Category Archives: TV

Music on the TV: Remembering Joe Strummer

A day late, but remembering Joe Strummer today, who would have turned 63 yesterday. Looking back at The Clash on the Tomorrow Show in 1981 (remember Tom Snyder?!)


TBT – Music on the TV: Nirvana on SNL 1992

#TBT January 11, 1992. Nirvana with a killer performance of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” on Saturday Night Live. Enjoy!

Music on the TV – A few Highlights from the week of 4/27

If you like music. If you like live music. And if you like watching live music on the TV then the last few weeks have been good ones for you. Here’s a few  highlights, from the week of  4/27/15, starting with, perhaps my favorite TV performance…

Manic Street Preachers made their US network debut (finally) with this terrific performance of, “A Design for Life,” on The Late Late Show with James Corden:

Next up, Blur played on The Tonight Show with Jammy Fallon, including this acoustic, backstage performance of, “Tender.”

Future Islands played The Late Show with David Letterman, offering heartfelt shout out to Baltimore and their latest single, “The Chase.” Clearly Dave loves these guys, well, can you blame him?

Another favorite from Letterman was this performance of “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” by Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Mark O’Connor, Amos Leea and Steve Martin on the banjo. Of course, anything with Emmylou will be a favorite of mine!

Modest Mouse, always captivating on-stage, played the outdoor stage on Jimmy Kimmel Live, performing, among others from their latest album,  “The Ground Walks, With Time in a Box”

Music on the TV – On Letterman Last Week

A quick peek at what’s in store musically on Late Night TV this coming week indicates we have quite a bit of great music to look forward to, so I better catch up with last week!! The highlights from last week, again, came from Letterman so today’s post focuses solely on Dave’s show:

Let’s start with my favorite from the week first. If you’re a fan of Dave’s, you know how special Warren Zevon was to him. So it comes as no surprise that Dave requested a special performance of one of Warren’s songs in the final weeks of his tenure. The selection, “Mutineer,” was one of three songs Warren played on his last appearance with Dave in 2002 before his passing. A wonderful song, beautifully performed here by, Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires:

Next up, another long time friend of the show as Dave notes, making his 27th appearance, Elvis Costello performing a Nick Lowe tune (as Elvis does so well!), “When I Write the Book” with a little bit of his own, “Everyday I write the Book,” thrown in for good measure.  Two great songs, one great artist (with some brilliant vocal accompaniment). Love it!

Last for this post, a band who Dave tells us is “pretty much all you need in a rock n’ roll band,” Dawes. Performing a new song, “Things Happen,” which is the first single from their upcoming album, “All Your Favorite Bands.” Good stuff. Enjoy!

Music on the TV – Throwback Thursday

As David Letterman winds things down, let’s dig back for a Throwback Thursday performance from October of 2001 by Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros. Simply brilliant. Enjoy!

Music on the TV

It’s been a good week of Music on the TV so far, and it’s just Tuesday!

As I’ve noted here, we’re in for a treat on Letterman for the next few weeks. Up last night was an old favorite of mine, The Waterboys, who recently released their first album of new material in 8 years, “Modern Blues.” I’m really liking the new album and they did a nice job performing this track from the album, “The Girl Who Slept for Scotland”

Next up, from Jimmy Kimmel last night is a twofer fro the undeniably likable duo from Brooklyn, Matt & Kim.

And finally, today, from Ellen, here’s The War on Drugs doing a really terrific performance of “Red Eyes,” from their brilliant album from last year (and my #2 pick for the year), “Lost in the Dream.” Enjoy!

David Letterman and The Day The Music Died

Among the many reasons I’ll be sad to see David Letterman leave the late night airwaves is the music. Of course, music is a staple of all of the late night fare and through the years we’ve long counted on all of the late night shows to treat us to some pretty terrific musical moments, but there’s nothing like Paul Shaffer’s accompanianment and Dave’s response to his musical guests. Sometimes goofy, sometimes awkward but always with heartfelt respect. So it’s only appropriate that Dave has reportedly hand-picked a line up of favorite artists to help him wind down his tenure on late night TV. If this week was any indication, we are in for a special treat.

Starting with last night, it seemed very poignant that Dave asked John Meyer to sing about the day the music died, covering Don McLean’s brilliant “American Pie.” Thursday night’s captivating performance of “Stand By Me” by Tracy Chapman was clearly very special to Dave. And finally here, from Wednesday night, Iron and Wine with Ben Bridwell – complete with Dave awkwardly mixing up the two artists. Of course, the music has not and will not die, but we won’t be treated to it with that special David Letterman/Paul Shaffer flair for too much longer, at least not on a regular basis. All the more reason to savor the Late Show music over the next few weeks. Thanks Dave!