British Hype YARD ACT From Nowhere To American TV

Last week the post-rap-punk gruppo YARD ACT out of Leeds, performed the title track
of their victorious debut LP on the popular American Tonight TV Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Until early last year, after a couple of singles, nobody ever heard about them (except me, of course). But halfway 2021, their name started to pop up here and there in the British media (the experts on hyping). A few months later they were suddenly the next big thing
of 2022 on multiple music websites/zines/blogs. And now they woke up Amercia up too.

Last January the debut LP The Overload landed and got euphoric reviews. Agreed, it’s a great debut, but after several plays it sounded too familiar with other British bands from the ongoing post-punk rebirth (Ditz, Crows, Life, Shame, Squid etc…) and therefore will not go in into history as one of the best debuts ever.

Anyways, from nowhere to American TV, here’s Yard Act

THE OVERLOAD album…

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YARD ACT: Facebook

DAVID BYRNE And His 12-Piece Marching Band On TV

7 March 2022

David Byrne’s theatre spectacle American Utopia is a
massive success. It has a second run on Broadway now.

And Byrne keeps on promoting his utopian vision on TV.
Last weekend he played on CBS Saturday Morning along
with his 12-piece marching band.

The group performed two songs from the triumphant play.

– BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE –

– MARCHING THROUGH THE WILDERNESS –

American Utopia: Website ok

BLEACHERS And His Steamy E STREET BAND Rock Out On American TV

Live on television

New Jersey‘s celebrated indie-pop act BLEACHERS – the moniker of singer/songwriter/producer Jack Antonoff – scored bullseye last
year with 3rd LP Take The Sadness Out Of Saturday Night.

A couple of days ago he performed with his steamy
E Street sounding Band two songs of the album
on the Saturday Night Live show.

Firework, folks…

– HOW DARE YOU WANT MORE –

– CHINATOWN –
(Recorded with… Bruce Springsteen as
a guest, but not present on the show)

BLEACHERS: Facebook

Watch Teenager NELL And THE FLAMING LIPS Perform NICK CAVE Song ‘RED RIGHT HAND’ On TV

9 January 2022

Artists: THE FLAMING LIPS and NELL SMITH

Last November teenage songstress NELL SMITH and Oklahoma’s psychedelic bohemians THE FLAMING LIPS teamed up (after meeting several times after Lips gigs) teamed up for an album of 9 covers of Nick Cave songs album. Totally special, right? You don’t see a 13-year-old teenager front a big name band, every day. Plus, covering Cave is not really like having a walk in the park. But it all turned tremendously well with Where The Viaduct Looms as the exquisite result.

Coyne: “It is always great to meet excited, young creative people.
With Nell we could see she is on a journey and thought it would be
fun to join her for a while and see if we could get things going. It was
a great way to connect with her and help harness her cool attitude
to making music.”

Nick Cave: “I’m a fan.”

A couple of days ago Nell and The Lips played
Red Right Hand on the American Late Show.

Utterly cool performance.
Let’s roll the tape…

Full album stream via Spotify…

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NELL SMITH: Facebook
THE FLAMING LIPS: Facebook

THE WAR ON DRUGS Sparkle On American TV

The by now world famous THE WAR ON DRUGS released their highly praised
fifth album I DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE at the end of last month.

Pitchfork said: “Every musical element from vintage synthesizers to even-more
vintage guitars is honed and cut clean, chipping off some of the hazier edges of
the band without losing the methodical and gorgeous production that Granduciel
and his co-producer, Shawn Everett, have mastered.”
Score: 8.5.

As usual, when a new album comes out it’s followed by all kinds of promo (TV/interviews/gigs). Same process for The War On Drugs who played on the
American TV Show Jimmy Kimmel Late two days ago, playing a sparkling version
of the LP’s title track…

Full LP on Spotify…

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TWOD: Facebook

SNAIL MAIL Scores With Vigor On American TV

8 November 2021

Artist: SNAIL MAIL
Who: The alter ego of 22-year old American indie
rocker/guitarist/singer-songwriter Lindsey Jordan
Active: Since 2015

Snail Mail released her 2nd album Valentine last Friday with many critics
going crazy over it. NME gave the LP a full 5/5 score: “A beautiful progression
from her influential debut. Lindsey Jordan’s songwriting is as astute as ever, and her
exploration of love here is set to a rich palette of explorative strings and synths.”

Jordan also performed for the first time on American TV
last weekend playing the LP’s title track with vigor…

Full album…

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SNAIL MAIL: Facebook

DAVID BYRNE Still Performs His Succesful ‘AMERICAN UTOPIA’ Show On Stage In New York City

Former Talking Head chief David Byrne has realized
a grand solo career since he asked himself what a psycho
killer was all about.

So far he fabricated 10 solo albums (2 more than with Talking
Heads
), but also collaborative LPs with Brian Eno and St. Vincent.

Three years ago his most recent album American Utopia came out.
I wonder if he already had the plan back then to stage a very successful
Broadway show – mix of poetry, dance, music – in New York City centered
around that album a year later, leading to a recording of the whole show.
It attracted so many accolades and visitors that the show returned and
is currently playing at St. James Theater.

To celebrate the triumphant production he appeared with his dance band, once
again, on American TV a couple of days ago playing/performing an ecstatic version
of I Zimbra, the opening track of the Heads’ astonishing 1979 LP Fear Of Music.

Shake your pelvis, folks…

The full Broadway show…

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DAVID BYRNE: Facebook