Neon Indian’s “Terminally Chill” Inspired A Full-On Fallon Geek-Out Last Night

By Amrit Singh / February 12, 2010

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: