Yeah Yeah Yeahs Take “Zero,” “Maps” To SNL

Some surprises on SNL last night. The first being that the show was sorta funny (Videogum will post the best bits tomorrow), and the second being Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ decision to play 5-year-old Valentine’s mixtape staple “Maps” instead of a second song from It’s Blitz!. Hooky new wave single “Zero” came earlier, and legendary post-rock axeman David Pajo’s (Slint, Tortoise) support on keys reassured us that despite YYY’s synth-pop makeover, we can still count on Nick Zinner for those propulsive riffs. Karen O was all smiles and hand gestures, rocking the leather, leather, leather jacket we admired in the “Zero” vid and Jools performance. Expect to see her in it at the band’s “secret” NYC club show tonight…

“Zero”“Maps”

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Maps” (SNL 4/11/09) (MP3)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Zero” (SNL 4/11/09) (MP3)

As for that intimate Easter Sunday performance, it goes down at Santos Party House — a downtown club with which we are quite familiar — at 10PM. A strict guestlist is reserved for YYYs friends and family, but some tickets are available to fans at the door. Folks are allegedly lining up right now on Lafayette. Good luck.

UPDATE: YYYs interview backstage at SNL. Fred Armisen ranks the band members in order of musicianship and tastes Brian’s matzoh.