VIDEO: Jimmy Fallon &’s “Ew!”

On last night’s episode of The Tonight Show, host Jimmy Fallon showed a new song he did with In truth. it was based on an appearance did on Fallon’s show, which lead to talk about about a possible collaboration, which then lead to heading into the studio to record a song from start to finish from scratch. It’s based on a character Fallon created for Sara, a teenager who is disgusted by a number of things in her pop culture influenced life. We discover that Sara has a friend named, and they decide to do a song about it.

Fallon requested that everyone call radio stations for the possibility of this song charting on Billboard’s Top 100, but there aren’t many radio stations who have request lines anymore. However, if there is a, there is a but that would’ve meant a verse from Eminem. Anyway, here’s the hilarious video. The song is now available through iTunes, proceeds will go to the SeriousFun Children’s Network and Foundation.

COVERED: The Clash vs. Jimmy Fallon

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We all know the classic photo of The Class bassist Paul Simonon about to rupture his bass guitar as a man on stage in the back runs for his life. It became the cover of London Calling, which photographer Pennie Smith didn’t think was anything worthy until the band said otherwise. The album celebrated its 34th anniversary last weekend.

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Jimmy Fallon returned to his old Saturday Night Live stomping grounds yesterday, with Justin Timberland as the musical guest and comedic cohort, and to my eyes, this looks very much like homage to The Clash. This isn’t the first time Fallon has done album cover homage for SNL, as he honored David Bowie during his last time as host two years ago.

SOME STUFFS: Anamanaguchi to make their debut on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” next week

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Anamanaguchi will want to mark June 17th as a day of interest, as the group will be doing a live performance on NBC’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. The show begins at 12:35am (Eastern/Pacific) and bands will generally play around the 1:30am mark. Although with the means of digital, you can of course watch it any time you want without staying up in the wee hours of the morning.

The group are doing their promotional duties for their album Endles Fantasy (dream.hax), and will be doing much more when they go on a road jaunt next month, with most of the shows featuring Kitty Pryde. Spock them at as many shows as you can handle:

July 12… La Jolla, CA (The Stage at Porter’s Pub) ^
July 13… Los Angeles, CA (Los Globos) (DJ Set) ^
July 14… Phoenix, AZ (The Rhythm Room) ^
July 16… Austin, TX (Red 7) ^
July 17… Dallas, TX (Club Dada) ^
July 18… Houston, TX (Fitzgeralds’s) ^
July 19… New Orleans, LA (Hi-Ho Lounge) ^
July 20… Atlanta, GA (The Drunken Unicorn) ^
July 21… Ybor City, FL (Crowbar) ^
July 23… Orlando, FL (The Social) ^
July 24… Raleigh, NC (King’s Barcade) ^
July 25… Richmond, VA (Strange Matter) ^
July 26… Washington D.C. (Rock & Roll Hotel) ^
July 27… Morgantown, WV (123 Pleasant St) ^
July 28… Rochester, NY (Club @ Water Street Music Hall) ^
August 2… Columbia, MD (Merriweather Pavilion) (Mad Decent Block Party)

^ w/ Kitty Pryde

RECORD CRACK: Jimmy Fallon reveals vinyl design for Justin Timberlake’s new album

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Throughout the week, Justin Timberlake will be performing on NBC’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon in promotion of his forthcoming album, The 20/20 Experience (RCA). In last night’s episode, host Jimmy Fallon revealed for the first time the packaging for the vinyl pressing of the album, which has different cover graphics. While the CD and digital versions feature Timberlake behind an optical phoropter machine, the vinyl pressing reveals his profile away from it. Fallon also opened the cover to reveal its gatefold.

If you missed last night’s performance, you may watch Timberlake do “Pusher Lover Girl” below, or you may click to or to watch the episode in full.

COVERED: David Bowie vs. Jimmy Fallon

Last night was Jimmy Fallon‘s return to the show that gave him his start, NBC’s Saturday Night Live, but this time as host. People on the East Coast were reviewing it in real time giving Fallon and the show incredible praise, at a time when some fans and critics are saying everything from “SNL seems to have seen better days” to “is the show still on?” Everyone brought their A-game, not only current cast members, but the special guests he brought on, including Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Chris Kattan, and Horatio Sanz.

If you watch Late Night With Jummy Fallon, you’ll know that Fallon is a huge music buff. In between segments on SNL, the show will feature a graphic featuring that week’s guest, and in the last few years that graphic/placard now moves. On last night’s show, Fallon honored David Bowie with homage to his album, Aladdin Sane. What I did find interesting about it too was that, as Bowie’s version shows a tear drop on his shoulder blade, when Fallon’s image started to move, he opened his eyes and smiled. Fallon may still be “a lad insane”, but it was a nice way of honoring what might be one of his favorite albums of the past, but to update the photo and bring it to a happier state.

The cover has been honored and parodied many times, not only in pop culture, such as a part of a Homer Simpson thought sequence:

Just do a Google search for “Aladdin Sane Parody” and you’ll see them, but you’ll have to keep your eyes open for it.

VIDEO: The Roots with Bootsy Collins’ “Tear The Roof Off The Sucker (Live on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon)”

If you missed last night’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Bootsy Collins sat in with The Roots throughout the show. While on, they were able to perform Parliament‘s “Tear The Roof Off The Sucker”. Here it is.

Bootsy has a new album coming out on April 26th called Tha Funk Capitol Of The World.

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During Justin Timberlake‘s appearance on Wednesday’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, he talked about how he loved The Roots which lead to Fallon asking him about his love of hip-hop. This lead to a brief tribute of hip-hop from the days of “Rapper’s Delight” to now. Here’s the video.

VIDEO: Clipse & The Roots’ “Grindin’ (Live On Late Night)”

Last night, you may have had a chance to see Clipse perform with The Roots as their back-up band on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. If not, here’s the performance.

On Fallon, whenever possible, a musical artists will perform an extra song that is recorded exclusively for online audiences. Here’s that performance, with the song that put Clipse on the map.

Separated @ Birth?: Jimmy Fallon & Stacy London

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I’ve mentioned this one in a few places, particularly Okayplayer where I am a member of the forum and a contributor to their Reviews section. I say this because The Roots are the house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and in the last few weeks, there have been a lot of ads featuring fashion consultant Stacy London. Yet no meeting of the minds yet. I await.

WHAT’S ON THE TELLY: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (The First Month)

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Jimmy Fallon replaced Conan O’Brien for the Late Night show on NBC, and I’ve watched every show so far, a full 25 shows. I know it’s 25 not only from memory, but because The Roots, the show’s house band, always mentions the number of the show when show announcer Steve Higgins mentions “the legendary Roots crew”.

But this is not about a great band, which oddly enough is the primary reason why I’m watching the show. I guess you could say I’m a casual fan of Fallon, and I hadn’t watched Saturday Night Live religiously again until last year, when Tina Fey received a lot of attention for portraying Sarah Palin, but really it’s all about Amy Poehler. Anyway, the point is I haven’t watched SNL since sometime in the 90’s, when I felt it was last funny, but I have seen the movies many members and former SNL members have created, including Fallon. His humor is often straightforward, not always in your face, as if he’s playing the casual guy and he may be mocking you and you don’t know it. I hadn’t watched Late Night With Conan O’Brien for years too, I guess when you’ve worked in a news department at a television station for a long time, the last thing I want to do is watch more TV.

So with the wonders of DVR’s, I’m able to watch a show without having to stay up late at night, and I wanted to become a fan of Fallon’s new show. Verdict: the show still has a few kinks to get out but I think it’s a really good show that is open to changing, rearranging, and a new direction in late night TV. I like the fact that he incorporates his love of computing and gadgets into his shows. At times it seems he can’t get away from doing SNL-type skits, as if avoiding them will make viewers forget where he came from. Unlikely. Sometimes his interviews can get awkward, as if he’s not quite prepared to take on the subject when they throw him a curve ball, or when he gets very talkative and it ruins the whole momentum of the interview. There was a segment where he was interviewing actress Emma Roberts, and when she talked about her love of books and reading, he asked her what she may be reading on her Amazon Kindle, and she said something to the effect of “what? what is that?” Or the dreaded first show, where it was one awkward moment after another.

Most of the times it seems the audience doesn’t quite get his jokes, while other nights the audience are laughing their asses off. Are they turning on the laughter light, or did his writing staff work overnight to come up with a funny joke? Or is it the audience, a New York audience that refuses to take anything that is second rate? Fortunately he senses this and tries to steer into something else, and he does that with grace.

The big highlight of the show, however, is indeed The Roots. I’ve been a member of the band’s forum at Okayplayer for about ten years, and the community there is incredible. When drummer Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson revealed that The Roots were going to become Fallon’s house band, it was met with a number of responses. 1) it was now possible for anyone to see The Roots play and perform five days a week. 2) it was now possible for The Roots to get more mainstream attention than ever before. 3) The attention may lead to the members of the band getting more work outside of The Roots proper.

But it also made some fans wonder if this was a sell-out move, something they played around with in the Spike Lee film Bamboozled, where The Roots were the blackfaced houseband for a guy who sold himself out. Was this the ultimate sell-out? Maybe not, since the group were often well received with their connection to The Dave Chappelle Show. In the end, fans and naysayers have found The Roots to be the perfect band for the show, and almost every guest who appears have given nothing but praise for ?uest, Black Thought, Kamal, James Poyser, Tuba Gooding Jr., Captain Kirk, Owen Biddle, and Knuckles. The group have interacted with the show, showing their individual personalities, and often enhancing some of the skits used in the show such as “Shared Experience”, where everyone in the studio audience does something for the sake of audience unity, and “Lick It For 10”, when someone licks a random item for $10 and when that footage is played in slow motion, they’ll play a slow jam that looks like a borderline porn trailer. Fallon doesn’t have a proper sidekick, but interacts with announcer Higgins a lot, but sometimes it feels like The Roots are his sidekicks, sometimes offering the more humorous moments of the show.

Everyone balances out, and this is not to say that Fallon isn’t funny, because he is. I hope NBC decides to keep the show for another year or two, because I see it growing into something big. Maybe for now he will pull on every member of Saturday Night Live because it’s more convenient for him to do, but he’s also bringing in musical guests that you would never see on mainstream TV these days, especially with musical outlets on TV disappearing. It would be great for Fallon to find an audience that understands his humor, and a lot of times the lack of understanding in his humor is what makes it work. Anyone who has ever listened to classic comedy albums know that not every joke is going to be a winner, so it’s not like Fallon should be perfect 100 percent of the time. But what he is doing is pulling something that will hopefully keep people to his show, bring in a new audience to late nice TV, and of course bring The Roots to a bigger audience.