Celebrity appearances on "The Simpsons" are hardly unusual (last night's episode featured a drop-in from Jonah Hill), but the Seth MacFarlane-birthed animated shows ("Family Guy," "The Cleveland Show" and "American Dad") don't tend to have a ton of cameos. However, last night's episode of "American Dad" was built almost entirely around one of the most beloved young rock bands in the country and certainly lent the show some indie cred. The show featured daughter Hayley's sojourn to a My Morning Jacket concert, which Stan initially argues against but then falls completely in love with their jammy style and the pipes of frontman Jim James.
In a particularly amazing sequence, Stan tries to explain what he sees when he hears the band's "Touch Me I'm Going to Scream Pt. 2" (from last year's smash album Evil Urges, where most of last night's music came from). It involves a vision quest that contains a bunch of owls, a well, some magical fish, a flight into space and James ultimately becoming the sun. Even for the surrealist-leanings of the Sunday night animation lineup on Fox, it's a pretty trippy sequence.
It was an especially guest-heavy edition of the show last night, as the voice of actor and comedian Zach Galifianakis ("The Hangover") also showed up as a My Morning Jacket superfan. Strangely, promos for the show touted the Galifianakis appearance but completely skipped over the presence of the band (though the show was titled "My Morning Straightjacket").