Monday, August 24, 2009

Ear on TV: Week of 08.24.09: Matisyahu

Matisyahu is already the biggest selling Hasidic-Jewish Reggae-Dub artist going, but that's admittedly a pretty limited umbrella. With his third and latest release Light, Matisyahu is poised for a bigger audience, even surpassing his last album, Youth -- which buoyed by the hit "King Without a Crown," made it to #4 on the Billboard charts.

The joyously optimistic Light sees release tomorrow, and in support of the release the former Phish follower will be performing the lead single "One Day" Thursday, on Conan. Perhaps all that positivity that overcome the sound issues that The Tonight Show soundstage has presented so far since Conan took over.

Meanwhile, Brooklyn husband and wife duo Matt & Kim (Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino) will take their high-charged and lo-fi dance rock to the stage on Jimmy Kimmel Wednesday night. I expect it to be quite a performance, even if not nearly as revealing as the buzz-y video they shot for the single "Lessons Learned," which found the couple stripping off their clothes while running through Times Square. Freed of clothing, the couple elude the cops but Kim ends up with a common TV series fate (think George on Grey's Anatomy):



Playlist: Picks for the week
Monday, August 24
NBC: The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien: Kings of Leon
NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Aimee Mann (REPEAT)
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Keane (REPEAT)
Tuesday, August 25
CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Jet
FUEL: The Daily Habit: Enter Shikari
NBC: The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien: Smokey Robinson
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: The Airborne Toxic Event (REPEAT)
Wednesday, August 26
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Matt & Kim
CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Care Bears on Fire
CBS: Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Camera Obscura (REPEAT)
NBC: The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien: Franz Ferdinand
NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Flo Rida (REPEAT)
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: The Kills (REPEAT)
*PBS: Great Performances: Harlem in Montmartre, a Paris Jazz Story: Josephine Baker, Django Reinhardt
SUNDANCE: Spectacle: Elvis Costello With...: Elvis Costello, Herbie Hancock (REPEAT)
Thursday, August 27
CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Mute Math
FUEL: The Daily Habit: The Dodos
NBC: The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien: Matisyahu
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Glasvegas (REPEAT)
Friday, August 28
CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Imogen Heap
FUEL: The Daily Habit: The Dodos
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Doves (REPEAT)
Saturday, August 29
BBCAMERICA: The Graham Norton Show: Pet Shop Boys (REPEAT)
PBS: Austin City Limits: R.E.M. (REPEAT)

*As always with PBS, kids, be safe and check your local listings.

4 comments:

Susi said...

great blog

drake lelane said...

Picks for the Week of 08.24.09
1. Use Somebody - Kings Of Leon
2. Freeway - Aimee Mann
3. The Lovers Are Losing - Keane
4. She's A Genius - JET
5. Juggernauts - Enter Shikari
6. Don't Know Why - Smokey Robinson
7. Sometime Around Midnight - The Airborne Toxic Event
8. Lessons Learned - Matt and Kim
9. Everybody Else - Care Bears on Fire
10. French Navy - Camera Obscura
11. No You Girls - Franz Ferdinand
12. Right Round - Flo Rida
13. Cheap And Cheerful - The Kills
14. Blue Skies - Josephine Baker
15. Minor Swing - Django Reinhardt
16. Watermelon Man - Herbie Hancock
17. The Nerve - Mute Math
18. Fables - The Dodos
19. One Day (New Album Version) - Matisyahu
20. Geraldine - Glasvegas
21. First Train Home - Imogen Heap
22. The Outsiders - Doves
23. Love etc. - Pet Shop Boys
24. Living Well Is The Best Revenge - R.E.M.

~~~hechter said...

The matt & kim vid is similar to the opening sequence of "Hung" (HBO Series), which uses The Black Keys “I’ll Be Your Man.” Not sure which was exposed first.

drake lelane said...

minus the police and the getting hit by a bus part, of course ;)