The Black Angels play Letterman, slip something in Paul Shaffer’s tea
The Black Angels played the Late Show With David Letterman last night, and it’s possible that no late-night host has ever been more enthusiastic about a band. The Austin psych-rockers trotted out “Telephone” from their new album, Phosphene Dream, and if you listen closely to the clip embedded below, you’ll hear Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra segue into the closing credits with its own take on “Telephone.” They give it a house-band sheen that evokes mortgages and alimony payments more than psychotropic abandonment, but it’s good exposure, nonetheless. Let’s just hope all that hype doesn’t come back to haunt the band.
The Angels apparently had a busy trip to New York City—they played the night before at the Angel Orensanz Foundation (see the connection?), a mid-19th-century synagogue that now serves as a museum and performance space. With a backdrop of blood-red lighting and Rococo embellishments, the band played a full set—heavy on new material—to an invite-only crowd. There’s a stunningly shot video of “Bad Vibrations” over at Big Ass Lens (a site we’ll pay more attention in the future, for sure), although it doesn’t quite capture the experience of drinking free wine while watching a secret show in a giant synagogue.
And if you don’t remember The Shed, the barbecue joint Christian Bland endorses via T-shirt in the Late Show clip, that’s okay: It’s the trailer where you got that pulled-pork sandwich after running up an embarrassing tab at the Mohawk last weekend.