It's been about a year since I originally sang the praises of the Nick Jr. program Yo Gabba Gabba, and much has happened since. Besides becoming a reoccurring joke with Joel McHale on The Soup! and premiering to success in Canada and the UK, it's also caught on with drug-addled college kids. One thing that hasn't changed, though, is that The Shins are still scheduled to appear on the program. Finally, the performance taped last year will air this Friday in an episode called "Imagine." Shins frontman (and recent parent) James Mercer contributed the original song "It's OK, Try Again" for the program (see video below) and one can imagine it appearing eventually on a soundtrack, along with other YGG hits like "Party in my Tummy" and The Trembling Blue Stars' version of "I Found Love" (a great The Free Design cover). YGG started work on their second season last week, and already confirmed to appear is the band I'm From Barcelona.
Elsewhere, the (almost sickingly) cute married duo Mates of State appear on Conan Tuesday night to perform a song from their new album Re-Arrange Us, which hits shelves earlier that day. With lead single "Get Better," we're asked to "throw our politics away" and dig their MOR piano-based ballad. It makes me miss the band's more inventive pop writing of the past, but at least there are still plenty of brilliant flashes in the album (especially with my new fave "The Re-Arranger").
Finally, R.E.M. recently shot a performance for the upcoming 34th season of Austin City Limits, but for some reason, "upcoming" has changed to "this weekend." So why exactly is PBS moving ACL's season premiere up about four months? My guess is it has something to do with R.E.M.'s summer tour kicking off this weekend -- Willie Nelson doesn't even get that kind of favor.
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