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Karen, Brian, Nick, and Pajo took It’s Blitz lynchpin “Zero” to the Ed Sullivan Theatre last night for Phase Three of YYYs’ four-part NYC takeover this week (set your TiVOs for Fallon tonight). Ms. O didn’t spin, jump, or twirl for the song like at their triumphant “secret show” tour tuneup at Santos Sunday night, but she did helpfully indicate which part of her outfit was leather and otherwise morphed her pat poses from sorta tame to completely compelling. Rock. Star. They looked great and sounded better, with an honorary A+ to Letterman’s sound team. Shaffer’s review: “Karen O is like, rad, man.” Dave says not to listen to him, but you can if you want to. Just include the other dudes on stage.

It’s Blitz is out now on Interscope.

Comments (30)
  1. liam  |   Posted on Apr 15th, 2009 0

    dont think ill ever get sick of this..

    even if it is the only it’s blitz song they seem to be playing around.

  2. Jeff  |   Posted on Apr 15th, 2009 0

    I’ll tell you what, there is no other woman that commands your attention on stage better than KO.

    Love or hate, it’s just too damn intriguing.

  3. Andy  |   Posted on Apr 15th, 2009 0

    After hearing this performance really snap and groove, it makes me sad that the sound was SO awful on SNL.

  4. Wendie  |   Posted on Apr 15th, 2009 0

    That was sweetttt!! I love them such a great song. I’m not sick of it either Liam give me more!

  5. heres to hoping they play “Soft Shock” or “Skeletons” on Fallon

    pandasnare.blogspot.com

  6. rgr_moore  |   Posted on Apr 15th, 2009 0

    The mix was the best i’ve heard for this song since they’ve been playing it live, altho there was a bit of feedback, which is surprising for a tv show like that

  7. I bet you they’ll do “Head Will Roll” on Fallon. It’s the logical “See the rest of the album is just as good as this ‘Zero’ song you’ve seen twice now” song. Still crossing my fingers for “Dull Life” though.

  8. SNL sound techs, take note.

  9. That was one of the most hilarious Letterman/Guest interactions ever.

  10. adroce  |   Posted on Apr 15th, 2009 0

    wow…. attempt at being this generation’s siouxsie sioux continues.

  11. Jon Dough  |   Posted on Apr 15th, 2009 0

    Why would one assume that the TV shows audio crew did the mix?

    • flimFlam  |   Posted on Apr 15th, 2009 0

      they always do for every band. Why would you assume YYYs get special treatment? Radiohead didn’t

  12. Graham  |   Posted on Apr 15th, 2009 0

    I believe that the sound techs on tv shows are protected by the union and you can’t bring in your own engineer. I may be mistaken but am pretty sure that’s how it works.

  13. Graham  |   Posted on Apr 15th, 2009 0

    I believe that the sound techs on tv shows are protected by the union and you can’t bring in your own engineer. I may be mistaken but am pretty sure that’s how it works.

  14. mianderson  |   Posted on Apr 15th, 2009 0

    I thought their SNL performance was pretty good, but this was spectacular. The instrumentation is so much better here. I guess Karen’s vocals are so good that she can make any performance stellar even when her mic is way too high in the mix (like on SNL).

  15. chrischke  |   Posted on Apr 15th, 2009 0

    what is karen o thinking, what with that haircut (still)? it totally accentuates that ugly nose (still).

  16. c.t.h  |   Posted on Apr 15th, 2009 0

    I won’t claim objectivity, since I would watch Karen O cover Celine Dion with Brian and Nick on spoons, but I thought this was pretty fantastic.

  17. mark  |   Posted on Apr 15th, 2009 0

    the singer is SO awfuly embaressing to watch

  18. Funny how two people can see two very different things. I find Karen o’s performances to be joyous and really genuine.

  19. The 1st time I heard this song I found it hard to hear the melody….Is the recorded version mad compressed or sumping?

    THIS is a beautiful mix….great song…love it love them love…her

  20. I dig this album, I would have preferred if another song off of it was played over Maps on SNL.

  21. mario  |   Posted on Apr 19th, 2009 0

    chrischke puto de mierda quien te crees que sos??
    i’m sure you’re the uglys guy in the world and that’s why youre jelaous. Karen is just perfect.

  22. Mark  |   Posted on Apr 20th, 2009 0

    I’m so tired of this anti-Wilco bullshit! The Yeah Yeah Yeahs album cover is an obvious slight to “A Ghost is Born”. Wilco had the egg and then the Yeah Yeah Yeahs come along and smash it. It’s crass. It’s in bad taste. That poor little chickee.

  23. Shawn  |   Posted on Apr 22nd, 2009 0

    Have the Yeah Yeah Yeahs always been Blondie?

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