We realize there's only so much time one can spend in a day watching new trailers, viral video clips, and shaky cell phone footage of people arguing on live television. This is why every afternoon The Atlantic Wire highlights the day's video clips that truly earn your five minutes (or less) of attention. Today:
As a band, Radiohead's strength is its ability to make multi-layered, technically flawless music that feels vaguely political and urgent, without really being political or urgent. Their weakness is that they pretty much constantly seem self-serious and dour, like a rock band playing a modern art museum. Which is why the band's appearance last night on The Colbert Report was terrific--nobody, not even Thom Yorke, can take himself too seriously when Stephen Colbert is there to ask him if he came to the taping on ox-cart. That was the evening's pattern: music (like the unreleased "Daily Mail") followed by patter. It worked like a charm. One more week of rehearsal and the band could play Las Vegas. [Comedy Central]
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid screenwriter William Goldman is adamant that no good script has ever referenced its title in the dialogue. Still, you'd be amazing by how many movies and TV show not only have characters saying their titles, but have them happily (or scarily and wearily) say "Welcome to (name of movie or series)!" [Vulture]
All of the musical performances on Late Night this week will be covers of Pink Floyd songs and even if you're not wild about the band or host Jimmy Fallon, a themed music week is a pretty tremendous way to keep audiences from reflexively changing the channel when they hear the words, "Our musical guest tonight is a great band out of..." Last night, The Shins got things underway with a cover of "Breathe" that was so strong, you'd swear it was the summer of 2004 all over again. [NBC via Spin]
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