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My Morning Jacket Visit Letterman, Fallon

Like Gorillaz did a few days before, My Morning Jacket treated the Ed Sullivan Theater audience to a nearly hour-long set of music on Tuesday for The Late Show’s Live On Letterman webcast. As you can see below, they took up a lot of room on the stage, decorating it with a bear and a… More »

By: jessica / October 14, 2010 - 10:21 am

MC Fallon & Justin Timberlake’s History Of Hip-Hop Medley

Justin Timberlake was on Jimmy Fallon last night to promote, I don’t know, his role in The Social Network, the Yogi Bear movie, his next Saturday Night Live cameo, his Sony commercial. Not an album. Of course not an album. He told Fallon about having the Sugarhill Gang open for ‘N Sync, which they used… More »

By: jessica / September 30, 2010 - 10:33 am

John Legend & The Roots Cover Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire were the stars of the Terry Gilliam-directed first installment of American Express, VEVO, and YouTube’s five-part UNSTAGED series. They show up in this new edition, too, via John Legend & The Roots’ cover of “Wake Up.” It took place at Terminal 5, NYC. Spike Lee directed. More »

By: brandon / September 27, 2010 - 1:54 pm

The Roots – “The Fire” (Feat. John Legend) Video

Cinematic wartime clip from everyone’s favorite late night talk show house band, call it How I Got Over Private Ryan, or something. More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 28, 2010 - 12:38 pm

Big Boi And The Roots Do “Shutterbugg” On Fallon

As he did on Leno the other night, Big Boi brought the Sir Luscious smoker “Shutterbugg” to late night TV, with a band on hand to recreate the cut’s freaky talkbox syncopations and right-brained funk bed. Only this time, he just relied on the late night show in question’s house band. Smart. More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 13, 2010 - 12:16 pm

Warm Up 2010 At MoMA PS1 Schedule

A couple of months ago MoMA PS1 Director Klaus Biesenbach — the person who organized MoMA’s ridiculously popular Marina Abramović exhibition, among other things — asked me if I’d want to help curate shows for this summer’s Warm Up series at PS1. You may have attended one/more of these Warm Up events in the past… More »

By: brandon / June 28, 2010 - 11:00 am

Yim Yames Joins The Roots On Fallon

On Friday, the Roots posted up a full album stream of their 11th LP, How I Got Over. The LP credits ought to have a special mention of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’s music booker: many of its Stereogum-friendly collaborators/sample sources (Amber from Dirty Projectors, a page from Joanna Newsom’s “Book Of Right On,” etc.) have… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 21, 2010 - 11:53 am

The Roots – “Right On” (Feat. Joanna Newsom & STS)

Over the past year, the Roots have stretched mightily on Late Night, home of TV’s most adventurous music programming. It was hardly a surprise to learn folky folks like MMJ, Joanna Newsom, and (especially) the gals from Dirty Projectors would cameo on the hip-hop crew’s “positive”-minded How I Got Over. It’s out officially on Tuesday,… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 18, 2010 - 6:26 pm

The Roots – “Dear God 2.0″ (Feat. Monsters Of Folk)

“Dear God 2.0″ obviously remakes Monsters Of Folk’s “Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.)” and is maybe referencing “The Seed (2.0),” Internet 2.0, and (by default) XTC, but once Black Thought gets going, it reminds me of Common’s “Retrospect For Life.” The mellow, globally-minded letter to the big guy, which finds Jim James reprising his “Dear God”… More »

By: brandon / May 24, 2010 - 10:37 am

Stereogum’s MacGruber Remix Contest

UPDATE: And the winner is… Ron Artest. Tyler Coffin. Congrats Tyler! Thanks everyone who participated.


We’ve already established that Kristen Wiig is a champion. Now Stereogum has teamed up with MacGruber to host a remix contest of Kristen’s (as Vicki St. Elmo) “Champion” (originally written by Nate Heller out of… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / May 21, 2010 - 2:33 pm

Roots Recruit Joanna Newsom, Jim James

The Roots’ forthcoming How I Got Over will feature John Legend and Jim James, as well as a sample of The Milk-Eyed Mender’s “Book OF Right-On.” Newsom didn’t re-record it — she appears in sampled form. For his part, Jim James re-made Monsters Of Folk’s “Dear God” without his fellow Monsters. There’s still no release… More »

By: brandon / April 23, 2010 - 10:26 am

Suzanne Vega & The Roots Do “Tom’s Diner,” AKA The First MP3

Last night, Ms. Vega popped over to 30 Rock with “Caramel,” the The Truth About Cats & Dogs hit reworked on her new record Suzanne Vega Close-Up Vol. 1, Love Songs. However for this web-only clip, the Fallon gang coaxed her to join the Roots and dust off those “doo-doo”s and offer a take the… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 8, 2010 - 2:59 pm

Liquid Liquid Make TV Debut (!) On Jimmy Fallon

Seminal but (initially) short-lived early-’80s Downtown NYC post-disco crew Liquid Liquid became the name to drop in Brooklyn in 2001, got a bump from DFA in 2004, and started playing together again in 2008. Last night they made their television debut on Jimmy Fallon, performing 1983’s “Cavern” with the Roots. The song, initially released o… More »

By: brandon / April 5, 2010 - 2:03 pm

Hope For Haiti Now, Buy “Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)”

A misleading post title, because of course we are all hoping for Haiti, and have been, day and night since a catastrophic earthquake decimated an already destitute society. We know our place in the order of things — you should be going to your legit news site of choice regularly these days; Stereogum’s here for… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 22, 2010 - 4:51 pm

The RZA Auditions For Parks & Recreation, Son

Questlove compared the cast of NBC’s most-improved sitcom to the Wu-Tang clan on Twitter, then went into detail, then the internet magically made this happen. Good job, internet! More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 13, 2010 - 2:31 pm

The 12 Best Late Night TV Performances Of 2009

It was a tumultuous year for late night laffs, with Jimmy Fallon joining the fray, Conan taking over Tonight only to find awful Leno sink the NBC ship at 10PM, and Letterman enjoying career-high ratings despite (or because of?) a sex scandal. It was, however, a solid year for late night music booking. We regularly… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 21, 2009 - 6:48 pm

Mos Def, Talib Kweli, The Roots, And Two Dirty Projectors Did Fallon

This Black Star reunion from the night before Thanksgiving features DP’s Amber and Haley along with the Roots on “History” from Mos’s The Ecstatic LP. A(nother) hat tip to the Fallon show for doing awesome things on the somewhat regular. More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 30, 2009 - 10:19 am

The Roots Jam With Dirty Projectors. Finally.

Months after giving Questlove a twitter conniption at Late Night, Dirty Projectors had “Stillness Is The Move”‘s beats thoroughly beefed up when Ahmir, Captain Kirk, and bassist Owen Biddle sat in with the band at Bowery on Sunday night. That song’s got legs. More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 24, 2009 - 9:40 am

Elvis Costello Jams With The Roots, Colbert

The Roots and Elvis Costello are two tireless acts who are so in love with collaborating. These days you see Elvis join in jams on his Spectacle interview/performance show. Questo et al do it all the time at their Late Night digs, and if you were lucky enough to have a ticket to Dirty Projectors’… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 23, 2009 - 9:54 am

Monsters Of Folk Do “Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.)” With The Roots On Fallon

Your local triple-A format radio station’s favorite of this year’s supergroup explosion stopped by 30 Rock last night. That’s M. Ward, Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis, and Yim Yames, singing “Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.),” the minor key harp and soul track from Monsters Of Folk’s self-titled debut. As has been the case on tour, Centro-matic’s Will… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 5, 2009 - 1:54 pm
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