The lovely and unique harp-playing Joanna Newsom is still out and about promoting her latest album, Have One on Me. While in New York City a few nights ago (December 14), she performed “On a Good Day” on the Late Show with David Letterman. Watch below or save it (mp4 & mp3) for archival purposes. In case you missed it, watch Joanna’s performance of “Soft as Chalk” from Jimmy Fallon’s show back on March 5, 2010, here.
“On a Good Day” lyrics by Joanna Newsom
Hey hey hey, the end is near!
On a good day,
you can see the end from here.
But I won’t turn back, now,
though the way is clear;
I will stay for the remainder.
I saw a life, and I called it mine.
I saw it, drawn so sweet and fine,
and I had begun to fill in all the lines,
right down to what we’d name her.
Our nature does not change by will.
In the winter, ’round the ruined mill,
the creek is lying, flat and still;
it is water,
though it’s frozen.
So, ‘cross the years,
and miles, and through,
on a good day,
you can feel my love for you.
Will you leave me be,
so that we can stay true
to the path that you have chosen?
I’ve been into The Decemberists since posting Colin Meloy’s solo performance the other day, so I put together a collection of 11 live TV performances from 2005-2010 (highlights below) in mp4 (video) and mp3 format (the mp3 version includes a cover of Bjork’s “Human Behaviour” and “Crazy on You” by Heart). There’s also a brief but awesome 5-song set from Austin City Limits that I found on youtube (mp3 & mp4). This is all good to hold us over until their new album, The King is Dead, is released on January 18, 2011.
We Both Go Down Together (Conan O’Brien 2005)
The Crane Wife #3 (Austin City Limits 2007)
The Perfect Crime #2 (Austin City Limits 2007)
The Mariner’s Revenge Song (2007)
The Wanting Comes in Waves (Jools Holland 2009)
The Hazards of Love (Rock the Garden 2009)
The Rake’s Song (Rock the Garden 2009)
Crazy on You [Heart cover] (Rock the Garden 2009)
MGMT performed a concert last night at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City to coincide with their TV appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. This was a really great show, I enjoyed it all. Setlist: Flash Delirium, Destrokk, The Youth, Electric Feel, It’s Working, The Handshake, Song for Dan Treacy, Time to Pretend, Congratulations, Brian Eno. “Time to Pretend” (below) is on youtube, plus some other songs. Or you can watch the complete concert here.
After seeing Imogen Heap perform “First Train Home” on Letterman last night, I am intrigued. Her new album, Ellipse, is beautiful. I didn’t expect something amazing, but was pleasantly surprised, and now it’s always playing. To top it off, this performance is really great, so check it out (or save the mp4 & mp3)…
TV on the Radio is one of the best bands around right now. Get their albums, go to their show, and have some good fun. They’re unique, they rock and they sound amazing. (David Bowie thinks they’re great, too.)
Wolf Like Me (Live on Letterman, 2006)