Music on TV This Week: Bruce Springsteen

Is it possible that the greatest album never released is seeing the light of day this week? Being a Springsteen fan means you've always taken it on faith that of the more than 50 songs recorded between 1975's Born to Run and 1978's Darkness at the Edge of Town, there was a tremendous album to be had. And with the double CD release of The Promise on Tuesday, we finally have confirmation of that.

To celebrate the great collection* of lost material, Bruce Springsteen will be taking over Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Tuesday night, sitting down to be interviewed as well as play multiple selections from the release. It's not known yet if the E Street Band will be on hand, but even if they are, it's certainly in the realm of possibility that The Roots could be backing him on one or two of these songs. Certainly "Fire" (which The Pointer Sisters made into a hit) is in The Roots wheelhouse, but I'd also love to hear the doo-wop vocals and fun of "Ain't Good Enough For You" translated by The Best Band in Late Night's backing. And really, it just doesn't matter who he's got backing him on "Because the Night," as that will burn regardless (see video of performance from 1978).

*The Promise comes in a couple packages. One is just the double CD featuring the remastered lost recordings, and the other deluxe package is a 3CD-3DVD collection with a reissue of the original Darkness on the Edge of Town, HBO-aired documentary (The Promise: the Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town), special 2009 concert of Bruce & the E Street Band along with a DVD collecting live performances from 1976-78.

But Fallon and The Roots didn't stop with the Boss coup this week. They managed to capture pretty much every band I'd normally feature as the lede for this weekly column. On Monday, it's the heady Nick Cave's primal outlet Grinderman, who's second album Grinderman 2 continues where their debut left off: employing mid-life crisis to melt my face off. On Thursday, it's Ireland's The Frames, the original band for The Swell Season's Glen Hansard. Seeing the success of both The Swell Season and Mumford & Sons, a comeback for The Frames feels like a no-brainer, but you can't account for the fickle taste of today's music consumer.

Finally, for Fallon on Friday, critic's darling Sufjan Stevens makes a rare television appearance in support of his epic The Age of Adz. The concept album loosely tracks the life of freak painter Royal Robertson and features a broadening of Stevens intricately arranged tracks. Stevens has been putting on quite a show thus far on his tour, and it looks like we might expect some theatrics for his appearance on Fallon.

Picks for the week

Monday, November 15

CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Rascal Flatts

NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Annie Lennox

NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Grinderman

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Kate Nash (REPEAT)

TBS: Conan: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

TBS: Lopez Tonight: Ne-Yo

Tuesday, November 16

CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Rihanna

FUEL: The Daily Habit: Bear in Heaven

IFC: 360 Sessions: Jay Sean

NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Nelly

NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Bruce Springsteen

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Japandroids

OVATION: Masters of American Music: Bluesland: Muddy Waters, Bessie Smith, T-Bone, Son House

SYNDICATION: The Ellen DeGeneres Show: Nelly

TBS: Conan: Reggie Watts

Wednesday, November 17

ABC: The View: Ludacris

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Nelly

CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Ne-Yo

FUEL: The Daily Habit: Delorean

NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Rascal Flatts

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Broken Bells, K-Os

OVATION: Hendrix: Landing: Jimi Hendrix

SYNDICATION: The Ellen DeGeneres Show: Pink, Kid Rock

TBS: Conan: Kid Rock

Thursday, November 18

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: My Chemical Romance

FUEL: The Daily Habit: Bear in Heaven

NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: The Frames

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Menomena, Yo Gabba Gabba

TBS: Conan: The Decemberists

Friday, November 19

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros (REPEAT)

CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: The Secret Sisters

NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Sufjan Stevens

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Fitz & the Tantrums

VH1: Kid Rock: Born Free: Kid Rock

Saturday, November 20

BBCAMERICA: The Graham Norton Show: Rihanna

NBC: Saturday Night Live: Florence & the Machine

PBS: Austin City Limits: John Legend & The Roots

Sunday, November 21

ABC: American Music Awards: Rihanna, Ne-Yo, Kid Rock, Bon Jovi, Ke$ha, Katy Perry, more

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