09: Spinal Tap

The 25th anniversary party just rages on for This is Spinal Tap, and the fictional band at its core. First came the "Unwigged" tour and then, last month, came a new album, Back From the Dead. This week the film sees it's release on Blu-Ray, giving us a chance to see Nigel's skeleton t-shirt in in high definition. To quote Sir Denis Eton-Hogg: "and so say we all, Tap into the future!"

To help promote the release, Spinal Tap are appearing on both Jimmy Fallon (Monday) and The Daily Show (Tuesday), pulling double duty with a performance and interview.This is Spinal Tap on Blu-Ray is out tomorrow.

Working either as a counter or a compliment to This Is Spinal Tap (all depends on how you look at it), IFC is airing The Decline of Western Civilation, Part II: The Metal Years (1988), a striking documentary about the glam-rock scene in Los Angeles. The combination of both films and their depiction of excess have been credited with some in the fall of heavy metal and, similarly, the rise of grunge.

Other notable music appearances this week include Jarvis Cocker on Jimmy Fallon (Thursday), Passion Pit on both Jimmy Fallon (Wednesday) and Alexa Chung (Thursday); and the network television debut of Cage the Elephant on Letterman (Thursday). Now, go forth and DVR!

Playlist: Picks for the week
Monday, July 27
IFC: From the Basement: Neil Hannon (REPEAT)
IFC: The Henry Rollins Show: Billy Bragg, Robyn Hitchcock (REPEAT)
FUEL: The Daily Habit: Revolution Mother
NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Spinal Tap
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Adele (REPEAT)
Tuesday, July 28
CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Silversun Pickups
COMEDY CENTRAL: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Spinal Tap
FUEL: The Daily Habit: Underoath
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: The Duke Spirit (REPEAT)
Wednesday, July 29
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: the Sounds
CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Elbow
IFC: Decline of Western Civilation II: The Metal Years: Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, KISS, Ozzy Osbourne
IFC: From the Basement: Beck (REPEAT)
IFC: The Henry Rollins Show: The Stooges, Gogol Bordello (REPEAT)
MTV: It's On With Alexa Chung: Silversun Pickups
NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Passion Pit
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Lykke Li (REPEAT)
SUNDANCE: Spectacle: Elvis Costello With...: Elvis Costello, The Police (REPEAT)
Thursday, July 30
CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Cage the Elephant
MTV: It's On With Alexa Chung: Passion Pit
NBC: The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien: Regina Spektor
NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Jarvis Cocker
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Ben Harper & Relentless7 (REPEAT)
Friday, July 31
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Diane Birch
NBC: The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien: Ben Harper & Relentless7
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Crystal Antlers (REPEAT)
Saturday, August 1
NBC: Saturday Night Live: Phoenix (REPEAT)
PBS: Austin City Limits: Wilco (REPEAT)

1 comment:

drake lelane said...

Picks for the week of 07.27.09
1. Love Don't Roam - Neil Hannon
2. Greetings To The New Brunette - Billy Bragg
3. Adventure Rocket Ship - Robyn Hitchcock
4. Ride The Sky - Revolution Mother
5. Heavy Duty (Feat. Keith Emerson) - Spinal Tap
6. Chasing Pavements - Adele
7. Panic Switch - Silversun Pickups
8. Too Bright To See, Too Loud To Hear - Underoath
9. The Step And The Walk - The Duke Spirit
10. Hurt You - The Sounds
11. Grounds For Divorce - Elbow
12. Bathroom Wall - Faster Pussycat
13. Gamma Ray - Beck
14. My Idea Of Fun (Live) - Iggy Pop
15. Wonderlust King - Gogol Bordello
16. Little Secrets - Passion Pit
17. Little Bit - Lykke Li
18. The Calculation - Regina Spektor
19. Angela - Jarvis Cocker
20. Shimmer & Shine - Ben Harper
21. Nothing But A Miracle - Diane Birch
22. Until the Sun Dies (Part 1) - Crystal Antlers
23. 1901 - Phoenix
24. Impossible Germany - Wilco