It's the 20th anniversary of De La Soul's hip-hop masterpiece 3 Feet High and Rising, and the trio is celebrating with a tour they're affectionately calling "20 Years and Rising." Backed by a 10-piece orchestra (LA's the Rhythm Roots All-Stars), the act is even reunited with producer Prince Paul for the dates, revisiting an album which just might be my favorite rap album of all time.
When Posdnuos, Trugoy and Maseo perform -- one would think it would be "Me, Myself & I" -- on Conan Friday, they'll not only be trying to recapture past magic, but also dealing with The Tonight Show's notorious sound problems. Hopefully with Prince Paul on board, they'll still be able to "do as De La does."
Speaking of revisiting the 1980s, Twisted Sister is celebrating its own anniversary -- the 25th for the album Stay Hungry, which just received a special reissue treatment. While they recorded a new song for the release ("30"), it's a fair assumption that when they play Jimmy Fallon on Thursday, it will be the classic "We're Not Going to Take It." Because we really are not going to take whatever that new song is supposed to be.
Finally, continuing nostalgia week for Music on TV This Week: The Flatlanders are together again and touring, playing Letterman on Monday. Comprised of three of Texas' greatest living songwriters, Jimmy Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely and Butch Hancock, the band had the briefest of runs (from 1972-1973), but the continued success of the members as solo artists made the act legendary. They've performed together as the Flatlanders many times over the past decade, even releasing a couple fine albums -- including the latest, Hills and Valleys.
Playlist: Picks for the week
Monday, July 20
FUEL: The Daily Habit: The Goat
Tuesday, July 21
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Thursday, July 23
Friday, July 24
Saturday, July 25