Music on Talk Shows: The Week of April 9

This week's stellar lineup includes performances from several early album-of-the-year contenders. First in line is LCD Soundsystem (aka James Murphy), whose album Sound of Silver is garnering a ridiculous amount of critical praise and makes an appearance on Letterman Wednesday night. Murphy, a former punk drummer, mixes killer dance beats, lyrical wit and Brian Eno (David Bowie, Talking Heads) sound sensibilities for a taste sensation that's equally enjoyable in the club as it is in your headphones. I already called it my album of the year, but there's still time to be proven wrong.

Another artist raking in the acclaim is multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird, and he'll be making his late-night TV debut on Letterman as well (Tuesday night). His album Armchair Apocrypha is full of off-kilter pop, haunting beauty, and some of the best whistling you'll ever hear on record. The third 'album of the year' nomination this week goes to the Athens, Georgia band Of Montreal, whose album Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? is both a mouthful to say and hear. Frontman Kevin Barnes has packed this release with so much, it immediately requires repeat listens to fully absorb all of Barnes' manic musings. They make their network television debut Thursday night on Conan, and Barnes is bound to do something crazy for the live cameras.

Finally, the prolific Joseph Arthur debuts his latest band, The Lonely Astronauts, on Conan Friday night. The new album Let's Just Be is due to hit shelves next week, and it's a departure for Arthur in that it's more of a rollicking good time reminiscent of The Rolling Stones of old (via Exile On Mainstreet).

Playlist: Picks for the week of April 9

Monday, April 9

CBS: Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Paul Wall

Tuesday, April 10

CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Andrew Bird

NBC: Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Cold War Kids

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Scanners

Wednesday, April 11

CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: LCD Soundsystem

NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Rickie Lee Jones

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Young Buck

Thursday, April 12

CBS: Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson: k-os

NBC: Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Of Montreal

Friday, April 13

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Rodrigo y Gabriela

CBS: Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Cold War Kids

NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: The Shins

NBC: Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Joseph Arthur

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Paul Wall

IFC: The Henry Rollins Show: Peaches

Saturday, April 14

PBS: Austin City Limits: John Fogerty


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