This is the coolest thing you'll probably see all week, which is a bit depressing since it's only Monday. Still, you need to see this. It's Jimmy Fallon (as Jim Morrison) and some random white guys performing the theme to Reading Rainbow as the Doors. I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that his house band, The Roots, were really the ones playing on this. Pretty brilliant. The recreation of the Doors' look from their Ed Sullivan Show appearance is damn good, and I guess now we know which way Jimmy wears his leather pants. Between seeing this and his Barry Gibb Talk Show sketches, I'm thinking maybe Saturday Night Live should've kept Jimmy and dumped Seth Meyers.
If nothing else, the Roots are insanely prolific. Despite their day (night) job as the house band for Jimmy Fallon's late night talk show, they find time to record and release project after project. It's barely been 18 months since How I Got Over came out (and even less since their collaboration with John Legend), the followup album -- Undun -- is scheduled for a December 6 release. The first single from Undun (which the Roots say will be a concept album), "Make My," was just dropped. Check it: The Roots "Make My" featuring Big K.R.I.T. by okayplayer I wasn't expecting anything this mellow, but I really like it. I love that keyboard riff, and the bridge is a hunk of vintage soul right off one of Stevie Wonder's classic '70s albums.
This has been making the rounds for a few weeks, but I just heard it today. It's the lead single and title track off the next Roots album, How I Got Over. This has already been played on Jimmy Fallon's awful show, so I guess I'll have to find a clip. Nice. The groove is undeniable, thanks in large part to ?uestlove always tasty drumming. That's Black Thought singing on a few verses, with better-than-expected results. I have no idea if this R&B style is the direction the new album will take, but I like it already.