Added incentive for bands considering relocating from Texas to Brooklyn: If Kings Of Convenience happen to cancel their scheduled appearance on Jimmy Fallon, and Jimmy Fallon happens to discover and fall in love with your song after using the SHAZAM iPhone app, he can call you on a Tuesday and you can be ready to hit 30 Rock two days later. Happens everyday. Happened to Alan Palomo and his band Neon Indian, anyway, the recipients of not just a plum slot for their network TV debut within weeks of their move to BK, but also of a joint round of Fallon/Questlove kahdooze the likes of which we haven’t really seen since Dirty Projectors made Questo tell the internet he’d “follow them to the ends of the earth” (or Bowery Ballroom, whichever’s closer). The performance itself is fun — Neon Indian had planned on promoting Psychic Chasms’ next single “Ephemeral Artery,” Fallon’s a lover of “Terminally Chill,” the parties settling on a 1-2 medley of the latter’s loopy keyboard/FX pedal-pop and its freaky psychedelic backbeat successor with a sickly sweet distended transition. But even more fun is Jimmy spending a full two-minutes of post-monologue time playing “Terminally Chill” from his iPhone, dancing it out, trying to explain why he loves it. He can’t quite, just like I can’t quite explain why I love Jimmy trying. Something about going all-in to pimp at length a band the audience hasn’t a clue about is brave and sincere and why dude’s got the job. The highlights:

Questlove’s tweet:

Here’s what they’re on about:

Comments (52)
  1. Is everyone in agreement that Jimmy Fallon has the one of the best musical guest’s ever, this rules.

  2. renaldo  |   Posted on Feb 12th, 2010 0

    HEre’s the youtube for people that dont want to scan thru 40 minutes of Hulu bullshit

  3. lucas  |   Posted on Feb 12th, 2010 0

    hahah terminally chill is my phone alarm. love dat ish

  4. Anybody else notice the TERRIFYING E.T. head guy in the back?

    • TomTheNinja  |   Posted on Feb 12th, 2010 0

      lol! it took me a while but your right! that dude is creepy.

    • Chris  |   Posted on Feb 16th, 2010 0

      Anybody notice that this isn’t Terminally Chill or Ephemeral Artery? Neither of those tracks have vocals. This is “(If I Knew, I’d Tell You)” mashed with “7000 (Reprise)”.

  5. Mansions  |   Posted on Feb 12th, 2010 0

    Why I could imagine TV getting even BETTER…The Cheerleader remix was hot…

  6. d@ve  |   Posted on Feb 12th, 2010 0

    one of the most badass late night performances ever

    • Ty  |   Posted on Feb 13th, 2010 0

      Badass……reallly? Badass is Motorhead, Wooderson from Dazed & Confused, Mark Lanegan or Waylon Jenning (look ‘em up kiddies)……this, as far as badass goes, ranks right up there with bed wetting, walking dogs that weight less than 10lbs. in public, wearing neon colors or drinking low cal beer.

      “Chill-wave” aka bad 80′s music redux, is a trend that needs to end now………Go lIsten to some Hall & Oates if you must, but leave this shit alone…….

      • d@ve  |   Posted on Feb 14th, 2010 0

        you better start swimmin
        Or you’ll sink like a stone
        For the times they are a-changin

        • Ty  |   Posted on Feb 14th, 2010 0

          Are you serious? You’re quoting song primarily written for the civil rights movement as a response to legitimize the hipster fad of “chill-wave?” This horrible trend will be ironically mocked by the same people who championed it by next fall………now give your little sister back her jeans and leave the neckerchief wearing to bandits and Somalian pirates.

      • Joey Powers  |   Posted on Feb 16th, 2010 0

        I agree with you bro. This stuff is weak

  7. FDN  |   Posted on Feb 12th, 2010 0

    Good job Neon Indian. This is fucking great!

  8. choccosuede  |   Posted on Feb 12th, 2010 0

    Now we know what a bushy-haired Jon Favreau dancing like Jimmy Fallon looks like.

  9. wow they killed! I hope Neon Indian is planning an extensive tour..

  10. staskel  |   Posted on Feb 12th, 2010 0

    this is what it sounds like aside from records melting in the sun…

  11. johnnyboy  |   Posted on Feb 12th, 2010 0

    HAHAHAH.. that is exactly what he sounds like… SIMPLY HAVING A WONDERFUL STONER TIME!!

  12. joe  |   Posted on Feb 12th, 2010 0

    Wow, that killed it. I was unsure about this band beforehand, but what a performance. So cool.

  13. eligeorgia  |   Posted on Feb 13th, 2010 0

    Holy Mackerel!!! I love Neon Indian!!! BUT, I credited so much of their appeal to the overprocessed “70s AM squeezed through an old transistor radio” studio sound. Damn I was wrong! That kicked booty! They even channel a little T. Rex!

  14. Sometimes is difficult to sort out between the flavors of the month and stuff that’s actually kind of good, and that was actually pretty good!

  15. Jimmy at the end, “That’s how you do it buddy.” HA! He’s totally trying to contain his excitement in front of them. Also, I’ve decided that I’m going to marry their keyboardist, she just beat out Camilla Wynne Ingr.

  16. Wow! I liked the album but I had no idea they were such a live force. Need. to. see. Like soon!

  17. Ted Tedson  |   Posted on Feb 14th, 2010 0

    Never heard anyone make an Orange stack sound so shitty before.

  18. sooooooooooooooooooo goooooooooooooood

  19. kilgore  |   Posted on Feb 14th, 2010 0

    fuck Hulu and fuck NBC lest we watch your precious little clip.

    Disgruntled non-American

  20. Nick  |   Posted on Feb 15th, 2010 0

    this is the worst shit ever….the 80s sucked for a reason….i cant believe how dumb indie rock has become…

    • CyNick  |   Posted on Feb 16th, 2010 0

      So, which decade was the best? I vote the ’50s. Crooning ballads and segregation need to make a comeback.

  21. Steph  |   Posted on Feb 15th, 2010 0

    WOW, I saw them in boise, in November, the equipment failed and it was not that good! They owe us one now!

  22. TweakOut  |   Posted on Feb 15th, 2010 0

    psh, I liked Neon Indian before Jimmy did.

  23. Awkward talk show host is awkward.

    Aren’t we supposed to be like boycotting NBC over Conan?

  24. Jimmy was going crazy! There’s an underlying Hall and Oates influece on Neon Indian.

  25. carlos  |   Posted on Feb 19th, 2010 0

    am i going fucking insane or does anyone else realize this bro is lip synchin

  26. john  |   Posted on Feb 19th, 2010 0

    so…nobody’s excited about anything else here? *cough John Lithgow cough*

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