Late-Night TV Music (American Carnage Edition) | Jan. 6, 2021

I love the way they make you think they're finally going to catch the villains!

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Like you, I spent most of yesterday watching the action-packed season finale of American Carnage! Phew. What a cliff-hanger. Can’t wait to see how it turns out. But after all that, I could use something a little more soothing — and that’s where the Late-Night TV Music world comes in. When the talk-show hosts weren’t angrily ranting and pointing fingers at the camera — or apologizing for not telling jokes — they were sharing some much-needed musical relief from Wednesday’s wild ride.

Like, say, the soothing sounds of Jamila Woods, performing her Toni Morrison-inspired Sula (Paperback) on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Or the mellow mood of Michael Kiwanuka, singing You Ain’t the Problem — though clearly, some of us definitely are — for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. And finally, for those who wanted a surprisingly sublime visual metaphor for the endless loop of chaotic absurdity that life has surely become, there was K-Pop mob Seventeen, bringing it all full circle with their performance of the oddly punctuated Home;Run on The Late Late Show With James Corden. Feel free to put in on endless replay and zone out. But first, back to another thrilling episode of AC! — I love the way they make you think they’re finally going to catch the villains, even though you know they’re all going to scurry away scot-free.