Of all the bands reuniting in the past few years, the one that surprised me the most is Dinosaur Jr. Frontman J Mascis' firing of Lou Barlow fueled some of the most inspired vitriol in his songwriting through the '90s with his band Sebadoh, and it seemed like there existed an impossible chasm between the two. Tomorrow they release their first album together (Mascis, Barlow and drummer Murph) in twenty years (Beyond), reminding us all that they helped draw up the blueprint for alternative rock of the '90s. When they play Letterman tonight, look for some awkward smiles, furtive glances, and Mascis' long grey mane bobbing as he tears through a solo.
As if that isn't enough excitment on Letterman, Tuesday night sees Modest Mouse making their TV debut with Johnny Marr (The Smiths) on guitar. Elsewhere on Monday night, The Noisettes' performance that I profiled a ways back finally gets aired on Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson after getting bumped from its original intended airing, and Arctic Monkeys are back again this week (this time on Conan).
Speaking of back again, if you missed The Stooges last week, I sure hope you have IFC, because they rip it up on The Henry Rollins Show on Friday (here's a video outtake performance of "I'm Fried" to wet your whistle). All in all, it's a week that doesn't bode well for sleep.
Playlist: Picks of the week
Monday, April 30
Tuesday, May 1
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Kaiser Chiefs
CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Modest Mouse
NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Patti Smith
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: The Format
Wednesday, May 2
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Ben Kweller
CBS: Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Fountains of Wayne
Thursday, May 3
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Macy Gray
CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Tori Amos
CBS: Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Alice Cooper
Friday, May 4
CBS: Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Ozomatli
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: The Nightwatchman