It’s been a while since we’ve heard from TV On The Radio. Seeds, the band’s most recent album, came out way back in 2014. Many of the band’s members have been working on new projects lately. Dave Sitek has Neverly Boys. Kyp Malone has Bent Arcana. It’s become possible to go long days without even thinking about TV On The Radio, about how great they were. But Tunde Adebimpe is here to remind us.
Last night, TVOTR frontman Tunde Adebimpe went solo as the musical guest on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show. Performing from home and sitting in front of what appeared to be a bed sheet hung up on a wall, Adebimpe performed the TV On The Radio song “Love Dog.” It’s an oldie, a song from Dear Science, an album that is now nearly 12 years old. That’s never been one of TVOTR’s best-loved songs; I’m not sure I ever even paid the song much mind. But let me tell you: It sounded good as hell on Colbert.
Adebimpe used some sort of looping device, an off-screen pedal or something, to build the pattering “Love Dog” beat out of his own voice. He made it look casual and second-nature. And when he sang, he sang the hell out of it. Watch the performance and hear the original “Love Dog” below.
Read our We’ve Got A File On You interview Tunde Adebimpe here.