I literally was just talking about how much I love Youtube, so you best believe I am a subscriber to NPR Music.
Tiny Desk concerts have been around since 2008, but because I'm late to everything I didn't really get into them until like three years ago. They have since become go-to background filler/essential viewing during hangs with my friends (back when that was a thing). We have even joked that you aren't anybody until you've been on Tiny Desk because legitimately everybody from The Antlers to Zaytoven has been on.
With this whole pandemic thing Tiny Desks are going to be from home indefinitely (although the Billie Eyelash TD that came out today had me fooled for a moment!). Since Kevin Parker aka Australian Jesus makes melodic masterpieces that cannot be replicated in the wild, we are in luck. Enjoy as Tame Impala plays two songs from my (so far) top album of 2020 and one that didn't make the cut in a room with at least 4,000 knobs.
If I was being honest and not trying to look cool to my audience of nobody;;;;;; Under My Influence by the Aces should be #2. I fucking LOVE those Salt Lake Ladies. ("New Emotion", "All Mean Nothing" and "Lost Angeles" are my faves off UMI).
As for Tame, I'm unapologetic in my love of all things they make. I think Kevin Parker is a fucking genius and super talented; the Brian Wilson of this generation (albeit not as tortured). As someone who combines topics that the normal would never think to combine their writing, I love how he can throw rock, dance, calypso, techno and pop into a musical blender and make it come out tasting delicious. "Is It True" is probably my favorite song on The Slow Rush so obviously I'm pumped its included here. This is the best "Patience" has ever sounded and makes me wish it made the cut for the album. Someday concerts will be back, but until this will have to do (have to do, yes it’s true).