Last week, Phoebe Bridgers released Punisher, her second solo album. It fucking rules. Bridgers has been doing whatever she can to promote the album under quarantine, and she’s been having fun rethinking things like the live-from-home TV-show performance. A couple of months ago, when she was on Jimmy Kimmel, Bridgers sang “Kyoto” from her bathroom. Last night, she was the musical guest on James Corden’s Late Late Show, and she did the interview and performance from the driver’s seat of her car.
Before performing, Bridgers spoke to James Corden — arguably an actual punisher — about things like her decision to release Punisher early and her suspicion that her mother is creating burner social-media accounts just to defend her. Then she sang “I See You,” one of the album’s best songs, while driving around a parking lot. Nobody said the words “Carpool Karaoke,” but that’s basically what Bridgers was doing, and she did it without Corden’s help.
In a pretty amazing touch, the Corden producers spliced in shots of stunt drivers burning rubber around parking lots. Or maybe Bridgers was really doing those donuts — and obviously switching between cars — herself. It certainly wasn’t any less fake than your average Carpool Karaoke. This was a fun-as-hell TV moment, and you can watch it below.
Bridgers also appeared on a fun recent shot-from-home edition of What’s In My Bag?, the video series from the California record-store chain Amoeba. In the clip, she shows off things like her rare Elliott Smith/Pete Krebs 7″, her decoder-ring Bright Eyes record art, and her poster of a young Nick Cave in a shirt that says “a good cop is a dead cop.” Watch it below.
Punisher is out now on Dead Oceans.