Set Your VCRS!

It’s just been confirmed. The Strokes will be on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on March 31st, and tomorrow night on The Late Show with David Letterman, March 23rd. Set your VCRs kids!


Andrew Bird has ‘Fitz and the Dizzyspells’ on Letterman

Just fresh from releasing ‘Noble Beast’ Andrew Bird appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman last night performing one of his new tracks, ‘Fitz and the Dizzyspells.’ 

 Bird and his band put on one hell of a performance (but it is  Andrew Bird so we expect no less). Equipped with large gramophones, a ukulele and a xylophone, Bird put on a show like no other. The new record gets better with every listen and the Letterman performance put it over the top. For those of you who missed it, here is the famed Andrew Bird performance.

Check out Andrew Bird on Myspace

Of Montreal Peform ‘An Eluardian Instance’ on Letterman

Kevin Barnes

Last night I was super excited waiting for of Montreal to perform on the Late Show with David Letterman. I was like a teen girl waiting for the Beatles to come on the Ed Sullivan show.

of Montreal sort of threw me for a surprise last night. I was actually expecting it to be more like when they performed ‘Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse’ on Conan in 2007. Their performance on Conan was extremely ellaborate with the band trying to put everything they did in their whole live show into one song….which is a hell of a lot.  They pulled off the song great, but it was a lot to look at during one song.

of Montreal did not do this last night. I think the band pulled off their performance on Letterman perfectly. It was just enough OM pizazz that they needed for one song. They came out with the gold Buddhas and then continued on with the paper mache man towards the middle and end. The band played beautifully last night and everyone in the band looked super sharp, especially Kevin in his purple ensemble. ‘An Eluardian Instance’ was completely flawless and amazing last night, and even by the end of it, Letterman looked like he was actually amused.

Watch of Montreal ‘An Eluardian Instance’ live on Letterman

A Modern Mystery Holiday Party with Ahmed Gallab of Of Montreal and Caribou

Welcome to the second installment of our Modern Mystery Holiday Party!

Today we hear from Ahmed Gallab, drummer extraordinaire from of Montreal and Caribou.  2008 was a busy year for the band, including the release of the new album titled ‘Skeletal Lamping’ and an extensive worldwide tour.

Ahmed joined of Montreal this year primarily as their drummer but WOW, can he do so much more. He also spreads the love of pizza with all who come in his path.  Ahmed seemed to have added more energy to the already super energetic of Montreal on stage. The Modern Mystery crew was more than excited when he agreed to answer our year end questions for us. We can’t wait to see more of Ahmed in 0f Montreal in 2009!

Ahmed Gallab’s Top 10 Records of the Year

10. Nigeria Rock Special: Psychedelic Afro-Rock & Fuzz Funk In 1970’s Nigeria
9. Nigeria Disco Funk Special: Sound of the Underground Lagos Dancefloor 1974-1979
8. No Age – Nouns
7. Tussle – Cream Cuts
6. Original Silence – The Second Original Silence
5. The Thing – Now and Forever
4. Icy Demons – Miami Ice
3. Spiritualized – Songs in A & E
2. Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Part One: 4th World War
1. Koushik – Out my Window

The Best Thing that Happened to Me This Year:
Tour, Tour, Tour!
I was probably the luckiest kid on Earth this year. I got to play in both Caribou and of Montreal! What an exciting thing to do! I have made so many friends and seen so much in such little time! Here’s to another year of touring!

The Strangest Thing that Happened to Me This Year:
Losing everything!
I lost my driver’s license, passport, phone (i eventually found it!), a hat, four toothbrushes and loads of other small things! it’s so weird!

My Favorite Holiday Memory:
My sisters and I would stay up and watch every single new years TV show and then run around our neighborhood banging pots and pans at midnight yelling “Happy New Year, DUDES!”. I always loved New Years Eve more than Christmas. It always had this freshness to it. Everyone is so excited to finish off one year and start a new one.

My New Years Resolution of 2009:
*Put out two Sinkane records!!! The follow up my last record, “Color Voice” , entitled “Sinkane”, will be released in March 2009 and I hope to record another record for a late 2009 release!
*Learn to surf!

of Montreal will be appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman Tonight, December 18th, at 11:35est Time. Ahmed and the band will be performing ‘An Eluardian Instance’. Be sure to catch it!

Ryan Adams on Letterman Tonight

Yesterday Ryan Adams and the Cardinals released another superb album titled ‘Cardinalogy’. I almost forgot that they were appearing tonight on the Late Show with David Letterman. My guess is that they will play ‘Fix It,’ but damn do I wish they would play ‘Cobwebs’. The past couple of albums we have found Adams to be at his best. Apparenly off of all his addictions and so on. I still think the best Ryan is when he’s ‘totally with it’. I once sat through a show where he fought with an amplifier for most of the night…and by fought I mean he was screaming at it like it was a child who just drew on the freshly painted wall with a crayon.

Ryan and a few of the Cardinals (but mostly Ryan) have started a blog over at
Adams shows personal pictures and shares his daily thoughts from day to day. It certainly is a good read.

Ryan Adams and the Cardinals are headed your way so be sure to check them out over at This also includes his second annual Halloween Show in NYC this Friday.

Watch The Cardinals play ‘Fix It’ live in Boston.

ps. Yes, I have to finish all of my CMJ stuff. I know!

Ra Ra Riot ‘Can You Tell’ on Letterman

Even though I sadly missed the Ra Ra Riot show in Williamsburg this weekend (I’m resting for CMJ), the band appeared on the Late Show earlier last week to perform ‘Can You Tell.’ Ra Ra Riot is by far one of the most interesting new bands the indie world has to offer. They are kind of like the Arcade Fire but with a little less ‘dreary’ sounding.  There has been a good amount of print about Ra Ra Riot lately, and I was surprised that their original drummer actually died before the record was released. The band have just finished up a few national dates and are on their way to Europe in a matter of a weeks. Don’t worry, they’ll be doing more U.S. dates by the end of the year.

Listen to Ra Ra Riot and Check out Tourdates on their Myspace

Check out Ra Ra Riot ‘Can You Tell’ on Letterman

Forgive me in advance if Modern Mystery is lacking in writing early this week. With CMJ in town, I don’t know if i’m even going to have time to sleep. I hope to cover some great bands, so stay tuned for some stuff on The Morning Benders, Middle Distance Runner, Miniature Tigers, Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s, Chairlift, Oxford Collapse and more from CMJ.