1. The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon premieres this coming Monday, February 17th. We’re excited to see Fallon and Questlove/The Roots in their new digs.    
We spoke to Jimmy Fallon last year about how he got ready for his Late Night gig: 

"I would sit to the left of my wife every night at dinner and look at her and try to ask her about her food and stuff but you don’t know what it’s like until you’re in the situation and talking to people. I interviewed strangers. I interviewed my mom. … She was an awful guest. She kept wanting to cut to a clip. And we have no clip. She’s not in a movie. She’s my mother."

    The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon premieres this coming Monday, February 17th. We’re excited to see Fallon and Questlove/The Roots in their new digs.    

    We spoke to Jimmy Fallon last year about how he got ready for his Late Night gig: 

    "I would sit to the left of my wife every night at dinner and look at her and try to ask her about her food and stuff but you don’t know what it’s like until you’re in the situation and talking to people. I interviewed strangers. I interviewed my mom. … She was an awful guest. She kept wanting to cut to a clip. And we have no clip. She’s not in a movie. She’s my mother."

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  1. To close our Late Night Week series Terry and TV reviewer David Bianculli discuss late night bands. As part of this conversation we revisit the interview with Ahmir “Questlove" Thompson, drummer of The Roots, which is the band that plays for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The Roots will be moving to The Tonight Show when Fallon takes over in February. Questlove is in the process of writing a new theme song.
In the interview, Questlove explained how DJing is one of his many passions:

Some music acts need cocaine to wind down or something; I DJ. Last night I went to a party for the first time where I wasn’t the DJ and I was telling my friend, ‘I’m so uncomfortable. I feel like Linus without his blanket.’ … I was judging the DJ’s segue, like, ‘Ugh, that’s a horrible segue. You can’t go from 120 beats per minute to 87. It just doesn’t make musical sense. And she’s not spinning on the 1.’ After a while I was just too neurotic about it. It was turning into a Woody Allen scene, so I left the party.

    To close our Late Night Week series Terry and TV reviewer David Bianculli discuss late night bands. As part of this conversation we revisit the interview with Ahmir “Questlove" Thompson, drummer of The Roots, which is the band that plays for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The Roots will be moving to The Tonight Show when Fallon takes over in February. Questlove is in the process of writing a new theme song.

    In the interview, Questlove explained how DJing is one of his many passions:

    Some music acts need cocaine to wind down or something; I DJ. Last night I went to a party for the first time where I wasn’t the DJ and I was telling my friend, ‘I’m so uncomfortable. I feel like Linus without his blanket.’ … I was judging the DJ’s segue, like, ‘Ugh, that’s a horrible segue. You can’t go from 120 beats per minute to 87. It just doesn’t make musical sense. And she’s not spinning on the 1.’ After a while I was just too neurotic about it. It was turning into a Woody Allen scene, so I left the party.

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  1. Fred Armisen vs. Questlove Drum-off.

    Questlove’s nonchalant energy is the best.

    He’s on tomorrow!

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  1. Questlove talks to Terry Gross about his nonchalance:

    I learned long ago to curb my enthusiasm. This is the one character trait in me that people closest to me absolutely abhor: The fact that I’m very nonchalant about everything. I say everything with the most casualness of, you know, ‘It’s no big deal.’ I’m not saying that it wasn’t a big deal, it’s just I’ve come to the realization that every day my life has this sort of Forrest Gump experience. Every day is an ‘I was there’ moment. So it just becomes a little redundant to get excited about every day when every day is sort of like a high.

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  1. Questlove tells Terry Gross about his favorite part of ‘Soul Train’:

    [Sid McCoy] would say [in a] very soothing [voice], ‘Soul Train: The hippest trip in America: With guest stars the Temptations.’ To me, just the introduction of Soul Train, probably the craziest thing I could ever do, I could sit and watch all 1,100 episodes of just the intros of Soul Train. For me the show is over once they say, ‘And now, here’s your host, Don Cornelius.’ Anything after that is gravy.

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  1. Questlove talks to Terry Gross about judging other people’s DJ skills:

Some music acts need cocaine to wind down or something, I DJ. Last night I went to a party for the first time where I wasn’t the DJ and I was telling my friend, ‘I’m so uncomfortable. I feel like Linus without his blanket.’ … I was judging the DJ’s segue, like, ‘Ugh, that’s a horrible segue. You can’t go from 120 beats per minute to 87. It just doesn’t make musical sense. And she’s not spinning on the one.’ After a while I was just too neurotic about it. It was turning into a Woody Allen scene, so I left the party.

image via CivilClothing

    Questlove talks to Terry Gross about judging other people’s DJ skills:

    Some music acts need cocaine to wind down or something, I DJ. Last night I went to a party for the first time where I wasn’t the DJ and I was telling my friend, ‘I’m so uncomfortable. I feel like Linus without his blanket.’ … I was judging the DJ’s segue, like, ‘Ugh, that’s a horrible segue. You can’t go from 120 beats per minute to 87. It just doesn’t make musical sense. And she’s not spinning on the one.’ After a while I was just too neurotic about it. It was turning into a Woody Allen scene, so I left the party.

    image via CivilClothing

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  1. A little something for the afternoon: John Legend and The Roots on World Cafe Live (and here’s an interview with Questlove) (Photo: Doug Seymour) View in High-Res

    A little something for the afternoon: John Legend and The Roots on World Cafe Live (and here’s an interview with Questlove) (Photo: Doug Seymour)

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  1. minirachel:

Jennifer: Are you dying?
Me: I’m dead.
Jimmy, Justin, and The Roots.


Tomorrow: Justin Timberlake. Terry Gross. %^%$^ in a Box.

    minirachel:

    Jennifer: Are you dying?

    Me: I’m dead.

    Jimmy, Justin, and The Roots.

    Tomorrow: Justin Timberlake. Terry Gross. %^%$^ in a Box.

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  1. sangriastilettos:

    Listen up, grown folks! John Legend and The Roots have an album coming out.

    Wake Up!i will stream on www.npr.org in its entirety until its release on Sept. 21.

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