I try to avoid talking about music here, partly because I’m no longer up to speed on what the cool kids like, but mostly because people are annoyingly opinionated about what they like and dislike. That said, there are only three acts that I faithfully follow these days (The National, The Hold Steady, and anything Jack White does), and two of them were on late-night television last night: The National on Letterman (above, with special guest Sufjan Stevens) and The Hold Steady on Colbert (below).
Both bands are promoting new albums; The Hold Steady’s Heaven Is Whenever is great for drinking with friends, while The National’s High Violet is better for drinking alone, especially the aural heroin of “Bloodbuzz Ohio” (and since I’m only talking about Jack White parenthetically, there’s also the Dead Weather’s new Sea of Cowards to enjoy).
Anyway, enough gay talk about music. Hey, look at Craig Finn! He looks like the nerdy guy from Ocean’s 11!
(Letterman clip via Stereogum)