Fans of Stephen Colbert are well aware of his obsessive fear of *grizzly bears, so when it was made known that Letterman had booked both Colbert and the band Grizzly Bear on the same night (Wednesday), there were more than a few knowing chuckles.
*Oddly enough, as I'm writing this, a very hungry bear (fresh from hibernation) is running loose in my neighborhood of Ballard in Seattle. The bear is a mere 10 blocks away, which is CRAZY -- raccoons or possums, sure, but a BEAR? All of a sudden, Colbert's fear no longer seems as comical.
Grizzly Bear, for their part, is set to release one of the most critically anticipated albums of the year next week, with Veckatimest, which is a stunning collection of Pet Sounds-era Beach Boys harmonies paired with folk-based arrangements. The last time they appeared on Letterman, nearly a year ago (video) they debuted the song "Two Weeks," creating quite a stir in the blogosphere.
OK, the bear hasn't been caught yet, but is now more 20 blocks away, so my threat level has moved from a "Colbert-Red" down to "Grizzly Adams-Gray." Also, he's apparently on the small side (but still HUNGRY).
Also making an appearance this week is Iron & Wine, hitting Fallon on Tuesday, in support of the b-side and rarities collection Around the Well. It's not often that artists will tour and make appearances in support of rarity collections, but the two-CD collection from singer/songwriter Sam Beam is rich with songs that would be treasured album cuts for most artists.
Bear is still on the loose, having a field day, no doubt, with it being garbage pick-up day in the morning here. While he's dodging tranq guns, it's past 2 a.m. as I write this, and I feel like I've been hit by one, so I'll sign off now and leave the bear to my dreams. (UPDATE: It's morning and bear is still on the loose somewhere much further North, here's a map of it's travels near my place of dwelling.)
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