Music on TV This Week: Pavement

Appetite for nostalgia seems boundless, as this week on talk shows makes perfectly clear. Nineties indie faves Pavement, Superchunk and Primus all perform this week, reminding us of a point in time when starting your band name with "the" became uncool.Pavement announced their reunion last year, and have been both thrilling and disappointing audiences alike for a good chunk of 2010, just as it's always been. The sprawling guitar-heavy band move from chaos to pure pop climax at the drop of a hat, often requiring a few songs in the set to get "loosened up." They'll have to hit their stride a lot sooner this week, performing on both The Colbert Report (Monday) and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (Thursday).For the Fallon appearance, the indie rock legends held a contest for entrants to send in videos of themselves playing Pavement songs, with the winner getting a chance to play with the band on the set. The winner, Robert from Oklahoma, had the distinct advantage of his son dancing around in an ape suit. When you think about it, the father-son combo, shown in the video below playing "Grave Architecture," are a lot like frontman Stephen Malkmus and band mastcot/jester Bob Nastanovich: Meanwhile, in the other indie slack-rock corner, North Carolina's Superchunk aren't so much reuniting as just deliberate in releasing their latest album, Majesty Shredding. It's been nine years since we had a Chunk joint, and even long since we've had one as unadorned and spunky as this one. The band is slated to pogo on the stage to "Digging for Something" on Fallon Monday night, and hopefully will sneak in a classic ("Slack MotherBEEPer" please?) for a web exclusive. Finally, the wonderfully weird Primus have performing albums from their '90s catalogue in their entirety, like Frizzle Fry (1990), much to the delight of audiences. Last Wednesday in Los Angeles, the band taped a performance of songs, part of which will be used this Friday on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The small set included favorites spanning their career, including "Pudding Time," "Golden Boy," "Tommy the Cat," "Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers" and "Over the Electric Grapevine." If you listen closely, you might just hear at least one person yelling out their classic call to arms, "Primus sucks!" (And no, they don't.)Picks for the week
Monday, September 20

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Phoenix

CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Chromeo

COMEDY CENTRAL: The Colbert Report: Pavement

FUEL: The Daily Habit: Dam Funk (REPEAT)

NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: OK Go

NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Superchunk

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: The Walkmen

SYNDICATION: The Ellen DeGeneres Show: OK Go

TBS: Lopez Tonight: Michael Franti & Spearhead

Tuesday, September 21

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Band of Horses

CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Maroon 5

FUEL: The Daily Habit: Fang Island (REPEAT)

IFC: 360 Sessions: Little Boots

NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Sheryl Crow

NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Merle Haggard

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Nas & Damian Marley

SYNDICATION: The Ellen DeGeneres Show: Santana & India.Arie

Wednesday, September 22

CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Tom Jones

CBS: Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Sara Bareilles

FUEL: The Daily Habit: Cali Swag District (REPEAT)

NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Tommy Lee

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Alberta Cross

Thursday, September 23

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Trombone Shorty

FUEL: The Daily Habit: Vampire Weekend (REPEAT)

NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Pavement

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Janelle Monae

Friday, September 24

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Primus

CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Jimmy Eat World

FUEL: The Daily Habit: Jemima Pearl (REPEAT)

NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: John Legend with The Roots

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: La Roux (REPEAT)

SYNDICATION: The Ellen DeGeneres Show: Maroon 5

Saturday, September 25

NBC: Saturday Night Live: Katy Perry (SEASON PREMIERE!)

PBS: Austin City Limits: Them Crooked Vultures (REPEAT)

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