It’s always nice to see him break his postmodern irony schtick. There’s a great clip of Sonic Youth doing “100%” in ’92. They all end up flailing on the ground by the end of the song, then Letterman steps in and has no idea what to say.
Late Night-era Fallon gives Letterman a run for his money. Odd Future at their peak? tUnE-yArDs w/ the Roots? The D-Plan’s reunion? Questo’s unabashed admiration of Stanier after that Battles performance? Great stuff.
Really makes you wonder what the hell SNL is doing wrong.
“Ringleader” and “You Are the Quarry” in last places!? No, no, no.
Awww c’mon, Underscore, you can’t tell me you don’t get just a little excited when you hear “IT’S BEEEN…”
“Yr Coffee’s a Sucker”
“Dark Roast is Brewing at My House”
” I don’t need to see a picture of the sky, the trees, plants. There’s only one you.”
I’m using your comment to go off on a petite morning-coffee-fueled tirade: I’m so sick and tired of goddamned cynics and Joyless Jeans getting all up in magic’s business. Sure it’s goofy. Of course it’s fake. And yeah a lot of professional magicians have a wildly underserved self-seriousness about them that’s noxious to the max. BUT IS IT FUN? Hell yeah.
So next time I’m walking down the street in Manhattan (or Vegas or Montréal or wherever it is that magicians do their thing) and I stop amongst a gathering crowd to watch a guy with no shirt on pulling a card out of his ear, I better not hear a self-satisfied guy with a Don DeLillo novel tucked in his jacket pocket mumble, “Well he obviously just had the card hidden in his hand the whole time.” I don’t care to know how the trick works, I just want to know that it does work and that it brought some small wonder in my life for a few seconds.
On a happier note: The stereotypical delight that many Black people display at magic tricks is contagious and wonderful and I love it.