Following the dissolution of Sonic Youth — due to a very public separation between Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon — each member of the beloved and influential band went their separate ways. For most artists fresh from an emotional break up, redefining yourself and finding something new outside the context of the band can come with some growing pains. For Moore, it’s been an opportunity to further explore aspects of his shape-shifting yet identifiable sound in different musical settings.
Lately, I seem to have gotten back into the routine of watching late night talk shows again. Not sure if it’s because of Conan taking over the Tonight Show, the Roots serving as house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon or just a recent string of good musical guests, but there have been some incredible bookings of late.
Here is a quick rundown of a few from just the last week:
The Dead Weather on Conan O’Brien:
Elvis Costello on Conan:
Wilco on Conan:
Sonic Youth on Jimmy Fallon:
St. Vincent on Letterman:
and even The Roots themselves debuted a new song on Fallon: