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From the beginning, I wanted the Fallon walk-ons to be classics of the genre, the talk-show equivalent of video game Easter eggs. When we had Salma Hayek on the show, rather than play “Mexican Radio” or even “Salmon Falls,” we did some Internet research and unearthed the theme song from the first Mexican soap opera she ever starred on, “Theresa.” She knew it faintly at first, or at least knew it was something she should know, and her eyes went wide when she figured out what it was. When Edward Norton was on, promoting “The Bourne Legacy,” we played Patrick Hernandez’s 1979 disco hit “Born to be Alive.” And we thought we had a great left-field pick when we played the Dave Matthews Band’s “The Space Between” for football player Michael Strahan, but somehow he knew it immediately. Howard Stern once came up to me during a bathroom break, confused, to ask me why we played this disco song by Bell and James for his wife, Beth Ostrovsky. “She’s from Pittsburgh, right?” I asked. He nodded. I explained that everyone from Pittsburgh gets that treatment — it’s a band in-joke that refers back to the late-’70s basketball comedy “The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh.” I’m not sure he was satisfied by the answer.

The Fallon walkovers, as trivial as they may seem, have been the culmination of everything I’ve cared about my whole life: making strange musical connections, reveling in the way that something obscure can illuminate something obvious.

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Strand of Oaks - "Pink Rabbits" (The National cover)

Strand of Oaks - Pink Rabbits (The National)

Nice find Luke!


Pink Rabbits - Strand of Oaks (orig. by The National)

Back to back Fridays of me posting a cover of this great National track.  Enjoy.

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I have trouble thinking of a more self-indulgent, “first world problem” than saying “I hate this free new album I’ve been given.”


When the 1990s were getting older, there was this crazy new music format called MP3. It wasn’t the greatest audio format, but it was good enough. It was compressed in such a way that it was easy to download, and yet sounded good to most normal people. Suddenly, you could download a whole album’s worth of music to your computer. And, for me at least, that music was free. (Because I stole it.)

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Old Man Luedecke - Closing Time (Leonard Cohen)

Some beautiful apocalypse poetry for you. And banjo.

And the Johnny Walker wisdom’s running high

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Pink Rabbits (The National Cover)

Caitlin Rose - Pink Rabbits (The National)


pink rabbits [the national cover] | caitlin rose

more national. memories ignited with about today

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Frazey Ford - September Fields

Frazey Ford - September Fields

Frazey Ford is one of the Be Good Tanyas. This song is from her newest upcoming album, Indian Ocean.

One of my favourite female voices.

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Jack White at Château de Fontainebleau - A Take Away Show

Great stuff.

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We teach our kids how to be consumers of technology, not creators of technology

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Champions of Red Wine

The New Pornographers


Champions Of Red Wine - The New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers

The New Pornographers new release is terrific, as I expected.  So much good stuff.  This Neko Case track sounds like something from early 80’s ELO.

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The Rural Alberta Advantage- Terrified

New Rural Alberta Advantage coming 09/30

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St Paul & The Broken Bones - I’ve Been Loving You (Otis Redding)

Another killer from these guys.


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St Paul & The Broken Bones - Half the City (A Take Away Show)

Wow! What a voice.

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Spoon - Inside Out (live on KCRW)

One of the songs of the year.