Back in 2010, Laurie Anderson, the experimental-music trailblazer and the widow of Lou Reed, performed a concert for dogs in Sydney. And earlier this year, she brought the same show to Times Square in New York. The idea is that the music is pitched down to low frequencies, so that the dogs can enjoy it more, but I think the real idea is that Anderson loves playing to canine audiences. Who wouldn’t? Last night, Anderson was on the Late Show With Stephen Colbert to talk about the whole idea and to play some music for an audience of dogs. Anderson is a completely fascinating and likable presence, but the real reason to watch the performance below is dog reaction shots. Going forward, every late-night performance should have dog reaction shots. Watch the interview and the performance below.
How did they get those dogs to pay attention to the music and to not sniff each other’s butts? There must have been some animal trainers holding their breaths backstage.