Late-Night Roundup: Panda Bear, Carrie Brownstein, Mali Music

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 01.15.15 in News

New music from Panda Bear and a new interview with Sleater-Kinney guitarist/Portlandia star Carrie Brownstein highlighted the late-show circuit last night, along with the late-night TV debut of gospel-fueled singer/songwriter Mali Music.

Panda Bear, aka Animal Collective member Noah Lennox, released his new album, Panda Bear Meets This the Grim Reaper, this week. He premiered the singles on radio stations globally, but now you can hear the whole record via Spotify. Lennox visited The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to perform the lilting synth abstraction of the album’s “Boys Latin” against a trippy visual projection. Watch that below.

Over on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Brownstein had a chance to say a little bit more about Sleater-Kinney’s new album, No Cities to Love, than she did the other night on Conan. “It’s OK to let people be excited,” she said, regarding the stealth nature of the band’s return. “First of all, we weren’t sure that we wanted to do a reunion tour. We didn’t want to couch it like that. We wanted to make a record. And we didn’t know what the record was going to sound like. So we kind of waited until we certain that we were going to put out something that we loved.”

Brownstein will return with the full Sleater-Kinney in February to perform on Seth Meyers, where her Portlandia co-star Fred Armisen happens to be the bandleader. Last night, she also talked about her “business casual” ’90s fashion sense along with her various non-rock’n’roll jobs, including selling sandwiches to office workers and spending time in an ad agency.

Watch Brownstein in the two clips below, and scroll down for Seth Meyers‘ musical guest, Mali Music. The singer born Kortney Jamaal Pollard backed himself on keyboard for a quietly fervent performance of his socially observant Grammy-nominated song, the socially observant “I Believe,” up for Best Gospel Performance/Song; his album, Mali Is…, is also up for Best Urban Contemporary Album. “I’m just one of them ole’ people God’s got a hold on,” Pollard repeats, and he turns that matter-of-fact profession of faith into a stirring, ecumenical credo. (And no, fellow Damon Albarn heads, it has nothing to do with this.)