I‘ve been so busy this week with home-improvement projects that I haven’t had time to keep track of the Late-Night TV Music. So, before I put on the work gloves and pick up the tools again, I figured I’d play catchup and see what I missed. There’s some good stuff here — including one clip you didn’t see on the air. Enjoy:
Jon Batiste | Freedom on The Late Show
Admit it: Just watching a musician perform for a live audience on a TV studio again is pretty cool.
Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert & Jon Randall | Two-Step Down to Texas on The Tonight Show
Much as I want to dislike Miranda Lambert, she keeps making great music. But that doesn’t mean I have to like that hat.
Valerie June | Smile on Jimmy Kimmel Live
The song is swell. But I’m just glad I didn’t have to clean up the recording studio afterward.
Marina | Venus Fly Trap on Late Night
Then again, cleaning up after Valerie June was probably a cakewalk next to shlepping all this gear out into the desert.
Tomorrow X Together | Magic on The Late Late Show
‘Sorry guys. We spent so much money on the set and the lights and fireworks that we had to lose the band. But it’s not like anybody will notice, right?’
Jessie Ware | Remember Where You Are on The Tonight Show
It’s just too bad they couldn’t book the big stage.
Spice ft. Sean Paul & Shaggy | Go Down Deh On Jimmy Kimmel Live
I don’t know who Shaggy sold his soul to for career immortality. But clearly he made a good deal.
Sleater-Kinney | Worry With You on The Late Show
I am generally not a big fan of bands who are outnumbered onstage by their hired guns. But I’m willing to make an exception in this case.
Coldplay | Higher Power on The Tonight Show
The Rockefeller Center Christas Special airs earlier and earlier every year.
Kodak Black | Feelin’ Peachy on Jimmy Kimmel Live
I’m fairly certain that everybody involved in every aspect of this video was very high. Or that I am not nearly high enough.
Polo G | So Real on The Late Late Show
Good news: The people behind Laser Floyd have finally found a way to make up for all that lose revenue.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds: We’re On Our Way Now on The Tonight Show
Alternate title: We’re Just Going Through The Motions Now.
Griff | Black Hole on The Late Show
The tune is actually pretty good for a pop ditty. But I keep getting distracted by the hair. And the white socks. And, of course, the Kool-Aid Man-sized hole in the wall.
Alex Lahey & Gordi | Dino’s on The Late Show
A wall mural, a Dolly Parton standup, ambient lighting and a great song about a club that shares a name with the bar and grill from Thin Lizzy‘s The Boys Are Back In Town. It doesn’t get any better than this.
Saweetie | Fast (Motion) on Jimmy Kimmel Live
‘Thanks for the song, but can we please let them land the helicopter now?’
Lord Huron | Mine Forever on The Late Late Show
They shot a video, made a major-network TV appearance, and auditioned for the next season of Twin Peaks all at once. Well played, kids.